04 Oct Steven Low – Overcoming Gravity, A Comprehensive Approach To Bodyweight Strength Training

(#221) Steven Low is the author of one of the most amazing and comprehensive books on Gymnastics and Bodyweight strength training I’ve ever seen.

He joins the show this week to discuss his approach and key learnings as a coach and a clinician.

Steven is the author of Overcoming Gravity, a complete systemic approach on bodyweight training.

He is a former gymnast and coach who spends thousands of hours independently researching the scientific foundations of health, fitness, and nutrition.

Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland.

Here’s what we discuss this week on the show:

  • Steve shares his experiences in Physical Therapy school
  • What he says were the “educational gaps” in the PT curriculum
  • Advice to stay current on the latest research
  • His simple advice to new clinicians
  • His uncommon approach to fitness today
  • How his clinical knowledge helps him train
  • What he did to resolve his own injury (medial epicondylitis)
  • Why I think Overcoming Gravity is one of the best books on the topic
  • How the 2nd Edition of this book was an overhaul to the previous edition
  • The “story” behind the book – and the main goal
  • What he says is the key to exercise progression
  • We take a “deep dive” into understanding training progressions
  • The 3 biggest mistakes that most people make in training (key!)
  • Common injuries with bodyweight training
  • A step-by-step progression for the hand stand push-up
  • The 3 most valuable exercises for the generalist – and the advanced
  • How to integrate bodyweight training with ketttlebell or barbell programming
  • Should we all be able to perform a pistol squat?
  • Key considerations in optimizing shoulder health
  • What he feels he could have added to Overcoming Gravity
  • What is the big idea he wants reader’s to take away from his book?
  • I was able to get Steve to discuss his book writing process
  • Key influences on the writing of this book
  • Closing advice after listening to this interview…
I've never seen anyone who's started bodyweight training regret it. - Steven LowClick To Tweet

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Scott Iardella, MPT, CSCS is a strength coach, athlete, and former “physio” who’s mission is to bridge the gaps in strength, performance, and injury preventionLearn how to train at a high level of strength and performance while minimizing (or negating) risk for injury to achieve an unsurpassed level of results. You’ll find free training resources at RdellaTraining.com/join.
  • Will cobley
    Posted at 04:17h, 09 October Reply

    Scott, sorry that was the worst podcast you have ever put out. Not your fault. Maybe his book is awesome. He was like a dead fish during the interview. He was so boring.

    • Scott
      Posted at 12:02h, 17 October Reply

      Hey Will, thanks for the feedback. Each guest is different, of course. His book is seriously awesome and I highly recommend it. I’ll have to do what it takes to make sure to bring out the very best from my guests in each and every interview. Cheers brother.

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