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#15 - Powerlifting, Developing Athletes, And Managing Nutrition With Cameron McKenzie And John Tran

In the first of this 2-part conversation, we get to meet Cameron and John as they speak about their general experiences with powerlifting, Cameron being a world record breaker in the junior division and John being a high-level powerlifting and strength coach.

Then our crew talks about the sport of powerlifting and its divisions, inevitably touching on the performance-enhancing drugs as well as the ‘clean’ federations. John then shares his typical approach to programming for aspiring powerlifters and managing the stress on the central nervous system. He continues on to share about knowing your athlete on a personal and meaningful level so as to be most effective as a coach and as a team.

Further into the podcast, Cameron shares about how he handles rehab and recovery on a weekly routine, and then John elaborates a little on how athletes can get a little more serious and take their progress to the next level.

Our crew then touches a little more on nutrition: timing, quality, and cutting weight. Then also deal with the first impression of powerlifters being fat, strong guys just eating whatever and finally Cameron goes into his specifics in terms of how he handles himself in this regard.

We then go into Good, Bad and The Science!

Exciting stuff in here guys. We also learned a good deal from our guests. We hope you enjoy this first part!

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Show Notes:

  • Tommy’s Tribute (Metallica-style) [3:09]
  • Who’s Cameron McKenzie? [5:03]
  • Who’s John Tran? [6:10]
  • Powerlifting and what its divisions are about [6:58]
  • Drug-testing and staying clean. [7:50]
  • A day in a powerlifting gym (programming) [13:30]
  • Managing the CNS stress, observing sleep and nutrition, establishing a set point. [14:47]
  • Adaptation capability of the human body [15:20]
  • App usage [15:55]
  • Getting to know your lifter, intuition, and adjusting your coaching for adaptation. [16:22]
  • Body rehab/recovery for powerlifting? How much times in terms of weekly hours? [18:20]
  • Taking it more seriously: taking yourself to the next level. Sleep, diet and nutrition. [19:20]
  • Doughnuts and deadlifts: Nutrition, timing and composition, weight cuts. [23:20]
  • Sports diet: how Cameron manages his macros for the day. Pre workout and post workout meals. [28:20]
  • Packing in the cheat meals. [31:20]
  • Experiences in handling serious injuries, recovery and rehab. [32:20]
  • Good, Bad, and Science [41:00]
  • Basketball, Golden State Warriors’ record-breaking season, and Kobe Bryant [41:36]
  • Japan Earthquake at Kyushu [44:25]
  • Mice with stuttering genes [48:02] 

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Your weekly podcast exploring fitness, adventure and life. Hosted By Bill Kerr and Tommy Ahern, AdventureFit Radio focuses on bringing you interesting interviews from all realms of fitness, adventure and life in general.