Coach’s Corner: Common Mistakes from Athletes, Beginner Coaches, and Gym Owners

Check out the podcast by clicking here. You can find Mary on social platforms @manicuredmeatheads. We dive into the common mistakes that beginner and intermediate athletes make while on their powerlifting or Crossfit journey. We also cover coaching and gym owner mistakes in short. Let us know if you’d like to see more of these kinds of episodes where we cover common mistakes and how to address them!

0:00 Introduction
0:55 Podcast begins
1:22 Mary introduces herself
2:00 What is the topic today?
2:41 What do J and Mary look for when acquiring new clients?
6:20 How to get people to have realistic goals
9:20 Individualization vs. standards at the beginning of coaching a new client
12:49 With multiple places to improve, where do you start?
16:50: Common and specific challenges of intermediate athletes
22:41 Managing expectations of progress for intermediate trainees
26:30 There’s more ways than one to measure progress
31:45 Mistakes that new Crossfit coaches make
37:00 Personal development for Mary’s coaches
38:29 Common mistakes of gym owners
44:40 Where to find Mary on social media and her gym
46:40 Wrapping up and thanks for watching!


Coaching in the Year 3000 with Andres Vargas

This is part dos of our discussion with Andres Vargas! Find part uno and all the other episodes here! Andres is a functional fitness and health coach who I personally believe will be spearheading a movement in fitness coaching towards incorporating the total wellness of an athlete to complement and influence what they do in the gym. We talk about some coaching advice and suggestions from him to new coaches, his story of how he got into sport and exercise and science, and then his unique philosophy and coaching strategy.

I think you’ll get a lot from this one whether you’re an athlete or coach, because we touch on some factors that you may not have considered that may be affecting your training!

You can find Andres Vargas on all social media @TheStrengthCave, his website is, and feel free to email him at

Time Stamps:
0:00 Introduction
3:00 How The Strength Cave started
6:52 How Andres got into sport and exercise science
14:30 How Andres blends the art and science of coaching for his clients
20:20 How to be an “evidence-based” coach
24:30 Does Andres work with a dietitian?
30:50 Andres’s coaching philosophy for athletes
33:00 Andres’s extensive intake process
35:00 The parallels between IIFYMer’s and normal American’s diets
39:20 The benefit of not eating as much hyper-palatable foods from a taste perspective
40:20 Andres’s thoughts on sugar addiction and gut health
47:50 How Andres helps clients stay on track after a binge
51:00 The metrics that Andres measures to ensure client success in and out of the gym
53:05 Why Andres doesn’t track training volume and intensity
55:00 Using session RPE and duration as opposed to lift-specific RPE
1:01:00 The wellness questionnaire to complement training metrics
1:03:50 The impact that wellness factors can have on performance
1:11:40 Wrapping up and where to find Andres.

Thanks for watching!

Andres Vargas PhD(c) on Getting the Most Out of Your Strength/Bodybuilding Training

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Andres can be found on social media platforms @thestrengthcave

Get tickets for Andres’s upcoming seminar here

0:00 Introduction
1:00 Andres’s current training plan + how he’s recovering from back issues
4:44 Andres’s philosophy on specificity at different times of the training season
6:25 How have bodybuilding clients responded to a focus on general strength training?
8:27 Adapting your training variables and methods to continue progress
11:00 Taking time off the comp. lifts to set yourself up for strength gains later on
13:46 Should lifters focus on movement patterns rather than specific lifts?
17:10 General Physical Preparedness (GPP) and its relevance for all sports
18:25 Different approaches to improve GPP including High-Intensity Continuous Training (HICT)
20:40 How HICT can benefit strength and power athletes
23:30 Athletes neglect the importance of recovery
25:10 Physical pain signals as a sign of fatigue or poor recovery
27:40 How does Andres work around a client’s busy life to help them make progress?
33:05 The value of incorporating Strongman elements into strength and power athletes’s programs?
37:50 Powerlifting meet planning is more than lifting as much as you can
40:40 Prioritizing specific muscle groups and nutritional concerns for bodybuilders
44:40 Why a low fat diet is not advantageous for bodybuilders and/or gen.pop
48:30 A discussion about coaches being regarded as health care professionals and upcoming trends in the fitness industry
56:40 Andres’s upcoming seminar after the Olympia and wrap-up
Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and share!

The Mind Muscle Connection and Force Velocity Training with Rachel Larson PhD(c)

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Rachel Larson is a PhD candidate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and a professor at Arizona State. She is working to publish multiple studies related to the mind muscle connection. Learn what it is and how to apply it to your training here! We cover the mind muscle connection study she worked on, force velocity training, and so much more!

2:32 Actual intro (just some BSing at the beginning)
3:44 Rachel’s intro
5:20 Rachel’s education specifics
7:45 Shift to hypertrophy focus in Rachel’s research
8:50 Defining attentional focus and its importance for hypertrophy
10:45 The mind-muscle connection study design
12:40 External vs. internal focus groups in the study
13:40 Different methods of measuring hypertrophy in research
15:40 When to use external and internal focus/cuing for athletes
16:45 The mechanism of overthinking in sports and why athletes “choke”
19:15 Potential for information overload with athletes
20:30 Is it appropriate to use mind-muscle connection when teaching athletes lifts that require skills?
21:15 Does touching an athlete help establish the mind-muscle connection?
23:08 Would there be different results if trained athletes were used for the study?
24:45 The trouble with using trained athletes for attentional focus studies
26:11 Why is it important to measure dietary adherence?
27:46 Rachel’s pet peeves for research participants (Listen!)
28:42 Rachel’s new study exploring attentional focus for strength gains
32:43 Does internal cuing even with equated volume lead to increased hypertrophy over external cues?
34:40 Force velocity training as a new area for research
37:50 Rachel’s ability to identify biomechanics issues in everyday situations
40:36 Rachel’s pet peeves she sees in the gym
42:50 How do you train people to jump higher?
46:40 Can force velocity profiling help with strength/power athletes?
48:30 Can someone without the exercise science background benefit from using force velocity apps?
54:30 Rachel’s approach coaching Rugby athletes and the need for female research participants
59:25 How does Rachel balance evidence-based with practical experience?
1:03:00 Does using the concepts in research always prove to be effective?
1:05:00 Defining French Contrast Training
1:07:00 Rachel’s totals and her favorite lift
1:10:30 Contrast training for athletic performance
1:13:10 Contacting Rachel
1:14:20 What is one thing you want everyone to know about your field?
1:15:30 Resources for becoming a better coach
Thanks for watching!

Nutrition For Pro Athletes: Simin Levinson, RD

We’re back with another Bodkast! I sat down with Simin Levinson, a sports dietitian for multiple professional sports teams including the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. We talk about her approach with teams and how it changes according to the size of the team and player knowledge along with the prevalence of eating disorders in athletes of all ages.

You can find Simin at this link here

Check out the time stamps for a brief list of topics we cover! Please like, comment and subscribe to my channel and the podcast on Apple Music here

*WARNING* The end is really loud, so turn your headphones down at the end of the interview to keep your ears blood free!

0:00 Introduction
1:25 Typical day of a Sports Dietitian
4:40 What do PHX Suns players eat for lunch?
7:05 Difference between Dietitians and Catering Directors
9:40 How personalized does Simin get with athletes?
11:10 How receptive are athletes to a Dietitian?
14:20 Why and how Simin got involved in Sports Nutrition
17:26: How does a dietitian help larger teams like football teams?
19:00 How to work with athletes who don’t value nutrition
21:18 Fat-phobia and relationship issues with food among pro athletes
23:30 Disordered eating culture and behaviors in certain sports and athletes
25:30 It takes a team to address eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors
27:10 Who/what can non-pro athletes go to to address disordered eating & eating disorders?
28:20 Do specific protein, carb, fat recommendations change between sports? If so, how?
30:00 Can athletes on keto perform similarly to carb-eating athletes?
33:40 What explains perceived benefits over carb diets with keto?
37:50 Intermittent Fasting among non-pro recreational athletes
39:28 Simin’s personal sports nutrition horror story
43:15 Another horror story from the Suns
45:20 Pro athletes and some of their superstitions
46:55 Hydration, weight-cutting, & re-feed strategies for weight class sports
51:15 Simin’s experience working with bodybuilders
53:30 Protein recommendations for bodybuilders
56:20 Future outlook for Sports Nutrition research
59:45 Shoutout to the Phoenix Mercury!
1:00:00 What is one thing all athletes should know about Sports Nutrition?

The Powerlifting Episode w/Kelli Michelle

As always, please like, subscribe, leave a rating and review for the Bodkast on itunes here. Enjoy! Thanks for listening.

We dive deep into many different aspects of powerlifting such as current trends in strength sports, macro tracking for powerlifters, and suggestions on how to make weight effectively, among many other topics! I think you’ll enjoy this episode whether or not you’re a powerlifter as we go over a lot of interesting and informative things. I hope you enjoy!

Show notes:
0:00 Introduction
1:39 Why should people do powerlifting?
5:45 Defining what the Wilks Score is
6:27 Shoutout to Bret Contreras!
6:40 Kelli’s start in coaching powerlifters
9:25 The impact of levers on certain lifts
10:20 The stigma surrounding strength sports for women is fading
12:00 The psychological pros & cons of powerlifting
14:20 The community aspect of strength sports
15:10 Nutrition specifics for powerlifters
18:00 Carb back-loading as a strategy to optimize energy for training
20:00 Does it matter if someone uses carbs or fat as a fuel source?
22:00 Should powerlifters track macros?
23:40 Accounting for the menstrual cycle with athletes
25:50 The effect of sodium on making weight for a competition
27:40 Water intake for making weight
29:35 Fiber intake for making weight and its effect on bloating
32:00 There are many factors that can affect weight gain/loss
39:51 Kelli’s excessive program as a beginner (don’t do this)
42:20 Kelli’s diet transition from aesthetics to strength sports
45:20 How can someone identify a good coach to work with?
49:50 The growing trend of women adopting strength sports
53:20 Helping clients understand the value of tracking
59:00 Should general population clients track macros?

Dr. Magee On GMOs, Vaccines, Genetics, and So Much More!

This episode, we talk with Dr. Mitch Magee at ASU. We break down what exactly are GMOs, are they safe, and some other things surrounding GMOs that you may not have thought about. Also, we dive into the Autism-vaccine controversy and (completely) destroy the myths around it. We also talk about the gut microbiome and so much more! There’s a lot of informaiton tucked into this episode, so please enjoy!