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
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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?

Dr. Neck on Priorities, Self-Experimentation, and The “One Size Fits All” Concept

Welcome back and thanks for listening! If you have the time, please go on to itunes and give us a review and rating (5 stars pls). Unfortunately, we could not get a video for this episode because my camera did not want to cooperate with me. Anyway, Dr. Neck offers his unique perspective on exercise and nutrition, and fitting it all in to a busy life. How does he make time for it? Priorities…but not in the way you think! Give it a listen and I know you’ll learn something from it. Stay until the end for a very inspiring message! Enjoy!

Joe Micela: 2012 Olympic Women’s Weightlifting coach, powerlifting, and more!

This episode featured Joe Micela! He is an accomplished weightlifting coach who has taken athletes to the Olympics and was the women’s Team USAW coach himself in 2012. We talk about his training philosophy, how powerlifting can benefit from weightlifting, and how weightlifting in the US can improve by finding and funding the right athletes and programs. Enjoy the podcast! Don’t forget to like and subscribe to the youtube channel and give a five star rating on itunes here! Thanks!

See the show notes below!
0:35 Introduction
4:20 Should non-oly athletes use weightlifting movements?
9:58 Distinction between weightlifting and other strength sports
11:30 Joe’s experience with training powerlifters
14:14 Joe’s philosophy for training weightlifters
22:52 Is there a difference between training powerlifters and weightlifters?
29:30 How can powerlifters (and other athletes) incorporate weightlifting into their training? Should they?
42:27 Getting the job as the 2012 Women’s Team USA Weightlifting coach
46:23 How does the USA perform better in the Olympics for weightlifting?
59:10 Wrap up and thanks for watching!

Welcome to the Agora Bodkast! Intros + Rants!

Welcome to the Agora Bodkast! This podcast is all about providing the accurate and evidence-based information on the fields of exercise and nutrition with our personal touch of fun in there so you can listen and finish the show with actionable takeaways to help improve your life! Listen to the podcast and give us a 5 star review here!

This first episode is more so our introductions and talking about some pet peeves we have when it comes to the fitness and nutrition worlds. There are a lot! Listen, enjoy, and look forward to more episodes of the Agora Bodkast!

We’re On Itunes Y’all!

Everyone (Which means probably all two of you who read my blog lolz.), we’re officially on Itunes!

Click the link here, subscribe, rate five stars, and share with your friends to help me spread the word and rid the world of misinformation!

I’m really excited to create more episodes for the podcast because I believe it’s an amazing platform to share information.

For me personally, I listen to them in the morning while I prepare my breakfast or any meal for that matter. I also will listen to them in the car, when walking to places, and even while writing articles! If I ever did cardio, I’d definitely listen to them during that as well.

There’s so many opportunities to learn with podcasts, and that’s why I’m so pumped about them. I hope you’ll give it a listen and, more importantly, learn something from it.