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Episode 169: Elite strength coach Christian Thibadeau on training frequency, high protein fallacies, and optimal Crossfit training

Christian Thibaudeau is a Canadian bodybuilder, author, and world renown strength coach. Christian gained notability in the online bodybuilding world in the late 1990s as a key contributor to the online bodybuilding magazine, IronMag. He is currently a frequent contributor to Testosterone Magazine and coaches athletes in person and via online. He has been applauded by fellow trainers for his willingness to accept and incorporate other ideas into his training program. Christian joins the LLA Show to discuss the following:

  • What is a good starting point for beginners and intermediates in terms of prescribing sprints in their training program
  • What, in Christian’s experience, is the characteristic of the ideal Crossfit athlete
  • What is “On The Verge Lactic Acid Training” & how does it benefit pushing your training further & work capacity
  • What does Louie Simmons say about maxing out & why should this help you rethink how you approach your 1 rep max
  • What is Christian’s view on frequently training overhead lifts
  • Why is Christian currently using kettlebells for most isolated exercises
  • What is Christian’s stance on “core training”
  • What are the two elements that normally holds most lifters back, and what can you do to not fall in this category
  • Chrisitian shares his view of the use of weight belts
  • What are floating deadlifts and how can they help you get past deadlift sticking points
  • What are functional isometrics and how do they help improve your lifting progress and how long should you use this technique
  • What is the definition of a “true max” vs. “competition max”
  • What is the best “anti-aging” training
  • What are the two lifts most affected by bodyweight
  • The negatives of excessive high protein consumption and why you should have low protein days 

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