The Actual Secrets of Powerlifting Programs (w/Daniel DeBrocke)

Today I’m talking to powerlifter and coach Daniel DeBrocke, Director Of Education at Kabuki Strength. He’s also a writer for Breaking Muscle, a website in the BarBend network, so I’m obviously a huge fan of his writing! Daniel is one of the most thoughtful people I’ve ever encountered when it comes to athlete prep and programming for competition. In today’s episode, we dive deep on programming for powerlifting, including the sometimes-unexpected changes that occur when progressing from beginner to intermediate to advanced. Daniel drops some real knowledge bombs in this episode, great for athletes and coaches alike!

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Daniel DeBrocke BarBend Podcast

In this episode of The BarBend Podcast, David Thomas Tao and Daniel DeBrocke discuss: 

  • Daniel’s athletic background and early interest in strength sports (2:27)
  • What long-form content can mean in strength literature (and is Daniel a bigger strength nerd than Greg Nuckols?) (4:30)
  • “A novice lifter can basically look at a dumbbell and get stronger” (09:10)
  • “People overvalue minutiae and they significantly undervalue the fundamentals” (11:45)
  • How are you collecting data as a coach? (16:40)
  • Keep learning from those around you at all levels (21:20)
  • Sometimes, high-level athletes require “odd” peaking methods (25:10)


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