Today we’re talking to Taylor Atwood, a 6-time United States Champion and 2-time IPF World Champion in powerlifting. Most recently, Taylor totaled an astonishing 812kg at 74 kilograms bodyweight, becoming the first lifter in his category to hit that mark in drug-tested competition. In the process, Taylor set new American Records on all three lifts (squat, bench press, and deadlift). Taylor joins us today to talk about making powerlifting history, how to avoid burnout in strength sports, and the mental approach to training that gives him an edge in the sport and life.
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On this episode of The BarBend Podcast, host David Thomas Tao talks to Taylor Atwood about:
- Getting back to competition after a pandemic-related break (2:12)
- Falling in love with powerlifting again (4:30)
- The future of elite powerlifting (9:32)
- Uncharted territory in powerlifting and the mental approach to world records (14:40)
- “How much can I put on my plate without breaking?” (17:28)
- Longevity in powerlifting and strength sports (19:40)
- The ecosystem of performance and recovery (23:00)
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