In episode 119 of The Hypertrophy Hustle Show, Alfred Jong talks about all things coaching, including the coach athlete relationship and coaching horror stories.
Not many people fully understand the dynamics of coaching, it’s a complex endeavour that involves so many more aspects than just practical knowledge of training and nutrition principles.
00:00: Introduction and Alfred’s story. 11:30: when to start coaching, issues with coaches. 22:00: Short term mentality 28:20: Fundamentals of coaching. 33:30: Facilitating coach athlete buy in. 38:20: when to tell the athlete what is right. 47:00: why 9 for 9. 49:50: Balancing emotions and making decisions in the coach athlete relationship.
Jason Tremblay Featured on Coach Cuthbert’s Strength Chat Podcast
Recently, Jason was featured on Coach Cuthbert’s Strength Chatpodcast. Topics included fatigue and recovery management, as well as using devices during training sessions. Jason also talked about his Calgary Flames internship.
Jason also talked about The Strength Guys history as well as his summer internship with the Calgary Flames.
Check it out if you’re interested in learning more about programming for powerlifting. Topics of discussion include: ✅ Basic structure of programming ✅ Rep ranges and strength adaptation ✅ Exercise selection and accessories
Check it out if you’re interested in learning more about pain science and injury management. Topics of discussion include: ✅ Jacob’s thoughts on orthopaedic surgeries ✅ K tape and placebo treatments ✅ Issues within medicine ✅ Pain-centric language ✅ What factors can we take into account to predict injury
Powerlifting Perspectives From A Zimbabwean Strength Gal Audrey Svongwa
I was introduced to lifting at 32 years old, and since this time powerlifting has become one of the best things to ever happen in my life. I have grown into the sport and even teach others by hosting powerlifting workshops , train regularly under The Strength Guys, and I most recently became the first female powerlifter to represent Team Zimbabwe under the Zimbabwe Powerlifting Federation. Strength Gal Audrey tells her story of how powerlifting is changing her life.
Female Powerlifting in Zimbabwe
Why do you do what you do? My family, friends and many others certainly don’t understand, and I am often judged very harshly as a female powerlifter in Zimbabwe.
Being a female that lift weights in Zimbabwe is not the norm. In fact it is unheard of! Many people don’t even know what it is I do at the gym and don’t even try to understand. They have their own idea how I should behave as a lady (especially as a single mother) and I have received many hurtful comments over the past couple years.
It takes courage and confidence, and I lead the way in hopes to break stereotypes and create change for others in my country. I do what I do in the sport because I can, and I don’t let what others think be a barrier for me. I want other ladies to experience the benefits of lifting as I have and I believe it starts with me being a positive role model.
TSG – Lift4Life Partnership
Zimbabwea Strength Gal, Audrey training in her small community gym in Glen Norah, Harare. The gym was donated by Lift4Life and is supported through TSG’s Coaching for a Cause.
Never in a million years would I have thought I would be a powerlifter, but it was a chance encounter through the charity Lift4Life in my community I will always cherish. Powerlifting has now provided me many new opportunities, and most of all I cherish the new friendships that have developed and are still developing within Zimbabwe as well as around the world. I am incredibly grateful to be a part of The Strength Guys community, and be under the coaching and mentorship of Jason.
Living in Zimbabwe takes a toll on the body and soul. Economically the country isn’t doing well and this can be seen in how people are living as well as in people’s attitudes. Most people have just given up. Even in my own life, there were times when I just quit because things were hard and not happening the way they should. But when I started powerlifting everything changed, and I gained a new perspective on how things could be. I gained hope, resilience, confidence, and I learned that progress doesn’t happen overnight. Just as in powerlifting, in life we have to trust the process and put in the work. But improvements, progress, and change will come.
A support system for me is the best thing about the sport, and what I believe is most important and very encouraging for my country. I have been a sponsored athlete under various coaches including currently with Jason Tremblay of TSG. I always reflect and realise how blessed I am as it doesn’t happen to most people to be coached by some of the best people in the world. I have no words to describe what these coaches have done for me and continue to do. From my own experience I know how difficult it can be to help someone with powerlifting technique in person. I can only imagine how much work it takes to coach me remotely from my gym in Harare, Zimbabwe, especially because I have limited equipment, limited internet, and resources at my disposal due to my context.
Audrey directing and organizing a local meet in the community of High Field, Harare. She coaches and mentors a number of youth powerlifters across the country.
Being an athlete for me sometimes I have doubts in my abilities, and I have a fear that I may disappoint my coach Jason when I fail to complete a set with the required weights, or when I forget or fail to make the necessary changes that were suggested. I always think that he might think I am not making enough of an effort or taking everything seriously, but all the time he gets to review my videos there are words of encouragement and motivation as feedback. This belief in me and hope makes be believe in myself, and makes any doubt or fear go away. It always makes me better, both in and out of the gym always striving to do better. The patience coaches have shown me humbles me and has a helped me to be more patient with others and the lifters I mentor locally at my gym.
No thank you will ever be able to describe the impact and gratitude I have for The Strength Guys coaching of me, as well as their continuous support to Lift4Life through Coaching for a Cause that has enabled many youth lifters to go to school, as well as spread powerlifting training through local gym donation and lifter development.
Strength Gal Benefits
Being an athlete under The Strength Guys has helped develop not only me, but many other lifters in Zimbabwe. The programming and coaching I have received, has helped me guide others and I use the knowledge and love of lifting gained in my own country hosting powerlifting workshops across the country. These workshops have been life changing to the lifters who attend and to myself. Every day I learn something from them and they learn something from me helping myself in the process. Often times local lifters thank me, but I always tell them not to thank me and that it is in fact them putting in the work. Many of these lifters now mentor other lifters as the sport grows and the community continues to develop.
Most recently, under the coaching of The Strength Guys, I have had the opportunity to compete at the 2019 African Arnolds in Johannesburg. Within this opportunity I also took 2 youth lifters I coach with me to compete which was life changing and broke many barriers within my country. This would not have been possible without the help of the global powerlifting community as without their support as we couldn’t have managed it on our own.
Audrey setting up for the squat representing Team Zimbabwe in the 72kg open class at the African Arnolds.
At the African Arnolds meet, I also got to coach and handle some of the powerlifters from other countries who needed assistance. It really made me appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into coaching on meet days. Seeing other lifters from Zimbabwe on an international stage, including a female youth, was one of the best feeling ever. I was also very nervous for them competing for the first time, but being a part of their powerlifting journey is indescribable. I wouldn’t trade these powerlifting moments and memories for anything in the world. Seeing the smiles of the two Zimbabwe youth powerlifters and knowing I played a part in it is a favourite memory of mine and always reminds me why I do all this. Beyond all the hardships that come with being a female powerlifter in Zimbabwe, there is no stopping me any time soon.
Audrey sharing a smile at the African Arnolds with 16 year old Juliet Molife, a female youth from Zimbabwe Audrey coaches. It was Juliet’s first competition and the experience broke many barriers for young women in the country.
This powerlifting journey hasn’t been easy thus far – from establishing the Zimbabwe Powerlifting Federation and setting formal structures in place, the poverty and economic crisis that exists in my country and community, to barriers to female lifting – but one day and one lift and one rep at a time I have faith the sport will continue to grow and change lives within Zimbabwe.
What Does It Feel Like to be a World Record Holder? by Strength Gal Jordanne Panton
People always ask me “What does it feel like to be a world record holder?” or “What does it feel like to be the best in the world at something?”
I usually respond by telling them how cool it feels and how proud I am of myself because that seems like the way I’m supposed to respond. But, to be honest, when you break a world record you don’t suddenly feel like you’re better than anyone else or feel the need to go around bragging. Now don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying that breaking a world record isn’t something to be insanely proud of. There really is no better feeling than seeing “WORLD RECORD” flashing on the screen under your name and seeing those three white lights once you complete your lift. It’s actually pretty similar to achieving any other goal, except when you achieve this one, it gets put in the record book.
In the end, it’s not really about the record. It’s about something much deeper. It’s about the countless hours in the gym when you almost gave up but you pushed through because you know what you’re capable of. It’s about all of the small victories that no one knows about other than yourself. It’s about all the losses along the way that made you hungry enough to do better. When I finally accomplish one of my goals, my favorite part has always been to look back on everything I sacrificed and seeing that it was all worth it.
I think what most people fail to realize is the amount of sacrifice and dedication it truly takes to reach the top. I wasn’t always a world-class athlete. I began powerlifting 5 years ago when I was just 13 years old- only an 8th grader at the time. As I continued to grow and succeed in the sport, I started to recognize that reaching my potential would require my absolute dedication. As a high school student, this means not staying out too late on a Friday night because I’ve got an important training session the next morning. It means no vacations over spring break because I don’t want to take that much time off from training. It means training comes before all else. Everything I do revolves around my training because that’s my priority. It’s a mindset that most kids at that age don’t have.
The first time I broke a world record was at the 2016 IPF Sub-junior World Championships in Poland. It was my first world championship meet, and I had some pretty high expectations for myself. I had set a goal to break the sub-junior deadlift world record when I first began training for worlds, which was about a year before the meet. Leading up to this meet, I had deadlifted more than the record a few times in training but I think it’s pretty safe to say lifting in a meet is very different than lifting at the gym. You have to take into account things such as the stress on your body from traveling, the fact that you have an audience, and the mental toughness of getting through all 9 lifts when it might not be your best day.
By the time the deadlifts rolled around that day, I was prepared to leave everything on the platform. After scratching my 3rd squat attempt to conserve energy for my deadlifts, I really had nothing to lose. I vividly remember staring at the bar before setting up, repeating to myself “It’s only 424 pounds, it’s only 424 pounds,” as if that wasn’t a lot of weight to pick up.
From this point on, I enter into my own world. Nothing else matters except me and the weight. Every sound gets tuned out, from my teammates cheering to my coach telling me to set up right. It feels as if I’m a robot that’s been programmed to do one thing and that one thing only- lifting the weight. The next thing I knew, I was locked out with a new world record.
Fast forward two years to the 2018 IPF Junior Worlds this past September in South Africa. I was given another chance. This time it was to break the junior deadlift world record. Now a sophomore in college, the sacrifices continue to build up. It’s learning to balance academics, a social life, and powerlifting. Still, powerlifting trumps all.
This time at Worlds, once again the world record was well within my grasp. For my 2nd deadlift attempt we loaded 474 pounds on the bar which I successfully pulled, giving me my 2nd world record. I went on to try 510 pounds for my 3rd attempt, but lost my grip. The experience I had pulling my 2nd world record was really no different than the first. It was just as exciting, if not more exciting being able to do it halfway around the world. Five years of hard work and consistency led to that moment.
So what does it feel like to be a world record holder? It feels pretty darn good. Not just because of the record itself but because of my journey getting there. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination.
USAPL Nationals is coming up! And our TSG Team USA is looking stronger & more ready than ever Check out our roster and a small preview to the powerlifting platform.
Carlton Wan @bacon4prs – New York State Open & Junior 66 kg Record Holder in the Deadlift. Taylor Atwood @t_atwood – 2018 IPF World Champion & Record Holder in Total, Arnold Classic Grand Prix Champion, 4x USAPL National Champion, National Record Holder in Squat, Bench Press, & Total.
Our entire TSG Team is so thankful for the support from around the world we received for IPF Worlds. Our athletes’ & teams’ success would not have been possible without people coming together near and far to contribute their strengths. Everyone was on top of the world last week!
Sending out so many #GratefulGains! And especially to you our followers who have been following along. We would like to recognize a few very special people who had a special role along the way.
A big thank you to Ryan & Ericka and everyone at XLR8 Fitness in Calgary for hosting and welcoming so many of our worlds competitors, and for helping tour guests and making Canada feel like home .
To “TSG Mom” Debbi for all her behind the scenes organizing and driving and support. She continues to unite the TSG family! Her family in Calgary was also a huge help opening up their home and hosting athletes.
A big thanks to TSG coach John for coming all the way from Ohio to help and volunteer on the platform, and Kedric, Ben, and Alfred for travelling to coach and support athletes. Nicola even trekked all the way from Africa to be a part of Worlds!
And who can forget TSG President Jason – who we don’t think slept a wink the entire Worlds! Jason and Debbi had a vision to make this IPF Worlds in his home city an unforgettable memory and experience. And damn did they deliver! From touring and hosting athletes from various nations, volunteering, coaching, organizing, and tending to everyones needs. This Worlds would not have been the same without them! Jason continues to inspire, lead, and make TSG a force to be reckoned with! With his big dreaming there is nothing TSG can’t achieve.
TSG 83 kg athlete, Jure Rus was not able to compete due to an injury, but made the trip to Calgary to support his fellow Slovenian teammates as well as meet everyone from The Strength Guys. It was great to meet everyone and share special memories with Team Slovenia.
Clinton Lee, 74 kg athlete from Singapore , has always been part of our TSG family. Clinton and Jason met back in 2015 when Jason was backpacking around the world. We welcomed all athletes and supporters from Singapore and had a great week.
All TSG coaches as well as Ryan Smith (XLR8 Fitness) helped with Team Malaysia and Team Singapore throughout the week. We even befriended Team Trinidad & Tobago.
We are still all smiles from our Top Of The World experience!
Team Slovenia and XLR8 Fitness On Top Of The World at Lake Louise
2018 IPF Championship last week in Calgary, Alberta (TSG’s hometown) was an experience none of us will ever forget. Jason Tremblay “One of the proudest moments of World’s for me was spending time with these men after the competition, and reminiscing about the special journeys we’ve shared through paowerlifting as teammates and colleagues. ” TSG athletes managed to secure the following placings at the 74 kg Men’s World Championship.
1st Taylor Atwood, USA (TSG athlete / coach) 2nd Clinton Lee, SIN (Previous TSG athlete who will always be considered one of the TSG family) 6th Chris Wong, GBR (TSG athlete)
11th Urban Mur, SLO (Honourary TSG athlete, SLO)
Taylor held the world squat record (for a minute) and broke the world record total
In his third 74 kg Men’s Open World Championship, Taylor Atwood finally took home the gold! Taylor went 7/9 making lifts of:
?Squat: 275.5 kg ?Bench Press: 190 kg ?Deadlift: 292.5 kg ?Total: 758 kg/546 Wilks
Taylor set the World Record in Total and briefly held the World Record in Squat before it was chipped by Yoshihiro Higa of Japan. Taylor is coached by Jason Tremblay and Ben Esgro
Under the excellent handling of the Great Britain coaching staff, for Worlds and guidance from Chad Dolan and Jason Tremblay throughout his preparations, Chris Wong went 9/9 for PR’s in the Squat, Bench Press, and Total.
Chris ended the day with a 667.5 kg Total (17.5 kg PR) and 486 Wilks. This helped him secure 6th in placings and 4th in the current Great Britain Men’s powerlifting rankings across all weight classes.
Huge thank you to John Downing for volunteering to the sport as he always does and sharing being there with Taylor, Chris and Clinton.
TSG Coach Alfred and athlete Rhonda Wong had an epic Worlds Performance last week! We are so proud of them both, a true coach-athlete dream team . Rhonda went 9 for 9, finishing with a silver in squat (125kg/275lbs), bronze in deadlift (152.5kg/335lbs) and bronze over all in the women’s open 47kg weight class.
Taylor Atwood & Jason Tremblay guests on De Novo Supplements podcast. They discuss what has made them a winning combination.
Jason Tremblay: I was fortunate to be on the De Novo Supplements podcast with my teammate and great friend Taylor Atwood. This is a podcast which we’ve both wanted to do for a while, to tell our story unfiltered, and we’re thankful for De Novo and Lawrence Judd to give us this opportunity. If you’re looking to hear a story of bragging about successes this isn’t for you. Each step along our way has been filled with tremendous adversity, and each meet it has been of a different kind. Through it all we’ve always committed to staying a TEAM and overcoming our adversity. For anyone who thinks that national champions don’t have to wade through the mud as well, you couldn’t be any more wrong. We started as essentially the blind leading the blind, grown as friends and professionals, and we’ve built a unique co-coaching team which nobody else is doing with our teammate Ben Esgro, and now we’ll be competing in our third IPF World Championship next week in my hometown of Calgary, Alberta…
Life is great when you take risks and expose yourself to whatever successes or lessons they may bring. Hope you enjoy the podcast!
De Novo Supplements: In this episode, I sit down with two of their coaches – Taylor Atwood and Jason Tremblay – who happen to have their own coach/client story stretching back for the past 4 years. This coaching relationship has seen Taylor medal on the international powerlifting stage, and it was great to sit down and chat about what has made them such a successful pairing / winning combination. I ask them: 1. Intro – tell us how they met/got started. 2. You guys have been working together for quite a while now, and you both coach a number of successful athletes. – What do you think are the biggest keys to developing & maintaining a good coach-athlete relationship? – In your particular relationship, have either of you felt like you let the other down? If so, how did you approach that and deal with it? 3. You guys have done several high profile competitions together – how do you handle the stress of competitions like that – both as a coach, managing your stress and your athlete, and as an athlete. 4. Who’s been the biggest influence on you as a coach/athlete? 5. What’s the one thing you wish more coaches and/or athletes knew?