Feb 13, 2020
To be a competitive athlete,
choosing your weightlifting coach is critical. You would like to
improve your strength and conditioning and learn the proper lifting
techniques from a skilled coach who fully understands the athletic
experience. A good coach is someone who has a competitive
experience and a genuine understanding of weightlifting training
In today's episode of RX'D
Radio, we're on the show with weightlifting coach Zack Telander to
talk in detail about the world of weightlifting coaching as a
profession. He also shares how he uses YouTube as a platform to
provide informative content and to reach a wider
If you want to level up your
training programming, don't forget to subscribe and tune in to RX'D
Radio for the detailed discussion!
About Our Guest
Zack Telander is an outstanding coach in weightlifting,
CrossFit, and to multiple sports at Texas A&M University and
Northwestern University. Zack has a USAW-Level 2 coaching
certification and is a weightlifting coach at Juggernaut Training
Systems and Texas A&M.
How Should Weightlifting Programming Look
Getting Into Weightlifting
grew up as an athlete in a very athletic home. Playing high school
football drew him to the weight room.
graduating from the University of Vermont, he went to a CrossFit
gym, and there he was inspired to be a coach.
he got his level one in CrossFit, he started to advance. In 2014,
he started training with one of the coaches and did his first
eventually got his USAW-Level One and got a full-time job as a
- As a
CrossFit coach, he was able to teach non-athletic people the
"snatch, and the clean and jerk" on a high volume.
golden standard for getting into strength and conditioning is
passing the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
passing the CSCS exam, he got an internship at Northwestern
University and Texas A&M University. When he got into College
Station, he started competing again on weightlifting and started
personal training for profit.
Using YouTube as a Platform
2016, he started getting into YouTube. After a while, he started
making and uploading CrossFit videos.
releasing his videos, a guy commented that there's no story in his
Zack, he wanted to deliver his expertise and combat issues on the
CrossFit community. He started writing and doing voice overs to try
and give solutions to these problems.
1,000 views, he has now reached almost 100,000
Weightlifting Coaching as a Career
does remote coaching and coaching in-person.
- Physical coaching is essential for
- Actual interaction is critical in being a
coach. Coaches have to know how to interact and how to calm people
terms of ROI, weightlifting coaching as a profession is always
going to be relatively low.
weightlifting coaches do it out of passion, but they have other
sources of income.
Remote Coaching and RPE
can get a lot stronger with low percentage squats. It's all about
positioning and speed.
of perceived exertion or RPE is the rating on how hard you work.
It's hard to perform a good rate with dynamic movements such as
snatch, clean and jerk.
Aita, the Head of Juggernaut Training Systems Weightlifting Coach,
and Zack's mentor invented a scale for RPE.
on the other hand, gives ranges with the eye. By following those
rules, they can go as heavy or as light as they want.
uses these techniques to breed a culture in the gym and instill to
people that he coaches.
only real prescription for training is an ideal
- Overload movements like poles or squats are
heavier and more fatiguing than clean and jerk or
are many tricks you can do if your lifter is fatigued and is not
feeling good instead of just putting in arbitrary
you introduce novelty, the person just forgets that they're lifting
periodization: Working on one aspect of training; this can be (1)
muscle building, (2) muscular endurance, and (3)
- Concurrent periodization: Here, you're working
on all three aspects, but you undulate the amount of intensity and
load in each phase.
undulating periodization: If you stress the body, it needs time to
real trick of programming is understanding how you can emotionally
tap into the athlete without scaring them.
gauge an athlete's performance, he watches them every day. The
system is feedback; communicate consistently to athletes as a
- Reporting fatigue is very hard for athletes,
and it takes years of training to understand how to accurately and
efficiently assess your own fatigue.
have to determine how many days you're going to implement stressors
(e.g., very high intensities clean and jerk).
- As a
coach, you have to see all the factors and what's happening and
make the right adjustments unique to each athlete.
Outlook on Programming
on the quality of the execution as the end goal.
- As an
athlete, you have to take responsibility on how to regulate and
make adjustments for yourself.
also have to be interested in experimenting, changing, and holding
yourself accountable. Your coach is just there to guide you through
works mostly with college students, and he realized they don't
really understand a lot of these concepts.
- It is
essential to be interested in the sport enough to learn about the
simplest to the most complex terminologies.
athletes understand what they're getting into, they will not end up
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