Nov 1, 2018
Matt and Scott answer your questions in Q&A #3. Listeners
submitted questions via email and Instagram and the boys will
tackle them over the course of several episodes. They also read
some podcast reviews (good and bad) from iTunes.
This week they answer:
- Colin asks: What physical, mental, or medical
conditions would preclude someone from barbell
training? Aortic aneurysm. As Scott says, if you walk
normally and can defecate then you're probably good to go. Matt
won't train anyone with fibromyalgia either.
- If a trainee misses a workout in a HLM program, is
there anything you can do to avoid messing up the whole
week? There's no shortcut to building the stress
necessary to drive the weekly 5RM, so not really. If absolutely
necessary you could do the light workout followed immediately by
the medium workout, to avoid losing the week. However this is very
suboptimal and should only be done as a last resort. Scott mentions
adding two more days to your training "week" so that you stretch
out the SRA cycle from 7 days to 9 days, but again this is a major
- From Matt B: Why doesn't Online Great Books read
Gilgamesh as part of the reading progression. Isn't it even older
than Homer? Scott gets this question all the
time, and the answer is that Gilgamesh has some problems. The main
issue with Gilgamesh is that it was lost until 1853. Aristotle
doesn't mention Gilgamesh, neither does Shakespeare. It doesn't
seem to have influenced anyone in the Western canon, therefore it
wasn't part of the actual Great Conversation.
- What does a good training log look
like? Scott uses FitBot for a video log of his
training, but he swears by a paper log too. In his view, a paper
log should have the date, the warm-ups and work weights, notes
about performance and cues for future workouts. Matt likes to track
his bodyweight too.
More Q&A's to come in the future! Send us your questions at
on Instagram @barbell_logic.
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