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Breaking the Rules With Charles Staley, Ep 6

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In this podcast episode, Breaking Muscle Radio speaks with iconic strength coach Charles Staley. Charles is known as a visionary and a rule-breaker. His clients call him “The Secret Weapon,” as he possesses a keen ability to recognize strengths and shortcomings.

Charles has amassed over thirty years of experience both under a barbell and as a top coach. Along the way he witnessesed many trends of the industry come and go, while he often took exactly the opposite path to the majority. As a result, Charles's outlook on the industry is intuitive and intelligent.

  • 00:53 - How Charles got started in fitness
  • 05:29 - The good and bad points about being a personal trainer
  • 07:30 - Frustrations about the strength training industry
  • 10:00 - The issues with trends and setting client expectations
  • 12:40 - What people should be doing in the gym
  • 15:03 - The role of steady state cardio in a training plan
  • 17:32 - Focusing on process and behaviors to achieve desired outcomes
  • 20:23 - Helping clients to focus on the attainable
  • 21:30 - How being non-athletic and a slow learner helps you become a better coach
  • 24:00 - Thoughts on nutrition, caloric deficits, restrictive diets, and paleo
  • 28:00 - The real reasons a low-carb approach works
  • 29:43 - Where Charles's reputation as a rule breaker and pioneer comes from
  • 34:00 - Training hard and heavy as a mature athlete
  • 37:34 - Staying the right side of the intensity versus consistency line
  • 41:15 - How to get the younger generation to understand the concept of longevity
  • 43.25 - Having an understanding of your capabilities
  • 44:43 - Update from his performance at the AAU World Powerlifting Championships
  • 46:42 - Charles's details and upcoming projects

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