How to Program for Competitive athletes w/ Nick Fowler - Ep. 40

This week I interview Brute Strength’s very own programming guru and Director of Strength & Conditioning – Nick Fowler. In this episode we’re lifting the hood so you can really get a feel for Brute’s training methodologies, and a look into how we’re getting athletes ready for The Crossfit Games. Whether you’re an aspiring Games athlete or a coach looking to take your athletes to the next level, this episode is for you. We’ll be getting into athlete assessments, creating a program, training for strength vs. training for endurance, and a couple of things to avoid along the way – so get ready! More Nick Fowler here: Instagram: @theNickFowler Facebook: Nick Fowler Affiliate Gym: Massif Athletics Click here to sign up for our Games Prep/ Compete programs for only $10 on your first month. Promo-code: BruteNick Offer expires June 6, 2016. Topics of discussion: [1:00] How Nick Fowler got started with human physiology and programming [6:04] Educational sources/ recommended books - “Supertraining” – Dr. MInstel Siff (book) - “Tip of the Day” – Charles Poliquin (blog) - “Gym Jones” – Mark Twight (blog) - Max El-Hag (mentor) - Lyle McDonald (mentor) [11:00] Programming for athletes [11:55] Assessing an athlete [15:58] Creating a programming/ Figuring out what you’re training for [17:15] How building your aerobics base will increase muscle endurance [18:50] Endurance Pyramid [19:58] Advice for athletes looking to get stronger - Slow strength work - Structural strength [24:10] “Can you get stronger with metcons?” [27:14] The RIGHT way too lift heavy - The 4-hour rule [32:40] Concurrent signals – avoid this! [36:30] How to gain strength without sacrificing endurance [44:33] Building a strong gymnastics foundation [51:43] What you need in order to become a Games athlete - Mobility - Hormonal health - Sleep/ recovery - Lifestyle/ stress - Nutrition [1:07:05] Quick advice for all coaches Reviews: If you LOVE this podcast please click ( to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support. Follow us on Instagram @brute.strength

Nick Fowler