As we wrap up the holiday season and close out our flashback series, we’re turning it all the way back to December of 2019 when we recorded with the great and powerful Steve Tripp, owner of The Top Strength Project in Providence, Rhode Island.
Steve brings TONS of under the bar experience and coaching hours to the table, and on top of that, he’s one of the most impressive strength athletes you’re ever going to find. The two of us unpack training methodologies, how to approach accessory work, the need to train your weaknesses, and the importance of falling in love with the process.
Besides actionable, nuts and bolts training advice, Steve and I also dive into mindset and how important it is to not let your ego get in your way. In particular, if you are a big fish in a small pond, then it’s time for a change. If you are the strongest person in the room, or the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.
This episode is one of my favorites I’ve ever recorded because it's ruthlessly practical, efficient and to the point regarding what you need to do to get stronger in the gym.
What You'll Learn in This Episode:
[04:00] Steve’s entry into competitive strength sports
[07:25] The Top Strength Project
[10:00] Appreciating the overlap in different strength sports
[12:00] Training at HIGH volumes
[17:00] Books smarts and under the bar experience
[22:30] What does training look like for Steve Tripp
[27:30] Training your weaknesses
[32:00] Accessory work, strength biases, and size biases
[36:00] Steve’s go-to accessory moves to bring up the big 4
[46:00] Using strength standards to objectively determine your weak points
[51:30] RPE scales
[56:00] To get optimal results it’s 100% everything
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