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5. Matt Gary [How To Be The Best Competition Day Coach & Upholding The Standard]

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Join The Heavy Metal Strength Coach in a conversation with Matt Gary, one of the most decorated Powerlifting coaches in the game. It was wonderful to chat with Matt and I found him to be a fountain of knowledge regarding game-day handling. I learned a great deal from the perspectives offered within this episode and I can't wait to have him on again in the future.
This was a good one.
We talk about the following:
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"Cultivate your passion"
Putting your athlete in the best position to succeed
Having a comprehensive understanding of the powerlifting rules.
Maximizing strategy on game day
Eliminating game-day stress
Be on time and on task.
Be an advocate for your lifter
The only thing a lifter should really have to do on competition day is execute the lifts
Earning lifter buy-in.
Detaching yourself from the emotion of competition.
Lifter feedback is important, don't shut them out, it's THEIR competition
As a coach, you are a master of the clock
Energy levels as deadlifts approach
Agreed upon language
Handling Mike Tuchscherer
Meet the personality of your lifter
The dangers of overcoaching
Having a game day questionnaire
What cues do you prefer to hear?
Are the terms "form" and "technique" interchangeable?
Being in a constant state of refinement with your lifters
As a lifter, be as robotic as you can be.
Lifting subconsciously.
Separating competition and technique blocks where possible
Is it a good idea to watch lifts on social media when you are close to the competition?
"Comparison is the thief of joy."
The wonderful powerlifting community.
The potential for idiocy is far higher when adrenaline is high.
When in doubt, hold your breath.
Meet and talk to your coach before meet day.
The post-competition debrief.
Does Matt handle men and women differently?
Minimum standards.
How many out of 9 should you go?
9/9 shouldn't be a unicorn.
Making the lifts = happy competition
Matt would like to thank his wife, Sioux-y Hartwig Gary, and the USAPL president Dr. Larry Maile Ph.D
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