Have a podcast in 30 days

Without headaches or hassles

Guys, I’ve seen the light. I’ve been so blind this whole time. Thanks to our good ole’ buddy, Tool Boy, for setting me straight with all of his melodramatic feels! I just had to share with you all, if you’re doing one-rep max lifts in the gym, STOP IMMEDIATELY! He woke me to the fact that it’s totes dangerous, yo.

Screw the whole, science, facts, and actual deep-level understanding of how your body’s physiology really works, thing. One-rep maxes are going to strain your muscles so hard they’ll pop right off your bones and maybe poke your spotter’s eye out.

If you haven’t caught on yet (but I know you have — you’re smart enough to listen to this show so you’re quick like that) I’m being more than a little sarcastic.

Today’s show is all about (1) who the hell not to listen to; and, (2) understanding the truth of why people REALLY get hurt in the gym (Hint: It aint due to one-rep max lifts). Knowing this will keep your reps rockin’ and pecks from poppin’.

The softest generation …

*Side note* Most millennials are way too soft. My WWII veteran grandpa could still kick any millennial’s ass. Just sayin’ … (03:24)

Other nuggets you’ll learn, dear strength lockpicker …

  • How mechanical disadvantages and faulty movement patterns put your strength journey at risk (08:14)
  • Why you should NEVER lift heavy when coming off a bodybuilding show (11:34)
  • Why taking some anabolic steroids will make you as big as an ox but as frail as a dried twig (12:05)
  • How accommodating resistance and optimal muscle resting length work to safely make you stronger (08:44)
  • A testosterone supplement you SHOULD be taking that makes your muscles grow while keeping your tendons from shrivelling (12:47)
  • When you’re most likely to get injured — in the gym or elsewhere (P.S. I see more injuries on the softball field and basketball court than I do in the gym) (07:09)
  • Why failure is like a callous on your hand, AND … (15:02)
  • Why you shouldn’t let Tool Boys deter you from living a great life (14:50)

Well, my friend, there’s a lot of nutritious thought-meat in this episode. I hope you enjoy it and take something away from it that you can use to grow stronger (mentally, physically and emotionally — especially emotionally, so you’re not the the next Tool Boy waxing dramatic rhetoric on Facebook Live to feed your low self-worth).

Next week is the show’s one-year anniversary. I’ve got some great stuff lined up for you, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. You’ll just have to tune in to see what’s up.

I want to thank you for being a loyal listener. You’re stronger than you know (but you don’t have to prove it by going all out with a one-rep max).


  • Kyle Newell

If you have show suggestions or an interesting idea you want me to talk about, please contact me at kyle@kylenewell.com or at kyle@newellstrength.com. You can also leave a comment or review on today’s show. We love hearing from you!

Have a podcast in 30 days

Without headaches or hassles


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