Episode # 40

Dave Tate talks Life After Powerlifting, Training Around Injuries & Business Longevity

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Released on December 3, 2015

In this weeks episode, Joe interviews Elitefts.com Founder & CEODave Tate. Dave is a legend in the strength industry – having been involved in powerlifting for over 3 decades (both as a coach and lifter). He’s also logged more than 10,000 hours of strength consulting with professional and novice athletes, as well as Strength & Conditioning coaches worldwide. In addition to training and consulting – Dave has written over 500 articles for every major fitness magazine and website – and he’s the author of, ‘UNDER THE BAR: 12 Lessons of Life from the World of Powerlifting’. Needless to say, when it comes to training and knowing the “fitness industry”, you won’t find too many people with more experience or knowledge than Dave Tate.  

Here’s a glimpse at just a few of the topics Dave discussed during his interview with Joe:


  • Life after powerlifting and “finding your identity” once you’re no longer competing
  • Advice for former athletes that “lost the love” of their sport and are now bitter about the sacrifices they made to compete, etc.
  • What it feels like to be the 40-year-old “guy on the other side of the table” that most young lifters won’t listen to anymore
  • The importance of knowing your “minimum strong” and what it means to your health, longevity and sanity
  • The revelation Dave had after one “bodybuilding-style” Back workout and how it affected his health [and training] to this day
  • Learn about the tweaks that Dave has made to his current style of training & how they contribute to his GAINZ!
  • Dave describes what it means to go into “The Void” and why he thinks it’s “Fuckin’ Awesome”!  


  • Dave & Joe discuss why you should avoid surgery at ALL COSTS [take it from two guys with over a dozen surgeries between them]
  • How most “recovery” methods actually end up interfering w/ your ability to recover [and what to do about it]
  • Learn why Dave & Joe both agree that all athletes & “washed-up meatheads” need to get some kind of PASSIVE therapy each and every week
  • The piece of equipment that Dave developed out of necessity and how it saved both Dave & Joe’s shoulders [as well as many of Joe’s athletes]


  • The importance of having “indicator exercises” in your program and what Dave currently uses as his personal indicators
  • Dave’s TOP 3 Business Tips for the aspiring gym owner [and the influence they’ve had on the longevity of Joe’s career]
  • Where Dave sees the Strength & Conditioning industry going in the next 5-10 years…and much, Much MORE! 


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  1. Damn Joe you continue to raise the bar every week. You and Dave Tate have inspired me for years and the knowledge bombs you both dropped in this podcast were freaking amazing! This podcast continues to be one of the highlights of my week.

  2. Great podcast! You can’t have Dave without Wendler…I vote for Jim Wendler as the next guest.

  3. I was hoping joe d was going to have dave tate on the podcast and he didn’t disappoint. GREAT episode!! Loved the insight dave gave about finding his identity and some of the post powerlifting struggles he went through. I struggled with many of the same issues after college when I stopped wrestling so I could definitely relate. This was one of the most REAL podcasts i ever listened to. but i guess i should have expected that coming from these 2 industry giants. Great job guys! Very inspiring and educational show. I truly appreciate both your efforts.

  4. I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR DAVE TATE TO DO THE INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH SHOW SINCE EPISODE #1!! Can’t wait to listen after work! I know it will be great. Dave is a legend. And thanks Joe D for yet ANOTHER amazing guest and episode. #overdeliver

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