Episode # 18

Unconventional Training vs. Traditional Barbell Lifting

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Released on July 2, 2015

In this weeks episode, Joe gives a quick recap of his vacation then discusses a topic that has come up quite often since the opening of DeFranco’s Gym at the Onnit Academy — Unconventional Training Methods vs. Traditional Barbell Lifting. While most coaches and trainers waste time arguing about which method is “better”, Joe feels they both have their place.


  • The true distinction between “unconventional” training and “conventional” training
  • The value each can have on YOUR own training program – regardless if you’re an elite athlete or “average Joe”
  • How/Why incorporating both methods into your program is superior to choosing one over the other
  • How to organize each method into your training in order to get the most transfer to the athletic field or your everyday life
  • Why Joe feels “unconventional” exercises are supplemental by nature and should NOT be programmed as your primary exercise
  • Practical application (How to design a workout incorporating both methods)
  • Joe’s new long-term approach to unconventional training – Learn why “Strongman Saturday’s” are no longer offered year-round at DeFranco’s Gym

All this, plus MORE training tips, tricks, and tidbits 🙂 


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