In this week’s episode, Kevin chats with James Townsend. James began his career in the strength and conditioning industry over 15 years ago. His personal athletic career started in powerlifting where he performed at the collegiate and international level. James graduated from Louisiana Tech and began his career as a strength and conditioning football coach at the University of Virginia. From there, James was an assistant strength-and-conditioning football coach at Mississippi State University and the head strength and conditioning football coach at Marshall University.
He currently coaches the men and women’s open USA Powerlifting team, and has secured two gold medals for the women’s team. He also led many athletes to win individual medals. James was also nationally recognized and awarded the Billy Jack Talton Coach of the Year award in 2017 by the USAPL.
0:30: James’ background in powerlifting and S&C
25:58: The introduction of Sheiko-style programming into James’ repertoire
44:45: Implementation of tapering into competitive powerlifting programming
53:35: Differences between national sport systems
1:04:00: The skill set of coaches in the past vs. now
You can find James on Instagram at @eliteiron or on the web at eliteironsp.com.
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