What Louie Simmons, Gary V, and Eric Cressey All Have In Common w/ Jordan Syatt, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Kenny Santucci — Barbell Shrugged #392


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Jordan Syatt is the owner, operator, and main contributor to Syatt Fitness. While Jordan covers a variety of topics, he mainly focus on subjects relating to powerlifting, strength training, fat loss, and athletic performance. If you’re looking to improve strength, athletic performance and/or body composition…you’ve made it to the right place.

Jordan is a 5x World Record Powerlifter as well as a Precision Nutrition and Westside Barbell Certified coach. He’s been featured in a variety of media publications including CNN, The Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness Magazine, Schwarzenegger.com, T-Nation.com and he has a Bachelors of Science in Health & Behavior Science with a focus in Strength & Conditioning. Training and nutrition aside, Jordan is obsessed with travelling, is a huge mama’s boy and, given one wish, he would be a wizard.

In this episode of Barbell Shrugged we talk about Jordans background, learning the science of coaching, what the goal is when working with professional athletes, the importance of internships, gym language, why putting out free content is so valuable, celebrity fitness and traveling with clients, why you have no excuse to give up and quit, and much more.


- Anders and Doug

Episode Breakdown

0-10: Jordans background, college wrestling, West Side Barbell, and working Eric Cressy

11-20: How Jordan understood Louie’s Simmons articles, when Jordan realized that building his business was more important than pursuing powerlifting, and the emotions of letting go of your training identity

21-30: Intermittent fasting, the stuid things Jordan would do to cut weight, and leg day

31-40: Learning the science of coaching, one of the best things Cressy ever told him, and what the goal is when working with professional athletes

41-50: The Boyle internship process, the importance of internships, gym language, working with the general population, and why coaching women is so fun

51-60: Hotel workouts and the fitness scene around the world

61-70: Getting people stronger vs. performance, crazy gym locker room stories, and why putting out free content is so valuable

71-80: How Jordan stays motivated, Jordan’s insane internship process, and choosing your priorities

81-90: CEO’s, celebrity fitness and traveling with clients

91-100: The importance of balance, why you have no excuse to give up and quit, the business side of managing Gary, creating content, and the value of long form articles

101-110: Learning how to lead a group of people, letting go of your ego, and why giving out quality free advice is valuable

111-122: Why the in person experience of a gym is so special, the importance of human connection, the human capacity to adapt, and where to find Jordan


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