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Matt Gary and Sioux-z Hartwig-Gary: Coaching The Elite Powerlifter

Posted on June 01 2018


In this episode, I chat to Matt Gary (USA Powerlifting Senior International Coach) and Sioux-z Hartwig-Gary (Multiple national and world powerlifting champion, USA Powerlifting Women's Hall of Fame member and powerlifting coach). It was a privilege to pick the minds of two people so successful as both athletes and coaches, and hopefully you enjoy the discussion too. 

I asked them:

  1. Tell us a bit about your athletic backgrounds. 
  2. Matt - I read that, when you were 11, you were exposed to powerlifting for the first time and thought it was silly because you "couldn’t comprehend the notion of putting myself through so much anguish to reap so much reward." What changed?
  3. Sioux-z - how does your experience with finding powerlifting compare to Matt's? 
  4. Do your approaches to competing differ significantly from one another?
  5. Matt - you're renowned for your methodical, empirical approach to attempt selection on 'game day', but you've also said in the past that you're much more nervous when coaching than competing. How do you deal with that nervousness?
    1. Could you just briefly run through your 'formula' for attempt selection?
  6. Sioux-z - how did you develop your pre-lift routine?
  7. To both of you - what are the biggest lessons that your athletes have taught you?
  8. Who have been your biggest influences as athletes, coaches and people?
  9. If you could give one piece of advice to someone stepping on the platform for the first time, what would it be?



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