Noah Hayden joins Matt & Niki to reexamine the exercise
Noah first pitched these ideas in episode 3 of the Barbell Health
& then Noah Hayden refined them in an article for Barbell
As coaches, we likely love lifting, and this passion helped
motivate us to pursue a career in helping others lift and
experience the benefits of strength. Many of our clients, however,
do not share the same passion, and while getting stronger will
benefit them--and strength will likely get them closer to their
goals--we cannot ignore their goals and prioritize strength about
our clients' goals.
Strength, in fact, is not the most important thing in life (nor the
When it comes to programming, examining why we program a certain
lift rather than another, we have to think about the why and then
we can develop the how. A bit part of the why are the client's
We need to think about how we improve quality of life for the
client? How do we help them meet their goals?
We're Barbell Logic and we're strength coaches, so we understand
the importance of strength and advocate that simple, hard,
effective training should be a part of any fitness routine. If,
however, we put 100 more pounds on a client's deadlift as their
waistline increases when they wanted to get leaner, we failed to
help the client meet their goals.
In his article, Noah outlines what he considers the fitness
attributes. While there are different lists, people tend to argue
over whether two attributes should be combined or divided or
whether there should be more that might fall under another. Below
is his proposed list.
In the next episode, Noah, Matt, & Niki decide on how
examining the client's goals, understanding the why, and
understanding the fitness attributes helps leads to Noah's proposed
Exercise Selection Criteria and Programming Criteria.