Interview With AJ Roberts

Eric Cressey interviews AJ Roberts in his latest newsletter. Roberts hit a 935 pound squat, 661 pound bench and 699 pound deadlift for a 2,295 total and second place in the 308's at the APF Senior Nationals.

How being a powerlifter has effected his coaching:

The biggest trait that I have carried over into coaching is the emphasis on perfect form. I'm constantly working with the athletes to make sure they are not sacrificing form for strength, which is common due to the competitive atmosphere that is often created in a varsity weight room.

Random ideas:

You must always seek knowledge from those who are more knowledgeable than you and who know what it takes to be strong!

Speed is more important than your ego!

Full range of motion work is the most important part of training; lifting big weights to a high box or a 3-board in the gym is not going to help you hit the numbers you want in a meet!

Your upper back is just as important as you lower back!

Being strong and being technical are just as important as one another!

Simple is still best!

Nothing beats hard work!

Resources he recommends for those wanting to learn more about strength and conditioning:

1. Professional Fitness Coach Program Design Bible by Alan Cosgrove

2. Supertraining by Mel Siff

3. Essentials of Weightlifting and Strength Training by Mohamed F. El-Hewie

4. The Sport Training Profits Program by Ryan Lee

5. Magnificent Mobility DVD by Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson

Five year goal:

Hopefully, I have established myself as one of the best strength coaches in the nation and will have opened up my own sports training facility.