The UPenn Crew: NOTHING Worth Having Is Comfortable


Episode 110 of The STRONG Life Podcast is with Jim Steel (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at UPenn) along with his assistants, Cristi Bartlett and Tracy Zimmer.

Check out some of their training videos below (BIG Numbers + BIG Reps) as well as everything we spoke about from training to nutrition, mindset to dogs, injuries and more.

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The camaraderie among this team of UPenn Strength Coaches is inspiring to say the least.

In the past episodes I've done with Jim, I also posted videos of Cristi and Tracy crushing BIG weights for high reps.

Episode 109

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The stories of Strength and Toughness in this episode will fire you UP!

Here's some of what we discuss in this episode:

- How did Cristi and Tracy get to UPenn as Strength Coaches? What was their journey like?

- What nutrition "protocols" do Tracy and Cristi follow at the moment and why?

- How does Jim prep his food for his day coupled with early mornings, hectic days and late nights?

- Where does the mental toughness come from for Cristi and Tracy? How and why do they keep the discipline going, even during tough times?

- How does Jim change his frame of reference to continue training after decades of being under the bar?

- If you could pick just 1 exercise to do for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? The crew answers, each in their unique way.

- Dogs. Why do we have the dogs (Lab, Doberman, Mutt Rescue) and how have they influenced our lives?

- Books to read and re-read.

- Why nothing worth achieving will ever be comfortable and the mindset needed to break through mental and physical plateaus.

GREAT times chatting with Jim as always.

I am psyched that we were able to get 2 of the strongest girls I know to share their mindset, nutrition, training and life philosophies.




Resources & Links for Our Guests

Train Like an Athlete E Book by Tracy Zimmer

Training Videos w/ Jim, Cristi & Tracy

Cristi Bartlett Sets American Record Deadlifting 507 lbs

Marty Gallagher on Coaching Cristi Bartlett

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Till the next time, keep crushing LIFE!

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