EP 76 – Reactive Training Method with Mike Tuchscherer

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Mike Tuchsherer’s BIO – Attended the United States Air Force Academy and started competing in powerlifting in 1997. An old list of achievements of Mike include:

  • Mike became a State record holder in Indiana and Kentucky when he was still a Sophomore in High School
  • Mike graduated from competing at the College level to the Open division.
  • Mike has won 4 USA Powerlifting National Championships
  • Mike has won IPF Junior Worlds
  • Mike has placed 2nd at the IPF Senior Worlds that was also his first ever senior world contest
  • Mike regularly competes in local meets to help spread the word on Powerlifting
  • In 2009, at the World games, which is an international, ultra-prestigious event organized by the International Olympic Committee, Mike became the first American male in history to win the Gold medal for Powerlifting.


Basic questions –

  • Why did you get into powerlifting?
  • What are your strength numbers -best & current
  • What are the most common injuries you see from powerlifters and what is the usual reason for this?
  • What do you take on a regular basis to supplement your training?
  • What is your worst injury and what did you do to fix it?
  • What accessories do you use for lifting? What supplements do you take?
  • What pet peeves do you have when it comes to training in a gym?
  • What is one thing you have heard many lifters say that is WRONG/MYTH?
  • Favorite powerlifter to watch progress/compete?

Here are some further questions regarding programming:

  • Why is it called the Reactive Training Method?
  • What is autoregulation?
  • What is traditional percentage based programming? Your 1RM is fixed and you lift a fixed percentage that fluctuates as the program calls for it but the 1RM max is a fixed amount that doesn’t account for how you the lifter feels in the gym (stress, tired, CNS fatigue, etc).
  • How does autoregulation differ from traditional percentage based programming (linear programming)?
  • How did you discover autoregulation?
  • What is RPE – rate of perceived exertion
    • RPE @7 definitely do 3 more reps
    • RPE @10 maximal effort
  • What is the leading cause for having a bad day? Drinking caffeine, not enough sleep? What things can we cut out of our daily intake/life to minimize bad days?
  • RPE allows you to make the program fit you and your life. Seeker sensitive to borrow a church term 😛
  • What is the question you hear by most of your lifters?
  • Not only does this help you adjust your program when you are having an off day but it allows you to set PRs when you are on your game as that 1RM number was something that was fixed a few months ago in your previous training.
  • What about beginner lifters trying to dial in RPE?
  • What about Load Drops and Repeats?
  • Load Drops – drop weight and work until RPE is at a certain specified set
  • Repeat – repeat load until you get to a certain RPE as specified
  • What about resting between sets, should rest times be consistent to keep the RPE accurate?
  • How do you determine your beginner RPE?

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