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Best of BBB EP 2 – Matt Wenning

We are back with our new monthly format, going through our top downloaded content with Matt Wenning. 

Matt Wenning is one of only a handful of people to total over 2600 lbs in a professional competition, hold an all-time world record of 2665 lbs in the 308-lb class, and bench press over 800 lbs in a full powerlifting meet. He currently the owner and a private strength coach at Ludus Magnus gym in Columbus, Ohio, a personal trainer to many executives and professionals at Capital Club Athletics, and contracted by the US Army. He also works with firefighters, physicians, children with disabilities, and all forms of athletes in the Columbus, Ohio, area. His raw total is 2205 and equipped is 2665 lbs.

Some of the topics we covered included:

  • What differentiates your form of conjugate to Westside?
  • Raw PL vs Equipped – is there animosity between the two or is just on the equipped old school lifters?
  • Do you think equipped PL will get popular again?
  • What do you like about owning/operating a gym?
  • Are you in Columbus, OH for any particular reason? Because Rogue or Westside?
  • What is MAW (Mountain Athlete Warrior?

Strength Accomplishments 2011 World Record Holder at 308lbs Former all time World Record Holder with 2665 lb total World record Raw Squat (no wraps) – 832 lbs World record Equipped Squat – 1197 lbs 2010 APF National Champion 2009 IPA National Champion UPA National Record Holder – Open Division

EP 173 – Micah Marino

Dave Ricks, has been competing for over 30-years!  He won is first Open IPF Championship in 1991, winning a total of 5 Open World Championships in his career (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999) and placed Silver in 7 other Open World Championships.  In addition, he has taken Best Lifter at the Arnold Sports Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2011, 2012. He has also been a competitor at the 2009 World Games (placing 5th at the age of 50!) and now into his Master’s years of competing, Dave is setting new Master World Records almost every time he hits that platform.  He won the 2013 Master World Championships as well as the 2011 World Master’s Championships. At age 53, Dave placed sixth in the Open World Championships.  He continues to set Master World Records, most recently the deadlift at the 2013 World Master Championships with a lift of 328 kg.

World Record:

  • Master Squat: 90/93 – Broke the record 6x
  • Master Deadlift: 90/93 Broke the record 4x
  • Master Total – 90/93 – Broke the record 6x
  • Set 16 Master World Records

Dave also holds the Open American Raw record, set in 2013. He continues to compete at the Elite, Open level at 54 years of age.   He has been selected for the USA Team to compete at the Classic World Championships as an open lifter, where he will be 55 years old.

Dave is an ambassador for powerlifting.  He coaches young lifters, hosts local and high school level competitions, and referees from the local to the national level in the USA


Rogue Grand Prix

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?
  • How hard was it to train while in the Navy? Did you train while deployed on ships?
  • What keeps you into powerlifting?
  • What have you seen change in powerlifting since you started competing? Good/bad/ugly

EP 169 – Ray Williams

This episode was our most highly downloaded episode of 2018 and we are glad to re-share it as we start 2019.


Greg Nuckols has over a decade of experience under the bar, and a BS in Exercise and Sports Science. He’s held 3 all-time world records in powerlifting in the 220 and 242 classes.

He’s trained hundreds of athletes and regular folks, both online and in-person. He’s written for many of the major magazines and websites in the fitness industry, including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Bodybuilding.com, T-Nation, and Schwarzenegger.com. Furthermore, he’s had the opportunity to work with and learn from numerous record holders, champion athletes, and collegiate and professional strength and conditioning coaches through his previous job as Chief Content Director for Juggernaut Training Systems and current full-time work here on Stronger By Science.

His passions are making complex information easily understandable for athletes, coaches, and fitness enthusiasts, helping people reach their strength and fitness goals, and drinking great beer.


Some of the questions we got to ask him included:

  • Mobility, foam rolling, and stretching (static or dynamic) – what is good for powerlifters vs bad or waste of time?
  • How would you recommend a powerlifter do an off season on season when they are scheduling meets in a year? Is it true that you should only work on weaknesses on off season times? Lets assume you have 16 weeks before the next meet, how much weakness work can you do before you should start focusing on being more specific on the comp movements?
  • Should there be a body fat percentage that is optimal for bigger powerlifters to try to stay around? Is there a good rule of thumb on weight gain when trying to go up a weight class? BB medicine has the limit to 40″ on the waist and PLto win says to maintain no greater than 15% bf
  • Cardio – are 10 minute walks enough for most lifters? What would also be good as far as cardio for general health?
  • From Jeff Ash – Is high intensity interval training better than low intensity cardio for strength athletes trying to maximize gains?

EP 168 – A Christmas Smorgasborg

Ray Williams is the strongest man we have had on our podcast and a great way to end 2018! Really excited to talk to him about his background, his work, and current goals. 

EP 166 – Dispensationalism w/Everett and Kenric

Is warming up merely wasting time in the gym or is it something you should be doing on a daily basis?


Ethan McElroy is a strength coach in the Triangle area as well as a powerlifter. He recently wrote an article about warming up which can be found here

EP 165 – Transgenderism and Strongman

With the holidays coming around you may be stuck with you inlaws or outlaws talking about theology. This episode we are talking a bit about what dispensationalism is and compare that to covenant theology.

EP 164 – Discipleship

We are joined by Jono, Janine, and Everett to talk all about the new transgender policy that Strongman Corp has issued which can be found here.


Early in the podcast Dave mentions the Jugglife Podcast discussion on Transgenderism and we reccomend you check that out first before listening to the podcast if possible. You can find that episode here.

EP 163 – Phat Chat w/Jeff and Janine

Discipleship – how do you do it biblically? We are joined with Everett and Janine to talk about discipleship and how we see it being done in the past in the church and what things we are getting right and wrong.