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The Gift Of The Coaches Eye, Gear Vs. Raw Powerlifting, And Crossfit’s Advancement Of The Sport Of Powerlifting W/ C.J. Murphy — Barbell Shrugged #374

C.J. Murphy is the owner of Total Performance Sports and the creator of the Total Performance Method and the Total Performance Method for Powerlifting. His gym was featured as one of America’s 20 Best Gyms – twice. Murphy is on the Advisory Board for Men’s Fitness magazine and Muscle and Fitness magazine. C.J. has almost 30 years’ experience as a coach, athlete, and certified nutritionist. Murph is a retired Strongman competitor and former National Powerlifting Champion.

In this episode of Barbell Shrugged, we talk with CJ about the difference between powerlifting federations and the personalities that are attracted to them, the evolution of women in powerlifting, how Crossfit benefited the fitness and strength industry, the benefit of RPR for performance, and why no one cares how much you lift if you’re not a good person.


– Anders and Doug

Episode Breakdown:

⚡️0-10: Gear vs. Raw lifting

⚡️11-20: The difference between powerlifting federations and the personalities that are attracted to them

⚡️21-30: How to make any situation work for you  

⚡️31-40: The broken old man mode and nutrition for powerlifting

⚡️ 41-50: CJ’s competition history and the culture of his gym

⚡️51-60: The collection of dope powerlifting gear in CJ’s gym

⚡️61-70: The evolution of women in powerlifting and the good Crossfit did for the fitness and strength industry

⚡️71-80: The gift of the coaches eye

⚡️81-90: Creating a higher standard for what is normal and an intro to reflex performance reset (RPR)

⚡️91-100: The benefit of RPR for performance

⚡️101-110: No one gives a shit how much you lift if you’re not a good person

⚡️111-120: How to raise a good kid and parent as a team

⚡️121-133: The TPS Method  



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Mike, Doug and Anders



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