The Barbell SPT | Five-Minute Friday: Strength & Power Loss In The Gym

I have been receiving a lot of questions regarding strength and power loss in the gym. These questions usually come from a place of concern and people think that the answer is something that is serious and that something is wrong with them. This is usually not the case - the answer is usually quite simple and can be discovered by asking a few simple questions.

Usually, the reason is because there is a difference in what is happening now vs. what was happening before

  • Current goals vs. previous goals

  • Current training vs. previous training

  • Current nutrition vs. previous nutrition

  • Current sleep and recovery vs. previous sleep and recovery

By investigating these four principles as well as what the consistency of training has been will lead to an answer. If someone is strength training and doing a 3 x 5 workout and eating 5,000 calories a day, then goes to trying to drop body fat, doing a hypertrophy routine (4 x 8) and eating only 2,800 calories a day - you can’t expect to have the same strength and performance in the gym.

Sometimes, the answer is discovered after I ask the first question. Don’t be so quick to jump the gun and assume it’s something that it isn’t.


The Barbell SPT Podcast | The Exercise (Almost) The Entire Population Should Be Doing

In this episode, I talk about one of my favorite exercises and one the most important exercises that almost every single one of us should be doing! I break down some current issues we have in our society and how this exercise addresses those, what the exercise is, and how to get started with it.

Some pretty common issues that are seen today are posture, low back pain, and pain/issues with walking. The exercise that I’m talking about strengthens all of the muscles that deal with these three issues and sometimes can be the solution to these problems.

Listen to this episode and find out what exercise I’m talking about. Maybe you already do it, maybe you don’t. If not…you should.

If you’re looking for help on how to program this particular exercise, check out any of these training program templates as they incorporate it in a structured program format and you can choose which one you want depending on your goals.

Have any questions? Email me or send me a message on Facebook.


Show Notes:


The Barbell SPT | Five-Minute Friday: Injuries

In the third installment of the Five-Minute Friday segment, the topic is injuries. I discuss what to do about your training when you have an injury and how it can affect your outcomes.

I recently dislocated my shoulder - 2 weeks ago as of when this episode was recorded - and I discuss my approach to training with this injury and how it might be beneficial to think about injuries in a different way.


  • Injuries

  • The approach to training with an injury

  • Benefits and consequences


Andrew Peterson
The Barbell SPT Podcast | Strength For Life

In this episode, the most important component of fitness for longevity and life is broken down and discussed. We all know that exercise and fitness is vital to our health and one of the only things that we are sure provides lasting benefits, but do you know which component leads to independence and improved life skills? Find out in this episode of The Barbell (S)PT Podcast


Show Notes:


Andrew Peterson
The Barbell SPT Podcast | Introduction

Welcome to The Barbell SPT Podcast!

This episode serves as an introduction to myself and what the podcast is going to be about. Give it a listen and get excited for more to come!


Show Notes:

  • Who am I? - 0:46

  • How I got into weight lifting - 1:37

  • How I decided to get into PT - 3:10

  • What is The Barbell (S)PT Podcast? - 4:39

  • Overview of topics - 6:02


Andrew Peterson
Introducing...The Barbell SPT Podcast

Alright, so this is something that I have wanted to do for a while, but never felt like I had good enough content or information. I’ve now got over that fear and decided that it would be more fun than anything and hopefully, at the same time deliver good, informational content.

That being said, I’d like to introduce to you The Barbell SPT Podcast! (learn how the name came about in the first episode)

I’ve always really enjoyed podcasts, and the idea of having a conversation recorded on audio about topics that I’m passionate about seems pretty exciting. Now, I want to share that with you and the rest of the community at Andrew P Fitness, as well as anyone else that enjoys this stuff.

So a little about the podcast, or at least what I foresee the podcast being:

For those that don’t know, I’m currently in graduate school working on my Doctorate of Physical Therapy (hear more about what led me to PT in the first episode of the podcast). Being in graduate school and going through the education has helped me understand things a little bit better from the medical side. My main goal with the podcast is to marry fitness and physical therapy together and discuss how they work in harmony with each other - after all, physical therapy is a profession based around exercise. Topics can range from specific exercises to anatomical nuances that the fitness world misconstrues.

Keep in mind, this is the initial idea I have for the podcast but who knows! It could go in a completely different direction, if there are things that you would like to hear about, or topics you would like me to discuss, by all means, leave a comment below, message me on Facebook or Instagram, or feel free to leave a comment on any of my posts on either of those platforms.

I’m excited about this new chapter for myself and Andrew P Fitness. This is going to add a new dynamic to all of the content here as it will allow me to integrate more of the physical therapy aspects with fitness for a more well-rounded approach to health, longevity, and happiness.

That being said, I hope you enjoy the content, find it the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you found an episode that you really like, share it with someone else who might find it useful or informational! Again, I’m always open to feedback to improve the experience, so hit me with it!