Christian Thibaudeau is a bodybuilding and sports performance coach. He is senior author and head writer for the e-magazine T-Nation and partner in the website Thibarmy. He has been involved in the business of sports performance and bodybuilding for nearly 20 years. Christian is a specialist in being a generalist. His methods focus on helping athletes in a multitude of different sports performance disciplines. He has competed in Olympic weightlifting and bodybuilding at the national level, and he has had three books published (The Black Book of Training Secrets, Theory and Application of Modern Strength, and Power Methods, High Threshold Muscle Building) and co-authored a fourth.
Thibaudeau is originally and currently from Quebec, Canada. He earned both a bachelor and a master’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières He was a multiple sport athlete in high school and excelled in both football and golf. Christian popularized the neurotyping system, which is the founding principle and inspiration behind much of his program.
Today’s episode builds on Christian’s last visit in episode #77, expanding on the neurological aspect of coaching. Thibaudeau goes into how each neurotype has particular abilities and explains ways to efficiently coach these athletes. He cautions that some athletes are drawn to or frustrated by the styles of their coaches that don’t take this into account. He believes that knowing potential links or conflicts created by brain chemistry and neurotyping is a must to get the most out of your own coaching and your athlete’s performance.
In this podcast, Coach Christian Thibaudeau and Joel discuss:
- What neurotypes often choke under pressure and why.
- Neurotype-specific activation strategies that will increase performance.
- How the environment can affect neurotypes.
- Which types are the most difficult to peak for competition, and strategies to overcome that.
- Why certain athletes are able to recover from heavy neurotype training more efficiently.
- Overstimulation and the role of it in an athlete’s acute mobility.
Podcast total run time is 1:36:27.
Christian can be found at his Thibarmy.com
Keywords: neurotype, strength, power, neurochemistry