Podcast Episode #14: Al Ciampa

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #14


Al Ciampa, U.S. Army Veteran and Trainer for U.S. Air Force, talks about anti-glycolytic training and conditioning for the military with your host Craig Marker.

Show Notes

01:36 – Al talks about his history and background.

07:10 – Al discusses why bodybuilding is not possible for some people.

09:00 – Al talks about his time in the military.

12:10 – What is Al doing right now?

13:20 – Protocols to get into the special forces.

18:43 – Al talks about Maffetone monitor and heart rate.

27:05 – Al discusses glycolysis.

34:38 – Al talks about psychology and training.

39:19 – Al describes the Zercher Squat and the benefits.

44:07 – Closing advice.

Tweetable Quotes

Most physical fitness is mental and mettle. – Al Ciampa Click To Tweet
Do you want the PT test to cause you to suffer for six days, or do you want it to be just another session? – Al Ciampa Click To Tweet

Resources Mentioned

A+A Protocol Discussion on the Forum

Simple and Sinister

Naked Warrior

Beyond BodyBuilding

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Craig Marker
Craig Marker, Ph.D. CSCS, StrongFirst Certified Senior Instructor Emeritus, is a fitness enthusiast who has spent his life trying to help people improve their lives. As a professor, he works with students on how best to understand research and place it into context. He has published over fifty articles, chapters, and textbooks on psychology and research methods.

As a researcher, he understands the cutting edge of strength, sports performance, body composition, and nutrition. As a psychologist, he has focused on research and treatment of anxiety disorders, which positions him to understand the motivation and the fear of making life changes.

Craig’s upcoming book, the The Antifragile Self, takes on the topic of building a stronger person in the mental and physical domains.

As a StrongFirst Certified Elite Instructor, Craig views kettlebells as one tool in the trade of forging a better person.

Visit his intentional community in Atlanta: Strength.University.
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16 thoughts on “Podcast Episode #14: Al Ciampa

  • Hi Al,
    Just listened to your podcast and found it very informative and interesting. Anna advised me to – so I did and no regrets. I am new on Strong First but find the concept of A&A and work capacity fascinating compared to Max Reps and long recovery- I find my recovery times improved already and listening to you convinced me I am on the right track. Cheers!

      • Al, Thanks for the generous offer there really appreciate that. I feel after just a short time on Strong First there is really something that I could develop for my sport, climbing /Alpine. I just can’t use max strength protocols any morr.

  • I absolutely enjoyed it. I know that your sound and holistic approach works like a charm as I am implementing some profound aspects of your experience for three years now doing the A+A theme.

    Alactic + Aerobic + Repeat is a recipe for lifelong healthy programming without a program. It is work, but not “hard” work. The more I do it, the more I see it as a playground.

    Thanks a lot for your input, I appreciate it with delight.

  • Amazing podcast! Wondering how I get a copy of Al’s PT manual? I am about to start training Tactical Paramedics up here in Canada and looking for ideas.

    • I responded already to your email, Dan. Let me know if I can be of further assistance with your professional project.

      And thank you!

  • I’m not good at listening to things like this but I put this on thinking I’ll just see how it is and was absolutely fascinated. Such a knowledgeable person with the ability to express that knowledge. I could relate to so much that he said from my own experience put in a way that I never could. His self-knowledge and candour are admirable. I have enjoyed articles by Al but this was off the chart for me. I wished it could have been longer. Thank you so much.

  • Training under Al’s guidance for just one cycle has been a game changer on many levels. I’ve pushed past mental barriers and long standing plateaus, all while acquiring a framework for long term, sustainable progress. 10/10

  • Great interview, I’ve trained under Al’s tutelage and can say that what you see is what you get. I too would like to thank Al for all the advice he gives on the forum. He is a very giving person. Many of the questions he answers would not be answered by other trainers unless you were a client.

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