Testosterone: Let's start off with some personal history. What's your athletic background and how did that lead to you becoming a coach yourself?

T: I've seen you lift and obviously a lot has changed! What happened?

CT:

T: What do you do now as a coach? What's your week like?

CT:

T: Judging from your training photos, I'm guessing you're now one strong and powerful S.O.B.! What are your best lifts?

CT:

T: Well, you may not be an "international force," but that's pretty damn impressive to most people! Switching gears, you once wrote that aerobic conditioning was overrated for boxers. What about everyone else?

CT:

T: You've also written about something called non-functional hypertrophy. Tell us about that.

CT:

T: And in English that would mean.....

CT:

T: Cool. We see a lot of stuff these days encouraging bodybuilders to incorporate Olympic lifts into their training. Why should a bodybuilder – or just some guy wanting to look big and powerful – use Olympic lifting?

CT:

T: Can you give us an example?

CT:

T: Okay, this may sound crazy, but speaking of lifting explosively, I read something once about actually throwing the bar up out of your hands while benching, then catching it. Is that a real training technique or just a flamboyant way of committing suicide?

CT:

T: Very interesting! In fact, I think TC wrote about using the Smith machine this way back in the early days of T-mag. I think he called them "Katzenjammers." Anyhow, let's change subjects. What's your general opinion of steroids?

CT:

T: Any supplements you consider essential?

T: When it comes to professional athletes, I'm sometimes astounded about how little they know about diet and training. They seem to be great despite their level of knowledge. Is this a testament to superior genes, great coaches, or what?

CT:

T: Let's get to the ugly stuff. What things or people in your field drive you crazy and really piss you off?

CT:

T: You once wrote, "Complexity is the language of simple minds. Always be wary of the guy who sounds impressive." Was that a jab at some people in the coaching field?

T: Not surprising in this crazy industry! Now, I like to use the term "missing ingredient" a lot. What missing ingredients do you see in athletes and bodybuilders? In other words, what are they overlooking that could really help them?

CT:

T: Agreed. Just for the fun of it, give me an exercise that you feel all weight-trained athletes should be using, yet most don't.

T: What's the most useless, worst exercise out there that people put in their programs?

T: As an Olympic lifter, what do you think of the squat?

CT:

T: How about the leg press? We hear a lot of mixed opinions on it from various coaches.

CT:

T: You train combat athletes, lifters, and strongmen but you also train figure skaters. That's a little shocking. What do you do with them exactly?

T: Mmm, Michelle Kwan wearing nothing but whipped cream.... Oh sorry, go ahead.

T: How did they do?

CT:

T: It seems that every type of athlete is weight training these days. I mean, in the old days, golfers didn't lift weights, they just golfed. Now the best of them use resistance training. I also read about NASCAR drivers hitting the weights. Your thoughts?

CT:

T: What about the mental or psychological side of training? Got any interesting tricks or tidbits of info there we can apply to our workouts?

CT:

T: When discussing overtraining with the world's best coaches, I've noticed that some of them take it very seriously. It's their number-one priority to prevent it. Yet others think overtraining is overrated, and that people pay way too much attention to it. What do you think?

CT:

T: Good tip! Do you think there's ever going to be a "next big thing" when it comes to weight training, or have we pretty much figured it all out already? Is there any training system out there now that you'd call the "next big thing" or is it just more novelty stuff designed to "sell"?

CT:

T: Let's back up just a second. What's vibration training?

CT:

T: Thanks for the chat, Christian. We look forward to seeing more articles from you in the future at T-Nation.