Welcome to episode 19 of the Saved By The Barbell Podcast! This week’s show features special guest, Erica Suter, a strength coach from Baltimore who joins use to talk about youth sports, youth training, women in the S&C field and more!


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6:00 – 9:00: Erica Suter Bio & Background

  • Erica’s role as a strength & conditioning coach, youth soccer coach, and fitness blogger.
  • How Erica transitioned from training the general public to working directly with athletes.

9:00 – 43:00: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Youth Training

  • Why we all love working with youth athletes.
  • Kids are extremely impressionable, which can be a pro or con.
  • The dynamic between strength coaches and sport coaches.
  • Should kids (or people in general) be pushed to their limit every workout?
  • Avoiding the common mistakes of misinformation and misapplication.
  • Properly training pros and adults to get the message across to kids.
  • Why sport specific training is not the answer.
  • Starting with the absolute basics like skipping, crawling, walking, etc.
  • Schools no longer have PE classes?!

43:00 – 56:00: What It’s Like Being a Woman in the Fitness Industry

  • Encouraging women to get strong.
  • Biggest advantage/disadvantage of being a woman in fitness.
  • Should men be trained different than women?

56:00 – 1:02:00: The Fire Round

  • Erica answers a series of random questions including the worst pickup line she’s ever heard and what her DJ name would be.