Max Bookman, owner of Max Training in central north Austin was a former University of Texas Diver,  Texas State Champion in cross country mountain biking, and is now climbing the ranks in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, winning Pan Am’s just 6 months after he started in the sport. He also happens to be one of the most talented and educated personal trainers in Austin and we cover some eye opening research on how a little-known style of squats may be far superior and safer than the traditional back squat. We also look at a different, and some say “more functional,” approach to Core training.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • How his own training in multiple sports has shaped his coaching and personal training
  • Why his clients’ needs drive his business model
  • How he personalizes training schedules for his athletes while maintaining high expectations for their sessions
  • How he utilizes vertical core training and the Bulgarian squat to get his athletes maximum results with minimal risk to their spines
  • Why he prefers to teach rear leg elevated squats instead of back squats
  • His tips to develop consistent, healthy habits


Mike Boyle’s books: Advances in Functional Training: Techniques for Coaches, Personal Trainers, and Athletes and New Functional Training for Sports

DeForest and Cantrell study: Muscle Activity in Single Vs Double Leg Squats

MAX Training


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