#69: Dave Dellanave – Biofeedback, Eustress vs Distress Training, & Tips For Beginners

Eustress, Distress, Biofeedback, Training

This is episode 69 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we interview Dave Dellanave. Dave is a strength and fitness coach and owner of the Movement Minneapolis gym.

Dave’s website is Dellanave.com. You can sign up for Dave’s free Gym Movement eCourse at his site.

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Episode 69 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • 1:15 – In your article “Taking Back Function,” you talk about people doing silly things on stability balls and calling it functional training. What is functional training? What isn’t functional training?
  • 4:00 – Where do you draw the line between something that’s genuinely functional and something that is a dog and pony show?
  • 7:00 – Can you talk about hypo- and hyper-function? What does it mean and how is it useful for our listeners?
  • 9:30 – What is biofeedback training and biofeedback testing and how can people use it?
  • 13:25 – What is a Jefferson deadlift? How is it different from a normal deadlift?
  • 16:45 – Your thoughts on the CrossFit idea of “We train for the unknown and the unknowable.”
  • 19:00 – How do you approach training different people and different goals?
  • 21:40 – Could you give some advice for beginner lifters on setting up their own programs?
  • 24:00 – Is that advice mainly for beginners or does it hold for intermediate and advanced lifters, too?
  • 26:00 – How long do you think a workout should be?
  • 27:50 – What about specific vs non-specific exercises?
  • 30:00 – What are the concepts of “eustress training” and “distress training”?
  • 32:30 – How do you gauge whether you’re in eustress or distress?
  • 33:20 – How does this relate to DOMS?
  • 36:00 – Do you have an opinion on front squats vs back squats?
  • 37:20 – What about cardio? Do you work cardio into your clients’ programs?
  • 38:40 – Can you talk about your free Gym Movement eCourse?
  • 40:40 – What about managing stress for your clients?
  • 43:35 – What about current or upcoming projects?
  • 45:35 – If you could give a couple pieces of positive advice to the fitness industry, what would you suggest?
  • 46:25 – What direction would you encourage a new trainer to go in terms of certifications and education?

Show Notes

Taking Back Function

Getting Started with Biofeedback Training

More Work, Less Time, Smarter Conditioning

Music Credit

Intro music from Baba Brinkman’s Revenge of the Somatic. Purchase any of Baba’s music at http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/


  1. This was my first time listening and it…was…awesome. If I have an hour with DD those are the exact questions I would have asked. Thank you!