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May 26, 2015

This week Drew Canavero and I interview Jim McDonald, the creator and producer of SuperTraining TV and Mark Bell’s PowerCast.  Jim has been the man behind the scenes of one of the nations most famous gyms for a while now.  We talk about the evolution of the fitness industry and specifically how his gym feels about Crossfit athletes. 

He tells us a few stories from the past, and of course we discuss the prevalence of homosexuality in powerlifting.  

May 19, 2015

This week’s interview is my most technical yet, but for good reason.  Dave Bradley, owner of i99fit has worked with elite level gymnasts for years.  He answers some of the most frequently asked questions amongst Crossfit athletes.  “How do I get better at muscle ups?”  “How do I learn to walk on my hands?”  “I know lots of drills, but I don’t know what order to do them in…”  

He goes over progressions for the two sexiest movements in Crossfit: The Muscle Up and the Handstand Pushup.  He goes over detailed descriptions of form, drills, and progressions.

Dave is a true coach.  He is passionate about teaching and is a phenomenal motivator.   He shares with me what he thinks are the most important traits of a good coach and how to become better.

May 12, 2015

This week's interview is with Bruce Pitcher. Obviously watching any of the weight loss shows such as “Biggest Loser” and “Extreme Weight Loss” are impressive and inspiring.  I had honestly never paid much attention to the people’s actual stories.  I had a naïve, almost mean view of people that were extremely overweight.  I thought they were just lazy, weak people that chose not to put the fork down.  Then I watched Bruce Pitcher’s episode of Extreme Weight Loss, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Bruce’s story is one of pain and destruction, abandonment, shame, and anger. Eating was a coping mechanism.  What Bruce overcame was way more than losing 200lbs in a year.  He conquered his demons.  I hope every one of you can gain some perspective and inspiration from this show.  Enjoy.

May 5, 2015
Matt Vincent is one of the most interesting humans I've had the privilege of meeting.  He is a 2x Highland Games World Champion, which basically means he's the best in the world at throwing a bunch of heavy shit.  One of the biggest takeaways for me out of this interview was the emphasis on staying healthy for his actual sport-throwing.  He repeatedly emphasized the fact that the training in the gym is only a small part of his overall training.  It is only there to support his technical work with throwing.  With that said, he shares how he breaks down the year, what exercises he uses, how he recovers and prevents injury etc. He also goes into how he lost 30+ lbs. of fat and is still hitting PRs in the gym and on the field.  
 
When he's not power snatching 330lbs or out training in the field, he enjoys a wide variety of art, craft beer, and even paints his toe-nails.  This dude's perspective on life is absolutely inspiring to me.  On one hand he is in constant pursuit of excellence in the form of Highland Games' competition.  On the flip-side, he has a great ability to balance that with time spent just having fun and enjoying his life.  I hope you enjoy the show.
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