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.
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.
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.