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Last year Brooke Ence called me and asked me if I wanted to coach a “Big time bodybuilder.” I told her I had no experience whatsoever with bodybuilding and didn't know how I could help him. She explained that he wanted to do a little Crossfit type stuff and learn some weightlifting and gymnastics. I said yes. That guy was Steve Cook (@SteveCook).
Steve is one of the most recognized names in the fitness industry and has competed in the Men’s Physique category at Mr. Olympia for the past several years. In this interview we discuss the diet and training of a professional physique competitor. What I found most interesting were the things about his personal life. How to process 900k Instagram followers, how to deal with self-doubt, and how to work through the fear of failure.
In this episode we cover lots of different topics. Here’s a summary:
1) Should people even buy supplements if their diet is shitty? Should they just spend that extra money on higher quality food? In terms of losing body fat? In terms of gaining weight?
2) What is the difference in protein synthesis between whole foods and protein supplements? What effect does this have on body composition? Performance?
3) When an athlete is trying to cut bodyfat, the key is consistency, and a big factor in that is feeling full. If drinking calories takes away from this feeling of being full, do you still recommend it? Are there any athletes that need them more than others?
4) Is there a difference in taking straight dextrose vs. fruit, juice, sports drink, etc?
5) What is creatine and how do I use it?
6) What is the most reliable resource for quality information on supplementation for those that want to do the research on their own?
7) How can we verify where ingredients come from in certain supplements?
8) How beneficial are BCAAs to a Crossfit athlete and when should they be taken?
9) What exactly is ZMA and who is it good for? What about women?
10) Are there any ingredients that we should avoid in different supplements? How do we spot them?
11) If an athlete only has $50/month to spend on supplements, what should he or she take? How about $100? Where should they buy it from?
This week I interviewed the founders of the online yoga company ROMWOD. The guys that have made yoga cool to tens of thousands of fitnessers across the world.
If you don't know who they are yet, ROMWOD allows you to either follow their daily programming, or select specific muscles to prepare or recover. They also allow you to select how long you want each session to last creating an individualized feel.
ROMWOD is based on Yin Yoga, which incorporates long holds of up to 6 minutes. Where traditional yoga incorporates a flow and continuous movement, Yin Yoga is basically just getting into a pose and hanging out. It is incredibly relaxing and effective at getting muscles and joints to open up.
They go into the physiological response of the long holds, the benefits of focusing on the breath, and just how they made it cool to do yoga. Finally. Enjoy the Show.