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Feb 22, 2016

In this interview, we discuss the diet and training of a professional physique competitor with Steve Cook.

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 weight lifting 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. 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:

  • His diet during the off-season
  • How he cut 8 weeks out from a competition, and what he’d do differently now
  • How he trains compared to how everyone else trains
  • A list of people he attributes to his success
  • The push-up punishment/reward technique
  • How he pushes through the fear of failure
  • Rules he gives himself for social media usage
  • His thought process on dealing with fame and staying connected to those he loves

 

Feb 15, 2016
In this podcast, the owners of Driven Nutrition Jason Rule and Brian King read and answer the questions.  Jacob Hutton and I are there to ask clarifying questions and dig a little deeper.  This one's a little different.  A while ago I posted on social media asking you all for questions about supplements. I took the 50+ questions and took the top 11. Below are the questions asked and answered.  Hope you enjoy the show.
 

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?  

 
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Feb 8, 2016

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.

Feb 1, 2016
This week I interview Coach Matt Shadeed of Arkansas State University, someone that I look up to very highly in the strength and conditioning community.
 
I met coach about a year and a half ago as I took a road trip to ASU, and within 48 hours of being there was blown away by his presence in the weight room and general knowledge of athletic development.  
 
He's a "culture guy."  He believes that the culture you create is the most important thing to success.  I couldn't agree more, and I think this applies to any team or group.  He talks about how he creates a strong culture with simple ideas like energy and consistency.
 
Physically, he places a premium on his athletes moving correctly. While they are always trying to get stronger, he puts an emphasis on what a lot of people would call correctives and he just calls Human Movements.  He talks about how to incorporate things like glute activation drills, dead bugs, etc. into a high paced training environment and how to do so in the most efficient way possible.
 
Finally, we talk a little about speed development and resources to learn more.
 
Here are the three guys he recommends you go and research on human movement and correctives:  
 

Mike Robertson

 

Eric Cressey

 

Charlie Weingroff

 
 
And here are his suggestions for learning more about speed development:
 
Look up and read everything by Lee Taft - Father of the Plyo Step
 
 
Grab your notepad, because he speaks fast and drops a lot of knowledge.  Enjoy the show.
Jan 25, 2016

This week I interviewed the host of ABC's TV show Extreme Weightloss Chris Powell.  I met Chris a little over a year ago and have been inspired by him in so many ways.  We come from similar backgrounds having struggled with substance abuse and addiction.  His story of crawling out of his own rock bottom and going on to change millions of lives is absolutely incredible. 

 
Chris and his wife Heidi have helped over 70 individuals lose between 150-300 lbs each in the span of a year on the show.  He shares on this podcast what makes these people so successful and how each and every one of us can borrow some of that wisdom to better our own lives and accomplish any goal we have.  
 
We talk a lot about integrity in one's self and how that can be built, brick by brick.
 
He also talk about two of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight or accomplish a goal in general.  
 
This is one of the heavier ones, but it's very powerful.  I hope you enjoy the show.
 

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Jan 18, 2016

This week I interviewed a good friend and former coach of mine Dusty Hyland.  He needs no introduction.  Plain and simple he is one of the very best, and it shows in his athlete's performances.   

We start the show off by talking about his experience balancing coaching and competing at the same time.  This year he competed as a masters athlete then immediately after began coaching his athletes.  
We talk about programming and he shares the top 3 things that most coaches are failing to put in their programs.  
 
We talk a lot about the mental approach to the sport of fitness and some specific, some not so specific, ways of improving your mental game or your athletes mental game. 
 
He also gives a book recommendation at the very end, written by the strength and conditioning coach of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant called "Relentless."  I ordered it as we were on the podcast.  Check it out.  
 
Finally, I'll apologize beforehand for the audio quality.  This was my first Skype interview,  and the quality is a little choppy.  I promise this will improve.  Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the show.
Jan 12, 2016
Tommy Marquez is a guy that I look up to in every sense.  He is passionate about his career, he works his ass off in the gym, and he is a damned good human being. This one was a fun one for me.  
 
We talked about his role as on the update show, how he got the job, and how he prepares for those shows.  I am always interested in hearing how people prepare for going on camera because I think that can translate to speaking in front of groups, large or small. 
 
I asked him about some of the data that the CF Games team has been collecting and what kind of things they can predict the future by looking at the data.  
 
We also had a special guest Brooke Ence jump on there a couple times to read some #MeanInstagramComments.
 
Hope everyone enjoys the show.
Jan 4, 2016

This week I interviewed Pat "Manimal" Barber. I'm not sure exactly where he got that nickname, maybe because he's so hairy. Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this one. Pat is one of the OG Crossfit Games Competitors. He has competed for several years as an individual and the last two years on NorCal Crossfit team.
The most interesting part of this interview for me was talking to Pat about developing coaches. Pat has been on the Crossfit L1 staff for years and has taught L2s and other seminars. He talks about how you can become a better coach and get the most out of your athletes.
We also talk about his new company Warmup and Workout, which is his answer to the issue of affiliate programming. He and his wife Taz create detailed lesson plans (Session plans as they call it) for every single day. It allows affiliates to focus on teaching and growing the community rather than wasting time making programs.

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Dec 28, 2015

Brooke Ence has been turning heads and making moves in becoming the very best person she can be both physically and mentally. From dancing at the games in 2014 to placing top 15 in 2015, we touch on what kind of habits she has developed/been developing in order to continually make progress and ultimately reach her dreams of becoming a podium finisher. We also go on to touch on the things that haven't been so frequently discussed, what she ultimately strives to be and achieve in her life both in and outside of the fitness community.

Dec 21, 2015

This week's podcast interview is with my rockstar girlfriend Adee Zukier, founder, and CEO of Working Against Gravity. Adee has worked with Games athletes, World Team weightlifters, and Olympians, as well as thousands of other athletes. Men, women, young, old, overweight, underweight, etc. She's seen it all.

WAG has the most incredible transformations I've ever seen, and there are tons of them. So we talk about what it is that sets those people apart (the ones that have huge transformations). We talk about the most common mistakes people make and strategies for preventing them all.

Sure I am biased, but Working Against Gravity has the potential to truly change the world with its approach. They don't just focus on nutrition, but on helping people be happier in general. If you want more information about Adee and WAG go to www.WorkingAgainstGravity.com.

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Dec 8, 2015

Back to back affiliate cup champions Hack's Pack talks about what it takes to win as a team, how to build an environment of excellence, and some specific ways to build mental toughness. Enjoy the show!

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Nov 30, 2015

This week's interview is with one of the Godfathers of Strength and Conditioning, Dan John. For years I have looked up to Dan as a coach and man in general. He is a no-bullshit, do what works kind of guy.

Coach was a 2x Highland Games Champion, a full bright scholar, and has coached Olympians, special forces, professional athletes as well as thousands of ordinary folks.

He has written for numerous magazines, newspapers, and websites including Breaking Muscle, Men's Health, and T-nation for years.

We talk about some technical things like the minimum effective dose and "internal pressure." My favorite part of the interview was talking a little sports psychology and hearing a few great analogies on the concept of being properly aroused for specific sports.

There are some real gems in this one. I hope you enjoy.

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Nov 23, 2015
This week I made it back to Gym Jones with my old coach and mentor Rob Maximus McDonald.  If you don't already know, this is the guy that coached us (Hack's Pack) to win back to back affiliate cup championships.  He was a UFC fighter and is now the general manager of the Iron Cult Gym Jones in Salt Lake City.  
 
Rob trains professional athletes in many sports as well your average joe and jane.  What is the one thing he elicits out of every single person that walks through his doors? Effort.  He has built a culture of people that work extremely hard, and he has done that by leading by example.  He can bench 315 for 10 sets of 10.  He can get nearly 90 calories in a minute on an airdyne bike.  Every seminar he teaches or group he coaches, people trust and buy into his coaching because they know he is willing to suffer just like them.
 
This episode I've got my teammates Jacob Hutton and Adrian Conway on the show with me.  We talk about putting on size and strength, the mental game, how to build a strong culture in a gym, and how to build a strong team.

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Nov 17, 2015

This week we interview Rory Zambard. Having been active in the Crossfit community for the last 10 years she gives us a break down on the evolution and development of Crossfit as a sport.  We discuss the intricate role that Crossfit has played in her life, both as a competitor and as a tool for personal development. Also, how it continues to play a role in her life and the various stages that are encountered when identifying as a Crossfit Athlete or Coach. Enjoy the Show.

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Nov 10, 2015

This week I interviewed Andre Labbe in New Orleans, LA. Andre has been a rehab specialist and a strength and conditioning coach for the past 20+ years and has worked with numerous college and professional programs for the development and maintenance of their athletes. Most recently he was the Physical Therapist for the New Orleans Saints and college teams such as LSU. We talk about how to "bulletproof" yourself and/or your athletes. Enjoy the show!

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Nov 2, 2015

This week we interview Lucas Parker, Canada's most beloved lumberjack. Topics covered include; his training over the last few years, what he has learned from his many appearances at The Crossfit Games, how to deal with emotional distress, what goes into being one of the most calm and collected individuals out on the competition floor, and also how to prepare both mentally and physically for practically anything that is thrown your way. Enjoy the show.

 

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Jun 25, 2015

Coach Hatch is arguably the most successful weightlifting coach in the nation.  NFL Record Holders, NBA Superstars, Olympians in several different sports... He's coached em all.  I met him in 2012, after we had won the Crossfit Games for the first time.  He immediately instilled in me the fact that you NEVER sacrifice technique for added weight.  His gym is a factory for developing dynamic strength, power, and speed.  He is an incredible story teller and even better coach. Enjoy the show.

 

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Jun 16, 2015
Since beginning to work with Jason Khalipa in 2013, Chris Hinshaw has quickly become regarded as the most successful endurance coach in the sport of Crossfit.  In the 2014 Games he worked with over two dozen individual Games athletes.  He works with athletes such as Rich Froning, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Mat Fraser, Lindsey Valenzuela, etc.  All the best in other words.  
 
When we first met, we shared the common belief that Crossfit athletes are not training their endurance efficiently and in many cases are not reaching their potential, not even close.  Traditional Crossfit workouts predominantly increase your VO2max, which after 1 year or so reaches it's genetic potential.  What gets undertrained then is the athlete's lactate threshold, which basically means the highest intensity one can sustain without crashing and burning.  That number can increase dramatically and consistently.  The problem is that to train this, one must run at a specific heart rate.  One must train at or slightly faster than his/her lactate threshold to push that number higher.  All out efforts, like Crossfit workouts, do not achieve this goal.  
 
Chris explains this problem and how he gets some of the fittest people on the planet, even fitter. 
 
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Jun 2, 2015

I met Rob MacDonald (Bobby Maximus) in 2011 as he programmed for our team the first year I went to the Crossfit Games.  He also trained two individuals that year, Tommy Hackenbruck and Taylor Richards-Lindsey.  We were a hard working group if nothing else.  However, when Rob would show up to train us on occasion, I remember thinking that every workout was the hardest one I'd ever done.  He communicates with athletes in a way that pushes them to their limits, and he is good at finding each person's buttons.  

 

Before accepting a job at Gym Jones, he fought in the UFC in the Light Heavyweight Division.  At Gym Jones he is the general manager, and it is there that he has worked with NFL players, professional climbers and skiers, and many more.  Physically, this guy is an absolute freak. He can bench 315 for a set of 20, back squats close to 500, and his strength isn't even his strong suit.  

 

His strong suit is his engine.  He has done some ridiculous things on an airdyne.  He has biked for 88 calories in 1 minute, and 900 in 30 minutes!!!!!  If a guy can get 300 in 10 minutes, he is considered to be in great great shape.  To do that 3x in a row is unbelievable.  

 

Enjoy the show.

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.
Apr 27, 2015
Sean and Jeremy own a company called Active Life RX that focuses on just that - Lasting Results.  I don't know if I would say my mind was blown by the information I've learned from Sean and Jeremy because these are things I've suspected for years but not been able to articulate or wrap my head around completely.  
 
The discussion revolves around a central problem:  We spend way too much damn time on mobility work and injury prevention... period.  If this made our issues go away that would be one thing, but they don't.  We spend 30-60 minutes every day just getting ready to train.  That is not ok.  Why aren't we having lasting results?
 
In the interview, they discuss a whole new way of looking at mobility work or at least the traditional sense of it.  We also talk about how this translates into improved performance. 
Apr 27, 2015
I grew up watching LSU football and being one of those "overly passionate" SEC fans.  So I heard Coach Moffitt's war cry on hype videos all growing up.  It wasn't until just last year that I got a chance to work with him and the rest of his strength and conditioning staff.  
 
He is one of the most studied men I've ever met in any discipline, and especially sports performance.  He is also one of the most caring men I've met when it comes to his athletes.  The combination of these two creates the highest "buy-in" factor I've ever seen in a weight room, which many coaches know is the most important aspect of coaching.  
 
Obviously we go into some specifics about the LSU program, about sports performance, etc.  We also talk about how to become a better motivator and why that is important.  You are going to love this show.
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