November 2013: Joe DeFranco Q & A

by on November 23, 2013

I know a lot of highly qualified trainers that just can’t seem to get or retain clients. It’s not that they lack the knowledge required to help people reach their goals, but they seem to lack the communication skills. Something just seems to be missing. Talk to me about the psychology of training athletes/clients. How important is a trainer’s communication skills compared to his/her understanding of exercise science and program design?

October 2013 Interview with IFBB Pro Mike Francois

by on October 23, 2013

I am very pleased to have this month’s feature interview be with the one and only Mike Francois. Mike is viewed by many to have been an uncrowned Mr. Olympia. To those here in Columbus, Ohio, Mike is also known as a highly intelligent, character driven man that we all aspire to be like. Mike, can you tell us a little about your background and how you actually got into the sport of bodybuilding, I think it might surprise many of my readers!

September 2013 Interview with Mike Israetel MS, PhD

by on September 23, 2013

I’m originally from Moscow, Russia, but I’ve lived most of my life in the U.S. I started lifting weights in high school to get stronger for wrestling (I was in the 103lb class my freshman year!), but pretty soon I was more into lifting than I was into wrestling. By early undergrad I weighed 200lbs, and I was quite the bench presser, so a martial arts mentor of mine talked me into competing in powerlifting. I loved powerlifting, and was competitive until around 2007, when I started reading bodybuilding magazines.