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.


July 2013: Interview with John Ivy Ph.D

by on July 23, 2013

I am very happy to have this month’s expert interview with John Ivy. John is the former Department Chair of Kinesiology and Health Education and Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas. He has had over 170 research papers and review articles published. He also still has his research lab and continues to work with graduate students. John is an expert in nutrient timing, which as you all know is near and dear to my heart. Most importantly, I have a feeling we are all going to learn a thing or two from this discussion!


September 2012: DH Kiefer (Part 2)

by on September 23, 2012

How about concentric loading? I don’t know that I have an opinion on this yet, so I am open to you swaying me! Here is an example of something I love doing. Grab a rope with one hand, and pull a sled simulating a low row. You can “explode” and then as the weight comes to the end of a slide, just step back and repeat. There is no eccentric element at all. I think of it in terms that I am adding to the workload, without killing CNS. I have not built this into any of my programs yet though, as I haven’t done it for a long enough period of time, to see a long term effect.