2 Information-Packed Podcasts For Your Viewing Pleasure

Your People’s Fitness Champion has been on a whirlwind, international podcast tour lately. This of course means I’ve been sitting in my kitchen (on recorded Skype calls) being interviewed by other passionate fitness experts about diet, training, psychology, and productivity strategies related to fat loss, physique enhancement, and overall health.

Two of these shows are pretty big time in the health & fitness space — Ben Coomber Radio (the #1 fitness podcast in the UK) and Paleo Magazine Radio. So it was a real honor to get to be a guest on both of them.

ben coomber radio

Ben Coomber Radio Episode #109

I guess with the results people are getting with our Beach Physique Guide and Maverick Coaching Style, the spandex street scene is starting to take notice. Its like the spread offense in college football. Everyone wants to know how and why it works so well — not just for elite athletes — but for anyone with a willingness to learn, to apply targeted strategies, and to put in effort.

But this post and these podcast aren’t about me. I’m perfectly happy spending my afternoon breaks from the gym and/or writing cave in anonymity, watching Sportscenter, reading philosophy books, or slipping in some form of adult entertainment. Balance to avoid burnout baby!

However, interviews and podcasts are an awesome opportunity to educate. That’s why when I get a chance to chat on one, I chow down. There’s written books, articles, and posts.  There’s whiteboards and videos. But there is something different about a few people pooling their knowledge and experience together, and trying to hash out simple solutions and strategies to real world roadblocks and riddles.

And with education going multimedia these days, you have to use every tool possible to get your content and messages across. This gives both the educator and the student the best chance at succeeding with their goals (in our case, getting you to look good naked).

So if you have completed, or are currently going through our Beach Physique email course, these podcasts are a great review of some of the key diet topics and fat-slashing strategies. If you are just starting out with the course, its a great summary of the bigger nutrition picture.  From there, you can dive into more of the details throughout the remainder of the course.

You can check the shows out below. Instead of me pretending not to talk about myself in the third person like The Rock, I’ve included the hosts’ descriptions of these glorious appearances.

Until next time, may your afternoon breaks be productive somehow…

1. BEN COOMBER RADIO EPISODE #109: PALEO VS. BODYBUILDING WITH NATE MIYAKI

Nate Miyaki is this weeks special guest as we discuss the many areas of health, performance and bodybuilding that are hotly debated. We discuss Nate’s work and history in the industry, his methods as a coach, what he thinks of the 80/20 rule, the importance of calorie and macronutrient targets, losing strength while dieting, is there such a thing as a bad carb, benefits of flexible dieting, low carb dieting and whether it’s necessary, and whether paleo nutrition and bodybuilding nutrition should be separate camps, or can we learn ideas and principals from both for better results.

2. PALEO MAGAZINE EPISODE #56: NUTRITIONAL PRAGMATISM WITH NATE MIYAKI

Paleo Magazine Radio Nate Miyaki

We’re going to talk with Nate about pretty much everything to do with nutrition, breaking down myths, overcoming stereotypes, really trying to dig deep into what actually works, and getting rid of the dogma. Let’s find out what actually works when it comes to making people lean and ripped and healthy at the same time, because it’s not just about looking good. It’s about feeling good as well.

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Meditate on Death to Appreciate Life in Every Breath

For existence is impermanent as the dew of the evening…All misfortune springs from not remembering to keep death always in your thoughts. – Code of the Samurai

But then I come to this place of my ancestors, and I remember. Like these blossoms, we are all dying. To know life in every breath, every cup of tea, every life we take. The way of the warrior…That is Bushido. – Katsumoto, The Last Samurai

Meditate on Death. I remember the first time I heard this strategy in a philosophy course at Berkeley. It blew my mind like only a college student’s mind can be blown — to the climax quickly.

It felt like a way cooler version of Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan. I would think about it right before doing some crazy stunt during my pro wrestling days, or right before walking on stage in a dong thong for my first natural bodybuilding show, or right before downing a few Long Islands with my buddy Tony Roma, and then hitting the dance floor to see if we could find a few females to end the night in style with.

I struck out often to be honest. Turns out the ladies didn’t love my bad dancing to “Bust a Move”, and the even worse pick-up line, “you only live once “. Ah yes, life was so much simpler back then.

As I grew older, progressed in my career, and spent my days around a variety of people from all ages and walks of life, Meditate on Death took on a much deeper meaning. After 15 years, I guess you could say you gain some sort of street psychology skills. You get to see life through the eyes and perspectives of so many different people — an invaluable experience indeed. You learn what trips people up, what brings people down, what motivates and inspires, where we go wrong, and what really matters to most of us in the end. Read the rest of this entry

A Short Post About Some Website Updates

Simply let your career and daily activities be harmonious expressions of who you truly are. — The Warrior Within (John Little on Bruce Lee).

How’s it hanging my Shallow Hal’s, Gorgeous Gals, and Fitness Pals? I just wanted to drop a short post on you to let you know we’ve made a few updates to the blog, website, or whatever else you crazy kids are calling this multimedia “make ourselves feel more important than we actually are” bullshit these days.  Oops, did I just write that on screen and hit update without editing?

As da coach sometimes says, "Don't Press Send!"

As da coach sometimes says, “Don’t Press Send!”

But seriously, I’ve always considered myself an athlete, independent researcher, and lifelong student sharing what he has learned, and has helped him along the way vs. a fitness god trying to create a gospel, dogmatic creed to cling to, or a cult following. I’m reading a book on the ridiculousness of religious fundamentalists. Dude, the fitness industry is 15x worse.

But that really ain’t my style baby. What that means is that as we learn, evolve, grow, and get better every day, the site needs to do the same, else it will drift into artificiality or misrepresentation. So we made some updates in order for it to more accurately represent who we are, what we’re digging into, and how we think we can best help you. Read the rest of this entry

Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity – Intro & Sample Chapter

Guys gals, and pals, its no secret.  I’m not the greatest marketing dude.  That’s why I now work with publishing partners on my book projects, hahaha. Turns out my ol’ upload, publish, and pray to the 4-winds strategy doesn’t always work in the real world, that is if you want to have a dime to pay the rent.

But to be honest, the “marketing style” I am most comfortable with is to just let you read a little bit of my latest work, and then decide for yourself whether it is something you are digging, and think can be of benefit to you at this point in your life. I only want you spending your time and money on shit if it is actually going to help you, not because I suckered you.

In other words, my style is to give you a little taste of the latest Miyaki piece, and then see if you want more, and more, and more… Perhaps you never, e-e-e-e-e-ever want it to stop?

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Anyways, bad and immature joke aside, every time I deviate from that approach, I feel like a scumbag.

So on that note, I thought I’d just post up the intro section and a sample chapter from my latest book Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity (cough cough – an Amazon #1 Best Seller in two categories – cough, cough. See, I am at least trying to get a little better at da marketing thing).

If you dig it, the book is available both on Kindle and in paperback version. I hope it helps.

Rise Above Kindle Edition

Rise Above Paperback Edition

*Note: the format and layout were professionally done for the books, and are much nicer than in this technologically-challenged blog post.

Here we go. Read the rest of this entry

An Apology About a Humorous Misunderstanding: I Said Hobo, not Homo, Hahaha

I already apologized for this misunderstanding privately, and we’re square, but it was an important enough issue to me that I wanted to do it publicly as well, just in case anyone else might have heard or interpreted what I said in the wrong way.

Dude, I’ve lived in San Francisco since ‘97, one of my brothers is gay, and half of my friends are gay. So I’m the last guy who would ever use the term homo with derogatory intentions, or to portray someone, something, or certain lifestyle characteristics in a negative light. I just ain’t down with that.

The word hobo, on the other hand? Well, I probably shouldn’t have used that term to make fun of myself either. But I guess I thought that if you actually are one (and I am), you have a little bit more leeway with the word, even in a public forum. Who knows though man? I’m not the most PC guy around. Read the rest of this entry