Alberto Nuñez - Bulking In The Year 3000The De Novo Podcast add
Alberto Nuñez is one of the most recognizable natural bodybuilders, due to the fact that his pictures have been used so often in "Fake Natty" videos... but we're discussing the phases of his life where he's not quite so lean - the off-season.
In this episode, we talk about:How many off-seasons have you done now? How long are you planning on this one being? How do you tend to structure a contest prep/off-season 'macrocycle'? You mention in your YouTube series that you've cut down on your number of training days per week, from 6 down to 4. What's the reasoning behind that? How much do you stress about exercise selection during the off season? Have your off-season priorities shifted as you've become a more seasoned athlete? You mention in some of your videos about how important patience is during the off-season, and how days and weeks can go by during the off-season where there's no "glamour" - nothing overly exciting happens, you just have to get sh*t done. How can you 'train' that patience? Were there any lightbulb moments? What's the biggest lesson you've learned from repeated off-seasons?
Andrea Valdez - Loving What You DoThe De Novo Podcast add
Happy International Women's Day 2018! In this episode, we chat to one of my favourite women/people in the fitness industry - Andrea Valdez from 3DMJ.
We cover the following topics:In one of your articles, you talk about how anyone who is at the top of their game in any pursuit is there because they love what they do, and that love means that the work isn't hard any more. What does that love feel like? Is there anything that increases or decreases it? How does your menstrual cycle impact your pursuits as an athlete? You've also written about the optimism bias - how most people cannot be better than most other people... to that end, if you pick up any given sport the likelihood is that you're probably not gonna be anywhere near the top unless there are a very small number of participants. How do you cultivate the feeling that your sport owes you nothing? Continuing along that theme of "loving what you do" - why do you think it is that so many people fall into the trap of becoming a fitness entrepreneur when they clearly don't love being a fitness entrepreneur? We're in an era where it's so easy to focus on the external rewards of pursuing something fitness or entrepreneurial - largely thanks to social media - instead of focusing on fitness as a "craft". Could you talk about the two questions you ask yourself every session, and how that feeds into fitness as a craft?
Bryce Lewis - The Thinking Man's AthleteThe De Novo Podcast add
Welcome back to the De Novo Podcast! In this episode, Lacy and I chat to Bryce Lewis and ask him the following:You do a bunch of "pondering" about your approach to lifting, and also others' approaches to lifting as a coach. What first sparked your current interest in sports psychology? Let's talk a little bit about biases and cognitive dissonance. Can you talk a little bit about what they are, and why they're generally considered (esp. in the case of cognitive dissonance) to be negative? Are there any instances for an athlete that biases and CD might have a net positive effect? What have been the most impactful lessons you've learnt in your research and also practice as a coach? I've observed that athletes can fall into one of two camps - the 'shut up and lift' camp, and the 'overanalyzer' camp. How does your coaching approach differ for these two types? How important do you think self-talk and the exact semantics/wording you use in your self-talk are? Are you implementing anything new in your Arnold prep right now? About Bryce
Bryce Lewis is a competitive, drug-free elite powerlifter in the 83-105kg weight classes. He holds records in both the USA Powerlifting federation (USAPL) and International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), and strives to promote the comprehension and love of powerlifting training throughout the world. Through his success as an elite lifter, Bryce’s dream is to pass on his knowledge and skills through The Strength Athlete (TSA) powerlifting coaching services online in addition to his YouTube Channel and Facebook fan page. By these efforts, Bryce hopes to help raw, drug-free powerlifting gain more prominence and acceptance internationally.
Under 3D Muscle Journey (3DMJ) Coach, Eric Helms, Bryce was introduced to powerlifting, following a collegiate and high school passion for volleyball and a five year period competing in natural bodybuilding. He immediately fell in love with the newfound sport. Lifting heavy was always fun, but powerlifting allowed him to express his desires for competition, application of advanced strength training techniques, and achievements through measured progress. Even now, Bryce remains an integral part of Team 3DMJ and has adapted their principles of dedication, desire, and discipline as his own. In addition to training services, Eric also mentors Bryce through an ongoing 3DMJ internship.Present
In addition to his successful career as an athlete, Bryce has always strived for academic and intellectual attainment. He graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy. Currently, he plans to continue coaching athletes from around the world through TSA, and help more athletes develop the tools for success. Bryce passionately advocates for the application and love of the sciences, evidence-based philosophies, and skepticism of pseudoscience. In his spare time, he explores a variety of art forms from pencil and pen drawings to graphic design to culinary arts in the kitchen.
Bryce resides in Fort Collins, Colorado with his chocolate labrador, Sequoia. After winning USAPL Raw Nationals two years in a row, Bryce heads to IPF World Championships in Calgary, Canada in 2018.
Greg Nuckols - Lessons I've Learnt Analysing Fitness ResearchThe De Novo Podcast add
This week, we chat to Greg Nuckols - owner of strongerbyscience.com and part of the team behind MASS - Monthly Applications in Strength Sport.
I'll warn you now - we get deeply nerdy on this episode. We talk research methods, statistics, and about the philosophies of the scientific method. However, we do finish up with a discussion on beer and burgers - two of Greg's favourite things possibly ever.
Questions in this episode:One thing that you and the MASS team do exceptionally well is acknowledge the shortcomings of scientific research when it comes to fitness. A lot of people display a fairly black and white view when it comes to science - either a study is brilliant, or it's useless and it wasn't worth publishing... why do you think that is, and what would you say to people with that point of view? One of the main aims of science is to test hypotheses - what was the most surprising fitness-related hypothesis that you've seen either supported or scuppered after scientific investigation? Do you have any favourite studies out of all the ones you've reviewed for MASS? What would you advise for someone looking to become more 'evidence-based' with their fitness? What are the top lessons that 'gym-bros' could learn from 'lab geeks', and vice-versa? We live in an era (rightly so) where context is king. Can you think of any advice that you think could apply to any lifter, no matter what context? What beer and burger combination is best following breathing paused squats?
Propane Fitness - Mental RAM and FitnessThe De Novo Podcast add
In this episode, I (Lawrence) chat to Jonny and Yusef from Propane Fitness, a UK-based online coaching company. They're two incredibly funny guys and have a lot of great advice to share with you.
I ask them:1. In one of your articles, you talk about automating your diet and the concept of mental RAM - talk us through the concept.
2. In what contexts is us 'automating' our choices to free up mental RAM a good thing?
3. Similarly, in what context is this automation maybe not so helpful?
4. What are some of the strangest ways that people have deliberately altered their decision making process?
5. Obviously, a lot of this requires you to be quite self-aware. What can you do to improve your self-awareness?
6. Do you think people should devote a lot of their mental RAM to fitness-related activities?
7. If you could give one piece of advice to yourselves starting out, what would that be? Check out Propane Fitness on Instagram Check out the Propane Fitness Website Buy De Novo Supplements Check out the Shredded by Science Academy
LS McClain - Injecting Fun Back Into PowerliftingThe De Novo Podcast add
Welcome to the first ever episode of The De Novo Podcast! In this episode, we chat to IPF International level powerlifter, De Novo athlete and all-round great guy LS McClain.
We ask LS:You seem to have nailed the balance between taking powerlifting seriously and staying chilled out about it - how do you do it? What does it take to compete at the highest level in powerlifting, attitude-wise? What are some of your favourite memories from your career as a powerlifter?
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Welcome to the De Novo PodcastThe De Novo Podcast add
Welcome to the De Novo podcast - the brand new podcast from De Novo Supplements. The aim of the De Novo Podcast is simple. We understand that your fitness is uniquely yours, but it's always better when it's supported by the highest quality practical advice.
Each week, we'll be interviewing a top athlete, coach or simply someone that we enjoy chatting to. We'll focus on all the stuff that makes them, them - their work, their personality, lessons that they've learned during their time in the fitness industry. Some episodes will be super nerdy, others will be a little more entertaining - but each episode will leave you with a clearer understanding of why you're doing what you're doing.
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