Month: June 2017

Addicted to Fitness Show Notes – An Interview with Strength & Conditioning Expert Steve “Coach Fury” Holiner

We start off this week’s Addicted to Fitness podcast reminising about our Memorial Day weekend. Shannon and I indulged a little during the holiday, but were still able to eat relatively clean thanks to healthy recipes like Shannon’s berry dessert and veggie burgers. We also logged several rides on the Peloton cycle and thanks to her customized maternity fitness wear, Shannon is back to enjoying her rides on the bike.

As much as we enjoy recapping our weekly exercise and nutrition, that’s not what this episode is all about. This week’s Addicted to Fitness features an interview with a functional strength expert known to his friends and clients as Coach Fury.

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Steve Holiner, aka Coach Fury, started his love affair with functional training when he took a kettlebell class at the famous Five Points Martial Arts academy (link) in New York City. After being introduced to kettlebells, Coach Fury pursued other similar training systems like DVRT (known also as ultimate sandbag – link), Original Strength (link) and Indian Club (link). Coach Fury started as an “enthusiast and became a professional enthusiast” and is currently a Master RKC & DVRT instructor, an Original Strength Lead instructor and a Strength Faction (link) lead mentor.

Coach Fury recently transitioned his training from primarily in-person personal training to more online remote training. His online training program, known better as “Die Mighty” online training, appeals mostly to general population clients and trainers looking to improve their skills. Coach Fury’s “Die Mighty” mission statement derives from his desire to help individuals lead long and vibrant lives. He hopes his training allows his clients to move well, without pain well into old age.

In addition to being a strength coach & educator, Coach Fury is also a self proclaimed film geek. He is a former visual effects producer and frequently posts film reviews on his Instagram (link) & YouTube (link) channels. You can check out these reviews and much more content from Coach Fury by visiting his website coachfury.com. You can also check him out on Facebook (link) and Twitter (link). If you reach out to him make sure you tell him that you learned about him from the Addicted to Fitness podcast

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I really enjoyed speaking with Coach Fury. As someone who is still a relatively new trainer, gathering information from health & fitness experts is a must if I want to develop as a trainer. If you know of the next expert we should interview, please feel free to email your suggestion to elementaltampa@gmail.com.

You can also send any feedback you have on the content, structure or flow of the podcast. We are always trying to improve in order to bring you a better product each week. Keep listening, sharing and rating the podcast and stay healthy this week peeps!

Links to this week’s episode

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/addicted-to-fitness-podcast/id1121420986?mt=2#episodeGuid=3e4763a63144cda54cac298b03ac51c8

Android: http://subscribeonandroid.com/addictedtofitness.libsyn.com/rss

Website: http://addictedtofitness.libsyn.com/an-interview-with-strength-conditioning-expert-steve-coach-fury-holiner

What’s on the Menu – We may be getting a bit nutty

I believe the first time I heard about the benefits of coconut oil was when I heard Dave Asprey (creator of Bulletproof coffee) talk about it on Joe Rogan’s podcast back in 2012. Asprey described how his bulletproof coffee, which contained an ingredient prominent in coconut oil, helped him lose weight, have more energy and be sharper mentally. Even though I wasn’t quite prepared to start downing his bulletproof coffee, I began hearing more and more individuals I consider experts in nutrition and/or medicine talk about the benefits of coconut oil.  People like Vinnie Tortorich, Dr. Rhonda Patrick and Mark Sisson were signing its praises, which in my mind gave me the greenlight to start incorporating it into my diet anyway possible.

I know I’ve talked about my love for coconut oil many times on this blog. Heck, I think Shannon and I have done at least two Addicted to Fitness episodes where we taste tested a coffee + coconut oil concoction (click here to listen). However, I recently learned that my LDL cholesterol is extremely high. I believe the primary culprit for this is my genes, but I’m also analyzing items in my diet that may drive up “bad” cholesterol. Which is why I’m gonna take a closer look at a few of the pros & cons associated with coconut oil consumption.

Pros

  • Contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which unlike long chain triglycerides can be easily accessed by the body as an energy source and are less likely to be stored as fat (source)
  • Contains high concentrations of lauric acid, which has been shown to aid in the treatment of viral, bacterial and fungal infections (source)
  • The consumption of MCTs may increase “good” HDL cholesterol (source)
  • The consumption of MCTs has also been linked to improved cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients (source)

Cons

  • Coconut oil is ~50% lauric acid which some researchers believe acts as a long chain triglyceride, which could raise “bad” LDL cholesterol (source)
  • Coconut oil only contains 10-15% MCTs (if you subtract lauric acid), which greatly reduces its ability to boost metabolism (source)
  • Certain commercially sold coconut oils can be highly refined & processed which greatly reduces its health benefits (source)

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My preliminary research leads me to believe that there is much more upside to using unrefined, virgin coconut oil than downside. However, for someone like myself, who is genetic predisposed to have high LDL cholesterol, it may be wise to use it sparingly. Although, I’ve recently learned that not all LDL cholesterol is “bad” and I plan on getting more blood tests done to determine the makeup of my levels. Until then, I’ll limit my coconut oil use to cooking, instead of throwing it into smoothies & my morning coffee.

Just because I’m cutting down on my coconut oil use, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear how you use it. Whether it’s for cooking, skin care or cold remedy, please feel free to send your coconut oil uses to elementaltampa@gmail.com. We’d also really enjoy it if you send us a pic on our various social channels (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter).