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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

Addicted to Fitness Show Notes – Interview with World’s Tallest Bodybuilder, Aaron Reed

This week, Nick interviews former pro-wrestler and the world’s tallest competitive bodybuilder, Aaron Reed. Not only has Aaron worked hard to become a beast of an athlete, he’s also the author of the nutrition book The Supernatural Lifestyle, which serves as the basis for the Eat Like Aaron meal prep service he offers in Tampa Bay.

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Image created with photo courtesy of Luis Battistini (@luisx_com)

The road that got him to where he is today has not been a cake-walk. In fact, Aaron faced a humorless, life-threatening a-hole, also known as leukemia, as a child. He was diagnosed young and had to beat that monster before he was able to follow in his family’s athletic footsteps.

His late start didn’t deter him from finding his passions, though. Aaron learned early on that he was good at lifting weights and sought his inspiration from legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Fast forward a bit, and Aaron talks about his days in the WWE and how an injury as a pro wrestler led to him discovering that he had hepatitis. Faced with the choice of going back on chemotherapy, he made the decision to treat his illness with nutrition. A lack of help from other fitness experts led him to become a self-taught nutritionist, passionate about using his diet as a healing and strengthening force in life.

Aaron’s three rules to nutrition:

  1. Eat whole foods
  2. Don’t combine sugar and fat
  3. Eat certain macronutrients at certain times

His learned expertise in nutrition resulted in him writing his book in 2011 and subsequently starting his meal prep service, which focuses on raising insulin sensitivity (that’s a good goal) by eating more fat on its own and fewer carbohydrates.

When asked what kinds of meals are included in the Eat Like Aaron meal plan, he told Nick:

  • Carbs + protein meal (e.g. chicken and rice)
  • Protein + fat meal (e.g. grass-fed burger and guacamole)
  • You can have vegetables at any time because they provide fiber (not suggested for post workout)
  • Eating fat is important because it helps with hormone production and sex drive (hey-yo!)

Aaron also shared his belief that artificial sweeteners are a big no-no because they dull insulin sensitivity and may be the cause of visceral belly fat. So don’t expect to see those anywhere in his meal options.

As the first body builder we’ve interviewed for the podcast, Aaron set a really high bar (and not just because he’s 6’7″)! He’s a friendly and talkative guy with an incredibly inspiring story and a clear passion for nutrition. Seeing how far his knowledge has already taken him is motivating proof of just how critical diet is to your health.

Do yourself a favor and connect with/follow Aaron on his social channels – Facebook, Instagram (@aaronw.reed), Twitter (@AaronWReed)

Oh! And just in case you need a little comparison to see what we mean by the world’s tallest bodybuilder, check out the side-by-side selfie of Nick and Aaron below.

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Links to this week’s episode

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/interview-worlds-tallest-bodybuilder/id1121420986?i=1000380018657&mt=2

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

Website: http://addictedtofitness.libsyn.com/an-interview-with-the-worlds-tallest-bodybuilder-aaron-reed

 

Beating Back the Couch Monster

Get out and be active today! Remember, it takes less than 25 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (i.e. brisk walking) a day to improve your aerobic health. Don’t let the couch monster prevent you from being healthy. The Real Housewives of Orange County marathon will still be on after your workout, trust me. Make time for your fitness today, it’s worth it (Photo & quote courtesy of fitbie.com).

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It’s Not Me, It’s We

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Today’s Monday Motivation is very personal because the individual I am trying to inspire the most with this post is myself. As of late, I’ve been neglecting important responsibilities in both my personal and professional life. My recent selfishness prompted someone very close to me to question my level of dedication to these commitments. This intervention of sorts made me realize that I need to devote more time and effort to aspects of my life that are important not only to me but to all of those around me. Elemental Training Tampa was founded on the idea of community, and it’s about time I become a better member of this community.