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180: Kate Solovieva: The Pursuit of Strength and Living The Ultimate Life

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In this episode of the Super Strength Show, Kate Solovieva takes us on her journey to becoming an Extreme Endurance Racer, Traveller, Adventurer, Blogger and Health Coach for Precision Nutrition. During this interview, Kate teaches you how to find your strength and live a life worth talking about.

More Specifically in this Episode You’ll Learn About

  • How Kate got into endurance obstacle racing
  • Kate shares her back-story on moving to Canada
  • A passion for exploring the world
  • Going from knowledge to truth
  • Difficult-Easy Vs. Difficult-Difficult
  • Why fighting an injury is like fighting the Italian mafia
  • Forward not backwards
  • A skinny cow is not a gazelle
  • You can do anything, just not everything
  • The goal is to keep the goal, the goal
  • What is the purpose of your fitness?
  • Why not picking is an option
  • Most knowledge is transferable
  • Giving yourself permission to experiment
  • Movement Practice
  • Pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it

About Kate Solovieva

Kate Solovieva (or SOLO as she is known in the racing circles) is a blogger, extreme endurance racer, traveler and a health coach for Precision Nutrition. She has been blogging about the sport of obstacle racing, nutrition, health and travel at www.solovieva.com since 2012.

Born in Siberia, Russia, she immigrated to Canada as a teenager, and fascinated by all things human behavior, earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology. In her past lives she has been a psychology professor, a bootcamp instructor, and a yoga teacher. She is currently drinking coffee, helping her clients eat, move and live better, all the while plugging away at her ever growing bucket list, and planning her next adventure. 

You can connect with her by visiting her website at Solovieva.com

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Training Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Sigma Nutrition Podcast

Kate suggests to have a non-training resource that could help with your training.

Guest Videos

I am SOLO


Operation Free Hugs 2015

Connect With Kate Solovieva

Website
Facebook
Twitter  – @k_solovieva
Instagram – @k_solovieva
Periscope – @k_solovieva
LinkedIn
Google +
YouTube

Bonus Q&A

Every person that we interview on The Super Strength Show has an opportunity to answer some extra questions that aren’t asked in the podcast. It’s a chance for our listeners to learn a little bit more about our guests and to get even more value from our show. Check out the answers that  Kate Solovieva provided below!

Can you share one of your habits that contribute to your success in the gym?  I tend to rebel against rigid structure, so I try to combine rigidity (training is non-negotiable) with flexibility (I can do it whenever I want). I’ve never been one to exercise at the same time every day, and not feeling the need to allow me to be much more consistent.

What are your favourite exercises?  Squats make everything better. [Cue “I like big butts” by Sir Mix-a-Lot].

What are your favourite muscle groups to train?  I don’t really think of training in terms of muscle groups, but rather types of activities. I love activities that involve my whole body – like indoor climbing or trail running.

What are your favourite pieces of equipment?  Barbell all the way.

What is currently on your workout music playlist?  Glitch Mob, Lindsey Stirling and David Guetta

How do you psych up for a workout or set?  I try not to get too psyched up for a workout. That wouldn’t be the most sustainable approach to training. Instead, I try to leave that for the competitions or races. Although, I have been known to blast Rob Bailey’s Hungry for a heavy set of squats.

What was one exercise or routine that gave you great gains in muscle mass and/or strength?  Did I mention squats yet? I especially appreciate the goblet squats in the last couple of years, as they are almost impossible to do incorrectly, so the set up of the exercise itself ensures good form.

What’s your favourite way to speed up recovery between workouts?  Hot yoga, deep tissue massage and lots of sleep.

What’s your favourite meal?  Homemade thin crust pizza with anchovies and a glass of red. I think this is what I’d order for my last meal.

What’s your favourite cheat meal and how often do you indulge?  See above. And I don’t really do “cheat” meals – who the heck would I be cheating? As for frequency… the beauty of most elaborate things made from scratch is that they are a pain in the butt to make – so, not that often.

What supplements do you feel work well for you?  BCAAs made a huge difference for me in terms of recovery. I also love the convenience of protein powders, but have been moving away from those in favour of foods I can chew.

What do you do to relax?  I play with a barbell. And my cats. Not at the same time.

 

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  • Rooks

    I’ll admit, I started this one by mistake as there some more recognizable names on my “Listen Later” list, but man was I glad I gave it a listen. Kate really has an amazing perspective on things and there were loads of wisdom in this one. Great podcast.

    • Solo

      So glad you found it helpful! 🙂

    • Super Strength Show

      Matt, thanks so much for tuning in! This is one of our favourite guests to date. SOLO brought years of hard earned wisdom and experience to this insightful interview. It was so awesome to connect with her. Glad you loved it as much as we did.

      One thing I’ve noticed is that there are gems hidden within the training world like SOLO. Although these people aren’t necessarily known at a “mainstream” level, each guest we bring on is unique in their own right, and is carefully chosen because we believe they are going to help our listeners cut through the enormous amount of BS that exists online. As you discovered, there was no shortage of great info in this interview. I encourage you to explore some of the other guests who may not be on your list, as I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

      Thanks once again for being a listener and commenting. It means a lot to us!

      Train Hard, Train Smart,

      Ray

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