In this episode of the Super Strength Show, Ryan Andrews takes us on his journey to becoming a Dietitian, Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Former Bodybuilder, Author, and Coach at Precision Nutrition. During this interview, Ryan shows you how to move, train, eat, and feel great for the rest of your life!
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[0:00:19.2] RT: What’s up Strength Maniacs? And thanks for tuning in. I’m pleased to welcome Today’s guest Ryan Andrews. Ryan is a dietician, trainer and Yoga teacher who completed his education in exercise and nutrition at the University of North Colorado, Kent State University and John Hopkins Medicine.
He’s written hundreds of articles on nutrition, exercise and health, authored Drop the Fat, Act and Live Lean and co-authored the Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition Certification Manual. You know guys the saying, “This guy wrote the book on it”, well yeah, here you go. This guy actually did.
Ryan was a nationally competitive bodybuilder from 1996 to 2001. Now he balances gym time with volunteering on organic farms and organizations that prevent food waste. He is currently working with the highly regarded team at Precision Nutrition and you could connect with him by visiting precisionnutrition.com.
Ryan, welcome to the show, it’s an absolute pleasure to have you here. You got the quite the background man? I’m really looking forward to getting into this.
[0:01:26.5] RA: Hey Ray, thanks for having me. Some of your listeners right now are probably listening to the bio and thinking, “What? Yoga teacher? Organic farms?” They might be ready to turn off the show but I will say, give it a few minutes, we probably have a lot in common, I have a foundation in bodybuilding so that really is — that kind of gave me my roots in this whole world of fitness and health and that type of thing.
I’ve got the Arnold Schwarzenegger bodybuilding encyclopedia for Christmas in my teens and I used to wake up in the middle of the night to eat canned tuna, I took too much creatine, I used to work at GNC. I’m a gym rat at heart.
[0:02:04.3] RT: No man, not at all. The list of items that you gave there, I think anybody who knows anything understands the value of all of those. I think you and I were talking before the show started, we spent all this time training and contracting our muscles and just firing the central nervous system, yoga I think, it’s kind of like Yin and Yang, I think it is an amazing compliment to bodybuilding.
It allows you to kind of just let everything kind of stretch out, it’s a completely different type of energy and I think it is something that more people should get into. And I believe a lot more bodybuilders and guys who train are getting into something like that, whether they’re spending more time doing recharge workouts or recuperative or extra workouts. It is essentially something that’s rejuvenating the body. Yoga is obviously a method that’s been around forever and ever, and ever.
Look man, there’s nothing wrong with good yoga class. By the way, for the guys that are doubting? How about you just go there for the eye candy. If you’re operating at that level, just do it for that and then trust me, within one workout, not just because obviously the women that will be in there for the guys that are like, “Oh man, yoga’s ridiculous.” You’re going to realize real quick, man, this actually makes me feel really good and not just in that way, get your minds out of the gutter.
[0:03:15.9] RA: Yeah.
[0:03:16.8] RT: It’s a great compliment and the organic farming well, look guys, the guy who probably revived real, serious, old school training, Brooks Kubic with the book Dinosaur Training which coincidentally I think came out 96 I believe around that. Nowadays, he’s constantly writing about the value, going to farmers markets and having your own garden and getting access to that organic food. Anyway, that’s me blabbing along. I’m gonna get off the soap box and let you do it now. How about you give us a little bit more about yourself Ryan?
[0:03:45.6] RA: Yeah, the bio covered it pretty well, I’ve been in this world since the age of 14 so about 20 years now and it started off as a hobby, just took a weight lifting class, realized I could change my body by lifting weights and exercising and paying attention to what I eat. I got to college, talked to the adviser and they said, “Yeah, you can actually study this and potentially get a job in helping people with fitness and nutrition.”
I thought I was in heaven, it was the dream come true, I would be studying it anyways. I remember looking around to my classmates in college and they’d say, “Oh we have class in today,” they’re kind of bummed out and I was every day I was ready to go, ready to learn more and become a better person and a better fitness professional. Yeah, it’s been my life for 20 years, I hooked up with Precision Nutrition after my first job at John Hopkins and it was a really good match with JB over there and they continued to challenge me and it’s been a good fit.
[0:04:43.9] RT: JB is?
[0:04:45.6] RA: JB is Dr. John Berardi, he’s the guy who co-founded Precision Nutrition and gosh, he’s been around forever, it seems like. He’s been writing about fitness and nutrition for as long as I can remember and a lot of people in this world have read something by him at some point in their lives.
[0:05:03.9] RT: Yeah, definitely. Top notch organization for sure.
[0:05:07.0] RA: Yeah, I can’t say enough about the people there, they challenged me, they’re open minded, they’re always trying to get better, it’s a great group.
[0:05:16.1] RT: Excellent. All right, well I’m looking forward to diving in to some of that experience of yours and I’m mining some of that gold because I’m assuming with the career as long as yours and the amount of education that you have, and the beautiful thing is that there’s been a lot of real world application, this is going to be good interview. And I think It’s good because although you kind of framed it by saying, “Guys, don’t tune out yet here because of what you’re hearing, organic farming and the yoga and stuff like that.”
I think it’s important for people to hear these different viewpoints because I believe if all you do is just stick with what you know, period, in all likelihood you’re probably going to miss out from some things that could really benefit you. Let’s get in to this and let’s kick it off with sharing one of your favorite success quotes and example of how you’ve applied it to meaning in your training and your life.
[0:06:03.2] RA: Yeah, I’ll give you two things here related to success and it actually relates well to what you were just talking about. First, “We’re all making decisions without knowing the full story.” Nobody has read every book or talked to every expert or watched every documentary or turned over every stone and nutrition exercise science. I could read something next week and it could shift my perspective on a topic. There are new things we’re always discovering and there is things we probably won’t ever discover.
So I remind myself of this, whenever I’m starting to feel overly confident in my beliefs and when I’m listening to someone else who seems overly confident in their beliefs, it helps me to stay grounded and maintain some perspective I think. In the world of how does this help me attain success, I think it’s really helped me not get lost in the land of black or white choices.
I think a lot of people spend time there. Instead, for me in my own life, I aim to really act thoughtfully with partial knowledge and be open to other points of view. That’s kind of point number one, related to, we don’t have the full story, we’re just making these, we’re taking actions and making choices with partial knowledge and it’s okay to do that.
Second, quote from Gandhi, “Happiness is when what you think, what you do and what you say are in harmony.” Back in high school, I probably would have made fun of this quote but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really found it to be accurate in my own life. I find that as a nutrition and exercise coach, that’s really the foundation of what I’m trying to help clients do. Live according to their deepest values and helping them to align with what they think, do and say.
[0:07:56.3] RT: Integrity is what it sounds like to me, right?
[0:07:58.4] RA: Integrity, yeah I’m a huge fan of integrity that comes up a lot when I’m talking to clients.
[0:08:03.9] RT: Yeah, I think it feels good when you’re doing what you truly believe and I think a lot of people potentially, there may be a disconnect there, not because they’re disingenuous, maybe just because it’s kind of like I think, I look great or I look different than what I actually look like, just because you’re looking at yourself in the mirror and it’s not quite the same as somebody else looking at you. Maybe looking at photos and maybe actions, maybe the same way, may not even realize that all of a sudden, bit by bit you’ve gotten off track and the things that you believe in, you’re not necessarily acting in the same way.
Then there’s some people who just maybe fool themselves period and are possibly aware of this. To be somebody who is in line with what they believe and what they do. I think — correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that this gives you a sense of, I guess power man. In a way, I mean, this internal belief, this feeling of just I am who I believe I am and who I say I am and I’m acting in that way and others see that as well in a genuine integrity, I think just lends itself or just provides you with this, I don’t know if it’s a strength of character? Or I’m kind of fumbling here with the proper word right now.
[0:09:13.6] RA: Yeah, I think power and I think you are able to be your authentic self and I think you can be more relaxed when you’re doing your job, when you’re in social situations, when you have an idea of what you stand for and your values. I think it allows you to be very comfortable with who you are and going throughout life.
[0:09:33.3] RT: Agreed, yeah, I think that’s a really big deal because when you have that almost inner peace to a degree, people just pick up on that instantaneously. There’s just something there man, when you meet somebody who is truly got a high level of integrity, especially when it’s like 100%. It just, there’s no mistaking it, you just know, there’s just something there that you pick up on. I think it’s definitely a worthy thing that you’re doing in helping people achieve that.
[0:10:02.8] RA: Yeah, I totally agree, I pick up on that energy too from people, I think when somebody’s kind of in the opposite head space and body space, they tend to come off a little bit differently and kind of off-putting.
[0:10:16.7] RT: Yeah, sure, definitely. Do you ever find people who all of a sudden have the realization that, “Oh my god, I’m nowhere near acting in accordance or in line with my beliefs,” and it’s kind of a surprise to them?
[0:10:29.8] RA: Yeah. You know, and actually I think people can discover that in a variety of ways on their own. But I think actually as a nutrition exercise coach, it can be a service you can offer your clients to help them identify that discrepancy in their life and not in a mean way or, it’s more like you’re reflecting how they’re living.
I see that you’re living this way and you want this outcome, they seem to kind of be not in sync. Just calling that out for the client to see, it kind of helps them step back and it’s that lightning bolt moment where they think, “Oh gosh, I don’t like this, I don’t like how I’m living, I need to make some changes.”
[0:11:13.2] RT: For somebody who has that realization, do you find that they — do they tend to beat up on themselves or they get excited about the fact that, “Oh my god, this is an area in life that I can approve in.” How does somebody feel just when they have that realization?
[0:11:26.9] RA: Well, in my experience, it’s all over the board, I think if people have had that realization over and over again in their life and they’ve consistently never really made changes, they might just beat themselves up and find it very discouraging but for other people, it can definitely be inspiring and lead them to getting help and making necessary changes.
[0:11:49.1] RT: All right, sounds good. Now, how about we switch it up a bit Ryan and we focus on sharing a story of a time in your training or life when you encountered a major challenge. You told me you started training at a very young age, you were competing actually. I’m interested in hearing about this and if you wouldn’t mind, take us back and let us know the details, kind of flesh it out for us so we kind of can relive it with you and then share the lessons that you learned.
[0:12:12.9] RA: Yeah, I think some of your listeners might be able to relate to this one quite a bit. One of my biggest challenges in life so far was transitioning from a competitive bodybuilder to a noncompetitive bodybuilder. It was a week before my 20th birthday, I placed 8th at Teen and Collegiate Nationals and I told myself, I said, “You know, if I don’t place in the top three, I need to move on in life.” I quickly realized that I didn’t know how to move on in life.
My entire identity was wrapped up in being a competitive bodybuilder, it dictated everything. When I ate, what I ate, who I spent time with, what I did for exercise, what time I went to bed, everything and leading up to collegiate nationals, I just had this kind of a lightning bolt moment one day where I thought, “You know, this sport is, it’s very selfish. My whole day is about me, when I’m training, when I’m eating, when I’m sleeping, when I’m preparing my next meal,” and I realize that it want my entire life with nutrition exercise to just be about my physique and my proportions and being ripped or tan.
I wanted to spend more of my life using exercise and nutrition for good in the world. That’s really where I started to focus after bodybuilding, I focused on how can I use exercise and nutrition for good in the world to help other people? I’ve found that being able to wake up every day and really dedicate myself to making choices with others in mind and with the big picture in mind, that really helped me transition finally from competitive bodybuilder to not competitive bodybuilder.
It’s saved me from some of the kind of disordered patterns that can develop when you’re in a really kind of self-centred competitive sport. The interesting thing about this too is that the more I coach people, now I see similar qualities in the clients that I coach. Similar to what I was experiencing as a bodybuilder, they focus so much on fat loss or muscle gain or looking a certain way and then they wonder why they might feel unfulfilled or why the motivation wanes.
I think it’s because they need to think bigger, I think when it’s bigger than us and bigger than our personal goals, those are fine and play a role in it. But I think we have to have more than just that, more than just the “it’s about me type of goal”. So when we take it outside ourselves, I think we have a better chance of really following through with something.
[0:14:40.7] RT: Yeah, agreed, I mean, I think as you mature, I believe that’s important because when you’re younger and you started very young, I don’t think it takes too much to kind of get somebody fixated on something just because you’re a kid, you’re immature to a certain degree and you just don’t have that same worldly type of view on things and as you mature and as you grow up, you start to realize, “Okay, this aren’t the things in life that I want to pursue and go after.”
Just having muscles per se may not be as an alluring of a goal as it was when you were maybe 90 pound weakling when you were like 14 or 15, right? Now t hat you’re like 25 or maybe married with children or who knows what? Super busy at work. I agree with you for sure, I believe that. Can you maybe share a few examples of what those type of goals would be like?
[0:15:31.6] RA: Yeah I mean, for me, specific to let’s say nutrition, I try to focus a lot of my efforts now on how our food choices influence local farmers and the environment and animal welfare. My food choices are not just, “All right, what am I eating to look a certain way and to get a certain physique?” And that plays into it. I’m also concerned with these bigger picture topics.
With movement it’s not just how can this work out absolutely maximize hypotrophy for me but how can I move well when I’m with my family, how can I move well when I’m volunteering and lifting boxes. How can I stay functional into old age?” All those type of things. It’s just kind of the bigger picture of perspective on things.
[0:16:17.9] RT: Okay, what would you recommend to people to help them kind of figure that out?
[0:16:23.4] RA: Well, I can say this, it was not an overnight thing for me, transitioning this way and I think, I talk to a lot of people, not colleagues, friends, therapy, I read a lot of books, I tried to expand my perspective so it wasn’t so laser focused on something and I think a byproduct of that was these goals started to take shape, they almost had to. The more I learned and read and build that perspective up, I had to shift.
So I would challenge people I guess to get outside their comfort zones, learn about topics they’re not familiar with. Talk to people that they’re not, maybe comfortable talking to and just kind of expand as much as you can and build your perspective up, widen your perspective.
[0:17:14.2] RT: Alrighty, sounds good. And some people can probably understand that it’s doing some soul searching. What’s your opinion? I don’t think that something that requires a lifetime to figure out per se. I think this is something that you can kind of drill down on relatively quickly, it doesn’t necessarily that have to be something that seems overwhelming. What is your opinion on that?
[0:17:34.1] RA: Yeah, it’s hard to say. I’m only 34, if you ask me again at five or 10 years, I might have a completely different answer but yeah. It’s amazing how far you can come in a short amount of time and I think every day is an opportunity to — we were talking about it before the show — think about what your values are, what you’re doing in life, reflecting on things you care about and if you’re living that way.
It’s so easy, I mean we live in a world where there’s so many distractions and the ways to check out and numb and you can just go weeks and months and years without asking yourself some of these deeper questions and considering how you’re living every day. I think taking some time to do that in a regular basis kind of gets you at least on that track instead of heading in the opposite direction.
[0:18:24.5] RT: Yeah, I think what you said is pretty important here. I think if you ask somebody five years from now, it could very well change. So with that being said, I think it’s important for maybe some people out there may think, “I got to figure out whatever it is that I have to dedicate the rest of my life to and I got to stick to it for the rest of my life.” Not necessarily.
Just find something that is meaningful to you, stick with it and bear minimum, that will start to not just move you in a productive kind of direction where you are going to eventually achieve some type of a goal but I think just as important, if not more importantly, it will start to develop you into the person that you want to become or at least closer to the type of person that you want to be.
If you need to pivot at some point and change whatever that lifetime kind of focus is, that’s fine. At least you’ve been kind of developing yourself in the meantime and getting better tools along the way whether that’s skills or whatever it may be. Therefore, making it easier to achieve whatever it is that you kind of change of focus to. So I think that’s important because I know some people may kind of get stuck with “paralysis analysis”, or “analysis paralysis”. Like, “Oh my god, I got to figure out that perfect thing,” and you got to be careful of that.
[0:19:36.7] RA: yeah, I 100% agree, I think there are a lot of things like that whether it’s really small choices like what we’re going to eat for dinner or big life choices, it’s easy to think we have to do this forever and always. If I do this, I have to do it forever but like you said, that’s the beauty of living in a country like this, we can often make choices and transition and it’s okay and we’re allowed to do that.
[0:20:03.4] RT: Yeah, definitely. All right, how about we share a story of a time in your training when you had a breakthrough moment. If you could take us back and tell us the steps that you took, turn that light bulb moment into success.
[0:20:16.2] RA: All right. Breakthrough moments, I’ll give you two quick stories here. The first one was not forcing myself to do exercises that don’t work for my body. And I’ll give you an example: so conventional deadlifts, they never really felt like a natural movement for me, they always seem to kind of tweak my lower back no matter how textbook my form was and I remember several years ago one day, I finally made some tweaks to that movement, I moved to a slightly wider stance, I allowed my arms to hang just inside my legs so kind of like a modified Sumo deadlift setup and it completely changed the movement for me.
All of a sudden it felt like it was working, my posterior chain, I felt powerful, it felt like something I was in control of, and that switch was a breakthrough for me. Because it solidified the idea that each of us have slightly different builds and biomechanics and a great exercise for one person might cause pain or injury for another person. Whenever I’m helping someone with a new movement and in the gym, in yoga, whatever, I first remind them that the best thing they can do for themselves is to know their body, know what hurts, know what feels comfortable and natural, don’t force it, there’s always an adjustment that can be made. This is something I have to constantly remind myself of, if something feels awkward, make an adjustment so it feels better. That’s the first breakthrough.
The second breakthrough I had was reading about the blue zones and I don’t know if your listeners are familiar with the blue zones but it’s these five areas around the world with some of the healthiest and longest living populations. Icaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda California; Okinawa Japan; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. Reading about these blue zones and realizing that some of the healthiest, longest lived people aren’t necessarily crushing weights at the gym six days a week or running marathons with a huge realization for me.
And it allowed me to scale back my strength work to three to four times a week instead of six to seven times a week. I built in more things like yoga and walking and cycling and lower intensity movements, spending more time outside and it really helped me to shift from being in the gym lifting a bunch of weights, trying to boost my ego to considering my long term quality of life and wellbeing. That was another big breakthrough for me.
[0:22:51.1] RT: Okay, here’s a question I got for you, when you made that shift or when you started incorporating more of that, did you have to give up the physique that, you know, a muscular physique?
[0:23:02.8] RA: To a degree, yes. I think when somebody is dedicating their entire training protocol to max muscularity and leanness, when you’re not quite as focused on that goal, it’s not going to be quite as dialed in. Yeah, I don’t have the same bicep circumference or maybe quite as low body fat percentage but I mean, these are like, we’re talking differences that really don’t matter unless you’re competing.
In terms of just being healthy and fit and feeling good about how you look, I don’t feel like I compromised anything. I wouldn’t be ready to step on stage right now but in terms of going through my life, feeling good about my body and 100% that hasn’t slid at all.
[0:23:57.0] RT: Yeah, I think most people think all of a sudden now you need to turn in to — you know let’s be serious, there’s some guys out there that think, “Oh great, if that’s the approach, all of a sudden the muscles are gone, maybe even the six pack might be gone, no more intense training and now I’m just hugging trees and crunching on granola. It’s over.”
[0:24:19.0] RA: You know, yeah. A lot of people have that view and I think it’s unfortunate because I think we are really driving ourselves in the ground with a lot of our training protocols and it’s like this breakthrough for me, unless you are healthy and moving well, it’s really hard to have a muscular and lean physique, if you’re injured and you can’t move, well you can’t really do anything.
If I can do strength work, three to four times a week for the rest of my life, I’d rather be able to do that than do it six to seven days a week for the next five years and then not really be able to do anything because of our terrible joint pain and tendonitis and that type of thing. It’s just, I think taking a longer term perspective on the quality of life and movement physique.
[0:25:07.9] RT: Yeah, Donny Thompson, first man to ever total 3,000 in power lifting, he’s big on that, he actually, I just saw a video of him the other day on YouTube and he was talking about how he’s really big on having all of these different restorative methods and ways to kind of take care of certain parts of your body, your shoulders, your hip area, your lower back, the ankles and whatnot. And he’s a really upbeat guy, really great guy to kind of listen to, just great energy about him.
And he just says, “Look at me man, I can do all the things I want to do. Sure I might have a couple of dings here and there but then I again I played really hard but overall, I’m great and the reason is because I do these kind of things to take care of myself.” Another guy, Bud Jeffrey is a guy who I mention him a lot on the show, he’s done some really intense and insane training and same thing, because he dedicates a lot of time to making sure he’s healthy, whether it’s doing some of the items that you had said, focused type of restorative type of work.
At the end of the day, he’s been training for, oh geez man I dunno? Probably a couple of decades easily and going out on a real hard, real rowdy and he’s still able to function and run around and have fun and enjoy life to the fullest because he didn’t do the things that you’re saying to be cautious which is just smash your head against the wall for the short term and kind of inflate the ego and ultimately just running yourself off the road like you’ve done, that’s it. You’re not going to be able to perform at that level anymore because you just wrecked yourself.
[0:26:33.4] RA: Yeah, I think having more examples like what you just talked about, is going to be critical. Because for me in our community, I think we need some of those trend setters or role models, whatever you want to call it to start doing it so they can lead by example and we can get some ideas on how we can change our own training and our own lives.
[0:26:52.9] RT: Yeah, totally, I mean, even in the bodybuilding world. Ben Pakulski is a guy I’ve mentioned a couple of times on the show now more recently, he’s big with the team that he has, [inaudible] and a couple of the other guys, they’re big about with your training, designing in a way where you incorporate longevity. And this is a guy who is a Mr. Olympia competitor and he’s talking about making sure that you’re picking exercises that suit your body and making the exercise to fit you and making the equipment fit you as opposed the other way around.
And kind of like you’re saying, the deadlift for you, the traditional, regular standard conventional deadlift was just not working for you. It sounds like you did some kind of an interesting hybrid between sumo and conventional pull and all of a sudden now it’s working for you. but a lot of people say, “Oh no, that’s not a real deadlift, that’s not right form.” Who cares if it’s — who made that form, it’s kind of like, I remember one time reading an old article and was talking about deadlift and where you’re pulling from like the height and suggesting that you pull from pins from the rack at a higher height because it’s much easier on the back for a lot of people, just anatomically speaking.
And the author of the article at the time, I mean it was an old article. I want to say it was Perry Raider but I don’t’ think that’s correct. Anyway, he just said that, “Who set the size of the plate to see that size?” It’s just some arbitrary size, I think it’s like 17 and a half or three quarters a quarter inches or something in diameter and I’d be interested to find out why they chose that size, I’m sure there’s a reason somewhere. But I’m sure it wasn’t because somebody said, “This is the ideal size for every human being on earth,” in terms of when it’s on the floor and you reach down to grab the bar. No, no, no.
When you got someone who is five feet versus somebody who is seven feet or even when the extremes aren’t even that great and then you have to factor in, even if you have two people the same height, somebody has longer limbs, the other person has shorter limbs and longer torso, that all changes the movement in terms of the form and how it affects your body. Who is to say that you have to pull it from the floor or when you bench, it has to touch your chest?
[0:29:04.0] RA: Yeah, when I first was training people and helping people with exercise, I used to get really hung up on text book everything, had to be conventional deadlift, had to be conventional bench press and I think the longer you work with people and see all the different body types and aches and pains that people have and realize all the different modifications where subtle adjustments can make the movement work really well for people. And so you think, “Yeah, they don’t have to do the exact setup I saw in the test book, we can tweak it so it work for them and that’s okay.”
[0:29:36.3] RT: Yeah, it’s really easy to see this, that’s why we have movements like real simple ones like the Arnold Press or the hack squat, the actual hack squat from back in the day when you would squat down and grab a barbell behind your legs, behind your ankles and like, come on, there’s all these different movements because somebody came up with this movement — a Jefferson Deadlift right?
They came up with the movement and they found that wow, this works for whatever reason, whatever it is that they’re doing. It’s always been a part of training to do exactly what you’re saying. I think that’s important for people to kind of keep in mind that it’s completely find and not only that, I think and if you pay attention to stuff nowadays with YouTube. You got YouTube and the internet and what not, you actually are starting to see this.
I think all of the top guys, they all do this, they all do this kind of stuff that you’re talking about. The old school bodybuilders from Arnold’s era, they were talking about how the guy would put a little tweak or a twist on a movement and trying to make the movement kind of fit him better, and get better results. This is something that has always been done but I just think that selling the whole hardcore kind of approach just balls to the wall kind of deal is the angle that they’ve been taking for quite a while now.
They just leave the other stuff on the side. I mean Louie Simmons and his guy, they’ll come in to the walk with the sled, a very light sled and they’ll just walk with it as a restorative workout for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, half an hour, it’s back and forth and that’s all they do to get the lactic acid out and work out the kinks and whatnot and that’s not as exciting as smashing a new PR, right?
[0:31:15.0] RA: Right, it doesn’t make for a magazine cover.
[0:31:18.0] RT: No, but that’s the stuff that helps them, if not achieve that directly, what it does is what you just said, it gives you the longevity to be able to reach these new records because it is the long game which ultimately gets you whatever it is you want, whether it’s performance or physique goals, it’s the long game ultimately. If you’re not healthy, well then you’re not — it’s not going to happen.
[0:31:41.6] RA: Exactly.
[0:31:43.5] RT: Okay, so Ryan we’re going to take a break and right back all right? It sounds good to you?
[0:31:48.4] RA: Yup.
[0:31:49.1] RT: Okay guys, you’re listening to the Super Strength Show, we got Ryan Andrews on here today, our guest from PrecisionNutrition.com. Hold on to your dumbbells and we’ll be right back.
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[0:33:03.9] RT: All right, back with our guest Ryan Andrews, author of Drop The Fat, Act and Live Lean. Ryan, you got a lot of years of training as I keep eluding to and you keep sharing a lot of experience, a lot of time with your nose between the pages of a book and time on the bar and on the stage actually and I’m wondering if you could recommend one resource to our listeners, what would it be to help them improve their training and overall results and it could be anything from a book, a course, an app, training, you name it, what would you recommend?
[0:33:35.2] RA: Yeah, it’s a brutal question to recommend one. Honestly, I mean, over the last 20 years, I’ve learned from hundreds of resources. I will say first that everybody on the PN team, Precision Nutrition team has played a huge role in shaping my views on training. Besides just saying, “Hey yeah, go to precision nutrition, learn everything you need to know from PN.” I’ve found that I can give you five names of guys that have been really, really valuable for building my training knowledge.
[0:34:07.6] RT: Yeah, sure.
[0:34:08.4] RA: Tony Gentilcore I think has been phenomenal. Ryan Cron, Ryan Maciel, James Serbian and Dean Somerset. Those five guys at least in the last five years have been really helpful in terms of building my training and exercise knowledge.
[0:34:27.0] RT: Yeah, good list of guys, real good list. A couple of them have been on the show before. We’re going to have to get the rest of them on.
[0:34:33.5] RA: Nice.
[0:34:35.1] RT: All right. Okay, this is one we like to goof around, and have some fun with all right?
[0:34:38.6] RA: Okay.
[0:34:41.6] RT: Yeah, everybody’s always wondering what the heck is Ray going to come up with next right? Here it is. This question here, when we ask it, if you don’t mind, if you can provide some specifics so our listeners can take this away and apply it right away. We’re going to drill down here so here we go, setting up the questions, setting up the scenario all right?
You’re working away at the organic farm, you catch a whiff of something. You’re like, “Damn, it sounds like we got a fresh load of manure here or something. What the heck is going on here?” Fertilizer guys, come on right? All of a sudden I come around the corner and you kind of look over at me and you’re like, “He doesn’t look like it but he sure as heck smells like he’s been rolling around in it. The heck’s going on?”
I just kind of look over and I’m like, “Dude, come on man, you do the whole organic farm, I figured you might understand and hopefully you will but here’s the keys, I came here to get some fuel for the DeLorean which I fuelled up, it’s right over there and we all know organic, you’re going to get that much out of the nutrition from organic foods. Yeah, here are the keys, I’m wondering, if you were to hop back in time, what would you do to maximize your results in the shortest period of time and set you up for long term success?” And this is taking into consideration all the experience and all the knowledge that you have now.
[0:35:49.8] RA: I love that setup. Yeah, I have some very specific innings for you here. I’ll give you a list. First, I would focus on form and muscle feel over lifting more weight. Next, I’d lift weights three to four days per week to help save my joints and tendons and I’d spend the other days doing active recovery, kind of like what we’ve been talking about. I’d also spend some time working on breathing, my deep breathing. So much is coming into light about the benefits of deep breathing.
Next up, I would take a day off between intense workouts and next, I’d focus more on how I feel rather than exactly what the scale or circumference measures say. Next I would take — if I was on a vacation, I would take it off of heavy lifting and not stress about finding a gym, I would just try to get outside and stay generally active.
Every day I would spend several minutes doing corrective exercises. I wouldn’t ever try Ephedrine, it’s not worth it. I would spend less money on supplements and more money on high quality food, I would eat more according to my body queues and a little bit less by the clock. And finally I’d really challenge myself to eat a wide variety of different foods and a lot of plant foods like beans and whole grains and vegetables and fruits and nuts and seeds.
[0:37:18.4] RT: All right, that’s a bit of a hit list, I like that. That’s a good list man, that’s a good list for sure. Not only is that going to maker your body feel better, I think psychologically that’s going to really help too.
[0:37:29.9] RA: Yeah, I mean like you said, when you setup the question like this, it’s a great way for someone who has been involved, like yourself, doing this for a long time to think back and you could go back and tell yourself some of this stuff to really ensure that you had success. It’s such a fascinating thought experiment to go through. Yeah, I had a good time coming up with that list
[0:37:56.1] RT: It’s a good list, we’re going to have to get that in an actual list form. People can get access to you right on the show notes page if you don’t turn that into multi part article series of some sort but good stuff, I like that. I don’t know, we might have to get something like that from you maybe later on.
[0:38:12.0] RA: Cool.
[0:38:14.4] RT: I wanted to ask you about the organic food deal. Is it that much of a difference between commercially grown food versus organic food and if you could just kind of share some information on that?
[0:38:25.3] RA: Yeah, first off, I think one of the biggest winners with organic food, if somebody says, “All right, I’m going to buy more organic food from now on.” I don’t necessarily think that they would notice major changes in how they feel or major changes in how many vitamins and minerals they’re getting but based on what I know about farming and agriculture, they would be doing a great service for the soil and for sustainable agricultures, sustainable food growing.
Because with the amount of different pesticides and chemicals that are used in a lot of conventional farming methods, while we can take the apple home and give it a good scrub and kind of get rid of any pesticide residues and feel good, the soil at that farm has to bear the brunt of all those chemicals and there’s a lot of life that’s very important in soil and if we just destroy the soil with these harsh chemicals it makes healthy foods and growing healthy foods in the future really tough.
So if people can afford more organic food I definitely think it’s worth doing and if not for themselves and getting more vitamins and minerals which might happen but that depends on a lot of factors. It’s really for just the future of a healthy and sustainable food supply.
[0:39:57.1] RT: Yeah, and I mean look guys, the very least, it makes the taste of your food is so different, it’s out of this world. You won’t even need condiments anymore. The aromas, it’s a completely different thing. I grew up, my father has always had a green thumb, my uncles and what not. I just remembered there’s this one time when we moved to a different home and my father and mother were putting in some beds for flowers, and they were going to also plant some trees and whatnot in the front and we’re doing some landscaping.
There was a wait for these trees to arrive so my father said, “Well geez it’s beginning of the summer, in the meant time I got this flower bed here that’s pretty large and these other beds. I may as well use them to just grow some vegetables, why not? I mean, put in some fast growing plants won’t take too long and we can have some good stuff to eat here.”
So he did and normally we had, he would just have him and my uncle, they were just ridiculous garden every year. It was insane how much they would just plant, it was their thing. Anyway, he did this little tiny garden thing and in the morning at that time I’d have like different veggies in the morning and I’d have like endive, a lot of people are like, “What the heck’s endive?” It’s kind of bitter isn’t it? It’s kind of an acquired taste, good stuff.
Commercially bought normally and I said, because for a while there, my father was very busy with work and didn’t have time to do that. So I mentioned to them and all of a sudden he goes, “No, no, no, I just plant some outside, you should just go grab one.” I said, “All right, okay,” I go outside and that summer, it’s hot, it’s humid, I think this is kind of somewhat important to it to what ends up happening, I go outside, I got a knife in my hand, I barely cut, I literally barely even cut into the bottom of the endive to kind of cut it out and get it out of the ground.
The scent man, it was just boom, unreal, just this really great, greens, healthy scent came out of it. I almost had almost like oil kind of dripping out of it almost. That’s just how rich it was and just having that and eating that with my meal, I just couldn’t get over how much a difference it was. I noticed the same thing too. If anybody eats eggs who is listening who I imagine is a ton of people considering there’s a lot of people who work out listening to this.
Organic eggs, the color is way different, you don’t have this pale sickly looking yellow yolk, you have this really reach orange yolk and the flavour, oh my god man. I think that in of itself is more than enough of a reason to give it a shot and depending on how it’s raised and whatnot, you have the nutrition and like you said, then there’s just the whole sustainable aspect of it which is really probably arguably one of the main reasons to get into it.
[0:42:46.1] RA: Yeah, it’s hard to find a reason not to buy more organic food. I often overlooked the taste in quality aspect but yeah, like you said it’s absolutely — there’s a noticeable difference and I would encourage anybody listening to yeah go to a farmers market, just maybe grow some of your own food, the more I think we can kind of connect to where the food comes from, it’s really transformative.
[0:43:11.6] RT: Agreed. I definitely agree with you yeah, for sure. Farmers market I think is a great way to get into it.
[0:43:15.8] RA: Yup.
[0:43:16.7] RT: Yeah I think you raise a good point and a lot of people don’t realize this but you can tend to get stuff for really good prices there as well. You get to know somebody who let’s say — you got to make sure whoever you’re going to is reliable and really is producing good quality food and just doing so in a sustainable way and it’s organic.
These people tend to be relatively close but I know some people will go as far as, “Let’s go visit this guy,” right? I don’t know if everybody wants to go that far with it but it’s possible to see what’s going on there. If you get to know a few people who, “Okay, this is the guy that I get maybe my veggies or certain veggies from, this is the person I get my meats from and this is the person I may get some eggs from,” or whatnot.
With us, the amount of food that we go through, you could probably get some better pricing because you start purchasing at bulk and whatnot. I find doing that, you get to know these people and they tend to treat you very well and you can sometimes kind of win in multiple ways right? Better pricing, better food, better for the area, supporting the local economy and on and on.
[0:44:18.1] RA: Yeah, you hit on all the big points, you’re keeping those dollars supporting local farmers, you’re getting to know where food comes from, you’re getting food to probably taste better, it’s more sustainably grown.
[0:44:30.3] RT: Yeah, better for the environment. If you’re getting meats, in all likelihood they’re treated much more humanely. It’s just a win all across the board. Definitely all across the board. All right, we’re almost at the end of the show Ryan, we’re pretty much there.
[0:44:45.9] RA: All right.
[0:44:47.6] RT: This has been really good, I think there’s a lot of people who get in to what we do and there’s a health aspect to it and I think the more years of training you have under your belt, the more you realize the value of the things that you shared with us today. If you can kind of start off with this information and incorporate into your training, I think you will be much better off.
And it doesn’t necessarily — it’s like, if you got a couple of years already into this, all of a sudden, you can incorporate it. No, the earlier you incorporate it, the better I think. I’d highly recommend going back, re-listening to what Ryan had to say in that list of yours, kind of taking that to heart, there’s a lot of good information out there and that actually leads me to the next point which is Ryan, where can we find out more about you?
[0:45:29.5] RA: You mentioned precisionnutrition.com. That’s the website I work with most of the work I do is with them. There are a few things I want to mention related to that. We just launched another coaching program. So every year we have coaching groups, people can sign up and we work with you for an entire year. If anybody is interested in coaching for themselves or to recommend a client there, you can check that out, we also have certification programs for fitness professionals.
If you want to increase your knowledge about nutrition and how to coach people better, we have a level one and a level two certification program to check out. And finally you mentioned my book Drop the Fat Act and Live Lean. Wrote it a few years ago, had a lot of fun with it, it’s humorous, it’s a quick read, a lot of cartoons, half of all my proceeds go to hunger relief efforts and improving school lunch programs. Give it a read, check it out.
[0:46:19.9] RT: Where can they find that?
[0:46:21.2] RA: They can get the book at any major book seller online, you can order at any independent local bookstore or wherever you want to order it.
[0:46:29.4] RT: Yeah, I mean, when it comes to PN, Precision Nutrition, check those guys out, I highly recommend it. The food aspect as we’ve kind of eluded to a few times is a very important part of your training. Whether it’s performance and especially if you are into the aesthetic side of things. You got to know how to eat properly to get the performance out of your body, to shed the fat while maintaining the muscle mass, fuel your workouts and on and on. Your health and make you feel good and whatnot.
I would say without a doubt, precision nutrition is the leader when it comes to that, the programs are fantastic, the information is like number one. I’d highly recommend checking that out and the sooner you could figure that stuff out because that was a big thing for me was starting to realize the importance of my nutrition because all the emphasis was on the workout. Then I started to realize, “Well no, there’s other aspects.” You always read about, “It’s the training, you got to get the rest, you got to get food.”
For whatever reason, we just seem to put more focus in the training, I don’t know, maybe it’s because it’s more fun, maybe because there’s more photos of people doing that but if YouTube is any indication of how much people just for whatever reason like to watch others just sit down, see what they’re eating around today, I don’t know what that’s all about but I guess, I don’t know what that’s all about but anyway, it goes to show you that you really should be putting in just as much effort into the other two as well.
Again, your rest and recuperation and rejuvenation which we touched upon. Ryan shared quite a few different tips on that. The nutrition and learning how to do that correctly and PN, probably one of the best resources you can go to, Ryan didn’t want to be self-serving and say that but I’ll step up and I’ll say that. I can’t recommend their information enough, they have an amazing stuff, Ryan’s obviously one of them and there’s a lot of other guys and gals that are a part of that team and they just have fantastic information.
They’ve been training people to train others as Ryan recommended or to learn for their own sake so they can learn how to feed themselves and fuel themselves for a number of years now, they really know how to do it and do it properly. It’s great, it’s a really efficient way to go about doing it. I highly recommend you guys take advantage of that. Ryan, as you guys heard, this is just scratching the surface, there’s so much more we could dive into with his experience and all the things he’s got on the go.
Check out his book, I mean, if what he’s saying is resonating with you, check out his book, it’s a very small investment to get to reap the benefit of years and years of real world work and effort, trial and error. It’s just amazing to me how for a couple of bucks, you can literally to a degree kind of buy another person’s brain, and experience, and hardships and everything and all the lessons that they learn and get that kind of condensed into so many pages and be able to benefit from that.
If you keep in mind that that’s where that came from and you’re buying information from a quality source like Ryan then you, I believe, will pay much more attention to what you’re reading and really have the intention of taking this information out of those pages and applying it in your life. So Ryan, thank you so much for coming on the show. Before we end it, what do you got for us for parting advice?
[0:49:29.5] RA: Yeah, first, thanks very much for the plug on PN and the kind words, I really appreciate that. Yeah, in terms of parting advice, I’ll keep it brief but it’s embracing the golden rule. I come back to this and my life professionally and personally and its really never let me let me down, we are all similar, everyone has this desire to have a happy life and if we could all live by the golden rule, do unto others as they do unto you, it would likely help so many so many issues of any quality and social injustice. That’s what I’ll leave your listeners with today.
[0:50:05.0] RT: Short and sweet. Been around for a long time, there’s a reason for that. Thanks again Ryan.
[0:50:10.6] RA: Thank you very much Ray.
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We love it when you guys do that. Very motivational to others as well. When you’re on the site, make sure you sign up with the free report, maximize your results by putting — it teaches you how to properly perform the main lifts, the key aspect of performing the main lifts to maximize your strength and minimize your risk for injury, crucial, crucial, crucial. As Ryan said earlier, if you’re all banged up then you’re not going to get very far and there’s no reason to have that happen to you.
If you train intelligently and in terms of proper form and function and whatnot, this free report has an aspect that it shows you that’s not understood by very many people, it’s really important to make sure that you stay safe and maximize your strength, it’s actually vital for both aspects. I highly recommend you get that when you sign up. That’s about it. One last time, thank you so much Ryan.
[0:53:53.8] RA: Thank you very much.
[0:53:55.5] RT: All right guys, as we always say, put this stuff to use and until next time, train smart, train hard, we’ll talk to you then.
More Specifically in this Episode
- Ryan shares how he got into physical culture.
- The importance of having all the info before making decisions
- Aligning your values with what you think, do, and say.
- Be your authentic self
- How to think big
- Get out of your comfort zone and expand it
- Take some time to think and reflect back on your values and how you’re living your life.
- A great exercise for one person may cause pain and injury for another
- Know your body
- Blue Zones
- Training for longevity
- Don’t be afraid to modify your form to better fit your body
- Focus on form and muscle feel versus lifting more weight
- The benefits in deep breathing
- Less supplements and more high quality food
- What’s the big deal with Organic Food?
- Embrace the Golden Rule
About Ryan Andrews
Ryan Andrews is a dietitian, trainer, and yoga teacher who completed his education in exercise and nutrition at the University of Northern Colorado, Kent State University, and Johns Hopkins Medicine. He’s written hundreds of articles on nutrition, exercise, and health, authored “Drop The Fat Act & Live Lean”, and co-authored The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition Certification Manual.
Ryan was a nationally competitive bodybuilder from 1996 to 2001. Now he balances gym time with volunteering on organic farms and organizations that prevent food waste. Ryan is currently working with Precision Nutrition.
You can connect with him by visiting PrecisionNutrition.com
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Can you share one of your habits that contribute to your success in the gym? I’m not the biggest. I’m not the strongest. But I am seriously consistent. I’ve been going to the gym at least 3 times per week for 20 years.
What are your favourite exercises? Any exercises that allow me to feel the muscles working. Right now I’m liking full ROM front squats, rack bench presses, and pullups.
What are your favourite muscle groups to train? I look forward to training them all.
What are your favourite pieces of equipment? An adjustable power rack, a full set of DBs, a cable station, and a high pullup bar.
What is currently on your workout music playlist? 85% hip-hip. 15% Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.
How do you psych up for a workout or set? Music helps me focus.
What was one exercise or routine that gave you great gains in muscle mass and/or strength? Gosh – I’ve used so many different routines. Over the past year I had a lot of success with Joe DeFranco’s Built 2 Last routine. For my 34 year old body that’s been lifting weights for 20 years, it was a good fit.
What’s your favourite way to speed up recovery between workouts? Very low intensity yoga classes, walking outside, BCAAs.
What’s your favourite meal? I could eat a black bean/vegetable/rice burrito or falafel/hummus/veggie wrap every night for the rest of my life.
What’s your favourite cheat meal and how often do you indulge? I don’t really look at any meals as cheat meals. I make sure to eat meals/foods I enjoy each day. It prevents me from the feast/famine cycle. I like to have a small dessert most nights after dinner…like a cookie or scoop of ice cream (coconut based of course). It prevents me from eating a box of cookies once per week.
What supplements do you feel work well for you? Creatine, pea/rice protein powder, BCAAs, glutamine, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, and algae omega-3.
What do you do to relax? Spend time with my lovely wife. We are movie buffs.
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Please don’t ever stop,i really enjoy it. Wish i found it before. I listen to it while working out or driving etc. Just wanted to tell you to keep doing what you are doing. And would love to see more of people like Mike Israetel etc. Such as Brad Schoenfeld. Anyways love the show, thanks for making it.
- Very professionalSeptember 7, 2015 by Ayrshire Lad from United Kingdom
Always learning something new from Ray and his well selected line up of guests. Sometimes feels a little repetitive as Ray asks all the tried and tested questions to ensure the listener always has a takeaway..its laid back but focused and very professional !!
- I love thisSeptember 3, 2015 by Mvecdi from Canada
Please don’t ever stop,i really enjoy it. Wish i found it before
- The best podcast in the strength/ fitness industry!August 28, 2015 by Powerlifting101 from Canada
I recommend this podcast to anyone that trying to physically and mental better them self in every aspect.
- Excellent ResourceJuly 25, 2015 by J. Steinmann from United States
Some great interviews with a wide variety of people. I've listened to a number of episodes, and there's always some great information in every interview. If you're serious about strength training, health and fitness, or just want some good life philosophy, this podcast is worth a listen.
- Must subscribe!July 9, 2015 by Roddygo from United States
This is one of the best fitness podcasts. A lot of big names from various backgrounds and Ray asks good questions. He also knows when to ask follow up questions without getting too out of subject and having the guests share some more secrets
- Great Show!July 8, 2015 by Wes Kennedy from Canada
Ray is a great host and has a wide range of quality and professional coaches that have a TON of experience to share with you. Check it out!
- Excellent interviews!July 8, 2015 by another anatomy geek from United States
Ray does a fantastic job of asking articulate and interesting questions. I always really enjoy his podcasts and learn useful info! Keep up the good work!
- has become the best Strength podcastJune 21, 2015 by SuperHuman YYZ from Canada
I think its overtaken superhuman radio and motivation + muscle as the top podcast for those who love physical culture and the iron game. Ray does a great job interviewing, just the right amount of interjecting his ideas and opinions. The guest list is incredible, the who's who, past and present.
- The fountain of youth.June 10, 2015 by rroxanne from Canada
Very good . I love the article. I listened to it 3 times to write everything down. Lol. Bad memory. Oh and love Rays voice.
- just pure MEGA, Pig Iron all the wayMay 25, 2015 by Strongman1981 from United Kingdom
The Super Strength Show is an amazing and extremely informative resource for anyone involved in physical culture. With an enthusiastic and highly intelligent host and a who’s who’s line up of guests, a must for anyone to sit down, eat grapefruits and enjoy. great work chaps
- On another level! Once you hear one episode you will have to hear them all!May 22, 2015 by Chuck Osswald from United States
Super Strength Show starts with top performers/coaches/trainers from around the world and chunks down all the important pieces, directed towards any audience. Ray Toulany is unparalled in his ability to make information easy to understand as well as tease out the unspoken gems. You will be glued to your speakers for the entire episode and find yourself eagerly waiting for more. The care put into each episode is clear with a show notes page that helps the curious learn in any medium. Keep up the great work and thanks Ray!
- A fountain of Strength and training knowledgeMay 14, 2015 by HCF82 from United Kingdom
After searching for an age to find a good strength podcast I discovered the super strength show through Chris Duffins interview and have been hooked since. The format is excellent with some of the best voices in the world of strength and conditioning appearing. No nonsense straight talking, this really should be one of your first resources to go to if you are a coach or an average joe looking to improve in the weight room.
- fantasticMay 10, 2015 by gena_wallis from Australia
i enjoyed your session.looking forward to more staff.Victor from the Youngpreneurs Podcast!
- Well structured, interesting, and informative.May 2, 2015 by TEEJ888888 from Canada
I just listened to the first two episodes of the podcast. It's really good. The questions are solid, there is lots of good advice for lifting and for life, and Ray does a good job at interacting with the guest but keeping things on track and flowing. Ray is articulate and the guests seem professional and smart. Overall, I'm very impressed.
- My top 5 favorite show!April 16, 2015 by mrcdmag from United States
Great show with lots of valuable information! I always have my notebook open and writing.
- Top strength showApril 16, 2015 by Alastair7890 from United Kingdom
Very informative. Top guests
- Great Show!April 10, 2015 by SloneStrength from United States
Well prepared show. Amazing professionalism! Keep up the great work.
- AWESOMENESS CONTAINTEDMarch 4, 2015 by jamie729 from United Kingdom
This is an awesome podcast the format, the guests & the topics disscussed are all truely infomative. No BS contained the show always opens up new schools of thoughts and ideas to the listeners. keep up the good work.
- Subscribe, instantly addictiveMarch 2, 2015 by thebroadkaz from Canada
This show is amazing to listen to it motivates you not only for the gym but for setting and achieving goals in your every day life. Very motivating and positive. Truly helps to get you in the right frame of mind for life and for the gym.
- An absolutely ace show everytimeFebruary 24, 2015 by Tommy Eggleton from United Kingdom
This show is phenomenal! The format and repeated questions for each episode keep the show driving forward, the guests have had ample time to prepare excellent and considered opinions and yet the show never feels like anything but no-BS conversations on building seuperhuman strength and mighty bodies. The host, Ray Toulany, consistently does a marvellous job of drawing out even more from his guests than the material they've prepared and some of the stories that are teased out are superb. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anybody that trains, thinks about training, or simply admires strength sports and bodybuilding in general.
- Great ResourceFebruary 4, 2015 by Velvet Jones81 from United States
For someone new to the strength sports like myself this show has been a great resource. Thanks for doing this show. It has helped a lot.
- Paul McIlroyFebruary 2, 2015 by Paul McIlroy from United Kingdom
I've been an avid aficionado of all things strength and physical culture related for the vast majority of my entire life. As a former world champion powerlifter and trainer of world champions in different strength sports I can honestly say that Ray Toulany's Super Strength Show is an absolutely INVALUABLE resource for those wishing/needing to maximise their holistic understanding of strength, what it is to be strong, why that is important and how to best achieve it! The list of guests reads like a star studded "who's who" of strength and conditioning ROYALTY! Plus, more than anything the interviews are a ton of fun and provide a fascinating insight into the very best in the business and what makes them tick. It was my complete pleasure and privilege to be a guest on this amazing show (episode 37). If YOU claim to be serious about strength training and are not currently subscribed to THIS show, my honest advice is do so immediately...if not sooner!
- Super Strength ShowJanuary 26, 2015 by Joeino from United States
I love this podcast as I seem to pick up valuable information from each guest. Listing to this is a fun and productive use of my time
- Excellent InformationJanuary 26, 2015 by TaylorrrrNB from United States
These guys obviously do their homework, work hard to create an excellent show and know who to interview in the world of strength and fitness! I’m very impressed by what they have created and the quality of what they do. You need to subscribe! TODAY!!
- by Brandon RicheyJanuary 22, 2015 by Great Work SSS from United States
The Super Strength Show is a fantastic resource for all things concerning strength, fitness, and life. The multitude of guests provides tons of information and perspectives that every listener will appreciate. If you’re serious about strength and the physical culture this is a resource that you just can’t pass up!
- Very glad I stumbled across this podcast!January 22, 2015 by rk102 from United States
Great info from big-time guests in the strength and conditioning world. Keep up the great work, Ray!
- Awesome showJanuary 13, 2015 by Bonjower from Canada
The Podcast is the best I’ve encountered in the fitness/bodybuilding sector. The host has a great ability to pull the pertinent information out of his guests. The topics are great and you seem to be able to get useful information out of every interview! Awesome podcast!!
- Do yourself a favour and subscribeJanuary 1, 2015 by GameOverBoss from Canada
The amount of info and resources in the SuperStrengthShow is just incredible. All of this coming from guests that are the best of the best in their fields. Great questions are asked to these guys and some really insightful answers given (along with a few laughs). I hate wasting time and i'm always looking to evolve and refine my training. This podcast has saved me hours of digging through the crazy crap on the internet to find valid info. It has also introduced me to things i would have never thought to look up. Really can’t recommend enough.
- Master SFGDecember 24, 2014 by X-Fab69 from Italy
Awesome Podcast! A whole lot of great and useful information provided by very accomplished athletes and coaches with an extended experience on the ground!
- Charles CDecember 22, 2014 by CharlieConnely from Canada
Very impressed with the quality guests that the Super Strength Show is interviewing. Loaded with with actionable and inspiring information. Great production quality and daily episodes!
- Well done RayDecember 19, 2014 by Matt McWilliams from United States
Wow…Super Strenght Show Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Ray. Keep bringing it.
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