Episode 149.5: Not Episode 150

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Kevin Larrabee (Twitter), Tony Gentilcore,

and Leigh Peele

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  • Ran home for lunch the other day and was channel surfing when I came across FitTV. The segment showed the “trainer” having the “trainee” do squats on a fitball. Not sure the editors caught it but when the camera panned out…the trainer was holding the ball for the trainee since he obviously couldn’t keep his tail feathers on the ball. Bottom line is..the man should have NEVER been on the ball to begin with. Why? Ugh! Why? Ugh! (sorry, banging head on wall). Then, they cut to commerical and I about hurl my wicked tasty salad back up when the spot for the latest and greatest Ab Circle came on. Why? Ugh! Why? Ugh! Kids are overweight, adults are overweight, seniors need strength…and this sheist is what is supposed to “rescue” everyone?! I gotta go put my helmet on before I bang my head on the wall again. Sorry to rant…I knew you all could appreciate. -Jill
  • Hello guys,Curious on your take of this article about muscle mass: http://www.economist.com/sciencetechnology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14302009

    The sexual importance of large muscles is somewhat debated when compared across cultures, but what struck me was the subtext comment that large amounts of muscle *weakens* your immune systems. Is there any evidence for that? I had read in a couple of spots that exercise increases your immune systems, but exercise and muscle are not inherently tied.

    Thanks for any info,

    Robin * Slomkowski, an American living in Berlin Germany

  • Kevin- in a blog you mentioned miracle noodles. I have tried them and love them as they let me feel like I am actually eating something but I still wonder if I should be eating them while on a low calorie diet?? Are they okay to eat every day to help fill me up? Should I log anything when I eat these? Thanks for your help. -Lori
  • Hi Kevin, Leigh and Jonathan!First off, I love the Fitcast, you guys (and gal) crack me up, and keep me well informed at the same time. Keep up the great work!

    I’m hoping to get some feedback from both sexes on this one, and I apologize if my question isn’t strictly technical. Hopefully you will have fun with this one, but also give me some good tips!

    I just moved to a new city to attend school, which also means a new gym, new daily routine, and I don’t know anyone here. Adding to that challenge is the fact that I’m older, (33) so I am not really interested in the party lifestyle that most college-aged students are into. This makes meeting people more difficult. At home I had a trainer, and knew all the trainers and regulars at my old gym. I recently competed in my first figure competition, so I’m not a stranger to the weight room, and I like to lift heavy. I left a full-time career to return to school, and I’m already a little anxious as to how I will fit in with the younger crowd. Most people tell me I look like I’m in my 20s, so I feel like I can sort of blend in ok.
    I’ve been here 3 weeks now, and have been struggling to get into my own rhythm while getting used to my new home. Mainly I have realized that I really miss not having a trainer, which I had at home while prepping for the show. I need to find a good workout partner, but I’m really shy, and not sure how to go about it. I’m curious to know what you all think would be the best strategy to get “in” with the hard-core gym rats without necessarily getting hit on. I know that sounds vain, but it’s one of the things we as women encounter from time to time when we venture over into the weights. So far I’ve only ever seen 1 or 2 other females working out, but none who lift heavy. I think my best strategy right now is to find some guys with whom I can train, because I need to be pushed and also need a spotter when doing some of my squats and pullups/chinups. I was thinking that there are going to be tons of guys from various sports leagues/teams in the gym regularly who are serious about training, and I want to get to know them, but I’m not sure how to best go about it. This might sound cheesy, but I did post an online ad looking for a like-minded trainer partner, but didn’t get any bites. What are your thoughts on the scenerio? School starts this week…I’m very excited about it, but also feeling a bit insecure.

    Thanks a bunch,


  • Hey Guys and Leigh-what up Leigh!?I have heard things about Yerba Mate that have me thinking, “Why doesn’t everyone know about this?” What is your take on it? I am not really looking in to any fat loss aid so to speak, but I wanted your take on the subject since everyone I hear it from I don’t completely trust. Thanks in advance.

    P.S. I go to College of the Canyons and see Dos just about everyday after weight from. I am on the baseball team there. Just thought I’d mention that so you guys will think I am cool.
    Take care.

  • Hey guys, and girl  . . . What up?!Question – I was speaking with a family friend who is a high level business man, and was explaining my role as a strength coach and trainer. He says to me “To be successful, you just have to make sure you service the sh*t out of your clients!” –

    He then tells this story of how his wife went to a massage parlor where they treated her exceptionally well, and when she went to another and she didnt get the same service, she went back to the original one where she was treated royally.

    Ive heard other coaches say to “Pamper your clients, but dont baby them.”

    I would like to know what you guys do to service the hell out of your clients, or to pamper them. What do you do to keep them happy and coming back? Obviously results and programming are number one, but what about little things, birthday cards? Articles on topics to help with their goals?

    Just curious, Thanks!


  • o…yea…Kevin…i work at a big health club type gym as a trainer as well and ever since your little bathroom story last week, i cant go into the bathroom without picturing a hairy, fat guy standing naked over the sink making the wonderful noises you so eloquently described. so i thank you for that because now i laugh every day in that bathroom.
    on another note, i wanted to get your alls opinion on something. i get a lot of clients that are looking to lose weight and “tone up”. many of them i see three days a week and only have 30 minutes to work with them. i tend to have a strength day, a metabolic training type day, and then a third day where i mix it up. i wanted to hear your alls thoughts on what types of methods you use for your weight loss clients and how much you put into strength training versus metabolic training.

    thanks -Chance

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6 Responses

  1. Rob says:

    For Lynda,

    As someone who went back to school in my 30’s as well (although you’re obviously in better shape than I was!) I would add a couple of comments to the Fitcast Crew’s.

    Early morning workouts – I’m a morning person, and found a couple of benefits to working out at that time. Number one, no “meatheads”. People that get up early must be serious about training, so you’re less likely to see the guys looking for a “pickup”. Number two, fewer people. College weightrooms can get pretty busy, especially right after class, but it’s usually empty in the morning.

    As for finding a training partner – it took me about two weeks to figure out who was serious and who wasn’t, and I found a partner that I worked out with for two years. Like the crew said, show up to the weightroom and keep your eyes open – you’ll identify prospective partners fairly quickly.

    You may want to watch for tan lines on the ring finger, too – married guys at a college gym are either serious about training or serious about picking up girls, and if it’s the latter you’ll see it fairly quickly.

    Just a couple of thoughts – all the best with school!


  2. Matthias says:

    The sound in the off topic discussion is from Stargate when they activate the gate.

  3. Matthias is correct!Send me your address and shirt size in the contact us page.

  4. Nick says:

    I haven’t listened to this episode yet, but if you are going to put in sounds that people have to guess, can you at least put in something that someone with a life would have heard. Stargate, sheesh, is this the nerdcast?

  5. Mark says:

    Someone on the show mentioned non-fitness podcasts where they just discuss random stuff. I recently discovered that Adam Carolla has a podcast, and it couldn’t be more random or funnier.

  6. Jason says:

    You know Kevin has other interests then just working out… I think that’s a good thing. If it wasn’t for him I doubt many people would even be working out right now. I personally think after the years he has put into the show he can do whatever the hell he wants.