Consistency + Variation Produce Growth, Recovery Aids Adaptation & Expectations as you Age

Episode 60

In this episode, I speak with Steve Bubel a 25 year Fitness Professional with a BS in Psychology, an M.S. in Kinesiology, and certifications too numerous to name. Steve has spent half his life as a personal trainer. Over the course of his career, he has had the pleasure of training everyone from weekend warriors to World Champions and from adolescents to octogenarians. His own journey has gone through periods of fat loss, muscle gain, strength and speed development, endurance training, and now enters the latter stages with a focus on aging well. Steve is also the Co-Host of Open Gym Podcast and recently qualified for Spartan Nationals.

Topics Discussed:

– Freshman 15 turned 25 evolved to Fitness Coach

– Jack LaLanne Had it Right

– Old School Recovery = Take Off

– A Solid Fitness Program Include Adequate Rest

– Focus on the MED – Minimum Effective Dose

– Difference Between Recovery & Adaptation

– Recovery Methods Can Adversely Impact Desired Adaptations

– Inflammation is an Important Aspect to Adaptation

– Assess Programming if Results Don’t Manifest

– Perceptual Response & Training Response are NOT the Same

– Importance of Deload for Adaptation & Recovery

– Fiber Type Assessments for Specific Programming

– Consistency & Variation Enable Physical and Mental Focus

– Importance of a Good Coach

– Get Buy In Through Performance

– Role of Compassion in Coaching

– Recalibrating Expectations as You Age


The Open Gym Podcast:



Art of Impossible

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

In the Garden of the Beast


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Podcast: Peter Attia Podcast

Music: Tool, Goo-Goo Dolls


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