Episode 142. Live Q&A with JC Santana

Episode 142. Live Q&A with JC Santana

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Scott and JC host a Live Q&A session, fielding audience questions about exercise methods, biomechanics, the pros and cons of combining training methods, and the importance of recovery.

 

If you’re not taking care of your body, your body can’t take care of you.

Some opening questions from the audience:
    • Safety bar squats? They’re great for people with shoulder issues.
    • Trap bar squats?They have similar kinetic chain expression as the dumbbell squats but with different balance demands.
    • Ball slams? More of a power generator than a core exercise.
  • Why is not training to failure better? The right amount of fatigue is the question. There’s technical failure and “fatigue” [volitional] failure. Olympic lifters have shown that they get better when they don’t train to failure.
  • Recovery requires energy:
    • Training to complete failure saps the body of energy needed to recover.
    • Training to complete failure taps into the immune system.
    • Training hard and training smart can co-exist.

Volume, frequency and intensity dictate how often to train.

  • Some muscles were meant to work more, like calves, because they’re locomotive and used all the time. You could probably train calves every day, but not chest, because it’s not locomotive.
  • Jiu-Jitsu is for “gumby people.” It requires tremendous flexibility that few have.
  • Bodybuilding combined with MMA training can lead to joint issues. The training styles are incompatible.
  • JC prefers the leg press over squats for hypertrophy, especially for the hardgainer.
  • Resistance training tips for women:
    • Functional training is great for women who want to get toned without getting big because those exercises (like stability ball bridges) distribute load over many muscles.
    • Strength training—low reps greater weight—work well for women who want to work on bone density. The reps stay low enough not to encourage too much hypertrophy.

No one can out-train a bad diet. A great physique is diet-mediated.

  • The only two places to rest a barbell for squat are the traps for back squats or the clavicular shelf for front squats. The more vertical orientation of the front squat places additional demands on knees and hips.
  • External rotation of the hip is required to squat deep. They also place rotational demands on the knees.
  • Three carries for the dumbbell squats: overhead, shoulder, and hang.
  • The hang carry for dumbbells creates form problems when using heavy weight, which is why JC prefers trap bar squat to dumbbell squats.
JC’s take on yoga:
  • Same take as on Olympic weightlifting: great for some, not for others. It depends on its application.
  • All training benefits are predicated on specificity. Lengthening a muscle doesn’t make it appropriate [for all applications.]
  • The flexibility involved in yoga doesn’t transfer to the flexibility needed for pitchers, sprinters or MMA fighters, for example.
  • It’s good for centering and stress-relief. JC might agree to it for calming a fighter preparing for competition.
  • Yoga should honor the individual’s anatomy and range of motion and should be the right style of yoga.
  • Yoga can’t prevent injuries that result from [traumatic] overload that are not the result of inflexibility, but that are often blamed on muscle length and tightness.

 

More about JC

  • JC Santana is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with distinction (CSCS,* D) and a Fellow (FNSCA) of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University.
  • For eight years, he was the sport-specific conditioning editor for the NSCA Journal. He has served as NSCA’s vice president, chairman of the NSCA Coaches Conference, a member of the NSCA Conference Committee, and NSCA state director for Florida.
  • His IHP certification system has certified 10,000 trainers and-counting worldwide in over 15 countries, including more than 200 Olympic coaches in China and South America.
  • His Institute of Human Performance was voted among the Top Ten Gyms in the US.
  • JC’s authored 17 books and manuals and produced over 70 DVDs. He has published more than 300 articles, many in peer-reviewed journals such as the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal.

JC’s Institute, Books and Products

 

Special offer for SSP listeners!

Visit JC’s Pro Shop and use promo sspihp for 15% off all downloadable items.

 

Check out JC’s NEW release!

…and also

Functional Training

The Essence of Program Design

The Institute of Human Performance (voted to the Top Ten gym in the nation)

IHPU (Institute of Human Performance University)

 

Visit The IHP Pro Shop for all of JC’s educational materials, equipment, and programs

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Episode 141. Gettin’ Real with JC Santana

Episode 141. Gettin’ Real with JC Santana

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Scott and JC discuss how an expert coach can adjust and succeed–without selling out–in today’s oft-unfair world of social media marketing.

  • JC begins by sharing some perspective on the magnitude of people’s problems with a comparison of how South Florida and Puerto Rico were affected by a recent hurricane. Somebody always has it better and somebody always have it worse.
  • There are two types of being alone: alone physically, and alone as in “no one loves me.”
  • Life teaches lessons, sometimes early in life, sometimes later.
  • Great coaches aren’t often good business people.
  • Scott shares a personal story of how his material was blatantly plagiarized and exploited.
  • The wannabe expert complicates what’s simple and simplifies what’s complicated.
  • Complaining about the unfairness of social media marketing doesn’t solve the expert coach’s dilemma.
  • Not competing with the online pseudo-expert isn’t an option. They’re in the market. Compete or die.
  • JC has recruited his son to create and run his online marketing, because his son has more expertise in the digital environment.

“You cannot have old packaging.” – JC Santana

  • Is there a devaluation of real expertise? Yes.
    How does the “expert” deal with this: introductory packages followed by guiding those who take advantage of the introductory offer.
  • A product that sold for $199 in the ‘90s sells for $19 today. Because of the number of options available on the internet, the price-per-unit of product has decreased.
  • Just because a product is popular doesn’t mean it works.

“Give them what they’ll “bite,” then educate them backwards.”

  • What is isn’t necessarily what should be.
  • Instinctive training that worked [for the bodybuilding pioneers] isn’t reflected in the research.
  • JC compares engineering feats of today with the pyramids.
  • Training should be adopted for different types of clients. An older client can’t be expected to do the same routine as a professional athlete.

 

More about JC

  • JC Santana is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with distinction (CSCS,* D) and a Fellow (FNSCA) of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University.
  • For eight years, he was the sport-specific conditioning editor for the NSCA Journal. He has served as NSCA’s vice president, chairman of the NSCA Coaches Conference, a member of the NSCA Conference Committee, and NSCA state director for Florida.
  • His IHP certification system has certified 10,000 trainers and-counting worldwide in over 15 countries, including more than 200 Olympic coaches in China and South America.
  • His Institute of Human Performance was voted among the Top Ten Gyms in the US.
  • JC’s authored 17 books and manuals and produced over 70 DVDs. He has published more than 300 articles, many in peer-reviewed journals such as the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal.

JC’s Institute, Books and Products

 

Special offer for SSP listeners!

Visit JC’s Pro Shop and use promo sspihp for 15% off all downloadable items.

 

Check out JC’s NEW release!

…and also

Functional Training

The Essence of Program Design

The Institute of Human Performance (voted to the Top Ten gym in the nation)

IHPU (Institute of Human Performance University)

 

Visit The IHP Pro Shop for all of JC’s educational materials, equipment, and programs

Download Free HGS Workouts

Special Offer:
Get a FREE week of workouts from my most popular workout program, The Hardgainer Solution


Episode 140. Gut Health and Fitness with Dr. Angie Sadeghi

Episode 140. Gut Health and Fitness with Dr. Angie Sadeghi

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Gastroenterologist Angie Sadeghi, MD, joins Scott to talk about gut health and fitness-related topics ranging from digestive and metabolic consequences of physique competition, fad diets, body image, to strategies for getting and staying lean.

Angie Sadeghi, MD, is a practicing gastroenterologist who advocates Whole Food Plant Based diet, and exercise, for overall health.

 

“Wellness starts in your gut”

  • Angie used a plant-based diet to recover from her own health and weight problems. She began by not consuming meat and compensated for what she thought was a lack of protein by consuming more dairy. She got worse. Sadeghi then tried keto and other nonsense fad diets, which didn’t work.
  • Keto, Paleo, Atkins…all names for the same thing.
  • Forks Over Knives changed her life forever. After watching it, she began eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet, immediately dropping dairy, oils and sugar from her diet.
  • To add a compelling vision for her weight loss goal, she signed up and competed in a fitness competition.
  • The bodybuilding industry traditionally promotes a type aesthetic that’s seen on stage for “2 seconds”, but is unhealthy in the longer term.
  • You can lose weight, and build muscle using certain types of diets, but it doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Bodybuilders often go for months with little or no fiber.
  • Animal protein, when consumed, doesn’t go to muscle as commonly thought.
  • Depression, heart problems, exhaustion and impacted bowels are all things Dr. Angie has seen in her gastroenterology practice as side effects of bodybuilding diets.

“The human alimentary (digestive) tract is similar to that of an herbivore, not a carnivore.”

  • The right [healthy] way to eat is for the gut microbiome. The gut microbiome live in a symbiotic relationship with us; they eat what we eat.
  • Short chain fatty acids are produced as the result of eating fiber, which has a healing effect on the gut. The microbiome “eat” and ferment it.
  • To have great microbiome diversity, you have to eat fibrous vegetables of different colors.
  • Gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance: people want evidence that they’re nutritional victims.
  • Most people are not gluten intolerant. There are people who have celiac disease, an autoimmune condition, but it’s more like one out of 100 who have a problem with gluten.
  • Women face a tremendous amount of social pressure related to body image.
  • Self-love—a positive self-image—is often what a physique client truly wants, and not primarily the transformed physique.
  • Women often don’t take care of themselves because they spend all their effort nurturing others.
  • Fitness should be used as part of self-care and keep us grounded.
  • A healthy diet can help treat depression because over 90% of serotonin is made in the gut.
  • Angie recommends bio-identical hormone optimization to post-menopausal women for treatment of related symptoms.
  • Portion control is a thing of the past. It’s almost impossible to get fat if eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet with no refined sugars or oils.
  • The job of a coach is to free people from coaching. A coach empowers the client to do for themselves.

 

More about Dr. Angie

  • Sadeghi is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Gastroenterology. She received her training from the University of Southern California (USC), and specializes in treating diseases of digestive tract.
  • She has combined her expertise in the digestive system, and her passion for physical fitness and plant-based nutrition, and developed a comprehensive approach to helping patients recover from illness and live a healthy life.
  • Angie has said she wants to leave a legacy of a doctor who prevented disease in her patients using the mastery of combing integrative medicine, western and eastern medicine, rather than simply using pharmaceuticals.
  • Angie is part of a movement called the Plantrician Project.
  • Sadeghi is featured in three documentaries as a leader in the field of plant-based fitness for health and weight loss.
  • She’s currently working on a book, Trifecta of Rejuvenation and Health and was recently published on the cover of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, where she shared a health-related article on making nutrition and fitness fun.

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Episode 139. More Biomechanics with JC Santana

Episode 139. More Biomechanics with JC Santana

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JC Santana and Scott continue their conversation on biomechanics and functional training. In this episode, they examine how training methods and intensities should be re-examined to preserve joint health and athletic performance.

JC just released a new book, JC’s Total Body Transformation. A prolific writer, he’s written 17 books in 20 years.

 

“Heavy training is over-rated and mostly unjustified from a scientific and practical standpoint.”  – JC Santana

  • Training isn’t meant to be entertaining. Would you rather be serious and obtain a goal you’re pursuing, or just have fun?
  • JC briefs his prospective clients on what to expect from a coaching arrangement with him. He’s a serious coach; he’s not an entertainer.
  • [Many] professional athletes today present a challenge to trainers. Many have a sense of entitlement and aren’t willing to do what a coach tells them to do.
  • Expertise is based upon one thing: tireless repetition of the basics.
  • JC talks about heavy weights’ effects on joints. Mass deteriorates structures.
  • If you slow it down, squeeze [the rep] and feel it, where every rep becomes deliberate, enormous loads can be placed on the muscle while sparing the joints.
  • Training with lighter weights saves tons of overload on the joints over the years.
  • Bob Paris was one of the first to say that there’s only so much muscle mass the human body can accumulate and still look aesthetic. Paris also said that his [training] goal was to make 300 lbs feel like 500 lbs.
  • People who take up fitness later in life have the advantage of not having the same amount of wear and tear on their joints as long-time strength and physique athletes.
  • JC and Scott discuss the out-of-control pharmacology in use in bodybuilding today.

“If you want to soar like the eagles, get ready to crawl with the roaches.” – JC

  • Santana is re-examining the squat and other basic exercises to re-evaluate their use in training athletes in various sports. His new book gets into the physics of body movement.
  • Muscular strength has been assumed to enable better athletic performance of all types. However, powerlifters don’t have good vertical jumps yet they’re the heaviest squatters. So does it make sense to train, say, a basketball player with heavy squats to improve vertical leap?
  • Why is it that basketball players don’t have large calves? Could their ability to jump be more about the tendon size?
  • Hard training of performance athletes takes its toll [on the body].
  • Injuries from long-term heavy training aren’t always visible. JC compares these to undetected damage done by undiagnosed high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • Technical lifts shouldn’t be done to volitional failure [as some training methodologies dictate]. You don’t want to break form with cleans or snatches.
  • CrossFit style of training has infiltrated performance athletics. Performance athletes [who train that way] are being injured in ways never before seen.
  • JC believes CrossFit will die off in a few years.

 

More about JC

  • JC Santana is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with distinction (CSCS,* D) and a Fellow (FNSCA) of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University.
  • For eight years, he was the sport-specific conditioning editor for the NSCA Journal. He has served as NSCA’s vice president, chairman of the NSCA Coaches Conference, a member of the NSCA Conference Committee, and NSCA state director for Florida.
  • His IHP certification system has certified 10,000 trainers and-counting worldwide in over 15 countries, including more than 200 Olympic coaches in China and South America.
  • His Institute of Human Performance was voted among the Top Ten Gyms in the US.
  • JC’s authored 17 books and manuals and produced over 70 DVDs. He has published more than 300 articles, many in peer-reviewed journals such as the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal.

JC’s Institute, Books and Products

Check out JC’s NEW release!

…and also

Functional Training

The Essence of Program Design

The Institute of Human Performance (voted to the Top Ten gym in the nation)

IHPU (Institute of Human Performance University)

 

Visit The IHP Pro Shop for all of JC’s educational materials, equipment, and programs

Download Free HGS Workouts

Special Offer:
Get a FREE week of workouts from my most popular workout program, The Hardgainer Solution


Episode 138. Biomechanics with JC Santana

Episode 138. Biomechanics with JC Santana

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Functional fitness trailblazer and biomechanics expert JC Santana joins Scott for a spirited conversation about biomechanics, training methodology, and the challenges of marketing real expertise in today’s fitness environment.

 

“The race is not in the gym.” – JC Santana

  • Can you do more with less? Is the question doing better in the gym, or performing better in a given activity?
  • What’s the minimum that can be done to achieve maximum results?
  • Performance metrics during a workout are [relatively] unimportant. “The race is not in the gym”.
  • Coaching takes a person to “how they want to feel” when they achieve their goal.
  • What does balance mean in practical application and what does balance training achieve?
  • Mel Siff changed JC’s thinking about balance training.
  • Base of support influences amount of force that can be generated.
  • You don’t need static balance training, unless you’re a Cirque de Soleil performer.
  • Momentum and base of support influence balance. Try riding a bicycle very slowly. It’s more difficult to stay upright.
  • Power generation is dependent on support. Fred Hatfield once used the analogy of changing a car tire by placing the jack in the sand.
  • Don’t train someone out of a natural condition, such as making a left hander a right hander.
  • JC trains unilaterally: lunges, alternating curls, etc.
  • Science should inform, not dictate. – Scott
    Science attempts to explain what we have known for many years. – JC
  • Bodybuilding training is best for building muscle.
  • Tirelessly coach the basics.

Training isn’t meant to be entertaining.” – JC

  • JC doesn’t allow cell phone use at IHP. He runs a serious ship because [IHP] has serious clientele.
  • The mechanics of a training maneuver should approximate the movement it attempts to train. JC discusses how poorly single-arm kettlebell snatches trains Olympic barbell lifts.
  • A karate master doesn’t get certified in individual kicks and punches. So why are certifications needed for specific training tools, like kettlebells, for instance?
  • Surviving in today’s world of promotion via social media doesn’t require selling out, but it does require adapting.
  • Is it better to be right, or happy? To JC, effective is happy.
  • Optimal strength is the [training load] that, when exceeded, does not result in a performance gain.
  • Scott and JC discuss reinventing themselves as they age.

 

More about JC

  • JC Santana is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with distinction (CSCS,* D) and a Fellow (FNSCA) of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University.
  • For eight years, he was the sport-specific conditioning editor for the NSCA Journal. He has served as NSCA’s vice president, chairman of the NSCA Coaches Conference, a member of the NSCA Conference Committee, and NSCA state director for Florida.
  • His IHP certification system has certified 10,000 trainers and-counting worldwide in over 15 countries, including more than 200 Olympic coaches in China and South America.
  • His Institute of Human Performance was voted among the Top Ten Gyms in the US.
  • JC’s authored 17 books and manuals and produced over 70 DVDs. He has published more than 300 articles, many in peer-reviewed journals such as the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal.

JC’s Institute, Books and Products

Check out JC’s NEW release!

…and also

Functional Training

The Essence of Program Design

The Institute of Human Performance (voted to the Top Ten gym in the nation)

IHPU (Institute of Human Performance University)

 

Visit The IHP Pro Shop for all of JC’s educational materials, equipment, and programs

Download Free HGS Workouts

Special Offer:
Get a FREE week of workouts from my most popular workout program, The Hardgainer Solution


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