A. Turn off the TV and video games. Lead by example. I think it is great to participate in sports as a kid. And let’s not forget the food. Convenience foods and processed junk have got to go. I know it’s tough with both parents working and the busy lives we lead, but you can make small changes that will give your kids the habit of living healthy.
Q. What are your dietary habits? And do you take supplements?
A. I have tried most generic bodybuilding type eating programs over the years. Until recently, I stuck to a Body-For Life style of eating, 5-6 small meals a day, with the occasional free day.
I like to peruse the Internet for fitness information. Through Turbulence Training I discovered intermittent fasting. The program is called “Eat Stop Eat.” Without getting into too much science, the program incorporates 1-2 fasts a week. I found it a great way to lose body fat without the traditional “diet.” It may not be for everyone, but it is worth checking out. There are many health benefits to fasting and Brad Pilon, the author of Eat Stop Eat, explains the science supporting fasting, and the misconceptions and myths that are prevalent in the health and fitness world.
A. Yes and no. The fitness clubs in Austria boast all the same equipment and classes, but there are some BIG differences. I rarely see women in the weight room. It appears they still think that elliptical machines are going to change their body composition. Of course, there are a few women that lift heavy, but at this time it is more of a sub-culture. And then there is the smoking. Smoking is permitted in the club! Naturally most smokers limit themselves to the lobby, tanning area and cafes. But it is not unusual to see a very muscular man sipping an espresso and smoking after his workout. Yuck.
Q. Do you train outdoors at all?
A. Yes, I love to train outdoors. I do wind sprints, hiking, plyometrics, and even weight training outside. In the winter, I snowshoe for my cardio.
Q. As a Californian, I must ask: Do you live anywhere near where our Governor grew up?
A. In fact I do. I live very close to Arnold’s birthplace. He is from a small suburb of Graz, called Thal. I live 20 minutes from Graz. They dedicated a sports center in his name, but changed the name when they thought that he should revoke the death penalty in California. But Austrians are very proud of him, regardless.