Andrea & Friends 007 – LS McClain

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In this conversation, I’m talking to my good friend and World Champion Powerlifter, LS McClain.

LS was actually one of my coaches at cheerleading camp in college!

We didn’t meet again until the end of 2015 at the Olympia expo and have become closer and closer ever since. Especially because he is one of my boyfriend’s best friends and a part of the close-knit family we hang around with quite often.

In this particular chat, we talk about his upcoming meet at USAPL Raw Nationals, his career as a cheerleading coach at Texas State University, his YouTube channel, his clothing line (McClain & Crcl), his life as an online powerlifting coach, and a whole bunch more. Continue reading “Andrea & Friends 007 – LS McClain”

Hard Work Will Always Be Hard Without Love

About three months ago, 19-year-old Frank Ntilikina was the 8th pick in the NBA draft. He signed with the New York Knicks to begin his third year of professional basketball after two previous seasons in French and European leagues.

As you might have guessed, this was an absolute dream come true for the teenager who was raised in France after his Rwandan family members fled their home country to escape the dangers of war.

I read about his story in an autobiographical article Frank wrote to share the best piece of advice he ever received. Continue reading “Hard Work Will Always Be Hard Without Love”

Muscle Growth Is Slow – Try This Instead

This post originally appeared on the 3D Muscle Journey blog in May 2017.

One of the most common detriments to physique and strength athletes is their impatience.

Everybody wants to be ten times more aesthetic and strong than they currently are, and they want it to have been achieved yesterday.

You might even have a very solid nutritional and training plan in place to ensure muscle growth over time, but still not look the way you want to look or lift the way you want to lift.

So what gives? Why do you feel like nothing is happening and you are spinning your wheels and wasting your time? Why aren’t you “there” yet?

In essence, if you’ve given your sport a good amount of time and effort, why hasn’t it rewarded you in return?

Well, I’d like to argue that your reward system might be a little messed up. Continue reading “Muscle Growth Is Slow – Try This Instead”

Andrea & Friends 006 – Abdullah Zeinab

In this conversation, I’m talking to the wisest 23 year old I know, Abdullah Zeinab.

He’s a former 3DMJ athlete and a big YouTube personality, whose days consist of waking up at 2am, delivering food, and making endurance cycling documentaries.

Abdullah is a very dear friend of the entire 3DMJ crew, and he’s such a breathe of fresh air in a world filled with over planning, over thinking, and overly obsessing about how we’re perceived by other people. Continue reading “Andrea & Friends 006 – Abdullah Zeinab”

3 Kick-Ass Books For Coaches, Trainers, And Anyone Else Trying To Make A Living

With my Audible credits renewed and a quick trip to the used book store, I got to dive into some serious gems these past couple weeks.

By pleasant happenstance, they all joined forces to feed my business / coaching brain more than anything else, and I wanted to share the wealth with those of you who could possibly use it.

BOOK #1

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – By Susan Cain // If you work with people, you need to read this book. Obviously that includes coaches, trainers, teachers, and counselors. But if you have co-workers, children, family, or any other important relationship in your life, I’d still argue this is definitely worth the time and money to have a better understanding of how different people operate. Continue reading “3 Kick-Ass Books For Coaches, Trainers, And Anyone Else Trying To Make A Living”

Andrea & Friends 005 – Eric Helms

Eric, along with yours truly, is one of the 5 natural bodybuilding and powerlifting coaches with 3D Muscle Journey. He has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, and is a strength and conditioning PhD candidate at AUT in New Zealand.

Aside from all that fancy stuff, he is a dear personal friend and one of the most interesting people I have the opportunity of speaking with on a regular basis.

This episode is very special to me because it’s the first time he’s being interviewed about anything that is NOT fitness, bodybuilding, or research. I feel honored for the opportunity, and I hope you guys like it too 🙂 Continue reading “Andrea & Friends 005 – Eric Helms”

Why I Follow The Work Of Very Few People

While I can totally appreciate a good one-liner, I live for deep explanations.

If the explainer is someone I admire, give me a 3-hour podcast over a 10-min radio interview any day. I’ll take a 500-page book over a 4-sentence social media post with every chance I get.

I want to learn about their process. This way I can try it on, see how it feels, keep what I like, and move on. This feedback loop of mimicking work and curating it for my personal taste is far more useful to me than simply accepting advice “because someone said so”.

I don’t follow people for prescriptions. I don’t need someone to tell me what to do. I need them to set examples, tell stories, and open mental doors. Continue reading “Why I Follow The Work Of Very Few People”

Andrea & Friends 004 – Brandon Wells & Ryan Doris

Brandon Wells is a professional photographer and videographer who also happens to be a natural bodybuilder and musician.

He has also been my swolemate / boyfriend for the past 4 years. 🙂

Because I find him extremely interesting, I wanted him on my show to ask him non-girlfriend questions. More about his career, his creativity, and how he sees the world. Continue reading “Andrea & Friends 004 – Brandon Wells & Ryan Doris”

They Claim Passion, But Bleed Desperation

Lately I wince at the word “passion”.

I know it’s important. I know it’s something I feel towards certain areas of my life. But as I’ve written before, I am also scared when people think it’s what will carry them through any and all difficulties. You know those people, who feel that if they could just keep chasing the dream job it will come to them, and they will “never have to work a day in their life.”

To my delight, today’s Pocket email lead me to re-stumble upon a phenomenal and thorough expansion of this idea today from one of my faves, Ryan Holiday, and I wanted to share it with you. Continue reading “They Claim Passion, But Bleed Desperation”

Andrea & Friends 003 – Lawrence Judd

Lawrence Judd is the Director of Operations of Shredded by Science (SBS), which is the industry leader in online coaching for personal trainers.

That very same company invited myself and the other 3DMJ coaches out to London to do a seminar in the summer of 2016, where I got to spend a week with Lawrence and all of his SBS fam.

While I didn’t know much about him before that, we have since become full-fledged internet buddies, appeared on each other’s podcasts, and generally enjoy invading each other’s Snapchat feeds with images of dogs and #FitChick humor. Continue reading “Andrea & Friends 003 – Lawrence Judd”