THE EMPOWER HOUR EPISODE 53- “Exceed Your Expectations”

Good morning welcome to the Empower Hour on ESPN RADIO, I’m your host Kyle Brown.

Today, we have a shifty group of friends talking “Exceed Your Expectations” here whose stories will empower you to take your life to the next level.

First, I have my friend FORMER MR. OLYMPIA AND CURRENT ARNOLD CLASSIC CHAMPION IFBB PRO DEXTER JACKSON. Then, my new friend SUPREME COMMANDOR OF STUPID EASY PALEO STEPHANIE GAUDREAU will be here with her TOP 5 Top 5 Mistakes Athletes Make When Switching to a Paleo Diet.” Lastly, I’ll be giving you your weekly challenge to help you live the life you want, the way you want it.

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My first guest…

Is one of the most successful professional bodybuilders of all time

He not only won the coveted Mr. Olympia title in 2008 but he recently broke the record from Flex Wheeler of the most wins in Arnold Classic History with 5.

Please welcome my friend MR. OLYMPIA 2008 AND CURRENT ARNOLD CLASSIC CHAMPION IFBB PRO DEXTER JACKSON.

Listen to hear Dexter’s answer to this question:

“Congrats on breaking the all time Arnold Classic record of 5 wins. How does it feel to have cemented your legacy in the sport?”

“I started as a bantam weight at 155 pounds all the way up to winning the Mr. Olympia. I’m 46 years old and still in the top 5 in the world. Competing longer than any bodybuilder in history (17 years).”

“I think when I look back at what I’ve done, I think I will realize it. I think I found the fountain of youth. I look better than I have ever in my life when winning the Arnold at 46 years old.”

Listen to hear Dexter’s answer to this question:

“I have a theory on your longevity: As a child, you were a 4th degree black belt, a break dancer, and a gymnast. I think this foundation is what made you unbreakable. What do you think?”

“I never had to do abs or do cardio for the first 17 years of competing. Also training smart never had an injury in 27 years”

Listen to hear Dexter’s answer to this one:

“As a fan looking in, it seems like you’re extremely rare in that you stay fit 365 days a year, rather than ballooning up in the off-season. I know you’re famous for getting into contest shape without having to do a hardcore 16 week diet or hours of cardio a day to get contest ready. Do you think this has been key to your longevity?”

“As I get older, I have to learn how to make adjustments. I tend to eat clean in off-season. I eat 6 meals a day 5 meals clean food then eat what I want for dinner. That keeps me from ballooning up at my age.”

Listen to hear Dexter’s hilarious story about what originally got him fascinated by the sport of bodybuilding.

“6 weeks later I won overall at 137 pounds. Made me first bantam weight ever to win overall in state of Florida.”

At what point did you see that you could turn this into a full time career?

Listen to hear Dexter’s answer to this question:

“We saw you constantly make improvements over the year through 2008 when you won the greatest title in the sport of Mr. Olympia. Tell us about the perseverance it takes to get so close to the title year after year and keep coming back better than ever?” 

Listen to hear my story of how I originally met Dexter backstage during his first ever pro show the Arnold Classic in 1999. 

Listen to hear Dexter’s answer to this question:

“How have you been able to stay so mentally disciplined to not gain more than 20 or so pounds year round? What mental techniques do you use to stay consistent and always come in great shape?”

“I’ve always been driven to be successful. At 13 years old, I wanted my own clothes and shoes, started riding my bike to the BBQ joint to make money. I started at a young age to be successful no matter what it takes.”

You’ve built the most balanced physique of any competitor, possibly ever. Explain to those listeners who are new to the sport of bodybuilding a little about the art of sculpting an amazing physique and what goes into it?

“Let’s talk fitness after 40. What kind of changes have you seen and how have you had to modify your training and nutrition to come in bigger and in better shape then ever without the injuries?”

“If you can’t do a strict, strict diet, don’t attempt to do this. You have to work out, and you have to train heavy.”

We saw you constantly make improvements over the year through 2008 when you won the greatest title in the sport of Mr. Olympia. Tell us about the perseverance it takes to get so close to the title year after year and keep coming back better than ever? 

Listen to hear Dexter’s answer to this question:

“Feeding the machine. So many people still think if you want to look good you have to starve yourself. Yet bodybuilders are notorious for always eating, sleeping, and training. Walk us through your typical day training and nutrition wise?”

Thank you so much DEXTER for sharing your empowering story. Where can we continue to follow your journey?

@teamblade

@mrolympia08

dexterjackson

SUPREME COMMANDOR OF STUPID EASY PALEO STEPHANIE GAUDREAU

My next guest has ¼ of a million followers of her blog Stupid Easy Paleo

She is the author of The Paleo Athlete: A Beginner’s Guide to Real Food for Performance and The Performance Paleo Cookbook: Recipes for Eating Better, Getting Stronger & Gaining the Competitive Edge

Steph combines twelve years of formal education in biology / human physiology, science teaching experience, holistic nutrition training, and an unabashed love of tasty Paleo food.

TOP 5 MISTAKES ATHLETES MAKE WHEN SWITCHING TO A PALEO DIET

1) Cutting out too many carbs
2) Eating too little volume
3) Forgetting about post-workout nutrition
4) Switching dietary protocol during the competition season
5) Neglecting hydration

Thank you so much STEPHANIE for your empowering insight. Where can we all continue to follow your journey?

This Week’s Challenge is to FORCAST YOUR FITNESS FUTURE

When it comes to your fitness, just like when you start a business, it’s important to have an end game or exit strategy before you invest. Not that you should ever plan on leaving fitness, but you should set yourself up for life-long success.

Just like Dexter went against the grain and modified his fitness to focus on joint-friendly movements like dumbbell free weights, cables, and machines—you should design a workout program that takes into account long-term wear and tear on your body as you only have one of them.

Fitness programs should all take into account a risk/benefit analysis. While a risk/benefit analysis sounds like some complicated spread sheet program that takes too long and will probably go over most people’s heads, it’s actually quite simple and immediate.

For example, I don’t have my personal training clients do fitness exercises that brings their arms in the back 180 degrees range of motion, like dips, that can cause impingement injuries and wear and tear on the shoulder joint. Also, I find the risk of many Olympic lifting moves for clients who have certain injuries isn’t worth the potential benefit of that exercise, so I find alternatives. Lastly, while I absolutely LOVE playing basketball, with all of the sports injuries I’ve had over the years, I know that it isn’t a sport I can play for hours each day into my 40s, 50s, and 60s so I play it more sparingly these days.

Incorporating flexibility and joint mobility training may be a little bring and time consuming and not directly effect your current fat loss or muscle gain goals, but in the long-term you’ll be so much better off if you can maintain excellent flexibility and joint mobility.

This is why so many people pick up life-long sports like Tennis, Golf, and Swimming. However, remember that the benefit may be psychological, so if you have a wild passion for Water Polo like I used to or bull-riding, keep the momentum going as the fulfillment benefit is worth it.

Thank you for listening to the Empower Hour. Remember that we’re live every Saturday from 9-10 on ESPN Radio 1700AM. You can listen live on your radio or from our ESPN livestream, or download our podcast on iTunes and connect with us on Facebook.


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