Podcast Episode 20: The Weird, Gritty World of Contest Prep
Heather Eastman, a former NPC competitor, coach, and judge, as well as a content editor for Jyoto.info, joins the show as co-host and digs deep into show prep. Are you thinking about aiming for the stage and wondering if it's the right for you? Start here, and then decide.
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Episode 20: The Weird, Gritty World of Contest Prep. Heather Eastman, a former NPC competitor, coach, and judge, as well as a content editor for Jyoto.info, joins the show as co-host and digs deep into show prep. Are you thinking about aiming for the stage and wondering if it's the right for you? Start here, and then decide.
Publish Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
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Ep. isode 20 Highlights & Transcript ▼
- Why glutes are, indeed, the new pecs. And The Rock's glutes in particular.
- Is your personal training… personal?
- "There's more to be gained from doing an exercise 80% correctly versus trying to get 100% correct form every time." Alert the form police!
- Posing practice: The secret for your show success. Seriously.
- Why you should shamelessly practice poses while working out.
- Why contest prep should be viewed as an endurance sport.
Nick Collias: Hello, everyone. Spring has sprung out here in the desert. The wildflowers are blooming. The animals are taking their after pictures and calling each other out on Instagram for not being natty. The first biceps of the year are peaking out from their sleeves. It's all about the cycles of life at Jyoto.info. I'm Nick Collias, and welcome to the podcast. We've had an interesting run of guests of late, if you haven't heard. There was Kris Gethin, talking about his epic foray into triathlon training; John Rusin, a great strength coach, last week, talking about squats and how to improve yours. We had the Buff Dudes talking about how to force feed Klondike bars to bulk. You can go to our archives on your podcast thingy of your choice to listen to any of those, but in the meantime we have some new developments here as well in the studio. Krissy Kendall, our beloved science chick, has departed for Australia, and in her old seat we have the new podcast co-host and Jyoto.info's newest editor, Heather Eastman. Hello, Heather.
Heather Eastman: Hello.
Nick: Now, you've only been here for a couple of weeks, but already have a few bylines. There was one about the Rock's butt that I really liked.
Heather: Yes. That was a really fun one.
Nick: Why his butt should be the example for your butt, why the butt should be the priority on leg day. Glutes are the new pecs. We've talked about this.
Heather: Yeah. Glutes are the new pecs. Definitely.
Nick: But, aside from that, ass-ide from that, you're not exactly new to the fit life. Right?
Nick: You've been a physique competitor, judge, coach, trainer for a million years.
Heather: All of the above. Absolutely.
Nick: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your fitness origin story, as it were.
Heather: Oh my goodness. Well, it's not as glamorous as you might think. I was finishing my degree at UCLA, and I kind of wandered into a group ex room, and said, "You know, I'll try this out."
Nick: You'd never exercised a single bit in your whole life up to that point.
Heather: I mean, in high school I was that girl that was doing three sports at once. I started running cross country to stay in shape for soccer, because I was also doing volleyball at the same time as soccer practice, so I needed something to keep my conditioning up. Then I really loved running, so I kept running and started winning state championships.
Nick: Sounds high energy. You sound like a high energy individual.
Heather: I don't know if you can tell by my general pace of speaking, but I am a very high energy kind of girl. Anyways, I walked into my first class on the UCLA campus and loved it. At the end of the class they said, "Hey. We have this program that we're offering through the university to anyone who wants to become either a group exercise leader or a personal trainer. It's a nine-month course, and we're going to take you through workshops and show you how to perform exercises, how to coach others, and kind of take you through every step of the process. At the end you get to sign up for the national certification exam," and it was the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Exam. And you become a certified trainer.
Nick: Okay, which is one of the good ones.
Heather: One of the good ones for sure. I mean, not to brag, but why not? I, of course, couldn't decide which one I wanted to do, so I did both, which meant instead of two nights a week, I was doing four nights a week in addition to my full class load my senior year. It should be party time, but here I am studying my butt off, learning about squats, learning about exercise technique, learning about posture. Basically what happened is I fell in love with it and just decided that rather than continue on and become a teacher, which would have made my parents happy ... Hi, mom and dad. I decided that I wanted to be a personal trainer and to really focus on fitness. I think the change for me was I watched my grandmother, who lived to be 93 years old, I watched her deteriorate, and it had nothing to do with her mental fitness. It had to do with her physical fitness. I remember thinking to myself, "You know? If more people put time and energy into exercising, we could all kind of stay young and fit longer." It just was a really striking example in my life of how important fitness is and how important exercising is. I wanted to share that with the world.
Nick: Okay, but that's why you're in school. Once you're out of school everything changes. When you found yourself in a gym or actually out there coaching for the first time, who did you imagine yourself working with, and who did you actually end up working with, because there's often an interesting conflict there.
Heather: Yes. You have this textbook, and everyone in the textbook has perfect posture and perfect form. I remember in my first few months as an actual trainer I was horrified by what I was seeing in the everyday kind of average person. What I mean by that when I say horrified is they did not have perfect posture, and they did not move correctly, and so all of a sudden you have to completely throw out everything you know and start working with real people who has real postural deviations, real strengths and weaknesses, and it really forces you to be on your toes, and work with people, and throw out the textbook, and throw out the rule book, and just kind of say, "Okay. What is this person's needs?" The one thing I say about personal training is it's in the name. It's personal. It's not a one-size-fits-all program. It's catered to each individual need. Now, once someone has kind of been to me and gone through the logistics of how to move, how to squat, how to lunge, all of those things, then it gets pretty easy and the cadence picks up, but those first few sessions are really critical, so I urge any new exerciser to at least go and see a personal trainer for a couple of sessions, just so you can get familiar with how your body is moving and what you need to correct.
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