#75: Michael Gebhardt - How to live your best life, now: Advice from an Olympic medallist
How do you become not just good, but one of the world's best in whatever you do? Well, that’s a sentence you can google, but real answers are often more nuanced than a quick Google result.
I personally love to learn from either someone who have done what I want to learn or someone who have studied it.
For this episode, I bring to you Michael Gebi. Five times Olympic windsurf participant, winner of many medals, and now a coach and bodyworker for some of the best athletes in the world.
Michael shares what has worked for him and his athletes. Today we try to find some tips that you can't just google your way off.
Here are a few questions we’ll explore:
- The mindset and training routines for becoming one of the worlds best
- Resistance training for recovery
- Michael’s experimentation with food patterns to enhance performance
Listen carefully, for there’s a little gold mine out there if you’re trying to find interesting performance and lifestyle patterns to experiment with. The best part? You learn from the first-hand experience of a top world athlete and coach!
0:30 Introduction to Michael and his journey becoming a top Wind Surfer (pre-sunscreen era 😅)
5:00 The sports of the rebels: How wind surfing transformed the cultural mood of the zeitgeist in the 80s America.
8:00 The journey from good to the best: How Michael took his performance to the next level
10:00 Sportsperson Lifestyle of the 80s: Advice on Health, performance, and diets from the OG pioneers.
12:00 Stress and body composition: How different body types react to stress differently (and other fun training stories!)
13:00 Training techniques: How group training can help enhance performance by setting multiple benchmarks
14:00 Vegetarianism and performance training: Michael's experiments with different food patterns and perspectives on adaptability.
18:00 Sleep deprivation and Longevity - Michael's first-hand account on sleep training for better performance.
20:40 "It's good to be stressed": Personal hacks on how to keep going even when the mind is trying to trick you into giving up.
21:30 How to be the best version of yourself by training your mindset
28:00 Performance habits to foster disciplines that show real results (personality)
31:30 Resistance stretching and why it actually works for faster recovery:
Michael's personal story on how he found it.
37:00 Physiology of stretching in relation to muscles, injuries, and physical traumas.
42:00 More on Assisted resistance stretching & resistance flexibility strength training
45:00 Michael's 2 cents on flexibility as a key performance indicator, and his experiences from training Olympic athletes
Where to find him:
Resistance training: https://www.thegeniusofflexibility.com/
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