On sources of information to begin with

Craig: Andy, recently I’ve been on a kick to try and get people to give me more direct references or takeaway. I think too many people either read or hear or see information that inspires them to action. But then, if we don’t give them, go run this way, I think it sort of does a disservice that we’ve gotten all the trouble to bring all that material to them. So I’m wondering if there are particular books or particular people that you think would be good resources for somebody who’s just been sparked to go start with.

Andy: Yeah. Absolutely. These are obviously all non parkour people and they all are in different aspects of physical training. The main one that I absolutely love and I was put on to this group, actually it’s two people, by Shirley and Blane, they recommended me to go along to one of these courses and it’s strong fit. And this is run by a guy called Julian Pino, and he is very cerebral with his thinking in terms of training, and he has his whole system about talk and create intention correctly, and he has a lot of diagnostic tools in terms of where you are strong and where you are weak, which is amazing because it can then show you, okay, you can’t hinge properly, you can’t use your lats properly, or whatever it is.

Craig: [inaudible 00:20:39] imbalance is probably a common …

Andy: Yeah. Yeah. Strong fit is definitely a great, great one to check out. He has a lot of videos online that you … It’s no substitution for his courses, I will say. But he’s very much kind of raw strongman type training, so sleds and sandbags and that kind of stuff, but again, it kind of translates over to parkour. That will definitely help.

Andy: Another one, this is more for strength training, and anyone that does strength training, Olympic lifting might have heard of Mark Rippetoe. So Mark Rippetoe, his books, fantastic, Starting Strength and Practical Programming, I would highly recommend a good read of that. That’s going to fill in a lot of blanks of why you should be doing five sets of five of whatever it is. Or if you want to get a bit of hypertrophy, why you should be doing that. Yeah. Anyway, those are great books to read. He’s a pretty straight talker. He takes no bullshit, but he’s been doing a very, very high level, and I think sort of Olympic level coaching, so it’s good to read.

Andy: Jim Wendler, a lot of people have heard of Jim Wendler and his books and stuff, podcasts. I would suggest Tim Ferriss’ podcast. He covers a lot of interviews with a lot of fitness people, and there are some really interesting things going on on his podcasts. Yeah. He kind of asks a lot of right questions. The things that you want to know about. I’m going to butcher his name, but Pavel Tsatsoulinean, yeah, I think that’s right. He’s was a kettlebell coach guy and brought it over to America from Russia. Does a lot of special forces training, all of that kind of stuff.

Andy: Nutrition, I would suggest precision nutrition. They have courses and they’re kind of highly regarded as one of the top nutritional knowledge centers where anybody who’s a nutritionist pretty much goes through their courses. And then lastly, if you kind of want to know a little bit more about fitness business and maybe a little bit more towards the crossfit stuff, Barbell Shrugged is usually a good podcast, vodcast, so go check out. I think there’ll be some good starting places for people to go have a look at.

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