Podcast Episode #05: Peter Park

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #05


Craig interviews Peter Park, personal trainer of high-level athletes  (Giancarlo Stanton, Lance Armstrong, Justin Verlander, Ken Roczen, and Diana Taurasi) and celebrities. He is the author of the book Rebound.

Show Notes:

01:20 – About Peter Park. Best known as a trainer of high-level athletes and celebrities. He grew up in Newport Beach, California. He surfed, played volleyball, and got interested in powerlifting. He got a scholarship to the University of Hawaii to play volleyball and realized he wasn’t tall enough. He would lap the field in endurance exercises and get into endurance sports and Ironman competitions.

05:20 – Discusses training Lance Armstrong

07:51 – Talks about working with Dr. Phil Maffetone and Pavel’s Strong Endurance.

09:08 – Explains Maffetone’s system. The diet is a little higher fat, using fat for fuel. It is important to build that aerobic base.

12:22 – Discusses using the lactic system but not getting to glycolic? “It’s a game changer.”

14:14 – Discusses longevity with this way of training. Your body can handle the free radicals better.

19:20 – Discusses metabolic systems. People aren’t being efficient and they’re burning sugar the whole time. You’ve got to learn to burn fat for fuel.

20:25 – Discusses athletes going keto.

22:27 – Discusses his training principles

23:56 – Discusses how Pavel’s protocols work better on advanced athletes.

30:18 – Discusses body composition training. You will see more metabolic change with more of a sprinter-type look. Baseball players love more power training than aerobic.

31:45 – Discusses motocross racers. They have to be as fit as marathoners. They ride 35 minutes with a heart rate of 190+.

37:17 – Talks about adrenaline highs. There’s a time to go hard, but the recovery is just as important or more. Don’t trash your body all the time, make a program sustainable.

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Resources Mentioned

Simple & Sinister – Book by Pavel Tsatsouline

Rebound: Regain Strength, Move Effortlessly, Live without Limits at Any Age – Book by Peter Park

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Craig Marker
Ph.D., Senior Instructor
Craig Marker, Ph.D., Senior Instructor, CSCS, is a fitness enthusiast who has spent his life trying to help people improve their lives. As a professor, he works with students on how best to understand research and place it into context. He has published over fifty articles, chapters, and textbooks on psychology and research methods.

As a researcher, he understands the cutting edge of strength, sports performance, body composition, and nutrition. As a psychologist, he has focused on research and treatment of anxiety disorders, which positions him to understand motivation and the fear of making life changes.

Craig’s upcoming book, the AntiFragile Self, takes on the topic of building a stronger person in the mental and physical domains.

As a certified StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor, Craig views kettlebells as one tool in the trade of forging a better person. He uses the Functional Movement Screen and multiple corrective movements to make sure his students are performing at their best for the rest of their lives.

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