I see GB,
I tackle GB,
and force him to answer some questions! …
My dear friend and running partner Garron Bible talks fitness! A former football safety for Notre Dame and active athlete slash trainer throws us a little knowledge to the game. Let’s find out more about the dude they call “GB” and gauge where he’s coming from health wise…
1. Describe yourself in 5 words?
driven, competitive, inquisitive, grounded, athletic
2. What’s the deal on your athletic background?
I’m from Texas and grew up playing soccer, baseball, and football. I was a starter at Strong Safety for Notre Dame where I received my BA, and one year at the University of Delaware where I received my MA. It probably sounds a little crazy, but personally, athletics and the spirit of competition have always been my therapy and connection to life on Earth. Some people pay thousands for therapy sessions, I workout.
3. Can you explain your role at the training facility you work at and how one would contact the facility for classes?
I have a great relationship with Velocity Sports Performance in Mahwah, NJ (www.velocitysp.com/mahwah) and work part time when needed as a Sports Performance Coach. My fellow SPC’s and I assist athletes of all ages and levels improve their overall speed, power, and agility. Sean Donellan is the SPD and believe when I tell you he’s a mad scientist when it comes to strength and conditioning, as well as, sport specific performance training. I also work with Jay Caldwell and assist him in the indoctrination/implementation of various Greco/Roman and MMA maneuvers and techniques for football athletes. Right now we’re working with a number of well known NFL players and should be touring a few of the nation’s elite D1-A Universities this Fall.
4. Those that know you well know you to be a very active dude. What are you trying to accomplish health/body wise? And how are you doing so?
Yea I try to stay pretty active. Health/body wise I’m really just trying to feel and look the best I can. In my opinion a healthy body translates to a healthy mind and vice versa. The two need and feed off each-other. Overall health and wellness is always the goal. body, mind, spirit. As long as it’s an active athletic activity I’m down and I’m going to try and have fun with it.
To achieve this I do long distance running some days and other days I’ll incorporate some type of varying sprint work. With MY goals and at this point in my life cardio is my primary focus while strength training has become secondary. Strength consists of high rep work and concentration on one muscle area a day.
5. You train women at the facility you work at, can you tell us some common mistakes/weaknesses you come across during a training session?
I don’t know if there are too many “mistakes” per se but females are usually more quad dominant which can lead to a imbalance of strength when comparing the quadriceps and hamstrings. Females also tend to be weaker in upper body strength and therefore try to steer clear of any exercises which may help strengthen this area. It’s always beneficial to work on ones weaknesses in athletics as well as life. Some of the girls and women also tend to be a little more self-conscious when training. I don’t know if that means a lack of confidence in themselves and their sports or if they don’t want to appear too masculine.?
6. Name one work out exercise you would recommend any woman looking to get in shape?
Probably “sumo-squats” because they cook the hamstrings, quads, and GLUTES. in my experience women tend to really express a desire for a firm and “healthy” backside. But to get “in shape” I would simply suggest whatever will have their heart rate elevated for a prolonged amount of time. Interval training is good for both men and women. oh yeah !! swimming and various “pool work” are pretty dope because they’re great metabolic exercise and are “low impact” on the joints.
7. Name a food you think women should cut completely out of their diets?!
I would recommend eating out of utility and not because of coping or comfort. find other outlets for those. that can go for men as well. but to answer the question whatever has huge amounts of sugar, calories, . sodas, desserts, etc. women usually love ICE CREAM
8. What do you find most attractive about the female body? and why?
I tend to usually appreciate an overall athletic, lean, and toned body in a female. It kind of shows a sense of pride in their overall health and wellness, as well as, a commitment to how they look and feel. but mentally I appreciate someone who appreciates LIFE’S grander scheme and works towards that. like I said..mind, body, spirit. but hey that’s just me lol
Garron with good friends, also former Notre Dame football players…(L-R: Ryan Grant, Isaiah Gardner, Corey Mays, Garron Bible)
More on Garron:
You can keep tabs on GB by following him on Twitter – http://twitter.com/ElectusUnus
Facebook, Garron Bibe – http://www.facebook.com/
GB blogs too, probably not as often as he should but check out his thoughts here – http://electusunus26.wordpress.com/
Ladies, above GB recommends the “Sumo Squat” …follow this:
Grab a heavy dumbbell and hold an end with each hand at arm’s length in front of your waist. Set your feet about twice your shoulder width apart, your toes turned out slightly. Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees.
Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position. Keep your torso as upright as you can for the entire movement, with your lower back naturally arched.