[margin top=”5″ bottom=”” ]If you have been living under a rock, you don’t know Mike Mahler. Mike Mahler is one of the Kettlebell pioneers in the west. His “Aggressive Strength” movement in Kettlebell training has not only spread throughout the U.S. but to the whole world too. His methodology of training is using Kettlebells for strength and conditioning.[margin top=”” bottom=”10″ ]
Mike Mahler is ahead of his time by discussing Optimization of Hormones, how to maximize your business via the internet and a whole lot more. Kettlebellista is Damn proud to interview him.
Kettlebellista: Good day to you Mike! I am sure that almost everybody already know your story but for those who still doesn’t would you mind giving us a brief background of what “Aggressive Strength” is all about?
Mike Mahler: Thanks for the nice introduction and aggressive strength is about using the most effective methods available for getting stronger, more fit, and vital. There is nothing new under the sun physical training wise that is effective so I don’t try to reinvent the wheel. I learn from the best, process the info in my own way, and teach it in a way that makes sense to my audience.
What makes my aggressive strength training system special is I emphasize the importance of using physical fitness and the mental toughness you develop from training to improve other areas of your life. Being strong in the gym but weak in your personal and professional life is not commendable. People should strive for more and be optimal on all fronts: physical, moral, professional, and personal. Perfection is never possible but the striving for it is the reward in and of itself. This is what my motto “Live Life Aggressively!” is all about. It is about taking charge of your life on multiple fronts and always striving to improve. Appreciate where you are and what you have but be patiently impatient and push for more.
Kettlebellista: One of your most classic lines is “don’t worry about strength training making you too big because its like you worrying about getting too rich by working”. Do you still encounter these kind of hesitations even if your methodology of training is now well known?
Mike Mahler: No I don’t because I am very selective with whom I work with. If I take on a new client that is not a fit for me, I will give him or her a full refund on the spot and recommend someone else. I am never desperate for business (even early in my career when i was barely getting by).
For the most part my business model attracts exactly the kind of person I want to work with. I am very honest about who I am and what I offer and it is easy for people to do research on my website www.mikemahler.com to determine if I am the optimal fit. I don’t try to be everything to everyone which makes life a lot easier and more enjoyable.
Kettlebellista: Improving Pillars of movement : Upper body push and pull, lower body push and pull and core strength are extremely important in developing your body as you say. There are still a lot of Filipinos who do not train legs and let running or jogging do “leg work”. In your own words, how can you point out that this is just flat out wrong.
Mike Mahler: Jogging is fine for improving cardiovascular health and fitness. However, you need to work the fast twitch muscle fibers for real leg development. Nothing will take the place of heavy squats (front or back barbell squat) for optimal leg strength and development. Heavy deadlifts are also fantastic (trapbarb, barbell, and romanian). Sprinting is also fantastic for building a pair of strong rock hard legs. Ballistic work (working with momentum) is also important and kettlebells are a perfect fit as proper technique is much easier to learn than Olympic lifting. You can’t go wrong with a steady diet of kettlebell swings (one-arm and doubles), kettlebells snatches (one-arm and doubles) and kettlebell cleans (one-arm and doubles)
Kettlebellista: Kettlebells in the Philippines are still not well known but it is really picking up, begin one of the pioneers in Kettlebell training in the west, how will you convince a beginner to try out Kettlebell lifting?
Mike Mahler: I never try to convince anyone of anything. When someone tries to get me to explain myself it is a form of manipulation on his or part and I don’t fall for it. Anyone that meets me or has seen me in action (in person or youtube etc) knows that I am the product of what I profess. If they find what I do impressive they will want to work with me. If not, that is okay and they can work with someone else. I never try to convince anyone they should work with me. In fact it is more the opposite, people need to convince me why I should with with them as I am already well established, have more clients than I can take, and enjoy my free time and peace of mind.
In addition, for people that want to learn about the benefits of kettlebell training, my website, does all the work for me. The benefits of kettlebell training are conveyed clearly at: http://www.mikemahler.com/online-library/articles/kettlebell-training/kettlebell-training-basic-concepts.html
Kettlebellista: You are a very inspirational in terms of your work especially your book : Living Life Aggressively. In my own opinion, the book is amazing. How do you get such mindset?
Mike Mahler: It all comes from life experience and taking the time to do the necessary self-inventory to learn who you are and what you are capable of (both good and bad). Without this combination you will never live life aggressively or be truly successful (goes way beyond just making money). People that avoid risk are the biggest risk takers of all as they are stacking the deck towards not having an exciting fulfilling life. There is no bigger risk than that. Life is a gamble from the day you are born and there are no certainties in life except that one day your life will end. No one knows for sure what lies beyond if anything so that alone should be enough motivation to live fully now and enjoy life fully for as long as you can. It could all be over tomorrow or sooner! People that are successful are the ones that can make the hard decisions. Generally you have to make hard decisions when things are not ideal. While timing is important in life, it is also a trap as there is no perfect time for anything in life. It really boils down to answering one questions: what are you prepared to do?
For more information about Mike Mahler just go to www.mikemahler.com