By popular demand, Andre is back on the show! This engaging chap from Australia generated great accolades on his first podcast appearance, so Brad and Dr. Lindsay Taylor catch up with him again to talk about his life coaching strategies. Yes, this stuff has a direct and important application to your endurance goals and overall happiness and satisfaction. Andre describes his “Wheel of Life” program (you can download the wheel at andreobradovich.com), where you rank assorted lifestyle categories in order of importance, and also rank them in order of how well you are doing in each one. For example, if you rank your health high in priority but low in compliance, you identify critical areas to improve and reprioritize.
Andre shares his own journey of becoming consumed by corporate life and falling so far out of balance that he destroyed his mental and physical health. It’s been a long road back to his existence today as a very popular endurance and life coach, as well as an elite age group triathlete. Andre is always full of levity and memorable aphorisms, so enjoy this show and consider checking out the Wheel of Life exercise as a great starting point for personal growth. Coaches: never ask “why?” for that’s a judging question. Instead, say something more open and nurturing such as, “tell me more.”
Andre talks about the Wheel of Life, his coaching tool. When one tries this assessment online, the result is a good visual of the portions of your life. [00:00:44]
As part of his coaching technique, Andre uses the Wheel of Life to help you analyze the balance in your life. From there is can be used to look at your fitness. You then examine the results and look at what you feel about certain aspects of those results. [00:08:13]
So after you gather this information, what are you, the coach, looking for? [00:12:31]
Brad asks: What are the identified forces that pushed you off balance? His whole identity was totally wrapped up in being an executive; all about rank and position in the world. All about me. [00:24:25]
This frantic position he found himself in was reflective of our society. We are searching for recognition from our peers and finding a sense of self importance. [00:28:42]
Often when you are involved in competitive activities is when you most need this help. If you had a coach like this, you might very well have refuted the advice such as we are discussing here. [00:33:44]
In coaching, we don't need to ask the questions because down deep everyone knows the answers. [00:34:59]
Ask your partner to rate you on the Wheel of Life. [00:38:36]
Listen to Andre podcast number 1. Go to Podcast no. 153
Wheel of Life: Free online assessment of the balance in your life.
We are all searching for recognition from our peers and finding a sense of self-importance. (Brad Kearns)
How are the things you are doing contributing to your health, your future, and your family? (Andre Obradovic)
People don’t ask themselves those questions. They know the answers and they would have to be more motivated. (Lindsay Taylor)
Brad Kearns tackles more interesting Q&A from Primal Endurance podcast listeners and book readers. Submit your questions at www.primalblueprint.com/
Dave Reed from the UK has been really working with the book since January and has adopted primal diet, MAF training and now is fat adapted. He has been racing but finds his performance has dipped. Would going MAF since January have caused a dip in my performance with the increased benefit being seen after a long period on this training or could it be some other factor? [00:01:16]
Dave also inquires about MSP (maximum sustained power) training with the 4-3-2-2-1 (reps) format described in the book. This is a format that can vary among individuals who are working toward building with those high-quality sets. [00:06:00]
Kenny is a slow but committed triathlete and asks about drinking carbonated water. Is it okay? Also, why does he have trouble losing weight? [00:17:00]
Brian is asking: Why does my MAF time improve so much faster on a bike than when I'm running? [00:20:18]
A second question is how to respond to the folks who still think one should use carbs for high performance. [00:22:34]
Shannon has many questions about counting macronutrients. There is no fat minimum. She is worried about going overboard on carbs. [00:32:19]
Shannon is also asking about how to manage cravings and appetite. [00:39:47]
REFERENCES AND NOTABLE PEOPLE:
Brownlee Brothers: These well-known triathletes went viral when the one brother carried an ailing brother over the finish line at the World Triathlete Championships in Mexico. Brad mentions their diet is questionable.
FASTER Study: This study out of the University of Connecticut was aimed at discovering the role diet plays in how our bodies metabolize fat vs. carbohydrate during exercise.
Johnny G: This South African, a fitness visionary, created the Spinning movement. He also road in the Race Across America
Andre Obradiovic: He is one of the country’s leading coaches. Listen to Brad’s postcast with him: “Don’t Be A Muppet, Be a Powerful Fat-Burning Beast”
RAAM: The world’s toughest bicycle race. Next one is June 2019!!
Lindsay Taylor: Listen to her podcast with Nourish Balance Thrive discussing brain training for the primal Keto endurance athlete.
Luis Villasenor: Everything you want to know bout the ketogenic diet is here.
Simon Whitfield: Look at his YouTube of the exciting finish in Olympic Gold Medal Race