Phil Kaplan's "Conversations"
There are many true experts within
the fitness field who agree in terms of the "macro"
(eat right and exercise) but disagree in regard to the specifics.
Phil Kaplan will host a series of interviews for the American
Association of Personal Trainers (AAPT) where experts
express their opinions, at times in contradiction of each
other's views. The intention is to put both sides of an issue
out there so further discussion can lead to further clarity.
A Note From Phil: When we first
initiated this project the idea was to get spirited debates
between competent professionals on topical subjects related
to fitness professionals. We were surprised to find out that
many of the experts, while they remained glued to their positions
on a variety of controversial subjects, were not comfortable
in a debate forum. The original name for this series was "Butting
Heads" but to accommodate the reluctance, I changed it
to simply, "Conversations." Beginning in November
of 2004, each month I'll post a new Conversation with a renowned
expert sharing one side of a topical issue. In months to come
those issues will be discussed by other experts, often with
conflicting points of view. The available conversations are
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Interview #1 - Released July, 2004
Guests: Wayne Westcott
and Juan Carlos Santana
Comments From Phil: When
I interviewed Wayne for an article in Personal Fitness Professional
he was very opposed to trainers performing unsafe "functional
training" movements. He specifically referenced "The
Reaching Lunge." The Reaching Lunge is a mainstay at
Juan Carlos' facility, so I thought it would make for a
heated conversation. Interestingly, each expert held the
other in such high regard, the "debate" became
more of a conversation, a very insightful and valuable conversation
for trainers to eavesdrop on.
#2 - Released November 2004
Guest: John Parrillo
Comments from Phil: John
Parrillo has long been revered as the training and nutritional
guru to the highest level bodybuilders and physique athletes.
His nutritional strategies involve what might be considered
extreme super-high caloric intake and his clients and athletes
show up ripped on contest day. There is an opposing school
of thought suggesting a low-calorie diet is "healthier."
In this interview John makes his educated opinions very
#3 - Released November 2004
Guest: Dr. Jose Antonio
Comments from Phil:
Dr. Antonio, author of Sports Supplements is one of the
few time tested researchers in the area of sports nutrition
and supplementation who have gained the respect both of
their peers and of fitness professionals. He can be controversial
at times, but when the dust settles, Dr. Antonio stands
firmly on the science. The interview will help you understand
why. He speaks the language of research in understandable
terms and his grasp on the actual research is glaringly
#4 - Released November 2004
Guest: David Landau, Exercise Trainer
Comment from Phil: This
interview was prompted by David emailing me in regard to
some statements I made on my show. After I responded, he
sent a follow-up suggesting that I may be misleading people
by emphasizing the importance of aerobic exercise. I thought
it would be valuable for personal trainers to hear the perspective
of someone committed to the principles of High Intensity
Training (H.I.T.). This will offer a stark contrast when
compared with similar interviews with Dr. Anthony Abbott
and Dr. Wayne Westcott. In these interviews I attempted
to remain impartial, although at times my opinions leaked
through. David welcomes your feedback at Exarchives@aol.com.
#5 - Released November 2004
Guest: Dr. Wayne Westcott
Comment from Phil:
Dr. Westcott has always been a reliable resource and when
I received the emails from David Landau, I pulled up some
old similar criticisms I had received from trainers committed
to Superslow. I think Wayne does a very nice job of presenting,
in a manner that is extremely simple to comprehend, the
absolute value of resistance exercise (trainers - ask your
clients who are apprehensive about weight training to listen
to this interview). We segue into a discussed about whether
or not there is virtue in incorporating aerobic exercise
as a part of any client's regimen.
#6 - Released November 2004
Guest: Dr. Anthony Abbott
Comment from Phil:
I believe Dr. Abbott is one of the most noteworthy people
in the world of Personal Training. He is the founder of
Fitness Institute, a certification preparation program that
raises aspiring and existing trainers up to a level of excellence.
In this discussion Dr. Abbott shares his take on whether
or not there is in fact a need for aerobic exercise.
#7 - Released December 2004
Guest: Dr. Mark Rosenberg
Comment from Phil: Dr.
Rosenberg is a physician specializing in anti-aging medicine.
He's also an accomplished and well credentialed personal
fitness trainer. In contrast to John Parrillo's strategy
of eating frequent calorie intensive meals, Dr. Rosenberg
discusses his perception of the virtues of a low calorie
diet. He also addresses Growth Hormone as it relates to
the most recent research. Dr. Rosenberg will be both a force
and a role model in creating complementary relationships
between medical practitioners and Personal Fitness Professionals.
Note: If you have topics or guests
you believe would be ideal for the Conversations series, please
with your suggestions.
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