I have always enjoyed sports and working out is a large part of playing sports. No matter what sport you play, physical conditioning plays a large part in being good at you’re your chosen sport. I am always looking for new things to add to my workouts(健身；锻炼).
After researching Mike Mahler's training philosophy and seeing his attitude to life, I decide to add parts of his workout to mine. One of them was Russian kettlebells. I even have some here in China.
Mike Mahler wrote a book and I contacted him to see if he could do a short interview for our readers. He graciously agreed, I hope you enjoy.
Mr Jackson: As a vegan can you give us an example of what you eat during a typical day?
Mike Mahler：I like to have a protein shake for breakfast loaded with pea protein, rice protein, juiced beets, cucumber, celery, and kale. Then I add frozen acai, BCAA, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finally I add Udo's oil for EFA and cacao for a good source of mineral and saturated fat which is important for optimal hormone levels.
For lunch I have a large mixed green salad with hummus, hempseeds, carrots, and olive oil
Post workout I have a shake similar to breakfast.
Dinner is usually 2 cups of legumes such as black beans or chick peas mixed with nuts and seeds for a complete protein. I load up on a lot of veggies such as mushrooms, orange bell pepper, spinach, celery etc. Dinner is cooked in 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
If I am still hungry I snack on homemade protein bars or nuts and seeds with goji berries.
Mr Jackson: Can you tell us a little about your book, and what exactly it means to "Live life Aggressively"?
Mike Mahler： It is an anti self-help book that tells people what they need to do to take charge of their lives. It is all about taking the time to do self inventory and then deciding exactly what one wants and accepting the sacrifices that are required to achieve goals.
Mr Jackson: Finally any parting advise for our readers would be appreciated (my audience is mostly teachers, and students from middle school to university).
Mike Mahler：Don't let anyone else tell you what to do with your life or what you are capable of. Decide exactly what is important to you and have the courage to make the necessary sacrifices to make it happen.
Mr Jackson: Thanks again for your time. You philosophy (diet, exercise, and life in particular), and some of the books on your suggested reading list have been a great influence on me. I wish you even more success in the future.
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