Today I’m super excited to share an interview that got to do with Chad Howse.
Whereas most fitness bloggers simply write about how to eat and train, Chad takes to the next level and incorporates a lot more motivational and mindset content into his site. And this is what 90% of hitting your fitness goals is all about – creating the right mindset and having the motivation to push forward no matter what.
Enjoy the interview!
1) First off thanks for doing this interview Chad. So to start off, can you give us a brief overview of who you are and what you do?
No problem Keith, thanks for setting it up.
For the past year or so my life’s focused around my site and the mission with the site: helping 1 million guys build their dream body, and dream life. Unlike a lot of other fitness sites, I don’t only focus on fitness, but bring a lot of lifestyle content to my reader’s as well.
The name of the site explains it best: be legendary. unconventional tactics for fitness, life and work.
2) So what is your approach to training and dieting
Good question. I don’t have a view of training or nutrition like “this is the best way to do it and everything else is second best.” I don’t think that’s true in training or nutrition. Some things work better for some people than they do for others. You have to find what works best for you.
However, no matter what you’re doing, you won’t reach your goals if you don’t work hard and if you lack discipline. Everyone’s looking for the quick fix. It doesn’t exist. If you work hard, you can turn even the worst program into a successful one. Which is something that people don’t want to come to grips with, so they never reach their fitness goals.
There are principles I feel work better than others obviously. But that’s a slippery slope, if I get started talking about that stuff we could be here for hours. Regardless, work hard, want it bad enough, and you’ll make it happen.
3) Do you believe it’s possible to build muscle and burn fat at the same time?
I do. In fact it makes sense.
When you’re gaining muscle, you’re increasing your metabolic rate. In turn, burning more fat. If you eat the right way, and train the right way, it’s possible.
4) Well said Chad. You also post a lot of boxing videos on your Youtube channel. Are you a competitive fighter? Do you have a background in boxing?
I was a competitive amateur fighter. I love the sport and any chance I get to put boxing content up on my site or on YouTube I always get it up there.
5) What would you say is the #1 mistake people make when trying to build the body of their dreams?
They don’t want it bad enough. Everyone who wants it bad enough to work hard, eat right, and stay disciplined will build the body they want to build.
Those that don’t, won’t. It has nothing to do with genetics and everything to do with work ethic and will-power. The fat person that says they’ve tried everything and nothing works is lying to themselves. They didn’t stay disciplined, they quit, and they didn’t work hard enough. The same for the skinny guy (which used to be me).
People don’t want to hear that but it’s true. Your success is completely under your control. That’s why I talk so much about motivation on my site. That, more than anything else, will contribute to your transformation.
I can show you what to eat and how to train, but you have to do it. Knowing this, I give a lot of tips to stay motivated on my site and in the members areas for my products. I don’t want people to leave that kind of thing to chance. Which is what’s usually done. Motivation needs to be taken seriously. It needs to be practiced.
Not staying constantly motivated, oddly enough, is probably the biggest mistake people will make. It’s been my biggest mistake in anything I’ve failed at.
6) The tagline for your site is “Be Legendary.” What exactly does that mean
My site isn’t concerned with mediocrity. I don’t think any one should be. Every article and tip I give is done to help guys build an insanely successful life, and their dream body. Be Legendary encompasses the focus of the site in two words.
It’s not “do a legendary thing”. It’s Be Legendary every day of your life. If I can contribute to someone’s legendaryness (awesome made up word), then the site’s a success.
7) On you blog, you also write a lot about how to become a better man and achieving success. What is your definition of a real man?
Great question. I think it’s something every guy needs to ask themselves and identify. If we don’t know what a real man is, how the hell are we going to be one?
With that said, it’s not something you can specify down to one sentence. A real man is someone you can trust. He takes care of the people around him. He’s strong mentally and physically. He’s proud, but not to a fault.
I wrote a couple articles on the topic that’ll explain my definition of a real man a bit better:
8 ) So what does a “day in the life” for Chad Howse look like?
I need to get an article done on this. My days aren’t always the same. Sometimes I’ll golf or something like that. But I do follow a routine that looks like this:
I’ll get up at 5:30 am. Follow a morning routine like this: 10 Tips To Take Back Your Morning.
I’ll then sit down at my desk and get 4 or so hours of work done, then head to the gym at around 10. After the gym I’ll head home, make some food, then head to a coffee shop and get some work done.
I’ll stay at the coffee shop working and writing until dinner. But I’ll have little breaks built in there. Maybe a walk along the beach, or I’ll read a book by the beach for a bit.
For dinner I’ll grab a bite with a buddy or make some food at my place. Then usually get a bit more work done. I’ll finish the night with a book, a movie, or some TV.
Following a routine is huge. I used to not like it but it’s actually been great for creativity, and productivity. I find I have a lot more energy and focus when I’m programmed to do things at the same time daily.
9) Great, thanks for doing the interview Chad. Before you go, is there anything else you’d like to say?
No problem Keith. Thanks for getting it all set up. I like where you’re going with your site and thanks for that guest article you did a while back. It was a good one.
I guess the last thing I’d like to say is to ask your readers a question. What’s your biggest obstacle in building your dream body?
I’ll keep my eye on the comments section and answer any questions people have.
Thanks again for the interview Chad. If you want more of Chad Howse, please check out the following:
- Chad’s Blog
- The Perfect V and The Travel Trainer – The Perfect V is Chad’s 3-month workout program to help you build the coveted V-shaped torso that women love and The Travel Trainer is Chad’s “no gym” solution to getting in great shape.
- Facebook Page
Great interview. Chad Howse really hit the nail on the head. People do quit. I did the same thing recently and I am disappointed in myself. But I like that Chad is kind as well as brutally honest. He understands that motivation plays an important role. I have been motivated – the roadblocks are usually people who start to rain on your parade as you move toward your goal. What’s the best way to tune out the negative vibes and feedback from others?
Good question Carl, glad you liked the interview.
I’d say the best way to do that is simply practice. You need to practice having control over your thoughts. It’s not something that we can master over night.
I’d also surround yourself with positive people as much as possible, and negative one’s as little as possible. Make it easy on yourself.
I love this:
“People don’t want to hear that but it’s true. Your success is completely under your control. That’s why I talk so much about motivation on my site. That, more than anything else, will contribute to your transformation.”
Attitude is everything. Building the attitude muscle seems harder sometimes than building the physical muscle, but makes ALL the difference.
Great interview – I love this guy, BE LEGENDARY – why be anything else? Very inspirational and cool.
I love your attitude mate. My attitude to life and training is almost identical. I don’t know who said it but years ago I read the quote: ‘No routine works unless you do!’, for some reason this message stuck with me and ever since then I have always attacked my training with intensity and consistency.
Thanks Betty, and Niko (great quote).
Glad you guys like the direction of the site!
I was wondering if you could do a blog about cheap sources of protein
Whey protein is the probably the cheapest and most convenient source of protein out there.
Only treat a woman like a princess when she deserves it.
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