• Misbah Haque

Functional Bodybuilding w/ Marcus Filly

Marcus pursued a collegiate soccer career at UC Berkeley, where he discovered his passion for what strength training can truly do. He has competed at the Crossfit Games 3x as an Individual and 3x in the Team division. He is also the captain of Phoenix Rise, the GRID league champions of 2016. Marcus is also the co-owner of Tj’s Gym in Mill Valley and founder of the supplement company Revive Rx.

In this episode, some things we chat about:

  • Why functional bodybuilding can help you with much more than just looking good

  • Stepping outside the conventional movements to train for the unknown and unknowable

  • What life looks like behind the athleticism and the design behind striving for a balanced lifestyle

Show Notes:

  • (6:36) - Leaving medical school to become a fitness professional

  • (9:10) - Designing a supportive environment with friends and family

  • (11:50) - The billion dollar question -- challenging some basic assumptions of what it means to be healthy

  • (17:40) - Functional bodybuilding

  • (24:09) - Different approaches to achieving structural balance

  • (27:40) - Training balance, coordination, and agility more specifically

  • (31:55) - Understanding, feeling, and translating body awareness to your workouts

  • (38:50) - Looking at motor learning as cyclical

  • (41:15) - Aesthetics as a byproduct

  • (46:45) - Difference in the environments of a GRID Match vs a CrossFit  competition

  • (49:40) - Morning routine

  • (50:50) - Supplements and nutrition

  • (54:22) - One year to live

  • (56:47) - Recommended reading

  • (1:00:15) - Peaking behind what shapes the athleticism and what life looks like

  • (1:04:13) - Investigate what it means to have a diverse Strength backgrounds. Can you perform movements that aren't in your conventional sport or program?

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