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He's Canadian. He's bald. He's bigger and stronger than you. Meet Christian Thibaudeau

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Testosterone: Christian, you've made a big impact on T-mag readers since you joined the staff, but we don't know a lot about you personally. Give us some history, big guy.

Christian Thibaudeau:

T-mag: Looks like it! What interests do you have outside of training?

T-mag: Well, you were great in The Fast and the Furious. (You knew I'd have to work in a Vin Diesel joke here somewhere!) Anyway, how'd you first get into training and athletics?

CT:

T-mag: Still, not a bad start. At what point did you decide to make training a career?

CT:

T-mag: Makes sense to me! What mistakes did you make in the beginning of your coaching career?

CT:

T-mag: Good point. What’s your average day like? Give us a rundown of what a day in the life of "The Thib" involves.

CT:

T-mag: Got any famous clients right now?

CT:

T-mag: Understandable. You really burst onto the scene with your Beast Evolves article. That transformation captured everyone's attention, probably because your "after" pics represent the kind of physique most T-mag readers are trying for. What made you decide to do the transformation?

CT:

T-mag: You know, I read on some internet message boards that your transformation was faked by T-mag to help them sell more supplements. How do you respond to attacks like that?

CT:

T-mag: Very true. Now, the typical bodybuilding magazine reader is more likely to follow the advice of someone who's in great shape. In fact, more people started following your advice after you made your transformation. Is that fair of them to judge the coach by his physique?

CT:

T-mag: Interesting topic. Can you give us some examples? Not of virgins, but of coaches!

CT:

T-mag: What are your stats right now?

CT:

T-mag: You're known as a training guru, but what general diet advice do you offer your clients?

CT:

T-mag: How about supplements?

T-mag: Sounds boner-ific! Okay, here's a question I throw at just about every person I interview because the answers are always informative. Where do you see most weight trainers screwing up? Where do they go wrong?

CT:

T-mag: Good info! What do you think is the biggest idea you have about training that most other coaches disagree with? In others words, what’s the biggest criticism you get about your training protocols?

CT:

T-mag: So you don't like what I call "alternative" training stuff: kettlebells, clubbells, balance training, balance balls, etc.?

CT:

T-mag: What's more important when it comes to adding muscle, simply adding weight to the bar, or doing things like accentuated eccentric training, isometrics, auto regulated clustering, and all that other fancy stuff?

T-mag: Okay, cool. What's the most important exercise for an athlete to perform?

T-mag: Okay, I'm going to name a body part or muscle group and you tell me the most effective (or perhaps the most neglected or overlooked) way to train it. Let's start with chest.

CT:

T-mag: Cool tips. How about the back?

T-mag: Biceps?

CT:

T-mag: I think we're going to need a whole article on that one! How about triceps?

T-mag: Quads?

T-mag: Hamstrings?

T-mag: Shoulders?

T-mag: Abs?

CT:

T-mag: You masochist! I'll have to try that one! Now, you have a new book and a video coming out, right? Feel free to plug the snot out of those.

CT:

T-mag: Sounds good. Thanks for the chat, Christian. We look forward to more articles at T-mag!


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