Testosterone: What were you doing before you started fighting professionally? What motivated you to take that leap and jump into MMA (mixed martial arts)?

Frank Shamrock:

T: So the experience allowed you to tap into something deep that you didn't realize was there previously?

FS:

T: You sound like someone who can't get motivated to push really hard unless he's being challenged.

FS:

T: Speaking of fighting Tito Ortiz, were you scared at all after watching some of Tito's previous fights?

FS:

T: Was there any point in the fight where you thought you weren't going to win?

FS:

T: You don't have thoughts like that in any of your fights?

FS:

T: Did you train with some bigger training partners in preparation for that fight?

FS:

T: Is there any one person that you'd say was your toughest opponent?

FS:

T: I want to get into your exercise and nutrition regimen and how you train your fighters. I know you practice a great deal of techniques such as visualization, meditation, breathing, and flexibility, but how do you manage all of this stuff and does one technique take precedence at any given time?

FS:

T: How does the weight training program breakdown?

FS:

T: Is muscular endurance more important than brute strength for fighters?

FS:

T: Do you ever do heavy weight training with low reps or is it mainly higher reps?

FS:

T: How about explosive exercises such as clean and jerks, power cleans, and snatches? Is that stuff beneficial for MMA training?

FS:

T: What about deadlifts and weighted squats?

FS:

T: Too much wear and tear?

FS:

T: Sounds like you and your students stay within your limits when training rather than training to muscular failure?

FS:

T: Kind of like when people get nervous, they have a tendency to hold their breath.

FS:

T: How did you pick up these breathing techniques?

FS:

T: Do you also teach your fighters visualization and meditation?

FS:

T: Is flexibility training important?

FS:

T: I think as you get older you realize how important it is.

FS:

T: Is sprinting something that you still have your fighters do?

FS:

T: What about cardio?

FS:

T: Let's talk nutrition. Does someone work with you on that or do you design it yourself?

FS:

T: Do you take any supplements or protein shakes?

FS:

T: Interesting stuff. What's going on with you business-wise? Don't you have a book coming out soon?

FS:

T: Are you still doing workshops for law enforcement?

FS:

T: Do you think this sport will really take off someday and gain more popularity?

FS:

T: Let's backtrack a bit. You had a hard time growing up before Bob Shamrock adopted you. Can you tell us a little about your childhood and some of the tough things that you went through?

FS:

T: Looking back on where you've been and where you are now, have you developed a deep spiritual philosophy that you believe in?

FS:

T: Do you feel compelled to give back to people considering where you've been and where you are now?

FS:

For more information on Frank Shamrock, visit his site at FrankShamrock.com.