How to Train for Gains and Longevity with Fitness Expert, John Alvino – Episode 254

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

In this episode of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast I sat down with my longtime friend, John Alvino. John is one of the most respected and knowledgeable strength and conditioning coaches in the fitness industry. He is also a successful fitness writer, a former competitive bodybuilder, and a veteran of the iron game.

We discuss the crazy stuff we used to do in the gym, all for the sake of gaining muscle, and how our training has evolved over the years. John provides some great tips for preventing injuries and enhancing your performance in the gym. He gives valuable advice for anyone who wants to succeed as a fitness coach, explains the difference between how he trains clients now versus back in the day, and much more.

If you want to learn an approach to training and business that will help you achieve more success with both you don’t want to miss this episode!

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Show Notes:

  • A look back at the crazy shit John and I used to do in the gym and how our training has evolved over the years. [3:44]
  • How does he decide what exercises to use in his own training and in the programs he prescribes to his clients? [11:57]
  • What are the most effective warm up exercises to do before upper body training? [19:54]
  • The ONE exercise he says is crucial before doing any heavy squats. [21:34]
  • The differences between how John trained people in the 90’s versus today. [24:54]
  • What you must do now to make your business better if you’re a trainer. [28:24]
  • How to create long lasting relationships and become the highest performer in the gym. [34:44]
  • What struggles has John had to overcome to build a successful business? [39:57]
  • How are John’s priorities different today than they were in the past? [43:44]
  • The power of the mind in all aspects of your life. [47:44]


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Wanna listen to another episode that will teach you how to build a booming fitness business?  Click HERE to listen to my discussion with Kenny Santucci.  Kenny is a former MTV reality star and the owner of one of NYC’s most successful gyms, Solace New York.

In this episode we discuss how to overcome the struggles of being a new gym owner, how to identify what clients want, the keys to business success, and much more.

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