Steve Calarco on Leveling Up Training and Nutrition with the Gen Pop

Steve Calarco is a Strength and Conditioning coach based out of Cromwell, Connecticut. During his ten years as a trainer. he has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from athletes as young as 9 years old, professional athletes, weekend warriors and of course the general population.

One of the reasons I asked Steve to be on this show is because of his tireless work ethic and focus on getting better. It seems like he’s always attending events, and I love how dedicated he is on leveling up his coaching game.

In this show, Steve and I talk about how losing a massive amount of weight early in life impacted his thoughts on training and nutrition, what the acronym ACE means (and why I’m going to be stealing it), and things we can all do from a training and nutrition perspective to get better results and enjoy life a little bit more.


Show Outline

Here’s a brief overview of this week’s show:

  • Show Intro:
    • SB19
    • The upcoming week
    • MR’s Deep Thought: Don’t Get Complacent!
  • Interview with Steve:
    • How Steve got started in the fitness industry, and what he learned from being overweight and losing a lot of weight early in his life.
    • Steve’s overarching philosophy on training and coaching.
    • His thoughts on finding a blend between “soft” and “hard” skills. Are there times when we’re actually not pushing our clients hard enough?
    • What a typical gen pop program would look like if Steve were your coach.
    • His approach to nutrition (and why there’s more to it than just eating!)
    • The value of having a coach, while being a coach yourself.
    • The BIG Question.
    • A really fun lightning round where we talk about the Beast Tamer challenge, the books he’s reading right now, and what it’s like to be the “Best Dressed Man in Fitness”


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Books Referenced


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