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Mark Reifkind podcast about navigating fitness and health as we age; Body Maintenance ebook

Updated: May 23

I recently had a chance to interview Mark Reifkind. Please tune in to episodes #35 and #36 of Grand Slam Journey ๐ŸŽ™ podcast. There are many lessons I have learned from this conversation. Mark has a wealth of knowledge and experience and has offered a Body Maintenance ebook you can download below. I will certainly add more body maintenance work and focus to my routine.


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About Mark: Training, competing, and obsession with movement have been Mark's passions for 50 years. Gymnastics taught him a love of pure movement and an appreciation for what the human body can do. Endurance training taught him to breathe and keep going, no matter what. Strength training and powerlifting taught him focus, power, and intent. Now back full circle with kettlebells, back to swings and the weightlessness of gymnastics. Coaching and teaching have always been as natural to Mark as breathing. He loves to help others experience the joy of strong movement and physical courage.


During our first episode, we cover Mark's remarkable journey through the world of sports and fitness, from Mark's early days as an elite athlete in gymnastics, marathons, ultramarathons, triathlons, and bodybuilding to his transition as a gym owner, coach, and professional trainer. Mark's experiences provide a wealth of knowledge. We explore the concept of N=1 versus the theory of everything and how gymnastics can teach us the true essence of movement beyond competitive gymnastics. Mark shares his wisdom on dealing with setbacks and injuries, emphasizing the importance of mindset to succeed. We discuss the significance of learning from respected mentors such as Louie Simmons, Scott Willson, Kurt Thomas, Christopher Sommers, Paul Chek, Kelly Starrett, and Pavel Tstasouline. We explore the interplay between science and understanding the body as a coach and athlete, highlighting the importance of strength for overall health. Mark shares his perspective on the primal patterns of movement, building a strong foundation, and the power of experimentation in achieving personal growth and athletic success.


During our second episode, Mark and I explore topics around navigating fitness as we age. We talk about the significance of recovery to the power of routines, including balancing the quality and quantity of training. We discuss longevity, stress management, handling pain, and the art of letting go and saying No. Get ready for valuable insights on discipline, coaching, mindset, and sustaining long-term success, including practical tips to kickstart your fitness journey and the importance of consistency.


Bulletized Summary:

๐Ÿ† Mark's journey of sports and fitness: from being an elite athlete -gymnastics, marathon,

ultramarathon, triathlon, iron man, bodybuilding, powerlifting - to the gym owner, coach, professional trainer

1๏ธโƒฃ N = 1 vs. the theory of everything

๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Gymnastics for understanding movement vs. competitive gymnastics

๐Ÿค• Dealing with setbacks and injuries

๐Ÿ’ฏ Mindset to succeed

๐ŸŒŸ Standing on the shoulders of giants, choosing your coaches and mentors, and learning from the best

๐Ÿ‘‘ Mentioned in this podcast Louie Simmons, Scott Willson, Kurt Thomas, Christopher Sommers, Paul Chek functional fitness, Kelly Starrett, Pavel Tsatsouline

๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Science vs. ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธUnderstanding the body as a coach and athlete

๐Ÿ’ช Importance of strength for health

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽ“ Client vs. student

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ Primal patterns of movement and qualities

๐Ÿงฑ Building your foundation & base

๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Action hero walk

๐Ÿš€ The Importance of Experimenting and trying something

๐ŸŒฑ The importance of recovery and how to think about recovery as we age - as athletes and humans in general

๐ŸŒž The power of routines, routine & efficiency, Mark's morning routine

โœจ How to think about Quality and quantity of training as we age

๐Ÿง“๐Ÿ‘ต Exercise, Longevity, and Blue Zones

๐Ÿคฏ Stress and the impact of stress on longevity

๐Ÿ˜ซHandling pain - good pain vs. bad pain

๐ŸŽˆAppreciation of nothingness, building yourself up, and letting things go

๐Ÿ”ฅ Are you willing to pay the price needed for what you want to accomplish

โŒ Saying No, giving ourselves permission to do what we know is right for us

๐ŸŽฏ Discipline of athletes

๐Ÿ“Œ Approach to coaching and sustaining clients for over 20+ years

๐Ÿง  The importance of mindset

๐Ÿ†• Tips on how to increase general fitness - how and where to start?

๐Ÿ”„ Consistency


Find Grand Slam Journey on all podcasting platforms, including:

#Apple Podcasts - Episode #35 and Episode #36

#Spotify - Episode #35 and Episode #36



ebook manual about body maintenance
Body Maintenance by Mark Reifkind