Friday, December 4, 2009

Back to Reality with Dov Mochari

Real World, Really Jacked


Back to Reality interview with fantasy football expert, lawyer, and aspiring novelist, Dov Mochari


Dov is a man who is known to be hill sprinting at midnight because he couldn't do the session during the day.  He can workout in horrible conditions (no sleep, no water, little food) and still give it 100%.  We can all learn something from Dov.  Nutrition and exercise are about consistency, discipline, and most of all, hard work.  Dov accomplishes all three with success.  Without further ado, here is an interview with the mastermind himself.


1.  You say this quote a lot, "You have to know Socrates before nutrition."  What do you mean by this?  


Socrates is famous for saying, “Everything in moderation. Nothing in excess.”  It is merely this basic concept of Socratic moderation that I am throwing out there to any who will listen.  The bottom line is that a person may not know a calorie from a carbohydrate, or fiber from fat, but they will know that 20 cookies or 8 slices of pizza is not a moderate amount of that food for a dessert or a meal… 


 2.  In an ideal situation, what would you eat in the meal before you workout?


In an ideal situation, about 90-120 minutes before the workout, I would have a six egg omellete with spinach, skim mozzarella cheese, and red pepper, two cups of plain oatmeal made with skim milk and a tablespoon of all natural creamy peanut butter mixed in, an apple, and about a liter of water.


3.  What do you think of this statement about the thoughts of an overweight person:  "I'm going to run three days a week for 30 minutes and once I lose the fat, I will start weight training."


I am immediately frustrated by the overweight person who is convinced that a three day a week, 30 minute jog will be a more effective method of fat loss than weight training.  Weight training is a far superior way of generating fat loss than the 30 minute jog because of the resulting increase in the body’s level of lean muscle mass; in the long term this increase elevates the metabolism and provides for a far faster and more permanent fat loss.  If you don’t want to train with weights, sprint work and bodyweight work (push-ups, pull-ups, dips, lunges, squats etc.) are still superior methods of strength building, conditioning, and fat loss than a 30 minute jog (for similar reasons as weight training). This is not a knock on the 30 minute jog’s overall health benefits, but merely pointing out that if fat loss is one’s`goal, the jog is nowhere near the optimal method. (If you are looking for a customized exercise program to get you in great shape, with or without weights, email Seth


4.  How do you exercise at the end of a day when you are not at your best and just want to lie on a couch and watch television?


I could sit here and tell you that I am always fired up for every training session…and that even on the days that I haven’t slept, haven’t eaten enough, and worked late, I am ready to be explosive…but that would be bullshit…The truth is that sometimes you just have to seriously consider why you are training, and what ignited your passion in the first place.  And then dig really deep, and push through the lethargy.   


5.  If someone is lacking discipline and consistency with their exercise and nutrition habits, what is some practical advice for them?


A good friend of mine once told me that when he was in college, he had gotten so disgusted with his overall lack of exercise and nutritional discipline, that he taped a huge sign on his bedroom ceiling right above his bed that said “AVERAGE”, so every morning when he got up it was the first thing he saw.  Now just to be clear, I am not advocating this method, but I am using my friend’s example to illustrate the fact that everyone is different.  Some people need to change routines, some need to take a total break, some need to change environment, some need to kick themselves in the ass, and some need someone else to get them to toe the line.  What works for me when I feel like my fire is running low, is incorporating things I love into training.  One example is making a sprint workout out of running football plays or doing football drills. And another example is combining a bunch of movements and exercises into a timed obstacle course.  Every person needs to figure out what makes them tick…different strokes, for different folks…