How to get fit Interviews Mark Springer.
We interviewed one of our biggest inspirations in the fitness world this past week, Mr Mark Springer. For those of you who don’t know him, He is a co-founder and CEO of Avatar nutrition. A website and nutritional program we follow very closely. The influence Mark Springer and Dr Layne Norton have had on the work we do at How to get fit is what made us who we are today.
Give me a brief introduction about yourself
Hey there, my name is Mark Springer – I’m one of the co-founders of Avatar Nutrition along with Layne Norton and Katie Coles. It’s my mission to use my life to leave the world a better place than when I showed up; my passion is helping people improve their lives by being healthier, and I know that happy healthy people are the ones who make life better.
What made you choose this direction?
While growing up, I was an overweight kid, and really had no confidence as a result. I had a long path through fitness and athletics ranging from cross country, to D-1 college football, to track and field, to high level rugby and powerlifting… all this inspired a great deal of confidence in my walk through life, and I want others to have this same gift. I see people wanting to make a difference in their health and bodies, but unfortunately most the guidance that they get is based more in marketing than science, and people are often left feeling like there is something wrong with them. This damages people mentally and physically, this is NOT what the health and fitness industry should be doing! We’re here to flip the dynamic on its head, and create something that empowers people to change their lives and the world around them for the better.
What are the 5 most important things you can tell someone who is wanting to follow in your footsteps?
- Always be open to constructive criticism.
- Learn something new every day – just because you’re out of school doesn’t mean that the time for learning and growing has passed in your life.
- Keep showing up no matter what, so many people who could have done something great missed out because they dropped off when things got hard – things have gotten hard for every person on this planet, but the will to get back up after getting knocked down is what makes all of the difference in the world.
- Be honest with who you are, don’t try to put on a mask to make people think you’re something that you’re not – having a mental rift like that will break you as a person. Nobody walking this earth is perfect, just do your best and don’t let other people tell you who or what to be.
- Don’t look for shortcuts in anything, it’s a lazy way of thinking that will sabotage your life.
Do you gym/train everyday?
I train 5 days per week, but do recovery stretching 7 days/week.
Do you get asked if you take steroids?
No, but I’m sure it’ll happen one of these days!
What is your basic training schedule
3 days per week focusing on strength with squats, bench press, deadlift, and two days per week focusing more on accessory work for the “big three”.
Do you take any supplements and which ones do you suggest?
I take creatine monohydrate, citrulline malate, and caffeine. (whey protein if you want to consider that a supplement)
What is/was your biggest achievement in the gym?
(Outside of powerlifting numbers) Probably being assigned to the workout group with offensive and defensive linemen who outweighed me by 100 pounds because I was too strong to be lifting with the other defensive backs – I was also the first person at my university to do a muscle-up when those were first getting popular!
Who is your biggest inspiration/hero?
Bruce Lee is a huge hero of mine, he’s someone who practiced what he preached and punched far outside of his weight class – he also was very well rounded and took time to think deeply about the greater questions of the universe.
How to get fit – Mark Springer