This week, we caught up with John ‘Mountain Dog’ Meadows, in anticipation of the upcoming ‘Building the Ultimate Beast’ Seminar showcasing in Sydney this April 8-10th.
In this interview, Clean Health founder Daine McDonald questions John about his influences, personal training methodology and what you can expect to learn from his forthcoming seminars with co-presenter Paul Carter.
- When did you start lifting weights and what got you into it the first place?
I started training at age 13. I got into it whilst looking at all the muscle magazines; I wanted to look exactly like the guys in the magazines.
- Many people don’t know that you didn’t always work in the fitness industry. What did you do before and why did you make the jump into this industry?
I worked for JP Morgan and Chase Bank as a project manager running many of the companies’ largest projects. I was doing well at the bank but it’s not what I was born to do, this industry is. So after much careful thought and consideration I left the bank to pursue this full time.
- Who are the top 3 biggest influences in your career?
My grandmother who raised me. We grew up in poverty but she worked many, many hours as a cook in a restaurant showing me the value of hard work right from a young age.
Also my training partner and great friend, Dave Tate. He’s my business mentor and helps guide my decision making process when it comes to business.
Lastly, I would say my family. Because when I think about the decisions I am making, they come first and how they are impacted affects every single decision I make.
- What does a typical week look like for you in regards to your own training? (Be as specific as possible!)
On Mondays I do Chest and shoulders using my ‘4 phase’ approach. Tuesdays is a pump day for legs, on Wednesdays its back, Thursdays I am taking off or doing some light arm work depending on how my elbows are feeling. Fridays are extra pump work for chest and back, as they are priorities currently. Lastly, Saturday is a bone-crushing leg day.
- What type of clientele you do you primarily work with these days and who are some of the big names you are currently coaching?
Mostly high-level amateurs and professional competitors in the IFBB and NPC. I do work with non-competitors but not as much as I used to. Fouad Ibiad, Ken Jakson and Mark Dugdale are just a few of the bigger name guys I assist.
- How did the name the ‘Mountain Dog’ come about?
I was on bodybuilding forums with a user name ‘mountaindog1.’ This was due to my love of the Bernese mountain dog breed. People liked my ideas and just started calling everything I said ‘mountain dog’ training or diet, so I stuck with it.
- You have just released an eBook called ‘The Brutality Of Mountain Dog Training’, what can people expect to get from this and take away themselves?
You can learn how to look at hypertrophy from a much broader view. Also you will learn how and why it is so important to apply the high intensity techniques listed in the book.
- What would you say are the top 3 things people aren’t doing correctly when it comes to building lean muscle?
- Not training hard enough due to an irrational fear of overtraining.
- Not timing nutrients to help in managing muscle protein breakdown
- The inability to get a great mind muscle connection.
- Currently you are dieting whilst on tour, in what show are you competing next and how do you feel your current prep is going?
I will be doing the team universe in 14 weeks. I am very lean for being this far out. I hope to have improved shape this next go around.
- You are teaching in Sydney for 3 days with Paul Carter at the ‘Building The Beast’ camp. What are the top 3 things students will be able to walk away with from this camp?
Intensity rules the day but how and when to apply it is key.
You can’t make up for bad nutrition – You will learn exactly how to eat to gain muscle.
You will learn how to tweak certain exercises to get more out of them – stuff that can’t be taught in a book.
To book your spot or learn more about John’s appearance with co presenter Paul Carter in the ‘Building The Ultimate Beast’ seminar, please visit our event listing online by clicking http://chfiglobaleducation.com/meadows-carter-tour/.
Alternatively, you can call reception on 02 9882 2778 or email: [email protected]
If you would like to learn more about John, also check out the links to the following content:
In the following video, see John walk through and talk through a gruesome 2 hour leg routine he did in preparation for the 2013 Masters Nationals. A great insight into the brilliant mind of this industry leader and a taste of what you can expect over the three days of ‘Building the Ultimate Beast’ Seminar.