“He [Ken Leistner] worked you out so hard that if you didn’t throw up after your workout, you didn’t workout hard enough … The goal was to throw up … It was an unwritten goal … He had trash bags all around the place.” – Adam Zickerman
“Simplicity is Genius” – InForm Fitness Motto
Adam Zickerman is a New York Times Best Selling Author with his book, Power of 10: The Once-A-Week Slow Motion Fitness Revolution. He is the CEO and Founder of InForm Fitness Studios, providing high intensity strength training personal training throughout seven facilities across the US.
Adam holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Binghamton University, and was certified in 1995 as a personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
He also studied under Ken Hutchins, the architect of slow-cadence strength training, for his level 1, 2 and Master SuperSlow® certifications.
Self-taught in equipment design, biomechanics and exercise physiology, Adam has written a comprehensive trainer certification course, for qualified applicants, on the principles of high intensity training and the Power of 10 methodology.
Adam and I get into some really interesting concepts in this interview. We kick off with how Adam got into HIT and what he learned from his mentors, Ken Liestner and Ken Hutchins. We talk about the value of thinking scientifically followed by Adam’s answers to some of yours and my own questions related to HIT.
Towards the end of the interview, Adam reveals his business strategy that caused his business to become highly successful and help him become a NYT best selling author. Don’t miss out!
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- Adam’s interview with 48 Hours [5:25]
- Adam’s background in exercise and introduction to HIT [7:10]
- Thoughts on being a scientific thinker [19:50]
- Power of 10: The Once-A-Week Slow Motion Fitness Revolution [24:40]
- Is 10/10 an effective exercise cadence? [28:05]
- How to determine whether someone requires a second set [33:25]
- How much do recovery and training requirements vary between different people? [40:50]
- Great advice on training the neck [49:05]
- Training recommendations for people in the aviation industry [56:10]
- Intermittent fasting vs multiple small meals per day [59:00]
- What would Adam change about his book today, Power of 10: The Once-A-Week Slow Motion Fitness Revolution? [1:04:20]
- Are shorter TULs more effective? [1:06:30]
- Adam’s personal exercise routine [1:11:53]
- Why doesn’t Adam play basketball anymore? [1:15:30]
- After the acquisition of a 300 square-foot dank basement, how did Inform Fitness Studios take off? [1:17:50]
- What was the one thing that single-handedly helped Adam become a NYT best selling author? [1:29:10]
- What advice would Adam give to his 20-year-old self? [1:35:00]
- What has Adam changed his mind about in the last year? [1:38:05]
- The embarrassing moment when I said ‘ravished’ rather than ‘famished’ (my nerves got the better of me) [1:45:15]
Selected Links from the Episode
- The View
- Adam’s interview with 48 Hours
- Super Slow: The Ultimate Exercise Protocol by Ken Hutchins (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist by Richard P. Feynman (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- McMaster University
- Power of 10: The Once-A-Week Slow Motion Fitness Revolution by Adam Zickerman (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Vital Exercise
- Manual Neck Resistance
- New York Knicks
- Science – The New York Times
- News Week
- Congruent Exercise: How To Make Weight Training Easier On Your Joints by Bill DeSimone (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Moment Arm Exercise
- Barbara Walters
- Drew Israel
- Ken Leistner
- Robert Francis
- Ken Hutchins
- Richard Feynman
- Nicolaus Copernicus
- Charles Darwin
- James Steele
- Doug McGuff
- Ted Harrison
- Arthur Jones
- David Landau
- Ellington Darden
- Lesley Stahl
- Bill DeSimone
- Gregor Mendel
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What questions do you have about Adam’s philosophy that we didn’t discuss in this podcast? Please let me know in the comments below.