The Richie Mcpeak interview
Richie is one of the guys that saying that he's inspirational would be an understatement.
Q: I don’t know if it’s a universal law or just what I've personally noticed in other people and myself , but when people’s health takes a serious hit it seems that the days are filled with constant highs and lows. How do you balance these? Is structure your best friend in such cases?
A: Mentally and physically adjusting to the highs and lows and the recovery time have been one of the most difficult challenges. I’ll try to look at each breath and each step as a finish line. How was down for 12 weeks after they removed my knee tibia and fibula and 90% of my calf and then a couple months with above knee amputation. I try to reframe and refocus my mind constantly just to make it to the next moment.I think structure is difficult when you’re recovering and no structure becomes the structure do what you can when you can.
Q: What do you wish you knew sooner when it comes to training and nutrition?
A: Rest, recovery and hydration. You can absolutely put your mind and body too far. be patient and kind to yourself.
Q: What do you wish you knew sooner when it comes to life?
A: To forgive myself and be as kind to myself as I am to others.
Q: Favourite meal?
A: Free range steak and potato.
Q: I have to say that you have a supplement line with top notch ingredients ( something that’s very needed right now in the supplement industry). What supplements have helped you the most and which were the biggest obstacles when trying to get this business started? What’s the most common obstacle people seem to underestimate or completely ignore when opening a supplement business?
A:For the past 15 years I’ve been taking my own supplements that I create with the food science team. Mushrooms, probiotics, probiotics ,holy basil, turmeric, ginger vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium Matcha, from Whole Foods sources have all been a daily part of my regiment. Try to keep the sugar at a minimum. My favorite delivery systems were gummy’s and now ready to drink powders.
Some big obstacles are finding the right sources of ingredients, manufacturing and manufacturing partners that will create products to your specifications. The US has been difficult, I’ve always sourced within America but finding manufacturing partners sometimes are challenging. I try to grow one product in one brand through soul to soul marketing one happy customer and retailer sharing with another.
I think people create products that they like but you have to create products that consumers want.
Q: Favorite books and podcasts? If you could only recommend 3 books to your 20 year old self , which ones would they be?
A: Favorite books :lone survivor, shoe dog by Phil Knight, lord of the flies , Steve Jobs would be the books I would recommend. Favorite podcasts : Joe Rogan, Team never quit.
Q: Why do you think gym bros seem to be the only sane people left in today’s era?
A: I think gym bros are the only sane people left because we know the hard work, discipline and challenges we overcome trying to stay healthy mentally and physically unless you’re doing that on a daily basis few people can understand.
Q: Is focusing on your own path something you always did or something you gained as you got older?
A: My mom has always said I’ve walked to the beat of my own drum. I think as we get older our paths adjust and we focus more on the direction we would like to go through successes and failures.
Thank you Richie.