The highly anticipated interview with the self proclaimed “World’s Most Muscular DJ” is here. Our fascination with this hyper-confident caricature of masculinity began some time ago and now finally, we come face to face – or ear to ear, rather – with Gillz Einarsson; The brains and more importantly, the body, behind DJ Muscleboy.
Despite the superficial exterior, Gillz is a complicated man with serious love for strength training. Through our conversation, we find that the passion for lifting preceded his introduction to the limelight. But Gillz’s public persona did not go without scrutiny. As his popularity gained momentum and success, so did the hater outrage. How did DJ Muscleboy combat the misguided opinions? Simple. He didn’t. He embraced the notoriety, albeit negative, and capitalized on the imposed stereotypes.
Gillz tells about some of the major influences in his life, one in particular who is an Iceland favorite, Jean Pall Sigmarsson, who famously said: “There is no reason to be alive if you can’t deadlift” and later died at 32 while doing what he loved. Yes, deadlifting.
Although Gillz is widely known as DJ Muscleboy and one of the pioneers of metro-sexuality, his interest and focus has always been training. As an educated fitness professional, he maintains that diet is the single most limiting factor for the majority of his clients. This hurdle is one that he imposes straight from the start with any athlete – and as he assures us, no matter how much they might struggle he “never gives up”.
You heard it here first folks. If you need something to train for, perhaps accepting DJ Muscleboy’s challenge of competing for the title “World’s Most Muscular DJ” is just the motivation you need. I’d personally like to see a DJ MuscleMAN come out of the woodwork, but that’s just me.
Join us next week when we talk to Travis Pollen about training the Adaptive Athlete. You can find my interview with him on PAHQ.com under Training Adaptive Athletes Part 1 & Part 2 to get a head start on what it’s like to be, to coach, and to compete in this unique and amazing population.
John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.
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