June 2009 I ISSUE 99 I COMPLIMENTARY BILLY JOHNSON PORSCHE RACECAR DRIVER See Health at Full Speed (pg14) SEXUAL HEALING Ask Dr. Dreyfus 3 WAYS TO DE-STRESS WITH HYPNOTHERAPY Myke Zykoff HHP, C.Ht. COSMETIC SURGERY STEM CELL IRON MAN BREAKTHROUGH BRENDAN Dr. Nathan Newman BRAZIER FITNESS FUN POLE DANCING S Factor 5 TOP TRIATHLON TRAINING TIPS AN INTERVIEW WITH PRO- FESSIONAL IRONMAN TRI- ATHLETE BRENDAN BRA- ZIER. “I’M 34 NOW, SO I’VE STILL GOT MY BEST YEARS AHEAD OF ME” By Mark Ariel IRON MAN rendan Brazier is one of only B a few professional athletes in the world whose diet is 100 percent plant-based. He’s a professional Ironman triathlete, bestselling author of Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life, and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega. He is also a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. LA Health News met up with Brazier, currently on a book tour, during a quick stop over in Los Angeles. You seem to travel quite a bit. How do you stay ﬁt while traveling - what do you do if you have to stay indoors? One of the great things about running is that it can be done most anywhere. I’m on the road about 200 days a year but have no problem ﬁtting enough running in to race competitively. Right now I’m on a book tour in Canada and am training for the San Fransisco marathon that’s on July 26th. I just get up early and get a good run in before the kayos of the day unfolds. It also acts as a form of active meditation that complements the rest of the day. I do bodyweight exercises in my hotel room as well, I have something called a Jungle Gym that always me to train anywhere. You have a hectic schedule. What do you do to de-stress. I run because I enjoy it. It’s that simple. I believe my success as an athlete is directly related to my love of sport. Since I perceive it as stress-relieving, it is. For me there’s no better way to mentally de-stress than going for a long bike ride or run. What are your latest projects and what PHOTO: Brandin Photography are you working on now? 14 LA HEALTH NEWS JUNE 2009 www.lacastingcouch.com Thrive in 30 just launched. It’s a your long term goals? 30-day online program made up I’d like to continue improving as of concise written and video seg- an athlete. I certainly want to run ments that I ﬁlmed in and around a good marathon time within the LA. I created it to help busy people next few years. I ran 2:29 when transition to a high-performance, I was 24 and I know I can run whole food, plant-based diet. My faster now. That’s one of the great goal for creating it was to develop attributes of endurance sports; a more efﬁcient way to get the it takes decades to build up the information in my book to people aerobic engine, so patients are a who may not take the initiative virtue. Provided their diet is good to actually read it. So I imple- and they stay injury free, most en- mented Thrive in 30 as a way to durance athletes peak in their late deliver concise, applicably info. 30’s. I’m 34 now, so I’ve still got Three emails a week get sent to my best years ahead of me. participants for four weeks. Each I plan to continue formulating email consists of a distilled written innovative Vega line extensions component with only the most per- too. And, I certainly have a few tinent info along with a short video. more books in me. In about 20 minutes a week, for For more info visit four weeks, you can gain enough www.brendanbrazier.com applicable info to immediately begin making signiﬁcant health and performance gains. Since I think TRIATHLON the info can signiﬁcantly help most TRAINING TIPS everyone, the whole program is IRONMAN TRIATHLETE free at: www.thrivein30.com BRENDAN BRAZIER’S TOP ... I just ﬁnished writing a TRAINING POINTERS follow-up book to Thrive called Thrive Fitness. It includes a step- 1 POSITIVE ATTITUDE by-step ﬁtness program than Enthusiasm and enjoyment of the sport is necessary for success. doesn’t require gym access. Based on my Ironman training regi- 2 DON’T GO BUCK WILD men, but molded into a practical Pace yourself. Enthusiasm is “high-return” program that only great but it often overﬂows at the takes 45 minutes three times per beginning, leading to overtrain- week, the results have proven to ing and most likely injuries or at be impressive. It also discusses the every least, general fatigue. the non-physical beneﬁts that can be garnered from physical exercise 3 START SLOW such as right brain stimulation and AND EASE INTO IT therefore improved creativity. It will The most common mistake people make when attempting be published by Da Capo in Janu- triathlon training is doing too ary, 2010. much too soon. We also just launched a new ﬂavor of Vega, Vanilla Chai. And 4 PREVENT RUNNING later this year we’ll launch a new RELATED INJURIES Vega product called Vega Sport The number one reason for not Performance Optimizer. It’s what continuing a running program is you’d drink before and during a injury. And the number one reason workout to boost performance with for injury is building up mileage natural whole food ingredients. too quickly. Increasing mileage It launched in Canada in April by no more than 10% a week is a good way to prevent injuries. and has proven to be extremely popular. Essentially, it’s a natural 5 FOCUS ON ABS plant-based sport drink. I train abs ﬁve days a week be- FOR WHOLE SALE AND DIST RIBU T IONS, cause a strong midsection helps PLE ASE CALL US AT (8 18 ) 3 4 4 -3 3 7 0 Sounds awesome... On a per- prevent low back injuries and sonal level, what are some of increases running efﬁciency.