Training Like an Elite Athlete with Dr. Marc Bubbs

Is your way of eating and training healthy and sustainable? Dr. Marc Bubbs discusses the success he’s seen in training Olympic athletes and the mindset behind nutrition and building healthy habits.

Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, MSc, CISSN, CSCS is a Naturopathic Doctor, consultant Performance Nutritionist for Canada Basketball and ALTIS. Speaker and former Strength Coach.

Dr. Bubbs is also the author of the best-selling new bookPeak: The new science of performance that is revolutionizing sports - An integrated and personalized approach to athlete health, nutrition, recovery and mindset, as well as a regular contributor to Breaking Muscle, and a nutrition advisory board member for Strong Magazine,

Marc has been working with elite and professional athletes, busy executives, and motivated individuals aiming to improve their health for almost two decades, using an evidence-based approach to nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle modifications. (

What we discussed in this episode:

  • Dr. Bubbs' background in working with high caliber athletes and what got him into the strength and conditioning realm (1:48)
  • The differences in the health care systems of the US, UK, and Canada (3:42)
  • What a typical day of eating looks like for Marc and how it has changed over the years based on what phase of life he’s in (4:58)
  • Some non-negotiable aspects of his life that he sticks to no matter how busy things get (7:30)
  • The importance of sustainability when it comes to nutrition and fitness (10:37)
  • The differences in his approach to clients based on their sport or fitness goals (13:33)
  • Checking in with yourself periodically to assess whether or not what you’re doing or eating will bring you closer to your goals (16:39)
  • Automaticity and why that is the ultimate goal when working with clients (17:36)
  • Simple automations that people can incorporate into their day that will keep them on track when things get chaotic (20:35)
  • The importance of ignoring what others think when it comes to your nutritional decisions and needs (24:18)
  • The benefits of having a support system when you’re working towards a goal or life change (25:26)
  • How changing your environment or behaviors can lead to success (26:15)
  • The motivation behind Marc’s books and the outcomes he has seen from them (28:03)
  • How he stresses the importance of building lean muscle with his clients (32:57)
  • The importance of proper form and how he works with clients who have injuries or pain from consistently working out improperly (38:03)
  • Marc’s feeling on supplements and how they fit into a healthy lifestyle (39:20)
  • His approach on nutrition with children while allowing them to still be “kids” (41:36)
  • Projects and life events that are coming up in the pipeline for Marc (45:53)

Where to find out more about Dr. Marc Bubbs and his work:

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Written By

Robert Sikes


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