#259: Intermittent Fasting, Strength & Exercise Performance w/ Donny Mateaki

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About Donny Mateaki

Donny Mateaki, strength and conditioning expert and owner of DM Athletics based in Kirkland, WA.

Mateaki always had a passion for strength and conditioning. He is an elite athlete who played at the University of Washington but through injuries and sets saw his dream of going to the NFL fly away.

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Books and Products Discussed In this Show


Building Indestructible Athletes: The Small Things that Make Athletes Great

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

The Oxygen Advantage: Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques to Help You Become Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter

Link to Show Notes:

01:03 How Tongan's Traditionally Kill Pigs for Family Gatherings: Donny’s family kills pigs for consumption using their bare hands.

02:25 Having a firsthand knowledge of where food comes from and a sense of gratitude makes Donny more aware of food waste. Donny’s family grew much of their food.

04:42 As a college athlete, Donny switched to eating quality organic food and performed better. He found his recovery time and strength were highly impacted. He felt better and lost excess weight.

06:29 Only a small percentage of professional football players are aware of whole quality food nutrition, in Donny’s experience. Tom Brady, playing in his 40s, is all about organic plant based foods.

08:22 An injury caused Donny to re-evaluate everything: sleep quality, workouts and nutrition.

09:57 Raw Functional Training is using your body weight with varied movement patterns. It builds stability in your shoulders, hips and core and strengthens muscles. There is less risk of injury.

11:07 Being able to “hit the wall” in training sessions, allows for a teachable moment, rather than waiting to “hit the wall” during a game.

11:57 Positive thinking at the point of exhaustion changes your physiology and gives you the ability to fight longer.

12:31 Grit differentiates elite athletes from all others. Donny trains this with his athletes. Experiencing hardship and setbacks is valuable.

19:23 Sports teaches life lessons faster.

20:16 Donny lost 50 pounds with time restricted feeding in 2 or 3 months. He was training, eating healthy and sleeping well. He had more energy and felt younger.

24:32 With fasted state workouts, Donny finds that repetitions are better, but power has somewhat diminished.

25:39 Donny tapes his mouth for sleep. It made a profound difference in sleep quality and workout recovery.

27:27 Keto worked well for Donny.

28:37 Postural Restoration Institute exercises has been beneficial for Donny’s athletes and are part of his book.

33:50 Gym strength does not always transfer to the field due to poor movement quality.

34:53 The Crawl Series can be done as a warmup, a finisher or incorporate it into the workout once or twice a week. Changing the surface gives you different feedback. Donny uses this with all of his athletes.

38:10 People who did not crawl for long as a baby tend to experience more back pain later in life.

42:51 Donny’s morning routine: He prays and meditates first thing. He reviews his goals and writes things for which he is grateful. He reads for about 30 minutes before working and working out. He mediates and prays again at bedtime.

45:22 Donny’s desert island nutrient is kale.

46:33 Donny’s elevator pitch is to improve food quality in school. Get kids to eat real organic food.

  1. How does one get to the classes? No email, no text, can’t get the class. How to get it when not airing? Is it archived?

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