Do you fast? How many hours of sleep do you get every night? What's your post-workout recovery routine? Santa Barbara is full of athletes, trainers, and coaches, and we've reached out to learn more about what enhances their performance, fitness, and overall health. We'll be sharing their answers with you in a weekly series devoted to local athletes. Join us in this pursuit of knowledge each Friday; hopefully, we'll all learn a thing or two, about each other and ourselves, that will make us better at being humans.
Peter Park is a three-time winner of the World’s Toughest Ironman and current record holder of several endurance competitions including the Catalina 50-mile ultra-marathon. As a strength and conditioning coach, Peter has twenty-eight years of experience training elite athletes like 2017 National League MVP, Giancarlo Stanton, 2017 World Series champion, Justin Verlander, and pro surfer Lakey Peterson. Peter also works with musician Harry Styles, actors Rob Lowe and Don Johnson, executives Irving Azoff and Chris Silbermann. Peter is the author of two books, “Rebound: Regain Strength, Move Effortlessly, Live Life Without Limits,” and “Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence.” Peter owns Platinum Fitness, his Summerland gym, and lives in Montecito with his wife, Kelly and two sons, Hayden and Carter.
Q&A with Peter Park
- What supplements do you take and why? When/how do you take them? (i.e., morning/night, with/without food)
I take Vitamin D, Magnesium, Melatonin, L Theanine, Fish oil, Amino Acids (BCAA’s). I take them at night, except aminos I take before and after strength workouts.
- How would you characterize your diet? Keto, vegan, or vegetarian, Paleo, Mediterranean, restricted eating, or ‘I do my own damn thing?’ Elaborate, if needed.
Paleo most of the time, Keto for a few weeks here and there. Time restricted 8 hour window, usually 12-8 pm.
- Do you fast? If so, what kind of fast? 5-day? Intermittent? How long and how often?
Time restricted, always an 8 hour window. I just did a 5-day fast. It was great!
- Do you drink coffee? If so, how much and what do you put in it? (Cream, half and half, butter, MCT oil, sugar or artificial sweetener?)
I drink too much coffee actually! Usually I put in heavy cream or MCT oil.
- Do you have a morning ritual? What do you do the first hour you are awake?
Get in car and drive usually. Coffee close behind. And then listen to some sort of podcast on my way to LA.
- Do you train on your own or with a coach/trainer?
I train myself, but I’m influenced by many trainers.
- Describe your weekly training regimen. (Lift weights, run trails, track, cycle trails or road?) How often? How far/long?
-Strength train 5-6 days of different splits depending on what I’m experimenting with
-Ride 5-6 days, 2 day sprints, and on longer ride in there
-Run here and there usually 1-2 days just 1 hour or under
-Ski erg, versa climb etc., sprinkled in
- What do you do for recovery after training? Stretch, roll/smash, ice, cryo, compression, eat a glazed donut with those little pink sprinkles? Nothing?
Do a lot of mobility work, stretching and rolling almost every day. I would love more body work but never seems to happen.
- How many rest/recovery days do you take per week?
1 per week usually, sometimes not 🙂
- Athletes hate injuries. What do you do that helps you avoid getting hurt?
Smart training, not going too heavy or hard too often. I keep mobile and stretch a lot.
- Do you meditate? If so, do you attend classes, use an app like Headspace?
Yes, I try to do 10-15 minutes every night before I go to bed.
- Do you practice yoga? If so, what kind of yoga?
No, but I do similar stuff used in Yoga practices.
- Do you have a nighttime shut-down routine? If so, what’s that look like?
20 min. mobility / 10-15 min. meditation
- 3 books you wish everyone would read about fitness or health?
–Easy Strength by Dan John and Pavel
–Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
- What’s your favorite sports movie of all time?
- Health/fitness advice you wish someone had given you when you were 21 years old?
Too many things to list. But number one would be crush recovery as much as you crush your training.
- Do you wear a heart rate monitor during cardio exercise? If you don’t, why?
Absolutely, my best friend.
- How often do you get your blood/urine/saliva work done?
Every 3-4 months
- What’s still on your bucket list of fitness goals?
I don’t have one right now.
- Who inspires you the most?
- In the world of sports and fitness, who is your hero, guru, or mentor?
- Top 3 favorite health or fitness podcasts?
- Favorite Santa Barbara trail for running and/or mountain biking?
-Running: San Ysidro
- On average, how may hours do you sleep each night?
7 hours, but I want 8!
- Who’s your favorite fictional superhero and why?
Spider-Man. Named after me! 🙂