Category Archives: Interviews

Brazilians Know Booty Best: An Interview With Nathalia Melo (Ms. Bikini Olympia Champion)


Glute training is a serious matter around the world. However, no other region of the world places more emphasis on the backside than Brazil. Indeed, the Brazilians have honed their craft regarding glute training.

Last week, I sat down to talk booty building with Nathalia Melo. In case you’re not familiar with Nathalia, she won last year’s Ms. Bikini Olympia contest and is currently out here in Arizona preparing¬†for this year’s Bikini Olympia (wish her luck!).

I can’t tell you how happy I was to hear what Nathalia had to say. In essence, she validated all of the things I know to be true about building the glutes – methods that I’ve learned on my own that Brazilians figured out long ago.

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An Interview With Sports Scientist Natalia Verkhoshansky

Today’s article is an interview with Natalia Verkhoshansky. Natalia is a prominent international figure in Sports Science. Her father, Yuri Verkhoshansky, co-authored one of my favorite texts Supertraining with Mel Siff. The interviewer, Will Vatcher, was kind enough to grant me exclusive rights to this interview. I hope you enjoy it as I much as I did!

Hello Natalia. It is a pleasure to speak with you. Could you tell us a little about yourself? 

I was born in a family dedicated to the sport and grew up on the Track-and-Field stadium, which was just next to where we lived, and where my mother and my father usually worked with their athletes.

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Interview on BioJacked Radio

I was recently interviewed on BioJacked Radio by Kiefer and Alex Navarro. For those of you who like listening to me ramble, definitely check it out.

Click HERE for the link.

We discussed a ton of stuff – glute biomechanics, spinal loading, heavy kettlebell swings, muscle force curves, titin, partial reps vs. full range, guru tactics, stretch-shortening cycle, hip extension strength imbalances, training different muscle lengths, physiological cross-sectional area (PCSA), pennation angle, sprinting forces, Crossfit, the secret to glute training, Brad Schoenfeld, motor control tricks, Stu McGill, trends, fascia, nervous system vs. muscular system, ad hominem, agility, planks vs. RKC planks, Pavel Tsatsouline, daily training, Bob Peoples, and my silly website picture.

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Dropping Some Glute Knowledge & Strong Hip Thrusts

On Tuesday I was interviewed on The Jack-n-Out-Connection. These guys are very funny. They’re associated with Fitocracy; a fitness website that has built up a lot of steam over the past year due to excellent community involvement.

The interview is an hour long and we mostly discussed all things glute-related. Biomechanics of hip thrusts, how to prevent glute soreness, strongest pound for pound female glutes, why the squat isn’t always the end-all-be-all of lower body exercises, disgruntled bodybuilder story whose glute strength couldn’t match up with a woman’s, how to feel the burn in the glutes, a historical parallel with the hip thrust and the bench press, and much more.

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