How Recovery Will Uplevel Your Fitness Training with Marcus Filly

Boomer Anderson
September 19, 2018
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When competitive fitness icon Marcus Filly says recovery is essential for health and longevity, I heed his message. As Creator of the Functional Bodybuilding program, he has changed the game by redefining what constitutes a healthy fitness routine. During this conversation, he shares his tips for achieving success in physical competitions and in business and how he maintains focus. Find the show notes here —

When people experience burnout, whether it’s in the corporate world or whether it’s in training and sport, it's the culmination of too much stress in their life and basically their systems can't keep up. They can't adapt or recover fast enough in order to feel normal, or in homeostasis..."

Who is Marcus Filly?

Marcus Filly grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He played multiple sports as a child including soccer, baseball, and golf, which eventually led to a collegiate career in soccer at the University of California, Berkeley. There he earned his degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Nutrition and Physiology. After Berkeley, he completed a year of graduate work at the Ohio State University School of Medicine.

His interest in both athletics and human health and performance eventually led him to CrossFit in 2007. He has gone on to compete at the CrossFit Games 6 times, three times as an individual (2016 12th fittest) and three times as a team member (2012 6th fittest team). Marcus is also the captain and member of the Phoenix Rise in the NPGL. For two years he has been voted to the all-GRID league team, in 2016 earning 1st team honors, and in 2015 earning the award for leadership excellence.

Marcus has been a Health & Fitness Coach for eight years since leaving Medical School in 2009. He was formerly a CrossFit facility owner for five years, has completed all five of the OPEX CCP courses and has coached clients remotely from all over the world. He has coached athletes at the CrossFit Games as well as several Regionals athletes.

Marcus lives with wife Megan and his daughter. He lists his parents, Barbara and Roy, as role models.

Key Highlights of the discussion with Marcus Filly:

  • Competitive fitness can wade into unhealthy territory [5:02]
  • Functional Bodybuilding [9:55]
  • Recommendations for Training, Recovery, Nutrition, and Supplements [18:49]
  • SARMs & Performance Enhancing Drugs in competitive fitness [30:56]
  • How Marcus mentally prepares for competition and business [39:43]

Marcus’ Pet Peeve about Medical Industry [46:02]:

  • Contraindicated people.

Marcus’ Tip for Enhancing Focus [47:51]:

  • Have a healthy dose of pessimism — prepare for the worst.

Marcus Filly’s Favorite Book on Peak Performance[52:14]:

Episode Transcript

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