Eugen Loki: Blending Art and Fitness to Educate (Podcast)

Eugen Loki is personal trainer based in Rome, Italy. More than likely you’ve seen his Instagram page Pheasyque on multiple occasions that has more than 600 thousand followers. On his page, he creates in-depth drawings to explain a variety of training topics that are otherwise difficult to explain through only text.

In today’s episode we chat with Eugen about differences in the fitness industry between the US And Italy, how he creates his drawings and if they’re all original, and so much more.

In this special in-office episode of the BarBend Podcast, David Thomas Tao and Jake Boly talk to Eugen Loki about:

  • 1:30 Differences between personal training in Italy and the United States.
  • 2:12 What does “Pheasyque”, Eugen’s Instagram page actually mean?
  • 3:35 The current state of CrossFit and strength sports in Italy.
  • 4:15 What is gym culture like in Italy in regard to strength sports?
  • 6:30 How is personal training different in Italy and the United States?
  • 7:00 How Eugen got into personal training and his background?
  • 8:45 Personal training and how different approached lead to longevity in the field.
  • 10:40 When Eugen decided that producing digital Instagram content would be important.
  • 12:15 How long it takes Eugen to draw each post and are they ALL original?
  • 14:45 Why it’s great that nothing gets deleted even with changing opinions.
  • 15:40 Blending fun imagery with in-depth lessons. 
  • 16:55 How long it took Eugen to figure out the combination of elements.
  • 19:45 Who Eugen looks to for inspiration in the world of fitness.
  • 22:20 The “controversial” hip thrust vs squat study!
  • 27:00 What to consider from the study and separating personal biases. 
  • 31:05 Examples of Eugen’s posts that have changed over time with his personal growth.

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⭕️ The Squat VS Hip Thrust Study (Barbalho et al., 2020) analysis ⭕️⁣ ⁣ 🚨🚨𝗪𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠? 𝐆𝐨 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐢𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐛 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐞 𝐏𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐲𝐪𝐮𝐞 𝐞𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 + 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠! 🚨🚨⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ A very recent study has investigated whether the Hip Thrust is a superior alternative to back squats or not, in terms of gluteal hypertrophy & strength. ⁣ ⁣ The results indicate that this is not the case and in fact, FULL squats (140 degrees of knee flexion) may offer greater hypertrophy for both, glutes and quadriceps with additional strength carryover in the hip thrusts. ⁣ ⁣ Why is this the case ? ⁣ ⁣ 1) If we analyze both exercises, the HT has a short range of motion (~45°), because it starts from around 135° of hip flexion and ends with the hip extended. During the BS, on the other hand, the hip approaches the near full range of motion.⁣ ⁣ 2) In addition, the BS promotes greater stretching of the hip extensors, which can result in greater muscle tension, whereas the HT works with shorter muscle lengths, which might compromise muscle tension.⁣ ⁣ Does this mean you shouldn't do hip thrurst? ⁣ ⁣ Certainly not, and although it may not be the best glute exercise, it still provides alot of benefits that may be overlooked. ⁣ ⁣ ✅ First of all they're very easy to learn: this alone can help people lift more weight and achieve greater results through progressive overload. ⁣ ⁣ ✅ They may be a preferred option for those that don't want to get greater quad growth through squats (although hip thrusts certainly target the quads as well).⁣ ⁣ ✅ They can be used as a secondary exercise to provide additional weekly volume for the glutes, which will contribute to maximizing hypertrophy for this muscle area. ⁣ ⁣ 🔥🔥🔥 TAG Somebody who needs to see this! #pheasyque

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  • 34:00 Approaching and adapting lessons learned over time.
  • 38:00 Dealing with imposter syndrome and how normal it is. 
  • 41:00 Why we can’t please everybody.
  • 43:30 Social media changes and how to integrate personality into brands.
  • 46:00 Will Eugen start sharing more personal content on Pheasyque?

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