good news #7
Maxime Krantz Interview
In addition to being a personal trainer, Maxime is above all a bottomless source of advice and tips for nutritious eating. Positive and gentle, he sees physical activity as key to a balanced life. We decided that nothing would be better during this time of confinement than to follow his recommendations and learn a bit more about him.
Hello Maxime, can you tell us about yourself in a few words?
My name is Maxime, I’m 30 years old, an athlete of life and a passionate sportsman. I’ve lived in Paris for 4 years, after having grown up between France and the United States, where I went to school. The American mentality has inspired my vision of sports and working out.
How are you handling this confinement period?
Pretty well. This is a period to take some time for myself and finally adopt new habits that I’ve been pushing away, while I work on some new ideas. That said, I really miss my social life, as I personally train 6-8 people a day and they’ve become my friends, so we try and temper the situation by doing video coaching sessions.
You are very active on social media; what made you decide to share so much advice during this period?
As far as I’m concerned, this is the perfect moment for people to slow down a bit and realize that their health is more important than their job or career. Social media is an interesting platform for this message because you can simultaneously have fun, learn something new, and now even work out thanks to it! With my best friend Mehdi, we launched SNACK, an e-book full of exercises that you can do at home without any special props and in 20 minutes. The e-Book had been finished for several weeks and we were just waiting to choose a date to publish it and organize an event around it. When the confinement began, we told ourselves that we had to bring it out immediately so that people in confinement could use it to incorporate a fitness regime into their daily lives in a simple and efficient way.
Can you explain to me how sports and nutrition are linked?
Sports and nutrition are linked because they are two essential elements for good health; you can’t have one without the other. Nutrition enables us to improve our athletic performance, even when you think that you’re at the top of your game. I always try to visualize what I eat as a source of energy and I avoid at all costs any foods that don’t benefit my body.
What advice can you share for this period of confinement, as far as nutrition goes?
This is a great time to try out new things, like going vegetarian for a week, or even what we call vegetalian (vegetarian plus no milk, eggs or cheese; like vegan but without the accompanying lifestyle,) for example. I’ve been vegan for two years now and I was a vegetarian before that, and I have always been interested in fasting, especially juice fasts. So, I decided to use this time to drink just juice (80% vegetables and 20% fruits) for 5 days, inspired by the author Joe Cross. My goal is to take the strain off of my digestive system and boost my body’s micro-nutrient intake.
And sports? Why do you think it is important to keep working out?
It’s critical to start or to keep working out, simply because when you stop moving around your metabolism slows down drastically.
In terms of men and food, what a priori’s have you heard?
That you need to eat protein to build mass! That is probably one of the first myths you hear when you sign up for a gym. What is important is not quantity, but the quality of the proteins that you are going to ingest. So instead of grabbing a shaker full of some questionable brand’s product, you should instead choose whole foods like oilseeds or legumes, and eat them with a fruit or a grain. That way, your insulin secretion takes over and determines the mass you build by helping your body use the integrated proteins. Taking low-quality proteins, and too much of them, tires out your digestive system without bringing any positive result.
What’s your day-to-day life like right now?
I’m trying to keep to a routine; I wake up around 7 am, I meditate, and then I do some stretching exercises. I set up a home trainer so that I can ride a bike at home, so I follow that with about 45 minutes of biking. That is followed by breakfast, which this week is a juice, and then I do a few video coaching sessions. I dedicate my afternoons to my other projects as well as a bit of paperwork, and I try to check in with friends and family. This is also a great time to catch up on certain books and films that I’ve been dying to see or read.
Which of your friends’ accounts are seeing you through this period best?
As much as possible, I try to follow my friends in the field of fitness or related areas, but I recently discovered @leconfinelibere which shares information that is both interesting and entertaining.
Your final word for our readers?
Everyone creates his or her own reality, even if some periods can be more difficult than others, and even if this sounds like a cliché, there is always a choice between fully living the present or merely enduring it.
Photography : Maxime Krantz / Albin Durand