Introducing Michael and Christian Baker. I love these boys – they know so much about supplements and are always happy to share what they know and help others. They train hard, read hard and work hard. They recently had an interview with 180 Nutrition on potential risks associated with the extensive use of artificial sweeteners in supplements. You can listen to the podcast HERE
They took some time out of their insane schedules to answer some questions about supplementation with us.
How did you guys get into the health and fitness industry?
M: It all began in my last few years of high school when I started going to the gym. After much resistance and stubbornness Christian decided to give this gym thing a go.I think it was a combination of me pestering him and the ironman magazines he was reading. He was basically addicted from day one, and Christian’s training definitely played a huge part in his growth spurt. Pre-gym days Christian was about 6 inches shorter than me, and now he is about 4 inches taller. A few years out of high school we completed our certifications in personal training. We originally moved to Sydney to enter into a totally different career – ironically, in the fast food industry. Instead we ended up buying a supplement store together at the end of 2009, which launched our journey into the world of health, nutrition and supplements.
What made you want to specialise in supplementation?
C: Magazine ads: I thought that all supplements were magic thanks to the advertising I used to see in magazines and this made me embark on a quest for knowledge – I needed to find out the truth behind nutritional supplementation. For Mick it was the perfect combination of his two loves; health and business.
What would you say are the must-haves for the general public, if any at all?
C: A greens supplement (veggies, wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina mix etc.), a multivitamin, and fish oil. Take these three daily and take a probiotic supplement several times per year.
What do you think everyone should be aware of that is not really common kno
wledge for supplementation?
M: Always read the label, as there are often hidden nasties that won’t be immediately obvious. Immediately ignore fancy claims, such as “double your bench press in 2 weeks” – they’re always lies. Also beware of propreitary blends, where you have no information about dosage. Some of the biggest companies have written on the back of label: propreitary blend, then show, for example, 5g with 20 ingredients below it. The problem here is that you don’t know how much of each ingredient is in the product.
C: Pay attention to the form of vitamins you take. For example, take vitamin D: Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is the same vitamin D our body makes when exposed to the sun, but Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2) is very commonly used in supplements because it’s cheap to produce, yet our body has a much harder time absorbing it properly. This rule applies to all vitamins and minerals across the board: learn the most natural forms and always seek them out.
What supplements do you both currently take and why?
M: We both use basically the same supplements on a daily basis. Greens super-food powder (to keep body alkalised), a multivitamin, fish oil, zinc, naturally sweetened protein and unflavoured BCAAs. Check out the PODCAST for more information on why we only choose naturally sweetened and unflavoured products.
What are some of the projects that you are currently working on?
M: We have been fortunate enough to speak in in front of some amazing corporate audiences, so definitely focusing on increasing our reach, and spreading our health and nutrition knowledge globally.
C: Working with Mick to do more speaking events and also hoping to release a nutritional product in the not so distant future.
What is your favourite workout and why?
M: When I’m in full speed training mode I enjoy doing the CrossFit Grace WOD (workout of the day). It involves completing 30 clean and jerks with 60kg for time. It burns but you feel great after it.
C: Training my triceps – it’s a special kind of pain and I love it so much. It helps that my arms are one of my genetically favoured muscle groups.
Keep an eye out for these two in the health and fitness industry, as they are sure to keep learning more and sharing all their great knowledge. Thanks Baker boys!