Atlas Wearables was pumped to connect with John Meadows via email to discuss his role in the fitness world, his goals, and more!
Start off by telling us about yourself and your journey! How did you get into fitness?
I picked up a Muscle and Fitness magazine at age 13 and saw the pics from the Mr. Olympia and was hooked right then. I decided I wanted to be a great bodybuilder and worked hard to be one my entire life.
What's your fitness specialty?
I would say helping build muscle and to support health and wellness through proper nutrition!
How do you track fitness goals?
It depends on what your goals are. For some people it can be tracking body fat, for others, it can be recording their lifts. Still others it might be getting clean labs back from their bloodwork.
What metrics do you track for your goals?
At this point in my career, I am 47 now, it's more about social connection. It doesn't matter how much money I make, how much weight I lift, etc. What matters to me in terms of goals is making sure my kids are loved and brought up to be good young men, to take care of my wife, to ensure my friends and I enjoy life. These are the things that I would call goals now.
How are your favorite workouts structured? By sets and reps? Or sets and duration?
It's not so much sets and reps. It's how hard can I push myself in an intelligent way, and stay in one piece. I am older now, and still in one piece, but in my mind, I used to think this during workouts...Nobody can push like me. This intensity is going to put me over the top in bodybuilding.
I believe it did. I also get bored easily, so doing the same thing day in and day out is not appealing to me. I know that is controversial in my industry, but it's who I am.
Who are your fitness icons/mentors/heroes/inspiration?
I don't really have any. I tend to be more inspired by good people doing good deeds than how much weight someone can lift or how good their abs look. My grandmother raised me. She worked two jobs so we could get by. She saw the good in everybody. She was a big reason why I wanted to succeed — to show her how good of a job she did raising me.
What is your favorite food?
What’s your go-to song or artist at the gym?
What are three interesting facts about you?
I love to play poker and am pretty good (have won tournaments in Las Vegas). I used to show dogs (Bernese Mountain Dog), and I am a football coach.
What is your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?
Impacting others in a positive way despite growing up with a very troubled family background. My mother was a drug addict, never met my dad, grandad was murdered, I could go on.
Despite this, I think I have been a positive impact on many and not someone who sat around complaining about my childhood.
If you could master one skill you do not have, what would it be?
Some kind of musical talent. I have none.