I got a voicemail today that knocked me for a loop. It was a message from my friend Doug Holland, informing me that Greg Anderson–husband, trainer, gym owner, High Intensity Training expert, and an all-around great guy–had passed away.
Greg was the owner of Ideal Exercise in Seattle, Washington, one of the finest, and busiest, HIT training facilities anywhere. He was well known and well respected by everyone in the HIT community. He was a good friend of the late Mike Mentzer, and Doug McGuff, author of Body By Science, referred to him in a blog post as “The Greatest Trainer In The World”.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Greg in person, but was lucky enough to be able to interview him, and speak to him on the phone several times. He was always upbeat, with a happy-go-lucky demeanor, and was funny as hell. We talked about training, the training business, our experiences with Mike Mentzer, and some of the crazy people we’ve met through high intensity training. He was kind enough to send me a DVD of him training some of his clients, and once even called me out of the blue to warn me of potential legal action against me over intellectual property rights. In my experience, he was the personification of a stand-up guy.
I would like to express my sincerest condolences to his wife Ann-Marie, his family and friends, and all those suffering from the loss of a great man. The High Intensity Nation will not be the same without him.
For those of you who never had the pleasure of coming in contact with Greg, I have re-posted his interview below.
Rest in peace, Greg. You will be missed.
To hear the Greg Anderson interview, just click on the play arrow (the little triangle on the left) below:
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