Robby Robinson promotes the importance of bloodwork for not just athletes but all individuals seeking better health and longevity

In a recent episode of The Mike O’Hearn Show, host Mike O’Hearn delved into a critical discussion about the often underestimated realm of health within the fitness community. Joining him were bodybuilding icon Robby Robinson and John Tsikouris from Titan Medical, making for an enlightening conversation about the necessity of regular bloodwork as a foundational element of overall well-being.

As medicine, science, and technology advance – individuals have more access to health preventative options than ever before. That’s why Mike O’Hearn has been using his platform to help promote a growing trend in bodybuilding and fitness – regularly scheduled bloodwork.

This week, Mike brings bodybuilding legend Robby Robinson onto the podcast to discuss how getting his bloodwork done changed his entire life. Coming from a different era of medicine and fitness – Robby never considered getting his bloodwork done. In fact, he didn’t even know what that meant. But once encouraged to go to a doctor and being offered a blood test – he discovered a genetic condition that not only affected his bodybuilding tactics but also his general health moving forward.

Let’s jump into the conversation recap below:

Embracing Preventive Medicine: The Bloodwork Revelation

Mike O’Hearn passionately opens the conversation by challenging the common belief that bloodwork is exclusive to individuals engaged in steroid or PED use. He advocates for a paradigm shift, asserting that routine bloodwork should be a fundamental aspect of everyone’s health regimen, emphasizing its role in preventive medicine. This proactive approach, O’Hearn argues, is essential for identifying potential health issues before they escalate.

In the fitness world, where physical appearance often takes precedence, the emphasis on internal health can be overlooked. Mike O’Hearn encourages listeners to reevaluate their perspective on bloodwork, urging them to view it not as a reactive measure but as a proactive step toward a healthier life.

Robby Robinson’s Personal Journey

Robby Robinson, a living legend in the bodybuilding community, contributes to the conversation by sharing a compelling personal anecdote. Robinson recounts a pivotal moment in his life when he unwittingly experienced the adverse effects of a steroid called dbol (aka dianabol). After taking the substance, he felt an immediate surge of vitality, only to pass out suddenly. This alarming incident prompted him to seek medical attention, leading to the discovery of his diagnosis—sickle cell anemia.

Robinson’s revelation underscores the importance of regular bloodwork. He admits to neglecting this aspect of health until 1975 when a health scare forced him to confront the reality of his own physical well-being. The lesson learned was clear: bloodwork should not be reserved for times of crisis but should be performed regularly to track health markers and catch potential issues before they become serious.

Since this moment – Robby Robinson has put extra focus (in some ways due to necessity because of his condition) on not only getting regular bloodwork done but also changing his training and nutrition to focus on longevity over short term gains.

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Breaking the Stigma: Titan Medical’s Approach

The conversation shifts to Titan Medical and hormone clinics, organizations at the forefront of advocating for regular bloodwork. John from Titan Medical sheds light on the prevalent fear associated with blood testing, emphasizing the need to dispel the stigma. He discusses how individuals might appear healthy on the surface, but bloodwork can reveal underlying issues that may go unnoticed.

Titan Medical’s approach extends beyond mere bloodwork, highlighting the importance of a comprehensive analysis of the results. John emphasizes that seemingly abnormal numbers might be influenced by various factors, and ruling out false positives is crucial. The clinic’s commitment to personalized care is evident, with ongoing monitoring and protocol adjustments based on individual responses.

A Comprehensive Approach to Health

John elaborates on hormone clinic offerings, emphasizing that their services extend beyond testosterone and hormones. The clinic provides support with legal substances and peptides, showcasing a holistic approach to health and well-being. By addressing a range of health-related factors, Titan Medical aims to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining optimal health.

Robby Robinson’s Testament to Longevity

Mike O’Hearn takes a moment to commend Robby Robinson’s exceptional physique and health, challenging the prevailing notion that longevity in bodybuilding is solely dependent on excessive steroid use. At 80 years old, Robinson stands as a testament to the effectiveness of prioritizing health through a balanced approach to training, diet, and legal supplementation.

While Robinson openly acknowledges his past use of steroids, he emphasizes the importance of moderation. His enduring health and fitness, even in his eighth decade, showcase the viability of a sustainable, health-centric approach to bodybuilding.

Overcoming Psychological Barriers

John Tsikouris addresses a common obstacle in promoting preventive health—the psychological resistance to bad news. Many individuals shy away from bloodwork due to a fear of uncovering potential health issues. However, the guests stress the importance of facing health concerns head-on, emphasizing that early detection allows for more effective and manageable solutions.

The fear of discovering health issues, they argue, should not deter individuals from taking a proactive approach to their well-being. Understanding and addressing health concerns early on can lead to more effective interventions, potentially preventing serious health complications down the road.

A Call to Prioritize Health

The Mike O’Hearn Show episode serves as a resounding call to action for the fitness community, urging individuals to prioritize their health through regular bloodwork. The guests, Robby Robinson and John Tsikouris, advocate for a proactive approach to well-being, emphasizing that understanding and addressing health concerns early on is key to a longer and healthier life.

In a world where physical appearance often takes precedence, this episode challenges listeners to broaden their perspective on health, viewing it as an integral part of their fitness journey. By embracing preventive medicine and regular bloodwork, individuals can not only enhance their physical performance but also safeguard their long-term health. The episode serves as a valuable reminder that true fitness goes beyond aesthetics, resonating with the idea that a healthy body is the foundation for a fulfilling and enduring life.

You can watch the full conversation in the latest The Mike O’Hearn Show episode above. And don’t forget to check back every Friday for new episodes only on the Generation Iron Fitness Network or wherever podcasts are downloaded.

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