Episode 17 - Talking Shop With OPBA Winner Zeke O'Connell



2:00 – 12:00: Catching Up with OPBA Co-Founders Tyler Tredway and Zach Matheny

  • Recap of the inaugural OPBA Competition.
  • How the lifters exceeded expectations in both powerlifting and bodybuilding.
  • Plans for future competitions including a Spring show and California event.


12:00 – 23:00: Zeke O’Connell Bio & Background

  • Zeke’s history as a 3x nationally qualified NPC men’s physique competitor.
  • Starting a family and entering gym ownership right after college.
  • Training with Zach Homol and Zeke’s first experience in a hardcore gym.


23:00 – 41:00: Strategies for Training, Business, and Life

  • Being crazy enough to believe you can do it all.
  • Prepping for the OPBA Competition in only 12 days.
  • Why competition is essential.
  • Getting kicked out of gyms all over the city.
  • Why people are afraid of effort.


41:00 – 56:00: The Real Gym & Influencing the Youth

  • Whether or not the first year met/exceeded expectations.
  • Creating a better future for the Ohio Valley.
  • Being in a position of influence for the younger generation.
  • Showing kids a more attainable level of success.
  • Thinking “Why not me?” instead of “Why him?”


56:00 – 1:07:00: Zeke’s Personal Training and Nutrition

  • Training every day, powerbuilding, and using the Westside conjugate method.
  • Staying on point because Zeke has a target on his back.


1:07:00 – 1:10:00: The Fire Round

  • Zeke answers a series of random questions including the one thing he would eat if it had no effect on his health and one book recommendations.