DOLCE REVEALS WHAT SEPARATES HIM FROM THE REST
by Stephanie Daniels, Crooklyn’s Corner
Mike Dolce is a name that pops up frequently in MMA. Whether it be from fighting professionally, guiding the top athletes to healthier lifestyles or writing books, more and more people are recognizing him, and his contributions to the sport. TapouT Radio conducted a recent interview with the nutrition guru, and was able to extract the recipe for success, the Dolce way.
“What people don’t realize, is that I’ve been working with elite level athletes for over 20 years. I currently work with the best athletes in the world, on a daily basis. My guys are in the top 3 or top 5 in their weight classes, in the world. My skills, my techniques, my philosophies, my education, and my experience is constantly being refined among the world’s most elite. When you have a relationship with somebody, you experience and you absorb parts of that relationship. I deal with elite athletes, that are on elite teams, with elite coaches, coaching systems and techniques, and they themselves have decades of elite training behind them. I am constantly on the forefront of the sport. I can say that with the utmost confidence. I know what I do in a given day, and I hear when world champions point at me and say the amazing things that they say about me, and how revolutionary my techniques are. That’s why people know the Dolce Diet. That’s what separates me from the rest. Now there’s people that spend a lot of time, sitting in school and getting degrees and all those great things, and that’s nice, but that’s just a very small piece. The experience of being in the trenches, of course, is the most important thing, you know, what actually does work, in a real world setting. Then I take that information, and I add it to the next elite athlete. I have constant petri dishes. I have my experiments, all over the world. My athletes are at the top of the heap, and I’m a part of their performance.”
With a new book, websites, family and a full schedule, working with the likes of Chael Sonnen, Thiago Alves, Chris Leben, Jay Heiron, Jake Ellenberger, and Keith Jardine, one has to wonder if Mike has a clone or two stashed in a closet. When asked how he manages to keep all theses components in balance, and if he might be taking on too much, he stated,
“Am I spreading myself too thin? Absolutely not. I’m actually very efficient in blocking out my time. When I deal with an athlete, I deal with them in very specific terms, so each one I work with, retains me for very specific features or responsibilities, and I’m able to professionally maintain all my relationships and fulfill all my duties to them. The area that takes the biggest hit, is my home life, but I’m blessed with a wonderful family that supports me, and allows me time to focus on my work with the athletes, and getting these guys in the best shape of their life. I’m pretty close to the end of my ability to bring on new athletes, though. I’m a loyal guy, and I’m going to stick with the guys I currently work with, with very rare exceptions.”
Mike’s new book, Living Lean is releasing in September, via his website. He gave a little insight on it, saying,
“It’s kind of a beginner’s story about myself, getting into the industry and to the business. There is a little bit of a story to it. The story is meant to coach and to teach very specific principles that I want you to walk away with. I get into nutrition, and I show you how you can eat as an athlete, a vegan, a gluten free practitioner, or if you’re just concerned with health and wellness. Those four different nutritional types are what I discuss. I also get into exercise programs, for general wellness or professional athletes. Truly, it’s to build a profile of very lean, healthy, vibrant and energized lifestyles.”