So I would be incredibly humbled if a decent amount of you reading this know who I am. In other words, I’m not expecting that.  My name is Russ Marchewka (the only Russ on the AVP if you don’t want to attempt the last name) and I’ve been playing on the AVP for the last 6 years.

I’ve been studying (natural) health and nutrition for the better part of 10 years now for the following reason:  My volleyball career almost never got started because my body was in such rough shape at the very beginning.  My knees would swell up after each practice and gym session.  I required almost an entire roll of tape from the trainers to be able and walk out on the court and play.  In hindsight, this was all due to my diet as I came to realize in my studies.

It wasn’t long before I decided to change my focus to what I put in my body.  Results came much quicker than I anticipated and I became a believer that what I ate and drank had a bigger impact on my physical state than anything else.

As anyone in the player tent can tell you, I’m not short of advice on how something can be healthier.  A few years ago, an announcer started introducing me as “Mr. Healthy” and it just kind of stuck.  I embrace the persona, and more importantly realize the importance of being an example to others looking for healthy change.

I’m honored that people trust my opinion on health and nutrition related issues.  Despite an honest effort, I’m not the best volleyball player in the world, which is why I’m happy I know what I’m doing when it comes to health.  At least I’m good at something!

Do I know anything top secret?  Mostly not, but maybe a little…  I’ll get to that in future articles.  Everything I have learned about health and the human body I have learned from reading, watching, listening and experimenting A LOT.  I am a health geek; someone who could spend an hour reading up on the newest research about the smallest molecule and be totally happy.

I first started writing because I got so many questions from fans about what they should do to improve their game or better their diet.  Huge long emails turned into my idea for a blog.  Blogging at first was awesome because I could get all my thoughts written down and out of my head.  Then everyone started asking me where to buy all the stuff I recommended.  That turned into my idea for

Turning the mission to better my personal health into an entrepreneurial venture was actually the best thing I could do.  I’m not talking about money, I’m talking about my health.  I had the responsibility of staying genuine to my beliefs.  Otherwise, I would lose all credibility.  It’s also allowed me to stay on the cutting edge of natural health science.  I’ve made it my goal to turn all this knowledge into easily digestible tidbits of information for you, the reader, so that you too can experience the amazing feeling of better health (without spending a decade of your life devoted to it).

So what’s my deal?  Well, I’ve been vegan for over 5 years now.  Don’t worry, it’s not my goal to convert you.  If all you do is look at your health a little bit different, and make some simple and small changes to increase your energy or lower your risk for disease, that would make me very happy.

I’ve personally worked with hundreds of people on a one on one basis.  Anything from weight loss to weight gain, and injury recovery to injury prevention.  Arthritis, tendonitis, osteoporosis, heart disease, deficiencies and blockages, etc, etc, etc.  I’m writing this blog for you, or the person you know who could really use the information.

I hope that it’s not boring.  I intend to stir the pot a little bit.  I figure if doctors are allowed to (officially) give bad advice, I can (casually) give good advice.  I have no problems suggesting what is probably true, but doesn’t have multi-million dollar studies to prove it.

While I’ve got a lot of ideas on what to share, I hope that you all can contribute to the process.  Some of the best articles I’ve ever written were formulated as a response to an email question.

So shoot me an email on Facebook ( and tune in each week for some interesting conversation to come!


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