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OVER 10,000,000 DOWNLOADS AND COUNTING! If you want to know how to build muscle, lose fat, and be healthier, happier, and wiser...faster than you ever thought possible...then this podcast is for you. Hosted by the bestselling author and entrepreneur, Mike Matthews, each episode gives you simple, sc…

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    Do You Have a "Slow" or "Fast" Metabolism?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 30:47

    This episode is about the speed of your metabolism. Many people have reached out to me over the years who were struggling to lose weight and who thought this was due to a “slow” metabolism. Often the solutions offered involve taking special pills, following very restrictive diets, and pushing through punishing workouts. And when those strategies don't work, these same people start believing it's impossible to lose weight or keep it off. Others have complained to me that their metabolisms are so “fast” that they can't gain weight effectively—the so-called hard-gainer. In this podcast, we're going to talk about both of those scenarios. The good news is while some people do tend to burn more calories than others, no one's metabolism is so “slow” or “fast” that they can't improve their body composition or maintain the body they really want. So, listen to this episode to learn why! Timestamps: 0:00 - Try Phoenix risk-free today! Go to buylegion.com/phoenix and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! 4:56 - What is your metabolism? 7:27 - How do I measure my metabolism? 10:47 - Why is my metabolism slow? 19:20 - Do I have a fast metabolism? 25:50 - Can I increase my metabolic rate? 26:35 - How can I increase my metabolic rate right away? Mentioned on the Show: Try Phoenix risk-free today! Go to buylegion.com/phoenix and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    The Best of Muscle For Life: Supersets & Dropsets, Ways to Build Muscle Faster, and Work-Life Balance

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 29:18

    Some people—my favorite people—listen to most or even all of my podcasts, but my wizbang analytics tell me that while many listeners tune in on a regular basis, they don't catch every installment of Muscle for Life and thus miss out on insights that could help them do at least a little better inside and outside the gym. That's why I do “best of” episodes that contain a few of the most practical and compelling ideas, tips, and moments from the more popular episodes I've published over the years. This way, you can learn interesting insights that you might have otherwise missed and find new episodes of the show to listen to. So, in this installment of The Best of Muscle for Life, you'll be hearing hand-picked morsels from three episodes: Eric Helms on Supersets, Dropsets, Forced Reps, and More! (Originally published 7/5/2019) The Top 5 Proven Ways to Build Muscle Faster (Originally published 1/11/2018) Motivation Monday: The Great “Work-Life Balance” Dilemma (Originally published 4/2/2018) And we'll be starting with number one, Eric Helms on supersets, dropsets, forced reps, and more. Timestamps: 0:00 - Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points 3:33 - Eric Helms on Supersets, Dropsets, Forced Reps, and More! 14:07 - The Top 5 Proven Ways to Build Muscle Faster 20:59 - Motivation Monday: The Great “Work-Life Balance” Dilemma Mentioned on the Show: Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points

    Chris Kresser on the Nutritional Value of Organ Meats

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 72:23

    If you've paid any attention to what's trending in the fitness space these days, you may have come across organ meats. Eating liver, kidneys, and heart seems to be on the uptrend in general, and is all the rage in certain corners of the internet. Claims about organ meats can vary wildly. Some people say organ meats are reservoirs of toxins and shouldn't be consumed at all, while others claim you can not only survive by eating only organ meats, but actually enhance your health. Yes, if you hate veggies, you can make up for it by eating enough of the right organ meats, proponents claim. If you're like me, you probably don't eat any organ meats, and opt for more appetizing fare like chicken breast or steak. So what's the real story here? Should we be incorporating organ meats into our diet? What value do they provide, how much of a difference can they make, and can we get those nutrients from more “normal” foods instead? To chat about this subject, I invited Chris Kresser back onto the podcast. In case you aren't familiar with Chris, he's one of the most well-known names in the world of Functional Medicine, a New York Times bestselling author, and the host of the popular Revolution Health Radio. I last had him on the show to talk about The Game Changers film, and I knew he would be a good guest this time around to talk about the nutritional value of organ meats. So, if you want to learn about what makes organ meats healthy, how you can incorporate them easily into your diet (and whether you should or need to), give this podcast a spin! Timestamps: 0:00 - Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points 12:27 - How big of a difference does it make to include organ meats in your diet? 15:54 - Can you reach vitamin A sufficiency through carotenoids? 18:17 - Can you get too much retinol? 19:26 - An easy way to eat liver 25:55 - Are there other ways to get the nutrients from organ meats? 28:48 - Choline 29:12 - Folate 29:44 - Legumes 29:57 - Vitamin B12 30:39 - Vitamin K2 35:36 - What are your thoughts about taking a well-formulated multivitamin versus trying to get all the key nutrients through food? 37:33 - Bone broth 40:03 - What do you think about plant avoidance? 58:45 - Where can people find you and your work? Mentioned on the Show: Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points Chris Kresser's website: https://chriskresser.com/

    Do Calf Genetics Matter More than Training?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 21:57

    In this episode, I'm talking about calf training and answering a question I often get about calf genetics. How much can genetics get in the way of calf development? This matters to me because I've always had small calves, and it's a trait I seem to have inherited from my dad. Does that mean that no amount of calf raises will save my spindly lower legs, though? More and more research is coming out that calls the calf genetics theory into question. Tune in the learn more! Timestamps: 0:00 - Order my new fitness book Muscle For Life here: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 5:52 - Can you train your calves? 11:22 - What is the proper rep range and volume to optimize calf development? 14:25 - How do you find your best rep range? 16:43 - How do you grow your calves faster? Mentioned on the Show: Order my new fitness book Muscle For Life here: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    Q&A: Training With Little Sleep, Workout Order, Pulling Grip Positions, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 27:06

    This podcast is a Q&A, but it's a bit different from the kind you'll typically find here on Muscle For Life. In my usual Q&A episodes, I take a question from email or Instagram and then fully answer it in an episode of the podcast every week. However, over on Instagram, I've started doing weekly Q&As in the stories, and it occurred to me that many podcast listeners might enjoy hearing these questions and my short answers. So, instead of talking about one thing in an episode, I'm going to cover a variety of questions. And keep in mind some of these questions are just for fun. :) So if you want to ask me questions in my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness), and if I answer your question there, it might just make it onto an episode of the podcast! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don't like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 2:53 - My partner just had a baby and I'm getting 3 hours of sleep a day. Should I deload for a few weeks? 4:11 - Does amending the order of your split majorly affect progress? 6:47 - Do you own NFTs? What's your take on them? 7:14 - Do you drink alcohol or smoke weed? 8:00 - Do you spend much time on mobility outside of weight training? 8:42 - How to get Yuge thicc boi veins? My veins look like angel hair pasta. 9:10 - What's your favorite Pulse flavor? 9:31 - Is it effective to alternate push/pull exercises in super sets to save recovery and total workout time? 10:46 - How do you personally de-stress after a rough day besides working out? 12:30 - What was the last video game you played/enjoyed? 13:12 - What are the 3 best movements to do when traveling with no gym access for equipment? 13:50 - Why do you change between different types of pull ups in your workouts? 16:12 - What should my RPE be before moving up in weight? 19:28 - Post and pre meal for cardio? 19:57 - What's your favorite soup? 20:54 - What keeps you disciplined to keep prioritizing your physical health? 21:37 - Do you have any good baked oatmeal recipes? 22:11 - Any insight as to why sumo deadlifts anger my lower back vs conventional? 23:11 - By the time it's 5pm and gym time on bad work days I want chocolate and my blanket. Wtd? 23:34 - How to deal with rejection? 24:47 - Will specific muscles stop growing when they hit a certain size? Ie quads etc. Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    Alex Banayan on Unlocking the “Third Door” to Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 67:06

    This episode of the podcast is a bit different. That's because in this podcast, I chat with Alex Banayan about his book The Third Door, the journey he went on in the process of writing it, and what he learned along the way. We'll get into the details in the interview, but Alex went on a seven-year quest to interview some of the world's brightest, most successful people in order to learn how they broke through in their respective fields. It all started with the common existential crisis of “what do I want to do with my life” and his research led him down a road filled with life-changing interviews with Bill Gates, Quincy Jones, Steve Wozniak, Lady Gaga, Warren Buffett, Maya Angelou, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall, Larry King, and more (and some wild stories). Now if you're wondering why I thought this was worthy of a podcast, many of my followers are entrepreneurs, people who want to succeed more in their careers, or people who want to improve themselves in general. So while this interview isn't directly fitness-related, I think you'll find it interesting and useful. In our discussion, Alex and I talk about . . . How he “hacked” The Price Is Right to raise funds for his book idea How he managed to secure big-time interviews The mindset commonalities he found among famous, successful people The difference between fearlessness and courage Social media and the importance and relativity of money And more . . . If you're not familiar with Alex, The Third Door has made him the youngest bestselling business author in American history, and the book is a number one international bestseller. He's been named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list and Business Insider's “Most Powerful People Under 30,” and been featured in Fortune, CNBC, Businessweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News. So if you want to hear some of Alex's wild stories from his journey and what he learned on his quest to study success, definitely check out this interview! Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 7:07 - What is the premise of the book? 13:01 - How Alex hacked The Price Is Right 15:21 - How did you get interviews with famous people? 17:16 - How successful people treat business 20:14 - The difference between fearlessness and courage 26:12 - What have you found fulfilling and is there anything you thought would be fulfilling that hasn't been? 31:50 - What you think you want and what you really want may not be the same 42:45 - Who is the third door for? 44:05 - Dealing with setbacks 51:48 - The opposite of success isn't failure 53:32 - What types of mistakes are acceptable to you? Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ The Third Door: https://www.amazon.com/Third-Door-Uncover-Successful-Launched/dp/0804136661/?tag=mflweb-20 Alex Banayan's website: https://thirddoorbook.com/ Alex's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexbanayan/

    How Does Cooking Change the Nutritional Value of Food?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 16:44

    This podcast was inspired by a question from one of my followers on Instagram: “does the nutritional value of food change based on how it's cooked?” For example, you may have heard that boiled or steamed vegetables leak nutrients out into the water. Or you may have heard that roasting food can actually boost nutrient absorption. So, do you need to consider cooking methods when meal prepping? How can you make food as nutritious as it can possibly be? Are there any other considerations in terms of how to cook your food? Listen to this podcast to find out! --- Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 4:46 - How does cooking affect food? 5:32 - Cooking with water 6:11 - What about grilling and broiling? 9:09 - Grilling tips 9:46 - Microwaving 11:24 - Baking and roasting 11:52 - Sauteing and stir frying 12:11 - Frying 14:04 - Key takeaways --- Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    The 5 Commandments of Successful Strength Training

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 37:01

    In this podcast, I'm sharing an excerpt from the audiobook version of my new book, Muscle For Life, which is releasing January 11th. Muscle For Life is currently on pre-order, and if you go to www.muscleforlifebook.com, you can learn about the big book launch bonanza that's underway, where you can enter to win over $13,000 of awesome stuff. In this episode, I'm sharing chapter 10, which is all about strength training. You'll learn why you should incorporate strength training into your fitness regimen and how to do it right. Let's get to it! Audio excerpt courtesy of Simon & Schuster Audio from MUSCLE FOR LIFE by Michael Matthews, read by Chris Henry Coffey with the author. Copyright © 2022 by Waterbury Publications, Inc. Used with permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 3:01 - Chapter 10, The 5 Commandments of Successful Strength Training Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    A Beginner's Guide to Flexible Dieting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 43:13

    In this podcast, I'm sharing an excerpt from the audiobook version of my new book, Muscle For Life, which is releasing January 11th. Muscle For Life is currently on pre-order, and if you go to www.muscleforlifebook.com, you can learn about the big book launch bonanza that's underway, where you can enter to win over $13,000 of awesome stuff. In this episode, I'm sharing chapter 7, which is the ultimate beginner's guide to flexible dieting. It teaches you how to determine how many calories to eat based on your goals, how to turn those calories into macros for improving your body composition, and how to make meal plans (without using a scale!). Let's get to it! Audio excerpt courtesy of Simon & Schuster Audio from MUSCLE FOR LIFE by Michael Matthews, read by Chris Henry Coffey with the author. Copyright © 2022 by Waterbury Publications, Inc. Used with permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 3:07 - Chapter 7, Welcome to the Easiest Diet in the World Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    The Art of Mastering the “Inner Game” of Fitness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 46:58

    In this podcast, I'm sharing an excerpt from the audiobook version of my new book, Muscle For Life, which is releasing January 11th. Muscle For Life is currently on pre-order, and if you go to www.muscleforlifebook.com, you can learn about the big book launch bonanza that's underway, where you can enter to win over $13,000 of awesome stuff. In this episode, I'm sharing chapter 5, which is all about mastering the “inner game” of fitness, and I'll explain what I mean by that and then get into the details. You'll learn how to hack your habits, willpower, and mindset so your fitness regimen feels like it's on autopilot. Let's get to it! Audio excerpt courtesy of Simon & Schuster Audio from MUSCLE FOR LIFE by Michael Matthews, read by Chris Henry Coffey with the author. Copyright © 2022 by Waterbury Publications, Inc. Used with permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 2:30 - Chapter 5, How to Master the “Inner Game” of Fitness Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    Says You! Artificial Sweeteners Aren't Unhealthy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 26:58

    I've written and recorded a lot of evidence-based content over the years on just about everything you can imagine related to building muscle, losing fat, and getting healthy. I've also worked with thousands of men and women of all ages and circumstances and helped them get into the best shape of their lives. That doesn't mean you should blindly swallow everything I say, though, because let's face it—nobody is always right about everything. And especially in fields like diet and exercise, which are constantly evolving thanks to the efforts of honest and hardworking researchers and thought leaders. This is why I'm always happy to hear from people who disagree with me, especially when they have good arguments and evidence to back up their assertions. Sometimes I can't get on board with their positions, but sometimes I end up learning something, and either way, I always appreciate the discussion. That gave me the idea for this series of podcast episodes: publicly addressing things people disagree with me on and sharing my perspective. Think of it like a spicier version of a Q&A. So, here's what I'm doing: Every couple of weeks, I'm asking my Instagram followers what they disagree with me on, and then picking the more common or interesting contentions to address here on the podcast. And in this episode, I'll be tackling the following . . . You say artificial sweeteners are potentially harmful and cite animal research. How does that apply to humans? Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 7:16 - Can artificial sweeteners be harmful to your health? 8:04 - What are some of the claims about artificial sweeteners? 14:41 - What about artificial sweeteners and cancer? 15:07 - Artificial sweeteners and headaches 15:50 - Artificial sweeteners and seizures 16:11 - Artificial sweeteners and gut health 23:22 - Conclusion 24:23 - Natural sweeteners Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $13,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    Menno Henselmans on the Science of Sticking to Your Diet

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 58:16

    In this podcast, I chat with Menno Henselmans again in what's meant as a part two to our last podcast on the science of self-control and willpower. This time, we're specifically talking about willpower as it relates to diet. The episode is chock-full of practical tips for improving your diet adherence, which can help you lose fat faster and more easily. This is something Menno is an expert on because he recently released a book called The Science of Self-Control, which is an evidence-based look at willpower that references over 500 scientific papers and distills it all down to actionable tips you can implement now. Menno's book is designed to help anyone boost their self-control so that they can better stick to a diet, work smarter (not harder), and simply put, be the best version of themselves. And this time, we're focusing solely on the dietary part of the book. In this interview, Menno explains why dieting is inherently difficult, ways to make it easier, how macronutrient composition, meal timing, and consistency can help (or hurt) adherence, cravings, the difference between satisfaction and satiety, tips for eating out and going off-plan, and a whole lot more. Menno has been a repeat guest on my podcast, but in case you're not familiar with him, he's a former business consultant turned international public speaker, educator, writer, published scientist, and physique coach who's passionate about helping serious athletes attain their ideal physiques. So if you want to learn evidence-based tips to better stick to your diet, definitely check out this interview! Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 8:05 - Why is dieting difficult? 16:47 - Why do you only eat "healthy" foods with no junk? 19:15 - When do you feel a difference from your diet? 21:50 - What can we do to make dieting easier? 24:29 - Consistency is more important than "optimal" 26:05 - What are the key aspects of consistency that matter most? 27:19 - Are you always getting healthier when you get leaner? Is 15% body fat healthier than 10%? 29:59 - Does macronutrient composition matter in dieting? 32:45 - Why "if it fits your macros" with junk food isn't sustainable 35:27 - Can you satiate a craving? 38:40 - The order you eat foods has a significant effect on adherence 39:41 - Meal satisfaction 43:43 - Meal timing 44:37 - Tips for eating out 45:50 - Why you shouldn't save up calories by starving yourself before you go out to eat 48:53 - The satiety sweetspot 49:17 - The difference between craving pleasure (satisfaction) and satiety 52:15 - What should you do if you overeat one day? 56:14 - Where can people find your book on self-control and your other work? Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ Menno's new book: The Science of Self-Control - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0991FG9SC/?tag=mflweb-20 Menno's website: https://mennohenselmans.com/

    How Do Hormones Affect Body Composition (and Especially as You Age)?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 26:07

    This podcast is about hormones and aging, and specifically, how much hormones affect body composition as you get older. In it, I'll go through the most important hormones as they relate to body composition, how they change as we get older, and what we can do to maintain optimal hormone profiles relevant to our age. There's no question that we can't maintain as optimal a hormone profile at 45 as we can at 25, but as you'll learn here, we can still maintain good enough hormones to gain muscle, lose fat, stay lean and fit, and feel great. The idea that our hormones crate as we get older and make it impossible to get and stay fit is very discouraging to many people. The good news is that's mostly untrue. If we're willing to do a few things consistently and do them well, we can keep our hormones in very healthy and effective ranges. Listen to this podcast to learn about hormones and how they affect body composition, especially as we age. Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 5:08 - These hormones most affect body composition 5:53 - How do these hormones affect body comp? 6:37 - Leptin 7:01 - Ghrelin 8:27 - Testosterone and estrogen 12:01 - Hormones do negatively affect body composition as we get older if we don't do anything to mitigate the changes 12:31 - How do we prevent our hormones from affecting us negatively? 13:46 - Leptin 14:20 - Ghrelin 14:54 - Growth hormone 16:05 - What effect does training have? 16:40 - Testosterone 17:57 - Do you need high levels of testosterone to get and stay in great shape? 20:01 - Estrogen Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    A Very Uncanny Holiday Message for You

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 10:17

    I hope this podcast finds you in a mesmerizing holiday haze of holly jolly hearth and home, because here's the deal with the winter festivities: They were a tough row to hoe in the Before Times and are even more so in these Quacky Quarantimes. There's shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, decorating, entertaining, eating, imbibing, friends you never see, family you've never liked, and a gimlet-eyed elf monitoring every minute and reporting every move to a schizoid list-making demi-god living on the frozen nipple of the globe with battalions of undying eldritch-gnomes and bionic beast-deer. Press play to hear more (plus, a psycho-delicious cookie recipe!). Timestamps: 0:00 - A holiday message 5:39 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    Easy Fitness Wins You Can Score This Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 68:23

    In this podcast, I'm sharing my appearance on The Pat Flynn Show, in which I discussed easy fitness wins. These are simple changes you can make right now to start establishing a healthy lifestyle that you can stick to long-term. Many people try to jump straight into the deep end when they try to get fit and healthy. Grueling workouts with no days off, and extreme diets that deprive you of your favorite foods and leave you hungry and tired. The “all-in” method can work for some, but most people do better with the tiny-habit approach. That is, fostering small behavioral changes that you sustain and build on over time. So in this episode, I share some easy, simple changes you can make that can help build momentum and overcome the inertia that pulls you toward staying sedentary and unfit. Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 21:14 - Walking 29:24 - What's my motivation? 34:33 - Be flexible with your programming 39:59 - Perfection isn't necessary 42:26 - An easy diet win 45:43 - Food journal 47:10 - Replacing soda and sugar-sweetened beverages 49:48 - Increase your protein 52:43 - New book Muscle For Life Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    Flint McGlaughlin on the Philosophy of Marketing

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 82:10

    In this podcast, I talk with Dr. Flint McGlaughlin about marketing, which is something he knows quite a bit about. In fact, I've known about Flint and followed his work for over a decade now, so this was a treat for me. In case you're not familiar with him, Flint is an academic and business leader who served as the Director of Enterprise Research for Transforming Business at the University of Cambridge (UK) and is the founder of the MECLABS Institute, a marketing research institute dedicated to figuring out how people make choices and what influences those choices. Not only has Flint written and edited hundreds of articles and texts and won multiple awards, but he's patented ten offer conversion-related heuristics, conducted large-scale research projects in partnership with companies like The New York Times, Google, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Royal Bank of Canada, and has lectured at conferences and universities around the world, including New York University, Columbia University, Oxford University. He has also delivered keynote addresses for companies such as Cisco Systems Inc., Microsoft, and Google. To put it mildly, this guy knows his stuff, and as you'll hear in the interview, he's also an extremely interesting guy. In our conversation, he talks about . . . The concept of "metanoia" or changing one's mind Individuation and becoming who you really are How marketing is the essence of entrepreneurship Why the skill of marketing should be your priority if you want to go into business The blinding power of self-interest And a lot more . . . We also talk about his book, The Marketer as Philosopher, which condenses his findings from 25 years of investigating why people make certain choices and take action. I read the book before the interview, and I really enjoyed it. In fact, it was one of the more enlightening marketing books I've ever read, and I've read quite a few. So if you're interested in marketing or business, you definitely don't want to miss this interview. --- Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 10:16 - Marketing and NFTs 13:02 - Instead of obsessing over doing the thing right, you have to do the right things 15:00 - Concept of individuation 18:41 - First principles approach 20:35 - What is a value proposition? 25:11 - Truth, beaty, and goodness are identical 26:09 - How do you spot “good”? 27:48 - What does “thriving” mean? 32:41 - How do you examine decision making and influence? 40:26 - What are the most destructive common entanglements? 53:45 - Your life is a message and you're the messenger 56:06 - People judge the person and whether they trust them in order to decide if they want the product 56:45 - What is the initial offering that creates trust? 1:00:04 - What is a brand? 1:02:29 - What do you mean by “individuation”? 1:17:34 - Why do you have to experience a conversion and be customer-centric to convince others in your marketing? --- Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ MECLABS Institute: https://meclabs.com/ The Marketer as Philosopher Book: https://map.flintmcglaughlin.com/

    Are Peptides a Safe and Effective Alternative to Steroids?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 22:35

    I've churned through over 150,000 emails, social media comments and messages, and blog comments in the last 6 years. And that means I've fielded a ton of questions. As you can imagine, some questions pop up more often than others, and I thought it might be helpful to take a little time every month to choose a few and record and share my answers. So, in this round, I answer the following question: Are peptides a safe and effective alternative to steroids? If you have a question you'd like me to answer, leave a comment below or if you want a faster response, send an email to mike@muscleforlife.com. Timestamps 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 5:26 - What are peptides? 7:16 - Why are peptides popular among bodybuilders? 9:07 - How effective are peptides at increasing HGH production? 11:56 - The biggest problem with peptides 12:25 - Are peptides safe? What are the side effects and long-term consequences? 13:21 - Are peptides effective and safe? 18:39 - How long do you have to use peptides? Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    Q&A: Mentzer-Style Training, Protein on Rest Days, Feet Up On Bench Press, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 32:53

    This podcast is a Q&A, but it's a bit different from the kind you'll typically find here on Muscle For Life. In my usual Q&A episodes, I take a question from email or Instagram and then fully answer it in an episode of the podcast every week. However, over on Instagram, I've started doing weekly Q&As in the stories, and it occurred to me that many podcast listeners might enjoy hearing these questions and my short answers. So, instead of talking about one thing in an episode, I'm going to cover a variety of questions. And keep in mind some of these questions are just for fun. :) So if you want to ask me questions in my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness), and if I answer your question there, it might just make it onto an episode of the podcast! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don't like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 5:25 - Can you do video tutorials of all the exercises in your books? 6:39 - Does No Nut November really have benefits? 7:08 - Favorite cereal? 7:37 - Is yohimbine worth taking if you're over 10% body fat? 8:40 - How does CrossFit build good physiques with high volumes but no progressive overload? 12:36 - Would you rather get a cough or Bell's palsy? 13:24 - Opinion on Mentzer-style training? 18:07 - Thoughts on olympic weightlifting to build muscle? 19:09 - Would you consider steering Legion into politics? 19:38 - Should you eat the same amount of protein on non-training days? 20:07 - How do you know if you've reached your genetic potential? 21:29 - Is 1.5 g per lb of lean mass too much or is that more effective while in a surplus? 22:16 - Microgreens: magic or overrated? 22:46 - Is a temporary decrease in strength after a deload normal? 23:14 - Heavy pressing is crushing my shoulder joint health. What should I do? 24:23 - Remedies for burnout and losing motivation to eat while in a surplus? 25:11 - Have you been in modeling? 25:40 - Thoughts on MCT oil supplementation? 26:23 - Are the unvaccinated going to be the survivors of a new world or will they die in jail? 29:28 - Why do people bench press with their legs on the bench? 30:12 - BCAAs are still the top supplement recommendation by PTs. Why is that? 31:32 - What is your carbon footprint? Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    Michael Easter on the Power of Embracing Discomfort

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 49:51

    Are we too comfortable? Do we complain too much? Modern life is filled with modern conveniences that are engineered to make life easier and more enjoyable. But what if these contemporary comforts masquerading as a panacea of pleasure are really a double-edged sword? What have we lost in the process of gaining comfort? Is there value in choosing to be uncomfortable and adding discomfort to our lives? What are the benefits? These are questions Michael Easter addresses in his book The Comfort Crisis, and in this interview. As he'll explain in the podcast, he's traveled all around the world and interviewed an interesting cast to learn why you should inject challenge into your life and not get too comfortable. In case you're not familiar with Michael Easter, he's not only an author, but a contributing editor at Men's Health magazine, columnist for Outside magazine, and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His work can be found in Men's Journal, New York, Vice, Scientific American, and Esquire. So if you're interested in hearing why Michael Easter chose to spend a month in the Arctic, what he gained from the experience, and how you can include more discomfort in your own life, you don't want to miss this podcast! Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 6:20 - What is the "comfort crisis"? 7:31 - How does too much comfort harm us individually and collectively? 10:06 - Should we make things harder for ourselves? 11:15 - How do you introduce "productive discomfort" into your life? 15:22 - Boredom increases creativity. 18:27 - The effects of solitude. 19:57 - Did you learn something about yourself by being alone in the arctic? 22:46 - How much comfort is appropriate? 28:15 - Is it wrong to "savor" life? 33:57 - How long have the benefits stuck with you? 35:47 - What is misogi? 47:16 - Where can people find your work? Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ The Comfort Crisis: https://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Crisis-Embrace-Discomfort-Reclaim/dp/0593138767/?tag=mflweb-20 Michael Easter's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michael_easter/ Michael Easter's website: https://eastermichael.com/

    GENTLE FITNESS ADVICE

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 10:24

    So much fitness advice is framed like this: FACT CHECK LOSER. IF YOU CAN'T WAKE UP AT 3 AM AND DEADLIFT DOUBLE YOUR BODY WEIGHT FOR DOUBLES IN YOUR DRIVEWAY IN THE DEAD OF WINTER, UNFOLLOW ME ALREADY BECAUSE YOU'LL ALWAYS BE WEAK, FAT, AND PATHETIC. LGBFJBLFG!!!!!! I've shared plenty of tough love myself. Make excuses or make it go, “secrets” never work unless you work for them, train hard even when the motivation carcass is being picked by crows, whatever. Here, however, I want to talk to you in gentler tones about fitness. Why? Although fitness requires work and effort and sometimes feels like a stormy love affair that you just can't quit, too much lectern-pounding bust-your-assery can hold you back and even burn you out. The key is balance, in knowing when to steam and when to stroll, when to brace up and bear down and when to back off and breathe. Go, go, go versus slow, slow, slow. And that balance is often hard to find in the fitness racket. Everywhere you turn there's another hard-faced hardo bellowing about cooking up the suck and injecting it into your veins so you can earn the aftermath one sweat brick at a time. So, with grumpy mugs and slash-and-burn sermons in more-than-ample supply these days, I want to offer a counterpoint—a few gentle fitness reminders that acknowledge that sometimes you need to growl and gut it out, and sometimes you need to grin and give more leash. Press play to hear my advice! Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 3:18 - Intro 5:34 - Train at your own pace. 5:54 - It's okay to feel like you don't know what you're doing. 6:13 - There is no one way to get fit. 6:32 - Even a little can go a long way. 6:50 - Sometimes you have to drag your draggy body through a spate of not-great workouts before you have a great one again. 7:08 - Some days are easier, and some are harder. 7:24 - Whether it's your first year or fourteenth, workouts will feel awful sometimes. 7:39 - You don't have to hit a PR to have a fitness win. 7:56 - Comparing yourself to others is a sure way to feel lousy. 8:20 - Unswerving faith in the process isn't essential to performing the process. 8:41 - Whatever works for you is valid. 9:03 - Your motivation is an ocean. Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    The Best of Muscle For Life: Genetics & Muscle Gain, Making Better Meal Plans, and Meditations on Mastery

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 29:32

    Some people—my favorite people—listen to most or even all of my podcasts, but my wizbang analytics tell me that while many listeners tune in on a regular basis, they don't catch every installment of Muscle for Life and thus miss out on insights that could help them do at least a little better inside and outside the gym. That's why I do “best of” episodes that contain a few of the most practical and compelling ideas, tips, and moments from the more popular episodes I've published over the years. This way, you can learn interesting insights that you might have otherwise missed and find new episodes of the show to listen to. So, in this installment of The Best of Muscle for Life, you'll be hearing hand-picked morsels from three episodes: Menno Henselmans on How Genetics Influence Muscle Building (Originally published 1/21/2017) How to Make Meal Plans That Work For Any Diet (Originally published 5/29/2019) My Top 5 Takeaways from Mastery by Robert Greene (Originally published 9/15/2017) And we'll be starting with number one, Menno Henselmans on how genetics influence muscle building. Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 4:16 - Menno Henselman on How Genetics Influence Muscle Building 13:57 - How to Make Meal Plans That Work For Any Diet 23:13 - My Top 5 Takeaways from Mastery by Robert Greene Mentioned on the Show: Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/

    Danny Matranga on “Convincing” Friends and Family to Get Fit

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 67:15

    Almost everyone knows someone who is unfit and lives an unhealthy lifestyle. In fact, chances are good that someone you care about or even a family member fits this description, whether they're overweight, obese, a heavy drinker, smoker, or completely sedentary. So, it's not too surprising that I'm often asked by people who have started their fitness journeys and seen the benefits of getting healthier, “how can I convince my friend/dad/wife/cousin to lose weight, start working out, or get fit?” Of course, we all want our loved ones to live long, healthy lives. But avoiding disease, dysfunction, and an early death aren't enough. We want to see our closest friends and family thrive and live out the best version of themselves. And this is what I'm talking about on this podcast with Danny Matranga. We discuss the first step to helping someone else get fit, habit stacking, the importance of not giving “blanket” fitness advice, why you should be positive rather than critical, and a lot more. In case you're not familiar with Danny, he's a coach and owner of Core Coaching Method, an educator, and the host of his own podcast called Dynamic Dialogue. Danny knows all about not only helping people get fit, but making that process enjoyable, which is why he's a great guest to talk about the best ways to encourage others to adopt healthier habits. So, if you've ever wanted to “convince” someone you care about to start working out, start dieting, lose weight, go to the gym with you, or just exercise enough to not be sedentary, you don't want to miss this podcast! Timestamps: 0:00 - Pre-order my new fitness book now for a chance to win over $12,000 in splendid swag: https://www.muscleforlifebook.com/ 8:04 - How do you "convince" someone to start working out, diet, or live a healthier lifestyle? 9:16 - How many people are obese? 11:52 - What are the government recommendations for how much to move? 17:12 - What's the first step of encouraging someone to get started? 20:26 - What is habit stacking? 24:02 - Why you should be positive and encouraging rather than criticizing. 27:09 - Why you can't give the same advice to everyone. 35:44 - How has social media affected expectations of how much work it takes to get fit and healthier? 43:07 - What about people who aren't ready to make any changes yet? 48:09 - What about people with physical limitations or accessibility issues? 48:56 - Is a TRX useful? 1:01:28 - The formula for "convincing" others to get fit. 1:05:24 - Where can people find you and your work? Mentioned on the Show: Danny Matranga's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danny.matranga/ Dynamic Dialogue Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/911641 My New Book Muscle For Life: https://muscleforlifebook.com/

    Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) For You?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 38:28

    In this podcast, I'm going to give an in-depth answer to a question I've been getting asked more and more frequently over the last 6 months: what's my take on testosterone replacement therapy? When should you use TRT? Why would you start TRT? Is it safe? What are the benefits and what are the risks? One of the reasons I've been getting asked about TRT more often is that it's getting more popular. So in this podcast, I'm going to talk about what TRT is, when is it clearly indicated, when is it less appropriate, and what you should consider if you're thinking about starting (or have just started) TRT. If you've ever wondered what TRT is or whether you should consider starting it, you don't want to miss this podcast! Timestamps: 4:46 - What is TRT? 5:31 - When is TRT given to men? 7:41 - Why do people take TRT? 9:11 - What effect does TRT have on testosterone levels and what are the benefits of TRT? 12:51 - What are the risks of TRT? 19:02 - What's my recommendation regarding TRT? 24:53 - How do you increase testosterone naturally? Mentioned on the Show: My New Book Muscle For Life: https://muscleforlifebook.com/

    Q&A: Sunbeds, Stomach Vacuums, Fasting and Keto, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 23:16

    This podcast is a Q&A, but it's a bit different from the kind you'll typically find here on Muscle For Life. In my usual Q&A episodes, I take a question from email or Instagram and then fully answer it in an episode of the podcast every week. However, over on Instagram, I've started doing weekly Q&As in the stories, and it occurred to me that many podcast listeners might enjoy hearing these questions and my short answers. So, instead of talking about one thing in an episode, I'm going to cover a variety of questions. And keep in mind some of these questions are just for fun. :) So if you want to ask me questions in my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness), and if I answer your question there, it might just make it onto an episode of the podcast! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don't like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps 3:40 - Are explosive reps better for glute growth than normal or slower tempos? 6:23 - What is the most effective sales communication that resonates with me? 7:34 - Do you think there will be an economic collapse? 8:39 - How to naturally boost your testosterone 9:33 - Would you ever use a sun bed? 10:03 - Getting started seems hard 10:50 - Are you getting easier or cheaper distribution to the UK any time soon? 11:34 - How do you get rid of love handles? 12:39 - Does foam rolling help recovery? 13:45 - When shit hits the fan in the US, where are you going? 14:06 - Does masturbating stunt gains? 14:55 - Best mobility exercises 15:37 - Have you always had the same political views as now? 16:39 - Is fasting or keto beneficial for longevity? 18:31 - What exercises should be avoided with disc herniation? 19:12 - Have you ever shit yourself while squatting? 19:35 - How many 6 year olds could you beat in a fight? 20:40 - Do stomach vacuums flatten your belly? 20:59 - Is a Fitbit a good method of estimating your total daily energy expenditure? Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    Khaled Kteily on Improving Male Fertility

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 55:12

    This podcast is all about sperm. That's because I'm talking with Khaled Kteily about male fertility. The reason I thought this would make a good topic is it's an aspect of health I haven't really touched on before and male fertility isn't something many people talk about. And what better person to speak about male fertility than the CEO of Legacy, a Harvard-backed company that offers at-home sperm testing, cryostorage (freezing your little swimmers for future use), and educational resources to help men understand and protect their fertility. In this episode, Khaled and I chat about how fertility is changing (and possible reasons why male fertility is on the decline), why it matters, what you can do to improve your fertility, how family planning is changing, what conception might look like in the future, and more. And even if you've already had kids (like me) or don't plan on having kids, this podcast is worth a listen because you probably know someone who is trying to have kids or wants to have kids in the future. Not only is your fertility an important biomarker for overall health, but considering how common fertility problems are these days, it could be affecting someone you care about. So, if you want to learn all about male fertility and whether you should consider testing and freezing your sperm, definitely check out this podcast! Timestamps: 12:46 - How and why are thoughts about fertility changing? 16:17 - How is fertility measured? 17:49 - What factors are causing a decrease in male fertility? 22:45 - Do cell phones and radiation affect our sperm? 26:05 - How can people reduce exposure to harmful chemicals? 27:50 - What can you do to make your body more resilient to negative effects? 30:14 - What role does meat eating play in fertility? 31:38 - Family planning 38:21 - Does using younger eggs and sperm reduce the chances of things going wrong? 41:35 - What's the ideal age to test and freeze your sperm? 42:26 - Are there risks associated with IVF? 43:53 - Why do you think IVF will be preferred? 52:27 - Where can people find you online? 53:33 - Should you test your sperm even if you're not going to freeze your sperm? Mentioned on the Show: Legacy: https://givelegacy.com/ Legacy's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/givelegacyinc Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    Is Turkesterone a Safe and Effective “Natural Steroid”?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 18:47

    I've churned through over 150,000 emails, social media comments and messages, and blog comments in the last 6 years. And that means I've fielded a ton of questions. As you can imagine, some questions pop up more often than others, and I thought it might be helpful to take a little time every month to choose a few and record and share my answers. So, in this round, I answer the following question: Does turkesterone safely and effectively boost muscle growth? If you have a question you'd like me to answer, leave a comment below or if you want a faster response, send an email to mike@muscleforlife.com. Timestamps 3:31 - What is turkesterone? 5:26 - What do companies selling turkesterone claim? 7:16 - What does human research say about ecdysteroids? 11:10 - How might these ecdysteroids work in the body? 12:41 - Are ecdysterone supplement labels accurate? 14:26 - What's my position on turkesterone? Mentioned on the Show: BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com

    Says You! Sugar Is Actually Addictive

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 24:45

    I've written and recorded a lot of evidence-based content over the years on just about everything you can imagine related to building muscle, losing fat, and getting healthy. I've also worked with thousands of men and women of all ages and circumstances and helped them get into the best shape of their lives. That doesn't mean you should blindly swallow everything I say, though, because let's face it—nobody is always right about everything. And especially in fields like diet and exercise, which are constantly evolving thanks to the efforts of honest and hardworking researchers and thought leaders. This is why I'm always happy to hear from people who disagree with me, especially when they have good arguments and evidence to back up their assertions. Sometimes I can't get on board with their positions, but sometimes I end up learning something, and either way, I always appreciate the discussion. That gave me the idea for this series of podcast episodes: publicly addressing things people disagree with me on and sharing my perspective. Think of it like a spicier version of a Q&A. So, here's what I'm doing: Every couple of weeks, I'm asking my Instagram followers what they disagree with me on, and then picking the more common or interesting contentions to address here on the podcast. And in this episode, I'll be tackling the following . . . Sugar is addictive in the same way that hard drugs like cocaine and heroin are. Timestamps: 5:11 - What do people mean when they say they're "addicted" to sugar? 6:48 - What is the argument for sugar addiction? 8:11 - What do scientific studies say about sugar addiction? 12:57 - Do rats show signs of withdrawal from sugar? 14:25 - Does sugar cause a similar neurochemical dopamine response to drugs? 15:33 - What does human research say about sugar addiction? Mentioned on the Show: BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike

    Dr. Bill Campbell on Re-Evaluating the Science of Rapid Fat Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 65:39

    In this podcast, I chat with scientist and friend Dr. Bill Campbell about a new study on rapid fat loss that came out of his lab. In case you're not familiar with Dr. Campbell, he's a professor of Exercise Science and the Director of the Performance & Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida, who's also published more than 150 scientific papers. In other words, Dr. Campbell is busy conducting studies that test questions many of us have with answers we all want to know. His latest study on rapid fat loss is a prime example. While most of us want to strip away fat as quickly as possible, we also don't want to lose our hard-earned muscle in the process. So the question is, how aggressive should we be during a cutting phase to maximize our fat loss benefits and minimize any negative consequences of being in a deficit. And that's exactly what Dr. Campbell's latest study looked at and the results actually changed his mind about rapid fat loss. In this episode, Dr. Campbell describes the study, the results, practical tips you can implement to lose fat as quickly as possible, and what future studies on this topic might look like. So, if you want to learn about the latest research on losing fat fast without shriveling into an atrophied raisin of your former self, don't miss this episode! Press play and let me know what you think. Timestamps: 15:28 - Why did the study you conducted change your mind about rapid fat loss? 16:21 - How big of a deficit can you go into and for how long? 17:30 - What do you consider to be an aggressive deficit? 24:15 - What were the results of the study? 29:52 - What were the effects on RMR? 32:32 - How does this compare to protein-sparing modified fasts? What is a practical use for this rapid fat loss? 40:44 - What is the constrained energy model? 47:44 - What did training look like in your study? 49:10 - How was compliance among participants? 50:17 - How did people feel on the diet? 57:47 - Where would you implement this rapid fat loss in a cutting phase? At the beginning of a fat loss phase? Near the end? 1:02:02 - Where can people find you and your work? Mentioned on the Show: Bill Campbell's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billcampbellphd/ Building Your Ultimate Body: https://cleanhealth.edu.au/shop/bill-campbell-building-your-ultimate-body/ BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/

    Q&A: Sex Before Working Out, Developing Stubborn Muscles, Pyramid Training, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 19:23

    This podcast is a Q&A, but it's a bit different from the kind you'll typically find here on Muscle For Life. In my usual Q&A episodes, I take a question from email or Instagram and then fully answer it in an episode of the podcast every week. However, over on Instagram, I've started doing weekly Q&As in the stories, and it occurred to me that many podcast listeners might enjoy hearing these questions and my short answers. So, instead of talking about one thing in an episode, I'm going to cover a variety of questions. And keep in mind some of these questions are just for fun. :) So if you want to ask me questions in my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness), and if I answer your question there, it might just make it onto an episode of the podcast! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don't like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps 3:46 - Do you train abs in BBLS? 6:06 - What do you think about pyramid sets? 7:09 - Are you living your best life? 7:41 - Tips for making healthy food while dealing with budget/inflation issues. 8:55 - Tips for genetically challenged biceps? 10:45 - Best exercise for chest without having a bench? 11:09 - Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J? 11:29 - Should diet breaks be times to coincide with deloads? 12:33 - How much cardio should be done in a deficit? 13:00 - Should I avoid sex before working out? 13:23 - Does it make sense and is it safe to take creatine all year long? 13:42 - Are higher reps better for growing smaller muscle groups? 15:51 - How are Legion supplements tested for purity? 16:30 - How to handle sweaty crotch in gym? 16:54 - What would you tell Sal Di Stefano about his 15k in book sales 17:26 - Do you still believe those not getting vaccinated are bringing us closer to the abyss? Mentioned on the Show: BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com

    Q&A: Mind-Muscle Connection, Decline Bench Press, Sarms vs. Steroids, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 14:39

    This podcast is a Q&A, but it's a bit different from the kind you'll typically find here on Muscle For Life. In my usual Q&A episodes, I take a question from email or Instagram and then fully answer it in an episode of the podcast every week. However, over on Instagram, I've started doing weekly Q&As in the stories, and it occurred to me that many podcast listeners might enjoy hearing these questions and my short answers. So, instead of talking about one thing in an episode, I'm going to cover a variety of questions. And keep in mind some of these questions are just for fun. :) So if you want to ask me questions in my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness), and if I answer your question there, it might just make it onto an episode of the podcast! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don't like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps 3:38 - Is decline bench press needed to build chest muscles? 4:46 - SARMS or steroids? Which is best? 4:58 - What're your tips for feeling the mind-muscle connection? 5:55 - Are good mornings worth programming in for legs? 6:36 - Is Mark Rippetoe a nice guy? 6:54 - If you're 50+ pounds overweight, how much protein should you eat? 7:34 - Should you weigh food raw or cooked for macro tracking? 7:46 - What is the release date for Smaller, Weaker, Sicker for Australians still under lockdown? 8:29 - How long do I need to wait after taking creatine to have caffeine or coffee? 8:51 - In Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger should you change rep range and set count while cutting? 9:17 - Prowler versus HIIT? 9:29 - Advice for people losing their jobs due to mandates? 10:11 - Advice for teens interested in business? 11:51 - Is Ashwagandha effective for relieving stress? 12:11 - How many years will it take a thin guy a body like yours? 12:44 - Do women really have to learn how to deadlift and bench press to see results from weight lifting? Mentioned on the Show: Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://buylegion.com/vip

    Kyle Hunt on Getting Started With Powerlifting

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 79:24

    In this podcast, Kyle Hunt and I discuss powerlifting. While I've written a bit about powerlifting in the past and done some powerlifting-style training myself, I wanted to get a true expert in the field onto the podcast to chat about it in a bit more detail. In case you're not familiar with Kyle, he's a competitive powerlifter, coach, author, and owner of Hunt Fitness, who's worked with hundreds of powerlifters and bodybuilders alike. He's also the host of The Absolute Strength Podcast, which I've been a guest on a couple of times, and he's appeared on Muscle For Life twice before to discuss powerbuilding and bodybuilding for beginners. Even if you don't aspire to be the world's strongest lifter and have no intention of competing at a meet, powerlifting still has something to offer. At the very least, a powerlifting training block can help add some spice to your training life and keep things interesting. In this interview, Kyle Hunt addresses common misconceptions about powerlifting, technique tweaks, what a powerlifting routine might look like, equipment recommendations, why you should consider participating in a powerlifting meet, meet strategies, and a lot more. So, if you're at all interested in trying powerlifting or just want to know more about what it is, this is a podcast you don't want to miss! Timestamps: 8:07 - Who should do powerlifting? 15:00 - Why you shouldn't always be grinding out your sets. 17:27 - What are some common misconceptions about powerlifting 24:00 - How much of a difference does technique improvement make? Should you increase frequency? 29:41 - Why are heavy singles beneficial? 33:58 - What role does confidence play in your strength and performance? 35:56 - Attempt selection strategy. 37:15 - Should you go for the heaviest lift on your third attempt? 40:31 - How can someone get started with powerlifting? 43:12 - Why should you consider doing a powerlifting meet? 45:22 - Weight class discussion. 49:12 - Should you do cardio during a powerlifting program? 57:06 - What's a good program to get started with powerlifting? 59:41 - How do you assess one powerlifting program versus another? 1:04:40 - What type of weightlifting belt do you recommend? 1:06:10 - What shoes do you recommend? 1:15:53 - Where can people find you and your work? Mentioned on the Show: Kyle's Absolute Strength podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-absolute-strength-podcast/id1146086687 Kyle's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/huntfitness/ Kyle's book Bodybuilding For Beginners: https://www.amazon.com/Bodybuilding-Beginners-12-Week-Program-Muscle/dp/1641523611/?tag=mflweb-20 Beginner's Guide to Weight Lifting: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082MSZ2XM/?tag=mflweb-20 Strength Training For Beginners: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BW24GQ8/?tag=mflweb-20 Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://buylegion.com/vip

    How “Flexible” Should You Be With Your Workouts?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 26:54

    This podcast is all about skipping workouts. When does it make more sense to skip a workout than to do a workout (or to swap the workout you were planning with another)? Sometimes you just don't feel up to a workout due to lack of sleep, stress, soreness, or something else. If you're warming up and your joints feel achy or your mind is wandering, and you feel like it's not going to be a great workout, you have two choices. You can suck it up and continue. Good enough is great, after all. Or you can do the workout on another day. Which choice is better? In other words, does it pay to be flexible with our workout programming? Will it pay off in terms of better long-term results? Listen to this podcast to find out. Timestamps: 5:26 - What is flexible programming? 15:43 - What does the science say about autoregulation? 17:50 - What are the benefits of flexible programming? 19:56 - What are the downsides of flexible programming? 21:46 - How can we make flexible programming work? 23:39 - An example of how flexible programming might look. Mentioned on the Show: My New Book Muscle For Life: https://muscleforlifebook.com/

    The Best of Muscle For Life: BCAAs, Signs of Overreaching, and Ode to the Gym

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 27:57

    Some people do make the time to listen to most or even all of my podcasts, but my wizbang analytics tell me that while many listeners tune in on a regular basis, they don't catch every installment of Muscle for Life and thus miss out on insights that could help them get a little better inside and outside the gym. And so I got an idea: how about a “best of” series of podcasts that contains a few of the most practical and compelling ideas, tips, and moments from my most popular episodes? This way, people who are new to the show can quickly determine if it's for them or not, and those who enjoy what I'm doing but don't have the time or inclination to listen to all of my stuff can still benefit from the discussions and find new episodes to listen to. So, in this installment of The Best of Muscle for Life, you'll be hearing hand-picked morsels from three episodes: What Can BCAAs Actually Do For You? (According to Science) (Originally published 7/13/2018) 8 Signs of Overtraining That Most People Don't Know (Originally published 3/15/2019) Motivation Monday: An Ode to the Gym (Originally published 6/18/2018) And we'll be starting with number one, what can BCAAs actually do for you? Timestamps: 2:47 - What Can BCAAs Actually Do For You? (According to Science) 13:44 - 8 Signs of Overtraining That Most People Don't Know 21:49 - Motivation Monday: An Ode to the Gym Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    Chanel Collette on Moving Past Body Image and Toward Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 67:58

    In this podcast, I interview Chanel Collette all about her experience transitioning from a long-time physique competitor to embracing other forms of motivation in her training, and all of the mindset shifts and body image hurdles that come with that. Most people get into strength training and bodybuilding to achieve a certain look, whether it's losing fat, building muscle, or both. I don't think there's anything wrong with training to look good, but once you have a few years of proper training under your belt, progress is so slow that it becomes unnoticeable. So how do you stay motivated and keep training fun once you're no longer seeing changes in the mirror every week, month, or even year? That's one of the topics I discuss in this podcast with Chanel. In case you're not familiar with Chanel, she's a former physique and wellness competitor who competed in various bikini shows and won Ms. Bikini Universe in 2014 and overall champion at Fitness Universe in 2016. She's also a strength and conditioning coach, currently serving as the CEO and head coach of Audacious Athletes, who has helped thousands of people (and women in particular) get stronger, not smaller. We're also glad to have her on board as a long-time Legion Athlete! In this episode, we discuss her history competing and how it led to a body image and scale weight-focused mindset, the psychology of being stage lean, how her concept of a “good physique” has changed, managing training stress, how she's made training more fun and enjoyable, and a lot more. So if you want to learn how you can move beyond an image-focused training mindset and incorporate other forms of training motivation, definitely listen to this interview! Timestamps: 8:24 - What's your history with training? Why did you start competing? 14:29 - The psychology of being stage lean. 18:39 - What has helped you deal with body image issues? 19:49 - Has your idea of a good physique or what you like to see in the mirror changed? 25:36 - What elements of your training motivate you? What do you pay attention to in terms of performance? 29:03 - What are your favorite unilateral exercises? 31:00 - Do you track reps in reserve (RIR)? 37:42 - Managing training stress. 41:07 - Now that you're no longer competing, have you changed your training in ways to make it more enjoyable? Are you doing things in the gym you wouldn't have before? 56:48 - Should you put accessory exercises near the beginning of your workout if they're not progressing? 1:04:33 - Where can people find you and your work? Mentioned on the Show: Chanel's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chanelcollette/ Chanel's website: chanelcollette.com Audacious Athletes: audaciousathletes.com Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    Q&A: TRT, Fasted Training, Vegetable Oils, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 30:34

    This podcast is a Q&A, but it's a bit different from the kind you'll typically find here on Muscle For Life. In my usual Q&A episodes, I take a question from email or Instagram and then fully answer it in an episode of the podcast every week. However, over on Instagram, I've started doing weekly Q&As in the stories, and it occurred to me that many podcast listeners might enjoy hearing these questions and my short answers. So, instead of talking about one thing in an episode, I'm going to cover a variety of questions. And keep in mind some of these questions are just for fun. :) So if you want to ask me questions in my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness), and if I answer your question there, it might just make it onto an episode of the podcast! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don't like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps 6:21 - When should you consider TRT? 12:23 - When should you start using straps for conventional deadlifts? 15:23 - Are bands and bodyweight exercises a waste of time? 16:08 - Should you change macros or calories during a deload week? 17:27 - When should you move on from BLS to Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger? 20:54 - What do you think about vegetable and seed oils? Are they unhealthy? 21:43 - How should your diet look when you're sick? 22:54 - Should you use a weightlifting belt? 23:32 - Do you trust any politician? 23:49 - What body fat should you cut and bulk at? 24:11 - Who rules the world? 24:26 - Should you work out fasted? 25:01 - What's your advice for someone hooked on cardio? 26:53 - How do you keep staying a badass? 27:02 - Which is best: occlusion training or rest-pause? 27:43 - If you can't lift heavy, can you make up for it with more volume? 27:57 - Can I workout in the evening for fat loss? 28:09 - How do you make yourself eat when you're not hungry? 28:33 - Is the hex bar just as good as the barbell for deadlifts? 28:56 - Thoughts on glycerol monostearate supplementation? Is it worth taking? Mentioned on the Show: My New Book Muscle For Life: https://muscleforlifebook.com/

    Says You! Plant Foods Aren't Essential for Optimal Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 21:28

    I've written and recorded a lot of evidence-based content over the years on just about everything you can imagine related to building muscle, losing fat, and getting healthy. I've also worked with thousands of men and women of all ages and circumstances and helped them get into the best shape of their lives. That doesn't mean you should blindly swallow everything I say, though, because let's face it—nobody is always right about everything. And especially in fields like diet and exercise, which are constantly evolving thanks to the efforts of honest and hardworking researchers and thought leaders. This is why I'm always happy to hear from people who disagree with me, especially when they have good arguments and evidence to back up their assertions. Sometimes I can't get on board with their positions, but sometimes I end up learning something, and either way, I always appreciate the discussion. That gave me the idea for this series of podcast episodes: publicly addressing things people disagree with me on and sharing my perspective. Think of it like a spicier version of a Q&A. So, here's what I'm doing: Every couple of weeks, I'm asking my Instagram followers what they disagree with me on, and then picking the more common or interesting contentions to address here on the podcast. And in this episode, I'll be tackling the following . . . Plant foods aren't essential for optimal health. Timestamps: 2:59 - Are plant foods essential? 8:51 - Do you need to eat plant foods to survive? 10:53 - Why is vitamin C important? 12:53 - How do you get enough vitamin C with a carnivore diet? 14:45 - Is fiber necessary? 16:08 - What are phytonutrients and are they necessary? 17:40 - What are flavonoids and are they beneficial? Mentioned on the Show: Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike

    Dr. Aaron Horschig on Preventing and Fixing Pain and Injuries

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 77:46

    In this podcast, I interview Dr. Aaron Horschig all about lifting injuries, including injury prevention, treatment, and pain management. I thought Aaron would be the perfect guest for this topic because he has a book called Rebuilding Milo, which is all about fixing common lifting injuries, whether it's knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, you name it. Of course, when it comes to injuries, you can kick the can down the road by loading up on NSAIDs and slathering on Icy Hot, but to really deal with injuries and pain correctly, you need to assess and address the root cause, which Aaron helps you do through his book. In case you're not familiar with Aaron, he's the founder of SquatUniversity.com, has a doctorate in physical therapy, and has been involved in olympic weightlifting for over a decade as both a competitor and coach. So, he knows how to approach injury prevention and rehab from the perspective of someone who actually lifts and has experience with professional athletes. In this episode, we discuss injury prevention through technique refinement and load management, the importance of warm-ups, banded joint mobilization, rooting out the cause of pain, why you might not want to ice your injuries, and a lot more. So if you want to learn how to prevent lifting injuries and properly assess and address pain, listen to this interview! Timestamps: 5:40 - Why is your book called “Rebuilding Milo”? 14:34 - Tips for injury prevention and treatment. 16:39 - Why you need to learn proper technique. 17:25 - The importance of load management. 23:06 - The value of filming your lifts. 26:39 - Why warm-ups are more important than you realize. 28:09 - What is banded joint mobilization? 33:20 - How to fix hip impingement. 42:59 - How do you treat injuries? 43:16 - Should you ice your injuries? 50:48 - What else can we do to treat injuries? 56:05 - How to determine the cause of pain through screening. 1:00:51 - Assessing pain and injuries. Mentioned on the Show: Aaron's book Rebuilding Milo: https://www.amazon.com/Rebuilding-Milo-Foundation-Enhancing-Performance/dp/1628604220/?tag=mflweb-20 Aaron's website Squat University: ​​https://squatuniversity.com/ Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike

    Mark Rippetoe on Covidians, Vaccines, Lockdowns, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 94:51

    Mark Rippetoe is my most-requested repeat guest on the podcast, and he's back for another installment. So, what are we getting into this time? In this episode, we're having a meandering discussion about the state of all things Covid. Now, if you know Mark, you know that he likes to say “prickly” things, so you know it will be an interesting chat. Mark and I have fun chatting about masks, vaccines, boosters, lockdowns, Covidian cultists, and all the rest of it. Listen to this episode and let me know what you think! Mentioned on the Show: My New Book Muscle For Life: https://muscleforlifebook.com/

    Q&A: Gains After 35, Counting Steps, Favorite Cheat Meal, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 12:12

    This podcast is a Q&A, but it's a bit different from the kind you'll typically find here on Muscle For Life. In my usual Q&A episodes, I take a question from email or Instagram and then fully answer it in an episode of the podcast every week. However, over on Instagram, I've started doing weekly Q&As in the stories, and it occurred to me that many podcast listeners might enjoy hearing these questions and my short answers. So, instead of talking about one thing in an episode, I'm going to cover a variety of questions. And keep in mind some of these questions are just for fun. :) So if you want to ask me questions in my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness), and if I answer your question there, it might just make it onto an episode of the podcast! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don't like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps 2:24 - Does it become harder to build muscle after age 35? 4:18 - Is the earth flat? 4:34 - Can you train for strength and hypertrophy while also improving cycling performance? 5:12 - What are your thoughts on vaccine lockdowns, masks, etc.? 5:55 - What's your number one lesson learned in the fitness industry? 6:17 - You have the chance to make any person shit their pants at any moment in history: who and why? 6:41 - What's your favorite cheat meal? 7:23 - Should I work out if I'm really sore? 8:02 - After a bulking phase, should you got to maintenance before cutting? 8:11 - What's the best part of moving back to Florida? 8:31 - Is counting steps a viable method of determining activity level? 9:03 - What made you decide to pick up golf? 9:10 - How should you handle fitness while you're sick? 9:21 - Which do you prefer: lockdowns or taxes? 9:35 - What's your favorite scientific study? 10:08 - What's your best advice for creating a scalable business? 10:46 - What event shaped your political views? Mentioned on the Show: Legion's Halloween Sale: https://buylegion.com/

    Michael Chernow on Becoming a “Kreature” of Habit

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 88:16

    In this podcast, I chat with my friend, Michael Chernow, about his new oatmeal and apparel business called Kreatures of Habit. In case you're not familiar with Michael, he's a trained chef and “serial entrepreneur” with repeat success in the restaurant industry, including The Meatball Shop (with 8 locations) and Seamore's (a sustainable seafood restaurant). It's clear Michael hasn't just “gotten lucky,” but knows how to build effective brands and businesses, and I've had him on the podcast before to talk about entrepreneurship. And that's why I wanted to get him back on the show to talk about this new endeavor. A direct-to-consumer oatmeal business is a horse of a different color from a restaurant, so I wanted to ask Michael how things are going and what inspired him to delve outside of his usual realm of restaurant entrepreneurship. In our discussion, we discuss the backstory of Kreatures of Habit, the importance and life-changing benefits of habits in general, money and financial freedom, the challenges he's been facing with the new business, and a lot more. So if you want to learn all about the entrepreneurship process and what it's like to start a new business that makes delicious oatmeal, listen to this interview! Timestamps: 7:13 - Why did you delve outside the realm of restaurants and your past success? 34:30 - How has the business been going? What challenges are you facing? 38:41 - What role does the apparel play? 47:03 - What's the big vision? Where is this business in 10 years? 50:01 - Why you shouldn't chase money. 1:13:10 - Where can people find Kreatures of Habit? Mentioned on the Show: https://kreaturesofhabit.com/ Michael Chernow's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michaelchernow/ Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://buylegion.com/vip

    Is Deadlifting Worth The Risk?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 26:32

    I've churned through over 150,000 emails, social media comments and messages, and blog comments in the last 6 years. And that means I've fielded a ton of questions. As you can imagine, some questions pop up more often than others, and I thought it might be helpful to take a little time every month to choose a few and record and share my answers. So, in this round, I answer the following question: Are deadlifts worth the risk? If you have a question you'd like me to answer, leave a comment below or if you want a faster response, send an email to mike@muscleforlife.com. Timestamps 5:22 - Are deadlifts a risky or dangerous exercise for your average lifter or lifestyle bodybuilder? 10:52 - What's the best alternative to the conventional deadlift? Rack pulls. 11:22 - Do deadlifts hurt your biceps? 15:56 - Is deadlifting especially difficult to recover from? Is 3 sets too much? 16:25 - What is CNS fatigue? 18:42 - Why should you deadlift? What are the benefits of deadlifting? 20:37 - Can deadlifts affect your hormones like testosterone? 24:18 - Do you need to deadlift? Are deadlifts required? Mentioned on the Show: My New Book Muscle For Life: https://muscleforlifebook.com/ Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    Q&A: Stronger but Not Bigger, Improving Recovery, Vaxx Mandates, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 20:14

    This podcast is a Q&A, but it's a bit different from the kind you'll typically find here on Muscle For Life. In my usual Q&A episodes, I take a question from email or Instagram and then fully answer it in an episode of the podcast every week. However, over on Instagram, I've started doing weekly Q&As in the stories, and it occurred to me that many podcast listeners might enjoy hearing these questions and my short answers. So, instead of talking about one thing in an episode, I'm going to cover a variety of questions. And keep in mind some of these questions are just for fun. :) So if you want to ask me questions in my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness), and if I answer your question there, it might just make it onto an episode of the podcast! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don't like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps 4:09 - Republican or libertarian? 6:21 - Why am I getting stronger but I don't look bigger? 6:47 - Do you take every Legion supplement every day? 7:21 - Why do you do so much cardio? 8:49 - How do you improve recovery? 9:35 - Yay or nay to vaccine mandates? 10:19 - Did you catch covid? 11:35 - What exercises should you consider eliminating? 12:51 - Why do you lift your head while benching? 13:22 - What books are you currently reading? 14:10 - Lunges or step-ups? 14:23 - How can I make getting fit fun? 14:45 - Should you take a break from pre-workouts and fat-burners? 15:54 - Do a lot of women flirt with you? 17:53 - How many days per week do you train? Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    Stan Efferding on Speed Training and Lifting Explosively

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 47:24

    In this podcast, I chat with Stan Efferding all about speed training. If you're not familiar with speed training, it's based on the concept of lifting lighter weights with maximum velocity in order to increase your speed when using heavier weights. Basically, it boils do to doing lighter work as fast as possible (while still using proper form, of course). Speed training is particularly useful for powerlifters looking to increase their totals. However, it's also useful for people looking to try new things in the gym or maybe even squeeze out a bit more muscle and strength gain if they've already achieved the majority of their natural potential. And because I haven't done speed training myself, I wanted to get an expert like Stan onto the podcast to help people who are interested in this type of training. In case you're not familiar with Stan, he's held two all-time raw world powerlifting records and is colloquially known as the “world's strongest bodybuilder.” He's more than just super-strong, though. He also knows how to help other people get results, which is why he's worked with Hafthor Bjornsson, Ed Coan, Ben Smith, Flex Wheeler, and most recently, Jon Jones, a former UFC champion who holds many UFC records. In our discussion, Stan and I discuss what bar speed can tell you about muscle failure, the biggest things that can help your bar speed, the benefits of bodybuilding-style training and cardio on increasing bar speed, the concept of “overspeed,” and a whole lot more. So if you want to learn all about what bar speed is, why it matters, and practical tips for how you can boost yours, check out this interview! Timestamps: 6:14 - Why is speed training important? What has helped your speed training most? 9:33 - How does bar speed affect muscular failure? 15:59 - How can you increase the reps or sets you can do at a particular speed? 16:55 - What is general physical preparedness? 27:01 - How can you measure your bar speed without buying a bar speed device? 29:25 - At what point does the bar slow down in terms of reps in reserve? 35:31 - How can you incorporate speed training in your training program? Mentioned on the Show: Vertical Diet book: https://www.amazon.com/Vertical-Diet-Stan-Efferding/dp/1628601345/?tag=mflweb-20 Stan Efferding's Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/stanefferding/ Stan Efferding's website: https://stanefferding.com/ Stan Efferding's Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/stanefferding Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    Book Club: My Top 5 Takeaways from Six Thinking Hats

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 22:49

    “Can you recommend a book for…?” “What are you reading right now?” “What are your favorite books?” I get asked those types of questions a lot and, as an avid reader and all-around bibliophile, I'm always happy to oblige. I also like to encourage people to read as much as possible because knowledge benefits you much like compound interest. The more you learn, the more you know; the more you know, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more opportunities you have to succeed. On the flip side, I also believe there's little hope for people who aren't perpetual learners. Life is overwhelmingly complex and chaotic, and it slowly suffocates and devours the lazy and ignorant. So, if you're a bookworm on the lookout for good reads, or if you'd like to get into the habit of reading, this book club for you. The idea here is simple: Every month, I'll share a book that I've particularly liked, why I liked it, and several of my key takeaways from it. I'll also keep things short and sweet so you can quickly decide whether the book is likely to be up your alley or not. Alright, let's get to the takeaways. Timestamps: 5:52 - What are the six different thinking hats? 8:46 - Takeaway 1 - thinking is the ultimate human resource. 10:40 - Takeaway 2 16:10 - Takeaway 3 18:37 - Takeaway 4 19:59 - Takeaway 5 Mentioned on the Show: My New Book Muscle For Life: https://muscleforlifebook.com/ Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    The Best of Muscle For Life: Right Ways to Squat, Thoughts on Steroid Users, & Reasons to Read More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 19:39

    Some people do make the time to listen to most or even all of my podcasts, but my wizbang analytics tell me that while many listeners tune in on a regular basis, they don't catch every installment of Muscle for Life and thus miss out on insights that could help them get a little better inside and outside the gym. And so I got an idea: how about a “best of” series of podcasts that contains a few of the most practical and compelling ideas, tips, and moments from my most popular episodes? This way, people who are new to the show can quickly determine if it's for them or not, and those who enjoy what I'm doing but don't have the time or inclination to listen to all of my stuff can still benefit from the discussions and find new episodes to listen to. So, in this installment of The Best of Muscle for Life, you'll be hearing hand-picked morsels from three episodes: Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Squat (Originally published 4/6/2018) What Do I REALLY Think About People on Steroids? (Originally published 7/7/2017) Motivation Monday: The Number-One Reason to Read (Is Not What You Think) (Originally published 10/15/2018) And we'll be starting with number one, Mark Rippetoe on the right (and wrong) ways to squat. Timestamps: 3:30 - Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Squat 8:43 - What Do I REALLY Think About People on Steroids? 14:14 - Motivation Monday: The Number-One Reason to Read (Is Not What You Think) Mentioned on the Show: My New Book Muscle For Life: https://muscleforlifebook.com/

    Jordan Syatt on Developing a Healthy Relationship With Food

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 51:48

    In this podcast, Jordan Syatt and I chat about building a healthy relationship with food. Have you ever felt anxious about going off your diet by going out to eat? Or nervous about going on vacation because you're afraid you'll lose all of your hard-earned progress and gain gobs of fat? If so, you might need to improve your relationship with food. In this interview, Jordan explains what a healthy (and unhealthy) relationship with food is, why it matters, how to develop good food habits, how to avoid restricting and bingeing cycles, and more. In case you're not familiar with Jordan, he holds several powerlifting records, has a Bachelors of Science in Health & Behavior Science, and hosts his own successful podcast called The Jordan Syatt Mini-Podcast. He's also a strength and nutrition coach (with clients like Gary Vaynerchuk), and has a lot of experience with the personal points of coaching people and helping them adopt healthier, sustainable lifestyles. In other words, he's spent a lot of time thinking about people's relationship with food and how to improve it with positive habits that last. So if you want to learn all about what a healthy relationship with food is and how you can improve yours, listen to this interview! Timestamps: 8:30 - What is a healthy relationship with food and why does it matter? 21:12 - What are good habits that develop a healthy relationship with food? 40:22 - How do you avoid the problem of changing your food choices during dieting? How do you avoid overeating when you switch back to normal foods from zero-calorie diet foods? Mentioned on the Show: Jordan Syatt's Podcast: http://hyperurl.co/qfk6kz Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike

    Should You Do Very High-Rep ("Finisher") Sets?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 19:03

    I've churned through over 150,000 emails, social media comments and messages, and blog comments in the last 6 years. And that means I've fielded a ton of questions. As you can imagine, some questions pop up more often than others, and I thought it might be helpful to take a little time every month to choose a few and record and share my answers. So, in this round, I answer the following question: Should you do very high-rep, “finisher” sets in your workouts? If you have a question you'd like me to answer, leave a comment below or if you want a faster response, send an email to mike@muscleforlife.com. Timestamps 4:01 - Why do some people recommend including very high-rep sets in your training? 6:08 - What do I think about very high-rep training? 7:17 - Why do I not recommend high-rep training? 9:36 - Are very high-rep sets effective for gaining muscle? 11:53 - Does getting a pump matter? Do very high-rep sets give you a better pump? 13:50 - Who should do very high-rep training? Mentioned on the Show: Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike

    How Does Menopause Affect Diet and Exercise?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 24:46

    I've churned through over 150,000 emails, social media comments and messages, and blog comments in the last 6 years. And that means I've fielded a ton of questions. As you can imagine, some questions pop up more often than others, and I thought it might be helpful to take a little time every month to choose a few and record and share my answers. So, in this round, I answer the following question: How does menopause affect fitness? How does it affect diet and training? What can you do to mitigate the effects of menopause? If you have a question you'd like me to answer, leave a comment below or if you want a faster response, send an email to mike@muscleforlife.com. Timestamps 4:02 - How does menopause affect fitness? 8:04 - What role do hormones play? 11:33 - What can women do to manage menopause? 13:49 - Dietary tips for menopausal women. 14:57 - Eat phytoestrogen-containing foods. 16:00 - Exercise and menopause. 19:40 - The importance of patience. Mentioned on the Show: Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://buylegion.com/vip Muscle For Life: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08LDYT3PP/

    Menno Henselmans on the Science of Self-Control

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 60:07

    In this podcast, I chat with Menno Henselmans all about the science of self-control and willpower. Menno just released a book called The Science of Self-Control, which is an evidence-based look at willpower and how to be more productive. This isn't your typical self-help book either, filled with anecdote and fluff. It's more like a textbook in the sense that it references over 500 scientific papers while giving you practical tips on boosting your self-control. Menno's book will help anyone understand what self-control is, and how you can boost yours so that you can better stick to a diet, work smarter (not harder), and simply put, be better. In this interview, Menno and I discuss the two-system theory of self-control, the causes of willpower depletion, simple tips to boost your focus (including taking imaginary breaks!), and a whole lot more, only scratching the surface of what's in his book. Menno has been a repeat guest on my podcast, but in case you're not familiar with him, he's a former business consultant turned international public speaker, educator, writer, published scientist, and physique coach who's passionate about helping serious athletes attain their ideal physiques. He's also on the Scientific Advisory Board of my sports nutrition company, Legion. So if you want to learn about the science of self-control and how we can use scientific research to boost our willpower and be more productive, check out this interview! Timestamps: 6:26 - What inspired you to write The Science of Self-Control? 11:17 - What is 2 system theory and why is it important to understanding self-control? 23:38 - Practical tips for improving self-control. 28:11 - What are evidence-based ways to get through boredom? 35:48 - How do you structure your day? 48:14 - The best length for a nap. 50:22 - The power of imaginary breaks. Mentioned on the Show: Menno's new book: The Science of Self-Control - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0991FG9SC/?tag=mflweb-20 Menno's website: https://mennohenselmans.com/ Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://buylegion.com/vip

    Should You Train For Hypertrophy or Hyperplasia?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 22:43

    This podcast is going to cover a technical aspect of muscle building. I'm discussing which is more important for getting bigger and stronger: hypertrophy or hyperplasia? What do those words even mean? Well, hypertrophy is when your muscle cells get bigger, and hyperplasia is when the number of muscle cells increases. Scientists aren't sure whether hyperplasia even happens in humans, but “believers” contend that both hypertrophy and hyperplasia contribute to muscle growth. Thus, according to them, you should train to produce both of these phenomena to gain muscle as quickly as possible. Focusing on hypertrophy or hyperplasia would change how you train, so this topic has practical applications I'm going to break down for you in this podcast. Timestamps: 4:27 - What is hypertrophy? 4:46 - What are the components of muscle? 4:56 - What is myofibrilar hypertrophy? 5:16 - What is muscle hyperplasia? 5:37 - Does hyperplasia happen in humans? 7:16 - Does hyperplasia exist? 8:10 - How do you induce hyperplasia in animals? 9:26 - What does the science say about hyperplasia in humans? 16:56 - How do we cause hypertrophy? 18:28 - Why does training near failure produce hypertrophy? 19:06 - What about hyperplasia and training? 20:12 - Does stretching cause hyperplasia? Mentioned on the Show: Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://buylegion.com/vip

    Says You! Eating Less than 1,200 Calories Per Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 8:44

    I've written and recorded a lot of evidence-based content over the years on just about everything you can imagine related to building muscle, losing fat, and getting healthy. I've also worked with thousands of men and women of all ages and circumstances and helped them get into the best shape of their lives. That doesn't mean you should blindly swallow everything I say, though, because let's face it—nobody is always right about everything. And especially in fields like diet and exercise, which are constantly evolving thanks to the efforts of honest and hardworking researchers and thought leaders. This is why I'm always happy to hear from people who disagree with me, especially when they have good arguments and evidence to back up their assertions. Sometimes I can't get on board with their positions, but sometimes I end up learning something, and either way, I always appreciate the discussion. That gave me the idea for this series of podcast episodes: publicly addressing things people disagree with me on and sharing my perspective. Think of it like a spicier version of a Q&A. So, here's what I'm doing: Every couple of weeks, I'm asking my Instagram followers what they disagree with me on, and then picking the more common or interesting contentions to address here on the podcast. And in this episode, I'll be tackling the following . . . You should never eat fewer than a certain number of calories per day (like 1,200, 1,500 or 1,800). Timestamps: 2:01 - What happens when you eat less than 1200 calories? 2:38 - Is there a universal calorie minimum? Is there a minimum amount of calories you should eat? 4:42 - How low should you drop calories while cutting? 6:28 - Can you develop nutritional deficiencies with a low-calorie diet? Mentioned on the Show: My Calorie Calculator: https://legionathletics.com/tools/ Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

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