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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, science-based know-how and inspiration that will help you build your best body and life ever.

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In this episode, I talk with Shaun, who achieved remarkable results with Legion’s body transformation coaching service. Shaun had struggled with his weight for over a decade. But at 270 pounds, he faced a health scare that prompted him to make a serious change. After failing to lose weight on several popular diets, Shaun discovered Bigger Leaner Stronger, and by following its principles, he started losing fat and building muscle. However, Shaun felt he could achieve even better results, so he signed up for Legion coaching. With his coach's help, he learned the principles of effective and sustainable dieting and training, and in 6 months, he dropped from 233 to 198 pounds, greatly improving his body composition and health. In this podcast, Shaun shares valuable insights into staying consistent, the importance of accountability, and navigating challenges like injury. His story highlights how following straightforward, evidence-based advice can help you achieve remarkable results. Tune in to hear Shaun’s story and discover how expert coaching and dedication can transform your body and life. Timestamps: (05:12) How did you discover my work, and what have your results been like since then? (13:19) How did your strength and performance change once you started the coaching program? (17:53) What key factors contributed to your results after switching from solo training to the coaching program? (23:32) How did you structure your diet? (32:24) What do your cheat meals consist of? (39:46) What is your training routine like, and did you face any challenges? (44:57) Could you complete the program with just a simple home gym setup? Mentioned on the Show: The Legion Diet Quiz The Year One Challenge For Men Bigger Leaner Stronger Legion Body Transformation Coaching  
Is artificial intelligence a quantum leap forward for humanity? The key to world peace, the cure for disease and aging, and the springboard to the abundant, leisure-filled future depicted in science fiction novels? Or is it the death knell for humanity as they know it? Or something in between? In this episode, I talk with Cal Newport, a renowned computer science professor, author, and productivity expert, to delve into the complex landscape of AI. Cal has been studying AI and its ramifications for humanity long before it was cool, and he has a number of counterintuitive thoughts on the pros and cons of this new technology, how to get the most out of it right now, and what the future of AI will look like. In this interview, you’ll learn . . . How to use existing AI tools like ChatGPT and Claude to be more productive and successful in your work and personal life The pros and cons of existing AI tools What the future of AI development may look like How to use AI to stay competitive in the modern workplace And more . . . So, if you're curious about how AI is shaping our world and what you should do right now to get and stay ahead of the curve, click play and join the conversation! Timestamps: (3:44) The current and future impact of AI on life and work (10:52) The limitations and inefficiencies of current LLMs (15:37) The future of LLMs (18:56) The benefits of a “multi-agent approach” (28:15) Will AI lead to massive job losses? (33:16) How AI will become essential in the modern workplace (36:51) How will AI change the “rhythm” of work? (44:27) The future of AI in knowledge work (50:31) The problems with the “Oracle” model of AI (58:37) How LLMs will advance AI (1:07:39) How Cal uses LLMs in his work (1:09:56) What AI innovations are set to benefit writers the most? (1:12:38) AI’s future role in information gathering (1:13:52) How Mike uses AI in his work (01:20:54) Where can people find Cal’s work? Mentioned on the Show: Cal Newport’s Website Cal Newport’s New Yorker Archive Cal Newport’s New Book: Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout Cal Newport’s previous podcast appearance Cal Newport’s Deep Questions Podcast The Legion Diet Quiz Buy Legion Whey+ Legion Body Transformation Coaching
Most weightlifters know that training volume is a crucial factor in maximizing muscle growth. But how much volume is optimal? And at what point does doing more sets become counterproductive? To help answer these questions, I interviewed Dr. Milo Wolf, a published sports scientist, competitive natural bodybuilder, and online coach, known for his deep understanding of the mechanisms that drive hypertrophy. In this episode, we delve into how much volume is optimal for gaining muscle and discuss when higher volumes offer diminishing returns or even harm your muscle-building efforts. Dr. Wolf breaks down the latest research on high-volume training and offers practical tips, including specific volume recommendations and strategies to make high-volume training more practical and time-efficient. Whether you're a beginner looking to build your first 10 pounds of muscle, or an experienced lifter aiming to reach your genetic potential, this episode is packed with evidence-based insights to help you reach your goals. In it, you’ll learn . . . The impact of training volume on muscle growth How rest times and proximity to failure can optimize your results Volume recommendations and strategies for both beginners and advanced weightlifters The significance of exercise selection for maximizing hypertrophy and preventing boredom How techniques like drop sets and supersets can make high-volume training more practical and time-efficient The role of “specialization phases” in maintaining motivation and breaking training monotony Tips for gradually increasing volume and using performance as a recovery indicator So, click play to gain valuable insights and practical advice on how much volume you should do to enhance your muscle-building efforts. Timestamps: (0:00) Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (3:50) Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You: www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz (4:40) Understanding training volume (14:01) Interpreting the recent “52-set study” (16:01) Factors influencing research results on optimal training volume (25:12) Applying volume recommendations to programming (33:57) Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (36:09) How exercise selection impacts how much volume you can do (40:36) How exercise selection impacts injury prevention (44:57) Breaking training monotony with specialization phases (48:08) How to gradually increase volume (51:37) Debunking the myth that heavy training is more fatiguing than high volume training (58:58) Where can people find more of Milo Wolf’s work? (01:00:11) Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip (1:02:59) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show Mentioned on the Show: Milo’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@WolfCoaching Milo’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wolfcoach_/ Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You in Just 60 Seconds: http://www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz Legion Pulse: https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip Mike’s conversation with Dr. Pak on Minimum Effective Dose Training: https://legionathletics.com/muscle-for-life-episode-1124-dr-pak-interview/
It’s tempting to view health as a purely physical pursuit, especially in the age of social media and constant visual stimuli. We often associate being healthy with having a fit physique, but health doesn’t mean having abs or being the strongest person in the gym. True health encompasses much more than just our physical appearance or exercise habits, and it's essential to keep an open mind and adapt our perspectives as we grow and learn.  In this episode, Jordan Syatt, former competitive powerlifter, renowned fitness coach, and fitness industry veteran and entrepreneur, shares his journey of redefining what it means to be truly healthy. In this conversation, we explore . . . The evolving definition of health and how Jordan's perspective has changed over the years The significance of incorporating mobility work and flexibility training for long-term health and well-being The role of community and engaging in difficult conversations for personal growth and mental well-being Strategies for having productive difficult conversations with yourself and others Practical tips for managing stress in an increasingly complex and demanding world And more . . . So, if you're ready to challenge your perceptions of health and discover new ways to optimize your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, click play!  --- Timestamps: (0:00) Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (3:10) Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (05:25) What does it mean to be a healthy person, and how has that changed for Jordan Syatt over the years? (10:19) How is Jordan thinking about health now? What are the new aspects of a healthy life? (17:11) Why is flexibility important? How do you improve your flexibility? (20:56) Is stretching a waste of time if you lift weights regularly? (25:01) What resources should people look into for improving flexibility? (29:14) How does body composition fit into Jordan's view of health, and how has that changed? (36:33) The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation: https://mfl.show/motivation (38:06) What is the importance of community, having difficult conversations, and their impact on overall health? (39:33) What are "difficult conversations"? (43:00) Has having difficult conversations caused issues in Jordan's life? (59:59) How does Jordan go about having difficult conversations with himself productively? (1:08:04) How does Jordan prevent negative self-talk from spiraling out of control? (1:24:57) How can you cope with and reduce stress? (1:32:24) Where can people find Jordan Syatt and his work? (1:32:46) Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You: www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz (1:33:33) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.mfl.show --- Mentioned on the Show: Legion Pulse: https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation: https://mfl.show/motivation Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You in Just 60 Seconds: http://www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz The Inner Circle: www.sfinnercircle.com Jordan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/syattfitness/?hl=en The Jordan Syatt Mini-Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jordan-syatt-mini-podcast/id1348856817 Lucas Hardie Range of Strength’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rangeofstrength/?hl=en
From the potential downsides of TRT for individuals with moderate testosterone levels to strategies for mitigating the effects of chronic sleep deprivation, in this episode, I dive into a wide array of topics based on questions from my loyal Instagram followers.  I also get into a few “fun” ones, including updates on my new house, my most hated trends of the decade, and my favorite conspiracy theories. :) As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories.  If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! 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) - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (1:26) Try Phoenix today! Go to https://buylegion.com/phoenix and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (3:37) Potential drawbacks of TRT if you have moderate testosterone levels (5:43) When will you ship Legion Whey protein products to Canada? (6:15) Is fish oil overrated? (9:53) Legitimacy of the hybrid athlete trend (11:01) Mitigating chronic sleep deprivation effects for gains (15:21) New house progress update (26:03) Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip (27:45) Most hated trend of the decade (28:46) Increasing vascularity during a bulk (30:07) Calculating activity levels: working sets vs. total workout time (30:54) Favorite conspiracy or conspiracy theory? (35:28) Plans for improving the Stacked workout app (36:13) Why did you stop taking Legion Pulse? (36:34) Does coffee contribute to water intake goals? (37:14) Opinions on Hamas (40:32) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show --- Mentioned on the Show: Legion Phoenix: www.buylegion.com/phoenix and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points (6% cash back)! Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip How to Increase Testosterone Naturally: https://legionathletics.com/how-to-increase-testosterone-naturally/ Legion Whey+: www.buylegion.com/whey and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!Legion Pulse: www.buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!
Why are obesity rates skyrocketing in the modern world? Do we simply lack willpower, or are deeper forces at play? In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Stephan Guyenet, a renowned obesity researcher, science communicator, and author of the book The Hungry Brain.  With his expertise in neuroscience and eating behavior, Dr. Guyenet sheds light on the complex mechanisms behind our body's drive to store fat and the challenges we face in our modern food environment. Luckily, it's not all doom and gloom. Stephan also shares evidence-based strategies to outsmart our hungry brains and maintain a healthy body composition for life. In this interview, you’ll learn . . . The brain's central role in body fatness, the influence of genetics on obesity risk, and the mismatch between our evolutionary wiring and today's food landscape Why our body's weight-regulating countermeasures often fail to protect against gradual weight gain The impact of stress and emotional eating on weight management The "starvation response" that makes sustained fat loss so challenging and weight regain so common How to navigate “treat meals” without sabotaging progress Evidence-based tips for naturally maintaining a healthy body composition without relying on willpower alone And more . . . Whether you're looking to lose fat, maintain your weight loss, or simply better understand the science of obesity, this episode offers valuable insights and actionable strategies to help you outsmart your hungry brain and achieve lifelong leanness. --- Timestamps: (0:00) Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (2:46) Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (6:09) How does the brain relate to obesity and weight regulation? (8:59) What role do genetics play in individual differences in obesity risk and leanness? (19:35) How has the modern food environment contributed to the obesity epidemic? (24:31) Why do the body's weight-regulating countermeasures often fail to prevent excessive fat gain? (32:57) A practical tip for enjoying treat meals without keeping tempting foods stocked at home (36:26) My free quiz to answer all your diet questions: www.muscleforlife.show/dietquiz (37:15) The impact of stress and emotional eating on weight management (41:27) The neuroscience behind why so many people struggle with weight regain after dieting (46:49) Can the body's set point be lowered to maintain leanness, and how long might that take? (50:53) Evidence-based strategies for naturally maintaining a healthy weight without constant willpower (57:59) Where to find more of Dr. Stephan Guyenet's work and resources (58:28) Want 125 quick, easy, and delicious “fitness friendly” recipes? Get The Shredded Chef: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/the-shredded-chef/ (1:01:40) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show --- Mentioned on the Show: Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! Take this free quiz to get science-based answers to all of your diet questions: www.muscleforlife.show/dietquiz Want 125 quick, easy, and delicious “fitness friendly” recipes? Get The Shredded Chef: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/the-shredded-chef/ Stephan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sguyenet Stephan’s Website: https://www.stephanguyenet.com/ The Hungry Brain Book: https://www.amazon.com/Hungry-Brain-Outsmarting-Instincts-Overeat/dp/1250081203/?tag=mflweb-20
Protein has long been hailed as the key macronutrient for building and maintaining muscle mass. But what about its role in fat loss? As it turns out, increasing your protein intake might be one of the most underrated strategies for shedding fat. In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Bill Campbell, a renowned exercise science and nutrition researcher and professor, to explore protein’s surprising effects on fat loss.  In case you’re not familiar with Dr. Campbell, he’s a repeat guest on the podcast, the director of the Performance & Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida, has published more than 150 scientific papers, and also has a research review in which he examines scientific papers and breaks them down into simple, practical insights. Our discussion covers . . . The details of several studies demonstrating protein's fat loss effects (independent of just creating a calorie deficit), including possible mechanisms at play How increasing protein intake can lead to greater fat loss, even in a smaller caloric deficit Practical implications of these findings for optimizing protein intake during a cutting phase How to use protein to minimize fat gain during periods of overeating The significance of increasing protein intake from high to very high levels for enhancing fat loss And more . . . So, if you're interested in learning how protein intake affects fat loss, and how to use that information to get better results, this episode is for you. Timestamps: (0:00) Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (2:15) Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip (5:23) How does protein intake affect fat loss? (6:37) What are the possible mechanisms through which protein influences fat loss? (19:42) How can you lose more fat while being in a smaller calorie deficit? (33:19) Try Whey+ risk-free today! Go to buylegion.com/whey and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (35:57) What are the practical implications of these protein and fat loss studies? (37:43) Should you significantly increase protein when cutting to lose fat faster? (40:00) How can protein be used strategically during periods of overeating? (42:49) What are some ways to get more of your calorie surplus from protein? (44:06) What questions related to protein and fat loss would you like to pursue next? (48:00) Is there a benefit to increasing protein from high to very high levels for enhancing fat loss? (54:20) Where can people find your work? (56:39) My free meal planning tool: buylegion.com/mealplan (58:06) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show --- Mentioned on the Show: Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip Legion Whey+: www.buylegion.com/whey and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! Want a free meal planning tool that figures out your calories, macros, and micros, and allows you to create custom meal plans for cutting, lean gaining, and maintaining in under 5 minutes? Go to https://buylegion.com/mealplan and download the tool for free! Bill Campbell’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billcampbellphd/ Bill’s Website: https://www.billcampbellphd.com/ DNA-Based Diets: https://legionathletics.com/dna-based-diet/
Every day, your lifestyle choices cast a lasting impact on your brain's health, often without your conscious awareness.  As we grow older, the stakes get higher—maintaining optimal brain function is not just an option; it's essential for a vibrant and productive life.  But how exactly can you protect and sharpen your mind against the inevitable wear of time?  In this episode, I’m joined by brain health expert Louisa Nicola to discuss scientifically-backed strategies to keep your cognitive faculties in peak condition and stave off decline. In case you’re not familiar with Louisa, she’s a neurophysiologist, Alzheimer’s Disease researcher, human performance coach, and the founder and head performance advisor of Neuro Athletics, a company dedicated to helping people achieve peak performance through neuroscience. With her extensive knowledge and research in the field, Louisa shares valuable insights on the connection between exercise, sleep, nutrition, lifestyle habits, and brain health. In our discussion, you'll learn . . . Why exercise is more important than nutrition when it comes to brain health The specific types of exercise that are most beneficial for the brain, including the optimal amount and intensity How strength training factors into a well-rounded brain health routine The role of brain training games and cognitive challenges in maintaining mental sharpness The effects of alcohol and marijuana on the brain, and what the science says about their impact Key supplements to consider for improving brain health, including magnesium, creatine, and omega-3s And more . . . Whether you're looking to optimize your cognitive performance, prevent age-related decline, or simply maintain a healthy brain, this episode is packed with evidence-based strategies you can start implementing today. Timestamps: (0:00) Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (2:12) Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You: www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz  (3:54) Is exercise more important than nutrition when it comes to brain health? (5:54) Why is getting regular blood work important for assessing health? (8:07) You should get bloodwork done to understand your biomarkers and fitness level (13:23) Why is exercise so crucial for longevity and brain health? (22:47) How does strength training factor into how much vigorous exercise you should get per week? (24:06) At what point do you start to get most of the brain health benefits from exercise? (28:03) How does exercise specifically affect brain health and function? (38:11) Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (40:20) What role do brain training games play in cognitive health? (53:13) What impact do alcohol and marijuana have on the brain? (1:01:16) Which supplements are worth considering for improving brain health? (1:09:45) Is magnesium beneficial for brain health, and in what forms? (1:14:44) Where can people find more of Louisa Nicola's work and resources? (1:15:18) Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip (1:18:05) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show --- Mentioned on the Show: Louisa’s The Neuro Experience Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-neuro-experience/id1274468842 Louisa Nicola’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/louisanicola_ Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You in Just 60 Seconds: http://www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz Legion Pulse: https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip Creatine (Legion Recharge): www.buylegion.com/recharge Omega-3s (Legion Triton): www.buylegion.com/triton Magnesium: www.buylegion.com/mag Mike’s interview with Darren Candow on creatine: https://legionathletics.com/muscle-for-life-episode-872-darren-candow-interview/
In this episode, I tackle a variety of questions ranging from training and supplementation, to the threat of AI towards humanity.  I discuss how to grow skinny legs efficiently, how to optimize your sleep and wake-up time after a late night, whether hyperextensions are a good exercise, and a lot more. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories.  If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! 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) - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (1:49) Go to www.mfl.show/spring to get BOGO 50% off during our Spring Sale! (3:42) Will Legion introduce a standalone creatine supplement? (4:19) What drives Mike Matthews' inspiration? (5:16) Reasons behind the recent reduction in podcast frequency? (5:43) Is artificial intelligence a genuine threat to humanity? (6:24) Late nights: better to maintain a consistent wake-up time or get 7+ hours of sleep? (9:13) Why are hyperextensions discouraged by some fitness experts? (10:27) Effective strategies for developing muscular legs for skinny individuals (13:19) When can we expect more memes on your social media? (13:48) Is it safe to use creatine while breastfeeding? (14:28) Is conjugate training worth trying? (15:03) Please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show (15:39) Evaluating the time commitment vs. benefits of playing golf (17:11) Does Mike use the same workout split as described in his book? (18:54) Top exercises for building prominent upper trapezius muscles (19:31) What’s the hardest thing about doing hard things? (19:46) Explanation for why Lunar was out of stock (20:27) Can you do a podcast on the dangerous future of exercise mimetics? (20:56) How many times a day do you think about the Roman Empire? (21:22) Recommended squat variations for individuals with knee injuries (23:16) Insights into Mike Mentzer's training philosophy (25:04) Are there benefits to microdosing Pulse throughout the day? --- Mentioned on the Show: Get 50% off during our Spring Sale! Go to www.mfl.show/spring to save now and use coupon code MUSCLE to get double reward points! Legion Pulse: www.buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! Legion Lunar: www.buylegion.com/lunar and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!
Mike Mentzer's high-intensity training (HIT) method has been experiencing a resurgence in popularity lately, but does the science support its effectiveness? In this episode, I talk with Dr. Mike Israetel to get his take on the pros and cons of Mentzer's Heavy Duty Workout approach. In case you're not familiar with Dr. Mike, he's a repeat guest on the Muscle for Life podcast and a true expert in the field of sports science and hypertrophy.  With a PhD in Sport Physiology, years of experience as a competitive bodybuilder, and a wealth of practical knowledge from co-founding Renaissance Periodization and working with thousands of clients, Mike knows how to bridge the gap between science and real-world application.  In our discussion, you'll learn about . . . The allure of HIT training and why it's gaining popularity again The benefits of Mentzer's approach, including its emphasis on recovery and progressive overload The valuable tradition of logbooking workouts that Mentzer helped popularize The scientific shortcomings of Mentzer's method, such as the superiority of multiple sets over single sets The suboptimal nature of very low training volumes and frequencies in HIT, and the potential drawbacks of training to failure When and for whom HIT-style training can work effectively Practical tips for trying a more sustainable, evidence-based version of Mentzer’s approach And more . . . Whether you're a fan of Mentzer's methods or simply curious about the science of hypertrophy training, click play because you won't want to miss this discussion. Timestamps: (0:00) Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (2:28) Go to www.mfl.show/spring to get BOGO 50% off during our Spring Sale! (5:51) Who was Mike Mentzer and what is his Heavy Duty training method? (9:13) Why is Mentzer's HIT training experiencing a resurgence in popularity? (20:08) What are the benefits of Mentzer's training approach? (25:18) Please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show (25:52) - What did Mentzer get wrong about optimal hypertrophy training? (32:38) Is training beyond failure effective for muscle growth? (35:24) What other components of Mentzer's HIT style are suboptimal? (38:56) When can low-frequency training work well? (47:41) How can you improve on Mentzer's HIT method if you want to try it? (50:20) Where can people find more of Mike Israetel's work? Mentioned on the Show: Our Spring Sale Is Happening Now! BOGO 50% every product! Plus, free gift cards on orders over $99! Go to www.mfl.show/spring to save now and use coupon code MUSCLE to get double reward points! Renaissance Periodization Website: https://rpstrength.com/ Renaissance Periodization YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@RenaissancePeriodization
In this episode, I talk with Luke, who achieved a dramatic body transformation through Legion’s one-on-one coaching program.  Luke had struggled with his weight for over a decade, experiencing short-term success through extreme dieting and cardio, only to regain the weight.  However, working with his Legion coach, he learned to focus on consistency and adherence through a personalized nutrition and training plan. Over 36 weeks, Luke shed an impressive 43 pounds, 17% body fat, and 11 inches off his waist by mastering the basics: a balanced diet, compound training, moderate cardio, and effective rest and recovery strategies.  During the program, Luke also navigated challenges such as managing weight fluctuations, learning to be patient and trust the process, and mastering proper training intensity. In this podcast, he shares valuable insights on enjoying holidays and meals guilt-free, finding an enjoyable meal plan, and understanding true training intensity. Luke's story highlights the power of an evidence-based, sustainable approach to achieve remarkable results while building healthy, long-term habits.  So, press play to learn how expert coaching and a commitment to the process can lead to life-changing transformations. Timestamps: (0:00) Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (3:05) My free quiz to answer all your diet questions: www.muscleforlife.show/dietquiz (06:00) Luke's early struggles and approach to weight management. (11:21) The dramatic transformation Luke experienced: 43 pounds down and significant body composition changes. (16:41) What Luke’s fitness regimen looked like before my coaching. (23:48) Luke's diet strategy and how it evolved over time to focus on satiety and sustainable eating habits. (30:47) Luke’s surprise regarding his meal plan. (32:50) Did you incorporate treat meals? (36:10) Balancing enjoyment and diet discipline during holidays and special occasions without derailing progress. (43:10) Please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show (43:45) Adapting the Bigger Leaner Stronger training program to fit Luke's lifestyle and focusing on compound movements. (48:01) How training intensity and understanding of failure contributed to Luke's success. (59:12) What obstacles or “a-ha moments” did you experience during these 8 months? The realization that less can be more: focusing on quality over quantity in training. (01:02:12) Cardio strategy: Prioritizing walking and rucking without overemphasizing high-intensity cardio. Mentioned on the Show: Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip Take this free quiz to get science-based answers to all of your diet questions: www.muscleforlife.show/dietquiz Luke’s Transformation: https://legionathletics.com/luke-w-legion-coaching-transformation/
How much protein can your body actually use in one sitting? Is there an upper limit to muscle protein synthesis? Does protein timing really matter?  If you're serious about gaining muscle, you've likely asked these questions and many more like them. To help answer these questions, I interviewed Dr. Stuart Phillips, a world-renowned protein researcher who has published more than 450 peer-reviewed articles. He’s a bonafide protein metabolism expert. In this episode, we discuss the findings of a recent groundbreaking study that challenged the common belief that there's a limit to how much protein your body can use in one meal. Dr. Phillips breaks down the study's surprising results and shares his insights on optimal protein intake for muscle growth. He also delves into other fascinating topics like the role of protein as you age, the anabolic window, and the "first meal effect." Whether you're a bodybuilder, athlete, or simply looking to optimize your fitness, this episode will provide you with cutting-edge and practical information to help you reach your goals. In this podcast, you'll learn about . . . - The upper limit of protein absorption in a single meal and the effects of consuming a massive dose of protein - Protein timing and the duration of the “anabolic window” post-workout - Why protein overfeeding might not be the answer to enhanced muscle gain - The potential differences between protein supplements and whole-food protein source - How aging affects muscle protein synthesis and anabolic resistance - Protein quality and its role in overall health and muscle development. - Practical strategies to optimize your daily protein intake - The role of exercise versus nutrition in muscle growth and health - And more . . . So, click play and get evidence-based recommendations for optimizing your protein intake for health, longevity, and muscle gain. Timestamps: (0:00) Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (3:09) Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (8:14) How much protein can your body absorb and use in one meal? (13:10) How do results compare when splitting up 100g of protein into smaller doses? (17:32) Are multiple protein feedings throughout the day superior for muscle gain? (21:40) Could consuming mixed meals with whole foods affect protein absorption differently than supplements? (24:40) What novel insights did this study provide about muscle protein synthesis? (28:06) Is the muscle-building response to protein impacted by workout timing or training in general? (29:32) Please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show (30:08) Is there an "anabolic window" where your body is more responsive to protein post-workout? (32:14) Should you increase your protein intake on days you train? (35:15) Is there a benefit to consuming a massive amount of protein post-workout? (38:58) How does the muscle-building response to protein change as you age? (41:50) Should you eat more protein as you get older? (44:04) Why is it important to start your day with a high-protein meal? (46:52) What is the "first meal effect" and its significance? (48:24) Is "protein quality" a concern for muscle growth? Mentioned on the Show: The study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38118410/ Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! Stuart Phillips's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mackinprof/ Stuart Phillips's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mackinprof
In this episode, I tackle a diverse array of questions from my dedicated Instagram followers, ranging from optimizing muscle explosiveness, to the influence of genetics on vascularity. I’ll also get into the age-old debate of zone 2 cardio versus high-intensity interval training, the benefits of beetroot for exercise performance, and the impact of weekend drinking on muscle gains. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! 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) - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (1:23) Try Triton today! Go to https://buylegion.com/triton and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (3:52) Advice for training muscle explosiveness to jump higher and run faster (7:05) Is zone 2 cardio enough or should you include high-intensity training? (9:05) The single greatest threat to civilization (10:15) Mike's super secret skin routine for supple skin (10:46) How many kids should I have? (11:05) What's up with the aliens? (12:06) The influence of genetics on vascularity (13:53) Please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show (14:28) Benefits of beetroot for improved exercise performance (15:00) How many times a week do you train? Is it 5 or 6? (16:12) The impact of weekend drinking on muscle gains (16:44) How often do you think about the Roman Empire? (16:52) Does calf size matter if they're strong? (17:56) A guide to electrolyte supplements: What to look for when shopping (20:12) The best dumbbell leg exercise for mass and strength (20:24) If you had to start all over again, would you do it all the same or completely change it up? Mentioned on the Show: Try Triton today! Go to https://buylegion.com/triton and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!
Are you doing everything right but still not seeing progress on the scale? If you're eating in a calorie deficit, training hard, and still not losing weight, don't worry—you're not alone. And more importantly, there are solutions. In this episode, I talk with Harry Barnes, who not only has 12 years of experience helping clients break through fat loss plateaus, but has been working with Legion’s One-on-One Coaching since its start in 2015, and now oversees a team of nearly 20 coaches as Legion’s Lead Coach. Harry’s problem-solving approach offers a fresh perspective on weight loss that prioritizes flexibility, self-awareness, and personal responsibility. In this interview, you'll learn . . . - Why personalized problem solving is more important than generic meal plans for fat loss - How to evaluate your entire lifestyle to identify subtle issues impeding your progress - Strategies for breaking through plateaus by optimizing nutrition, training, and cardio - Signs you might be overreaching in your training and how to dial it back - When and how to use diet breaks to mitigate negative symptoms during prolonged cutting - How to find a sustainable fat loss approach that aligns with your preferences and lifestyle - And more . . . So, if you want to learn how to finally break through those pesky fat loss plateaus and achieve sustainable results, click the play button now! Timestamps: (0:00) Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (3:36) My free meal planning tool: buylegion.com/mealplan (05:43) How do you troubleshoot a fat loss plateau and identify the obstacles causing it? (06:56) What are the most common obstacles that lead to fat loss plateaus? (12:22) Why does coaching need to go beyond just providing a meal plan and training program? (19:14) Is stress drinking a common barrier to successful fat loss? (21:20) What are effective strategies for managing stress? (23:28) If stress isn't the issue, what's the next most common culprit behind stalled fat loss? (28:46) Is it better to increase physical activity or decrease food intake to break through a plateau? (30:39) Please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show (31:16) Can you share examples of how you've helped clients break through their fat loss plateaus? (34:12) Have you noticed any patterns or different types of people when it comes to fat loss struggles? (37:17) What's your approach to incorporating cardio for fat loss? (39:55) How much cardio, particularly high-intensity, is too much? Is there an upper limit? (44:21) What size adjustments do you typically make in terms of energy balance to break a plateau? (46:30) How can someone develop a problem-solving mindset for their fat loss journey? (48:04) Why is taking personal responsibility crucial for overcoming obstacles? (51:49) What are the signs that you might be overtraining or pushing yourself too hard? (54:02) How can you tell if your recovery is worsening during a fat loss phase? (55:51) Do you usually make adjustments to lifting or cardio when recovery suffers? (56:45) When is the right time to consider reverse dieting? (1:01:17) In your experience, has reverse dieting been a useful tool for fat loss? (1:04:15) What role do diet breaks play in a successful fat loss plan? (1:13:44) What does success look like when it comes to sustainable fat loss? Mentioned on the Show: Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip Want a free meal planning tool that figures out your calories, macros, and micros, and allows you to create custom meal plans for cutting, lean gaining, and maintaining in under 5 minutes? Go to https://buylegion.com/mealplan and download the tool for free!
In the age of social media, it's easier than ever to fall victim to fitness misinformation.  From fad diets to questionable supplements, how can you tell what's legit and what's just clever marketing? In this episode, Layne Norton shares his strategies for identifying pseudoscience and making informed decisions about your health and fitness.  In case you’re not familiar with him, Layne is not just an acclaimed scientist with a PhD in Nutritional Sciences; he's also a pro bodybuilder and powerlifting champion who has spent years combating misinformation and educating the public on evidence-based practices in health and fitness. With his background in nutritional sciences and his experience exposing frauds, Layne is the perfect guide to help you navigate the often confusing world of fitness advice. In this wide-ranging discussion, you'll learn: - Why appeals to science are often used to sell fitness BS -How personal bias, emotional investment, and tribalism can cloud judgment and perpetuate fitness myths - The importance of understanding credentials and the limitations of expertise - The importance of prioritizing human trials over mechanistic or animal studies - How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted public trust in science - Layne's top tips for developing an evidence-based mindset - And more... Whether you're a fitness newbie or a seasoned pro, this episode will equip you with the critical thinking skills you need to cut through the noise and make informed decisions about your health. So, if you're ready to learn how to spot fitness BS from a mile away, click play and let Layne Norton be your guide! Timestamps: (0:00) - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (05:20) - The misuse of science and how to vet health and fitness claims as a layperson (07:20) - The role of personal bias in filtering information and skepticism (9:52) - What credentials matter? (17:40) - Why smart, credentialed people can still believe in pseudoscience (23:26) - The problem with relying on mechanistic data over outcome data (31:20) - The role of identity (34:51) - Confirmation bias and selection bias (40:00) - Food pyramid and government conspiracies (48:20) - Try Whey+ risk-free today! Go to buylegion.com/whey and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (50:56) - What is the seed oil controversy? Are seed oils unhealthy? (1:10:30) - How COVID-19 reduced public confidence in the scientific community (1:17:50) - The role of personal identity in seeking the truth (1:29:03) -  Where can people find you and your work? Mentioned on the Show: Try Whey+ risk-free today! Go to buylegion.com/whey and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! Layne Norton's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/biolayne Layne Norton's Website: https://www.biolayne.com/ Carbon Diet Coach App: https://www.carbondietcoach.com/ Physique Coaching Academy Course: https://www.biolayne.com/physique-coaching-academy/
In today's fast-paced world, the chase for more—more output, more success, more everything—often leads to burnout and dissatisfaction.  What if there was a better way?  In this episode, I interview Cal Newport, who offers a refreshing perspective on the productivity conversation.  Specifically, he introduces the concept of slow productivity, a method that prioritizes deep, meaningful work over the constant hustle that's become the norm. It’s not just about doing less for the sake of it, either. Slow productivity is about focusing on what truly matters and doing it well, which, counterintuitively, produces better work and a more balanced life.  There’s no question that overload and constant context switching from “busyness” and pseudo-productivity are detrimental to not only our work, but our lives. With his slow productivity approach, Cal is challenging all of us to redefine our concepts of productivity and success, and offers actionable advice on leading more intentional lives. In case you’re not familiar with Cal, he’s an MIT-trained computer science professor at Georgetown University and the bestselling author of many books, including Deep Work and Digital Minimalism, which explore the benefits of focused work and the importance of minimizing digital distractions in our lives.  In other words, Cal’s writing career has consistently aimed at helping individuals craft more productive, meaningful, and balanced lives in an increasingly digital world. In this interview, you'll learn: - What pseudo-productivity is, why it’s problematic, and how doing fewer things can lead to better productivity and higher quality work. - How slowing down, with variation in intensity and rest, can boost both wellbeing and outcomes - Why obsessing over the right things and mastering your craft provides meaning and direction - How AI will expose what activities really drive value - Why real-world accomplishments satisfy deeper than digital ones (like video games or social media) - How to prepare for the potential impact of AI on information work - And more . . . So if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by your to-do list, questioned the relentless pursuit of busyness, or are just feeling the tension between ambition and burnout, press play and give this interview a listen for practical tips on an alternative. Timestamps: (0:00) - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (1:59) - What Inspired Cal Newport's Concept of Slow Productivity? (3:00) - Why Do We Often Believe More is Always Better? (23:43) - Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (26:53) - Balancing Life and Work: Cal Newport's Personal Journey (36:51) - Finding Your Productive Rhythm: Cal on Periodization (39:37) - Unsure of Priorities? How to Find What Truly Matters (53:31) - Will AI Change Our Approach to Quality vs. Quantity in Work? (01:02:59) - 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! Cal’s Website: https://calnewport.com/ Slow Productivity: https://www.amazon.com/Slow-Productivity-Accomplishment-Without-Burnout/dp/0593544854/?tag=mflweb-20 Cal’s Podcast Deep Questions: https://www.thedeeplife.com/listen/
In this episode, I answer your questions about optimizing strength and hypertrophy phases, whether the latest research changes my view on intermittent fasting, and how much cardio is ideal for heart health.  Plus, I offer advice for new personal trainers, discuss my thoughts on how to find your life’s purpose and career path, and a lot more. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! 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) - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (1:15) - Should you reduce total sets during a strength phase versus hypertrophy? (4:25) - What is the latest research saying about intermittent fasting? (7:51) - How much cardio is recommended for optimal heart health? (17:32) - My award-winning fitness books for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ (19:33) - Who is my pick for the next US president? (26:03) - Advice for new personal trainers on building their client base. (28:35) - Approaching the topic of hormones and weight loss with clients. (29:19) - Why is progressing on lateral raises often so challenging? (30:03) - Discussing the number of genders. (30:20) - Could someone like Vivek win the presidency? (30:48) - Benefits of doing an anterior and posterior chain workout split (31:38) - Is COVID-19 making a comeback? (31:53) - Best supplements for disrupted sleep during a calorie deficit. (33:27) - Defining the calorie surplus range for a lean bulk. (36:18) - How do you find your life's passion and figure out what you want to do with your life? Mentioned on the Show: My award-winning fitness books for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/
Nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) is often touted as the frontier of anti-aging supplements, promising not just more years of life, but better quality ones.  With bold claims of enhancing lifespan and slowing down aging, to improving physical performance, body composition, and brain health, NMN has captured the attention of both consumers and scientists. But how much truth is there to these claims?  In this episode, I’ll explore the molecule NMN, its benefits, the research supporting it, and whether or not it stands up to the hype.  Whether you're a skeptic or a hopeful believer in the search for the fountain of youth, listen to this podcast to learn about the potential of NMN supplements. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 2:19 - What is NMN and Why Is It Important? 5:31 - What Does Current Research Say About NMN? 9:52 - Can NMN Really Improve Your Physical Performance and Body Composition? 12:12 - Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip 13:53 - Is NMN Anti-Aging? Can NMN Supplements Stop or Reverse Aging? 16:57 - Do NMN Supplements Improve Cognition and Brain Health? 21:15 - Are NMN Supplements Worth the Hype? Mentioned on the Show: Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip
The debate around training to muscular failure has raged for decades. Is it necessary? Is it practical? Is it safe?  Expert opinion is all over the map, ranging from one extreme of low-volume, maximum-intensity, “beyond-failure” training to the other of high-volume, low-intensity, “never-even-close-to-failure” training; and every degree and permutation in between. Which philosophy is right? Or at least the most right? And more importantly, which is right specifically for you and your circumstances and goals? That is, are you training hard enough to efficiently and effectively achieve your goals? In this episode, renowned expert Lyle McDonald settles these questions and more, including what true muscular failure is (physiologically); why, in some ways, proximity to failure in training matters more than many other programming variables like load and rep ranges; why many people could benefit from more proximity to failure in their training rather than less; and more. And in case you're not familiar with Lyle, he’s a health and fitness researcher and author, and one of the godfathers of evidence-based fitness space whose work has greatly influenced my own, especially in the beginning of my career. In this interview, you'll learn: - What failure is (technical, muscular, and volitional failure) and why proximity to failure is such an important factor in training for muscle growth - How close you need to be to failure for maximal muscle fiber recruitment and growth - The effects of training to failure on fatigue and how that interplays with training volumes - Whether “beyond failure” techniques like dropsets and forced reps can be effective when controlled - How to gauge and achieve effective reps for enhanced muscle development - Guidance on the optimal proximity to failure for sustainable results - Practical tips for reaching the optimal proximity to failure and incorporating variety in training to maintain long-term progress - How often you should test true failure to ensure your training intensity is sufficient - And more . . . Whether you’re seeking to optimize your workouts or someone curious about the science behind muscle growth, this myth-busting discussion will give you science-based clarity on one of fitness's most persistent debates.  So give it a listen and you'll be far better equipped to gauge your workout intensity and program it sustainably for better gains. Timestamps: (0:00) - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (3:20) - Why is Training to Failure Crucial for Muscle Growth? (08:29) - What Does Muscle Failure Really Mean and How Does It Impact Growth? (24:00) - Is Proximity to Failure More Important Than Your Workout Program? (33:11) - How Can You Optimize Volume and Reps for Maximum Muscle Growth? (43:06) - Save 25% on Pulse and Recharge! Go to buylegion.com and use code MUSCLE (44:33) - Why Are Rest Times Crucial for Maximizing Training Effectiveness? (54:05) - How Do You Recognize and Achieve True Muscular Failure? (1:01:41) - What Are Reps in Reserve and How Can They Optimize Your Training? (1:11:35) - How Can You Accurately Identify a True Failure Rep? (1:14:34) - Are Forced Reps and Other “Beyond Failure” Training Techniques Effective? (1:23:00) - Why Is Variety Important in Your Training Regimen? (1:32:01) - Where to Find Lyle McDonald’s Work? Mentioned on the Show: Save 25% on my pre-workout Pulse and post-workout Recharge now! Go to https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% on any non-sale items or get double reward points! Lyle’s Website: https://bodyrecomposition.com/
Are saunas, steam rooms, and cold plunges beneficial after workouts? How can you naturally boost your testosterone levels quickly? What’s the best way to stop snacking out of boredom or anxiety?  In this episode, I delve into these and other intriguing questions from my listeners. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! 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) - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! (1:34) - Benefits of sauna, steam room, and cold plunge post-workout? (3:44) - Is the stair stepper as effective as the treadmill? (4:38) - How to recomp when feeling too bulky? (7:06) - Should supplements be timed on a fasted stomach? (9:27) - Fastest methods to boost testosterone naturally? (12:46) - Try my upgraded, reformulated sleep aid, Lunar! Go to buylegion.com/lunar and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! (16:19) - Update on Legion's new energy drink. (17:31) - How to stop snacking due to boredom or anxiety? (18:13) - Have I considered competing in bodybuilding? (19:38) - Strategies for overcoming fear. (21:36) - Evaluating the pink salt and honey pre-workout trend. (22:43) - Maintaining motivation in diet and exercise routines. (25:10) - Importance of barbells for hypertrophy. (26:40) - Effective exercises for weak biceps. Mentioned on the Show: Try my upgraded, reformulated sleep aid, Lunar! Go to buylegion.com/lunar and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!
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Stacie Mak

I love how honest Lyle is about how trying to define, train, and feed a hormone cycle is "hell." That is what it feels like to actually live in a body that can or did produce children. Thankfully, training guides are starting to focus more on the hormonal differences so we can eat well and build strength without damage.

Oct 14th
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Nomad Lad

I've been a big fan of Mike Matthew's books since 2014 and more recently his podcast. Although my weight and fitness has fluctuated a lot, I put all my successes and achievements down to the knowledge I have gained from Mike's books and more recently his podcast. Legend 👍

Dec 16th
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Grant Tilus

highly informative and practical

Dec 13th
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Marissa Steiner

love this podcast and his products

Dec 12th
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Greg P

clueless on this subject. Stick to weight training

Aug 25th
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יהושע פריסר

thank you

Jun 21st
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Michael connolly

Great information as always

May 13th
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A J

Excellent episode and a fantastic source of information. Keep up the good work!

May 3rd
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ihosvani alvarez

please improve the audio a little bit besides it's has a few cuts that bother the fluidity of the conversation

Jan 27th
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Doesn't Matter Beam

Well researched, solid podcast.

Jan 23rd
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Dustin Stephenson

I have been listening to this podcast for years and I love Mike Matthews! In a world of biased and opinion based fitness tips and tricks he gives a straight to the point, realistic, and understandable views that is backed by research and science. Even better, he doesn't just try to squeeze out every dollar you have for crap products. His company gladly gives out information, answers questions, and because his products are no bulls$%@ gimmicks, but rather quality things, I'm a loyal customer. This podcast is the real deal. thank you Mike for caring about what you do, you help a lot of people.

Jan 19th
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efroh

Used to enjoy this podcast, but the increasing amounts of right-wing/"dark enlightenment" garbage showing up on it (the "should everyone vote" episode was just the latest and dumbest example of this) have pushed it way down on my list. (And then there was Mike's confident prediction that he didn't have to worry about COVID, lol.) Luckily, there are plenty of fitness podcasts out there that don't try to cram right-wing delusions into their discussions.

Oct 24th
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pascal mole

Ray Peat protocole is worth looking into

Oct 23rd
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Chris King

Wow! Unbelievable. I wanted to get some info on workouts and instead get some complete idiots condescending self righteous theories and idiotic political opinion. Stick to what you know son. Please.

Mar 28th
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Evelyn Torres

Thank you. This is very helpful.

Oct 26th
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Tomasz Skwarek

I'm sorry but in the last podcast there is an unbearable amount of advertising - it really ruins the flow of the show...

Sep 20th
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Steve Davis

loved this style of a podcast!

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Erik Kennedy

do it again mike

Aug 23rd
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Strong Everyday

Another awesome podcast from Mike 👏👏

Jun 25th
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Mark Carvalho

been going through the archives and loving them!

Jun 18th
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