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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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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 . . . Is collagen protein superior to whey? Timestamps: 4:12 - What is collagen protein? 12:31 - Does whey protein have heavy metals in them? Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ Legion Whey+: https://legionathletics.com/products/supplements/whey-protein-powder/ Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
In this podcast, I chat with Jason McCarthy, the CEO and founder of GORUCK, a company that creates rucking gear and hosts events to build communities and empower people. This interview isn’t about how to get started with rucking (I already have one about that). Instead it’s about Jason’s story, including why he started GORUCK and how it developed and grew over time. While GORUCK sells loads of high-quality rucking gear now (rucksacks, footwear, and apparel tested by Special Forces combat veterans), and has hosted over 1,000 events worldwide, things weren’t always so peachy for the company, or for Jason personally. In this episode, we discuss . . . Jason’s Special Forces training and serving in Iraq Being a team player being part of something bigger than yourself The importance of investing in relationships and how he worked through marriage issues How he got started with designing rucksacks and turned GORUCK from a hobby into a business How he faced certain death in the business and figured out how to build it The origin of the rucking and tactical events he hosts And more . . . So, if you want to hear an inspiring, all-American story of turning an aspirational dream into a community-building business, check out this episode! Timestamps: 12:48 - Why did you decide to go with the name Go Ruck? 26:40 - How did you go from an idea to a product? 50:29 - What do you do at these events? 54:15 - Did it surprise you how much attention you got after holding events? 57:40 - What are some insights that led you to getting back with your ex-wife and starting a family? Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ Jason McCarthy’s Website: https://www.goruck.com/ GORUCK Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goruck/ Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
In this podcast, you’re going to learn about supplements that can help you focus better. The ability to control your attention and focus for extended periods of time is one of the most important metaskills. That is, it’s a skill that makes other skills better. Mastering your attention and eliminating distractions can make a big difference in your life. You can train your ability to focus with meditation or use techniques like Pomodoro to accomplish more deep work. You can also address your environment, tipping the scales in your favor to accomplish goals faster and easier. Your internal environment plays a role too. You can also get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat well, which will all help boost your brain power. The last part of the equation is supplementation. Are there any supplements scientifically-validated to improve your ability to focus? Find out in this episode. Timestamps: 7:00 - What do you mean by focus? 10:43 - What supplements enhance focus? Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ Pulse Pre-Workout: https://legionathletics.com/products/supplements/pulse-pre-workout/ Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
Many people who follow me on Instagram after reading my book Bigger Leaner Stronger have been asking about my workouts lately. That’s because I’ve been posting my daily workouts in my stories, and what I’ve been doing doesn’t match my recommendations in BLS. Naturally, this causes a bit of confusion. So, what exactly am I doing in the gym, and why? Why am I not following my own program? Well, I am. I’m following Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger, which is my book for intermediate and advanced weightlifters. The workout routine in BLS is great for beginners, but if you’ve already gained your first 25 pounds of muscle and want to gain the remaining 15 pounds or so you have left before hitting your genetic ceiling, you want to follow Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger. So for this podcast, I’m going to share with you a chapter from my Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger audiobook where I break down the program in detail and explain how it works and how to do it. So if you want to know exactly how I’m training and see if it’s something for you, I think you’re going to like this episode! Timestamps: 10:34 - Periodization plan 12:09 - Training routines 17:16 - Workouts 23:15 - Progression methods 44:09 - Double Progression 48:07 - How long should I rest between sets? 53:20 - How to warm up for your workout? 56:58 - De-load week 59:58 - Should I do cardio? Mentioned on the Show: Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://buylegion.com/vip Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/beyond-bigger-leaner-stronger/ Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
If you like fresh content on a subject I haven't touched on before, you're going to love this episode. That's because I'm chatting with Joelle Samantha all about orthorexia, which is an eating disorder that focuses on food quality and “purity.” With more people entering the fitness game every year and consumers becoming more conscious of what they put into their bodies, many people are paying more attention to what they eat. For many people, this is a good thing. But with a greater focus on food quality, tracking food, and clean eating than ever before, and misinformation and fad diets abound, it's not too surprising that orthorexia and other types of similar eating disorders are on the rise. So, what causes orthorexia, how does it manifest in daily life, and what can people do about it? Joelle is here to help answer these questions. In case you're not familiar with her, Joelle has a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and is an educator specializing in women’s health, nutrition, and physique development. She's also a Legion Athlete, and the head coach and CEO of Level TEN, an evidence-based coaching company. I thought she'd make a great guest to talk about orthorexia because she’s not only helped clients get through it, but it's something she's dealt with personally in her own life. Her own struggle with nutritional misinformation led to orthorexia, and is what inspired her to become the educator and coach she is today. In this interview, Joelle and I talk about . . . What orthorexia is and its relationship to control and perfectionism How misinformation and an innocent desire to lose weight can spiral into orthorexia Over-exercising and working out purely to “burn off” small meals How to recover from orthorexia And more . . . So if you want to learn what orthorexia is, how it can develop, and what to do about it if you think you have an eating disorder, listen to this podcast. Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 13:32 - How did the over exercising manifest? 42:30 - What helped you out during the recovery phase? Mentioned on the Show: Joelle Samantha's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joellesamantha/ Level TEN Coaching: https://www.leveltencoaching.co/ Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://buylegion.com/vip Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
Curcumin seems to be gaining momentum in the supplement space, and it’s not too surprising why. Studies show it has a number of health benefits, including reducing inflammation and joint pain. That said, it’s not as simple as eating a bunch of turmeric. If you want to get the most out of curcumin, you need to take the right amount of the right type. In this podcast, you’re going to learn what curcumin is, what it’s benefits are, the best type of curcumin to take (and how much), and more. Timestamps:  3:24 - What is curcumin? 4:35 - Why do people supplement with curcumin? 12:48 - How can curcumin help your body? 22:27 - What are the side effects of curcumin? Mentioned on the Show: Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://buylegion.com/vip Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
I’ve recorded hundreds of episodes of Muscle for Life on a huge variety of things related to health, fitness, and lifestyle, ranging from the basics of diet and exercise like energy and macronutrient balance and progressive overload and training frequency and volume to fads like the ketogenic and carnivore diet and collagen protein to more unfamiliar territories like body weight set point and fasted cardio. Some episodes resonate with my crowd more than others, but all of them contain at least a few key takeaways that just about anyone can benefit from (that’s what I tell myself at least). And as cool as that is, it poses a problem for you, my dear listener: Ain’t nobody got time for that. Well okay, 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. People have also been saying they’d like me to do more shorter, multi-topic episodes, like my Q&As. 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: Kurtis Frank on the Science of Controlling Your Appetite (Originally published 10/24/2018) 6 Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Steroids (Originally published 9/28/2018) Book Club: The ONE Thing (Originally published 8/21/2017) And we’ll be starting with number one, Kurtis Frank on the Science of Controlling Your Appetite. Timestamps: 5:05 - Kurtis Frank on the Science of Controlling Your Appetite 13:59 - 6 Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Steroids 21:25 - Book Club: The ONE Thing Mentioned on the Show: Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
If you like to geek out, this episode is for you. That’s because I’m getting into the weeds with Chris Barakat on peri-workout nutrition. If you don’t know what that means, peri-workout nutrition refers to the food you eat before, during, and after training. We’re talking pre-workout meals, post-workout feasts, and even intraworkout replenishment. Now, one important point (and one we’ll get into further in the episode) is that the advanced strategies Chris discusses are optimizations, as opposed to foundational knowledge. If you’re someone who just wants to get in shape without too much fuss, get your energy balance right and follow a meal plan that hits your macro targets, and you’re going to be doing better than most. In other words, get the most important things right, most of the time, and you’ll do well. But if you’re someone who likes to optimize--someone who wants to do everything you can to eke out every ounce of progress possible, these are the types of dietary strategies you should at least be thinking about. These small tweaks may not make a noticeable difference in the moment, but they can move the needle over time. Even if that’s not you, though, I think you’ll find this episode interesting, and you just may learn a strategy or two you’d like to try. In our chat, Chris and I talk about . . . What peri-workout nutrition is Specific macros and food choices for pre-workout and post-workout nutrition Whether the glycemic index of your carb choices matters Carbohydrate supplements When intraworkout nutrition is useful (and when it’s not) And much more . . . If you’re not familiar with Chris, he’s not only a member of Legion’s Scientific Review Board, he’s also a published scientist, educator, coach, and natural bodybuilder, so he’s had many years of developing his book smarts and “in the trenches” know-how, and definitely knows how to get results. So take a listen and let me know which of the strategies we discuss you’ll be implementing, as well as your own favorite peri-workout foods. :) Timestamps: 5:06 - What is peri-workout nutrition? 19:46 - What does a pre-workout meal look like? 25:33 - What are your thoughts on carbohydrate supplements? 35:51 - What should your protein and fat intake look like before a workout? 40:44 - How do you approach post workout? 47:12 - Is resynthesis more efficient at night? Mentioned on the Show: Chris Barakat's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christopher.barakat/ Chris Barakat's Website: https://schoolofgainz.com/ Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
Mushrooms seem to be all the rage these days. What are the health benefits of mushrooms, though? Well, it depends on the type, but one of the most popular kinds of mushrooms people supplement is Reishi. What’s so special about this Reishi fungi? That’s what I’m here to tell you in this podcast. Specifically, you’re going to learn what Reishi mushroom is, why people supplement with it, what sorts of benefits and side effects you can expect, the best way to take it, how much to take, and more. Let’s get to it, shall we? Timestamps: 5:17 - What is reishi mushroom? 9:28 - What are the benefits of reishi mushroom? Mentioned on the Show: Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
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 Do You Increase Urgency and Necessity? 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. Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
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 . . . Why should you do front squats instead of other quad dominant exercises? --- Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ --- Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
While my world revolves around lifting heavy objects and learning how to eat “like an adult,” I occasionally dip into talking about entrepreneurship, marketing, and business in general. And feedback on this sort of content has been great. People with the entrepreneurship bug want to know what’s worked for me, what hasn’t, and what I’ve learned while growing my own businesses. The truth is starting your own business isn’t for everyone. You have to do a lot more work, take on a lot more stress, and generate a lot more revenue to be successful than most people think. In other words, it’s not for the lazy or faint of heart. These are things I recently talked about with Cody McBroom, who interviewed me on his Tailored Life Podcast, in which he asked me about all things business. I wanted to share this interview on my own podcast because I think it will be valuable to my listeners. It provides a peek behind the curtain of what it really takes to run and grow a business, build and maintain momentum, and more. In the interview, I talk about . . . The myth of “overnight success” stories and how to deal with impatience Reasons why you might not want to start a business or become an entrepreneur Work life balance, stress, and parenting Reflection and “self-care” routines (and why I don’t meditate) And a whole lot more . . . So if you’re interested in getting an “inside scoop” on what it takes to be successful in business, I think you're going to enjoy this episode. Timestamps: 6:35 - What are your thoughts on patience and people not being patient enough? 17:59 - What allowed you to become more patient? 25:18 - What does it take to start a business? 45:42 - What are your thoughts on reflection and balance? 56:06 - Rapid questions Mentioned on the Show: Cody McBroom's Podcast: https://tailoredcoachingmethod.com/podcast/ Cody McBroom's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/codymcbroom/ Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
In this episode, I interview Anna, who read Thinner Leaner Stronger and used what she learned to lose over 85 pounds of fat while gaining 20 pounds of muscle and getting significantly stronger. Before finding TLS, Anna was 200 pounds, in pain from being overweight, displaying symptoms of pre-diabetes, and didn’t know how to lose fat. She wanted to make a change, but didn’t know where to start. Luckily, her brother was familiar with my work and convinced her to read TLS. That’s when she learned all about what to do in the gym, how to eat properly, and most importantly for her, flexible dieting. Now she knew what to do, but she was filled with self-doubt and didn’t know if she could accomplish her goals. She smartly set a smaller, attainable goal of getting down to 170 pounds as a benchmark. Once she started applying what she learned and saw progress, she gained confidence. She started to feel like she was in control and could actually set even bigger goals and reach those too. Now, Anna is 135 pounds, having gained 20 pounds of muscle while losing 85 pounds of fat, and more than tripled her strength on many lifts. This process has not only transformed her body, but her whole mindset. As you’ll hear in the interview, Anna is confident and fearless. :) In this interview, Anna and I chat about her story and the important lessons she’s learned along the way, including her childhood and how she became overweight, what convinced her to start going to the gym, how she’s incorporating cardio and diet breaks, what she’s working toward now, and more. So if you’re looking for a jolt of inspiration and like motivational stories, definitely listen to this episode. Timestamps: 6:57 - What does your before and after look like? 10:42 - How did you find me and my work? 12:56 - How did you deal with being overweight as a child? 17:37 - What did your meal plan look like? 22:25 - What did your training look like? 29:26 - Have you done any cardio? 31:54 - How have you set up your deficit periods and diet breaks? Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
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 Often Should You Switch Exercises? 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. Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ --- Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
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 effective are negatives? 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: 3:07 - What are negatives? 6:04 - Should I only be doing eccentric training? 9:19 - How do I incorporate negatives in my training? Mentioned on the Show: Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike --- Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
I’ve recorded hundreds of episodes of Muscle for Life on a huge variety of things related to health, fitness, and lifestyle, ranging from the basics of diet and exercise like energy and macronutrient balance and progressive overload and training frequency and volume to fads like the ketogenic and carnivore diet and collagen protein to more unfamiliar territories like body weight set point and fasted cardio. Some episodes resonate with my crowd more than others, but all of them contain at least a few key takeaways that just about anyone can benefit from (that’s what I tell myself at least). And as cool as that is, it poses a problem for you, my dear listener: Ain’t nobody got time for that. Well okay, 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. People have also been saying they’d like me to do more shorter, multi-topic episodes, like my Q&As. 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: Carter Good on How to Finally Stop Binge Eating 11 Scientifically Proven Ways to Increase Your Bench Press Motivation Monday: How to Know When "Good Enough" Is Good Enough And we’ll be starting with number one, Carter Good on how to finally stop binge eating. Timestamps: 4:56 - Carter Good on How to Finally Stop Binge Eating 14:55 - 11 Scientifically Proven Ways to Increase Your Bench Press 20:47 - Motivation Monday: How to Know When "Good Enough" Is Good Enough Mentioned on the Show: Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
This podcast is a story about overcoming oppressive obstacles. It’s about facing reality head-on, coming to terms with the truth, and deciding to make a positive change. Specifically, it’s the story of Brad Jensen and how he beat addiction to reinvent himself and become known as “the sober bodybuilder.” I’ll save the details for the interview, but in broad strokes, Brad was a fitness-interested teenager who found himself turning to alcohol and eventually hard drugs to get through life. This led to a decade of serious addiction, becoming a drug dealer, multiple arrests, homelessness, and repeated cycles of recovery and relapse. In other words, Brad has had to deal with far more hardship than the average Joe, but he was able to take responsibility, not succumb to a victim mindset, and completely turn his life around. And while most of you listeners luckily won’t have to deal with the same issues or episodes of intense withdrawal, I think his story will be inspiring and motivating. In case you’re not familiar with Brad, he’s a fellow podcaster (The Key Nutrition Podcast) and coach, who’s used his passion for fitness to help beat addiction, remain sober for over 8 years now, and help other people get fit and healthy. In this interview, he shares his powerful story about his transformation from an anxious kid to a homeless heroin-addict, to a successful entrepreneur and business owner. In this interview, we chat about . . . Why Brad turned to alcohol and drugs and how he got addicted to heroin Dealing with withdrawal and his time spent in jail Other addictive behaviors like looking at pornography The difference between being sober and recovery Why people relapse during recovery and how he finally broke that cycle And more . . . So if you want to hear an inspiring story of how someone faced the truth, overcame addiction, and turned his life around, you’re going to enjoy this podcast. Timestamps: 6:50 - What was happening before 2012? 12:39 - What happened after high school? 38:27 - How did you start to turn your life around? Mentioned on the Show: Brad Jensen's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesoberbodybuilder/ Brad Jensen's Website (Key Nutrition): https://keynutrition.com/ Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
The more you think about it, the weirder it gets. Obviously we have reproductive differences but, beyond that, do women and men really vary that much? Especially when it comes to science. We use rats to estimate how stuff affects us for crying out loud. We share about 50% of the same genes as fruit flies and some have argued that our societal structures are similar to that of lobsters. When it comes to comparing one human against the other then 99.9% similarity may be an understatement because we don’t want to use more decimal places. And yet, despite this, we find numerous claims that supplements can benefit women and men differently beyond sex-based anatomical differences. To rub salt in the wound they are also all called vitamins for what I can only assume to be marketing or negligence. The amount of times I’ve seen calcium included in lists of vitamins for women’s health is equal parts staggering and saddening (we’ll get to why that’s wrong in a moment). Screw “vitamin,” the most commonly misused term by far in this regard. Want to know vitamins for women? Folic acid prenatal vitamins, boom, done, that’s it. It’s a useless question. A much better one is this: “What supplements should I, as a woman, consider that men do not need to consider?” And simple questions beget simple answers. Timestamps: 3:29 - Why are there supplements for women and what are the differences in these products? 10:00 - What supplements do you recommend for women? Mentioned on the Show: Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/mike Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
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’re downplaying the pandemic and being insensitive." Mentioned on the Show: Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
Is there a particular part of your body you want to strip fat from fast? Chances are good if you’ve searched online for answers about this “problem area,” you’ve found recommendations for specific exercises, foods, or supplements. Unfortunately, these solutions are a pipe dream. Fat loss is a simple process, but it’s not perfectly predictable. That is, if you know how to eat and exercise properly, you will lose fat consistently. However, there aren’t clearly defined stages of fat loss that allow you to forecast exactly where you’ll lose the fat from. There are some general patterns to fat loss, though, and these can give you an indication of how and when you’ll lose fat during a cut. This is helpful because it tells us what to expect, which can help us stay on track. That’s what this podcast is all about. Timestamps 5:39 - Where do you lose weight first? 10:24 - Why don’t men see fast results with their belly fat? Why don’t women see fast results with their thighs, butt, and hips? 15:29 - How does blood flow affect stubborn fat? 19:23 - How do genetics play a role with fat? Mentioned on the Show: Fasted Cardio Article: https://legionathletics.com/fasted-cardio/ Books by Mike Matthews: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/ Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/text-sign-up/
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Comments (39)

Michael connolly

Great information as always

May 13th
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Arthur

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!

Aug 24th
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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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Jeremy Kestner

feildman protocol

May 21st
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Paul Mac

Hi Michael, enjoyed the open chat, easy listening . I look forward to purchasing your audiobook BLS. I'm from Perth Western Australia. The little side step, we also have similar political issues.

Apr 26th
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Rinoa

I understand this is an old episode and Mike has since improved on his overall podcast/interview skills, but his constant interruptions and drinking with ice hitting the glass noises was very very distracting.

Apr 15th
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James Girardi

Great episode on the specific techniques to doing 2 important presses. I wish I heard this info many years ago.

Apr 11th
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Ally Stewart

motivation Mondays!!!!! also my bf got me thinner leaner stronger and several of your other books when we met 2 years ago.....I'm a bit late using them and I have my good and bad days but I'm getting there. love legion products Phoenix is a favorite. hope I win the contest! have a great week

Apr 11th
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Sharae Crouch

Such good information! Anyone serious about their health, fitness and weight lifting journey should tune in!

Apr 4th
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