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Fitness, marriage, food, sex.... and fart jokes. Drop the fat pants and join us – fitness writers Chris and Dani Shugart – for a variety show. Hear the latest research. Play a game. Check out our weird discoveries. And find out what to grab at the store. We've got a combined 25 years of editing and interviewing the experts (doctors, coaches, and nutrition specialists) and have written some of the highest-read fitness-related articles on the internet.
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On Our Minds We finally caught the virus everyone's been talking about. So here's how long science says we'll be immune to it: STUDYAnd here's what researchers say about how long your immunity lasts should you choose to get the jab: INFOThere's so much contradicting info that we'll be the first to admit that we know nothing... except that sunlight appears to helpful in fighting it and your odds of surviving it are better if you have a healthy body weight. STUDY, STUDY. But we're still stoked to have earned some antibodies for now. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger and all that stuff. Quiz How well have you been paying attention to health news? This week's quiz is a hodgepodge of all things health. Here are the topics we discuss and where you can go to take a closer look:• Particulates in the air: Info Bonus: Here's the image of the poo particles flying out of a toilet as it flushes: Image/Article• Stubborn belly fat: Info• Most effective glute exercises: Info• Broken heart syndrome: Info Bonus: Here's the story about the retired sheriff and his dog who die on the same day: Story• The diet that lowers libido: Info Newsflash Ever wonder what you can do to slow the aging process? It seems like anti-aging is more about what you avoid (smoking, excessive drinking, eating poorly, losing sleep) than what you actively do for prevention. But one study shows that there's something you CAN do to slow the aging process. STUDY It has to do with taking EPA and DHA, which are the major nutrients in fish oil. We discuss how much is actually needed and how it affects telomere length. It turns out, telomere length has a LOT to do with the aging process, but not a lot of people know what telomeres even are. This article breaks it down: ArticleChris briefly mentions the fish oil we take. Check it out HERE. We don't make a commission, but just wanted to share what we use.Shugart CartI've got another fizzy water in my cart this week. It's from Spindrift and it has just a skosh of juice in it. Chris has an app in his cart this week. It's the Food Network cooking app and you can find it here: App
On Our Minds (1:37)We discuss the cookbook (diet book?) we've been working on for those who want lean, muscular bodies. Then we address an article about a cookbook author who seems to believe that those who lower the fat or carbs in a recipe are fat-phobic. Check out both the article about her and the article she wrote: Here and Here Quiz (15:47)This week's quiz is all about the weird stuff that turns people on. Check out the survey here: SURVEY. Chris also discusses the most attractive quality people look for in a partner. Here's the link for that.Newsflash (25:40)We've got two studies: the first is on testosterone and brain health, and the second is on the best time to do cardio if your main goal is fat loss. Click here for the first study. And here for the second study. Shugart Cart (34:39)If you need a gym or travel bag, check out this one from Calpak: HERE. It's been a game-changer and actually makes it more fun to go to the gym. And if you like to make breaded stuff like homemade chicken nuggets (our favorite) you're going to want to check out this Panko replacement: PÖRQ Artisanal Pork Rinds Panko Crumbs.
On Our Minds (0:48)We start with a correction on last week's one-kettlebell workout, an update on the tuna at Subway, and a promotion for my (Dani's) new T-Nation article: How Fat Are You? Let's Find Out!Plus, we get into some deadlifting strength standards, and why my one rep max has stalled out... but I'm not sure if I should care.Quiz (12:08)This week's quiz is all about the edgy terminology young, single people use when they're talking about dating and sex.Is it raunchy? Yes. Will it make you want to date young, hip people? Probably not.Newsflash (20:03)Many fitness pros advise against partial reps. Are they right to do so? One study says, heck no.  And if there's a muscle group you've been wanting to build, you might want to start fitting them into your workouts. Hear how participants actually gained a significant amount of muscle mass on their triceps by using partials. Check out the study: HEREShugart Cart (28:32)Healthy homemade food isn't just for humans. Make it for your dogs too! Next time you're at the store, grab some ground turkey, flax meal, carrots, and a few other things. I've got the recipe for a doggy meatloaf and your fur babies are going to love it.Turns out, Chris is a stabby guy sometimes. He's got a knife recommendation that'll blow your mind... especially if you've got strong lats. Check out the Uwak Pikal: HEREBloopers and Other Silliness (35:52)Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
On Our Minds (0:42)If you only had one kettlebell or dumbbell, could you figure out a way to have a great workout? We share what we'd do and talk about Coach Dan John's epic article from 2004, The One Dumbbell Workout. Also... check out the model in those old photos. (It's Chris!)Quiz (11:48)This week's quiz is a hodgepodge of health and relationship science. If you'd like to take a closer look at the topics we discussed, here they are:• Spouses and TV Time • Spoiled Pets • Brain Health • Refractory Between Erections • Steroids in Your 20s Newsflash (22:13)Is it time to swap out the probiotics for avocados? A new study shows that this awesome vegetable (a fruit, really) promotes healthy gut bacteria... AND the extra calories you get from it appear to get pooped right out. Here's the study.Shugart Cart (27:04)Let's go on a diet: A social media diet. You don't have to stay off completely, just trim the excess and see what happens to your productivity, creativity, time management, and life enjoyment. But be ware, when Facebook finds out you're decreasing your time on the app, they'll start pestering you in dubious ways.And boners are fun. So Chris has a recommendation for a supplement that doesn't just ramp up the potential for stronger erections, it also helps with prostate health and prevention of urinary tract infections. Check out his recommendation for P-Well. Bloopers and Other Silliness (38:44)Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
On Our Minds (0:45)Do we need to make our future selves disabled in order to prove how "hardcore" we are now? We dive into this topic and discuss solutions for getting off what Seth Godin calls the hedonic treadmill. Listen here. We also talked about how dopamine affects motivation and why that could be the reason people continue chasing goals and letting those goals wreck them. Here's a scholarly article on dopamine.Quiz (11:50)This one's on all things food, fat loss, romance, and more. Here's a closer look at each topic:• Beans and Waistlines •  The 7 Year Itch • Tuna At Subway • Fish Fake-Outs • Condomless Sex• Kettlebell Swings and Calories Burned As promised, here's a link to Coach Dan John's articles: Click here.Newsflash (24:15)Don't toss out your egg yolks.... like... ever again. One study shows that they can increase testosterone, reduce body fat, and increase anaerobic power. Could this be the new performance-enhancing, physique-improving drug? More here. Shugart Cart (31:15)You could be putting chocolate chips in your face every day. The "Bake Believe" brand makes some killer sugar-free, low-ish carb chocolate chips. Use their site to find a location that sells them in your area. Here it is.And if you're craving a cold dessert, find out how to make protein pops... because that's what REAL men do. Apparently.Bloopers and Other Silliness (35:56)Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
On Our Minds (0:41)If you have high self-esteem does that automatically make you healthy? That's what Cosmo magazine seems to be saying. The publication shared 11 women's stories, and then labeled them all as healthy on their magazine cover.  In big bold font. Check it out.What they didn't include in the article was any valid health markers. There were no blood tests, heart rate metrics,  nor was there any real proof of physical wellness: just stories about self esteem. So what is it that makes a person healthy?As editors of a fitness publication we had to discuss it. Quiz (13:28)Think of the most bizarre eating plan you can conjure up. Now google it. Why? Because there's a good chance someone has already turned it into a diet book. And that's how this real-or-fake quiz was created. See if you can guess which of these diets are real and which ones are bogus. Hint: they're all a little bogus. Newsflash (25:03)A lot of lifters have always just assumed that marijuana lowers testosterone levels. That was the general consensus and the research was kind of all over the place. But a recent study shows that that's not the case. Check it out. And in fact, it may even have the ability to elevate testosterone levels somewhat. Now, some experts speculate that it probably doesn't do much as far as raising T-levels, but even so, this is still a win for those who use cannabis. Shugart Cart (35:05)If you've got tight muscles, you're going to want to grab this gadget called the Mobo Max because it can dig into just about any body part and offer instant relief. Get it here. And be sure to check out their instructional videos. HERE.And if you're in need of a blender, the Ninja Professional Plus is a winner. Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
On Our Minds   A person could go crazy being scared of every potential toxin and pollutant in the world. But are there some things worth avoiding? We get into the details of a few products we avoid and why.  And if you'd like to take a deeper dive, check out these articles: The New Chemicals That Make You Store FatThe T-Killing ToxinsQuiz This week's quiz is all about marriage and health... and healthy marriage. See if you can get all the answers correctly!Here are the topics we covered:• Cortisol• Spouses Who Keep a Secret Stash• Marriage Statistics • Wedding Rings• Divorce Rate• Couples Who Exercise TogetherNewsflash Fitness professionals (almost) always say that the best time to work out is whenever you HAVE time. Do it when you can. But if you have the choice, then new research is showing that the best time – for your health – is between 8-10 AM. Why? It has to do with melatonin production and cancer prevention. Check out the study here: Exercise Timing and CancerShugart Cart If you have a dog who LOVES plush toys but destroys them pretty quickly, then you've gotta check out these things from Chewy.com: FRISCO Muscle Plush Squeaking Wolf Dog ToyAnd if you're tired of protein shakes, check out this book that'll teach you how to make any food you can think of using protein powder:  The Ultimate Protein Powder Cookbook: Think Outside the Shake Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
On Our Minds (0:45)  Feeling a little down is SO common this time of year that there's a term called, "the January blues". Can you relate? If so, you're in good company. Luckily there are a ton of ways to fight it. Here are the 8 things we discussed.1. Vitamin D2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids3. Breakfast4. Red Meat5. Magnesium6. Low Testosterone7. Negative Thoughts8. AlcoholClearly there more things that could go on this list like nature, exercise, dogs, etc. So make your own or add to this one!Quiz (11:00) Have you been paying attention to any of the latest, weirdest science? No worries if you haven't because this is a TRUE/FALSE quiz. Here are some of the topics it covered:• Surgeons' Birthdays and Patient Mortality Rate• The Scents That Make You Feel Thinner And Thicker • Your Dog and Your Chance of Diabetes• Toxic Paper Cups• Mangos and Wrinkles• Sniffing Your Man For Stress ReliefNewsflash (21:15)You might've heard protein is important. But this week's study really put a spotlight on just how well it gives your metabolism a boost. We also discuss the two big nutrition camps and why they're kind of like The Sneetches, who were characters in a Dr. Seuss book. Check that story out here.Shugart Cart (28:40)You don't have to have a green thumb to start growing beautiful plants. You can develop one as you go. The book, How NOT To Kill Your Houseplant, will show you how.If you do a lot of cooking you're going to want to use a pan that doesn't have a toxic coating that scrapes off in high heat, but you probably also want something that food doesn't stick to. That's where the Ninja Foodi NeverStick Premium comes in. Bonus: It's also dishwasher safe. Bloopers (35:45)Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
On Our Minds (0:44)Can women rev up their sex drive with one common vitamin? Dani shares what happened when she was trying to improve her immunity.  This discovery could mean one of these two things: 1. Filling a deficiency may make women's sexual health better. OR 2. This vitamin has special properties that can make the average woman get a case of "the hornies" when intake is bumped up on occasion. For more info on the female libido, check out Dani's new article, More Sex, Better Sex (For Her) on T-Nation.com.Quiz (12:45)How well do you know the Olympics and other sporting events? Test your knowledge on the latest things happening in the sports world. Newsflash (19:40)Want to know how healthy your heart is?  Find out by climbing a few flights of stairs. The European Society of Cardiology has a practical way to find out how healthy your (or someone else's) heart is in under two minutes.Shugart Cart (27:13)Do you need a sex light? Chris thinks so. He's suggesting a set of Himalayan pink salt lamps. He believes their warm glow sets the mood for bedroom activities...  like puzzles, pillow forts, dance routines, etc.And if you've ever craved a toaster pastry (Pop Tart) but didn't want a mouthful of flour and sugar, try the ones from Legendary Foods. They're keto-friendly (four net carbs per pastry), gluten free, high protein, and super delicious.  Bloopers  (34:06)Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
Best Of: Quizzes!

Best Of: Quizzes!

2020-12-2235:56

Test your knowledge (or just your memory) by playing along with some of our favorite quizzes! And if you're able to get all of the questions right, drop us a note. Find Chris on Twitter, find Dani on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes! 
On Our Minds What can you do to keep from gaining fat during a layoff? We answer a listener's question about staying lean while recovering from surgery. But this info applies no matter what's keeping you from getting your regularly-scheduled workouts.Quiz Can you pass our quiz on insane celebrity transformations? If you've been keeping up with entertainment news, you'll probably ace this. (Or at least beat Dani.)Newsflash A recent study shows that there are two types of runners: Those who are obsessively passionate and those who are harmoniously passionate. One of those is NOT super healthy. And you can see these two groups among all exercisers – even lifters. We get into the details on exercise obsession and discuss some of the ridiculous things lifters say.The Shugart Cart It's either a mini pizza crust, a street taco tortilla, or a piece of bread. Chris discovered a food that can be all three. And the extra good news? It's low carb and grain free. And are wigs outdated or are they all the rage? And if celebrities are wearing them, why can't we? Dani is transforming her look with a bright red one this week and it's driving Chris insane. Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
On Our MindsIs spot reduction impossible? That's what most people say, but it seems like there's a little more to it. Check out our experiences and what a few (more progressive) coaches are saying. QuizIt's all about exercise science. How does HIIT affect your sleep if you do it before bed? What do big calves have to do with life expectancy? What's the best way to isolate the hamstrings? Test your knowledge, then get the details on these questions and more!NewsflashYou constantly hear about the importance of sleep. It's almost a boring topic now. But missing out on it does more than just make you tired and hungry for carbs. This study shows that it'll also mess with your body composition – even when you're doing a very strict diet. This will motivate you to hit the sack early tonight!Shugart CartMy cart contains a giant calendar. If you're following me on "the gram" you've seen it before.  And Chris is recommending a beer for special occasions. Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
On Our Minds: We delve into some of the worst fitness advice ever and counter it with what will really  work for long-term leanness. Quiz: What are the commonalities among happy people? How often do they have sex, what kind of music do they listen to, how spontaneous or routine are their lives, and what activities do they participate in? Take the quiz and find out!Newsflash: How does your voice affect your sex life? Well, according to new research, if you're a dude, you're more likely to cheat if you've got a deeper voice. We discuss WHY this is a thing and how it affects women.Shugart Cart: Grab some oranges next time you're a the store... but don't eat them! Slice them up and turn them into a holiday garland. Dani's got the details.  And Chris is recommending an instant (!!) espresso this week, which might scare away coffee aficionados, but given how convenient it is and how surprisingly good it tastes, you're going to want to give it a try.Want to see pictures or take a closer look at any of the studies or articles we discussed? Check out the full show notes for this episode!Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter and Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
• What's the best solution if you struggle with workout consistency? Hear what ab-building program Dani is using to build, not just abs, but consistency.• Who diets more: women with good looking husbands or men with good looking wives? Take this quiz on physical beauty and "very ugly" populations according to actual researchers!• Will nutrition rules destroy your life... or lead to a lean, healthy body? We discuss a survey, a study on weight loss success, the nutrition rules that work best for us, and a controversial article from the Washington Post.• What secret website can give you access to free research? Chris dishes on something we're not sure is completely above board.• And what music streaming app do you need to download right now? Hint: You might already be subscribed to it without knowing.Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
• Listener question: What are the best strategies that'll help you break out of the friend zone?  We get to the bottom of it. • Game time: How should women train differently than men? Take this quiz that covers women's fitness and other lady-centric stats. • Newsflash: What type of cardio can burn up to 4 pounds of fat (in only three workouts per week)? Hear about the study that compared this type of workout to long distance cardio.• The Shugart Cart: What sugar-free dipping sauce rivals (or even beats) the stuff you can get at McDonald's?  And what tahini-sriracha salad dressing do you need to grab at the store? Check out our saucy recommendations this week!Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
• How can you get what you want without being a turd? We get into the differences between assertiveness, passiveness, aggressiveness.... and passive aggressiveness.• What infamous drug was called "mommy's little helper" and what drug are mommies using today? Take our quiz on drugs throughout history.• Do full body workouts actually build more muscle than body part splits? Chris found a study showing that it just might.• What book will help you win any argument? We discuss the art of rhetoric and how to persuade people. • What does every man need to carry in his pocket? Check out the gadget Chris carries around on every hike. Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is most active on Twitter, Dani's most active on Instagram. Or head over to fitpantspodcast.com to leave a comment and see the full show notes!
• Is obesity caused by ignorance and poor choices? Hear about the controversial statements the CEO of Whole Foods made, and the backlash that came from it. Plus, get our take!• What strength sport causes the most injuries and what old advice are experts telling people to ignore now? Take our quiz on athletic injuries!• What five questions can determine whether or not your relationship will last? Answer these somewhat uncomfortable things with me and hear what psychologists are saying.• How can you get all the good info from a book in a fraction of the time? Chris has a recommendation for those who don't have time to read all the super-long self help books.• And how can you brighten up dark under eye circles? Check out the 3-in-1 product Dani's been using to make her face less gross. Got questions, feedback, or topic ideas you'd like us to cover? Find us on social (Chris, Dani). And if you'd like to see the links to anything we mentioned on this episode, head over to Fitpantspodcast.com for more details.
• What exercise trains your full body from head to toe? Hint: You pick up the weight and walk. Get the details on our favorite ways to do it.• Can you pass our quiz on the latest studies in health, fitness, relationships and psychology? Give it a shot!• What are the three signs someone is flirting with you? Hear what researchers had to say. • How good are you at accepting compliments? Find out how it affects the way people perceive you.• Does your skin need a little glow? We've got something to toss in your cart.• And what's the best spice mix for meat? You'll need to grab this next time you hit the store.Got questions, feedback, or topic ideas you'd like us to cover? Find us on social (Chris, Dani). And if you'd like to see the links to anything we mentioned on this episode, head over to Fitpantspodcast.com for more details.
• What's a fun way to get strong and build work capacity at the same time? Try the 20-reps method for a crazy challenge that'll help with both goals.• What sex and romance scenes do people most want to recreate in their own lives? Take the quiz and see if you can beat my score!• Could a fecal transplant help you keep weight off? Hear about a recent study researchers did on dieters and their gut microbiome.• What zero-carb sugar substitute do you need to grab at the store? It's great for baking and has no funky aftertaste. • Is it time you had a grown-up backpack? Chris has the details on what he's been toting around. Got questions, feedback, or topic ideas you'd like us to cover? Find us on social (Chris, Dani). And if you'd like to see the links to anything we mentioned on this episode, head over to Fitpantspodcast.com for more details.
• At what point does discipline become disordered and are diets really a bad thing? We get into the details.• Is it fear or phobia? See if you can pass our quiz on the crazy things people run from.• What common over-the-counter drug can cause you to take bigger risks and lower your sense of empathy? Bonus: It might be the perfect solution for the risk-averse.• What weird plush toy do you need to buy for the millennial in your life?• And what training gadget do you need to add to your home workout arsenal? Got questions, feedback, or topic ideas you'd like us to cover? Find us on social (Chris, Dani). And if you'd like to see the links to anything we mentioned on this episode, head over to Fitpantspodcast.com for more details.
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Cindy Pienaar

Good one as always! Really enjoy listening to the 2 of you!💪🏻

Feb 25th
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Diandra C

Great podcast!!!

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