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S3E12: Shift Work and Training

Lots of our listeners work long shifts with down time in between, or have full-on workdays that make tough training feel like too much. How do you develop awareness of what your body needs and find a sustainable rhythm, even if you work for 12 hours in a row? And what should your program on such a day even look like? On days when your brain takes a beating, learn how to prevent injury and go with the flow.


S3E11: Keto, Yes Or No?

Before you go keto, start intermittent fasting, or take on any popular diet, check these basics off your list to make sure you have sustainable habits down first. Diets come and go, but healthy practices will keep you looking lean long after the beef and cheese kick gets old. Med School Marcus will give you the lowdown on ketones in your body, and you’ll also learn when a diet like keto or intermittent fasting is appropriate to take on.

S3E10: Carport Fitness

A carport gym and a track are all Marcus used to get jacked in his twenties, and if you’re a student or on a budget, you won’t need much more. If you’re thinking of setting up a home gym or are limited in your access to equipment, get some ideas for the essential investments. We’ll also talk about what Marcus would do differently if he were transported back in time - get these takeaways for your own training now.


S3E9: All About Awakening

Looking back at Awaken Training Series, we’re covering the key themes of Functional Bodybuilding as they’ve evolved over time. If you or your clients are still looking for ways to improve movement quality and progress with purpose, dive into the details of what makes FBB-style workouts so effective at getting stronger, faster, and better without burnout.


S3E8: Powerful Protein

Protein is one of the factors that makes the biggest impact on your energy and body composition, but a lot of people struggle with inadequate levels in their diet. Today we’re talking about why protein is so important, and how to overcome barriers of preference, taste, and boredom to make sure you get enough.


S3E7: Craving Crappy Sugar? Change This

Afternoon sugar and cravings for crappy food can mean your body is depleted - especially if you’re training hard and getting behind on quality food. If you want to perform better, stay lean, and fuel your body well, listen in for what to change about your daily approach.


S3E6: Culinary Mastery: The Meal Prep Breakdown

Grab a notebook and pull up a seat - in this episode, Marcus shares exactly how he approaches meal prep for himself and his entire family, from the pantry to fridge to stove to grill. Fueling yourself with delicious food all weeklong doesn’t have to be a chore or take a ton of time. Get the full breakdown, including Marcus’s tasty marinade with only three ingredients.


S3E5: Liquid Nutrition

Do you sit down to eat breakfast, or grab a shake to gulp and go? In this episode, we discuss the ins and outs of liquid nutrition for meal replacement, nutrient supplementation, and weight loss or gain. Learn when to choose to chew, and be mindful of how you nourish yourself throughout the day.


S3E4: When the Game is Changed

Big changes to the competitive landscape of fitness mean an opportunity to re-examine your priorities in training. While those who dream of competing on a big stage may face disappointment, there are still many unknowns in what opportunities you'll have - and ways for both competitive and non-competitive athletes to get fired up about the training that happens day-to-day.


S3E3: Breathing and Bracing

If your heavy squat is incomplete without one big breath and a weight belt, tune in for some tips on breathing and bracing under different types of contractions. (Those of you in Awaken Training Series getting to that 15-second overhead squat are going to love this one.) And for conditioning work, Marcus shares some surprising advice for breathing and building energy during high effort sets that we’d love for you to try out.


S3E2: The Scores On the Board

The heart-pumping feeling of competing with the person next to you at your gym can be addictive. Your adrenaline can pull you into greater capacity. But is it the wisest choice for day to day training? Turning on the racing switch means there’s little room for quality movement and improving technique. This episode is for coaches whose athletes only seem to care about the score instead of moving well, and for athletes who wonder if your progress is hindered by a competitive atmosphere.


S3E1: Missing Out on Competition

What does Marcus - a 6x Games athlete - really miss about competing under the bright lights? And what lessons from that carry over to anyone who needs to change focus in their training, work, or life? If you’re bummed about the Regionals changes or life has thrown you a curveball in other ways, listen in for some gems on how to take what inspires you and let it light your way.


S2E12: Nutrition Elimination + Eating on a Budget

Food is an investment of your time that pays dividends in how your body feels and performs. If there’s something in your diet you suspect is stressing your system, learn how to experiment with eliminating categories of food for a time. Then we’ll hit three ways to keep your wallet happy and your food quality high.


S2E11: Thinking Athletes vs. Shut It Off and Go

Treat your brain as if it's the biggest, most beautiful muscle you've got and see what results you can get from your training when you slow down enough to take it in. There's a time and place to let your hair down, shut it off, and go - but more progress, satisfaction, and lessons that carry over to the rest of your life are all available to you every time you hit the gym doing the same workout you'd be doing anyway. Listen in today for some suggestions on how to become a thinking athlete.


S2E10: Three Key Questions for Change

Have you ever tried to change your nutrition by cutting out things like sugar and alcohol completely, but struggled to keep it up over the long term? Listen in for the three questions to ask yourself or your clients before any habit change with nutrition or training - and get some bonus tips on switching things up without having to think about what you're missing.


S2E9: A Different Approach to Group Class

Functional Bodybuilding took off as an alternative to constant high volume, high intensity training often found in group classes, but you don't have to go it alone to train in this style. Here's a look at how Functional Bodybuilding can work for groups to promote quality of movement, unilateral strength and balance, and support for aesthetics while keeping the fun of a community class.


S2E8: Set Yourself Up...For Failure

We all know the Instagram highlight reel doesn't show the full picture. But when failure is mostly invisible, how can you learn more about encountering the edge of your abilities in your training? Failure is an opportunity to grow and learn, but before you go for that 1RM, check the "failure matrix" in this episode for some keys to make the most out of pushing to the max.


S2E7: Vulnerability Is the Ticket to Success

Feeling vulnerable, afraid, and fragile is so uncomfortable that many people try to avoid it at all costs. Whether it's a competition, a scary workout, an uncomfortable movement, or something else in your life, getting cozy with that dark place of fear can ultimately lead to expansive learning and growth. Today we take a look at how to approach vulnerability in your training and what it can reward you with as a result.


S2E6: Getting Honest With Your Goals

Are your goals realistic? Today we’ll walk through shifting priorities with health, performance, and aesthetic goals and how to make sure your goals align with the way you live your life, breaking down some misconceptions on the way. We’ll leave you with a little homework for getting clear on your goals and would love to hear your results.


S2E5: Is Intensity King?

Hold the heavy breathing - at least until you've thought through your approach to intensity in training. Intensity has its place, but no one can live there all the time. Here's how to combine Functional Bodybuilding with intensity peaks so you can build your fundamentals of motor control, mechanics, strength, and consistency, and then turn on the jets for competitions or max effort moments.