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The Complete Guide to the RPE Scale (and How to Use It)

8/15/2018
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One of the most important aspects of weightlifting is progression. This is the difference between exercise (moving your body to burn calories and improve health) and training (exercising according to a plan designed to produce specific long-term outcomes). This is the key to avoiding stagnation in muscle and strength gain, and to breaking through the many plateaus that will occur throughout your fitness journey. There are a number of ways to progress in your weightlifting workouts, but...

Duration:00:32:28

Motivation Monday: The Little Big Things About Building a Better You

8/13/2018
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This episode is part of a weekly series that I have dubbed “Motivation Monday.” (Yes, I know, very creative of me. What can I say, I’m a genius…) Seriously though, the idea here is simple: Every Monday morning, I’m going to post a short and punchy episode that I hope gets you fired up to tackle the workouts, work, and everything else that you have planned for the week ahead. As we all know, it’s one thing to know what you want to do, but it’s something else altogether to actually make...

Duration:00:22:15

Ben Greenfield on How to Live a Longer, Healthier, and More Enjoyable Life

8/10/2018
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In this podcast I interview bestselling author and competitive triathlete Ben Greenfield, and we talk about how strength training, muscle building, exercise, and diet affect aging, longevity, and health. If you follow Ben and his work, you know that this is his primary hobbyhorse. He’s obsessed with figuring out innovative and cutting-edge ways to improve his body and mind, and in this show, he shares some of his most recent thoughts and strategies for optimizing his life. Here are some...

Duration:00:56:16

Introducing The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation

8/1/2018
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Years ago, I was stuck in a rut in the gym, I was making minimum payments on tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt, and I had no idea where I should go in my life, let alone how to get there. Today, I’m a “super-fit” bestselling author with over one million books sold, and the owner and founder of several 7- and 8-figure businesses, including Muscle for Life, Legion Athletics, and Oculus Publishers (And more importantly, I also found a unicorn for a wife who has given me two...

Duration:00:11:01

Vince del Monte on Lessons Learned from Two Decades in the Fitness Industry

7/20/2018
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If you listen to this show, you probably like working out and staying in shape. If you’re not a sociopath, you probably like helping other people. Well, if you’ve ever wanted to do both by helping other people get in shape, then this interview is for you. In it, I talk with Vince del Monte, who has been in the fitness entrepreneurship game for almost two decades now and is still going strong. I’ve written and spoken a bit about achieving success in the fitness industry, but I’m still a...

Duration:01:20:19

Marc Perry on How to Stay Super Lean Year Round (Without Hating Your Life)

7/18/2018
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Once you understand the mechanics proper dieting, getting lean isn’t all that difficult. Sure, it’s never easy in the way that gaining weight is easy, but most of us can plod through a couple months of cutting to get some abs for the summer. The real challenge is staying lean. For the long haul. That’s what separates the fitness champions from the rest of the contenders. That’s why I invited my friend Marc Perry on the podcast. He’s the founder of BuiltLean.com, and when it...

Duration:01:01:54

Motivation Monday: When You Can Do This, You Can Do Anything

7/16/2018
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This episode is part of a weekly series that I have dubbed “Motivation Monday.” (Yes, I know, very creative of me. What can I say, I’m a genius…) Seriously though, the idea here is simple: Every Monday morning, I’m going to post a short and punchy episode that I hope gets you fired up to tackle the workouts, work, and everything else that you have planned for the week ahead. As we all know, it’s one thing to know what you want to do, but it’s something else altogether to actually make...

Duration:00:11:47

What Can BCAAs Actually Do For You? (According to Science)

7/13/2018
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In this episode, I interview the co-founder and former lead researcher and writer of Examine.com Kurtis Frank on the truth about branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). For years now, BCAAs have been a staple supplement in the bodybuilding scene. If you’ve ever seen a muscleboy or girl in the gym lugging around a gallon jug of fluorescent liquid, chances are it’s water and BCAAs. BCAAs are extremely popular because they supposedly help us build muscle faster when we’re bulking and retain...

Duration:00:34:28

How Nick Lost 19 Pounds & 11% Body Fat In Just 90 Days

7/11/2018
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In this episode I interview Nick, who’s 40 years old and recently completed my 90-day coaching service. In this interview we talk about how he found his way to me and my work, including what he had tried previously, how things changed after he started implementing the advice in my books and articles, and how my 90-day coaching service helped him lose 19 pounds, 11% body fat, and 6 inches off of his waist, while also maintaining his strength on all of his big lifts. As with everything,...

Duration:01:03:37

James Clear on How to Build Effective Habits and Make Them Stick

7/6/2018
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In this episode, I interview James Clear, who runs the very popular blog JamesClear.com, where he writes about many facets of the science of self improvement. I enjoy reading James’ writing because it’s simple, clear, and practical, and chock full of interesting studies, examples, and anecdotes. If you peruse his website, you’ll quickly realize that James’ hobbyhorse is habits, and that’s the topic of today’s interview (and his upcoming book, which I’m excited to check out later this...

Duration:00:59:33

How to Safely and Healthily Lose Weight Fast

7/4/2018
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You’re here because you want to lose weight fast, and that’s completely understandable. Whether you have a lot or a little fat to lose, the sooner it’s over, the better. You have to be careful what you wish for, though, because if you go about it incorrectly—like most people do—you may just wind up skinny fat. In other words, if you do what most people do—starve yourself and do a bunch of cardio—you’ll lose weight alright, but you’re probably not going to be happy with what you see in...

Duration:01:12:11

Motivation Monday: The #1 Unspoken Rule of Success

7/2/2018
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This episode is part of a weekly series that I have dubbed “Motivation Monday.” (Yes, I know, very creative of me. What can I say, I’m a genius…) Seriously though, the idea here is simple: Every Monday morning, I’m going to post a short and punchy episode that I hope gets you fired up to tackle the workouts, work, and everything else that you have planned for the week ahead. As we all know, it’s one thing to know what you want to do, but it’s something else altogether to actually make...

Duration:00:16:46

Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Deadlift

6/29/2018
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In this episode, I speak with the grandfather of barbell training, Mark Rippetoe, who has given us many a great things, including books that everyone should read, Starting Strength and Practical Programming. I’m a fan of Mark and his work, of course, because nobody has done more to promote, teach, and defend barbell training than Rip, and also because of his peppery personality, which always makes for a fun conversation. This time around, we talk about the deadlift and its many...

Duration:01:14:34

Research Review: What’s the Best Rep Range for Building Muscle?

6/27/2018
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Rep ranges and muscle building is a controversial topic. Some people believe that you can maximize muscle building by training with high reps and light weights ( Who’s right? That’s what James Krieger and several other researchers wanted to find out in a meta-analysis that was just published just this year in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. They combed through 21 different studies that compared how training with heavier or lighter weights affected muscle and strength...

Duration:00:38:18

How Dangerous Is Weightlifting? What 20 Studies Have to Say

6/22/2018
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Many people think weightlifting is inherently dangerous, and I understand why. When you compare deadlifting, squatting, and bench pressing gargantuan amounts of weight to other forms of exercise, like jogging, cycling, or calisthenics, weightlifting looks more like a death wish than a discipline. Poke around on Internet forums and you’ll find plenty to feed your anxiety. Personal stories range from the tame--mild joint and muscle aches and the like--to the downright horrific and...

Duration:00:24:50

Jeff Haden on the Biggest Motivation Myths That Are Holding You Back

6/20/2018
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Why are some people so motivated and others aren’t? Why do some people seem to have “it”—grit, willpower, conscientiousness, whatever you call it—and others don’t? Were they born with it? Did they develop it through training? Does it have to do with them finding and pursuing their “true calling”? Or is there some other explanation? Today’s guest, Jeff Haden, is going to address these questions and more. Jeff has been a popular columnist on Inc.com for years, and he’s spent much of...

Duration:01:21:50

Motivation Monday: An Ode to the Gym

6/18/2018
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This episode is part of a weekly series that I have dubbed “Motivation Monday.” (Yes, I know, very creative of me. What can I say, I’m a genius…) Seriously though, the idea here is simple: Every Monday morning, I’m going to post a short and punchy episode that I hope gets you fired up to tackle the workouts, work, and everything else that you have planned for the week ahead. As we all know, it’s one thing to know what you want to do, but it’s something else altogether to actually make...

Duration:00:12:24

My Interview with Lacey Dunn on Starting a Business, Book Publishing, and More

6/8/2018
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Personal trainer, blogger, and soon-to-become Registered Dietitian Lacey Dunn was kind enough to have me on her podcast to talk about how I got started in the fitness industry, the story behind my books, how I came to start Legion Athletics, and more. This interview is different from my normal routine of drilling deep down into one topic, because Lacey wanted to cover a lot of different topics more related to the hard lessons I’ve learned growing multiple businesses while raising a...

Duration:00:58:51

Should You Use Supersets to Build Muscle Faster? What 18 Studies Say

6/6/2018
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Supersets are a staple of classic bodybuilding workouts. You find them in almost every muscle building magazine, book, and blog, and Golden-era bodybuilders like Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, and Arnold swore by them. But how effective are supersets? And how do they compare to simpler muscle building techniques like increasing volume (reps), frequency, or intensity (load)? Well, the short story is that supersets aren’t inherently good or bad—it all comes down to how you use them. Use...

Duration:00:43:02

Motivation Monday: 3 Powerful Ways Working Out Makes You Better at Life

6/4/2018
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This episode is part of a weekly series that I have dubbed “Motivation Monday.” (Yes, I know, very creative of me. What can I say, I’m a genius…) Seriously though, the idea here is simple: Every Monday morning, I’m going to post a short and punchy episode that I hope gets you fired up to tackle the workouts, work, and everything else that you have planned for the week ahead. As we all know, it’s one thing to know what you want to do, but it’s something else altogether to actually make...

Duration:00:29:21