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Is Meditation as Great as Everyone Says? An Answer, According to 20 Studies

4/20/2018
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You’ve probably heard that meditation can do many wonderful things for your body, like reduce stress and inflammation, help you live longer, think more clearly, and more. How true are these claims, though? Can something as simple as controlling your attention and focus for a few minutes every day have such profound benefits? And, if so, what are the best and most effective ways of doing this? Should you do “body focused” meditation, “open monitoring,” transcendental meditation, or...

Duration:00:43:57

How to Boost Your Muscle Recovery in 5 Simple Steps

4/19/2018
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“Muscles don’t grow in the gym.” I’m sure you’ve heard that old bodybuilding adage before. Well, there’s truth in it. Weightlifting alone doesn’t make your muscles bigger and stronger. That’s what happens after the workouts. That’s why the work that your body does to repair the stress and damage caused by training is just as important as the work you do in the gym to stress and damage your muscles. The bottom line is if you’re not fully recovering from your workouts, you’re going to...

Duration:00:17:47

The Easiest Way to Maintain Your Muscle & Strength

4/18/2018
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What if I told you that you could maintain and even gain muscle and strength in as little as 45 to 60 minutes per week? And what if I wasn’t trying to pitch you on a PDF, pill, or powder? Well, give me ten minutes and I’ll give you the “secret,” right here in this episode. (Alright, it’s less of a secret and more a couple of simple, science-based strategies, but it’s helpful nonetheless.) And even if you’re not looking for a “lazy” way to stay ripped, this information can benefit you,...

Duration:00:21:33

The Best Breathing Technique for Lifting

4/17/2018
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“Remember to breath” someone says as they walk past you while you’re sporting your tomato face during a hard set of squats. You nod, smile, and ignore them, but you also wonder . . . could they be right? You’ve heard more and more noise about how holding your breath while lifting could be dangerous. This technique is officially known as the Valsalva maneuver, and it’s become quite a controversial subject among us fitness folk. Some say it increases your risk of fainting, aneurysm,...

Duration:00:13:28

Motivation Monday: 6 Reasons to Get Fired Up For Your Workout

4/16/2018
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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:00:18:10

Getting Super Lean, Strength Training, Book Publishing, and More with Ben Pakulski

4/13/2018
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Bodybuilder Ben Pakulski interviews me on his podcast to talk about how to structure a diet to get extremely lean, fasting, planning your diet over several months, supplements for fat loss, book publishing, and more. This interview is different from my normal routine of drilling deep down into one topic, because Ben wanted to cover a lot of different topics including the finer points of getting lean, the ins and outs of self-publishing, and the hard lessons we’ve learned growing both as...

Duration:01:08:12

How to Know Exactly How Many Carbs You Should Eat

4/12/2018
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When it comes to building muscle and losing fat, most people “in the know” agree on at least a few things: -A high-protein diet is best. -An energy surplus is necessary for maximizing muscle growth. -An energy deficit is necessary for losing fat. In fact, those fundamentals are so well established both scientifically and anecdotally that they form a litmus test of sorts for diet “gurus” and methodologies If someone claims otherwise–that a low-protein diet is optimal or that you don’t...

Duration:00:13:03

Stephen Guise on the Power of Mini Habits

4/11/2018
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Today I talk with Stephen Guise, author of the book Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results. Now, habits and routines is a trendy topic these days that has been basically beaten to death, and that’s why I wanted to get Stephen on the show to talk about a little subcult of the habit space that I thought you might find interesting and helpful. Specifically, the “mini-habit” movement that he has created with his bestselling book, and how you can use these mini-habits to make behavior...

Duration:01:02:15

4 Proven Ways to Improve Your Squat

4/10/2018
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According to weightlifting purists, if you’re not squatting, you’re not doing it right. Sure, you can get a decent set of wheels without squatting (there are plenty of other exercises you can do to train your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves), but the reason the squat reigns supreme is it’s freaking hard. The squat requires just about every major muscle group in your body to work in concert to generate a tremendous amount of force, as well as near picture-perfect form if you’re...

Duration:00:13:53

Motivation Monday: The Danger of Thinking Big

4/9/2018
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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:00:12:04

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

4/6/2018
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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, like 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 because he’s extremely disagreeable, which always makes for a fun conversation. In this interview, we talk the squat, an exercise Mark kinda likes. In fact, he says that there are few...

Duration:00:59:20

Is a Low-Sugar Diet Actually Better For Weight Loss?

4/5/2018
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If there’s one thing that would-be diet “gurus” everywhere agree on, it’s that a low-sugar diet is one of the most reliable ways to lose weight. Cut the heinous sugar molecule out of your life, they say, and watch the pounds melt away. Keep eating it regularly, though, they claim, and you’ll always look in the mirror with shame. (Yeah, you know, I like to flex my lyrical muscles too…) … Please clap? Er, anyway, sugar’s relationship to weight loss is all so neat and tidy…until...

Duration:00:19:05

How Wade Lost 14 Pounds & 6% Body Fat In Just 90 Days

4/4/2018
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In this episode I interview Wade, who recently completed my 90-day coaching service, to hear his story. He shares 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 take his body to a whole new level. As with everything, nothing ever goes exactly as planned, and learning to adjust and adapt to conditions is an important part of...

Duration:00:50:33

Which Form of Creatine is Most Effective?

4/3/2018
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You’ve probably heard that creatine is one of the few supplements that don’t suck…and you’ve heard right. It’s the most well-researched molecule in all of sports nutrition–the subject of hundreds of scientific studies–and its benefits are clear: It helps you build muscle faster.It helps you get stronger faster.It improves anaerobic endurance.It improves muscle recovery. What isn’t so clear, though, is which form you should take and why. Is something fancy sounding like creatine...

Duration:00:10:45

Motivation Monday: The Great “Work-Life Balance” Dilemma

4/2/2018
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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:00:24:50

What Causes Water Retention and How to Get Rid Of It

3/29/2018
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You’ve counted every calorie and checked them twice. You’ve logged every step and rep, every day. You’ve bought every supplement that might possibly help. And you’re still not losing weight. What the hell? You know how a calorie deficit works and you’re not overeating. You know how to prevent “metabolic damage” and aren’t starving yourself. And you know you’re working way too damn hard in the gym to see the same dismal sight in the mirror and on the scale every day. Well, when...

Duration:00:20:38

Do Infrared Saunas Work? What 23 Studies Say

3/28/2018
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The health and fitness space is full of gimmicks and gimcracks that promise to help you lose weight, look sexier, and get healthier. You know, things like… -Detox teas and “cleanses” -Starvation (and overly restrictive) diets -Overhyped nutrition “hacks” (like intermittent fasting and ketogenic dieting) -Testosterone boosters -Estrogen blockers …just to name a few. The sad truth is if you simply ignored most everything published in most fitness magazines and on most fitness...

Duration:00:28:17

Motivation Monday: “Secrets” Don’t Work Unless You’ve Worked for Them

3/26/2018
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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:00:26:44

Can Spices, Herbs, and Essential Oils Improve Your Health?

3/23/2018
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You’ve probably heard that herbs, spices, and essential oils can do many wonderful things for your body, like balance your hormones, reduce inflammation, improve your gut health, speed up fat loss, and more. How true are these claims, though? Can you really help “optimize your body” by sprinkling some goodies on your meals and huffing nice-smelling oils? Can the pigment in curry really improve your joint health? Does adding cinnamon to your oatmeal really help control your blood...

Duration:00:55:23

Research Review: Greg Nuckols on the “Mind Muscle Connection” and Muscle Building

3/21/2018
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In this episode, I speak with Greg Nuckols who’s a world-record holding powerlifter, researcher, and coach, and one of foremost authorities on the science of strength training. Greg also produces a fantastic monthly research review along with Dr. Eric Helms and Dr. Mike Zourdos, called MASS (www.strongerbyscience.com/mass), and in this interview, Greg is going to break down one of the studies analyzed in their review. The study he’s going to discuss looked at what many people call the...

Duration:00:27:43

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