Muscle for Life

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Sinopsis

Hey! My name is Mike Matthews and I'm a bestselling health and fitness author, and creator of MuscleForLife.com. My mission is to empower people to take control of their health and fitness by following a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle that not only gives them the body they've always wanted, but enables them to live a long, vital, disease-free life.

Episodios

  • Ali Gilbert on Optimizing Men’s Hormones and Health

    03/01/2024 Duración: 01h37min

    Is there a testosterone crisis in men? If so, why? And is it impacting you—are your testosterone levels declining or already low? How can you know? And what can you do about it? You’re going to get answers to those questions and more in today’s interview with men's health expert, Ali Gilbert. In case you’re not familiar with her, Ali is a men’s health coach popularly known as the “Queen of Men’s Health” online, and she has helped thousands of men of all ages improve their hormones and thus their health, energy, and physical, mental, and sexual performance. In this podcast, Ali and I chat about . . . The factors affecting the decline in testosterone levels in men and why it’s a significant concern for men’s health and well-being The role of nutrition, fitness, and sleep in maintaining hormonal balance  Science-based ways of naturally optimizing your hormonal health The controversy surrounding TRT and myths about estrogen’s role in men’s health The impact of alcohol on hormonal health The

  • Everything You Need to Know About Daily Weight Fluctuations

    27/12/2023 Duración: 29min

    Ever stepped on the scale and wondered why your weight seems to dance around day by day?  You're not alone.  In this episode, we explore the multiple factors contributing to daily weight fluctuations.  From food weight, carbohydrate intake, sodium levels, to stress, strength training, the menstrual cycle, and even alcohol consumption—each plays a unique role in your body's weight changes.  You’re going to learn the best practices for tracking your weight effectively and understand how to interpret these fluctuations for a more accurate picture of your fitness progress. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 2:20 - Your weight is going to fluctuate. 5:54 - What is food weight? 7:29 - How do carbs affect weight fluctuation? 10:57 - Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip 13:45 - How does sodium affect body weight? 15:15 - How does stress affect your weight? 19:55 - Can strength training affect weight fluct

  • Al Kavadlo on Calisthenics For Functional Fitness

    20/12/2023 Duración: 01h04min

    Is calisthenics just a fancy name for bodyweight training, or is it something more? What are the benefits of calisthenics, does it beat out weightlifting, and how can you incorporate it into your routine? These are all questions you’ll learn the answers to in this interview with Al Kavadlo. In case you’re not familiar with him, he's a leading expert in bodyweight strength training and calisthenics, and the author of several influential books in the field, including Get Strong. He’s also been featured in major publications like The New York Times and Men's Health.  Through our discussion, we cover a range of topics, including . . . The benefits of calisthenics and how it compares with strength training and more traditional resistance training with machines and isolation movements How to incorporate calisthenics into your routine, including transitioning from traditional weightlifting to calisthenics, especially for older athletes Effective progressions for advanced calisthenics movements like t

  • Q&A: Salt Water Benefits, Lifting Facial Expressions, HIT Training, Bulking Hunger, & More

    13/12/2023 Duración: 30min

    Should you feel hungry while bulking, or feel stuffed from the calorie surplus?  Are there benefits to starting your morning with salt water? Should you train the same way in your 40s as you did in your 20s?  In this episode, I'll explore these topics and many more, giving you the insights you need to adjust your fitness routine effectively while ensuring long-term health and performance. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don’t like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podca

  • How Katherine Lost 19 Lbs and Competed At Age 60

    06/12/2023 Duración: 43min

    In this episode, I interview Katherine, a 60-year-old massage therapist who had struggled with her body composition until deciding to get in stage shape as a birthday challenge.  Even though she’s no stranger to fitness and had competed before, stress and lack of consistency caused her nutrition and training to suffer in recent years.  So, she signed up for Legion’s one-on-one coaching and started working with a Legion coach, which gave her the know-how and accountability she needed to succeed. In this interview, she offers her experience and best tips for sustainably getting leaner regardless of age, emphasizing why getting a customized plan and coach can make all the difference.  Tune in to learn how Katherine achieved her ultimate goal—standing victorious on the 60+ bikini stage—proving you’re never too old to achieve ambitious fitness goals. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 3:42 - Starting Legion's coaching program and c

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Running Routine

    29/11/2023 Duración: 33min

    Starting a running routine can be daunting, whether you’re a beginner, someone looking to lose weight, or a former athlete.  In this episode, you’ll learn the essentials of starting a running program. We discuss the relationship between resistance training and running, address the interference effect, and provide a detailed 8-week running plan to get you on track.  Additionally, we touch on the correct running technique, essential gear, nutrition advice, and tips for getting back into running after a break.  This comprehensive episode is your guide for beginning or rekindling your love for running, so tune in. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 3:56 - Is it okay to combine resistance training and cardio? 4:04 - Will running interfere with my resistance training? 10:32 - Should I worry about the "interference effect"? 11:33 - How to get optimal benefits from cardio 12:50 - How do I start running as a beginner? 14:37 - Our

  • Dr. Pak on Minimum Effective Dose Training

    22/11/2023 Duración: 01h08min

    If you spend time in gyms or follow fitness influencers, you've likely encountered the mindset that more is better when it comes to training volume.  More sets, more reps, more time in the gym equals faster results. Right? Not necessarily. As with many areas of fitness and nutrition, the truth is more nuanced. Enter the concept of "minimum effective dose" training. Instead of constantly pushing the boundaries of training capacity and trying to maximize your progress, this approach focuses on the least amount of volume needed to drive meaningful progress. To dig into the details of this methodology, I'm joined by Dr. Patroklos “Pak” Androulakis-Korakakis. With a PhD focused on minimum effective training doses for strength gains and years of coaching experience, Dr. Pak has a deep understanding of the science and application of this topic. Throughout our discussion, you'll learn . . . What minimum effective dose training is and the major benefits it offers The surprising muscle-buildin

  • Q&A: Training Volume and Rep Ranges on a Cut, Brown Vs. White Fat, Amino Acids For Skin, & More

    15/11/2023 Duración: 37min

    Are you considering reducing your training volume as you dive deeper into a cutting phase?  Curious about the difference between brown and white fat, or the hybrid athlete trend? In this episode, I'll discuss these topics and many more, giving you the insights you need to adjust your fitness routine effectively while ensuring long-term health and performance. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don’t like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscrib

  • Chris Barakat on the Science of the Mind-Muscle Connection

    08/11/2023 Duración: 56min

    Can you think your way to bigger muscles? The mind-muscle connection isn’t just a buzzword — it's a crucial element of successful resistance training and bodybuilding.  In this interview episode of Muscle For Life, Chris Barakat shares his expert insights on how a focused and intentional connection with your muscles can significantly influence muscle hypertrophy. Chris is a returning guest on the podcast, and for good reason. As a published scientist, educator, coach, and competitive natural bodybuilder, he blends academic insight with real-world gym experience to deliver effective strategies that get real results. His expertise never fails to educate and inspire, making every conversation with him a chance to gain new knowledge. In our discussion, Chris explains . . . -The subtleties of neuromuscular activity during exercise -How the mind-muscle connection differs between compound and isolation movements -Why muscle anatomy knowledge is vital for effective technique -Strategies to maintain tension to max

  • A Science-Backed Guide to the Most Popular Weight Loss Drugs

    01/11/2023 Duración: 39min

    The market is flooded with claims of miracle weight loss pills and injections.  But which of these medications hold up under scrutiny?  In this episode, Mike discusses the science behind 7 prominent weight loss drugs, providing clarity on their effectiveness, potential side effects, and more. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 0:40 - What Are Weight Loss Drugs, How Do They Work, and Why Are They Popular? 6:57 - What Is Orlistat and How Is It Used? 9:54 - How Effective Is Orlistat in Aiding Weight Loss? 12:32 - What Should You Know About Semaglutide? 14:41 - Are There Any Risks or Concerns with Using Semaglutide? 17:35 - Our Biggest Sale of the Year! Save 50% during our Black Friday Sale! https://buylegion.com/ 19:47 - How Does Phentermine Work for Weight Loss? 24:05 - What Is Plenity and What Benefits Does It Offer? 27:56 - What Are the Potential Side Effects of Plenity? 28:21 - How Does Liraglutide Function in Weight Loss? 30:34

  • Sam Miller on Managing Stress More Effectively

    25/10/2023 Duración: 01h08min

    Is chronic stress holding back your progress towards your fitness goals? It’s possible.  While stress is a scapegoat for some (stress can’t make you fat, but eating too much food while stressed can), for others it’s too often overlooked in discussions about health and wellbeing.  In this podcast, Sam Miller returns to the podcast to shed light on the surprising impact of stress on your metabolism, muscle growth, and overall quality of life. He also offers practical advice for dealing with it, going beyond typical stress management tips. In case you’re not familiar with Sam, he’s a best-selling author with over 15 years of experience as a health, fitness, and nutrition coach, helping coaches and health professionals improve their clients’ results.  As an educator, podcaster, certified nutritionist, and licensed, board-certified health practitioner, he shares simple, strategic methods for physique and health transformation.  And because he recently penned a book called, Metabolism Made Simple, he’s the pe

  • Q&A: Protein on the Go, Deadlift & Squat Variations, Whey Isolate for Acne, Mushroom Coffee, & More

    18/10/2023 Duración: 33min

    Ever been curious about different ways to hit your protein targets when you're always on the move?  Or perhaps you've considered GABBA supplements for stress and anxiety? In this episode, I delve into these questions and many others that come directly from my dedicated followers. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don’t like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 1:39 - What protein-packed meals or snacks do you recommend for frequen

  • Protein: How Low Can You Go Without Losing Muscle?

    11/10/2023 Duración: 22min

    You’ve probably heard you need to eat a high protein for maintaining muscle.  But when life happens and eating a lot of protein isn't feasible, how does it affect our muscles? How low can we realistically go with daily protein without compromising our muscles? This episode dives deep into the science and strategies around our daily protein needs. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 1:45 - What exactly is protein and why is it crucial for our muscles? 4:58 - Can we truly gain muscle with a minimal protein intake daily? 11:41 - Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points! 14:51 - For seasoned athletes, does advanced training modify our protein needs? 16:53 - How do calorie deficits or surpluses change our daily protein requirements? 18:53 - If we skimp on protein for a few days, will our muscles suffer? 19:45 - Are there unexpected sources of protein in o

  • Q&A: Fixing a “Crashed” Metabolism, SI Joint Pain Fix, How to Bench 315, & More

    04/10/2023 Duración: 31min

    How do you fix a crashed metabolism? Should you eat more than your TDEE while bulking on non-exercise days? Are resistance bands as effective as free weights over a short duration?  In this episode, I dive into these questions and a lot more, all sourced from my audience who regularly participate in my Q&A posts. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don’t like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 1:13 - Do big meals stretch your stomach?

  • How Isho Lost 24 Pounds While Getting Stronger In His 40s

    27/09/2023 Duración: 59min

    In this podcast, I interview Isho, who turned his weight loss journey around by transitioning from traditional diet myths to a holistic, evidence-based approach.  In his 40s, Isho has lost 24 pounds (and counting!) while getting stronger at the same time. Having battled with weight for years, Isho's breakthrough came from our comprehensive coaching program, emphasizing flexibility, balance, and consistency.  In our discussion, we delve into his diet structure, how he manages cravings, and his strategies for indulging in treats without derailing progress. Tune in to learn how Isho transformed his relationship with food by recognizing the importance of a balanced and sustainable diet, and the mindset shifts and mental fortitude required for lasting change. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 3:10 - Isho's Background: Life before discovering our coaching program. 8:51 - Emotional Eating: Isho's evolving relationship wi

  • How to Reduce Muscle Size (Lose Muscle You Don’t Want)

    20/09/2023 Duración: 43min

    This topic will seem ridiculous to some, but it’s very appealing to many. How can you lose muscle mass you don’t want? That is, how can we reduce our muscle size, and specifically, in targeted areas to build our dream physique? While many aim to gain, others seek ways to slim down their muscle bulk. In this episode, you’ll learn how to intentionally reduce muscle size. Whether you're aiming to decrease muscle mass for aesthetic reasons, sports requirements, or personal preference, this episode will guide you safely through the process. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 0:53 - Drawbacks of losing muscle: Weighing the risks. 3:53 - Unpacking reasons for intentional muscle loss. 7:23 - Holistic strategies for muscle reduction. 9:25 - Targeted muscle loss: Can you pinpoint specific areas? 11:10 - Strategies for arm muscle reduction. 13:29 - Shedding muscle from the legs: How and why? 14:46 - Want 125 quick, easy, and delicious “f

  • Q&A: AI in Coaching, NMN vs. Creatine, Overcoming Workout Pain, Jet Lag Remedies, & More

    13/09/2023 Duración: 33min

    How will AI shape the future of gym coaching? What should one pick between NMN and creatine? Is it optimal to consume simple carbs immediately after a workout? In this episode, I dive into these questions and more, all sourced from my audience who regularly participate in my Q&A posts. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram. And if you don’t like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 0:02:09 - AI in Fitness: Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Gym Coache

  • Brad Stulberg on Becoming a “Master of Change”

    06/09/2023 Duración: 48min

    Change is inevitable, but how we approach and adapt to it can make all the difference.  In his new book, Master of Change, Brad Stulberg explores the essence of change and how our mindset towards it can be our biggest asset or detriment. In case you’re not familiar with Brad, he’s a researcher, writer, and coach on well-being and what it takes to succeed. As an author, he’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine, Forbes, and more. He helps executives, entrepreneurs, and athletes work on their mental game, improve their overall well-being, and achieve excellence.  He’s also the coauthor of Peak Performance, a book I did a Book Club episode on in 2017. In our discussion, Brad and I chat about . . . The driving force that led him to write his latest book and the revelations that came with it. The concept of “rugged flexibility” and how our thoughts shape our approach to challenges and aspirations.

  • How Big of an Advantage Do Steroid Users Have in the Gym? Science Answers

    30/08/2023 Duración: 15min

    We often hear claims from steroid users that performance-enhancing drugs only give them a slight advantage, emphasizing their dedication and hard work.  But is this reality or just a smokescreen? This episode unpacks a study from The University of Sydney comparing 147 natural bodybuilders with 40 steroid users. We'll delve into training volumes, rest intervals, cardio habits, supplementation choices, and their actual results. If you've ever wondered about the tangible advantages of steroids and how natural bodybuilders' methods contrast with their "enhanced" counterparts, this episode offers clear insights.  From volume and intensity to supplement choices that highlight the health concerns of steroid use, this podcast sheds light on what truly sets apart the natural from the enhanced. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 1:08 - How do training and supplementation practices differ between steroid users and natural

  • Bret Contreras on Squats vs. Hip Thrusts for Glute Gains

    23/08/2023 Duración: 53min

    If you want to grow your glutes, and you’ve looked around online for tips, you’ve almost certainly come across hip thrusts. But are they better than squats for getting a bigger butt? Should you do squats or hip thrusts?  Well, after years of speculation among booty-building enthusiasts, we now have a scientific study that directly compared hip thrusts and squats in terms of hypertrophy. And I thought, who better to discuss this study than “The Glute Guy” himself, Dr. Bret Contreras. Not only is Bret a glute training expert, but as the cherry on top (or should I say peach?), he was actually one of the head honchos involved in conducting the study. In case you're not familiar with Bret, he's a PhD in Sports Science, renowned researcher, educator, bestselling author, and a personal trainer for over two decades, whose title "The Glute Guy" reflects his unmatched expertise in lower body training, making him the foremost authority on building a great butt.  Our discussion includes . . . The

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