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If you want to know how to build muscle, lose fat, and be healthier, happier, and wiser...faster than you ever thought possible...then this podcast is for you. Hosted by the bestselling author and entrepreneur, Mike Matthews, each episode gives you simple, science-based know-how and inspiration that will help you build your best body and life ever.

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OVER 25,000,000 DOWNLOADS AND COUNTING!

If you want to know how to build muscle, lose fat, and be healthier, happier, and wiser...faster than you ever thought possible...then this podcast is for you. Hosted by the bestselling author and entrepreneur, Mike Matthews, each episode gives you simple, science-based know-how and inspiration that will help you build your best body and life ever.

Find out more at www.legionathletics.com

    Greg Everett on How to Start Olympic Weightlifting (and Why You Should)

    Greg Everett on How to Start Olympic Weightlifting (and Why You Should)

    I’m often asked about Olympic weightlifting. Specifically, I’m asked about lifts like the clean and jerk, snatch, and power clean, and how to incorporate them into a more general strength training or even bodybuilding program. Should you even include Olympic-style lifts? What are the benefits of Olympic weightlifting? Can it increase your power, speed, explosiveness, and athleticism? Is it dangerous? All that and more in this podcast.

    I wanted to get an Olympic weightlifting expert on the podcast to help answer these questions. So, I tagged in Greg Everett, owner of Catalyst Athletics, which is a USA Weightlifting National Champion team and a huge educational resource for Olympic weightlifting content.

    Not only is Greg an accomplished Olympic weightlifter himself, but he’s a coach at the world championship level. He’s also an author of a dozen books, including Olympic Weightlifting, the world’s best-selling book on the subject. So I was happy to have him join me for an interview.

    In this podcast you’ll learn about . . .


    What Olympic lifting is and how it differs from strength training, bodybuilding, and powerlifting
    Reason to do Olympic weightlifting (and who shouldn't do it)
    How to learn the Olympic lifts and how to get started with it
    How Olympic lifting affects explosiveness and athleticism
    Olympic lifting’s safety and danger compared to basic compounds (and what to do to avoid injuries)
    Programming considerations (and how to progress)
    Body fat percentage sweet spots for performance
    And more . . .

    So if you’ve ever wondered about Olympic weightlifting, what you might be missing by not doing any Olympic lifts, and how to get started with Olympic-style weightlifting, listen to this episode. I think you’re going to enjoy it!



    Timestamps:

    0:00 - Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip

    5:03 - What is Olympic weightlifting?

    7:23 - What are your thoughts on Olympic weightlifting and athleticism?

    9:34 - How can people benefit from Olympic training?

    13:43 - How can we start Olympic training?

    16:51 - What are some safety tips for Olympic weightlifting?

    19:51 - What is the best way to learn Olympic training?

    24:24 - What are some Olympic training workouts?

    27:49 - What is the relationship between intensity and volume?

    33:38 - Do women and men recover differently?

    35:41 - How can we work these exercises into our routine?

    51:47 - What body composition is best for Olympic training?

    53:57 - Where can we find you and your work?



    Mentioned on the show:

    Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip

    Catalyst Athletics: catalystathletics.com

    Greg’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catalystathletics/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    There's No Shame In Why You Want to Get Fit

    There's No Shame In Why You Want to Get Fit

    There's no shame in admitting that at least 50% of the reason you exercise is that you have a “complicated” relationship with carbs or a sweet tooth and don't want to get fat.

    Or that you literally can’t afford to gain weight because then you’d have to buy a new wardrobe. Or that you want a good excuse to buy a new one.

    No matter how zany your reasons may seem to others, if you can use them to fire your fitness furnace, there’s no shame in exploiting them to the fullest.

    Listen to this podcast for a bit of motivational inspiration!



    Timestamps:

    0:00 - Please leave a review of the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe to the show!

    2:48 - Save up to 25% during my July 4th sale! https://buylegion.com/



    Mentioned on the Show:

    Go to buylegion.com and save up to 25% during my big July 4th sale! Use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% on any non-sale items or get double reward points!

    • 4 min
    Says You! We Should Be Eating Like Our Ancient Ancestors

    Says You! We Should Be Eating Like Our Ancient Ancestors

    What is “ancestral eating” and is it a healthy way to eat? Should we be eating the same foods our ancient ancestors did?

    I’ve written and recorded a lot of evidence-based content over the years on just about everything you can imagine related to building muscle, losing fat, and getting healthy.

    I’ve also worked with thousands of men and women of all ages and circumstances and helped them get into the best shape of their lives.

    That doesn’t mean you should blindly swallow everything I say, though, because let’s face it—nobody is always right about everything. And especially in fields like diet and exercise, which are constantly evolving thanks to the efforts of honest and hardworking researchers and thought leaders.

    This is why I’m always happy to hear from people who disagree with me, especially when they have good arguments and evidence to back up their assertions.

    Sometimes I can’t get on board with their positions, but sometimes I end up learning something, and either way, I always appreciate the discussion.

    That gave me the idea for this series of podcast episodes: publicly addressing things people disagree with me on and sharing my perspective.

    Think of it like a spicier version of a Q&A.

    So, here’s what I’m doing:

    Every couple of weeks, I’m asking my Instagram followers what they disagree with me on, and then picking the more common or interesting contentions to address here on the podcast.

    And in this episode, I’ll be tackling “ancestral eating.” That is, eating like our ancient ancestors.



    Timestamps:

    0:00 - Save up to 25% during my July 4th sale! https://buylegion.com/

    2:44 - What is ancestral eating?

    6:07 - What is the scientific evidence on ancestral eating?



    Mentioned on the Show:

    Go to buylegion.com and save up to 25% during my big July 4th sale! Use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% on any non-sale items or get double reward points!

    • 18 min
    Jordan Syatt and Mike Vacanti on Beating Food Fear, Guilt, and Anxiety

    Jordan Syatt and Mike Vacanti on Beating Food Fear, Guilt, and Anxiety

    Many people get started on their nutrition journeys being told they need to eliminate certain foods, or even entire food groups. In turn, this can cause guilt when you do stray from “the one true diet” and you can end up creating an unhealthy relationship with food, or worse, full-blown disordered eating. 

    If you’re familiar with my work, you know that you can lose weight and achieve your goals without completely eliminating foods. The key is moderation and doing most things right most of the time. That’s how you make sustainable progress long-term without crashing and burning or bingeing. 

    And so, part of the solution to helping more people get healthier is education. That’s why I write my books and that’s why Jordan Syatt and Mike Vacanti wrote their new book, Eat It!: The Most Sustainable Diet and Workout Ever Made: Burn Fat, Get Strong, and Enjoy Your Favorite Foods Guilt Free. In it, they break down nutrition myths and diet fads, how to eat sustainably (both with and without tracking macros), and even provide simple strength training programs for both men and women just getting started on their fitness journeys. 

    In case you’re not familiar with Jordan Syatt and Mike Vacanti, they’ve both been on the podcast before. They’re Gary Vaynerchuk's personal trainers and have their own online coaching businesses (Syatt Fitness and On the Regimen, respectively) where they’ve helped thousands of people build better bodies and get healthier. They also host their own How to Become a Personal Trainer podcast. 

    In the interview, Jordan, Mike, and I discuss . . . 


    The trials and tribulations of writing Eat It! and the origin of the title 
    The different styles of dieting taught in the book 
    The concept of “shame” and whether it’s productive towards getting healthy 
    Practical tips to feel less hungry 
    And more . . . 

    So if you want to learn about how to eliminate the feeling of guilt in your diet and lose weight and get stronger sustainably, you’re going to enjoy this episode! 



    Timestamps: 

    0:00 - Save up to 25% during my July 4th sale! https://buylegion.com/ 

    5:48 - When is your new book out? 5:57 - What was the process of writing your book like? 

    13:01 - What is the title of your book? 

    16:17 - What are your thoughts on feeling guilty for yourself when having an unhealthy lifestyle? 

    24:28 - What type of dieting are you teaching in your book? 

    26:49 - If someone isn’t used to tracking food, what do you think is the best method for them? 

    32:54 -What is your approach when it comes to calories vs macros and does it matter if the person’s goal is muscle gain or fat loss? 

    38:19 - What are some tips that work for being less hungry when cutting? 

    1:00:22 - What kind of training do you focus on in your book? 

    1:07:13 - Where can people pre order your book? 



    Mentioned on the Show: 

    Go to buylegion.com and save up to 25% during my big July 4th sale! Use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% on any non-sale items or get double reward points! 

    Jordan and Mike’s book Eat It!: https://www.amazon.com/Eat-Sustainable-Workout-Strong-Favorite/dp/0063015005/?tag=mflweb-20

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Q&A: Heart Rate Variability Scores, Alcohol During a Diet, Ab Training, and More

    Q&A: Heart Rate Variability Scores, Alcohol During a Diet, Ab Training, and More

    How much alcohol can you drink while cutting and still lose weight? Should you still train if your HRV score says to rest? How long should you rest between sets during a deload? All that and more in this Q&A podcast.

    This podcast is a Q&A, but it’s a bit different from the kind you’ll typically find here on Muscle For Life.

    In my usual Q&A episodes, I take a question from email or Instagram and then fully answer it in an episode of the podcast every week.

    However, over on Instagram, I’ve started doing weekly Q&As in the stories, and it occurred to me that many podcast listeners might enjoy hearing these questions and my short answers. So, instead of talking about one thing in an episode, I’m going to cover a variety of questions. And keep in mind some of these questions are just for fun. :)

    So if you want to ask me questions in my Instagram stories, follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness), and if I answer your question there, it might just make it onto an episode of the podcast!

    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 - Try Whey+ risk-free today! Go to buylegion.com/whey and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    3:47 - What are your thoughts on drinking alcohol when on a diet to lose weight?

    4:26 - What is a healthy choice of sauce for chicken or other foods?

    4:54 - How long should I cut for?

    7:13 - Do you have to pause for a certain amount of time after finishing a bottle of Phoenix?

    9:11 - How did you overcome acne when you were ages 15-20?

    10:49 - If your HRV score says to rest but you feel okay, should you train?

    13:10 - How do I overcome nonstop hunger?

    14:37 - Is there a certain rep range or volume to use when cutting?

    17:13 - Do I need direct or indirect volume for deadlifts?

    17:37 - Should I dedicate my extra gym days to core workouts?

    21:28 - Is resting time during deload 3-4 minuets?

    21:58 - Should my hamstrings hurt after doing deadlifts?

    22:30 - Is 15 oz of red meat bad for you?

    22:49 - Any tips on combining strength training and marathon preparation?



    Mentioned on the Show:

    Try Whey+ risk-free today! Go to buylegion.com/whey and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    • 24 min
    Research Roundup: Smart Phones Make You Weaker, Creatine Boosts Your Brain, Cardio Doesn’t Kill Gains, and More

    Research Roundup: Smart Phones Make You Weaker, Creatine Boosts Your Brain, Cardio Doesn’t Kill Gains, and More

    I’m going to give you the TLDR for the latest studies on topics like cardio’s effects on muscle and strength gain, body recomposition, pre-workout meals, how creatine affects cognition, and how browsing social media can make you weaker.

    This podcast is another installment in my Research Roundup series of episodes, where I give you concise and practical takeaways from studies that I think are interesting and that can help us gain muscle and strength faster, lose fat faster, perform better athletically, feel better, live longer, or get and stay healthier.

    There is a ton of scientific research that gets published every year, and even if you narrow your focus to fitness research, it would still take several lifetimes to unravel the hairball of studies on nutrition, training, supplementation, and related fields.

    That's why my team and I put a lot of time into reviewing, dissecting, and describing scientific studies in articles, podcasts, and books.

    In today's episode, I'm tackling studies on whether glute “activation” exercises boost glute growth, how effective the 5:2 diet is for preserving muscle while you diet, whether vitamin D can actually help prevent injury, and how well blood flow restriction training works for building muscle. Press play if you want to learn the answers to those questions.

    Oh and if you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email (mike@muscleforlife.com) or direct message me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness). And if you don’t like it, let me know that too or how you think it could be better.



    Timestamps:

    0:00 - My award-winning fitness books for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    4:01 - Does cardio kill muscle gain and strength?

    9:22 - How can I gain muscle and lose a lot of fat at the same time?

    17:08 - Are pre-wokout meals helpful for strength training?

    22:49 - Does creatine make you smarter?

    25:59 - Does scrolling through social media while training make you weaker?



    Mentioned on the Show:

    My award-winning fitness books for men and women: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/

    • 32 min

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