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On the Brains and Gains podcast, Dr. David Maconi discusses all things exercise science, nutrition, health, and personal development. Every week, Dr. Maconi invites health experts and thought leaders to share their expertise. Each episode ends with a charity donation to the charity of the guest's choice.

Brains and Gains with Dr. David Maconi Dr. David Maconi

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 47 Ratings

On the Brains and Gains podcast, Dr. David Maconi discusses all things exercise science, nutrition, health, and personal development. Every week, Dr. Maconi invites health experts and thought leaders to share their expertise. Each episode ends with a charity donation to the charity of the guest's choice.

    Dr. Eric Helms - Training Experiments, Measuring Volume, Efficacy of Failure

    Dr. Eric Helms - Training Experiments, Measuring Volume, Efficacy of Failure

    Today we're back with Eric Helms, PHD, for another podcast with the following topics:

    0:00- Intro
    1:30- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
    2:55- Increases volume when dieting
    9:40- Measuring volume
    14:00- Efficacy of training to failure
    26:00- Unilateral experiments
    27:00- Mike Israetel’s views on lifting
    34:00- Training with relatively light loads all of the time
    38:30- My training experiment with Steve Hall
    42:00- Eric’s experimentation with low volume / high intensity
    48:00- Jeff Albert’s experiment with high volume
    53:00- “What works best for me?”
    56:00- What gets Eric excited at this point?

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/about-afsp/
    3DMJ Website: https://3dmusclejourney.com/
    Eric's IG: https://www.instagram.com/helms3dmj/
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DaveMaconi

    Smile Fund: https://secure.operationsmile.org/sit...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Q&A7 - Rep Ranges, Natural Hypertrophy's Podcast, Intermittent Fasting

    Q&A7 - Rep Ranges, Natural Hypertrophy's Podcast, Intermittent Fasting

    0:00- Intro
    1:00- Is there a benefit to varying rep ranges
    4:00- Is it necessary to have a structured program?
    12:00- Why aren’t hormonal issues addressed much in medicine
    17:00- Losing muscle with extreme intermittent fasting
     25:20- Natural Hypertrophy’s genetics

    • 39 min
    Steve Hall - Coaching Together Results and Breakdown

    Steve Hall - Coaching Together Results and Breakdown

    Today we have Steve Hall back on the podcast to discuss our 6 months of coaching together as well as a few other topics

    0:00- Intro
    1:00- The importance of a routine
    2:00- Force feeding calories
    7:20- Is gaining a lot of weight necessary
    11:00- Are appetite stimulants natural?
    12:00- 6 months coaching with Steve
    23:20- Should Steve still put everything into bodybuilding?
    28:00- Progress at an advanced level
    34:50- Positivity as a coach and belief
    36:00- Hard stalls as an advanced lifter
    44:00- What would Steve have changed if we continued working together
    48:00- Mindset and placebo
    58:30- Comparisons to others
    1:02:40- Partitioning at higher body fat
    1:06:10- Can naturals learn from enhanced lifters?
    1:11:00- Setting up one’s life to compete
    1:12:00- Other YouTubers
    1:14:20- Other sports
    1:17:00- Data collection

    Steve's IG: https://www.instagram.com/revivestron...
    Steve's website: https://revivestronger.com/
    Smile Fund: https://secure.operationsmile.org/sit...

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Vigorous Steve - Alternating TRT, Fertility, and Long Term Health

    Vigorous Steve - Alternating TRT, Fertility, and Long Term Health

    This is part 2 of the podcast with Vigorous Steve. Part 1 is on Steve's channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM4JA...

    00:00 - Why Does Steve Even Come Off?
    02:41 - Sourcing Legitimate HCG Is A Headache In Thailand
    08:15 - Cycling & TRT Is A HUGE Commitment
    10:45 - Steve's Future Plans To Have Kids
    16:21 - Contingency Plans For Fitness "Celebs"
    20:54 - Finances Discussion
    23:55 - Turkesterone & Ecdysterone; Anecdotes Vs. Science
    28:36 - Dave's Fluctuating Lipid levels
    30:58 - Organ Imaging & Interpretation By Medical Professionals
    35:47 - Steroid Temptations
    37:59 - How Come Steve Feels Fine Being Androgen Deficient?
    40:22 - Steve's Triptorelin Experiment
    43:35 - Dave's Current ALL-NATTY Testosterone Levels
    46:57 - Stress Kills Gains! Balancing Work & Bodybuilding
    51:56 - Closing Thoughts

    Website and Coaching: https://brainsandgainspodcast.com/

    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DaveMaconi

    Smile Fund: https://secure.operationsmile.org/sit...

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dave_maconi/

    • 45 min
    Dr. David Maconi - Metabolic Adaptations, Fasting, Diet Breaks, Set Points

    Dr. David Maconi - Metabolic Adaptations, Fasting, Diet Breaks, Set Points

    Today I was interviewed by Rachel and Nikki of the RachandNikkipodcast. Check out their channel below:

    00:00  Intro
    02:14  Is there such a thing as a slow or fast metabolism?
    04:45  NEAT
    05:50  Metabolic adaptation
    09:33  Prevention of negative adaptations when dieting
    12:54  Diet breaks
    18:06  Fasting and appetite suppression
    18:56  How to find maintenance after a diet
    22:36  How long does it take to adapt to new maintenance calories after a diet?
    25:05  Obstacles to coaching
    33:26  Adaptive vs nonadaptive metabolisms
    37:25  What is set point theory?
    40:22  Do any supplements work for fat loss?
    42:40  Can people build muscle and lose fat at the same time?
    45:03  Where to find Dave

    Rachel and Nikki's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-m...

    Website and Coaching: https://brainsandgainspodcast.com/

    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DaveMaconi

    Smile Fund: https://secure.operationsmile.org/sit...

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dave_maconi/

    • 52 min
    Natural Hypertrophy - Kicked Off YouTube, Natural Potential, Deloads

    Natural Hypertrophy - Kicked Off YouTube, Natural Potential, Deloads

    Today we're joined by Natural Hypertrophy

     0:00- Intro
    0:30- Intro to Natural Hypertrophy
    2:00- Comments section
    5:00- Fitting YouTube into regular life
    6:00- Making it on YouTube
    9:55- NH getting kicked off YouTube
    15:50- NH stats
    19:20- Stance on PEDs
    23:30- Is it important to know if someone is enhanced?
    30:40- Rating NH’s genetics
    33:00- Genetics vs Steroids
    43:00- The importance of who you’re giving your message to
    46:15- Deloads
    49:30- Number of sets per week
    52:00- Difficulty of sets
    54:15- How does lifting schedule fit into life
    56:30- Deloads again

    NH's video on getting kicked off YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV6tk...

    NH's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naturalhype...

    Website and Coaching: https://brainsandgainspodcast.com/

    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DaveMaconi

    Smile Fund: https://secure.operationsmile.org/sit...

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

BBoor82 ,

Aptly named

This podcast smashes. Brains and gains! Dave thinks about things similarly to me, and he always asks the question I would want to ask. His guests are then able to provide the context that provides practical value for the listener. I highly recommend listening. Go back to the beginning, cause the Scott Stevenson and Eric Helms episode is gold!

zuzanaru ,

Amazing guests

So many great guests!

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Love it

Great podcast!

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