Fitness, marriage, food, sex.... and fart jokes. Drop the fat pants and join us – fitness writers Chris and Dani Shugart – for a variety show. Hear the latest research. Play a game. Check out our weird discoveries. And find out what to grab at the store. We've got a combined 25 years of editing and interviewing the experts (doctors, coaches, and nutrition specialists) and have written some of the highest-read fitness-related articles on the internet.
A Mostly-Legal Athletic Drug & How to Skip Leg Day the Right Way
Train only half your body and still make gains, the banned performance-enhancing drug you can buy at Target, and how to lose fat without changing your diet.
On Our Minds
Ever have an injury that forced you to stop training a huge portion of muscle groups? We get into the benefits of only training upper body. Obviously you don't want to do this on purpose, but if you must, there are some perks. We also discuss the Muscle Migration Theory that Coach Christian Thibaudeau presented in an article on T-Nation.com.
Here are the topics we covered if you want to check out the science for yourself:
• The Main Cause Of Running Injuries
• Keto and Tumors
• Multi-Orgasmic Women
• A Clue To The Status of Your Marriage
• Vinegar and Fat Loss
A CrossFit team was disqualified from The Games recently because of a positive drug test. You can read about the athlete HERE. Any guesses what kind of "drug" she was on?
It's called DHEA: a totally legal, anti-aging supplement we've recommended before on this very podcast. This stuff has quite a few health benefits for women, and based upon the current research, we still recommend it. Read more about it in this article: A Wonder Drug for Women.
Don't you think these drug tests are a little silly? We do. Why? Because there are plenty of pro athletes – not just in CrossFit but in lots of sports – who've hired drug coaches to help them beat their drug tests.
Don't believe it? Read this article: Beating The CrossFit Drug Test
We're not condoning steroid use. We're just saying that lots of athletes get away with using far more effective performance enhancing "products" than the DHEA this poor woman was taking for mood and stress. Why can't some common sense be applied here?
We also talk about how CrossFit goes by the same rules set by the international Olympic Committee (IOC). And the IOC is currently allowing biological males to compete against women. See the irony here? You can't use a supplement from Target, but you can have a lifetime of male hormones and other biological advantages. I wrote about this debacle here: The Death of Women's Sports. If you're a misogynistic male athlete and you're sick of losing, just become a woman!
The Pupprotector Waterproof Throw Blanket
True Classic Tees
PS – Here are the recipe videos Chris mentioned: YouTube Protein Recipes
And here's where you can go to get in touch with us: Fitpantspodcast.com
The New Rule for Advanced Lifters & The Fitness Teeter Totter
Why working out every other day has massive advantages, the problem with virtue signaling, how to choose your trade-offs for a fit – but not restrictive – life, and what your social media says about your relationship commitment.
ON OUR MINDS
A quote from Dr. Laura, "life is a trade-off," hit home for me. If we start thinking about our current level of fitness as a choice we've made (or a trade-off for something else) instead of just the result of bad luck or an aging body, then we'll have way more control over our circumstances.
The truth is, when we're not as strong, lean, or muscular as we'd like to be, it's usually because we've chosen to prioritize something else. Even if we *think* we haven't. So is there a way to put the emphasis back on the goal? And is the goal even worth it given the trade-offs or sacrifices?
1. How young will a face lift make you look? STUDY
2. What surprising food blood pressure? STUDY
3. Why do video games lead to life success? STUDY
4. What behavior indicates you're in a committed relationship? ARTICLE
5. What habit is a good indication of a bad personality? STUDY
A new T-Nation.com article is making waves because it suggests that lifters over 40 ought not train consecutive days in a row. What are your thoughts? This perspective is a hard pill to swallow at first but in practice the advice has worked out well for both of us. Here are the five other rules that Coach Thibaudeau suggests in the article: 6 Rules for Over-40 Lifters
Beat bloating and stomach upset with Atrantil: HERE
Pass the army fitness test and try Chris's new favorite exercise, the leg tuck: HERE
Fitness Without Fanaticism & The Anti-Aging Snack
How to get and stay fit without making it your entire life (because that's kind of sad), the food that'll slow the aging process, the best personality trait for job success, and the nearly-instant fix for depression.
On Our Minds
Does dropping unhealthy habits and getting fit require a level of obsessiveness? We discuss this idea because changing your lifestyle can feel like a hurdle; one that requires constant diligence. Chris shares his solution to fitness without long-term fixation. But we're open to hearing other ideas for making fitness sustainable without making it cult-like and obsessive.
1. DHA and Tumors: STUDY
2. Depression and Laughing Gas: STUDY
3. Hidden Kinks: ARTICLE
4. Best Character Traits: ARTICLE
5. First Sign of Burn-Out: ARTICLE
Bonus Note: We take a product called Flameout, which contains DHA, the essential fatty acid we discussed in the first question. Disclaimer: The company we work for makes it, but we don't make a commission by telling you about it. Get it here.
If telomere length and health affects the rate at which we age, wouldn't it be a good idea to make sure those are well maintained? You already know about the lifestyle habits that'll help you do so (adequate exercise, avoiding drug and alcohol addictions, getting sleep, tamping down inflammation) and luckily there are foods that'll help keep those telomeres healthy too. Here's a study on the one we talked about: STUDY
Hoarders on Netflix
Spices from Fire & Smoke Society: LINK
How to Boost Muscle Growth in 3 Weeks & The Color of Winning
A discussion on "trusting the experts", what to do to increase muscle growth, the real way to beat stress, and the color that'll rev you up the most during workouts.
On Our Minds
What does "trust the experts" even mean when they turn out to be wrong later on or when experts disagree with one another? We get into it.
• Stress, Thinking, and Petting Dogs: Study
• Hot Bath and Health: Study
• Pink Drinks: Study
• Sad Movies and Music: Study
• Married Sex: Study
Have you hit a muscle-growth plateau? Maybe you need to spend some time focusing on just strength in the lower rep ranges. Check out this article: You're Too Weak to Get Big
Dani's Cart: Mrs. Meyer's cleaning stuff, lotions, soap, etc.
Chris's Cart: Multi Collagen Protein, by Horbaach
Why Supplement-Haters are Liars & How Exercise Really Affects Your Appetite
The inside story about supplements, breaking news about mental health, and the only fun way to control your diet.
On Our Minds
There's nothing more controversial than supplements... at least in the world of fitness. And it's easy to see why. There are a lot of worthless products on the market that can't do what a healthy diet can do, and there are a lot of people looking for a quick fix rather than improving their nutrition and lifestyle. But there are a lot of nutrients that you simply can't get (or can't get enough of) from food. And these nutrients are backed up by a lot of research. Fish oil, vitamin D, zinc, and iron are just a few examples.
Head over to Fitpantspodcast.com to see what specific supplements we take and why.
This week's quiz is all about intelligence, mental health, happiness, and creativity. See if you can ace it like I did this week.
Here are the topics we covered and their studies or articles:
1. Talking to yourself: The Surprising Sign Of High Intelligence And Self-Control
2. Creatine and IQ: Oral creatine monohydrate supplementation improves brain performance: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial.
3. Tetris and Trauma: Reducing intrusive memories of trauma using a visuospatial interference intervention with inpatients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
4. Pessimism and better weight loss: Psychological factors that promote behavior modification by obese patients
5. Creativity and Walks: Incentivizing the Creative Process: From Initial Quantity to Eventual Creativity
How does exercise affect your food choices? We've heard that cardio and weight training can both have an impact on the appetite. But what if the way we THOUGHT about our activities affected our food choices? According to a recent study... it does. Check it out:
"Is it fun or exercise? The framing of physical activity biases subsequent snacking"
We also discussed the training split that's said to tamp down the appetite the best: The Most Appetite-Suppressing Training Split
If you want to bring a little more fun to your workouts, grab a med ball and learn how to do wall balls. It can work as a great warm-up for your barbell squats, a nice finisher, or a form of metabolic conditioning. Here's where I got mine: Rogue Medicine Balls
And if you need to polish up on your technique, here's a cool video that'll help you get it right:
Wall Ball Tips
And Chris has an apron in his cart this week because he likes looking extra manly while making his protein popsicles and cookies. He's become a fan of the company, Hedley & Bennett, which makes fancy shmancy aprons. Check them out: HERE. And here's what it looks like in action: Chris's Protein Popsicles
Avoid This 2-Hour Testosterone Killer, Weirdo Fitness Stalkers & Nipple Science
The food that significantly drops testosterone, how cute animal pictures affect your feelings toward your significant other, the sex robot study, the story about CrossFit stalkers, and how your coworkers and friends could be ruining your nutrition.
On Our Minds
Chris shares an article from The Morning Chalk Up that's so creepy, he can't get it off his mind: ARTICLE
So we discuss that as well as the ins and outs of social media, why it's exhausting, and how fit pros use it.
This week's quiz is partly on relationships, partly on sex, and partly on some disturbing things. See how you do! And if you want to take a closer look at any of the studies, here ya go!
• How cute animal pictures affect relationships and marriage: Study
• How people perceive those with erect nipples: Study
• How people react to receiving unsolicited D-Pics: Study
• Who's more likely to fall asleep right after sex: Study
• How women would feel about their spouses getting it on with sex robots: Study
Additional stuff we mentioned: Here's that (riveting) TV series called "Humans" which is about AI becoming conscious. And here's the story of the woman who wanted to marry her chandelier: "Woman Loves Her Chandelier So Much That She Names It Lumière And Gets Engaged To It"
We've got two studies this week. The first is from 2013 and it's about sugar's affect on testosterone. If you're trying to keep your testosterone at optimal levels, which is a wise choice for anyone who wants to be happy in life, then you might want to avoid consuming massive sugar bombs. STUDY
I've got Free and Clear Ty-D-Bol in my cart this week. It sounds lame, but everyone uses the toilet, and if you've got dogs or kids, you might want to opt for a cleaning agent that's not making them breathe in bleach.
I won't link to it on Amazon because you can find it at any store. Just be on the lookout for the stuff that lacks the harsh chemicals. Here's some more info on my concerns: "How Your Housecleaning Products Can Be Bad for Your Lungs"
And Chris has cable machine attachment handles in his cart this week. You can find them on Amazon. HERE
If you stuck around for this final bit of the show, we terribly attempted to sing bits and pieces of Total Eclipse of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler. Here's the original video: VIDEO
There's no other word for it than... creepy. I'd love to see her do a commentary on it while it's playing because she'd probably feel the same.
Fun quick entertaining
Perfect podcast for a walk or car ride. They cover the newest topics/trends in the fitness business in a fun, entertaining and quick way. I’ve been reading their content for years on tnation and this is a fun addition. Lastly, I don’t listen to podcasts. They are too much talking for me and not enough to the point. This podcast gets to the point and moves along at an enjoyable pace, by the time it’s over you’re like. Wow. It’s over already. I’m looking forward to the next one
Perfect duo to segue in podcasts
I’ve been reading Chris’s material fairly religiously for the last 15 years and he and Dani do not disappoint listeners with this show! From one aging FFB to another, well done Chris and thanks for the years of motivation with high end material with first class delivery !
Dynamic Duo of Fitness!
I have read Chris’ writing at TNation for years and have always enjoyed his style. The Fit Pants podcast is an extension of his writing and adding Dani to his life (personally and professionally) pu them both over the top! I enjoy every section of every episode.