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Muscle for Life with Mike Matthews Mike Matthews

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 4.5K Ratings

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

    Cal Newport on the Future of AI and Knowledge Work

    Cal Newport on the Future of AI and Knowledge Work

    Is artificial intelligence a quantum leap forward for humanity? The key to world peace, the cure for disease and aging, and the springboard to the abundant, leisure-filled future depicted in science fiction novels?

    Or is it the death knell for humanity as they know it?

    Or something in between?

    In this episode, I talk with Cal Newport, a renowned computer science professor, author, and productivity expert, to delve into the complex landscape of AI.

    Cal has been studying AI and its ramifications for humanity long before it was cool, and he has a number of counterintuitive thoughts on the pros and cons of this new technology, how to get the most out of it right now, and what the future of AI will look like.

    In this interview, you’ll learn . . .


    How to use existing AI tools like ChatGPT and Claude to be more productive and successful in your work and personal life
    The pros and cons of existing AI tools
    What the future of AI development may look like
    How to use AI to stay competitive in the modern workplace
    And more . . .

    So, if you're curious about how AI is shaping our world and what you should do right now to get and stay ahead of the curve, click play and join the conversation!

    Timestamps:



    (3:44) The current and future impact of AI on life and work

    (10:52) The limitations and inefficiencies of current LLMs

    (15:37) The future of LLMs

    (18:56) The benefits of a “multi-agent approach”

    (28:15) Will AI lead to massive job losses?

    (33:16) How AI will become essential in the modern workplace

    (36:51) How will AI change the “rhythm” of work?

    (44:27) The future of AI in knowledge work

    (50:31) The problems with the “Oracle” model of AI

    (58:37) How LLMs will advance AI

    (1:07:39) How Cal uses LLMs in his work

    (1:09:56) What AI innovations are set to benefit writers the most?

    (1:12:38) AI’s future role in information gathering

    (1:13:52) How Mike uses AI in his work

    (01:20:54) Where can people find Cal’s work?

    Mentioned on the Show:



    Cal Newport’s Website

    Cal Newport’s New Yorker Archive

    Cal Newport’s New Book: Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout

    Cal Newport’s previous podcast appearance

    Cal Newport’s Deep Questions Podcast

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Milo Wolf on High-Volume Training

    Milo Wolf on High-Volume Training

    Most weightlifters know that training volume is a crucial factor in maximizing muscle growth. But how much volume is optimal? And at what point does doing more sets become counterproductive?

    To help answer these questions, I interviewed Dr. Milo Wolf, a published sports scientist, competitive natural bodybuilder, and online coach, known for his deep understanding of the mechanisms that drive hypertrophy.

    In this episode, we delve into how much volume is optimal for gaining muscle and discuss when higher volumes offer diminishing returns or even harm your muscle-building efforts.

    Dr. Wolf breaks down the latest research on high-volume training and offers practical tips, including specific volume recommendations and strategies to make high-volume training more practical and time-efficient.

    Whether you're a beginner looking to build your first 10 pounds of muscle, or an experienced lifter aiming to reach your genetic potential, this episode is packed with evidence-based insights to help you reach your goals.

    In it, you’ll learn . . .


    The impact of training volume on muscle growth
    How rest times and proximity to failure can optimize your results
    Volume recommendations and strategies for both beginners and advanced weightlifters
    The significance of exercise selection for maximizing hypertrophy and preventing boredom
    How techniques like drop sets and supersets can make high-volume training more practical and time-efficient
    The role of “specialization phases” in maintaining motivation and breaking training monotony
    Tips for gradually increasing volume and using performance as a recovery indicator

    So, click play to gain valuable insights and practical advice on how much volume you should do to enhance your muscle-building efforts.


    Timestamps:

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

    (3:50) Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You: www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz

    (4:40) Understanding training volume

    (14:01) Interpreting the recent “52-set study”

    (16:01) Factors influencing research results on optimal training volume

    (25:12) Applying volume recommendations to programming

    (33:57) Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    (36:09) How exercise selection impacts how much volume you can do

    (40:36) How exercise selection impacts injury prevention

    (44:57) Breaking training monotony with specialization phases

    (48:08) How to gradually increase volume

    (51:37) Debunking the myth that heavy training is more fatiguing than high volume training

    (58:58) Where can people find more of Milo Wolf’s work?

    (01:00:11) Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip

    (1:02:59) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show


    Mentioned on the Show:

    Milo’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@WolfCoaching

    Milo’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wolfcoach_/

    Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You in Just 60 Seconds: http://www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz

    Legion Pulse: https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

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

    Mike’s conversation with Dr. Pak on Minimum Effective Dose Training: https://legionathletics.com/muscle-for-life-episode-1124-dr-pak-interview/

    • 53 min
    Jordan Syatt on Achieving Holistic Health

    Jordan Syatt on Achieving Holistic Health

    It’s tempting to view health as a purely physical pursuit, especially in the age of social media and constant visual stimuli.

    We often associate being healthy with having a fit physique, but health doesn’t mean having abs or being the strongest person in the gym.

    True health encompasses much more than just our physical appearance or exercise habits, and it's essential to keep an open mind and adapt our perspectives as we grow and learn. 

    In this episode, Jordan Syatt, former competitive powerlifter, renowned fitness coach, and fitness industry veteran and entrepreneur, shares his journey of redefining what it means to be truly healthy.

    In this conversation, we explore . . .


    The evolving definition of health and how Jordan's perspective has changed over the years
    The significance of incorporating mobility work and flexibility training for long-term health and well-being
    The role of community and engaging in difficult conversations for personal growth and mental well-being
    Strategies for having productive difficult conversations with yourself and others
    Practical tips for managing stress in an increasingly complex and demanding world
    And more . . .

    So, if you're ready to challenge your perceptions of health and discover new ways to optimize your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, click play! 

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    Timestamps:




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

    (3:10) Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    (05:25) What does it mean to be a healthy person, and how has that changed for Jordan Syatt over the years?

    (10:19) How is Jordan thinking about health now? What are the new aspects of a healthy life?

    (17:11) Why is flexibility important? How do you improve your flexibility?

    (20:56) Is stretching a waste of time if you lift weights regularly?

    (25:01) What resources should people look into for improving flexibility?

    (29:14) How does body composition fit into Jordan's view of health, and how has that changed?

    (36:33) The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation: https://mfl.show/motivation

    (38:06) What is the importance of community, having difficult conversations, and their impact on overall health?

    (39:33) What are "difficult conversations"?

    (43:00) Has having difficult conversations caused issues in Jordan's life?

    (59:59) How does Jordan go about having difficult conversations with himself productively?

    (1:08:04) How does Jordan prevent negative self-talk from spiraling out of control?

    (1:24:57) How can you cope with and reduce stress?

    (1:32:24) Where can people find Jordan Syatt and his work?

    (1:32:46) Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You: www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz

    (1:33:33) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.mfl.show

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    Mentioned on the Show:




    Legion Pulse: https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation: https://mfl.show/motivation

    Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You in Just 60 Seconds: http://www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz

    The Inner Circle: www.sfinnercircle.com

    Jordan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/syattfitness/?hl=en

    The Jordan Syatt Mini-Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jordan-syatt-mini-podcast/id1348856817

    Lucas Hardie Range of Strength’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rangeofstrength/?hl=en

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Q&A: Hybrid Training, Chronic Sleep Deprivation & Gains, Conspiracy Theories, & More

    Q&A: Hybrid Training, Chronic Sleep Deprivation & Gains, Conspiracy Theories, & More

    From the potential downsides of TRT for individuals with moderate testosterone levels to strategies for mitigating the effects of chronic sleep deprivation, in this episode, I dive into a wide array of topics based on questions from my loyal Instagram followers. 

    I also get into a few “fun” ones, including updates on my new house, my most hated trends of the decade, and my favorite conspiracy theories. :)

    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.

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    Timestamps:


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

    (1:26) Try Phoenix today! Go to https://buylegion.com/phoenix and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    (3:37) Potential drawbacks of TRT if you have moderate testosterone levels

    (5:43) When will you ship Legion Whey protein products to Canada?

    (6:15) Is fish oil overrated?

    (9:53) Legitimacy of the hybrid athlete trend

    (11:01) Mitigating chronic sleep deprivation effects for gains

    (15:21) New house progress update

    (26:03) Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip

    (27:45) Most hated trend of the decade

    (28:46) Increasing vascularity during a bulk

    (30:07) Calculating activity levels: working sets vs. total workout time

    (30:54) Favorite conspiracy or conspiracy theory?

    (35:28) Plans for improving the Stacked workout app

    (36:13) Why did you stop taking Legion Pulse?

    (36:34) Does coffee contribute to water intake goals?

    (37:14) Opinions on Hamas

    (40:32) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show

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    Legion Phoenix: www.buylegion.com/phoenix and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points (6% cash back)!

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

    How to Increase Testosterone Naturally: https://legionathletics.com/how-to-increase-testosterone-naturally/

    Legion Whey+: www.buylegion.com/whey and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!Legion Pulse: www.buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    • 41 min
    Dr. Stephan Guyenet on Outsmarting Obesity

    Dr. Stephan Guyenet on Outsmarting Obesity

    Why are obesity rates skyrocketing in the modern world? Do we simply lack willpower, or are deeper forces at play?

    In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Stephan Guyenet, a renowned obesity researcher, science communicator, and author of the book The Hungry Brain. 

    With his expertise in neuroscience and eating behavior, Dr. Guyenet sheds light on the complex mechanisms behind our body's drive to store fat and the challenges we face in our modern food environment.

    Luckily, it's not all doom and gloom. Stephan also shares evidence-based strategies to outsmart our hungry brains and maintain a healthy body composition for life.

    In this interview, you’ll learn . . .


    The brain's central role in body fatness, the influence of genetics on obesity risk, and the mismatch between our evolutionary wiring and today's food landscape
    Why our body's weight-regulating countermeasures often fail to protect against gradual weight gain
    The impact of stress and emotional eating on weight management
    The "starvation response" that makes sustained fat loss so challenging and weight regain so common
    How to navigate “treat meals” without sabotaging progress
    Evidence-based tips for naturally maintaining a healthy body composition without relying on willpower alone
    And more . . .

    Whether you're looking to lose fat, maintain your weight loss, or simply better understand the science of obesity, this episode offers valuable insights and actionable strategies to help you outsmart your hungry brain and achieve lifelong leanness.

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    Timestamps:

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

    (2:46) Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    (6:09) How does the brain relate to obesity and weight regulation?

    (8:59) What role do genetics play in individual differences in obesity risk and leanness?

    (19:35) How has the modern food environment contributed to the obesity epidemic?

    (24:31) Why do the body's weight-regulating countermeasures often fail to prevent excessive fat gain?

    (32:57) A practical tip for enjoying treat meals without keeping tempting foods stocked at home

    (36:26) My free quiz to answer all your diet questions: www.muscleforlife.show/dietquiz

    (37:15) The impact of stress and emotional eating on weight management

    (41:27) The neuroscience behind why so many people struggle with weight regain after dieting

    (46:49) Can the body's set point be lowered to maintain leanness, and how long might that take?

    (50:53) Evidence-based strategies for naturally maintaining a healthy weight without constant willpower

    (57:59) Where to find more of Dr. Stephan Guyenet's work and resources

    (58:28) Want 125 quick, easy, and delicious “fitness friendly” recipes? Get The Shredded Chef: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/the-shredded-chef/

    (1:01:40) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show

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    Mentioned on the Show:

    Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    Take this free quiz to get science-based answers to all of your diet questions: www.muscleforlife.show/dietquiz

    Want 125 quick, easy, and delicious “fitness friendly” recipes? Get The Shredded Chef: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/the-shredded-chef/

    Stephan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sguyenet

    Stephan’s Website: https://www.stephanguyenet.com/

    The Hungry Brain Book: https://www.amazon.com/Hungry-Brain-Outsmarting-Instincts-Overeat/dp/1250081203/?tag=mflweb-20

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dr. Bill Campbell on Boosting Fat Loss With Protein

    Dr. Bill Campbell on Boosting Fat Loss With Protein

    Protein has long been hailed as the key macronutrient for building and maintaining muscle mass. But what about its role in fat loss?

    As it turns out, increasing your protein intake might be one of the most underrated strategies for shedding fat.

    In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Bill Campbell, a renowned exercise science and nutrition researcher and professor, to explore protein’s surprising effects on fat loss. 

    In case you’re not familiar with Dr. Campbell, he’s a repeat guest on the podcast, the director of the Performance & Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida, has published more than 150 scientific papers, and also has a research review in which he examines scientific papers and breaks them down into simple, practical insights.

    Our discussion covers . . .


    The details of several studies demonstrating protein's fat loss effects (independent of just creating a calorie deficit), including possible mechanisms at play


    How increasing protein intake can lead to greater fat loss, even in a smaller caloric deficit


    Practical implications of these findings for optimizing protein intake during a cutting phase


    How to use protein to minimize fat gain during periods of overeating


    The significance of increasing protein intake from high to very high levels for enhancing fat loss


    And more . . .



    So, if you're interested in learning how protein intake affects fat loss, and how to use that information to get better results, this episode is for you.

    Timestamps:



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

    (2:15) Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip

    (5:23) How does protein intake affect fat loss?

    (6:37) What are the possible mechanisms through which protein influences fat loss?

    (19:42) How can you lose more fat while being in a smaller calorie deficit?

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    (35:57) What are the practical implications of these protein and fat loss studies?

    (37:43) Should you significantly increase protein when cutting to lose fat faster?

    (40:00) How can protein be used strategically during periods of overeating?

    (42:49) What are some ways to get more of your calorie surplus from protein?

    (44:06) What questions related to protein and fat loss would you like to pursue next?

    (48:00) Is there a benefit to increasing protein from high to very high levels for enhancing fat loss?

    (54:20) Where can people find your work?

    (56:39) My free meal planning tool: buylegion.com/mealplan

    (58:06) Subscribe and please share the podcast with a friend! www.muscleforlife.show

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    Mentioned on the Show:

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

    Legion Whey+: www.buylegion.com/whey and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    Want a free meal planning tool that figures out your calories, macros, and micros, and allows you to create custom meal plans for cutting, lean gaining, and maintaining in under 5 minutes? Go to https://buylegion.com/mealplan and download the tool for free!

    Bill Campbell’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billcampbellphd/

    Bill’s Website: https://www.billcampbellphd.com/

    DNA-Based Diets: https://legionathletics.com/dna-based-diet/

    • 59 min

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