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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.

Find out more at www.legionathletics.com

Muscle for Life with Mike Matthews Mike Matthews

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 3.6K 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

    How to Lean Bulk (Maximize Muscle Gain, Not Fat)

    How to Lean Bulk (Maximize Muscle Gain, Not Fat)

    This episode is all about lean bulking and how to do it correctly. Many people take the “dirty bulk” route, which results often results in gaining weight too quickly, unnecessary fat gain, having to cut too soon, and spinning their wheels. In this podcast, you’ll learn how to set up your diet and your training to maximize muscle growth while minimizing fat gain.

    Listen to this podcast to learn what lean bulking is and how to lean bulk correctly, including how to start bulking, how to make a lean bulking meal plan, how to train while bulking, and more!



    Timestamps:

    0:00 - Try Pulse today! Go to https://buylegion.com/pulse and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points!

    2:51 - What is lean bulking?

    5:42 - What are the two main methods of bulking?

    9:40 - Why do people choose to dirty bulk?

    17:00 - How can I start lean bulking?

    21:22 - How do I meal plan while lean bulking?

    25:17 - How should I train while lean bulking?



    Mentioned on the Show:

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

    • 28 min
    The Best of Muscle For Life: Natural Bodybuilding, Training After a Break, & Productivity Tips

    The Best of Muscle For Life: Natural Bodybuilding, Training After a Break, & Productivity Tips

    In this installment of the Best of Muscle For Life, you’ll hear hand-picked clips from three popular MFL episodes: an interview with Eric Helms on natural bodybuilding, a monologue on getting back in the gym after a long break from training, and a motivational episode with my top tips on increasing productivity.

    Some people—my favorite people—listen to most or even all of my podcasts, but my wizbang analytics tell me that while many listeners tune in on a regular basis, they don’t catch every installment of Muscle for Life and thus miss out on insights that could help them do at least a little better inside and outside the gym.

    That’s why I do “best of” episodes that contain a few of the most practical and compelling ideas, tips, and moments from the more popular episodes I’ve published over the years. This way, you can learn interesting insights that you might have otherwise missed and find new episodes of the show to listen to.

    So, in this installment of The Best of Muscle for Life, you’ll be hearing hand-picked morsels from three episodes:

    Eric Helms on the Art and Science of Succeeding in Natural Bodybuilding

    (Originally published 7/8/2020)

    How to Get Back Into Weightlifting After a Break from the Gym (With a Training Program!)

    (Originally published 6/15/2020)

    Motivation Monday: My 5 Best Tips for Increasing Productivity

    (Originally published 8/21/2017)

    And we’ll be starting with number one, Eric Helms on the Art and Science of Succeeding in Natural Bodybuilding.



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    Timestamps:

    0:00 - My free meal planning tool: buylegion.com/mealplan

    5:07 - Eric Helms on the Art and Science of Succeeding in Natural Bodybuilding

    18:52 - How to Get Back Into Weightlifting After a Break from the Gym (With a Training Program!)

    29:22 - Motivation Monday: My 5 Best Tips for Increasing Productivity



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    Mentioned on the Show:

    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!

    • 37 min
    Paul Hough on High-Intensity Interval Training (Everything You Need to Know)

    Paul Hough on High-Intensity Interval Training (Everything You Need to Know)

    Paul Hough joins me to talk about high-intensity interval training (HIIT). I’ve written about HIIT plenty before, but I wanted to get Paul on the podcast to do a deeper dive on the subject. And HIIT is the subject of one of the chapters in his new textbook, Advanced Personal Training, which aims to turn science into applicable practice for personal trainers. So in this episode we’re chatting all about what HIIT is, how to do it correctly, and even whether you should do it at all.

    In case you’re not familiar with Paul, I recently shared a webinar I recorded with him for students at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, where Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science. Not only is he a fellow author, but he’s worked with elite-level athletes in tennis and Formula One, and published several studies in academic journals.

    In our discussion, we chat about . . .


    What HIIT is (and how to test if you're actually doing a high intensity)
    Different types of HIIT (and what systems they stress) and their benefits
    The importance of exercise selection for HIIT
    Heart rate and when it's appropriate to use and when to use RPE
    Why you need to regulate intensity (and not just go all-out during every interval)
    The Afterburn effect and why HIIT isn't "special" for fat loss
    How HIIT can affect appetite
    Exercise "snacks" (what they are and the benefits - it’s not food)
    And more . . .

    So, if you’re curious about HIIT and want to know more about it, you’re going to enjoy this podcast!



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    Timestamps:

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

    8:34 - What is high intensity interval training, is it the best way to lose fat?

    10:58 - Do you correlate exercise intensity to how heavy your breathing is?

    14:42 - Is HIIT better for burning calories?

    17:40 - How much HIIT do I need to do to be equal to a 30 or 60 minute jog?

    19:34 - Does HIIT have more recovery demands on my body?

    23:46 - Can you clarify between type 4 and type 6?

    28:12 - How does heart rate relate to how hard you’re training?

    46:10 - What are your thoughts on everyone including HIIT into their workout routines?

    1:04:33 - What is the exercise snacking concept?

    1:16:43 - Where can we find you and your work?



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    Mentioned on the show:

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

    Paul Hough’s website: www.exerciseandsportscience.com

    Paul’s textbook Advanced Personal Training: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09HXGDLNT/?tag=mflweb-20

    Paul’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_h0ugh/

    Paul’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_hough

    • 1 hr 22 min
    12 Diet and Exercise “Hacks” That Actually Work

    12 Diet and Exercise “Hacks” That Actually Work

    I’m offering a slew of diet and exercise “hacks” that will immediately boost your results. “Hacks” are usually hogwash, but in this case, I’m sharing simple tips and tweaks that can make a big difference in your nutrition and training. Listen to this podcast and let me know your thoughts!



    Timestamps:

    0:00 - Want 125 quick, easy, and delicious “fitness friendly” recipes? Get The Shredded Chef: https://legionathletics.com/products/books/the-shredded-chef/

    3:47 - What are some diet hacks?

    6:43 - What are some exercise hacks?



    Mentioned on the Show:

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

    • 11 min
    Q&A: Cutting Without Counting Macros, “Incomplete” Proteins, Intermittent Fasting, Rep Ranges, and More

    Q&A: Cutting Without Counting Macros, “Incomplete” Proteins, Intermittent Fasting, Rep Ranges, and More

    Can you successfully cut without counting calories or macros? What are my thoughts on intermittent fasting? Is MSG bad for you? How do you gain strength without size? What’s a reasonable amount of “incompete” protein in your diet? Should you eat fewer calories on rest days? 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.



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    Timestamps:

    0:00 - Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You: www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz

    2:13 - Is it possible to go from 16% to 10% body fat without counting macros ?

    3:26 - Should we weigh food raw? Does that apply to every food?

    3:57 - Favorite overhead tricep movement?

    4:04 - Should I separate my cardio sessions from weights? Can I just do cardio after lifting?

    4:46 - What are your plans for the recession now that we are through COVID?

    5:53 - My form is better with 6-8 reps. Is that still a good rep range for compound lifts?

    6:59 - What are your thoughts on intermittent fasting?

    7:36 - What is your favorite Whey+ and Pulse flavor?

    8:01 - Of total daily protein intake, what do you consider an acceptable amount from incomplete protein sources?

    8:53 - Is walking an effective way to lose weight?

    9:17 - Do I have to eat less calories on rest days, as my total daily expenditure would be lower?

    11:21 - You usually preach 4-6 reps for gaining strength, are you just adding size now?

    14:29 - How can I gain strength without size?

    15:13 - Best non fitness book you’ve read recently?

    16:18 - How bad is MSG for you actually?

    17:13 - Would you rather be stuck in an elevator with a tarot reader or a flat earther?

    17:45 - I’m a forty year old woman who has never strength trained. Is it too late to gain muscle and strength?



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    Mentioned on the Show:

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

    • 19 min
    Sal Di Stefano on Fear and Propaganda in the Fitness Industry

    Sal Di Stefano on Fear and Propaganda in the Fitness Industry

    I’ve had various non-fitness related discussions with my pal Sal Di Stefano (of Mind Pump Media fame) here on the Muscle For Life podcast, but this time we’re combining topics. In this interview, Sal and I chat about the intersection of culture, politics, and health and fitness, and how fear is used to manipulate people. Sound interesting?

    I don’t want to spoil the discussion, but we cover all sorts of subjects like propaganda in the fitness industry and controlling people with misinformation, toxic masculinity, claims about protein and the environment, veganism, the "body acceptance" movement, government and “conspiracy theories,” and we even speculate on what the future of fitness culture and manipulation in fitness industry might look like.

    In case you’re not familiar with Sal, he’s a co-host of Mind Pump Media, one of the top fitness podcasts out there. He’s also an author, coach, and repeat guest on my podcast for good reason. While we love to chat about fitness, we also enjoy our conversational jaunts into history, politics, culture, and economics.

    So, if any of this sounds interesting to you, listen to this podcast and let me know what you think! Oh and beware some of the topics are a bit controversial. So before getting up in arms, remember the discussion is just for fun. :)



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    Timestamps:

    0:00 - Save 20% on my Phoenix fat-burner! Go to https://buylegion.com/phoenix and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points.

    9:44 - How do you feel about the progress of misinformation in the fitness industry?

    29:03 - Do you think there are good intentions behind misinformation?

    42:23 - What are your thoughts about the “noble lies” of the media?

    50:15  - What are your thoughts on people who think our conversion is all a conspiracy theory?

    1:07:07 - What are your predictions for the next 10 years?

    1:09:41 - Do you think we’re going to see a continued trend in America of “living in two different countries?”

    1:15:54 - Where can we find you and your work?



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    Mentioned on the show:

    Save 20% on my Phoenix fat-burner! Go to https://buylegion.com/phoenix and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double reward points.

    Dr. Greg Brown on the Science of Transgender Women in Sports: https://legionathletics.com/transgender-sports-controversy/

    Sal’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindpumpsal

    Mind Pump Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mind-pump-raw-fitness-truth/id954100822?mt=2

    • 1 hr 17 min

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