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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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Muscle for Life with Mike Matthews Mike Matthews

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 3.5K 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

    What Really Makes People Fat?

    What Really Makes People Fat?

    Many people believe a lot of different things can make them fat. Common culprits are stress, bad gut bacteria, hormones, genetics, slow metabolisms, insulin, large plates and bowls, alcohol, and even undereating. So what’s the real cause? What actually makes people fat? You’re going to find out in this podcast.



    Timestamps:

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

    1:30 - Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip



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

    • 5 min
    Q&A: Dead Hangs, Greens Vs. Veggies, Saunas, Genetic Testing, and More

    Q&A: Dead Hangs, Greens Vs. Veggies, Saunas, Genetic Testing, and More

    How can dead hangs reduce shoulder pain? Is genetic testing worth it for health purposes? How can you get biceps veins and increase vascularity? Are there limits to progressive overload? Should you use a sauna before or after training? Does cryotherapy improve recovery? How can you stay satiated while on a diet? How can you model healthy behavior for kids? 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 - Find the Perfect Strength Training Program for You: www.muscleforlife.show/trainingquiz

    2:02 - Why is Legion’s Casein+ the only thing I taste while having covid?

    2:52 - Do you recommend genetic testing for health reasons?

    5:11 - Is vegan protein a source of vegetables?

    7:48 - What are your thoughts on the Will Smith and Chris Rock incident?

    8:18 - What do you think your shoulder pain was a result of?

    11:39 - How can I feel full during a calorie deficit?

    15:54 - Is there a limit to progressive overload?

    17:08 - Do you have any advice for modeling healthy behaviors for kids?

    18:56 - Do you recommend any fat burners that actually work?

    20:17 - How to increase bicep veins and visual vascularity?

    20:52 - Does cryotherapy work?

    22:52 - What are your predictions for the year 2030?

    23:06 - What are your most recommended history books?

    25:05 - Should I use the sauna before or after workout?

    25:25 - If you could only choose one Legion product what would it be?

    23:44 - Should I take Pulse before all my workouts or just lifting?

    27:07 - What do you love most about your wife?



    Mentioned on the Show:

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

    • 28 min
    Steve Hall on How to Program Effective Specialization Routines

    Steve Hall on How to Program Effective Specialization Routines

    Whether you have lagging or weak muscle groups, or just want to focus your efforts and grow certain body parts faster than others, specialization routines can help you. These specialization training blocks involve prioritizing specific muscle groups to get them to grow faster while maintaining your size and strength in other muscle groups. In this episode, Steve Hall offers tips and guidance everyone can use if they’re interested in trying a specialization routine.

    In our discussion, Steve and I discuss . . .


    What specialization routines are and when it's appropriate to try a specialization routine
    Examples of how specialization routine might look
    Whether you can prioritize more than one muscle group at once
    How exercise selection and rep ranges play a role in specialization routines
    Duration of specialization training blocks
    And more . . .

    In case you’re not familiar with Steve, he’s a competitive natural bodybuilder and the founder of Revive Stronger, where he uses his decade-plus of experience in the gym to coach his clients. He’s also a fellow podcaster, hosting the Revive Stronger Podcast, on which he shares evidence-based bodybuilding content.

    So, if you've ever wondered about whether you should try a specialization routine or how you’d program your own to grow certain muscle groups faster, you’re going to enjoy this podcast!



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    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!

    7:20 - What are specialization routines?

    10:15 - Why can’t you just grow all your muscles together?

    15:30 - Can a decade of specialization training get you to your best physique ever?

    20:41 - When do you suggest starting specialization training?

    24:20 - Why can’t I maximize the growth of every muscle?

    29:33 - How much upper body training can I do without the wheels falling off?

    32:06 - What are examples of a specialization routine?

    38:00 - Can I specialize a pair of muscle groups when training?

    55:14 - What should my rep ranges look like with specialization training?

    1:05:42 - What are your thoughts on duration?

    1:11:40 - Where can we find you and your work?



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    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!

    Steve’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/revivestronger

    Steve’s Website: https://revivestronger.com/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Book Club: My Top 5 Takeaways from The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

    Book Club: My Top 5 Takeaways from The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

    These are my key takeaways and notes from Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages.

    “Can you recommend a book for…?”

    “What are you reading right now?”

    “What are your favorite books?”

    I get asked those types of questions a lot and, as an avid reader and all-around bibliophile, I’m always happy to oblige.

    I also like to encourage people to read as much as possible because knowledge benefits you much like compound interest. The more you learn, the more you know; the more you know, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more opportunities you have to succeed.

    On the flip side, I also believe there’s little hope for people who aren’t perpetual learners. Life is overwhelmingly complex and chaotic, and it slowly suffocates and devours the lazy and ignorant.

    So, if you’re a bookworm on the lookout for good reads, or if you’d like to get into the habit of reading, this book club is for you.

    The idea here is simple: Every month, I’ll share a book that I’ve particularly liked, why I liked it, and several of my key takeaways from it.

    I’ll also keep things short and sweet so you can quickly decide whether the book is likely to be up your alley or not.

    Alright, let’s get to the takeaways.



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    Timestamps:

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

    4:28 - Triumph Male & Female are 25% off this week only! Go to buylegion.com/triumph and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% on anything else you order or get double reward points!



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    Mentioned on the Show:

    Triumph Male & Female are 25% off this week only! Go to buylegion.com/triumph and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% on anything else you order or get double reward points!

    • 13 min
    The Best of Muscle For Life: Nutrition for Athletes, How Fast You Can Lose Fat, & Cold Showers

    The Best of Muscle For Life: Nutrition for Athletes, How Fast You Can Lose Fat, & Cold Showers

    In this installment of the Best of Muscle For Life, you’ll hear hand-picked clips from three popular MFL episodes: an interview with Dr. Susan Kleiner on “power eating” and sports nutrition, a monologue on how fast you can “safely” lose body fat, and a motivational piece explaining why I took cold showers every day for a year.

    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:

    Dr. Susan Kleiner on “Power Eating” for Optimal Athletic Performance

    (Originally published 7/15/2020)

    How Fast Can You "Safely" Lose Fat (Before Losing Muscle)?

    (Originally published 9/18/2020)

    Motivation Monday: I Took A Cold Shower (Almost) Every Day for a Year. Here’s What Happened.

    (Originally published 3/12/2018)

    And we’ll be starting with number one, Susan Kleiner on “Power Eating” for Optimal Athletic Performance.



    Timestamps:

    0:00 - My free quiz to answer all your diet questions: www.muscleforlife.show/dietquiz

    4:31 - Dr. Susan Kleiner on “Power Eating” for Optimal Athletic Performance

    20:09 - How Fast Can You "Safely" Lose Fat (Before Losing Muscle)?

    31:31 - Motivation Monday: I Took A Cold Shower (Almost) Every Day for a Year. Here’s What Happened.



    Mentioned on the Show:

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

    • 40 min
    Grant Tinsley on the Science of Measuring Your Body Fat

    Grant Tinsley on the Science of Measuring Your Body Fat

    Are all body fat scales equally inaccurate? Are some accurate enough to actually be useful when tracking our body composition? That’s what Dr. Grant Tinsley wanted to test in the latest study out of his lab, and he’s discussing the surprising results in this interview.

    Many fitness enthusiasts want to track their body fat levels and body composition to keep tabs on their progress and ensure their training and diet are on the right track. So it’s no surprise that many have been tempted to buy relatively inexpensive body fat scales and home devices that claim they can assess your body composition just by stepping on a scale or holding special electrodes. I’ve never recommended these devices due to their inaccuracy, but are some bio-electrical impedance analysis (BIA) devices good enough to actually help people keep track of their body composition?

    That’s exactly what Dr. Grant Tinsley wanted to find out and what he and his team put to the test in their latest study. Grant and his colleagues bought some of the most popular BIA devices off of Amazon and compared their results with current gold-standard methods and expensive devices to determine how useful these tools really are.

    So, how accurate are BIA body fat scales, why do some work better than others, can they actually be useful for tracking your body composition, and how can you get consistent and accurate readings with them? You’re going to find out in this podcast.

    In case you’re not familiar with Grant, he’s an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University, the Director of the Energy Balance & Body Composition Laboratory, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN). He has over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts, with his major research interests being sports nutrition strategies, body composition assessment techniques, and intermittent fasting in active populations.

    So, he’s the perfect guest to talk all about body composition measurement and discuss his new research on BIA devices. Press play to listen to our discussion!



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    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!

    4:30 - What is body composition and how accurately do home devices assess that?

    21:09 - Do you recommend these devices?

    30:17 - Did you come across any useful devices doing your experiments?

    35:04 - What are other methods to accurately calculate body composition at home?

    46:23 - What is three dimensional optimal imaging?

    47:37 - What are your thoughts on the expensive machines found at gyms?

    51:01 - What is the accuracy of the army body fat equation?

    56:31 - What are some controlled factors we can practice for consistent readings?

    59:08 - Where can we find you and your work?



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    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!

    Grant’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grant_tinsley_phd

    Grant’s Website: www.granttinsley.com

    Pre-registered study: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT05026697

    • 1 hr 1 min

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