25 episodes

Hosted by health coach, writer, and food and fitness adventurer Ashleigh VanHouten (aka The Muscle Maven), Muscle Maven Radio aims to expand our knowledge and competence around wellness, fitness and living a happy, healthy life. It’s all about taking our health into our own hands through research, experimentation, and curiosity, learning with an open mind and avoiding dogma and quick fixes. Through Muscle Maven Radio, we aim to approach the health journey as a fun and exciting experience, rather than a daunting and overwhelming chore. Join Ashleigh as she interviews athletes, coaches, doctors, nutritionists, and experts in all areas of health and wellness, and have fun with your health journey!

Muscle Maven Radio Ashleigh VanHouten

    • Nutrition
    • 4.8 • 277 Ratings

Hosted by health coach, writer, and food and fitness adventurer Ashleigh VanHouten (aka The Muscle Maven), Muscle Maven Radio aims to expand our knowledge and competence around wellness, fitness and living a happy, healthy life. It’s all about taking our health into our own hands through research, experimentation, and curiosity, learning with an open mind and avoiding dogma and quick fixes. Through Muscle Maven Radio, we aim to approach the health journey as a fun and exciting experience, rather than a daunting and overwhelming chore. Join Ashleigh as she interviews athletes, coaches, doctors, nutritionists, and experts in all areas of health and wellness, and have fun with your health journey!

    Cookbook photographer Heather MacDonald | Imposter syndrome, and working with your friends

    Cookbook photographer Heather MacDonald | Imposter syndrome, and working with your friends

    In this episode Ashleigh breaks down the process of writing her cookbook, It Takes Guts, with her cookbook photographer (and long time friend) Heather MacDonald. They talk about imposter syndrome, learning while doing (instead of waiting for the “perfect time”), what it meant to work on a big project with a friend, insider tips on food photography, and how to overcome all the obstacles in your way - including finishing a tight deadline in the middle of a global pandemic! This is a fun inside look at the power of friendships and support, and how rewarding it can be to take risks and try something new.
    My nose-to-tail cookbook, It Takes Guts, is available now in-stores and online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Chapters!
    Thanks to our show sponsors: BUBS Naturals - stock up on the best quality grassfed collagen and MCT powder at https://www.bubsnaturals.com/pages/musclemaven and use the code MM20 for a discount!
    Primally Pure is my favorite skincare company - they use a few natural ingredients like beef tallow, shea butter, and essential oils, and their products are beautiful and luxurious like high-end skincare without the pricetag or the sketchy ingredients. The natural deodorant and body butter are lifechanging! Head to primallypure.com and use the code MUSCLEMAVEN for a discount.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    CrossFit superstar Kari Pearce | Training, diet, mindset, and abs

    CrossFit superstar Kari Pearce | Training, diet, mindset, and abs

    Kari is a six times CrossFit Games athlete and four time Fittest American Female. She is currently the 3rd fittest woman on earth and has been in the top 10 the last five years. She has a long athletic career in gymnastics, and she earned her degree in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology and was three time Academic All Big Ten.
    In addition to being a full time athlete, she has developed PowerAbs, which is a core program thousands of people are doing. It incorporates many of the things she learned in her 18 years of gymnastics and through her education to get people stronger and better looking midsections.
    In this episode Ashleigh and Kari talk about her recent CrossFit Games experience, including her training, diet, recovery, and mindset approach; being an older athlete at 31; why we love and hate burpees, and we dig into her Power Abs program too.
    Find more at karipearce.com and follow Kari on Instagram at @karipearcecrossfit
    My nose-to-tail cookbook, It Takes Guts, is available now in-stores and online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Chapters!
    Thanks to our show sponsor BUBS Naturals - stock up on the best quality grassfed collagen and MCT powder at https://www.bubsnaturals.com/pages/musclemaven and use the code MM20 for a discount!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Barbell Shrugged’s Anders Varner | Functional fitness to the masses

    Barbell Shrugged’s Anders Varner | Functional fitness to the masses

    Anders Varner co-hosts the uber popular Barbell Shrugged podcast, and creates programs for folks to get shredded, get muscular, and get fit. The Shrugged team is embarking on a totally new area of fitness: they are launching a series of workout programs that will be available in WalMart stores, effectively bringing high-end fitness programs to a mass market. It’s the first time it’s ever been done, and I wanted to chat with my friend about the business of fitness, the challenges to entering new markets, the importance of balance and perspective in the fitness world, and how to be a “diesel dad” (or mom) and still have other hobbies and interests outside of the gym.
    Learn more about their programs, podcast, and other free resources at barbellshrugged.com
    My nose-to-tail cookbook, It Takes Guts, is available now in-stores and online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Chapters!
    Want the health benefits of organ meats but not ready to eat them? I use Ancestral Supplements grass-fed desiccated organ supplements. I love the company and the quality of their offerings - check them out at here, use the code MAVEN10 for a discount and let me know if you have any questions about their products before you buy!
    Want to connect, ask questions for the podcast, or offer feedback? Drop me a note on Instagram @themusclemaven, send me an email at ashleighvanhouten@gmail.com, and sign up for my weekly newsletter at ashleighvanhouten.com

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep. 22 | How anyone can use a continuous glucose monitor to improve their health

    Ep. 22 | How anyone can use a continuous glucose monitor to improve their health

    Are you looking to learn more about your health? Maybe you want to try a new style of eating, or understand how different foods effect you. It turns out, you can learn a lot about your body using a continuous glucose monitor, even if you aren’t diabetic or have insulin sensitivity issues. It helps you to understand how your body uniquely reacts to different foods, workouts, and other stressors; it can help you see how insulin sensitive or resistant you are during different times, and how well your body returns back to homeostasis; and it can help you individualize your diet and lifestyle to better support your unique physiology and goals.
    Ashleigh experimented with a NutriSense CGM for two weeks, tracked the data, and asked Kara Collier, director of nutrition for NutriSense, to help interpret her results as well as answer questions from listeners. They also discussed the differences in results if you’re keto or not keto; the time of your monthly cycle, if you’re a female; and possible “experiments” you can try with your CGM. If you’d like to try NutriSense for yourself, head to this link and use the code MUSCLEMAVEN to save $25!
    My nose-to-tail cookbook, It Takes Guts, is available now in-stores and online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Chapters!
    Thanks to our show sponsor BUBS Naturals - stock up on the best quality grassfed collagen and MCT powder at https://www.bubsnaturals.com/pages/musclemaven and use the code MM20 for a discount!
    Want to connect, ask questions for the podcast, or offer feedback? Drop me a note on Instagram @themusclemaven, send me an email at ashleighvanhouten@gmail.com, and sign up for my weekly newsletter at ashleighvanhouten.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Esther Blum | Improve your health by treating the root cause

    Esther Blum | Improve your health by treating the root cause

    Today Ashleigh chats with integrative dietician, holistic nutritionist and author Esther Blum about the ongoing complexities of gut health, hormonal health, and getting to the root of your problems to achieve sustainable positive health outcomes. So often we try to rush to a solution, or focus on addressing symptoms rather than a root cause; reframing our health goals as a life-long journey helps us slow down and truly understand ourselves, our bodies, and our challenges. We talk about digestive health, autoimmune issues, tracking and testing, continuous glucose monitoring, and much more!
    Connect with Esther on Instagram @gorgeousesther or on her website, estherblum.com
    My nose-to-tail cookbook, It Takes Guts, is available now in-stores and online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Chapters!
    Learn more about the book and nose to tail eating in my episode with Paul Saladino, and my episode with Beth Lipton.
    Want the health benefits of organ meats but not ready to eat them? I use Ancestral Supplements grass-fed desiccated organ supplements. I love the company and the quality of their offerings - check them out at here, use the code MAVEN10 for a discount and let me know if you have any questions about their products before you buy!
    Want to connect, ask questions for the podcast, or offer feedback? Drop me a note on Instagram @themusclemaven, send me an email at ashleighvanhouten@gmail.com, and sign up for my weekly newsletter at ashleighvanhouten.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep.20 | Want to compete in bodybuilding? Listen to this first!

    Ep.20 | Want to compete in bodybuilding? Listen to this first!

    In this solo episode, Ashleigh talks about her experience with bodybuilding: how she got into the sport and what she learned; common mistakes and her recommendations; competition day drama and unexpected challenges; and she answers listener questions about what competing is really like, including sharing how she eats when prepping; whether or not you can be a competitive bodybuilder and eat keto or paleo; if there are special concerns for women; ways to put on muscle while losing fat, and much more.
    Man or woman, if you’ve ever thought about prepping and competing in an amateur bodybuilding competition but aren’t sure if you’re ready or if it’s right for you: listen to this episode first, as Ashleigh shares behind the scenes insider knowledge with some humor, transparency, and helpful tips thrown in.
    My nose-to-tail cookbook, It Takes Guts, is available now for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Chapters!
    Thanks to our show sponsor BUBS Naturals - stock up on the best quality grassfed collagen and MCT powder at bubsnaturals.com and use the code MM20 for a discount!
    Primally Pure is my favorite skincare company - they use a few natural ingredients like beef tallow, shea butter, and essential oils, and their products are beautiful and luxurious like high-end skincare without the pricetag or the sketchy ingredients. The natural deodorant and body butter are lifechanging! Head to primallypure.com and use the code MUSCLEMAVEN for a discount.
    Want to connect, ask questions for the podcast, or offer feedback? Drop me a note on Instagram @themusclemaven, send me an email at ashleighvanhouten@gmail.com, and sign up for my weekly newsletter at ashleighvanhouten.com

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
277 Ratings

277 Ratings

rickc57 ,

A Favorite Podcast always loaded with great information

I love how Ashleigh packs every episode with outstanding content that resonates with me. I always learn something new and appreciate how much effort Ashleigh invests in this podcast. I love the addition of amazing guest and how amazing she is at interviewing and finding those golden nuggets that make this podcast so special. Thanks!

Stacey Shapiro ,

Awesome podcast and very informative!

Ashleigh, host of the Muscle Maven podcast, highlights all aspects of fitenss and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Mrs.LadyT ,

Love this podcast!!

I just love Ashleigh and her podcasts!! I first heard her on Ben Pakulski’s pod and I could relate to so much of the information she put out. So once I found out she had her own podcast, I HAD to start listening and I love every minute! Keep up the great work!!

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