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!
Jill Coleman | Fitness, business, and personal growth
Jill Coleman is a veteran of the fitness industry, with a history in figure competitions, fitness magazine cover modeling, personal training, and more - now, she has her own range of programs and certifications and offers business coaching for people looking to grow and level up in the health and fitness industry. Ashleigh worked with Jill personally on a fitness business consultation, and they got together recently to talk all things efficiency, work/life balance, the importance of daily commitments to your health and your business, how to approach investing in yourself, and so much more.
In this episode Ashleigh and Jill chat about:
How to prioritize a few thing (instead of trying to prioritize everything) to become more productive What moderation in life, nutrition, and exercise means for Jill What "anchor actions" are and how they help productivity Why she thinks you should play to your strengths instead of focus on your weaknesses A discussion on investing in yourself as an entrepreneur - how to know when to spend money And more! Learn more about Jill and her programs at jillfit.com, her #moderation365 course, and check out her business podcast Fit Biz U.
Please check out our show Sponsor, Palleovalley - they make Ashleigh's new favorite healthy snacks, 100% grassfed and fermented beef sticks and Superfood bars made with bone broth protein and packed with plant-based superfoods (while still managing to taste like a delicious, chocolatey treat). This company doesn't cut corners, they combine the best that plants and animals have to offer for our health, and it shows - learn more at paleovalley.com and use the code MMR to save 15% on anything you buy!
Hormonal Health with Dr. Carrie Jones
Dr. Carrie Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who is board certified in Naturopathic Endocrinology (FABNE) with a Master's in Public Health (MPH) and over 15 years in the field of functional and integrative medicine. She lectures all over the world on the topic of hormones and helps "hormonally challenged people feel less crazy." Ashleigh brought her on the show to explore the complexity of our hormonal cycles and what we can do to optimize them so we feel and perform our best.
In this episode Ashleigh and Dr. Jones discuss:
The natural cycles of our hormones, and what they do for our body Options for hormonal testing if you think something is off The impact of cortisol on your body and your hormones Lifestyle factors that play important roles in optimal hormone health; how to reduce your toxic load And more! Speaking of reducing toxins, shoutout to show sponsor Primally Pure, 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.
If you want to learn more about hormonal health, check out the three day workshop I did with women's naturopathic doctor Dr. Elly Michelle. This workshop consists of three in-depth lectures and discussions around key aspects of female hormonal health, and additional reading material and resources for you to keep. This intimate and thorough workshop allows you inside access to a naturopathic doctor who specializes in hormonal, sexual, and fertility issues, as well as an experienced health and wellness coach.
Cassy Garcia | Making healthy eating easier, tastier, and less expensive
Cassy Joy Garcia is the bestselling author of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed + Fit, which she started in 2011 and has grown exponentially. Eager to share her healthy living secrets with the world, she started Fed + Fit in 2011. She is a holistic nutrition consultant and mom, and wrote her new book to address the challenges that many people have with creating healthy meals for their families that are inexpensive, easy, and delicious.
In this episode Ashleigh and Cassy chat about:
How to save time, money, and energy when trying to get a home-cooked dinner on the table Her experience with eating and cravings during pregnancy, and how to get young kids to eat the same healthy foods you're eating As a holistic nutritionist, Cassy shares how to sneak in healthy choices for your family in addition to special diet modifications Please check out our show Sponsor, Palleovalley - they make my new favorite healthy snacks, 100% grassfed and fermented beef sticks and Superfood bars made with bone broth protein and packed with plant-based superfoods (while still managing to taste like a delicious, chocolatey treat). This company doesn't cut corners, they combine the best that plants and animals have to offer for our health, and it shows - learn more at paleovalley.com and use the code MMR to save 15% on anything you buy!
Can you lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?
The question, "can you build muscle and lose fat at the same time?" may be one of the most pervasive in the fitness industry, and the answer, as usual, is more complex than many of us would like. But it's not all bad - there is plenty to be learned about our bodies and how they work while we explore the most efficient and healthy ways to achieve these two separate (but often combined) goals.
In this episode Ashleigh covers:
Who may be able to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time, and who may have a harder time The ways in which these two goals can work with each other, and against each other A discussion on the practical applications of caloric surpluses/deficits, and how to apply them to your life in a realistic way A better, more sustainable solution to the "gain muscle, lose fat" question Resources to learn more about how to apply this to your lifestyle If you'd like to dive even deeper into this topic, sign up for the Muscle Science for Women program - our second run will begin in January 2022 and tickets are limited! Add your name to the "first to know" list here: https://www.metflexlife.com/muscle-science-women
Try the Precision Nutrition calorie/macro calculator: https://www.precisionnutrition.com/nutrition-calculator
Thanks to our show sponsor BUBS Naturals - stock up on the best quality grassfed collagen and MCT powder at here (www.bubsnaturals.com) and use the code MM20 for a massive 20% discount!
Stan Efferding | Lessons learned training elite athletes
Stan Efferding is an IFBB Professional bodybuilder and World Record Holding Powerlifter. He is one of only 10 men in the world to ever total over 2,300 pounds raw in competition. Stan holds the title as the World's Strongest Bodybuilder.
He conducts seminars all over the country for various sports and nutrition and training techniques, and he coined the Vertical Diet - his book, The Vertical Diet, just came out and in this episode Ashleigh and Stan talk all things diet, muscle building, and what we can all take from the regimens of elite athletes.
In this episode:
Stan's morning/daily routine His new book, The Vertical Diet Some of his key nutrition tips around fiber and protein Practical tips for the rest of us gained from the worlds of powerlifting and bodybuilding Stan's experience dealing with depression and anxiety, and how he addressed it Working with elite athletes like Hafthor Bjornsson and Jon Jones And much more! Please check out our show Sponsor, Palleovalley - they make my new favorite healthy snacks, 100% grassfed and fermented beef sticks and Superfood bars made with bone broth protein and packed with plant-based superfoods (while still managing to taste like a delicious, chocolatey treat). This company doesn't cut corners, they combine the best that plants and animals have to offer for our health, and it shows - learn more at paleovalley.com and use the code MMR to save 15% on anything you buy!
Bethany McDaniel | Improve your skin with animal-based products
In this episode Ashleigh and Bethany, the founder of natural skincare brand Primally Pure, discuss specific animal-based skincare ingredients: how they’re processed and used, their benefits, how they’ve been used historically, and much more.
Bethany McDaniel started Primally Pure by personally rendering tallow from the animals at her family’s organic lifestock farm in Southern California, and has grown the brand exponentially to offer high-quality, luxurious natural skincare without any harmful ingredients - and specifically highlighting healthy animal ingredients. Just like with food, “animal-based” ingredients don’t have the same healthy reputation as plant-based, but humans have been using ingredients like tallow to address skin issues for generations.
In this episode:
Why grass-fed beef tallow is good for your skin How it’s processed for use in skincare What is emu oil and why it’s a great skin care ingredient How to simplify and detoxify your skin care routine And much more! For more information about the company, head to primallypure.com and use the code MUSCLEMAVEN to save money on anything you buy.
A big thank you to our show sponsor, Medicine Man Plant Co, maker of uniquely formulated herbal supplements to support optimal health and immune function. Their products are rigorously third party tested and contain ingredients like elderberry, vitamin c, echinachea, and cordyceps - incredible natural ingredients that humans have used for generations to support their health. Learn more at https://medicinemanplantco.com/ and use the discount code MUSCLEMAVEN for 20% off!
Not your typical health podcast
I love love the things that I have learned through this podcast. I got introduced to hunting a little before I discovered Ashleigh, not specifically for health reasons, but that was my driving factor. When I started listening to her and heard about her passion for organ meats and how incredibly
Nutritious they are I felt even more motivation to keep learning and doing it.
I love that her podcast is not the typical health and fitness. They talk about the things that matter and dig deep!!
Thanks for everything Ashleigh!
50th Episode with Robb Wolf
This was such a refreshing and honest episode. I have been listening to Ashleigh since Paleo Magazine Radio and she has always provided very meaningful and insightful, but most of all useful information. But this episode was very different. A discourse in differences in opinion. There were many lessons that can be learned from this episode, but most of all, how to listen and learn from one another, even if we disagree with them. This episode was just what I needed to hear in these strange times!
Robb Wolf episode 50
Such a great listen!! You and Robb discuss topics so openly and your chemistry is awesome. Thanks for being so outspoken… keep up the hard work as it’s much appreciated!!!!