100 episodes

The Breaking Muscle Podcast is a weekly show that takes you into the minds and lives of some of the leaders in the fitness industry worldwide.

The Breaking Muscle Podcast Breaking Muscle

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 34 Ratings

The Breaking Muscle Podcast is a weekly show that takes you into the minds and lives of some of the leaders in the fitness industry worldwide.

    Body Recomposition - Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

    Body Recomposition - Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

    Simultaneously gaining muscle and losing fat is the holy grail for most gym-goers. It’s known in the fitness industry as body recomposition. Body recomposition is a polarizing topic among experts. Some say it’s impossible for experienced lifters. Others will tell you it’s the best way to reach your goals.  In this episode, I explain that recomposition is possible, but it is extremely difficult, and most people who try will fail. 
    I explain the five circumstances where recomposition is the best approach for you.



    Outside of these circumstances, you can do it, but your margin for error is smaller. If you don’t get everything just right, you will almost certainly fail in recomping.
    Listen to the episode to determine how the three factors decide if recomposition is an intelligent goal for you.
    Once we’ve established that you are a good candidate for recomposition, I outline the top 10 training and nutrition strategies you must use to maximize your chances of success.
    If you have any questions or comments about the show, please DM me on Instagram @tommaccormick.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Sleep Is The Body's Most Powerful Recovery Tool

    Sleep Is The Body's Most Powerful Recovery Tool

    Sleep is fascinating. We all know it is good for us, and most of us would like to get more, yet, according to research, 43.2% of adults are sleep deprived. That’s almost half the population wandering around like caffeine-addicted zombies with brain fog because of poor sleep.  This sleep deprivation is not normal or healthy! 
    Reduced sleep duration has been linked to seven of the fifteen leading causes of death in the U.S. 
    Poor sleep will:
    Disrupt hormonal function Weaken your immune system Impair brain function Slow your metabolism Increase appetite and cravings Reduce coordination Essentially, sleep deprivation will hinder every health, performance, coordination, hormonal, and recovery marker.
    This translates to you being unhappy, weaker, fatter, slower, and carrying less muscle mass.
    In this episode, I cover what the research on sleep shows and provide you with strategies to improve your sleep.
    Sleep is your body’s most powerful recovery tool.
    It’s time you started treating it with the respect it deserves. Listen to the show now to find out how.
    You can also find this podcast sitting on top of all my other Six Pack of Knowledge podcasts (curated discussions with the greatest hypertrophy experts on the planet).

    • 29 min
    Building Muscle as You Age

    Building Muscle as You Age

    It’s common knowledge that we lose muscle mass and strength as we age. This is known as sarcopenia.
    As someone approaching their 40th birthday, I’m interested to know what the research shows about this syndrome.
    So, I dug into the research to see what, if anything, could be done to reverse or at least slow down the physical decline we go through as we age.
    What I discovered was fascinating, and I share all of it in this episode.
    I’ll explain:
    Why do we lose muscle and strength as we age? That this rate of decay in physical capacity is not inevitable. How you can keep gaining strength and muscle mass up to your 60s. There is a large amount of research on this subject, and it was eye-opening to dive deep and learn that we are all largely in control of how much muscle and strength we have as we age. 
    If you have any questions or comments about the show, please email me at tom@breakingmuscle.com or drop me a DM on Instagram @tommaccormick.
    You can also find this podcast sitting on top of all my other Six Pack of Knowledge podcasts (curated discussions with the greatest hypertrophy experts on the planet).
    Or look for Breaking Muscle's channel and podcasts on the following services: iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Stitcher, PlayerFM, PodBean.

    • 36 min
    A Successful Career In Fitness With Tony Gentilcore

    A Successful Career In Fitness With Tony Gentilcore

    In this episode, I’m delighted to join Tony Gentilcore to discuss how he charted his path within the fitness industry and has built a thriving business using coaching, writing, and educating.
    Tony was one of the co-founders of Cressey Sports Performance (CSP). Since leaving CSP in 2016, he has been training people at his own studio, CORE, located in Boston, MA. 
    During our conversation, Tony explained:
    Owning your own gym is not the gold standard for success in the fitness industry. There are other career paths you can follow to have a fulfilling and financially rewarding fitness career. How he developed his education workshops and has taken them online during the pandemic. He suffers from imposter syndrome occasionally despite having presented worldwide, training countless elite athletes, and being featured in numerous publications. And why he rarely gives a single workshop I had a ton of fun on this interview and have no doubt you’ll find tremendous value in Tony’s insight and experience.
    If you have any questions or comments about the show, please email me at tom@breakingmuscle.com or drop me a DM on Instagram @tommaccormick.
    You can also find this podcast sitting on top of all my other Six Pack of Knowledge podcasts (curated discussions with the greatest hypertrophy experts on the planet).
    Or look for Breaking Muscle's channel and podcasts on the following services: iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Stitcher, PlayerFM, PodBean.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Art of Mini-Cutting For More Muscle

    The Art of Mini-Cutting For More Muscle

    A mini-cut is a vital tool in your muscle-building toolbox. Sadly, it is often misunderstood or used recklessly. Used strategically, mini-cuts are one of the best ways to help you build the bigger, leaner body you want. A properly executed mini-cut is like robbing the fat bank.
    You get in, get what you want, and get out before suffering any of the negative consequences of chronic dieting.
    In this episode, I break down everything you need to know about mini-cuts.
    I cover the following topics:
    What a mini-cut is and what it is not. Why you won’t lose muscle while mini-cutting. The benefits of mini-cuts How fast you should lose weight on a mini-cut How to establish your calorie needs Macro targets The best food choices Why nutrient timing can help How to determine the length of your mini-cut Training during a mini-cut Cardio or cardi-no When to use a mini-cut If you have any questions or comments about the show, please email me at tom@breakingmuscle.com or drop me a DM on Instagram @tommaccormick. 
    You can also find this podcast sitting on top of all my other Six Pack of Knowledge podcasts (curated discussions with the greatest hypertrophy experts on the planet).

    • 59 min
    Stress Management and Hypertrophy

    Stress Management and Hypertrophy

    In this episode, I sat down with my friend and colleague, Tarek Shuhaibar, to discuss the importance of stress management on our overall health, gym performance, and physical appearance. Stress is a taboo subject, especially amongst men who want to be seen as the alpha. We had an open and frank discussion about this. Throughout the episode, we break down the negative impacts of this on overall health and why this could be the limiting factor to achieving the results you want.
    Tarek has built a career helping busy executives in London create lasting change in both body and mind.
    This sustainable route to physique transformation has required him to become highly skilled at coaching clients in the gym whilst also helping them manage the countless stresses and strains their hectic working lives create.  
    If you feel like you are often overwhelmed or struggling to fit your training and nutrition in around work, family, and social commitments, then this episode is a must-listen.
    It’s packed full of useful, actionable strategies you can implement to get the most out of your day.
    If you have any questions or comments about the show, please email me at tom@breakingmuscle.com or drop me a DM on Instagram @tommaccormick.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Kelli1983 ,

Serious source of information

Tom knows his stuff and keeps it real. This has been the best informational podcast that I have found for muscle-building nutrition and strength training. Tom gives you motivation, but make no mistake - he also makes sure you know you’ll need consistency and work to achieve your goals. I’m always looking forward to the next episode to help me on my journey.

Kelli H

6384629 ,

No Junk Volume

The host does a great job of focusing on the topic at hand and asks great questions of his guests. I subscribe to at least five other podcasts related to bodybuilding and hypertrophy and Tom’s is by far the best! I’ve cycled through some episodes a few times and pick up useful tips and practices depending on what I’m focusing on at the time (cutting, massing, or maintaining)

KevinEnglsh ,

Great Podcast!!!

This is a fantastic resource for all fitness professionals and enthusiasts!

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