Muscle for Life

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Sinopse

Hey! My name is Mike Matthews and I'm a bestselling health and fitness author, and creator of MuscleForLife.com. My mission is to empower people to take control of their health and fitness by following a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle that not only gives them the body they've always wanted, but enables them to live a long, vital, disease-free life.

Episódios

  • How My Coaching Helped Luke Lose 43 Lbs in 8 Months

    10/04/2024 Duração: 01h11min

    In this episode, I talk with Luke, who achieved a dramatic body transformation through Legion’s one-on-one coaching program.  Luke had struggled with his weight for over a decade, experiencing short-term success through extreme dieting and cardio, only to regain the weight.  However, working with his Legion coach, he learned to focus on consistency and adherence through a personalized nutrition and training plan. Over 36 weeks, Luke shed an impressive 43 pounds, 17% body fat, and 11 inches off his waist by mastering the basics: a balanced diet, compound training, moderate cardio, and effective rest and recovery strategies.  During the program, Luke also navigated challenges such as managing weight fluctuations, learning to be patient and trust the process, and mastering proper training intensity. In this podcast, he shares valuable insights on enjoying holidays and meals guilt-free, finding an enjoyable meal plan, and understanding true training intensity. Luke's story highlights the power of an evidence-

  • Dr. Stuart Phillips on Optimizing Protein Intake for Muscle Growth

    03/04/2024 Duração: 01h30s

    How much protein can your body actually use in one sitting? Is there an upper limit to muscle protein synthesis? Does protein timing really matter?  If you're serious about gaining muscle, you've likely asked these questions and many more like them. To help answer these questions, I interviewed Dr. Stuart Phillips, a world-renowned protein researcher who has published more than 450 peer-reviewed articles. He’s a bonafide protein metabolism expert. In this episode, we discuss the findings of a recent groundbreaking study that challenged the common belief that there's a limit to how much protein your body can use in one meal. Dr. Phillips breaks down the study's surprising results and shares his insights on optimal protein intake for muscle growth. He also delves into other fascinating topics like the role of protein as you age, the anabolic window, and the "first meal effect." Whether you're a bodybuilder, athlete, or simply looking to optimize your fitness, this episode will prov

  • Q&A: Training For Explosiveness, Genetics & Vascularity, Electrolyte Supplements, & More

    27/03/2024 Duração: 23min

    In this episode, I tackle a diverse array of questions from my dedicated Instagram followers, ranging from optimizing muscle explosiveness, to the influence of genetics on vascularity. I’ll also get into the age-old debate of zone 2 cardio versus high-intensity interval training, the benefits of beetroot for exercise performance, and the impact of weekend drinking on muscle gains. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email ([email protected]) 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) - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and m

  • Harry Barnes on Overcoming Fat Loss Plateaus

    20/03/2024 Duração: 01h18min

    Are you doing everything right but still not seeing progress on the scale? If you're eating in a calorie deficit, training hard, and still not losing weight, don't worry—you're not alone. And more importantly, there are solutions. In this episode, I talk with Harry Barnes, who not only has 12 years of experience helping clients break through fat loss plateaus, but has been working with Legion’s One-on-One Coaching since its start in 2015, and now oversees a team of nearly 20 coaches as Legion’s Lead Coach. Harry’s problem-solving approach offers a fresh perspective on weight loss that prioritizes flexibility, self-awareness, and personal responsibility. In this interview, you'll learn . . . - Why personalized problem solving is more important than generic meal plans for fat loss - How to evaluate your entire lifestyle to identify subtle issues impeding your progress - Strategies for breaking through plateaus by optimizing nutrition, training, and cardio - Signs you might be overreaching in you

  • Layne Norton on Exposing Fitness Pseudoscience and Misinformation

    13/03/2024 Duração: 01h31min

    In the age of social media, it's easier than ever to fall victim to fitness misinformation.  From fad diets to questionable supplements, how can you tell what's legit and what's just clever marketing? In this episode, Layne Norton shares his strategies for identifying pseudoscience and making informed decisions about your health and fitness.  In case you’re not familiar with him, Layne is not just an acclaimed scientist with a PhD in Nutritional Sciences; he's also a pro bodybuilder and powerlifting champion who has spent years combating misinformation and educating the public on evidence-based practices in health and fitness. With his background in nutritional sciences and his experience exposing frauds, Layne is the perfect guide to help you navigate the often confusing world of fitness advice. In this wide-ranging discussion, you'll learn: - Why appeals to science are often used to sell fitness BS -How personal bias, emotional investment, and tribalism can cloud judgment and perpetuate

  • Cal Newport on the Case for “Slow Productivity”

    06/03/2024 Duração: 01h06min

    In today's fast-paced world, the chase for more—more output, more success, more everything—often leads to burnout and dissatisfaction.  What if there was a better way?  In this episode, I interview Cal Newport, who offers a refreshing perspective on the productivity conversation.  Specifically, he introduces the concept of slow productivity, a method that prioritizes deep, meaningful work over the constant hustle that's become the norm. It’s not just about doing less for the sake of it, either. Slow productivity is about focusing on what truly matters and doing it well, which, counterintuitively, produces better work and a more balanced life.  There’s no question that overload and constant context switching from “busyness” and pseudo-productivity are detrimental to not only our work, but our lives. With his slow productivity approach, Cal is challenging all of us to redefine our concepts of productivity and success, and offers actionable advice on leading more intentional lives. In case you’re not fam

  • Q&A: Optimal Cardio for Heart Health, Intermittent Fasting Update, How to Find Your Passion, & More

    28/02/2024 Duração: 40min

    In this episode, I answer your questions about optimizing strength and hypertrophy phases, whether the latest research changes my view on intermittent fasting, and how much cardio is ideal for heart health.  Plus, I offer advice for new personal trainers, discuss my thoughts on how to find your life’s purpose and career path, and a lot more. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email ([email protected]) 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 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 1:15 - Should you r

  • What Are NMN Supplements and Do They Really Work?

    21/02/2024 Duração: 25min

    Nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) is often touted as the frontier of anti-aging supplements, promising not just more years of life, but better quality ones.  With bold claims of enhancing lifespan and slowing down aging, to improving physical performance, body composition, and brain health, NMN has captured the attention of both consumers and scientists. But how much truth is there to these claims?  In this episode, I’ll explore the molecule NMN, its benefits, the research supporting it, and whether or not it stands up to the hype.  Whether you're a skeptic or a hopeful believer in the search for the fountain of youth, listen to this podcast to learn about the potential of NMN supplements. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 2:19 - What is NMN and Why Is It Important? 5:31 - What Does Current Research Say About NMN? 9:52 - Can NMN Really Improve Your Physical Performance and Body Composition? 12:12 - Legion One-on-One Coaching:

  • Lyle McDonald on the Truth About Training to Failure

    14/02/2024 Duração: 01h34min

    The debate around training to muscular failure has raged for decades. Is it necessary? Is it practical? Is it safe?  Expert opinion is all over the map, ranging from one extreme of low-volume, maximum-intensity, “beyond-failure” training to the other of high-volume, low-intensity, “never-even-close-to-failure” training; and every degree and permutation in between. Which philosophy is right? Or at least the most right? And more importantly, which is right specifically for you and your circumstances and goals? That is, are you training hard enough to efficiently and effectively achieve your goals? In this episode, renowned expert Lyle McDonald settles these questions and more, including what true muscular failure is (physiologically); why, in some ways, proximity to failure in training matters more than many other programming variables like load and rep ranges; why many people could benefit from more proximity to failure in their training rather than less; and more. And in case you're not familiar with Lyle

  • Q&A: Post-Workout Sauna, Biceps Training Mistakes, How to Overcome Fear, & More

    07/02/2024 Duração: 30min

    Are saunas, steam rooms, and cold plunges beneficial after workouts? How can you naturally boost your testosterone levels quickly? What’s the best way to stop snacking out of boredom or anxiety?  In this episode, I delve into these and other intriguing questions from my listeners. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email ([email protected]) 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 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 1:34 - Benefits of sauna, steam room, and cold plunge post-workout? 3:44 - Is the

  • How My Coaching Helped Dan Lose 20 Lbs and Gained Muscle

    31/01/2024 Duração: 59min

    In this episode, I sit down with Dan, who achieved remarkable results through Legion’s one-on-one coaching program.  In just 3 months, he shed 20 pounds, significantly reduced his body fat, and saw more muscle definition than ever before. Though he previously experimented with various fitness routines like P90X and Body Beast, Dan's newfound success is rooted in his consistency with nutrition tracking and meal planning, along with a tailored workout routine that accommodated his hip arthritis. In this interview, Dan opens up about his past challenges, including alcohol consumption and diet compliance, and how making changes in these areas contributed to his success. He shares insights into transitioning to a lean bulking phase and offers practical tips for others starting their fitness journeys. Tune in to hear Dan's story and learn how personalization in training and diet, combined with a mindset focused on long-term sustainability, can lead to transformative results. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leav

  • What Does Kinesiology Tape Do and Does It Really Work?

    24/01/2024 Duração: 24min

    Kinesiology tape has become a common sight in the world of sports and in the gym. But what does it really do? Is there good science supporting its use, or is it all hype?   In this episode, we examine the scientific principles of kinesiology tape. From its supposed ability to reduce pain and inflammation to claims of improved muscle function, we dissect what research says versus popular belief.   Whether you're an athlete considering kinesiology tape, a fitness enthusiast curious about its effects, or just someone fascinated by sports science, listen to this podcast to gain a clearer understanding of what kinesiology tape can and cannot do.   Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 1:49 - What is kinesiology tape? 2:36 - What are the benefits of KT tape? 3:59 - What does the scientific research say about kinesiology tape? 7:29 - Shop Legion Supplements Here: https://buylegion.com/ and use coupon code MUSCLE to save 20% or get double

  • Kasey Orvidas on Optimizing Your Fitness Mindset

    17/01/2024 Duração: 01h11min

    Hitting a fitness plateau can be frustrating, but often the battle is not just physical—it's mental.  In this episode, Kasey Orvidas joins us to unravel the psychological elements that contribute to fitness stagnation. Specifically, we delve into the importance of understanding your own behavioral patterns and thought processes, and discuss the importance of being a "researcher in your own life" to get to the root causes behind your fitness plateaus. In case you're not familiar with her, Kasey Orvidas holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a certified health and fitness coach, renowned for her expertise in mindset and health behavior change.  With numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, Kasey combines academic rigor with practical coaching, making complex scientific concepts accessible to a wider audience. In this podcast, Kasey and I discuss . . . Recognizing and addressing the psychological factors contributing to fitness plateaus Practical strategies for developing a growth minds

  • Q&A: Wine and Fat Loss, Building Aerobic Fitness, NMN Supplements, Low Back Tightness, & More

    10/01/2024 Duração: 35min

    How can you manage lower back pain during workouts? What's really happening when you're feeling full on a calorie deficit? And is the X-3 Bar a worthwhile investment? In this episode, I'll explore these topics and many more, giving you the insights you need to adjust your fitness routine effectively while ensuring long-term health and performance. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email ([email protected]) 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 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 1

  • Ali Gilbert on Optimizing Men’s Hormones and Health

    03/01/2024 Duração: 01h37min

    Is there a testosterone crisis in men? If so, why? And is it impacting you—are your testosterone levels declining or already low? How can you know? And what can you do about it? You’re going to get answers to those questions and more in today’s interview with men's health expert, Ali Gilbert. In case you’re not familiar with her, Ali is a men’s health coach popularly known as the “Queen of Men’s Health” online, and she has helped thousands of men of all ages improve their hormones and thus their health, energy, and physical, mental, and sexual performance. In this podcast, Ali and I chat about . . . The factors affecting the decline in testosterone levels in men and why it’s a significant concern for men’s health and well-being The role of nutrition, fitness, and sleep in maintaining hormonal balance  Science-based ways of naturally optimizing your hormonal health The controversy surrounding TRT and myths about estrogen’s role in men’s health The impact of alcohol on hormonal health The

  • Everything You Need to Know About Daily Weight Fluctuations

    27/12/2023 Duração: 29min

    Ever stepped on the scale and wondered why your weight seems to dance around day by day?  You're not alone.  In this episode, we explore the multiple factors contributing to daily weight fluctuations.  From food weight, carbohydrate intake, sodium levels, to stress, strength training, the menstrual cycle, and even alcohol consumption—each plays a unique role in your body's weight changes.  You’re going to learn the best practices for tracking your weight effectively and understand how to interpret these fluctuations for a more accurate picture of your fitness progress. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 2:20 - Your weight is going to fluctuate. 5:54 - What is food weight? 7:29 - How do carbs affect weight fluctuation? 10:57 - Legion One-on-One Coaching: https://www.muscleforlife.show/vip 13:45 - How does sodium affect body weight? 15:15 - How does stress affect your weight? 19:55 - Can strength training affect weight fluct

  • Al Kavadlo on Calisthenics For Functional Fitness

    20/12/2023 Duração: 01h04min

    Is calisthenics just a fancy name for bodyweight training, or is it something more? What are the benefits of calisthenics, does it beat out weightlifting, and how can you incorporate it into your routine? These are all questions you’ll learn the answers to in this interview with Al Kavadlo. In case you’re not familiar with him, he's a leading expert in bodyweight strength training and calisthenics, and the author of several influential books in the field, including Get Strong. He’s also been featured in major publications like The New York Times and Men's Health.  Through our discussion, we cover a range of topics, including . . . The benefits of calisthenics and how it compares with strength training and more traditional resistance training with machines and isolation movements How to incorporate calisthenics into your routine, including transitioning from traditional weightlifting to calisthenics, especially for older athletes Effective progressions for advanced calisthenics movements like t

  • Q&A: Salt Water Benefits, Lifting Facial Expressions, HIT Training, Bulking Hunger, & More

    13/12/2023 Duração: 30min

    Should you feel hungry while bulking, or feel stuffed from the calorie surplus?  Are there benefits to starting your morning with salt water? Should you train the same way in your 40s as you did in your 20s?  In this episode, I'll explore these topics and many more, giving you the insights you need to adjust your fitness routine effectively while ensuring long-term health and performance. As always, these questions come directly from my Instagram followers, who take advantage of my weekly Q&As in my stories. If you have a question you're dying to have answered, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@muscleforlifefitness) and look out for the Q&A posts. Your question might just make it into a podcast episode! If you like this type of episode, let me know. Send me an email ([email protected]) 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 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podca

  • How Katherine Lost 19 Lbs and Competed At Age 60

    06/12/2023 Duração: 43min

    In this episode, I interview Katherine, a 60-year-old massage therapist who had struggled with her body composition until deciding to get in stage shape as a birthday challenge.  Even though she’s no stranger to fitness and had competed before, stress and lack of consistency caused her nutrition and training to suffer in recent years.  So, she signed up for Legion’s one-on-one coaching and started working with a Legion coach, which gave her the know-how and accountability she needed to succeed. In this interview, she offers her experience and best tips for sustainably getting leaner regardless of age, emphasizing why getting a customized plan and coach can make all the difference.  Tune in to learn how Katherine achieved her ultimate goal—standing victorious on the 60+ bikini stage—proving you’re never too old to achieve ambitious fitness goals. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 3:42 - Starting Legion's coaching program and c

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Running Routine

    29/11/2023 Duração: 33min

    Starting a running routine can be daunting, whether you’re a beginner, someone looking to lose weight, or a former athlete.  In this episode, you’ll learn the essentials of starting a running program. We discuss the relationship between resistance training and running, address the interference effect, and provide a detailed 8-week running plan to get you on track.  Additionally, we touch on the correct running technique, essential gear, nutrition advice, and tips for getting back into running after a break.  This comprehensive episode is your guide for beginning or rekindling your love for running, so tune in. Timestamps: 0:00 - Please leave a review of the show wherever you listen to podcasts and make sure to subscribe! 3:56 - Is it okay to combine resistance training and cardio? 4:04 - Will running interfere with my resistance training? 10:32 - Should I worry about the "interference effect"? 11:33 - How to get optimal benefits from cardio 12:50 - How do I start running as a beginner? 14:37 - Our

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