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Episode 19 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast is a roundtable discussion dissecting the topic of deloading, which was originally released as episode 99 of Abel Csabai’s Sustainable Self Development podcast.

In this episode Abel, Vincent Sparagna and myself pretty much beat to death deloading in an episode that’s – in my obviously biased opinion – the most in-depth yet practical discussion on the matter.

Topics addressed with time stamps:

5:24 – What is deloading and what’s the purpose behind it?

9:54 –  Are deloads necessary or could you get away with not taking them?

12:20 – Is there a need to pre-schedule deloads?

20:36 – “Reactive” deloads; pros and cons

36:00 – The psychological impact of deloads

44:28 – Building up volume over the weeks up to your MRV, overreaching and then deloading

53:38 – Issues with purposeful overreaching and hitting your MRV

1:01:06 – How each of us likes to use deloads in practice

1:13:22 – Cardio during deloads

1:15:53 – How should you manipulate your food intake during a deload?

1:20:30 – The summary of what we discussed and my practical suggestions  / take-aways

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Episode 18 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast marks my first appearance as a podcast guest, having been featured on episode 98 of Abel Csabai’s Sustainable Self Development podcast, where we discussed progressive overload and different methods of progressing your training.

Topics discussed with time stamps:

2:41 My background

8:35 – What should we know about progressive overload

14:41 – The advantages and disadvantages of progressing in weight

21:48 – What to do when you can’t keep adding weight

25:17 – Progressing by adding reps

39:28 – The utility of down-sets (dropping the weight in subsequent sets)

42:34 – Adding sets over weeks (progressing in volume)

49:16 – Issues with adding sets

57:35 – My final recommendations for easy and practical progression

1:01:35 – Where can you find more about me?

1:03:50 My top 3 take-aways from this episode

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In episode 15 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast I’m joined by legendary Norwegian coach and educator Børge Fagerli to discuss his recent Carnivore diet experiment and a variety of related nutritional concepts.

Topics discussed with time stamps:

3:10 What made Børge decide to try this diet and was there a particular scientific reasoning behind this approach when the vast majority of nutrition points in a pretty much opposite direction - plant based diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables are what people in the blue zones seem to mostly eat

14:40 What meats did Børge eat? Did he consume any organ meats or eggs? Did he take any supplements with this diet to counterbalance the lack of certain micronutrients and minerals, and was he worried about potential overdosing of iron by consuming large amounts of red meat?

20:46 How long was the adaptation period to this diet, and how were satiety, performance and energy levels throughout the day and what effects did this diet have on his body composition?

24:18 What does he think the inflammation he suffered from before trying this diet was due to (genetics, eating foods that weren’t agreeing with his body)?

28:45 Is he worried that this diet basically starves the gut bacteria, which might be helpful in cases of dysbiosis, but also starves the good bacteria, probably making an individual less tolerant to plant based foods over time? And what does he think about the recommended 10-15 g of fiber / 1000 kcal?

36:10 What were the results of Børge’s blood tests and a discussion around cholesterol levels and their significance for health

42:25 The goals and durations a carnivore diet would be most suitable for

48:24 How would a zero carb, carnivore diet compare to a “regular” high protein diet that also includes some other protein sources and maybe some fruit here and there?

51:16 After finishing the experiment, how should we start reintroducing other foods, particularly carbohydrates?

54:37 Børge’s updated views on timing your carb and overall food intake during the day for health and body composition

58:22 How should we think of seasonal (circannual) rhythms that dictate what we should eat throughout the year and how should we adapt our diet according to that (food selection, overall energy intake and goals). Should we bulk during the summer and cut during the winter?

1:09:22 Does Børge prefer organic produce and what does he think about the sustainability aspect of a long term carnivore diet?

1:14:29 Where can you find Børge online

1:15:15 What is Børge’s definition of success?

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In episode 14 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast I’m joined by Dr. Scott Stevenson for the second part of our conversation about muscle hypertrophy and the best ways to grow muscle. If you haven’t listened to the first part, make sure to check out episode 13 too!

Topics discussed with time stamps:

1:44 Which is the most important factor for hypertrophy, volume or intensity, taking into account variability in response to training between different people?

18:18 Should you take all sets to failure or leave a couple of reps in reserve, to accumulate more overall volume (work)?

27:10 Switching a mental switch before each training session and using mental imagery to improve your workouts

30:32 Putting things into the perspective of long term sustainability and remaining injury free

35:10 The evolutionary value of being dissatisfied with where you are and using that to move you forward

41:54 Where to find Scott online and closing thoughts

44:54 My top 3 key messages from this episode

You can find Scott at:

http://drscottstevenson.com/

https://www.facebook.com/IntegrativeBodybuilding/

https://www.facebook.com/scott.stevenson.927

https://www.instagram.com/fortitude_training/

https://www.advicesradio.com/tracks/muscle-minds

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In episode 13 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast I’m joined by Dr. Scott W. Stevenson, an applied exercise physiologist (PhD from University of Georgia, ACSM and NSCA-certified), licensed acupuncturist (State of Florida) and competitive bodybuilder (four overall titles, including the 2009 NPC Mr. Arizona, and four top 5 national level showings). Scott has over 35 years in the gym and two decades of experience personal training and coaching online.

Scott believes in keeping an open “beginner’s minded” approach to finding what works, while blending his experience, Western science and Eastern medicine. He coaches from the perspective of educator, hoping his clients will eventually move beyond his guidance.  He’s a former college professor (Cal Poly Pomona), academic dean and instructor (ASAOM), columnist for EliteFTS™, and adjunct professor at University of Tampa.  Scott has published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and his lay bodybuilding articles have appeared in Musclemag and Flex magazine.

Scott is also a founding member / supermoderator at IntenseMuscle.com and the author of the bodybuilding training system e-book “Fortitude Training™.”  He is also the former training partner and long-time advisor to IFBB Pro David Henry, and a regular guest / co-host of the Muscle Minds Radio podcast.

Topics discussed with time stamps:

5:15 Scott’s formal education background, training history and a discussion around bodybuilding, self image issues and genetic variation in response to training

17:59 The value of having both scientific AND practical knowledge

26:25 DC training - what it is and what it isn’t; common misconceptions about it and how has it influenced Scott’s training

44:18 Fortitude Training - general outline and philosophies

46:15 Loaded stretching, muscle hypertrophy and muscle hyperplasia – does the latter happen in humans?

1:03:44 What are widow maker sets and how do they differ from muscle rounds, and their benefits for improving mental fortitude

You can find Scott at:

http://drscottstevenson.com/

https://www.facebook.com/IntegrativeBodybuilding/

https://www.facebook.com/scott.stevenson.927

https://www.instagram.com/fortitude_training/

https://www.advicesradio.com/tracks/muscle-minds

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