March 5, 2018

#13 Scott Stevenson, PhD - DC training and developing fortitude; Muscle hypertrophy and hyperplasia

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 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

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