Welcome to the Smarter Sculpted Physique Podcast Website
Welcome to the Smarter Sculpted Physique Podcast Website
Episode 41. Training Progression and Strength

Episode 41. Training Progression and Strength

We look at how to make real progress through your workout program, and how to assess that progress. What does it mean to be in what Scott calls the “Mastery Phase” of a workout program? How important are strength gains?

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Episode 40. Work Ethic

Episode 40. Work Ethic

How do you build work ethic? Why do some people have tremendous work ethic when it comes to one aspect of their life (e.g., career) but struggle with others (e.g., fitness)?

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Episode 35. A Political Argument

Episode 35. A Political Argument

This one went straight off topic. It started out as a rant but quickly became a debate about things as far ranging as the minimum wage, personal responsibility, and what Scott calls a culture of entitlement.

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Episode 34. Diet Psychology and Culture

Episode 34. Diet Psychology and Culture

This was going to be an episode about exercise questions, but it went in a totally different direction. We talked about diet psychology, culture, and the social influences on our food choices and how we think about food. Why do people feel “guilt” about Thanksgiving, while others embrace it? Where do these influences come from, and how is it relevant to dieting?

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Episode 31. Things We Wish We’d Known, Way Back When

Episode 31. Things We Wish We’d Known, Way Back When

Scott and Kevin talk about mistakes new trainees make, but what were some of the mistakes they made early on in their fitness journey? What do they wish they’d known earlier? This episode explored some of the ways the fitness industry has changed over the years, and how Scott and Kevin were influenced by “the magazines” early on (after all… where else could they go for information?).

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Episode 30. Shiny New Object Syndrome

Episode 30. Shiny New Object Syndrome

Since Scott has been around the industry a long time, he has seen a lot of shiny new objects come and go. This episode was all about those shiny objects, and how to ignore them, move on, and focus on the principles that really matter. Some examples of “shiny new objects” (i.e. trends) that were discussed: TRX, Bosu Balls, Kettle Bells, Battling Ropes, Reverse Dieting.

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Episode 29. Dealing with Sickness, Stress, and Injuries

Episode 29. Dealing with Sickness, Stress, and Injuries

You’re sick. Should you go to the gym? How do you work out around an injury? Obviously you want to “do what you can,” but the fact is, our minds play tricks on us, and you have to make sure you’er not just prolonging the sickness/injury or causing more damage in the long run. In this episode Scott, Kevin and Mike tackled these questions from a few different angles.

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Episode 28. Vegetarian Diets and Vegan Dieting

Episode 28. Vegetarian Diets and Vegan Dieting

Mike currently eats a mostly vegetarian diet (he has fish occasionally), and many of Scott and Kevin’s clients have been vegetarian, vegan, or fell somewhere else about the spectrum. We discussed reasons why people should or definitely should not start eating vegetarian.

(Over the course of the episode, Scott became a bit obsessed with his favourite textbook, Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, since it mentions vegetarian dieting.)

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Episode 27. The Business of Personal Training and Personal Training Certification

Episode 27. The Business of Personal Training and Personal Training Certification

You see personal training and personal trainers in just about every gym you go to. That’s the model. And many fitness enthusiasts view personal training as a potential career path. But there are some realities to consider before doing so.

In this episode we talk about what clients or consumers should look for in personal trainers, what should change in the personal training industry, and what personal trainers themselves should be thinking about in terms of their own career and some of the trends that are going on.

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Episode 25. Visualization and Pragmatism

Episode 25. Visualization and Pragmatism

Listen to the Episode Show Notes Building on our discussion on goals and process, we dig into visualization, "vision quests," and the roles of these things in (fitness) success. This discussion also turned towards pragmatism versus positive thinking. This...

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Episode 24. Your Gym Training Environment

Episode 24. Your Gym Training Environment

What’s your gym training environment like? Is it serving you? What can you do to make it better, or to make the most of it? This episode dug into making the most of your gym training environment, whether you’re training at a huge commercial gym, a local small business, or even at home. Mike also discussed his dissertation research on metonymy, a figure of rhetoric, and its use in novels to figure things like networks and ecology.

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Episode 23. How to Use Cardio for Fat Loss

Episode 23. How to Use Cardio for Fat Loss

Listen to the Episode Show Notes Scott has often written about the dangers of cardio and the “aerobic myth,” but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater: when is “cardio” still viable? We got an excellent question from a listener who knows Scott...

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