We again structured this episode around a few specific questions, but focused on metabolism, cheat days and refeeds, and then balancing those with real life and one’s fitness goals. If you have a social event coming up, how do you handle that?read more
The guys tackle a few specific questions related to fat loss dieting. They discussed diet pinballing, falling off the wagon, as well as specific questions about fat loss dieting.read more
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?).read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.)read more
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.read more
Episode 26. Learning in a Crowded Fitness Industry: Who to Listen to, How to Learn, and What to Look for in a Coach
An “expert” will tell you to listen to them, and tune everyone else out. the only problem is every expert says this, including the ones who disagree. So: how do you deal with this?read more
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...read more
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.read more
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...read more
The disadvantages of calorie counting as a strategy is something we’ve discussed in past episodes, so in this one we discussed alternatives. To begin, we summarized a few of our previous arguments against calorie counting (see episode 15 on IIFYM in particular), but from there we moved to discussing what portion control and listening to your body looks like: Do you have to eyeball everything? When are calories useful (since, of course, they are) as starting points? How much variability should your diet have? What should you focus on, and what doesn’t matter?read more
We’ve talked a lot on this show about what happens when fitness becomes the opposite of what it should be; this episode was all about what fitness looks like when it REALLY is positive.read more
What rep range is best for muscle building? Do you have to “train heavy”? (And what does that even mean?) Is 1-RM strength the ultimate arbiter of your muscle gain and hypertrophy? Scott and Mike discuss a new study relevant to all this.read more
Scott and Mike go through 10 (plus a few) questions that will help you understand, first, if you have food issues, and second, what the nature of the issue is for you, or how it manifests for you. This is what Scott calls awareness training. It’s about digging deep into your own cravings, beliefs, thoughts, and so on. The questions come from a questionnaire that was originally in Scott’s book, Beyond Metabolism.read more
A debate! Scott, Kevin and Mike debated the relative values of process-focused goals versus ends-focused goals. They all acknowledged that you obviously need “both,” but the debate surrounded where the emphasis should be placed, or how the relationship beread more
Overtraining, age, and lifestyle are all intermixed together. Elements like lifestyle and work stress can also make listening to your own body more difficult. This episode was about listening to and accounting for your own biofeedback.read more
Listen to the Episode Show Notes Steroids. Everyone knows, on some level, that there are those who use them, and that at the highest levels of bodybuilding they're just part and parcel of the culture. But how rampant is it? How much are people really...read more
Macronutrients, get your macronutrients here! This episode was all about dieting (mostly for fat loss) and macros, and If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM). The guys are mostly against IIFYM, for various reasons that maybe aren’t obvious at first. Also, Scott gets messages from people doing insane things based on their understanding of the rules of IIFYM.
The guys talked about the differences between doing a diet (such as vegetarianism) for ethical or personal reasons, versus doing it because it’s “a diet.” Scott calls this the difference between a diet strategy (good) and doing “a diet” (bad), or the differences doing it from the top down (following this or that name) versus doing it from the ground up (doing it based on personal strategic or ethical reasons).read more
We looked at the “custom” in custom workout. Both Scott and Kevin sell one-time workouts, and for their coaching clients, progressive programming is a big part of what they provide. This episode was about what goes into that kind of program design: what kind of thinking goes into a program (and what kind of thinking should be avoided), what kinds of principles tend to stay consistent, and what needs variation, that kind of thing.read more