The Six Pack of Information: Thought Leaders in Hypertrophy

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This is a series of interviews with some of the leading minds and thought leaders working in the industry today. I am your host, Tom MacCormick, a personal trainer and online coach. A few things make these podcasts unique and I hope they are fun and inspiring: I try to curate the world's greatest hypertrophy experts. I think we got off to a good start with the experts listed below.

Second, I constantly work with clients in the gym and online, people who face challenges that are unique to them, but all have the common goal of being fit and healthy and showing these results in their bodies. So I have a lot of questions and experiences about the conversations in these podcasts.

All of these podcasts, recorded individually or together, represent the latest in human performance and hypertrophy training. It is based on solid research, extensive expertise and knowledge gained through real training practices.

How to grow like a new lifter after lockdown

Calvin Huynh is a trainer, online coach and author. He is the founder of Awesome Fitness. Calvins delves deep into scientific research and distills the information into easy-to-understand and actionable guidelines.

His articles teach you everything you need to know to look good naked, live healthy, and act like a beast.

In this special episode, we'll discuss how to best approach your workout after locking. Have your pen and paper ready to take notes as you learn how to determine the number of days you should exercise, how many exercises to do, what intensity to work with, and how many sentences to do .

Calvin also identifies the surprising opportunities that come from being out of the gym and how you can use them to make new profits.

If you haven't been to the gym for a while and rely on body weight training or minimal equipment during the lockdown, don't miss this!

Nerding Out on Muscle Growth, Strength, and Repeat Schemes

Greg Nuckols

Greg Nuckols is a record-breaking powerlifter, fitness author, podcaster and all-round training nerd owner of Stronger by Science. He wants to help lifters and coaches train smarter.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The predictors of muscle potential
  • Training guidelines for hypertrophy
  • The role of strength in hypertrophy
  • Why he doesn't drink the effective repetitions of Kool-Aid

Muscle dysmorphism and building a first-class leg set

Adam Bisek

Adam Bisek is a trainer who is at home both personally and online. He describes his job as an opportunity to change lives. To this end, he also believes that personal training should be exactly as described, personally.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How muscular dysmorphism shaped Adam's fitness trip
  • How he got perspective and realized that his struggles were indeed a blessing in disguise
  • The importance of intent if you want to succeed
  • How to build a premium leg set

The reason that keeps you from building muscle

Luke Leaman

Luke Leaman is a trainer, fitness trainer and founder of Muscle Nerds, the company he founded after getting angry about the industry and the lack of empathy and science in it.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The reason that keeps people from building muscle
  • How to measure your overall health and stress status with three simple metrics
  • Why Leas mode is a secret to unlock your beast mode and much more

Get bigger, get stronger, get smarter

Daniel DeBrocke

Daniel DeBrocke is a strength and conditioning trainer who mainly works with power lifts and an educator who works hard to share his knowledge without asking for anything. As a competitive powerlifter, it holds a total of £ 1,700. DeBrocke also wrote: Is lifting heavy weight important for building muscle? among other great articles about Breaking Muscle.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How he took himself from £ 165 to £ 286
  • How beginners can build muscles most efficiently
  • How advanced lifters should sequence their training to make optimal progress
  • Pivot blocks, strategic variations, work capacity development and more

Control the chaos of training in CrossFit

James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald has more than 20 years of experience as a strength trainer. He was also the CrossFit game champion in 2007 and is the founder of OPEX, the educational provider for coaches looking for career success, longevity and fulfillment.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Control the training chaos for CrossFit
  • Why you shouldn't let energy systems work if you want to build muscle
  • The importance of the intestine for muscle and strength gains
  • Why a cyclical approach makes sense for your trade and diet

The role of cardio in hypertrophy and why CrossFitter are so jacked up

Kyle Hunt

Kyle Hunt started his fitness journey as a £ 85 child who wanted to wrestle and is now running an online strength and fitness consultancy. He prides himself on helping people achieve their goals as efficiently as possible.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The role of cardio in hypertrophy
  • Why CrossFitter are so jacked up
  • So program cardio when you want muscle without getting out of breath and tie your shoelaces
  • How to periodize both your workout and your diet for maximum results
  • The forgotten training phase that so many people miss

Exercise frequency and stubborn muscle groups

Juma Iraki

Juma Iraki is the founder of Iraki Nutrition, a Norwegian company made up of sports scientists, athletes, nutritionists and researchers who provide training and nutrition, education and advice to businesses and athletes.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Training frequency for size and why it is a variable. Many people get wrong phases of specialization for stubborn muscle groups
  • How many calories do you need to build muscle?
  • How fast you should gain weight when bulking
  • The two additions that work and the other two that might work

Three simple changes for strength and growth

Wolfgang Unsoeld

Wolfgang Unsoeld from Your Personal Strength Institute is a Stuttgart-based trainer who has worked with top athletes from 20 different sports. However, the vast majority of his business spends working with customers from the general population, with whom he has built a reputation as the world's leading provider of body transformations.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The similarities and differences between gene pop and elite athletes
  • The most important measuring instruments with which he tracks progress
  • The three simple changes he makes to his clients' training, eating and living habits
  • And a popular new fashion trend that is little more than an illusion designed to sell programs

Keystone habits of a slim body

Abel Csabai

Our guest for this episode is Abel Csabai. Abel went into the nutrition and training game as part of his quest for personal growth. He started the podcast "Sustainable self-development". Hundreds of hours of podcasting and his own fitness journey gave Abel the opportunity to be looked after and educated by some of the best in the business, which allowed him to put all these philosophies together to create his unique view of things.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The hard lessons he learned when trying to get big and torn
  • The basic habits for maintaining a slim body
  • The power of mindfulness
  • And realistic body fat proportions for cutting and bulking

Building muscle whether you have elite genetics or not

Meno Henselman

Our guest for this episode is Menno Henselmans. Menno is an online body trainer, scientific researcher and fitness educator who traded his company car for his passion for fitness.

In this episode, consider the following in detail:

  • When there are really tough winners
  • How to predict your genetic potential for muscle growth
  • Realistic muscle growth rates
  • How to determine your ideal training volumes and frequencies
  • The fact that Menno has stopped counting in how many countries he lived at 50! Yes, 50!

Put your head in the muscle building game

Valentin Tambosi

Our guest for this episode is Valentin Tambosi. Valentin is a Natural Pro bodybuilder, prep coach and educator as part of the Intelligent Strength Coach program.

His passion for training is evident in this episode and you can really feel that he enjoys helping people achieve their fitness goals.

In this episode, we delve into the following:

  • The mindset required to build muscle
  • The intensity of the effort required
  • Creation of the ideal training environment
  • The power of visualization
  • And we go into the basics of programming training in detail to maximize growth. In particular, the identification of the 3 most important pillars of muscle building

We round off the show with some important training strategies for chest, biceps and back.

Maximize your return on investment in the gym

Borge Fagerli

Borge Fagerli's background as an engineer and later as an entrepreneur and CEO has enabled him to integrate his methods into a step-by-step system that can change your health, appearance and performance both mentally and physically.

Borge has been in the industry for over 20 years and has been the creator of "Myo-reps" – one of the most time-efficient and effective training strategies for building muscle.

As a 45-year-old father and business owner, Borge is an expert in how busy men can achieve exceptional results without having to give up their lifestyle.

In this episode, we delve into the following:

  • What causes muscles to grow?
  • Effective repetitions
  • Junk volume
  • Maximize your return on investment through training
  • Myo repeats

And a shocking revelation about him!

Stay open but skeptical to achieve elite performance

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Our guest for this episode is Dr. Andy Galpin. Andy is a professor at the Center for Sports Performance at CSU Fullerton. He is a pioneer in the field of human performance education and has his finger on the pulse of all innovative modalities with which you can improve your sporting activities.

In this episode we deal intensively with muscle building. Andy channels both his inner brother and inner nerd to give you a variety of golden nuggets that you can take and use to improve your results.

The number 1 factor that determines whether you build muscle, strength and strength

Dr. John Rusin

Dr. John Rusin is a leading expert in the fitness and sports performance industry for the painless performance training model that combines the world of strength and conditioning with clinical exercise-based diagnostic medicine to provide the ultimate result-based methods.

In this episode we discuss red flags that may be holding you back, the 6 basic movement patterns, and how to develop strength in them, how to make your body bulletproof, and why strength is never a weakness.

The difference between discipline and motivation at JC Deen

JC Deen

Our guest for this episode is JC Deen. JC has been in athletics for over a decade and is now working as a fitness consultant for fitness enthusiasts and athletes around the world.

It gets people in shape and helps them learn how fitness can complement their lives instead of governing them.

In this episode, we discuss the importance of having a mentor. The psychology to achieve your goals. The lessons he learned were torn apart for the first time. How to develop positive habits and rituals, a surprising fact about your past and much more.

Increase the ROI of your diet and training with Eric Bach

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Eric Bach describes himself as a bacon, bourbon, coffee connoisseur and overly invested sports fan. High school, college and professional athletes have been helping for a decade. Helps boys build confident, strong and athletic bodies. Works both in person and online.

Eric has tried all of the BS gimmicks in the industry. Discovered that they didn't work and reduced his training to the following motto: "Success lies in the tireless pursuit of the basics."

Below we discuss the basics of building an athletic and aesthetic body, the most important muscle building habits you need to know, common mistakes most lifters make, how fast you can build muscles realistically, and much more.

The thin advantage with Brad Borland

Brad Borland

Brad Borland started as a skinny 125-pound child at the age of six feet and two inches and began strength training at the tender age of fourteen. A few years later, he became a competitive, drug-free, natural bodybuilder weighing 220 pounds. Now, armed with knowledge and muscles, he has helped countless people at home and abroad.

Brad is also a university lecturer with a master's degree in kinesiology and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

We'll discuss a wide range of topics, including why people use genetics as an excuse, realistic win rates for a natural lifter, how to filter the information overload that bombarded the modern lifter, and Brad's preferred way of exercising when you want to build muscle as quickly as possible.

Strategies that can lead you from good to great in the gym

Dr. Joel Seedman

Our guest for this episode is Dr. Joel Seedman. With over 15 years of experience in personnel and team training, strength training and nutritional advice, Joel works with a large number of customers.

To maximize performance and health, Joel focuses on improving the muscle function and movement mechanics of its customers. In this way, all characteristics of performance, fitness and health improve – regardless of the athlete or training goal.

In this episode, we delve deeper into the causes of muscle growth, the role of genetics in muscle and strength gains, the benefits of eccentric isometry, factors that could hamper your progress, and Joel is the most interesting man on the planet.

Reignite the passion – lessons from a world champion

Damian Lees

Our guest for this episode is Damian Lees. Damian is a personal trainer, online prep coach and WNBF Pro Natural Bodybuilder. At the World Championships, he took second place. In the interview, we go into detail about how you can apply the principles and strategies he has learned from years as a competitive, natural bodybuilder at the highest level to your own training. These tips will help you maximize your results.

We discuss the mistakes he made in the past on how to reconcile family, work and social life with elite accomplishments, which keeps people from making the progress they are capable of doing at home equip and much more!

How to be ruthlessly efficient in the gym

Michael Goulden

Our guest for this episode is Michael Goulden. Michael is a personal trainer and founded his training facility Integra in 1997. Since then, he has integrated exercise mechanics into neuromuscular preparation to develop a uniquely sustainable approach to health, fitness and performance. He has also become one of the UK's leading fitness educators.

In this episode, we delve deeply into all aspects of exercise mechanics. In conversation we discuss:

  • The importance of exercise mechanics for training efficiency
  • Considerations for individualizing the process
  • Active V passive
  • Align exercises and programs with goals
  • And a complete challenge for the contractile reach of the muscles

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