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Mike Matthews

Mike Matthews is a health and fitness author, founder of Legion Athletics, and host of the Muscle For Life with Mike Matthews.
Recent episodes featuring Mike Matthews
The 10 Absolute Worst Muscle-Building Myths and Mistakes for Men
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Muscle For Life with Mike Matthews
This episode is one of the 37 chapters of the new third edition of my bestselling fitness book Bigger Leaner Stronger, which is now live everywhere you can buy books online. I’m thrilled to release this new edition of the book because it has been in the making for about four years now, and has been reorganized and rewritten from scratch to make it as clear, practical, and effective as possible. Even more exciting, however, is the eBook is currently on sale on Amazon for just 99 cents and when you forward your purchase receipt to launch@muscleforlife.com, you’ll be entered to win over $6,000 in free prizes, including . . . - An all-expenses-paid trip to meet me and my team in Washington DC. - Apple Watch Series 4 - Vyper 2.0 High-Intensity Vibrating Fitness Roller - Bose Soundsport Headphones - NoBull training shoes - And more... To get in on this deal, search your local Amazon site for Bigger Leaner Stronger and navigate to the Kindle book or simply go to www.biggerleanerstronger.com and you’ll be automatically forwarded to it. Then, buy the book for just 99 cents and forward your receipt to launch@muscleforlife.com and you’ll be automatically entered into the giveaway. You have to act fast, though, because the sale and giveaway end on July 22nd, so don’t put it off for later and then forget! Head over to Amazon now! Oh and you can also gain additional entries in the giveaway by helping spread the word on social media. You can learn more about that at www.biggerleanerstronger.com/launch. Alright, let’s get to the episode. I hope you like it! Want to get my best advice on how to gain muscle and strength and lose fat faster? Sign up for my free newsletter! Click here: https://www.muscleforlife.com/signup/
Finally! My New Books Are Here and They're Just 99 Cents!
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Muscle For Life with Mike Matthews
Today is the day.  Today is the official launch day for my new fitness books, the third editions of Bigger Leaner Stronger (men) and Thinner Leaner Stronger (women).  Books that have helped thousands of men and women gain and lose tens of thousands of pounds of muscle and fat.  And even better, to celebrate this momentous occasion, the books (eBooks) are on sale for just 99 cents.  And no, there are no strings attached.  For the next few days, you can get exact, step-by-step blueprints for building muscle, losing fat, and getting healthy faster than you ever thought possible for less than a buck. To get in on this deal, search your local Amazon site for Bigger Leaner Stronger or Thinner Leaner Stronger and navigate to the Kindle book or simply go to www.biggerleanerstronger.com or www.thinnerleanerstronger.com and you’ll be automatically forwarded to it. (Protip: When you buy an eBook on Amazon, you can add the audiobook for just $7.49 and listen along.) It gets even better, too. I’m also giving away over $6,000 of glorious goodies to make the pot even sweeter, including...  An all-expenses-paid trip to meet me and my team in Washington DC. Apple Watch Series 4 Vyper 2.0 High-Intensity Vibrating Fitness Roller Bose Soundsport Headphones NoBull training shoes And more... All you have to do for a chance to win is… Buy a book (BLS or TLS or both, any formats) Forward the receipt email to launch@muscleforlife.com ...and voila, you’re entered to win. (You can also gain extra entries by sharing the contest on social media.) Visit this link to learn more about the giveaway: www.legionathletics.com/new-third-editions/
How Fast Do You Lose Muscle When You Stop Working Out?
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Muscle For Life with Mike Matthews
When you first got into fitness, everything you read and everyone you spoke to said consistency is king. The more you put into your workout routine, the more you get out of it. There are no shortcuts or free lunches. You learn, you hustle, and hustle, and hustle, until…finally…you get the body you want. Don’t have time? You just don’t want it enough. Don’t feel like going to the gym? Same thing--suck it up. Don’t want to lift heavy? Have fun staying small. And, no stranger to hard work, you meet the challenge every step of the way. You give 110% to your training. Every day…week…month…and year. So far, things have gone as you envisioned. You’re bigger, leaner, and stronger than you’ve been in a while, and you don’t want the party to end. But, what if it does have to end, at least for a little while? What happens if you have to take a few days, a week, or even a month away from the gym? You’ve always heard that, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” and the second you stop lifting weights, your muscles enter a slow, steady state of decay. The longer you spend out of the gym, the smaller, weaker, and softer you’ll be at the end of your hiatus. How true is that idea, though? After months or years of lifting weights, do your muscles really shrink that quickly? Well, the long story short is that yes, if you take a long enough break from lifting weights, you will lose muscle and strength. The good news, though, is that it takes much longer than most people realize, and you’ll rebuild muscle much faster than it took to gain it in the first place. In this podcast, you’ll learn how long it really takes to lose muscle and strength when you stop lifting weights, what you can do to maintain your progress when you take time off, and what to expect when you get back in the swing of things. Let’s jump right in. Want to get my best advice on how to gain muscle and strength and lose fat faster? Sign up for my free newsletter! Click here: https://www.muscleforlife.com/signup/
Dr. Mike Israetel on Breaking Through Muscle Gain Plateaus
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Muscle For Life with Mike Matthews
Do you ever feel like you’re just spinning your wheels in the gym? Are you having trouble remembering the last time you added any real weight to the bar on any of your key lifts? Has your body weight and body fat percentage been hovering in the same range for what seems like forever? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, I get it. I’ve been there myself and understand the frustration firsthand. You see, the hard lesson us weightlifters have to learn is once our “honeymoon phase” is over—the first six to eight months in most people—continuing to gain muscle and strength gets harder and harder, until eventually progress becomes so slow you can barely measure it. That’s not even the kicker, either. Not only is muscle and strength gain harder to come by the more you train, the more training you have to do just to continue eking out improvements. In other words, as time goes on, you have to do more and more intense work in the gym for less and less reward. This is one of the key reasons so many people get stuck in a rut, and in this episode, Dr. Mike Israetel explains why this happens, what else contributes to plateaus, and how to overcome these obstacles and keep the needle moving. In case you’re not familiar with Dr. Israetel, he has been one of my most-requested podcast guests and for good reason. Not only does he hold a PhD in Sport Physiology, but he’s the cofounder of Renaissance Periodization, a successful blog, coaching program, and fitness platform, similar in many ways to my own company Legion Athletics. So, in this interview, Mike and I discuss what a real plateau is, strategies for breaking through plateaus, the importance of deloads, exercise order, sleep hygiene, and more. 6:50 - What is a plateau and what are some strategies to break through plateaus? 14:53 - How do you determine if you’ve plateaued? 26:45 - What do you do after you hit a plateau? 53:33 - Is intensity important for muscle growth? 57:52 - Where can people find you and your work? Want to get my best advice on how to gain muscle and strength and lose fat faster? Sign up for my free newsletter! Click here: https://www.muscleforlife.com/signup/
Eric Helms on Supersets, Dropsets, Forced Reps, and More!
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Muscle For Life with Mike Matthews
If you've been lifting weights for any amount of time, you've undoubtedly heard about "advanced" training techniques like drop sets, supersets, forced reps, negatives, and the like. Years ago, I thought such methods were great ways to boost muscle and strength gain and so used to do quite a bit of them. These days, I do very little because I now know that straight hard sets are the bread and butter of getting big and strong. That said, that doesn't necessarily mean there's no place for "fancier" stuff, but only if you do it right. That’s what I invited Dr. Eric Helms back on the show to discuss--which of the common unconventional training methods are worthwhile and which aren't and how to use the good ones correctly and effectively. If you're not familiar with Eric, he's a natural bodybuilder and powerlifter, coach, researcher, writer, member of Legion’s Scientific Advisory Board, and all-around mensch, and in this interview, he discusses the evidence for and against "advanced" training techniques and explains exactly what to do and what not do in the gym to get the most out of your training. Oh and if you like what Eric has to say, then you should definitely check out his podcast, The Stronger by Science Podcast, as well as his research review Monthly Applications in Strength Sport (MASS) because I think you’ll really appreciate what he and his colleagues are doing. I know I do! 7:06 - How do advanced training techniques fit into our fitness journey? 12:00 - Do you recommend supersets? 21:38 - What do you think of pairing movements that don’t affect each other? 28:19 - What are your thoughts on drop sets? 32:01 - Do you use drop sets in your training? 34:15 - What are your thoughts on forced reps? 39:58 - What are your thoughts on pre exhaustion training? 53:57 - What is MASS? 56:35 - Do you offer a free preview of MASS? Want to get my best advice on how to gain muscle and strength and lose fat faster? Sign up for my free newsletter! Click here: https://www.muscleforlife.com/signup/
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Location
Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Episode Count
464
Podcast Count
5
Total Airtime
1 week, 4 days