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Episode from the podcastThe Stronger By Science Podcast

Q&A: Cortisol, Hydration, Anti-Nutrients, and Deadlift Recovery

Released Thursday, 19th November 2020
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Intro/Announcements (0:00:44). 

Good News and Bad News (0:03:35). 

Q&A (0:13:41). 

Should people be worried about “anti-nutrients?” (0:13:46). 

How can we re-sensitize our muscles to hypertrophy? (0:22:15). 

How much water does the typical lifter need? Does timing of ingestion matter? Should water intake be reduced at night? (0:29:38). 

Why is deadlifting considered more fatiguing than squatting? (0:44:22). 

Do “altitude masks” enhance training adaptations? (0:54:41). 

Studies discussed:




What are the risks and benefits of using nicotine to suppress appetite and increase energy? (1:08:17 ). 

Does cortisol really impact body composition and fat storage? (1:27:28). 

Research for further reading:


Should people generally do minimalist, barbell-only warmups before their workouts? Are more extensive warmups a waste of time and energy? (1:34:24). 

Will blood tests for an avid lifter or natural bodybuilder reveal any expected abnormalities? (1:40:37). 

Studies discussed:





To Play Us Out: Replication in science (1:51:11). 

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