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Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth

MindPump exposes the RAW TRUTH about health, fitness, nutrition and more... Hosts Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer & Justin Andrews pull back the curtain on the mythology, snake oil and pseudo-science that pervades the fitness industry and present science-backed solutions that result in increased muscular development and performance while simultaneously emphasizing health. No fitness institution or fitness "truth" is safe from their quick wit and over 40 years of combined experience in the fitness industry. Produced by Doug Egge. Find Mind Pump and the Mind Pump hosts on Instragram @mindpumpmedia, @mindpumpsal, @mindpumpadam, @mindpumpjustin & @mindpumpdoug and at mindpumppodcast.com. Get expertly programmed Mind Pump training protocols at mapsfitnessproducts.com
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Jan 31, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin provide solutions to those who are unable to do the most effective exercises.

  • How every exercise is valuable when applied appropriately. (3:04)
  • Do These Exercises Hurt? Do These Instead! (6:39)
  • #1 – Deadlift. (13:19)
    • If this exercise hurts you, do a single-leg deadlift instead. (16:45)
    • What mobility exercises should I focus on? (19:36)
  • #2 – Squat. (21:35)
    • If this exercise hurts you, do a split stance exercise instead. (22:03)
    • Mobility exercises to focus on. (26:16)
  • #3 – Overhead Press. (29:20)
    • If this exercise hurts you, do an overhead or a rack carry instead. (29:50)
    • Mobility exercises to focus on. (34:36)
  • #4 – Bench Press. (36:22)
    • If this exercise hurts you, do an incline dumbbell press instead. (37:14)
    • Mobility exercises to focus on. (39:11)
  • #5 – Dips. (40:04)
    • If this exercise hurts you, do a close-grip bench or incline press instead. (41:16)
    • Mobility exercises to focus on. (41:44)

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Jan 29, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: One of the best treatments clinically proven to help with depression and anxiety is exercise. (4:02)
  • The recover/maintain mentality for training athletes. (19:25)
  • Mind Pump on their high school pictures. (26:46)
  • Magic Spoon is here to help you make your protein intake. (32:05)
  • A high school football update with Justin: Establishing a good offseason training program for his kids. (35:20)
  • Actions speak louder than words. (40:46)
  • At what point should the Government block monopolies from happening? (48:47)
  • The word is out on Vuori. (54:36)
  • Netflix may be falling behind the pack. (57:14)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 – How can I get stronger in the big three lifts to benefit an upcoming powerlifting competition? (1:00:20)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 – What are some ways to correct my knee pain when squatting? (1:12:31)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 – What can I do when my right side doesn’t match the left side? (1:27:29)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 – How would you train in-season versus off-season? (1:36:00)

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Jan 28, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about which is better, HIIT or traditional cardio, good pre-workout meals, how to recover more quickly from extremely high intensity squatting, and something that they preach but struggle to practice when it comes to fitness.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Do you want to make some of the fastest gains in your lower body? Use the sled! (4:04)
  • Mind Pump on the most used and unused pieces of equipment in their studio. (10:13)
  • The Mind Pump sleep connection. (18:10)
  • Cold weather and kids, where do you stand? (22:14)
  • A new California bill proposal would allow preteens to get vaccinated without parental consent. (27:58)
  • KFC, stop pretending like you’re healthy. (31:08)
  • Organifi Pure is magic! (37:47)
  • The NFT market is bananas! (38:18)
  • YES! There are differences between daytime and nighttime blue-blocking glasses. (45:02)
  • #Quah question #1 - Which is better, HIIT or traditional cardio? (48:34)
  • #Quah question #2 – What is a good pre-workout meal? (57:00)
  • #Quah question #3 - How can I recover more quickly from extremely high-intensity squatting? (1:01:28)
  • #Quah question #4 – What is something all of you preach, but struggle to practice when it comes to fitness? (1:04:50)

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Jan 27, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin speak with nutrition expert Jason Phillips as to why diets fail.

  • The Top 7 Reasons Your Diet Is Failing. (2:53)
  • #1 – Scheduling your off days on the weekend. (3:25)
  • #2 – Underestimating your total caloric intake. (12:12)
  • #3 – Diet culture is leading you to failure. (19:01)
  • #4 – Not eating adequate protein. (26:31)
  • #5 – Relying on nutrition labels. (30:36)
  • #6 – Ignoring the behavior piece. (32:10)
  • #7 – Not counting the calories you drink. (41:29)
  • Why some is good, but more is NOT better. (44:38)
  • We were not put on this earth to be 6% body fat all year long. (50:56)
  • The value of working with a coach or trainer, and how NCI coaches stand out above the rest. (53:42)
  • Find an NCI coach near you! (58:33)

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Jan 26, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: The best way to improve functional flexibility is to lift weights. (4:45)
  • How your training frequency will influence your recovery. (16:12)
  • Dad life updates with the guys: Like father, like son. (24:08)
  • John Cena is a beast! (36:18)
  • Study: Cannabis compounds can prevent coronavirus from entering human cells. (38:48)
  • What would Mind Pump sell if they had no integrity? (46:20)
  • Why NO gas station meat sticks compare to Paleo Valley’s. (50:04)
  • The most expensive TV series ever made may surprise you. (53:00)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 – Is it realistic to get leaner and hit PRs at the same time? (57:47)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 – What is the right amount of lifting volume to build the most amount of muscle? (1:06:21)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 – What are the problems with CrossFit and what program would you recommend to gain endurance? (1:19:27)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 – How can you train for endurance and stamina, while minimizing muscle loss? (1:29:36)

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Jan 24, 2022

In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin cover five myths that keep people from going to the gym.

  • How myths have a tendency to spread and grow, and people believe them to be true. (2:30)
  • What motivated Mind Pump to communicate this message. (3:57)
  • The Five Worst Fitness Myths That Keep People Out of Gyms. 
  • #1 – That people are mean and critical of overweight members. (9:39)
  • #2 – The fittest people are the most judgmental. (16:40)
  • #3 – That fit-looking people have it all figured out. (21:51)
  • #4 – It costs a lot of money to have access to a gym. (27:40)
  • #5 – The biggest, strongest people in the gym are mean. (32:44)

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Jan 22, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: For long-term fat loss success, walking is better than running. (4:03)
  • The various temperaments of children. How much is nature versus nurture? (15:22)
  • How the universe may be pixelated. (25:05)
  • Would you buy a house in the metaverse? (28:48)
  • Are women not as competitive as men? (35:28)
  • The remarkable results from using Joovv. (43:26)
  • How people can take something out of context to attack you. (48:45)
  • The downstream effects of these mandates. (56:13)
  • Volcanos are scary! (57:40)
  • How Sal is using Organifi’s protein power on his latest bulk. (59:38)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 – What would be a checklist to optimize muscle growth over 1 to 2 years, to put on 10-15 pounds of muscle? (1:06:49)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 – How can I train to specifically fix an imbalance in my lower body from a previous injury? (1:24:03)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 – What are some ways to get your child to exercise? (1:33:11)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 – How can I tell if my workout is working for me? (1:43:07)

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Jan 21, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether calories should be the same for training and non-training days, the pros and cons of wearing gloves when lifting, whether lifting low weight and high reps is as effective as high weight and low reps, and if mirrors an underrated piece of gym equipment.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: How skipping leg days may actually affect the gains in the rest of your body. (4:08)
  • How Adam has become a meme for a dad. (12:49)
  • Why masks don’t work. (17:50)
  • The case against masks for children. (20:31)
  • Joe Rogan and data manipulation. (24:39)
  • The state of brick-and-mortar businesses and predicting what its future looks like. (29:37)
  • Why is real estate exploding?! (33:04)
  • Was Logan Paul scammed on the purchase of fake Pokémon cards? (44:00)
  • The Mind Pump snowmobiling Utah experience. (45:18)
  • The vision for Mind Pump Rentals. (48:20)
  • Caldera is saving the guy’s faces after their trip to the snow. (52:26)
  • #Quah question #1 – If I’m in a caloric deficit to lose body fat, should my calories be the same for training and non-training days? (55:32)
  • #Quah question #2 – What are the pros and cons of wearing gloves when lifting? (59:42)
  • #Quah question #3 - Are low weight and high reps not as effective as high weight and low reps? (1:05:10)
  • #Quah question #4 – Are mirrors an underrated piece of gym equipment? (1:09:42)

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Jan 20, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin cover five keys to designing a daily workout for 30 days & have also included a free workout at maps30day.com!

  • Mind Pump, giving back to their audience. (3:14)
  • The value of proper programming to get you started the RIGHT way. (5:43)
  • The importance of mobility and mapping it out for the general public. (6:52)
  • The design and features of this program. (8:16)
  • #1 – A focus on compound lifts and mobility. (11:28)
  • #2 - Scaling up to create a positive feedback loop. (14:48)
  • #3 - Tracking your movement with step goals. (18:29)
  • An example of what the first week will look like. (24:11)
  • Why exercise order matters. (27:10)
  • What you can expect by following this 30 day workout. (29:16)
  • #1 – Get stronger. (29:26)
  • #2 – Increase in metabolism. (31:22)
  • #3 – Less pain and stiffness. (33:38)
  • #4 – Build more energy and stamina. (34:49)
  • #5 – The beginnings of a snowball effect, when it comes to fat loss. (37:50)

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Jan 19, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: How the current body acceptance movement is harming people’s health. (4:25)
  • Our idea of success is flawed. (17:08)
  • The staggering weight gained, by demographic, during the pandemic. (20:53)
  • A parent hack brought to you by Table Topics. (26:33)
  • Butcher Box, putting that meat in your box. (33:17)
  • The crisis of cars. (36:01)
  • Turo, the Airbnb of cars. (41:23)
  • The guy’s favorite Vuori pants. (47:47)
  • Yet another study how exercise benefits the brain. (49:04)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 – Do you know anyone who has intertwined the medical and fitness industries? (52:38)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 – What is the value of digestive enzymes, and can I become reliant on them? (1:02:44)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 – Should I be concerned about high LDL cholesterol levels when in the context of things, I am overall healthy? (1:12:07)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 – What are some ways to develop fast strength and power? (1:25:04)

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Jan 17, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin reveal eight exercises that should not be your first choice when higher value exercises are available.

  • How every exercise has its value if applied PROPERLY. (2:17)
  • The Eight Most Overrated Exercises.
  • #1 – Burpees. (4:38)
  • #2 – Hip abduction/adduction machine. (7:48)
  • #3 – Planks. (11:51)
  • #4 – Leg extension. (15:21)
  • #5 – Peck deck. (20:31)
  • #6 – Combo exercises. (22:33)
  • #7 – Donkey kickbacks. (29:20)
  • #8 – Tricep kickbacks. (32:36)
  • Honorable mentions. (34:43)

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Jan 15, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Obesity is a choice. (3:57)
  • How Adam may be the best stock predictor of all-time and the state of the gym industry. (25:19)
  • How exercise has profound effects on mental health. (32:01)
  • Drinking and Zbiotics. (33:26)
  • The benefits of starting with a new training stimulus. (35:57)
  • The first genetically modified pig heart has been successfully transplanted into a patient. (39:42)
  • NCI, making it easier to become a successful online coach. (46:53)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 – How can I maintain my strength gains while building endurance and stamina for an upcoming obstacle course race? (57:43)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 – What are some ways to address joint pain while running MAPS Performance? (1:11:25)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 – How would you recommend programming for a strong man event? (1:22:50)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 – Is it a realistic goal to build 2-5 lbs. of muscle, being over 50 years old? (1:28:09)

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Jan 14, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about only feeling back squats in the quads, how much age influences the ability to make muscle and strength gains, the value of fitness trackers like Whoop and Apple Watch, and the best workout shoes.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Contrary to popular belief, the best thing you can do for your immunity is to be fit, healthy, and lean. (3:59)
  • Justin’s horse immunity. (9:26)
  • How the CDC is now suddenly changing its tune. (11:33)
  • Are gyms poised to see a surge? (15:33)
  • Why is Nike coming after Lululemon? (18:44)
  • When will the NFT bubble burst? (24:40)
  • What will the future of the housing market look like? (31:10)
  • How ashwagandha consistently raises testosterone in men with low testosterone. (33:12)
  • How it’s harder to gain body fat with protein than carbs or fats. (40:20)
  • The Shadow Banned Club. (42:18)
  • A conspiracy theory surrounding parallel universes. (49:37)
  • What Mind Pump is watching on TV. (53:49)
  • #Quah question #1 – I only feel back squats in my quads. Am I doing something wrong, or is that common with most people? (57:38)
  • #Quah question #2 - How much does age influence the ability to make muscle and strength gains? (1:01:22)
  • #Quah question #3 – What are your thoughts on fitness trackers like Whoop, Apple Watch, etc.? (1:08:45)
  • #Quah question #4 – What are the best workout shoes? (1:14:49)

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Jan 13, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin cover ten common traits shared by successful lifters.

  • Ten Traits of Successful Lifters. (2:36)
  • #1 – Prioritize technique and form. (3:33)
  • #2 – Practice foundational lifts and PRACTICE them often. (7:14)
  • #3 – Know how to apply and manipulate intensity. (11:08)
  • #4 – Aim to optimize efficiency. (16:01)
  • #5 – Love the journey. (20:47)
  • #6 – They are disciplined, NOT motivated. (24:32)
  • #7 – Don't take unnecessary risks. (29:28)
  • #8 – If something hurts, they do NOT avoid it. They FIX it. (34:00)
  • #9 – Look at food in terms of performance. (38:38)
  • #10 – Don’t fall into the comparison trap. (41:26)

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Jan 12, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about Mark Rippetoe and the Starting Strength Method, the best way to grow the hamstrings, how to increase grip strength to deadlift more, and how to include running in your regimen.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: How lifting to failure is probably killing your gains. (4:24)
  • Can men have multiple orgasms? (16:23)
  • How Justin’s house may be haunted. (26:13)
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island, a peek behind the curtain of the Federal Reserve. (34:03)
  • The benefits of magnesium L-threonate and how Ned’s Mellow utilizes it. (36:06)
  • How Felix Gray keeps winning awards! (42:24)
  • Watching TV/movies with the wives. (44:36)
  • #Quah question #1 – What are your thoughts on Mark Rippetoe and the Starting Strength Method? (57:37)
  • #Quah question #2 – What's the best way to grow the hamstrings? (1:05:30)
  • #Quah question #3 - How do I increase grip strength to deadlift more? (1:10:35)
  • #Quah question #4 – If you’re going to include running in your regimen, is it better to run before or after lifting? (1:18:01)

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Jan 10, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin cover 6 foundational steps to reaching your fitness & health goals in 2022.

  • The biggest mistakes people make going into their New Year’s fitness & health goals. (2:11)
  • Focus on These 6 Things to Crush Your 2022 Fitness & Health Goals. (5:02)
  • #1 – Mainly eat whole-natural foods. (7:03)
  • #2 – Focus on hitting your protein intake. (13:40)
  • #3 – Drink a half-gallon to a gallon of water a day. (18:17)
  • #4 – Lift weights, for your whole body, 2-3 days a week. (23:05)
  • #5 – Walk 10 minutes after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (26:52)
  • #6 – Have a sleep routine. (33:38)

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Jan 8, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: How workout partners might be killing your gains. (4:01)
  • Some new information regarding “fart girl.” (14:07)
  • The ultimate flex with your Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT. (19:25)
  • The guys share their experiences with the Oculus. (21:13)
  • How tech companies have now entered the electric car market. (31:24)
  • The guys make some clarifications on previous statements made in past episodes. (34:38)
  • Joe Rogan’s power in media. (41:41)
  • How weight loss can help you with COVID. (44:44)
  • Mind Pump Kitchen, brought to you by Butcher Box. (45:16)
  • What Mind Pump is watching on TV. (46:21)
  • Crazy News with Sal: Why a Chinese couple could not conceive. (54:06)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 – How do I know if I am hydrated properly during a workout? (57:46)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 – How do I maximize my results when I’m short on time? (1:04:50)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 – What is the ideal number of exercises to maximize your gains? (1:13:19)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 – What is the method to build back your metabolism after going through big bodyweight swings? (1:26:41)

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Jan 7, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether it is possible to build the calves with poor genetics, if creatine should be taken pre or post workout, tips for introverted personal trainers, and where they see Mind Pump in 20 years.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Sleep in a cool bed and burn more body fat. (3:27)
  • The new fitness narrative heading into 2022. (15:16)
  • Did you know there is plastic surgery for dogs?! (21:01)
  • Will myostatin make anabolic steroids look like Flintstone vitamins? (23:42)
  • Which industries will dominate in 2022? (27:37)
  • Who is the king of streaming, will the Metaverse/NFTs hype continue, and what bubbles will burst this year? (33:11)
  • How Public Goods is a new model for success. (50:19)
  • #Quah question #1 - Is it possible to build the calves or is it poor genetics? (56:36)
  • #Quah question #2 – Should creatine be taken pre or post-workout? (1:03:47)
  • #Quah question #3 – What tips do you have for introverted personal trainers? (1:09:11)
  • #Quah question #4 - In 20 years, where do you see yourself and Mind Pump? (1:15:59)

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Jan 6, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin discuss the pros & cons of the perennially popular High Intensity Interval Training.

  • Why HIIT training is so trendy. (1:58)
  • How HIIT training is the resistance training form of cardio. (6:24)
  • The challenges with steady-state cardio. (12:12)
  • The biggest selling points for HIIT training. (14:15)
  • The biggest problems with HIIT training. (17:34)
  • Why HIIT training may NOT be a trend. (25:23)
  • The extreme importance of form and stability. (31:50)
  • Taking your level of fitness training into consideration with proper programming. (34:40)

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Jan 5, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether it is always best to do ass to grass squats or mix it up, social media tips for personal trainers wanting to demonstrate their process, ways to make your veins pop, and good metrics to know if your gaining muscle and not excessive fat.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: STOP trying to burn more calories to lose weight; it’s a losing strategy. (4:32)
  • McDonald’s new weight loss idea. (8:10)
  • What is Tesla not doing?! (11:11)
  • Is sneezing a male privilege? (17:02)
  • The guys recap their holiday break and Adam’s problem with running out of gas. (21:49)
  • Glutathione, the master antioxidant. (33:40)
  • If there are hoof prints in the sand, think horse not zebra. (43:08)
  • Organifi’s Pure is getting rave reviews from the guy's friends and family! (49:45)
  • Why Sal’s metabolism has been roaring as of late. (51:10)
  • #Quah question #1 - Is it best to do ass to grass squats or mix it up? (57:29)
  • #Quah question #2 – What are some social media tips for personal trainers wanting to demonstrate their process to their followers as Adam did? (1:03:45)
  • #Quah question #3 – Is there anything you can do or take to make your veins pop like Sal? (1:13:38)
  • #Quah question #4 – What's a good metric to know if I’m gaining muscle and not excess fat? (1:17:31)

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Jan 3, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin talk about eight kinds of people you probably should NOT take diet advice from.

  • The 8 Worst People to Take Advice From. (2:22)
  • #1 – Doctors. (3:20)
  • #2 – The Government. (8:07)
  • #3 – Science zealots. (14:08)
  • #4 – Diet pushers. (20:51)
  • #5 – Fitness influencers. (25:54)
  • #6 – Bodybuilders. (29:55)
  • #7 – Friends. (34:29)
  • #8 – The supplement companies. (38:52)
  • The people you SHOULD be listening to. (43:45)

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Jan 1, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: How TV is making you fat. (2:17)
  • The wild world of Crypto/NFTs! (14:36)
  • Why Elon Musk thinks the Metaverse sucks. (23:28)
  • The guys on having the puberty talk with their children. (28:04)
  • How drug smugglers have gotten very creative. (33:36)
  • Psychic tales with Mind Pump. (36:18)
  • Car-Jitsu, the weirdest new BJJ promotion. (43:02)
  • #LiveListener question #1 – With my tendency to overtrain, what program would you recommend after completing MAPS Split? (48:04)
  • #LiveListener question #2 – If I have limited time to train each day for a rucking event, how would you train for it? (59:49)
  • #LiveListener question #3 – What can I do when I feel like I am doing the right things, but still gaining weight? (1:09:16)
  • #LiveListener question #4 – How can I train for obstacle course race with limited time? (1:22:41)

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