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MFL Podcast 26: Q&A Part 1: Body types, family cooking, multivitamin controversy, and more…

MFL Podcast 26: Q&A Part 1: Body types, family cooking, multivitamin controversy, and more…

In this podcast I answer questions from readers on how body types affect gains, how to make diets work when cooking for multiple people, why I like and dislike multivitamins, and more…

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  • Nathan

    I can’t wait for Triumph! Im so happy that your making a vitamin! Its so great because you know your getting what your suppose to and the right amounts. I love Legion.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man! I can’t wait to start taking Triumph myself. In addition to proper dosages of essential vitamins and minerals, including K and D, there are clinically effective dosages of 14 (!) different ingredients in this sucker. Nothing else even comes close.

  • Adel-Alexander

    I wanted to ask, does the Sex hormone binding globulin have any effect on bodybuilding?

  • Nick

    Hi Mike question about the vitamins, when is the best time to take multi-vitamins before working out or after, i’ve seen some things to where some people say it’s better taking a multi-vitamin after working out cause your body depletes vitamins and minerals during heavy weight lifting, what’s your thoughts thanks

    • Michael Matthews

      Take them with food because it helps absorption.

      • Nick

        Yea gotcha on that but the question was about taking multi-vitamins pre or prior to working out or after due to nutritional depletion

        • Michael Matthews

          Ah sorry I read it too quickly, haha. You actually want it with a meal with dietary fat, specifically. So post-workout if it contains fat otherwise take later when you’re having some fat.

          • Nick

            Ok cool, any specific reason why it’s better to take with dietary fat?

          • Michael Matthews

            Helps with absorption.

  • Alex

    Can’t wait for the next Q&A now. Or the multi-vitamin! That product is definitely something I’ve been wishing for. Hope it ships to Germany. If not, you should bring a large batch, when you go to Düsseldorf next year, and hook a brother up :-).

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man! We can’t ship to DE because it won’t make it through customs. The EU is VERY strict on supplement ingredients. Some countries consider some of the ingredients in Triumph “medicinal,” heh.

  • Robert

    Hey Mike,
    What are your thoughts on calisthenics? How do all those guys on Youtube get so huge working out in playgrounds, outside of the hypertrophy rep range?

    • Michael Matthews

      Genetics and drugs would be my guess. Or they built their bodies in the gym and THEN switched to calisthenics and are just maintaining…

  • Ian

    What do you think of Opti-Men by ON? I just bought them last week before I saw you came out with Triumph!!! ARGH.

    • Michael Matthews

      It’s okay. I used to use it. Triumph is better (just compare labels).

  • Louis

    Have you done PB2 + Gelatin powder? Just curious… we don’t have PB2 in my country and would have loved to try that.

    • Michael Matthews

      No I haven’t. Might be interesting though. Like a mousse.

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  • Sheri

    Hey Mike, I am a lady turning 40 this year and I have two major strikes against me for losing weight and getting fitter and leaner. First major strike is I am type one diabetic second nature strike is that I have hypothyroidism. Another major factor is my need for immediate gratification. I have been following the 30fat/30carb/40protien principal with 1800 cal, and I am currently at 200 pounds I have been following your thinner leaner stronger book for three months and although I’m getting stronger I’m not getting thinner or leaner. I have been on a restrictive diet for longer than I can remember. I was wondering should I reversed diet for a few months just to take a break from the restrictive cal.( I have been on a restrictive diet for longer than I can remember.) I was just wondering should I reversed diet for a few months just to take a break from the restrictive calorie diet and just try to enjoy the gains for a couple of months. I am feeling very frustrated with the lack of weight loss and fat loss at this time.

    • Hey!

      No worries. We can figure it out. I’m glad you’re on the program and rolling.

      First, let’s make sure you’re not eating more than you think. Check this out:



      • Sheri

        Hi Mike,
        I actually use the Lose It! app to track my meals. When I use the lose it app I follow the meal plan very closely. I found lately that I have just lost focus.
        I plan on reverse dieting and tracking my food more carefully for a month. I have hurt my left wrist while doing the deadlift. It is an old repetitive strain injury, so I have to step back my weights. I was letting 135lbs successfully. But trying to increase to 145 was too much.
        During this month I plan on re-valuating and refocusing and also focusing on rehabilitating my wrist again. I will write again for ideas on how to keep my wrist from getting hurt when it is better

        • Oh okay well let me know how it goes on the diet. Are you doing anything specific to rehab your wrist?

          • Sheri

            Actually rest mostly. If it gets worse I’ll go to Physio. The injury is the same as golfers elbow my physiotherapist tells me so the biggest thing I can do is keep stretching it and using it as little as possible .

          • Alright. Sounds good.

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