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MFL Podcast 23: Big mistakes that intermediate lifters make and finding the right “work-life balance”

MFL Podcast 23: Big mistakes that intermediate lifters make and finding the right “work-life balance”

In this podcast I talk about the big mistakes I see intermediate lifters making that prevent them from making progress and my thoughts on what it means to find the right work-life balance.


The Book Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews.


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The Best Way to Gain Muscle Without Getting Fat

Why Rapid Weight Loss Is Superior to “Slow Cutting”

How to Build Muscle and Lose Fat…at the Same Time

The Definitive Guide to Effective Meal Planning

The Definitive Guide to Pre-Workout Nutrition

The Definitive Guide to Why Low-Carb Dieting Sucks

The Definitive Guide to Muscle Hypertrophy (Muscle Growth)

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  • Nathan Gartner

    Does the 6-8 month rule of newbie gains count if your spent the vast majority of that time cutting and not in a calorie surplus?

    • Allen

      I want to know this as well. I’ve been cutting from the beginning.

    • Michael Matthews

      Good question. It depends how you were training that period. Either way you should see some good gains by switching to a proper bulk.

  • Christian Henson

    What’s the ET release date for your workout app?

    • Michael Matthews

      I hope to have a beta-ready product by the end of the year.

      • Christian Henson

        Sweet, looking forward to it. Sick of jefit haha

        • Michael Matthews

          Thanks and yeah I’m back to my notepad app in my iPod, haha.

  • Carlos Arteaga

    When will BBLS be availabe as an ebook? 😛

    • Michael Matthews

      Next week!

      • Carlos Arteaga

        I’m so ready

  • frametheory

    Great podcast (listened on itunes). The audio is definitely better. I started adding calories to reboot my metabolism, and my fat loss continued. Lost half an inch. I ADDED calories. Weird. Anyway, I’ll remeasure in a couple days.

    Im still doing the body recomp, still not below 15%, but will I still gain those 15-20 newbie pounds by the time I start to bulk? I guess I should be on point with my cut so I wont waste those 8-10 newbie months you talked about.

    I can get lazy sometimes especially when I try hard for things and things just dont work, like starting my business or expanding it. Good to have a to-do list. Thats what keeps me going. Whenever i think of ways to advance and get my foot in the door career-wise, I jotted down in my reminders and execute tasks. Good podcast. cheers

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Glad to hear the reverse diet is going well.

      Not sure on the newbie gains to be honest. We’ll have to see how it plays out.

      Yeah I always have my to-do list but I don’t clutter it with everything I can possibly think of–I keep it to the actual things I’m going to get done those days/weeks.

  • Martin

    I’m convinced you have a college degree. I’ve read a lot of copy and pieces of work from other internet marketers. The way you convey ideas is just… smarter. I could be wrong tho.

    • Michael Matthews

      Haha thanks man. I don’t, actually. I didn’t have a specific vocation I wanted to learn and general business type of degree is more or less worthless as an entrepreneur.

  • Martin

    Lost me here though: “Highest wage earners are the hardest working.”

    I think Mike Rowe would disagree lol. – http://www.ted.com/talks/mike_rowe_celebrates_dirty_jobs

    Just because one posses an IT degree and makes 7,800k a month doesn’t mean they work harder than a sewage diver. – http://scribol.com/environment/sewer-diving-the-most-disgusting-job-on-earth

    A high-school teacher in the Compton, LA probably puts out the same amount of joules of energy as Jim Sinegal. If not more.

    The wage one earns is more of a matter of chosen profession, not work ethic. Associating the two is arbitrary and difficult to measure.

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