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MFL Podcast 79: Live Q&A: Artificial sweeteners, weight gainer shakes, “healthy” drinking, and more…

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MFL Podcast 79: Live Q&A: Artificial sweeteners, weight gainer shakes,  “healthy” drinking, and more…

This podcast is a recording of the latest live Q&A I did over at Legion, and this time we’re talking artificial sweeteners, ephedrine,  weight gainers, doing research, myofascial release, and much more.

If you want to get in on the next one and ask me questions, sign up here:  www.legionathletics.com/qa/

QUESTIONS FROM THIS Q&A:

YouTube:

00:38 – Is this good HIIT cardio: Incline at 7.5 with 10 mph on a treadmill for 10 minutes.

02:28 – When I take creatine monohydrate I get bad insomnia and have to pee 10 times a night. Is there a different form I can take?

04:55 – I just had surgery and was looking at your joint supplement Fortify. Could you comment on the effectiveness it might have after surgery?

07:31 – Most bodybuilders rag on the Bowflex, is there anything wrong with the actual system if someone is still doing low reps, heavy weights, proper form?

08:46 – What do you consider to be the ideal Carbs/Protein/Fat percentage when cutting for a female?

15:41 – How can I avoid forearm pain during bicep curls?

17:06 – When are you going to come to the dark side and do a powerlifting meet?

19:37 – Could you please address problems with artificial sweeteners?

22:51 – What’s the “healthiest” way to get drunk?

25:14 – Can you comment on the use of Ephedrine HCL?

26:54 – What’s your go-to method for cooking chicken?

27:37 – When carrying out research for articles, what is your go to reference for trusted information?

29:46 – Is there a certain downside to using mass gainers?

32:33 – Did you work with researchers/scientists to come up with your Legion protein?

34:30 – What’s your opinion on taking cleansing diet pills for cutting?

37:07 – What’s the ideal amount of time to fast for IF?

37:20 – Do you take into account the afterburn affect of HIIT when counting macros?

38:08 – What are your thoughts on myofascial release?

38:30 – Why wont you go vegan?

40:41 – If you could only shave one part of your body for your next photo shoot, what would it be?

41:10 – What do you think of Tim Ferriss and the whole life hack fitness industry?

42:51 – How often should macros be adjusted as you’re cutting?

43:51 – Can women follow the Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger program?

47:06 – Can you explain some guidelines for LISS cardio instead of HIIT?

48:18 – Any news on your app (beta) release?

50:07 – What do you think of yoga for mobility?

50:42 – Can you tell us a bit more about your affiliate programs for 2016?

54:34 – What are your thoughts on the Chest Dumbbell Pullover as a chest building exercise.

55:26 – What are your thoughts on using accessories such as wrist/lift straps, belt, knee sleeves?

58:44 – Any advice for dating German girls?

59:14 – What are your current max lifts for side lateral raises, squats, deadlifts, bench and overhead press?

1:03:28 – I’m a female NPC competitor at 16 % body fat and have been working out for almost 3 years now. Any exercise that would help my quads show?

1:07:29 – Let’s say I put together a a protein bar that tastes better than Quest Bars. What is the first step to bring this product to market?

1:10:10 – Is it ALWAYS calories in vs calories out, or is it true that when people get older their metabolism lags?

1:12:13 – Why have you never been DEXA scanned?

1:15:07 – At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to start a career in the fitness industry?

1:22:08 – Is it possible for a hernia surgery to mess up the abdominal wall?

Audio:

03:31 – Is this good HIIT cardio: Incline at 7.5 with 10 mph on a treadmill for 10 minutes.

06:24 – When I take creatine monohydrate I get bad insomnia and have to pee 10 times a night. Is there a different form I can take?

07:50 – I just had surgery and was looking at your joint supplement Fortify. Could you comment on the effectiveness it might have after surgery?

10:27 – Most bodybuilders rag on the Bowflex, is there anything wrong with the actual system if someone is still doing low reps, heavy weights, proper form?

11:42 – What do you consider to be the ideal Carbs/Protein/Fat percentage when cutting for a female?

18:36 – How can I avoid forearm pain during bicep curls?

20:01 – When are you going to come to the dark side and do a powerlifting meet?

22:33 – Could you please address problems with artificial sweeteners?

25:47 – What’s the “healthiest” way to get drunk?

28:10 – Can you comment on the use of Ephedrine HCL?

29:50 – What’s your go-to method for cooking chicken?

30:32 – When carrying out research for articles, what is your go to reference for trusted information?

32:42 – Is there a certain downside to using mass gainers?

35:29 – Did you work with researchers/scientists to come up with your Legion protein?

37:26 – What’s your opinion on taking cleansing diet pills for cutting?

40:03 – What’s the ideal amount of time to fast for IF?

40:16 – Do you take into account the afterburn affect of HIIT when counting macros?

41:04 – What are your thoughts on myofascial release?

41:25 – Why wont you go vegan?

43:37 – If you could only shave one part of your body for your next photo shoot, what would it be?

44:06 – What do you think of Tim Ferriss and the whole life hack fitness industry?

45:47 – How often should macros be adjusted as you’re cutting?

46:29 – Can women follow the Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger program?

50:02 – Can you explain some guidelines for LISS cardio instead of HIIT?

51:14 – Any news on your app (beta) release?

53:03 – What do you think of yoga for mobility?

53:38 – Can you tell us a bit more about your affiliate programs for 2016?

57:30 – What are your thoughts on the Chest Dumbbell Pullover as a chest building exercise.

58:22 – What are your thoughts on using accessories such as wrist/lift straps, belt, knee sleeves?

1:01:41 – Any advice for dating German girls?

1:02:10 – What are your current max lifts for side lateral raises, squats, deadlifts, bench and overhead press?

1:06:24 – I’m a female NPC competitor at 16 % body fat and have been working out for almost 3 years now. Any exercise that would help my quads show?

1:10:25 – Let’s say I put together a a protein bar that tastes better than Quest Bars. What is the first step to bring this product to market?

1:13:06 – Is it ALWAYS calories in vs calories out, or is it true that when people get older their metabolism lags?

1:15:09 – Why have you never been DEXA scanned?

1:18:02 – At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to start a career in the fitness industry?

1:25:04 – Is it possible for a hernia surgery to mess up the abdominal wall?

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  • Andrew

    Mike,
    Been following BLS for less than a year. Started at 180 (prob 16% BF). Cut to 157 (7% BF). Bulking since September, at 175 now (10% BF) so I’ve put on some serious muscle/strength. Quick question, 2-3 best exercises for bigger glutes? Only thing is I don’t want my quads/hamstrings to get too big so looking for best leg workout to get the glutes bigger n as little size on my quads n hammies as possible, they’re already big enough. Clearly that’s not an easy task which is why I’m asking you lol. Thanks!

    • Great job! That rocks! Do we have you up on the site yet? If not shoot me an email!

      Hip thrusters should be all you need. Check ’em out.

  • Daniel

    Hey Mike,

    I started lifting last year and I am coming up to my 12th month bulking. I had planned on cutting after 12 months as I believe I will be around 16-17% BF and I am looking forward to getting lean and really seeing the muscle I have gained after my first year. However, I’ve read a few claims recently that whilst you are young you shouldn’t worry about getting lean and should focus on growing and getting bigger. I am 19 years old, 20 very soon. Is there any truth in this and if so should I delay my cut and just continue to bulk?
    I kind of hope not because I’m starting to get mentally tired of eating so much 😂.

    Thanks,

    Dan

  • Matt G

    Hey Mike,
    I’m wrapping up about a 12 week bulk and about to start cutting. I feel pretty good and haven’t had a deload week during my bulk. Do you recommend deloading before I start my cut? There is an event I want to be lean for in a few months or id continue bulking. Btw Ive been using Lunar for a few weeks now and its great. Used to have “weak days” when I wouldn’t get enough sleep and my workouts would lag but I haven’t had that problem since I started taking lunar.

    • Cool you’re finishing up the bulk! Yeah, let’s do a deload week and then start cutting. Moving forward, I recommend a deload week every 6-8 weeks while cutting.

      Glad you’re enjoying Lunar! It’s awesome you haven’t been having those “weak days” since you starting using it!

      Talk soon.

      • Matt G

        Thanks for the reply,
        What should my calories look like during deload. Eat at TDEE, start my cut, or stay on my bulk cals?

  • ivantoxie

    Hi Mike, I was reading on fasted training, it’s benefits, it’s burden of muscle breakdown and how to prevent it with the amino acid leucine. Considering how fast certain whey can digest would that still be fasted training if I take it pre workout?

    • Nah, whey will break the fast. You’d have to wait 2-3 hours to be fasted again after taking whey.

  • I LOVEEE the transcript method. Thank you… This way makes it SO EASY to go through your videos. Thanks again, man!

    • Ahhh, not transcript method. Sorry. I love when you post the time & question. Makes it easy to navigate the video. Thank you!

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