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Podcast #106: Bret Contreras on understanding nutrition & exercise science

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Podcast #106: Bret Contreras on understanding nutrition & exercise science

In this podcast I interview Bret Contreras, who’s a scientist, author, coach, and one of the leaders of the evidence-based fitness movement AND an all-around cool dude to boot.

If you’ve heard of him already, you probably know him as the “glute guy” that can teach you everything you need to know about building a great butt, and while that’s true, that’s not what I wanted to talk to him about because, well, I figured he might enjoy a change of pace.

So, in this interview, I chat with Bret about nutrition and exercise science and get his thoughts on all kinds of things ranging from what makes for good and bad science, how to become more scientific in your thinking, his favorite researchers and labs, how to reconcile conflicting studies, and more.

I wanted to do this interview because more and more fitness “gurus” are appealing to science to sell their ideas and wares these days, and it’s getting harder and harder for everyday people to distinguish the hucksters from the genuine articles.

So, I hope you find Bret’s thoughts insightful. Here’s the interview…

TIME STAMPS

YouTube:

2:08 – What science is good and what is bad? How do we improve scientific literacy?

14:46 – What is the process of trying to become more scientific?

24:24 – What have you learned over the years about getting in shape? What have you been wrong about?

29:51 – How do you become more scientific?

33:36 – Who are the best researchers, the best labs, and the best journals?

41:04 – What do you do when studies are conflicting? What’s involved in study design?

46:51 – Where does knowledge in strength and conditioning come from?

57:59 – Where can we find your work?

SoundCloud:

5:01 – What science is good and what is bad? How do we improve scientific literacy?

17:39 – What is the process of trying to become more scientific?

27:17 – What have you learned over the years about getting in shape? What have you been wrong about?

32:44 – How do you become more scientific?

36:29 – Who are the best researchers, the best labs, and the best journals?

43:57 – What do you do when studies are conflicting? What’s involved in study design?

49:44 – Where does knowledge in strength and conditioning come from?

1:00:52 – Where can we find your work?

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What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • carolina

    Hey Mike,

    I have starting listening to your podcasts about a month ago and I must say that my subway commute has become way more enjoyable and educational! 🙂

    Today I was looking forward more than usual to listen to your
    podcast because it was on a topic it relates to my education as a Ph.D.
    Economist with a focus in statistics: How to read research studies. I feel that you and Bret discussed lots of good stuff and touched on a lot of really good points. It was very helpful to hear from a subject matter expert in the fitness field his take on “good and bad science”.

    However, since the audience you intended the podcast for are
    people that do not know how to read research studies I feel that there may have been too much info that will get lost to the non scientific person. I think that “prequel” podcasts or articles addressing the fundamentals of scientific studies would help someone with no background in scientific research get a lot more out of the podcast.

    I personally would suggest 3 possible articles:

    (1) Steps in a research study at a high level:

    – Basic statistics concepts: Descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing (ex: What does on average or with a 95% probability means)

    -Research Study Steps: Study motive/funding, study design (ex: Experimental/Intervention, observational cross sectional, observational case control, observational/cohort, etc) and methodology, sample selection and types of biases, study assumptions, hypothesis testing and choice of statistical methodology, interpretation of results (probability, statistical inference, association and causation).

    (2) A deeper dive into the steps of a research study and how it impacts findings

    (3) How to manipulate statistics – Some red flags to watch for

    I am sure you know plenty of Ph.D.s that would be happy to contribute educating people on how to develop a better eye to identify bogus studies. However, please feel free to reach out if I can be of any help!

    Thanks for the great podcasts, books, and supplements!

    Carolina

    • Hey Carolina, thanks for the thorough and helpful suggestions! That’s something we’re working on right now, and we’d love to run some of our ideas by you when we get further along with the articles (especially with stats). Shoot an email to my editor at armi (at) muscleforlife (dot) com and he’ll work with you. Thanks!

  • LK

    Whaaaaatt? My two favorites in one place? Bret has helped me so much with my glutes. I found TLS and this site recently and am happy to see that you advocate hip thrusts as well. Thanks for this Mike!

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