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MFL Podcast 38: How to prevent and overcome setbacks due to sickness, injury, time off, etc

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MFL Podcast 38: How to prevent and overcome setbacks due to sickness, injury, time off, etc

In this podcast I talk about how to keep your immune system strong, how to prevent overtraining and injury, how to keep from losing motivation when you have to take time off, and more…

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  • Michael Matthews

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  • Tiffany

    Mike, have you ever heard of getting headaches after back day? I used to get headaches maybe once every two weeks but now it’s almost religiously the day after back day. I’ve decreased the weight thinking that maybe I was straining to much, same thing and I don’t feel challenged . I’ve done some foam rolling on my upper back which seems to help with the intensity of the headache. I don’t feel any pain while I’m doing the work out just a head ache the day after so I’m thinking maybe it’s a blood flow thing? Have you ever heard of anything like this?

    • Michael Matthews

      Not necessarily but it sounds like it’s muscular. I’ve run into this with incline pressing–muscles getting pissed off and causing discomfort.

      Massage/foam rolling can help and Tiger Balm helps me a lot too.

  • LifeForMuscle

    hi mike! i love your podcast i listen to them on the way home from school.

    1) however i have a question and i am scared it will interfere with my gains im doing 5 days a week workout just like you said but the workout each day takes no less than 1 hour and 15 minutes.NO LESS. im really scared it will interfere with my gains because i heard long workouts would interfere with my muscle gain. HELP!

    2) another question i would love to ask is that you said we have to do abs 3x a week and calves 3x a week. its mathematically impossible to organize these in a 5 day workout with 1 day rest between each muscle(hope you understood) how do you plan these in your workout thanks!

    please answer them in number forms thanks!

    thanks again mike you are the best!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks!

      1. The length isn’t so much the issue but how much you’re doing in those workouts could be a problem if you’re just doing too much.

      2. You can drop one or the other to 2 x per week.

      • LifeForMuscle

        i warm up which takes upto 15 minute!

        for my workout lets say chest day i do 9 heavy sets with 2 and half minute rest between each set

        then i would do abs 6-9 circuits 2 and half minute rest in between

        after that i would workout my grip 3 sets 1 minute rest in between

        that is a one day example of my 5 day routine ;). i follow your instructions carefully and precisely as much as i can. next week i will start cutting for a month then post my transformation on your website 😀 be ready!

        just other question. you mentioned in you bigger leaner stronger book that every 8 weeks of training i should take A FULL WEEK REST. do you still agree to this cause i dont want to rest for a whole week 🙁 unless i have to . it would be the most boring week in my life!

        many thanks mike!

        • Cool you’re doing it right.

          Yeah every 8-10 weeks you’ll want to take at least 3-4 additional days off the weights. Some guys like to rest through Weds and then do an upper on Thurs and lower on Fri and then resume their normal schedule the next week.

          • LifeForMuscle

            Thanks for the fast reply I will sure do that!

            Thanks a lot mike!

          • YW!

      • LifeForMuscle

        i warm up which takes upto 15 minute!

        for my workout lets say chest day i do 9 heavy sets with 2 and half minute rest between each set

        then i would do abs 6-9 circuits 2 and half minute rest in between

        after that i would workout my grip 3 sets 1 minute rest in between

        that is a one day example of my 5 day routine ;). i follow your instructions carefully and precisely as much as i can. next week i will start cutting for a month then post my transformation on your website 😀 be ready!

        just other question. you mentioned in you bigger leaner stronger book that every 8 weeks of training i should take A FULL WEEK REST. do you still agree to this cause i dont want to rest for a whole week 🙁 unless i have to . it would be the most boring week in my life!

        many thanks mike!

      • LifeForMuscle

        i warm up which takes upto 15 minute!

        for my workout lets say chest day i do 9 heavy sets with 2 and half minute rest between each set

        then i would do abs 6-9 circuits 2 and half minute rest in between

        after that i would workout my grip 3 sets 1 minute rest in between

        that is a one day example of my 5 day routine ;). i follow your instructions carefully and precisely as much as i can. next week i will start cutting for a month then post my transformation on your website 😀 be ready!

        just other question. you mentioned in you bigger leaner stronger book that every 8 weeks of training i should take A FULL WEEK REST. do you still agree to this cause i dont want to rest for a whole week 🙁 unless i have to . it would be the most boring week in my life!

        many thanks mike!

      • LifeForMuscle

        i warm up which takes upto 15 minute!

        for my workout lets say chest day i do 9 heavy sets with 2 and half minute rest between each set

        then i would do abs 6-9 circuits 2 and half minute rest in between

        after that i would workout my grip 3 sets 1 minute rest in between

        that is a one day example of my 5 day routine ;). i follow your instructions carefully and precisely as much as i can. next week i will start cutting for a month then post my transformation on your website 😀 be ready!

        just other question. you mentioned in you bigger leaner stronger book that every 8 weeks of training i should take A FULL WEEK REST. do you still agree to this cause i dont want to rest for a whole week 🙁 unless i have to . it would be the most boring week in my life!

        many thanks mike!

  • Seth

    Hi MIke,

    Who was the third name you mentioned in the Podcast for assistance with proper form videos? I heard Bodybuilding.com. and Rippetoe but couldn’t make out the third. Also, next time the wife asks if I’m going to the gym, will say, “Nah, going to ‘piss off my muscles’!” Love it!

    Thanks,
    Seth

  • Mar

    Hi thanks for these podcasts. You mentioned an article you wrote about body set point, meaning the bf% a person’s body is naturally comfortable at. I can’t seem to find it..have a link? Thanks!

  • JD

    Thanks for the podcasts. I have a recurring back injury that has flared up and will be taking some time off. I am in a surplus right now – should I reduce my cals to maintenance until I get back in the gym or continue the bulk? Only problem is I don’t know how long I’ll be out. Could be a week or could be a month. Thanks.

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