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The Top 10 MFL Articles and Podcasts of 2018

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The Top 10 MFL Articles and Podcasts of 2018

In 2018, my team and I published 72 articles here on Muscle for Life (and another 90 over at Legion’s blog) and 152 podcast episodes on The Muscle for Life Podcast.

That was a bit less content than I planned on creating this year, but I have good excuses, damnit!

First, I went full hermit for a couple months and wrote (and recorded audiobooks for) three new books:

  1. The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation
  2. Third editions of my books for men (Bigger Leaner Stronger) and women (Thinner Leaner Stronger)

And the results have me purring like a dog that just ate a happy cat.

The Little Black Book was published on August 30th, 2018 and is already approaching 30,000 copies sold, and PARDON THE GRANDIOSITY, but I want BLS and TLS 3.0 to go down as the greatest fitness books ever written.

While that may or may not happen, they’re the absolute best fitness books I’m currently capable of writing, so I can’t wait to get feedback from readers. They’ll be available in the next couple months, so keep them grapes peeled.

Second, well, I guess that’s my only good excuse, actually. And yes no I didn’t couch that as an excuse so I could shamelessly plug my new books.

Anyway, this is the information you crave, I know.

MOVING ON . . .

. . . to a list of the 10 most popular Muscle for Life articles, podcasts, and videos of 2018.

If you’re a regular around these parts, you’ve probably read or listened to at least some of these guys already, but who knows, maybe now’s the perfect time to peruse them again? Don’t disagree with me.

As expected, most of the winners are about building muscle and losing fat and some were predictable, but there were a few surprises as well.

Enjoy!

The Top 10 Muscle for Life Articles & Podcasts of 2018

Here are the top 10 articles for 2018:

  1. The 12 Best Science-Based Strength Training Programs for Gaining Muscle and Strength
  2. 3 Science-Backed Leg Workouts for More Hypertrophy, Power, and Strength
  3. The Best Chest Workouts for Building Awesome Pecs (According to Science)
  4. How Fast You Lose Muscle When You Stop Working Out
  5. How Much Muscle Can You Build Naturally? (With a Calculator)
  6. Why CBD Oil Is Basically a Scam
  7. 3 Science-Backed Arm Workouts for More Hypertrophy, Power, and Strength
  8. The Definitive Guide to the Romanian Deadlift (and the Best Variations!)
  9. My Daily 10-Minute Yoga Routine for Better and Safer Workouts
  10. I Took A Cold Shower (Almost) Every Day for a Year. Here’s What Happened.

And here are the top 10 podcasts:

  1. Marc Perry on How to Stay Super Lean Year Round (Without Hating Your Life)
  2. How to Safely and Healthily Lose Weight Fast
  3. Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Bench and Overhead Press
  4. How to Change Your Body Weight Set Point
  5. The Top 5 Proven Ways to Build Muscle Faster
  6. Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Deadlift
  7. Research Review: What’s the Best Rep Range for Building Muscle?
  8. Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Squat
  9. How to Successfully Clean Bulk In 6 Simple Steps
  10. Getting Super Lean, Strength Training, Book Publishing, and More with Ben Pakulski

And if all that isn’t enough to get you to click something, here are a bunch of words to make you rethink your inaction . . .

The 12 Best Science-Based Strength Training Programs for Gaining Muscle and Strength

I get emails from lifters every day asking me to critique their strength programs, and most are simply overthinking the matter.

At bottom, strength training is a simple concept: you repeatedly lift heavy weights to progressively overload your muscles and thereby increase your whole-body strength over time.

That’s how all of the time-proven strength programs work, so whether you’re following Starting Strength, Wendler 5/3/1, Bigger Leaner Stronger, or Thinner Leaner Stronger, you’ll be focusing on using lower reps, heavier weights, and compound exercises to get stronger and stronger.

Which you pick largely boils down to personal preference, how much time you have to train, and what your goals are, but no matter what your situation, this article has a program for you.

It teaches you . . .  

  • The fundamental principles of effective strength training
  • How strength training stacks up against traditional bodybuilding
  • What makes for good and bad strength training programs
  • Why and how to find your one-rep maxes for key lifts
  • How to follow the 12 best strength training programs out there
  • And more!

Click here to check it out:

The 12 Best Science-Based Strength Training Programs for Gaining Muscle and Strength

(Pro Tip: I’ll be continuously updating this article with new information, programs, and graphics, so it’s a good idea to bookmark it for future reference.)

3 Science-Backed Leg Workouts for More Hypertrophy, Power, and Strength

I’m happy this article made the top 10.

Why?

Because it tells me there’s hope for this world.

That maybe one day, if someone is unable to squat their bodyweight for reps, they’ll be viciously “strength shamed” by their peers until they sort themselves out and get good with a barbell.

I wrote this article in service to that great vision. I wrote this article to help make leg training great again.

Jokes aside, if you want bigger, stronger, more powerful legs, this article is for you.

It teaches you . . .  

  • What muscles you need to train to fully and properly develop your lower body
  • The three most important rules for effective lower body training
  • The eight best leg exercises (and how to do them!)
  • How to build a lower body workout routine that will help you reach your goals faster
  • And more.

And at the end, you’ll find a pre-made 12-week leg training program along with tips on how to best combine it with your upper body training.

Here’s the article:  

3 Science-Backed Leg Workouts for More Hypertrophy, Power, and Strength

The Best Chest Workouts for Building Awesome Pecs (According to Science)

I’m not surprised this article did well because let’s face it: awesome pecs are awesome.

They’re also a sonovabitch to fully develop, mostly because in the beginning, they’re one of the weaker and more pathetic major muscle groups in our bodies.

That’s why it takes most guys 3 to 5 years of dedicated pressing to build the chest they really want.

And as for gals, well, most of the women I’ve worked with don’t particularly want a “muscular chest” and therefore skip pressing altogether.

What they’re missing, though, is that a “muscular” chest on a woman looks nothing like one on a man. It simply adds tone, shape, and “perkiness” to the entire area, which most women would gladly welcome.

So this article is for everyone who wants bigger and better boobs.

In it, you’re going to learn . . .

  • The “parts” of the pecs and how to train them effectively
  • The three biggest chest training mistakes people make (you’re probably doing #2)
  • The three rules of chest training that you must follow to make progress
  • The 10 best chest exercises for building a bigger, stronger chest
  • And more.

At the end, you’ll also get three ready-made chest workout routines that you can immediately put to use in the gym.

Here’s the article:

The Best Chest Workouts for Building Awesome Pecs (According to Science)

How Fast You Lose Muscle When You Stop Working Out

Every day or two I hear from someone dreading a week or two off the weights because they’re afraid of hemorrhaging lean mass.

And I understand. I used to worry about the same thing. Hell, I used to think that failing to eat protein every few hours could cause muscle loss.

I now know better, though. Fortunately, you won’t lose muscle nearly as easily as you might think.

As you’ll learn in this article, the reality is that yes, you can lose muscle and strength when you stop lifting weights, but it takes a lot more time off to see significant losses than many believe.

In it, you’re going to learn . . .

  • How long it really takes to lose muscle and strength when you stop lifting weights
  • How to boost muscle retention when you take time off
  • What to expect when you get back in the swing of things

Oh, and you’ll also learn why it’s easier to regain muscle you’ve lost than it is to build it in the first place.

Here’s the article:

How Fast You Lose Muscle When You Stop Working Out

How Much Muscle Can You Build Naturally? (With a Calculator)

I was just over 6 feet tall and 155 pounds when I started lifting weights.

Now, 15 years later, I hover around 195 at 10% body fat and occasionally cut down to the 7% level to take vainglorious selfies like this:

 

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I was about 15% body fat when I started lifting, so that means I’ve gained around 40 pounds of muscle so far.

According to deranged fitness influencer standards, my progress is pitiful compared to where I “should” be given the amount of time I’ve put in the gym. I “should” be comfortably sitting in the low- to mid-200s and eating whatever I want off my washboard stomach.

And according to effeminate soy-based standards, the only reason I’ve been able to get this far is my toxically hypermasculine genetics.

The truth is, both of these perceptions are wrong.

Most men with average genetics can gain 40 to 50 pounds of muscle in their lifetimes (and most women with average genetics can gain about half of that).

And what about you?

Well, although it’s impossible to precisely predict how much muscle you can build, there are several research-backed formulas that can give you a fairly accurate estimate of your genetic potential for whole-body muscularity.

That’s what this article is all about.

In it, you’re going to learn . . .

  • The key factors that determine how much muscle you can build naturally
  • The four most popular formulas for predicting your muscle-building potential
  • How to calculate your genetic ceiling for muscle growth
  • The five most important things you can do to achieve your genetic peak
  • And more.

Here’s the article:

How Much Muscle Can You Build Naturally? (With a Calculator)

Why CBD Oil Is Basically a Scam

I knew this article would bring the torches and pitchforks, but I’m motherfucking Frankenstein, so why should I care?

Real-talk though, CBD-containing products are hotter than the devil’s dick right now despite the deafening absence of reliable information about their effectiveness and safety.

Purported benefits include alleviating anxiety, addiction, and epilepsy, accelerating post-workout recovery, curing chronic pain and even cancer, and helping with many other psychological and physiological conditions and ailments.

On the other hand, CBD isn’t without detractors who claim that it’s an unproven, understudied, and potentially dangerous new health fad.

Who’s right?

Well, the surprising and disturbing answer is we don’t really know.

As you’ll learn in this article, the best available scientific evidence shows that CBD may help slightly reduce pain and counter the symptoms of two rare diseases, but that’s it.

What’s more, there are also serious and credible health concerns surrounding the quality, purity, and long-term effects of CBD.

In this article, you’re going to learn . . .

  • What CBD is
  • Why it’s in everything from sports drinks to sex lube
  • What science says about its effects on pain, anxiety, drug addiction, and other ailments
  • How safe it really is
  • The best alternatives to CBD
  • And more.

Here’s the article:

Why CBD Oil Is Basically a Scam

3 Science-Backed Arm Workouts for More Hypertrophy, Power, and Strength

According to the natural laws of lifting, if you don’t have big arms, you’re small.

And if you have big arms, you’re jacked no matter how frail the rest of your physique might be.

Thus, it’s good to have big arms. It’s also easier said than done.

Some people say the key to getting big biceps and triceps is getting really strong on compound movements like the bench press, deadlift, and overhead press.

Others say that’s all well and good but you’ll never be able to give out tickets to the gun show without training your arms directly with staples like curls, extensions, and the like.

And the most pessimistic out there say that the “secret” to transforming noodles into pythons lies mostly in genetics, and if you don’t have the DNA, you’re kinda SOL.

The good news is this:

While some people gain size in their arms faster than others, everyone can get swole bis and tris.

This article will teach you how. In it, you’re going to learn . . .

  • The muscles you should focus on training to get bigger arms
  • The three most important rules of arm training
  • The nine best arm exercises for building bigger, stronger, more powerful arms
  • And more.

At the end, you’ll also get three ready-made arm workout routines that you can immediately put to use in the gym.

Here’s the article:

3 Science-Backed Arm Workouts for More Hypertrophy, Power, and Strength

The Definitive Guide to the Romanian Deadlift (and the Best Variations!)

The Romanian deadlift is an exercise that will make you sexier.

It develops your hamstrings, glutes, spinal erectors, lats, and even your forearms, yet very few people do it.

Why?

Mostly the withering effects of postmodern moral relativism and cultural Marxism, duh.

Aside from that, the Romanian deadlift looks like a lazy or downright dangerous version of the regular deadlift, so many people avoid it. Many people don’t even know about it, either, or how to do it properly.

This article is the antidote. To all of the above. Long live the patriarchy!

In it, you’ll learn . . .

  • What the Romanian deadlift is (and how it got its name)
  • Why it’s such an effective lower body exercise
  • How it differs from other kinds of deadlifts
  • How to Romanian deadlift in three simple steps
  • Five ways to improve your Romanian deadlift
  • And more.

And last but not least, you’re also going to get a simple and effective Romanian deadlift workout that you can start using today.

Here’s the article:

The Definitive Guide to the Romanian Deadlift (and the Best Variations!)

My Daily 10-Minute Yoga Routine for Better and Safer Workouts

My first 7 or so years of weightlifting were a bit of a wash because I didn’t have a damn clue what I was doing.

There was very little heavy lifting, very few compound exercises, and almost no progressive overload.

The last 7 or so years have been on-target, though, and I started to notice something a year or so ago:

I was lacking proper mobility in various ways and in my shoulders and hips in particular.

This is not only annoying but it can also get in the way of progress and increase the risk of injury.

So I decided to do something about it: yoga.

I took classes for a few weeks but didn’t want the bodyweight training, just the stretching, so I turned my favorite yoga poses into two simple routines that take just 10 minutes per day. They address the most common joint and muscular problems us weightlifters run into.

I’ve been doing these routines for about six months now, and the results have been outstanding.

The right side of my body is looser, my right knee no longer hurts after heavy squats, my left SI joint rarely makes noise, and I haven’t heard a peep from my lower back.

This means I’ve been able to enjoy my big lifts again and not have to worry about getting hurt, and this has translated into better numbers and faster progress.

I think it will do the same for you. Here’s the article:

My Daily 10-Minute Yoga Routine for Better and Safer Workouts

I Took A Cold Shower (Almost) Every Day for a Year. Here’s What Happened.

Cold showers have become the biohack-du-jour that has “everybody” talking.

A cold shower a day, we’re told, can not only help keep the doctor away, but fundamentally transform and elevate our physical and astral bodies.

Sounds too good to be true, of course, but is it?

Like most people, I first heard about intentionally exposing yourself to extreme cold as Wim Hof’s story began making the rounds on the Interwebz a few years ago.

I found the information intriguing and figured what the hell, I’ll give it a go.

I started every day with a 3-minute cold shower and have continued that ritual for about 18 months now (a year when I wrote this article).

In this article, I share what I’ve gotten out of the experience, as well as what science has to say about the effects of cold exposure.

Here it is:

I Took A Cold Shower (Almost) Every Day for a Year. Here’s What Happened.

Marc Perry on How to Stay Super Lean Year Round (Without Hating Your Life)

Once you understand the mechanics proper dieting, getting lean isn’t all that difficult.

Sure, it’s never easy in the way that gaining weight is easy, but most of us can soldier through a couple months of cutting to get some abs for the summer.

The real challenge is staying lean. For the long haul. And without developing a full-blown eating disorder or other psychological condition.

That’s why I invited my friend Marc Perry on the podcast. He’s the founder of www.builtlean.com, and when it comes to staying absolutely shredded month after month, year after year, he walks the walk. He also manages to do it without losing his mind, which makes it all the more impressive.

In this show, you’ll learn about the habits, systems, and skills Marc has developed to stay ripped. Here’s a little sneak peek of what you’ll learn in this interview:

  • The things you do and don’t have to sacrifice to stay really lean
  • What kind of exercise schedule it takes
  • How much you can get away with “cheating” before it becomes a problem
  • What you can expect to eat in terms of calories and macros
  • The best ways to keep hunger under control throughout the day
  • How to manage eating out at restaurants
  • And more.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

Marc Perry on How to Stay Super Lean Year Round (Without Hating Your Life)

How to Safely and Healthily Lose Weight Fast

Whether you have a lot or a little fat to lose, the sooner it’s over, the better.

You have to be careful what you wish for, though, because if you go about it incorrectly—like most people do—you may just wind up skinny fat.

In other words, if you do what most people do—starve yourself and do a bunch of cardio—you’ll lose weight alright, but you’re probably not going to be happy with what you see in the mirror.

The reason for this is most rapid weight loss protocols are essentially “crash diets” that burn just as much muscle as fat, which ruins your body composition.

The goal, then, isn’t to lose weight as quickly as possible, but to lose fat and not muscle as quickly as possible.

That’s how you get lean, toned, and defined, not skinny, flabby, and weak.

And when that’s the goal, you have to do things very differently. The good news, though, is the better way is also easier than you probably think.

That’s right, once you know what you’re doing, you can not only lose fat (and not muscle) rapidly, but you can do it without suffering. In fact, you can even enjoy the process.

That’s what you’re going to learn in this podcast.

  • You’re going to learn the 3 worst mistakes people make that stop fat loss in its tracks.
  • You’re going to learn the simple rule for determining how fast you can lose weight without losing muscle.
  • You’re going to learn the five steps you need to follow to lose fat and not muscle as quickly as possible.

And then you’re going to get a proven diet and exercise plan that you can start today and see real results within your first week.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

How to Safely and Healthily Lose Weight Fast

Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Bench and Overhead Press

In this episode, I speak with the grandfather of barbell training, Mark Rippetoe, who has given us many a great things, including books that everyone should read, Starting Strength and Practical Programming.

I’m a fan of Mark and his work, of course, because nobody has done more to promote, teach, and defend barbell training than Rip, and also because of his peppery personality, which always makes for a fun conversation.

This interview is the third in a three-part series I did with Mark on how to properly perform the “big three” compounds lifts—the squat, bench press, and deadlift.

In it, we talk about two of the most effective upper body exercises you can do for gaining strength and size: the bench press and overhead press. It’s not a stretch to say that the stronger you get on these two exercises, the happier you’re going to be with how you look above the waist.  

There are a number of factors beyond your control that influence how well you can bench and overhead press—your limb lengths, bone structure, height, and so forth—but there are also many things that you can control, like your technique and training methods, and these are what you’re going to learn about in this podcast with Mark.

Whether you’re new to the bench and overhead press or trying to add a few more pounds to your powerlifting totals, I think you’re going to find this talk helpful, because we discuss a number of common questions like . . .

  • Should you do incline bench press if you’re already doing bench press?
  • Should you do wide- or close-grip bench press?
  • Should you arch your back a lot, a little, or none at all while benching?
  • Should you do seated or standing overhead press?
  • Should you do overhead or military press?

The bottom line is by the end of this interview, you’re going to know more about bench and overhead pressing than 90% of the people in your gym, including the trainers.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Bench and Overhead Press

How to Change Your Body Weight Set Point

There’s no denying the fact that people’s body weight tends to remain settled in certain ranges over long periods of time.

There’s also no denying that “dieting” simply doesn’t work for most people. Sure, they can lose weight, but many regain it all once they stop the diet.

And to add a cherry of hopelessness on top, we’re also often told that exercise kind of sucks for weight loss too.

What are we to do, then? Accept whatever body weight nature and our environment has given us? Is there really no effective way to achieve and maintain an ideal body weight for the long term?

Well, there’s a counterpoint to the above research: evidence that about 20% of overweight people successfully reduce their body weight by at least 10%, and then maintain their new weight for at least 1 year.

What’s going on here?

What’s going on is a result of people’s body weight set points, which are very real and can either work for or against you in your quest to get and stay lean.

In this episode, you’re going to learn why your body weight has “settled” to its current level, why it’s a pain in the ass to reduce your “default” weight, and how to actually do it.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

 

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

How to Change Your Body Weight Set Point

The Top 5 Proven Ways to Build Muscle Faster

“You have to change up your workouts more.”

“You have to eat more protein.”

“You have to increase your time under tension.”

“You have to use more/less weight in your training.”

If you’re looking for advice on building muscle, you’ve probably heard plenty of one-liners like those.

If you keep looking, you’ll hear a lot more. And, after it all, you’ll probably wind up like most people–confused, frustrated, and overwhelmed by a sea of contradictory tips, “hacks,” strategies, and shortcuts, with no idea who to believe and what to do next.

Well, I have good news for you:

Out of all the possible things you could know about diet and training, 20% are going to give you 80%+ of your results.

In fact, I’d go as far as saying that the average person looking to build a lean, muscular, strong physique can learn everything they need to know in 7 to 8 hours of reading. (And that’s what I try to provide in my books.)

Don’t get me wrong–I’m all for continuing to learn and improve, but if you don’t manage your “information flow” properly, you can easily fall into the trap of “analysis by paralysis.”

So, this episode isn’t going to teach you everything you need to know, but it’s going to give you a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of muscle building. Put these five principles into use and you will see results.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

The Top 5 Proven Ways to Build Muscle Faster

Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Deadlift

This episode is the second in a three-part series I did with Mark on how to properly perform the “big three” compounds lifts—the squat, bench press, and deadlift.

This time around, we talk about the deadlift and its many subtleties and variations.

Whether you’re new to the deadlift or an old hand looking to up your game, I think you’re going to find today’s talk helpful, because we discuss a number of common questions like…

  • Should you sumo, trap-bar, or conventional deadlift?
  • Should you deadlift with a mixed grip, hook grip, or double-overhand grip?
  • Should you use a belt?
  • Should you round your upper back?
  • What are the best cues?
  • The bottom line is by the end of this interview, you’re going to know more about deadlifting than 90% of the people in your gym, including the trainers.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Deadlift

Research Review: What’s the Best Rep Range for Building Muscle?

Rep ranges and muscle building is a controversial topic.

Some people believe that you can maximize muscle building by training with high reps and light weights (<60% of your one-rep max), others believe you should train with low reps and heavier weights (80+% of your one-rep max), and others still believe you should do both.

Who’s right?

That’s what James Krieger and several other researchers wanted to find out in a meta-analysis that was just published just this year in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

They combed through 21 different studies that compared how training with heavier or lighter weights affected muscle and strength gains, and in this episode, James breaks down exactly what they found and how to use it to optimize your programming and ultimately your muscle and strength gain.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

Research Review: What’s the Best Rep Range for Building Muscle?

Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Squat

This episode is the first in a three-part series I did with Mark on how to properly perform the “big three” compounds lifts—the squat, bench press, and deadlift.

In this interview, we talk the squat, an exercise Mark kinda likes. In fact, he says that there are few things graven in stone, except that you have to squat or you’re a pussy.

And whether you agree or not, I think you’re going to find today’s talk helpful. You can find the basics of good squatting in Mark’s book Starting Strength, but once you get some experience under your belt, you begin to wonder how to optimize the movement.

For instance, you’re probably wondering . . .

  • Should you high- or low-bar squat?
  • Should you squat with a narrow or wide stance?
  • Should you use paused reps?
  • Should you use weightlifting shoes?
  • What are the best cues?

In this episode, Mark is going to answer all of those questions and more. By the end, you’ll know more about squatting than 90% of the people in your gym, including the trainers.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

Mark Rippetoe on the Right (and Wrong) Ways to Squat

How to Successfully Clean Bulk In 6 Simple Steps

Bulking is a controversial topic.

Some say it’s the only way to gain muscle effectively, and others say it’s a relic of the Dark Ages of bodybuilding.

“You gotta eat big to get big,” the former say.

“No,” the latter reply, “you just have to eat right.”

That is, traditional bulking maintains that, to achieve maximum muscle growth, you should do whatever it takes to cram down thousands of calories per day (GOMAD, for example), and accept rapid fat gain as a price to be paid.

Followers of the new philosophy, however, say that you don’t have to eat a large surplus of food and gain a large amount of body fat to build muscle effectively.

If you train right, and ensure you’re recovering adequately, they claim, you don’t need to cudgel your body with calories to grow.

Who’s right? Well, both are.

Old-school bulkers are correct in that you need to eat more food than usual to build muscle efficiently, and new-schoolers are correct in that ballooning your body fat percentage is not only unnecessary for muscle building, but detrimental.

There’s a sweet spot in the middle, which is where clean bulking enters the picture.

It marries what bodybuilders have known anecdotally for decades with what modern scientific research into muscle hypertrophy has revealed, giving you the best of both worlds.

In other words, clean bulking allows you to gain muscle as quickly as possible, without forcing you to get fat in the process.

This episode breaks it all down.

You’ll learn where “dirty bulking” misses the mark, why clean bulking works better, and how to actually go about doing it.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

How to Successfully Clean Bulk In 6 Simple Steps

Getting Super Lean, Strength Training, Book Publishing, and More with Ben Pakulski

Over the past decade or so, I’ve spent a lot of time studying five topics:

  1. How to naturally gain muscle and strength.
  2. How to lose fat quickly, efficiently, and healthily.
  3. How to write stuff that people like to read.
  4. How to sell stuff honestly and effectively.
  5. How to build brands that rise above the noise.

And in this episode of the podcast, bodybuilder Ben Pakulski picks my brain on all of them.

We talk about structuring your diet to get extremely lean, fasting, supplements for fat loss, book publishing, content marketing, and more.

Ben also steered the conversation toward some of the essential character traits that are required not just for transforming your body or bank account, but for making meaningful change in any area of your life.

For example, we discuss the value of suffering when it comes to achieving our goals, how to decide what projects are worth pursuing and which aren’t, what it takes to be the best at something, and other maybe-kinda-thought-provoking things.

Click the player below to listen in . . .

And you can check out the show notes and time stamps here:

Getting Super Lean, Strength Training, Book Publishing, and More with Ben Pakulski

That’s All for 2018, Folks

If you read and listen to these 20 articles and podcasts you’re going to know more about strength training, muscle building, and fat loss than most everyone in the gym.

Whether you’re totally new to fitness and are looking to make a fresh start this year, or are a veteran gymrat chasing that next notch in your (weightlifting) belt, you can get a lot out of these articles and podcasts.

I hope you enjoy reading and listening to everything as much as I enjoyed creating it, and there’s a lot more to come this year!

What would you like me to write about in 2019? What can I do better? Let me know in the comments below!

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