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MFL Podcast 73: How to avoid and break through plateaus

MFL Podcast 73: How to avoid and break through plateaus

In this podcast I talk about what it takes to keep making gains after the “newbie phase” and how to avoid getting stuck in a rut and more!


The Definitive Guide to Effective Meal Planning

The Definitive Guide to Mobility Exercises


How to Prevent Overtraining With the Deload Week

How Training to Failure Can Help You Build More Muscle

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I'm Mike and I'm the creator of Muscle for Life and Legion Athletics, and I believe that EVERYONE can achieve the body of their dreams.

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  • Ivo Naves


    Congrats for such an excellent podcast!
    I’ve been reading your blog, books etc for months and this podcast was extremely didactic. It killed so many doubts I’ve gotten as my newbie gains are finishing.

    • Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying everything, and I’m happy it handled some doubts you had. 🙂

      Definitely keep me posted on your progress and write anytime if you have any questions or run into any difficulties. I’m always happy to help.

  • Daniel

    Hey mike,

    You mention in the podcast that anyone just starting out should focus on building muscle for around 3 years instead of trying to get ripped and aesthetic. I started my first bulk pretty lean so does this mean I should do a continuous 3 year bulk or still incorporate cuts?

    Thanks in advance

    • BC


      I bet Mike would say this: Bulk per the guidelines (slight calorie surplus) to 14-15% body fat and then cut back down to a leaner ~10% restore your insulin sensitivity/help setup for another bulk (if necessary). Otherwise you can maintain or take yourself lower if you’re happy with lean mass.

    • You’d incorporate cuts as necessary. I don’t recommend bulking passed 15-17% BF. Check this out:



  • James

    Hey mike. Have you ever seen any of vegan gains channel on YouTube? He seems to think any meat (not just processed and red meat) will lead to an earlier death and more chance of cancer. What’s your opinion? I recently read you article on procecseed meat also

  • Matthew Linder

    Mike, I’ve been following you for quite a while. You’re one of the guys whose opinion I really respect and whose advice I trust. I don’t listen to all your podcasts, but I just have to say that this one really hit home with me. This is exactly where i’m at. Stuck in a rut and you just hit on so many good points in this podcast I just wanted to say that.

    P.S. I totally related to your story about your friend and how his diet falls apart on the weekend! (that was me, but no more!)

    • I appreciate your support Matt! Glad to hear you enjoyed the podcast.

      Haha good! Don’t be like him. 😉

  • Shamir Alvis

    Hey mike,

    What do you think about reading books whilst on an exercise bike?

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