Sustainable self-development podcast: training & nutrition

Abel Csabai interviewed me about a ton of stuff here in this hour long video podcast.


02:17: Mennos contest prep
04:56: How lean can you get without macro tracking?
09:26 – What were your goals when you got into fitness?
14:30 – When did you become an ‘innovator’ in fitness?
21:05 – The role of calories in gaining muscle and body-recomposition
26:58 – The role of nutrient timing: could it be more important than overall calories?
29:55 – Menno’s stance on deloads
33:15 – aren’t deloads necessary to prevent injury?
Rapid Fire:
40:29 – your biggest challenge so far
42:43 – what do you do in your own training that is not optimal but you do it out of personal preference?
44:19 – when did you take 2 days out of the gym on purpose?
45:05 – productivity tips
50:05 – a gym machine you wish existed
51:21 – a study design you wish existed
54:40 – investment vs consumption days
57:52 – How to bankrupt an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant…
1:00:00 – Menno’s online availability



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  1. Rikard Dahl says:

    Very helpful!

    (Would love an article on triceps training for those of use with sensitive elbows!)

  2. Anthony says:

    Awesome! Really great podcast.

  3. Matt says:

    What was the name of the diet you followed for you contest prep? I couldn’t really make out what you said.

    • It wasn’t a specific diet. I don’t follow one-size-fits-all diet programs. You may have heard ‘ad libitum dieting’, which is the name for dieting during which you don’t track your macros.

  4. Hit the nail right on the head in terms of productivity!

    People are way too scattered with what they are trying to learn that they end up being an expert in nothing.

  5. Rutten says:

    Thanks for sharing! Your research is now also reaching the not-bodybuilding adult father. It helps me to make the right choices and get a good focus on priorities. I love all your work, except your cheesecake recipe.

  6. You mentioned stress management. Could you share what you learned or tips to handle those times?

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