StrongCast Radio: The Bayesian Bodybuilding Method

Vid from StrongCast Radio interviewed Menno Henselmans about what sets the Bayesian Bodybuilding apart.


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Overview with time stamps

  • A quick breakdown of who Menno is, and a rough intro to the Bayesian Bodybuilding approach – 3:00
  • How and why Menno first got into the gym – 5:30
  • The mistakes which he made early on in his training – 8:00
  • At which point he started taking a more evidence-based approach to his training – 10:00
  • An in-depth breakdown of the hallmark factors of Bayesian Bodybuilding – 12:00
  • Explaining what’s neccesary to achieve elusive goal of gaining muscle while losing fat concurrently – 23:30
  • Figureing out your individual anabolic windows and how to take advantage of them – 30:00
  • Menno constructs a sample plan for an ‘avatar’ example – 40:00
  • The pitfalls many people face simply due to psychologicla factors – 50:00
  • The “Quick Questions” begin – 1:01:00



  1. Jan Smith says:

    Great overview. It was interesting to hear your humble beginnings. Looking forward to starting your course.

  2. zäck says:

    Where did you get all your knowledge about fitness without studying exercise science?

    Did you all learn it by yourself?

  3. alex markov says:

    So much wisdom for free – thanks for sharing!

  4. Toro Do says:

    Great interview as always. I have 1.5 question: what is wrong with fasted training (it wasn’t clear from the interview)? To neglect the negative impact, would taking simple carbs (and no protein) be sufficient? Thanks in advance!

  5. Jordan says:

    Really enjoyed this episode, specifically about the nutrient timing aspects.
    Couple of Q’s.
    The differences in the MPS ‘window’ you mention in trained vs untrained – does it still peak at the same time for both groups, and just drop off sooner the more advanced you become, or is the whole fractional synthetic rate vastly different?

    If someone were a beginner (3 years training) training 2-3 times per week, could they still see benefits from applying some of the timing principles you suggest; such as incorporating more nutrients in the pre/post workout periods, and reducing overall calories further away from training?

    • The whole time-curve of MPS shifts, not just the peak. A beginner needn’t worry about this much yet, but after 3 years of training you shouldn’t be a beginner anymore if you were things remotely right.

  6. Toro Do says:

    Quick question: what is the minimum leucine threshold in your humble opinion? I see studies mentioned by Layne Norton that advocate ~3g, while Stuart Phillips think it is much less.

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