02 Sep Dr. Mike Israetel – Scientific Principles of Strength Training

(#136) Dr. Mike Israetel, co-author of Scientific Principles of Strength Training, is this week’s podcast guest.

Dr. Mike Israetel is a true “strength scientist,” athlete, and one of the most brilliant minds in the fitness industry.

He co-authored an AMAZING new book that is a “must have” for the serious strength athlete – Scientific Principles of Strength Training.

Mike is a college professor in Exercise Science and has coached many athletes including powerlifters, weightlifters, bodybuilders, and others to maximize training and nutrition benefits.

His athletic background is that of a completive powerlifter, bodybuilder, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappler, as you’ll hear about in this interview.

This is an awesome session and a huge honor to have Dr. Israetel join me this week – I’d take out the notepad for this one.

Here’s what you’ll learn about this week:

  • What frustrates him the MOST in the fitness industry
  • His story about how he got started in strength training
  • What he does for “cardio” to burn massive calories
  • What his current approach is to strength training
  • His first experience with “leg training”
  • What his “active recovery” phase looks like – and WHY this is important
  • How often an active recovery phase should be implemented
  • Why the NEW book “Scientific Principles of Strength Training” is different from others
  • Who the new book is written for
  • The amazing process of writing this book
  • Why the book is NOT just for Powerlifters
  • What the unique benefit of the book is
  • MRV – Maximum Recoverable Volume – what is it and how do we use it?
  • The major problem with “programming”
  • Key advice for program selection
  • Why it’s important to finish programs!!!
  • Strength and work capacity – understanding this relationship
  • A quick discussion on the “carb” debate – thoughts on low carbs and high performance training
  • An overview of the Renaissance Diet – what exactly is it?
  • The major priorities of the Renaissance Diet and why it works
  • What his interview with Konstantin Konstantinovs (powerlifting champion) was really like
  • Who had the greatest influence on his career
  • What was the turning point when he realized he was a “scientist”
  • The simple advice he’d give to his “younger” self
  • Where you can find Dr. Israetel to learn more
  • And, great closing advice…
Results do occur, but they occur slowly, steadily, and with plenty of hard work and attention to detail.” – Dr. Mike Israetel

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