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Today’s podcast covers three lessons I learned from John Meadows who recently passed away. His death came way too soon, and I offer these tips as a tribute to my good friend.

Episode Notes

  • Lesson 1: Exercise sequencing

    • Add a stimulation/activation type exercise first.
    • Examples are hamstring curls before squats.
    • Seated cable press before DB Bench press.
    • Comes down to how it feels, your goals, and your performance.
    • After the main movement for strength, add a more pump-focused exercise and go closer to failure.
    • I typically program that way in terms of volume accumulation/strength and then accessory work.
  • Lesson 2: Bracket nutrition around training or during your session
    • Research is split at best and while I don’t think it is a make or break, I have consistently better HRV the next day consuming some carbs just before training or during the session. I’ve done that experiment on myself off and on more than a dozen times and with clients.
    • John was a fan of getting calories before, during, and after.
    • Get more critical when overall calories are lower.
  • Lesson 3: Experiment and try things
    • Research can guide you but test things on yourself.
    • Have some way to measure it.
    • John would say “I may not be the most up to date on the science, but in my 30 years of doing this, I have found that X works well”
    • Research points the direction. Me-search provides the answers (n=1) -Sean Casey

Thank you, John, God Bless and Rest In Peace. You are missed.

Rock on!

Dr. Mike T Nelson

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Dr. Mike T Nelson

Dr. Mike T Nelson

PhD, MSME, CISSN, CSCS Carrick Institute Adjunct Professor Dr. Mike T. Nelson has spent 18 years of his life learning how the human body works, specifically focusing on how to properly condition it to burn fat and become stronger, more flexible, and healthier. He’s has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, a BA in Natural Science, and an MS in Biomechanics. He’s an adjunct professor and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He’s been called in to share his techniques with top government agencies. The techniques he’s developed and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe.

  • PhD in Exercise Physiology
  • BA in Natural Science
  • MS in Biomechanics
  • Adjunct Professor in Human
  • Performance for Carrick Institute for Functional Neurology
  • Adjunct Professor and Member of American College of Sports Medicine
  • Instructor at Broadview University
  • Professional Nutritional
  • Member of the American Society for Nutrition
  • Professional Sports Nutrition
  • Member of the International Society for Sports Nutrition
  • Professional NSCA Member
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