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Iron Radio Episode 607 3 Must See Fitness Places 2021

*from www.ironradio.org With hopes for society slowly starting to resemble something like normal in mid-2021, the guys offer their top three fitness places or events to go see. Powerlifting, bodybuilding, and sports nutrition locations all get attention. Each of these will inform and inspire...
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Top 3 Lifting Lessons

Happy 2021! Wahoo, you made it through 2020. Today I was thinking back to my time in Costa Rica exactly one year ago. I was there helping to run an acute study to see what happens when you pound meatheads with lots and lots...
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Iron Radio Episode 606 Past Predictions for 2020 – Were We Right?

New Episode of Iron Radio Post Christmas edition where we check in on our past predictions for this year. Tune in to see if we were accurate or totally missed the mark. >> Ep 606 of Iron Radio << Listen in After covering some health science...
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Carb Cycling Chaos

It appears a few people on el internet were upset as they thought I was dissing on carb cycling via my article on metabolic confusion. Nope. I actually do like carb cycling for more advanced clients. The benefits from it are not from “metabolic...
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Metabolic Confusion

Yes, that is the name of the latest nutrition fad it appears. Someone raised Joe Weirder from the dead, and asked him to profess the next nutritional craze! Here’s how one article describes it: “Creating metabolic confusion through carb cycling is the best way...
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Make Mad Gainz with Intrinsic Recovery Via Physiologic Flexibility

Normally when the term “recovery” comes up, you think about sleep, proper nutrition, maybe even some light movement to get the ole blood moving. Those are all great and essential for sure, but what else can you do to further promote recovery? There are...
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Professor Heather MacDonald, Egghead Meathead on Iron Radio Episode 604

*from www.ironradio.org Join a discussion with university professor, strongwoman competitor, and Highland Games athlete Heather MacDonald! Topics range from being an elite or pro-female in these sports to post-college strength training for competition, to work-life balance, especially in academia. Also, sincere thanks to strong...
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The SINGLE Intervention to GainZ? (hint – it is green)

As you know, the wonderful wifey Jodie and I recently spent 5 weeks in S. Padre TX kiteboarding (when there was wind), working, and hanging out in the warm weather. Each morning I would get up and, after doing my HRV measurement along with...
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Physiologic Reserve, Nasal Breathing, Stress, and more

Today I have a special treat for you. Recently I did the Rebel Performance podcast hosted by my buddy James Cerbie. On the podcast I was joined by the one and only Dr Doctor Tommy Wood – aka the CSO – Chief Snake Officer at the...
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Meat Meat Meat – Iron Radio Episode 603

This week on Iron radio, Dr. Lonnie, Phil, and I chatted about health science news on vitamin D and then all things MEAT! >> Meat Meat and More Meat << Listen in! Join caveman Phil Stevens, Lonnie Lowery, and myself for our: favorite types of meat...
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Keto, Head Trauma, Fasting, and Salty Water

This past week I’ve been up to my eye-holes in more PubMed studies than you could shake a mask at. I was creating a 160 + slide PowerPoint for the new online course “Traumatic Brain Injury and the Ketogenic Diet” for the Carrick Institute....
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Episode 603 IronRadio – Meeeaaaats

Health science news on vitamin D and on safer meat cookery leads to a discussion on all things carnivorous. Join Tyrannosaur Phil Stevens, Lonnie Lowery, and Mike T Nelson for their favorite types of meat, recipes, cooking skills, nutrients, tips, and tons more. Audio...
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Episode 602 IronRadio Muscle Publications What to Look For

After some discussion on salt taxes and prescription vegetables, the intrepid trio again reflects on the evolution of muscle magazines and powerlifting publications, including what to look for. Also, sincere thanks to strong monthly supporters like Kurt, Jill, Steven, Marek, and Prasan. You are...
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#1 Turkey Day Lesson (and why people are pissed)

Each year on this day, I send out an email with a similar theme about the Holidays. And each year I get a handful of replies from people that are pissed! Why are they pissed? Hang on, and here is a story to illustrate...
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My #1 Fitness Tip For The Days You Aren’t Feeling It – Finish It

As I’m writing this, my wonderful wifey Jodie is driving as we will be back at home tonight for the first time in about 6 weeks. As you may know, we were in S, Padre TX hanging out, kiteboarding, and working too. The day...
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Why Getting Cold This Winter Is A Good Idea on the Wise Traditions Podcast

We are often insulated from our environment. In the winter, we warm our homes. In the summer, we cool them. But we may be unintentionally harming our health by not challenging our bodies to deal with the ambient temperature. A panel of experts today...
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Let’s Get Nerdy – HRV via Oura Ring

Greetings from my last night here in S. Padre TX as we start to drive home over several days tomorrow. Today, I wanted to share with you a question I get a lot on Heart Rate Variability (HRV). “Question on HRV via Oura Doc....
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Episode 601 IronRadio Work Exhaustion vs Training

Today’s health science news covers a new strength and conditioning book, body characteristics of elite strongmen, and problems with omega-6 vegetable oils. Then the guys address how they handle stressed and exhausted clients who need to perform in the gym. Also, sincere thanks to...
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Can You Hyper-Oxygenate Your Muscles?

My first “formal” experience with Wim Hoff breathing was many years ago via a good friend telling me to look into it. This was before anyone really knew who Wim was in the USA. I did what everyone does now with anything new, I...
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Episode 600 IronRadio: Then and Now

It’s episode 600! After covering a backlog of mail, reviews, and news, the intrepid triumvirate look back at how the show has changed over the years. Science topics include strength maintenance whilst dieting, nuts and weight gain, keto supplements, and problems with excessive fructose...
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True HIIT Training

This week, we have been chatting about the second system to train for increased recovery ability and to be more robust. The first system was temperature and the second system is pH. Your body has to regulate both core temp and blood pH very...
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Physiologic Flexibiilty Cert – FAQ

The Physiologic Flexibility Cert – How to maximize recovery techniques for better stress resilience — goes live this coming Tuesday! I’ve had several questions on it and wanted to answer most of them below: 1) When do I get the first module? The first...
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Physiologic Flexibility Certification – How to Maximize Recovery Techniques for Better Stress Resilience

The Physiologic Flexibility Cert – How to maximize recovery techniques for better stress resilience goes live this coming Tuesday (Nov. 10)! I am super stoked about this one as I have been actively looking at this concept for well over 5 years. As I...
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Stress Your Body’s pH System to Increase Physiologic Flexibility

The pH system of your body, which is the second system of Physiologic Flexibility, can be acutely stressed by . . . 1) Breathing When you hyperventilate (fast, rapid breathing), you are blowing off (exhaling) more carbon dioxide. Less CO2 = more alkaline pH...
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Episode 598 Iron Radio Dan Bell Powerlifting Q and A

*from www.ironradio.org Join the guys as they talk with powerlifting phenomenon and record breaker, big Dan Bell. From his origin story to competition tales to self-care to pre-meet tapers, plenty gets discussed. Pull up a bench and get in on this! http://www.IronRadio.org Audio only...
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Easy To Extremes

Hola from S Padre TX where the wind has been stupid light so I have been doing my AM routine, lifting, and cranking on work. We did get out today and did a downwinder from the end of the island, although the wind kept...
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The Sneaky Effects of Aging on Your Fitness

Don your helmets, take your creatine and CBD as we are headed straight down the nerd chute hard about the concept of homeostasis – how to be a more badass human that can handle all sorts of stressors, train harder, recovery faster, and improve...
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What is After Metabolic Flexibility for More GainZ?

Recently, I have been yammering away about how to increase your ability to recover and be a more robust, badass human. I don’t need to point out the massive stress everyone is under right now. While there is only so much that can be...
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Some Like It HOT – Secret Fitness GainZ?

Speaking of temp regulation being one of the systems to target for better recovery and to be a more robust human. . . Cold is one way to do it. You don’t have to get bat-sheeet crazy like your fav nerd here, and convert...
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Cold Water Immersion – Ultimate Recovery or just a Sucky Bath

Yesterday, I went off on a nerdy diatribe about how to build your own BSRD aka BS Recovery Detector to shift through all the crap in the fitness world that is promoted to help you recover faster and be more robust. One key point...
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Homeostasis: System 1 Revealed

Let’s break down the specific categories for how to increase your recovery ability and be a more robust, bad ass human. Pop on to the ole interwebZ today and you will find lots of crazy recovery methods being touted. …from the latest biohacker tech...
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Adaptive Homeostasis Part II

In my last article, I talked about the intrinsic process of homeostasis – the ability of your body to hold a specific parameter of physiology within a tight range – despite being exposed to a wide variety of stimulus. The example I used was...
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Adaptive Homeostasis

I am back again yammering about how to employ a flexible approach to be a more robust human that can train harder, recover faster, and do it while enhancing your health. The key linchpin concept for the next level is based on the idea...
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Be Flexible (not what you are thinking)

It snowed in Minnesota the day right after the wonderful wifey arrived in S Padre TX, where it was a sunny 88F today. Since there was some wind, I opted yesterday to go kiteboarding in the afternoon. Unfortunately, it did not go as planned....
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Episode 597-Iron Radio Stephanie Stepp Path to CrossFit

*from www.ironradio.org After sharing some science news on how to prevent muscle loss during deconditioning (hint: fish oils may help!), the guys chat with exercise physiology grad and CrossFit enthusiast, Stephanie Stepp. Tune in for topics like what attracted an educated woman into that...
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The #1 Downside of Fitness Research

Ah…..nothing like hanging out on my couch on a cool Fall day with a fresh cup of Kick-Ass dark coffee post AM routine (red light, RPR, neuro rehab drills, cardio on the row and bike, cold water immersion in the ole freezer filled w...
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Move Where You Can

Greetings from Dallas TX as we are on the road to South Padre Island. While here in Dallas for just the one day, we crashed with our friends Adam Glass and his wife Ashley. As is typical when we get together, we eat lots...
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A Science Based Guide to Met Flex on NBT podcast

Huge thanks to my friend, Chris Kelly, who asked me to be a guest on the Nourish Balance Thrive podcast. It’s an honor to be asked back to chat about nerdy science. >>NBT podcast: A Science-Based Guide to Met Flex<< Listen in! And nerdy science...
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Anabolic fish juice….say what?

Several years ago at a fitness conference, I had the following conversation with a “fit pro” (that word fit pro triggers me to no end for some reason). Fit Pro: Yo, I have been taking this new supplement and it has really helped my...
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Iron Radio Episode: Welcome to the Gun Show

Huge thank you to everyone who enrolled in this round of the Flex Diet Cert! Wahooo! Super stoked for all of you and I am excited to help you out with the material. In addition to yours truly nerdy having an epic 28+ miles...
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Iron Radio Reviews: Bang Peanut Butter Blast Keto Coffee Taste Test

*from www.ironradio.org Into energy drinks? Or ready-to-drink protein? The Iron Radio podcast and its under-used sister broadcast Nutrition Radio offer insight this month in another video taste test! Join Mike T Nelson, Lonnie Lowery, Phil Stevens, and Michelle Blakely as they offer a rundown,...
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S_2_EP_15: All About Coaching: Interview with Jeb and Dean from Stronger U

Dr. Mike T Nelson interviews Jeb and Dean from Stronger U to provide practical tips for both fitness trainers and fitness enthusiasts. Episode Notes Jeb explains his background, including a stint as a celebrity hairstylist Dean talks about his experience teaching and how that...
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S_2_EP_14: Flex Diet Certification Open Now and My Secret Goal

The writer of one of Dr. Mike’s favorite books of 2020, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,” James Nestor joins the Flex Diet podcast this week to talk about everything from breathing, work that he’s done regarding changes to facial structure, ADHD,...
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Flex Diet Podcast: S2 EP16: Protein, Metabolism and Research: Interview with Eric Williamson from Unlocked Fitness

  S2_EP_16: Protein, Metabolism, and Research: Interview with Eric Williamson from Unlocked Fitness I outline the Flex Diet Certification course and explain the secret goal I wanted to accomplish when creating the cert. Episode Notes: Eric’s background and how he got into protein metabolism...
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Flex Diet Podcast: S2 Ep 13: Interview with James Nestor, author of “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art”

The writer of one of Dr. Mike’s favorite books of 2020, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,” James Nestor joins the Flex Diet podcast this week to talk about everything from breathing, work that he’s done regarding changes to facial structure, ADHD,...
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Stack the deck in your favor…

Greetings from the early AM hours on a Saturday here in Minnesota where I am going behind the cheddar curtain to Wisconsin for the Reflexive Performance Rest (RPR) Level 2 course in a few hours after recording Iron Radio. Wait, you may be saying,...
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Mouth vs Nasal Breathing

Nasal breathing is all the rage now, and for good reason. But like all things, just adding it is not the best idea. You want to have an assessment and a solid progression. A rough marker of progress is what HR can you hit...
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Flex Diet Podcast: S2 Ep 12 Interview with Dr Mike T Nelson -Steve Turns the Tables and Interviews Me Today

Stephen Horney from Integrated Health Sciences turns the tables on Dr. Mike T Nelson and interviews him for this episode of the Flex Diet Podcast. Stephen’s questions allow us to get to know Dr. Mike and follow his journey to where he is today....
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Flex Diet Podcast: S2 Ep 11 How To Improve Your Breathing – an Interview with Rob Wilson from Shift Adapt

Dr. Mike T Nelson and Rob Wilson from shiftadapt.com talk about breathing, CO2 vs. Oxygen, nasal breathing, good places to start, anti-fragility, mental resilience, and kiteboarding ) Dr. Mike’s all-time favorite subject). After 5,000 years breathing is “sexy” again! We discuss: Breathing from an...
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My #1 Travel Hack

Before the pandemic, the wonderful wifey and I traveled a lot. So much so that I get to test out all sorts of travel “hacks”.  Lucky for you, through lots of trial and I error, I’ve discovered my #1 travel hack. Side note, I...
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My Mistake With This Missing Nutrient

You may be thinking this is another rant on magnesium, which would be a great guess, but it is not. In fact, it is even more simple than magnesium for a missing nutrient. I bet you have it in your house right now. Did...
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Flex Diet Podcast: S2 Ep 10 Isometrics, Patellofemoral Pain, Collagen, and More: Interview with Jake Tuura

Jake Tuura, creator of The Jacked Athlete website and Podcast, and Dr. Mike T Nelson discuss knee pain and how you can speed up the healing process. They take a look at injury, pain, tendons, collagen, and isometrics, as well as Reflexive Performance Reset...
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The Protein Myth

I know, I know; you are not reading this article to hear some nerd yammer on again about how protein is important. At this point the protein myth that too much is harmful has been completely debunked, right? Wrong. I bet you also get...
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Eustress vs. Distress Psychology

I am not a psych professional, but as a coach/trainer for more than 16 years now, I’ve had to pick up a bunch of it along the way due to all the mistakes I’ve made. When I first started training I thought it was...
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Cold water post lifting – Why I did it wrong

Today after my upper body lifting session of axle bench press, trap bar deadlifts and some accessory rows with mechanical drop sets, pressdowns, axle curls, cable rows with the rolling thunder handle, and neck isometrics, I hopped into my freezer filled with 47 F...
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Dark Beer, Saunas, and Contrast Therapy …in the name of gainZ

One of the comments I got from the BEER-HIIT study article I referenced about beer consumption around training was: nonsense since “everybody knows” that anyone who is serious about their fitness knows beer and gainz do not mix. It turns out this is false....
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Alcohol and your GainZ – The BEER-HIIT study

The BEER-HIIT study seeks to answer a common question from my private M3 1-1 online clients (and one I’ve wondered about myself). “Does alcohol affect my gainZ and body comp?” It is a great question, so let’s dive into it using our friend S-C-I-E-N-C-E...
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Flex Diet Podcast: S2 Ep 9 Gut Health and Exercise: Interview with Dr. Sara Campbell

Dr. Mike and Dr. Sara Campbell take an in-depth look at gut health and exercise. Topics include everything from the microbiome, nutrition, what foods may be useful – what foods to avoid. Also, how the gut is related to all sorts of things –...
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Flex Diet Podcast: S2 Ep 8 Gym Openings and COVID-19 Safety: Interview with Mario Mavrides

This episode of Flex Diet Podcast covers the difficulties with gym openings and COVID-19 safety. Mario tells what he’s doing to get clients back through the door and address their concerns over disinfection and proper distancing. We discuss: The most commonly asked questions regarding...
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All About Bro-Science (really?)

Yep, the crew at Iron Radio did a whole episode about “How To Do Bro-Science” Pic source We also covered some brand new data on which oils are best and the effects of NSAIDs on muscle and performance. >> How To Master Bro-Science << new Iron Radio Let...
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The Ready State Podcast Discusses Flex Diet with Dr Kelly and Juliet Starrett