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Bodybuilders are known for fat loss and holding on to as much muscle as possible. Today, I’ve got Dr. Guillermo Escalante who authored a new paper on peak week recommendations for bodybuilders (linked in notes). His team pulled together what the evidence and research show about peak week before stepping on stage. Even if you’re not a bodybuilder, if your goal is to look leaner before an event or vacation, take a listen.

Episode Notes

  • Intro to Dr. Escalante

  • Peak week protocol benefits
  • When to be stage ready
  • Stress and the ability to look your best
  • Coaching recommendations and personality
  • Recommendations
  • Carb depletion and carb loading
  • Water manipulation
  • Fat loading
  • Sodium
  • Drug use

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Open Access study

Escalante G, Stevenson SW, Barakat C, Aragon AA, Schoenfeld BJ. Peak week recommendations for bodybuilders: an evidence-based approach. BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 2021 Jun 13;13(1):68. doi: 10.1186/s13102-021-00296-y. PMID: 34120635; PMCID: PMC8201693.

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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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