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Fitness, marriage, food, sex.... and fart jokes. Drop the fat pants and join us – fitness writers Chris and Dani Shugart – for a variety show. Hear the latest research. Play a game. Check out our weird discoveries. And find out what to grab at the store. We've got a combined 25 years of editing and interviewing the experts (doctors, coaches, and nutrition specialists) and have written some of the highest-read fitness-related articles on the internet.
 
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A discussion on "trusting the experts", what to do to increase muscle growth, the real way to beat stress, and the color that'll rev you up the most during workouts. On Our Minds What does "trust the experts" even mean when they turn out to be wrong later on or when experts disagree with one another? We get into it. Quiz • Stress, Thinking, and Pet…
 
The inside story about supplements, breaking news about mental health, and the only fun way to control your diet. On Our Minds There's nothing more controversial than supplements... at least in the world of fitness. And it's easy to see why. There are a lot of worthless products on the market that can't do what a healthy diet can do, and there are …
 
The food that significantly drops testosterone, how cute animal pictures affect your feelings toward your significant other, the sex robot study, the story about CrossFit stalkers, and how your coworkers and friends could be ruining your nutrition. On Our Minds Chris shares an article from The Morning Chalk Up that's so creepy, he can't get it off …
 
The easiest way to slow aging, our experience with covid, flying poo particles, broken heart cures, and more! On Our Minds We finally caught the virus everyone's been talking about. So here's how long science says we'll be immune to it: STUDY And here's what researchers say about how long your immunity lasts should you choose to get the jab: INFO T…
 
What happens when nutrition advice goes woke? The unhealthy dish out bad advice. We talk about one eye-rolling example, then get into the cognitive effects of steroid use and some really weird places to get horny. On Our Minds (1:37) We discuss the cookbook (diet book?) we've been working on for those who want lean, muscular bodies. Then we address…
 
On Our Minds (0:48) We start with a correction on last week's one-kettlebell workout, an update on the tuna at Subway, and a promotion for my (Dani's) new T-Nation article: How Fat Are You? Let's Find Out! Plus, we get into some deadlifting strength standards, and why my one rep max has stalled out... but I'm not sure if I should care. Quiz (12:08)…
 
On Our Minds (0:42) If you only had one kettlebell or dumbbell, could you figure out a way to have a great workout? We share what we'd do and talk about Coach Dan John's epic article from 2004, The One Dumbbell Workout. Also... check out the model in those old photos. (It's Chris!) Quiz (11:48) This week's quiz is a hodgepodge of health and relatio…
 
On Our Minds (0:45) Do we need to make our future selves disabled in order to prove how "hardcore" we are now? We dive into this topic and discuss solutions for getting off what Seth Godin calls the hedonic treadmill. Listen here. We also talked about how dopamine affects motivation and why that could be the reason people continue chasing goals and…
 
On Our Minds (0:41) If you have high self-esteem does that automatically make you healthy? That's what Cosmo magazine seems to be saying. The publication shared 11 women's stories, and then labeled them all as healthy on their magazine cover. In big bold font. Check it out. What they didn't include in the article was any valid health markers. There…
 
On Our Minds A person could go crazy being scared of every potential toxin and pollutant in the world. But are there some things worth avoiding? We get into the details of a few products we avoid and why. And if you'd like to take a deeper dive, check out these articles: The New Chemicals That Make You Store Fat The T-Killing Toxins Quiz This week'…
 
On Our Minds (0:45) Feeling a little down is SO common this time of year that there's a term called, "the January blues". Can you relate? If so, you're in good company. Luckily there are a ton of ways to fight it. Here are the 8 things we discussed. 1. Vitamin D 2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids 3. Breakfast 4. Red Meat 5. Magnesium 6. Low Testosterone 7. Neg…
 
On Our Minds (0:44) Can women rev up their sex drive with one common vitamin? Dani shares what happened when she was trying to improve her immunity. This discovery could mean one of these two things: 1. Filling a deficiency may make women's sexual health better. OR 2. This vitamin has special properties that can make the average woman get a case of…
 
On Our Minds What can you do to keep from gaining fat during a layoff? We answer a listener's question about staying lean while recovering from surgery. But this info applies no matter what's keeping you from getting your regularly-scheduled workouts. Quiz Can you pass our quiz on insane celebrity transformations? If you've been keeping up with ent…
 
On Our Minds Is spot reduction impossible? That's what most people say, but it seems like there's a little more to it. Check out our experiences and what a few (more progressive) coaches are saying. Quiz It's all about exercise science. How does HIIT affect your sleep if you do it before bed? What do big calves have to do with life expectancy? What…
 
On Our Minds: We delve into some of the worst fitness advice ever and counter it with what will really work for long-term leanness. Quiz: What are the commonalities among happy people? How often do they have sex, what kind of music do they listen to, how spontaneous or routine are their lives, and what activities do they participate in? Take the qu…
 
• What's the best solution if you struggle with workout consistency? Hear what ab-building program Dani is using to build, not just abs, but consistency. • Who diets more: women with good looking husbands or men with good looking wives? Take this quiz on physical beauty and "very ugly" populations according to actual researchers! • Will nutrition r…
 
• Listener question: What are the best strategies that'll help you break out of the friend zone? We get to the bottom of it. • Game time: How should women train differently than men? Take this quiz that covers women's fitness and other lady-centric stats. • Newsflash: What type of cardio can burn up to 4 pounds of fat (in only three workouts per we…
 
• How can you get what you want without being a turd? We get into the differences between assertiveness, passiveness, aggressiveness.... and passive aggressiveness. • What infamous drug was called "mommy's little helper" and what drug are mommies using today? Take our quiz on drugs throughout history. • Do full body workouts actually build more mus…
 
• Is obesity caused by ignorance and poor choices? Hear about the controversial statements the CEO of Whole Foods made, and the backlash that came from it. Plus, get our take! • What strength sport causes the most injuries and what old advice are experts telling people to ignore now? Take our quiz on athletic injuries! • What five questions can det…
 
• What exercise trains your full body from head to toe? Hint: You pick up the weight and walk. Get the details on our favorite ways to do it. • Can you pass our quiz on the latest studies in health, fitness, relationships and psychology? Give it a shot! • What are the three signs someone is flirting with you? Hear what researchers had to say. • How…
 
• What's a fun way to get strong and build work capacity at the same time? Try the 20-reps method for a crazy challenge that'll help with both goals. • What sex and romance scenes do people most want to recreate in their own lives? Take the quiz and see if you can beat my score! • Could a fecal transplant help you keep weight off? Hear about a rece…
 
• At what point does discipline become disordered and are diets really a bad thing? We get into the details. • Is it fear or phobia? See if you can pass our quiz on the crazy things people run from. • What common over-the-counter drug can cause you to take bigger risks and lower your sense of empathy? Bonus: It might be the perfect solution for the…
 
• Is the "hip dip" a real problem and should you try to fix it? We have an in-depth discussion on butts: genetic factors, body fat distribution, societal obsession, and more. • What weird and terrible things did doctors prescribe to women who were diagnosed with female hysteria? Take our quiz on archaic cures of the past. • Can you have low vitamin…
 
• Why are more people than ever heading to their local gun store? We discuss the uptick in gun ownership, the sport of shooting, and the most literal form of women's empowerment. • What tree-extract gives men wood? Take our quiz on health supplements and get the details on pills and potions designed for muscle growth, life extension, erections, and…
 
• What are the best ways to manipulate carbs without trying that hard? We discuss a few of our favorite strategies. • How well do you know your exercises? Take a quiz on lifts named after the icons who came up with them. • What's the fastest way to learn any physical skill according to research? Find out so you can dominate your next challenge. • S…
 
• Do fitness websites need to show more "relatable" looking bodies? As the CCO of T-Nation.com, Chris keeps getting asked why average bodies aren't featured more often. So we get into the details. • Does having a lower voice make a woman more attractive... or less? Take this relationship/nutrition/psychology quiz and see if you can beat Dani's scor…
 
• Is inflammation the REAL reason everyone's pissed off these days? We talk about how combatting it (with this stuff) will make you a happier, more relaxed person. • If muscle growth is your main goal, when should you do cardio? Take the quiz on exercise, fitness, lifting and weed. • What's the best science-backed solution for feeling better about …
 
• Which common problem makes 20% of women feel drained? And what's making men over 40 so tired these days? • How does owning a dog affect your sex life and how many people choose their canine companions over their partners? • Can dinnertime affect your metabolism? We get into the latest research. • And what workout accessory will build your back an…
 
• What muscle-building set and rep schemes do you need to add to your workout? We cover some fun ways to challenge yourself. • Is it OK to be happy at a time like this? Times are weird and we're not sure what to think anymore... so we asked a therapist. • What does Therapist, Lisa Mustard have to say about getting your spouse to lift? She's got a l…
 
• What one single rule can help you reach ANY goal faster? We get into the 100% rule and talk about how to apply it to behaviors and habits. • Know when the first kettlebell was documented in a dictionary? Know what it actually means? Take this historical fitness quiz and see how you do. • Is it possible to lower your "body fat set point" without d…
 
• Do workouts have to be meticulously planned order to be effective? We get into the joys of "training like a hippie" and how to make progress with it. • Can you pass the naked nutrition quiz? Find out what to eat to have more fun in the sack. • Do the cosmetically-enhanced faces we see on social media make us more likely to imitate them? One study…
 
• Do you need to go on a social media diet? We get into avoiding the outrage loop and the term "phubbing" which means phone snubbing. • What happens when a CrossFit coach competes on Survivor? We talk to Natalie Anderson and find out how she prepared and what it was like living on the "edge of extinction". • Does having a rock-solid body actually g…
 
• Could progress pictures be exactly what you need to get fired up about your fitness? We get into why they're great for some, but definitely not for everyone. • Is coffee a miracle drink or a health-wrecker? Take the quiz! • What's the best way for an ugly guy to score a hot chick – and vice versa? We get into the latest research on couples. • How…
 
• Is there a benefit to getting uncomfortable on purpose? Hear how it launched Chris's career in the late 90's. • Can you pass our Quiz on blockbuster hits and the famous actors who almost got the leading role? Jeff Bosley crushes this quiz... see if you can beat his score! • Is the newest Batman going to look scrawny? We get into the recent contro…
 
• Why do people who know just a little about a topic seem the most dogmatic? We get into that and Chris tells the story of being a five-year-old with all the answers. • What truth-bombs is Nick Tumminello dropping today? Hear what he recommends when it comes to heel-elevated lifting shoes. Plus he joins us for a quiz... and Dani gets schooled! • Wh…
 
• What causes people to overeat at night? Check out this theory and see if you agree. • What non-verbal communication style leads to better relationships and (ironically) more sex? See if you can pass our quiz! • Does avoiding meat cause mental disorders or are people with mental disorders just drawn to that type of diet? Find out what researchers …
 
• What are the perks of training during lockdown? Chris and I get into the benefits of having your fitness routine turned on its head. • Christian Thibaudeau joins us for a game! See if you can pass our quiz on the most bizarre news stories. • Is now a good or bad time to start a diet? CT discusses the hormonal impact of food and stress. • And what…
 
• What strategies can help you stop snacking all day? We discuss a few. • How healthy is the canned food everyone's stock-piling? Take the quiz! • According to science, does skipping breakfast change your mood for the better... or the worse? • What's the best "sport" to watch on TV now that you can't really watch any sports on TV? Let us share our …
 
• How long does it take to lose strength and muscle when you can't work out? • What are some ways to train your butt off at home? And can you cinch up your waist with the vacuum? • Can you pass this quiz on the trending topics and studies from T-Nation.com? • What 4 books are we loving and what's the best way to read them yourself? All that and mor…
 
• What does "The Pill" actually do to women's hormones? And are there better forms of it? • What happens to a man (and his man parts) when he gets a vasectomy? • Are you up to date on the latest mental health headlines? • Can men tell when a women are aroused? • What activities should you do when you're stuck in the house? • And what delicious food…
 
• What's the best way for females to train and eat before their periods? • How can slap new muscle on your body with the 40 reps method? • What are the latest (and weirdest) health headlines? • What are some signs your woman is cheating... according to the stats? • What hippie mouthwash will make your gums happier? • And what healthy chips do you n…
 
• What's deadlier: The coronavirus or obesity? • Does "vanity sizing" deceive overweight people or does it help them? • Can you pass our health and sex quiz? • How common is it for people to hide their food and eat in secret? • What's the best thing to bring to the shower when you're sick? • Is your wallet ruining your posture and giving you a back…
 
• Should we be treating fitness professionals like rockstars? • What are the latest must-know health headlines? • Is the 10,000 steps a day rule beneficial or bogus? • What's the best way to walk on slick ice and snow? • And what "secret" part of a turkey should you be eating? Got questions, comments, ideas, or feedback? Find us on social! Chris is…
 
• Is Gwyneth Paltrow's "Goop Lab" show on Netflix legit or is it pseudoscience? We watched the whole thing and actually didn't hate it. • Can you pass Chris's quiz on workout habits and trends? Hint: Yes, you can and you'll probably beat Dani's score. • What crazy things are people thinking about between the sheets? Chris has the stats and some imp…
 
• Intuitive eating is called the new "anti-diet" but will it actually help you get leaner? • What are people listening to in the gym and how does music affect your workouts? See if you can pass our quiz! • Is where you live making you gain weight? Find out what researchers say, and what you can do about it. • What morning ritual will make your face…
 
• Are calories REALLY all that matter when dieting? Try Chris's "thought" experiment on the impossible (chicken breast) diet. • What can we learn from the craziest health headlines? Take Dani's quiz! • What happens to tastebuds over time and can we use this to our advantage? (Hint: yes, yes you can.) • What app does Dani recommend for tracking peri…
 
• What food and exercise-related rules can you break and still succeed? • What are the seven grossest sources of protein? See if you can pass this quiz on international delicacies. • Heart disease is the leading cause of death but it doesn't have to be what kills you. Take this simple fitness test – that you can do anywhere – and see how healthy yo…
 
• Is your goal weight holding you back from a better physique? • How well do you know your favorite beverages? See if you can pass Chris's hard-to-swallow quiz. • Overweight or not, do we HAVE to celebrate other people's bodies? We dive into the latest controversy. • Got a lot of junk to take to the gym? Hear how Chris solved this problem with a we…
 
• Confession time! Did you make any of the health and fitness blunders we made over the past decade? • What diets ranked worst in 2019? • What common piece of advice for controlling appetite fails to work for many people, and what foods really control cravings? • Is doing your laundry making you fat? • And can you make chicken nuggets at home? We'v…
 
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