Carbohydrate, Water, and Electrolyte Manipulation For Physique Athletes

In today’s episode, Greg and Eric explore the art and science of “peaking” for physique athletes. The discussion covers carbohydrate loading, water intake adjustments, and electrolyte manipulation for the purpose of transient physique optimization. This conversation digs into the limited research available, while also providing practical recommendations guided by a combination of scientific evidence and real-world experience. Finally, Greg and Eric close out the episode by unanimously recommending a TV show that aligns with the values of the Stronger By Science Podcast.

Subscribe

Get new episodes delivered to your podcast feed by subscribing on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts

Support the Podcast

Receive our Research Spotlight newsletter, and check out our Facebook group and subreddit.

MacroFactor

  • If you want to learn more about our MacroFactor diet app, check it out  here.
  • To join in on the MacroFactor conversation, check out our Facebook group and subreddit.

Bulk Supplements

Finally, next time you stock up on supplements from BulkSupplements.com, be sure to use the promo code “SBSPOD” (all caps) to get 5% off your entire order.

Time Stamps

Intro (0:00)

Road to the Stage (4:16)

Road to Athens (6:47)

Feats of Strength: Jen Thompson (9:13)

Research Review: Physique science and peak week (12:31)

Defining “peaking” in physique sport (12:44)

History of bodybuilding/physique research (15:31)

How common is “peaking?” (21:51)

Observational research on “peaking” (23:05)

Experimental research on carbohydrate loading (24:02)

Quasi-experimental research on carbohydrate loading (28:43)

Research on intracellular and extracellular fluid shifts (38:38)

Practical peaking strategies (58:13)

Future directions for bodybuilding and physique research (1:01:38)

Q&A: When will Greg become a full-time host of the podcast? (1:10:09)

To Play Us Out: Righteous Gemstones (1:12:17)

Scroll to Top