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The Stronger By Science Podcast

In each episode, the Stronger By Science team delves into exercise and nutrition research, health and fitness trends, and listener questions. Through deep dives, banter, and anecdotes, you’ll learn how to interpret and apply the latest science, how to explain fitness trends to your friends, and what actually matters when it comes to living a strong, healthy life.

Episode Archive

Immune Function, Home-Based Workouts, Fat Burners, and Lifting with Long Limbs (Episode 38)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had wide-ranging impacts, with some of those impacts relating to fitness. In today’s episode, Greg and Eric discuss the small, free, easy things you can do to support normal immune function, and how to construct some effective home-based workouts with little to no equipment. After that, they debut a “Good News” segment, which we all could use, followed by a Q&A segment that includes questions about protein intake, lifting with long limbs, eating to support injury prevention (or recovery), bench press range of motion, fat burners, and more. Finally, Greg shares a risotto recipe to play us out, and Eric adds a couple extra tips to take that risotto to the next level.   

Heart Rate Variability, Antagonist Stretching, and Chrononutrition (Episode 37)

Greg and Eric’s plans to morph the show into a political podcast have met an untimely end, but the show must go on. In today’s episode, they discuss some totally unsubstantiated claims about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, followed by some impressive Feats of Strength. After that, Eric shares a research review about how the timing of your meals may alter the metabolic response to feeding, then Greg shares a research roundup about energy expenditure during times of vigorous mental effort, antagonist stretching for strength and power, and using heart rate variability to gauge your recovery from lifting. Then, Greg and Eric answer a few listener questions, share a very tentative recommendation for the “On the Rise” segment, and share a very confident recommendation for the “On the Rise” segment. To close the episode, Greg discusses some of his favorite sources of fun, informative educational content that is not fitness related, and Eric one-ups him by sharing the only source of information a person would ever need.

Antioxidants, Injury Risk Factors, and The Conjugate Method (Episode 36)

We’re back with a new episode after a week of exhausting President’s Day and National Sticky Bun Day celebrations. In today’s episode, Greg shares some Feats of Strength, along with an announcement about how to participate in a Reddit Program Party featuring his new program, Average to Savage 2.0. This episode also features discussions about two new articles on the website; one article discusses everything lifters would want to know about antioxidants, and the other discusses which factors influence injury risk in powerlifters. After that, we discuss some research about muscle protein synthesis and links between artificial sweeteners and stroke risk, followed by some Q&A questions. We also debut a new segment called “On the Rise,” in which we showcase up-and-coming creators of fitness content that are worth a follow. Finally, to close out the show, Greg shares some cooking-related information, then I totally upstage and outshine him with my spicy chicken recipe. 

Metabolic Rate, Artificial Sweeteners, Electromyography, and Non-Failure Training (Episode 35)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Greg and Eric are back with another episode. First, Greg shares some recent Feats of Strength. Next, Greg & Eric answer some listeners’ questions about topics such as resting metabolic rate prediction equations, electromyography, vitamin D and fish oil supplementation, standing desks, and more. That’s followed by a Research Roundup segment, which covers recent research on plant-based proteins, training shy of failure, and artificial sweeteners, in addition to a critical review of “Why We Sleep.” Finally, the relationship between lifting technique and injury risk is discussed in a brief Coach’s Corner segment, and Greg shares some sous vide cooking tips to close out the episode.

Cell Swelling, Genetic Ceilings, Touch-and-Go Deadlifts, and Load-Specific Adaptations (Episode 34)

Greg and Eric are back with the second episode of Season 2, and it’s a great one. First, the guys discuss a ton of remarkable Feats of Strength from the last few weeks. Next, Greg & Eric answer some listeners’ questions about topics such as fat-free mass index, pre-workout nutrition, building strength without adding muscle, and whether or not you should use touch-and-go reps while deadlifting. That’s followed by a Research Roundup segment, which discusses some fascinating new articles about the relationship between muscle fluid volume and force, the effects of protein intake on bone health, and high-load versus low-load training. After that, Eric gives an explosive update on the drama related to the red meat/processed meat research that has caused quite a stir in the nutrition world. Finally, Greg delivers on his promise and explains how to bake the perfect loaf of sourdough bread.

Doping, Collagen, Goals, and Hyperplasia (Episode 33)

We’re back from our winter break with an excellent episode to kick off Season 2. This episode features an important update from the Game Changers cinematic universe, and some incredible feats of strength involving athletes with unbelievable longevity in a variety of physically demanding sports. Greg discusses a new documentary with some explosive allegations about doping in weightlifting, and then we get into some science-heavy segments with a Q&A and a Research Roundup. Topics include collagen supplementation, muscle hyperplasia, new caffeine research, and more. Finally, we discuss some more practical information about goal setting, programming your training during weight loss, and how to make really, really good caramel.

Year in Review, Effective Reps and Antioxidants Revisited, Behavior Change, and Mike Tuchscherer (Episode 32)

The final episode of the year begins with a brief recap of the wins and losses we experienced in 2019, and an announcement about our podcasting plans for 2020. After that, Greg shares some Feats of Strength, along with a “Hot Off the Presses” segment about recent research on the effective reps concept and antioxidant supplementation. In addition, Eric discusses some key behavior change theories to help you (or your clients) successfully modify their health-related habits and behaviors in 2020. Finally, Greg and Eric interview world champion powerlifter Mike Tuchscherer about all things powerlifting.

Fructose, Knee Sleeves, Weight Loss Variability, and James Krieger (Episode 30)

Greg kicks off the episode with an insincere but legally valid apology, followed by some impressive feats of strength. Then, Eric covers a brand new fructose study in a new segment called “Hot Off the Presses,” and Greg shares some new research related to knee sleeves. After that, Eric has a big Research Roundup segment about why some people struggle to lose weight, and Greg provides some tips to help you perfect your turkey roasting. Finally, Greg and Eric interview James Krieger about topics including the insulin hypothesis, non-exercise activity thermogenesis, why you should or shouldn’t get your body composition measured, and more.

Q&A: High Protein Diets, Hardgainers, Exercise Variety, and Bone Adaptations (Episode 29)

In today’s episode, Greg and Eric field listener questions about the use of machines versus free weights, the importance of exercise variety, why some “hardgainers” struggle to gain weight, some interesting physiological roles of bone, and much more. To finish off the episode, Greg and Eric share some advice on how aspiring students can obtain good letters of recommendation, and how to make your way into the world of research.

Glycogen Loading, Lower Back Pain, PowerBuilding, and Physical Culture with Ben Pollack

Greg kicks off the episode with some incredible feats of strength, followed by an enormous Research Roundup segment. Topics include glycogen depletion and loading, coffee as a pre-workout supplement, lower back pain, a phototherapy update, and more. Finally, Greg and Eric interview Ben Pollack, who tells us all about powerbuilding and the history of physical culture.

Q&A: Bands, Chains, Useful Supplements, and Tweaking Your Program (Episode 27)

In today’s episode, Greg and Eric field listener questions about protein powders, accommodating resistance (bands, chains, etc.), pull-up technique, how to tweak your training program to break through plateaus, and much more. To finish off the episode, Greg and Eric share their perspectives on the most useful, evidence-based supplements.

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