Podcast #21 – Ben Carpenter on Making Physique Change Simpler

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Ben Carpenter Fitness Model ripped body podcast

“I don’t track my macros either, and loads of people are surprised when they hear that because I talk about it all the time. But if you want to do it via the simplest method possible, why would you track more meticulously than you need to?”

Ben Carpenter is an in-demand and immensely popular UK-based personal trainer. He’s well versed in all the geeky stuff we fitness nerds like to talk about on the internet, but I would argue that his special talent lies in the ways he takes that information and breaks it down to advise the regular folks who walk into his gym. In this interview, we did into that.

We also discuss his incredible physical recovery from losing nearly 50lbs, all his hard-earned muscle mass and more, twice(!) after suffering bouts of Crohn’s disease, and most common mistakes he sees with his clients with advice on how you can avoid making them.

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Podcast #20 – Eric Helms Answers Your Most Popular Questions

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Natural bodybuilder Eric Helms on Rippebody Podcast

Natural bodybuilder Eric Helms on Rippebody Podcast

In this 60-minute interview, researcher and coach, Eric Helms, answers twenty reader questions posted in our Facebook Group. We talk about a variety of topics including RPE (Rating of Perceived Exertion), full-body versus splits, protein frequency and how bodybuilders can progress through a plateau.

The show also starts off with an exclusive musical number by yours truly. Enjoy! 

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Podcast #19 – Eric Helms on Interpreting and Using Training Research

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Eric Helms on the Rippedbody Podcast Episode 19

How can we stay up to date with training research? What is the point of even trying to do so when we have studies coming out that seemingly contradict one another so often?

Fresh off of finishing up his Ph.D., I welcome Eric Helms back on the podcast to explain why these seeming contradictions exist, how research can be useful, and the tools we can use to stay on top of it.

We begin with a story of the hard realities of conducting the type of studies we want – those that will tell us how to get more jacked and ripped. Eric, as always, totally crushes this. I hope you enjoy this conversation with my friend, co-author, researcher, geek, powerlifter, bodybuilder, and highly sought-after coach, Eric Helms.

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How to Factor in Individual Differences for Physique Progress

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James Krieger and Andy Morgan discuss individual differences with nutrition and training

James Krieger and Andy Morgan discuss individual differences with nutrition and training

On this episode of the Rippedbody Podcast, I welcome back researcher and online coach, James Krieger, who I have invited back on the show to discuss one of the most important considerations for tweaking a nutrition and training program, individual differences.

Research is great at telling us what will likely work on average, but it isn’t able to tell you what will work best for YOU. In this interview, James suggests some simple questions you need to ask yourself when looking to optimize your nutrition and training strategies.

Not only is James one of the most educated researchers out there, he is also one of the most genuine guys in the industry and I really enjoyed this second deep dive chat with the one and only, James Krieger. Read More

Podcast #17 – Chad Landers on Becoming a Celebrity Trainer

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Owner of Push Private Fitness, Chad Landers on the Ripped Body Podcast

Owner of Push Private Fitness, Chad Landers on the Ripped Body Podcast

Welcome to this frank conversation with writer, speaker, strength and conditioning specialist, power lifter, and the owner of Push Private Fitness in LA, Chad Landers. Chad has been a ‘legit’ trainer to rock stars and Hollywood actors for over 24 years and throughout this interview you’ll find simple, actionable, no-nonsense advice, which is all too often absent from this area of the industry.

For the first half, we focus on how his nutrition and training advice differs for his actor clients on a time crunch versus his regular clients. In the second half, we talk about how Chad built his career, going from a farm in Illinois to being California state co-chair of USA Powerlifting, and training Hollywood clients in Studio City. Read More

Podcast #16 – Martin MacDonald on Calling Out The Charlatans

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Martin MacDonald Sports Nutritionist

Martin MacDonald Sports Nutritionist

On this episode of the Rippedbody Podcast, I interview one of Britain’s most well-known sports nutritionists, Martin MacDonald. We discuss Martin’s beginnings in the industry, including his early “lucky break” that catapulted him into sports nutrition superstardom, becoming one of the countries most popular celebrity trainers, and now the owner and founder of the recently created Mac-Nutrition University.

Martin also goes on to discuss why he felt the need to create his 12-month Mac-Nutrition University course, addressing the gap after graduation between theory and practice, and in the last half of the episode, we chat about walking the tightrope of calling out charlatans in the industry.

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Podcast Episode #15 – Special Q&A with Andy Morgan

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Andy Morgan Podcast QA client results ripped shredded lean clients

On this Rippedbody podcast, I answer listener questions. Topics covered include my stance on intermittent fasting, tips for maintaining strength during a cut, how I determine a client’s ideal body weight, my stance on calorie cycling for maximizing results, and many more.

Thanks to all of you that submitted your question via Facebook and Instagram and hope you gain some valuable knowledge from this episode. Read More

Podcast Interview #14 – Alan Aragon on Turning Failures into Success

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Strength Coach Alan Aragon Podcast Episode #14

Alan Aragon on the Rippedbody Podcast

On this episode of the Rippedbody Podcast, I interview sports nutritionist, researcher extraordinaire, educator, and one of the most influential figures in the fitness industry’s movement towards evidence-based information, Alan Aragon.

Alan shares the inspiring story of his career journey to date, starting off the “wrong foot”, his feelings about the hoard of smart upcoming talent in the industry biting at his heels, plus the one piece of advice he would give for those looking to build a career in the fitness industry.

I also get Alan’s take on the recent HMB study, and as per usual, Alan does not disappoint with his honest and very diplomatic answer. Read More

Podcast #13 – James Krieger on the Issues of Tracking Body Fat Percentage

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James Krieger on the Rippedbody Podcast

James Krieger on the Rippedbody.com Podcast

On this episode of the Rippedbody Podcast, I interview James Krieger. James is a published scientist, author, speaker, fitness competitor, statistical wizard and the mind behind the immensely popular blog and membership site, Weightology.net.

We discuss the different methods available for tracking body fat percentage [06:15], the two-component model used by BIA machines [14:00], my secret method to cheating on a B.I.A. scan [22:10], carb loading [29:30], and how to successfully assess your progress [44:00].

James is a wealth of knowledge and we cover a really broad and interesting range of topics in this great chat. Read More