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Muscle Expert Podcast | Ben Pakulski Interviews | How to Build Muscle & Dominate Life

Aug 31, 2017

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The trainer of trainers and the godfather of exercise, Tom Purvis comes on the show to discuss  exercise mechanics, the current problems in education in the fitness industry and expert principles to use in your training to guide you to injury free and pain free training. 

If you're not familiar with Tom, here's a short list:

  • he's the creator of RTS® The Resistance Training Specialist®, an advanced program where his monthly classes are sold out regularly
  • Former host for the Bowflex informercials.
  • Consulted for NASA, US Air Force, Nautilus, CYBEX International

Despite the accolades , Tom's unique view of exercise and tendency to challenge popular beliefs about training and exercise is what makes this episode a must listen.

Be ready to shift your paradigm about biomechanics, exercise, range of motion, functional training, sports specific training and more after this episode.

Time Stamps:

  • 3:30 - What exercise really is? Exercise mechanics not biomechanics

  • 6:00 - Thinking vs Knowing. The dogma of tradition.

  • 9:00 - Mechanics before sets, reps, and other industry bullshit.

  • 15:20 - Where to start with mechanics, why Tom hates certifications.

  • 17:20 - Is moving through full range of motion worthless?

  • 18:00 - Assessing your available range of motion. Respecting your individual range or motion.

  • 20:00 - The experts guide on the MOST important parts of the motion to control. Having ownership throughout a range of motion. Key tips for finding and respecting your range of motion.

  • 22:40 - What it means to be extremely sore? Good or bad?

  • 24:10 - Maximum hypertrophy, Tom’s insights on building mass intelligently.

  • 26:28 - Progressing  your range of motion. How to squat deeper. Childish mistakes not to make.

  • 29:10 - If you're trying to improve your squat you should? What the great Fred Hatfield said.

  • 33:35 - Sports specific training shouldn’t be what people think it is.  Understanding the body before trying to make perform better.

  • 39:00 - The best place to start for personal trainers who want to improve their skills.

  • 40:40 - Joint combination influences. How to enhance range of motion.

  • 43:50 - The negative effects of going outside of your joint range of motion.

  • 45:20 - Tightness is not wrong. A symptom not a cause for loss of ROM.

  • 47:32 - Stability. The real definition. Joint management.

  • 50:20 - Working through injuries, optimizing joint health and tissue integrity. Have, own and tolerate.

  • 53:20 - The RTS principles. Micro progression, strategic variation and more.

  • 55:40 - Resting between reps?

  • 57:00 - Full range challenge, why you need 2 different exercises with very different resistance profiles.

  • 1:00:30 - Complimentary exercise. Why most bodybuilders have to do 30 sets of dumbbell rows.

  • 1:02:15 - The ideal exercise? Keys for picking the best exercises for hypertrophy.

  • 1:05:20 - Retraining your brain to get the most from every rep.

  • 1:07:24 - Inertia and hypertrophy, why you need to eliminate most of the time and when you should use it.

  • 1:12:15 - Crossfit. Marathons and improving quality of life.

  • 1:14:20 - Intelligent words from Ben.

  • 1:15:40 - Tom Purvis’s bodybuilding career.

  • 1:22:00 - The first step for getting into the fitness from Tom Purvis.

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