Episode 186: A Quantum Leap of Fitness and Nutrition

Kevin and Leigh talk about possible links between dieting and eating disorders, getting proper depth while squatting (and improving strength), women who want to lose muscle mass, female training and more!

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  • Hi all, I am a 27 year old, 5’5 female, and began competing in fitness and figure a year ago. I had weighed 130 for ten years before competing (and had been lifting weights all 10 years), but I gained a lot of muscle in the past year and now my “off-season” weight is 137. My pants don’t fit me anymore, and I would like to lose muscle from my legs (specifically from the quads and glutes) while maintaining shape elsewhere. I have heard 3 theories about how to go about losing muscle from the quads/glutes: 1) do high rep, “muscle wasting” reps with little to no resistance; 2) stop working out legs altogether 3) stop lifting weights and just do cardio. I realize spot reduction of muscle in one area is difficult if not impossible, but I want to at least try and was wondering what the best guess as to technique would be. -Lauren
  • My question is about how to safely squat deeper. When I get right around parallel, my form tends to weaken. I think my lower back is rounding a little, because its usually sore after a squat session. Are there any stretches or mobility drills that you would suggest to improve squat depth? I am not looking for ass-to-grass depth, but just below parallel would be great. I feel like my form is limiting my ability to get much stronger. -Mike

  • I know young kids should not lift weights because of them growing, but can a 7 yr old use TRX since it’s his own bodyweight? -Michelle

  • Hi guys, I’m Jennifer.Is it true that dieting can trigger eating disorders? Not 500-calorie or 800-calorie a day stuff, nothing crazy, but just the simple fact of being in a deficit? Or is that just something eating disorder places say because they don’t want their clients dieting? Or is it really a big unknown?If you have a history of eating disorders but genuinely have fat to lose (say obese or at least plump) are there things you can do to make dieting safer? Would those precautions be the same for thinner people?

    Many thanks,

  • Hi, I’m a 15 year old girl from England and was wondering if you could help me out by giving me some basic ideas on what kind of exercise i could do.. at the moment i’m training for a 5k charity run on the treadmill in my shed. i want to carry on with fitness and am interested about going into sports science when i’m older. could you give me some idea about what other exercises i could do to keep fit once i’ve finished training for the 5k, i play field hockey as a goalkeeper twice a week in season, plus netball and rounders. any help would be much appreciated.
    Megan X
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3 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    Is anyone else having problems getting this episode to transfer from itunes to their ipod? All my other fitcast episodes transfer fine.

  2. Might have something to do with naming it Episode 185 as well, look at the whole title. I have fixed the feed so it shouldn’t be a problem now.

  3. Phil says:

    I enjoyed the podcast, as always. Leigh mentioned Mark Rippetoe. Have you considered interviewing him? Since he’s such a staunch proponent of the low bar back squat, it would be interesting to get his views vis-s-vis Mike Boyle’s (and others) preference for unilateral lower body work. I think it would be a very good interview.