In today’s episode, Stuart welcomes Dr. Mike Israetel. They start by discussing how Mike has gone about gaining knowledge and better himself before getting into the main principles you should be thinking about if you’re a personal trainer who has clients who want to gain muscle (timestamps are below if you want to skip ahead or to specific sections!).

Cofounder of Renaissance Periodization, Dr. Mike Israetel​ holds a PhD in Sport Physiology from East Tennessee State University. Formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, Mike has taught several courses, including Nutrition for Public Health, Advanced Sports Nutrition and Exercise, and Nutrition and Behavior. Originally from Moscow, Russia, he has worked as a consultant on sports nutrition to the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Johnson City, TN, and has been an invited speaker at numerous scientific and performance/health conferences worldwide, including nutritional seminars at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. Mike has coached numerous athletes and busy professionals in both diet and weight training, and is himself a competitive bodybuilder and professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappler.

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Find Out More About Mike:

  • [01.45] – How Mike has gone about acquiring knowledge and bettering himself?
  • [09.25] – What he would say to a trainer who feels like they don’t know enough and are overwhelmed by how much they need to know?
  • [20.45] – Maximising hypertrophy within a personal training setting/ some basic hypertrophy principles.
  • [23.55] – Why it’s worth trying to encourage more of your one time per week clients to come in more often.
  • [26.30] – Hypertrophy programming principles.
  • [32.15] – When would Mike start to add sets as a progression model in a PT setting?
  • [41.00] – Getting clients more comfortable going closer to failure.
  • [41.45] – Why it’s important to ‘reward’ clients when they do perfect technique.
  • [47.40] – Start by getting your clients good at the basics.