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Episode 73 - Matt Vincent & Bonnie Schroeder: Lifting, Injury Rehab, and Athletic Adventuring

September 16th, 2019


Owner of the lifestyle brand HVIII Brand Goods, Matt Vincent, and USAPL 57kg lifter Bonnie Schroeder, took the month of August to hit the road, living out of Matt’s car while hitting up the sights and famous gyms across …

Episode 72 - Hannah Eden: ''Fitness is Not About Winning, It's About Moving''

September 3rd, 2019


From extremely rebellious kid to extremely fit rebel, Hannah Eden has always approached fitness on her terms. With fiery red hair to match her …

Episode 71 - Quads Like Robb: The Ritual of Routine

August 19th, 2019


Wrestler and MMA fighter-turned-powerlifter Robb Philippus discusses squatting 905 naked-knee his first year, lifting over 2,200 pounds in competition, and why thinking can hurt you in the cage. Learn how this father of …

Episode 70 - Kelsey Kiel: ''Never in a Million Years Would I Have Thought I Could Do This''

August 6th, 2019


Two-time CrossFit Games athlete and former gymnast Kelsey Kiel explains how she gave up obsessing over the scale to embrace a performance-based physique. Kiel overcame her doubts about her abilities, her fear of gaining …

Episode 69 - Logan Aldridge: The Fittest One-Armed Man on Earth

July 22nd, 2019


Losing an arm at the age of 13 couldn't stop extreme-sports junkie Logan Aldridge from chasing his competitive dreams. Embracing the mantra "it's …

Ep. 68 - Strength is Never a Weakness: Sean Brady on Training, Testing Yourself & Philadelphia Grit

July 10th, 2019


MMA fighter and Team athlete Sean Brady discusses his upcoming UFC debut. Learn how this Philly native and jiujitsu blackbelt uses weightlifting and training four times a day to get in fighting shape …

Episode 67: Heavy Lifts & Cardi B - Anthony Fuhrman's Secrets to Becoming the World's Strongest Man

June 24th, 2019


What started as an alternative to standard-issue military conditioning quickly grew into a life-changing career as Anthony "Flama Blanca" Fuhrman …

Episode 66: Laura Phelps - ''If You Let Me Lift, I Will Break a World Record''

June 10th, 2019


A true legend in powerlifting and a pioneer in women's strength, Laura Phelps discusses how training to improve her physique accidently led her to discover her true passion: powerlifting. Gymnastics and marathon running …

Episode 65: Finance to Fitness–How Brian DeCosta Discovered Incremental Changes Yield Bigger Results

May 28th, 2019


Brian DeCosta had the degree, the dream job, and the 401(k)—but was he happy? After a near-death experience brought his priorities into focus, …

Episode 64: Scott Herman - Real World Fitness in The Era of Social Media

May 13th, 2019


YouTube sensation and Real World alum Scott Herman knows there's no BS-ing on social media. After working his way up from maintenance to manager at his local gym and earning his personal training certification in the …

Episode 63: Alyssa Ritchey - From the Farm to Weightlifting on the World Stage

April 30th, 2019


Alyssa Ritchey started out as a hyperactive farm girl, then traveled through the gamut of sports including gymnastics, track and field, skateboarding, bikini, and CrossFit. Now she’s a record-setting weightlifter with …

Episode 62: Myree Bowden - The Underground Dunk King

April 8th, 2019


Meet slam dunk specialist and new Team athlete Myree Bowden. In a wide-ranging interview, he tells his story of life on the court, walks through the process of performing a slam-dunk moment by moment, …

Episode 61: Nick's Quest to Get a Grip

March 15th, 2019


Is this the human race's most unlikely contender at a world championship strength event? Nick tells Heather how he happened into the sport of Armlifting and ended up representing the USA on the global stage.

Be sure to …

Episode 60: How to Eat for Strength Without Budging the Scale

February 14th, 2019


"Weight gain" and "weight loss" tend to dominate fitness and nutrition conversations. But what if you want—or your sport demands—that the number on the scale doesn’t change all that much? Doug Kalman, PhD, RD, a …

Episode 59: Michael McGurk on the Future of Army Fitness

January 22nd, 2019


The United States Army is about to undertake a dramatic and unprecedented overhaul to the way it tests, and promotes, military fitness. The man who …

All Access Challenge Series Kick Off 2019

January 5th, 2019


So, you want to be a thousandaire? More importantly, you want to Get Fit and that amps us up more than burpees on leg day. Register today to participate and a chance to win our 2019 Challenge. Become a leaner, stronger …

Episode 58: Metal Guitarist Nita Strauss on the Highway to Health

December 10th, 2018


Nita Strauss was wielding her ax in the service of Alice Cooper and building a reputation as one of the best metal guitarists in the world. She was …

Episode 57: Fergus Crawley on Squatting 132 pounds, 7,600 times, in 24 Hours

November 26th, 2018


After Scottish powerlifter Fergus Crawley survived a suicide attempt in 2016, he turned his life around with the help of an unlikely ally–a French …

Episode 56: Rob Smith - The Life of an Everyday Beast

November 12th, 2018


WBFF pro muscle model Rob Smith, the host of’s Everyday Beast video series, shares his philosophy on food, lifting, and beasting through life.


- Why workout "pairings" with food are so …

Episode 55: Bajheera on Games and Gains

October 30th, 2018


Jackson Bliton, better known as Bajheera, has built a unique dual following online. He's a pro bodybuilder, but also a pro gamer, and streams both to …

Episode 54: Meg Squats Steps Up to the Platform

October 15th, 2018


On the verge of her fourth go-round in the USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals, Meg Squats talks with us about her prep, how she used her program Uplifted to great effect in the offseason, and what she'd tell herself if she …

Episode 53: Darryn Willoughby - Lessons from 30 Years in the Lab and on the Stage

October 1st, 2018


Look him up, and you'll see a researcher has been involved in many foundational studies in strength and supplement research. But this Ph.D. is also a …

Episode 52: Baby Oil and Burgers with Lawrence Ballenger

September 18th, 2018


When classic physique competitor, fitness model, and Team athlete Lawrence Ballenger started oiling up his muscles 2 minutes into …

Episode 51: Pauline Nordin - Lessons from 20 Years of Hard Training

September 4th, 2018


The iconic fitness model and creator of The Fighter Diet reflects on her two-decade anniversary of moving heavy iron. She goes deep into her history, her recent struggles with injury, how she uses pot for recovery, and …

Episode 50: The Foundations of Fitness Nutrition

August 20th, 2018


Registered dieticians Douglas Kalman, Ph.D., and Susan Hewlings, Ph.D., pull up to the table to discuss what they ate for breakfast, how the rest of …

Episode 49: Abel Albonetti on How He Earned (and Keeps) Those Abs

August 6th, 2018


Fitness model Abel Albonetti stops by to share his fitness story and give some insight into training a certain muscle group he gets asked about …

Episode 48: Paige Hathaway on Fitness, Fish, Five-Week Challenges, and Flyover Country

July 23rd, 2018


Top fitness model and Instagram fit-star Paige Hathaway visits headquarters in Boise to share her story. She talks with Nick and Heather about fitness challenges, pescatarian dieting, phone discipline, …

Episode 47: Talking 1,000-rep workouts with Tyler Holt

July 9th, 2018


Trainer and Spokesmodel Search finalist Tyler Holt comes by to talk about 1,000-rep workouts, as well as the joys and challenges of …

Episode 46: Full-Body Training Done Right with Charles Staley

June 25th, 2018


Charles Staley calls himself "The oldest, skinniest guy you’ll ever see deadlifting 500 pounds." How does he do it? With intelligent full-body …

Episode 45: Getting Uplifted through Lifting with Meg Squats

June 11th, 2018


Join powerlifter, Spokesmodel Search winner, and YouTube fitness stalwart Meg Squats in this wide-ranging conversation. She shares …

Episode 44: The World's Fittest Podcast Episode with Ross Edgley

May 30th, 2018


UK-based athletic adventurer Ross Edgley talks with Nick and Heather just days before undertaking an unbelievable feat: swimming all the way around …

Episode 43: Deep-diving sports nutrition and cognition with Dr. Douglas Kalman

May 14th, 2018


Registered dietician and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition Doug Kalman gives his perspective on a wide range of currently …

Episode 42: Living Lean with Alpha M

April 30th, 2018


Aaron Marino, better known by the title of his immensely popular YouTube channel Alpha M, comes by the offices to talk lifting, …

Episode 41: Kris Gethin - Man of Ultra

April 16th, 2018


Our favorite bodybuilder-turned-triathlete stops by to discuss his latest challenge and triumph, a 50-kilometer high-desert ultramarathon in the …

Episode 40: Kym Nonstop on How to Build Your Body at Home

April 2nd, 2018


Kym "Nonstop" Perfetto, star of's new program Home Body, talks about her past in reality TV and her present as a fitness star and …

Episode 39: Kyler Jackson - The Larger Calling of Muscle Building

March 19th, 2018


Over the last 9 years, Kyler Jackson hasn't missed a workout. When he started the journey, he was a depressed teen looking to bulk up to protect …

Episode 38: Straight talk on Protein and more with Dr. Jose Antonio

March 5th, 2018


The CEO and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition stopped by to talk about his research into high-protein diets, and share the current state of the research on protein dosage, …

Episode 37: Jason Poston on Global Fitness, Training, and Blood Sugar

February 20th, 2018


IFBB physique pro Jason Poston is busier than ever, representing the sport around the world and sharing the details of his training and life with his fans. He gives an in-depth look into his 17-year lifting history, how …

Episode 36: Larger-than-Life Lifting and Eating with Branch Warren

February 5th, 2018


IFBB pro Branch Warren has been a world-class bodybuilder for so long, it's easy to forget he's still just 42 years old–and still as huge and …

Episode 35: Taylor Chamberlain - Born into Bodybuilding

January 22nd, 2018


Team athlete and IFBB Bikini Pro Taylor Chamberlain shares her fascinating story of finding her way in fitness, watching her parents take the stage when she was a teenager, and figuring out how to …

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January 11th, 2018


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Episode 34: Hard-won Life and Lifting Lessons from KC Mitchell

December 27th, 2017


Strength icon KC Mitchell, aka "That 1-Leg Monster," shares his incredible story of struggle and redemption in this wide-ranging discussion. He lost a leg and nearly lost his life to an IED in Afghanistan, then battled …

Episode 33: The Science of Physique Enhancement with Dr. Bill Campbell

December 11th, 2017


Researcher and "Physique Scientist" Dr. Bill Campbell, the head of the Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida, talks about two groundbreaking studies he's worked on regarding protein intake …

Episode 32: Cassandra Martin - Physique-building by Old-school Lifting and... Construction Work?

November 27th, 2017


Cassandra Martin is known for serious muscles and heavy lifting on Instagram, but doesn't share much else in her posts. She and her husband Hunter stopped by to discuss how they train, how their work makes her stronger, …

Episode 31: Brandan Fokken's Wild Fitness Journey

November 13th, 2017


Longtime athlete Brandan Fokken shares his fascinating story and talks Hulkamania, corporate wellness, the ultimate disastrous show …

Episode 30: Bikini Redefined with Amy Updike

October 30th, 2017


IFBB Bikini Pro and fitness model Amy Updike talks tats, nursing, implants, and how CrossFit inspired her to take up bikini competitions.


- Amy's impressive ink and the back-story of her back
- When and why …

Episode 29: Kris Gethin Crosses the Finish Line

October 16th, 2017


Just days after the dramatic climax of his six-month Man of Iron video series and training protocol, Kris stops by to share the amazing story, and …

Episode 28: Old-School Training Wisdom From Julian "The Quad Guy" Smith

October 2nd, 2017


He's a highly popular trainer and bodybuilder who also happens to have one of the most impressive sets of wheels out there. But Julian Smith doesn't …

Episode 27: 'Possible' Pat Takes the Stage

September 18th, 2017


In his second visit to the podcast, the weight-loss icon Pat Brocco tells us about his first time competing onstage after losing over 300 pounds. He's also helping lead a unique new weightloss challenge for …

Episode 26: Sadik Hadzovic on Training and Napping Like a Champ

September 5th, 2017


One of the world's great bodybuilders stop by to talk competition, the perfect muscle-building sleep schedule, and protein doughnuts.

- …

Episode 25: Dr. Jim Stoppani on Daily Full-Body Training, Fasting, And More

August 21st, 2017


Dr. Jim Stoppani brings plenty of energy—and plenty of gummy bears—to the recording studio. He's been espousing the virtues of full-body, near-daily …

Episode 24: The Art of the Everyday Workout with Kizzito Ejam

August 4th, 2017


Longtime athlete Kizzito Ejam stops by to discuss his unique rest-day-free approach to training. He's been both lifting and doing cardio daily—sometimes twice a day—for years, and he tells us how he's …

Episode 23: Charles Staley - How to Lift to Stay Strong and Healthy at Any Age!

July 24th, 2017


Strength coach Charles Staley offers up his hard-earned wisdom about how to balance strength, body composition, and overall health as the years go by. From programming to choosing movements to flexible dieting, he …

Episode 22: Lee Constantinou, The Relentless Competitor

July 10th, 2017


WBFF pro bodybuilder Lee Constantinou went from lean martial artist to competitive bodybuilder in a matter of months, and has never looked back. He's taken to the stage 10 times in the past six years, and he shared his …

Journey For The Goblet Of Gains: Theme Song

July 7th, 2017


Here we go! On a sunny morning in a quaint medieval forest, your journey begins as you cross the moat and enter the cavernous stone archway of Ye Olde Gym. Your guides, the Buff Dudes, meet you at the door, crack open …

Episode 21: From 600 Pounds to the Stage with "Possible" Pat Brocco

June 26th, 2017


Pat had been big forever—so big that he could gain 100 pounds in a little over a year and not even notice a difference. But then he turned his life …

Episode 20: The Weird, Gritty World of Contest Prep

June 12th, 2017


Heather Eastman, a former NPC competitor, coach, and judge, as well as a content editor for, joins the show as co-host and digs deep into show prep. Are you thinking about aiming for the stage and …

Episode 19: How to Earn Your Best-Ever Back Squat

May 30th, 2017


In this info-packed episode, strength coach and doctor of physical therapy John Rusin, PhD, gives his step-by-step guide to earning your right to kneel before the throne of the so-called King of Lifts. Do these squat …

Episode 18: The Buff Dudes and the Eternal Journey for Gains

May 15th, 2017


The clown princes of online fitness, aka Brandon and Hudson White, stop by to talk about their incredibly popular YouTube channel, their evolving …

Episode 17: Kris Gethin - Meet the Man of Iron

May 2nd, 2017


You may know Kris Gethin the bodybuilder, but Kris Gethin the ultra-endurance athlete? That's a new one. But not only is the master of pain training …

Episode 16: All About Caffeine - What Every Lifter Needs to Know

April 24th, 2017


Fill up the cup and listen to Krissy Kendall, Ph.D. tell us everything we should know about the world's most popular drug. Are you trying to match …

Episode 15: The Ins And Outs Of Ketogenic Dieting For Athletes - Part 2

April 17th, 2017


Welcome back to part 2 of our keto podcast with EAS athlete Jason Wittrock and Chief Science Officer for EAS Dr. Steve Hertzler. Today we dive into all things keto-adaptation!


- What it feels like when you’re …

Episode 14: The Ins And Outs Of Ketogenic Dieting For Athletes - Part 1

April 10th, 2017


EAS athlete Jason Wittrock and Chief Science Officer for EAS Dr. Steve Hertzler sit down with us and explain the ins and outs of nutritional ketosis for athletes!


- The history of the ketogenic diet
- The …

Episode 13: Robert Irvine - Chef, Lifter, Soldier, TV Star

March 27th, 2017


Chef Robert Irvine makes time in his insanely busy schedule to stop by and chat about lifting, eating, working with soldiers and veterans, and plenty …

Episode 12: Craig Capurso - The Abdominal Snowman!

March 13th, 2017


Fitness model and IFBB Men's Physique Pro Craig Capurso braves the elements to talk with Nick and Krissy about his new passion for performance-focused training, his breaking point with physique competition, and why he …

Episode 11: Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan - What Women Really Need To Know About Body Fat & Fitness

February 27th, 2017


Special guest Abbie Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., expert in women's fitness and body fat measurements, answers our wide-ranging questions about training, …

Episode 10: Out of Surgery and Onto The Stage with Shaun Stafford

February 14th, 2017


Two-time WBFF world champion Shaun Stafford stops by to talk about buffets, injuries, and coming back from the shoulder cyst he thought at first was …

Episode 9: Mark Bell & Silent Mike on The Way of the Powerlifter

January 30th, 2017


The world's strongest coach, Mark Bell, discusses powerlifting, CrossFit, and his vague recollections of his first meet. If you know these guys from …

Episode 8: Dr. Krissy Kendall - Is Creatine Safe for Teens?

January 16th, 2017


Krissy Kendall, PhD, reacts to recent headlines raising concerns about teen usage of the popular supplement creatine. If you've been wondering if …

Episode 7: Andy Speer - How To Train Like An Athlete and Stay Photo-Ready, Too

January 9th, 2017


NYC-based coach and Performix athlete Andy Speer talks about his unique approach to training and coaching, and why he likes to compete in sports ranging from Olympic lifting to martial arts into his 30s.

- …

Episode 6: Walks, Whole Eggs & Pull-ups: Lais DeLeon's Reasonable Fit Life

December 23rd, 2016


Can you be a fitness model without leading an obsessive, calorie-fixated life? Lais DeLeon says you can, and over a million people watch her make it happen daily on Instagram and other social platforms. Here's how she …

Episode 5: Dr. Layne Norton's Hard Truths of Training

December 12th, 2016


Want to know how to tackle the holidays? How about the best way to use blood flow restriction training or nutrient timing? Get the straight dope from …

Episode 4: Dr. Dominic D'Agostino on the Ketogenic Diet

November 26th, 2016


Researcher Dr. Dominic D'Agostino explains the significance and best approaches to the ketogenic diet, troubleshooting common problems, and looking at the next frontier of ketogenic and fasting-related research.

Episode 3: Evan Centopani - How A Pro Grows

November 11th, 2016


Fresh off the release of his new training program Iron Intelligence (, we spend an hour with one of the world's top bodybuilders. How did he get there? How healthy is he? Why …

Episode 2: The Crazy Life of a Crazy-fit Couple

October 28th, 2016


Deep talk and serious goofing off with one of the fittest couples in the industry. Chassidy and Antonio Smothers talk with hosts Nick Collias and …

Episode 1: You're Doing It All Wrong...

September 27th, 2016


Hosts Nick Collias and Dr. Krissy Kendall chat with special guest Bill Geiger about his robust history of training (and injuries) from the ‘80s …

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