Q&A Part 4: Flexible dieting tips, lifting and cardio, and female training

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In this podcast I answers reader questions on how to make flexible dieting as “flexible” as possible (1:25), how to best work lifting and cardio into your schedule (11:22), and my recommendations on how women should work with weights (15:56).

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10 thoughts on “Q&A Part 4: Flexible dieting tips, lifting and cardio, and female training”

  1. i am doing your 5 day lift but honestly i am used to 4 sets each exercise. is that still ok if I am doing 4-6 exercises? Sam at MFL emailed me.and I may be buying a custom meal plan, but waiting on some medical results first. Do you have recommendations on weight lifting for pregnant women btw within the first 5 months…if we are already lifting?

  2. i am doing your 5 day lift but honestly i am used to 4 sets each exercise. is that still ok if I am doing 4-6 exercises? Sam at MFL emailed me.and I may be buying a custom meal plan, but waiting on some medical results first. Do you have recommendations on weight lifting for pregnant women btw within the first 5 months…if we are already lifting?

  3. The research on cardio after training impairing strength gains involved LISS cardio, not HIIT. If anything, doing HIIT after strength training might enhance the anabolic response – theoretically.

  4. Thanks for the great info mike, as always!

    Regarding the cardio and weights topic, I have a gym at work that I can go to during my lunch break. Usually I prefer working out at home after work, either doing weights or HIIT depending on the schedule.

    But since I'm trying to maximize fat loss before the end of the year, I'm considering doing workouts twice a day. My question is what is the optimal way to do so? Lift during lunch, and cardio in the evening? Or the other way around?

    I'm a 5'0 ft, 105 lbs. female and find it extremely hard to gain muscle and lose fat, unfortunately

  5. Thanks Mike. I'm doing fasted training and on 3 days that includes lifting followed by 20 minutes of cardio intervals. I am cycling on and off Yohimbine and so far have taken it right before my lifting. Would you recommend taking it before the cardio workout on those days, or is it just as beneficial at the same time each day, before I lift. Always do my compound lifts first ;)

  6. i tested 477ng/dl testosterone and I think its not ideal for weightlifting. I red tucker max' book about raising testosterone. do you think its possible to get up to like 7-800 or is there also some genetic limit?

  7. I appreciate the info and effort. I'm reading BLS and so that really helps me understand what you said here. Also Mike was super cool and helpful via email with some specific training needs I had. Thanks man. I'm glad I had the time to take in the full you tube video. Usually I have less time. 

  8. In this podcast you talk about programming your macros per meal. My usual process is to log in all my food that I have prepared for that day and tweak it to make sure it all adds up to my goals by the end, but the meals themselves are not structured individually to have x amount of calories with x percent of each macro. For example one meal could have more protein the other more fats, mostly carbs for around workout etc…. Does this matter at all? Or is it important to make sure meals have a particular structure. Sounds a bit nit-picky, I know, but I'm just curious. Thanks in advance for your time. 

  9. Hey Mike. I'm currently doing a lean bulk, been stuck around 170 for some time now. My macros have been around 170p, 340c, 70f, resulting around 2700-2800 daily. Do you think I should increase a bit, and if so, would you recommend higher carbs/lower fats, etc? Thanks man!

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