Training Frequency, High Intensity Training, And Training Protocols Over A Lifetime – Andy Galpin PhD

Dr Andy Galpin deadlift
Dr Andy Galpin performing a dead lift.

Dr Andy Galpin (Instagram and Twitter) has a degree in exercise science, a masters in Human Movement Sciences and a PhD in Human Bioenergetics (studying the structure and function of human skeletal muscle at the single cell level), This also resulted in the opening of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory (BMEP) at CSU Fullerton.

The BMEP lab studies the acute responses and chronic adaptations of human skeletal muscle in response to high force, velocity, power and fatiguing exercise from the whole body, down to the individual muscle fiber and even into the individual DNA. The team does this by taking muscle biopsies from non-athletes and elite athletes from different backgrounds (e.g. normal college student, MMA fighter, Boxer, Weightlifter, etc.) and use highly sophisticated laboratory techniques and equipment to address questions about single fiber “type”, size, function, protein quantity, diameter, mitochondria, and myonuclear function.

In the video below, Andy provides commentary of Conor McGregor’s ridiculous spinning back kick angular velocity! I stand corrected: this was 3 years ago! Not “recently” like I said in the introduction to this episode *blush*:

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I really enjoyed Andy Galpin’s interview on The Joe Rogan Experience which led me to ask him on to Corporate Warrior.

Every now and again, I like to invite someone on to the show who isn’t from a HIT background and has a different opinion on what exercise is the most effective for various desirable outcomes. Whilst Andy does believe that HIT provides some value, he believes that traditional high intensity training falls short in meeting all of the requirements for optimising health, longevity and even muscle gain.

Check out Andy’s website and new book: Unplugged: Evolve from Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance, & Consciousness (Amazon US / Amazon UK)

In this episode we cover:

  • Andy’s opinions on the pros and cons of the typical HIT protocol
  • How Andy adds muscle to his athletes
  • What Andy has changed his mind about regarding muscle adaptation/growth and post-workout nutrition timing in recent memory
  • and much more

Listen below:

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