Dr Doug McGuff on Workout Volume and Frequency, Neck Training, Exercise Science, Entrepreneurship, Cryptocurrency, and Relationships

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Dr Doug McGuff performing stoic barbell curls at his facility, Ultimate Exercise.

Dr Doug McGuff (@DougMcGuff / Instagram: ultimate_exercise_) is frequently labeled as one of the world’s top experts on exercise and in particular, high intensity strength training. Doug practices full-time emergency medicine with Blue Ridge Emergency Physicians and owns, Ultimate Exercise, where he and his instructors continue to explore the limits of exercise through their personal training of clients. Doug regularly posts his exercise thoughts and findings on his blog and YouTube channel, and provides consultancy and other products and services via DrMcGuff.com.

Doug’s popularity exploded with the release of his ground-breaking book, Body By Science, which he published with John Little. Soon after, Dr McGuff and Dr Robert P. Murphy published The Primal Prescription: Surviving The “Sick Care” Sinkhole, an expose on medical care, how to get the best care when you really need it, and a prescription for wellness, longevity and personal accountability.

This was an eclectic episode that touched on a number of different areas. As this may be the last interview I do with Doug for a while (he’s incredibly busy), I took this opportunity to go beyond strength training to talk about things like investing, cryptocurrency, success and even relationships. Doug provides a very intelligent and thoughtful perspective on all of these topics and more. I look forward to listening to this interview again and again. I hope you will feel the same.

This was one of the most profound conversations I’ve had in my entire life.

“took me 3 years to read the book … it is astounding. If you get that book … the best way is just drop it and let it open on any random page and blindly take your finger and drop it down on any sentence and read that sentence, and I don’t care where you land in that book or what sentence you land on, you’ll read that sentence and you’ll be like … WOW, that is profound.”

– Dr Doug McGuff on Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig Von Mises

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Dr Doug McGuff using the Nitro Nautilus Overhead Press at The Brickhouse Gym in Columbia, South Carolina.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Workout Volume and frequency
  • The Placebo Effect
  • Neck training (machine vs manual resistance)
  • The practical application of scientific literature on exercise (and in general)
  • Cryptocurrency
  • What calorie surplus is required for optimising muscle gain?
  • Extreme fat loss and losing that “last bit”
  • Relationships with women
  • The ultimate reading list
  • … and more 😀

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