Scott Abel Fitness Podcast

Scott Abel Fitness Podcast

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Discussion about health and fitness, nutrition and training, fat loss and muscle gain!


16 – What’s the Big Deal with the Biggest Loser?
Mar 9 • 58 min
We discuss recent as well as some older articles and studies about The Biggest Loser, including issues with metabolism, the framing of how weight loss happens, and some of the more pervasive effects of representing weight loss in the media. Scott also…
15 – Training and Traveling? Enter “Programmus Interruptus”
Mar 2 • 40 min
Scott and Mike discuss a strategy for training and traveling: “Programmus Interruptus” Visit scottabelfitness.com/interrupt for a detailed written breakdown of what we’re talking about, plus a video demo. The main idea is, if you’re traveling and need to…
14 – Lou Schuler on Fitness & Writing
Feb 24 • 63 min
Mike is joined by Lou Schuler to discuss some of the larger trends in fitness, as well as how to avoid saying the same things over again in fitness writing. Mike wanted to talk to Lou to talk about fitness writing because Lou — an award-wining journalist…
13 – Baywatch’s Alexandra Paul
Feb 17 • 58 min
Scott is joined by Alexandra Paul of Baywatch. They discuss Alexandra’s remarkable activism (and even her arrests), her work for animal rights, her career development after Baywatch, and much more. Links & Resources • Alexandra Paul’s Website -…
12 – Anatomy of a Perfect Workout
Feb 10 • 58 min
We discuss what goes into an actual, solid workout: what to focus on, tempo vs cadence, pumping reps vs explosive reps, myths, warmups. Some Quick Notes: * “The muscles work the weights; the weights don’t work the muscles.” * *Most* of what we talked…
11 – How to Design a Workout Program
Feb 3 • 56 min
How much customization is needed for a workout program? Ideally, does every program you do need to be custom-designed from scratch? The answer is obviously not. Any good coach will have their own library of programs that are useful for a variety of…
10 – Dotsie Bausch, Plant-Based Olympian
Jan 27 • 51 min
Scott talks with Dotsie Bausch, a seven-time USA cycling champion and a medal-winning athlete with team USA’s cycling team. Dotsie was named by VegNews in 2019 as one of the top 20 most influential vegans in the world. She was featured in the 2017…
9 – “Once I Start Eating, I Can’t Stop!”
Jan 20 • 28 min
Scott and Mike discuss what to do when you struggle with cravings. So, you open the bag, and find you just can’t stop until the whole bag’s finished; or, you try to have a handful, but you then need to reach for more. Topics covered * The importance of…
8 – What Progress Looks Like
Jan 13 • 52 min
This episode was based on a coaching client email Scott received that indicated what progress looks like. It’s not just a before and after photo. It’s about letting go of JOMO, not worrying at all about the scale, not being shamed based on what the weight…
7 – How to Start a New Diet or Workout Program Off Right
Jan 6 • 60 min
How do you start a program off on the right foot? If you’ve tried multiple diets and “failed” in the past, and you still, y’know, have weight to lose, how do you actually change things so that this time it really is different, and you’re not just doing…
6 – Is the Fitness Industry Evil?
Dec 30, 2019 • 51 min
Unrealistic images of bodies. Supplements. Mental and emotional issues. Orthorexia. Is the fitness industry actually doing “good” in the world? Most experts or companies will frame fitness as “empowering” and “healthy,” even when the effects of their…
5 – Five Fitness “Cornerstone Concepts”
Dec 23, 2019 • 61 min
This topic came from Mike. The idea of Cornerstone Concepts came from a similar idea in pedagogy studies about threshold concepts. The idea with these is that once a student understands a given concept like this, it completely changes their understanding…
4 – When the Weight Scale Lies
Dec 16, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode we discuss how the weight scale can by deceiving, and why relying on it too much can mess with your mind. Scott was reminded of this topic by a coaching client check-in from Melissa S. Melissa lost “only” 10 lbs, but the difference in how…
3 – Dieting and Feeling JOMO (Jealous of Missing Out)
Dec 12, 2019 • 52 min
We discuss dieting and the feelings of jealousy and resentment that can arise as a result of (1) your own feelings towards your diet, and (2) pressure from other people. The topic came up as Scott thought of a story about a client who signed up for…
2 – “Sticking to Your Diet” and the Holidays
Dec 6, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode we covered five emails Scott received from coaching clients about sticking to training and diet during the holiday season. * Individual parties and whether you should take a night off. * Taking entire weeks off training and diet. *…
1 – Using Resistance Bands for Fitness: Advantages and Disadvantages
Dec 2, 2019 • 55 min
Today we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of using resistance bands for your weight training. Are resistance bands just another fad? A tool in the toolbox? How do you get the most out of them? Be sure to checkout Scott’s YouTube Playlist for…