Q&A: Warming Up, Calculating Volume, Assessing Fatigue, and Creatine Non-Responders

In today’s episode, Greg and Eric field listener questions about why (and how) to warm up, practical ways to quantify volume and assess fatigue, how to tell if …


  1. Question for Greg: Sounds like you're skeptical about heart rate variability as a good metric for fatigue/readiness in strength athletes as opposed to endurance training or other athletes relying primarily on aerobic system. What about (a) grip strength as indicated by a dynamometer: (b) bar speed: or (c) vertical jump?

  2. 1. Hey Greg, I have difficulty remembering names too which sometimes caused problems. On the other hand, I remember someone's voice extremely well. There is something about how the brain is hard-wired.2. I smiled when there was the discussion about calculating volumes and work as I had reached the same conclusions 4 years ago.3. I have had an opportunity to train with a friend and workouts felt fantastic. Then I had days of struggling to get in an out of the car (back cramped & abs tight) and walking up the stairs (leg movements would give pain twitches). I had broken through my sticking points for several exercises.4. How about discussing in the future the problems the older lifters have with strength improvements and especially recovery?

  3. Something not touched on in the warm up talk is that for a lot of people if you use RPE heavy programming warming up with sets of whatever rep number your top set is helps "calibrate" (for lack of a better word) that day's load.

  4. Fantastic as always thanks for the very informative and helpful information! Greetings from Switzerland 🇨🇭

  5. 1:08:00 I ordered sucralose from BulkSupplements recently and it was off (brownish and had a strong cotten candy odor). I contacted them and they said there was a storage issue. Could be that other supplements, including creatine, were also tainted?

  6. Conveniently listened to the first fitness podcast on Spotify. Just stopping by to say thanks to Eric and his temporary guest host Greg.

  7. When it comes to the current scientific literature landscape, we see all too often a specific treatment being tested for a generic or idiopathic condition in a population that hasn’t been identified as having xyz issue.

    Lax balling and pnf doesn’t significantly work pre lift based on a meta of less than 15 studies all of which looked at random people lax balling random muscles pre lift? That’s poor science. Yet we have plenty of evidence showing decreased tone and ascending pain modulation in populations with specific hypertonic or painful muscles who partake in pressure modalities for a temporary amount of time.

    I’d love to see a body of literature looking at a population with, let’s say, pseudo-sciatica stemming from trigger points/hypertonic/painful Glute meds (similar referall pattwrn to sciatica) that act up during or after squats who lax ball their Glute meds just before squats. That’s a specific procedure to answer a specific question with a specific answer – that’s good science (in a general sense)

  8. Gotta love Greg, he remembers names of various studies, the publishing year and contents of the study but doesn't remember his friends gf's name 😀 Priorities my friends, priorities.

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