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Jan 29, 2018

Dr. Doug McGuff is a full time emergency physician who became interested in physical conditioning when he was just 15 years old. In his teens, Doug had a love for bicycle motocross so he fashioned his garage to become his own mini gym. When he decided to start training in a real gym, he began working as a janitor to pay for his membership. It was there where he found Arthur Jones’ book, which became his stepping stone to competing in pro bicycle motocross. The sport paved the way to fund his college tuition and medical schooling.

Today, Doug discusses the importance of recovery, how a minimalist workout can provide maximum results, and why he says steady state cardio isn’t something people should be focusing on.


"If you want to try to be superhuman you have to realize you're only human.” Doug McGuff


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What most people don't calculate is that you not only have to manage volume and intensity, but you also have to manage your recovery as if you're a high level athlete.
  • The metabolic adaptations that are generated from high intensity exercises.
  • Exercise is kind of like fasting. They both stimulate apoptosis and autophagy but it has to be done intermittently.
  • Recovery varies from person to person, some recover fast, others slow.
  • Our culture has romanticized over training and we conflate it with training for getting actual results.
  • Even for just 12-15 minutes, a proper workout routine will do wonders when it comes to your fitness goals.


Key Takeaways:

  • Appropriate, intense, brief, infrequent, strength training and exercise is going to be the bridging factor for the life extension technology that's coming down the pike.
  • Anything done chronically is going to have negative returns.


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