The Stronger By Science Podcast

Q&A: Cortisol, Hydration, Anti-Nutrients, and Deadlift Recovery

Episode Summary

Today’s episode is a big Q&A catch up in which Greg and Eric answer questions about hydration, cortisol, nicotine, warming up, re-sensitizing muscles to hypertrophy stimuli, why deadlifts are so fatiguing, and much more. We’ve also got a surprise announcement: we’ve got a special bonus episode one week from today, which will feature the entire team of MASS research reviewers. Greg and Eric will be joined by Dr. Eric Helms and Dr. Mike Zourdos to discuss our favorite studies from volume 4 of the MASS research review, which covers the most notable exercise and nutrition studies that have come out in the year 2020.

Episode Notes

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Intro/Announcements (0:00:44). 

Good News and Bad News (0:03:35). 

Q&A (0:13:41). 

Should people be worried about “anti-nutrients?” (0:13:46). 

How can we re-sensitize our muscles to hypertrophy? (0:22:15). 

How much water does the typical lifter need? Does timing of ingestion matter? Should water intake be reduced at night? (0:29:38). 

Why is deadlifting considered more fatiguing than squatting? (0:44:22). 

Do “altitude masks” enhance training adaptations? (0:54:41). 

Studies discussed: 

What are the risks and benefits of using nicotine to suppress appetite and increase energy? (1:08:17 ). 

Does cortisol really impact body composition and fat storage? (1:27:28). 

Research for further reading: 

Should people generally do minimalist, barbell-only warmups before their workouts? Are more extensive warmups a waste of time and energy? (1:34:24). 

Will blood tests for an avid lifter or natural bodybuilder reveal any expected abnormalities? (1:40:37). 

Studies discussed: 

To Play Us Out: Replication in science (1:51:11).