84 - 7 Secrets To Recovering Harder Than You Worked Out

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The calories you burn in your workout today doesn't matter.

Wait, what?

That's right. It's not the energy expenditure of your workout that is going to stick with you.

It's the long-lasting adaptations that your body creates due to the stress of your workout.

The magic of your workout happens AFTER the workout.

Adaptations like

Rewiring of your cerebellum to prevent neurodegenerative disease

Improved muscle density, size, and function

Excessive post-exercise oxygen consumption

Strength, power, stability, range of motion

Hormone modulation

Injury prevention

Are all paramount compared to caloric burn

And it turns out that there are some great "secrets" that are proven to scientifically support your workout effort by boosting your recovery efforts!

Mentioned in the show

Weekly Updates


Summer Shred


How To Work Out While Sleep Deprived


Relora (for DHEA)



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