Exercise is perhaps the single best thing you can do to improve your health, fitness, and vitality. So why aren’t doctors prescribing it?

What’s the easiest way to make your life better in every way?

Exercise regularly.

You’ll have more energy and mental focus, you’ll sleep better and get sick less frequently, and, of course, let’s not forget the fat loss and muscle and strength gains, either.

Most people know they should be more active, but don’t know exactly what to do and how to go about it and often choose to do nothing instead.

Unfortunately, the professionals who are in the best position to offer a helping hand here—doctors—are often just as clueless as their patients when it comes to effective exercise and nutrition.

Why is that? And what can be done about it?

Those are two of the questions I explore with Dr. Jordan Feigenbaum in this episode.

If you’re not familiar with Jordan, he’s an elite powerlifter, strength coach, medical doctor, and the founder of Barbell Medicine, so he has a unique perspective on the failings of medical school in preparing doctors to offer pragmatic exercise advice to patients. In our conversation, we discuss:

  • Why Jordan unironically refers to barbell training as “medicine”
  • Major “blindspots” in medical school curricula
  • The problem with the “health at any size” movement
  • Red flags for supplement companies and Instagram influencers
  • And more . . .

Time Stamps:

3:40 – Why did you choose Barbell Medicine as your company name and what does it mean? 

7:29 – What are the healthiest things you can do? 

13:22 – Why don’t doctors learn about exercise and nutrition in medical school? 

43:06 – What do you mean by a dose-dependent response on exercise? 

53:05 – What are the top 5 red flags for supplement companies?

1:05:13 – How much does it cost to make a bottle of collagen protein? 

1:09:35 – Where can people find you and your work? 

Mentioned on The Show: 

Books by Mike Matthews

Barbell Medicine’s Website

Barbell Medicine’s YouTube

Barbell Medicine’s Instagram

Jordan’s Instagram

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