If you want to know exactly what you have to do inside and outside of the gym to get really strong, then you want to listen to this podcast.

Biceps and abs are cool and all, but you know what really turns heads in the gym?

Being strong. Really strong.

You know, bench pressing a few plates, and squatting and deadlifting a few more.

Getting really strong also inevitably builds you a great physique.

In fact, as a natural weightlifter, your number one goal should be increasing whole-body strength, not getting big pumps or “feeling the burn.”

That’s the big “secret” to gaining muscle quickly and effectively, because it’s the best way to “progressively overload” your muscles.

You see, by working to slowly and steadily add weight to your exercises over time, you progressively increase tension levels in your muscles. Mechanically speaking, this is the primary driver of muscle growth.

That’s why the biggest guys and gals in the gym are also generally the strongest.

Another advantage to this approach to weightlifting is it’s very simple and straightforward. There are just three steps:

  1. Choose the right strength program for you.
  2. Get your calories and macros right.
  3. Make sure you’re fully recovering from your workouts.

That’s it.

If you just consistently do those three things, and keep showing up and putting in the work, then your strength will skyrocket and your body will transform.

Let’s take a look at each.

Mentioned on the show:

Bigger Leaner Stronger

Thinner Leaner Stronger

Whey+

Fortify

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