GUEST SERIES | Dr. Andy Galpin: How to Assess & Improve All Aspects of Your Fitness

In this episode 1 of a 6-part special series, Andy Galpin, PhD, professor of kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton and world expert on exercise science, explains the 9 different types of exercise adaptations that can be used to transform the functional capacities and aesthetics of our body, and benefits each adaptation has for our health. He explains the best evidence-based protocols to optimize your progress in building strength, endurance, muscle growth, flexibility and for optimal recovery, and he provides zero-cost and low-cost tests to assess all aspects of your physical fitness. This episode provides a foundation and tools for establishing a comprehensive assessment of your current fitness level, allowing you to select the ideal fitness programs to implement toward your goals. Subsequent episodes 2-6 in this special series explain goal-directed protocols to reach those goals. For the full show notes, visit Thank you to our sponsors AG1 (Athletic Greens): LMNT: Eight Sleep: InsideTracker: Supplements from Momentous Timestamps (00:00:00) Dr. Andy Galpin (00:02:04) Assessing Fitness  (00:05:40) 9 Exercise-Induced Adaptations  (00:10:56) Assessing Fitness Levels per Category; Fat Loss & Health (00:13:33) Sponsors: LMNT, Eight Sleep (00:17:20) Lifetime Endurance Training: VO2 Max & Other Health Metrics (00:26:10) Genetics vs. Lifestyle, Endurance Training & Identical Twins (00:33:49) Aging, Muscle Fibers & Exercise (00:37:12) Lifetime Strength Training & Outcomes  (00:39:58) Sponsor: AG1 (00:40:51) Exercise Physiology History; Strength Training Popularity (00:51:26) Bodybuilding & Misconceptions; Circuit/Group Training  (00:57:22) Women & Weight Training (01:04:19) Exercise Physiology History & Current Protocol Design (01:06:15) Sponsor: InsideTracker (01:07:18) Movement/Skill Test (01:12:38) Speed Test, Power Test (01:18:42) Strength Test (01:27:16) Hypertrophy Test (01:29:38) Muscular Endurance Test, Push-Up (01:36:23) Anaerobic Capacity Test, Heart Rate (01:39:29) Maximal Heart Rate Test, VO2 Max (01:42:42) Long Duration Steady State Exercise Test (01:44:00) Fitness Testing Frequency & Testing Order (01:52:44) VO2 Max Measurements (01:58:04) Protocols for the 9 Adaptations (01:59:58) Zero-Cost Support, YouTube Feedback, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, Neural Network Newsletter Disclaimer Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac

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Huberman Lab discusses neuroscience — how our brain and its connections with the organs of our body control our perceptions, our behaviors, and our health. We also discuss existing and emerging tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works. Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and tenured professor in the department of neurobiology, and by courtesy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. He has made numerous significant contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity, which is the ability of our nervous system to rewire and learn new behaviors, skills and cognitive functioning.  Huberman is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award, given to the scientist making the most significant discoveries in the study of vision, in 2017. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. He also works on neural regeneration and directs a clinical trial to promote visual restoration in diseases that cause blindness. Huberman is also actively involved in developing tools now in use by the elite military in the U.S. and Canada, athletes, and technology industries to optimize performance in high stress environments, enhance neural plasticity, mitigate stress and optimize sleep.   Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford School of Medicine has been published in top journals including Nature, Science and Cell and has been featured in TIME, BBC, Scientific American, Discover and other top media outlets.  In 2021, Dr. Huberman launched the Huberman Lab podcast. The podcast is frequently ranked in the top 5 of all podcasts globally and is often ranked #1 in the categories of Science, Education, and Health & Fitness.