EP126: All About Metabolic Optimization, Living A Longer, Healthier, and Better Life w/ Joel Jamieson


Joel Jamieson is widely considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength and conditioning for combat sports, having trained many of the sports best athletes since 2004. He is the author of the bestselling book Ultimate MMA Conditioning and is a contributing writer to several top magazines and a frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars all over the world. Joel has worked with and consulted extensively for teams and organizations ranging from Navy SEALS to Life Time Fitness and his Bioforce HRV system was used by teams in the NFL, NBA, MLS, NCAA, and more (now called “Morpheus). He is best known for an individualized approach that is both based on solid science and yet practical to apply. Joel created 8weeksout.com in 2009 to help clear up the misinformation and confusion surrounding energy systems. Since then, the site has become one of the authorities on strength, conditioning, and performance.

Joel is one of my closes friends and a person I spend a lot of time geeking out on the science of training, longevity, health, and also business. Since he’s also one of the worlds foremost conditioning and metabolic optimization specialists, I’ve had him back on the show for the 3rd and, and he never fails to deliver top notch insights, practical application, and some big “aha” moments that will help you upgrade your performance, health, longevity, and overall results.


  • What is “metabolism” and the 3 biggest myths around it.
  • Why the idea that if you just burn more calories, you’ll lose more weight is wrong, we dive into the research of Herman Pontzer you must understand.
  • Fascinating research showing people with higher metabolism aren’t necessarily leaner than people with lower metabolisms, why this is and how it applies to you.
  • How calorie restriction leads to longevity, and whether you should be under eating.
  • The difference of optimizing for longevity vs. optimizing for performance, do you have to give up one for the other.
  • One of the rarely talked about reasons of why we lose muscle as we age, and what we can learn from it.
  • The power of mitochondria and why it’s something you MUST understand and develop (and the ways to do it).
  • The TTENNS approach to improving every facet of your longevity with specific examples.
  • Strength training and walking Is NOT enough if you want to optimize your health and longevity.
  • What is metabolic flexibility, its benefits, and how to apply it in both training and nutrition.
  • What’s “zone 2” and why is it now becoming popular, the benefits of it, and the myths surrounded by it.
  • Why metabolic work requires more frequency but not as much intensity (aka, you’re not doing enough cardio!).
  • Why Joel think metabolic work comes first, then strength and how Cardio will NOT affect your strength, muscle, and performance in a negative way.
  • How to ice baths, sauna’s, float tanks, etc. affect longevity and where do they come into play.
  • The future of individualized supplementation and therapeutics in improving health and longevity.
  • And much, much more!


8 Weeks Out  www.8weeksout.com

Morpheus www.TrainWithMorpheus.com

Book: Burn – New Research Really Blows The Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Stay Healthy, and Lose Weight 

Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance Gym www.VigorGroundFitness.com

Vigor Life Podcast (iTunes)

Luka Hocevar YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ29YcBh-g6onRujX3wD_XA?view_as=subscriber

Luka Hocevar Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lukahocevar/

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback that you’d like to share? Leave me a review on iTunes.

EP125: The Power Of Communication, Connection and Coaching In Training and Physical Therapy w/ Dr. Michael Mash & HIDEF PT


This is a comeback episode for the Vigor Life Podcast and I couldn’t be more excited to bring it back and share my own knowledge, experience and insights again, as well as bring on the best guests to educate, entertain, and inspire. This first episode I sat down with Dr. Michael Mash of Barbell Rehab, as well as our partners Zach and Mitch from HIDEF Physical Therapy. We were hosting Michael for the Barbell Certification at Vigor Ground this weekend with over 40 attendees.

Barbell Rehab was created by Dr. Michael Mash, Physical Therapist and Barbell Coaching Expert to help fitness and rehab professionals improve their management of clients with pain or mobility limitations. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016 from Duquesne University and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Vincent College in 2014.

In this episode we go over training limitations for clients and how to adjust for them, biggest issues we see when it comes to coaching, and then we dig deep into the power of communication when it comes to results, collaboration of coaches and physical therapists, the future of integration with training and PT facilities, and much more.


  • What are the biggest reasons people beat up their joints when they train and how does that need to improve.
  • Why the devil is in the dosage and one of the MAIN reasons for injuries and nagging pains.
  • What are the obstacles when it comes to rehab and physical therapy, of getting someone back to high performance rather than just out of pain.
  • The art of finding the right variation for the client is a superpower.
  • How to increase your value as a coach by collaborating with physical therapists.
  • Learning the skillset of eliminating “threat” with clients that had injuries and are afraid of certain patterns.
  • Why you should listen to “whispers” of your body so they don’t become “screams.”
  • The future of physical therapy is proactive and not reactive, and the integration of training and PT in any business.
  • Changing the fear of physical therapists loading their clients when they are rehabbing and coming back to action.
  • How to use trust, communication, and safety to improve your clients performance – with specific examples.
  • Why sales and marketing will make you a much better coach and physical therapist.
  • How ONE set can cause a big psychological adaptation for your clients, do this!
  • The “Hospitality Reflex” in personal training and physical therapy and why it’s what the top 1% do.
  • How to build trust as a trainer or PT and not only face to face, but also through social media, organically, in your community to build a referral machine.
  • Why you MUST hunt for feedback with your business, and constantly strive to improve.


Barbell Rehab https://barbellrehab.com/

HIDEF Physical Therapy https://www.hidefpt.com/

Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance Gym www.VigorGroundFitness.com

Vigor Life Podcast (iTunes)  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vigor-life-podcast/

Luka Hocevar YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ29YcBh-g6onRujX3wD_XA?view_as=subscriber

Luka Hocevar Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lukahocevar/

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback that you’d like to share? Leave me a review on iTunes.

EP124: How To REALLY Build A Fitness Business Of The Future & Manage Your Finances As A Fit Pro w/ Jon Goodman


Jonathan Goodman is the creator of the Personal Trainer Development Center. Since 2011, he has supported fitness professionals by publishing over a million words, growing some of the largest online communities, publishing several books, and establishing the first-ever certification for online trainers, the Online Trainer Academy. He’s been featured in most major business and fitness publications including Men’s Health, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Muscle & Fitness, Inc., and many more. Originally from Toronto, Jon spends his winters exploring the World with his wife and son.

In this value-packed episode which was a special edition never released fireside chat from the 2020 Virtual Vigor Ground Summit. We touch on everything from what Jon would do right now if he were to go into opening a brick & mortar business and how the online space is shaping itself, to the finances of a fit pro and how to build security and wealth – and a lot in between. This is a can’t miss episode for Fit Pros.

Let’s go.


Join thousands of subscribers and receive exclusive tools, tips, and resources directly from Luka.

Subscribe to vigor life podcast

Most Popular Post


Get the coaching, support and guidance (you need) to help you get lean, build muscle and take control of your body. The accountability, community, tools, and strategies for you to keep the results for good.

Backed by science, proven over 10-years with results with real clients from every walk of life. Become the next success story by joining today.