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


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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.

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(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


Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac

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