What is the recommended protein intake?


To address the recommended protein intake, the provides various insights across different episodes and contexts:

  • A general recommendation for protein intake is about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. This has been echoed by several experts, including Dr. Layne Norton, who mentioned that getting at least two to three meals with high-quality protein per day is crucial for the vast majority of benefits from protein, especially if following intermittent fasting practices 1.

  • Dr. Andy Galpin also recommended about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight, particularly during recovery, to help with recovery and muscle growth 2. He also discussed nutrient ratios for different types of workouts, recommending a 1:1 protein to carbohydrate ratio for strength work, and higher carbohydrate ratios for conditioning or hypertrophy-focused training 3.

    Protein and Fasting

    Layne Norton discusses the effects of fasting on lean body mass and protein synthesis. Mild forms of time-restricted eating appear to be fine for lean body mass, but extreme forms like alternate day fasting may have negative effects. Getting enough high-quality protein and engaging in hard resistance training are the biggest levers for maintaining lean body mass.

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    Dr Layne Norton: The Science of Eating for Health, Fat Loss & Lean Muscle | Huberman Lab Podcast #97
  • further discussed the importance of early day feeding for muscle protein synthesis, suggesting that ingesting quality protein early in the day can enhance muscle tissue volume 4. Quality proteins should include essential amino acids, especially leucine.

  • Dr. Galpin highlighted the interaction of adequate protein intake with other dietary factors, explaining that as long as you reach a certain total protein threshold, the other variables such as timing, type, and quality of protein become less critical 5.

  • For those concerned with fat loss or muscle growth, a calorie surplus or maintenance may be needed to support muscle synthesis. Incorporating 700 to 3000 milligrams of the essential amino acid leucine at each meal is important for muscle growth and repair 6.

Please consult with a healthcare provider or a nutritionist to personalize these recommendations based on your individual health status, goals, and dietary preferences.


How to create a basic workout trough a week


To create a basic workout routine over a week, the has proposed an adaptable structure suitable for various personal schedules:

  1. Sunday: Long endurance workout
  2. Monday: Leg resistance training
  3. Tuesday: Heat cold contrast
  4. Wednesday: Torso training plus neck
  5. Thursday: Moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise (35-minute session)
  6. Friday: High-intensity interval training like sprinting
  7. Saturday: Arms, calves, neck, and torso indirect work

emphasizes that the start day is flexible and workouts can be shifted one day forward or backward to fit individual needs. He advocates for once-weekly sessions of long endurance, moderate faster endurance, and all-out sprint cardio training, alongside resistance training for every muscle group at least once a week, including legs, torso, and arms. Additionally, each session – like legs, torso, or high-intensity intervals – should be spaced out by two to three days for optimal recovery 1.

In terms of efficiency, workouts need not be lengthy to be effective. You could accomplish your muscle-working sets within 30 minutes. Aim for about 15 working sets per muscle group each week, spaced across different days. As an example, if you did five squat sets three days a week, that would cover the 15 working sets for your leg muscles. Compound movements like squats and deadlifts can hit several muscle groups simultaneously, though some muscles, such as hamstrings, may benefit from targeted isolation exercises 2.

This routine is just a basic framework. Adjustments can be made based on individual goals, response to exercise, and scheduling constraints. Always ensure to allow for sufficient rest and recovery to maximize the benefits of your workout regimen.

Flexible Fitness Schedule

Andrew emphasizes the flexibility of his fitness schedule, stating that workouts can be shifted one day forward or back to accommodate for travel, work, or illness. The focus is on optimizing the overall program rather than any specific aspect of training or adaptation.

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Fitness Toolkit: Protocol & Tools to Optimize Physical Health | Huberman Lab Podcast #94

Create a basic workout trough 6 days a week. Provide a full example for each day.


Creating a basic workout plan for six days a week can be quite nuanced and tailored to individual goals and recovery capabilities. Using insights from the , here's a general example for each day, keeping in mind that muscle groups should get some work at least once throughout the week and considering recovery time:

  1. Day 1 (Strength & Power Focus):

    • Warm-up: 10 minutes dynamic stretching and light cardio
    • Powerlifting: Squats (5 sets of 5 reps)
    • Strength: Bench Press (3 sets of 8 reps)
    • Pull Movement: Bent-over rows (3 sets of 10 reps)
    • Core Stability: Planks (3 sets, 1 minute each)
  2. Day 2 (Endurance & Mobility):

    • Warm-up: 10 minutes of mobility work (foam rolling and stretching)
    • Endurance: Cycling or swimming (45-60 minutes at steady pace)
    • Flexibility: Yoga or pilates (30 minutes)
  3. Day 3 (Hypertrophy & Resistance):

    • Warm-up: 10 minutes of light cardio
    • Bodybuilding: Bicep curls and tricep extensions (3 sets of 12 reps each)
    • Resistance: Leg press (4 sets of 10 reps)
    • Hypertrophy: Lateral raises and front raises for shoulders (3 sets of 12 reps)
    • Core: Russian twists (3 sets of 15 reps each side)
  4. Day 4 (Active Recovery):

    • Light Cardio: A brisk 30-minute walk or easy jog
    • Stretching: 15 minute full-body stretching routine
    • Optional: Light skill practice (balance, coordination drills)
  5. Day 5 (Mixed Modalities):

    • Warm-up: 10 minutes of jump rope
    • Circuit Training: Combination of bodyweight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, air squats) for 20 minutes
    • Mixed Modalities: Include some kettlebell swings or rows for moderate intensity
    • Balance: Single-leg deadlifts (3 sets of 8 reps each side)
    • Core: Leg raises (3 sets of 10 reps)
  6. Day 6 (Speed & Agility):

    • Warm-up: Agility ladder drills for 10 minutes
    • Speed: Sprints (100m x 10 with full recovery or timed intervals)
    • Plyometrics: Box jumps and medicine ball throws (3 sets of 8 reps each)
    • Agility: Cone drills or shuttle runs for 20 minutes

Always make sure to:

  • Start with a proper warm-up to prepare your muscles and joints for activity.
  • Focus on form to prevent injury and ensure you're working the intended muscle groups effectively.
  • Tailor the intensity and volume of exercises according to your individual fitness level and goals.
  • Incorporate at least one full rest day for recovery, which could be on the seventh day. This allows your body to repair and build muscle tissue.
  • Adapt workouts as needed to account for fatigue, soreness, or other commitments.

No specific workout plans detailing every exercise on each day were provided in the retrieved clips, but the discussed concepts focus on muscle group frequency, volume, and recovery, which can be applied to the example workouts above 1 2 3 4. Remember, this is just a template. Personalization is key, and professional guidance can be very helpful, especially if you're new to creating workout plans.

Efficient Muscle Building

Andy and Andrew discuss how to build muscle efficiently with shorter workouts, targeting multiple muscle groups with a single exercise, and avoiding workout skipping. They also touch on the importance of isolating certain muscle groups like hamstrings.

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Dr. Andy Galpin: Optimal Protocols to Build Strength & Grow Muscles | Huberman Lab Guest Series