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Strength & Muscle Mass

My framework for exercise is built upon four pillars: stability, strength, aerobic efficiency, and anaerobic performance. Strength may be the most intimidating of the four, especially for people who aren’t accustomed to strength training.

In its simplest form, strength means utilizing muscle to generate force. And if you are interested in living a long and healthy life and playing with your great-grandkids someday, then muscle mass should be a priority. Never in the history of human civilization has a 90-year-old said, “I wish I had less muscle.”

Below are a compilation of clips, podcasts, and articles specifically discussing the longevity benefits from greater muscle mass and strength, as well as tactics for preserving muscle mass.

Fasting & protein: the impact of fasting on muscle mass

This video clip is from Ask Me Anything (AMA) #32 — Exercise, squats, deadlifts, BFR, and TRT, originally released on…

#205 – Energy balance, nutrition, & building muscle | Layne Norton, Ph.D. (Pt.2)

Lean body mass is inversely proportional to your risk of mortality after age 50.” —Layne Norton

#199 – Running, overcoming challenges, and finding success | Ryan Hall

You just got to bring yourself back to being present in this moment, and there’s always enough to get you through this moment.” —Ryan Hall

#196 – AMA #32: Exercise, squats, deadlifts, BFR, and TRT

“You have to differentiate between signal and noise. . .it’s easy to say testosterone causes heart disease just like it’s easy to say estrogen causes breast cancer. But if you’re actually going to go through all of the data. . .I think it becomes very difficult to make that case.” —Peter Attia

Peter Attia on the importance of preserving strength and muscle mass as we age

“If you have the aspiration of kicking ass when you’re 85, you can’t afford to be average when you’re 50.” —Peter Attia

#193 – AMA #31: Heart rate variability (HRV), alcohol, sleep, and more

In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter and Bob first answer a variety of questions related to heart rate…

#179 – Jeremy Loenneke, Ph.D.: The science of blood flow restriction—benefits, uses, and what it teaches us about the relationship between muscle size and strength

“The real utility of using blood flow restriction is the fact that you can use it with very low loads…we’ve tried to combine it with high loads and in different aspects, and other people have run training studies with it, but it’s not additive; it doesn’t add anything more to high-low training” – Jeremy Loekenne

#176 – AMA #27: The importance of muscle mass, strength, and cardiorespiratory fitness for longevity

“If you have the aspiration of kicking ass when you’re 85, you can’t afford to be average when you’re 50.” —Peter Attia

#163 – Layne Norton, Ph.D.: Building muscle, losing fat, and the importance of resistance training

“I always tell people, I don’t think I would’ve had the success I did in business or social media or academia if I hadn’t done weightlifting because that taught me so much about other things in life.” —Layne Norton

#151 – Alex Hutchinson, Ph.D.: Translating the science of endurance and extreme human performance

“Any meaningful form of exercise that’s going to do substantial amounts of good is going to involve dealing with discomfort in one form or another.” —Alex Hutchinson

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