Brian D. Johnston was the founder and President of the International Association of Resistance Trainers (I.A.R.T.) a certification institute for fitness professionals, which he sold in 2009, but remains as Director of Education. He is also the Director of Education for Prescribed Exercise Clinic. Brian has lectured internationally on the topics of sport nutrition, health, and exercise science, was the Editor-in-Chief and contributing writer to both Exercise Protocol and FITT Quarterly, contributor to Ironman magazine and was a strength & conditioning consultant to MET-Rx Engineered Nutrition. He has authored over twenty books, including his latest, Advanced Bodybuilding Methods & Strategies, as well as being the exercise and rehabilitation contributor to the Merck Manual.
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- Brian’s business and personal relationship with Mike Mentzer
- His various training protocols including triangular training and stutter reps
- His belief that training novelty necessitates optimal muscular development
- And much more
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- How did Brian get into exercise? [06:45]
- How has Brian’s views on exercise changed over time? [10:05]
- Why does Brian believe his freestyle exercise system is more effective for muscular development [11:25]
- What is a stutter rep? [13:45]
- How adaptation can slow or prevent muscle gain [14:38]
- How to design your own freestyle exercise system [20:10]
- How much more muscle could Brian’s methods add to an advanced trainee? [29:33]
- The potential downsides of ebbing and flowing between a Big-5, 2-way split and 3-way split [34:32]
- What does Brian’s typical workout look like? [36:24]
- Brian’s thoughts on tracking body building progress [41:10]
- What should we be focused on achieving in our workouts? [44:42]
- How to moderate volume within Brian’s training model [50:20]
- Novelty vs Necessity [59:20]
- Brian’s thoughts on the recent critiques of the General Adaptation Syndrome [1:02:30]
- Why may increasing just the TUL and resistance not be enough novelty for improved muscular adaptation [1:06:30]
- Brian’s personal and business relationship with Mike Mentzer [1:14:40]
- How does Brian earn a living today? [1:27:50]
- Brian’s dietary recommendations [1:37:20]
- One way to discern the quality of a workout and/or dietary protocol [1:47:30]
- Books Brian has re-read [1:53:34]
- Best piece of advice Brian has ever been given [1:55:50]
- How to contact Brian [2:04:00]
Selected Links from the Episode
- ISSA certification
- High Intensity Training
- Body By Science by Dr Doug McGuff and John R. Little (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Heavy Duty by Mike Mentzer (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Paulo Gentil’s informative and hilarious exercise videos
- Athletic Greens
- Desiccated liver tablets (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Joe Weider
- Dr Hans Selye
- John Grimek
- Bill Pearl
- Dave Draper
- John Little (Listen to our podcasts here: Part 1 and Part 2)
- Dr Doug McGuff (Listen to our podcasts here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3)
- Vince Gironda
- Arthur Jones
- Dr Ellington Darden
- Dr Stuart Phillips
- James Steele PhD (Listen to our podcasts here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3)
- Andrew Shortt (Listen to our podcast here)
- Mike Mentzer
- Ayn Rand
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Stephen Downes
- Paulo Gentil
QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: How often do you change workout protocol? Please let me know in the comments.