“All we know is still infinitely less than all that remains unknown.” – William Harvey
I enjoyed my first interview with James so much that I asked him to join me for a second time. You can email James at james.fisher [@] solent.ac.uk.
James (MSc Exercise Physiology) is the Course Leader for BSc (HONS) Fitness and Personal Training at Southampton Solent University. James has worked with world class professional athletes and contributed a large number of research publications to the exercise domain.
Earlier this year, James gave a fantastic presentation called Advanced Resistance Training Techniques at the Kieser Medical Congress in Dresden.
James Fisher training with friend and colleague, Luke Carlson.
In this interview, we discuss:
- If there is any point to training smaller muscle groups in isolation
- How the Pareto Law Principle applies to strength training
- The potential downsides to the Big 5 and abbreviated workouts
- The benefits of strength training for joint, ligament and tendon health
- … and much more!
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- Why James isn’t a PhD yet [6:20]
- Is there a benefit to training smaller muscle groups, e.g. grip, to more effectively stimulate larger muscle groups? [10:00]
- Looking at multiple set strength training through the lens of the Pareto Law Principle [14:00]
- What are the potential short comings of a big 5 and abbreviated workouts? [18:33]
- Workout variety versus honing the skill [26:20]
- Does it make sense to use different loads to target different muscle fibers? [30:25]
- Is one set to failure covering the whole musculature once or twice a week all you need? [38:05]
- How does strength training improve joint, ligament and tendon health? [49:30]
- Can a professional athlete like Kobe Bryant reverse the damage accrued from a long, hard sporting career? [52:35]
- How has James’s views on exercise and nutrition evolved over time? [59:00]
- What “hacks’ does James employ to improve his health? [1:04:00]
- What has James changed his mind about in the last year in health and fitness? [1:09:30]
Selected Links from the Episode
- Advanced Resistance Training Techniques (Muscle Training 2015)
- Pareto Law Principle
- Big 5 Workout
- James Steele’s Bodyweight Workout
- Lady In The Water
- National Three Peaks Challenge
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Golden State Warriors
- Slow Carb Diet
- Paleo Diet
- The Bulletproof Diet: Lose up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Blue Blocker Sunglasses (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Omega-3 Fish Oil (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Vitamin D (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Grass-fed Whey Protein (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Fitbit (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Sleep Cycle App
- Fitness Leaders Alliance
- Beware the Meta-Analysis: Is Multiple Set Training
Really Better than Single Set Training for Muscle