13 – Skyler Tanner on The Problems with High Intensity Training, the Most Effective Protocol to Stimulate Strength and Hypertrophy and Macronutrients vs Counting Calories

Skyler Tanner, High Intensity Training Expert
Skyler Tanner (via EfficientExercise.com)

After hearing Skyler Tanner mentioned on multiple occasions by some of the world’s top experts on exercise, I knew I had to find out more about him. After checking out his blog and watching a few of his seminars on YouTube, he blew my mind. This interview was no different.

Skyler Tanner holds a Masters in Exercise Science, has been a high-level fitness and nutrition coach for 15 years, and has lectured at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2011, The 21 Convention, and Paleo FX. Skyler’s talk Strength Training and the Biomarkers of Aging has been featured on Peak Fitness by Dr. Mercola.

Skyler is very entertaining, and provides unique and thought-provoking views to some of the most controversial topics in health, fitness, and nutrition. This interview is a massive learning opportunity for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge on strength training, health, nutrition, and longevity.

This interview was one of my best yet, although I definitely need to shut up and listen more!

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Show Notes

The purpose of Skyler’s Blog, Exercise Science in the Real World (02:40)

Business vs Passion (07:50)

Why did Skyler transition from infrequent HIT to his new protocol and more movement? (10:15)

The problem with infrequent HIT vs “nothing at all” (22:00)

Do you really need to train to momentary muscular failure for results? (23:40)

What is the most effective protocol to generate strength and hypertrophy? (32:10)

Macro-Nutrients vs Counting Calories (41:50)

How to live for longevity (53:20)

Skyler’s recommended reading (1:09:00)

Why does exercise make us feel good and what makes it addictive? (no, it’s not endorphins) (1:12:55)

Burning question – is it detrimental to do Big 5 and another strength training session 3-days later? (1:16:30)



Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in 12 Minutes a Week by Dr Doug McGuff and John R. Little

The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less (P.S.) by Barry Schwartz

Free The Animal: Lose Weight & Fat With The Paleo Diet by Richard Nikoley

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall


Other Resources

Training Expectations Over A Lifetime by Skyler Tanner

The Six Year Itch: Was It All A Waste Of Time? by Skyler Tanner

Dr Ben Bocchicchio

Nail Gun, Hammer, Rock by Dr Doug McGuff

My Interview with James Steele

My Interview with James Fisher

The Truth About Exercise Documentary

Bulletproofexec.com (Dave Asprey’s blog)

Farewell to the 3,500-Calorie Rule By Densie Webb, PhD, RD

Why Are Thin People Not Fat Full BBC Documentary



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Comments 4

  • 1) None of my body parts recover in only 48 hours at my current age and level of development after being trained to failure. Small & slow-twitch tending ones (such as shoulders in my case) can recover in @3 days, larger & FT-tending ones take longer. 2) I suspect Skyler is putting things backwards WRT why people training beyond failure require longer to recover than those training merely to failure; the “central nervous system fatigue” is the result of an inflammatory cascade which is the result of muscle and connective tissue damage; the damage is greater in those training beyond failure than those training “just” to failure, tasks which are demanding of the nervous system without causing (much if any) muscle damage (playing chess, practicing the viola, debating) can be done day after day without problem if one is motivated…

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