Episode 188: Brad Schoenfeld - All Things Hypertrophy

This episodes guest is Dr. Brad Scheonfeld.

Brad is an assistant professor in the exercise science department at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY, and acts as director of their human performance laboratory.

Brad earned his masters degree in kinesiology/exercise science from the University of Texas and his PhD at Rocky Mountain University where his dissertation focused on elucidating the mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy and their application to resistance training. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles on exercise and sports nutrition, many in high impact factor journals, as well as several textbook chapters. He acts as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief for the NSCA's Strength and Conditioning Journal, as well as serving on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Brad is a best-selling author of multiple fitness books including The M.A.X. Muscle Plan (Human Kinetics, 2012), which has been widely referred to as the "muscle-building bible," and Strong and Sculpted (Human Kinetics, 2016), which details a cutting-edge body sculpting program targeted to women. Brad also has authored the seminal textbook Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy (Human Kinetics, 2016), the first text devoted to an evidence-based elucidation of the mechanisms and strategies for optimizing muscle growth. In total, Brad's books have sold over a half-million copies.

On this episode Brad and I discuss:

  • Brad's background & Influences
  • What are the good and not so good things that Brad currently see's with the physical preparation and sport science professions, and what solutions would he offer for the not so good things he is seeing
  • I ask Brad about the role of muscle damage within hypertrophy
  • I ask Brad about training volume prescription for hypertrophy
  • I ask Brad about hypertrophy adaptations from training with lighter loading schemes
  • I ask Brad about role that time under tension per set plays within hypertrophy training
  • I ask Brad for his take on rest periods and hypertrophy training
  • I ask Brad about the role of loaded stretching and hypertrophy gains 
  • I ask Brad for his opinion on hyperplasia
  • I ask Brad about the truth about myofibillar vs sarcoplasmic hypertrophy
  • I ask Brad about training to failure and is it necessary to maximize hypertrophy gains
  • I ask Brad about for his thoughts on concurrent training
  • I ask Brad for his thoughts on Dr. Michael Scally's work with Testosterone
  • I ask Brad what are the biggest lessons he has learned so far in the life
  • I ask Brad for his top resources
  • I ask Brad for his top and current book recommendations
  • I ask Brad - How does his learn?
  • I ask Brad if he only had 1 year left on Planet Earth - how would he spend that year and why?
  • I ask Brad if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - lookgreatnaked.com

Facebook - Brad Schoenfeld

Twitter - @BradSchoenfeld

Instagram - bradschoenfeldphd


Books Mentioned:

People and Resources Mentioned:

Bret Contreras

Alan Aragon

Jose Antonio

Mike Roberts

Cody Haun

Per Tersh

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