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Apr 20, 2018

We're FINALLY back with a brand new episode. Luke and I sit down and chat through how to get a head start with Personal Training, focusing on client retention and getting that right from the beginning.

We talk about: 

  • Getting clients, quick
  • Setting up a service to maximise client retention 
  • Basic gym etiquette for the Personal Trainer 
  • PT software - 
    • Booking/scheduling 
    • Email list providers 
    • Website

Find us on social media @shredbyscience, everywhere.


Apr 13, 2018

Hey, SBS Radio listeners! Our brand new episode with Luke Johnson (the third part in our Personal Trainer mini-series) is dropping next week. We've finally had time to sit down and record it - apologies for it taking so long.

I didn't want to leave you with another rebroadcast, so... here's an episode from our sister podcast - the De Novo Podcast. 

If you want to listen to the De Novo Podcast's library: 

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In this episode, we talk to 3DMJ coach and natural bodybuilder Dr Eric Helms. Our questions to him include: 

  1. Your recent YouTube series is entitled Anecdotes and Observations - when it comes to making your fitness your own, why are anecdotes and observations so important?
  2. On the topic of anecdotes - there was a fascinating discussion between you and Joe Klemczewski on Facebook recently regarding training frequency. Could you summarise that discussion for us?
  3. Recent data on periodisation have shown that maybe it's time to reconsider some of the reasons for periodising someone's training - what would you say are the main benefits to a periodised approach to training?
  4. One of the main aims of science is to test hypotheses - what was the most surprising fitness-related hypothesis that you've seen either supported or scuppered after scientific investigation?
  5. Do you have any favourite studies out of all the ones you've reviewed for MASS?
  6. What would you advise for someone looking to become more 'evidence-based' with their fitness? 

Check out Team 3DMJ's YouTube Channel 

Check out Eric on Instagram 

Check out the 3DMJ Vault

Mar 30, 2018

Our final episode in the fitness dogma series tackles powerlifting specific dogma! Chalk up, and let's go 9/9 on these. 

  •  "Lower your hips" on deadlift critiques
  • You should care about bodyweight-based strength goals
  • Powerlifters do not need any kind of cardiovascular training.
  • Lifting weights faster = cardio
  • Certain exercises ccannotbe performed for higher reps. Front squats and deadlifts especially
  • The idea that focusing on assistance stuff is (with exceptions of rare cases) should be 75% of the work out and the actual competitive movements only 15-25%
  • People that immediately recommend 5/3/1 or 5x5 without any knowledge of a person's training history.
  • Your total on the big 3 is the only measure of fitness that really matters. 

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Mar 23, 2018

Episode number 2 in our Fitness Dogma mini-series, and we move onto general training dogma!

In this semi-bumper episode, we examine the following statements: 

  • You should only deadlift once or twice per week, max.
  • You shouldn't train two days running.
  • Bro splits are the best way to train.
  • Every person should train particular movements. 
  • Hip hinge movements are magical.
  • Cardio is ONLY for fat loss.
  • Squats and deadlifts are all you need for your core training.
  • If your form isn't PERFECT you need to go back to an empty bar and learn how to move.
  • Your knees shouldn't go past your toes when squatting. 

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Mar 16, 2018

(Rebroadcast from October 2017)

We had a bonus episode in May asking for some of the worst dogmatic beliefs you've heard in the industry and we've decided to bring it back.

This first episode is going to be more about nutrition, general fitness will be episode two and the third episode will be more strength sports based.

Hold on to something tight, because this is about to get wild.

While you're listening find us on social media, we're @ShredByScience on most social media and you can find us on Facebook by searching Shredded By Science. The Judd is @LozJudd on Snapchat and @SBS_Lawrence on Instagram.

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Here's the lowdown on this episode!

01:55 - Sara Jones says "one piece of dogma you see a lot that shouldn't be used as a blanket statement is you cannot gain muscle in a calorie deficit"

10:05 - Bas' has heard people saying "you need one or more grams per pound of bodyweight to gain or maintain muscle"

16:43 - Bas comes back with another dogma "you can't get strong on a vegan diet"

21:40 - Zachary says some people say "one macronutrient is the issue for fat gain in America"

52:26 - Jer Chapman brings the dogma "people who say calories in v calories out is all that matters"

Mar 7, 2018

In this special bonus episode, I introduce you to our brand new podcast - the De Novo Podcast, from De Novo Supplements. Enjoy!

  1. You do a bunch of "pondering" about your approach to lifting, and also others' approaches to lifting as a coach. What first sparked your current interest in sports psychology? 
  2. Let's talk a little bit about biases and cognitive dissonance. Can you talk a little bit about what they are, and why they're generally considered (esp. in the case of cognitive dissonance) to be negative? 
  3. Are there any instances for an athlete that biases and CD might have a net positive effect?
  4. What have been the most impactful lessons you've learnt in your research and also practice as a coach? 
  5. I've observed that athletes can fall into one of two camps - the 'shut up and lift' camp, and the 'overanalyzer' camp. How does your coaching approach differ for these two types? 
  6. How important do you think self-talk and the exact semantics/wording you use in your self-talk are?
  7. Are you implementing anything new in your Arnold prep right now?

Bryce and TSA are coming to the UK and Ireland for a seminar tour from March 31st - April 8th. Check out for more information! 

About Bryce

Bryce Lewis is a competitive, drug-free elite powerlifter in the 83-105kg weight classes.  He holds records in both the USA Powerlifting federation (USAPL) and International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), and strives to promote the comprehension and love of powerlifting training throughout the world. Through his success as an elite lifter, Bryce’s dream is to pass on his knowledge and skills through The Strength Athlete (TSA) powerlifting coaching services online in addition to his YouTube Channel and Facebook fan page.  By these efforts, Bryce hopes to help raw, drug-free powerlifting gain more prominence and acceptance internationally.

Under 3D Muscle Journey (3DMJ) Coach, Eric Helms, Bryce was introduced to powerlifting, following a collegiate and high school passion for volleyball and a five year period competing in natural bodybuilding.  He immediately fell in love with the newfound sport.  Lifting heavy was always fun, but powerlifting allowed him to express his desires for competition, application of advanced strength training techniques, and achievements through measured progress.  Even now, Bryce remains an integral part of Team 3DMJ and has adapted their principles of dedication, desire, and discipline as his own.  In addition to training services, Eric also mentors Bryce through an ongoing 3DMJ internship.


In addition to his successful career as an athlete, Bryce has always strived for academic and intellectual attainment.  He graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy.  Currently, he plans to continue coaching athletes from around the world through TSA, and help more athletes develop the tools for success.  Bryce passionately advocates for the application and love of the sciences, evidence-based philosophies, and skepticism of pseudoscience.  In his spare time, he explores a variety of art forms from pencil and pen drawings to graphic design to culinary arts in the kitchen.

Bryce resides in Fort Collins, Colorado with his chocolate labrador, Sequoia.  After winning USAPL Raw Nationals two years in a row, Bryce heads to IPF World Championships in Calgary, Canada in 2018.

Feb 23, 2018

The SBS Academy opens for enrolment on February 28th! Head over to to join the waiting list and sign up at our discounted rate. 

We're back with episode 2 of our Personal Trainer Basics series, talking about going from Part-Time to Full-Time PT work. A lot of our SBS Academy students undertake this journey, so we thought it best to chat about it on the podcast. 

In this episode, we chat about:

  • How to get started with part time personal training 
  • Systemising to make the transition efficient 
  • How to get your first ___ clients 
  • The Pure Gym model - work X hours per week for rent-free PT 
  • Time management 
    • Time for admin 
    • How many sessions per week is too much?

Read our step-by-step guide:


Feb 16, 2018

We're digging one out of the archives this week - unfortunately, Luke and I haven't had time to sit down and record the next two instalments of our Personal Trainer Basics mini-series because we've been busy with something very exciting... The SBS Academy Free Preview Course! 

Check out six full SBS Academy units for FREE today:

Feb 9, 2018

The SBS Academy opens for enrolment on February 28th! Head over to to join the waiting list and check out our free 6 unit preview course.

Welcome to the first episode of our "Personal Trainer Basics" with Luke Johnson. Over the next 3 weeks, we'll take a look at nailing the basics as a PT to set you up for success going forward. 

In this episode, we cover: 

  • What does a PT actually do? 
  • How does the coaching process tend to work? 
  • What's my earning potential?
  • What skills do I need? 
  • What should I look for in a Personal Training course? 
Feb 2, 2018

Emma's back! In this episode, she leads the conversation a little bit more and quizzes me on a few ideas she's had brewing recently. We talk about how we both got into the industry and our thoughts on current 'fitness' social media content, and how it could be improved. 

It's also that time of year again - the SBS Academy is nearly upon us. On February 28th, enrolment for our year-long Personal Trainer course opens. Learn from Dr Eric Helms, Dr Mike Zourdos and Team SBS, all online and with monthly payment options.

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Jan 26, 2018

Just quickly, before we begin - I have 3 spots that have opened up for online coaching, and I thought I would offer them to podcast listeners first, as - let’s face it - you guys are awesome. If you’re maybe a bit confused as to how to implement some of the training or nutrition principles we’ve discussed on here, or maybe you’re a bit overwhelmed by all the information out there and you’re struggling to find a way of training that you’re truly happy with, I’m here to help. My coaching is pretty simple - together, we devise training programmes and nutrition guidelines that fit with your lifestyle, and our weekly check-ins are specifically designed to help reassure you that you’re doing the right thing. If this is you, get in touch. Drop me an email at, and say you’ve come from the podcast. I may even offer you a podcast-exclusive discount.

In our final episode of January, we take a look at thriving. Many of you will have started 2018 with the aim of making this year more amazing than ever - so in this episode, we talk to my good friend Nicola Hobbs about just that. 

We cover: 

  • Thriving – what is it, why is it important, why it is important in training/business/relationships/life, THRIVE model (from the book)
  • Positive Psychology - why working in is as important as working out, why mental health is still a taboo
  • Yoga – what is it, benefits, how it can help in gym/work/life, how it changed my life, flow state/samadhi 
  • Meditation and mindfulness – what is it, why it’s important (especially with anxiety and distraction caused by social media), how to do it, explore why more people don’t do it 
  • Spirituality and science – blending an eastern and western approach, what is spirit, why is spiritual health just as important as mental and physical health
  • Key topics from the book Thrive Through Yoga – anxiety, body image, perfectionism, letting go (and any other chapters you think are relevant)
  • Simple things to do to make your experience of life more amazing


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Jan 19, 2018

In this episode, I chat to Melody Schoenfeld about some of the myths surrounding vegan diets. Melody has spent over 20 years in the industry and has been a vegan since 2000, so she has some wonderful insights to share with you all. 

We talk about: 

  • Why do you lead a vegan lifestyle?
  • What do you feel are the biggest misconceptions surrounding veganism?
  • Why do you think that so many people who eat animal products look down on veganism?
  • What are your top tips for those looking to go vegan without their gym performance or physique suffering?
  • What are your biggest take homes from being in the fitness industry for 20+ years?

You can find Melody's new book, Pleasure Not Meating You, here:

Melody's Instagram:

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance.  Go to to support the show and see if you qualify.


Jan 12, 2018

In this episode, I chat to Nicola Joyce about her month of veganism in 2017. 

I ask Nicola: 

  • What made you decide to go vegan for a month?
  • To what extent did you “go vegan”?
  • Were there any unexpected surprises during the month?
  • Did you find the vegan month affected your hormonal cycle?
  • You wrote quite a bit about the challenge of getting enough protein - what were the main struggles and how did you try to get around them?
  • What exactly is seitan, and how on earth did you make it?
  • What were the main things you learnt from going vegan for a month?
  • Will you adapt your diet at all going forward?
  • What are your thoughts on eating entirely vegan for a whole month, vs experimenting with including more plant-based food in your day-to-day diet?

You can find Nicola's blog where she details her vegan experiment at

Find Nicola on Instagram at and Facebook at

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance.  Go to to support the show and see if you qualify.

Jan 5, 2018

In January, we're going to be focusing on one of the hottest trends of last year - veganism - to coincide with the new trend of "Veganuary". This involves going vegan for the month of January, for any one of a number of reasons: environmental, ethical or health-based. 

In this introductory episode, I have an informal chat with OG SBS Radio co-host Emma Storey-Gordon, as we discuss our own NYRs and give a broad overview of whether we think Veganuary is a good NYR for you.