#196 - AMA #32: Exercise, squats, deadlifts, BFR, and TRT

02.21.2022 - By The Peter Attia Drive

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Become a Member to Listen to the Full Episode View the Show Notes Page for This Episode Episode Description: In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter shares his current workout regimen and how he incorporates blood flow restriction (BFR). He walks through the mechanics and fundamentals of some of his favorite lifts including squats, deadlifts, and hip thrusters and stresses the relative importance of each in the context of longevity. He touches on the relative importance of muscle size vs. muscle strength and discusses the impact of fasting on muscle mass and the potential tradeoffs during aging. Peter then dives into the topic of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for both men and women, starting with a clinical discussion around how he actually replaces testosterone in patients. He explains the targets of this therapy as well as the risks and benefits, and he gives his interpretation of current data on the association between TRT and heart disease. If you’re not a subscriber and listening on a podcast player, you’ll only be able to hear a preview of the AMA. If you’re a subscriber, you can now listen to this full episode on your private RSS feed or on our website at the AMA#32 show notes page. If you are not a subscriber, you can learn more about the subscriber benefits here. We discuss: Peter’s current exercise routine [2:25]; How Peter incorporates blood flow restriction (BFR) into his workouts [5:45]; Relative importance of muscle size vs. muscle strength [16:45]; Comparing squats to deadlifts and why both are important [22:00]; Squatting technique and fundamentals [31:15]; Important cues to look for while lifting weights [38:30]; Proper mechanics of a deadlift [42:00]; Hip thrusters as an alternative to the squat or deadlift [44:00]; Split-leg work for simulating activities of daily living [47:00]; The impact of fasting/calorie restriction on muscle mass and the potential tradeoffs to consider [49:45]; Testosterone replacement therapy: considerations when contemplating TRT and Peter’s approach with patents [54:30]; Data on the association between TRT and heart disease [1:04:15]; TRT for women—risks and benefits [1:06:45]; Impact of fasting on testosterone levels [1:13:45]; and More. Sign Up to Receive Peter’s Weekly Newsletter Connect With Peter on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & YouTube

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