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GUEST SERIES | Dr. Andy Galpin: Optimize Your Training Program for Fitness & Longevity

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Andrew Huberman, Ph.D.
In episode 4 of a 6-part series, Andy Galpin, PhD, explains how to design an effective training program for fitness, health and longevity through a 10-step approach. He covers goal setting, exercise selection, balancing, recovery periods and real-world challenges. He provides a year-long training example that considers sleep, sunlight and social connection. The program is modifiable for personal fitness goals and experience. For the full show notes, visit Thank you to our sponsors AG1 (Athletic Greens): Eight Sleep: InsideTracker: Supplements from Momentous Timestamps (00:00:00) Optimal Fitness Programming (00:07:19) Sponsors: Momentous, Eight Sleep (00:09:53) #1: Plan Fitness Goals, S.M.A.R.T. Goals (00:19:52) Intermediate Goals, Dopamine, Identify Your “Defender”, Goal Timing (00:26:25) Multiple Goals, Synergistic Goals, Interference Effects (00:36:13) AG1 (Athletic Greens) (00:37:060 Physical Goal “Bins”, Specificity (00:48:02) Tool: #2: Identify Your “Defender”, Quadrant System, “Drop Everything and…” (01:04:330 InsideTracker (01:05:35) #3: Goal Timeframe & Life Events; #4: Weekly Training Frequency (01:10:33) #5: Exercise Selection, Progression (01:18:200 #6: Exercise Order, Identify Friction (01:29:20) Exercise Timing & Sleep, Down Regulation, Caffeine (01:36:24) #7: Intensity, #8: Volume, Progressive Overload, “Deloading” (01:43:59) #9: Rest Intervals, #10: “Chaos Management” (01:49:06) Fitness, Health & Longevity Goals, Proprioception & Non-Structured Exercise (01:53:41) Tool: Year-Long Program Example for Overall Fitness (02:07:58) Tool: Overall Fitness Template by Quarter, Matching Goals & Seasons (02:25:49) Training & Life Challenges: Sleep, Illness (02:32:10) Tool: Program Flexibility, 3-Day Weekly Training Program (02:37:12) Physical Activity vs. Exercise (02:40:12) Tool:4-Day Weekly Training Program, Muscular Endurance (02:51:15) Tool: 5/6-Day Weekly Training Program, Recovery (02:54:06) Program Modification, Balancing Joy (03:04:47) Zero-Cost Support, YouTube Feedback, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, Neural Network Newsletter Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac Disclaimer