SMP 113: Busting Myths With Dr Mike Israetel

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Today’s guest is Dr. Mike Israetel. Dr. Israetel has a PhD in Sport Physiology and is a professor of Exercise Science at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to that, he was a professor at the University of Central Missouri where he taught Exercise Physiology, Advanced Programming, and Personal Training. He has coached powerlifters, weightlifters, and bodybuilders in diet and weight training. He was also a consultant on sports nutrition for the Olympic Training site in Johnson City, TN.

Mike is originally from Moscow, Russia. He is a competitive powerlifter, bodybuilder, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappler. He has also held several world records in raw powerlifting. Mike is part of the Juggernaut training system and Renaissance Periodization. He is a speaker, trainer, author, and nutrition consultant. He understands the importance of sports performance and proper nutrition including eating sufficient carbohydrates for performance.

Today’s topics include:

  • Mike gets grouchy if he doesn’t lift weights or do Jiu-Jitsu for awhile
  • He recently broke his finger at a Jiu-Jitsu gym in London
  • He writes the books for Renaissance Periodization
  • He is either lifting, bodybuilding, practicing Jiu-Jitsu, teaching or writing books
  • Doping in Russia has been a traditional tactic, it’s the way they do sport in Russia
  • The US and The UK don’t have a state sponsored doping program
  • Sport is a big source of national pride for the governments of those programs
  • Beta samples are kept around for years, and new tests are applied, and people can lose their medals retroactively
  • Mike likes to bust myths with his videos, like the one on the keto diet
  • Scientific studies have limitations, you can’t cherry pick information
  • Science is a preponderance of the evidence
  • The theory of science means, you have to look at all the studies
  • You want to learn something, buy a sport nutrition textbook
  • Just because something is natural, it is a fallacy that it is good for you
  • Scientific studies that show aspartame is better for you than natural peanut butter
  • Still unprocessed foods are best for us
  • Do what you are good at and partner up with people who are good at what you are not good at
  • Nick Shaw takes care of the business stuff, Dr. Mike takes care of the science stuff
  • They built RP on the premise that a high level of education combined with a high level of fitness was the way to create the best team
  • Science and practice melded together will get really good results
  • Think things through and go with your gut, there is a lot to be learned out there

Links and resources:

Dr. Mike Israetel Juggernaut

Renaissance Periodization

Instagram @RPDrMike

The Myth of Keto for Athletes

Instagram @RPStrength

Renaissance Periodization facebook


“I was always curious on how to get stronger, and I knew it had something to do with science” Dr. Mike Israetel

“There is a bit of a hypocrisy going on with the anti-doping movement” Dr. Mike Israetel

“When you want to learn what works for good athletes, you have to look at an average of what everyone is doing” Dr. Mike Israetel

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