In this episode, I interview Tom, who found me on Youtube and used my teachings to completely change his body and life.

When he first started working out, he didn’t know what he was doing with his training or diet and after a spurt of newbie gains, fell into a rut.

He was also dealing with debilitating sciatica that sometimes had him crawling to the bathroom in the middle of the night and asking his girlfriend to help him put on underwear.

Everything changed when Tom discovered the world of evidence-based fitness, however, and started implementing my advice. 

In the span of 1.5 years, he bulked up from 160 pounds to 205 and then cut back down to a much leaner, more muscular 160 pounds. And even better, his back pain was more or less gone. He couldn’t believe it.

In fact, Tom was so astounded that he decided to pay it forward by starting to share his journey and learnings on the popular website Twitch. 

Now, his channel is now the most popular fitness-related hangout on the website, and every day, Tom uses it to stream workouts, answer people’s questions, and share his favorite tips that have helped him build his best body ever.

In this interview, Tom and I chat about his story and the many important lessons he’s learned along the way, including exactly how he beat his back pain, how he optimizes meal prepping for maximum enjoyment, efficiency, and economy, and more.

Time Stamps:

9:23 – Where was your physique when you started the program? 

19:29 – How many calories do you eat per day at the end of a bulk?  

20:43 – How does alcohol affect muscle gain and fat loss? 

25:02 – What kind of back issues did you have? 

42:04 – What led you to be on Twitch?  

48:26 – Do you have any tips on meal planning? 

1:10:49 – Where can people find you and your work? 

Mentioned on The Show:

Books by Mike Matthews

Tom’s Twitch Channel

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