Welcome to Kitchen Talk! This is a page devoted to you and the things you want to hear about most! I'll be grabbing questions directly from your submissions and answering them through video.
The entire site is very training-focused, so this a good opportunity to talk about nutrition, personal life, supplements, etc! Anything you want, ask!
There are over 20 Kitchen Talk videos stored here, and many questions have been answered already! Before submitting, search keywords to see if your question has been covered
SEARCH ARCHIVE EPISODES (1-20):
SEARCH ARCHIVE EPISODES (21-30):
Can I eat 2-3 cheat meals a week and stay somewhat lean?
When performing heavy goblet squats, my arms/shoulders tend to fatigue quicker than my legs
I’m an EMT and I work 12 and 24 hours shifts. Does time matter when consuming my food?
If you lay/sleep on your chest, will it decrease the overall size of your chest?
Are there greater benefits from barbell squats as opposed to smith machine squats?
Do you ever use smelling salts and what is your stance on them?
How do you get your hats to fold so nicely in the front?
What is the best advice for skinny-fat people? Should they bulk or cut?
What's the fastest way to gain 20lbs? Specific foods to eat, etc.
Top 3 favorite TV shows
Every time I do chest I feel it in my shoulder. How can I prevent this?
Why is the extended ULT cheaper than the Intermediate and the Advanced?
Curious if you have plans for any Clifford Lenox sweatshirts or shorts?
How can I continue to build muscle while doing military running and endurance training?
If for some reason all your social media accounts were erased one day what would you do? Start all new accounts?
Do you carb cycle?
Do you track vegetables in your macros?
What do you think separates a good bodybuilder from a great bodybuilder?
Back in the husky boy days, what were you max lifts on Bench, Squat, and Deadlift
I wear a pair of adidas "skate" shoes similar to vans for leg day, how do you keep them from creasing while doing calve raises?
what is the different between doing hammer curls to the side versus doing them straight?
What newbie gym mistakes can I avoid, in terms of gym etiquette?
What's your ideal vacation?
I just missed three days of gym. Should I continue your routine where I left off? Or should I just jump right back on your schedule?
- Favourite Energy Drink
- Favourite Fast Food Item
- Favourite Video Game
- Favourite Music Artist
I’m a teenager trying to gain 15-20 pounds of muscle in 2 years what should I eat to avoid fat gain?
What entrepreneurs do you look up to and what books would you recommend for someone who’s interested in starting their own business?
I don't have access to a hack squat machine or smith machine, what do you suggest?
Have you ever had strech marks on your arms or armpit area?
Thoughts on the little twerp Kenny KO saying you're a fake natty?
How detrimental is Whole Wheat Bread?
If you had to grocery shop on an extreme budget, what would be your go-to picks?
Do you use your size as a scare tactic?
How did you guys settle on $6 per month for the website? Why not $5 or $10?
I started The Daily Pump and can't wear jeans anymore. What brand/cut/style do you buy?
Any cigar brands you recommend for a first timer?
On The Daily Pump, do the TUT ratios apply to both exercise on a super/compound set?
Does Brad Castleberry lift fake weights?
Do you believe in carb blockers?
Have you ever tried a pro hormone or SARMS?
If you were forced to choose one leg exercise to do the rest of your life what would it be?
When I crock pot a chicken breast it looks like it has quite a bit of fat around it! What kind do you use?
How often do you take rest days?
Is it necessary to do The Daily Pump in the exact order listed?
Do you experience 'shrinkage' while working out?
What time of day do you take glucosamine?
If I stay within my maintenance calories, is it OK to eat something like grilled nuggets and fries?
Does birth control impact your ability to lose weight?
I was told minimum foot placement while doing a squat should be shoulder width, true?
Are you and Slade brothers? I thought you said you have one sister..
Your dogs seem really well trained, how did you train them?
Where did you get the sweet Grey RHCP hoodie?
Once you figured how to eat properly how long did it take you to start seeing results?
If you're aiming for 6 reps but fail at 4, do you stick with the same weight for the next set? Or drop the weight?
I can't seem to get rid of the lower belly pooch no matter what I do
Have you ever considered getting a tattoo?
What do you think it means to be “in good shape” as a bodybuilder?
Have you ever watched Dragon Ball Z? If so, who is your favorite character?
How do you make your pancakes?
How do you know how much fat is removed from meat when it's cooked/drained?
Ever thought about getting laser hair removal on your legs?
If I'm not lifting 7 days a week, can I still keep up with The Daily Pump?
-While on vacation do you recommend doing full body workouts?
-Can you talk about the pressure that you face now being more involved in social media?
-Are the Workout Wednesdays on your site more for people who don't follow The Daily Pump?
-If my typical workout frequency is two days on and one day off, how do you recommend I follow the Daily Pump?
-For a chubbier guy, do I lift heavy to shed fat first or focus on lighter weight and a mind muscle connection?
-What is your favorite place to vacation in Oregon?
-What is the key to running a business with your partner/spouse and not letting it get in the way of the relationship?
-If you could build another home anywhere else in the world where would you build it?
-How fulfilling is it to see people getting results on the daily pump?
-How have your workouts progressed or changed throughout your bodybuilding career?
When doing leg extensions, does the position of your toes have any impact on growth/development?
My gym is busy and I'm struggling with the supersets on the Daily Pump. Is it important to hit the exercises in order?
You have 5 minutes in the gym before all the gyms on the planet disappear, what is the one single exercise you would do?
Explain the difference between macro tracking and calorie counting?
When doing Good Mornings, how do you avoid pain on your spine from the bar?
Do you eat clear up until you go to bed? Or do you have a certain time you quit eating?
Does water intake impact your body composition or body fat %?
Tips on deactivating shoulders on Close V-grip press downs?
Where do you get yours jeans from?
Is marijuana beneficial to get extra food in?
What are your thoughts on L-Carnitine?
How do I use BFR straps concurrently with the Daily Pump?
I'm out of breath between sets. I’m not sure if I should be holding my breath on the negative or breath in/out.
As a female is it beneficial for me to use a weight belt?
Are you going to the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH?
Are you doing fitness related business full time now?
How often do you change what you eat vs. changing your macro levels?
What are the pros and cons of working out early morning or in the evening
What is the soft tissue tool that Casey was using on your shins the other night?
Should you be able to lift the same amount on a hack squat as a regular squat?
Could you explain what your Leg e-books are?
Looking at your current spilt, is there enough recovery time between Day 1 and Day 3?
What exercises do you recommend to build up the brachialis muscle?
Do you tan?
How do you choose a weight for an exercise?
I'm bulking and feel bloated all the time! What do you recommend?
Do you not find that the zippo lighter fluid effects the taste of the cigar?
How do you keep your hats clean and from getting nasty sweat stains and discoloration?
How do you deal with innacurate information on MyFitnessPal?
Do you think it is harmful to workout on days that you know you will be consuming alcohol?
Is it normal to lose strength on a cut?
Are leg extensions bad for your knees?
Do you have any tricks for washing your Vans so the insides don't wear out?
Have you thought about putting up more Visual Pre Workout videos on the site?
What do you recommend eating if you don't have access to a kitchen after a workout?
I've seen you do underhand DB flys where you bring the dumbell to the waist and right back up, I've also seen you do the exact same movement but all the way down. Why?
If I hit my macros while bulking but still aren’t in a caloric surplus, is that still enough to grow?
Regarding caffeine and stimulants, how much is too much?
I need to increase my intake to stay in a surplus, should the increase come from mostly carbs or should I try to maintain my macro percentages?
Thoughts on taking Mass Gainer?
How do I count macros in a college Dining hall? (0:30)
To break through a plateau do I up my macros, change my workouts, or adjust my supplement intake? (2:43)
How did you build up endurance/resistance to lactic acid in workouts? (4:25)
Any tips on mind muscle connection for your long head on close grip bicep curls? (7:17)
If you happen to spill over your intake one day, would you compensate the next day? (8:43)
I am wanting to gain mass but I also have a goal to run a marathon. How should I adjust my macros to not lose any chance of gaining mass while I run? (11:19)
Can you explain the difference between a RDL and SLDL? (14:48)
As a person new to lifting do you think I should use the BFR program or wait till I’ve built a little more? (15:50)
Will you ever add a instructional videos on posing? (18:07)
Is there really a benefit to doing half reps or reps really fast? (19:48)
My gym has a smith machine that is on a light slope instead of straight up and down like yours. Which way should I face? (21:59)
I noticed your current split doesn't include any cardio, what's the reason for that?(24:09)
How do you deal with binge eating? (26:30)
When you go to different gyms in Oregon or out of town do you have to pay to get in or do they let you in because you’re the Quad Guy? (30:00)
I’ve gone straight from doing ULT to the extended ULT - doing two leg days per week religiously like a nut for past 5 months. My question is how long should I continue doing two leg days or week for, should I cut back eventually? (32:12)
I'm not a fan of peanut butter, what's a good substitute?
Best way to get rid of chest fat?
How often do your workout splits change?
What is the best time to get your cardio in?
Is it OK to workout on an empty stomach?
What is most important when trying to become the best version of yourself?
Of everything you have in life, what is currently missing?
How come I don't feel sore sometimes after a good workout?
Tips on building a social media presence in the fitness industry
Can you make a web series of you crushing different objects with your legs like watermelons or pumpkins?
What's your opinion on constant tension versus full range of motion?
How do you build quads without growing your glutes?
-I started incorporating more superset workouts. Should I adjust my macros to account for the less time working out?
-I've been doing The Daily Pump for a while but my strength isn't what it used to be.
-What effect you feel BCAAs have on you and any impact you notice if you don't take them for a while?
-If I'm working nights how should I adjust my eating schedule?
-Marry, F*ck, Kill: Pancakes, waffles, french toast
-Is there a direct correlation between surplus of calories and muscle gain?
-Where did you get your hooded lumberjack robe?
-How do you turn around a shitty workout?
-Do you get sore from your workouts?
-How do you appreciate and respect bodies that don't necessarily reflect what our common view of beauty is within the industry?
-What is the most rewarding aspect of participating in expos?
-How do you maintain such a fun lifestyle while managing the risk of getting hurt and potentially inhibiting your progress in the gym?
Would you add BFR training as an option on The Daily Pump?
How long do you stick with macros with no weight gain before you up your macros?
What's the best exercise to get the inner quad to grow?
Are you supposed to complete the LISS first then do the HIIT the same day?
Could you substitute your post workout shake with a solid meal?
Would you ever come to Scotland?
Does static stretching contribute at all to leg separation?
What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Do you plan on doing any more nutrition videos in the future?
What is your favorite Joe Rogan podcast?
Thoughts/advice on mass gainers
Have you ever met Tom Platz?
How did you and Casey meet?
How often do you drink alcohol and what do you think about the impact on training?
Do you think Olympic lifts can be an asset to bodybuilding?
How do you deal with thigh chafing?
How do you prevent shoulder pain when doing upright rows?
How do you recommend timing your meals/macros during the day?
Is there a typo on the Prep Journal page? Are your macros actually 220 P, 305 C, and 85 F?
I work a physically demanding job, should I somehow adjust my macros to make up for it?
Is it OK to split a workout like chest/biceps between morning and night?
How did you get that jooicyyyy bicep vein?
Do you run in your Vans?
How would you fit the ULT in to your new split?
What is your take on "beginner gains"?
Should I count calories AND macros?
What is your take on full body routine?
Do you actually eat a pint of halo top every day?
I'm struggling with a mind muscle connection with shoulder press
Any tips to improve mind muscle connection on back exercises?
Is it necessary to be gradually increasing weight on exercises over time?
How do you feel about fanny packs?
Do you ever recommend modifying the daily pump workouts for females?
Have you ever tried a Dorian Yates style split: 45 min workouts 4x a week?
Is eating before bed bad?
Is it safe to crock-pot chicken with veggies?
How do you track restaurant food if it's not listed on the menu?
Can you do a one-handed push up?
Did you get sponsored by Bodybuilding.com?
I heard you skate, what are your preferred wheels?
What are the benefits or disadvantages of using the Smith Machine vs barbell for squats?
I've adjusted macros twice but still not gaining weight, what should I do?
Do you like the Mets?
I'm feeling calves on the outside only, suggestions?
Do you believe spending 2-3 hrs in the gym is making me lose progress?
My traps activate during shoulders, any advice?
I find it takes me longer than 1 second to get back up from the bottom of a squat, does that mean the weight is too heavy?
Can you do more posing tutorials like the one for quad separation?
Even with proper sleep and nutrition I'm exhausted at the gym, advice?
Does sweating mean I got a good workout?
When you have an alternating exercise such as Alt. DB curls, does the number refer to reps per arm or total reps?
What time do you upload the Daily Pump?
What do I do after gaining too much weight transitioning to a bulk?
I always get sick of looking at the food I prepped and I'm on a tight budget. Any advice?
What kind of board do you ride?
How many rest days a week to put on size?
What's your favorite band/workout playlist?
I'm having trouble gaining weight
How do you feel about eating carbs at night?
What is your advice for keeping your waist small during a bulk?
If I fall under my macros a day during cutting is that hurting me?
-Do you attribute some of your success to being at the 'right place at the right time'?
-The month of Ramadan is here, what do you recommend in terms of lifting and nutrition?
-I'm a college student who is currently 'undecided' should I go after a career I love or one that makes the most money?
-How come you chose a career in business rather than fitness?
-Preparing for a photoshoot, any tips for the few days before and the actual day?
-Do you ever do weighted Pull ups or Chin ups?
-Can hip thrusts be done without using a bench just flat on the floor?
-When you drink alcohol, how do you account for it?
-What are your thoughts on vegan or plant based bodybuilding?
-Tom Platz's legs vs. Steve Cook's?
Is warming up or stretching important?
What's better for fat loss, HIIT or LISS?
Do you pre-plan your workout before the gym?
Do you worry about chemicals in 0-calorie drinks?
Do you believe doing sit ups increases your waist size?
Have you ever been hunting?
Why don't you drink milk?
Favorite Whey flavors
Feeling pain in my lower back during straight leg deadlifts, is that normal?
Even though you are natural, what do you think of SARMS?
What does lifting actually accomplish while at a caloric deficit?
I am your girlfriend's height, how do I shrink my things and eventually get that tear drop quad?
New to lifting, and exhausted before the end of my workout. Is this a sign I'm doing things right and leaving it all in the gym, or should I be reducing some of the volume until I have greater endurance?
Should I stop taking creatine 1-2 weeks before a competition or a photo shoot?
Is the ULT designed for younger guys? Is the volume and intensity too much for a guy How to improve pull-up count?
How, and how often do you work on Mobility?
What is something you'd tell your 18 year old self?
Do you drink anything other than water and shakes?
When do you know it's time to cut?
Why do you only do the same four ab exercises?
How can some bodybuilders build size without focusing on form?
Any tips on how to get past a break up?
Thoughts on seasonings during prep?
How did powerlifting impact your physique today?
On a high day, how come you only do high carbs?
Can you give an update on your supplement intake?
I often see others eating some sort of candy before/after their workout, what is the reasoning behind this?
I don't know if I should use IIFYM or Myfitnesspal to track my macros
What sizes do you wear in Golden Aesthetics?
If I'm gaining quickly on a bulk, is that a sign that my body isn't using all the calories and I should cut the amount down/start doing cardio?
Do you ever catch yourself binge eating?
What are your thoughts on Intermittent fasting?
Does working out on an empty stomach hinder progress?
How do you deal with hand callouses from lifting?
What's your go-to style of vans?
Can I achieve optimal muscle growth if I don't take all the supplements you take?
What is the best way to lean for summer?
How long can you eat at a deficit before you should switch to surplus?
Do you divide your macros EQUALLY per meal?
What model of digital camera do you use for your pics at the gym?
Have you ever experienced Body Dysmorphia?
Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo?
How did your nickname "The Quad Guy" stick?
Why are you doing cardio in a bulking phase? Isn't your surplus compromised by cardio?
Do you have any advice for people gaining weight on a budget?
Do you worry about your daily water intake?
What are your thoughts on bi-lateral leg press versus uni-lateral?
Do you reverse diet?
Can you explain cannonball leg presses?
Could over-eating protein affect fat loss?
What are your thoughts on nutrient timing?
Thoughts on Dorian Yates training style?
How often do you recommend practicing posing in your off-season?
I'm feeling more shoulders than chest on incline, any tips?
How far in advance do you plan your workouts?
How do macros change/adjust in regards to weight loss or weight gain?
How much longer did you spend hitting the three muscles rather than two in a gym session?
What is your favorite exercise or workout in the ULT?
Do you smoke cigars when prepping? Does it affect your performance?
Have you ever done reverse pyramids in your training?
How are you able to be in a surplus at such low macros?
How long should a bulking/cutting phase last?
Are there any vitamins or supplements you avoid when drinking?
Why is there no leg workout on your daily pump?
How long does it typically take to gain healthy weight or bulk in a surplus?
What are your thoughts on the importance of a workout partner?
What kind of chicken do you get? Also do you trim the fat off your chicken?
Can you talk about why you take tribulus and it's effects?
Do you get a lot of comments in public about your appearance?
Have you ever vomited from a leg workout?
How has your training changed from when you started until now?
I feel trap and lat activation when I train biceps. Is that normal? If not, how can I fix it?
What kind of undies or compression shorts do you wear?
What makes the optional exercises on your daily pump optional?
When you write 'drop 20' for an exercise is that a drop set on each set or only the last set?
Do I have to compete in a show to get fitness sponsorships?
Do you ever wax off your body hair? Do you have tips for preventing irritation or ingrown hairs?
Do you think its bad for a female to follow a males workout/nutrition plan?
Will you be working out when you're 40?
Since you've been training in the early mornings, what do you eat?
What program did you use to buid yor website?
Can you compensate for macro overages on the following day?
Can women use the Daily Pump?
Tips for military service members with limited food options on a bulk?
Does using the recumbent bike for HIIT have an affect on leg definition?
Should feet be relaxed or flexed during leg curl or extension movements?
Thoughts on using a fat burner but also wanting to gain muscle?
Do you weigh your chicken raw or cooked?
Is there a reason you don't contract your bicep curls beyond a 90 degree angle?
How can I make my biceps wider?
How do I minimize muscle loss on a cut while incorporating cardio? How much is too much?
What's a substitute for the Abductor machine?
Do you think weighted ab work makes your waist thick?
Will you build a similar program to the ULT but for calves?
How often do you switch up your gym routine?
If you're unsure whether you will be competitive in a bodybuilding show, should you still compete?
What's your favorite, go-to, motivational thought?
What are your thoughts on loose skin after weight loss?
Why did you start doing chest and shoulders together?
Where did you go to college and how focused were you on training
How do I do dumbbell pullovers and focus on lats and not chest?
Can you explain which carb/fat count you track? Do you believe in net carbs?
How often do you have refeeds/cheat days? On prep and off?
Are you going to keep your Ultimate Leg Trainer program at it's current price for a while?
Do I take a pre-workout? Is pre-workout essential?
How to increase back thickness?
Who in bodybuilding had/has an influence on you?
What do you think of Jeff Seid?
Is Aldo all about that gains life?
Curious where your parents came up with the name 'Julian'
What are your beliefs?
Do you hit your macros spot-on every day?
Can you talk about the process of starting a business like your subscription site?
What is a substitute for Hack Squat?
What do you do for warm up/stretching?
Should you cycle on/off pre workout?
How old is Aldo and how old was he when you first got him?
Have you ever been to South America?
Is there an archive of the Daily Pump?
Would eating Uncle Ben's 90 second rice be OK?
What do you mean with HIGH incline press? 60°?
Do you eat the same post workout meal for every muscle you work?
How much time do you spend at the gym?
Will you be at the Arnold in Columbus this year?
Have you ever considered a vegetarian based diet?
Do you think someone can make the same gains on a vegan/vegetarian diet as they would with animal protein?
How has prepping for a show affected your libido and if it has, what can you do to make it better?
What are your thoughts on same-sex marriage?
How do you judge the success of a workout? Is soreness a good indicator?
How do you become more vascular? Is it from genetics, HIIT cardio, low body fat, or all of the above?
What's your opinion on energy drinks?
What kind of truck do you drive and why?
You put water in your cereal!? Explain yourself!
If you do cardio after lifting, will that ruin your attempt to grow that muscle?
Do you believe someone could be successful only doing machine work?
Biggest tip for someone competing for the first time?
Is 15 weeks long enough to prep for a show?
When you lift 2 muscle groups a day, do you alternate exercises?
Have you been forced to take time off for injury or surgery?
How do you track family/holiday meals?
How does smoking cigars affect your training?
How do I know what version of ULT to get?
What is your life goal? What gives you true happiness?
What is your take on Knee support and manta ray when squatting?
Leg extensions hurt due to an injury, what can I substitute with?
Do you feel wearing a weight belt throughout all of your exercises is an effective way to keep your waist tight?
How do you decide what muscle groups to pair for a workout?
What advice do you have for workouts while traveling?
What are your thoughts on Marijuana?
Let's say I can only afford taking Glutamine 2 times a day, what timing is most important?
What do you think about a natural test booster?
How often do you do mobility exercises?
I really want to grow my legs and back the most, what is the smartest way to do that?
Is there a best time of the day to work out in your opinion?
On lateral raises I focus on driving through the elbows but still feel some trap activation, is that normal?
Any benefit to elevating toes on stiff legged deads?
Are you more likely to put on muscle at lower body fat %?
What kind of snapbacks do you wear?
When do you take HMB?
Is it essential to use mass gainer to grow?
How do you travel and stay consistent with supplement regiment?
Can we have more info on the leg trainer?
Have you purposely built your career around bodybuilding? Do you think your level of dedication is possible in an expensive city?
Do you plan to come out with your own clothing line?
Have you ever thought of doing Vlogs?
How do you measure sodium intake?
I am eating at a deficit during the weekdays and loosely tracking the weekends. When my weight is up Monday, is this water weight, fat, or a combination of both?
Do you drink sugary drinks and do you treat them the same as any other carb?
Can timing of meals affect weight loss day to day when macros don't change?
How do you feel about fasted training?
You mentioned how you were not a fan of meal prep services and you liked making things yourself, but now you're using a meal prep service. Why?
What is your preferred method of cardio and how often do you do it?
Is it true that you can't overwork your calves? So theoretically you can hit them every day?
Is it possible to grow into a show?
How important is your girlfriend for your lifestyle and how have you helped one another along the way? Do you think you could be with someone who isn't into fitness/working out as much as you?
Are there any fitness magazines you recommend?
How do you maintain a healthy sleep schedule?
How do you foresee technology improving fitness?
What are your thoughts on fat burners?
Are there any exercises you would consider unsafe or not recommend that people do?
How do you get a good contraction on DB flys of all angles?
Why is your girlfriend not your fiance yet?!
How often do you incorporate deadlifts into your training?
Do you recommend Alexia sweet potato products?
How long do you wait to workout after a pre-workout meal?
Do you ever eat eggs?
What's the carb/protein/fat difference between high and low days?
What other types of meats do you like?
How long are you growing your beard?
How much do you sleep at night?
What did you study in college?
When would you take Hydro Builder?
How do you increase leg width?
What do you do for ankle and hip mobility?
What's your workout playlist?
Tips for improving mind muscle connection on bent over rows?
Of the three macro-nutrients (protein, carbs, fats) which is most important?
What chicken do you get that has 35g of protein in 4oz?
Do you cycle your vitamins?
What do you use to track all your macros?
Should I be tracking all my macros in the off season?
What organization is representing your upcoming shows?
Would you ever get an app for your site?
Do you perform warm up sets?
Any tips on what to buy/ overall dieting tips for college lifestyle?
What is your skin care routine?
Why do people carry a gym bag from machine to machine instead of using a locker?
What's your preferred method of tanning?
What's your opinion on Mike Mentzer's HIT training philosophy?
How do you cook your sweet potatoes?
In a surplus, whats the best rep range, high or low?
What's an ideal amount of weight to gain per week when building?
What's your supplement stack?
Can genetics stunt a muscle's potential?
On a pyramid set (12,10,8,6) do you up the weight or keep the same?
What's the best way to remove body hair?
Would you adjust Macros or Cardio after not dropping for 4 days
Should I add powdered carbs around my workout?
Where do you get your t-shirts?
Why do you eat cereal before bed?
What are your thoughts on pre-workout?
How did you distress your Vans?
How do you maintain the most muscle when trying to cut?
What are your go-to Crock pot chicken recipes?
How often do you drink alcohol?
How many rest days do you take?
Do you think online macro calculators are accurate?
What is your theory on cheat meals?
How do you achieve the old-school bodybuilder look for legs?
Where can you buy food and supplements in bulk?
What's the importance of added fats in your diet?
What's better, cereal or oats for breakfast?
What is your opinion on meal prep companies?
What is your last meal of the day?
Where did you get your lifting belt?