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Lose Fat, Gain Muscle, Increase Strength, Be More Awesome: Live Q&A #6

Written on February 9, 2013 at 8:25 am, by Eric Cressey

It’s time for another live Q&A here at EricCressey.com!  I figured that it’s a great time to do this, as I’m currently snowed in!  This is the view of my mailbox right now, in fact:

To get your questions answered, just post your inquiry in the comments section below, and I’ll approve it and then reply.  

My only rule is that your question must be limited to five sentences or less.  I’ll answer the first 25 that are posted, so please don’t bother posting questions if you come to this post days, weeks, or months after it was originally posted.

With that said, head on down to the comments section below and ask away! 

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62 Responses to “Lose Fat, Gain Muscle, Increase Strength, Be More Awesome: Live Q&A #6”

  1. Eric Cressey Says:


    Remember that there is a difference between active and passive external rotation. A lot of throwers have a lot of passive ER, but terrible active ER. That’s an entire blog post, though. Give this a read:


  2. Eric Cressey Says:

    That’s 25, gang! Thanks for participating. We’ll do it again soon!

  3. Anthony Says:


    I have the apparently rare ability to put on bulk muscle like crazy. Do you have any tips for someone trying to lean out while lifting heavy who puts on muscle so quickly with a pretty good diet?

  4. Eric Cressey Says:


    Definitely want to be very careful with carb intake. Calories can jump up on your quickly, and perhaps more concerning is the fact that it would keep insulin high (and growth hormone, catecholamines, etc. low). Think protein, veggies, and healthy fats.

  5. Ken Says:


    I’m a baseball outfielder. How should my workouts vary from what your pitchers do, in terms of focus?

  6. Karl Says:

    Hi Eric,

    I have issues with very tight jaw muscles which seem to radiate down through my scalenes and tighten up my entire frontal neck/shoulder region something fierce. No forward head posture. Do you have any tips for corrective exercises?

  7. Nick Smoot Says:

    Due to many flaws in my training, lack of mobility work, lack of myofascial release, etc. I ended up with a horrible lordotic/kyphotic posture, left rib flair, inhibited glutes, knee grinding/pain, elevated left scapula…the list goes on. I have made major improvements in the last 6 months, but still perform mobility work, your foam roller series, band pull aparts, and static stretching everyday, training day or not. Would you recommend keeping up the high volume of re-hab work, or scale it down once improvements have been made? Thanks.

  8. Matt Stropoli Says:

    I am trying to sign as an undrafted free agent and am finishing up my 4 day a week cycle of show and go (with the baseball mods), I am going to switch to the 2 day version you suggested for relievers since I am trying to get more mound time in during the week now. My question is how should I schedule my throwing with my lifting since I am not playing in games yet? Also do you have any advice for guys trying to sign as a free agent? My goal is to sign and come train with you in the near future and become one of your pro guys.

  9. Eric Cressey Says:


    Definitely get that checked out by a qualified professional. You don’t want to mess around with head/neck/jaw stuff, particularly with radicular issues.

  10. Eric Cressey Says:

    Baseball players are athletes first & pitchers/catchers/position players second. Address movement issues, then consider sport-specific demands.

  11. Eric Cressey Says:

    Hi Matt,

    Head over to this webpage and read my in-season baseball strength and conditioning series; it should answer your question:


    RE: free agent signing, more tips than you can imagine! Show up on time, firm handshakes, look them in the eye, hustle on/off the field. Don’t be afraid to play independent ball first. If you throw 95, you’re doing it regardless of what level you’re pitching at – and they’ll find you.

  12. George Says:

    Re: older trainees, thanks Eric. My anecdotal experience as a hypogonadal 40 year old bears your advice out–it takes longer to get moving, high intensity or high volume training sessions cause major sleep/mood/immune/CNS disruptions and strange muscle fasciculations, etc, especially if the bouts are consecutive. My solution is to check my ego (which still thinks it’s 20) with HRV tools and adaptive scheduling. People often associate HRV with elite athletes but I find it just as useful as an aging guy with bad recovery, who likes to push the limits.

    I would certainly buy any book on this topic you authored. 🙂

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