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Troy Martin – Strength, Fitness, Nutrition And Injury (#37)

Discussing “the big things” with Coach Troy

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Introduction to guest:

Troy Martin is a fitness and nutrition coach or, as he likes to put it, a personal trainer with bells on.

Troy mostly trains recreationally athletic people with an interest in strength and conditioning for improved sporting performance.

With a background in Reformer Pilates, Troy has extensive experience with helping people to overcome and rehab injuries, and has a special personal interest in corrective exercise for lower back pain.

On the nutrition front, Troy deals with weight management and performance nutrition, where he applies evidence-based principles. An evidence-based approach is important to Troy, he believes that this is the only effective and ethical way to inform one’s recommendations and ensure safe practice.

Contacting Troy:

Email & Website: Coach Troy

Facebook: TM Fitness

Instagram: @tmfitnessuk

YouTube: TM Fitness

Patreon: TM Fitness

Key quotes and takeaways from the show:

“Don’t major on the minors.”

BCAA’s are a waste of money.

“You can make your pain a lot worse by exaggerating and catastrophizing it in your head.”

“Most fit people can do 25 press ups in 30 seconds but try doing 10 [for the duration of] a minute.”

Question of the day:

“What do people overthink in terms of health and fitness?”

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Related episode:

If you enjoyed this, you will love our first podcast with Troy where we discuss diets (including intermittent fasting and Slimming World), exercise, gym anxiety and how to look after your back.


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Show notes:

  • 00:22 – What has changed in the world of strength and nutrition.
  • 01:18 – What Troy has been researching recently.
  • 02:00 – Troy’s scientific writing method.
  • 03:41 – Behaviour change, coaching and fat loss.
  • 18:26 – Characteristics of a good personal training/strength programme.
  • 23:00 – Troy’s own training programme.
  • 27:00 – Gaz’s training programme.
  • 27:36 – The importance of longer periods of low volume exercise on your mental health.
  • 28:22 – Do we overthink nutrition, exercise and general health?
  • 31:35 – What specific things people overthink in health and fitness.
  • 33:47 – Protein powders, BCAAs and other supplements.
  • 51:50 – What is inflammation?
  • 55:27 – What are the big things to get right for health?
  • 57:37 – The mind muscle connection.
  • 01:01:13 – Creative visualisation studies and practices.
  • 01:04:47 – Strength is a skill.
  • 01:06:12 – Stem cell treatment.
  • 01:07:52 – Recovering from and preventing injury (general and specifically relating to back injuries).
  • 01:17:38 – How the mind plays a role in pain – catastrophising or exaggerating pain.
  • 01:20:22 – Troy’s recommended resources.
  • 01:22:02 – Where you can find Troy.
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