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In this week’s episode of the Discover Strength Podcast, I had the pleasure of sitting down with a world-renowned expert on the benefits of resistance training for metabolic health. Dr. Giessing is a professor of Sports Science at the University of Koblenz-Landau. He’s also a coauthor on a number of research papers we’ve discussed on this podcast in the past.

Dr. Giessing has worked closely with Dr. James Fisher and Dr. James Steele on a number of different projects. The paper we specifically discuss today is on the effects that resistance training has on metabolic health.

For this discussion, we focus specifically on a paper published in 2021, in which Dr. Giessing’s group investigated the effects of a resistance training intervention on patients receiving routine care for Type-2 diabetes (T2D). This minimum dose exercise approach was given as an intervention along with a normal standard of care to help patients understand and maximize their own metabolic health.

The results of this study, which last over 2 years, and is still having intermediate check-ups are fascinating. It appears that along with dietary interventions and education about T2D, minimum dose resistance training (very similar to what we practice at Discover Strength) was extremely effective in improving overall markers of metabolic health.

Dr. Giessing and I discuss important takeaways from this paper, as well as practical implications for those that may already be diabetic, or are on their way to becoming T2D, based on lifestyle and overall metabolic health.

I recommend listening and taking notes on this one, as well as sharing it with anyone you may know who is suffering from T2D, or has below-average metabolic health.

Check out the paper HERE!

Dr. Giessing is also an author and has written one of the best books ever on High-Intensity Training. I highly recommend checking it out and sharing it with anyone who you think might be interested in this style of training.

Purchase the book HERE!

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