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Frequently asked questions

I get tons of Frequently Asked Questions about nutrition and strength training! 

Before you message or email me, please read through this page to see if I’ve answered the question first. 

Favorite products & Other common questions

Legion. They’re evidence-backed and transparent. Use my code STEPH when you order (also gets you 20% off your first order).

If you need a plant-based protein powder, Plant+ is the best-tasting one I’ve had.

Not sure what might work for you? Take the quiz.

As always, supplements can’t take the place of proper nutrition and you should always consult your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.

Legion. They’re evidence-backed and transparent. Use my code STEPH when you order (also gets you 20% off your first order).

Legion products I personally use: Whey+, Casein+, Pulse pre-workout (stimulant free is my choice), Recharge post-workout, and Triton fish oil. If you need a plant-based protein powder, Plant+ is the best-tasting one I’ve had.

Not sure what might work for you? Take the quiz.

As always, supplements can’t take the place of proper nutrition and you should always consult your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.

For lifting, Lululemon Run/Speed or similar. 

For under my Brazilian jiu-jitsu gi, I’ve had the best luck with IAB|MFG.

Personally, I have good luck with Lululemon shorts, leggings, and bras; Vuori bike shorts; and Paragon tops and leggings. I wear a lot of normal tank tops, including the ones in my Shop.

I’m aware that not all these brands are truly size inclusive.

For all-around flat gym shoes, you’ll find me in Chucks. 

For squatting / weightlifting shoes, Nike Romaleos.

And most of the time, I actually lift barefoot. 

Whoop. (link gets you $30 off)

If you’re not sure if tracking your workouts and recovery is right for you, listen to this podcast episode:

Fitness Trackers and Listening to Your Body

 

Beautycounter. My personal favorites: the Countertime line, Overnight Resurfacing Peel, and All-Over Acne Treatment.

But since skincare is so personal, take this quiz to find out your best match.

Elete add-in drops.

I went through the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program. Listen to my podcast on it here:

Ep 188 – What is Nutritional Therapy? 

I’m also a Girls Gone Strong Certified Women’s Coaching Specialist.

See my full list of degrees, certifications, and credentials here.

I’ve been working full-time for myself since June 2013. Prior to that, I was making blog, YouTube, and social media content for a few years. 

Growing a business takes time and patience. I’m unable to give free advice on this. If you’d like to schedule a paid strategy chat with me, use the contact form.

The Fuel Your Strength Podcast is a free resource that you can listen to on a variety of podcast apps and streaming services.

Visit the Podcast page for direct links to common apps.

If you’d like to buy me a coffee (via Ko-fi) to help support the podcast, click here. Your support is greatly appreciated.

STRENGTH PROGRAMS

I recommend that you have at least some experience. If you can learn from a coach / trainer in person, even for a short time, it can provide the best foundation for following an online program.

Learn more suggestions here:

Ep 202 – Strength Training for Beginners

4 Tips You Need to Know as a Strength Training Beginner

 

PDF-based programs with a video library and downloads. Currently there is no app but a monthly subscription-based app may be in the works. Sign up here for updates: https://stephgaudreau.com/newsletter

No. Made Strong works on the principle of templates and movement patterns. It’s designed for someone who wants flexibility and choice. If you want someone to tell you exactly what to do, your best option is Dynamic Dumbbells (coming 2022) or Basic Barbell

You’ll have the most options and best results if you have at least two sets of dumbbells or two kettlebells – one light-ish for your current level and one medium to heavy-ish. Your lower body is stronger than your upper body so don’t shortchange yourself. 

I also recommend a bench or box to sit or stand on. 

If you purchased Made Strong prior to April 2021, it used to be housed here on my site. We notified everyone of the move to Thinkific before the move. You will need to log in to Thinkific.

If you purchased after April 2021, log in to your Thinkific account.

https://stephgaudreau.thinkific.com

Advising about specific injury recovery and rehab is outside my scope of practice. If you need help with mobility or injury recovery, please contact a PT or other expert in those fields. I recommend people like @drmalekpt @theupgradeguys @thereadystate @docjenfit on Instagram.

Yes. Basic Barbell is a 13-week program with reps, sets, and load/RPE programmed out.

It’s not what the program is designed for. If you want a dumbbell program, see Made Strong or get on my newsletter so you can hear when Dynamic Dumbbells is released.

Website questions

Made Strong, Basic Barbell, and Strength Nutrition Unlocked are hosted on our Thinkific learning platform. You need to log in with the email you used to purchase. Go to https://stephgaudreau.thinkific.com to log in. Bookmark that link for the future! 

Looking for the old Core 4 Program? Click here to log in via my website. You’ll need your username. It’s not always your email address. 

If you need tech support, please use the contact form on this site.

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