EP. 049

Dr. Mike T. Nelson


Mike has a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Minnesota, with that work focusing on the concept of metabolic flexibility. In addition, he has a MS in biomechanics and an adjunct professor and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links:

Website – miketnelson.com

Facebook – Mike T Nelson

Twitter – @MikeTNelson

Instagram – drmiketnelson

YouTube – Mike Nelson


Books Mentioned:

Poliquin Principles

Only the Strong Shall Survive

The War of Art

Mikes Book Recommendations

Steven Pressfield books

The Oxygen Advantage


Podcast Mentioned:

Sigma Nutrition Radio #12: Dr. Mike T. Nelson – Metabolic Flexibility & Performance-Based Fat Loss

Sigma Nutrition Radio #86: Mike T. Nelson, PhD – Metabolic Flexibility, Fasting vs. Ketosis & Low Glycogen Training

Sigma Nutrition Radio #250:  Mike T Nelson, PhD – Metabolic Flexibility Revisited


People and Resources mentioned:

Carrick Institute

Danny Lennon

Sigma Nutrition Radio

Barack Obama

Elon Musk

Charles Poliquin

Bill Starr

Lonnie Lowry

Charles Staley


Thomas DeLorne

John Berardi

Chad Waterbury

Eric Cressey

Mike Robertson

JL Holdsworth

SWIS Conference


Dr. Eric Cobbs

The Carrick Institute

Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR)

Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)

Pat Davidson

Kenneth Jay

Douglas Heel

Paleo FX

Cal Dietz

Landon Evans

Val Nasedkin

Peter Attia

Derek Evely

Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Steven Pressfield

Patrick McKeown


Joe Rogan

Henry Rollins

Benjamin Franklin

Jose Antonio

Stu Philips

Eric Helms

Dan Pardi



0:00 – 4:00 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Mike to introduce himself

4:01 – 8:58 – Robbie asks Mike how he funded himself through all his education?

8:59 – 12:11 – Robbie asks Mike who have been his biggest influences

12:12 – 23:22 – Robbie asks Mike how he has got involved with so many different organizations, such as, Z-Health, The Carrick Institute, and Reflexive Performance Reset?

22:23 – 25:45 – Robbie asks Mike how does his decide what continuing education to pursue?

25:46 – 31:10 – Robbie asks Mike about how he got into researching metabolic flexibility?

31:11 – 33:18 – Robbie asks Mike what is metabolic flexibility?

33:19 – 36:37 – Robbie asks Mike what does pathological metabolic flexibility look like?

36:38 – 38:29 – Robbie asks Mike how can someone test their metabolic flexibility outside of a laboratory setting?

38:30 – 41:03 – Robbie asks Mike how fast can an individual switch between fuel sources?

41:04 – 48:15 – Robbie asks Mike how can you improve metabolic flexibility?

48:16 – 54:50 – Robbie asks Mike what strategies can be used with athletes to improve their metabolic flexibility?

54:51 – 1:05:20 – Robbie asks Mike about high/low nutritional strategies to increase mitochondrial biogenesis for athletic performance?

1:05:21 – 1:06:32 – Robbie asks Mike if individuals with superior metabolic flexibility have greater HRV scores?

1:06:33 – 1:08:00 – Robbie asks Mike about the differences in the metabolic flexibility between a pathological tissue versus a healthy tissue in the body

1:08:01 – 1:10:33 – Robbie asks Mike about the differences in the metabolic flexibility between different organs

1:10:34 – 1:12:01 – Robbie asks Mike for his top and current book recommendations

1:12:02 – 1:14:03 – Robbie asks Mike about evidence for RPR?

1:14:04 – 1:14:55 – Robbie asks Mike if he only had one left on planet earth, how would he spend that year and why?

1:14:56 – 1:19:07 – Robbie asks Mike, if he could in 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

1:19:08 – 1:19:27 – Finally, Robbie ask Mike – what does the T stand for?? It’s not for Tigger!

1:19:28 – 1:19:46 – Robbie wraps up the show!