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Host: Andrew Huberman
Guest: Dr. Layne Norton

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Clip taken from Andrew Huberman’s podcast episode #97 with Dr. Layne Norton

Layne Norton aka (biolayne) is an entrepreneur, physique coach, bodybuilder, and powerlifter from Tampa, Florida. He holds the world record for squat in the IPF 93 kg weight class.

Alongside his success as a competitor, Layne is also an esteemed scientist and doctor; having a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science.

Layneโ€™s fitness journey began in high school, when he started lifting weights to gain muscle and improve his self-esteem. By the age of 19, he completely โ€˜fell in loveโ€™ with the activity. And as a result โ€“ started competing in bodybuilding shows.

Heโ€™s since won 7 bodybuilding, and 6 powerlifting titles. Along with his success in the online world; where heโ€™s gained a huge following, and created a popular supplement line and coaching businesses.

After his freshman year of high school, Layne decided to take on weight training โ€“ so he could fend off the bullies that were much stronger, and bigger than him.

He would go to the library everyday, reading numerous books on weightlifting. Eventually, he started following his own simple weight training program, using a set of sand weights in his basement.

However, it wasnโ€™t until Layne graduated from high school when he began taking weightlifting more seriously. In his words; โ€œI didnโ€™t get really serious about it until I graduated from high school. I had played baseball all the way through high school and once that was over, I no longer had a competitive outlet.โ€

In search for a new sport to take part in, Layne stumbled upon bodybuilding. He was so fascinated by the sport, that decided to take part in his first bodybuilding competition at 19 years of age.

Layne says he exceeded even his biggest expectations at the show โ€“ he won the teen and novice tall categories as a complete outsider.

After the victory, Layne became โ€˜hookedโ€™ on competitive bodybuilding. He continued to participate in bodybuilding contests; winning 7 titles by 2010.

In 2009, Layne started participating in powerlifting contests alongside bodybuilding. He found success in this area as well; taking home 6 powerlifting titles, along with setting a couple of national strength records over the years.

As his professional bodybuilding and powerlifting years came to a close, Layne began to focus on other aspects of his life. Such as business and online marketing.

He then, launched his social media sites, through which he promoted his supplement line. Alongside this, he started working as a part-time bodybuilding, physique, and figure coach โ€“ juggling his passion for the fitness lifestyle with business, and everyday responsibilities.

Layne says heโ€™s proud of the success heโ€™s achieved since he started his bodybuilding journey โ€“ heโ€™s constantly looking forward to even bigger plans in the future.

Layneโ€™s training is a combination of bodybuilding and powerlifting. He trains each body part twice per week. One day is dedicated to strength, while the other focuses on hypertrophy.

On Mondays, Layne will usually train his upper body, and on Tuesdays, his lower body. These first two days out of the week are his powerlifting days, where he focuses on compound movements; doing 3-6 reps. In terms of volume, he keeps it low in these workouts.

However, his training style completely changes during the last few days of the week. On those days, he trains the same body parts for muscle growth. Meaning, heโ€™ll do a lot of volume with lighter weights.

An example of Layneโ€™s strength and hypertrophy workout can be seen below.

Layne says that if he wants to make his back wider, heโ€™ll train it with a lot of volume to make it grow.

Rear deltoid is another muscle Layne believes is important for achieving the famous V-taper look. He says that by doing lifts that stimulate areas such as the rear delt, and lats, heโ€™s been able to grow his width significantly.

One of his favorite exercises for building his lats are dumbbell rows done on an incline bench. And for his rear delts, his favorite exercise is reverse pec deck on the resistance machine.

Layne says to anyone who wantโ€™s to grow a wider back should do deadlifts. He said; โ€œLetโ€™s be honest, if you want a back thatโ€™s worth a damn, you are going to have to deadlift.โ€

Source(s): https://www.greatestphysiques.com/male-physiques/layne-norton/


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