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If you want to understand what's happening with your body on the macro level, you need to understand what's happening with it at the micro level. That's Mike Mastell's philosophy, at least.

Mastell, who has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in molecular biochemistry, has been a national lightweight strongman champion. He holds records in the overhead press and log press. He is the head strength and conditioning coach of a performance facility.

Through all of his formal education and personal experience, Mastell has learned a lot. He has shaped his approach over time and discovered when and how to appropriately push his training.

In this video interview, Mastell discusses how his knowledge guides his training and what kinds of adjustments he has made to reach where he is.