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Episode 131: Improving Body Composition Starts With Behavioral Change with Danny Matranga

podcast Sep 17, 2021

Listeners can find Danny Matranga at his website, and on Instagram @danny.matranga and Podcast: Dynamic Dialogue with Danny Matranga 

Danny Matranga is a personal trainer and nutrition expert. You may know him best from the many videos he’s done with Mind Pump TV. He’s also the host of the Dynamic Dialogue Podcast. Danny first discovered fitness as a kid playing sports and he quickly became fascinated not only with the practical aspects but the intellectual as well. His undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology and he has been a personal trainer since 2013. He has had the privilege of working with hundreds of clients and traveling all over the country learning from the best experts in the fields of strength, conditioning, mobility, nutrition, and more. His desire to grow, learn, and develop is at the core of his coaching philosophy and is the driving force that keeps him energized and excited after all these years.


In this episode, we chat about improving body composition with five reasonable behavioral changes, pros and cons of circuit style training, two common misconceptions when it comes to changing your body composition, neurological benefits to creatine, and more!

“You have to allow adequate time for a diet to work for the behaviors to fall in place for you to do them consistently enough. And a lot of times, you have to do that through failing.” Danny Matranga

Top Takeaways:

  • Five reasonable behavioral habits to adopt to help your fat loss journey
  • Two prevalent factors that could be hindering your body composition transformation 
  • Pro’s and con’s of circuit style training
  • Danny’s recommendations on peri-workout nutrition
  • Danny’s top three supplement recommendations

Show Notes:

  • [0:00] Rachel gives a brief introduction of guest Danny Matranga 
  • [1:00] Welcome back to MetFlex and Chill! Rachel welcomes guest Danny Matranga @danny.matranga to the listeners  
  • [1:00] Danny dives into his background of how he got into the fitness and nutrition industry
  • [3:00] In-person training vs. online coaching 
  • [7:30:] Question: What’s your opinion and experience with fat loss from a fast versus a slow approach? [13:30] Question: How do you address scale fluctuations and “stalls” with your clients?
  • [20:30] What behavior changes do you think to make the biggest impact for long-term success with body composition?
  • [27:30] Question: What do you feel are the biggest mistakes that you see with your women clientele who come to you when they're looking to change their body composition?
  • [29:00] ​​Question: People are still super fat phobic. And then there are people who are still super carb phobic. Do you experience that at all with your clients?
  • [33:00] Question: What is your opinion on circuit-style classes like Orange Theory, CrossFit, F45, etc.?
  • [39:00] Question: What are your top recommendations when it comes to peri-workout nutrition?
  • [48:30] Question: If you had to pick three supplements that could actually make a difference? What would they be?
  • [46:30] Question: For you personally, what does an average day of nutrition and training look like?
  • [52:30] Question: Do you implement any type of calorie cycling with your clients? 
  • [59:00] Question: Is there anything that you've changed your mind about in the last year and why?
  • [1:05:00] You can check out for from Danny on IG @danny.matranga  
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Rachel Gregory (@rachelgregory.cns) is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Author of the best-selling book, 21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge. She received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from James Madison University and Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Miami.

Rachel helps her clients transform their lives by starting with the physical (body), realizing the power of the mental (mindset), and ultimately gaining massive confidence that bleeds into every aspect of their lives (family, relationships, work, etc.).


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