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The world’s top authority on intelligent muscle building and fat loss gives us a simple to understand deep dive into the complex world of building a body you love, and living your greatness. Weekly interviews with leading experts in a vast number of scientific fields focusing on health optimization (nutrition, sleep, hormones, mindfulness and mind set), strength, (both physical and mental), and muscle hypertrophy. Learn proven strategies for optimum life performance, whether it be in the gym, the board room or the bedroom; this is the blueprint for becoming the upgraded modern man. Ladies, this podcast is for you too. The topics, tips, and life hacks covered are essential for every individual who wants to upgrade themselves mentally and physically.

Episode Date
139- Stop Lying to Yourself and Start Living Your Purpose with Kute Blackson
54:47

One of the thought leaders of our time, Kute Blackson, joins us today to share his story.  At a young age Kute found himself thrust into a familial role that he didn't see for himself.  Today Kute is an international speaker on self-love and living your purpose.  Listen in to hear Kute's amazing insight on how to face the hard truths and find your purpose to live an amazing life.

This podcast is brought to you by Organifi!  Use code MuscleIntelligence for 20% Organifi juice and supplements.

For timestamps and resources from this episode visit BenPakulski.com/podcasts/Kute.

Sep 17, 2018
138- Muscle Activation and the Nervous System with Greg Roskopf
01:12:38

Greg Roskopf the founder of Muscle Activation Techniques joins us today to discuss the role the neuro-musclular system plays in preventing injuries and performance.  MAT is focused on hacking the nervous system to address muscular imbalances and relieve muscle pain.  Ben and Greg discuss the benefits Ben has seen from MAT as well as the biological function behind it.  Lastly we discuss the next phase of Greg’s understanding of the nervous system that he has gained since a terrible accident left him rehabbing both brain and body.

 

This episode is brought to you by Organifi.  Organifi whole food juices are perfect to supplement the micronutrients that it is often difficult to get enough of through diet alone.  A regimen of Green, Red, and Gold juice through the day will help you truly live your greatest life in your greatest body.  Use code MuscleIntelligence for 20% off everything in the Organifi store!

 

Visit BenPakulski.com/podcasts/MAT for more information on Greg and for episode timestamps.

Sep 13, 2018
137- How to Optimize Health and Improve Aging Through Structured Water with Dr. Gerald Pollack
01:11:00

Dr. Gerald Pollack is one of the pioneers in the research of the fourth phase of water, a structuring of water that lands between liquid and solid. This fourth phase of water lives inside our cells and helps to keep our bodies negatively charged.  Ben and Dr. Pollack dive deep into what structured water is, why it is necessary for health and how to maintain high levels of structured water as we age.  Lastly, we wrap up with the future of Dr. Pollack’s research of structured water including the possibility of holding data in water molecules!

This episode is brought to you by Organifi.  Because we are huge fans of the whole nutrients that Organifi juices provide we have partnered with them to bring a special offer to the Muscle Expert listeners.  Use code Muscle Intelligence for 20% off all products in the Organifi store.  Make sure to act quickly because this offer won’t be around forever!

If you would like more information on the benefits of structured water and how to bring more of it into your life, check out episode 69 with Hans Eng and Rowena Gates on the NanoVi structured water technology.

Please visit BenPakulski.com/podcasts/pollack for resources and timestamps from this episode.

Sep 10, 2018
136- How to Protect Yourself from Environmental Pollution with Dr. David Carpenter
55:49

Joining us today is Dr. David Carpenter, one of the worlds leading researchers on environmental pollution and an environmental advocate.  Dr. Carpenter warns of the dangers of EMF pollution and upcoming 5G towers.  From there we dive into more traditional environmental pollution and how to minimize your exposure to toxins such as PCBs which have contaminated most foods and are highly present in animal fats.  Listen through to the end to hear David’s take on how to best minimize your exposure and live a long and healthy life.  Please reach out to Ben on social media if you would like to join the Muscle Intelligence movement to reduce pollution and live your greatest life!

This episode is presented by Organifi.  We highly recommend Organifi juices to supplement micronutrients such as polyphenols.  Use code MuscleIntelligence to get 20 percent off your Organifi order! 

Visit BenPakulski.com/podcasts/carpenter for timestamps and resources.

Sep 06, 2018
135- The Downside of Technology with Daniel Debaun
01:00:03

Daniel Debaun is a former telecommunications engineer who has shifted his focus to eliminating exposure to electromagnetic radiation caused by modern technology such as cellphones and wifi.  Daniel invented a product called Defendershield to help his family as well as others avoid dangerous EMFs.  On this episode, Daniel walks Ben through the mechanisms that cause EMF and the best practices to mitigate health concerns.  Tune in for some great take-home advice to protect your self and your family from excess radiation exposure.

 

This episode is brought to you by Organifi.  Use the Code MuscleIntelligence for 20 percent off the best tasting juice around.

If you are interested in DefenderShield products Daniel has hooked it up! Use code MuscleExpert20 for 20 percent off on DefenderShield.com! 

Sep 03, 2018
134- SuperLife through Super Foods with Darin Olien the Superfood Hunter
01:11:17

Darin Olien is a man of many hats, some would call him a biohacker or maybe a healthy living enthusiast, but most call him a super food hunter.  Darin has traveled the world in search of the most nutrient rich foods on the planet.  Today on the Muscle Expert Podcast we talk to Darin about what the daily habits and nutrition look like for a man obsessed with the healthiest foods on the planet.  We also discuss his most recent finding, Baruka nuts, a favorite here at the Muscle Expert Podcast.  Tune in to learn about this amazing new superfood that Darin is harvesting from the wild of Brazil.

Time Stamps

1:45- How Darin found superfood hunting after injury prevented him from perusing sport.

5:45- Superlife- the life goal of Darin Olien, helping people live a high functioning, optimal, healthy life.

9:00- The foundations for living a super life, whole food, sleep, and hydration.

13:30- How Darin “hacks” his water. 3 stage filter and a vortator to structure his water.

17:15- The complexity of nature.  How Dr. Gerald Pollack’s research could lead to us using water to store information.

20:50- Diving into the idea that drinking charged water can help with nutrient absorption.

22:45- The importance of hydration to living a healthy life.

31:00- Darin’s daily habits including, biohacking, breath work, superfoods and consciousness practices.

35:30- The unique, functional workouts that Darin incorporates daily.

41:45- Nutrition- What the “Superfood Hunter” eats on the daily.

45:15- Darin’s philosophy on food and why he lives vegan.

53:20- What are baruka nuts and how did Darin find them?

58:45- The last wild nut? The labor intensive process that is required to produce baruka nuts and how Darin is helping the environment and local economy through sustainably harvesting these wild nuts.

Aug 30, 2018
133- Detoxing your Life, Crushing Your Limitations and Owning Your Awesome with Drew Canole
42:26

Drew Canole, the founder of FitLife TV and Organifi joins us today to discuss his new book, You Be You, training under a shaman, and of course why he created Organifi.  In this brief yet deep episode, Ben and Drew dive into how to detoxify your life, overcome your limiting beliefs and own your awesome!  We also talk about Drew’s amazing juice products from Organifi and how they formulated each one to naturally support detox, energy and even sleep.  You can use code MuscleIntelligence on organifi.com to get 20 percent off of your order with our new sponsor.

1:00- You Be You, Drew’s new book on detoxing your life, crushing your limitations and owning your awesome.

5:30- Where Drew came from and how he started crushing it.

9:45- In order for there to be a next you must complete something first.  How to follow through on what you say you are going to do.

17:00- Why Drew decided to start a superfood company.

21:45- Drew’s daily work with a shaman.

25:15- Giving away your seniority.  Why we give away our humanity more and more as we go through life.

28:30- Drew’s advice for living your greatest life.  Start with optimizing your physical body, then move to your spiritual body.

30:00- How Drew feeds his spiritual body with a daily meditation practice.

35:00- Beyond greens, Organifi red and gold juice and what they are formulated for.

Aug 27, 2018
132- The Oxygen Advantage, How Breathing Practices Can Change Your Mental and Physical State with Patrick McKeown
59:16

Breathing is the most reflexive movement in the body, but it doesn’t have to be.  Our guest today, Patrick McKeown, is an expert in Buteyko breathing and the founder of the Oxygen Advantage.  Patrick teaches us the benefits of nasal breathing and some great practices for changing from a mouth breather to a diaphragm breather.  Some highlights from the episode include how raising your CO2 levels will help to further oxygenate your body and using nightly mouth taping to get rid of sleep apnea, snoring, and insomnia.

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Time Stamps

4:00- Why proper breathing technique matters so much.

8:30- How your breathing technique affects your perceived output.

9:30- What is mouth taping and how can it help you.

12:00- Practices that will help your body fully oxygenate.

19:00- What are the potential benefits from proper breathing techniques?

26:30- Best practices for mouth taping during your sleep.

32:00- How to teach your kids how to breathe with their diaphragm.

36:15- Sleep apnea and nasal breathing.

41:00- Nasal breathing and the parasympathetic nervous system.

44:00- How breathing experts are using higher levels of CO2 to help reset breathing patterns.

46:00- How you can start to change your breathing patterns.

50:00- Mindful breathing and attention span.  Why you (or your kids) need daily breathing practices to keep attention up and anxiety down.

Aug 23, 2018
131- Optimizing Thyroid Function with Elle Russ of Primal Blueprint
59:25

Elle Russ is a woman of many hats. A creative writer, comedian and actor, Elle found herself in the middle of a health crisis while trying to maintain the ideal “actress body”.  The root of that cause was a thyroid issue that took Elle over 10 years and 50 doctors to get under control.  Elle has since become an expert in natural ways to keep your thyroid in check.  Today on the Muscle Expert Podcast she shares her story as well as her wealth of knowledge on keeping your thyroid healthy.  If you or a loved one suspect that you have issues with thyroid regulation, make sure to pick up Elle’s book The Paleo Thyroid Solution.

Time Stamps

2:00- Elle Russ’ story.  Her beginnings as an actress and how the demands of maintaining a look led her to find out that she had issues with her thyroid.

9:00- The contributors to Elle’s thyroid issues, selenium, over-training, and carbohydrate.

11:00-  The glucose myth.  Why Elle refutes the need for carbohydrates for thyroid health.

13:30- How do you know if you may have low thyroid?

23:30- The mechanics of thyroid hormones and how to determine what intervention you should make.

38:30- How to potentially avoid going on medications for life by thyroid function through diet and nutrient optimization.

41:30- Where to start with hormone intervention.

43:30- In range vs optimal.  Should you be ok with your hormone levels just being within an accepted range?

50:00- The opposite side of the coin.  Potential complications from too much thyroid hormone.

52:45- The micronutrients you need to pay attention to for thyroid health.

Aug 20, 2018
130- Nutrition Mastery Carbs vs Fat with Dr. Layne Norton
01:18:48

Dr. Layne Norton joins us at the MI40 Gym to share from his wealth of nutrition knowledge.  Dr. Norton and Ben jump right in discussing what its like to work on social media and Layne’s sometimes “abrasive” approach.  From there the conversation moves to metabolic flexibility, whether carb to fat ratio matters as much as some think it does, wether a high fat diet really helps you lose weight and of course If It Fits Your Macros.  Stay tuned until the end to hear how Dr. Norton’s thought process has evolved over the years and where he plans to head in the next five.

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Highlights

Ben and Dr. Norton discuss his polarizing status in the fitness community.

Dr. Norton talks about the evolution of his thought process.

Is insulin sensitivity all its cracked up to be?

After protein does your level of carbs vs fats really matter for changing your body comp?

 

Aug 16, 2018
129- How to Maintain a Ketogenic Diet While on the Go, Cyclical Keto and Food Relationships with Leanne Vogel
01:05:21

Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit joins us today on the Muscle Expert Podcast to dive into the benefits of cyclical keto.  Leanne is the host of one of the highest rated nutrition podcasts on iTunes, author of The Keto Diet and Keto Beginnings and a world renown speaker on the topic of Keto.  She and Ben dive into her past struggles with eating disorders, how she went from vegan to the ketogenic diet, and cyclical keto as well as how she maintains her diet and routine while traveling the country in an RV.  Don’t miss a second of this crazy informative episode.

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Time Stamps-

5:45- How Leanne went from vegan to the ketogenic diet and balanced her life.

9:30- The culture of diet.  Why it becomes difficult to see the signs that a diet may not work for you when you are in a community that subscribes to that diet.

11:45- How Leanne struggled with bulimia when she first started keto and why she cycles the diet.

15:45- Ketosis for ketosis’ sake.  Why what you eat matters more than staying in ketosis.

20:30- Keto for mental clarity.  Why Ben and Leanne try to always be in ketosis when they have to be on the top of their mental game.

22:30- Leanne’s advice to help people transition onto the ketogenic diet.

30:45- Optimizing health on keto as a woman.

36:15- Leanne’s struggle with eating disorders and body dysmorphia.

40:00- Reframing your relationship with food through a positive diet mindset.

43:20- Keto on the go.  How Leanne stays on her diet while traveling the country in an RV.

51:00- Leanne’s road routine and naked yoga.

55:45- Leanne’s book, where to find her and what’s new in the world of Healthful Pursuit.

Aug 13, 2018
128- How to Feed Your Brain with Cavin Balaster
58:58

A few years ago Cavin Balaster was involved in a serious accident which left him in a coma with less than a 10 percent chance of survival which would have been in a vegetative state.  Flash forward to today and Cavin is not only able to lead a normal life but has also written a book about the experience.  Join us as Cavin tells his story and gives great insight on how he was able to support brain healing through nutrition and supplemental changes. 

 

This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic Mushrooms.  Lion’s Mane is the only proven supplement to improve neurogenesis, the growth of new neurons.  Use code Muscle at FourSigmatic.com for 15% off of your order!

 

Time Stamps

 

2:00- The accident that changed Cavin’s life forever and the life changing research that he did as a result.

 

4:45- Giving your brain its best shot.  Cavin shares advice on how to encourage brain health.

 

9:30- How “under the table” nutrients helped Cavin’s brain start to restore function.

 

14:15- The importance of gut health for brain health.

 

21:45- Supporting neuroplasticity with supplementation.

 

24:00- The mindset of change.  Why the belief of “I can” is the most important piece of the puzzle.

 

30:00- How Cavin’s life practices have changed since his accident.

 

38:30- Pain is not good or bad, it is there to let us know what’s going on.  Cavin’s long road to recovery.

 

42:30- How to Feed a Brain- Cavin tells us about the book he wrote on his recovery process.

 

45:00- How to live your greatest life with your healthiest brain, Cavin’s tips for living a great life.

 

50:00- Is a ketogenic diet necessary to promote brain health?

Aug 09, 2018
127- Overcoming Anxiety through Nutrition with Ali Miller
01:07:43

Ali Miller is a certified dietitian, the host of the Naturally Nourished Podcast, and author of the new book The Anti-Anxiety Diet.  Ben and Ali sit down to discuss how you can mitigate anxiety through diet without the short term “feel good” junk foods.  Ali gives us her 5 R’s protocol to heal your gut and reset your neurotransmitter function as well as her method for women to cycle in carbs on a keto style diet to support hormone cycles.  Make sure to pick up Ali’s new book The Anti-Anxiety Diet, available everywhere Tuesday August 7th.

 

This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic!  One of the highlights from this show was Ali’s use of cordyceps as an adaptogen to optimize executive function.  If you want to experiment with this as well check out Four Sigmatic’s line of cordycep products and use code Muscle for 15% off of your order!

 

Highlights

 

“Exercise it the most underused anti-depressant and food is the most over-utilized anti-anxiety cure.“

 

Remove inflammation, restore the micro biome, rebuild gut integrity, restore micronutrients, rebounding adrenals. -Ali’s protocol for removing anxiety though diet.

 

Using adaptogens such as cordyceps to support executive function.

 

Time Stamps

 

2:20- How the Ketogenic Diet helps support GABA and intern has anti-anxiety benefits.

 

6:00- Short-term lack of carbohydrates can cause low level anxiety but long term GABA support will help to reduce anxiety long term. “Exercise it the most underused anti-depressant and food is the most over-utilized anti-anxiety cure. “

 

8:05- The relationship between gut health and anxiety. The relationship between microbiome, micronutrients, food intolerance and anxiety.

 

11:45- Ali’s method for healing your gut. Remove inflammatory foods.

 

15:30- The effects of a healthy micro biome on serotonin, dopamine, and GABA.

 

23:45- Rebuilding the gut integrity with glutamine, collagen and glycine.

 

32:20- Ali’s nutritional and supplemental protocol for replenishing micronutrients.

 

38:45- Ali’s beliefs around lectins and phytic acid when it comes to gut health.

 

43:30- The relationship between cortisol, epinephrine and anxiety.

 

48:55- How can you figure out where you are adrenally though both subjective analysis and testing.

 

51:45- How to support executive function with cordyceps, ashwagandha, rrhodiola and more.

 

56:30- Carb cycling for women on a ketogenic diet.  How you can use carbs to support cycling hormones.

Aug 06, 2018
126-Metabolic Flexibility, Training Nutrition with Dr. Mike Nelson
01:28:21

Dr. Mike Nelson is one of the world’s leading experts on metabolic flexibility and creator of the Flex Diet program.  Ben and Dr. Mike dive deep on what influences metabolic flexibility, the benefits of fat and carb adaptation and how to more quickly adapt to each.  Highlights include how macros can effect your heart rate variability, what you can deduce from your blood glucose levels, and Dr. Mike’s recommended diet for longevity.

 

Time Stamps

 

5:45- What causes your body to be less efficient at using fat for fuel?

 

11:20- What causes the keto flu and how can you mitigate it.

 

14:30- What scenarios would make it better to be fat vs carb adapted.

 

17:45- Will you still see a performance increase from carbs even if you aren’t training hard enough to enter your glycogen stores?

 

20:45- Is it possible to adapt to high training volume when you are in ketosis?

 

24:30- Intraset recovery when in ketosis.  Is it possible to go to failure multiple times per training session if you are fat fueled.

 

31:00- Dr. Mike’s tips for shortening the time it takes to become metabolically flexible.

 

34:15- Protein and the ketogenic diet.  Will high protein actually put you out of ketosis?

 

37:00- What goals does Dr. Mike recommend a ketogenic diet to achieve.

 

39:45- What are the implications of the ketogenic diet on your hormones and microbiome?

 

44:15- How macros affect HRV.

 

46:20- Demystifying blood glucose levels.  What can you deduce from your fasting glucose level.

 

49:50- What does Dr. Nelson think the ideal diet is for longevity?

 

54:45- What are the pros and cons of low blood sugar?

 

59:15- The training and nutrition variables to fat oxidation.

 

1:04:30- The effects of mitochondrial health on metabolic flexibility.

 

1:06:00- The supplemental influences on metabolic flexibility.

Aug 02, 2018
125- Jason Phillips- Crash Dieting, Cycling Your Training and Nutrition and Feeding Your Kids
01:14:34

Joining us today is one of the top Crossfit Nutritionists Jason Phillips of IN3 Nutrition.  Ben and Jason discuss how he fell into nutrition through an eating disorder, cycling training and diet through pre, post, and competition season, and the struggles of keeping your kids on a healthy diet.  Top highlights include eating for performance vs for body comp, the psychology behind prescribing a diet, how your diet can effect your hormones and much more.

 

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Jul 30, 2018
124- JJ Virgin- Elimination Diet for a Happy, Healthy Body
54:01

Joining us today is a woman who is leading the talk of avoiding foods that have high instances of intolerance.  JJ Virgin is the author of several NYT best sellers, has appeared on numerous TV shows as a nutrition expert and is a world renown public speaker on the topics of health and wellness.  Ben and JJ discuss how she is leading the conversation on avoiding the foods that most people can’t tolerate and her new conversation on being a “Warrior Mom”. Highlights include the importance of detoxing prior to fatloss, the seven foods JJ suggests avoiding and how to figure out what foods don’t work for you.

 

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Highlights

 

Fat is the vessel in which much of our toxins are stored.  JJ answers why it is imperative to detox before losing fat. - 9:00

 

JJ’s Favorite “Clean” Personal Care Brands - 17:30

 

Using a Journal to document how your body reacts to certain foods. - 26:30

 

The 7 day elimination diet challenge. - 33:00

 

What is your greatest life, hire a coach to help you achieve it, find your achievable goal body and do everything you can to work towards it, JJ’s tips to live your greatest life in your greatest body. - 39:10

 

 

Time Stamps

 

6:45- How JJ became inspired to shift her focus to leading a generation of Warrior Moms.

 

9:00- Why it is essential to reduce your toxic burden and detox before losing weight.

 

11:30- The sources and effects of our highly estrogenic environment.

 

19:30- Toxin-free personal care- JJ shares her favorite clean brands.

 

22:45- The Virgin Diet- How JJ came up with her best selling practical diet plan.

 

28:30- How to start paying better attention to the foods your body does and doesn’t like.

 

31:45- The foods that JJ recommends to avoid.

 

35:00- The free information JJ is giving out to challenge you to eat for a great life.

 

38:30-  How JJ fits fitness into her busy lifestyle.

 

41:10- JJ’s tips to live your greatest life in your greatest body.

Jul 26, 2018
123- Ben's Intro to Nutrition Week
58:03

We are taking a deep dive into nutrition for the next couple of weeks on the Muscle Expert Podcast!  To kick things off I am discussing my personal approach to nutrition as well as answering the questions that many of you submitted via social media.

 

Stay tuned for the next two weeks to hear what all of our nutrition guests have to contribute.

Jul 23, 2018
122- Dr. Beau Hightower- The UFC’s Top Doc on Avoiding Injury
01:02:48

Joining us today is Dr. Beau Hightower, the Director of Sports Medicine for Jackson/Wink MMA.  Dr. Hightower is known for keeping Jackson/Wink’s fighters in amazing health, they haven’t had a preventable injury drop out in his 3 years there.  Ben and Beau dive into best practices to prevent injury, Dr. Hightower’s unique approach to treat injuries and how he deduces what modality he should use for individual ailments.

This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic Mushrooms.  Use code Muscle to receive 15% off your Four Sigmatic order and through July 20th, 2018 you can receive an additional 10% off of the reduced prices for Four Sigmatic’s retiring blends.

Highlights

You should avoid stretching pre training.  Instead use light foam rolling of contributing muscles. Dynamic warmup with light weights before lifting heavy.

The evolutionary reason why certain muscles seem to always be tight.

How Dr. Hightower keeps his athletes healthy and ready to fight.

Time Stamp

5:30- Mitigating overuse injuries- Assessing contractile ability through AROM is key, from there Dr. Hightower recommends soft tissue work on the muscles around the group you are training.

7:30- How to start overcoming (tendon) injuries.  Is stretching, myofascial release and foam rolling working? You should avoid stretching pre training.  Instead use light foam rolling of contributing muscles (shoulder example- long head of tricep, lat, chest) Dynamic warmup with light weights before lifting heavy.

 17:00- Finding the right treatment to the right goal.  Foam rolling delays DOMS, temporary increased muscle elasticity, stretching will improve ROM but whether that is good or bad is goal dependent, myofascial release can help with tightness but will require extended recovery

20:50- Wired for flexion, the reason most people have tight flexor muscles.

23:30- How to balance the trade offs between increasing range of motion and maintaining the integrity of your joints. Why Dr. Hightower avoids soft tissue work with his athletes prior to competition.

30:00- Dr. Hightower’s technique for increasing hip mobility with a lacrosse ball.

33:15- Why you SHOULDN’t work on the muscles you are getting ready to work.

34:45- Why doctors should have a larger area of study to properly treat injuries. The plague of health practitioners who only view injuries through their profession’s lens.

36:30- How to find the right doc and why people are so opinionated these days.

42:15- Protocol vs unique treatment.  Why Dr. Hightower believes that we need deductive reasoning and trial and error in medicine, not just an algorithm.

43:30-  The thought process behind diagnosing an injury.  His approach to acute injury vs chronic.

47:00- The common injuries Beau sees in the UFC.  Only 3 injury pullouts in 3 years. Lots of neck injuries and shoulder injuries from .  Beau is great at keeping fighters healthy enough that they can often avoid surgery and continue to fight.

50:30- Are Beau’s patients doing strength and hypertrophy training?  He works with their strength and conditioning coaches to decrease their weaknesses and increase their strengths.  Mostly stability and explosive work such as olympic lifting.

Jul 19, 2018
121- Dr. Nadir Ali- Demystifying Cholesterol on a Ketogenic Diet
01:07:38

Joining us today on the Muscle Expert Podcast is Keto Cardiologist Dr. Nadir Ali.  Dr. Ali is challenging conventional wisdom when it comes to cholesterol.  Ben and Dr. Ali discuss how our understanding of cholesterol is misguided as it is simply a transporter for energy from fat.  Dr. Ali’s insight came from watching cholesterol rise in people who are fasted.  Listen in to hear about the good side of LDL, LCHF diet and more from Dr. Nadir Ali.

Highlights

LDL cholesterol as an energy transporter.

Why a low carb, high fat diet is cardiologist recommended.

Dr. Ali challenging conventional wisdom around LDL and cholesterol.

The research that supports elevated cholesterol.

4:00-  How Dr. Ali came to believe keto was the optimal diet.

8:30- Dr. Ali’s thoughts on LDL and keto.

13:35- LDL as a fat transporter.  Why fasting will increase “bad cholesterol” in a good way.

19:50- The many functions of LDL.

21:00- The importance of CoQ10 for burning fuel.

25:30- Breaking the paradigm of cholesterol, is there actually good and bad forms? Dr. Ali gives us the studies that contrast popular opinion.

34:45- Fat intake and cholesterol levels.  Fat vs carb intake and heart disease.

36:30- Why do we still believe that cholesterol is bad despite the contradictory evidence?

39:00- The risks of challenging medical paradigms.

40:00- What happens when someone takes cholesterol reducing medications?

47:45- In Dr. Ali’s opinion is it ever wise to take cholesterol blockers?

50:00- Should you expect and be ok with High LDL when on a high fat diet?

56:00- Should you be concerned with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

58:30- Sex hormones and cholesterol.  The effects of hormone manipulation on cholestorol.

1:00:15- Problems with high triglycerides and fat burning.

Jul 16, 2018
120- Dr. Rick Hanson- Finding Buddha’s Brain
01:18:54

We are programmed to focus more on the negative than the positive.  This allowed us to avoid danger and humans to prosper. In modern times our stresses are generally less about safety, so where does that leave us? Joining us today is Ben’s favorite author, Dr. Rick Hanson to discuss how we can train our neurochemistry to go against what nature intended. Dr. Hanson is the author of Buddha’s Brain and Resilient to name a couple.  Today he teaches us how focusing on positivity and gratitude can help us overcome our negativity bias, reduce cortisol and change our brain neurochemistry to live a positive stress-free life in modern times.

Highlights

Overcoming your natural negative bias to live a life of positivity and gratitude.

Why compassion and empathy are the key to living a great life with great relationships.

Gratitude, the key to an amazing life?

Deficit vs abundance mindset how to change your neurochemistry.

Time Stamps

4:30- Changing your negative default.  Why you are hardwired to focus on the negative and how you can overcome that bias.

10:30- Step one to letting go.  Take action on what you perceive is the negative in your life. Step 2- Don’t marinate in the negative.  Focusing on the negative will internalize the feeling. Step 3- Exercise gives you a healthy outlet to relieve stress and reduce cortisol.Step 4- Register and acknowledge positive moments with gratitude.

17:45- Spending time with positive emotions.  Only you can control your inner emotions.

22:15- Why do we avoid celebrating the good but always address the bad.

25:00- Using the internal sensation of breathing to access your parasympathetic CNS.

27:00- How tuning into your internal body can help you tune into others.

28:00- How deficit labeling shapes our reality and outcomes.

35:30- Compassion is key, why you can’t live a great life without intrapersonal courage.

43:45- Empowerment through action.  How you can find empowerment though changing your circumstances.

47:00 Changing your neurochemistry with gratitude.

49:30- Buddha’s Brain, the functions and  evolution of our brain.

54:00- How buddhism drew Dr. Hanson to psychology and personal development.

57:00-  Inclusion, why you need to stop compartmentalizing and open up to others.

1:01:50- Dr. Hanson’s advice to live your greatest life NOW!

1:05:30- Finding the positive when you are in a negative circumstance.

1:06:45- Ben’s favorite term “Equanimity” aka staying calm in difficult circumstances.

1:09:30- Rick’s 10 minute daily meditation and gratitude practice.

Jul 12, 2018
119- Dr. Scott Sherr- The Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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Dr. Scott Sherr is one of the world’s leading doctors when it comes to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  On this episode of the Muscle Expert Podcast Ben and Dr. Sherr dive into the benefits and limitations of hyperbaric treatments as well as the expected results.  Tune in to learn how you can upgrade your detox pathways, angiogenesis and neurogenesis, performance and epigenetic expression with oxygen and pressure therapy.

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Highlights-

The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy- new blood vessel growth, neurogenesis, detoxing, healing and more.

Using hyperbaric therapy to treat acute conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and concussions.

Upgrading your VO2 Max with HBOT

How you can reverse your brain age through hyperbaric therapy.

Changing genetic expression with hyperbaric therapy.

 

1:00- Dr. Sherr’s unique beginnings and how it lead to his hyperbaric specialty.

2:00- What hyperbaric therapy is and how it accelerates healing and other health benefits.

4:20- Using a hyperbaric protocol.  The increased benefits of multiple hyperbaric sessions.

5:50- Treating strokes, heart attacks, and brain injuries with hyperbaric therapy.

7:40- The types of hyperbaric chambers and how they differ.  Which ones should you look for when starting hyperbaric therapy?

9:00- The expected benefits of HBOT.  Neurogenesis, blood cell formation and

11:00- Increased VO2 max from HBOT.

12:30- How the hyperbaric treatments mimic the environment at the Dead Sea.

15:30- Detoxing your brain with HBOT.

18:00- Supporting neurogenesis through oxygen therapy.

20:15- The difference between hard and soft chambers. What added benefits can you possibly get by going deeper?

22:15- Your stem cells and hyperbaric therapy.  How stressing your body will increase stem cells and healing.  Can the oxidative stress be too much of a stressor?

25:45- Reversing your brain age through oxygen therapy.

27:15- Is deeper always better?  At what pressures do you see diminishing or negative returns?

31:15- The implications for bone growth from treatments. Why isn’t everyone doing hyperbaric therapy? Restrictions you should be aware of prior to treatment.

37:30- Who is the greatest candidate for HBOT?  Should it be your first choice of treatment?

41:45- Changing your epigenetics with hyperbarics.

Jul 09, 2018
118- Mastin Kipp- Finding Your Purpose and Emotional Resilience
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Today Mastin Kipp,the creator of Functional Life Coaching(TM) and best selling author of Claim Your Power, joins us to discuss emotional resilience, trauma and forging your own destiny.  Mastin was named one of Oprah’s 100 super souls, has mentored under Tony Robbins and even had a successful career in the music industry.  In this episode he and Ben have an in depth conversation about how Mastin left the music industry and found a career in personal development.  They discuss traumas, coping techniques, and how to take control over your circumstances and succeed at your purpose.

 

 

4:00- The science behind finding your purpose and how it improves your health.

 

7:30- Finding your purpose.  How Mastin found his purpose in helping people find their purpose.

 

16:00- Primal threat, the reason “rock bottom” propels success.

 

18:15- Community and micro biome, two of the biggest movers of your mindset.

 

23:15- The mindset of success.  How truth, love, and positivity will accelerate your life and body gains.

 

27:00- The similarities between bodybuilding and emotional resilience. 

 

31:30- Methods of coping.  How to find healthy way to cope.

 

35:00- Everbody has trauma.  How do we start addressing it on a personal level?

 

45:45- Finding emotional fitness.  How Kipp helps people stay on track once the have found emotional clarity.

 

48:30- How deep seeded traumas can unconsciously control your actions and success.

 

51:45- Mastin’s trauma and how it unconsciously shaped his career.

Jul 05, 2018
117- David Tomen- The Nootropics Expert on Hacking Flow-State
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The Nootropics Expert joins the Muscle Expert today to discuss hacking flow state.  David Tomen dove into nootropics after being diagnosed with adult ADD, he has since become one of the world’s leading experts on hacking your brain.  Join David and Ben as they discuss hacking flow-state, a state of focus that results in complete absorption in a task.  Ben and David also discuss some great nootropics that they have both had good results with as well as ways to support neurotransmitter function.

 

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7:00- Why David started experimenting with nootropics and became the authority on optimizing your brain.

 

9:45- Defining flow-state- how to optimize your chances of getting into a productive, meditative state.

 

22:30- Caffeine and state.  Is coffee keeping you from optimal productivity?

 

32:50- Supporting brain function.  How to figure out your bottleneck and how to fix it.

 

37:30- The primary neurotransmitters and their functions.

 

46:45- Nutrition and brain health.  What steps can be taken toward having a healthy brain.

 

50:15- Improving brain health and neurogenesis.

 

55:30- A super nootropic? The potential benefits of methylene blue.

 

59:45- Nicotine as a nootropic.

 

61:45- What the drug giveth the drug taketh away.  Finding nootropics with limited negative effects.

 

64:00- Hacking memory.  Supporting memory along with productivity.

 

69:45- Supporting acetyl choline.  How much Alpha GPC can you take?

 

74:15- Supporting focus.  Is there a miracle nootropic or do you just need to support brain health?

 

79:45- Nootropics to limit or avoid.

 

84:00- Supporting sleep with tart cherry juice and magnesium.

Jul 02, 2018
116- Quantified Bob- Hacking Your Environment
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Today we have Quantified Bob joining us to demystify biohacking.  Bob fell into biohacking to optimize his entrepreneur lifestyle and started tracking his results from different experiments.  Years later that has evolved into a successful biohacking blog and even a facility in New York.  Bob shares with us his greatest tips for getting rid of environmental pollution including VOCs, EMFs and how to clean up your air in a city filled with pollution.  Ben and Bob also discuss some great biohacking tech that Bob uses daily and has even incorporated into his facility in NYC.

 

4:30- How Bob fell into running a biohacking blog.

 

7:40- Understanding your environment.  The steps Bob takes to mitigate VOCs, EMFs, and more while living in one of the largest cities in the world.

 

16:30- Mitigating the environmental burdens of living in a big city.  How to shield yourself from EMFs and Wifi signals.

 

23:30-  Hacking your water.  Which purifiers give your the most bang for your buck?

 

27:00- Using air purifiers and ozone to purify your air and mitigate mold and how Bob monitors his in home air quality.

 

32:30- Qualifying environmental data.  Figuring out if your environmental hacking experiments are actually increasing your quality of life.

 

37:00- Quantifying your biological age.  How accurate are telomere tests?

 

41:15- Manipulating your CNS.  How Bob is using a NeuFit to hack his training and train his nervous system.

 

47:15- Hacking your brain.  Are nootropics, nutrition, or tech the biggest needle mover?

 

49:30- Tech in biohacking. Light therapy, structured water and Brain Gauge.

 

61:50- Short term hacking with ketone esters.

 

64:30- What Bob is most excited about in the biohacking space, manipulating your body’s frequency.

Jun 28, 2018
115- Christina Rice- Living Greatest Life Through Great Nutrition, Great People, and Great Habits
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Christina Rice of the Wellness Realness Podcast joins us today to discuss how nutrition and relationships helped her overcome anxiety and depression.  Listen in and hear her and Ben discuss how you can live a great life by treating your body well and cutting out negativity.  They discuss parenting, nutrition, relationships and much more in this great, casual conversation between health experts.

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2:30- How Christina and Ben both approach wellness in very similar ways. 

 

4:15- How Christina fell into fitness “bodybuilding style” and the necessity of enjoying training.

 

6:30-  How Christina found health and fitness trying to escape anxiety and depression.

 

14:45- What Christina found contributed to her poor mental and physical health in high school and college.

 

17:00- “How’s your mind?”  Chasing happiness through junk food only leads to more depression and health problems.

 

19:45- Health education.  The problems with our modern health information.

 

23:00- Nutrition changes everything.  How going gluten free gave Christina more energy, a clearer brain and a better life.

 

29:30- The importance of paying attention to your bodies signals rather than based on the advice of “health coaches”.

 

31:45- Real life vs marketing.  How social media has “filtered” how we receive health advice.

 

37:00- Genetics and diet.  What can you learn from your genetic expressions to develop a personalized diet.

 

42:00-  Christina’s Paleo Diet.  Grass fed beef, wild salmon and organ meats!

 

45:00- Removing inflammatory people why you need to take control of your environment to optimize your health. 

 

47:00-  How Christina mitigates stress by going outside and being in nature as well as with essential oils. The power of breathing to calm your mind and energy.

 

55:30- Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, it is that we are actually powerful beyond measure.  The feeling of inadequacy prevents people from truly living to their potential.

 

63:30- BPak on parenting.  Become a great person to raise great kids. 

 

67:20-  Good nutrition, good people and great self. Christina’s advice to help you live your greatest life in your greatest body!

Jun 25, 2018
114- Dr. Darryn Willoughby- The Protein Deep Dive
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Today we have on Baylor Professor and Advisor to the ISSN, Dr. Darryn Willoughby.  Dr. Willoughby is a competitive bodybuilder and researcher.  He is currently researching the effects of exercise and nutrition on physical, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms.  Ben and Dr. Willoughby discuss muscle protein synthesis, the scientific thought process and whether there is a need for supplementation.  Dr. Willoughby shares his protein and supplement regimen as well as what he is excited about in the world of exercise science research in this science deep dive episode.

 

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6:30- How the scientific thought process evolves.  How Dr. Willoughby forges the path for new discoveries in science.

 

9:45- Exploring exercise research methods. Should we study the average population or the optimized?

 

12:30- Limitations in research.  Tech, time, and money. Just because a study comes up with a finding we cannot take that as gospel until it is further backed up.

 

21:45- What influences muscle protein synthesis?

 

25:30- What else, besides protein, influences our bodies ability to build muscle?

 

31:45- How to optimize protein synthesis. What influences mTOR?

 

36:00- How Dr. Willoughby tests protein synthesis in a lab.  Is protein synthesis gradient or binary?

 

44:30- The influence of your current protein synthesis state on your future state.

 

50:30- How different types of training influences protein synthesis.

 

56:00- How androgens and testosterone influence muscle protein synthesis.

 

59:00- How to upgrade your androgen receptors.

 

66:30 What how much test is too much?  Is there a point that the negative outweighs the positive?  Ben and Dr. Willoughby discuss HRT limitations.

 

70:30- “Make the most of what you’ve got don’t just take more”. What the guys think about drug based bodybuilding culture.

 

74:00- Do the work.  It’s not testosterone by osmosis, you have to put in hard, focused work for growth.

 

75:45- Supplementation- Why you need to supplement to support weaknesses not just a blanket protocol.

 

78:00- How much protein do you need to ingest for optimal growth?  Dr. Willoughby’s personal supplement protocol.

Jun 20, 2018
113- Dr Tom O’Bryan- The Micro Biome, Diet Transitioning, and How To Save Yourself and Humanity
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Dr. Tom O’Bryan, leading expert on autoimmunity joins us today to discuss the factors contributing to autoimmunity. Ben and Tom discuss the dietary, environmental, and biological factors that lead to autoimmunity. Topics covered include how to transition your diet versus going cold turkey, the effect your micro biome has on your genetic expressions, your CNS’s effect on your overall health and how grains and gluten affect your gut. This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic Mushrooms. Upgrade your brain with Four Sigmatic Mushrooms and use code Muscle for 15% off your order. Go to FourSigmatic.com/muscle for your discount. 2:20- Why Encinidas is the center for health and wellness. The yogi mentality. 5:00- Morality vs religion. The approach of Paramahansa Yogananda. 11:00- How your psychology is affecting your health and your susceptibility to autoimmunity. The contributors to autoimmunity genetics, environment, and intestinal permeability. 22:45- What are the triggers for autoimmunity? 25:00- Your gut bacteria contributes 100-150x more genes than your human genome. Are we just vessels for colonies of bacteria? 28:00- Why you need to make friends with your microbiome. 29:45- How much does a parasympathetic state affect your ability to heal yourself? 38:00- Understanding intestinal permeability. What triggers leaky gut? 44:00- Keto, vegetarian, or paleo. Which if any are the best for feeding your micro biome. 46:15- Are grains something everyone should avoid? 49:40- Transitioning your micro biome to fit your dietary choices. 56:40- Mitigating LPS in your blood on a ketogenic diet. 57:00- Lipid-Raft Transytosis. How LPS enters the blood even without leaky gut. 1:00:00- Can you determine if LPS is entering through leaky guy vs LRT? 1:02:00- Where does LPS come from and how can we mitigate it? 1:05:00- How Glyphosate and Astrazine are destroying our guts. 1:06:45- Dr. O’Bryan’s docuseries on autoimmunity. 1:08:40- Celiac and autoimmunity. 1:12:30- How can we save the planet? Dr. O’Bryan’s take on the environment.

Jun 18, 2018
112- Dave Palumbo- The Godfather of Keto Bodybuilding On How To Manipulate Keto for Bodybuilders
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Dave Palumbo introduced the bodybuilding world to keto way before it was a fad. His findings on macro balancing and nutrient absorption have challenged the paradigm around the bodybuilder diet. Ben and Dave discuss how Dave stumbled upon the ketogenic diet, how he is trying to change the thought process behind diet in the bodybuilding world, cheat days and their thoughts on the current state of bodybuilding as well as who the next big names could be in the sport. 3:15- How Dave accidentally found the ketogenic diet and started using it in bodybuilding. 8:45- Why the “bodybuilding diet” isn’t the best diet for bodybuilders. 11:00- How Dave became one of the biggest dudes on the planet. Why you should put more focus into food absorption not more food. 13:30- Dave’s findings on the ketogenic diet and getting shredded. 17:45- Is it optimal to build muscle on keto? 19:00- Carbs and cortisol. Which moves the needle more, food or sleep? 23:30- How Dave manipulates his clients diets. 27:20- Dave’s muscle gaining diet. 29:00- Simplicity in diet. Why Dave is all about simplifying diet. 32:00- How long is necessary to get into ketosis. Are there any “shortcuts” to speed up the process? 37:45- Pulling the fat lever. How Dave approaches changing fat intake during contest prep. 39:50- Prescribed cheat days. Are refeeding days necessary or just a reward. 42:00- Post bodybuilding evolution- how Dave’s life has changed since he stopped competing. 48:45- The mentality behind being a giant human. 52:30- Dave’s strategy for losing pounds of muscle and getting healthy post career. 54:45- What does Dave think of the sport of bodybuilding these days.

Jun 13, 2018
111- Danny Vega- Keto Counterculture on Carnivore Keto, Keto Performance and Supplementing Ketones
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Danny Vega aka Keto Counter Culture joins us today to continue our deep dive into the Ketogenic Diet. Danny has been keto for over 2 years and has recently incorporated a carnivore keto diet. He and Ben discuss the use of exogenous ketones to increase focus and performance, the effectiveness of a ketogenic diet for everyone including pro athletes, how to minimize the keto flu, and his and Ben’s recent foray into building muscle on keto. Go check out Danny on The Ketogenic Athlete Podcast and @ketocounterculture! This episode is brought to you buy Thrive Market. Check out ThriveMarket.com/MuscleExpert for 25% off your first order and free shipping for a month! Go pick up all of your keto or non keto grocery needs. 2:00- How Danny got into keto and made a smooth transition from a carb based diet. 5:45- How Ben’s keto adaptation is going. 8:00- The Carnivore Keto Cut. Danny’s new keto program that helps people get into ketosis. 10:45- Upping the adaptation process. How fasting can minimize the keto flu and help you adapt quicker. 11:30- Exogenous ketones. Using keto supplements for mental clarity and as a preworkout. 12:50- Keto as a tool. Why you should try keto to master your body and better enjoy food. 15:00- The need for fiber in a ketogenic diet. 20:30- Danny on avocados and carnivore diet. Why you need high quality foods and micronutrient optimization when on a carne diet. 27:30- What Danny’s diet looks like. 29:30- What does your food eat? The importance of a natural diet for the animals that you eat. 30:30- Satiety on a keto diet. Are you actually hungry or just not full? 34:45- The need to find a diet that works for you. Detaching from being a diet zealot and attaching to finding a diet that works for your body. 36:20- More on Danny’s current diet. 40:30- Some interesting things that Danny and his family eat as a fat based family. 45:45- Sustaining through a long workout on keto. 52:00- High level performance and the ketogenic diet. How viable is keto for pro level athletes? 55:30- Focus and keto. 64:45- Blood testing and keto. The experiments Ben wants to do with his keto experiment.

Jun 11, 2018
110- Dr. Dominic D’Agostino- The King of Keto with a Science Deep Dive
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Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is one of the world’s leading researchers on the ketogenic diet. Dr. D’Agostino is a researcher and assistant professor at the University of South Florida’s College of medicine and consistently works with the military and NASA to develop ways for soldiers and astronauts to stay energized and sharp while on mission. Ben and Dominic go deep on how to best adapt to fat for fuel, how to supplement fats and ketones for optimal performance both physically and mentally as well as discuss who the ketogenic diet is for and optimal nutrition for keto. This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market! Go to ThriveMarket.com/MuscleExpert for 25% off your first order and free shipping for a month. Go stock up on all of your fats! 6:30- What is the best way to get keto adapted as quickly as possible? 10:15- How much fat is too much fat in one sitting? 12:45- The viability of exogenous ketones vs other supplemental fats such as MCT’s. 21:00- What’s the appropriate dose of exogenous ketones? 25:00- Shout out to Quest Nutrition for helping to bring keto into the mainstream. 27:30- Dom’s recommendations for ketone esters. 31:00- The negative effects of exogenous ketones. 33:00- The fourth macronutrient? Can ketones be used for food? 37:45- Ketone salts. When should you use extra ketones and when should you focus on diet? 51:45- Should we be concerned with the acidity of a ketogenic diet? 55:30- The consciousness behind keto. How elevated ketones alter your mental state. 1:03:50- Oxidative stress implications of the ketogenic diet. How much should you try to limit the side effects of transitioning to keto? 1:07:45- The effects of cortisol on getting into ketosis. 1:20:30- Cancer and the ketogenic diet. What Dr. D’Agostino is excited about in his research. 1:26:00- Nutritional ketosis and cancer treatment. How we are finding that the ketogenic diet helps battle cancer. 1:33:30- Is keto right for everyone? 1:35:20- Why Dominic is incorporating more fruits into his diet.

Jun 07, 2018
109- Dr. Benjamin Bikman- The Effects of Insulin Sensitivity on Health,  Longevity and Ketosis
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Dr. Benjamin Bikman, one of the world’s leading minds on the topic of insulin sensitivity joins us today to discuss the ketogenic diet and the importance of lowering insulin.  Ben and Dr. Bikman dive deep on the western diet and how it has created a myriad of insulin disorders.  Listen in to hear how to reset your insulin sensitivity and how to run optimally on a low carbohydrate diet. This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. Check out Ben's favorite Mushroom Elixer, Lionsmane for enhanced cognitive function, better concentration and improved memory.   Go to FourSigmatic.com/Muscle or use code Muscle at checkout to receive 15% off of your order! Time Stamps: 2:15- Why it is important to eat a low insulin spiking diet. 8:25- What is the process of losing insulin sensitivity?  Is it over consumption in youth or a natural occurrence? 14:15- What happens in your body when you have chronically elevated insulin levels? 18:45- How does elevated blood glucose impact our mitochondria? 24:45- Is it possible to reset your bodies insulin sensitivity? 29:30- The ketogenic diet and insulin sensitivity.  How low should your blood glucose levels be? 37:30- Can an athlete perform at peak performance on ketones?  The glycogen sparing aspects of fat adaptation. 44:45- What happens when you train with elevated insulin? 48:45- Insulin and the kidneys.  How insulin creates that swole feeling and the risks associated with it. 51:00- Protein consumption and elevated insulin levels. 55:30- Fructose vs glucose when it comes to insulin. 61:00- How cortisol influences insulin resistance. 66:45- Insulin and longevity.  Can a low carbohydrate diet increase longevity? 69:15- Does the ketogenic diet harm the micro biome? 71:00- What Dr. Bikman eats.  Does he follow a ketogenic diet?

Jun 04, 2018
108- Dr. Anthony Jay- Xenoestrogens and Epigenetics, How Your Environment Effects Your Health
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Joining us today is Dr. Anthony Jay, scientist, author, and expert on a wealth of topics including xenoestrogens, epigenetics, and mesenchymal stem cells. Ben and Dr. Jay dive deep on how to remove artificial estrogens from your environment and diet and the effects of xenoestrogens. We also discuss how you can impact your genetics through diet, exercise and environment as well as the implications of your epigenetics on future generations. Lastly we discuss Dr. Jay’s latest research at the Mayo Clinic on fat derived mesenchymal stem cells and his thoughts on the future of stem cell medicine. The MI 40 Nation is putting on a Transformation Challenge for the next 12 weeks! We are giving away over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Sign up at bit.ly/mi40transformation to be entered for the 4 week contests and to win the grand prize! This episode’s featured supplement from ATP Labs is Estro Control. This 100% natural formula helps to detox estrogens and support a healthy estrogen metabolism. Visit atplab.com/product/estro-control/ to purchase Estro Control and use code Ben10 for 10% off of your order Time Stamps: 4:20- The effects of artificial estrogens on our bodies and minds. 6:30- Dr. Jay’s list of the top 10 environmental contributors of environmental estrogens including mold sources, plastics, and personal care products. 8:20- Atrazine and your food. The effects of the second most common pesticide on your hormones. 9:50- How to avoid xenoestrogens. 11:50- Detoxing estrogens. The importance of a healthy lifestyle to support estrogen detoxing. 13:20- The difference between natural and artificial estrogen. 17:50- Epigenetics and diet. How your diet can effect your genes for generations to come. 22:00- How to determine your optimal diet from your genes. 25:15- Genetics and estrogen detox. How much can Dr. Jay learn from your DNA about how you detox estrogens? 29:00- Recommendations for reducing the estrogen burden in your house, whole house filtration, glass containers and more. 31:30- Red dyes and your epigenetics. How Red 40 can alter your stem cells and change the genetics you pass along to your children. 38:30- Ways to promote healthy epigenetics. 42:00- How Dr. Jay lives his greatest life in his greatest body. 44:30- Reading List! Dr. Jay’s must reads. 47:00- Who is best suited to eat a high fat diet? 50:15- Dr. Jay and ketosis. What diet does Dr. Jay follow and why. 52:50- Dr. Jay’s latest research at the Mayo Clinic. The efficacy of stem cell therapy in Dr. Jay’s eyes. 56:30- The challenges that face stem cell research and expansion. Resources: Dr. Jay’s favorite books- Stem Cell Therapy: A Rising Tide: How Stem Cells Are Disrupting Medicine and Transforming Lives by Neil Riordan Tripping over the Truth: How the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Is Overturning One of Medicine's Most Entrenched Paradigms by Travis Christofferson Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy by Dr. Joseph Mercola Multipure Water Filtration- https://www.multipure.com/products.html

May 31, 2018
107- Stan Efferding- The Vertical Diet, Protein Sources and Eating What Your Body Likes
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Stan Efferding, the World’s Strongest Bodybuilder, is the master of many areas of health and fitness, he is a retired powerlifter and body builder and creator of the Vertical Diet. His clients include Brian Shaw, Ben Smith, Hafthor Bjornsson and many more. Ben and Stan go deep on the vertical diet, why Stan believes that you need to look beyond your macros, protein sources and the sustainability of the vertical diet. This episode is brought to you by ATP Labs. Check out this weeks recommended product Vitamin D3 and use code Ben10 to receive 10% off of your total order. 1:30- Do No Harm. How Stan has evolved his training an nutrition style to support his health. 5:00- The importance of health while bulking. Why Stan has evolved his thinking when it comes to bulking. 7:30- The importance of eating foods that agree with YOUR body not necessarily traditional diets. 10:15- What is the Vertical Diet and how did Stan come up with it? 12:44- The importance of fruit, hydration and the fourth phase of water. 15:00- Nutrient timing. Why Stan believes that consuming micronutrients through the day is extremely important. 18:50- Salt’s influence on hydration and performance. 22:45- Optimizing nutrients rather than calories. How to optimize your diet without caloric restriction. 29:00- How Stan took Thor from 440 lbs to 395 lbs and increased his performance. 31:00- Foods not to eat. Stan’s framework for the vertical diet and optimizing performance and health. 35:15- Why quality food matters more to competitors and why you don’t know how poorly you feel until you experience what feeling great is. 41:00- Stan’s take on the “myth” of alkalized water. 44:15- Hydration and salt. Stan’s take on hydration, blood pressure and performance. 50:30- STOP EATING JUST THE EGG WHITES! Why yolks are necessary for micro nutrient intake. 53:00- What can you eat on the Vertical Diet? 58:00- Steak vs Chicken. Why Stan prefers red meat over poultry. 1:04:00- The biggest mistakes people are making when implementing the vertical diet. 1:09:00- How restrictive is the Vertical Diet? 1:10:45- The results. Stan shows some before and afters of himself and his clients. Check out the video podcast on YouTube to see!

May 28, 2018
106- Dr. John Demartini- Finding Your Own Highest Value To Generate Purpose and Authenticity In Your Life
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Today on the Muscle Expert Podcast we welcome Dr. John Demartini, expert on human consciousness. Ben and Dr. Demartini go deep on the human consciousness and everything that it takes to allow you to do what you are meant to be doing. Listen in on Dr. Demartini’s framework for finding your true values and how he lives his life to change the world. Today's Episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic Mushrooms. For all of your mushroom, mushroom coffee and tea needs visit foursigmatic.com/muscle to receive 15% off of your order! 4:45- Why setting goals is the key to a happy and successful life. 7:45- Identifying your values and pursuing those goals will make you more productive and more successful. 8:45-Dr. Demartini’s hierarchy of values How you spend your money, time, thoughts, conversations, and create order in your life shows your true inspirations. 14:45- How to manipulate your own inspirations 16:30- Creating a life that is congruent with your fantasies. 18:00- Values and relationships. Why finding “complementary values” is more important than finding the same values. 22:15- Finding clarity in your values. Why you need to compare you to yourself not those that you look up to. 23:15- How to live your life for purpose vs for immediate gratification. 25:15- Why Dr. Demartini became an expert in many different disciplines all of which relate to human behavior. 30:00- How cosmology influences human consciousness. The origin of the universe vs the study of the universe and why making a global impact requires a cosmic perspective. 32:15- Why studying the largest and smallest denominators is important for making an impact. 33:45- Expanding your experience beyond your 5 senses. 436:45- What is Dr. Demartini’s “guiding light” to creating his philosophy on the human experience. 40:45- How to consciously access different dimensions. 43:15- Psychedelics vs optimization. Is there a faster way to elevate your consciousness? 45:15- Dr. Demartini’s steps to live your greatest life. Why 47:35- What daily habits does Dr. Demartini value most? 52:15- “The Science of Getting What You Want” the best way to download Dr. Demartini’s brain.

May 22, 2018
105- Ben's Top Tips to Optimize Sleep
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Ben gives his greatest tips to optimize your sleep. He discusses everything from mushrooms to supplements and of course environmental optimization. The key factors that effect your sleep are light sources and stimulants removing those as it gets closer to bedtime will be a huge benefit to getting better sleep. Additionally reducing EMFs, stressors and of course supplementation will help you get better rest and let you get the most out of your day! This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. For 15% off your mushroom coffee, tea and blend needs use code Muscle at checkout or go to foursigmatic.com/muscle. Don’t forget to pick up their Reishi Products to help optimize your sleep! 2:30- Pay attention to the factors that will effect sleep. 5:45- The night time routine. Control your environment a few hours before bed to optimize it for a quality nights sleep. 7:30- Control your circadian clock. Your circadian rhythm starts in the morning. A huge component is getting some early am sunlight. 9:00- Own the night. Eliminating sources of blue light will boost natural melatonin production to help you sleep naturally and deeply. 10:15- Eliminate EMFs as much as possible to reduce external stressors on your body. 12:45- Kill all the light. Sleep in a cave! No light should be present when you are sleeping. The only things you should do in your bedroom start with the letter S! 14:40- Organ circadian rhythm. Why 7-8 hours of sleep is necessary for your body to reset. 16:30- Optimize your environment for a healthy life. 18:30- Utilize journaling to release your mind and positive thoughts and meditation to create a relaxed, positive mindset. 21:00- Ben’s recommended sleep supplements, mag 3, greens, glutamine, alpha gpc and much more! 24:10- Ben loves Four Sigmatic Reishi! It is extremely calming and absolutely delicious in tea as well as in Four Sigmatic Reishi Hot Cacao.

May 17, 2018
104- Don Saladino- How to Build a Super Hero Physique, Become a Great Coach, and Motivate the People Around You
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Don Saladino, owner of Drive 495 Club in NYC and the go to personal trainer for super heroes joins us today to talk about his recent Muscle & Fitness cover, what it takes to build a super hero physique and how to become a great coach. Ben and Don discuss flexibility in coaching, all the skills a trainer needs to learn post certification and running successful training businesses. This episode was made possible by Thrive Market. Visit ThriveMarket.com/MuscleExpert to receive 25% off of your first order and a free shipping for a month! 3:20- Don’s beginnings in personal training, gym ownership and training pro golfers. 5:50- Bridging the gap between being a good trainer and a good coach. 8:20- How to build a cover-worthy body. The process and dedication Don put in to get ready to be on the cover of Muscle and Fitness. 12:20- The steps Don takes help actors build super hero physiques. 14:15- Why successful trainers need to help their clients develop a sustainable lifestyle rather than a perfect one. 19:40- Don’s favorite needle movers to jumpstart his prep including kettlebell work, ice hockey and HIIT. 24:50- Why Don uses the minimal effective dose to change his clients habits. 31:50- Living in the fitness space in the day of social media. Becoming a good role model in fitness. 34:18- Ways to use reflection to regroup and stay out of the “darkness”
May 14, 2018
103- Dr. Kristin Comella- Stem Cells: What Are They; The Implications in Healing, Anti-Aging, and Recovery
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We got to meet up with one of the leading stem cell doctors while at Paleo FX last month. Dr. Kristin Comella of the US Stem Cell clinic sat down with us to give us a rapid fire discussion on one of the newest, most misunderstood practices in modern medicine. Dr. Comella dispels the myths and gives us some great insight on the recovery, anti-aging and healing potentials of stem cell procedures. This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. Visit ThriveMarket.com/MuscleExpert for 25% off your first order and one month of free shipping. This episode is also brought to you by ATP Labs. Use code Ben10 at checkout to receive 10% off your order. 1:30- Stem Cells have become a bit of a buzz word recently in the medical community. How long has the research actually been around? 2:30- How do stem cells work? 4:00- Does the amount and type of fat someone has affect their stem cell storage and production? 5:00- Since everyone has stem cells, why do we need to have them harvested and transplanted? 5:30- What are the ways that we can increase natural stem cell production either for a healthier life or to prepare for a procedure? 6:20- The stem cell discoveries that most excite Dr. Comella. 7:45- How often are you able to receive stem cell procedures? 8:45- Turning back the clock with stem cells. The anti-aging benefits of a stem cell procedure. 10:00- Stem cells for health and performance. How stem cells help with vascular supply and recovery. 10:35- What are the current known risks of stem cell procedures? 11:45- The evolution of stem cell extraction. The new king on the block, adipose stem cells and how they differ from amniotic and bone marrow cells. 13:05- Smart cells. How stem cells are able to choose wherever your body needs them. 14:20- Spinal stem cell injections and their benefits for neurological healing. 15:25- How stem cells are changing the field of medicine. 16:25- How you can support stem cell research. 17:10- The cost benefit analysis of stem cell procedures. 20:25- Health and stem cell procedures. How a healthy lifestyle and exercise affect the benefits of stem cell procedures.
May 10, 2018
102- Mike Desanti- Lessons in Life, Manhood and Consciousness
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Mike Desanti wears many hats, he is a health coach, gratitude and consciousness specialist and even an author of children's books. Mike and Ben have a great discussion on elevating your consciousness, the rituals Mike has used for his rights of passage, how he lives a life of gratitude and understanding, and much more. Make sure to listen to the end to hear about Mike's men's retreat and how he has used his platform as an author of children's books to teach impactful life lessons to their parents as well. This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. For 25% off of your first order and free shipping go to ThriveMarket.com/MuscleExpert and sign up for a free account. *Restrictions Apply
May 07, 2018
101- Dr. Jimmy Bagley- Muscle Fiber Type Adaptation, AMPK and MTOR Balance and Muscle Fiber Research
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Dr. Jimmy Bagley is a researcher for the Muscle Phys Lab in San Fransisco as well as an Assistant Professor at San Fransisco State University. Dr. Bagley is one of the top researchers looking into muscle fiber types. He and Ben discuss how to optimize your fiber types for the sport you are pursuing, adapting muscle fibers and how to best stimulate MTOR and AMPK. 4:20- The ability to change your muscle fiber type composition and how a set of twins wound up with completely different fiber types later in life. 8:30- Should you actively train for a fiber type or just train normally and allow your fibers to adapt. 9:40- What are the differences between muscle fiber types. 11:15- How do your muscle fiber types effect your recommended diet and caloric expenditure at rest? 14:30- How stem cells, training and steroids effect hyperplasia. 17:15- How long does it take for your fiber types to shift? 19:15- What is the mechanism for fiber type change? 20:45-What is the optimal rep range for changing your muscle to fast twitch? 24:00- Dr. Bagley shares research on the optimal way to train both endurance and for hypertrophy. 27:30- What Dr. Bagley is currently working on at San Fransisco State. 29:45- The difference between MTOR and AMPK responses. 33:30- Listen to your body. Why you should use “feel” to find a MTOR and AMPK balance. 36:00- The influence of ketogenic dieting on AMPK and MTOR. 38:30- Best practices to stimulate MTOR. 40:00- What research is fascinating Dr. Bagley. 43:15- Dr. Bagley’s current research. 44:30- What is the limiting factor in muscle research right now? 49:30- What is needed at the Muscle Phys Lab for them to continue their research?
May 03, 2018
100th Episode- Ben's Top 20 Takeaways from the First 100 Episodes
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To celebrate the 100th episode of the Muscle Expert Podcast, Ben dives into all the biggest takeaways from the best guests in the world. Ben recaps the 20 most important things that he has learned through our first 100 episodes.
Apr 30, 2018
99- Troy McClain- What Makes a Man
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Entrepreneur Troy McClain joins us on the Muscle Expert Podcast to discuss tradition, personal ownership and the success mindset. After one morning spent with Troy we knew that we had to have him on the show. His insight into what it takes to be successful in business as well as life is unique and extremely insightful. Tune in for a great discussion on fading traditions, how to raise a generation of kids with respect and self-ownership, and how to pick a circle that will drive you, inspire you and allow you to give back. 4:00- The Laws of Reciprocity. Why you should pass good deeds around. 6:00- The necessity of a right of passage. How western culture has suffered from lacking tradition. 7:30- Following the Bushido Code. Earning your place rather than expecting it. 9:45- How can we create the tradition of becoming a man for our kids? 12:45- What makes a man? 15:45- Who do you listen to? How to choose the right mentor. 18:00- How social media has changed the lens that we view our heroes through. 22:45- How to create your reality. 27:00- Troy’s must reads.
Apr 26, 2018
98- Roland Pankewich and Dr. Ted Achacoso- Microbiome Masterclass, How to Live a Life that Supports Gut Health
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Welcome to the Muscle Expert Podcast Dr. Ted Achacoso and welcome back Roland Pankewich! On today’s episode we go deep on gut health and the microbiome. We discuss how to combat leaky gut syndrome, the nutrition requirements to have a healthy microbiome, the negative effects of glyphosate on our world, and how a rest and digest period is necessary for a healthy microbiome. 3:45- The cross talk between the gut micro biome and mitochondria during exercise. How your microbiome grows. 9:15- Leaky gut syndrome and how lipopolysaccharides effect it. 12:30- How eating a ketogenic diet can have negative effects if you have leaky gut syndrome. 15:30- Why it’s important to have a balanced microbiome. 17:45- How to reverse leaky gut and food sensitivity symptoms. 20:30- Dr. Ted’s micronutrient optimized diet. 22:40- Why our environment is terrible for us. 24:30- The skin micro biome 28:40- Organic food, glyphosate and microbiome support 36:30- The effects of a sympathetic state on the gut. 43:45- How to optimize your gut. 46:15- Is it possible in this day and age to have a healthy gut microbiome? 52:45- Dr. Ted’s biohacking and life tips.
Apr 23, 2018
97- Ryan Glatt- How to Approach Training to Improve Your Brain Health
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Welcome to the Muscle Expert Podcast Ryan Glatt! Ryan is formerly with the Peak Brain Institute and currently is a programmer for SmartFit writing protocols for improving cognitive performance while working out. Ryan and Ben discuss ways to take control of your brain health to improve cognition through motor learning, exercise and daily mindfulness. Time Stamps: 3:00 Why Ryan got into corrective exercise and neurology. 7:15- Ryan’s approach to mental and physical health. 10:55- How we can influence cognitive function through training and nutrition. 13:45- What constitutes brain health? 16:45- How much of your brain health can you influence? 20:00- What are the benefits that you can see from training for brain health? 21:30- The best ways to influence your brain health according to Ryan. 25:00- How protein influences the building of neuro pathways. 28:10- Is it better to become an expert in one area or to learn many different skills for general brain health? 31:50- What are the long term benefits of continued motor learning? 33:00 -The neurochemical effects of training. 36:10- Adjusting your training based on your neurochemical balance. 37:10- Nutrition for brain health. 38:50- What environmental factors influence your brain health? 41:45- Rapid Fire! How to cope with anxiety and lack of sleep.
Apr 19, 2018
96- Kamal Patel- How to Choose the Right Supplements
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Kamal Patel is the Director of Examine.com, an independent research review site.  On this episode of the Muscle Expert Podcast Kamal and Ben dive deep on what makes a good supplement, how supplements and diet can influence chronic pain, why whole foods are superior to supplements and much more.

 

2:30- What is examine.com?

 

5:40- Where Kamal is finding the research that they publish on Examine.

 

9:30- Finding the cause of your pain.  Why its important to find the root of the issue before trying to fix it.

 

11:40- Nutrition and pain.  How your diet can be the root of your pain.

 

14:20- Supplements and diets that can influence pain receptors.

 

17:50- The amino acids to watch for pain signaling.

 

20:00- Nutrient timing and amino acids.

 

23:50- How often are studies actually useful rather than skewed.

 

28:50- What should people be aware of when buying supplements?

 

32:30- How to find out if your supplement stack can have negative reactions for your gut or liver health.

 

35:00- Nutrient intake and deficiencies.  Why most people consume the vitamins that they need but are missing minerals.

 

36:45- Supplements that have the most research backing when it comes to chronic pain.

 

38:45- How to choose a probiotic.

 

43:45- Natural nootropics.  Some foods that you can eat that will naturally enhance cognitive function.

 

47:45- Generic vs brand name meds.  Are they really the same formulation?

 

51:35- Why multiple opinions matter.  Doctors always look at a problem through the lens of their specialty and therefore may misdiagnose a problem.

 

52:00- Kamal’s suggestions for supplements to take.

 

55:00- Macro, micro and nutrient requirements.  Why your requirements will vary based on your ancestry.

 

61:25- Glutamine and gut health. 

 

63:45- The importance of quality when it comes to supplements and bioaccumulation.

 

66:30- Where to find examine.com's 2018 fitness guide.

 

Apr 16, 2018
95- Dr. Loretta Breuning- Overcoming Our Mammal Brain
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Dr. Loretta Breuning is an expert on the mammal brain and the reasons why our brain chemistry responds to different stimulus. She has written multiple books including I Mammal, Habits of a Happy Brain, and the Science of Positivity. Dr. Breuning and Ben go deep on how our neurochemicals influence our actions and how we can take control over them. Listen now to learn how to take control over your evolution. 3:30- Our animal brain. The reasons why our neurotransmitters act the way they do. 6:40- The evolutionary reason for cortisol. How our cortisol response has evolved in our world of safety. 8:30- How to start rewiring your neurons. Is physical action or mental state more important to remap your brain? 14:20- Change your life in 45 days with 3x daily mindful minutes. 17:15- Taking control of your mammal brain. How herd mentality is still alive and well in our brains. 25:00- Personal reality and how to pay attention to it. 27:30- Addiction and personal responsibility. Dr. Breuning’s take on ending addiction with personal responsibility and retraining the brain. 29:45- Why we see social support as a matter of life and death. How we have evolved to exploit weakness in others. 33:00- Ways that you can wire your kids brains for success later in life. The positive power of discipline. 36:15- The neurochemical response of smiling and laughter.
Apr 09, 2018
94- Bedros Keuilian- How to Man Up, Dominate Business and Crush Life
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We have a LIVE edition of the Muscle Expert Podcast coming your way today. Bedros Keuilian graced us with his presence at Muscle Intelligence headquarters to bring us a great insight on what he does best, growing businesses at an incredible rate and living life at an incredibly high level. Bedros shows us the meaning of what it is to live a “fighter jet life”, gives us insight on what a great morning routine looks like and answers some great questions from our Facebook Live. 3:15- Why Bedros loves the MI40 style of training for entrepreneurs. 5:15- The biggest area for most entrepreneurs to improve, finding a specialty. 8:45- How to coalesce your thoughts and maintain a focused mindset. 11:00- Bedros’ steps to growing a business. 13:40- Feeding the ego vs feeding the family. How Bedros puts his focus on the tangibles rather than what drives the ego. 21:30- Fighter jet mentality- how to live life laser focused and win the day. 23:25- There’s always another summit. Living with a “More” mindset. 30:00- The importance of self sufficiency. Why you need to learn to find answers yourself before asking for advice. 31:00- How to create an empire. 34:15- Man Up. Bedros tells us about his new book that is coming out in September. 36:30- The importance of communication in leadership. 37:45- Question and answers from our Facebook Live.
Apr 05, 2018
93- Dr Jose Antonio- A Look Into the Latest Research with the President of the ISSN
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Dr. Jose Antonio is the President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Today he joins us to discuss the latest research going on with ISSN scientists as well as what he is working on. Dr. Antonio has conducted numerous studies on the effect of high protein diets in athletes. Tune it to hear all about them as well as his experience in the VERY controversial topic of peanut butter overfeeding. Time Stamps: 4:00- How social media is effecting how the world receives research. 6:00- The effects of poorly designed studies on the industry and how funding, time and other resources effect the outcome of a study. 11:30- What new research is exciting to Dr. Antonio? 12:45- What Dr. Antonio’s research is saying about high protein diets. 19:30- Would a high protein diet be healthy in a sedentary population? 21:15- The best ways to implement a high protein diet to stimulate mTor. 24:30- The Main Event- PEANUT BUTTER OVER FEEDING!!!! 27:45- If it fits your macros… What does the research say? 29:30- What’s new from the ISSN’s research? 33:25- The research behind the link between lean mass and basal metabolic rate. 35:00- HIIT vs steady state cardio and the role of cardio in building muscle. 38:30- The biggest mistakes that people are making when it comes to sports nutrition. 40:00- Info on the ISSN Conference in Clearwater, Florida.

Apr 02, 2018
92- Dr. Ralph Esposito- The Man Doc’s Deep Dive on Testosterone
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Dr. Ralph Esposito is one of the leading physicians in the field of testosterone optimization. Dr. Esposito gives us one of our deepest dives to date on testosterone, the negative effects of t replacement, environmental factors that effect testosterone, and the link between estrogens, testosterone and prostate cancer. 3:45- What is low testosterone? Do your T numbers matter or is free testosterone more important? 6:30- The importance of free testosterone. 8:15- What is DHT? Does it deserve it’s bad reputation? 10:00- The limits of testosterone therapy. What are the alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy? 13:45- Clomid to boost testosterone. 17:15- How important are androgen receptors in regards to testosterone? Are functioning receptors the key to test absorption? 19:45- SARMS to open androgen receptors. 21:10- HCG and boosting testosterone production. 24:45- The correlation between the prostate, testosterone and prostate cancer. 31:00- How to monitor your prostate health. 32:30- Methods to reignite testosterone production after years of use. 36:00- The importance of sleep for testosterone production. Studies find that quality sleep can have the same effect as replacement therapy. 38:35- Strength training to increase T levels. 41:00- The link between the libido and testosterone levels. What are the other factors that effect libido besides testosterone? 45:00- “Stop looking at porn and start meditating”. How porn can effect libido and become a supplement for stress relief. 49:00- Environmental and nutritional supplements to optimize testosterone. The detriments of phytoestrogens to your testosterone. 54:45- The importance of eliminating xenoestrogen toxins. 58:00- The actionables. Dr. Esposito’s tips that you can use every day to optimize your testosterone.

Mar 29, 2018
91- Mike Matthews- How to Become a Fitness Influencer, the Training, Mentality and Business Building
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Mike Matthews, host of the Muscle for Life Podcast as well as the author of Bigger, Leaner, Stronger, joins us today to chat with Ben about building a fitness business, how to maintain a killer figure and make the most of your time. Ben and Mike dive deep on the training, mentality and steps to become a fitness influencer. Time Stamps- 5:30- What to expect when you are getting absolutely shredded. 7:00- Calories in Calories out? How our overall health effects fat loss and the challenges of tracking macros. 11:50- Mike’s thoughts on muscle loss during extreme dieting. 16:00- Ben’s experience with fat gain while fasting. 20:15- Mike’s cut process. How he prepares for appearances and photoshoots when he has to look shredded. 26:00- Bigger, Leaner, Stronger- the story behind Mike’s book and how it came to fruition. 29:45- Bigger, Leaner, Stronger- the synopsis. 30:30- Why Mike is an advocate for compound lifting. Squats, deadlifts and benchpress. 35:00- How to train “the outliers” the people who don’t naturally fit a traditional exercise. 40:10- Mike’s advice for people who are trying to start a business and his marketing tips for new businesses. 48:45- Taking responsibility for you actions. The guys thoughts on self responsibility. 55:15- Content Marketing- Mike’s thought on the future of marketing. 59:20- MuscleforLife.com- What’s next for Mike’s online platform. 62:00- Mike’s book recommendations.

Mar 26, 2018
90- Viada, Shallow- The Mindset of Success and Pushing the Limits of Human Performance
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Alex Viada and Dr. Jordan Shallow are back for another great episode of the Muscle Expert Podcast. This time around they join Ben in discussing what it takes to be great. Being an elite athlete has it’s struggles and for these three it is no exception. This episode they talk about staying focused during the lulls of the process, the evolution of your training, what separates good from great and how Ben stays motivated now that he isn’t training for the Olympia. 2:10- Why Alex has decided to participate in a double Iron Man race. Pursuing an end result that looks impossible from the outside. 5:15- The Process. How to approach an impossible task. How to prepare for worst case scenario when pursuing a world class endeavor. 9:45- Earning the right to be world class. 12:35- The highlight reel vs the buildup. Why it takes discipline and dedication to achieve crazy feats not just what you see on Instagram. 15:00- How to know what’s next. When is it time to change your process? 17:00- Information is always good. Finding out what doesn’t work for you is just as important and finding out what does. 19:15- How to take inventory of your training and where you stand. 23:15- “If you love it let it kill you.” The mentality of becoming the best version of yourself. How being told that he “has great potential” is what drives Alex. 27:15- Pursuing your passion. Why so many people don’t strive to fulfill their potential. 31:30- How the guys found what drives them. 35:30- How to deal with the loss of what drives you. 36:45- Motivating your clients to do the not glamorous part of the process. 39:00- Dealing with your haters and using your failures. 42:30- The next step mentality. Dealing with what is out of your control. 43:30- What separates good from great. 44:50- The importance of failure. 47:00- Finding your motivation. Navigating the struggle to get motivated when you don’t have an end goal. 49:00- Excellence is a transferrable skill. How to move your drive from one skill to another. 50:00- Changing from a solo sport to group goals.

Mar 23, 2018
88- Philip Mckernan- Finding Clarity, Pursuing Your Purpose and Discovering Happiness
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Philip Mckernan works with some of the highest functioning people on the planet, from Olympians to CEOs, the Pentagon and entrepreneurs just to name a few. Philip helps them find a work/life balance and clarity in what they should be doing. Tune in to hear Ben and Philip discuss what it takes to find clarity, the steps you need to take to get out of your way and pursue what you are meant to be doing and how to look in the mirror and determine if you are REALLY happy. Time Stamps- 2:06- Finding Clarity- Philip reveals the secret to finding clarity and removing the obstacles of pursuing what you know you should be doing. 5:21- Recognizing where you are at. Philip gives some great insight on eliminating the excuses that limit your growth. 9:36- One Last Talk- We all tend to exaggerate things in our own mind. Philip tells the story of the divergence between your perception of events and others. 12:51- Assessing your life. “Am I really happy? The most important word in that sentence is REALLY. 14:51- Making your decisions based on what you know not for what you don’t. 16:11- How to get out of your head and figure out what you should be doing. 19:51- Clarity vs. Detail- Too many of us get hung up on the details of executing change in our lives. 22:21- Getting out of your own way. Your ego leads you to believe that your life lacks clarity but the reality is that it is much closer than you realize. 24:11- Finding the feeling of deserving happiness and success. Accepting fear into your journey rather than trying to overcome it. 26:36- How Philip dealt with failure and using that pain to drive him forward. 28:51- Money doesn’t buy happiness. Do the results outweigh the pain of doing something that doesn’t fulfill you. 33:21- Breaking the pattern of your life. In order to improve your quality of life you have to address your fears. How your past stories interfere with your personal relationships. 37:31- Overcoming expectations. Is it possible to meet others expectations and live your authentic life? 42:36- Facing yourself in the mirror with the hard questions. 44:51- Finding a coach. Do you need one to be successful? 49:21- Coalescing your passion and your skillset. 53:06- Setting the best example for your kids.

Mar 19, 2018
89- Dr. Andy Galpin- Muscle Fiber Type Training, Research Bias, Adaptation vs. Recovery and much more
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Coming to you from the Fitness Business Summit in San Diego we have Dr. Andy Galpin. Dr. Galpin is a researcher at Cal State Fullerton who is leading the conversation on muscle fiber type training as well as a cohost of the Barbell Shrugged Podcast. His lab is biopsying and analyzing muscle fibers one at a time. Today on the Muscle Expert Podcast Dr. Galpin gives us a crash course on influencing your muscle fiber type, how muscle fiber nuclei influence your gains, bias in research and MUCH more! 4:00- How Dr. Galpin’s research is changing the way that we think about fiber types. 8:00- Training your muscle fiber types. How you can change your training regimen to influence your dominant fiber type. 12:10- Testosterone use and how it influences your muscle’s nuclei. 14:30- How Dr. Galpin’s research is changing the way we think about muscle building. 17:10- The difference between how muscle fiber types react to stimulus. 21:30- How Dr. Galpin is challenging the paradigm in fiber type research. 24:00- An example of the bias of research. How group findings can be skewed by outliers. 29:00- Dr. Galpin’s philosophy on influencing the fitness industry and coaching. 31:00- A crash course on AMPK and MTOR. How each of those proteins influence muscle growth and fat loss. 38:50- Dr. Galpin’s book Unplugged: Evolve from Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance and Consciousness. His “Nothing Mindless” philosophy on on your goals. 40:00- Adaptation vs Recovery. How optimizing recovery prohibits adaptation and which to pursue for your goals. 46:00- How much time do you need to recover from really hard training? 48:00- Embracing the suffering. Andy’s advice on adaptation, don't over optimize, take some days to struggle through as your not peak self. 50:45- What is lactate and how does it influence your training? Is it responsible for fatigue and soreness? 56:35- Does Carnitine supplementation work?

Mar 19, 2018
87- Live with Mark “Smelly” Bell and Chris Bell- The Ketogenic Diet, Addiction and Mark Bell’s Sling Shot
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On today’s episode we are live with Mark “Smelly” Bell and his brother Chris Bell answering your questions about the ketogenic diet. Mark is the host of the Power Project, inventor of the Sling Shot, a retired powerlifter and still coaches some of the top lifters in the sport. Chris is a seasoned filmmaker whose focus is on bringing fitness into peoples lives through education. He is the man behind “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” and is currently working on a nutrition documentary on nutrition. We dive into what got Mark and Eric into the ketogenic diet, how the carnivore diet works for them, and how Mark came up with the Sling Shot. Time Stamps: 2:00- How Mark and Chris switched their nutrition to the ketogenic diet and the benefits that they see from it. 6:50- Exercising your will power. 8:30- Figuring out the ketogenic diet for your body. 16:45- Performance on a keto diet. Are you able to still physically perform at your top level on keto? 21:30- Cheat Meals. Just because you are in ketosis does it mean you can eat whatever is kepo friendly? 24:25- Addiction to carbs. How addictive are carbs and sugars? 27:00- How long to stay in kept. Is it possible to diet flexibly with keto? 31:00- Overcoming the keto flu. 32:55- How Mark invented the Sling Shot and struggled to get it to market.

Mar 16, 2018
86- John Amaral- The Connection Between the Energy World and Our Physical Selves
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John Amaral is the go to energy worker for Celebrities, Athletes, and Billionaires. On this episode of the Muscle Expert Podcast, John and Ben introduce us to the energy that controls our existence. John gives great insight on how emotional energy can influence or even cause injuries, prohibit cellular communication, and keep you from living your greatest life. Make sure to listen to the end to catch some easy ways to take inventory of your inner body and heal past injuries. Time Stamps: 4:30- Bridging the gap between the physical and energy world. How John Amaral found the energy world and started his career. 10:10- John’s first experience with energy work, how connecting his body and energy allowed him to truly experience his senses for the first time in years. 11:15- Measuring the energy world. Applying science to woo woo and the effect of human consciousness on the world around us. 15:10- The system of the mind and body. Examples of physical manifestations of energy. 18:30- Our body’s communication network. Can cells communicate through energy? 20:35- Breaking the patterns of old injuries. If the body replaces all of its cells every five years then why do injuries hang on? 24:50- Where to start with energy work. 28:30- A dive into energy states. Are you low energy, neutral, or an energy rich individual? 31:30- The patterns of physical manifestations of emotion. 36:30- Where to start with energy work. 38:45- How to become more aware of your mind/body connection. 44:15- Expectations of energy work. The steps to take to lead an energy rich life. 49:15- Take daily inventory of your inner body. We spend so much time taking inventory of the external, but the internal can be even more important. 51:10- Stress management. How to deal with stress and eliminate the physical effects of it. 55:20- Energy work from a distance. 1:01:04- What is next for John Amaral?

Mar 15, 2018
85- Pedram Shojai- The Urban Monk on Mindfulness, Consciousness, Business and the Flaws of “Clearing Karma”
50:18

Pedram Shojai, the author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Urban Monk, joins us to discuss the disconnect between eastern and western cultures. Pedram is the constant evolver, leaving college for the monkhood and leaving that to rejoin western culture to study the effects of mindfulness, start a successful business and become a dad. Pedram shows us the steps to start living a more mindful life in the modern world, how to overcome living a results based life and the benefits of running a conscious business in today’s world. 4:00- “Most people don’t understand that they are making 80 percent of their decisions under duress.” Pedram tells us how to set up mindfulness rituals to get around your own mind. 7:50- The mechanics of Qi Gong. How Pedram started quantifying what happens during Qi Gong meditation once he left the monkhood. 11:00- The benefits of bringing mindfulness into your life and how to integrate eastern practices into western life. 13:40- The story behind Pedram leaving college to join the monkhood. 18:15- Why Pedram is challenging western cultures attachment to the result. 20:05- The steps to take to develop a mindful, reflective life. 25:30- Pedram’s biggest takeaways from being a monk and his struggle to overcome searching for the result to enjoy the process. 30:00- Everyone has an ego. Here’s the importance of balancing that ego with humility. 32:00- Conscious Capitalism. How Pedram is running a successful, conscious business. 36:00- The myth of scarcity. The benefits of running your business based on value. 38:30- Constant Evolution. How to continue pushing the envelope and remove your ego from your relationships. 40:30- Get up and do it. How Pedram lives a life of purpose and adventure. 45:15- Avoiding the “Not Now” mentality in your relationships to be present for both others and yourself.

Mar 12, 2018
84- Dave Tate- A Conversation with a Personal Hero
19:19

Dave Tate, one of the top powerlifting coaches in the world and founder of Elite FTS, sits down with Ben to discuss a variety of topics. Discussed are the lessons learned from fitness and how they translate to running a business, raising kids to become the greatest version of themselves and the mentality of being world class. 1:15- What lessons from fitness translate to running a business? And how to keep your ego from interfering with your business. 5:00- Dave’s advice on running a business and managing people. Saving your “Emotional Bandwidth” for what’s important. 8:10- Why did Dave pursue strength sports and what drove him to be successful. 9:05- Accountability and responsibility. How to raise a generation of kids with integrity. 11:50- The correlation between raising kids and developing employees. How to rely on other people to keep your business functioning. 15:22- Dave’s advice on how to become a world class strength athlete.

Mar 09, 2018
83- Dr. Dan Pardi on Sleep Optimization, Increasing Brain Neuroplasticity and the HumanOS
01:05:19

Welcome to the Muscle Expert Podcast Dr. Dan Pardi! Dr. Pardi is the founder of the HumanOS heath mastery plan and an expert on sleep optimization. Ben and Dan look into the effects that sleep deprivation has on hormones and body composition. They discuss the variables of sleep, how it is influencing brain recovery and neuroplasticity. Lastly Dr. Pardi tells us about his new health mastery course HumanOS. 3:30- How much is sleep influencing body composition? 5:20- What is leptin and how is it effected by sleep and diet? 8:00- Obesity is one of the biggest health risks facing the US population. How not getting enough sleep could be a primary contributor to that epidemic. 10:55- Reasons why sleep deprivation is becoming more prevalent. 13:00- Light’s effect on our circadian rhythm and how modern life is interrupting it. 15:00- Resetting your circadian rhythm in 30 minutes a day. 19:45- The blueprint of your sleep cycles. 24:00- Food on sleep. How your diet effects your sleep cycles. 28:45- Why we sleep. The theory on how Interleukin-1 and TNF-Alpha effect neuroplasticity. 30:00- How sleep meds effect the types of sleep you are getting. 33:15- Dr. Pardi’s research on ways to hack your sleep. 36:20- GHB to treat insomnia? 43:15- A deep dive on optimizing your brain. Dr. Pardi’s advice to function at your highest potential. 49:40- How to hack your BDNF production. 52:40- Dan’s advice to live your ultimate life. 54:45- The HumanOS health mastery course. What Dan is doing to teach positive health behaviors. 1:01:45- Three books Dan recommends.

Mar 08, 2018
82- Chris Kresser- Influencing Your Mitochondria with Sleep, Nutrition and a Healthy Microbiome
01:10:18

Chris Kresser is a renowned speaker, author, and pioneer in the world of chronic pain. His goal is to transform the world of healthcare, by examining the impact of epigenetics, and nutrition on the microbiome. His interest in the subject began after contracting a tropical parasite overseas. Since then, he has battled a debilitating chronic pain condition that left at the hands of the healthcare system. Kesser knew there had to be more than conventional treatment and prescriptions to heal his body. He turned to the gut. Since then, he has made a name for himself as the health coach to extraordinarily high functioning CEOs, entrepreneurs, and top tier athletes. Teaching them how to maximize their health from the very foundations of their physiology. Hear Ben and Kesser discuss why epigenetics are the most influential variable in your physiology. How submitting your body to unreasonable amounts of destructive stress, can destroy your results. 5:00 - Welcome Chris Kesser to the Muscle Expert podcast. He traveled the world as a life long surfer, only to contract a tropical virus that would change his world forever. 8:50 - “Treatments are almost worse than the disease.” Hear how Kesser decided to take matters into his own hands by starting from the inside, out. 11:30 - Excessive medications and antibiotics are destroying the microbiome. Learn why you must feed the good bacteria, in order to reap the optimum benefits of your probiotics. 14:30 - Life with a healthy gut, and chronic pain. How the symptoms of Kesser’s condition evolved overtime by gradually mental, physical, and spiritual homeostasis. 20:00 - Influencing mitochondria and variables in energy production. Learn what you can do to shock your mitochondria into producing more energy for your body to combat the “lulls” in your daily routine. Could Keto or Fasting be the solution? 24:25 - Adaptive stress v. Destructive stress; how obsessively overtraining can hinder your body, and performance. Why you should be training smarter, not harder. 27:00 - What are Epigenetics and how they have shaped you from minute one. Why some believe A.I. could be the future of medicine — and why for Kesser that isn’t the case. 36:30 - “Bring your attention to the present moment.” Kesser’s recommendations for relieving stress, in the most physiologically beneficial way possible. 41:00 - Overtraining and withdrawing from your metabolic reserve. Why you need to start looking at your body more like a “bank account.” The ultimate goal: stay out of the red. 44:00 - Making the deposits, and getting your body’s foundation right. Discovering that there is no universal formula — only the one that works for your body and lifestyle. 48:00 - Building Testosterone levels based on the HPTGA axis. Why low T levels may be associated with issues in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, stress and overtraining. 57:00 - High cortisol, fasting and nutrient splits. Ben and Kesser talk about the balancing act of macronutrients and mitochondrial energy production. Why you may not need as much protein as you might think. 1:05 - Reinventing healthcare to fight chronic disease. Kesser believes that the future lies in the hands of well trained, authentic, health coaches.

Mar 05, 2018
81- Bonus Episode- Mind Pump Pt 2- Humility, Integrity, and the Ego: Finding Meaning and Intention in Life’s Most Trying Moments
58:37

It is part two of Ben’s conversation with the guys at the Mind Pump Podcast — who believe that the secrets to success are humility, “growth mindedness,” and integrity. Sal says, after years of ego-driven decisions, he has learned that you “don't debate to win, you debate to learn.” Learn why you need to check the ego at the door and “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Life is a lot more than weight-room, as far as these men are concerned. In the midst of his many business ventures — Ben is still able to maintain a “great relationship” with his spouse, and makes time for weekly morning dance parties with his children. Hear how Ben has transformed his world view, in the attempt to lead a more fulfilling and intention-driven life. Time Stamps 1:00 - When to abandon an idea & when to run with one. Ben tells the mind pump team that “if it’s good then you gotta do it.” What it takes to start a business, and give it all that you have. 4:00 - Balancing your life, how Ben maintains success in his many business ventures and keeps a great relationship with his family. 9:40 - “I know that I am wise because I know nothing.” Getting comfortable with being open, and checking your ego at the door. How Paul Check opened one host’s eyes to what “prayer” actually does for the human body. 17:50 - Your ego can run you, or you can run it. Hear how Ben has taken a step back to examine his ‘Why,’ personally and professionally. 22:50- Are you masking your “dread” with poor nutrition and mindlessness? Your physiological and psychological relationship with your body are equally vital to your success. Learn why all decisions should be made based on integrity. 29:30 - Hear Mind Pump host, Sal, talk about the moment he started to examine everything in his life. 36:25 - “My kids saved my life.” Hear how the once ego-driven professional body builder was unable to “find the anger” in the gym, after having — not one — but two children. 45:53 - What makes Ben uncomfortable? How time has transformed this fitness professional’s introspective goals. 53:00 - Teaching your kids to embrace the challenge. How “using your words” — is the key to a successful life, and how the guys integrate this ideology in their own parenting styles. At the end of the day, everything you do should “be done with love.”

Mar 02, 2018
80- Brandon Lilly- The Rise, Fall and Life Lessons from One of Powerlifting’s Biggest Names
01:09:56

Becoming the best in the world has it’s consequences.   Brandon Lilly is a retired world class powerlifter and a major reason for the raw movement in the sport.  He is the creator of the cube method and currently trains many world class lifters.  Hear how the journey out of powerlifting has been one of Brandon’s biggest challenges and greatest triumphs.  From surgeries to depression Lilly has dealt with it all and has great life lessons to share in this conversational episode between two legends. 2:40- How collapsing on stage changed the trajectory of Brandon’s life. 6:30- The decent. How coming down the mountain can be just as hard as ascending it. 9:35- His new drug. How social media gave Brandon a high even when he was at his low. 12:00 The Champion Mindset. Laser focus and drive is what is necessary to be a champion but what does it do to those around you. 15:40- How a childhood incident made Brandon give two middle fingers to the world and why it took him years to change that mentality. 17:05- How Brandon got into powerlifting and his advice to aspiring powerlifters. 21:05- Stop and smell the roses; the journey is what makes the destination. 23:55- Living without labels. The discussion turns to how labeling yourself can put you in a self-fulfilling box. 29:30- Escape vs. enlightenment- Brandon’s experimentation with drugs and how changing his end goal changed everything. 32:00- The Hero’s Dose- How Brandon used a high dose of mushrooms for self-discovery and to overcome depression. 34:20- Brandon’s transition from geared powerlifting to raw and how it changed the sport. 41:40- The ego can cause you to do crazy things. Including turning your mentor into your nemesis. 45:10-Ben and Brandon discuss how to use your haters for personal growth. 48:10- Why gratitude is so important and completely changes your perspective. 50:30- What Brandon is doing now that he has retired from powerlifting and his extreme practices to rehab his knees. 57:00- Wrap Up. Ben and Brandon talk life lessons and must hear take aways.

Mar 01, 2018
79- Dr. Bryan Walsh- The Detox Doctor on the Four Phases of Detoxification, Detox Nutrition, and Best Detox Practices
49:50

Dr. Bryan Walsh, a former trainer, bodybuilder and expert on detoxification. Dr. Walsh goes deep into the science of detoxification including the four phases of detox, best practices to optimize your bodies natural way of eliminating toxins and the nutrition behind detoxification. Dr. Walsh is the author of the Fat Is Not Your Fault and Metabolic Fitness plans and shares some great, practical tips on detoxing for muscle gain, fat loss and more. Listen to the very end to hear Dr. Walsh’s best resources to educate yourself on health and wellness. Congratulations to our ATP Prize Pack winner iTunes user Slagermeister. Please email Luis@BenPakulski.com to claim your prize! Time Stamps: 3:10- The reason Dr. Walsh started his career in healthcare and what keeps him motivated in his research. 4:55- Phase zero and phase 3 of detoxification. How Dr. Walsh came across these phases and it changed his career trajectory. 9:12- Everyone is toxic! How do we limit our exposure and detoxify from that toxicity. 11:34- Do we know that the toxins in our body are effecting our biochemistry and is it dose dependent? 14:56- Things to avoid. The different types of endocrine toxins. 18:57- What are the phases of detoxification? 23:40- Reasons to support the phases of detox. 25:06- Why Phase Zero is so important. 27:09- What to do if you find out that you are toxic. 31:27- Should you detox if you are trying to lose fat and gain muscle. What you need to know if you are. 36:12- How to ensure that your body is optimized for detoxification. 43:14- How to detox estrogens? Is it possible to use a detox program for hormones? 43:58- Where to find Dr. Walsh’s detox programs Metabolic Fitness and Fat Is Not Your Fault. 47:11- Dr. Walsh’s best resources for detox information.

Feb 26, 2018
78- Josh Bryant- Jailhouse Strong, The Training Methods and Mindset to Become the Best in the World
52:30

Jailhouse Strong World Record Powerlifting Coach and Author Josh Bryant joins us today to school us on what it takes to be the best in the world. A prolific writer and master of the process, Josh shares some great behind the scenes coaching tips that has helped his clients break world records. He also gives us a master class on the mindset that it takes to be the best in the world! Time Stamps: 1:35- Jailhouse Strong- the origin story How Josh started his found freedom and his brand in high school. 3:10- Josh’s not so secret training strategy- how he trains isometrics to recruit motor neurons and break world records. 8:25- Get strong! Josh gives some tips on how he drives up his clients weights. 14:10- “Paying for past sins”- an injury prevention guide. The key advice, stop training with your balls and start training with your brain. Set your goals with a purpose. 18:20- How Josh ended up in strength training and found his career at age 16. 20:45- Why world records keep getting broken. How the surge in popularity and switch to raw has brought out the best in the sport. 24:00- Nutrition and powerlifting. Building your physique to maximize your potential. And ketogenic dieting as a powerlifting. 27:00- Hacking your body to increase your output. 30:05- The mental game, what mindset does it take to lift crazy heavy and become the best in the world. 37:45- Josh’s strategy for breaking out of your plateau. Looking at variables to drive up your gains. 41:30- Enhanced. How have drugs, particularly peptides, changed powerlifting. 48:10- Where is the sport of powerlifting going? How the internet and increased popularity is good for the sport. 49:20- Mistakes not to make. Josh’s advice for people who are just getting into powerlifting. 50:30- The man, the myth, the author. A brief rundown on some of Josh’s books.

Feb 22, 2018
77- Katy Bowman- Move Your DNA- How Getting Back to the Basics of Movement Can Improve Your Health
51:06

Katy Bowman founder of Nutritious Movement and author of Move Your DNA, Movement Matters, and more brings her extensive knowledge of movement to the podcast today. Katy tells us how she has rearranged and remodeled her house to incorporate more movement into her daily life. She also gives a ton of very practical advice on exercise, why feet strength is important and how convenience is the enemy of exercise. Make sure to listen all the way through because this episode is full of golden nuggets for both seasoned athletes and people trying to get out of their sedentary lifestyle. 2:30- Katy’s beginnings. How she evolved from exercise kinesiology to becoming an expert in natural movement. 4:45- Katy’s recommendations for integrating movement into your busy schedule. 7:30- The Movement Diet, translating movement into a beneficial regimen. 8:12- Kick off your shoes. Why you need to strengthen your feet. 11:18- How Katy has remodeled her house to exercise her feet. 14:50- Recommended exercises to avoid hip and lower back pain and how to avoid those problems. 18:15- How to know if you are losing mobility. 20:30- Movement vitamins- how to “supplement” your exercise routine to make sure you are maintaining mobility. 25:55- How to incorporate movement into your daily routine. 30:15- Is movement enough? What are the benefits of movement vs intentional muscle contraction? 33:00- Reconnecting to our nature- Katy’s study of an evolutionarily supported life. A journey into cellular movement. 37:15- Katy’s unique perspective to incorporate more muscles into your training. 39:00- How to incorporate a furniture free lifestyle. 41:15- Move for your food- how processing your own food forces movement and increases joint mobility. 45:47- How to change your house around to encourage movement. How convenience is the enemy of exercise.

Feb 19, 2018
76- Doug Miller- A Deep Dive with the Most Successful Natural Bodybuilder in History
51:20

Join Ben and Doug Miller as they discuss Doug’s career, how he became the top natural body builder in the world and his new ventures. Doug discusses his unique training regimen that made him the monster that he is as well as recovery and stress. 2:00- The history of Core Nutraceuticals. How Doug used his platform to launch a multi-million dollar brand. 3:55- Doug and competitive sports. How competition in high school and college drove Doug to bodybuilding. 7:10- Doug’s philosophy on time off and why he competes less frequently. 8:20- How Doug got so HUGE naturally. 12:35- Did genetics play a role in Doug’s career. As a natural bodybuilder how much did nature play vs nurture. 14:15- Doug’s strategy for balance and training weak body parts. 15:50- Which is worse? Missing a meal or stressing about it? How Doug deals with stress, sleep, and family. 18:20- How Doug trains high volume. 21:45- The head game. How Doug stays focused on being the best at everything he does. 24:45- Recovering as a natural bodybuilder. The different approach Doug has to take by being natural. 27:30- The keys to Doug’s training success. 28:50- Doug’s Diet 38:45- Contest Prep- How Doug’s mental fortitude got him through losing weight pre contest. 40:30- Hindsight is 20/20- Mistakes Doug learned from and you can too! 43:20- Doug’s supplement regimen.

Feb 15, 2018
75- Dr. Andrew Hill- Train Your Brain to Live Your Greatest Life
01:09:29

Dr. Andrew Hill is a world-renowned Neurotherapist. In this episode Dr. Hill explains the theory behind the Peak Brain Institute, the process and benefits of neuro-feedback training. Listen all the way through to learn how the Peak Brain Institute can help you speed up your brain, heal various brain conditions and how Alpha-Theta training can unleash your relaxed and creative side. 1:40 Welcome to the Muscle Expert Podcast Dr. Andrew Hill, owner and creator of Peak Brain LA, a gym for your brain. His goal: become the Equinox of neurofeedback “personal training.” 4:15 How Peak Brain uses neurofeedback with their clients. 6:30 Dr. Hill believes that Alpha Training isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Learn why you should shift your focus to SMR training. 8:33 What is SMR training, and how it can help you achieve your ideal brain frequency ration to help eliminate seizures, ADHD, anxiety and more. 12:10 While alpha-waves have gained the most notoriety, more alpha could mean a less focused mind. 13:34 SMR and Fitness: how Peak Brain is using a “personal training” approach to eliminate problems, measurable ADHD symptoms through SMR training— regardless of your genetic predisposition. Peak Brain helps clients achieve better self control, and more vigilance. 16:45 The Silver bullet for Migraines: blood flow dynamic training. Using infrared HEGs to increase your brains metabolic response. 19:28 Getting into a hypnogogic state. How Alpha:Theta training can help you be more creative, relaxed and even wipe away cravings. 22:45 The Process at Peak Brain LA. How these unique coaches train your unique brain toward optimum functionality. 25:00 Dr. Hill’s discusses the average duration and strategy of neurofeedback programming. 28:21 Neurofeedback, exercise and meditation are a dream trifecta. Neurofeedback acting as a trainer, and meditation fine tuning your technique — “voluntary response.” Helping you learn how to “handle life in speed bumps.” 32:52 Dropping the arousal states. Training Alpha:Theta and the Parasympathetic nervous system build access to your emotions allowing you to ask where you are, where you want to be, and how you can get there. 36:00 Programs, Training, How it works at Peak Brain. 40:00 Striving for Peak Performance can lead to an excess of theta. Resulting in poor inhibition, impulsive or reactive behavior. By training your neurofeedback, “things get crisper.” 45:05 Training “Memory” — a memory issue is actually a resource issue. 46:00 Nutrition & Brain Health. Why your brain thrives on a near - keto diet. 49:00 Neurogenesis: Are you going to use the cells you’re making? How neurofeedback, and your diet can help. 51:16 Learning, growth and neuro-plasticity. Waking up with a fresh state ready to learn with “effortful cognition.” How sleep reinforces your neuro-plasticity. 54:14 Motor Evoke Potentials are the key to lifting depression 58:30 The future of Brain Training & PeakBrain LA. 1:03:20 Peak Brain is eliminating emotional trauma, anxieties, ADHD, sleep etc. in a few months. Dr. Hill plans on using Peak Brain’s cutting edge science to fight the “Big-Pharma” by making it ubiquitous. 1:04:10 Dr. Hill’s literature recommendations.

Feb 12, 2018
74- Kurtis Frank Deep Dive on Nootropics and Influencing Your Brain Function
33:09

This week we have Kurtis Frank also known as SilverHydra on twitter. A lead researcher on supplements. Ben and Kurtis take a deep dive on nootropics, influencing your neurotransmitters, and what a safe and effective brain-boost stack looks like. 1:35- Dispelling the myths of nootropics. 5:45- Dopamine, acetylcholine the benefits and drawbacks. 8:30- The vitamin effect. Using nootropics that your body will use only as needed. 10:15- Neurotransmitters, the 10:2 ratio and emotion. 12:20- Kurtis’ insights on nootropics influencing the dopamine pathways. 13:45- How to influence acetylcholine and the resurgence of Alpha GPC. 16:10- Kurtis’ favorite nootropic. 17:50- Can methylated B vitamins influence your cognitive performance? 20:25- Caffeine as an enhancement aide and it’s insurmountable tolerance. 22:45- Nootropic side effects. Giving your body down time in between doses. 25:05- The Racetam family and the start of nootropics. How they work, legality and side effects. 29:00- Pulling it together. What a safe and effective brain-boost stack looks like.

Feb 08, 2018
73- Dr. Dwayne Jackson- Stress Less, How Manipulating Your Stress Response Can Get the Most Out of Your Training
01:12:38

Chill out to make gains. Rebalancing your sympathetic and parasympathetic responses is key for muscle gains, recovery and stress response. Ben and Dr. Dwayne Jackson discuss the fight or flight response of training, how brain chemistry effects your gains, stimulants and the effect they have on your training and much more. 3:15- Training to stress. Manipulating sympathetic and parasympathetic responses to get the most out of your training. 5:30- Introduction to the SNS and PNS systems. 7:20- What is stress? How does your nervous system respond when stress is presented. 10:40- Symptoms of parasympathetic withdrawal. 12:00- Your body’s reactions from increased cortisol. 15:00- Working hard doesn’t work. How continuing to push your limits can have adverse affects on your catabolic and anabolic responses. 17:07- #Killingit- Stimulants, the point of diminishing returns and the SNS response. 22:00- How your body balances your nervous systems responses to regulate blood pressure. 27:05- Anabolic steroids and sympathetic drive. How sympathetic nerves fire. 29:45- Benefits of increased amplitude of sympathetic drive. 31:20- Neuro-Peptide Y levels in PTSD patients. 32:45- Parasympathetic excercises. 34:35- Order of operations of perception and PNS. 37:37- Aging drives sympathetic activity. The health consequences of sympathetic response. 39:15- Neuro-Peptide Y- the key to the SNS. 44:15- How Neuro-Peptide Y is released. 46:10- How to apply sympathetic response to your training. 52:40- Chill out to grow. How lowering your training can increase your results. 55:10- Blood-flow restriction and SNS. 56:45- Ben and Dr. Jackson’s thoughts on how American body builders get so huge. 58:15- HIIT training from a neurological perspective.

Feb 05, 2018
72-Mike Mutzel- Living for Your Evolution- Getting Back to Basics Could Be the Key to a Healthy Life
01:14:45

Lean into your evolution. Mike Mutzel goes in on how looking at our past is key to being healthy in the present. Ben and Mike discuss how getting outside, eating whole foods, and a seasonal diet can hack your evolution. Congrats to iTunes listener BagsJens! You have won our December/January contest from ATP Labs! 2:30- Daily rituals to improve your life. 4:15- How daily sunlight is necessary for your body to function properly and how to supplement for sun when you can’t get outside. 10:47- Changing your physiology and psychology, getting back to nature to supplement your body. How whole foods can provide the quality of nutrients that optimize your health. 13:50- Get outside! Diversifying your diet, environment and growing your own food is key to a healthy gut. 17:00- Seasonality and your diet. Eating locally and seasonally can optimize your nutrition. 22:30- Inflammation, the micro biome, and catabolism. 25:05- The Belly Fat Effect, food comas and metabolic endotoxemia. The effects of excessive carb-loading on inflammation. 28:50- Health and the body builder diet. Balancing a mass diet with whole foods. 35:35- Chew your food! How to improve your digestive rate. 40:00- Keto diet factors- biology, seasonality, and the micro biome affect your success. 46:00- Ketosis goals, fat adaptation, metabolic flexibility and weight loss. 48:50- Cortisol adrenal fatigue, and ketogenic dieting. 51:30- How Mike adapts keto pre and post workout. 54:10- Is chasing ketone levels appropriate? What does a healthy ketogenic diet look like? 59:50- Eating raw fresh foods is key, sprout your greens and eat fresh to fight inflammation, allergies and more. 1:02:05- The Belly Fat Effect. Mike’s book on nutrition, fat loss and all of its factors. 1:06:30- Understanding fat cell health. What does it mean? What does it look like? And how can you influence it? 1:08:00- Mike’s advice on what you can do NOW that will have the greatest impact on their health and performance.

Feb 01, 2018
71- Dr. Jordan Shallow- The Muscle Doc on Powerlifting, Preventing Injury and Pushing Your Limits
01:14:39
Joining us today is the Muscle Doc, Dr. Jordan Shallow, a chiropractor and world class powerlifter. Hear the Muscle Expert and the Muscle Doc discuss the process, and the vital importance of breaking up your daily routine. Dr. Shallow goes deep on why you need to shift your focus away from daily PRs and comfortable training regimens and how integrating variables into your training holds the secret to your results. 2:10- Who is the Muscle Doc? 4:30- A journey through power lifting and chiropractics. 6:45- Using variables to mix up your training 9:48- Instagram culture, daily PRs and training for long term benefits. 11:23- The Process. 15:40- How practicing standing can help to perfect your training. 20:00 How stability acts as a governor to strength. 24:55- Dr. Shallow’s tips for avoiding constant breakdown. 26:25- Mobility, Stability and Strength. Filling the gap and bridging the gap. 32:00- Mitigating injury. Understanding the biomechanics of your lifts. 35:00- Increasing range of motion. 40:14- Find your limits with internal and external rotation. 49:55- Genetic gifts vs. working smart to fill in your deficiencies. 53:20- Keeping up with the Jones’. Injury and the social media arms race. 57:30- Ascension. What does it feel like to lift all that your body can handle. 1:01:10- How to push the envelope and still be healthy. 1:05:00- Programming for stability. 1:10:10- Tools vs. necessities. Navigating the fitness industry’s focus on products.
 
Jan 29, 2018
70- Dr. Eric Serrano- Optimize Your Hormones, Body Composition and the Perfect Diet
01:05:05

Today we have Dr. Eric Serrano for one of our most informative episodes to date! Dr. Serrano dives deep on hormone manipulation, optimizing your body composition and micro biome. Make sure to listen to the end to hear Dr. Serrano’s perfect diet and his best advice for a better life. This podcast is brought to you by ATP Lab! For cutting-edge supplementation with a purpose, check out ATP Labs.

Jan 25, 2018
69 - Hans Eng & Rowena Gates - Mitigating Oxidative Stress and Improving Recovery
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Accelerate recovery and mitigate oxidative stress with this new cutting-edge technology created by today's guests.  CEO, Hans Eng and VP of Business Development, Rowena Gates from Eng3corp join Ben for an in-depth look at the benefits that can be seen by optimizing recovery through accelerated recovery.

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Hans and Rowena breakdown their cutting edge technology NanoVi and the serious benefits that come with accelerating the process of repairing the oxidative damage done by intense training.

Discover why the top MLB pitchers, Olympians, triathletes and strength and conditioning coaches are using this technology to accelerate recovery, decrease DNA damage, improve heart rate variability (HRV) and enhance the inflammatory response after all-out exertion

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The NanoVi ™ device augments a signal that is naturally generated by the body and is essential to cellular activity. The following 3D animation explains how NanoVi’s “bio-identical signal” assists the multi-step process of reinstalling protein functions that are essential to cellular activity.

 

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 Highlights:

  • What's actually being damaged as a result of oxidative stress.

  • Do endogenous antioxidants actually help repair your body from oxidative stress?

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2:30 - Where does oxidative stress occur? 

11:39 - Mitigating oxidative stress from exercise.

15:28 - Will a good antioxidant regimen help repair oxidative stress? Or are they only an effective as a preventative measure. 

38:32 - Stimulating cellular detox process. 

42:00 - Lactate, oxidative stress, and recovery tools for hypertrophy.

44:10 - Optimal time to supply the body with easy water function. 

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Jan 22, 2018
68 -Jean-Francois Tremblay The Peptide Masterclass, SARMS and Myostatin Inhibitors
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On the podcast today is one of the most knowledgeable human beings on the planet in the field of performance-enhancing substances, SARMs (specific androgen receptor modulators), and bio-regulatory and repairing peptides.


Full Show Notes Here:  http://www.benpakulski.com/podcasts/jeanfrancois/

Our guest, Jean Francois Tremblay from UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) talks with Ben about the use of peptides, SARMS, Myostatin inhibitors and their practical applications in sports performance, anti-aging and health in general.

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About Jean Francois Tremblay

Jean-François Tremblay studied Exercise Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacy. He is now, a student and researcher at UQAM. He has been researching (in theory and in practice) peptides and sarms since the 90s and will soon be making it his main research subject in the coming months.

He will present  a theoretical basis on what they are and their practical applications in sports performance, anti-aging and health in general."

 

 

 

Key Highlights

⇾  Is there a case for taking low doses of IGF -1 and growth hormone to improve longevity?

⇾ How to dose myostatin inhibitors? Which ones are the most effective? What are the potential negative side effects?

⇾ The "timeless peptides" for life extension.


Time Stamps:

4:10 - What is a peptide?

6:14 - Synthesizing peptides.

10:49 - Myostatin inhibitors and the negative side effects.

14:54 - How to dose myostatin inhibitors.

17:34 - Increasing growth hormone with peptides.

23:04 - How should you take growth hormone, specific protocols for athletes.

26:34 - IGF -1 and growth hormone for longevity?

29:34 - Genetics, and responsiveness to PED’s.

33:54 - Peptides for fat loss.

37:52  - BPC - Body protective compounds, healing the GI.

41:04 - Peptides discovered in Russia. Bioregulators.

45:57 - Timeless peptides for life extension.

46:51 - The next step for elite athletes.

53:04 - Biggest misconceptions about specific peptides.

58:24 - How SARMS work. RAD -140

1:11:34 - Spiking growth hormone during sleep.

 


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Jan 18, 2018
67 - Steve Sims: How To Execute the Impossible, Wild Stories from The Real Life Wizard of Oz
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What is holding you back from living the most epic life you could ever imagine?  Today our guest shares the skills needed to bridge the gap between where you are now and the life you want to create for yourself.

Steve Sims author of Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen and CEO of Bluefish, a worldwide members only, concierge service discusses with Ben his most wild stories and life lessons learned from pulling off what most people would think are simply impossible requests from his clients.

Steve and Ben discuss:

  • How to set outrageous goals and accomplish them.
  • The art of getting what you want out of any situation.
  • The mental strategies to never accept failure in life.

Steve has a unique skill set and is a master at being able to connect with any human, in any situation and one of the most interesting humans on the planet and this episode doesn't disappoint!

Full Show Notes: http://bit.ly/stevedsims

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Key Highlights

⇾  How to ask questions that can't be answered with a "no".

⇾ The art of negotiation, Steve's 5-second negotiation rule.

⇾ How Steve turned $100 into $2000 in 30 minutes, in Hong Kong. 

 

Time Stamps:

1:20 - Meet the real-life wizard of Oz

3:00 - How to execute the impossible.

13:35 - The beginning of the bluefish method.

19:40 - How Steve turned $100 into $2000 in 30 minutes, in Hong Kong. 

22:30 - Building up relationships, the secret to 10xing your business and life.

31:25 - Why getting a "no" is sometimes what you want to hear.

37:36 - Steve's 5-second negotiation rule.

40:50 - Meeting Richard Branson, having confidence and showing your worth. 


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Jan 15, 2018
66 – Jeremy Loenneke Blood flow Restriction Training, Hypertrophy Myths and The Future of High Performance Training
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Joining Ben today is Dr. Jeremy Loenneke, assistant professor of Health, Exercise Science & Recreation Management  at The University of Mississippi. Ben and Jeremy dive deep on blood flow restriction training, the most common myths of strength and hypertrophy training and how pro athletes will be training in the near future.

Bio

“Jeremy’s research focuses on skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise in combination with blood flow restriction. His recent work has answered several important methodological and safety questions with respect to applying blood flow restriction. Dr. Loenneke is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Physiological Society. He also serves as a peer reviewer for several journals including Sports Medicine, AGE, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and the Journal of Applied Physiology.”

 

Full show notes at: http://bit.ly/2CIl9XQ

Key Highlights

⇾ The truth behind the mechanisms of hypertrophy, what you don’t know. 

⇾  Is periodization better than progressive overload?

⇾ How the best athletes on the planet will be training in 10 years.

⇾ How to be a part of the new hypertrophy execution masterclass.


Time Stamps:

 3:24 – Is periodization better than progressive overload?

4:00 – Hans Selye, general adaptation syndrome research. 

6:10 – Ben’s approach to programming, explained. 

9:35 – The glaring problem with the bigger you get the stronger you get thought process. Jeremy’s  current research. 

12:44 – The mechanisms of hypertrophy, what you don’t know. 

20:15 – Hypertrophy myths.

29:40 – Acute changes in hormones and its influence on muscle hypertrophy.

32:00 –  The Hypertrophy Masterclass  

38:00 – Blood flow restriction training, who is it for? Who is it NOT for? 

45:54 – The goal of blood flow restriction training. 

48:25 – Best applications for blood flow restriction training. 

55:53 – The future of high-performance athlete training in the next 10 years.

 

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Jan 11, 2018
65 - Jason Ferruggia Morning Routines, Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone and Becoming a Decisive Man
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Today, the creator of the top-ranked podcast, Renegade Radio, world-renowned strength & conditioning specialist and all around badass, Jason Ferruggia joins Ben on the podcast.

Jason and Ben discuss everything from morning routines, how to become a more decisive man,  and to doing improv and standup comedy. 

About Jason Ferruggia

Jason Ferruggia, has trained and worked with over 700 athletes ranging from the NCAA, NFL, MLB, AND NHL. In addition, Jason has trained firefighters, police officers, military personnel and world-famous Hollywood entertainers. His podcast, Renegade Radio constantly maintains a top spot in Apple Podcasts and has over 600 5-Star reviews in Apple Podcasts. 

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"Indecisiveness breeds distrust."

- Jason Ferruggia 

 

Key Highlights

⇾ Why so many people lack the ability to make decisions effectively.

⇾  Why Jay started doing standup and improv at age 39.

⇾ How to optimize your mental state before a meeting, someone, you're intimidated by.

 

Time Stamps:

3:50 How Jason Ferruggia became Jason Ferruggia. Overcoming self-doubt, and becoming his best self.

6:38 Date Tate and Alan Cosgrove, key mentors in Jason's life. 

12:09 Indecisiveness, distrust and how to improve your decision-making skills.

15:07 Overcoming the meathead stereotype.

17:58 Why so many people lack the ability to make decisions effectively.

19:45 The transcendence of intelligence.

23:15 Modeling Tony Robbins, becoming a student of the greats.

26:00 Eliminating the scarcity mindset and providing more value to the relationships you have.

27:20 The greatest confidence builder, that everyone should try.

28:58 Why Jay started doing standup and improv at age 39.

33:10 Why Ben missed his high school prom. Crazy story.

36:50 The $500 ATP Lab Supplement GIVEAWAY!! Here's how to enter!

39:50 Jay's personal rules for morning routines.

50:43 How to better connect with your wife. 

53:15 Separating life from work, Jay's step by step technique for becoming an awesome husband and father even after a rough day at work.

54:20 The 3 books that have made a massive impact.

57: 00 Music, habits and the routines of Jay's morning to get into a peak state.

1:01:20 Burning out and getting sick, deep breathing and yoga.

1:03:37 The 3 must-listen-to episodes from the Renegade Radio Podcast.

 

Resources Mentioned

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Dec 21, 2017
64 - Zach Bush MD, On hydration & gut health for faster muscle gains and how to increase glutathione levels by 800%
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Triple board-certified physician, Dr. Zach Bush MD joins Ben today to expose the truth about the serious issues hindering performance and longevity in our food supply, our water and even the air we breathe.

Ben and Dr. Bush discuss everything from hydration and its role is clearing lactic acid, why probiotics can't work optimally, and how glyphosate ends up in human urine no matter how conscious you may believe you are with your nutrition!

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About Dr. Zach Bush (Offical Bio)

Zach Bush, MD is one of the few triple board-certified physicians in the country - with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care.

The breakthrough science that Dr. Bush and his colleagues have delivered offer profound new insights into human health and longevity. His education efforts provide a grassroots foundation from which we can launch change in our legislative decisions, ultimately up-shifting consumer behavior to bring about radical change in the mega industries of big farming, big pharma, and Western Medicine at large.

 

Key Highlights

⇾ How to increase glutathione levels by 800% in local cells and how pets can help restore a damaged microbiome.

⇾  Are you peeing out most of your supplements? Why most people aren't able to utilize the nutrients they put into their bodies. 

⇾ Why super feeding nutrients and multivitamins don't work.

 

Time Stamps:

2:47 FACT 90% of the work done in the human body is performed by bacteria.

4:54 Protein and kidney damage.

5:50 Gut health and fueling muscle.

6:11 Lifting capacity and hydration.

7:45 Where most people are getting their antibiotics from. Hint: It's not from the antibiotic you get from your doctor.

8:15 Pesticides and glyphosate in human urine.

13:18 Multivitamins increase the risk of death in women's study.

17:42 Why super feeding nutrients does not work.

20:02 Redox molecules

23:20 Restore for life, what to expect when you start.

25:13 The truth about probiotics.

26:45 Step one for getting your gut health back.

27:50 How your dog can improve your gut.

30:10 The 2 most common toxins your putting in your body that are destroying your gut wall.

32:20 Are you peeing out most of your supplements?

36:10 Hydration and detoxifying lactic acid within the cells.

39:32 The 3 main problems we're facing with our gut due to our food and environment.

41:20 An 800% increase in glutathione in local cells.

47:30 The future of supplementation.

49:30 15 million-year-old soil.

52:00 Dr. Bush's diet.

1:00:15 Understanding testosterone what you need to know.

1:02:00 How to come off of testosterone.

Resources Mentioned

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Dec 14, 2017
63 - Dr. Gabrielle Lyon on Muscle-Centric Medicine, Keto-veganism? Eliminating Estrogens and Optimizing Hormones
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Today on the Muscle Expert podcast, Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, our second female guest on the show talks with Ben about "muscle centric medicine". Ben and Dr. Lyon also get into the cutting edge health and performance interventions she is using with her own clients, ranging from PGA golfers, NASCAR drivers and Navy SEALS. 

Show Notes Here: https://goo.gl/TMQ2Zm

About Dr. Gabrielle Lyon:


Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a fellowship-trained nutrition and cognition physician who specializes in muscle-centric medicine; which aims to support the largest organ (no, not skin!), the MUSCLE, the organ of longevity.
Through this integrative practice, her patients can truly heal and thrive. 
Gabrielle is well known as an educator, mentor, healer, and friend to all her patients, friends and family. Teaching is a passion and a huge part of her practice so that patients can take an active role in their health as a partnership. 

 

 

Key Highlights

⇾ Ketoveganism? Is it really a thing?

⇾ How to eliminate estrogens using Calcium D Glucarate, DIM and more. 

⇾ Why vegans and vegetarians struggle with their health as they age.

⇾ The new epidemic thats growing in your home and how to test for it before its causes major problems.

 

Time Stamps:

3:45 What causes muscular degradation? Why people "shrink" as they age.

4:30 Why you start to fear hard work as you age.

5:15 Androgens effect on mitochondria and hormones.

7:00 Muscle centric medicine. Are we overfat or under-muscled?

 11:55 How to "clean up your diet" to eliminate brain fog and streamline your nutrition.

14:51 Maxing out mTOR, selecting protein sources. Animal protein vs Plant Protein.

16:10 Vegan bodybuilding? Could it really work?

16:49 Ketoveganism. Yes, its a thing.

19:15 Fasting for a hormonal reset and optimizing longevity.

20:50 mTOR signaling, chronic insulin spikes, and chronic mTOR stimulus.

22:30 The age at which you need to start worrying about stimulating mTOR.

25:10 Reverse T3, female competitors, and reverse dieting.

26:32 Cognitive intervention strategies for helping female competitors with a damaged metabolism.

27:50 Hormone optimization for women, the first step towards optimizing thyroid function for every female.

31:16 How to eliminate estrogens. Calcium D Glucarate, DIM and more.

34:10 Infrared sauna, and heat therapy.

35:35 Flushing out toxins before going in the sauna.

36:45 Superdosing Vitamin C.

37:30 The new epidemic in your home.

39:48 Metcon workouts.

41:30 Optimizing sleep to improve muscle and longevity.

Resources Mentioned

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Dec 11, 2017
62 - Andy Murphy The Dickens Process, Mirror Neurons and Reprograming You Brain
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A master practitioner of neuro lingusitics and mental performance, entrepreneur, Speaker and Coach, joins Ben to dive into neuroscience, NLP and more. Andy Murphy shares the real and raw truth about what is needed to interrupt your negative mental patterns and make lasting changes in your life, body and mindset today on the podcast. 

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You don't pay attention, you pay with pain"

Andy Murphy 

 

Key Highlights

⇾ How to create the illusion of pain to reveal you're true self.

⇾ What kills your ability to have laser focus.

⇾ How to program your brain to get into a flow state.

 

Time Stamps:

5:21 - Training you mine like a muscle. Understanding the parallels between repetition and your mental conditioning. 

7:22 The reality model, peeling back your life to discover the truth. Are you really happy?
8:23 What kills your ability to have laser focus.

10:12 How to call yourself out on your BS in your life and in your training and make the change for good.

10:50 How to create the illusion of pain to reveal you're true self.

13:45  Anchoring and pattern interruption.

15:17 How to interrupt your thought patterns.

18:40 How to become a mindful human.

25:21 How to narrow your focus and get into flow. The key most important thing to understand peak states.

29:00 The step by step formula to get into a flow state.

31:37 Mirror neurons?

34:45 External anchoring. Creating your optimal environment to meet your goals.

39:40 Resetting your goals to elicit more motivation, how to set up your days and eliminate your anxiety.

42:44 Why you need to stop and celebrate your wins frequently. Andy's expert advice for building reward mechanisms into your life.

44:45 The Andy Frecilleo method. And Ben's favorite app. Kanban

50:18 Methods you can use to find the motivation and will to change. The genius method.

52:26 Andy's morning routine. Belly breathing, visualization and more.

56:26 How to upgrade your drive your from work and "switch off" your brain.

57:32 The nighttime reflection. Shutting down and closing loops at night.

1:03:47 The 4 questions you MUST ask to gain clarity of purpose, clarity of vision.

1:08:50 Behavioral flexibility.

1:14:00 Mental puking.

 

Resources Mentioned

Dec 07, 2017
61 - Dr. Hardt, Alpha Training, Train Your Brainwaves To Perform At A Peak Level in 7 Days
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Physicist, psychologist, and psychophysiologist, with over forty years of research and clinical practice in neurofeedback brainwave enhancement, Dr. James V Hardt talks with Ben today on how we can use a 7 Day brain training program to learn how to control our brainwaves.

Dr. Hardt, is the President and founder of Biocybernaut Institute, Inc. He holds a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and he has done post-doctoral training in Psychophysiology at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California at San Francisco.

Dr. Hardt has authored or co-authored more than 60 papers and professional presentations.  He has authored, co-authored or has pending over 30 patents for the core technology, headset, training methodology and brain-centered portion of virtual reality applications. He has dedicated his life to the research and development surrounding brainwave training.

Show Notes and Transcripts here! 

http://www.benpakulski.com/podcasts/drhardt/

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Key Highlights

⇾ Alpha brain waves during athletic competition, how athletes can achieve peak performance in their sport

⇾ The secret behind Thomas Edison's 1000+ patents.

⇾ Curing attention deficit disorder in children which brainwave training. 

⇾ Why the Green Berets use alpha training 


Time Stamps:

2:37 What is neurofeedback? The discovery of alpha waves.

4:00 Stop operating low productivity mode.

5:11 Achieving the benefits of 40 years of Zen meditation in 1 week with neurofeedback.

12:44 Green Berets using alpha training.

15:14 Children using neurofeedback for curing ADD.

18:45 Using alpha training to calm an overactive limbic system.

22:00 Children stuck in theta.

23:00 The brainwaves states explained, why you need more delta sleep.

24:48 Waking states of delta.

25:00 The characteristics theta brainwaves. Mystical theta and drowsy theta brainwaves.

26:30 The akashic records and the secret behind Thomas Edison's 1000+ patents.

34:01 Microdosing for achieving experience different brain waves.

35:40 Is alpha training better than acid?

39:30 Alpha brain waves during athletic competition, how athletes can achieve peak performance in their sport

43:43 Canadian aboriginals, PTSD, and neurofeedback training.

54:30 Breathing exercises to do at home increase your intelligence and alpha waves.

56:40 Mastering your deepest desire.

57:32 Foods your probably eating that decrease alpha waves.

Resources Mentioned

Biocybernaut.com 

Akashic Records

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Dec 04, 2017
60 - Steve Weatherford & Grant Dziak Mental Conditioning and the Daily Routines of Champions
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Two living, breathing examples of the ultimate modern man stop by MI40 Gym today. Steve Weatherford, NFL punter for the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints and Super Bowl Champion. In addition, his business partner and right-hand man, Grant Dziak. Ben, Steve, and Grant unpack their most timeless life lessons, daily habits and the mental conditioning practices needed to overcome laziness, attack life and kickass in all areas of fitness, business, relationships and sports.

Key Highlights

⇾ The sacrifices made along the road to the NFL.

⇾ How to walk around with single % body fat and still have a life.

⇾  Steve’s #1 daily habit for prosperity.

FULL RESOURCES!

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Time Stamps:

3:00 - Getting arrested at 12 years old to winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants.

7:30 - Refusing to make excuses. The conversation that changed it all.

12:21 - Sacrifices made along the road to the NFL, overcoming laziness.

15:30 - Obliterating excuses in your life & how to act as a father, man, and ultimate human being.

22:25 - The #1 insecurity Grant overcame that changed him for good.

26:23 - Puking before games and performance anxiety.

28:00 - Mental Conditioning. The first step in changing your life.

30:45 - The biggest challenge, getting cut by the Saints

37:55 - Why Drew Brees's is an elite quarterback. What sets the top .0001% of high performing athletes apart from the rest.

42:02 - The blessing and curse of Ben’s upbringing and his secret unfair advantage.

50:25 - The NOT to do list...is it really powerful list you can make?

52:27 - hypertrophyexecutionmastery.com

53:00 - How to walk around at single % body fat and still have a life.

53:41 - Steve’s #1 daily habit for prosperity.

57:00 - Grants #1 trick to stop being late and consistently move toward your ultimate goals.

1:06:44 - “Like hacks” for looking, living and feeling optimal.

1:12:45 - The biggest dream killer in the world.

 

 

Big adversity = Big Growth

-Grant Dziak

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Resources Mentioned

The ARMageddon Program 

The 30 Day Metabolic Reset 

Perfect Day Formula

Craig Ballantyne Episode

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Nov 30, 2017
59 - Bobby Maximus, The Maximus Body and the Green Light Thought Experiment
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Fellow Canadian boy, Rob "Bobby Maximus” MacDonald joins Ben on the podcast today to break down the training, conditioning, and mindset of a UFC champ.

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Bobby is the General Manager, Training Director, and Lead Seminar Instructor at Gym Jones. His experiences as a professional fighter and high-level athlete have helped to form the training at Gym Jones and the direction of the project.

 

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Key Highlights

⇾ The mental struggles endured when you don't have a specific goal you're striving for in your training.

⇾ A behind the scenes look at the training and technique in the sport of  jiu-jitsu. 

⇾  The Green Light Thought Experiment and simple strategies to 10x productivity every damn day.

Time Stamps:

– 2:00 The Maximus Body

– 6:30 The behind the scenes truth about the training and technique in the sport of jiu-jitsu. 

- 8:49 What a day of Jiu Jitsu training actually looks like.

- 11:23 The serious mental struggles that occur when you don't have a specific goal.

- 13:00 The coaches behind Bobby's success in Jiu-Jitsu.

- 14:00 The challenges behind the road to the UFC championship.

- 18:39 Making the shift from kickboxing and bouncing in a club to winning

- 24:15 Inside the Maximus Body philosophy.

- 25:10 Getting bullied and getting beat up by hockey players.

- 28:16 Overcoming self-limiting beliefs and the 2 things Bobby did every morning that changed his life.

- 30:30 The Green Light Thought Experiment.

- 38:00 Turning anger into fuel to feed your ambitions.

- 42:12 How to practice self-discipline.

- 48:00 Simple daily strategies to be more productive every single day.

- 49:50 Stress management, sleep, and recovery.

Resources Mentioned

- The Maximus Body 

 

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Nov 27, 2017
58 - Victoria Felkar Using food as a therapeutic tool and hormone manipulation in sports.
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Our first female guest on The Muscle Expert podcast!  Victoria Felkar (MA, BKIN), is a researcher, practitioner, and educator. She is a respected leader in the industry for her innovative and integrative approaches to health and performance.

As an interdisciplinary researcher and instructor, she works across the fields of kinesiology, medicine, critical studies and the humanities. Victoria is currently completing doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on female hormone manipulation within sport and medicine.

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"Just don't eat like an asshole"

Victoria Felkar


Key Highlights

⇾ How to balance fat ratios. 

⇾ The menstrual cycle myth and why women should be wary of missing their menstrual cycle. 

⇾   Glucose disposal agents, sex hormones, sleep deprivation, post-diet binge eating mitigation strategies. 

 

Time Stamps:

4:00 Victoria's dissertation topic, exploring the world of female hormonal manipulation in elite sport.

10:47 Hyperandrogenism in females. 

11: 40 Metformin for women post competition.

13:40 Strategies for women recovering from androgen use. 

16:12 Progestron, chronic inflammation and more.

17:35 Reducing dietary triggers, changing your breakfast and eliminating the major allergenic foods.

20:06 Testing for gut health, food mapping protocols, and biofeedback.

21:50 Using food as a therapeutic tool. 

23:38 Balancing fat ratios. 

25:29 The modern American diet, 25:1 omega 6:3 ratio? 

28:50 Women, the first line of defense to overcome the psychology the binge and purge mindset. 

33:43 Glucose disposal agents, hormones, sleep deprivation. 

38:05 Less is more when it comes to training and more is more when it comes to food.

39:00 The menstrual cycle myth.

42:10 Victoria's book, nonhormonal ways to fix hormonal imbalances. 

45:50 The critical biopsychosocial physical ecological model of dynamic relations. 

52:00 Finding gratitude and acceptance.

56:42 Managing variables. 

1:00:20 Morning routines and avoiding emails. 

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Nov 20, 2017
57 - Alex Viada, The Skills and Secrets of The Hybrid Athlete
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“What happens on the outside doesn’t matter” - Ben Pakulski

Elite endurance coach, ultra marathon runner and 700lb squatter, Alex Viada joins Ben to talk about running and cycling mechanics for endurance training. 

Ben and Alex also discuss the importance of skill acquisition and mastering your craft for all athletes and the parallels between bodybuilding and endurance sports.

Key Highlights

⇾ Acute and long-term changes in strength and neuromuscular efficiency.

⇾ What signs to look out for in running or biking for larger athletes.

⇾ How to work harder without suffering.

⇾  How to find a good coach for running or bodybuilding.

 

Time Stamps:

11:42 How to go about progressing the skill acquisition for an endurance. Bike mechanics, pedal strokes for 50 miles rides.

15:35 Alex’s bike crash and the key to breaking plateaus.

17:20 The parallels between contest prep and endurance training.

29:15 What form for running really entails, Alex’s checklist for perfect running form.

32:50 Maintaining form and skill acquisition through fatigue.  The key nutrition aspects for maintaining performance.

35:40 Oxidative stress in bodybuilding vs endurance training.

41:00 Should you question your coach? Or should you follow and focus on execution?

43:00 How to find a good coach for running or bodybuilding.

45:30 What all the top coaches are saying across all sports.

50:37 How to master the skills and fundamentals of endurance training.

58:45 What signs to look out for in running or biking for larger athletes.

1:00:55 Dumbbell walking lunges for endurance athletes.

1:04:30 Tour De France athletes.

1:08:20 The hardest Ironman ever.

1:10:20 Mental pacing through long endurance races.

1:16:45 How to work harder without suffering.

 

Resources Mentioned

Complete Human Performance

 

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Nov 16, 2017
56 - Roland Pankewich A Crash Course In Gut & Digestion Optimization For Muscle Gain
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Our expert guest today is a Health Optimization Practitioner, Educator & Consultant for ATP Labs and host of Metabolic Mastery Radio, Roland Pankewich. Ben and Roland unpack the practical strategies you can use today to optimize muscle gains, reduce inflammation and drastically upgrade your gut health and metabolic function. This 30-minute episode is absolutely packed with golden nuggets for mastering your gut, digestion, muscle growth and much more. Key Highlights ⇾ One easy trick to start improving your digestion during your next meal. ⇾ Why bodybuilders should fast when trying to build muscle. ⇾ How to manipulate the “master switches” for optimizing your ability to build more muscle, shed body fat and optimize digestive health. ⇾Specific amino acids required for detoxification in your body. Time Stamps: - 1:30 Breaking the mindset of calories = growth. Where to start with optimizing your gut and digestion. - 5:00 Where digestion begins and how to improve your digestion today. - 6:10 Ground beef v whole steaks? - 8:30 Large undigested protein particles left in your system. The negative effects. - 11:00 The benefits of fasting for bodybuilders. - 14:15 Low protein periods for decreasing inflammation. - 17:00 Essential amino acids for detoxification. - 20:24 Managing inflammation. - 24:10 The “Master switches” for optimizing your ability to build more muscle, burn fat and optimize health. - 31:15 The major problems with children’s nutrition in North America. Resources Mentioned Follow Roland Facebook Instagram Podcast
Nov 09, 2017
55 - Adam Miller & Jacques Taylor Neurological Training for Strength and Muscle Gain
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“The body is NOT a closed system” - Ben Pakulski

On the podcast, today are two brilliant minds and expert strength coaches.  MI40 Gym’s own Adam Miller,  former top collegiate strength and conditioning coach and world-ranked, national record holding powerlifter. Also, neuroscientist, exercise scientist and founder of MyoTopia, Jacques Taylor.

Both join Ben to discuss potentiation sets, programming for strength gains, the effect your mindset and emotions have towards training a certain body part and how this effects workout performance and much more.

 

Key Highlights

⇾ Acute and long-term changes in strength and neuromuscular efficiency due to training.

⇾ Synaptic hypertrophy.

⇾ What 90% of personal trainers are doing wrong with their programming.

⇾ What a potentiation set looks like and how to do it.

Time Stamps:

3:15 What’s going on with the nervous system when it comes to strength?

6:40 What is stress? Force per unit area.

9:00 The energy demands of eccentric, concentric, and isometric parts of the motion.

9:50 What’s the most effective method to learn how to use high threshold motor units in less time?

12:35 Does motor unit recruitment decrease as you fatigue?

14:49 Failure is not one point, it's a process.

15:40 How to know when you're fatigued and when you need to just man up.

19:00 What a potentiation set looks like and how to do it.

21:30 Off-season powerlifting training volume, is more volume really needed to get stronger? Or are you wasting your time?

23:05 The impact of your mind on the quality of your training session.

24:02 Synaptic hypertrophy?

30:15 What 90% of personal trainers are doing wrong with their programming.

35:40 How do you know you’ve done enough in the gym?

37:15 Are you doing too few or too many sets?

45:20 Getting it done in the gym, are you ready to stimulate new adaptations when you start your training session?

Nov 06, 2017
54 - Dr. Joe Dispenza - Becoming Supernatural & Breaking The Habits That Hold You Back
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Bridging the gap between hairy fairy mediation and a mental practice rooted in neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics, today’s expert guest can completely change your life.

Our expert guest is an International lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who healed his body using his mind and meditation practice after a life-changing accident.

Dr. Joe Dispenza joins Ben today to talk about the steps needed to take control of your mind and live your greatest life. Ben and Joe break down what’s needed to get the most out of your meditation practice, how to become improve your ability observe and live in the moment, creating mystical experiences and much more.

 

Key Highlights

⇾ Breaking your additions to negative, disruptive feelings.

⇾  Changing your genes in 4 days. Using meditation to improve longevity and the length of your telomeres.

⇾ High beta brainwaves and how to break free from this state.

⇾ Unraveling emotions from the past so you can start living your ideal future.

 

Time Stamps:

1:45 - Joe’s near death miracle story.

11:05 - What to expect the first 30 days of your meditation practice.

13:05 - Turning on your frontal lobe of your brain.

16:00 - Observing thoughts, defining what is the truth and what are just feelings. 

18:00 - Change your life with 45 minutes of mental work every day.

20:45 - Are you addicted to anger?

23:25 - Envisioning zombies. How to become a master of observation.

26:25 - Where to place your thoughts when you begin your meditation practice.

30:15 - Mystical experiences and becoming supernatural.

31:00 - Upgraded melatonin and lucid visioning.

34:00 - Dreamtime and creating mystical experiences.

38:00 - Unraveling emotions from the past.

43:15 - High beta brainwaves.

49:45 - Changing your genes in 4 days. Using meditation to improve longevity

54:45 - The question you need to ask yourself every morning before starting your day.

Resources Mentioned

⇾  Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself

⇾  You Are The Placebo

 Becoming Supernatural

 

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Nov 02, 2017
53 - Rethinking Everything You Knew About A "Healthy Diet " with Dr. Steven Gundry
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 Today's show is going to massively shift you're thinking about the common advice given in the fitness industry about just eating "whole foods" and what a "healthy diet" really is.

Our guest today is best selling author, Director, and Founder of the International Heart & Lung Institute as well as the Center for Restorative Medicine, Dr. Steven Gundry.

His latest book The Plant Paradox breaks down the hidden dangers of healthy foods, how to fix your gut, what foods to eliminate from your diet today and more.

 

Topics Discussed:

⇾  What should never come across your mouth to optimize your gut health. 

⇾ The "antibiotic free" lie in the U.S.

⇾  The antibody that 94% of us are carrying around.

⇾ The two best types of grains to avoid lectins

 

Time Stamps:

4:00 - Dr. Gundry’s “Big Ed” story and Dr. Gundry’s Yale thesis.

9:30 - Inflammatory cytokines and the plant defense system.

14:20 - The Blue Zone Theory

15:01 - Purple potatoes and The Okanagan Diet.

16:40 - The scientific mechanism behind lectins, gluten, sticky proteins and more.

18:37 - Zonulin, white blood cells, and lectins

21:59 - Curing vitiligo, anti-inflammatory foods.

25:33 - Brain health and lectins

30:00 - Are all lectins the same? Celiac disease and more.

31:30 - Your family history, genetics, and lectins. Anxiety and depression its correlation to lectins

34:40 - Understanding and optimizing the microbiome with food.

36:39 - What human were NOT made to eat. Destroying lectins with acid, 

38:20  - High lectins contain foods. Casein A1

40:20 - The antibody that 94% of us are carrying around.

43:10 - The "antibiotic free" lie.

43:50 - Roundup, glyphosate, and canola.

45:20 - Vitamin D and repair your gut.

47:17 - Olivie oil, leaves and millet.

51:00 - Rosemary, anchovies, wine, and living over 100.

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Resources Mentioned

⇾  Dr. Gundry’s Diet Resolution

⇾  The Plant Paradox

The Blue Zone Theory

⇾ The Botany of Desire

⇾ The Hidden Life of Trees

 

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Oct 18, 2017
52 - The Habits and Marketing Breakthroughs of Wealthy Online Trainers with Jon Goodman
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Joining Ben on the podcast today is author,  entrepreneur and founder of the Personal Trainer Development Center (the PTDC) and the Online Trainer Academy, Jon Goodman. If you want to massively expand your online fitness business, simplify your life and learn how to focus on what really matters, then listen to this entire podcast more than once with a notepad!

http://www.benpakulski.com/podcasts/jon/

 
Ben and Jon discuss business building, marketing, the minimalist lifestyle, overcoming fear and procrastination and Jon’s latest two books The habits of highly wealthy online trainers and The marketing breakthroughs of highly wealthy trainers.

Key Topics Discussed:

⇾  The habits of highly wealthy online trainers.

⇾  The new era social media marketing  for online trainers.

⇾  The minimalist lifestyle. How to eliminate decision fatigue.

⇾  The marketing breakthroughs of highly wealthy trainers.

 

 

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Time Stamps:

  • 3:55 - Jon's story from 105 lb Ice Hockey player to building an online fitness empire.

  • 9:20 - The 2 fundamental principles needed to build a successful online fitness business.

  • 12:05 - Why your biggest haters will be your best paying clients.

  • 13:40 - The new era social media marketing and the and ugly truth for online marketers.

  • 16:50 - What fitness marketers don’t realize. What is cognitive ease? 

  • 22:10 - The first step to take towards building your online business.

  • 25:33 - How to find what you love. Expert tips to crush the fear of failure.

  • 27:20 - Gary Vee’s method for finding what works and what you love.

  • 30:00 - The habits of highly wealthy online trainers.

  • 32:20 - 10x your writing capabilities with these 2 two books.

  • 34:05 - Choice minimalism. How to eliminate decision fatigue.

  • 36:30 - Eliminate email fatigue with systems and processes.

  • 42:00 - The game changer advice Jon received from Dr. John Berardi, C vs C+ ideas.

  • 44:05 - The marketing breakthroughs of highly wealthy trainers.

  • 46:56 - How to add $20,000 to $25,000 to your bottom line in a few years with this simple change.

  • 49:28 - How to get a book out of your brain and on the shelf.

  • 54:54 - Simple strategies to beat procrastination and get important work done.

  • 56:40 - Using cue cards to trick yourself and get more sh*t done.

  • 58:30 - The first ever certification for online fitness trainers who want to have a legitimate online business.

Resources Mentioned

 onlinetrainer.com

 On Writing Well

⇾  The Elements of Style

⇾  Scrivener

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Oct 11, 2017
51 - How To Stimulate The Fastest Muscle Gains and Accelerate Growth Hormone Production
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Joining Ben on the podcast today is author, inventor and scientist Dr. John Jaquish. Dr Jaquish and Ben discuss in detail some of the new, cutting edge technologies Dr. Jaquish has developed that are shifting the way people build muscle, trigger more endogenous growth hormone production and stimulate greater bone density.

Be sure to listen to the end to get the full details on how YOU could receive a free pass to an upcoming Mi40 camp!

 

Topics Discussed:

⇾  The little known limiting factor behind faster muscle growth.

⇾   Cortisol, fat loss and cardio. The two things to master for a muscular, lean and healthy physique.

⇾  Ronnie Coleman  and Bpak’s Vegan days.

⇾ Variable resistance throughout the range of motion.

⇾ The secret behind what Louie Simmons called “getting pasted sticking points”

 

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Time Stamps:

  • 6:35 - The life changing news that shifted Dr. John  trajectory forever.

  • 10:10 - Bone compression and the minimum dose response to trigger bone growth in the hip.

  • 17:40 - The side benefits of loading bones to trigger growth and how to implement it. Pre or post workout?

  • 20:00 -  Dense muscle and myofibrillar muscle growth.

  • 21:05 - The Osteostrong Bone Density Protocol.

  • 23:00 - The key nutrients for accelerating bone density.

  • 24:00 - Reversing Osteoporosis.

  • 30:50 - Where your 7x stronger and 7x the capabilities. The need for variable resistance.

  • 32:40 - What Louie Simmons used to get past sticking points and knew that made his lifters so successful.

  • 41:10 - Why sprinters have higher growth hormone levels.

  • 44:30 - IFBB pros and bosu ball squats?

  • 52:30 - Cortisol, fat loss and cardio. The key to building muscular lean and healthy physique.

  • 55:46 - The growth hormone and neurological benefits from instability training.

 

Resources Mentioned

⇾    X3 Bar Facebook Page

⇾   OsteoStrong

-Research from Dr. Jaquish 

 

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Oct 09, 2017
50 - The Ultimate Biohacking Tool For Sleep, HRV, Caloric Expenditure, Recovery and More with Petteri Lahtela CEO and Co Founder of The OURA Ring
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 Joining Ben on the podcast today is Petteri Lahtela,  Co-founder and CEO of Oura Health. ŌURA is the world's first wellness ring and app. Based on how your body responds to your lifestyle it guides you to improve sleep, health and readiness to perform.

 

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Petteri  and Ben dive into the science and practical  application of the key information you can discover using the  ŌURA ring.

 

Topics Discussed:

⇾ How the ŌURA ring actually measures sleep

⇾ How much REM Sleep do you need? How much deep sleep do you need?

⇾ HRV, resting heart rate and the ŌURA ring’s ability to accurately  measure both.

⇾ The importance of body temperature and glaring problem with sleep studies.


Time Stamps:

  • 5:40 The driving factors of chronic diseases.

  • 9:00 - The science behind how the ŌURA ring actually measures sleep.

  • 11:30 - Why the ŌURA ring is a ring, the key measuring advantages of using a ring instead of a wrist band.

  • 13:30 - Independent research backing the ŌURA ring from Stanford.

  • 20:47 - LED’s, bluetooth and its effects on sleep.

  • 26:10 - HRV, resting heart rate and the ŌURA ring’s ability to accurately  measure both.

  • 27:10 - Low resting heart rate during sleep and your ability to exercise? Interpreting sleep results for training performance and recovery.

  • 29:15 - The importance of body temperature and glaring problem with sleep studies.

  • 31:00 - How much REM Sleep do you need? How much deep sleep do you need?

  • 34:58 - Questions from Muscle Expert Nation.

  • 35:40 - New technology in the ŌURA  Ring that hasn’t been released.

  • 42:15 - The lack of science behind the 10,000 steps claim.

  • 44:20 - How accurate is the ŌURA ring for measuring caloric expenditure? Activity v metabolic calories the problem with other tracking devices.


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Resources Mentioned

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Exactly what the ŌURA ring tracks.

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Oct 04, 2017
49 - The Sleep and Gut Master Class With Shawn Stevenson
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Joining Ben on the podcast today is the man leading the conversation on sleep optimization, best selling author and is the creator of the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast in Itunes, Mr. Shawn Stevenson.

 

Shawn and Ben go into detail about simple ways you can upgrade your sleep tonight, gut health, hydration, and some shocking new research about gut bacteria, hormones and much more. Ben also shares some of his best takeaways from Shawn’s new book Sleep Smarter,



Topics Discussed:

  • Effects of growth hormone and cortisol on fat loss.

  • Nutritional and supplemental strategies for optimizing sleep and body fat loss.

  • The secret to making habits stick.

  • How to fix your gut to fix your sleep, growth hormone levels and lowering cortisol.

  • Chemicals in your water, trace amounts of chemotherapy and antidepressant  medications in public water.

  • The #1 mineral deficiency halting progress in all areas.

  • Sun exposure and simple steps to reset your cortisol rhythm.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 5:15 - Sleep horror stories. Sleep deprivation and inflammatory Biomarkers

  • 8:40 - The trigger of aging. Adding years and slowing the aging process.

  • 13:50 - The 3 key changes that transformed  Shawn’s body composition, bone density, and regenerated tissue in his spine.

  • 18:52 - The race horse study for increasing bone density.

  • 25:32 - The secret to making habits stick.

  • 28:34 - The true meaning of “organic” and “natural” on foods. Estrogenic and neurogenic chemicals for killing pests.

  • 32:20 - Increasing body fat loss by 55%. Effects of growth hormone and cortisol.

  • 35:30 - Melatonin potent for fat loss? Increasing brown adipose tissue.

  • 37: 30 - How to fix your gut to fix your sleep. The things to avoid that are destroying your gut health and sleep.

  • 40: 30 - The mini hydration master class, trace amounts of chemotherapy and antidepressant  medications in public water.

  • 41:37 - Chlorine, Water filters, processed foods and pre biotics.

  • 43:03 - Why the Keto diet could be bad for optimizing your gut.

  • 44:00 - Vitamin C deficiencies and sleep interruption.

  • 44:55 - The #1 botanical for allergies and the best course of vitamin C on the planet.

  • 45:40 - The #1 mineral deficiency halting progress.

  • 48:10 - Are we living in an over-sanitized world? How to expose your kids to the right bacteria.

  • 52:00 - Sunlight, light exposure and sleep optimization

  • 58:00 - Blue light exposure and mitigating its damaging effects.

  • 1:03:50 - Hacking your environment to create a “sleep sanctuary”.

  • 1:07:00 - Common artificial light problems, optimal temperatures for sleep.

  • 1:10:30 - The best to know you're actually getting high quality sleep.

 

Resources Mentioned



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Oct 02, 2017
48 - The 300 Rep Warm Up & Training and Recovery Strategies with 3x World Record Holding Powerlifter Matt Wenning
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On the podcast today is one of the strongest men on the planet. 3x World record holding powerlifter, elite strength and conditioning coach for athletes and military and service personnel, Matt Wenning

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When you get really good, it's not how hard you can train but how good you can recover. - Matt Wenning

Matt and Ben, break down the training, nutrition and recovery strategies for developing maximum strength, why you don’t need to squat more to get better at the squat, secrets learned from legends like Charles Poliquin, Stan Efferding and the epic 300 rep warm up used to develop world class strength, muscle and conditioning. 

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Topics Discussed

  1. The 300 rep warm up protocol for strength, hypertrophy and 

    motor unit potentiation.

  2. Optimizing carbohydrate intake to reduce inflammation and enhance recovery.  

  3. The one type of deadlift you should deadlift before conventional deadlifting for athletes and firefighters for preventing injuries.

  4. How to vary your squat using micro changes to maintain continuous progress without overtraining.

  5. The Law of 72 hours

  6. Recovery secrets from Larry Pacifico AKA “Mr. Powerlifting”

 

TIME STAMPS

3:15 - Estrogen…is it a defense mechanism of the body?

4:15 - Mitigating inflammation, The problem with IIFYM that people often overlook.

8:00 - Why you don’t need to squat more if you've already mastered it. How to progress your squat numbers without squatting.

10:50 - The one type of deadlift you should use before conventional deadlifting for athletes and firefighters to increase hip mobility.

14:40 - Matt’s weekly rotation of auxiliary lifts for varying stimulus and progressing in strength.

16:50 - Breaking 2x world records while only squatting once every 5 weeks, training hard without over reaching and burning out.

19:30 - The Law of 72 hours.

20:30 - Nutrition protocol and maximizing recovery after a heavy leg session leading up to a powerlifting meet. Key insights from Charles Poliquin and Stan Efferding.

21:34 -  Maximizing protein synthesis and minimizing inflammation.

24:14 - Coconut Oil and how Poliquin and helped Matt move end his dependence.

26:10 -  Using the ketogenic diet strategically to get big, strong and lean.

27:20 -  Sleeping 12 hours. The similarities between Matt and Ed Coan

30:00 - Recovery secrets from Larry Pacifico AKA “Mr. Powerlifting”

37:40 - The epic warm up: Doing 300 reps before maxing and motor unit potentiation.

46:45 - Lime juice and Pink salt pre workout.

47:50 - New training equipment for competitive athletes and powerlifters, the belt squat machine and the tricep bench.

Resources Mentioned

 

  • Penta Carb - ATP Labs

 

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Sep 27, 2017
47 - Redefining Impossible With Guinness World Record Holder James Lawrence
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Joining Ben on the podcast today is elite endurance athlete, world record holder and author James Lawrence.  After losing everything in 2008, James left his job in corporate America and turned to his passion of endurance sports and went on to break two world records in three years. In 2015 James accomplished the unthinkable goal of completing 50 long distance triathlons in 50 days in each of the 50 states. Ben and James breakdown key lessons learned while completing the 50 consecutive triathlons, nutritional strategies for endurance training and much more.

Topics Discussed:

  1. Nutrition and supplement strategies for fueling elite performance

  2. The downfall of 2008 and how it changed James’s entire life.

  3. Parenting and making sacrifices to be a good father.

  4. Key advice for training for an ironman.

Time Stamps:

  • 3:15 -  Life before before the Iron Cowboy.

  • 4:44 - The Ferris Wheel Story and winning $10,000.

  • 23:10 Making a decision with 80 miles left after falling asleep on the bike.

  • 31:50 - The key lesson and why you need to live in the present.

  • 32:00 Eating 10,000 cals a day and maintaining 4% body fat and supplementation needed to push through all 50 triathlons. 

  • 33:50 - The only time to aim for mediocrity.

  • 37:00 - The Iron Cowboy secrets to success.

  • 48:46 - Genetic differences between James and others. What his test results showed.

  • 52:15 - Parenting and sacrifices.

  • 55:10 - Sunday rituals.

  • 57:00 - Advice for Ben’s first ironman.

Resources Mentioned

  • Discount Code for The Iron Cowboy Redefining Impossible Book “bpak”
  • Ironcowboy.com

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Sep 25, 2017
46 - The Perfect Human Diet? Epigenetics and Unlocking True Human Potential with Dr. Daniel Stickler
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Intro:

A true thought leader and man who's leading the way towards unlocking true human potential, Dr Daniel Stickler joins Ben on the Muscle Expert Podcast today to cover epigenetics, testosterone replacement therapy, the perfect human diet, shifting the paradigm of the health industry and tons more. 

About Daniel Stickler, MD

  • Co-founder, Apeiron Center for Human Potential

  • Co-founder, Apeiron Academy

  • Medical Director, Neurohacker Collective

  • Vascular Surgeon for 10 years

  • Full bio here.

Topics Discussed:

  1. The perfect human diet.

  2. Holy Basil for better neuroplasticity.

  3. Drinking ½ to 1 liter of olive oil per week.

  4. Nutragenetics, eating according to your genetics.

  5. Sleep hygiene best practices and fitting your sleep around you genetics.

  6. Which epigenetic marks you can and cannot you influence through lifestyle.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 4:20 The Apeiron Model for the optimized life.

  • 5:08 The two biggest problems we face as humans

  • 11:05 Treating the body as a whole system. What to biometrics to look for.

  • 12:20 Chronic social jetlag. Optimizing sleep using biometric data.

  • 14:55 Learned helpless and epigenetics

  • 16:16 What a healthy resting breath rate is?

  • 19:20 Shifting the health paradigm.

  • 24:10 Epigenetic mark written in pen vs epigenetic marks written in pencil. Which epigenetic marks you can you influence through life style?

  • 30:40 The difficulty of testing neurotransmitter receptors.

  • 38:10 Formulating Qualia, 90 -95% positive reports from clients.  

  • 43:00 Holy Basil and better neuroplasticity?

  • 43:40 modafinil, phenylpiracetam positive and potential negative effects.

  • 46:25 Brining the brain into homeostasis. Qualia’s greatest benefit.

  • 48:40 Aging, not a natural process? The new direction of aging research.

  • 49:44 Hormonal deterioration. Optimizing genetic expression.

  • 51:40 Is hormone replacement the right choice?

  • 52:18 Low testosterone in teenage boys and men in their 20’s.

  • 53:45 Free testosterone….what's an optimal range?

  • 55:45 Are we too aggressive with estrogen reduction? The epigenetic response from estrogen reduction.

  • 57:14 What to go BEFORE turning to testosterone replacement therapy. What can influence SHBG the most?

  • 57:30 The testosterone to cortisol ratio of the best leaders.Effects of cortisol on testosterone.

  • 58:43 Expert lift extension strategies. Dr. Stickler’s personal diet.

  • 59:13 The perfect human diet? The Mediterranean Diet?

  • 1:00:18 Drinking ½ to 1 liter of olive oil per week. The nectar of the gods.

  • 1:01:40 Nutragenetics, eating according to your genetics. Sleep hygiene best practices and more.

  • 1:05:30 The Apeiron Academy and becoming a certified coach.

Resources Mentioned

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Sep 21, 2017
45 - Hack Your Genetics and Build The Ultimate Modern Man with the CEO of FitnessGenes Dan Reardon
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The CEO and founder of the cutting edge company FitnessGenes joins Ben to explain the science and application of genetic testing, specific genes snips to be aware of for hypertrophy, testosterone, strength, endurance and what you can do to influence them.

About Dan,

“Dan is a trained medical doctor (MBChB) with a BSc in Human Anatomy. His responsibilities within FitnessGenes are split between work in Los Angeles as well as the UK. He is a certified personal trainer and has previously worked as a Science Editor for Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazine in the UK, Europe and Australia.”

 

Topics Discussed:

  1. Can you measure your ability push through pain be determined with genetic testing?

  2. The key genes that influence muscular hypertrophy.

  3. Understanding the genetics of testosterone.

  4. Nature vs Nurture how big of a factor does genetics play in muscle hypertrophy?

  5. AVR1B -The gene for muscle strength. Ben’s results.

  6. Fat intake and your genes, what influence does you’re genetics say about your fat intake and the type of fats you should consume.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 4:30 The birth of FitnessGenes.

  • 10:30 The best array product on the market.

  • 12:30 Can you measure your ability push through pain be determined with genetic testing?

  • 14:00 What are the major gene snips you need to pay attention? Which ones impact your health and performance the most?

  • 15:35 Specific gene snips that reflect what you know about yourself for a fact.

  • 17:48 Nature vs Nurture how big of a factor does genetics play?

  • 21:30 Ben’s gene snips for endurance. The ACE endurance explained.

  • 24:40 AVR1B -The gene for muscle and strength. Ben’s results.

  • 26:45 Specific genes that influence muscular hypertrophy.

  • 29:50 Eating habits and your genes. What the science says.

  • 37:09 Gene snips APO2 and APO5, what they say about your ability to digest saturated fat?

  • 39:10 Carbohydrate metabolism and the specific genes to look into.

  • 45:00 Understanding the genetics of testosterone.

  • 54:20 Ben’s 4 Step process to hacking your testosterone.

  • 56:05 The future of FitnessGenes. Epigenetics and teaching people how to influence their own genes.

  • 1:00:30 The best way to upgrade your physique.

Resources Mentioned

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Sep 14, 2017
44 - The Experts Guide To The Ketogenic Diet With Dom D' Agostino
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The leading authority when it comes to the Ketogenic Diet, the man who’s been carving the path and leading the research on ketones for about 10 year comes on the podcast today!

Dr. Dom D’Agostino, associate professor at the University of South Florida in the department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology and a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition joins Ben to cover the Ketogenic Diet in depth.

 

Topics Discussed:

  1. Is the Ketogenic diet the most optimal diet on the planet for longevity?

  2. How to optimize the diet for building muscle.

  3. Keto Esters V Keto Salts? What's the difference?

  4. What to look for in a ketone supplement. Dr. Dom’s expert advice.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 2:30 How Ben met Dr Dom. 4 plate bent rows while fasting.

  • 3:45 Performance declines and the ketogenic diet. Key adjustments for improving recovery and performance with high intensity training.

  • 6:15 How long it really takes to get the real benefits of the Ketogenic diet. It's longer than you think.

  • 7:30 The kind of person who can really benefit from a Ketogenic diet.

  • 11:00 Intermittent Ketosis - Dr. Dom’s exact protocol.

  • 14:30 Improving Mitochondrial function with fasting and cutting the time to get into ketosis.

  • 20:30 Suppressing oxidative stress by beta hydroxybutyrate, gene expression and more.

  • 25:17 Influencing the body to use fat for fuel instead of muscle. Expert tips and supplements for making the switch efficiently.

  • 30:00 Taurine for enhancing the production of ketones?

  • 32:50 LDL with Ketogenic dieting and other biomarkers. Fats to potentially avoid for long term health.  

  • 35:30 Kidney stones and how to avoid them while doing Keto.

  • 36:20 Fibrous carbs, should you supplement or get them naturally sourced?

  • 41:20 How much fat per meal? Key guidelines for breaking a fast.

  • 43:35 The one food Ben can’t bring himself to eat! #ttfubc

  • 50:10 How to confirm your even in ketosis for .25  before using blood tests.

  • 52:19 Esters V Salts? What's the difference?

  • 55:20 Ketone salts, Ketoforce and KetoBlitz. New keto products on the market.

  • 58:55 What to look for in a ketone supplement. Dr. Dom’s advice.

  • 1:01:04 Laser like focus with fasting and certain ketone supplements.

  • 1:04 00 Are you less likely to use your own fat if you're using a ketone supplement?

  • 1:06:00 Too much ketones in the blood causing an insulin spike? And George Cahill’s 40 day fasting experiment.

  • 1:08:20 Your brain’s ability to be metabolically flexible.

  • 1:11:50 How to ketogenic diet actually enhances brain function. The nitty gritty details.

  • 1:19:40 Poor sleep, serotonin and hypoglycemia.

  • 1:20:38 The tool Dr. Dom and Ben use to measure deep sleep, REM and light sleep.

  • 1:23:20 Telomeres, less sleep and Ketogenic dieting?  Is there a reason for concern?

  • 1:25:00 How to measure your telomeres for cheap.




Resources Mentioned

 

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Sep 13, 2017
43 - World's Greatest Formulator, Shawn Wells on Ketogenic Dieting, LSD Micro Dosing, Fasting and Optimizing Brain Performance
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A true world class expert in sports performance nutrition, and supplementation shares his wealth of knowledge, experience and expert advice on the podcast today. Be ready to take some notes, because class in session...

Shawn Wells, CEO of Zone Halo Research and Chief Science Officer (CSO) over R&D, Quality Control, and the Regulatory departments of the top non-GMO & natural dietary supplement company in the industry, BioTRUST Nutrition joins the Muscle Expert Hall of Fame list today.

About Shawn (Official Bio From Website)

“Shawn attended UNC-Chapel Hill, earning a Master's Degree in Nutritional Biochemistry and minor in Exercise Science. His education along with credentials of Registered Dietitian and Certified Sport Nutritionist (CISSN), distinguished him as an expert in performance nutrition. Shawn has held the role of Chief Clinical Dietitian with over a decade in acute and skilled nursing care, grounding his ethics and practice of patient focused care.”

What You Will Learn:

  1. The keys to optimizing insulin sensitivity to vastly improve the quality of your life as you age.

  2. LSD and micro dosing. Expert guidelines and advice for someone interesting in experiment with it and using it effectively.

  3. How ketogenic dieting influences cancer.

  4. What food scientists do to keep you coming back for more junk food and never feeling satisfied.

  5. Fasting and losing muscle? The truth from an expert.

Time Stamps:

  • 4:20 - Preventing muscle loss, dementia and alzheimer's important measures to take when you're younger.

  • 6:00 - Creatine for brain function, bone mass and muscle mass.

  • 8:00 - Mitigating insulin resistance. Leucine threshold as you age.

  • 10:10 - Sarcopenic obesity, trading muscle for body fat.

  • 13:10 - Keto and insulin resistance. Metabolic flexibility and more.

  • 15:35 - Food Scientists and the “bliss point”.

  • 17:25 - Berberine, reducing insulin response and optimizing glucose uptake.

  • 22:10 - The only carbs Ben eats.

  • 24:20 - How ketogenic dieting influences cancer.

  • 29:50 - Neuroinflammation and brain fog.  Growing new neurons with the ketogenic diet.

  • 34:30 - Key habits for mastering food and the cognitive benefits of the ketogenic diet

  • 36:50 - Fasting and losing muscle? The truth from an expert.

  • 41:10 - Micro dosing LSD. Nootropics and improving brain function.

  • 42:55 - Shawn's experience with micro dosing.

  • 44:45 - Ben’s LSD experience. Plus crucial a warning for those who are looking to experiment with it.

  • 49:50 - The line between supplements and pharmaceutical.

  • 55:40 - Ibuprofen and increased cardiovascular risk for heart attack 3 fold?

 

Resources Mentioned:

Neuroinflammation

Creatine

Berberine

LSD



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Sep 06, 2017
42 - Tom Bilyeu #ttfubc, How To Find Your Passion. Mathematically Shifting Your Perspective.
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Today’s guest is truly in a category of his own. A man who fundamentally believes that human potential is limitless.

Tom Bilyeu, co-founder of the billion dollar startup Quest Nutrition ---  and co founder and host of the wildly growing show Impact Theory shares a very fascinating conversation with Ben about all things mindset, perspective, discipline and success.

What You Will Learn:

  1. How to leverage self hatred to fuel your ambitions and propel you towards your goals.

  2. The best way to learn anything.

  3. Tom’s spiritual practices, habits and routines.  

  4. What #ttfubc is?

  5. The story behind 25 things you need to do to succeed at the highest level.

 

 

More On Tom: 

Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Tom’s mission is the creation of empowering media-based IP and the acceleration of mission-based businesses. Personally driven to help people develop the skills they will need to improve themselves and the world, Tom is intent to use commerce to address the dual pandemics of physical and mental malnourishment.

Tom regularly inspires audiences of entrepreneurs, change makers, and thought leaders at some of the most prestigious conferences and seminars around the world, including Abundance 360, A-fest, and Freedom Fast Lane. Tom has also been a guest on the Tony Robbins podcast and The School of Greatness podcast and has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Success, and The Huffington Post. Tom is currently on the Innovation Board of the XPRIZE Foundation.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 2:20 - The beginning of Tom’s entrepreneurial journey.

  • 8:30 - Using adaptive stress to construct an unbeatable mindset.

  • 10:55 - The catalyst for change that started it all for Tom.

  • 13:10 - Falling in love, laying in bed for three hours and feeling disgusted.

  • 15:50 - The worst thing that ever happened to Ben.

  • 17:00 - The best way to learn anything.

  • 18:50 - Staying hungry when you have it all and playing at the highest level.

  • 19:50 - How to find your passion.

  • 20:30 - Tom’s vision while at Quest and now with Impact Theory.

  • 24:00 - Using narrative to engineer massive change.

  • 26:50 - The book that completely changed Tom’s Life.

  • 28:45 - Using rituals to define pivotal moments

  • 30:15 - Anchoring events and experiences for a lasting change in your mindset and character.

  • 32:50 - Tom’s spiritual practices, habits and routines.

  • 34:55 - Quantum entanglement. Are we all in the matrix?

  • 40:43 - What your brain is making up. Seeing things that aren’t really there.

  • 44:50 - Tom’s #1 piece of advice for everyone.

  • 45:40 - Tom’s superhuman set of habits and beliefs that shape his reality.

  • 50:30 - Tom’s daily routine. Meeting yourself in times of suffering.

  • 53:15 - #TTFUBC and the story behind. Discipline. Man up.

  • 55:15 - Key lessons learned from the 0 to $1,000,000,000,000 with Quest.

  • 58:20 - The 25 things you need to do to succeed at the highest level and Where to get it. (link below)

  • 1:01:05 - Optimizing time. How Tom prioritizes his time and dominates everyday.

  • 1:03:00 - Think-a-tation, more routines and email.

  • 1:08:40 - The genie analogy and an awesome question to ask when hiring. 

Resources Mentioned:

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Sep 03, 2017
41 - The Best Kept Secret In The Industry, Tom Purvis
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The most amazing thing about statistics is that its kind of like a girl in a bikini, what it shows you is great but what it hides is far more interesting. Deepak Chopra

 

INTRO:

The trainer of trainers and the godfather of exercise, Tom Purvis comes on the show to discuss  exercise mechanics, the current problems in education in the fitness industry and expert principles to use in your training to guide you to injury free and pain free training. 

If you're not familiar with Tom, here's a short list:

  • he's the creator of RTS® The Resistance Training Specialist®, an advanced program where his monthly classes are sold out regularly
  • Former host for the Bowflex informercials.
  • Consulted for NASA, US Air Force, Nautilus, CYBEX International

Despite the accolades , Tom's unique view of exercise and tendency to challenge popular beliefs about training and exercise is what makes this episode a must listen.

Be ready to shift your paradigm about biomechanics, exercise, range of motion, functional training, sports specific training and more after this episode.

Time Stamps:

  • 3:30 - What exercise really is? Exercise mechanics not biomechanics

  • 6:00 - Thinking vs Knowing. The dogma of tradition.

  • 9:00 - Mechanics before sets, reps, and other industry bullshit.

  • 15:20 - Where to start with mechanics, why Tom hates certifications.

  • 17:20 - Is moving through full range of motion worthless?

  • 18:00 - Assessing your available range of motion. Respecting your individual range or motion.

  • 20:00 - The experts guide on the MOST important parts of the motion to control. Having ownership throughout a range of motion. Key tips for finding and respecting your range of motion.

  • 22:40 - What it means to be extremely sore? Good or bad?

  • 24:10 - Maximum hypertrophy, Tom’s insights on building mass intelligently.

  • 26:28 - Progressing  your range of motion. How to squat deeper. Childish mistakes not to make.

  • 29:10 - If you're trying to improve your squat you should? What the great Fred Hatfield said.

  • 33:35 - Sports specific training shouldn’t be what people think it is.  Understanding the body before trying to make perform better.

  • 39:00 - The best place to start for personal trainers who want to improve their skills.

  • 40:40 - Joint combination influences. How to enhance range of motion.

  • 43:50 - The negative effects of going outside of your joint range of motion.

  • 45:20 - Tightness is not wrong. A symptom not a cause for loss of ROM.

  • 47:32 - Stability. The real definition. Joint management.

  • 50:20 - Working through injuries, optimizing joint health and tissue integrity. Have, own and tolerate.

  • 53:20 - The RTS principles. Micro progression, strategic variation and more.

  • 55:40 - Resting between reps?

  • 57:00 - Full range challenge, why you need 2 different exercises with very different resistance profiles.

  • 1:00:30 - Complimentary exercise. Why most bodybuilders have to do 30 sets of dumbbell rows.

  • 1:02:15 - The ideal exercise? Keys for picking the best exercises for hypertrophy.

  • 1:05:20 - Retraining your brain to get the most from every rep.

  • 1:07:24 - Inertia and hypertrophy, why you need to eliminate most of the time and when you should use it.

  • 1:12:15 - Crossfit. Marathons and improving quality of life.

  • 1:14:20 - Intelligent words from Ben.

  • 1:15:40 - Tom Purvis’s bodybuilding career.

  • 1:22:00 - The first step for getting into the fitness from Tom Purvis.

Resources Mentioned:

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Aug 31, 2017
40 - Hack Your Recovery,Testosterone and ATP Production with Photobiomodulation
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Discover what could be the missing key to unlocking new levels of performance in your training, recovery, health and much more with todays episode. 

Our guests are the creators of the ultimate in-home red light therapy solution and come with tons of medical research to back up some the of amazing benefits claimed by using this untapped recovery tool. 

Today Ben is joined by the co founders of Joovv, Justin Strahan and Scott Nelson. The episode covers the ins and outs of photobiomodulation ,exact protocols for using LLLT(low light laser therapy) and how top athletes, NASA and practitioners on the cutting edge are using this new technology to completely upgrade their performance and health.

 

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What You Will Learn:

  1. The overhyped effects of UV rays and what recent research has shown.
  2. The performance, health and aesthetic benefits of red light therapy such as accelerated injury recovery speed, increased muscle thickness and decrease stress and fatigue.
  3. The optimal protocol for hacking you recovery and performance using red light therapy.

Time Stamps:

  • 6:40 Boosting the 4th phase of cellular respiration, ATP production and the power light.

  • 9:30 The missing 3rd leg of optimizing mitochondrial production, nutrition, exercise and ?

  • 10:05 Specific wavelengths of sunlight and need to know basics of light.

  • 11:40 The near infrared window? The most effective wavelengths for optimizing recover.

  • 16:05 The overhyped effects of UV rays.

  • 21:49 NASA research, LED’s and the breakthrough finding for Joovv.

  • 25:30 Immediate deep tissue benefits and long term benefits of low level laser therapy.

  • 26:20 Justin's personal light therapy protocol.

  • 27:37 When Dr. Mercola uses Joovv to reduce lactic acid post workout. Recommended dosage for optimizing recovery.

  • 29:00 Double blind study shows 50% more muscle thickness using low level laser therapy.

  • 31:43 Accelerating injury recovery with (LLLT)  therapy.

  • 34:30 Why NASA was studying photobiomodulation, reducing muscle loss and more.

  • 36:00 Pre and post workout light therapy.

  • 44:00 Specific benefits behind specific wavelengths used in Joovv.

  • 50:30 How long does a Joovv device last?

Resources Mentioned:

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Aug 28, 2017
38 - Reversing The Damaging Effects of Bodybuilding, and Optimizing Protein Digestion Pre Contest With Jordan Peters
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Timestamps

7:00  - The best approach for gaining muscle mass fast.

11:10 - The real life sacrifices required to building an extreme amount of muscle.

13:44 - Continuing education as a bodybuilder.

14:30  - The damage incurred from chasing rapid muscle mass and pushing the envelope as a bodybuilder.

16:30 - Jordan’s extensive health regimen. Reducing Kidney, and liver stress for bodybuilders. Unknown supplements for liver, plaque accumulation and more.

19:40 - Trenbolone, creatine kinase

33:00 - Balance is bullshit.

33:35 - Progressive overload...pointless? Potentially dangerous? When and where this is true.

35:30 - Earning the right to push the weights. Going till your head explodes and the crossfit mentality.

38:55 - Building 30 lbs of muscle. Jordan’s step by step strategy.

42:29 - Squats = No growth Why Jordan doesn’t squat anymore.

44:35 - 9 Plate hack, the danger zone. Toeing the line and knowing when not to.

47:40 - Mike O'Hearn, 49 and benching over 450 lbs and squatting ridiculous numbers.

49:30 - Expert tactics for getting slimmer waist during prep. Meal size restriction, vacuums and diet and abdominal training strategy.

52:55 - 2 Game changing tips to start doing better vacuums in less than a 72 hours.

54:35 - Optimizing protein sources to avoid food sensitivities and Growth Hormone. Ben’s growth hormone intake while competing.

1:00:38 - New drug PGF? Fat cell death?

1:03:20 - DMP, fat burners and energy balance confusion.



Resources mentioned

Curcumin

Tudca

Citrus Bergamot

Ubiquinol

Super K

 

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Aug 14, 2017
39 - Deconstructing The "Titan" Mike O Hearn Testosterone Hacking, Daily Routines and Refusing To Be Outworked.
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I may not have the best genetics, but I can’t be outworked. - Mike O Hearn

 

Intro:

One of Ben’s favorite training partners from Venice Beach, the Titan, Mike O Hearn joins the list of legendary names to come on the podcast. Ben and Mike dissect his early beginnings, being the youngest of 9 children, training with strength legends at age 14, the daily routines, rituals, supplements and meals Mike use to stay photo shoot ready 365 days a year and much much more.

 

Be sure to say hi to Mike on instagram and share this episode with your training partners, friends, and family!



TIME STAMPS

5:10 Why Mike train at 4am everyday.

9:10 - Mike O Hearn’s breakfast at 3am.

10:00 - Does Mike O'Hearn track calories? Intuitive eating?

10:45 - Eat 5000 cals at 48.

11:45 - Training with legends at 11 years old. Doyle Kennedy, Ed Coan and others.

13:30 - Admitting to overtraining.

16:30 - How Mike’s training has changed.

17:15 - Wolf’s Law

18:50 - What’s happening behind 500lb incline bench press that 99% of people don’t see.

19:50 - Training connective tissue not for just pushing heavier weights

22:34 - Experiments with average Joe’s over 40.

24:20 - Mike O'Hearn's current training regimen.

26:20 - Ownership, making your muscle work not dumping tension on the joints

29:30 - Leveraging weak positions to better your physique.

32:40 - 17 sets of dumbbell rows, doing what you suck as 10x more.

37:30 - Nutrition, testosterone, biohacking and more.

44:10 - A 1 year experiment for growth.

50:31 - Mike’s testosterone biohacking advice.

54:10 - Advice the every 20 something year old.

59:05 - Mike’s nutrition meal by meal Mike never

1:00:00 - Sleep the one question Mike never answers. 6hrs V 10hrs ?

1:06:20 - Vitamins, BCAA’s, Collagen

1:08:40 - The mental damage from injuries.

1:10:50 - Not running away from food.

1:13:40 - Living to 120

1:15:50 - The hardest working training partners on the planet.

1:18:40 - Commercial real estate, restaurants and Mike O'Hearn's new supplement line.

1:21:40 - Full squat v half squat. A small rant and an intelligent answer.

1:24:00 - Superleague? The new blend of strength v physique



Resources Mentioned



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Aug 14, 2017
37 - Bret Contreras Bigger Stronger Faster with Better Glute Training
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Intro:

Bio mechanics expert and glute specialist, Bret Contreras PhD joins Ben on the podcast to dig into the details on enhancing speed, strength and building powerful glutes. Bret, and Ben cover controversial studies that have recently been published, internal vs external cueing and when to effectively use each plus three of the biggest paradigm shifting truths about hypertrophy from Bret.



Timestamp

5:45 Beyond skinny, Bret’s early days of being weight less than most girls.

19:50 Barbells V Plate loaded for athletes? And Muscle architecture.

21:30 Force velocity profiles, the shotgun approach vs just focusing on weaknesses. Which brings about better performance results ?

22:20 Quarter squats better for jumps and sprints.

29:40 The huge pendulum swing in the research community.

31:42 The Force vector theory.

36:05 Where research needs to go to deliver useful info for coaches and athletes.

39:30 Internal v external cueing? When to use which?

47:30 The greatest advantage of training like a bodybuilder that everyone can benefit from.

50:40 Autoregulation, tempo for reducing injury and training around them.




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Aug 14, 2017
36 - The Holy Grail of Hypertrophy, Naked Meditation, Cortisol Resistance and Mastering Life By Changing Your Perceptions with MindPump and Alvin Brown
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If you thought round one was great, then round two is like winning the Olympia. Join The MindPump crew, Alvin Brown and B Pak on at very in depth conversation about everything.

Ben, Adam, Sal, Alvin and Justin cover the mental, physical and recovery techniques, tactics and mindsets for building extreme muscle, 10xing your sleep,  modulating your stress response for better training results, reducing cortisol and mastering your life and happiness.

Timestamps

4:30 - Ben’s training with Haney Rambod

7:00 - Why Ben hired Haney. Overtraining and changing the stimulus.

9:31 - Adrenal fatigue, overtraining and the symptoms. Pushing the gas pedal too much.

11:50 - Cortisol resistance? Testosterone resistance?  

14:11 - The common patterns and types of clients every train runs into.

15:40 - The biochemistry of cortisol resistance. Periodizing your stimulus. Cryotherapy and the constant stimulation of cortisol.

16:50 - Why you wake up at night between 1 AM - 3 AM. What ancient chinese medicine, blood sugar spikes and more.

18: 32 - How to naturally reduce cortisol.

19:41 - Alvin Brown, Ben’s former life coach, managing perceptions, The Upside of Stress.

22: 20 - Manipulating your stimulus for greater strength and hypertrophy training.  

23:50 - When to transition, from strength to hypertrophy? The key factors.

29: 30 - Why you shouldn’t do cardio after weights. How to better arrange your training.

30:30 - Controlling your breathing patterns intra set. How to control your heart rate and increase output per set.

33:15 - Intra workout stretching is stupid. Do this instead. A tested and proven protocol for advanced hypertrophy gains.

37: 07 - The holy grail of hypertrophy..

41: 15 - Losing muscle, Creatine kinase decrease, Ben’s testosterone lab results.

50:20 - Sleep hacking 1on1, the toxins effects of your mattress.

54:18 - Social lag, A possible 12% increase in heart disease and other disease.

56:20 - Meditating naked at 4:30 AM

58:34 - The silent epidemic, anxiety. Learning the coping mechanisms for managing and mastering your life.

1:04:30 - Meditation, energy, Being the observer.

1:06:30 - The Power of Now

1:09:10 - The concept of time. Shame guilt and resentment.

1:15:20 - Why you should fast more and do more “ball builder” workouts and stoicism.

1:19:30 - A great way to bond with your spouse pre and post sex.

1:22 20 - The greatest life hack period for bodybuilders, competitors and anyone looking to achieve more in life.

 

Resources mentioned

The Upside of Stress

The Power of Now

The New Earth

 

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Aug 09, 2017
35 - Engineering The Ultimate Modern Man, Understanding What Women Want, Not Losing Muscle While Fasting and Morning Routines with Paul Carter
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1:02:25 What you eat before training often has a more dramatic effect on your post training nutrients and just eating after - Paul Carter

Author, coach, speaker, awesome dad and good friend Paul Carter joins Ben on the Muscle Expert Podcast today! The conversations goes into much more than just your typical fitness podcast episode, Paul and Ben cover all the major areas every man needs to master to live the ultimate life. Become their version of the ultimate modern man. Build better relationships with your partner and much more. 

Key Insights:

  • Tactics for better focus and practicing meditation during training and being present all the time.
  • How to retrain your body to eat intuitive eating and not eating just because of old belief and fear of losing muscle.
  • mTOR and cancer, fasted training, decreasing protein intake for the longevity,
  • Recovery protocols for life,
  • Parenting,
  • Pauls his latest book with Christian Thibaudeau, the maximum muscle bible and much more.

Timestamps 

  • 12:40 Feeling like a man, be sexy, “I am statements” for you and your partner. Avoiding comparisons, appreciating the process.

  • 13:00 Are you afraid to express emotion?

  • 14:30 The negative impacts of suppressing emotions, Paul’s recovery protocols, responding and coping with stress.

  • 18:00 How to mitigate stress and optimize your day.

  • 19:45 The benefits of creating “Whitespace” Why you need to create white space in your day for brain recovery.

  • 23:00 Paul’s trick for immediately bringing you out of your head and back to the present moment. A trick for avoiding fights with your significant other.

  • 26:10 How to meditate during your training, slowing the breath during sets, reducing perceived exertion and maximizing output.

  • 27:33 Breathing into the muscle you're working, Quality vs quantity? What Dorian Yates got right early on. The optimal amount of sets to perform when training

  • 34:31 The real reason why Ben got into bodybuilding and why Ben left it.

  • 38:20 Re- learning your intuitive eating, how to reprogramming your body to not eat like a bodybuilder.

  • 39:04 The Dove Bar Story.

  • 41:30 mTOR and cancer. How much protein should you eat?

Aug 07, 2017
34 - Christian Thibaudeau Overcoming Depression, Mastering Insulin Sensitivity & Neurotransmitter Balance Through Nutrition & Supplementation
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Take your body, brain and life to the next level with Christian Thibaudeau and Ben as they go into detail behind what's holding a vast majority of people back from reaching more muscle, less stress and more success in life.

World class strength and conditioning lecturer, elite coach and author, Christian Thibaudeau joins Ben to unpack the key areas of health that move the needle and how to optimize them through nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle.

Christian holds nothing back as he talks about his past struggles and personal battles with depression and how has grown and overcome them.

Quotes from the Episode:

“Take Control of Your Brain, Your Body and Your BALLS” - Ben Pakulski

Nobody fucking cares about what you lift in the gym - Christian Thibaudeau

http://www.benpakulski.com/podcasts/christian/
Jul 30, 2017
33 - The Keys To Creating An Unbeatable Mind with Mark Divine, Former Navy SEAL and Founder of SEALFIT
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Joining Ben today is Former Navy SEAL, NYT and WSJ Best Selling Author, SEALFIT founder and CEO, Mark Divine. Not a muscle expert but an expert of the mind, developing mental toughness and discipline.  Mark and Ben cover strategies and practices for mastering your mind, developing focus, overcoming ego and much more in this episode.

Both Mark and Ben also share some details on their current projects to help upgrade the next generation of men.

Mark was also kind enough to extend a special limited time offer for listeners of the the Muscle Expert Podcast for the ultimate resource for achieving amazing results in your life be sure to take capitalize on this opportunity!!!!

 

Mark is offering  a FREE 30 day trial to join Unbeatable Mind Online Academy.

The Unbeatable Mind Online Academy is where Mark teaches about his life work including all the secrets he has discovered that helped him become Honor Man of BUD/S Class 170, Navy SEAL Commander, and ultimately on to start five successful multi-million dollar businesses, write four best selling books all while balancing family and optimal health.  

You will learn all the daily practices and philosophies you can adopt to develop a truly UNBEATABLE MIND.  

Go to https://unbeatablemind.securechkout.com/30day.

Time Stamps:

  • 13:10 The pussification of parenting in 2017. The everybody gets a medal mentality. 

  • 16:40 The real answer to raising the best children as humanly possible.

  • 17:35 Marks earliest memories.

  • 18:50 Zen meditation, slowing your thinking. Training karate.

  • 24:20 The unbeatable mind for kids and the encyclopedia of bodybuilding for kids. Bringing science and proven methods to build the ultimate young adult.

  • 32:00 Zen meditation with monks in Woodstock.

  • 37:25 The 3 dominate stages of development.  Where respect begins and influencing your development.

  • 45:48 Tapping into your whole mind, gaining access to the entire brain.

  • 47:20 Overcoming ego, emotion and what makes elite performers produce results in real life.

  • 54:05 Feeding the courage wolf. Going through the hardest events in life and finding the discipline to push through.

  • 1:02:00 Never arriving but always becoming, the daily process of self mastery in all areas of life.

  • 1:06:18 Winning your mind and winning your day. The Step by step path to mastery and where it starts. The mental and physical tools to start developing self mastery.

  • 1:09:00 The burning the boats mentality and where it begins

  • 1:12:50 One day one lifetime. Everyday counts.

  • 1:13:35 Entering the flow state, developing deep awareness. Activating the flow state with your environment.  

 

Resources Mentioned:

The Unbeatable Mind Podcast

The Unbeatable Mind Book

Unbeatable Mind Academy

8 Weeks To Seal Fit

Seal Fit Academy

Kokoro Camp

The Way of The Seal

 

Jul 29, 2017
32 - 10x Your Deep Sleep, Brain Wave Training and the Perfect 3 Step Post Training Recovery Protocol with Serial Entrepreneur & BioHacker Matt Gallant
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On the podcast today is highly successful serial entrepreneur, master bio hacker and sleep optimization expert, Matt Gallant. Matt’s co founder of  Bioptimizers, the creators of Masszymes one of the Muscle Expert sponsors, in this episode Ben and Matt cover exactly how Matt is moving the needle in his sleep, recovery and brain performance. 

Matt, shares his latest tools, strategies and techniques for upgrading his sleep, training recovery and brain for peak performance, Matt also breaks down the 5 disrupters of sleep and several of his best tools he is using to maximize every minute shut eye,  how he's training his ability to slow brain waves at will, the perfect three step recovery protocol for turning the parasympathetic nervous system and the little known skill every fitness professional must learn to get better results with their clients. 

 

Time Stamps:

  • 8:00 Getting uncomfortable they key to adaptation. How humanity has gotten weak.
  • 12:12 Getting into flow, creating flow states, intense squats for getting uncomfortable.
  • 15:20 Wim Hof breathing and one trick to activate your parasympathetic faster.
  • 16:40 Hacking Recovery with this 3 pronged approach after every workout. The best possible way to hack your recovery from training.
  • 18:07 The Bemer, opening blood capillaries for 2x recovery.
  • 20:53 The most important skill everyone needs to learn to get better in every area of life.
  • 25:43 Neurofeedback, learning how to change your brainwaves at will. Energy psychology and deleting things out of the limbic system.
  • 31:10 EFT and Tapping, Digging deep and deleting defects.
  • 41:00 The ultimate secret weapon every fitness professional should master.
  • 54:15 Letting go and staying with emotions, Tapping try this and share your experience with us on Facebook. An ask from Matt.
  • 1:03:00 Hacking the biggest area that can 10x your life. A long list of biohacking sleep tools from the master.
  • 1:01:00 The 5 disrupters of  sleep.
  • 1:04:50 Optimizing sleep by optimizing  temperature before and during sleep.
  • 1:09:55 How to block ALL wifi signals and EMFs to unlock your best sleep.
  • 1:12:15 Getting into alpha for deeper sleep. Supplements and strategies.

Resources Mentioned:

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MattGallant.tv

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Jul 25, 2017
27 - Losing 100lbs of Solid Muscle, Optimizing Gut Health, The Pillars of Hypertrophy, Men's Physique and Steroids and MORE!
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Joining Ben on the podcast today is Sal, Adam and Justin from MindPump Podcast. No stones were left unturned in this extremely in depth episode. From intermittent fasting, steroid in Bikini competitors, the key pillars of optimal hypertrophy training, to a glimpse into Ben’s childhood, Ben’s journey to losing 100 lbs of muscle.The guys cover it all! Topics: Losing 100 pounds of muscle. The pillars of hypertrophy training Rest and recovery Gut health tips for better growth and digestion
Jul 05, 2017
29 - Chris Duffin The Mad Scientist of Strength, Squatting 4x Bodyweight, The Road to a 1000 pound Deadlift, Whiskey and Deadlifts and more
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Known as the “Mad Scientist of Strength” Chris Duffin joins Ben on the Muscle Expert Podcast today for an extremely insightful episode! Chris shares the story of his very challenging beginnings, growing up homeless in Northern California and eastern Oregon, graduating valedictorian and his success as a corporate executive and athlete. Ben and Chris also dissect the necessary cues for mastering the squat and improving stabilization for better execution for all exercises, whiskey and deadlifts, the road to a 1000 pound deadlift and MORE!  
Jun 29, 2017
31 - John Rusin, The Experts Guide to Building Injury Free Muscle & The 6 Phases of the Perfect Dynamic Warm Up for Hypertrophy Training
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Joining us on the Muscle Expert podcast today is elite sports performance coach and the creator of Functional Hypertrophy Training (FHT), Dr. John Rusin. Dr Rusin is an internationally recognized strength coach, speaker, and writer. His clients range from MLB All-Stars,  NFL All-Pros, Olympic Gold, Bronze and Silver Medalists, All-World IronMan Triathletes, World-Record-Holding Powerlifters, Elite Bodybuilders and Figure Competitors.  Ben and Dr. Rusin get into the six phases of the perfect dynamic warm up, key insights from Fred Hatfield, the best test to identify red flags in your movement quality and much more. Be sure leave your comments on the episode over on Facebook and become a part of the Muscle Expert community!  In this Episode: The 6 Phases of the Perfect Dynamic Warmup Functional Hypertrophy Training Primer sets for enhancing movement quality. Creating tension and how to maximize your ability to contract under load.
Jun 29, 2017
25 - Dean Somerset, How to upgrade your mobility training for great muscle gains and pain free training and more
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Ben’s new go to mobility guy Dean Somerset, joins Ben on the Muscle expert podcast today to break down how to optimize active range of motion, specific drills and assessments you can use for shoulder and hip mobility, how to upgrade your mobility training for great gains and pain free training and more. This episode is full of actionable strategies for taking your training and results to the next level. Visit http://www.benpakulski.com/ Muscle Expert Podcast is hosted by IFBB Professional bodybuilder Ben Pakulski, listen in as he interviews the top leading experts in field of strength, muscle hypertrophy, brain optimization, and other top performance experts on how to build the upgraded modern man. For expert muscle building articles, videos, resources and more visit http://www.benpakulski.com/
Jun 26, 2017
28 - Simple But Effective Life Hacks, Overcoming Devastating Injuries and Making Your Vessel Fit For Life With Derek Woodske
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NCAA National Champion and all american in track and field, world class lecturer on exercise and sports performance, strength and conditioning, elite coach, and close friend Derek Woodske stops by the Muscle Expert Podcast today. Ben and Derek discuss some of his most valuable lessons for all men in all walks of life from brain optimization, forging the athlete mentality, how to be a genuinely good person and Derek’s best “life hacks” for achieving anything. This podcast is brought to you by BiOptimizers our digestion expert sponsors upgrade your digestion for optimal recovery and better nutrient uptake with MassZymes. Get 23-45% off plus an additional 10% off and 1 free bottle of HCL Breakthrough when you checkout the MassZymes here. This podcast is brought to you by Gasp! Top notch quality training wear, Muscle Expert approved training gear! Get 10% off when you use the discount code BEN10 at checkout at Gasp Online Today!

Life hack, show up first, leave last. - Derek Woodske

Time Stamps:

10:33 Pursing goals alone. Achieving greatness in anything. Limiting beliefs and role models.

22:30 Athlete mentality vs normal gym goer mentality

25:10 The introvert Illusion.

28:30 Depression, Dealing with injuries, Losing the vision.

30:30  The jack of trades mentality of today.

33:33 Going narrow V going wide.

36:30 The Instagram message that changed it all.

43:00 The definition of greatness

47:00 Mentally recovering from an devastating injury as an athlete

48:10 How to become incredibly productive and inspired. The Muscle Expert Thought Process and the Modern Man Movement.

52:15 The Best Life Hack Ever.

53:00 How to overcome the monkey mind and eliminate excuses from your life.

59:50 The insurance theory

1:06:10 Something meat eaters are blind to.

1:13:30 Evil comes many different forms.

1:19:33 Essentialism, optimizing brain function and performance.

1:25:33 How to really fail as a human. What not to do.

1:29:33 The book that saved Ben’s marriage.

1:31:33 Logic v Emotion.

1:39:30 The iron culture bond

1:44:00 What Derek’s listening to.

 

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Jun 19, 2017
30 - Brad Schoenfeld, latest research on the mind muscle connection, future of nutrition and training optimization, eccentric training and more!
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This podcast is brought to you by BiOptimizers our digestion expert sponsors upgrade your digestion for optimal recovery and better nutrient uptake with MassZymes.  Get 23-45% off plus an additional 10% off and 1 free bottle of HCL Breakthrough when you checkout the MassZymes here. This podcast is brought to you by Gasp! Top notch quality training wear, Muscle Expert approved training gear! Get 10% off when you use the discount code BEN10 at checkout at Gasp Online Today! Today on the Muscle Expert podcast Brad Schoenfeld, MSc, CSCS, the hypertrophy specialist joins Ben on the Muscle Expert Podcast today to explore and discuss the latest research on the mind muscle connection,  eccentric training, optimal training volume for advanced and untrained trainees, ideal protein intake according to the current research, the future of nutrition and training customization using genetic testing, utilizing intraset stretching protocols for hypertrophy and much more! In this Episode: 5:00 - Breaking research on the mind muscle connection and does it translates to muscle growth. 8:50 - Eccentric training Vs concentric training, muscle damage and what Dr. Schoenfeld has found. 14:30 - Standardizing for muscle recruitment, higher standards for exercise technique and exercise execution in bodybuilding research for 18:40 - Why the research is not enough. 22:20 - Intra stretching, the best growth Ben’s ever seen and exactly how to do it. 26:10 - Regulating training volume, what the research says about training volume for advanced and untrained trainees. 30:00 - Going to failure V. Stopping short? What the research says. 32:00 - Eccentric training and the MAPK pathway. What's actually happening inside the muscle. Intracellular signaling. 36:20 - Powerlifting v Bodybuilding routines and what Dr. Schoenfeld’s research has looked at when comparing the two head to head. And More! http://www.benpakulski.com/podcasts/brad/
Jun 16, 2017
26 - Dorian Yates Ayahuasca, Pre workout Rituals, Psychedelics and Electric food.
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Arguably the greatest physique of all time, 6x Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates. Today on the Muscle Expert Podcast, Ben gets to interview the man who inspired him to become a professional bodybuilder. Ben and Dorian explore bodybuilding, ayahuasca, steroids in the 90s, battling injuries, DMT, the birth of a new functional physique competition and much more! Visit http://www.benpakulski.com/ Muscle Expert Podcast is hosted by IFBB Professional bodybuilder Ben Pakulski, listen in as he interviews the top leading experts in field of strength, muscle hypertrophy, brain optimization, and other top performance experts on how to build the upgraded modern man. For expert muscle building articles, videos, resources and more visit http://www.benpakulski.com/
Jun 09, 2017
24 Dave Bautista Wrestling, Acting and Building A Superhero Physique
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Joining Ben today is six-time world champion wrestler, actor, bodybuilder and MMA athlete Dave Bautista. This conversation covers much more than just training and muscle building. Ben and Dave dig into the little shared stories of Dave’s early acting and wrestling career, What’s Dave’s current training goals are and how he is approaching his lifting these days. Dave shares the pivotal times and harsh challenges throughout his early childhood and in his 20’s that lead him to the WWE and long hard road to becoming a 6x champ. How he got into acting after leaving wrestling at the height of his career, overcoming multiple failures trying to land huge roles in some of his biggest movies and much more. The recent training and nutrition adjustments, creating the superhero physique and more. Visit http://www.benpakulski.com/ Muscle Expert Podcast is hosted by IFBB Professional bodybuilder Ben Pakulski, listen in as he interviews the top leading experts in field of strength, muscle hypertrophy, brain optimization, and other top performance experts on how to build the upgraded modern man. For expert muscle building articles, videos, resources and more visit http://www.benpakulski.com/
Jun 09, 2017
23 Joe Bennett The Hypertrophy Coach, Proper exercise selection, muscle activation techniques and the holy grail of muscle building.
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MI40's own Head Trainer, Joe Bennett jumps on the podcast today to lay out some expert strategies, tools and tips for jumpstarting your hypertrophy gains today. Ben and Joe walk you through specific muscle activation techniques, the do's and dont's of hypertrophy training, exercise selection and why a having a large variety of exercises may not always be optimal for muscle growth. Key takeaways from the episode: -The key to building muscle is not about moving more weight, -There is no "best exercise" it depends on my variables specific to the person's body. - Understanding how to identify the a few Key symptoms that you're doing an exercise wrong will save you a lot of time and keep you from injuring yourself. More info and resources here! http://www.benpakulski.com/podcasts/joe/
Jun 09, 2017
21 - Craig Ballantyne: Engineering The Perfect Life. Higher Standards for Higher Performance
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Today on Muscle Expert Podcast our expert guest is Productivity & Success Transformation Coach, co owner of earlytorise.com, highly successful author and the creator Turbulence Training Craig Ballantyne. Craig breaks down the nuts and bolts of having the Perfect Day and how to set your day up for extreme productivity. He was also extremely kind to share 5 FREE copies of his highly recommended book The Perfect Day Formula. Craig and Ben dig into how Craig personally plans, executes and get the most out of everyday using the principles in his book, how to create more freedom through discipline, what not to do in the morning and at night to ensure high productivity and more.
May 31, 2017
22 - Ben Esgro, Brain Optimization and Discovering New Supplements
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Today on Muscle Expert podcast Ben Esgro, COO and Co founder of De Novo Nutrition joins Ben to dive deep into neurotransmitter health, brain focus, chemistry, performance, pharmacology and the future of scientific research. Visit http://www.benpakulski.com/ Muscle Expert Podcast is hosted by IFBB Professional bodybuilder Ben Pakulski, listen in as he interviews the top leading experts in field of strength, muscle hypertrophy, brain optimization, and other top performance experts on how to build the upgraded modern man. For expert muscle building articles, videos, resources and more visit http://www.benpakulski.com/
May 29, 2017
20 Stan Efferding Expert Sleep, Nutrition and Recovery Strategies For Elite Performance, Vertical Dieting For Muscle and More!
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Today on Muscle Expert Podcast Stan "The Rhino" Efferding joins Ben for deep conversation on training, recovery, nutrition, sleep, hydration and much much more. Stan is an IFBB Professional bodybuilder and World Record Holding Powerlifter. Stan is only one of 10 men in the world to ever total over 2,300 pounds raw in competition. Stan holds the title as the World's Strongest Bodybuilder. He shares some of the most impactful strategies and key concepts he learned from his mentors such and training partners such as Mark Bell and Flex Wheeler. Visit http://www.benpakulski.com/ Muscle Expert Podcast is hosted by IFBB Professional bodybuilder Ben Pakulski, listen in as he interviews the top leading experts in field of strength, muscle hypertrophy, brain optimization, and other top performance experts on how to build the upgraded modern man. For expert muscle building articles, videos, resources and more visit http://www.benpakulski.com/
May 26, 2017
Muscle Expert Podcast 019 - Kai Greene: Mindset mastery, overcoming obstacles, becoming your own greatest ally
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IFBB Pro and founder of Dynamik Muscle, Kai Greene joins Ben on Muscle Expert Podcast today. Kai shares his early childhood experiences that lead to his massive drive to becoming a success on the bodybuilding stage, how journaling changed his life and career, what his days were like before the 2009 Arnold prep, what effort and hardwork really is, his meditation practice and much more! For links, resources and more go to http://www.benpakulski.com/podcasts/podcasts19/
May 22, 2017
Muscle Expert Podcast 018 - Charles Poliquin: Neurotransmitters, food intolerances, training for performance, forging olympic champions
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Ben & Charles dive into how neurotransmitters dictate an athletes needs for supplementation, training program design, and periodization; the controversial topic of intermittent fasting; how food intolerances can have a dramatic effect on body composition as well as the lessons Charles has learned about when to follow experience versus 'studies'.
May 15, 2017
Muscle Expert Podcast 017 - Kris Gethin
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Join IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski and Kris Gethin as they discuss everything ranging from how to prepare for the Ironman triathlon as a bodybuilder, hyper-recovery techniques for both muscle building and super endurance training, Kris' super-shake morning ritual, mentorship, and how to keep yourself driven and motivated in training and life.
May 09, 2017
Muscle Expert Podcast 016 Ben Pakulski and Dr. Jacob Wilson Discuss Muscle Building Training
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Muscle Expert Podcast 016 Ben Pakulski and Dr. Jacob Wilson discuss Training methods with acute variables for maximum gains in muscle building - how many reps, sets, volume, rest, isolation vs compound exercises, periodization, type of execution. EVERYTHING you need to take your muscle building efforts to the next level. It comes down to SO MUCH more than just adding "weight". You do NOT want to miss this one. itunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/ben-pakulski-podcast-muscle/id725296816?mt=2 Useful links: MI40Nation: http://www.mi40nation.com The Muscle Prof:https://www.FB.com/themuscleprof If you don’t have iTunes, check it out on the website here: http://www.benpakulski.com/muscle-expert-016/ ‎
Oct 04, 2015
Muscle Expert Podcast 015 Flex Wheeler Interview by Ben Pakulski
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Muscle Expert Podcast 015 Flex Wheeler Interview by Ben Pakulski - with one of the greatest bodybuilders of ALL TIME. One of my very first bodybuilding idols. His nickname was Skinny Kenny...any guesses? "Flex" Wheeler of course! You do NOT want to miss this one. itunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/ben-pakulski-podcast-muscle/id725296816?mt=2 Useful links: http://www.mi40nation.com If you don’t have iTunes, check it out on the website here: http://www.benpakulski.com/muscle-expert-015/ ‎ And make sure to check out The Flex Wheeler Story "Dare2Dream"here - D2dmovie.com
Sep 26, 2015
014 Muscle Expert Podcast - Ben Pakulski And Mark Coles Fat Loss and Body Transformation
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Muscle Expert Podcast 014 - Ben Pakulski And Mark Coles are back at it again. Topic of the discussion revolves around the application of exercise in fatloss and body transformation. Itunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/ben-pakulski-podcast-muscle/id725296816?mt=2 Useful links: http://www.mi40nation.com If you don’t have iTunes, check it out on the website here: http://www.benpakulski.com/muscle-expert-014/ ‎
Jun 25, 2015
013 Muscle Expert Podcast Ben Pakulski and Mark Coles Interview
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Muscle Expert Podcast 013 - An exclusive call with Mark Coles, after stepping on stage earlier this year for the very first time, Mark won his class and went on to receive an invite to the British Championship where he came 2nd out of an extraordinary lineup. Itunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/ben-pakulski-podcast-muscle/id725296816?mt=2 Highlights of the Podcast: - Ben and Mark discuss Mark's training, his prep and transformation, providing an inspirational and powerful insight into the mindset of what it takes to transform your body. - Mark talks about his background, injuries, learning and how even starting bodybuilding at what would be considered a late age, 28, how over the past 10 years he has built a physique that stands out on stage. - What does it take to be a bodybuilder? This call will give you open access into exactly what needs to be done. Click here to have a listen: Itunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/ben-pakulski-podcast-muscle/id725296816?mt=2 Useful links: http://www.mi40x.com If you don’t have iTunes, check it out on the website here: http://www.benpakulski.com/muscle-expert-013/ ‎
Oct 17, 2014
012 Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & John Kiefer Discuss Carb Backloading
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The master, the creator of “Carb Backloading” John Kiefer on the NEWEST Muscle Expert Podcast... Podcast 012- Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & John Kiefer discuss carb backloading Highlights of the Podcast: - Hormone regulation through carb backloading - When is the best time to eat your carbohydrates - How to gain muscle and lose fat - Break through muscle building plateaus - Manipulate cortisol levels in the body - The best time to train - And much, much more! Click here to have a listen: Itunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/ben-pakulski-podcast-muscle/id725296816?mt=2 Useful links: http://www.mi40x.com
Oct 07, 2014
011 Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & Dr Jacob Wilson High Fat Vs High Carb Diets For Muscle Growth
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Want to discover how to structure a diet for maximum performance and optimal body composition? We’ve go you covered - Muscle Expert Podcast 011- Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & Dr Jacob Wilson High Fat Vs High Carb Diets For Muscle Growth Highlights of the Podcast: - How to structure a diet for maximum performance and optimal body composition - The logic, science and practice of Ketogenic style dieting - What Ben is doing to put on 20lbs for the Arnold Classic. - The exact diet Dr Wilson follows to stay on top of his game and get huge at the same time. - Tips, Tricks and Cues for maximizing any nutrition plan Click here to have a listen: Itunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/ben-pakulski-podcast-muscle/id725296816?mt=2 Useful links: http://www.mi40x.com http://www.ut.edu/JacobWilson/
Sep 07, 2014
010 Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & Muscle Genes Discuss Muscle Genetics
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Want to discover your ULTIMATE human potential? We’ve go you covered - Muscle Expert Podcast 010- Ben Pakulski & Muscle Genes Discuss Muscle Genetics 

Highlights of the Podcast:

-The role genetics play in muscle growth

-How to maximize your individual muscle role

-How to up regulate or down regulate hormones

-External factors that affect genetics

-How to get exploit your genetics for a maximal potential and much, much more!

Aug 20, 2014
009 Muscle Expert Podcast - Ben Pakulski & Dr Jacob Wilson Teach Workout Periodization for Muscle Growth
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Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & Dr Jacob Wilson Teach Workout Periodization for Muscle Growth

An IFBB PRO and one of the worlds top researchers openly discuss all methods and mechanisms to maximizing muscle gains.

Highlights of the Podcast:

- Periodization as a beginner, intermediate or advanced lifter
- Exercise selection for maximal growth
- How to bring up weak body parts
- Exercise manipulation to hit all muscle fibres
- What is optimal for workout frequency and apply workout “splits”?
- Minimizing plateaus
- How to get HUGE, JACKED, and much, much more!

Useful Links:
http://www.ut.edu/JacobWilson/
http://www.mi40x.com

Aug 02, 2014
008 Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & Dr Jacob Wilson How the Structure the Perfect Workout for Growth
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Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & Dr Jacob Wilson How the structure the perfect workout for growth

An IFBB PRO and one of the worlds top researchers openly discuss all methods and mechanisms to maximizing muscle gains.

Highlights of the Podcast:

- 5 major modes of hypertrophy

- Longitudinal hypertrophy and the role of muscle sarcomeres

- The structure of muscle and how a muscle grows

- How muscle contritile units contribute to muscle growth

- What is optimal in terms of range of motion

- The difference between getting a muscle maximally shortened and lengthened

Useful Links:

http://www.ut.edu/JacobWilson/

http://www.benpakulski.com/mi40

May 09, 2014
007 Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & Dr Jacob Wilson Discuss Cardio for Fat Loss
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Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & Dr Jacob Wilson Discuss Cardio for Fat Loss:

Dr. Jacob has an unparalleled dedication to the sport of bodybuilding, and has devoted the majority of his life to helping thousands of bodybuilders reach their goals. His academic achievements are vast, and include degrees in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, dozens of publications, and extensive experience teaching and public speaking. Sit back and learn from their muscle building knowledge in the realm of bodybuilding. Learn the optimal way to build muscle from these brilliant professionals

Highlights of the Podcast:

 - The best way to get shredded with cardio

- How to design an individual cardio protocol

- How to eat around your cardio workouts

- When you should be doing your cardio

- What type of cardio you should be doing and WHEN

- Personal insights to what BPAK has been doing for his cardio protocols

- The science behind what is optimal when it comes to cardio

- And much, much MORE!

 

Useful Links: http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/

http://www.benpakulski.com/mi40

Mar 07, 2014
006 Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski & Dr Jacob Wilson Discuss Metabolic Flexibility
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Muscle Expert Ben Pakulski And Dr Jacob Wilson Discuss Metabolic Flexibility

Dr. Jacob has an unparalleled dedication to the sport of bodybuilding, and has devoted the majority of his life to helping thousands of bodybuilders reach their goals. His academic achievements are vast, and include degrees in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, dozens of publications, and extensive experience teaching and public speaking. Sit back and learn from their muscle building knowledge in the realm of bodybuilding. Learn the optimal way to build muscle from these brilliant professionalsHighlights of the Podcast:

- How to optimize your physique through metabolic flexibility and nutrition timing.

- The difference between eating fat or carbohydrates at various points in the day.

- The hormonal response to the presence of carbs and fat.

- The difference between metabolic flexibility and metabolic inflexibility.

- How to use fat as fuel rather than storage.

- The effect mitochondrial density and distribution has on metabolic flexibility.

- An explanation of insulin resistance and sensitivity.

- The best way to become insulin sensitive through metabolic flexibility.

- The myths, history and research behind high fat vs high carbohydrate diets.

- What exactly you should eat for breakfast to optimize body composition

Useful Links:

http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/

http://www.mountaindogdiet.com

http://www.benpakulski.com/mi40

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Jan 31, 2014
005 Muscle Expert John Meadows & Ben Pakulski Discuss Training Secrets of the Pros
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What you will learn on today's show:

- How to enhance your intra workout/post workout recovery protocol.

- The use of DI and TRI peptides vs BCAAs.

- Overcoming genetics.

- Bens favorite teacher.

- What BPAK and meadows are doing to bring up their backs and what they REALLY think is necessary around the workout to build muscle.

- And much much more...

If you haven't already, we would love if you took a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking the link below! It would be extremely helpful to extend the reach of the show: Click Here

Useful Links:

http://www.mountaindogdiet.com

http://www.benpakulski.com/mi40

Dec 03, 2013
004 Muscle Expert John Meadows & Ben Pakulski Discuss Tom Platz Leg Training
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Today, John Meadows shares his once in a life time experience - being trained and coached by the legendary Tom Platz (AKA "The Golden Eagle", AKA "The Quadfather)

Tom Platz was and is one of the most sought-after guest speakers in the world of bodybuilding, nutrition and general fitness. He was a Professor and the Director of Bodybuilding Sciences at ISSA for 14 years. Tom has a Masters in Fitness Science, Bachelors in Science Physiology and Nutrition from Wayne State University and Michigan State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California.

What you will learn on today's show:

- John's insight and experiences coaching with Tom Platz.

- What it takes to develop a World class physique.

- How to periodize and rotate workout regimes.

- The best way to optimize your bodybuilding knowledge.

Useful Links:

http://www.mountaindogdiet.com

http://www.benpakulski.com/mi40

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Nov 14, 2013
003 Dr Jacob Wilson Interviewed by Ben Pakulski & John Meadows
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Dr. Jacob Wilson interviewed by Ben Pakulski and Mountain Dog John Meadows.

Dr. Jacob has an unparalleled dedication to the sport of bodybuilding, and has devoted the majority of his life to helping thousands of bodybuilders reach their goals. His academic achievements are vast, and include degrees in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, dozens of publications, and extensive experience teaching and public speaking. Sit back and learn from their muscle building knowledge in the realm of bodybuilding. Learn the optimal way to build muscle from these brilliant professionals

What you will learn on today's show:

  • The optimal breakfast for performance, muscle and fat loss.
  • A perfect morning supplement regimen to support muscle anabolism.

If you haven't already, we would love if you took a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking the link below! It would be extremely helpful to extend the reach of the show: Click Here

Useful Links:

http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/

http://www.mountaindogdiet.com

http://www.benpakulski.com/mi40

Oct 29, 2013
002 John Meadows and Ben Pakulski Interview
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Today, Ben Pakulski and Mountain Dog John Meadows share their muscle building experiences in the realm of bodybuilding. Learn the optimal way to build muscle from these two brilliant professionals. 

What you will learn on today's show:

  • John Meadows shares his upcoming opportunity to train and learn from Tom Platz. 
  • The best way to progress with leg development.
  • How to apply the variable of mechanical torque/tension for maximum muscle growth.
  • Manipulation of the exercise strength curl for better development. 
  • How to prioritize your exercises to optimize your muscle building results. 
  • Minimize injury by adjusting exercise wear patterns.
  • What it takes to build an impressive physique.
  • The best times to manipulate lifting tempo.

Useful Links:

http://www.mountaindogdiet.com

http://www.benpakulski.com/mi40

Oct 18, 2013
001 Brad Schoenfeld Interview
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On today’s show Ben Pakulski and John Meadows are excited to interview Brad Schoenfeld – discussing the practical applications of bodybuilding to take the “bro-science” out of exercise science.

Brad Schoenfeld, M.Sc., C.S.C.S., is an internationally renowned fitness expert and widely regarded as one of the leading authorities on body composition training (muscle development and fat loss).

On Today’s show we will learn:

  • If soreness an indication or even necessary for muscle growth
  • Proper biomechanics of a squat
  • If cell swelling is optimal for muscle hypertrophy
  • How to maximize muscle cell swelling
  • How to use creatine pre-contest
  • The top factors of promoting hypertrophy 
  • When to most effectively use a “de-load” while training
  • Fun facts about Brad

Useful links:

Brad Schoenfeld’s Blog - http://www.lookgreatnaked.com/blog/

Schoenfeld BJ. (2010). J Strength Cond Res. The mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy and their application to resistance training. (10):2857-72

Oct 14, 2013