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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.