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.
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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”
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.
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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.
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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.