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Oct 19, 2016

September 28, 2016 Podcast: 360: What Your Poop Can Tell You About Your Health, How To Heal Tendons & Ligaments Faster, Natural Ways To Decrease Cortisol & More! NEW! Click here for the official BenGreenfieldFitness calendar of events. Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the Podcast Sidekick.

What Your Poop Can Tell You About Your Health

Annie says: Annie has a question about poop. She's noticed that some foods come out the same way they look going in. Corn, quinoa, nuts, raw carrots and beans are some of the perpetrators. She recently made a big batch of KIN-I-OA, which is similar to Quinoa, and she lost her appetite just looking at it. So she was wondering what it means when she can see pieces of food in her poop? Are they being digested, is she absorbing their nutrients? If not, is it worth even eating them? And is there anything she can do to make them more bioavailable? Like eating nut butters over whole nuts?

In my response, I recommend: -3 Day Gut Panel -Soak Time Chart -Digestive Enzymes

How To Heal Tendons & Ligaments Faster

Yoddy says: He's undergoing major ligament and tissue surgery his wrist at the end of the month for a congenital hand problem. His recovery time is 2-3 weeks for skin, 4-6 weeks for ligament and tissue, 6 weeks in a splint, and 10 weeks of physio. A couple of weeks ago you sent him an article on Twitter that was skewed toward healing bones and joints. What would you do in order to maximize recovery and healing of tissue and ligaments?

-My article on TB-500 -My article on BPC-157 -My podcast on stem cells strategies

Float Tanks vs. Epsom Salt Baths

Miguel says: Miguel is from Texas and he's wondering what your opinion is on float tanks and float therapy. He loves taking magnesium baths an he's curious if there's much difference between magnesium baths and float therapy. And finally, what are pros and cons in regards of increased brain chemicals, stress relief and recovery. Where does float therapy stack up compared to other relaxation modalities?

In my response, I recommend: -Magnetic Clay Magnesium Salts/Topical Magnesium

How To Get Your Cycle Back After Being On The Pill

Becka says: She's a 25 year old endurance runner and long time fan of the show. She has a question about preparing for pregnancy as her husband and her are looking to start a family soon. After 10 years of being on birth control, she's finally ready to get off the pill. Do you have any recommendations for how to get her cycle to restart naturally? She's also wondering what prenatal vitamins you recommend that won't break the bank? Also, should she scale back on exercise while she's trying to conceive? She listened to the last podcast with tips on how to increase fertility in men, but can you do the same for women? Do you have any other suggestions on how she can best increase her chances of getting pregnant?

In my response, I recommend: -Thorne Prenatal -Probiotic -Topical Magnesium -Code Red

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Oct 15, 2016

Peter Shankman, my guest in this podcast, truly believes that ADD and ADHD are good for you. He believes they're not just good for you, but that they can be keys to success.

He hosts the website Faster Than Normal, a blog that focuses on the benefits of having ADD/HD and a podcast that interviews CEOs, celebrities, and other successful people who have ADD/HD, and have turned it to their advantage. For several years, Peter has been public about the fact that he's ADD/HD, and that he blames ADHD for most of his success. He's best known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO) and as the founder and CEO of The Geek Factory, Inc. a boutique social media, marketing and customer service strategy firm located in New York City. Peter spends the majority of his time on the road, keynoting corporate events for clients including AmericanExpress, Sheraton, Saudi Aramco, Cisco, SAP, Sprint, The US Department of Defense, Walt Disney World and many more. In his little spare time he is a NASA Advisory Board member, angel investor in multiple start-ups, sub-4 marathon runner, Ironman and B-licensed skydiver. A tweet of his was voted one of the top 10 Tweets of 2011 by ABC News and Twitter. He also recently authored the bestselling book Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. He lives in New York City with his beautiful wife and daughter, and two psychotic cats.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Peter thinks that ADD and ADHD are good for you...[7:30]

-How do you know if you have ADD or ADHD or if you're just a "busy" person...[16:20]

-The best book to read if you have ADD or ADHD...[16:46]

-Famous people who have ADD and ADHD (you'll be surprised), including Ben Franklin, Seth Godin and more...[18:17]

-Whether ADD and ADHD is an actual condition, or just an overdiagnosis for people who are busy and get stuff done...[21:35]

-Peter's three top easy and simple ways to "fast reboot" an ADHD brain...[30:14]

-Specific supplements that can help with ADD or ADHD...[38:27]

-How to eliminate decision-making fatigue and keep too many choices from "paralyzing" you...[41:40]

-What are the most important things you can do if you live with someone who has ADHD...[45:50]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Dopamine Brain Food by NaturalStacks -Book: Delivered From Distraction -My original interview with Peter: Top Fitness Productivity Tips From Peter Shankman AND A Massive Fitness & Nutrition Q&A Bonus!

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Peter or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Oct 12, 2016

Born without genetic gifts, my podcast guest today was once a weak and scrawny young man, who set out on a quest for the best body and brain secrets in his pursuit of super strength, mind power and radiant health. Nowadays, he’s known for his famous feats of pulling an 8,800 lb. firetruck by his hair, juggling flaming kettlebells, supporting half a ton in the wrestler’s bridge and more. He is the author of many books, a coach and a public speaker, and you can access all the goodness he how produces on his website "Lost Empire Herbs".

His name is Logan Christopher. And yes, I am serious - as a performing strongman, Logan has pulled an antique fire truck by his hair, juggled kettlebells that have been lit on fire, done weighted back flips, supported half a ton in a wrestler’s bridge position, and many of the more typical old-time strongmen feats like phonebook tearing and nail bending.

In today's podcast, we delve into neurolinguistic programming, hypnotism, energy medicine, psychology, herbalism and beyond, and during our discussion, you'll discover:

-What Logan discovered when he traveled to the Amazon jungle to spend time with indigenous people for two weeks...[4:50]

-The tea that Logan drank every morning while in the jungle to induce vomiting each morning...[6:23]

-How you can recall and interpret dreams more effectively...[8:35]

-How Logan went from being a weak and scrawny kid to pulling 8,800 lb. firetruck by his hair...[14:00]

-The little-known strength training techniques Logan learned from old-timey strongmen training routines...[15:38]

-How Logan trained to juggle flaming kettlebells, and a simple trick to light a kettlebell on fire...[22:15 & 26:30]

-A trick called "sub-modalities" to get instant breakthroughs in strength and power, and to do exercises you haven't been able to do before...[32:50]

-The three different forms of energy in Chinese medicine, and how to tap into each...[50:28]

-Why Ben puts black ant extract into his smoothies and shakes...[49:20]

-How to increase your prowess in the bedroom by not ejaculating and by using "jing" based herbs...[52:05]

-Why you may want to think twice about using the new "magical mushroom" formula purported to block bitter tastes...[60:10]

-An herbal root that most people don't know about, but that has been used by Russian scientists and athletes for hundreds of years...[62:25]

-The Chinese root that keeps women "juicy"...[65:35]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Dream Language: The Prophetic Power of Dreams, Revelations, and the Spirit of Wisdom -Achuar tribe of the Amazon -Guayusa herbal tea -Lost Empire Herbs (where you can get any of the herbal formulation that we discussed) -Food, Genes & Culture: Eating Right For Your Origins -The Mighty Atom: The Life and Times of Joseph L. Greenstein; Biography of a Superhuman -The Multi-Orgasmic Man

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Logan or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Oct 8, 2016

It's not often I read a book that is less than 100 pages long and I fold over and highlight nearly every page.

But that was indeed the case when I read the book "How (& Why) To Eat More Vegetables", a book with a very simple title but a very wide range of practical plant-eating information I've never seen published elsewhere, including little-known superfood plants, why humans are like an upside down plant, how to make extremely nutritionally dense vegetable powders and much more. The book was written by the guest of this podcast: Dr. Tom Cowan. Dr. Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston A. Price, as well as Rudolf Steiner’s work on biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree and he graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003. Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation™. During his career he has studied and written about many subjects in medicine. These include nutrition, homeoathy, anthroposophical medicine and herbal medicine. He is the principal author of the book The Fourfold Path to Healing and is the co-author of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care. He writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the foundation’s quarterly magazine, and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three children and three grandchildren and practices medicine in San Francisco, where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why a plant is like an upside-down human, carrots and roots are good for your sinus and head, leaves are good for your lungs, and flowers are good for your metabolic and reproductive systems...[15:30 & 19:12]

-Why Dr. Cowan believes that vegetables are vastly misunderstood and misused by modern "healthy" diets, such as the Paleo diet...[27:45, 32:50 & 45:00]

-How commonly vilified foods such as beans and grains are actually good for you and a crucial part of an ancestrally appropriate diet...[29:35]

-Why you should seek out and learn to eat a special superfood vegetable called "Ashitaba"...[37:30]

-The little-known plant that can lower blood sugar more powerfully than the diabetic drug Metformin...[41:50]

-The fascinating tale of how the vegetable variety of "ancient Californians" compares to the vegetable variety of modern Californians today...[44:45 & 47:50]

-How the container that you store a vegetable or other food in can drastically affect the energy and nutrient bioavailability of that food...[51:30 & 52:50]

-Whether you should eat vegetables in their raw vs. cooked form...[56:35]

-How to make vegetable powders from tomatoes that taste just like bacon...[60:35]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -The 2016 Weston A. Price Foundation conference -The Fourfold Path to Healing -The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care -Nutrition and Physical Degeneration -Biodynamic wine -Anthroposophic medicine

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Cowan or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Oct 7, 2016

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When it comes to your hormone balance, your sleep, your mood, your gut function, your physical performance, your cognitive power and nearly every other body and brain variable you want to optimize, nothing beats addressing the health of your vagus nerve.

In Podcast #341, I talk a bit about how to enhance your vagus nerve tone and "hack" your nervous system, but I really only scratched the surface of everything you can do to care for and enhance this incredibly important nerve. So in today's podcast, you're going to learn everything you need to know about your vagus nerve and how to properly care for it. If you implement the tips in this episode, I guarantee you will be shocked at the results and effects on stress and heart rate variability, mental horsepower, physical performance, recovery, digestion, hormone balance, libido and much more. My guest on this episode is Joseph Cohen. Joe is the owner and main writer at SelfHacked.com. Since upgrading or 'biohacking' himself, Joe has become an investor and entrepreneur, founding SelfDecode, a biotech company that helps people understand their genetics in order to optimize their health. SelfDecode will use genetics, blood tests, symptoms and other health data to predict beneficial outcomes for drugs, supplements, lifestyle and dietary changes in order to optimize health. Joe also consults with high profile executives, self-hackers and companies and is writing a book about optimizing health. Joe likes to spend his free time learning how to code.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why Joe was, at one point, unemployable...[5:45]

-What the vagus nerve is and how it drastically affects health or disease various organs...[11:50 & 16:45]

-The nitty gritty science...how does the vagus nerve *work* exactly...[14:30]

-The best way to check your vagus nerve function...[43:15]

-Free and easy things you can do increase the health of our vagus nerve...[31:30]

-The best sleeping position for the vagus nerve...[44:15]

-Top foods and eating strategies hat help your vagus nerve...[35:30]

-Joe's top piece of biohacking gear for the vagus nerve...[37:20] -The three supplements for the vagus nerve...[41:20]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -32 Ways To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve article -Podcast #341 on "How To Hack Your Nervous System" -Alan Aragon's Research Review -Perry Marshal book - Evolution 2.0 Breaking Deadlock Between Darwin & Design -Huperzine (club moss) -Galantamine nootropic herbs -Fish oil -Quick coherence technique video -ICES PEMF device -RS6330 genetic snip for vagus nerve health

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Joe or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Oct 5, 2016

Dr. John Rusin has a lot of alphabet letters after his name.

He is, after all, Dr. John Rusin, PT, DPT, CSCS, ART, FMS1-2, YBT, SFMA, FDN.

So when it comes to the best and the worst of physical therapy modalities, and the most cutting-edge physical therapy and recovery techniques you can use to heal your body fast, John is a wealth of knowledge. This guy has more than a decade of elite-level training experience and advanced degrees in both exercise science and physical therapy, and his job is to develop performance, regeneration, and aesthetics programs for some of the world's best power athletes, NFL and MLB athletes, gold-medal Olympians, competitive powerlifters, and bodybuilders. In addition to his sports-performance physical-therapy practice in Madison, Wisconsin, he's also the owner of John Rusin Fitness Systems, an online fitness platform geared toward synergizing the best of high-performance training and intelligently designed physiotherapy/regeneration programming to athletes and clients across the world.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why John says he's not a "run-of-the-mill" physical therapist...[11:10]

-The important difference between acupuncture and functional dry needling for healing an injury fast...[15:20]

-Whether Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) - also known as "scraping" - works...[22:45]

-How you can retrain your pelvis and bowel function using something called Pelvic Floor Postural Reeducation...[29:55]

-If "cupping" really works, and why Dr. Rusin thinks it is much like the infamous pump from the Austin Power's movie...[38:50]

-Dr. Rusin's opinions on blood flow restriction training, also known as Kaatsu...[44:55]

-How Dr. Rusin created the 12-week training program called "FHTP"...[51:20]

-How you can use elastic bands to get what is called "Rhythmic and Reactionary Dynamic Stability, Strength and Stabilization"...[53:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this show: -Dr. Rusin's Functional Hypertrophy Training Program (coupon code: “BG25” gets you $25 off of his FHT program) -This T-Nation article: The Absolute Best and Worst Therapy Methods -Chinese method of Gua sha rock scraping -The Edge tool that Dr. Rusin uses -Kaatsu occlusion training bands -Rogue Fitness bandbell bars

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Rusin or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Oct 1, 2016

Neil Strauss is an American author, journalist and ghostwriter, perhaps best known for his controversial best-selling book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, in which he describes his experiences in the seduction community in an effort to become a "pick-up artist." He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and also writes regularly for The New York Times. But Neil's interests go far beyond "seduction". For example, in his book Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life, he spent three years surviving amongst survivalists, tax-dodgers, billionaire businessmen, and the government itself, and the book was hailed by Rolling Stone as an "escape plan" for the current world crisis. When I visited Neil's home in Malibu to record this interview, I found myself immersed with Neil in everything from advanced virtual reality game playing, crazy underwater pool workouts, surfing with internet celebrities and drinking "billion-dollar smoothies", all of which you'll hear about in this podcast recorded from Neil's kitchen.

During our discussion, which gets slightly explicit at times, you'll discover:

-Exactly how to do an underwater pool workout like Laird Hamilton...[7:25]

-The ingredients of the "billion dollar smoothie"...[12:50]

-Why Neil and I were surfing with internet celebrity Cameron Dallas prior to recording the episode...[16:20]

-Why Neil is so interested in advanced virtual reality gaming...[18:20]

-Why Neil checked himself into sex addiction therapy...[22:30]

-Neil's uncomfortable volley of questions to me in which I potentially throw my Mom and Dad "under the bus"...[36:40 & 55:00]

-Neil's three steps for "rewiring" your brain without the use of smart drugs or biohacks...[45:30 & 63:00]

-Why Neil paid to get thrown in the back of a trunk with his hands ziptied together...[77:30] -And much more!

Resources from this episode: -My podcast with Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece about underwater workouts -The book "Rules of the Game" -The book "The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships" -The book "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists" -The book "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness" -The book "Radical Honesty -The book "Superlife -Intranasal oxytocin 

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Neil or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Sep 28, 2016

On several recent podcasts, I've mentioned that (especially when I've been traveling and have limited equipment), one of my key, go-to workouts is a program known as "Neuro-Mass", which I now consider to be one of fastest methods for developing power and strength with little more than your own bodyweight and, optionally, a kettlebell or two, adding slabs of functional muscle to a lean frame quickly, and building muscle recruitment and explosiveness in a smart, systematic way. 

Neuro-Mass gives you the exact protocols you need to create an impressive, functional, athletic physique, combining the best kettlebell resistance and bodyweight exercises with a new cutting edge training method called "Neuro-Sets". These Neuro-Sets, comprised of grinds, isometrics and explosive movements, create rapid physique transformation. While most training programs only focus on one approach to create growth or lean muscle or power or strength, Neuro-Mass uses multiple stressors in a single workout to create a better and smarter body, developing pure power combined with amazing capacity for sustained and continual strength output. The entire program was designed by this episode's podcast guest: Jon Bruney. Jon's exploits as Guinness World Record-holding strongman have been immortalized in Ripley’s Believe it or Not and seen on NBC’s: America’s got Talent, The Today Show and TruTv’s Guinness World Records Unleashed. A true renaissance man in the realm of strength-development, Jon is a best-selling author, world-class trainer, coach, motivational speaker, strongman, and pastor. Jon’s work with competitive athletes includes Olympians and NFL players. He is the author of the best-seller “Neuro-Mass – The Ultimate System for Spectacular Strength”. He also writes a training series called “Foundations” which is featured in MILO, widely considered the world’s most prestigious strength training journal. As co-owner of Submit Strength Equipment, Jon has been responsible for the design of numerous pieces of cutting-edge training equipment now in use around the world. Jon is also a veteran of numerous trainer certification courses.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why one of Jon's favorite tricks is to attach two Harley-Davidson motorcycles to his body...[11:15]

-How to start each set that you do with something called a "grind" to stimulate maximum muscle recruitment...[17:40]

-The best way to breathe if you are lifting a weight to maximize muscle tension...[21:45]

-Why Jon is such a fan of the Powerlung, and also putting a paper bag over your face...[24:10]

-A surprising training trick you can do with a yoga block while you are sprinting...[33:45]

-Why you should create "controlled trauma" in a muscle during an exercise...[36:40]

-The reason most people do isometric exercises like a wall squat the wrong way, and how you should actually do it...[43:00]

-How to exhaust a muscle completely with nothing more than a bath towel...[44:25]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Book: Neuro-Mass – The Ultimate System for Spectacular Strength -Magazine: MILO -The Powerlung -Neurogrips -Compex -Captain Of Crush hand grip strengthener

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Jon or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Sep 24, 2016

Do you ever get headaches after working on a computer for a long time?

Eye strain?

Mild irritation?

Brain fog?

It's not all in your head.

See, just like most televisions, computer monitors "flicker".  Monitors have been flickering for many years, but most people don't realize this because the flicker is invisible. However, the flicker is still very hard on your eyes and is just one of the computer monitor issues responsible for the growing epidemic of near-sightedness and myopia - also known as "computer vision syndrome".

Even fancy, modern PC LCD monitors are not flicker-free, even though many people think they are. These LCD monitors originally started out by using something called CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lamps) as a backlight source for the monitor, but in recent years manufacturers have shifted to using LEDs (light emitting diodes). If you have one of those thin monitors, then you probably have a LCD monitor with LED, and if you are unsure, you can check the model number on the backside of the monitor and Google it. The use of LED has numerous benefits, including lower power consumption, far fewer toxic substances due to the absence of the cathode and some fantastic picture quality advantages, but along with all these benefits come potential eyestrain issues that can damage and destroy your eyes over the long term. See, when your monitor is set to maximum brightness, the LEDs are glowing at full 100% strength. If you reduce the brightness setting in the menu, the LEDs need to omit less light, and this is accomplished by inserting small breaks, or pauses (flickers!) in which the LEDs turn off for a very short, nearly invisible time. When you reduce the brightness setting of your monitor even more, the breaks become longer. This creates a frustrating catch-22: a bright screen can strain your eyes, and the flicker created by a less bright screen can also strain your eyes. Compared to old-school CCFL monitors, the newer LED-based monitors carry the greatest risk of giving you eyestrain, tired eyes or nasty headaches. You can read more about this issue in the article "LED Monitors can cause headaches due to flicker".

My guest on today's podcast has figured out how to tackle this issue, and has invented a special piece of software called "Iris" that controls the brightness of the monitor with the help of your computer's video card, allows you to have adequate brightness without the flicker, and even automatically adjusts your computer monitor's settings based on the sun's position wherever you happen to be in the world.

His name is Daniel Georgiev, and he is a 20 year old computer programmer from Bulgaria. Before he learned to code, Daniel was a rower in his country's national team for more than 5 years, and participated in the 2012 World Rowing Junior Championship. During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Daniel got kicked off his soccer team, and within two years qualified for the Bulgarian National Team in rowing...[11:20]

-Why Daniel programmed his computer monitor to freeze and stop his work every 30 minutes...[19:45]

-Why Daniel doesn't like the computer program "Flux" for decreasing blue light on your monitor...[21:45]

-The link between color "temperature" and the amount of blue light a computer monitor creates...[29:52]

-How to convert a glossy computer monitor screen into a matte computer monitor screen...[33:50]

-Why you should use font rendering technologies to change the type of font you are looking at when you read on a computer monitor...[39:00]

-How to automatically invert colors on a screen or change the screen to grayscale when you are working to reduce eye strain and improve your ability to sleep...[46:25]

-Why you blink 66% less when you are working on a computer (and why yawning when you work on your computer is actually quite important)...[50:00 & 54:50]

-How to set up your computer monitor to force you to take automatic "Pomodoro" breaks, and get instant reminders for eye exercises, neck exercises and back exercises...[56:10]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-Iris software

-Anti-glare screen protectors

-The Eizo Flexscan 2436 Monitor Ben uses

-The BenQ Monitors that Daniel talks about

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Daniel or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

Sep 21, 2016

Meet the guys from MindPump podcast The hosts - who traveled all the way up from San Jose to descend upon my my house in Spokane, Washington to record this podcast - claim to "pull back the curtain on the mythology, snake oil and pseudo-science that pervades the fitness industry and present science-backed solutions that result in increased muscular development and performance while simultaneously emphasizing health." Take a gander at these fellas...as they seem to have the body composition and transformation equation pretty well figured out. They include...

Sal DiStefano... Sal was 14 years old when he touched his first weight and from that moment he was hooked. Growing up asthmatic, frequently sick and painfully skinny, Sal saw weightlifting as a way to change his body and his self-image. In the beginning, Sal’s body responded quickly to his training but then his gains slowed and then stopped altogether. Not one to give up easily, he began reading every muscle building publication he could get his hands on to find ways to bust through his plateau. He read Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, Mentzer’s Heavy Duty, Kubrick’s Dinosaur Training, and every muscle magazine he could find; Weider’s Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Iron Man and even Muscle Media 2000. Each time he read about a new technique or methodology he would test it out in the gym. At age 18 his passion for the art and science of resistance training was so consuming that he decided to make it his profession and become a personal trainer. By 19 he was managing health clubs and by 22 he owned his own gym. After 17 years as a personal trainer he has dedicated himself to bringing science and TRUTH to the fitness industry.

Adam Schafer... Adam Schafer is a IFBB men's physique Pro and fitness expert. Adam made his entrance into the fitness world 14 years ago and has continued to send shock waves throughout the community ever since. He is a man of many talents who wears many hats. He is first and foremost a certified fitness expert who has an insatiable desire to help people in need of major lifestyle changes and daily accountable motivation. He is also incredibly driven entrepreneur and business minded individual with a vision that continually challenges his colleagues and peers to think bigger and achieve more.

Justin Andrews... Justin has an incredible passion to disrupt the personal training industry and create ground breaking programs and tools that fitness professionals and clients alike can benefit from. The fitness industry in general needs a massive face lift to speak more to the generation growing up with a more advanced technology tool kit. Justin’s approach is to create programs that utilize technology as it advances and cut through the millions of options people face everyday when seeking specific information relating to their fitness needs. The great thing about where we are today is how easy it is to access information, the bad part about accessing all this information is how much misinformation is out there to weed through. As a health and fitness professional with a proven track record here in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Justin Andrews will keep working tirelessly to keep people educated and connected to quality personal trainers long into the future.

Doug Egge... Doug received his first gym membership as a gift from his dad when he was 16 years old. Rocky III had just come out and he was determined to build a body like Stallone. It never happened. Despite following the advice of muscle magazines and busting his butt in the gym, Doug saw minimal gains over the next 30 years. Then he was introduced to Sal Di Stefano by his chiropractor who recommended he work with Sal to eliminate muscle imbalances that were causing lower back issues. Sal's unique approach, often 180 degrees different from what Doug had read in books and magazines, produced more results in a matter of months than he had experienced in the 30 years prior. Doug with an extensive marketing and media production background, recognized Sal's unique gift and perspective was missing from the fitness world and suggested that they should join forces. Doug and Sal have since produced life-altering programs such as the No BS 6-Pack Formula and MAPS Anabolic. Doug is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Adam and Justin as Producer of MindPump.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why bodybuilders are traveling to Kuwait and mysteriously coming back with 20+ pounds of extra muscle...[17:00]

-The truth about underground muscle building supplements like SARMS, Clomid, injectable testosterones and more...[23:20 & 30:10]

-Why old-timey strength training protocols could be the best way to build strength compared to new-school bodybuilding protocols...[34:00 & 41:00]

-How to do an "anabolic triggering session"...[52:00]

-Why you need far less protein than you think...[59:30]

-The biggest myths in the fitness industry...[67:40]

-And much more...

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for the MindPump team or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!

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