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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

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