March 30, 2020
Peptides will most likely be a familiar term for most listeners of this podcast, with the awareness of their benefits and effects growing steadily during the last part of the 20th century and into this one. Today we are joined by Ryan Smith, one of the top three leading experts on the subject of peptides! He is the CEO of Tailor Made Compounding, a company out of Kentucky that has now gone international. He is here to discuss the impact of peptides, the effects of certain products and just share his general genius for this area of knowledge. It has become clear that peptide use, amongst so many other types of supplements and health science, is the most tissue-specific treatment modality and Ryan shares so much about how this all works in many different cases. You are not going to want to miss out on a second of this conversation! He gets into so many different products, some of which might be familiar and many you may not have heard of too.   Do not forget to visit our unbelievable show sponsors, BLUblox. Get 15% off my favorite blue light-blocking glasses from BLUBlox at using the code MUSCLE   Timestamps   Ryan's work in the realm of peptides and the two approaches his company takes. [2:55] The history of peptides, important discoveries and mainstream awareness. [4:49] Two mechanisms for peptides and different long term benefits. [6:58] A broad-stroke approach with growth hormone versus more precise means. [10:06] Thoughts on the concerns about growth hormones and different types of cancers. [15:53] The excitement around NA-1 and its efficacy in fighting cancer and viral illnesses. [17:09] Dosing schedules and the mechanistic, inner workings of Epitalon. [18:58] Sleep benefits, daily dosage times and fitting into a natural pulse. [20:28] Using peptides to stimulate the pituitary and the effects on sleep. [21:42] The range of mitochondrial peptides that Ryan is working with at the moment. [25:56] The fat loss dimension to this conversation and the results seen so far. [27:21] Ryan's thoughts on the popular BPC-157 and who could use it for best results. [31:11] The products that Ryan is most excited about in terms of brain optimization. [34:07] Statistics for Dihexa and how it compares to other products. [37:08] Cerebrolysin and the results that have been noted in cases of stroke and TBI. [41:27] The areas that Ryan is most excited about currently in the peptide space. [45:25] The process of FDA approval and listing of available products. [47:58] Potential negative effects of peptides; side-effects and allergies. [4:26] Understanding lipopolysaccharides and avoiding some serious health dangers. [50:30] Regulation and legality; avoiding dangerous products from unknown sources. [52:07]
March 26, 2020
Trainers and coaches often overlook the synergy that is produced when the body and mind are mutually benefited with exercise. Our preoccupation with physical appearance and our “weak areas” have caused us to ignore the role that our mind plays in effectuating the physical changes we long to see. In this episode, Ben interviews Jacques Taylor to discuss workouts that not only develop the body but that are stimulating to the mind – exercises the reset negative associations and rewire the brain to form the positive connections required for holistic transformation. Listeners will learn about the strong correlation between mindset and the physical changes that manifest in the body. Indeed, negative attitudes cause the excretion of cortisol and other hormones that hamper the effect of training on the body, and, therefore, there is strong evidence that suggests that by enjoying exercising, you get much more out of a workout, allowing you to change mind and body simultaneously. It is up to coaches to construct an environment where people engage with their exercises mindfully and where they are systematically guided in changing the way they think about physical training. Tuning into today’s conversation, listeners will learn about triggers for the production of BDNF, how the brain’s anticipatory nature plays into workouts, and how training can be used to change the mind. Jacques also discusses and gives examples of the seven principles of neuromuscular orchestration. Thank you to our awesome show sponsor, makers of my favorite grassfed collagen and powdered MCT: BUBS, a company making just a few extremely high-quality products and giving back a whopping 10% of their sales to charity. I use their powdered collagen and MCT in my coffee every morning. Use the code INTELLIGENCE for a full 20% off your purchase HERE. Timestamps The importance of not clinging to a mindset and learning to trust your mind flow. [3:36] Why it might be necessary to go through anger to reach peak performance. [5:12] The role of the hormones that are produced by your muscles during exercise. [7:11] Triggers for the production of BDNF in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. [8:55] The restricted physical benefits of exercise on people who dislike exercising. [10:48] The mechanisms that prevent positive responses to exercise in those who find it stressful. [12:53] How the brain can anticipate exercise-related stress even before the workout  [15:07] Why some people hate to exercise and ways to combat the negative associations. [17:00]  How training can be utilized to develop the necessary skills and transform the mind. [21:33] The advantages and disadvantages of the anticipatory nature of our brains. [25:14] The neurochemical processes that shape a person’s mindset about their likelihood to succeed or fail. [27:14] The rationale behind the seven principles of neuromuscular orchestration. [30:57] Principle 1: When you train the body, you inextricably train the mind. [32:59] Principle 2: The resolution of the nervous system is plastic (and this relates to movement). [36:18] Advice for improving thoracic mobility while still maintaining the same load. [42:04] Principle 3: The sensitivity of the nervous system is dynamic. [45:17] Principles 4: The mobility of the nervous system is key to posture and motion. [46:50] Jacque’s view on the use of a foam roller to impact the nervous system. [53:03] Principle 5: To perform an exercise, a nervous system must determine which muscles or motor units are best suited and then recruit them. [54:22] Principle 6: The motor units and muscles recruited must produce adequate energy to generate the required tension and power. [58:03] Principle 7: The nervous system coordinates a cardiovascular metabolic and endocrine response required to support the activity of the neuromuscular system. [1:01:10] An example of how you can develop a mental/emotional characteristic in the gym. [1:09:29]
March 23, 2020
Ben recently celebrated a birthday and talks to listeners about how he approaches these events and why it is different from all other “special” days with materialistic agendas. This year he is spending the week surrounding his birthday in the woods with his family and a friend-mentor and is looking forward to some time for reflection. For him, always asking questions about your own thoughts and behaviors is a sure strategy for personal development. In this episode, Ben talks about letting go of the desire to be right, the importance of engaging in conversations with people who disagree with you or hold different values, and how we should tackle our bad habits and behavioral problems at the unconscious level. Trying to destroy or create a habit is difficult or near impossible, and therefore Ben recommends replacing a bad habit with a good one and shifting your perspective from giving up something to gaining. He also answers questions about effective sleep tracking, the most relevant metrics, and the stress and recovery cycle that training produces. The Q&A wraps up with Ben sharing the value of internal strategies for stress management rather than resorting to external coping mechanisms. Do not forget to visit our friends at BLUblox for the finest, most stylish blue-blocking eyewear available. Get 15% off my favorite blue-light-blocking glasses from BLUBlox at using the code MUSCLE   Timestamps Hear about Ben’s upcoming meat camp, the location, and his first job as a butcher. [2:40] Ben’s stint of vegetarianism, his unhealthy diet, and debates about eating animals. [4:14] The advantages of having an in-person conversation with someone you disagree with. [7:42] Letting go of your need to be right and what David Hawkins can teach us in this regard. [8:45] The well-known book about attachment styles and why Ashleigh finds it problematic. [10:07] How Ben approaches his birthdays and what he’ll be doing more of this year. [14:07] The value of being your own worst critic and continuously questioning and reflecting. [15:27] Objective versus process-oriented goals and why implementing daily habits is best. [16:51] Shifting the unconscious and replacing habits rather than trying to destroy or create them. [18:33] Why it is necessary to leverage the unconscious to change behavior. [19:51] Thoughts on sleep tracking, comparing your numbers, and how lifestyle plays a role. [21:42] How training is all about creating physical stress and then recovering as soon as possible. [23:43] Why the respiration rate is one of the most important – yet often overlooked – metrics. [25:25] Internal strategies for stress management versus resorting to external coping mechanisms. [27:22] The powerful opportunity there exists in making food and doing it with care and love. [31:01] An actionable tip for improving your glutes and building your lats while training. [32:52]  Remembering that exercise execution is about moving toward the maximum challenge. [36:37]
March 19, 2020
Our brains are wired in incredible ways to respond to stimulus, remember, and be rewired in ways that profoundly affect our functioning and development. Today we are joined by Dr. John Medina, molecular biologist and author of Brain Rules, a fascinating blend of stories and insights into neuroscience and psychology, with a focus on understanding how the brain functions in order to improve it. In this episode, we are going to talk about some of this functioning, beginning by understanding the nurture/nature mixture that shapes humans as they grow. Of course, the way parents treat their children has a lot to do with this idea of the relationship between influence and brain development. John gives some remarkable insights for the parents out there, sharing some actionable tips to apply right now for being better carers to our kids. We hear about four typical responses to a distressed child, one of which provides them with the tools they need to turn into healthy well-functioning adults, the other three of which are highly damaging. Our conversation touches on anxiety and depression too, and we talk about how to view them in a different light and cure them through different meditations, exercise, and cognitive behavioral therapy. John also weighs in on how to deal with stress, the many gadgets involved in memory, the difference between brain and mind, and the idea that our actions shape our brains. For all this and a whole lot more on the subject of neuropsychology from an incredibly accomplished molecular biologist make sure you tune in today! Thank you to our awesome show sponsor, makers of my favorite grassfed collagen and powdered MCT: BUBS, a company making just a few extremely high-quality products and giving back a whopping 10% of their sales to charity. I use their powdered collagen and MCT in my coffee every morning. Use the code INTELLIGENCE for a full 20% off your purchase HERE.   Timestamps Dr. Medina’s research: molecular biology & nurture/nature roots of brain functioning. [5:18] The influence of parent responses to distressed children and their personalities. [10:54] Four typical parent responses to distressed kids: three of which are wrong! [12:54] How to acknowledge and give tools to kids when they are in distress to their benefit. [16:30] The confounding, person-specific things about stress that make it hard to measure. [21:33] How to deal with stress: get better at controlling your response to it. [26:03] Depression chemicals and confounders to finding a depression gene: womb trauma. [30:49] How effective CBT is for curing depression, and how it works by rewiring perception. [34:55] How CBT uses rewards for pairing NATs with positive thoughts, withering the NATS. [39:14] Exercise as a combatant to depression on molecular, cellular and behavioral levels. [43:43] Underfunded studies on exercise and mixing aerobic workouts with mindfulness. [49:20] Enhanced executive function induced by walking in spaces with a lot of green colors. [50:04] Teenage executive function improvement through cognitively challenging exercise. [51:20] The many brain gadgets involved in memory and how it unevenly deteriorates. [58:10] Physical differences and ‘theory of mind’: male and female brain differences? [1.02:30] A perspective that the mind is the ‘space’ between the neuron ‘walls’. [1.08:50] Dr. Medina’s reductionist ideas on positive thoughts and neurochemical changes. [1.12:20] Not escalating in anger but rather practicing inductive approaches to rule-making. [1.16:54] Dr. Medina’s new book; forgetting everything but the weapon in a threat situation. [1.19:41] The necessity of watching the sunrise in optimizing sleep for hacking the brain. [1.22:20]
March 16, 2020
Despite Coronavirus hype, Ben and Ashleigh take off their masks to have a great conversation in today’s show, covering a broad range of topics. They kick it off with Ashleigh’s exciting new project, an organ meat cookbook, and then get into the relationship between one's genes and their ideal diet. Cognitive associations with nasty foods or diet types can cause complications and so it's important to set up positive mental connections with healthy things to eat! Of course, Ben and Ashleigh couldn’t get on the air without weighing in on Coronavirus but luckily Ben shares a power pack of vitamins that would make the sickness feel like nothing more than a common flu to anybody with a healthy immune system! Next up, Ben gets into some of his annoyances about people who choose to become bodybuilders for egotistical reasons and pick the quickest route with the most gear to get themselves in a state to compete. We hear why Ben won't train people like this, and about the importance of doing things for the right reasons. Even the world’s top athletes can be unhealthy in certain ways though, but fortunately, there are people out there like Ben who know how to support them through their stress. Our hosts then move on to talk about some best practices while training, adherence being a huge one, and then Ben gives some insight into the coaching certification he is busy building, as well as the other things he sees as the best fit for his time. Make sure you don’t miss out on these great talking points by joining Ben and Ashleigh today! A big thank you to the awesome sponsor of the show, makers of Ben’s favorite grass-fed collagen and powdered MCT: BUBS, a company making just a few extremely high-quality products and giving back a whopping 10% of their sales to charity. Ben uses their powdered collagen and MCT in his coffee every morning. Use the code INTELLIGENCE for a full 20% off your purchase HERE.   Timestamps Ashleigh’s upcoming organ recipe book; creating new cognitive food associations. [0:30] All the lessons about organ meat Ashleigh learned at Joe beef, and her ideal market. [4:38] Eating in sync with one’s genes and perspectives on health issues related to veganism. [6:13] The ineffectiveness of intuitive eating due to cognitive associations with unhealthy food. [9:50] Coronavirus hype and how it won’t give most folks more symptoms than flu. [13:44] Ben’s immune protocol for beating Coronavirus: Vitamin A, D, C, NAC, etc. [15:30] What Ben will and won’t perpetuate as a muscle trainer; health vs obsessiveness. [18:46] How people who pursue true mental health wouldn’t be interested in bodybuilding. [23:06] Bad training, poor reasoning, and why the best athletes are not the most healthy. [23:36] How monitoring/optimizing only works if you adhere to workout/diet schedules. [28:19] Seemingly disconnected supportive measures that should be used on top athletes. [31:00] Too much information Ben receives and why Ashleigh won’t let him train her. [32:11] Ben’s current focuses: the coaching/business certification he is building. [33:13] What shows true knowledge: being able to explain concepts to the people at the back. [35:24] Ben’s expertise, the story of the boilermaker, and ‘knowing where to tap.’ [36:09] The offerings in Ben’s certification: everything that goes into a true transformation. [38:08] Something Ben missed in his Coronavirus shield: glycine i.e., BUBS Naturals. [39:00] The contents of Ben’s pantry: fresh-pressed olive oil, real sea salt, and BUBS! [41:58] Benefits of MCT for energy and Ben’s coffee: liquid Alpha GPC, MCT, Lion’s Mane. [43:10] Ben’s habit of the week: no phones for the first and last three hours of the day. [45:30]
March 11, 2020
The new book by Dr. John Berardi, Change Maker is one of the most informative, inspirational and all-encompassing books on health, fitness, and business available. Ben has been completely blown away by its scope, philosophy and the depth of work and thought that has obviously gone into it. We are so lucky to have Dr. Berardi on the show today to discuss the book and his career and we cannot wait to share this great stuff with all of you! John opens up about the importance of openness to lessons that we constantly encounter, before diving into the ideas of purpose and passion. He shares generously about his own story, the difficulties he had growing up and how an almost fatal car crash changed his life forever. We get to talk about the centrality of your own unique abilities and how these, combined with your story and values, can help you achieve amazing things and execute your purpose! John has a strong message for remaining true to oneself and ignoring the powerful influence of what others might do, it is your internal guidance that will tell you which way is best. This does not mean you cannot seek assistance, rather success is only real when it is on your terms and unique to you! We delve deeper into the chapters of the book, looking at coaching and business, goal setting and behavior. For all of this and a whole lot more in a jam-packed episode, be sure to listen in! Do not forget to visit our amazing friends at BLUblox for the finest, most stylish blue-blocking eyewear available. Use the code 'MUSCLE' at checkout for a huge 15% discount!   Timestamps The impact Change Maker has already had on Ben and his standout chapter. [4:49] Finding ways to internalize important lessons and carrying them forward. [8:11] Purpose and passion; John's own journey and some of the important moments. [12:17] John's amazing awareness for getting his life back on track in his teens. [15:41] Advice for the managing the shifts that we have to endure; John's systematic process. [18:38] How to use your unique abilities, values and origin story to execute your purpose. [22:29] Taking your bearings from yourself and ignoring what you think others are doing. [28:35] A valuable lesson about believability from Ray Dalio's book, Principles. [34:50] Lessons that Ben learned during his bodybuilding days about theory and reality. [40:04] Weighting a number of believable opinions to have make the most informed choices. [43:09] A parable of a grandma and a turkey on Thanksgiving! [45:25] The 'jobs to be done' overhaul at Precision Nutrition for serving clients more fully. [47:40] The chapter on coaching from Change Maker and the lessons in it about care. [57:57] John's system for goal-setting; focussing on behavior and mastery. [1:04:54] Going deeper with clients using the idea of the 'five whys'. [1:10:50] The best way to read and work through John's book for optimum results. [1:15:57] Extra content and material that John is offering online at the moment! [1:17:50]
March 4, 2020
Our guest today is the inspiring Dr. Kelly McGonigal and she is here to talk about her new book, The Joy of Movement. Dr. McGonigal is a professor at Stanford University, where she is immersed in the study and practice of movement and exercise as foundational aspects of human flourishing. She teaches a dance class and is involved in many other initiatives helping people from all different backgrounds and areas of life, find joy and health through motion. Dr. McGonigal tells us a bit about her book, the inspiration behind it and who she imagines it helping the most. We also discuss how she decided to include her own story in its contents, personalizing the writing process and bringing the readers into her world. Our guest also gives us some great insight into the building blocks of what she does, talking about relatively recent discoveries around the importance of muscles in our psychological states and more. Viewed through the lens of evolution, movement can be seen as a necessary and enriching part of life and Kelly explains exactly why this is and how movement has made up a big part of social engagement and contribution. To finish off, she talks about ways that movement can be adopted from a potentially oppositional stance and how following what you love is the key to a great exercise practice. Remember to visit our amazing show sponsors, BLUblox, for the best blue-blocking sunglasses available. Use the code 'MUSCLE' to get a huge 15% discount at checkout!   Timestamps An introduction to Dr. McGonigal's work and interest in movement and health. [6:31] The role of dance in dealing with stress and experiencing joy. [7:59] How Dr. McGonigal meets people where they are and finds access points for them. [10:34] The jumping-off point for the book and the audience she wrote it for. [14:05] Dr. McGonigal's enjoyment in the writing process and including her own story. [17:39] The newly discovered role of muscles in our bodies and the idea of 'hope molecules'. [20:01] The evolution of humankind and the rewards for social engagement and contribution. [22:54] Solutions for portions of the population who are averse to movement and exercise. [30:05] The value of progress in exercise and how this differs from case to case. [34:13] Overcoming obstacles and fear and how movement can aid people on their journey. [40:21] The everyday application of different exercises and the empowerment of physicality. [43:57] Verbal affirmations, inner mantras and the internalization of positive associations. [45:50]
March 2, 2020
Welcome back to the show everybody! For this Q&A session, Ben and Ashleigh are tackling some deep and esoteric questions around objective structures for your life, questioning our surroundings, the legacy of family experiences and the minds of sociopaths! Ben has just returned from Bali, back to the cold in Canada and he starts off by sharing how he managed to get some uncommonly good sleep while traveling back. From there the conversation turns to the idea of a proactive approach to your life, staying outcome-driven and how this can simplify your daily choices. Ben makes the argument that we all have an amazing ability to transform and shape our reality and that through inquisitiveness and commitment we are capable of almost anything. Ashleigh explains a little about what goes into the mind of someone without guilt and how we might all have a little bit of these sociopathic tendencies! We finish off the chat considering applying these ideas of objectifying habits to our nutrition, making it easier to stick to our plans and achieve our goals. Don't forget to check out BLUBlox and get 15% off our favorite blue-light-blocking glasses at, using the code 'MUSCLE'!   Timestamps Ben's recent experiences traveling and thinking about the dangers of the coronavirus. [0:39] The benefits of a proactive, objective life rather than a subjective and reactive one. [2:45] The uncommon and difficult skill of staying outcome-driven every day. [8:09] Transformative power that we all have through the things we can control. [11:48] The externalization of the conditions of our goals; it's much more internal! [16:44] Having a constantly inquisitive attitude and questioning everything you know. [18:26] Family dynamics and different experiences of growing up in the same home. [21:08] A lack of guilt and what defines a sociopathic mindset. [24:02] Self-preservation, fight or flight states and how this translates into modern life. [27:28] Objectifying your nutrition habits and schedule; different ways to control your intake. [28:54] Ben and Ashleigh's love for organ meat, olive oil, and BLUblox! [32:26]
February 26, 2020
The life of a Navy SEAL is undoubtedly one of the most demanding setups we can imagine. From the physical and mental challenges, mortal dangers and ultimately the readjustment to something else upon return from service, the process can take a heavy toll on those who opt-in. Our guest today, Jeff Nichols went through all of this and experienced each and every high and low that you may imagine. Today he is a fitness trainer and life coach, having turned his difficulties into something supportive and helpful for others around him. We start off the conversation on the topic of loss and the funerals of people he knew in the military before transitioning into themes of vulnerability and compassion and how Jeff had to learn the importance of these values later in life. Jeff believes that now his life revolves around the special people in it, from friends and family to his partner and his son. He talks a bit about the anchors that keep him going and how this has all inspired him to help as many people with a similar experience to him as possible. For this truly inspiring chat with Jeff Nichols, make sure not to miss this episode! Thank you to our awesome show sponsor, makers of my favorite grassfed collagen and powdered MCT: BUBS, a company making just a few extremely high-quality products and giving back a whopping 10% of their sales to charity. I use their powdered collagen and MCT in my coffee every morning. Use the code INTELLIGENCE for a full 20% off your purchase HERE.   Timestamps Jeff's experience in the Navy and the number of funerals he attended. [7:09] The place that vulnerability has in Jeff's life and how he grew into this more recently. [9:48] Jeff’s process he had to go through to reach a compassionate outlook. [14:19] People in Jeff's life that give it meaning and the centrality of his current partner. [19:04] The anchors in Jeff's life that allowed him to keep going on his journey of discovery. [24:52] Advice from Jeff for transitioning from one intense lifestyle into something else. [29:06] Finding purpose and bringing in the elements of spirituality and community. [32:22] The place of health, fitness and skills training in Jeff's work and mission. [36:38] Managing stressors and digestion with sleep; the first steps in Jeff's process. [43:22] Jeff's foundational approach to sleep and the two doctors who have influenced him. [48:12] How to get in contact with Jeff and some of his business aspirations for the future. [54:32]
February 24, 2020
This week's Q&A is an international one, with Ben reporting from his villa in Bali and Ashleigh back in icy Canada! We get to hear about where Ben is staying, the beautiful time he has been having and his hopes for further trips and camps in Bali in the near future! Ben and Ash then dive into some questions from social media, with Ben sharing his favorite holiday spot to take his kids, skepticism on the debate around protein, and why thinking about food too much is a waste of time and energy. The idea of optimal note-taking is also covered, with Ash and Ben sharing their strategies for best learning practices while listening to podcasts. Ben makes a strong argument for a good life being reliant on muscle and strength and the three different parts of exercise that need attention. The episode ends off with some thoughts on fasting and caloric deficits, and why stressing your body can lead to greater failure. Plus, don’t forget to check out Ben’s favorite grassfed collagen and powdered MCT, which comes from BUBS Naturals, a company making just a few extremely high-quality products and giving back a whopping 10% of their sales to charity. Their powdered collagen and MCT is the perfect addition to your coffee every morning. Use the code INTELLIGENCE for a full 20% off your purchase at   Timestamps The amazing time Ben has been having in Bali for the last week! [0:47] Possible retreats and Muscle Camps in Bali in the future! [4:18] The best place Ben has taken his kids on vacation and what made it so great. [5:26] Ideas for note-taking while listening to this and other interesting podcasts! [7:14] Ben's skepticism around the current debates on mTOR and AMPK. [12:20] How muscle and quality of life are intimately linked, and three approaches to exercise. [15:55] Perspectives that wasting time and energy on food can hold you back. [19:33] Cookie-cutter behaviors and why sexier always sells more, even when less healthy. [22:41] The multiple-level effects of living in a caloric deficit and the importance of sleep. [23:35]
February 17, 2020
It is a challenge in our modern society to be a truly original thinker, to stand by your beliefs in the face of criticism until you end up proving everybody wrong. This is especially true in hotly debated topics such as health and diet, and their connection to longevity. Today’s guest, Dr. David Sinclair, is one such thought leader in this very subject, and he joins us on the show to speak about his groundbreaking ideas on epigenetics and longevity that can be found in his new book Lifespan. Dr. Sinclair is responsible for NAD, one of the best longevity supplements that exist. He also pioneered the resveratrol research which had a highly controversial reception at first but which is now largely accepted in the scientific community. In this episode, Dr. Sinclair sits down to discuss a whole plethora of incredibly fascinating biological processes that play a role in aging. He gets into how habits of diet, exercise, contact with chemicals and vibrations, and the intake of a range of different drugs and molecules can intervene in these processes either negatively, or with almost fantastical levels of effectiveness. He gives us all the information we need to know about resveratrol, metformin, protein, mTOR, rapamycin, sirtuins, NAD, and AMPAkines, talking about their functions in monitoring and optimizing the body at the epigenetic level. Dr. Sinclair’s commitment to demystifying this vast space is commendable, so this is definitely an episode you should check out, and bring a pen and paper too. We have a new show sponsor! My favorite grassfed collagen and powdered MCT comes from BUBS, a company making just a few extremely high-quality products and giving back a whopping 10% of their sales to charity. I use their powdered collagen and MCT in my coffee every morning. Use the code INTELLIGENCE for a full 20% off your purchase at Timestamps Introducing Dr. Sinclair and Lifespan which dissects why we age. [1:08] How societally orchestrated fear encourages consumerism, reducing longevity. [5:52] The evolutionary rationale behind rewarding the brain for exercise. [9:00] Why it is valuable to create stern rules around junk food: willpower no longer factors in. [9:53] Longevity pathways in relation to resveratrol, metformin, protein, and exercise. [13:15] Using workouts to gain muscle while fasting and taking resveratrol and metformin. [17:24] Questions of whether protein, mTOR, rapamycin, or meat-eating increases longevity. [20:21] Definitions of AMPAkines, mTOR, sirtuins, and NAD, and their role in energy levels. [23:56] How sirtuins help the body live in many ways but are dependent on NAD levels. [27:33] Ways to encourage sirtuin amounts: fasting, exercise, cold and heat exposure. [29:49] Dr. Sinclair’s previously controversial research which proved resveratrol increased sirtuins.[31:27] More on the controversy on resveratrol’s effects relating to specific enzymes it seeks. [35:00] Recommended resveratrol daily dosage and overdose quantities. [40:51] Benefits of metformin for diabetes 2, heart disease, frailty, and Alzheimer’s. [42:40] Downsides of metformin related to timing and reduction in energy/muscle building. [45:13] Effects of rapamycin which seem to reduce or increase longevity depending on dose. [47:44] Impacts inflammation and being overweight have on immune activity and longevity. [49:44] How CD38 blocks NAD and telomeres are one of the causes of aging. [52:45] A major cause of aging: epigenetic changes over time. [54:49] Ways to regulate epigenetic changes: sirtuin proliferation. [57:25] New research of Dr. Sinclair’s which ‘reboots’ cells, reversing mouse blindness. [1:02:19] Structured water, protein misfolding, and their role in aging. [1:04:51] DNA breaks which occur in our bodies and how to minimize them: raising NAD, etc. [1:08:25] Things that encourage DNA breaking: x-rays, CT scans, microwaved plastics, inks. [1:09:45] Ways Dr. Sinclair mitigates free radical exposures: fasting, and taking NAD. [1:13:36] Whether NAD is right for younger people: read page 303 of Lifespan. [1:13:36] Womb activity and constant feeding which sets kids up for bad health. [1:19:28]
February 12, 2020
While 90 years seems like a fairly old age to be living until, our guest for today thinks that in the next 50 years, humans could be reaching ages as high as 180. We are joined in this episode by Dave Asprey, New York Times bestselling author and CEO of Bulletproof, True Dark and 40 Years of Zen. Dave joins us to speak about his new book Super Human, which discusses ways to reach far higher ages than we thought possible. Our guest speaks about the many health issues he struggled with as a child and how he discovered that holistic wellbeing is affected by a mixture of epigenetics, trauma, and biology. He gets into how his trauma affected him, and how he discovered that his birth story played significantly into this. Dave also speaks about his journey to discovering all kinds of lesser-known and practiced approaches to health and age prevention. He discusses Stan Grof’s research, a meditation retreat in Mount Kailash, and how he found smart drugs and brain hacking long before their popularization. We also speak about alpha, beta, delta, and theta brain waves, covering when each is most active, how they affect our behavior, and what Dave is doing to optimize them using technology at 40 Years of Zen. Finally, Dave speaks about the seven main contributors to aging that appear in his book, and what we can do to combat those processes in our bodies. This episode was sponsored by BLUblox. Head over to their website and use the code ‘muscleintelligence’ to get an awesome discount, and enjoy the show!   Timestamps An introduction to Dave Asprey, writer of Super Human who aspires to be 180. [1:58] Reaching holistic health approaches through a body-first or mind-first approach. [4:52] The failure of Western medicine to help Dave’s struggles with health as a child. [8:35] Combined causes of Dave’s problems: epigenetics, trauma, biology. [9:48] Dave’s traumatic birth story and its connection to some of his health struggles. [11:32] Stan Grof’s and eastern philosophies about trauma and its effect on personality. [15:20] Internal traumas and the way they affect our personalities and habits. [16:48] Parenting styles and their potential to cause or reduce trauma kids experience. [18:46] What caused Dave to go on meditation retreats in Nepal and Mount Kailash in Tibet. [20:03] How eating pig’s ears for collagen in Tibet helped heal Dave’s knees. [24:14] Dave’s journey with smart drugs, brain hacking, and higher cognitive performance. [25:50] Benefits of neuro-feedback and dangers of self-administering it. [28:58] What super brains are and how 40 Years of Zen optimizes brain patterns. [30:37] Neural circuitry and specifics of how Alpha, Beta, Theta, and Gamma waves function. [33:20] What Alpha, Theta and Delta waves feel like and how to access them naturally. [37:18] Why waking delta is not a good state for everybody. [39:47] How to live to 150 years old by avoiding the things that age you or cause death. [42:49] The role telomeres, stem cells, and mitochondrial mutations play in aging. [47:59] Ways that intracellular/extracellular debris and cellular stiffening cause aging. [53:29] Ben and Dave’s experiences building testosterone with supplements and more. [1:00:06] How Dave uses testosterone pellets and whether they are painful to get inserted. [1:01:42] Sexual applications for testosterone cream, PT-141, and MSH. [1:04:21] The uses of peptides for longevity. [1:06:37] How gratitude, diet and, sex can increase happiness. [1:08:40]
February 10, 2020
The time has come for us to change the world but first, we have to change ourselves by getting outside, getting uncomfortable, and finding our greatness. This is one of the deeper Q&As we've had on the show because today Ashley and Ben talk real with each other about the things that matter most and how to get back in alignment with them. Before all that, they kick off their discussion with some updates about Ben’s camps with Milos and his new collaborations with some of the world's greatest chefs to create simple, quick, supremely healthy dishes. Ben then gets into some of his thoughts on a neurotransmitter-based approach to mindset, or the idea that the state of the brain is caused by the chemicals that run through it. These chemicals are affected by our diets, sleep patterns, exercise, meditation, and other factors too, so achieving a healthy mindset can’t be done through mere positive thought alone. We then hear a question from a distraught bodybuilder whose fitness obsession is ruining his life, and Ben gives one of the most moving pieces of advice about gratitude, the magic of our bodies, the gift of life we have heard on the show yet. Finally, we get into some great bits of advice for living in alignment with the values of the soul and how we should try to synch these as far as possible to achieve a state of peace and wellbeing, and live a life of the quality we deserve.   Timestamps Healthy, simple, high-fat cooking how-to videos Ben is working with chefs to develop. [0:17] How well the muscle camps are going and what a great trainer Milos is. [6:59] Living in the present, practicing, and not letting your age dictate your identity. [8:58] A view of mindset as being the result of neurotransmitters more than positive thought. [12:50] Optimizing neurotransmitters through positive habits like a good diet and exercise. [13:52] How we sometimes treat ourselves the worst out of everybody. [17:48] Seeing the positive in negative things to hijack our dopamine systems. [18:40] Keeping your kid’s brain positive by being in nature and avoiding computer games. [19:54] Feedback loops where negative emotions cause negative neurotransmitters. [24:22] How the brain is wired through evolution to get rewarded from movement. [25:13] Using the ‘breathe, walk, meditate’ method to achieve healthy neurotransmitters. [25:40] How to meditate by being, not doing. [27:40] Advice for a bodybuilder whose life is falling apart because of a fitness obsession. [28:44] A tip: to be grateful and set reward-based, not punishment-based intentions. [30:25] Recognizing the magic of our own bodies as a way of staying grateful. [31:40] Another cause for anxiety: living out of alignment with your soul’s values. [36:25] How to honor people you miss while traveling: crush every moment. [40:16] The possibility of fulfilling your soul’s values even if they contradict each other. [41:16] Ben’s plans to get his kids involved in his travels as soon as possible. [41:28] What makes Ben smile most: his family. [44:06] Lessons Ben teaches about holistic approaches to wellbeing at Muscle Intelligence. [47:21]
February 5, 2020
Why is it that while many of us know what activities we should be doing to live our best lives, we often end up doing the exact opposite ones? Rather than eating healthy food, getting good sleep, exercising, and spending time with those we love, so many of us live sedentary lives, glued to a screen of some kind, and practicing terrible eating habits. Today’s guest is Dr. David Perlmutter and he has recently co-authored Brain Wash with his son Dr. Austin Perlmutter. In this episode, Dr. Perlmutter makes a compelling argument that life in a modern society constantly influences us into the position where we are making decisions using our amygdala rather than our prefrontal cortex. The availability of quick-fix solutions such as social media and fast food appeal to the human reward system making it hard not to make impulsive choices based on instant gratification rather than concerns for long term wellbeing. Joining this conversation, you will hear Dr. Perlmutter speak at length about how the outcomes of these poor decisions create feed-forward cycles that serve to impede our decision-making abilities even further. Fortunately, we do have an escape route from it all in the form of neuroplasticity, our innate ability to rewire our brains and reconnect them to the prefrontal cortex, thus paving the way to a more balanced and wholesome existence. This brilliant episode has been sponsored by BUBS Naturals, the supplier who makes the highest-in-class quality collagen protein powder and MCT oil Ben uses in his morning intelligence coffees. Go to and use the code ‘intelligence’ to get 10% off your order.   Timestamps Dr. Perlmutter and his work about changing our relationships with the brain. [0:17] What BUBS supplements can do to increase your collagen intake. [2:38] Psychological manipulation techniques designed to keep us using technology. [4:57] How worrisome it is that people spend six hours a day in front of a screen. [6:35] Why its society’s fault that people blame themselves for not keeping commitments. [9:07] Good vs bad decision making: the prefrontal cortex vs the amygdala. [9:29] Disconnection syndrome: society-induced disconnection from the prefrontal cortex. [11:30] The connection between inflammation and alienation from the prefrontal cortex. [12:42] Neuroplasticity and how to use it to empower yourself to rewire your brain. [14:06] Influences to impulsive decision making discussed at the beginning of Brain Wash. [15:04] Internet remedies to society-induced inferiority that lead to impulsive decisions. [17:20] The incoherence of the reward system and the treat-laden modern environment. [20:15] Modern social dietary customs compared to circadian eating and fasting. [23:46] Plus sides to tech: we can measure our health status easily. [27:57] How Western medicine has the wrong approach by treating symptoms. [30:28] Fight or flight moments where amygdala responses are necessary. [32:09] Moments which require more considered responses from the prefrontal cortex. [33:05] Getting past an ‘it’s too late to heal’ mentality by understanding inflammation. [34:55] Using sleep and exercise to change dietary imbalances. [35:38] Long term rewards of better decision making such as superior health/relationships. [41:12] Increasing neuroplasticity through fish oil, turmeric, and exercise. [45:26] Dr. Perlmutter’s eating habits: two vegetable-heavy meals a day. [46:43] Links between meat-eating and autophagy. [50:11] A debate about whether poor gut bacteria due to a meat-only diet is bad or not. [51:35] Getting past extreme dietary beliefs by considering personalized nutrition. [53:31] How the connection between omega fats and endocannabinoids is becoming clearer. [43:39]
February 3, 2020
Ben has recently landed in Dubai to kick off his latest Muscle Camp and today Ashleigh catches up with him to see how it has all been going. This year's Muscle Camps are being run by Ben and his good friend Miloš Šarčev, and together they are assembling a program designed to change not just bodies but lives. Milos will be heading up the muscle-building part of the workshop and Ben’s contribution sets out to biohack the body’s internal system to achieve better performance in the gym but also outside of it. Today he talks about the six pillars responsible for achieving this optimized state: movement, breath, sleep, diet, thought, and environment, and how he will be doubling down on them for this year’s iterations of the camps. The skills that can be learned in workouts have the power to rewire the brain, and therefore augment new neural pathways to help people manage anxiety, fear, and many other challenges faced in daily life. We also hear Ben talk about being on stage today, and how familiarity with material plays into one's confidence levels, but what visualization can do to help manage stage fright. Our host gets into some of the healthy habits he has been practicing since landing in Dubai and gives a few teasers about what is in store at the next Muscle Camp in Australia too, so make sure you catch this one. Today’s episode was sponsored by BUBS Naturals, the best MCT and collagen supplement around. Go to and use the code 'intelligence' to get 20% off while the deal is still in effect.   Timestamps Biohacking the body’s internal environment using Ben’s six pillars. [1:05] The six pillars: movement, breath, sleep, diet, thought, and environment. [3:03] Ben’s experiences in Dubai, with Milos, and his aim to change lives in his camps. [5:00] Workout, diet, and sleep routines Ben practiced after landing in Dubai. [6:42] Public speaking nerves and Ben’s presentation at the Health Optimization Summit. [10:19] Beating pre-performance nerves by imagining somebody watching feeling inspired. [13:17] Camp demographics and moving from workouts to a more holistic theme this year. [14:08] The idea that good form can increase workout effectiveness significantly. [16:39] Requirements around tailoring exercise to fit different body mechanics. [18:18] How one’s strongest muscles cause exercises not to affect areas they mean to. [19:31] Using mindful exercise practices to achieve a more holistic state of being. [20:41] Recurring questions unrelated to fitness that crop up at Ben’s camps. [22:50] How Ben uses workouts to train people to deal with anxiety, inadequacy, and more. [23:17] Exciting features in the upcoming Australia camp designed to change your life. [26:01] The secret ingredient in Ben’s intelligence coffees: BUBS Naturals. [26:53]
January 29, 2020
Today on the Muscle Intelligence Podcast we are joined by Dr. Harry Adelson from Docere Clinics in Salt Lake City. Dr. Adelson educates listeners on stem cells, from their function in the body to the procedures that leverage their healing capabilities. He explains the process of isolating stem cells and injecting them for optimization, emphasizing the role of the “superhuman” mesenchymal stem cells and the communicative function of exosomes. We take a deep dive into the full body stem cell makeover, with Dr. Adelson explaining who the procedure is designed for, the sedation options, what pain or discomfort patients can expect afterward, when they should start seeing results, and the costs involved. Tuning in to this episode, you will also learn more about keeping your stem cells healthy, the lifespan of stem cells in the body, the role of Wharton’s jelly, and the difference between bone marrow and fat in terms of stem cell concentration. Thanks again to our favorite olive oil company Fresh-Pressed for sponsoring the show. If you want to try a full-sized bottle of my favorite high quality, super fresh extra virgin olive oil for just $1, check out!   Timestamps The inception of the idea of isolating stem cells and injecting them for optimization. [4:05] How stem cells are isolated and the superhuman abilities of mesenchymal stem cells. [8:04] The function of stem cells and how it is leveraged in stem cell therapy. [10:29] Fat and bone marrow stem cells and why exosomes are crucial in cellular communication. [14:32] Patient experience and sedation during the process of extracting bone marrow. [20:42] The process of a full body stem cell makeover and who this procedure is targeted at. [23:02] Thoughts on epidural and intrathecal injections and their connection to the brain. [28:21] What patients can expect following a “four hands” full body stem cell makeover. [30:29] Lifestyle choices for improving the general health of your stem cells. [32:36]  Post-treatment feedback and when people can expect to see results. [36:12] The lifespan of stem cells in the body and the role of Wharton’s jelly. [40:10] The difference between bone marrow and fat in terms of stem cell concentration. [42:44] What the future of stem cell medicine might look like in the field of tissue engineering. [45:47]  A guideline of what patients can expect to pay for these procedures. [49:30]
January 27, 2020
Welcome back to another Q&A session with Ben and Ash! Today they are tackling the topics of social conditioning, negative anchors, the opportunities provided by large hurdles, teenage inflammation and circadian rhythms, and the benefits of journaling! We start off the episode reflecting on Ben's recent trip to LA and the great new things that his time there has led to. From there, Ben takes some time to unpack the ideas of the book, Brain Wash by Dr. Perlmutter, a read that he highly recommends. The conversation then turns to negative associations and anchors and Ben shares a personal story around his difficulties with speaking growing up and how this related to nervousness around his father. We then get into a strong argument for disciplined and structured life for children and teenagers in order to achieve good nutrition and sleep in a potentially tricky period, before Ben explains our susceptibility to cookies and social media! Remember to check out our great show sponsors, BUBS, at and use the code 'intelligence' for an amazing discount on the best MCT and collagen on the market!   Timestamps Ben's recent trip to LA and some exciting things on the horizon. [3:47] Dr. Perlmutter's new book Brain Wash and the conditioning that we all face. [7:31] Negative responses and getting away from these negative anchors in our evolution. [11:25] Ben's early difficulties with speech and how this relates to his father. [15:19] The biggest obstacles provide the biggest opportunities for success! [21:26] Working around the teenage schedule and their particular circadian rhythms. [25:48] Benefits of journaling for reflecting, learning, progress and clarity. [31:27] The manipulations of social media and materialism and training the brain. [34:48]
January 22, 2020
Our guest on the Muscle Intelligence Podcast today is Dr. Stephen Hussey and he is here to tell you everything you need to know about heart health! He gives great insight into the topic and shares a bunch of helpful information, action items, mistakes, misnomers and common things that we need to do to optimize heart health. We discuss cholesterol and just how misunderstood it has been, the carnivore diet, plant toxins and the dangers of charred animal products. Dr. Hussey underlines the harmful effects of sugar and how some of these have been traditionally attributed to saturated fats. We finish off our chat with Dr. Hussey talking about the 'three imbalances' and how we can set ourselves up for the best life by addressing these. Remember to go check out the best blue light blocking glasses on the market at Use the code 'muscle' at checkout for a wonderful 15% discount!   Timestamps Current approaches to heart disease and the three categories that are recognized. [4:49] Understanding the role of structured water in our arteries and exclusion zones. [6:14] Correlations between dental health and heart health; heavy metals and endotoxemia. [13:36] A clarification on the role of cholesterol and how it has been misunderstood. [16:56] Small practices can impact heart health over the long term. [18:32] The negative effect of eating vegetables on our heart and its functions. [21:54] Impacts of overcooking animal products and the damaging effects of charred meat. [27:18] Best dietary practices for optimum heart health and long life! [28:56] The benefits of CoQ10 and cholesterol on our general health and diabetes resistance. [35:07] Misconceptions about the effects of saturated fats and how sugar is actually to blame. [38:36] Dr. Hussey's 'three imbalances' and addressing all of our evolutionary needs. [43:00]
January 20, 2020
With so many different theories on how to lose weight, it is hard to know what to trust when trying to shed those pounds. Dr. Bill Campbell, our guest today, is an expert in the field of weight loss and he is here to share a whole of that expertise with you! Based in Tampa Bay, he works at the University of South Florida and his research and lab work at the college is precisely around what does and does not work with regards to losing weight. He has a wealth of information about optimizing body composition and the insights he shares in this episode are truly remarkable. We discuss diet breaks, the hormonal effects of dieting, what we really should be doing and more! If you do not already, it is highly recommended to follow him on Instagram as he shares informative posts daily on the subject! Dr. Campbell does a great job of helping us properly understand the metabolic process and how it can be measured, why macros are the biggest piece of the weight-loss pie and how diet refeeds measure up against other strategies. Don't forget to go check out our amazing show sponsors, chiliPAD for the best sleep-cooling solutions on the market! Visit and use the code 'muscle' at checkout for a great discount today!   Timestamps The focus on female weight-loss at Dr. Campbell's lab and the study that kicked this off. [5:45] Diet re-feed studies and the differing results that Dr. Campbell noticed. [11:12] Why Dr. Campbell insisted on simple designs for these studies. [14:06] Finding subjects for the studies; the investment in the education process. [17:13] The choice to focus on the female body; practical concerns around compliance. [24:25] Dr. Campbell's dream research study and what he would pursue with no limits. [26:02] What happens in our bodies, metabolically, during a period of diet. [30:30] The possible effects of breathing and HRV on the state of fat loss. [34:40] The number one variable that Dr. Campbell wants control over in his idea study. [38:22] Avoiding crash diets and why Dr. Campbell is still designing rapid fat loss diet studies. [40:35] Which aspect of a diet study to realistically standardize for best results. [46:28] How Dr. Campbell got into the study of physique and weight loss. [48:28] Dr. Campbell's dissertation on skeletal muscle hypertrophy, mTor, and leucine. [53:55] Possible studies for the future and why Dr. Campbell plans to stay in the female lane. [56:12] The three principles for the best, highest weight loss from our guest. [56:66] How we properly define a metabolic rate; oxygen consumption and calorie burning. [59:17] Fasting and creating a caloric deficit to achieve weight loss. [1:03:23]
January 15, 2020
Placing high up in one or two bodybuilding contests is one thing, but competing in 77 shows over 12 years is just insanely impressive! It was an absolute privilege to have a man who achieved this amazing feat and a whole lot more on the show today. His name is Milos Sarcev, and possibly one of the most aesthetically pleasing physiques to ever walk the earth. Milos is one of Ben’s biggest mentors and certainly one of the hardest working athletes our host has ever worked with. Today, Milos talks about his radical devotion to building muscle, which involved obsessive journaling and massive intakes of protein offset by equally extreme workouts. Milos was able to maintain perfect condition in each one of his 77 competitions, and today he shares some of what it took to achieve that, including his unique approach to hyperemia. We also hear from Milos about how he took Hidetada Yamagishi to Mr. Olympia in spite of wide skepticism through the use of his brutal training schedules. If you couldn't keep up with Milos back then, he would simply kick you out of the gym. We also talk about our upcoming muscle camps which will combine Milos’s giant sets with Ben’s form focussed styles, a combination that will no doubt lead to mind-blowing shifts in the way you think about working out. Today's show is brought to you by BLUblox. Use the code ‘muscleintelligence’ on their website to get 15% off your first order!   Timestamps An introduction to Milos and his obsessive approach to building muscle. [00:17] Details on the camps Ben and Milos will run in Bali, Australia, and Dubai. [02:02] Milos’s idols and why he thinks anybody would want a great physique. [8:36] A background to Milos’s attention to detail involving diet, workouts, and competitions. [11:37] Specific dietary practices such as eating over 450 grams of protein daily. [16:24] Protein intake quantity regulations relative to genetics. [19:03] How Milos’s radical workouts allowed for his huge protein intake. [22:16] The story of Milos training Hidetada Yamagishi, who went on to be a huge success. [22:58] How Milos achieved all his bodybuilding goals through his five-year plan. [25:02] Milos’s hyperemia advantage theory involving amino acid intake and blood circulation. [29:08] How Milos was so devoted to working out that he would kick people out of gyms. [34:32] Carb intakes in Milos’s hyperemia workouts during and post-workout. [37:38] The intense training principles that Milos will apply in the upcoming muscle camps. [42:29] How the camps will be structured combining Ben and Milos’s approaches. [47:13] Ben’s aim to focus on heart rate, sleep, and the autonomic nervous system. [51:22] The value of good health and the great condition Milos is in relative to his age. [53:37] A secret code you can use to get $200 off of a four-day camp in Australia or Bali. [54:53] How to achieve any goal by envisioning greatness. [57:37]
January 13, 2020
Joy and progress do not just happen out of nowhere. They take planning, preparation, and steady, hard work. Today Ashleigh and Ben are here to remind you of the importance of this kind of commitment and use this Q&A session to really drill down and what can help you succeed in fitness and beyond. They talk about morning routines, mindfulness, intentionality and more! The ability to say no to some things can make all the difference in your long-term success, as will setting these horizon goals that you can slowly work towards. The discussion also covers attitude and how the enjoyment of difficulty can determine your success and capability later on. Ben talks about the importance of increasing testosterone and dopamine in a world that seems set on depleting your stores of these important parts of physiology. It is through these that we can remain motivated, committed and energetic; all the things we need to have lasting success. Remember to go check out and use the code 'muscle' for your 15% discount on the best blue-blocking eyewear on the market!   Timestamps Learning to say no and focus on one thing rather than more than you can handle. [2:26] Morning routines, gratitude and the feeling of being alive and committed. [09:50] Intentional work towards a long-term goal instead of mindless action. [12:41] Planning joy, starting your day in the right way and the difference this can make. [15:45] How finding joy in difficult activities can define how successful you are subsequently. [20:49] Increasing testosterone and dopamine for motivation and energy levels. [22:50] Changing habits and making conscious decisions about our daily rituals. [29:01] A special review from Keith about the podcast what he loves about it! [35:31] Up-regulating and getting out of the more lethargic physical and mental states. [39:37]
January 8, 2020
Today we are doing a scientific deep-dive into the mechanisms of muscle building and how to optimize muscle building in the least amount of time. Joining us to share his knowledge on the topic is Dr. Jeremy Loenneke, who talks to us about what happens when a muscle is lifted, what triggers and blunts the muscle-building response, and how we can maximize muscle building. For him, rest and recovery between workouts are vital in building muscle, and he shares around the overemphasis on constant training in our contemporary fitness culture. We shift to talking about the latest developments in the blood flow restriction space and Dr. Loenneke explains the relationship between blood flow restriction and muscle gains. What emerges strongly from our conversation is the care that should be taken in scientific research, especially as it pertains to random error. Sometimes the muscle-building discrepancies that are observed among different people are not as clear-cut as research shows — there are variables and random noise that affect outcomes. Join us to also hear more about myokines, the role of cortisol and antioxidants in muscle gains, incorporating fast and slow-twitch training, genetic factors, and the exciting studies they are currently working on. Remember to head over to to claim your 15% discount from BLUblox by using the code “muscle”.   Timestamps The three mechanisms for stimulating hypertrophy and the relevance of each. [3:02] A brief description of what myokines entail. [5:54] Best dietary and environmental practices to avoid negating muscle-building responses. [7:29] The role of cortisol and antioxidants in blunting or contributing to muscle adaptation. [12:22] Differentiating between fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle recruitment training. [13:48] Training to optimize intermediate fibers and transitioning from type 1 to type 2. [16:19]  The biggest mistakes people are making in their attempt to build muscle. [18:54] Thoughts on plateauing and accepting it as a natural consequence of training. [21:45] New developments in the blood flow restriction space and why it leads to muscle gain. [23:15] How genetics impacts muscle building and why there is a discrepancy among people. [27:31] The importance of considering random error in comparing muscle building. [29:59] Is it possible for us to improve satellite cell translation? And if so, how? [34:48] The potential problems that might occur if you fail to account for random error. [37:22] Testing whether there is a point where load becomes so low that blood restriction is required. [39:03] A study to discover whether people can be conditioned to recognize the right amount of pressure on the body. [43:55]
January 6, 2020
Today on the show we have a Q&A session with fitness coach, Chris Spearman. Chris and Ben take this opportunity to share some of the things that they have had on their minds and been talking about in their time together recently. They discuss the idea of community building towards a common goal, aims that reach beyond your personal ambitions and how to be of best service to all those around you. This ties into the conversation about entrepreneurship and online business and how to set yourself apart from the many others that might be trying to do something similar to you in the online space. From there, Ben and Chris segue into a section on mindfulness, meditation, and Dharma before underlying the importance of clear expectations and communication. The last part of the episode is spent considering the place of money in this discussion and how impact and empowerment can trump financial gains when positioned correctly. Remember to visit out great show sponsor BLUblox for the best range of blue-light blocking eyewear available and receive a 15% discount when you use the code 'muscle' at checkout!   Timestamps Building a tight-knit circle of expertise and authenticity around yourself. [1:23] Adjusting identities and working hard for something beyond the immediate. [9:48] Ben's lifelong goal to help and love people around him. [16:53] How to separate yourself as an online business coach or entrepreneur. [21:21] The neuroscience behind meditation and mindfulness practices. [26:35] Clearly defining expectations at the beginning of any kind of relationship. [31:13] Language, communication and opening the door to better conversations. [37:29] Money mindsets the influence of our thoughts and speech. [44:18] Impact and empowerment; the best service and value to those around you. [47:19] Redirecting negativity and animosity into something positive and transformative. [54:17]
January 1, 2020
Today on the podcast we feature an exceptional woman, Annette Verpillot. Annette is the founder of Posturepro, a health company specializing in neuromechanics and Postural Recalibration. She is a Canadian entrepreneur, therapist, public speaker, and internationally esteemed Posturologist. On today's show, we discuss Annette’s methodology in optimizing brain, body connection. She’s developed some of the world’s most advanced rehabilitation and injury prevention techniques where she helps people optimize performance, optimize their mind and optimize the development of the children. We also get into how your feet, your jaw, and your breathing are implicated in everything as far as your brain develops and performs, and the way you think. Annette is a wealth of knowledge and she's here to share some of that knowledge with us today! We’re excited to have her back so, be sure to stay tuned for more insights into optimal posture and body mechanics! Don’t forget to check out our great sponsors, BLUblox for amazing blue light blocking eyewear and receive a 15% discount off your purchase when you use the code 'muscle' at checkout or go directly to!   Timestamps Understanding the Posturepro method and how it relates to posturology. [6:10] Things that affect your ideal posture and postural stability. [08:50] The future of prevention in sports. [10:20] Movement in children and how it activates the brain. [11:11] The first 6 years of life an important time in developing brain stimulus. [13:17] Identifying imbalances in the brain and how it affects your posture. [15:40] Posture as a visual representation of the map of the brain and whether change is possible. [18:39] Postural abnormality as a sympathetic stress and how to calm it down. [21:25] Steps to follow to ensure the full development of a child’s brain. [24:28] Development of the jaw and how it affects the connection of our brain and body. [28:32] Creating a change to help stimulate good habits that can help the development of the jaw. [32:00] The connection between eyesight and posture. [37:39] Big sensory connection between our feet and brain and how our footwear is affecting our gait and our posture. [41:16] Rewiring the brain by changing the input going to the brain. [43:30] The benefits of barefoot for foot abnormalities and shoes to help develop the foot. [44:16] Postural abnormalities and how they contribute to emotional instabilities. [46:03] Annette recommends some ways for parents to help with brain development. [51:05] Why you should ensure your posture is properly aligned. [53:05] The three pillars: sensory information - visual stimulation, vestibular stimulations, and proprioception. [55:10] The accreditation process for becoming a Posturepro practitioner. [56:50] Addressing the cause rather than managing the symptoms, what it entails. [58:37] What age groups Annette works with why starting with children is so important. [59:56]
December 30, 2019
For today's Q&A session, we’re switching it up. Ben is chatting with health and fitness expert, Dr. Chris Spearman but Chris will be the one asking the questions today. From a Ph.D. in Cancer Research to a global cover model, Chris is now one of the world’s leading online fitness coaches and the CEO of Fitness Coach Freedom. Ben being an IFBB Bodybuilder himself and having trained Chris, he is well versed in the area of fitness and training. Chris is here today to pick Ben’s brain about his training. During this episode, they discuss what training looked like during Ben’s peak, during the ascension and now during the new mountain, he’s transcending. They’re each a very different point in life and it can be very helpful to other people going through their journey. They also talk about the psychological aspect linked to training and the benefits to breathing awareness and meditation.   Timestamps Ben’s training right now and how it fits into his life with family and business. [2:44] Advice Ben has for others - making a constant effort on intelligent muscle building. [6:40] In order to optimize growth it has to be perfect practice not just repetitive practice. [08:38] Putting force through a muscle without changing anything except for internal stimulus. [11:10] Meditation and why training is your best time to be present. [16:35] Would Ben still have trained this way if he had to go back in time. [19:58] Understanding progressive overload. [24:03] Distance: moment arm - from the line of force to the axis of rotation. [25:30] Advice to people who are hesitant about doing group training. [27:15] Building muscle by going through the different stages of mobility, stability and skill. [29:50] Where to go to learnt he fundamentals of muscle building . [32:39] Smaller, simple exercises people can do to be more aware of their breathing. [36:03] Anxiety is not a character trait, it's a state and you can fix it. [39:39] If Ben applied the knowledge he knows now, 10 years ago, what would the outcome be. [43:29] The significance of breathing in waist control. [45:22] The ability of someone to reach the heights that they’re physically and mentally capable of. [46:50] Values in discipline to be developed without having to experience the pain of failure. [50:19] Getting out of that victim mentality and acknowledging it in your life. [52:06] Rapid, immediate, drastic action toward fixing it. [55:55] Hear more about the Muscle Camps, what it’s all about it and the finalized dates. [58:05]
December 25, 2019
Welcome back to the show everybody! Today our guest is Nicolas Pineault, author of the new book, The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMF and expert on electromagnetic fields and their effects on our health. Nicolas does a great job of pitching his information at an accessible level and on this show and in his book he lays out a realistic and sensible way to approach safeguarding yourself from the dangers that EMF's pose. He explains a few of the fundamental dimensions to the discourse around the topic before diving into strategies, tools, and resources for combatting negative effects. We talk about peroxynitrite, kill switches, cellular towers, and more! The conversation then turns to blue light and how it fits into these concerns. Nicolas offers some advice for eyewear, clothing, and furniture for better sleep and vision in this regard and we also get to hear about some of his future projects, including a podcast he will be launching soon! On the topic of blue-light-blocking, remember to check out our great show sponsors, BLUblox at and receive 15% off your order!   Timestamps Nicolas' laptop lifestyle, partnership with his wife, and recent travels! [4:20] What electromagnetic fields do to our body; clarifying the effects. [7:13] Peroxynitrite and its consequences on our health on many levels [19:48] Simple strategies for blocking harmful effects at home and at work. [26:34] EMF kill switches and room shielding for your important spaces. [31:28] Cellular towers and the EMF environments that surround most of us. [37:56] Blue-light exposure and what we know about its effects on sight and sleep. [43:25] The foundational approach to reducing harmful EMF's before other measures. [50:43] Screen-time and healthier practices for young children. [53:23] Some of Nicolas' hopes for the future and the podcast he is working on. [59:16] EMF-blocking clothing and protecting sperm from harm. [1:02:28]
December 23, 2019
For today's Q&A session, Ashleigh and Ben are tackling your queries and questions and throwing in some advice and ranting for good measure! They discuss stretching, bodyweight set points and the importance of beliefs. We also get to hear about Ben's stay in Colombia and why he is having such a great time planning for next year. A sizeable portion of today's show is spent considering how much our beliefs and long term goals affect our results, with both Ashleigh and Ben strongly arguing Christmas, how much he hates all the lights and the way in which he is attempting to hack the festive season this year for his and his family's benefit. Don't forget to check out our great sponsors, BLUblox for amazing blue light blocking eyewear and receive a 15% discount off your purchase when you use the code 'muscle' at checkout or go directly to!   Timestamps Ben's experiences in Colombia so far! [1:53] Thoughts on the importance of stretching, pre and post-workout. [5:52] Bodyweight set point; what it means to move away from homeostasis. [10:05] The way in which your beliefs impact your progress and results. [19:58] Repetition, belief and the impact of micro-victories. [24:01] This week's healthy habit; vehement pursuit of long-term goals. [26:58] Why Ashleigh is so excited about her new BLUblox glasses! [32:19] Ben's Christmas hack; getting away from the materialism and too many lights. [35:07]
December 18, 2019
The topic of neuroscience can be intimidating due to its vastness and complexity. Today on the podcast, we welcome neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman to guide us through the unchartered terrain of the mind, explaining in simple language the scientific processes behind sleep, relaxation, breathing, learning, unlearning, and more, and how each of these is related to mental and physical functioning. Dr. Huberman provides an overview of the history of neuroscience, explaining how the field has shifted the focus away from the regional activity in the brain to look at the importance of neural circuits. We discuss the Huberman Lab’s studies of stress and anxiety and the three protocols they employ to induce the regenerative benefits of sleep, including yoga nidra, hypnosis, and breathing practices. Contrary to popular belief, humans are wired for multitasking and Dr. Huberman shares a great deal about directing your attention both internally or externally, and the various purposes of both. One of the most important takeaways from our conversation is that, for humans to function optimally, they need to be able to deliberately disengage – to “rest” their attention. In addition to providing a ton of advice on this front, Dr. Huberman also shares insights on child and adult learning, how these processes might be enhanced, and the new work they are doing in trauma counseling and unlearning negative mental patterns. We shift to talking about circadian rhythms, the importance of correctly timed exposure to light, and why mental health – like physical fitness – is something to be earned.    Timestamps A brief history of neuroscience and why it has become prominent in the 21st century. [4:27] Understanding neural circuits rather than focusing only on regional activity in the brain. [6:37] Measuring stress and performance and how they test these responses in people. [10:54] The practice of yoga nidra: how it recovers sleep and builds dopamine reserves. [12:56] What hypnosis as a relaxation protocol involves and how it relates to internal control. [19:24] Breathing practices and what all three protocols teach about interoception. [21:39] How humans are biologically wired to multitask and focus on two things at once. [24:46] The benefits of focusing your second sphere of attention on your internal landscape. [31:25] Understanding that your ability to pay attention is directly proportional to your ability to deliberately disengage. [36:47] The role of neural plasticity and adaptive plasticity in development and learning. [40:53] The reason why learning in adulthood requires far more effort than in childhood. [44:25] How supplementing acetylcholine can expedite the learning process. [50:22] Unlearning, introducing competing thoughts, and new approaches to trauma. [56:11] The relevance of eye movements and vision in stress and anxiety. [1:00:14] How correctly timed light plays such a crucial role in mental and physical health. [1:04:53]  Why mental health is something that you have to “earn” just like health and fitness. [1:12:26]
December 16, 2019
In today’s episode, we get introduced to an osteopath named Alvin Brown who changed Ben’s entire attitude to success, leadership, relationships, and life in general. Alvin does not appear on the show but Ben recounts the story of how they met when he was young and driven but lacking guidance. At first Ben went to see Alvin in his capacity as an osteopath but the conversations that they had during their sessions were the reason Ben ended up choosing Alvin to be his mentor. In today’s conversation, Ben and Ashley use the techniques that Alvin taught Ben as a segue into a fascinating discussion about mentorship and growth. They discuss what a mentor can do to help rewire the brain and the different kinds of teachers out there, from strategic business coaches to more holistic role models for life in general. You’ll learn three habits for developing an empowered attitude, which are the words one uses, one’s avoidance of a victim mentality, and the nurturing of a growth mindset. Other topics covered are taking responsibility for one's actions, the necessity of giving before asking, and the virtue in being consistent. Ben also gets into his 25-year vista approach, which involves envisioning the person one wishes to end up being, and using that as a benchmark when finding a mentor. Tune in for some brilliant advice on how to live your best life in a body you love from Ben and Ashleigh. Also, remember to head over to and enter ‘getfresh35’ to get a bottle of the best olive oil around for only a dollar!   Timestamps How great it is that this show isn’t from the perspective of one gender. [00:32] The value of seeing hardships as opportunities to grow. [03:16] What Ben’s first mentor Alvin Brown taught him about checking his victim mindset. [4:26] Three essential language and mindset-related habits for feeling empowered. [08:00] The connection between taking responsibility for choices and losing a victim mindset. [11:16] Ashleigh’s practical approach to women’s rights and the victim mindset. [13:25] Ben’s advice to commit wholeheartedly to the advice from a coach who truly cares. [16:06] Why Alvin was like Bill from Trillion Dollar Coach and Ben’s love of consistency. [19:13] The difference between coaches who are tactical and mentors who are role models. [21:52] Why Ben works off a base of integrity and he wouldn’t change lives with anybody. [24:09] How to find a mentor using the 25-year vista and the teaching of Dr. John Demartini. [25:54] A tip to remember to offer a potential mentor something in return. [29:01] The mentality of giving before asking that applies to business and relationships. [33:42] Why it’s necessary to invest in a goal so that one can be accountable to its pursuit. [34:11] The reason it is dangerous to take freebies once in a position of power. [35:46]
December 11, 2019
On the Muscle Intelligence Podcast today, we are joined by Dr. Ken Berry! Dr. Berry is a practicing physician and staunch advocate for the keto diet, having had amazing results with his own health issues by making the switch. This approach naturally transferred to his patients who have also shown massive improvements with regards to obesity, energy levels, and insulin resistance. Dr. Berry tells us all about the lessons he has learned and how far he feels he has come in being an actual help to his patients. We discuss helpful resources, the carnivore diet and how different bodies require different things. As much as Dr. Berry likes to approach each case individually, he does highly recommend the keto diet for almost anyone, along with a general ancestral approach to health and physiology. We get into sun exposure, fasting, salt intake, and many more interesting and vital wellness topics. Our guest weighs in on the introduction of ketogenic diets for children, exercise and compares keto to a more traditional American diet model. Do not forget to make use of the great offer at Fresh Pressed Olive Oil right now! Go to for your last chance to get this year's $1 bottle of amazing olive oil! A big thank you to Fresh Pressed Olive Oil for their sponsorship of the show!   Timestamps   Dr. Ken's work, personal journey and how he is trying to change the world! [4:49] How Dr. Ken found the paleo diet and the important books he read initially. [10:41] Incorporating the keto diet, further minimizing carbohydrates and the amazing results. [13:47] Who is the keto diet for? The spectrum of human dietary needs. [19:15] The most important takeaways from Dr. Ken's book, Lies My Doctor Told Me. Myths around sun exposure and why sunscreen might actually be more damaging! [24:42] The basics of what Dr. Ken prescribes to his obese patients. [27:40] Dr. Ken's thoughts on and experience with the carnivore diet. [29:15] Insulin resistance and age; natural and healthy levels as we grow older. [31:31] Dr. Ken's own exercise practices and new habits in his 50s. [33:45] Considering the caloric deficit approach to the standard American diet. [35:29] Intermittent fasting and the array of health benefits it provides. [40:16] Health concerns around sodium; why salt is not as risky as they say. [44:02] Children and the ketogenic diet; lovingly introducing healthy practices. [48:34] Two book recommendations from Dr. Ken! [51:45]
December 9, 2019
Ben is in Colombia busy planning out his 2020, working on course content and mentoring programs, thinking about new hires and taking care of the business management side of things. While in reflection mode, he tells listeners what they need to be successful in the fitness business, and it involves a lot more than just being physically fit yourself. It’s a business and requires all the related knowledge just like any other. Ashley and Ben switch to talking about waist size and the healthy and unhealthy ways of becoming trimmer in this area, and here’s a hint: waist trainers might not be all they crack up to be. For those in the bodybuilding world, it’s important to know that you do not need to overeat at every meal as it impacts negatively on your ability to control your abdomen and your diaphragm. Ben shares three key strategies for getting your waist smaller – and it’s contrary to many popular beliefs. Be sure to tune in to find out what those are!  Also, check out our awesome show sponsor chiliTechnology and use the code 'musclesleep' at checkout for a discount!   Timestamps The challenge of hiring the right people and Ben's mission and vision for 2020. [1:33] What you need to establish and be successful in a fitness business of your own. [3:16] The value of Ben’s annual planning, goal-setting and reflection getaways. [5:11] Ben’s calf size in his bodybuilding days and crucial advice for all physique athletes. [9:00] The physical repercussions of your stomach always being overfull as a bodybuilder. [11:32] Three things Ben did to get a small waist, including adjusting the size and frequency of meals. [14:23] The benefits of breathing into and learning to control your diaphragm. [16:34] Why you might want to rethink a waist trainer and the role of the diaphragm in trunk stability. [19:41] Thoughts on exercises that can help trim rather than widen your midsection. [24:37] How bodybuilders can go about rectifying an ab separation while still working hard. [28:28]
December 4, 2019
Sexual performance is a real thing and most of us have a tough time talking about it! So today on the show, we take a sex life deep dive with Dr. Amy Killen. Dr. Amy is an anti-aging and regenerative medicine physician specializing in aesthetics and sexual medicine. She is an absolute wealth of information when it comes to male sexual performance, male sexual function, female sexual function, and hormones. In this episode, we discuss men’s and women’s hormones at various stages of life and the types of treatments available to treat irregularities to ensure you’re having great sex well into your ripe old ages! Here, we get into the P-Shot, the O-Shot, and the new GAINSwave technology used to optimize penile erectile function. (Who knew that sending sound waves into your penis could be massively beneficial to improve the quality, size, and duration of your erections!) By the end of this episode, you’ll have a better understanding of your own hormone function at various stages of life, know more about the exciting new treatments available today, and gain valuable tips to improve your overall health and sex life. This podcast is brought to you by BLUblox. Head over to, or and use the discount code “Muscle” to receive a 15% discount on your next purchase.   Timestamps Discover your healthy testosterone range and the various tests for hormone deficiency. [4:32] Various ways to help increase your SHBG and free testosterone levels. [6:59] Cases in which you would take estrogen blockers and the side-effects they could have. [7:50] The effects that decreasing progesterone has on women at various stages of life. [9:33] Find out whether HCG and Clomid are effective therapies for low testosterone. [12:11] Using two, four, and six-hand therapy for performance and aesthetic enhancement. [9:33] Injecting your penis: Learn more about full-body stem cell makeover and the P-shot. [14:50] We know size doesn’t matter... But does the P-shot really make your penis larger? [18:15] The importance of nitric oxide plays in sexual performance for men and women. [19:53] Sleep, yoga, and walking: Dr. Killen’s basic health hacks that keep her looking 21. [24:29] Thyroid checks, muscle-building, and other key things women need to be optimizing for health. [31:23] Find out the true role that social connection plays in your overall health and longevity. [32:34] Dr. Killen’s thoughts on the ketogenic diet and why she’s a fan of metabolic flexibility. [33:34]
December 2, 2019
Welcome back to another Q&A session! Today on the show, Ben and Ashleigh focus on one of the six pillars of health that we often talk about on Muscle Intelligence. Managing stress is often overlooked but it might just be the primary foundation for all wellness and fitness. Ben makes the argument that you really have to address stress and how you manage it before you can start worrying about other areas and factors such as diet and training. Stress relates to so much around us, sleep, environment, cognitive patterns — it's all connected! If we can start by getting good rest and allowing our body's nervous system to naturally ebb and flow, we can lay the building blocks for a healthy body and mind and prepare for much bigger goals. The conversation covers our relationship to our environment, factors such as light, EMF's, temperature, meditation, breathing, and posture. We also talk about shifting mindsets to allow enjoyment of healthy practices to grow, instead of dreading them. At the end of the show, Ben makes a powerful argument for gratitude and how this can enable you to change your life every day. A quick reminder to check out BLUblox for amazing blue-blocking glasses, something we love here at Muscle Intelligence! Use the code 'muscle' at checkout for a 15% discount when you visit!   Timestamps Creating our environment rather than passively absorbing it. [4:55] Ben's choice for blue light blocking glasses and why he insists on wearing them. [10:27] Post-competition habits and destroying a body after a show due to stress. [14:30] Addressing the right levers at the right time; the key to shedding body fat. [21:15] Starting with breathing and posture and helping the nervous system get on track. [23:13] The huge benefits of ten minutes of meditation every day. [29:49] Finding ways to enjoy healthy practices and shifting perspectives. [32:27] Mindfulness, gratitude and building these habits into a daily routine! [38:03]
November 27, 2019
Despite the critical role that the light around us plays in our health, many of us continue to ignore the adverse effects that overexposure of artificial light has on us. Our guest today, Andy Mant is the founder of BLUblox as well as a light, wellness, and sleep educator and he is here to shed light on the topic. He begins by explaining the differences between natural and artificial light sources and the different ways they impact us. We discover that the overarching problem with artificial light is that it is imbalanced and therefore stimulates inappropriate hormonal responses in our bodies, which has cascading negative effects. While knowledge about blue light’s adverse effects is relatively well-known, much less is written about green light. This is despite it having similar negative effects during night-time exposure and Andy also delves into this topic further. He finally also shares another very interesting aspect of artificial light exposure – the relationship between light exposure and the skin. He explores some of the negative effects that overexposure to artificial light sources has on our skin, which include mitochondrial changes and decreased sleep quality. Speaking of sleep, today’s show is brought to you by chilliPAD and OOLER, which are temperature-controlled mattress pads. Not only will you never be too hot or too cold again, but chilliPAD and OOLER also aid waking up in the morning as a shift in temperature is a key signal for the body to stop sleeping. We have a 15% discount code, ‘musclesleep,’ or you can click the link Tune in today! Timestamps The distinction between natural and artificial light. [5:50] Natural blue light is balanced and allows for daytime alertness, but artificial blue light is imbalanced. [6:36] To produce melatonin, which is necessary for sleep, the body needs darkness. [7:45] Circadian rhythm disruption: how artificial light source-exposure negatively impacts us. [8:25] Greenlight: the positive daytime and negative night time effects of this type of light exposure. [9:46] Up to 550nm, green light has the same effect as blue light our circadian rhythms after sunset. [10:48] By exposing ourselves to green and blue light after dark, we face chronic cortisol release. [12:34] It is crucial to block all blue and most green light at night to function optimally. [13:36] There is no substitute for sunlight which contains visible and invisible light spectrums. [14:32] Regardless of cloud cover, you will get the benefits of sunlight by going outside. [17:37] The first light your eyes see when you wake up entrains your circadian clock. [19:00] Some measures to take to protect yourself from nighttime green and blue light exposure. [20:05] Skin has a separate circadian rhythm, so disrupting this can lead to its own problems. [22:47] The reason that Andy recommends women wear a scarf if they are in an office every day. [24:10] Criteria to find the best quality blue light blocker glasses – lens test reports. [25:39] There is various data linking the secretion of cortisol after dark to artificial light exposure. [28:09] Currently, the issue with many clear lenses is that they focus predominantly on violet light. [29:15]
November 25, 2019
For this week's Q&A episode, Ashleigh and Ben have a conversation that covers leadership, proactive conversations, education, the myth of luck, and fatty diets. The discussion starts  with some thoughts around better ways to lead and the integrity and love that goes into any good leader's work. Ben talks about the lessons he learned about addressing problems as soon as they arise, rather than leaving things to fester and worsen. Both of our hosts reflect on what has defined good leaders in their experience and how they look at leading moving forward. A good portion of the episode is spent thinking about the impact that early experiences have on the mind and this is explored through the topics of schooling and kiddie yoga classes. Too often we teach kids to deal with stress through escapism rather than equipping them to work through difficulties proactively. The same goes for school, Ben is still set on homeschooling, as he thinks that most school systems focus too much on memorization and rote learning instead of actual learning skills. Ashleigh opens up about her thoughts on luck and what a fallacy it is to call things 'lucky'. Hard work pays off and we all have to put in the time to see results. Lastly, the discussion turns to diet and training and the quickest routes to getting super shredded!   Timestamps   The benefits of using structured water vapor and grounding exercises. [1:28] This week's healthy habit about leadership! [4:30] Having the hard conversations as early as possible for everyone's benefit. [10:37] The feedback that has most surprised Ben from listeners. [13:44] Early education, hot yoga and why classes for kids could be so beneficial. [16:57] The main point of school and teaching kids how to learn. [23:20] Ashleigh's rant of the week; luck has nothing to do with it! [25:21] The quickest way to get super shredded and lean right now. [31:15] Fatty diets and a reminder of how much Ben loves olive oil! [36:26]
November 22, 2019
On today’s show, we have the absolute pleasure to sit down with nutritional therapist Marek Doyle. Marek has a mind-blowing understanding of nutrition and biochemistry. He takes an objective view of the physiological processes that occur in our bodies and uses this approach to know how to intervene and correct them through nutrition so that the body can thrive. Marek recently gave a paper at the Health Optimization Summit in London called The Adrenal Immune Cycle, which is basically what he speaks about today. Adrenal fatigue is not a sickness but rather the name given to a huge array of symptoms which all have some connection to the adrenal system. Marek lays out the chain reactions that occur inside us which are responsible for causing adrenal fatigue, speaking about the fundamental connections between endotoxins, inflammation, neurotransmitters, energy, and stress. Along the way, he points out different supplements that can be taken which will greatly increase the body’s capacity to cope with these imbalances and stop domino effect cycles. The cycles Marek lays out are beautiful in their codependency, and he makes fascinating points about how the same symptom could be caused by many different processes, and how one cycle can affect another. This is an unmissable conversation so grab a pen and tune in. Today’s show was sponsored by FreshPressed olive oil, so head over to and get a 500ml bottle for only a dollar by using the discount code ‘getfresh35’.   Timestamps: Marek diagnoses interlinking bodily systems and their role in causing illness. [3:18] The tendency for people to ignore compounded symptoms until it’s too late. [6:50] Types of tests Marek runs on his patients to diagnose them. [8:08] A definition of the Organic Acids Test: a urine test that reads body status. [9:51] How Marek focuses on removing obstacles rather than treating symptoms. [13:22] Which of the 73 imbalanced markers Marek starts with after testing. [14:40] Marek checks inhibitors to energy and neurotransmitter firing initially after testing. [15:19] How magnesium rectifies healthy neural firing and reduces stress. [15:36] What the two primary neurotransmitters are, and how they work. [15:56] Where glutathione issues typically come from: mold exposure. [18:44] The connection between drying washing indoors and high mold in households. [19:49] Rather than referring to sickness, adrenal fatigue refers to a lump of symptoms. [22:00] The typical symptoms of adrenal fatigue such as weakness and poor sleep. [22:30] Why the adrenals have been linked to the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. [24:13] The plight of adrenal fatigue sufferers who can’t find a cure: ‘desperation medicine’. [24:34] Why to study the physiology behind adrenal fatigue: recognizing ‘endotoxemia’. [25:16] How bacterial fragments move from the gut into the circulation causing inflammation. [25:39] The cause of the release of mycotoxins from the gut to the blood: leaky gut. [28:11] Symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue are caused by inflammation. [28:16] Causes of paracellular permeability and trans-cellular permeability. [30:03] The role of the hypothalamus in causing endotoxemia. [31:20] Vitamins that regulate immune response to inflammation: vitamin A, D, and butyrate. [32:59] Why prescribing Vitamin A, D, butyrate, and folate is not a cure-all. [34:12] The other ways that stress can cause inflammation and vice versa. [36:28] Mitochondrial function, the prefrontal cortex and limbic response in amplifying stress. [37:26] The reciprocal relationship between stress and energy. [39:40] Why hormone supplements shouldn’t be the route to take. [42:29] Reasons why testosterone might be low: poor production, pituitary hormones, etc. [43:55] The central role of assessing sleep cycles in Marek’s diagnostic process. [46:15] Why so many people wake up to urinate at night. [47:16] Cycles which contribute to shallow sleep. [49:01] The domino effect of inflammation raised glutamate, and low magnesium in stopping sleep. [52:07] How the sympathetic nervous system overdrive takes precedence and ‘housework’ falls by the wayside. [52:07] Whether people should be eating oxalates or not. [56:17] Foundational supplements for Marek: multivitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium. [1:02:32] Whether people should take methylation support and fish oil.
November 18, 2019
On this episode of Muscle Intelligence, we start by discussing Gabrielle Bryan’s response to The Game Changers and whether it’s possible to have an unbiased opinion, especially in the contentious vegan/carnivore argument. We then get into the topic of productivity, which turns into an insightful how-to about time efficiency. Ben lays out the strategies he uses to get so much done and makes some convincing guesses as to how working absurdly long hours became a value in modern society. However, the main topic of the show is Ben’s muscle camp that Ashleigh was a guest on. You’ll hear Ashleigh’s main takeaway from the experience, a lesson that while working out, we don’t actually practice the basic principles of good form we all think we learned years ago. Form is key! Knowing how to do an exercise properly makes it ten times harder, sometimes removing the necessity for weights at all. Hidden in this is a lesson to get over your ego and be mindful of your body. Stop thinking you have learned it all because you haven’t. The best exercises are simple and can become even more effective through variation. Finally, we share our lesson of the week with you, which is a reminder to count your blessings, because nobody ever got anywhere by complaining!   Timestamps Why vegan activists like James Cameron are really just trying to sell vegan products. [01:30] A consideration of whether unbiased opinions about diet are possible. [03:03] A new activity in the podcast where great comments get read out. [07:48] The role of reverse engineering and bracketing in Ben’s approach to productivity. [10:29] How to approach effective intellectual work without spending many hours on it. [14:54] Where the productivity fetish might have come from: corporations and government. [16:05] Ben’s tips on condensing time: meet your mentors rather than read their books. [17:00] The different mindfulness-related lessons Ashleigh learned at Ben’s muscle camp. [19:13] What most people don’t do: get past their egos and remember basic form in the gym. [21:27] How Ben applies the principle of getting past ego and mindfulness to his teaching. [24:03] Managing the balance between focus and working unconsciously. [26:47] Remembering that rather than moving weight, it is contracting muscle that’s important. [28:23] The way proper form can reduce the variety of exercises necessary in a workout. [30:04] Maximize effectiveness by varying the parameters within simple exercises. [31:15] The many kinds of stability and how to incorporate them for maximum gain. [34:15] What Ashley learned when she found out about how to do a proper hamstring curl. [36:47] How the lessons of good form in Ben’s camp were revolutionary for Ashley. [37:36] Why muscle and joint pain are not par for the course after a workout. [38:04] Ben’s hopes for a future where nutrition is geared to the body’s daily needs. [40:12] What makes Ben’s gym the best: active care. [43:12] This episode’s habit of the week: stop complaining, and practice gratitude. [44:01]
November 13, 2019
In this episode of the Muscle Intelligence Podcast, we are joined by sleep expert and co-founder of Chili Technology, Tara Youngblood! She is here to discuss everything sleep-related and how we can make the most of this all-important part of our lives. Tara gives us some great insight into the most important factors that influence our sleep and emphasizes the unique ways our bodies work in relation to rest and recovery. Our chronotype determines a lot of how our bodies prepare and enter into a sleep cycle and so there is no one-size-fits-all remedy for inferior sleep. Rather, we need to look at our indicators and respond accordingly to these to optimize sleep for better health. We discuss body fat, stress, diet, temperature, supplementation and more! For Tara, the exercise is to build awareness and knowledge of one's own profile and then build healthy practices and habits that promote better sleep with steady REM periods. This episode is brought to you by the best olive oil in the world! Fresh Pressed Olive is still offering bottles for $1 so go straight to to order yours!   Timestamps Surprising correlations between body fat and temperature during sleep. [5:13] Minimizing stress for your sleep space and maximizing recovery. [6:14] Good sleep habits that can make traveling easier on your body. [10:30] Starting with your chronotype and timing your day accordingly. [11:15] The huge influence of temperature in preparing our bodies to sleep. [15:15] Influential factors on attaining more time in deep sleep. [19:13] Habits and hacks to implement before bedtime to boost your recovery. [21:28] The deterioration of deep sleep in older persons and reasons for this. [24:47] The relationship between diet, metabolism and circadian rhythms. [27:50] Tara's upcoming TEDtalk and the 'three buckets of sleep'. [29:34] Supplementation for sleep and unique approaches for type. [32:39] Journalling and tracking sleep for better awareness. [37:09]
November 11, 2019
On today’s Q&A episode, Ben and Ashleigh, cover a range of topics that listeners have asked about. Ben begins by setting out this week’s healthy habit, which entails getting rid of excess possessions. This will have a cascading effect and not only declutter your physical space, but also clear your mind and improve your productivity. They then move on to discussing Ben’s least favorite source of protein, pork, and the best way to incorporate it into your diet, should you choose to do so. After this, Ben and Ashleigh discuss DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness. If you know enough about training correctly, you should not push yourself to the point where you end up with DOMS. However, if you do suffer from DOMS, the only way to get over it is to endure it. Overtraining is not an effective way to build muscle and while it is important to know that you can put your foot on the gas, it is equally as important to show restraint when training. This is why it is necessary to always switch up the intensity of your week’s workouts. After the DOMS discussion, Ben and Ashleigh then talk about the importance of self-confidence in whatever path you choose to pursue and how building competence feeds into confidence. Being a lifelong learner and striving for more will always lead to great rewards. In the final part of the show, Ben shares his upcoming events and also provides a basic roadmap of how to get back into the gym after surgery. For all this and a whole lot more, join us today!   Timestamps This show’s weekly healthy habit challenge. [3:25] Ben and Ashleigh’s opinion on pork as a protein source. [7:49] An explanation of how the concentric and eccentric phases in training work. [11:43] If you overtrain, your body is allocating unnecessary resources to recovery. [12:54] Some ways to speed up recovery time if you do end up getting DOMS after training. [14:23] Stretching muscles is important because, after damage, they shorten every time. [15:52] Why it is mostly those in ‘the middle,’ and not beginners or pros, who should pay attention to DOMS. [17:16] You should not push your training limits constantly but it is important to do so occasionally. [18:45] What is takes to be a strong alpha female. [21:40] Most people do not possess internal self-confidence and seek external validation. [23:20] The dates and locations of Mi40’s upcoming Muscle Camps. [25:47] It is important to learn about aspects of performance optimization besides training. [27:30] Why Ben decided to partner with Milos Sarcev for some of the Muscle Camps. [29:46] A four-step progression that will help you get back in the gym safely after an injury. [33:28] If implementing post-surgery recovery protocols, it is best to have your surgeon inject products. [34:34]
November 6, 2019
Today we’re going to talk to the godfather of longevity, Aubrey de Grey, in the most ironic of settings – a pub in London. Over a beer, Aubrey explains why he believes that many of the typical health practices, such as drinking a lot of water, are myths and what he has discovered about slowing down the aging process. He reckons that in as little as 17 years, aging will no longer be a concern, and he supports this radical standpoint with some fascinating research. He talks about the idea that health is an integral part of longevity and that the seven pillars of aging need to be addressed simultaneously.
November 4, 2019
Today on our Q&A episode we are breaking down a whole lot of subjects for your listening pleasure and health benefit. We are discussing the new documentary that everyone is talking about called The Game Changers, which aspects of your health to address first, sleep cooling systems, training volume, some upcoming events for Ben and taking a break from social media.
October 30, 2019
Today we welcome breathing guru Brian Mackenzie onto the show. Brian has dedicated his life to breath practices and understanding the key role which they play in wellbeing. Maintaining the body’s pH through breathing impacts physical and mental performance, and it even improves our emotional responses to situations. Brian is here today to share more about these biochemical aspects of breathing.
October 28, 2019
On today’s show, Ben and Ashleigh sit down to talk Americanized holidays, schooling methods, and nutrition on the road before getting to the main topic: squats. Our hosts share their respective views around instilling values in children in spite of some of the more farcical and detrimental aspects of traditional holidays and schooling.
October 23, 2019
Today we speak with a master of brain optimization, Dr. Titus Chiu. He begins our discussion by explaining his systems approach to the brain, breaking down the three pillars of brain health. While the physical structure of the brain undoubtedly matters, the chemical environment in which the brain functions is equally as important.
October 21, 2019
Welcome back to the Muscle Intelligence Podcast. This is another Q&A session with the wonderful Ashleigh VanHouten from Paleo Magazine. Today on this #MondayMindset episode, we discuss the benefits of habit stacking: introducing a small weekly or daily habit, that will slowly and incrementally stack on your previous self and keep making you better and better.
October 16, 2019
What does it take to become the world’s strongest man? In today’s episode, you get to hear my recent interview in Iceland with Thor Bjornsson, aka The Mountain from the HBO, hit series Game of Thrones.
October 14, 2019
Welcome back to the Muscle Intelligence Podcast! This is another question and answer session with the wonderful Ashleigh VanHouten from Paleo Magazine! In this discussion, we cover the topics of breakfast, protein, cholesterol, getting that pump, hypnotism and more!
October 9, 2019
Ashleigh and Ben have both been doing some traveling, and today’s conversation is all about sharing where they have been, the people they connected with and what they learned about themselves and other cultures in the process. Sometimes going to new places and trying new things requires us to step out of our comfort zones, to open our minds to experience the world around us in new ways.
October 7, 2019
For today's show, we are joined by Mark Lambert, who is Head of Performance at Tampa Bay Lightning! He is here to talk about his unique and intricate approach to coaching professional athletes and how the dynamics of the work and the players influence his approach.
October 2, 2019
Welcome back to the Muscle Intelligence Podcast! This is another Q&A session hosted by Ashleigh and this week we chat about a whole array of topics vital to get you living your best life! The conversation starts off with a bit of a meditation on the idea of intentionality and how concentration in one area can bleed over into all activities.
September 30, 2019
On today’s episode, we are joined by Jim Girard and Jim Law, creator, and CEO of BioCharger respectively. It has become our new, favorite biohacking modality since having it at the gym for over three months. There has been an outpouring of compliments for the BioCharger, both from clients and trainers at the gym, so Ben wanted to find out more about how what is causing all these reported benefits.
September 25, 2019
We’ve got another Q&A episode with Ashleigh VanHouten and we kick off the conversation with gratitude, sharing about our tendency to become entitled when we have immediate access to everything all the time and how we need to generate a daily attitude of thankfulness. Self-acceptance also plays a big role because your ability to love yourself will inevitably trickle down to how you treat the people around you and how you influence your environment with positive or negative energy.
September 23, 2019
On the podcast today we are very lucky to have James FitzGerald! James is the founder of OPEX Fitness, an amazing coaching platform and James' progressive and steadfast approach to health, strength, and wellness is truly an inspiration. A major tenet of OPEX and James' vision is longevity and they put a lot of focus on fitness in the long run rather than short term goals.
September 18, 2019
Today Ashleigh VanHouten is hosting another Q&A session during which she asks Ben all the questions listeners have been sending their way. Ben starts by giving us an overview of his next few weeks of traveling, hosting muscle camps and attending the Health Optimisation Summit, and they get into the need for mentorship – physical, psychological, spiritual – and the many different people who have inspired and motivated him on his bodybuilding and health and fitness journey.
September 16, 2019
On today’s episode, we sit down with Dr. Albert Villoldo to discuss the integration of our spiritual reality with our tangible reality. Dr. Villoldo is a trained scientist and anthropologist who traded his laboratory for a pair of hiking boots and a ticket to the Amazon to set out on a journey into spiritual enlightenment.
September 11, 2019
In this episode, Ashleigh is back to ask Ben another round of questions and discuss all things health, fitness and getting your mind right. Today's questions cover bulking, calorie intake, nutrient timing, a variation of workouts, the benefits of posing, injury recovery and more. As usual, Ben makes an argument for eating the least amount necessary for growth and gives some great advice on when to fuel and refuel in relation to your times of exertion.
September 9, 2019
Today’s guest is a functional medicine practitioner with an extensive background in getting results with people with autoimmunity and health optimization. Dr. Will Cole joins me for this episode to talk about strategies behind optimizing your diet and your lifestyle, sharing how he went from a traditional vegan diet to one that includes a small amount of meat and why he felt that making this change was necessary.
September 4, 2019
Welcome back to the show everyone! Today we are doing our usual Q&A session with Ashleigh in the driving seat again. The episode starts off with some serious thoughts from Ben on the subjects of slumps and how our focus and conscious thought really define so much of our lives. A lot of the time we are shaped and directed by forces outside of ourselves and what makes it crazy is we do not even know this.
September 2, 2019
Today on the Muscle Intelligence Podcast we are very happy to welcome Dr. Tim Royer to talk to us about the mind and the nervous system! Dr. Royer works with all types of patients, from young children to high performing sports champions and has developed a method, using feedback loops and conscious effort to train the mind to navigate its own sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. Dr. Royer tells us how using the machine and data collected, displayed in the form of a data dashboard, allows a participant to start actively learning how to control their brainwave activity.
August 28, 2019
We are having another Q&A session with Ashleigh from Paleo Magazine Radio today! The focus of this episode is the evolution that Ben has gone through in his training program. As a young bodybuilder and aspiring Mr. Olympia, Ben admits that he had very little space for thoughts on longevity and lifespan concerns. He was purely focussed on training as hard as possible as much as possible to reach his goals.
August 26, 2019
Today we are so happy to have Dr. Joseph Mercola as our guest! Dr. Mercola is one of the fathers of the modern health optimization movement and has sparked so much of the progressive thought that is going on in the scene today. In this vast conversation, we cover so much, from diet and light to blood flow and EMF's. Dr. Mercola has so much knowledge on many of these areas and generously shares this wealth with all of us!
August 22, 2019
For this episode, we welcome back Ashleigh to help out with another Q&A session! The episode is mostly focussed on meal plans, daily eating schedules, fasting and related topics with a bit of philosophy, meditation and travel ideas thrown in for good measure. Ashleigh kicks things off by asking Ben about how he prioritizes his to-do list when it seems so long. From there they dive into cooking and specifically how Ben likes to prepare, or not prepare, his intake of vegetables.
August 20, 2019
Today on the podcast we feature an exceptional man, Dr. Chris Spearman, who has succeeded in a variety of aspects of life, including in the areas of education and, more recently, business. He talks about his journey through his Ph.D. in leukemia studies, and then he dives into the transformation of his physical body, becoming a cover model and thought leader in the world of fitness. 
August 15, 2019
Today we are doing another Q&A session where Ashleigh steps into the host seat and grills Ben about diet, training, meat and more! Most of the episode is spent discussing Ben's recent forays into the carnivore diet and what worked and what did not, in his experience.
August 13, 2019
Our guest on the show today is Dr. Ralph Esposito who is a particularly authoritative voice on the topic of hormone optimization. He has been a guest on the podcast before and is a prime example of somebody who lives an optimized life: he is mindful about every decision he makes and, like me, he is against the common word on the street, all those myths that people believe about health and wellness.
August 7, 2019
Today on the show we’re doing something a little different. Many of you have indicated that a Q&A format would be really great, and I’ve teamed up with the lovely Ashleigh VanHouten who will be directing a diverse range of questions at me – and while we agree on a lot of stuff, we also bump heads about certain things!
August 5, 2019
On today’s episode, we welcome Zach Bitter. Zach is an endurance athlete and coach and he is nothing short of a high achiever. He consistently runs 100-mile ultra-marathons and is now in the midst of preparing for an even greater race.
July 29, 2019
Today’s guest is Jacques Taylor, founder of The Exercise Design Lab, MyoTopia, and developer of Neuro-Logic Training (N-LT). Jacques is a neuroscientist and exercise scientist with over 25 years of education and experience. He joins us on the podcast once again to share with us his passion around the tactics and the strategies to actually change your mind.
July 12, 2019
Joining us today is Strength and Conditioning legend and the ultimate Coach's coach Phil Learney.  Phil is a long time mentor to up and coming coaches still mentoring clients from his home location in London.  In this episode Phil shares his best advice from over 20 years in the fitness industry!
July 6, 2019
Joining us today is a member of the ISSN and international protein board, Dr. Paul Arciero.  Dr. Arciero discusses his protein pacing protocol with us as well as how he is gamifying exercise for his clients to increase brain cognition. Time Stamps What is protein pacing and what are they doing over at Prise? [0:41]  Why would someone who is healthy need less protein than someone who is not? [5:12] The concept of gluconeogenesis and what happens with excess protein. [10:32] Does the body become more efficient when you limit the availability of amino acids? [17:55] What effect does endurance/cardiovascular exercise have on brain health? [21:35] What are they doing nutritionally to increase brain functionality? [28:40] The benefits of gamifying exercise to increase brain cognition. [32:50] The Prise Protocol explained. [35:45] The importance of recharging your batteries and getting into the parasympathetic state to recover. [41:20] The insanity of what we subject our body to and practices you can put into place to lessen the toxic intake. [46:38] Featured Guest Paul J. Arciero (@paularciero) | Twitter Website Related Links/Products Mentioned The PRISE Protocol by Dr. Paul Arciero PRISE LIfe - Home | Facebook The Runner’s High: Opioidergic Mechanisms in the Human Brain Black Box VR - Immersive Virtual Reality Gym and Fitness Experience People Mentioned Stuart Phillips, PhD (@mackinprof) | Twitter
June 27, 2019
Today we dive into what it takes to be a champion with Olympic Athlete, Mindset Coach and Mentor Dr. Jeff Spencer.  Dr. Spencer's journey has brought him beyond an amazing career in cycling to become one of the top mindset and business coaches in the world working with the likes of Dave Asprey of Bulletproof and countless others.  Tune in now to hear Dr. Spencer's greatest advice for mental mastery.   Time Stamps His journey to becoming an Olympic athlete. [2:18] The supernatural ‘calling’ he experienced that changed the course of his life. [6:16] The ‘angels’ that shaped him as person. [8:17] Why you MUST embrace the process rather than the result. [10:41] How the word can’t does not exist in his vocabulary. [12:11] The process of mastering the ‘Champion’s Mindset’. [13:30] The 5 Steps of Preparation: Clarity, Motive, Impact, Mindset and Resources. [17:53] The idea of producing excellence to honor your potential. [39:45] Why we always need to be evolving towards our biggest future. [42:07] The Champion’s Golden Rule: The 10 steps to achieve your greatness. [46:51] How to determine your legacy statement. [57:06] What are his daily rituals? [1:00:43] How does he eat/train now to stay fit? [1:04:28] His journey to becoming an Olympic athlete. [2:18] The supernatural ‘calling’ he experienced that changed the course of his life. [6:16] The ‘angels’ that shaped him as person. [8:17] Why you MUST embrace the process rather than the result. [10:41] How the word can’t does not exist in his vocabulary. [12:11] The process of mastering the ‘Champion’s Mindset’. [13:30] The 5 Steps of Preparation: Clarity, Motive, Impact, Mindset and Resources. [17:53] The idea of producing excellence to honor your potential. [39:45] Why we always need to be evolving towards our biggest future. [42:07] The Champion’s Golden Rule: The 10 steps to achieve your greatness. [46:51] How to determine your legacy statement. [57:06] What are his daily rituals? [1:00:43] How does he eat/train now to stay fit? [1:04:28] Featured Guest Dr. Jeff Spencer (@jeffspencer) | Twitter Website Goal Achievement Roadmap Experience Related Links/Products Mentioned Goal Clarity - Jeff Spencer Dr Jeff Spencer | Big mentalities for superhuman rewards Three Feet From Gold: Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities (Think and Grow Rich Series) Champion's Golden Rule - Jeff Spencer People Mentioned Dr Gabrielle Lyon, DO (@drgabriellelyon) • Instagram  Dave Asprey (@dave.asprey) • Instagram
June 24, 2019
Today we are demystifying TRT therapy with author and educator Jay Campbell.  Jay is the founder of the TRT Revolution which dives deep on the latest exogenous testosterone research through via social media, podcasts, articles and books.    In this episode Jay and Ben discuss their personal experiences with testosterone as well as other hormone altering pharmaceuticals.  Jay presents the latest cutting edge research that challenges the paradigm of what your protocol should be on TRT and much more!   Time Stamps   Jay’s spiritual journey ad the wisdom/knowledge he has learned along the way. [4:04] How did he get involved in the hormone optimization realm? [8:50] Do therapeutic ranges of testosterone increase systemic estrogen? [13:25] When are the estrogen levels too high or low for men? What are side effects? [19:07] How visceral fat leads to all disease + the importance of ‘intelligent’ training. [28:45] What are the negative implications of testosterone prostate? [35:33] Is there an optimal place to hold your testosterone? [38:38] The ‘lab coat’ god syndrome. [41:45] What are signs you are testosterone deficient? [44:25] What should you be doing to optimize testosterone naturally? [47:12] The stigmas surrounding TRT. [52:50] The importance of optimizing your thyroid + the dangers of AI’s. [54:45] How alcohol is the destroyer of worlds. [1:03:05] Why you must live your life with the avoidance of social media. [1:05:00] The PROPER delivery systems and injection cycles of testosterone. [1:06:48] His take of HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin). [1:14:08] Featured Guest Jay Campbell (@trtrevolution) • Instagram/Twitter Website Podcast Related Links/Products Mentioned The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy MANual: How to Optimize Your Testosterone For Lifelong Health And Happiness – Book by Jay Campbell The Dangers of Estrogen Inhibition in Men Utilizing TOT Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile – Book by Anthony G. Jay Infertility and the provision of infertility medical services in developing countries Estrogen In Men: Good, Bad, Indifferent? An Evidence-Based Review for Optimal Health w/Dr. Neal Rouzier Part 1 Aromatase inhibitors in men: effects and therapeutic options The Importance of Sleep & The Threat of Artificial Blue Light Exposure w/James Swanwick Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World - Book by Cal Newport The Current State of Male Hormone Replacement Therapy w/Jim Meehan People Mentioned Dr. Robert Kominiarek Dr. Anthony G. Jay (@anthonygjay) • Instagram Joseph T. Cruise, M.D Chris Barakat, MS, ATC, CISSN (@christopher.barakat) • Instagram Dr. Jordan Shallow D.C (@the_muscle_doc) • Instagram Abraham Morgentaler, MD Dr. Neal Rouzier (@PMCHormoneDoc) | Twitter Keith Nichols MD (@DrKeithHRTMD) | Twitter James Swanwick (@jamesswanwick) • Instagram Jim Meehan, MD (@DocMeehan) · Twitter
June 13, 2019
We are back with more awesomeness with Dr. Scott Stevenson.     Does he manipulate mind/muscle connection with his clients? [0:00] The concept of ‘motor morons’. [6:25] An exploration on force velocity, cheat reps, find the RIGHT training partner & MORE. [8:00] A conversation on exercise selection and why people do the ones they do. [23:30] Why he wrote “Be Your Own Bodybuilding Coach” and the idea of ‘climbing your own mountain’. [35:10] The 3 biggest mistakes people make transiting from offseason into contest prep? [53:03] Featured Guest Scott Stevenson (@fortitude_training) • Instagram Website Related Links/Products Mentioned Be Your Own Bodybuilding Coach – Book by Dr. Scott Stevenson 026- Living in 4D- Optimizing Body, Mind, and Soul with Paul Chek People Mentioned Ronnie Coleman (@ronniecoleman8) • Instagram John Meadows (@mountaindog1) • Instagram Paul Chek (@paul.chek) • Instagram Sam Harris (@samharrisorg) • Instagram
June 10, 2019
Joining us today is world renown bodybuilding coach Dr. Scott Stevenson!  Dr. Stevenson is one of the most well rounded scientists and coaches in bodybuilding.  Over Scott's career he has spent time in research, coached 100's of athletes and wrote the "New Bodybuilding Bible" How to Be Your Own Bodybuilding Coach.   Make sure to check out Pt 2 coming to you Thursday.   If you would like to learn more about exercise execution for YOUR body visit
June 3, 2019
Mark "Smelly" Bell returns!  We sat down for a conversation with Mark to discuss the latest in the SlingShot founder's world.  Mark has been getting out of his comfort zone lately and he is here to talk about it!  First we discuss the evolution of his training to incorporate bodybuilding, CrossFit and even yoga into his practice.  We also dive into his changing diet and his experimentation with carnivore, low carb and bodybuilding style diets.  Lastly we wrap up with a discussion on leadership and family.  Mark delivers some great wisdom on how he balances running several successful businesses with home life and what he feels makes a great corporate leader.
May 31, 2019
Ben recently joined the legendary Paul Chek in his home for a day of exercise, spiritual practice and of course great conversation.  Join us as Ben and Paul discuss Paul's unique, integrative approach to health through alternative medicine, movement and connecting with your soul.   This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic.  Use code Muscle for 15% off your mushroom order at
May 27, 2019
Joining us today is Dr. Jordan Joy, formerly Ben's training partner, powerlifter and expert on the ketogenic diet and co-hosted by Danny Vega!  We dive into the best approaches to keto when your goal is MAXIMUM muscle building.   If you are interested in building muscle on keto, keep your eyes peeled for our brand new Ketogenic Muscle Intelligence Program dropping soon.
May 22, 2019
Joining us today is the founder of and the Applied Science Performance Institute in Tampa, Dr. Ryan Lowery.  Dr. Lowery is one of the foremost members of the keto movement and brings a slew of research backed information for you in our kickoff to keto week!
May 13, 2019
Are you training with Intelligence?  Today's episode we dive into the first Pillar of a lean, healthy, and muscular body. Training.
May 10, 2019
Today we go for another breathing deep dive with returning guest Patrick McKeown!  Patrick is one of of the world's leading thinkers when it comes to breathing.  In this episode we discuss breathing action and cadence and how you can control your breath to boost athletic performance, mental clarity and focus, as well as influence nervous system response.    Patrick will be hosting a training event for practitioners and athletes at the MI40 Gym August 23-25.  Visit for more information and to register.   This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic Mushrooms.  Use code Muscle for 15% off your order on
May 2, 2019
Joining us today is strongman and founder of Strength Camp, Elliot Hulse.  Elliot has gone through quite the spiritual transformation living life as an Orthodox Christian with an emphasis on traditional family values.  In this episode we discuss what Elliot thinks it is to be a man, a father and a spiritual being.  We also dive into his fasting practices and his emphasis on family.   His take on fasting as spiritual experience. [4:27] What took him down this spiritual path? [16:12] His belief in extreme simplicity. [24:50] A conversation on parenting and fatherhood. [31:00] What does it mean to be a man? [34:47] His definition of the dynamic between a man and a woman. [43:00] Why he believes we are moving back to conservatism. How there are repercussions to your actions. [45:18] What is the solution to gender blending? [52:44] The archetype of initiation: A boy becoming a man. [58:18] Why he created ‘Grounding Camp’. [1:07:25] What are his current beliefs on how he teaches religion to his family and himself? [1:11:10] Why it is important for us to have a doctrine. [1:12:50] How everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face. [1:15:45] The mistakes that have the greatest impact on his life. [1:19:15] How does he react to his kids stepping over his boundaries? [1:30:29] Featured Guest Elliott Hulse STRENGTH COACH (@elliotthulse) • Instagram Website YouTube Related Links/Products Mentioned Way of the Ascetics: The Ancient Tradition of Discipline and Inner Growth – Book by Tito Colliander 019- The 10 Pillars of Peak Mental Performance with Brian Cain The Bahá'í Faith The Rational Male – Book by Rollo Tomassi The Return of Christendom: Demography, Politics, and the Coming Christian Majority – Book by Steve Turley MGTOW | Men Going Their Own Way This Group of Straight Men Is Swearing Off Women - VICE The Way of Men – Book by Jack Donovan People Mentioned Wim Hof (@iceman_hof) • Instagram Rollo May Rollo Tomassi (@RationalMale) · Twitter Dr. Steve Turley (@DrTurleyTalks) · Twitter
April 29, 2019
One of our favorite guests from the Muscle Expert Podcast is back with more amazing findings from the world of peptides!  Jean-Francois Tremblay is one of the top experts in the world of peptides and he joins us to share some wonderful new findings and dive even deeper into peptides and SARMs.
April 15, 2019
No matter what your goal, learning and skill acquisition are major bottlenecks to success. But what if you could reduce the time it took for you to learn? Our guest today, Dr. Daniel Chao has spent his career doing just that!  After graduating from Stanford Medical School with an MD in neuroscience, Dr. Chao started developing tech that primes your brain for learning. The result... Halo Sport. In this episode, Dr. Chao and Ben dive into how learning happens in the brain and more importantly how we can influence it.  They discuss the mechanism behind Halo Sport's success and how they have improved it for the soon to be released Halo Sport 2.  If you would like to pre-order the Halo Sport 2, use the code muscleintelligence for $20 off the already discounted pre-order price!   This episode is brought to you by our friends at Four Sigmatic! Mushrooms are one of the best ways to support learning, sleep, your immune system and more.  Get 15% off your order when you use the code muscle at checkout on Time Stamps How the status quo around the brain is broken. [0:44] Why drugs for the brain don’t work very well. [5:50] The idea of zero sum. [9:55] The history of neurostimulation. [13:40] What does the research show and what are the potential implications when we subject our brain to stimulation? [16:20] Has Halo Sport seen any quantitative data to support bumps in performance? [25:50] How are they collecting data from the brain? [33:45] Understanding their place in science. [36:06] How does Halo 2 differ from Halo 1? [39:05] Have they seen any synergetic effects? [43:43] What is Halo Sport currently excited about? [46:41] Featured Guest Daniel Chao (@danielchao) | Twitter Related Links/Products Mentioned Halo Neuroscience Pharmacology - Wikipedia Halo Sport - Science – Halo Neuroscience Neuropace - NeuroPace, Inc What is Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation (tDCS)? tDCS Research The Athlete’s Guide to the Brain: Motor Skill Learning Maximum voluntary isometric contraction: reference values and clinical application. Reliability of time-to-exhaustion versus time-trial running tests in runners. Sensory Evoked Potentials Studies | Johns Hopkins Medicine  
April 8, 2019
Joining us today is the elite mindset coach Brian Cain!  Brian has coached multiple Cy Young Award winners, UFC champions, has consulted for top teams in the NFL, NHL, MLB and more.  Our chat with Brian dives deep on the mindset of performance where Brian has 10 Pillars that he feels are the necessary building blocks to overcoming adversity, achieving peak performance, and relentlessly pursuing your goals. Time Stamps The importance of relating to your clients and have an idea of what is going on ‘upstairs’. How the mind has to precede the body. [4:26] Steps to teach the average athlete to accomplish their dreams: The 10 skill sets that make up an ‘unbreakable’ mind. [11:12] #1 – Create an ‘Elite’ mindset. [14:30] #2 – Motivation and commitment. [20:16] #3 – Focus and awareness. [22:16] #4 – Self-control and discipline: Let your plan drive the bus. [30:28] #5 – Process over outcome. [35:04] #6 – Meditation and mental imagery: How separation is in preparation. [36:58] #7 – Build a routine and create habits of excellence. [51:57] #8 – Time management and organization: His 168 plan. [57:23] #9 – Leadership: Ability to build trust and get results. [1:00:57] #10 – Culture: The M.V.P. process. [1:03:04] What are his daily affirmations? [1:05:30] How you are always on and off the path. [1:06:45] What are his favorite books on this topic? [1:09:35] The Mental Performance Mastery (MPM) Certification. [1:12:14] His ‘six economies’. [1:16:06] Featured Guest Brian Cain (@briancainpeak) • Instagram Website YouTube Related Links/Products Mentioned Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Book by Carol Dweck Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are | TED Talk Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges – Book Amy Cuddy Concentration Grids For Mental Performance Heads-Up Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time - Book by Ken Ravizza and Tom Hanson Man's Search for Meaning - Book by Viktor Frankl Inspiring: Change the World by Making Your Bed - by Admiral William McRaven The Daily Stoic : 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living - Book by Ryan Holiday The Compound Effect - Book by Darren Hardy Life Is Yours to Win: Lessons Forged from the Purpose, Passion, and Magic of Baseball - Book by Augie Garrido The Way of the Fight – Book by Georges St-Pierre Legacy - Book by JAMES. KERR Power sleep : The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance - Book by James B Maas People Mentioned Amy Cuddy (@amyjccuddy) · Twitter Tom Newman - Yale Robert Gilbert (@SuccessHotline) | Twitter Georges St-Pierre (@georgesstpierre) • Instagram Ryan Holiday (@ryanholiday) • Instagram
April 4, 2019
Ian Mitchell runs a small lab in rural Oklahoma with major implications.  Over the last 7 years Ian has been extensively researching a carbon isotope called C60.  In that research Ian has found some wide ranging implications including super-charging mitochondria, reduction in inflammation, detox benefits and some amazing effects on rheumatoid arthritis and even a way to augment cancer treatment! Time Stamps What is happening in the human body when we take carbon 60? [0:00] He opens up about the ethicacy of his joint supplement. [2:35] How would this work for someone looking to ultimately achieve an exercise response? [6:48] How did his company achieve their patent? [12:17] Are there certain internal prerequisites that need to exist for the carbon 60 to really have its effect? [16:56] Has he seen any negative implications for C60 maybe accelerating cancer grow if someone is on a standard American diet? [19:05] What exactly is ‘carbon 60’ and where did it come from? [21:08] What negative effects does blue light have on our body while taking C60? [22:38] What else are they working on in the realm of carbon 60? [25:35] Are there positive implications combining carbon 60 and cannabis? [27:00] Is there a law of diminishing return with how much C60 you consume? [28:20] Does he plan on taking this every day for the rest of his life? [30:10] The value of quality of life. [32:15] Does he have any ongoing studies with carbon 60? [33:50] What types of cancers has he seen the greatest effect with? [35:03] How is he tying this in to improve brain function? [38:50] Featured Guest Website Related Links/Products Mentioned Catch Muscle Mood Modulates ATPase Activity of Myosin in a Phosphorylation-Dependent Way New cellular target may put the brakes on cancer's ability to spread Synergistic IL-6 and IL-8 paracrine signalling pathway infers a strategy to inhibit tumour cell migration A Mitochondrial Switch Promotes Tumor Metastasis Metastatic cancer gorges on fructose in the liver
April 1, 2019
Welcome back to part 2 of our carnivore deep dive with Dr. Paul Saladino!  In this episode we pick up right where we left off with how plants use sometimes not so subtle toxins to defend themselves from predators.  The conversation continues through the best fats to consume and ends with a rapid-fire round of everything from meat quality to supplementation to whether fish count as meat on a carne diet. How animals/humans are PC’s and plants are Mac’s: The operating systems are different. [3:00] How much data has he looked at that quantifies the benefit of exogenous polyphenols from an antioxidant perspective? [12:00] A rundown of misconceptions around fiber. [18:30] The rules he lives by when it comes to glycine and collagen consumption. [32:30] His thoughts on monosaturated fats and adding to carnivore diet? [36:15] If he had to make an argument for eating some plants, what would his defense be? [39:00] Would he weigh the negative implications of poor quality meat against eating vegetables? [41:30] Do fish count on a carnivore diet. [42:00] Does Dr. Saladino take any supplements to support his carnivore diet? [44:00] Are there any limitations to the carnivore diet? [46:00] Featured Guest Paul Saladino, MD (@paulsaladinomd) • Instagram Paul Saladino, MD (@MdSaladino) · Twitter Website YouTube Email – Paul Saladino MD on Patreon Related Links/Products Mentioned Human Performance Outliers Podcast: Episode 50: Dr. Jason Fung Savory Institute Ranchers Sing The Praises Of Mob Grazing of Cattle | Beef Magazine The Boulder Carnivore Conference Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Book by Yuval Noah Harari Stan Efferding's The Vertical Diet Metabolic characteristics of keto-adapted ultra-endurance runners Dietary pesticides (99.99% all natural). No effect of 600 grams fruit and vegetables per day on oxidative DNA damage and repair in healthy nonsmokers. Effects of High Consumption of Vegetables on Clinical, Immunological, and Antioxidant Markers in Subjects at Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases Increasing the vegetable intake dose is associated with a rise in plasma carotenoids without modifying oxidative stress or inflammation in overweight or obese postmenopausal women. Mark Bell's Power Project EP. 186 - Layne Norton vs Paul Saladino A High-Fiber Diet Does Not Protect Against Asymptomatic Diverticulosis Stopping or reducing dietary fiber intake reduces constipation and its associated symptoms Dietary Fiber and the Risk of Colorectal Cancer and Adenoma in Women Lack of Effect of a High-Fiber Cereal Supplement on the Recurrence of Colorectal Adenomas Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat Meat intake and cause-specific mortality: a pooled analysis of Asian prospective cohort studies. Carnivore Diet - Ben Greenfield Fitness KetoCon - The Science and Stories of Keto People Mentioned Shawn Baker MD (@shawnbaker1967) • Instagram Jason Fung (@drjasonfung) • Instagram Ben Greenfield (@bengreenfieldfitness) • Instagram Savory Institute (@savoryinstitute) • Instagram Thomas Dayspring (@Drlipid) · Twitter Dave Feldman (@DaveKeto) | Twitter Stan "Rhino" Efferding (@stanefferding) • Instagram Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D. Dr. Rhonda Patrick (@foundmyfitness) • Instagram Layne Norton, PhD (@biolayne) • Instagram rich roll (@richroll) • Instagram
March 28, 2019
Is it possible to live a healthy life eating only meat?  Dr. Paul Saladino makes a very strong argument in support of the Carnivore Diet in today's episode.  Dr. Saladino brings a mass of studies to back up the argument that humans run optimally eating only animal products.  But... there is a catch... in order to balance all of your required nutrients you must consume what he refers to as nose to tail, eating from many parts of the animal including organ meat, ligaments, tendons and even bone.  Let us know what you think of this paradigm challenging episode! Part 2 comes your way on Monday!   Time Stamps His case for the carnivore diet. [1:44] Objectively, what has he seen his blood markers do while on the diet? [3:29] How much protein does he eat on a daily basis? What do his meals consist of? [6:30] Where is he sourcing most his meat from? [10:55] How do you start to incorporate eating ‘nose to tail’? [13:50] Does he believe the carnivore diet is something most people would benefit from? [16:05] Would he prescribe this diet to people who are predisposed to health conditions? Plus, the misconception behind saturated fats. [20:30] Can you be an optimized human being on a carnivorous diet? [28:17] What is the counter argument that plants are good for us? How plants have developed ‘plant toxins’. [34:29] Featured Guest Paul Saladino, MD (@paulsaladinomd) • Instagram Paul Saladino, MD (@MdSaladino) · Twitter Website YouTube Email – Paul Saladino MD on Patreon Related Links/Products Mentioned Human Performance Outliers Podcast: Episode 50: Dr. Jason Fung Savory Institute Ranchers Sing The Praises Of Mob Grazing of Cattle | Beef Magazine The Boulder Carnivore Conference Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Book by Yuval Noah Harari Stan Efferding's The Vertical Diet Metabolic characteristics of keto-adapted ultra-endurance runners Dietary pesticides (99.99% all natural). No effect of 600 grams fruit and vegetables per day on oxidative DNA damage and repair in healthy nonsmokers. Effects of High Consumption of Vegetables on Clinical, Immunological, and Antioxidant Markers in Subjects at Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases Increasing the vegetable intake dose is associated with a rise in plasma carotenoids without modifying oxidative stress or inflammation in overweight or obese postmenopausal women. Mark Bell's Power Project EP. 186 - Layne Norton vs Paul Saladino A High-Fiber Diet Does Not Protect Against Asymptomatic Diverticulosis Stopping or reducing dietary fiber intake reduces constipation and its associated symptoms Dietary Fiber and the Risk of Colorectal Cancer and Adenoma in Women Lack of Effect of a High-Fiber Cereal Supplement on the Recurrence of Colorectal Adenomas Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat Meat intake and cause-specific mortality: a pooled analysis of Asian prospective cohort studies. Carnivore Diet - Ben Greenfield Fitness KetoCon - The Science and Stories of Keto People Mentioned Shawn Baker MD (@shawnbaker1967) • Instagram Jason Fung (@drjasonfung) • Instagram Ben Greenfield (@bengreenfieldfitness) • Instagram Savory Institute (@savoryinstitute) • Instagram Thomas Dayspring (@Drlipid) · Twitter Dave Feldman (@DaveKeto) | Twitter Stan "Rhino" Efferding (@stanefferding) • Instagram Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D. Dr. Rhonda Patrick (@foundmyfitness) • Instagram Layne Norton, PhD (@biolayne) • Instagram rich roll (@richroll) • Instagram
March 25, 2019
Alicia Gowans has faced her fair share of adversity on her way to the top.  Before she won even her first pro show, let alone title, Alicia dealt with a severe back injury that still plagues her to this day.  Alicia has over come unimaginable obstacles on her way to her 2 championships and has used those experiences to create one of the best teams in the world.  In this episode we dive into the mental fortitude Alicia developed while training with chronic pain, the necessity of celebrating the journey as well as the wins, and how she has found physical relief in confronting her emotional barriers.   Time Stamps The evolution of her fitness journey and the importance of being a GOOD person. (0:41) Being client centric and taking people down the path of their own discovery. (6:34) How do we bring ‘joy’ into our lives? The practice of plugging out of the matrix. (9:27) Challenging one’s mental barriers and celebrating the wins. (13:47) She opens up about her devastating back injury and challenging the path of least resistance. (19:54) “Peeling” the banana back and her self-healing journey back to health. (32:36) How did she create of the practice of responding rather than reacting? (43:38) The practice of focusing on the inner game before the outer game. Why we should all be our own superhero. [46:27] What is next for her? [51:17] Featured Guest Alicia Gowans WBFF Pro (@aliciagowans_wbffpro) • Instagram Ally's Angels & Alphas Related Links/Products Mentioned Pre-Script The Competitive Edge - Fitness Uncensored People Mentioned Dr Joe Dispenza (@DrJoeDispenza) · Twitter Dr. Jordan Shallow D.C (@the_muscle_doc) • Instagram
March 17, 2019
Joining us today is one of the most forward-thinking coaches in the world!  Joel Jamieson has trained elite MMA fighters, Navy SEALS, and worked for some of the largest fitness brands in the world.  Joel was a pioneer in using HRV to evaluate training and recovery in his athletes and over the past several years has worked on developing tech that gives the average person access to this advanced analysis.  In this episode Joel walks us through evaluating your recovery based on HRV, explains the energy production systems behind HRV and how you can start improving your HRV.   Here are 5 ways I’m helping 100,000+ people build a body they love right now.   Mi40 Foundation - 4X gains for 40 days. Over 100,000 copies sold and once the nr. 1 training program on the Internet - no joke. Start here if you’re new to Intelligent training.   Mi40 Xtreme v2.0 - The best workout of your life. University-backed protocol adds 13lbs more muscle over “mainstream” training. Study 1. Study 2. Real life results. The first and only CEP training program on the Internet.   The Incredible Bulk - My personal training and nutrition protocol for gaining muscle all year long without getting fat. Used by my clients to add up to 14 lbs of new muscle in 4 weeks, or even 30lbs in 12 weeks.   (NEW) Hypertrophy Execution Mastery - The first and only online masterclass showing you how to train for YOUR body mechanics (rather than against it). Avoid pains and injuries. Fix lagging muscles. 1000+ customers, 100+ testimonials. Free 4-month trial of Mi40 Nation worth $228 included.   Mi40 Nation - the all-inclusive membership for those who #demandexcellence. Join 40,000+ members who are taking a holistic approach to building a body they love.   ****   Have a Mi40 story to share?   Transformations, big and small. Inside and out. I want to know all about how Mi40 has impacted your life.   Email with all the saucy details, plot twists, numbers, and photos.   By sending us your Mi40 stories, you agree to help us promote the Muscle Intelligence movement.   And to let us use your stories publicly to show the world how we #demandexcellence.   **** Time Stamps What is he currently excited about? [4:16] What type of athletes does he find benefit most from guiding their training with these heart rate zones? [8:10] An overview of HRV (heart rate variability) and its impact on balancing the two halves of the autonomic nervous system. [10:08] How HRV is impacting energy systems and how are those energy systems impacting how we are training? [15:25] How does Morpheus start to dictate the volume of aerobic training? At what point does it become a negative thing? [17:20] Can one use HRV to determine and decipher how they should be training? [19:29] How does he use HRV to determine his athlete’s nutrition? [24:35] Why there are only so many calories your body can burn in a given day. [27:45] What are some of his top parasympathetic interventions? [30:36] Does he have any practices that he advocates to his athletes? [35:06] How much does he manipulate intra-workout variables in regards to nutrition? [38:17] The argument against IIFYM (if it fits your macros). [41:40] His universal macro profile approach. [46:18] Any particular foods that he gravitates to increase performance? [47:20] Does he give his athlete’s any strategies in regards to their psychological well-being and mindset? [48:56] How does he eat on a daily basis? [50:35] Does he have any interventions to improve sleep? [51:35] What supplements does he recommend or take? [55:48] How 1/3 people are going to die from cardiovascular disease and the important steps to take NOW to combat this. [59:00] Featured Guest Joel Jamieson (@coachjoeljamieson) • Instagram Website Related Links/Products Mentioned Morpheus Home Metabolic theory of ecology - Wikipedia ALL GAIN, NO PAIN: The Over-40 Man's Comeback Guide to Rebuild Your Body After Pain, Injury, or Physical Therapy – Book by Bill Hartman Neuroimmunology Helix Sleep: Helix | Mattresses Designed For Every Body
March 14, 2019
Joining us today is Dr. Laszlo Boros one of the founders of the Center for Deuterium Depletion. Dr. Boros started his career in cancer research in the early 90's and has been obsessed with treating chronic disease ever since.  In this episode we dive into the little known contributor to chronic disease, heavy hydrogen aka deuterium.  Dr. Boros' research is showing both how prevalent and how dangerous this molecule is.  Enjoy! Time Stamps What is deuterium and what does it do in the body? [2:26] Does he think deuterium prevalence in the environment has always been at the same level or is this something that is occurring to a greater degree as a result of pollution? [6:42] How does it enter the food cycle? [8:42] How do our cells break down deuterium? What happens in our body with high deuterium levels? [11:50] Has his center started to detect a correlation between elevations of deuterium levels in the prevalence of cancer growth? [16:50] Is the general correlation with cancer increase the higher your deuterium levels go? [20:06] Why all diseases benefit from deuterium depletion. [22:28] Is there any negative effect from having too little deuterium? [23:44] How does he feel fasting is contributing to deuterium levels? [26:39] Would there be any benefit to increasing deuterium if your objective is growth? [27:28] What foods would he advocate eating the most of? [30:46] Is there anything else he does on a day to day basis to optimize deuterium levels? [33:15] Why you should listen to your body before you listen to any doctor. [35:55] What is his center doing now to allow us to test our own deuterium levels? [37:38] Does he feel like certain populations are more predisposed to having elevated levels of deuterium or this is a human species problem? [39:02] What is his center studying right now with respect to deuterium and improving health? [41:41] What sort of success rate are they seeing with someone who has cancer depleting deuterium and is actually seeing a benefit? [44:05] Has he seen any correlation between environmental exposures and deuterium levels that have impacted deuterium? Featured Guest The Center for Deuterium Depletion - Test, Track, and Improve Your Health Related Links/Products Mentioned Deuterium content of water increases depression susceptibility: the potential role of a serotonin-related mechanism. Basic Introduction to Metabolic Mitochondrial Therapy - Dr. Mercola Quest Nutrition: Protein Bars, Protein Powders, Protein Chips
March 11, 2019
We had the amazing opportunity to catch up with the one and only Dr. Mike T. Nelson at the Arnold this year!  Dr. Nelson was one of our highest downloaded episodes last year when we talked about metabolic flexibility during our nutrition deep dive.  This time we brought him back to dive into another area of passion for Mike, the autonomic nervous system.     Time Stamps How did he get into studying HRV, metabolic flexibility and the autonomic nervous system? [3:15] What is an example of someone who is starting to lose their heart rate variability? [11:03] What are some of the implications, short term, as far as performance and stress? [13:02] What are some of the most obvious implications of improved HRV? [17:30] Does he have some progressive strategies that he implements to train people to be able to push their sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system higher? [20:46] In his studies, what did he learn about the autonomic nervous system from his subjects? [26:16] How does HRV influence someone’s training? What training they should be doing? [32:26] Tips to balance lifestyle stressors with training. [37:06] Why your perception is EVERYTHING on how things impact you. [42:46] Does he change nutritional interventions based on their HRV levels? [47:46] If someone has high sympathetic stress and low HRV, can we deduce that cortisol will always be high? [53:50] Does he have any supplemental interventions to manage cortisol and stress? [56:43] How fitness is a culture of extremes. [1:02:55] What has he seen fasting do to HRV? [1:09:42] Does he think that HRV is correlated with body composition? [1:12:38] How much are estrogen and testosterone playing into HRV? [1:13:45] What else SHOULD the listener know about the autonomic nervous system? [1:15:46] Has he done any digging into the correlation of capnography and the autonomic nervous system? [1:21:42] Featured Guest Dr. Mike T Nelson (@drmiketnelson) • Instagram Website Flex Diet Related Links/Products Mentioned Muscle Expert Podcast 126-Metabolic Flexibility, Training Nutrition with Dr. Mike Nelson Metabolic Flexibility | T Nation What To Do When You're Overtrained - Ben Greenfield Fitness Oura Ring: the most accurate sleep and activity tracker Cardiovascular and ride time-to-exhaustion effects of an energy drink Muscle Expert Podcast 120- Dr. Rick Hanson- Finding Buddha’s Brain Cold Water Immersion Enhanced Athletes’ Wellness and 10-m Short Sprint Performance 24-h After a Simulated Mixed Martial Arts Combat Sauna Report - FoundMyFitness Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers - Book by Robert Sapolsky Muscle Expert Podcast 161- Master Your Sleep Through Tracking with Harpreet Rai of Oura Capnography - Wikipedia Moxy Monitor - Muscle Oxygen Monitor Train Adapt Evolve 003- Hands on Nervous System Training with Dr. Mickra Hamilton People Mentioned Rick Hanson (@rickhansonphd) • Instagram Dan Pardi (@danielpardi) • Instagram Dr. Rhonda Patrick (@foundmyfitness) • Instagram Wim Hof (@iceman_hof) • Instagram Brian Mackenzie (@_brianmackenzie) • Instagram
March 7, 2019
Coming at you from the Arnold Classic! Ben sits down with the legend who is Rich Gaspari.  In this episode we discuss Rich's unparalleled work ethic, the rise, fall and resurrection of his massive supplement company Gaspari Nutrition, and how the sport of bodybuilding has changed from the time he competed until now.   This episode is presented by the MI40 Nation.  If you want to get the most out of your time in the gym you have to learn how to execute exercise for your body.  Head to for our best course yet when it comes to learning to fit exercise to your body!  Time Stamps From filing for bankruptcy to building a $100 million dollar supplement company, Rich bares all and details his humble beginnings. [3:33] He shares the ‘mythical’ stories of his training coming up in the sport of bodybuilding. [5:40] Rich explains the concept of overtraining and how it helped or hindered him. [14:26] How did he eat back in the day and how does he eat today? [17:00] Has the evolution of science helped guys or crippled them? [19:07] What are some crazy things he did back in the day that made him question what he was doing? [21:45] What is the best frequency used for training body parts? [25:55] Why, in his opinion, don’t bodybuilders get as conditioned? [27:00] How different were the drugs used back then? Are bodybuilders using more now? [28:48] Who is his biggest inspiration? [30:13] What was the transition out of bodybuilding like for him? Struggles faced? A death by 1,000 cuts: What was the turning point with Gaspari Nutrition? [39:58] What was it like mentally for him to go from a $100 million dollar company to bankrupt? [42:10] What is the 10/20 year future look like for Gaspari Nutrition? [44:05] What are some of the lessons he has acquired over the last 20 years from building a $200 million dollar brand? [48:40] What is Rich Gaspari doing in 25 years? [54:50] Featured Guest Rich Gaspari (@richgaspari) • Instagram Related Links/Products Mentioned Gaspari Nutrition: Home 009- Creating an Unbreakable Mind and Resilient Body with Josh Lenartowicz 011- The Mountain Dog Mindset: Creating Lasting Greatness with John Meadows People Mentioned Lee "Hercules" Haney (@lee_haney_official) • Instagram Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) · Twitter Ronnie Coleman (@ronniecoleman8) • Instagram IFBB LEGEND FLEX WHEELER (@officialflexwheeler) • Instagram
March 4, 2019
Joining us today is IFBB Pro Bodybuilder and coach, John Meadows. In this episode Ben and John dive into all things mindset and how to take your game to the level of a top athlete in the bodybuilding world. They discuss the essential nature of surrounding yourself with the GREAT people, and how to create success by grounding your life in honesty.  John divulges his Mountain Dog mechanisms of ‘progression for training’ & his favorite approach to contest prep and physique transformation. He opens up about how to be a great teacher and a great student. Find out why he has a reputation for doing everything 1st class!! Time Stamps John opens up about his love of supplements and his company, Granite. [2:12] How your greatest obstacle is your greatest opportunity for progress. [3:12] His 5 people he chooses to surround himself with + what characteristics/values are he looking at to improve his life from those people? [6:52] How much is social media affecting the fitness industry and the world as a whole? [11:26] Does he feel the level of athlete is diminishing or improving? [19:02] What was his mindset for his aspiration to ascend the mountain of bodybuilding? [35:04] Why people are afraid to be honest with people by fear of judgement. [44:25] What was that unconscious thing that allowed him to suffer more than the other guy? [51:48] How many clients does he have at the moment and what does his selection process look like? [55:23] What is his opinion on why people are jumping from coach to coach? [58:02] What are some of his foundational tenants? [1:00:25] John’s mechanisms of ‘progression for training’. [1:03:50] Being grateful for where you are and what you are coming home too. [1:16:44] Featured Guest John Meadows (@mountaindog1) • Instagram Website YouTube Links Granite Supplements Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs | Simply Psychology Mack Gym - Home | Facebook People Mentioned Dr. Jordan Shallow D.C (@the_muscle_doc) • Instagram Arnold (@Schwarzenegger)• Instagram Phil Heath (@philheath) • Instagram Lee "Hercules" Haney (@lee_haney_official) • Instagram Shawn Rhoden (@flexatronrhoden) • Instagram Kai Greene (@kaigreene) • Instagram Chad Nicholls (@thedietdoc) • Instagram Josh Wade (@ifbbprojoshwade) • Instagram Charles Glass (@thecharlesglass) • Instagram
February 27, 2019
Joining us today is Canadian Posturologist Annette Verpillot.  Annette has worked with some of the biggest names in strength and conditioning including Ben's friend and mentor the great Charles Poliquin.  Annette's approach to aligning posture through the eyes, mouth and feet has garnered a reputation for its effect of immediate strength increases of up to 50 percent.  In this episode we discuss what good posture means, the nuances to aligning it and the incredible effects it has on the nervous system, neurochemistry, and endocrine function. Time Stamps Can we define an ideal posture? Where does she begin her assessment process when seeing a new client? [3:02] How if you have a brain imbalance, you are OUT of balance. [9:45] What are some things in the first three years life that can affect our posture? [11:55] What are some of the common postural deficiencies you see? What causes them? [16:15] Where does she start when someone comes to her with a contortion in their pelvis? [19:20] Are most of our postural limitations a result of poor childhood development or current lifestyles? [22:44] What would she prescribe to someone with thoracic spine issues? [24:05] Would doing cross body pattern movements be correlated with increased dopamine? [28:52] What strategies would she recommend for someone to begin to increase dopamine levels TODAY? [31:03] How does someone go about alleviating anterior pelvic tilt? [32:33] How can one get their jaw back in alignment? [34:14] Tips to correct a postural imbalance. [36:54] How movement builds the brain. [40:30] Does she practice what she preaches? [42:30] Why we must start looking at the body from a global perspective. [45:35] Where can we find more about her upcoming courses? [51:40] Featured Guest Annette Verpillot (@posturepro) • Instagram Website Podcast Related Links/Products Mentioned Equilibrium of the human body and the gravity line: the basics Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are | TED Talk Some Postures May Affect Hormones, According to Harvard Business School Study Posture: the Key to Good Health | Annette Verpillot | TEDxMontrealWomen Darwinian Dentistry | The Evolution and Medicine Review Online Webinars – Posture Pro People Mentioned Amy Cuddy (@amyjccuddy) · Twitter
February 25, 2019
Josh Lenartowicz, Australia’s highest ranked bodybuilder joins us today to discuss his beginnings, career and training!  Josh is a highly respected Olympia competitor and coach who came from humble beginnings, starting training at age 14 to rise to be one of the top bodybuilders in the world.  In this episode of Muscle Intelligence we dive into Josh’s unique training style, the mindset of competing at the highest level in bodybuilding, and how he fell in, out and back in love with the sport.  We also discuss the good habits he formed starting his career competing natural and why everyone should learn to develop naturally before augmenting with steroids. Time Stamps How to NOT let something ‘define’ you and finding your purpose. [2:20] Where did his passion start for bodybuilding? Defining his current diet, breaking paradigms & MORE. [9:02] How does he get so inspired to be so great? Breaking down his mindset and internal motivation. [25:00] Has competition impacted the person he has become? [28:22] The importance of turning off your autonomic nervous system around meal timing. [34:21] Key tips to overall great health and longevity. [38:20] The evolution of his training and the significance of changing your workouts. [42:45] What did he learn from his transition from amateur to pro? [47:07] How he is falling in love with training all over again. [55:10] The importance of educating yourself and planning for the future. [1:00:48] What does he prep look like this time around? [1:04:33] How does he perceive stress and how does he manage it? [1:09:11] What is his legacy? [1:10:53] Featured Guest Josh Lenartowicz (@josh_lenartowicz) • Instagram Website DOHERTYS GYM (@dohertysgym) • Instagram Related Links/Products Mentioned Addicted to Fat: Overeating May Alter the Brain as Much as Hard Drugs Stop f*cking around! : 30 principles for a better life (self-help for people who hate self-help) – Book by Craig Harper Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon – Book by Joe Dispenza MEP 54 – Dr. Joe Dispenza, Becoming Supernatural & Breaking The Habits That Hold You Back People Mentioned Jordan Peterson (@jordan.b.peterson) • Instagram Sam Harris (@samharrisorg) • Instagram Dominic D'Agostino (@DominicDAgosti2) · Twitter Chris Masterjohn (@chrismasterjohn) • Instagram Craig Harper (@whiteboardlessons) • Instagram
February 21, 2019
Joining us today is the coach's coach, Luke Leaman!  Luke is a former Poliquin Coach, former competitive bodybuilder, nutritionist, and the founder of Muscle Nerds.  Luke has spent more than the last 2 decades breaking the mold of bodybuilding training and nutrition.
February 19, 2019
Joining us today is Sebastian Oreb, aka the ‘Australian Strength Coach’. In this episode Ben and Sebastian dive into all things strength. They discuss his passion for strength, the process of getting someone strong, the technique he uses with his own athletes & MORE. He opens up about the importance of a healthy mindset and quality of quantity. Find out how if you master the basics of the barbell, you WILL get STRONG!
February 15, 2019
Joining us today is a legend in the bodybuilding community, founder of Doherty's Gym and Arnold Australia promoter Tony Doherty.  Ben and Tony give a behind the scenes look at the bodybuilding world, the meaning of leadership and the story of how Tony built the Australian bodybuilding scene.  Lastly, Tony explains the meaning of his Relentless Momentum mindset and what gym culture means to the community.
February 11, 2019
We recently had Matt Vincent, multi-time Highlands Games champion and the founder of HVIII Brands in to discuss the mindset that has made him so successful in sport.  Ben and Matt debate which is the better motivator, running from pain or towards pleasure.  Matt also gives us insight into what the Highlands Games are and what it takes to be the best.
January 31, 2019
Joining us today is Hector Lopez, M.D., CSCS, FAAPMR and the Co-founder of Supplement Safety Solutions. In this episode Ben and Hector dive into all things supplements. They take a deep look into what currently excites him the most in the industry, his involvement in pre/post market surveillance, nootropics, pharmacology of theacrine & MORE. He opens up about involvement in the endocannabinoid system and the ground breaking research he and his colleagues are doing. Find out why bringing new supplements to the marketplace is your business. Keeping them safe and protecting your brand is his.
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