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Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth

MindPump exposes the RAW TRUTH about health, fitness, nutrition and more... Hosts Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer & Justin Andrews pull back the curtain on the mythology, snake oil and pseudo-science that pervades the fitness industry and present science-backed solutions that result in increased muscular development and performance while simultaneously emphasizing health. No fitness institution or fitness "truth" is safe from their quick wit and over 40 years of combined experience in the fitness industry. Produced by Doug Egge. Find Mind Pump and the Mind Pump hosts on Instragram @mindpumpradio, @mindpumpsal, @mindpumpadam, @mindpumpjustin & @mindpumpdoug and on Facebook at mindpumpshow. Get expertly programmed Mind Pump training protocols at www.mindpumpmedia.com
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Dec 30, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin outline the top three essential steps to sculpting your ultimate physique.

  • The parallels between functionality and performance. (1:51)
  • What is considered aesthetic? (4:19)
  • The appealing nature of balance and symmetry. (5:45) 
  • How fat with muscle looks better than just body fat. (8:40)
  • You have control over how you want your body to look. (11:06)
  • Three Steps to Sculpting the Ultimate Physique.
    • #1 - Developing a better mind to muscle connection. (14:18)
      • Focusing on adding isolation exercises to your programming. (19:03)
      • Working on mobility to connect to target muscles. (23:45)
      • The significance of slowing down your negative and getting a good pump. (25:27)
    • #2 – Picking the RIGHT exercises. (30:48)
      • What are the best exercises to build muscle? (32:16)
      • Best isolation/compound exercises for the Chest. (33:26)
      • Best isolation/compound exercises for the Back. (36:18)
      • Best isolation/compound exercises for the Shoulders. (39:28)
      • Best isolation/compound exercises for the Glutes. (44:07)
      • Best isolation/compound exercises for the Hamstrings. (47:46)
    • #3 – Prioritizing frequency over intensity in your programming. (50:22)
      • The importance of exercise order. (53:24)
      • The value in tracking volume. (56:11)

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Dec 28, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about when it is beneficial to train purely unilateral, judging progress based on soreness, the benefits of box squats vs. conventional squats and causes of the obesity epidemic.

  • Mind Pump’s favorite candy bars. [3:52]
  • Mind Pump recaps the Bill Burr show. (7:21)
  • Does having a dark sense of humor correlate to high intelligence? (9:30)
  • Mind Pump reminisces on their Vegas experiences: The good, the bad and the ugly. (11:48)
  • Tesla’s stock is exploding! (21:18)
  • Proceed with caution: Mind Pump on the documentary Don't F**k With Cats on Netflix. (23:32)
  • Are serial killer numbers on the decline? (26:45)
  • How Organifi’s vegan protein products stand above the rest. (29:30)
  • Why are millennials leaving the church and not coming back? (30:58)
  • How the media portrays being a parent in our current society. (38:17)
  • Mind Pump’s go-to Christmas movies. (41:33)
  • #Quah question #1 – Would it be beneficial to train purely unilateral for a phase or two to combat imbalances and increase overall strength? (45:40)
  • #Quah question #2 – How reliable is it to judge progress based on soreness? Is it possible to be sore and not be making progress in terms of building muscle? (52:14)
  • #Quah question #3 – I see the Westside Barbell guys doing heavy box squats. Is there a benefit to this compared to conventional squats? If so, what and why would you incorporate it into a program? (59:01)
  • #Quah question #4 – What are some causes of the obesity epidemic? (1:05:38)

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Dec 27, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about getting rid of bottom belly pooch, whether men and women can follow the same strength and muscle building programs, the “food is medicine” notion, and advice on how to balance being a husband, father, and trainer while keeping own fitness up.

  • Are influencers losing their power? (4:27)
  • How can the fitness community ‘influence’ the unreachable people? (9:07)
  • How Felix Gray glasses provide the benefits yet don’t change the world around you. (13:21)
  • Magic Spoon, providing a healthier option for the non-fitness person. (15:10)
  • Justin’s first take on the new Star Wars movie. (19:14)
  • Mind Pump talks about politics and the latest impeachment proceedings. (24:55)
  • The ground-breaking effects of curcumin on Alzheimer's disease. (33:40)
  • Exercise and its positive effects on the brain. (36:58)
  • The impact of exercise priority on the body. (41:16)
  • #Quah question #1 – How do I get rid of that bottom belly pooch because it is really annoying? (42:36)
  • #Quah question #2 – Can men and women follow the same strength and muscle building programs or should different approaches be taken? (50:57)
  • #Quah question #3 – What’s your guy’s opinion on the “food is medicine” notion? (53:52)
  • #Quah question #4 – I am a new parent and also trainer. Do you have any advice on how to balance being a husband, father, and trainer while keeping my own fitness up? (1:02:48)

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Dec 26, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin reminisce and review the highlights and best interviews of 2019.

  • Mind Pump gets sentimental and reminisces over the highlights of 2019. (1:41)
  • Adam becomes a father! (4:00)
  • Recapping the best moments of the Mind Pump Live events. (9:37)
  • Justin’s once in a lifetime opportunity to fly in an F16 Thunderbird. (13:41)
  • Adam’s neat experience visiting Organifi Headquarters. (17:15)
  • The impact of ‘train the trainer’ talks. (18:43)
  • Will Sal write a book?! (19:21)
  • Mind Pump’s Top 10 Guests of 2019. (20:10)
    • #1 – Bishop Robert Barron. (21:33)
    • #2 – Mark Manson. (25:02)
    • #3 – John Brenkus. (28:07)
    • #4 – Joe DeFranco. (31:07)
    • #5 – Nir Eyal. (34:30)
    • #6 - Marc Weinstein. (37:29)
    • #7 – Raja Dhir. (39:42) 
    • #8 – Sanjay Rawal. (41:32)
    • #9 – Dr. Arthur Brooks. (43:52)
    • #10 – Dr. Jolene Brighten. (48:05) 
  • Least impactful interviews of the year. (52:57)
  • Most surprising interviews of the year. (58:35)

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Dec 25, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about favorite ways to develop forearms, the optimal way to program trigger sessions, top tips to help clients who have trouble with sugar, and whether a plant-based diet superior to a meat-based diet.

  • The risk and reward of each sport. (5:12)
  • Coca-Cola launches subscription service. (13:48)
  • Why supplement stores are NOT a good investment. (18:10)
  • Not all CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) products are created equal. (23:46)
  • Butcher Box debunks the myth they are grass-fed, grain-finished. (26:52)
  • Justin’s kids say the darndest things. (28:15)
  • The latest special offer from NCI (Nutritional Coaching Institute) for Mind Pump listeners! (30:48)
  • Why novelty matters when it comes to rest periods between sets. (34:22)
  • How training to failure has its place. (37:57)
  • Why the most impactful thing on your sleep is the brightness of the light. (39:52)
  • #Quah question #1 – What are your favorite ways to develop forearms? (43:41)
  • #Quah question #2 – Is there an optimal way to program trigger sessions? For example, should we do similar exercises and accessory movements to the lifts we did during our heavy sessions the day before? (52:11)
  • #Quah question #3 – What are your top tips to help clients who have trouble with sugar and tend to binge and restrict? How do I help them find a balance between being able have a little something once in a while without going crazy? (1:02:56)
  • #Quah question #4 – Is a plant-based diet superior to a meat-based diet? (1:14:42)

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Dec 23, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin go into detail how to transform an unhealthy "skinny fat" body.

  • The growing epidemic of the ‘skinny fat’ population. (1:55)
  • What are the characteristics of a ‘skinny fat’ person? (4:50)
  • What is visceral fat and how does it impact the body? (6:45)
  • The different types of ‘skinny fat’ people. (12:30)
  • What is their greatest hurdle? (15:10)
  • Strength is an indicator of health. (17:13)
  • 3 Ways to Transform a Skinny Fat Body.
    • #1 – Getting stronger and building muscle through resistance training. (18:20)
    • #2 – Eating more protein. (26:20)
    • #3 – Sleep and stress management. (37:29)

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Dec 21, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether progressive overload is important for hypertrophy, different methods to progress and increase squat range of motion, going to the gym when hurt, routines and techniques to get a 65-year-old back into shape.

  • The attractive quality of self-awareness. (4:14)
  • Sal is NOT pleased with his complex. (19:26)
  • The benefits of hemp oil and the antidotes it has helped treat. (24:49)
  • Protein, the magic macronutrient. (29:58)
  • How Vuori is superior to the other athleisure brands. (34:04)
  • Do mothers and babies' brainwaves synchronize when the mother is happy? (36:20)
  • Why is Justin borrowing cash from his son?! (40:17)
  • Mind Pump appreciates clever branding and marketing. (42:36)
  • Mind Pump’s take on how Kumail Nanjiani got jacked for his latest role. (46:04)
  • Mind Pump recommends The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime Video. (50:43)
  • #Quah question #1 – Is progressive overload as important for hypertrophy? Or is stressing the muscle as hard as you can each workout sufficient? (53:13)
  • #Quah question #2 – They say if you are tall you are at a natural disadvantage for squats. Can you discuss different methods to progress and increase range of motion?  Will I hit a point where I can’t advance any further doing high bar back squats? (1:04:55)
  • #Quah question #3 – I’m addicted to the gym and going 6 times per week, even when I’m hurt. Is this good or bad? (1:16:05)
  • #Quah question #4 – I want to help my 65-year-old father get back into shape. He has arthritic knees and pain in his lower back, which I believe is due to weight gain. What are some routines or techniques you would suggest to get started? (1:21:51)

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Dec 20, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about why it’s easier for some people to build muscle than others, why strength training requires more rest than hypertrophy training, if there is ever a need to go above 12 reps, and strategies to avoid burnout as a trainer.

  • Sal is getting married!! (5:00)
  • There is now a dating app based on genetic matching! (15:06)
  • Mind Pump is ending their relationship with Skinny Dipped. What will Justin do?! (23:03)
  • Good old-fashioned advice. If you follow these three steps, you will stay in the middle class. (24:12)
  • Are Italians the world’s most healthy people? (26:30)
  • Mind Pump talks about politics. (29:53)
  • Did dinosaurs have feathers? (37:12)
  • Happy 5th anniversary to Mind Pump!! Come join the celebration at Organifi HQ. (41:38)
  • #Quah question #1 – Why do you think it’s easier for some people to build muscle than others? Does it always come down to genetics? (46:22)
  • #Quah question #2 – Why does strength training require more rest than hypertrophy training? Or is it that it is much more demanding? (56:23)
  • #Quah question #3 – Is there ever a need to go above 12 reps or are you wasting your time after that? (1:03:18)
  • #Quah question #4 – What are some strategies to avoid burnout as a trainer and tips for making time to train yourself? (1:07:26)

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Dec 19, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin talk about four areas to focus on and train to build an impressive back.

  • How building an impressive back makes you stand out among the crowd. (1:40)
  • The importance of developing a strong back evolutionary speaking and for overall health. (4:45)
  • What muscles make up the back? (7:30)
  • Four Ways to Build an Impressive Back. (8:40)
    • #1 – Rowing action of the muscles of the back. (9:27)
      • Proper row mechanics. (11:50)
      • When people neglect rows, what do their backs look like? (19:05)
    • #2 – Being able to do a pull-up or pull-down. (21:01)
      • Proper pull-down mechanics. (23:57)
      • Proper pull-up mechanics. (26:35)
    • #3 – Extension movements to strengthen the back. (33:30)
      • Proper mechanics and benefits of the deadlift. (34:30)
      • Where does most chronic low back pain come from? (40:02)
      • Proper mechanics of Good Mornings. (41:21)
    • #4 – Stabilizing the back with proper movements. (43:38)
      • The proper mechanics of the Farmer’s Walk. (47:25)
      • The proper mechanics of the Suitcase Carry. (49:39)
      • Laying the foundation for the back with active planks. (50:54)
      • What does it look like when you don’t stabilize your back? (54:14)

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Dec 18, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about using lighter weight and higher reps to help prevent injury as you age, the amount of cardio can you do each week and still see muscle gain, whether it is true that if you don’t use it, you lose it, and industry bubbles that will be bursting soon.

  • Mind Pump on reaching mainstream status and breaking the health/fitness stigmas in the process. (4:42)
  • Cordyceps and construction workers. (15:37)
  • Nature is crazy! (18:17)
  • What Mind Pump is currently watching on Disney+. (20:35)
  • How ChiliPad has disrupted the mattress market. (25:17)
  • Mind Pump stands corrected. (28:30)
  • 'Penis fish' taking over a California beach. (29:24)
  • How will the movie theater industry survive in this current climate? (31:31)
  • #Quah question #1 – My head trainer states that as you get older you should use a lighter weight and higher reps to help prevent injury from going too heavy. Is there any truth to that? (36:54)
  • #Quah question #2 – How many hours of cardio can you do each week and still see muscle gain? (45:11)
  • #Quah question #3 - Is it true that if you don’t use it, you lose it? (51:28)
  • #Quah question #4 – What is a bubble in any industry that you feel will be bursting soon? (55:55)

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Dec 16, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin speak with Lisa Sugarman & Debra Fox Gansenberg, the authors of How to Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids and Be Ok With It: Real Tips & Strategies for Parents of Today's Gen Z Kids.

  • How who they are and what they do are very similar. (1:44)
  • What inspired the book? (4:34)
  • Providing an opportunity for families, kids and teachers a place to come to not feel judged. (5:45)
  • What does the term ‘humanistic’ mean to them? (8:12)
  • The problematic future of ‘lawnmower’ parenting. (9:18)
  • How do we as parents manufacture adversity? (14:45)
  • Their take on the ‘everybody getting a trophy’ generation. (19:13)
  • How the loses are where the real magic happens. (22:44)
  • The challenges raising kids in this social media world. (26:32)
  • The difference between EQ vs IQ. (35:10)
  • Is depression and anxiety a symptom of overbearing parents? (38:43)
  • Are we overinforming our children? (40:15)
  • Walking the walk and talking the talk. (48:21)
  • How you earn a reward, but you also earn a consequence. (51:20)
  • What is the hardest thing to communicate to parents? (53:33)
  • Why parents must hold their kids to their OWN standards. (56:45)
  • Are there common challenges they see with moms and dads? (59:35)
  • The benefits of ‘rough and tumble play’ with our children. (1:01:33)
  • The importance of communication between partners. (1:03:44)
  • The value of children seeing the impact of their choices. (1:09:48)
  • What are the challenges they have faced with their own kids and how have they overcome them? (1:12:35)
  • Understanding and managing the different parts of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). (1:20:37)
  • Exploring the alternative methods of education with our kids. (1:28:40)
  • Creating a movement with their newest book. (1:35:36)

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Dec 14, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about good compound exercises for adductors and abductors, lifting with no belts or straps, what kids nutrition should look like, and the common problems they would change first in most gyms.

  • Can size outweigh skill? A Senegalese wrestling champion to make his MMA debut, the evolution of MMA & MORE. (4:20)
  • The benefits and value of infrared saunas to reset your circadian rhythm. (14:02)
  • Getting ahead of flu-like symptoms by taking natural remedies early on. (18:11)
  • What Nike's $1 billion Ronaldo deal means. (20:53)
  • Nike under some heat. Why are some athletes paid more than others? (23:48)
  • Why the average person does NOT know what calories mean on a food label. (26:15)
  • Recognizing and focusing on your body’s ‘big’ signal to address the root cause of a problem. (31:27)
  • How major universities are using big data to track and monitor their athlete's performance levels. (36:18)
  • Disney is a POWERHOUSE! (39:08)
  • #Quah question #1 - What are some good compound exercises for adductors and abductors? (42:04)
  • #Quah question #2 – I've been lifting with no belts or straps. As I increase my weight, should I start to use these devices or continue without them? (48:58)
  • #Quah question #3 – What should a kid's nutrition look like? Should I worry about giving children more protein, healthy fats, vegetables instead of focusing on carbs as the food pyramid suggests? (56:04)
  • #Quah question #4 – If you guys took over an average population gym, what are the common problems you would look for to change first? What issues with personnel or equipment would be on your top of your list to fix first?  (1:07:15)

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Dec 13, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the differences between a front and behind the head overhead press, arching the back during a bench press, the pros and cons of super-setting, and gamification of fitness to build long-term habits.

  • Want younger-looking skin? The benefits of retinoids that you find in the face serum from Caldera Lab. (4:40)
  • Mind Pump aging in dog years. (7:25)
  • Why do we balance better on our non-dominant side? (8:10)
  • PRx Performance: Eliminating the barriers and intimidation of working out in the gym from the comfort of your own home. (10:02)
  • How CrossFit has innovated the fitness industry. (15:12)
  • Does exercise make you happier than money? (17:38)
  • A major victory for CrossFit! (19:50)
  • Is cryptocurrency the future? (27:40)
  • The drawbacks of wearable technology. (32:37)
  • Man's farts so deadly he kills mosquitoes! (37:00)
  • Man's DNA changes after bone marrow transplant. (38:52)
  • Updates on the debate with James Wilks and Chris Kresser. (41:10)
  • #Quah question #1 – What are the differences between a front and behind the head overhead press? Is one more beneficial than the other? (48:51)
  • #Quah question #2 – Why do lifters arch their back during a bench press? Is it actually safer? (58:12)
  • #Quah question #3 – What are the pros and cons of super-setting? (1:02:00)
  • #Quah question #4 – Do you think gamification, like the Fitbit or closing your rings on the Apple Watch, help build long term habits? (1:07:45)

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Dec 12, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin discuss the importance of having a purpose and five ways that have helped them identify their own.

  • How do you figure out what your purpose is? Why is it important? (1:49)
  • When timing and opportunity align with talent in what you were shaped to do is when you find purpose. (7:30)
  • Why motivation is bullshit if you don’t have a sense of purpose. (11:15)
  • The 5 B’s to Finding Your Purpose. (12:40)
    • #1 - Be brave. (12:55)
    • #2 – Be willing to give. (22:25)
    • #3 – Be mindful of your value system. (29:33)
    • #4 – Be aware of the company you keep. (38:31)
    • #5 – Be healthy. (49:58)

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Dec 11, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how to get a better mind-muscle connection, whether diet breaks are helpful for someone who has cut calories multiple times in life, set point theory, and the "health at any size" movement.

  • Sal and Adam recap their weekend speaking at Jason Phillips coaching event. (5:14)
  • If you study exercise or nutritional science and have NO experience training people then you have NO right to communicate information to the average person. (8:35)
  • Making the case when and why we should be wearing blue-blocking glasses. (23:12)
  • Weird Science: Pigs with monkey cells born in China. (26:13)
  • Back by popular demand! Butcher Box currently running their ‘bacon for life’ promotion. (28:25)
  • Why most people will benefit from eating meat and vegetables. (31:51)
  • Mind Pump’s first take on the debate between James Wilks and Chris Kresser on Joe Rogan Podcast. (34:34)
  • Is Dave Asprey jumping the shark?! (40:20)
  • Making the economic case for decriminalizing sex work. (41:34)
  • #Quah question #1 – How can you get a better mind-muscle connection? (47:13)
  • #Quah question #2 – Do you think diet breaks are helpful for someone who has cut calories multiple times in life? (54:30)
  • #Quah question #3 – I would like to hear you guys talk about the set point theory? (1:00:12)
  • #Quah question #4 – What do you think of the "health at any size" movement? (1:07:15)

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Dec 9, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin talk with good friend Joe DeFranco.

  • Why Joe refers to bad trainers as “slap dicks” and how he takes criticism. (3:08)
  • The differences between his certification and all others. (5:00)
  • The origins of building a certification course and how he was introduced to James Smith. (10:09)
  • What are the real reasons why someone should focus on having a structured warm-up? (13:50)
  • The breakdown between application and academia. (17:35)
  • How do I know if a trainer is good or not? (19:22)
  • Should we be training squats and deadlifts? (23:43)
  • Why do we give a shit about how people eat? (26:35)
  • Always listen to your body FIRST! (29:10)
  • What is the value of speed and power training for the average person? What does a workout look like? (35:50)
  • The risk vs reward of his athletes incorporating Olympic lifts into their training. (44:50)
  • If you don’t use it you lose it. (47:30)
  • The hidden benefits of the post-activation potentiation training method. (50:10)
  • How do you break in and train your own clients? (56:00)
  • Behind the curtain of the ‘freak of nature’ that is Brian Cushing. (56:51)
  • How much of a role do genetics play? (58:30)
  • Is Joe a big sports guy? (1:02:34)
  • What is his favorite part about what he does today? (1:05:09)

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Dec 7, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the benefits of very low rep ranges on major lifts like the bench, squat, and deadlift, how sleep affects fat loss, their favorite body part to develop, and how they vote with their dollars.

  • Who is most likely to be in celebrity rehab out of the Mind Pump crew? (4:20)
  • The difficulty of seeing your child sick. (8:05)
  • The different segments of the fitness industry and the good/bad information that has come from each. (14:22)
  • What test should I do and how often should I test myself? (32:33)
  • Mind Pump’s stand on targeted ad videos and their influence on the consumer. (36:40)
  • How science by nature has no morality. Mind Pump touches the third rail. (42:27)
  • The world’s first artificial neurons have been developed to fight chronic diseases. (46:28)
  • Is Peloton stirring up controversy for financial gain? (47:37)
  • #Quah question #1 – What are the benefits of very low rep ranges on major lifts like the bench, squat, and deadlift? (50:34)
  • #Quah question #2 – How does sleep affect fat loss? Can inadequate sleep hinder fat loss even if macros are correct? (58:31)
  • #Quah question #3 – Besides calves, what is your favorite body part to develop and how do you go about training it? (1:06:34)
  • #Quah question #4 – How do you each vote with your dollars? (1:13:45)

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Dec 6, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether it takes longer to build muscle or burn fat, if almond and soy milk are more or less processed than regular dairy, tips or advice to someone who suffers from body dysmorphic disorder, and dating apps.

  • Mind Pump’s take on psychedelic psilocybin deemed “breakthrough treatment” for severe depression. (4:24)
  • Is higher fish consumption linked to a stronger effect on IQ? (19:14)
  • The value and benefits of red-light therapy to help curve your Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). (21:45)
  • New Zealand launches the world's first HIV positive sperm bank. (25:09)
  • Mind Pump gearing up for the holiday season. (29:27)
  • Ultimate shopping guides from Mind Pump sponsors. (32:48)
  • Sal making the case for owning a Tesla again. (34:32)
  • What is the worst thing the guys have spent money on to look cool? (39:05)
  • #Quah question #1 – Does it take longer to build muscle or burn fat? I’m trying to get a feel how long to bulk and cut. (45:01)
  • #Quah question #2 – What's the deal with milks? Are almond and soy milk more or less processed than regular dairy? (55:16)
  • #Quah question #3 – What tips or advice would you give to someone who suffers from body dysmorphia and is triggered in a gym? (1:00:33)
  • #Quah question #4 – If you found yourself single again, would you use a dating app to meet someone? Why or why a not? (1:07:09)

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Dec 5, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin go over five reasons why everyone would benefit of utilizing bodybuilding training principles in their training.

  • The history of bodybuilding. (1:35)
  • What is aesthetics? Why do we associate it with a visual representation of health? (9:45)
  • Five Reasons Why Everyone Should Train Like a Bodybuilder. (12:10)
    • #1 – The mind to muscle connection. (12:33)
    • #2 – The value and benefits of isolation exercises to address weaknesses and imbalances in your body. (29:33)
    • #3 – Build muscle mass and speed up metabolism. (40:02)
    • #4 – The value of chasing ‘the pump’. (43:30)
    • #5 – The safest and best for longevity. (49:02)

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Dec 4, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether trap bar deadlifts as good as straight bar deadlifts, exercises someone can do to repair poor thoracic mobility, the benefits of strength training when battling depression and anxiety, and the benefits of caffeine cycling.

  • MIIR delivering high-quality products and giving back in the process. (4:47)
  • How do you know your charitable money is going to the RIGHT place? (8:09)
  • Recapping the guy’s Thanksgiving weekend with their families. (13:46)
  • Why just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. (22:33)
  • Why do some compounds, like the Chaga mushroom, have adaptogenic properties? (26:13)
  • The science behind how binge-watching porn affects your brain. (31:27)
  • Mark McGrath can help you break up with your significant other. (34:37)
  • Why celebrity is a bit of a curse. (37:15)
  • Is there a correlation between social media use and lack of well-being? (40:48)
  • Google fights deep fakes by releasing their own. (47:08)
  • #Quah question #1 - Are trap bar deadlifts as good as straight bar deadlifts? (48:48)
  • #Quah question #2 – What are some exercises someone can do to repair poor thoracic mobility? (55:32)
  • #Quah question #3 - What are the benefits of strength training when battling depression and anxiety? (1:03:55)
  • #Quah question #4 – What are the benefits of caffeine cycling and how should I do it? (1:12:46)

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Dec 2, 2019

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin speak with Dr. Arthur C. Brooks a Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School and columnist for The Washington Post.

Dr. Brooks has two New York Times bestsellers, a documentary on Netflix (The Pursuit) and a new book, Love Your Enemies.

  • What can we do with the people we disagree with? (3:28)
  • How shutting down competition leads to mediocracy. (5:37)
  • Blurring the line with physical and psychological harm. (7:11)
  • The concept of ‘nut’ picking. (9:30)
  • Are we heading down a path of nihilism? (11:12)
  • Why we must all have a civic creed that we believe and stand by. (14:00)
  • How people ‘graduate’ into things. (17:01)
  • The dangerous notion of nationalism. (19:49)
  • The importance of getting in touch about how your family got to the US. (23:28)
  • The misguided policy environment that we have in the US. (24:30)
  • The social science between happiness and dignity. (26:46)
  • You put in what you get out. (32:10)
  • The better way to make work pay. (33:50)
  • The significance and value of long-form conversations. (41:02)
  • Respecting the frontier atmosphere. (44:15)
  • Becoming the master of yourself. The premise behind ‘Love Your Enemies’. (48:13)
  • The importance of effective communication, commonality and knowing where the person is coming from. (53:33)
  • What was his last paradigm-shattering moment? (1:01:28)
  • How morals matter more than systems. (1:03:43)
  • How anger + disgust = contempt. (1:07:10)
  • The misconception of love. (1:11:40)
  • The four accounts you must put your energy in for your ultimate happiness. (1:18:54)

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