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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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Now displaying: October, 2020
Oct 24, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about doing only compound exercises and skipping isolation exercises to build muscle, the best sources of carbs, overweight professional athletes, and the times they failed as a personal trainer or leader. 

  • Justin’s collagen legs. (4:28)
  • Sal’s big scare. (5:09)
  • Was Adam’s shadow banned on Instagram? (7:39)
  • Social media is in hot water. (11:21)
  • Updates on baby Di Stefano. (16:04)
  • Adam is bulking on Magic Spoon. (18:47)
  • Sal is thiccc. (22:47)
  • The Iranian Hulk and other anomalies of strength. (24:04)
  • Behind the scenes of the #DILF video series. (32:36)
  • Doug’s Zbiotics story for the ages. (36:30)
  • Argentina becomes the first nation to approve GMO wheat. (39:40)
  • #Quah question #1 – Is it ok to only do compound exercises like bent over rows, chest press, squats, etc.? And leave out isolation exercises like bicep curls, tricep extensions, etc.? (44:10)
  • #Quah question #2 – What are the best sources of carbs? (48:43)
  • #Quah question #3 – I see a lot of professional athletes, mostly baseball players, that are overweight. Would those players be able to increase their athletic abilities by dropping body fat or is there an advantage to packing on extra weight? (53:52)
  • #Quah question #4 – Was there ever a time you felt you failed as a personal trainer or as a leader? What did you learn from it, and how did your life change? (1:01:56)

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Oct 23, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the advantages of using compound lifts when one can build a good looking body with isolation movements, what causes the small muscles in the upper back and the rotator cuff not to strengthen, how mini bulks and cuts compare to traditional 3-month intervals of bulking and leaning out, and thoughts on Gymshark sponsoring gamers.

  • Annoying things with Mind Pump. (5:32)
  • How pregnant women get treated VERY differently in society, tips to get out of traffic tickets & MORE. (17:34)
  • The many charlatans in the biohacking space and how Ben Greenfield stands above the crowd. (22:30)
  • Mind Pump Recommends, No Safe Spaces. (28:23)
  • Monopoly, teaching kids how to invest since 1935. (34:32)
  • The Andrews versus the raccoon. (36:34)
  • ButcherBox lovers, make sure to check their add-ons! (38:26)
  • Understanding the value of money. (39:47)
  • Weird News with Sal. (43:20)
  • Studies with Sal. (45:35)
  • Conspiracy Theory Corner with Mind Pump. (50:05)
  • The impact of glyphosates on the microbiome and what Mind Pump’s sponsor Organifi is doing to combat that. (52:02)
  • #Quah question #1 – Why should I do compound lifts when I can build a good looking body with isolation movements? (56:19)
  • #Quah question #2 - What causes the small muscles in your upper back and rotator cuff not to strengthen, resulting in shoulder pain? (1:02:53)
  • #Quah question #3 – How do mini bulks and cuts compare to traditional 3-month intervals of bulking and leaning out? (1:10:22)
  • #Quah question #4 – What do you think about Gymshark now sponsoring gamers? (1:14:41)

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Oct 22, 2020

In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin cover ten ways you can build impressive shoulders using exercises that very few people do.

  • Why shoulders are the most sought out body part to develop. (2:15)
  • A moment that changed the game for Adam. (4:30)
  • The importance of having healthy shoulders. (8:05)
  • How Sal was motivated by negative feedback to train properly. (12:00)
  • The 10 Forgotten Exercises to Build Amazing Shoulders. (13:44)
  • Prime and mobilize first. (14:50)
  • #1 – Handcuff with rotation. (19:07)
  • #2 – Loaded heart swing with Indian clubs or kettlebell halos. (20:00)
  • #3 – Overhead carry. (23:19)
  • #4 – Kettlebell bottoms-up press. (26:58)
  • #5 – High pulls. (30:12)
  • #6 – Hang clean to a press. (33:19)
  • #7 – Z press. (34:32)
  • #8 – Alternating shoulder press. (36:53)
  • #9 – Incline lateral raise. (41:18)
  • #10 – Reverse fly. (45:12)
  • How to incorporate these into your routine TODAY! (47:53)

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Oct 21, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether there is such a thing as too deep of a squat, tips for dips, how many calories a pound of muscle actually burns, and whether you can eat as much healthy whole food as you want and not gain fat.

  • Mind Pump Recommends, Stay Here on Netflix. (7:00)
  • The importance of having your money make money for you. (12:27)
  • Sleepless nights with Mind Pump. (20:36)
  • The first OnlyFans University has opened! (23:10)
  • When to have the “sex talk” with your kids. (26:50)
  • The alarming and dangerous conversations on Facebook. (32:22)
  • Mind Pump Recommends, Impact Theory conversation with Vusi Thembekwayo. (34:38)
  • Blue light blocking glasses and the impact they have on your sleep. (41:47)
  • Sal loves martial arts. (43:40)
  • Public Goods, quality at wholesale prices. (45:21)
  • Lego making their case to lower their carbon footprint. (47:24)
  • #Quah question #1 – Is there such a thing as too deep of a squat? Or is it only limited by one’s mobility? (50:39)
  • #Quah question #2 – Can you provide tips for dips? (56:06)
  • #Quah question #3 – On a recent episode, you guys talked about how a pound of muscle burns approximately 50 extra calories, but I recently read that this is a myth and that a pound of muscle only burns 7-15 calories. Can you clarify which is true? (1:01:50)
  • #Quah question #4 – Some people claim calories in versus calories out, is what determines fat gain. While others say if you eat healthy whole foods, no matter how much you eat, you will not gain fat. What is your take on this? (1:09:34)

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Oct 19, 2020

In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin speak about how to grab people's attention and build a social media following with author Brendan Kane.

  • Why you have to have a hook to get someone to stop. (3:47)
  • Content is king. (7:44)
  • The formula behind the hook. (9:50) 
  • The misconception if you have one million followers you have millions of dollars. (24:40)
  • How to understand the difference between what people want and what people need.  (27:53)
  • New Media versus Old Media. How to win attention. (31:25)
  • When you are looking to scale, go where the traffic is, don’t create it from scratch. (34:00)
  • The power of brand advocates. (37:16)
  • The strengths and weaknesses of each social platform. (38:50) 
  • Dissecting the Mind Pump advertising strategy. (44:40)
  • The BIG tradeoff between motivation and action taking place. (48:50) 
  • The potential of podcasts. (54:33) 
  • Understanding that people perceive the world in different ways. (1:03:12)
  • Why he believes Facebook will never die. (1:06:15)
  • The most common mistakes content creators make. (1:09:28)
  • The psychology behind elections and social media. (1:12:20)
  • How communication is math. (1:20:09)
  • The characteristics of the “perfect” client. (1:21:45)
  • Why he likes to help people grow. (1:24:01)
  • Can you grab attention and can you maintain it? (1:26:10)

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Oct 17, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the advantages of using a supinated grip over a pronated grip for tricep exercises, the validity of training with partial reps or a limited range of motion to save joints, strategies to deal with a big appetite, and the pros & cons of chiropractic care.

  • Mind Pump’s favorite comic book heroes and villains. (4:38)
  • Mind Pump reminisces on their childhood collections. (7:30)
  • Wild wildlife stories with Mind Pump. (14:43)
  • Qantas Airways ‘flight to nowhere’. (21:26)
  • Mind Pump’s Halloween plans. (25:10)
  • Welcome back Mind Pump sponsor Caldera! (26:05)
  • Predictions for the US election. (29:21)
  • Fun Facts with Justin: Do you believe in superstitions? (33:10)
  • Get your own Pluto Pillow! (38:25)
  • Strange Science with Sal. (40:30)
  • Kids will blow your mind! (43:03)
  • Mind Pump Investments. (46:19)
  • #Quah question #1 – When is it more advantageous to use a supinated grip over a pronated grip for tricep exercises? It’s obviously risker when doing exercises like skull crushers, but does it hit the tri’s at a different angle? (48:23)
  • #Quah question #2 – What would you tell a client who was told they only have to train with partial reps or a limited range of motion to save joints? (54:03)
  • #Quah question #3 – I have a big appetite and I always feel hungry. What are some strategies you have used to help? Are there foods you have used to hack big appetites? (1:00:25)
  • #Quah question #4 – There is a lot of skepticism on chiropractic therapy and its origins. What are your opinions and do you think it helps? (1:04:56)

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Oct 16, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the impact insufficient sleep has on making muscle gains, the benefit, if any, that arching the back has during the bench press, using fasting to increase appetite for a bulk, and how to alleviate and prevent muscle knots.

  • Pre-birth preparations for baby Di Stefano. (5:16)
  • Mind Pump Recommends, The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix, and The Right Stuff on Disney+. (10:57)
  • Weird News with Sal. (15:29)
  • The future of retail and the entrepreneurial opportunities that lie ahead. (17:58)
  • Adam’s first COVID eating out experience and baby Maximus updates. (22:35)
  • The benefits of red-light therapy to relieve pain. (29:12)
  • Prayers to Dak Prescott. (30:38)
  • Studies with Sal. (32:25)
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and lockdowns. (37:47)
  • Organifi’s Gold Juice + Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. (40:24)
  • Why are the NBA Finals ratings so down? (41:15)
  • More Studies with Sal. (44:03)
  • #Quah question #1 – If your training, diet, and programming are pretty close to being 100%, how negative of an impact does only sleeping 6 hours, 5 days a week have on making muscle gains? (48:28)
  • #Quah question #2 – What's the deal with arching the back during the bench press? I personally can’t arch my back that much, but I see some people with some serious arches when benching. Is it a big benefit? (54:29)
  • #Quah question #3 – Adam has said that he had success with fasting to increase appetite for a bulk. Can you provide some details on this? (59:59)
  • #Quah question #4 - How can I alleviate or prevent muscle knots? I get persistent knots on my legs, psoas, and the back of my knees which are very painful to work out. The knots seem to get worse after exercise and better after a hot bath. (1:05:09)

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Oct 15, 2020

In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin break down different kinds of stress and how to become more resilient to the challenges life throws at us.

  • Why all stress is NOT bad. (2:35)
  • How we NEED stress to adapt and grow. (4:50)
  • The different categories of stress. (7:14)
  • Why balance is SO important. (9:18)
  • How good stress can become bad stress. (10:21)
  • Characteristics that describe “good” stress. (13:53)
  • The characteristics of “bad” stress. (21:11)
  • How our thoughts dictate our feelings. (26:42)
  • How to become aware of good versus bad stress and tips to increase your body’s resilient capacity. (28:07)
    • Are you adapting or getting better? (28:45)
    • Your life experiences. (33:12)
    • Have a strong support network. (36:31)
    • Get better sleep. (38:08)
    • Unplug and detach from your home environment. (39:28)
    • Get out in nature. (41:22)
    • Inject calm exercise and movement into your routine. (43:15)
    • Connect with people in real life. (44:17)
    • Learn to let loose. (45:58)
    • Have a regular mindfulness or spiritual practice. (49:38)

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Oct 14, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about getting better at the overhead press, how to fix an imbalance between lats, the best way to cool down after a workout, and good shoes for squatting and deadlifting.

  • Courteney is looking GOOD. (5:38)
  • Jessica likes Sal THICCC. (9:03)
  • Baby stories with Mind Pump. (11:54)
  • Mind Pump Recommends, Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu. (21:53)
  • Sal’s Supplement Corner. (29:07)
  • How distance learning does not favor the parents. (31:10)
  • Swim lessons with the Schafer’s. (36:45)
  • Mind Pump remanences on old 90’s commercials. (40:59)
  • Wisdom versus knowledge. (44:43)
  • Justin’s embracing his feminine side. (47:28)
  • NCI Certifications x Mind Pump. (48:40)
  • #Quah question #1 – What can you do to get better at the overhead press? (51:00)
  • #Quah question #2 - How do I fix an imbalance between my left and right lats? (55:34)
  • #Quah question #3 – What value does a cool down provide after a workout? What is the best way to cool down? (59:05)
  • #Quah question #4 – Can you recommend a good shoe for squatting and deadlifting? Does it make a difference or would you bother? (1:04:08)

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Oct 12, 2020

In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin cover 10 reasons why everyone should exercise.

  • The difference between exercise and being active. (2:45)
  • Mind Pump on the benefits of exercise for the average person. (4:10)
  • Why Everyone Should Exercise. (11:36)
  • #1 – Makes you happier. (11:56)
  • #2 – Makes fat loss easier. (16:30)
  • #3 – Excellent for building muscle and strengthening your bones. (19:14)
  • #4 – Increases your energy levels. (21:51)
  • #5 – Reduces the risk of chronic diseases. (27:14)
  • #6 – Helps skin health. (29:39)
  • #7 – Incredible for the brain. (31:41)
  • #8 – Improves sleep quality. (36:25)
  • #9 – Reduces pain. (38:42)
  • #10 – Gives you better sex. (41:15)

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Oct 10, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about muscle groups and exercises that benefit from adding momentum, how sore is too sore, training & nutrition for women who are missing their period and are trying to get it back, and whether it is better to eat breakfast before or after a morning workout. 

  • Adam’s ultimate bachelor pad from back in the day. (4:27)
  • Adam likes it COLD. (9:01)
  • STD’s and the aging population. (10:50)
  • Mind Pump’s hot takes from the VP debate. (14:50)
  • Sal’s son LOVES video games. (19:25)
  • Mind Pump Workouts. (22:05)
  • How would you spend a million dollars a day? (25:36)
  • Mind Pump Investments. (27:09)
  • Have we seen the October surprise? (29:06)
  • Studies with Sal. (31:09)
  • Who has a better reach today, Howard Stern or Joe Rogan? (32:15)
  • The controversy surrounding streaming farms. (34:10)
  • Magic Spoon’s customizable boxes. (37:21)
  • More Studies with Sal. (39:00)
  • #Quah question #1 – The barbell push-press uses momentum that allows more weight for the shoulders. What are some other muscle groups and exercises that benefit from adding momentum? (44:27)
  • #Quah question #2 – As far as overtraining goes, how sore is too sore? (50:32)
  • #Quah question #3 – How do you go about training & nutrition for women who are missing their period and are trying to get it back? Do you have to be more careful with those who have suffered eating disorders in the past? (53:45)
  • #Quah question #4 – For people working out in the mornings, is it better to eat breakfast before or after the workout? (58:35)

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Oct 9, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about controlling a deadlift back to the ground vs. dropping it, how to tell the difference between being lazy and actually needing to take a day off, when to cap your caffeine consumption, and whether following your passion is bad advice.

  • School subjects Mind Pump was weak in. (4:00)
  • New supplement category that is exploding! (12:17)
  • You can die from eating too much black licorice?! (16:32)
  • Justin Recommends, Black Sails on Starz. (21:13)
  • Vuori is now climate neutral. (22:42)
  • Mind Pump’s favorite fast-food chains. (24:49)
  • Adam Recommends, The Playbook on Netflix. (29:08)
  • Studies with Sal and the value of blue light-blocking glasses. (35:44)
  • Funny news with Sal. (41:04)
  • Mind Pump appreciates South Park. (42:41)
  • #Quah question #1 – What do you guys think about controlling a deadlift back to the ground vs. dropping it? (44:37)
  • #Quah question #2 – How do you tell the difference between being lazy and actually needing to take a day off? (48:59)
  • #Quah question #3 – How do you know when to cap your caffeine consumption and how do energy drinks contrast with pre-workouts? (53:26)
  • #Quah question #4 – Is following your passion bad advice? (1:00:59)

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Oct 8, 2020

In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin cover five different ways to maintain muscle when you are recovering from an illness or injury.

  • How to navigate around an injury or being sick. (3:47)
  • Mind Pump Revelations: Don’t be afraid of going backward. (5:54)
  • 5 Ways to Maintain Muscle When You’re Sick or Injured.
  • #1 – Focus on healing. (12:03)
  • #2 – Train what you can. (25:23)
  • #3 – Dial in that nutrition. (30:50)
  • #4 – Apply static tension. (34:12)
  • #5 – Utilize blood flow restriction (BFR) training. (38:25)

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Oct 7, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the best ab exercises that help with the mind to muscle connection, thoughts on Primal Movement & Animal Flow, what it takes to always be “ON” and why they partnered up instead of going solo.

  • Nesting Sal and updates on baby Di Stefano. (5:05)
  • Inheriting ‘smartass’ genetics from your parents. (9:28)
  • Mind Pump Weekend Update. (14:38)
  • Ned’s new sleep product will knock you out! (18:10)
  • Mind Pump Recommends, South Park – The Pandemic Special on Comedy Central. (21:04)
  • Mind Pump’s conspiracy take on President Trump getting COVID. (22:21)
  • Butcher Box is getting classy! (26:26)
  • Studies with Sal. (27:29)
  • The dark side of the fitness industry, competition coaches. (28:47)
  • Adam’s water sports. (34:24)
  • Mind Pump’s Massive Apparel Blowout Sale! (42:55)
  • #Quah question #1 – What are some best ab exercises that will help with the mind to muscle connection? I am having trouble with my lower abs. (44:15)
  • #Quah question #2 – What are your thoughts on Primal Movement or Animal Flow? (49:25)
  • #Quah question #3 - What does it take to always be “ON”? (56:21)
  • #Quah question #4 – Why did you guys partner up instead of going solo? How did you balance the ego of I’m bringing this much to the business and they are only bringing this much? (1:02:38)

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Oct 5, 2020

In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin talk with the ever colorful Hunter McIntyre.

Oct 3, 2020

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about why taking a vacation can help you reach your fitness goals more effortlessly, the best priming movements for squats, deadlifts, bench press and the other big lifts, whether kettlebells are superior to dumbbells, and how a new trainer can overcome imposter syndrome.

  • Reality TV, real or fake? (3:30)
  • Jessica’s journey at the DMV. (11:30)
  • Fun Facts with Justin. (16:05)
  • Mind Pump approves of MIIR’s camp cups. (17:22)
  • Sal’s Conspiracy Corner. (18:16)
  • Adam’s Spotify/Joe Rogan conspiracy theory. (19:02)
  • The importance of teamwork. (21:32)
  • Larry Wheels strength dumbfounds Sal. (28:49)
  • Is UFC star Israel Adesanya on steroids?! (29:59)
  • Studies with Sal. (37:01)
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte, Organifi edition. (39:05)
  • #Quah question #1 – When I go on vacation or take a week off exercise and ease up slightly on nutrition, I lose weight, my digestion is better, and I sleep great. Why is this and how do I go back to my everyday life and keep up the positive momentum? (41:16)
  • #Quah question #2 - What priming movements are best for squats, deadlifts, bench press, and the other big lifts? (46:37)
  • #Quah question #3 – Are kettlebells superior to dumbbells? (51:10)
  • #Quah question #4 – What was it like as a new trainer? How did you get your first real client? I am new to personal training and I know I am capable of helping others. However, I am also aware that I am experiencing a little bit of imposter syndrome? What are tips to help you navigate the landscape with honesty and confidence without turning away clients? (55:42)

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Oct 2, 2020

 In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about good ways to phase workouts besides strength and hypertrophy, the best way to grow forearm size, tips to get a back pump, and how often to mix up cardio in order for your body not to adapt to the activity.

  • How even Mind Pump still overtrains. (4:26)
  • How to develop a winning mindset. (14:18)
  • Avatar betting on themselves. (19:46)
  • The HUGE Disney layoffs. (22:19)
  • The gut health properties of Oli Pop soda. (26:44)
  • Mind Pump’s beer of choice. (29:00)
  • Sal’s social media break. (30:15)
  • Studies with Sal and the importance of third-party testing. (37:34)
  • Drones are delivering organs now?! (42:26)
  • Your phone is listening. (45:33)
  • #Quah question #1 – What are good ways to phase workouts besides strength and hypertrophy? I’m still stuck in the home gym with limited weight. (47:09)
  • #Quah question #2 – What is the best way to grow forearm size? (50:47)
  • #Quah question #3 – Any tips to get a back pump? (56:01)
  • #Quah question #4 – How often would you have to mix up cardio for your body not to adapt? Or does your body consider all the same over time? (59:36)

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Oct 1, 2020

In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin cover ten of the most important habits shared by healthy people.

  • The important skill of modeling successful people’s actions and habits. (2:37)
  • 10 Habits of Super-Healthy People. (7:08)
  • #1 – Planned (break)fast. (8:12)
  • #2 – Track water intake. (13:57)
  • #3 – Take walk breaks. (18:26)
  • #4 – Unplug from tech. (24:38)
  • #5 – Follow in love with growth, instead of winning. (30:00)
  • #6 – Prioritize and optimize sleep. (35:03)
  • #7 – Build muscle and lift weights. (40:38)
  • #8 – Go outside and get fresh air. (44:42)
  • #9 – Stay mobile. (47:32)
  • #10 – Have a mindfulness practice. (49:54)

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