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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 @mindpumpmedia, @mindpumpsal, @mindpumpadam, @mindpumpjustin & @mindpumpdoug and at mindpumppodcast.com. Get expertly programmed Mind Pump training protocols at mapsfitnessproducts.com
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Now displaying: February, 2022
Feb 28, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin speak with Dave Dahl about the fascinating series of events that led him to serve 15 years in prison and then to subsequently transform his life as the creator of Dave's Killer Bread, a company which he sold in 2015 for $275 million.

  • What was the impetus behind Dave’s Killer Bread? (2:45)
  • The first transformation in his life that you wouldn’t expect. (5:52)
  • The epiphanies experienced while in prison. (7:58)
  • Why everything should be given to people when they are ready. (13:45)
  • Your mind is EVERYTHING! (15:20)
  • Learning to appreciate the process. (17:01)
  • Embracing the struggle. (19:04)
  • Finding his hidden talent and its impact on the family business. (20:50)
  • Creating something that people want. (29:58)
  • The story of pursuing the idea of Costco. (34:07)
  • You make your own luck. (36:36)
  • Being a four-time loser in the wrong game. (40:43)
  • Being part of others’ transformations. (42:57)
  • How success is purpose. (48:14)
  • Avoiding the hindsight mentality. (50:17)
  • Why everything happens before it matters. (55:08)
  • The fallout from the company selling. (56:27)
  • His obsession/passion for art and the idea for his dream home. (59:11)
  • His call to action for kids in his position growing up. (1:05:07)
  • The importance of having a vision and common goal for a successful business. (1:07:17)

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Feb 26, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: One of the best exercises for your lower body is the sled! (3:22)
  • What do men do when they’re alone? (11:05)
  • Another reason why Justin believes his house is haunted. (23:56)
  • The downside of taking Zbiotics. (31:49)
  • Aurelius is obsessed with boobs. (40:02)
  • Interest rates are out of control. (42:21)
  • Why Mind Pump is skeptical about buying real estate in the Metaverse. (43:22)
  • How your microbiome determines if you will get cavities or not. (49:51)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 - What is the best way to train my body after losing a substantial amount of weight? (55:49)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 - How can I add strength training to complement Brazilin Jiu-Jitsu? (1:06:09)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 - What are some ways to correct scapular winging? (1:20:36)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 - What are some strength tips to improve my golf swing? (1:32:08)

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Feb 25, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how to do drop sets properly, the difference and/or benefits between doing side raises with straight arms vs. bent elbows, the pros and cons of taking a couple weeks off from the gym entirely, and how long one should supplement with Ashwagandha.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Eating a lot of protein can be KILLING your bulk. (3:40)
  • Sal, give the fans what they want. (17:34)
  • Men are pigs. (21:33)
  • When to and not to take a stand as a parent with your children. (28:07)
  • Vuori is CRUSHING the athleisure wear market! (42:27)
  • More Americans today own crypto than savings accounts! (44:58)
  • #Quah question #1 - How do you drop sets properly? (49:21)
  • #Quah question #2 – What's the difference and/or benefits between doing side raises with straight arms vs. bent elbows? (56:16)
  • #Quah question #3 - What are the pros and cons of taking a couple of weeks off from the gym entirely? (1:02:23)
  • #Quah question #4 - How long should I supplement with Ashwagandha for? (1:06:36)

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Feb 24, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin cover how to choose a protein powder and when to eat protein for best results. 

  • Protein, the magical macronutrient. (2:17)
  • Mind Pump’s pivotal moments with protein in their early lifting careers. (4:11)
  • Why the optimal protein intake for your goals is different than the essential amount you need to survive. (9:28)
  • The history of protein. (10:43)
  • The factors you should consider when buying a protein powder. (11:54)
  • #1 – How well do you digest it. (12:51)
  • #2 – The quality of the protein. (19:57)
  • #3 – The flavor. (26:35)
  • #4 – The amino acid profile. (30:57)
  • When is the most optimal time to synthesize protein? (35:17)

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Feb 23, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Cortisol can be your friend and foe. (4:39)
  • Does Justin’s house want to destroy itself? (22:40)
  • When your wardrobe causes a scene. (26:06)
  • Adam is a little injury-prone. (27:45)
  • Gymnastics is NOT a spectator sport. (28:25)
  • There is weird stuff that happens in the world. (32:02)
  • Adam on his first NBA VR experience and speculates on the future of the technology. (34:57)
  • Feeling cerebral with Organifi’s Pure. (45:45)
  • New flavor alert from Ned. (46:48)
  • Dad life updates: Baby farts, new milestones, and being comfortable under surveillance. (52:15)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 - Should my calories be higher on the days I train or the days I don’t train? (1:01:59)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 - What is more effective for building muscle, body part splits, or full-body workouts? (1:14:24)
  • #LIstenerLive question #3 - How can I add cardio to a strength training program? (1:27:47)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 - What is better for gains, training harder but less often or easier and more often? (1:46:03)

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Feb 21, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin speak with Mike Matthews about the realities of the supplement industry and his new book Muscle For Life.

  • How did the supply-chain shortage affect Legion? (2:42)
  • Why Facebook ads are NOT what they used to be. (5:42)
  • The value of the brand factor. (10:38)
  • The importance of timing. (12:46)
  • The dirty tricks behind how the supplement industries sell products. (16:27)
  • Is the market getting better or worse with weeding out the bad actors? (24:54)
  • The common marketing ploy of taking research and using it to build profits. (34:50)
  • The standards that Legion holds to. (37:38)
  • His predictions on creatine. (45:35)
  • How does Mike structure and scale his Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)? (57:27)
  • The details behind Mike’s latest book and who it is for. (1:05:42)
  • How a good coach will meet someone where they are at. (1:11:45)
  • Mike’s process of analyzing data and distributing it to the masses. (1:13:28)

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Feb 19, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: When you’re trying to find a good trainer or coach, the most important thing to look at is their EXPERIENCE. Nothing else will tell you more about a trainer than that. (4:22)
  • Religion and diet, what do they have in common? (19:29)
  • Justin’s Valentine’s Day cock block. (24:49)
  • Sal’s new stage of fatherhood. (27:22)
  • Mind Pump’s first cars they drove as kids. (30:19)
  • Sal’s latest addition to his sleep routine. (45:22)
  • How Seed can help improve your gut health. (52:07)
  • Why post-partum should always include physical therapy. (54:13)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 - How can I properly cut for an upcoming bikini show? (59:17)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 - Should I phase or sprinkle in training in different planes of motion to my future client’s programming? (1:18:46)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 - How can I gain muscle and size without gaining body fat? (1:29:49)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 - How can I prevent losing gains when taking a break from working out due to a move? (1:42:01)

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Feb 18, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the best things to do when taking an active rest day, ways to grow the shoulders and back without the traps getting too big, the best way to attract someone into fitness when they seemingly don’t care, and the “healthiest” choice for alcohol.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Do you want a more youthful hormone profile? Tell your body to build muscle. (3:45)
  • Mind Pump reaches a milestone with their recent trip to Florida. (12:51)
  • The story behind Adam's dirty banana drink. (26:20)
  • Sal shares the latest “father/daughter” adventure day. (30:54)
  • Is Sal off Instagram for good?! (34:45)
  • Mind Pump’s favorite Super Bowl commercials. (37:35)
  • The latest on Sal’s product creation with Organifi. (42:58)
  • Creatine, the next BIG health & wellness longevity supplement. (45:00)
  • Was this the most expensive Super Bowl ever?! (46:39)
  • Defining the laws of physics with the latest advancements in nuclear fusion. (52:59)
  • How Caldera Lab’s face serum can help reduce inflammation. (57:29)
  • Liquid Death makes an appearance during the Super Bowl. (59:51)
  • #Quah question #1 - What are the best things to do when taking an active rest day? (1:01:52)
  • #Quah question #2 - Is there a way to grow the shoulders and back without the traps getting too big? (1:11:46)
  • #Quah question #3 - What’s the best way to attract someone into fitness when they seemingly don’t care? (1:16:40)
  • #Quah question #4 - What’s the “healthiest” choice for alcohol? (1:19:42)

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Feb 17, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin detail how to stretch to improve muscle development, injury prevention, and recovery.

  • If used properly, stretching can amplify your ability to build muscle and sculpt your body. (2:11)
  • How stretching can assist with injury prevention. (3:10)
  • The importance of stretching with purpose. (8:04)
  • How stretching can help improve your range of motion. (9:30)
  • How proper application of stretching will help you bring up lagging body parts. (17:50)
  • How to stretch to maximize the pump. (22:55)
  • How active stretching can speed up recovery. (27:54)
  • Stretching is the ultimate pain reliever. (31:56)

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Feb 16, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Sometimes you can lose weight on the scale and STILL get fatter! (4:25)
  • A study linking more sleep to increased fat loss. (20:54)
  • Adam’s supplement stack to stay healthy. (26:36)
  • Mind Pump Recommends, The Tinder Swindler on Netflix. (34:00)
  • Is this the end of Mind Pump on social media? (42:43)
  • The results when Sal takes too many supplements. (46:43)
  • What to expect with your Butcher Box subscription. (50:32)
  • What’s the deal with the big toe shoe Reebok?! (52:51)
  • Adam finally doesn’t care. (57:13)
  • Sal, welcome to having a nice car. (58:47)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 - Can you share any insight on the myostatin inhibitor, YK11? (1:01:38)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 - Any tips for increasing my appetite if I’m having trouble bulking due to my faster metabolism? (1:12:00)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 - How can I boost my slower metabolism after a massive weight loss? (1:23:10)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 - How can I maintain muscle while training for performance for an upcoming fitness test? (1:33:39)

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Feb 14, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin cover how to train for size and how to train for strength.

  • The common misconception between training for size versus strength. (2:21)
  • Why it is most likely you need to train a different way to see different results. (4:44)
  • The importance of the central nervous system in this conversation. (6:37)
  • How there is a way to get stronger without gaining a lot of size. (9:30)
  • General rules or principles speaking to these two individuals. (11:01)
    • Change your exercise selection or programming to seek novelty. (11:07)
    • Manipulate rep ranges to maximize your desired outcome. (16:11)
    • Focus on your rest periods. (21:57)
    • Have an open mind. (24:35)
    • Concentrate on the intent of the movement. (27:21)
    • Eat in a surplus for size and strength. (30:35)
  • The value in going through cycles of both. (33:53)
  • The MAPS programs recommended for each individual over a course of a year. (34:54)

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Feb 12, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Your knee pain often has NOTHING to do with the knees. (3:43)
  • Justin’s massive parenting mistake. (11:47)
  • Aging, identity crisis, and the dangers of fame. (14:29)
  • How 30% of gyms have been closed permanently since the beginning of the pandemic. (27:25)
  • NCI, the king of online coaching. (32:47)
  • Understanding the risk management of your daily decisions. (35:57)
  • The guy’s underwhelming chef dinner experience. (39:05)
  • Mind Pump addresses the Joe Rogan controversy. (43:57)
  • How GoFundMe did the Canadian truckers dirty. (53:18)
  • What is an NFT rug pull? (54:55)
  • Is North Korea funding its missile projects with crypto? (57:39)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 - What are your thoughts on nootropics, like choline and piracetam, to eliminate brain fog? (1:00:37)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 - What are some hacks to stay consistent with my workouts? (1:13:24)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 - What are some ways to alleviate knee pain? (1:26:47)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 - What are the best ways to improve my fitness and health after recovering from COVID? (1:36:51)

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Feb 11, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q&A), Sal, Adam, & Justin coach four Pump Heads on stomach vacuums, selecting the proper weight for your lifts, eating one meal a day, and more.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: The BEST fat-burning supplement, BY FAR, is creatine. (3:46)
  • The Mind Pump family fitness challenge is brought to you by Organifi. (21:53)
  • The delicate balance of having a healthy relationship with money. (27:10)
  • Dad life updates with the guys: Your kids asking if you’re famous, my dad is stronger than your dad, and new phases of growth. (32:20)
  • Vuori, making you look good inside and outside the gym. (45:13)
  • Another animal study showing chronic use of THC can lower testosterone. (47:54)
  • The unintended consequences of lockdowns. (51:02)
  • Is YouTube bigger than Netflix?! (54:46)
  • #Quah question #1 – What training frequency should be applied towards stomach vacuums? Should they be done daily or have a few rest days in between? (59:11)
  • #Quah question #2 – For beginning lifters, how do we figure out what weight to start with on the main lifts? (1:03:26)
  • #Quah question #3 – Will consuming all my calories in one meal a day, and not eating 6-8 hours after a workout, limit progress and/or ruin my metabolism? (1:06:37)
  • #Quah question #4 – How long should one stick to a workout routine? (1:11:11)

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Feb 10, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin speak with Jenny Hutt, host of the Just Jenny show on Sirius XM about her weight loss journey and what she does to stay permanently on track.

  • How she got into media. (3:22)
  • How her legal training served her in everything that she did. (6:05)
  • What makes an argument effective? (7:14)
  • Her struggle with weight early on, and the tragic moment that sparked her weight loss journey. (10:05)
  • What mistakes did she make along the way? (19:23)
  • Parenting with as little judgment as possible. (23:08)
  • Did she have preconceived notions about the gym? (29:26)
  • Jenny’s daily habits to keep the weight off. (32:26)
  • Shifting her priorities and focus to the other metrics as the defining factors in her health. (36:29)
  • Creating the mindset shift for the mental health benefits of exercise. (39:45)
  • Her one piece of advice if you are struggling with your weight. (48:43)
  • Check out her eyewear line, Bunny Eyez. (51:05)

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Feb 9, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: The best exercise for your lagging body part is the one you’re NOT doing for it. (4:21)
  • With Magic Spoon, you get what you pay for. (12:40)
  • Fun Facts with Justin: African clawed frogs and regenerating limbs. (21:39)
  • Is fasting coming back into favor? (23:56)
  • L-Dopa supplementation for improved erections in men. (28:00)
  • Whoopi Goldberg and how cancel culture is eating itself now. (31:57)
  • Did you know Ned has a subscription service? (35:55)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 - Are bodyweight-only programs as effective as ones with equipment? (39:42)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 - What can I do if my body not changing on a low-calorie diet after coming off a bulk? (48:04)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 - How can I incorporate resistance training to gain explosive strength for boxing? (1:03:56)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 - How can I improve my athleticism in the gym? (1:14:23)

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Feb 7, 2022

In this episode Sal, Adam & Justin cover six keys to bringing up body parts that just don't seem to be developing as fast as others.

  • Which body part do you have that is the most stubborn? (2:19)
  • The guy's most stubborn body part. (3:41)
  • 6 Keys to Pack on Muscle to Your Lagging/Stubborn Body Parts. (7:13)
  • #1 – Focus on the mind to muscle connection. (13:08)
  • #2 – Prioritize your lagging body part at the beginning of your workout. (19:56)
  • #3 – Train lagging/stubborn body parts with more frequency and volume. (23:23)
  • #4 – Sacrifice volume somewhere in order to add it where you want it to go. (26:37)
  • #5 – Change your programming. (30:34)
  • #6 – Give it time. (36:04)
  • Check out MAPS MODS! (38:33)

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Feb 5, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Sometimes the best way to get stronger is to NOT add weight to the bar. (4:26)
  • When an old lady saves the day. (17:36)
  • The impact of loneliness on your health. (22:00)
  • What’s a liger? (31:24)
  • The NFL gets behind cannabis research. (37:10)
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will be the next industry to be destigmatized. (43:39)
  • The connection between gum inflammation and autoimmune disease. (48:09)
  • Get yourself a good mattress and a ChiliPAD for excellent sleep. (51:47)
  • Competitive pillow fighting is a real thing! (53:54)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 - Is electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) safe and effective? (57:54)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 - Is it possible to maintain my strength gains and stamina for obstacle course racing (OCR) if I decrease my level of cardio? (1:13:03)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 - Is there any truth to the statement that once you turn 30 your sleep will change? (1:30:09)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 - What are the causes and some remedies for workout nausea? (1:44:11)

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Feb 4, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about progressing using bodyweight training, the pros and cons of using a lifting belt, how much protein powder is ideal, and the pros & cons of stretching before and after workouts.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: How sometimes getting smaller, makes you look bigger. (4:22)
  • Jake Paul, the ULTIMATE troll. (13:18)
  • Justin’s wild weekend in the snow. (19:27)
  • Congratulations to Christina Rice. (25:08)
  • When things get taken out of context. (27:24)
  • Joe Rogan’s art of interviewing. (33:20)
  • Causing more problems with overreactions. (37:34)
  • When one crisis wains, another begins. (41:13)
  • Why did China change the ending to Fight Club?! (44:50)
  • Does red-light therapy help with acne? (47:33)
  • Is Scottie Pippen a hater? (50:34)
  • #Quah question #1 – How can you progress using bodyweight training and still make gains? (58:59)
  • #Quah question #2 – What are the pros and cons of using a lifting belt? (1:05:39)
  • #Quah question #3 - How much protein powder should I supplement with? (1:13:58)
  • #Quah question #4 - What are your opinions of stretching before and after workouts? (1:20:25)

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Feb 3, 2022

In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin interview Aaron Alexander.

  • The current state of Aaron. (2:12)
  • The reality of becoming the shape of the place you spend a lot of time in. (6:03)
  • Defining the outcomes you prefer to achieve, and reverse engineering your lifestyle back from that point. (8:31)
  • How much of an improvement can you make in your movement as an adult? (11:48)
  • Practical advice for the average person looking to make improvements in their daily lives. (14:52)
  • Why structured workouts don’t matter much if you haven’t addressed your fundamental lifestyle conditions. (21:55)
  • The driving force behind his latest book. (26:36)
  • The staple movements he loves to put the body in and why. (27:44)
  • Why do we breathe the way that we breathe? (31:54)
  • The practices he has for his clients to help with anxiety and depression. (41:15)
  • Why he left Los Angeles. (50:21)
  • Do not be afraid to ask more questions. (53:50)
  • Why the worst thing to happen is nothing at all. (59:10)
  • The value in building strong mental patterns. (1:03:55)
  • What is pain? (1:09:55)
  • Does he see a renewed interest in people wanting to improve their health and fitness? (1:17:32)

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Feb 2, 2022

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin coach four Pump Heads via Zoom.

  • Mind Pump Fit Tip: Counting your calories and macros is a TERRIBLE approach for long-term weight loss. (4:53)
  • Sal explains why he told someone to add 1,000 calories over their maintenance. (17:57)
  • You can’t make this stuff up! (31:25)
  • Mind Pump on the unintended consequences of the Neuralink. (32:41)
  • A high school football update with Justin: The lack of nutrition with high school athletes and how Butcher Box can help. (41:54)
  • How subscription models like Public Goods, are less likely to be affected by inflation. (47:10)
  • Can alcohol, or other substances like alcohol, increase your longevity? (48:53)
  • #ListenerLive question #1 - What are your thoughts on the supplement, Nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN)? (58:39)
  • #ListenerLive question #2 - What are some ways to move like an athlete, but look like a bodybuilder? (1:10:47)
  • #ListenerLive question #3 - How do you know when you have reached your genetic muscle-building potential? (1:17:59)
  • #ListenerLive question #4 - What would be the best fitness approach for teaching/training high school students in the classroom and the weight room? (1:32:44)

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