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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 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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Nov 30, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how long is acceptable to rest mid-set to try and pump out a few more reps, whether drop sets are useful for the beginning or intermediate lifter, what makes an overall healthy individual, and their opinion on yoga and how to implement it into training.

  • Mind Pump Debates: Will the cybertruck disrupt the truck industry? Are self-driving cars the future? (5:42)
  • 82-year-old female bodybuilder beats down a home intruder. (21:00)
  • Mind Pump RAVES over their newest sponsor, Magic Spoon. (23:14)
  • Mind Pump Recommends: ‘Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator on Netflix’. (27:23)
  • What is ‘Perineum Sunning’? Will it become the latest health trend? (34:10)
  • Russian cows get VR headsets 'to reduce anxiety'. (37:16)
  • Will continual exposure to blue light accelerate blindness?! (39:48)
  • How are we the only human species that survived? (43:20)
  • #Quah question #1 – How many seconds is too long to rest between reps to try and get a few more out? When should you just move on to your break before your next set? (47:33)
  • #Quah question #2 – Are drop sets useful for the beginning or immediate lifter? If so, what is the best way to use them? (53:07)
  • #Quah question #3 – What do you consider a healthy overall induvial? What makes for good balance? (57:21)
  • #Quah question #4 – What is your opinion on yoga and how do you suggest you implement it into your training? (1:04:07)

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Nov 29, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about stretches to increase squat mobility, exercises to relieve hip and butt pain, the most effective way to bulk, and how food affects your brain and mood.

  • How exactly does Adam apply the serum from Caldera Lab? (4:52)
  • Is Sal more cake than beef now? He breakdowns his current macros. (9:49)
  • Which source of protein powder is ideal for muscle building? (12:58)
  • The bathrooms at Mind Pump HQ are FINALLY being re-done! (15:45)
  • Justin gets educated on one of his favorite guitarists of all time. (16:50)
  • Shout out to James Herman who took 1st place at his first obstacle course race. (21:40)
  • Sal is a little late to the party on Shark Week. (22:28)
  • Justin has a ‘dad moment’ with his kids. (25:10)
  • How using your legs keeps your brain healthy. (27:53)
  • Why the more you pour out of your heart, the fuller your heart gets. (31:23)
  • The importance of having a purpose. (34:59)
  • #Quah question #1 – What are some good stretches to increase squat mobility? (39:20)
  • #Quah question #2 – I work as an Uber driver and my butt and hips hurt from sitting for too long. Are there any short exercises I can do in between trips to relieve my pain temporarily before getting back to work? (44:24)
  • #Quah question #3 – What is the most effective way to bulk? What are your guy’s secrets or perspective on bulking up? (48:40)
  • #Quah question #4 – Do you think that food affects your brain and mood? (56:56)

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Nov 28, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin discuss four ways to change up your workout to build more muscle, become stronger, improve performance and prevent injury.

  • The things that are preventing you from reaching your goals. (2:46)
  • Four ways to change your goal to achieve the maximum benefits of your routine. (4:43)
    • #1 – Focusing on addressing correctional exercises to expand your potential. (9:42)
    • #2 – Adding a strength training phase to your routine to place the focus on how strong you are rather than how you look. (25:15)
    • #3 – Training for athletic performance to improve your overall quality of life. (37:44)
    • #4 – Incorporating bodybuilder training to develop your muscles and sculpt your body. (46:21)

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Nov 27, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether squats and deadlifts “thicken” the waistline, the difference between priming and warming up,  the benefits to stability training or using tools like a Bosu ball, and why many skinny yoga-girls likely self-selected yoga as their sport because of their body type.

  • Sal accidentally wears shoes the guys co-sign on. (5:21)
  • Recapping their experience seeing Arthur C. Brooks talk. (9:44)
  • The importance of having integrity and how antidotes drive science. (14:45)
  • SNL’s cheeky fake Wranglers ad with Will Ferrell will crack you up. (27:57)
  • Mind Pump Recommends Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator on Netflix. (30:07)
  • Sal’s take on Michael Bloomberg running for President in 2020. (32:30)
  • Mind Pump’s take on Tesla’s new ‘cybertruck’. (36:46)
  • Apple to build a new massive campus in Austin, TX. (42:17)
  • Is dopamine fasting the next big trend?? (44:27)
  • NCI’s free gut health course still available FOR FREE! Take advantage TODAY before this deal is gone! (46:38)
  • #Quah question #1 – Any truth to squats and deadlifts “thickening” the waistline? (48:23)
  • #Quah question #2 – What is the difference between priming and warming up? (56:09)
  • #Quah question #3 – Are there any benefits to stability training or using tools like a Bosu ball? (1:01:20)
  • #Quah question #4 – I would love to hear you go into depth on skinny yoga-girls self-selecting yoga as their sport because of their body type? (1:08:00)

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Nov 26, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin speak with Matthew Januszek, entrepreneur and founder of Escape Fitness.

  • His take on the new 49ers Fit gym? (3:25)
  • From roller-skates to bodybuilding: His introduction into fitness. (4:24)
  • Where did the idea for the gym equipment company come from? (6:50)
  • What did the process of scaling look like? (11:57)
  • How his passion for fitness fueled the company's early mishaps. (13:35)
  • When where they able to service outside the UK? (17:22)
  • The moment he knew it was time to quit his day job and go all in. (18:06)
  • Why success is not a straight line. (20:00)
  • What attributes have served him the most? (21:54)
  • The crucial things that have contributed to his success. (23:43)
  • What practices does he put in place to forge quality relationships? (26:15)
  • Their evolution of marketing and advertising. (29:20)
  • The differences between the US and European markets/trends. (33:13)
  • His take on moving the gym experience to the home setting. (37:56)
  • What separates his company from the rest? (40:02)
  • How there are always ways to innovate and grow. (46:26)
  • Is there any new equipment that is getting him excited? (49:10)
  • Why there is no shortage of great ideas. (51:14)
  • Where does he focus most of his energy? (52:56)
  • What does he find challenging about working with family? (55:26)
  • How every level that you get to there are new lessons to be learned. (59:15)
  • Will he ever sell the company? (1:01:54)

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Nov 25, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin talk with good friend, Mike Matthews about his how he built his company, Legion, and then answer questions asked by the live audience.

  • Protein bar companies are making out! (2:15)
  • What has been the worst product idea he has had? (3:37)
  • What products surprised him that sold well? (4:51)
  • How the pre-workout market has really taken off and the shenanigans that have come with it. (8:05)
  • Why a part of him is ashamed to be in the supplement industry. (16:40)
  • How all markets have unsophisticated consumers. (18:00)
  • Is the supplement consumer becoming more attuned? (23:54)
  • The self-education of Mike Matthews: How did he acquire his wealth of information? (25:30)
  • The ‘ah-ha’ moments the guys experienced with their training. (30:20)
  • How you can still be honest and be successful. (38:14)
  • Appreciating the value and importance of sleep. (39:22)
  • What are the upcoming opportunities in the health/fitness space? (45:25)
  • How do I stand out in the ‘content-heavy’ crowd? (1:00:02)
  • Why does he sell fat burners and not branch chain amino acids? (1:09:42)
  • You can build a business and NOT lie. (1:17:20)
  • What to do when there are detractors on your fitness journey? (1:19:41)
  • Is it recommended to take senna for no more than once a week and what can be done to fix oneself after excessive use? (1:28:15)
  • How do I transition from more active work to sedentary? (1:33:00)

 

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  • Mark Rippetoe (@CoachRippetoe) · Twitter
  • Kelly Starrett (@mobilitywod) • Instagram
Nov 23, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how long to stay in a specific rep range, whether you can cut calories and still gain muscle, the best way to strengthen wrists and the ideal physical activity or exercise to be done 2-3Xs a week by the average person.

  • How Italian’s don’t have a volume button. (4:04)
  • Why it’s not just about the information, but rather HOW you communicate it. (5:57)
  • Mind Pump heading to LA to meet Arthur C Brooks. (15:00)
  • Does anything evoke emotion as much as music? (16:38)
  • Mind Pump Business Wars: Starbucks vs. Peet’s. (19:47)
  • The origin story of Red Bull. (24:55)
  • Vuori’s CRAZY return policy: Good business move or bad one? (27:42)
  • The CLEAR differences between men and women. (29:26)
  • The differences between Heritage Pork vs regular pork and how you can get it from Butcher Box. (34:40)
  • Updates on ‘Epstein Gate’. (37:40)
  • Is panspermia a real thing?? (40:35)
  • What’s the deal with the resurgence of amateur fights? Will the novelty wear off? (42:35)
  • #Quah question #1 – How long should you stay in a specific rep range? Should you be switching up weekly, shorter or longer? (50:24)
  • #Quah question #2 – I am confused about the whole bulk and cut thing. Can I cut calories and still gain muscle? (56:30)
  • #Quah question #3 – What is the best way to strengthen wrists? I’m looking to learn a handstand, but my wrists give out first. (1:01:20)
  • #Quah question #4 - If you can prescribe one physical activity or exercise to be done 2-3Xs a week for the average person, what would it be? (1:05:12)

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Nov 22, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how to incorporate a deload week into programming, how to develop side glutes, how to strengthen and stabilize hypermobile joints and the most memorable client that they have ever had.

  • Mind Pump Recommends Jojo Rabbit in theaters now. (4:34)
  • Mind Pump Recommends The Morning Show on Apple+. (6:17)
  • Does Sal need an intervention? (9:10)
  • What looks good in real life is often different than in pictures. (10:55)
  • Why is Christianity triggering to most people? How you are doing yourself a disservice by being close-minded. (16:57)
  • Kanye West the contrarian. (22:53)
  • The benefits of pine bark extract & MORE in Organifi’s new product Move. (26:05)
  • Can how you eat help your body fight the flu? (29:17)
  • How we have engineered almonds from deadly to delicious. (33:00)
  • Having a healthy diet can lower your risk of hearing loss. (36:17)
  • Airbnb signs '$500 Million' Olympic sponsorship ahead of IPO: The advantages of a shared economy. (37:41)
  • #Quah question #1 – Can you go deeper into what a deload week looks like? How to incorporate it into your programming and the purpose and benefits of doing so? (43:20)
  • #Quah question #2 – How does one develop side glutes? I have a weird concave between my leg and hip, instead of side glutes being round. (54:01)
  • #Quah question #3 - I have hypermobile hip joints that have led me to have terrible recruitment patterns in my lower body. I try to strengthen the muscles around my hips, but I still feel like I’m not able to engage them correctly. What can I do to fix this? (59:22)
  • #Quah question #4 – What’s the most memorable client that you have ever had? (1:05:11)

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Nov 21, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin cover seven ways to prevent packing on the pounds (or kilos) this holiday season.

  • What is Mind Pump’s favorite holiday? (2:52)
  • How much weight does the average American gain during the holidays? (4:20)
  • The seven steps you can take to NOT get fat around the holidays.
    • #1 – Cutting the STRESS! (6:39)
    • #2 – Prioritizing the order of how you eat your food. (13:15)
    • #3 – The importance of drinking plenty of water. (17:35)
    • #4 – Bringing a healthy dish to your family dinner. (20:00)
    • #5 – Being mindful about the food you are about to eat and eating the desserts that are MOST meaningful to you. (23:40)
    • #6 – Going for a walk after your big meal. (31:03)
    • #7 - Scheduling workouts with your family and friends. (37:42)

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Nov 20, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the significance of bodyweight training when strength training, whether a beginner should focus on bulking or cutting first, why people have such a hard time losing fat, and knowing when to become a personal trainer.

  • How the modern domesticated dog wouldn’t survive a second in the wild. (5:23)
  • Adam shares his most recent set back in his training. (6:17)
  • That one-time Sal couldn’t get off the floor after an injury. (11:40)
  • Why adults always have lessons to learn. (14:20)
  • Mind Pump recommends The Mandalorian on Disney+. (16:54)
  • Sal’s daughter turns 10! (22:28)
  • Public Service Announcement: If you have symptoms of malaise, there are at-home tests available for you. (26:12)
  • Why brands like Felix Gray are ahead of the curve. (32:25)
  • Why humans need physical touch to thrive. (35:34)
  • How today’s obesity epidemic has been caused by ultra-processed food. (39:47)
  • Is CrossFit heading in a new direction? (42:58)
  • Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 Billion: What does it mean for the consumer? (47:25)
  • #Quah question #1 - What is the significance of bodyweight training when strength training? Can it replace higher rep ranges with weights? (50:21)
  • #Quah question #2 – Should someone who is a beginner focus on bulking or cutting first? How do you know which to do first? (54:35)
  • #Quah question #3 – Why do you guys think people have such a hard time losing fat in this day and age? What are the physical or phycological barriers you see most people have? How have you guided people in the right direction on starting their journey? (1:00:37)
  • #Quah question #4 – How do you know when you should become a personal trainer? What makes you fit to become a personal trainer? (1:08:48)

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Nov 18, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin speak for the second time with Bishop Robert Barron.

  • Focusing on the wider culture and moving forward on all fronts. (2:46)
  • What was the conversation like with Jordan Peterson? (4:04)
  • Why everyone is hungry for God. (5:18)
  • What are the symptoms of poor spiritual health? (7:40)
  • The problems of creating an idol out of the ego. (9:57)
  • The surrender of control and asking God what does he want you to do today. (11:01)
  • Why has religion fallen out of favor? (13:00)
  • What is his take on stoicism? (15:06)
  • Understanding the concept of the Holy Trinity. (17:45)
  • How do you know what religion is RIGHT for you? (19:30)
  • The four criteria to detach from and how to balance them in your life. (24:17)
  • Why behind every addiction there is a soul quest for God. (26:06)
  • Does Satin play a role in our lives? (27:50)
  • What are his thoughts on psychedelics? (32:38)
  • Using journaling as a spiritual exercise. (35:50)
  • Has our time forgotten Jesus Christ as a human being? (39:21)
  • How religion stirs up people’s feelings and emotions. (41:15)
  • What is the hardest book of the Bible for people to comprehend? (43:20)
  • Can we believe in creation and evolution? (44:05)
  • Does he foresee any problems with editing our genes? (46:25)
  • What is the connection between Christianity and freedom? Or this there any? (49:30)
  • What’s the role of the church in protecting the freedoms of people around the world? (55:28)
  • Where can people start if they want to look more into religion? (59:31)
  • What are the greatest challenges facing us today? (1:00:27)
  • How life is all about choices. (1:04:10)
  • Does God want us to have lots of children? (1:05:15)
  • Is he a big movie guy? (1:05:56)
  • What types of music does a Bishop listen to? (1:08:45)
  • How everyone has a poison somewhere. (1:10:05)
  • Did Jesus ever laugh? (1:11:10)
  • What are the different arms of The Word on Fire? (1:13:19)
  • Is there a role of physical fitness in spirituality? (1:14:34)

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Nov 16, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how to feel activation in chest when benching, how much information you should know as a new personal trainer, if there is anything they would go back and change in their first 3 programs (Anabolic, Performance & Aesthetic), and how to address insecurities.

  • Adam has an addiction to subscriptions. (5:06)
  • Sal using scare tactics on his son. (9:42)
  • Is seasonal affective disorder a real thing? (11:16)
  • How your thermal environment affects your sleep. (14:07)
  • Justin is a big dance guy. (19:09)
  • The health benefits of the lion’s mane mushroom. (23:02)
  • Is milk consumption on the decline? (27:15)
  • Can artificial intelligence predict premature death? (30:05)
  • Mind Pump recommends The Inventor: Out for Blood on HBO. (30:49)
  • The multi-level marketing (MLM) scam that is Beachbody. (34:55)
  • Convoy: The Uber of trucking systems. (42:00)
  • The psychological benefits of exercise. (45:11)
  • #Quah question #1 – When I bench, regular or incline, I don’t feel a lot of activation in my chest. Any tips to feel it more? (48:43)
  • #Quah question #2 - How much information should you know as a new personal trainer? I listen to you guys, but I can’t hold a candle to you. (55:23)
  • #Quah question #3 – Knowing what you know today, is there anything you would go back and change in your first 3 programs? (1:00:05)
  • #Quah question #4 – How would you guys recommend to address insecurities in yourself? (1:07:14)

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Nov 15, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether cardio is a waste of time if you’re lifting heavy, the benefits and disadvantages of doing a barbell complex vs. doing straight sets, whether it is necessary to eat multiple times a day to see gains, and if it is awkward when someone asks just one of them to be on their podcast.

  • The foods the guy’s used to eat during their bachelor days. (3:30)
  • Want to lower your blood pressure? Drink your beet juice. (8:15)
  • Is Sal a little too thick? (11:56)
  • Adam provides updates from Week 3 of MAPS Powerlift. (15:35)
  • Sal recommends The Rise of Jordan Peterson on Prime Video. (20:20)
  • Mind Pump’s first take on The Mandalorian on Disney+. (24:00)
  • Disney+ surpasses 10 million subscribers on the first day! (27:00)
  • The future of entertainment is here: Will we see an a la carte app soon?? (28:25)
  • Adam’s shares his ‘interesting’ experiences with DoorDash. (31:47)
  • Has the last driver’s license holder already been born?! The guys speculate on the future of the auto industry. (35:45)
  • The latest plan of attack on The Andrews rat problem. (41:40)
  • It is getting ugly in San Francisco: The new DA pledges not to prosecute public urination, other quality-of-life-crimes. (44:50)
  • #Quah question #1 – Is cardio a waste of time if you’re lifting heavy? Or do you suggest doing some in your workout? (48:00)
  • #Quah question #2 – What are the benefits and disadvantages of doing a barbell complex vs. doing straight sets? (55:21)
  • #Quah question #3 – Do you really need to eat multiple times a day to see gains? I eat two meals and one shake a day to meet my macros. Is that ok? I train 5 to 6 days a week. (1:01:26)
  • #Quah question #4 - Is it awkward when someone asks just one of you to be on their podcast? (1:08:23)

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Nov 14, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin give you five ways to naturally relieve pain.

  • How over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain DAILY! (2:07)
  • What are the differences between chronic and acute pain? (2:58)
  • HOW you are moving can determine WHY you are in pain. (5:02)
  • The Five Most Important Ways to Relieve Pain. (7:22)
    • #1 – Improve overall mobility to solve the root problem. (9:42)
    • #2 – How your diet can be causing your joint pain. (24:59)
    • #3 – Optimizing your sleep to reduce pain. (33:46)
    • #4 – The importance of getting proper sunlight. (43:11)
    • #5 – Practicing mindfulness to reframe how your body perceives pain. (46:54)

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Nov 13, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether upright rows are safe, touch-and-go vs. dead-stop for exercises such as deadlifts, the benefits and detriments of rucking, and whether it is possible that humans could evolve to safely consume McDonald’s-type food daily and require less exercise.

  • The power and influence of YouTube celebrities. (5:25)
  • Are people more interested in seeing people fight who they KNOW, rather than see fighters that ACTUALLY fight for a living? (8:20)
  • The guys recap the feedback heard at the recent CPPS Coaches training course held at Mind Pump Headquarters. (17:20)
  • How everything we perceive is through a filter. (19:56)
  • Sal recommends One Child Nation on Prime Video. (26:34)
  • Adam and Sal are ruffling some feathers over on Twitter. (30:50)
  • Justin causing a ruckus at his kids’ latest flag football game. (36:14)
  • How using red light therapy can increase your free testosterone. (38:07)
  • MIIR continues to give back for an excellent cause. (42:43)
  • Justin’s secret “Mind Pump Mule” revealed in the latest newsletter. Subscribe TODAY! (43:53)
  • #Quah question #1 – I have heard the dangers of upright rows, but see them in MAPS Spilt. Are they safe? (46:44)
  • #Quah question #2 – What are your opinions on touch-and-go vs. dead-stop for exercises such as deadlifts? (52:06)
  • #Quah question #3 – What are your thoughts on rucking? Does it combine some of the benefits of resistance training with cardio? What impact does it have on posture? (56:40)
  • #Quah question #4 – Sal often says evolutionarily speaking, so I’m curious if you think it possible that humans could evolve to safely consume McDonald’s-type food daily and require less exercise? (1:01:06)

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Nov 11, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin speak with Bret Contreras, inventor of the hip thrust and renowned butt building expert.

  • From a math teacher to glute guru: How did Bret get to where he is today? (2:41)
  • Where did his obsession with glut training come from? (10:17)
  • How he made hip bridges a thing. (14:50)
  • Why it takes a strong woman to date a trainer. (18:37)
  • The importance of staying true to who you are. (20:17)
  • How he considers himself a lifter first, trainer second and then a scientist. (24:35)
  • Why research is important when it comes to the validity of a study. (27:28)
  • The science and studies on machines vs free weights/compound lifts: How all exercises are tools. (41:40)
  • Do something that challenges your end range of motion to see greater muscle development. (1:04:02)
  • The growing disconnects in the fitness industry. (1:08:05)
  • Understanding the frequency aspect of training. (1:12:34)
  • How everyone thinks they are SO advanced. (1:22:30)
  • The importance of learning your own body and listening to it. (1:32:10)

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Nov 9, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about adding an exercise to the "Big 4," the leg press compared with the hack squat, the value of self-talk for motivation, and the future of contact sports.

  • Mobility is NOT flexibility! Why Mind Pump is here to educate the masses. (4:17)
  • The ONLY proper way to fast. (15:25)
  • How Sal used Brain.fm to help his son study for his test. (17:38)
  • Adam gets personal. (20:30)
  • Why Adam doesn’t vote. (22:33)
  • Is there a global fertility crisis? (28:50)
  • Mind Pump’s go-to ‘snack’ foods. (31:10)
  • Should you ration your kids Halloween candy? (34:08)
  • Are cannabinoids anti-acne?! (38:14)
  • Why Harriet Tubman is one of Sal’s heroes. (41:58)
  • #Quah question #1 – If you had to add an exercise to the "Big 4” to make it the Big 5, which exercise would it be? (44:31)
  • #Quah question #2 – I know squats are best for leg development, but if you had to choose between the leg press and the hack squat which one is better? (52:15)
  • #Quah question #3 – How powerful is self-talk for motivation or having someone yell at you before doing a big lift? Do you practice it or should we just slap our faces, get angry and pick up the weight? (59:39)
  • #Quah question #4 – Sports like rugby and football are increasingly becoming demonized due to concussion risks. What do you foresee the future of contact sports to be? (1:06:47)

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Nov 8, 2019

In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how to define a set when multiple muscles are working at once, downsides of repeating the same workout plan for an extended period of time, what to do if you are not seeing results from your diet and workout, and times they struggled with confidence during their personal training career. 

  • Kai Greene jumping on that vegan train a little too quickly. (4:51)
  • Sal drinking beet juice for better pumps. (7:02)
  • The effect of pornography on the brain. (10:16)
  • Mind Pump’s first take on Kanye West’s new album. (14:58)
  • The fascinating phenomenon of reality tv. (17:05)
  • Robb Wolf triggering the vegan community left and right. (20:54)
  • How the worst thing for the environment is to have unhealthy humans: Interesting facts of grass-fed vs grain-fed meat and the value of companies like Butcher Box (21:40)
  • The athleisure wear market is exploding! (26:52)
  • Updates from Adam on Week 2 of MAPS Powerlift. (29:31)
  • Richard Gere is the man! (33:30)
  • How the Joker isn't the only film depicting the powerful message of mental illness. (35:51)
  • Will the 4-day work week become the thing? (37:25)
  • Increased screen time usage now linked to lower brain development: The importance of looking at things with a grain of salt. (42:12)
  • #Quah question #1 – I understand you say 9-18 sets per muscle group/per week, but what do you define as a set when multiple muscles are working at once? For example, would 5 sets of regular bench press count as 5 sets of tricep work as the triceps are still working? (49:54)
  • #Quah question #2 – Can one stay on the MAPS Anabolic program for a couple of years and still see changes in their body and strength? (55:43)
  • #Quah question #3 – I will be 60 in two months, weight training 3-5 times a week and also walk 12 to 15,000 steps per day. I have been on a fitness journey for 20 years and count my macros, but I am struggling to reduce my body fat and increase my muscle mass. I hired a personal trainer a year ago and have increased my weights consistently. I am also following MAPS Anabolic. I am not sure if it’s my age, but I’m just not seeing results. I tend to over train, work a high stress 60 hour a week desk job and wonder if stress is playing into it? I watch my sleep and get consistent 7 hours per night. Any suggestions? (1:01:57)
  • #Quah question #4 – Were there ever times during your personal training career where you struggled with confidence? (1:09:55)

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Nov 7, 2019

In this episode, Sal, Adam and Justin discuss seven reasons why adding functional training can improve fat loss and muscle gain.

1157: Seven Ways Functional Training Burns Fat & Builds Muscle

  • Why it is SO important to look deeper into a study. (2:41)
  • How the term functional has become bastardized. (11:55)
  • Seven Ways Functional Training Burns Fat & Builds Muscle: The carryover, benefits & MORE. (18:40)
    • #1 – The emphasis on mobility. (19:56)
    • #2 - Utilizes different planes of motion. (30:14)
    • #3 – The importance of novelty to get your body to respond. (36:00)
    • #4 – The carryover value of using unconventional tools in your routine. (41:14)
    • #5 – A focus on performance over aesthetics. (46:49)
    • #6 – Employing all three contractions muscles make. (53:15)
    • #7 – Increasing your body’s total work capacity. (58:00)

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