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Navy SEAL and 3 Time CrossFit Games Athlete Zach Forrest – 278

From training and operating with the elite of the elite Navy SEALs, to going to the CrossFit Games as an individual 3 times (2009, 2011, 2013), Zach Forrest has attacked some of the hardest physical training in the world.

He’s now a Level 4 CrossFit Trainer and since the Navy opened the first CrossFit affiliate in Las Vegas in 2008; CrossFit Max Effort (go train there next time you’re in Vegas, great gym!).

He’s been in the game for over a decade, from not newbie, to competitor, to coach, to gym owner, he’s seen it all.  If you’re pursuing functional fitness mastery, Zach shares some great advice to guide you on your journey.  Enjoy!

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Enjoy,

Mike Bledsoe

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Blood, biomarker, genetic testing… and poop w/ Ben Greenfield – 277

Ben Greenfield.  Bodybuilder, to Triathlete, to Spartan Racer.

Want advice from an accomplished athlete and the ultimate biohacking self experimenter? Ben Greenfield takes us from meditation, to photo bio-modulation for you balls to increase testosterone, and even putting cannabis up your ass for increased performance in the bedroom.

You don’t need to do everything that Ben does, but you can definitely learn from him about what you may want to try on for yourself and how to go about collecting your results for better decisions.

This week is full of useful information so get your pen and paper ready to take notes. It can be confusing with all the information out there about which tests you need to use to better understand you body and Ben helps us wade through a lot of the BS to help us find what we should be doing next.

Because this show is chock-full of great advice I will list some of the topics we cover below:

  • Analyzing your poop to learn about your gut biome
  • Genetic testing
  • Light therapy
  • Marathon Obstacle Course Racing
  • Elevation training without going into the mountains
  • Kratom and marijuana for performance
  • How to choose your supplements wisely

Ben was also previously on Episode 128, click here to watch!

BONUS: Check out the “Foundational Guide to Neurohacking” (it’s free) to find out what Ben Greenfield and Barbell Shrugged have been taking to increase our mind/body connection for better performance

If you’re interested in checking out any of the cool gear Ben mentions on the show, want to get some coaching from Ben or simply want to check out his products and services then click here.

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Mike Bledsoe

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Power, Mobility, and Discipline w/ Jesse Burdick – Episode 276

 

This week on Barbell Shrugged, we interview long-time powerlifter and coach Jesse Burdick to discuss:

  • Jesse talks turkey about power and a mindset about movement
  • How competitors can still have a good time
  • Coaching vs. Teaching
  • Cutting weight / managing body vs. strength
  • He’s damn strong, his numbers will blow you away

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Enjoy,

Mike Bledsoe

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Going Wild with the Fat-Burning Man – Episode 275


What’s better than peeing in a cup every two weeks? If you thought, “listening to this week’s podcast of Barbell Shrugged,” then you’re more than right. On today’s episode, we spoke with the [Fat-Burning] Man himself, Abel James (@fatburningman), about his super-successful Wild Diet, how the philosophy behind it is nothing new –– yet still absolutely revolutionary –– in terms of helping one achieve physical success, and why making the most of the food that you eat every day is so important for attaining and maintaining optimum health.

Abel’s path to becoming the authority of eating right started in his early twenties, when trying to do everything “right” just wasn’t… right. After experiencing the hardship of a fire that consumed everything he owned, Abel refocused his efforts, got in shape, and took on the moniker Fat-Burning Man. During this process, he realized that many of the so-called experts were hawking products and services that were more gimmick than substance, so he began thinking in terms of natural remedies to get in shape. Ultimately, he found that a diet is not about starving yourself, but instead treating health as nature intended and eating in a way that becomes a sustainable, lifelong habit.

From this emerged Abel’s credo of eating RAW (Recently Alive and Well), and it’s the bedrock of the Wild Diet. He discusses how avoiding processed approximations of food and getting wild-caught, free-range food can help consumers become mindful of what is going into their bodies.

Stayed tuned for a fascinating and educational conversation about eating, marketing, and other fun facts, like how Abel worked for the CIA, when he once peed into a cup every two weeks, and more!

This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview the Fat-Burning Man, Abel James, to Discuss:

  • Abel’s Wild Diet and its distinction from Paleo
  • The importance of eating foods that were Recently Alive and Well (RAW)
  • Taking a mindfulness practice approach to eating
  • Avoiding processed, low-quality foods

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Enjoy,

Mike Bledsoe

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Position, Movement, and Purpose with Carl Paoli – Episode 274


This week, we spoke with movement expert and all-around badass Carl Paoli (Instagram and Twitter: @carlpaoli), coach and author of Free+Style: Maximize Sport and Life Performance with Four Basic Movements. Carl explains his Three Tricks to be jacked as hell, using his own Free+Style connection framework of position, movement, and purpose.

Carl’s varied background has informed his path, leading him from gymnastics; break dancing (yes); his athletic shoe business, Strike Mvmnt; and of course, functional fitness. Despite being a jack of all trades, he’s humble and doesn’t profess to be an expert, instead saying he’s a constant student. Carl’s built a reputation by keeping things simple and clear, and by remaining compelling. This got people to do the things he taught – and suddenly, he was called a guru and became The Movement Guy.

Although he was successful, Carl felt expectations were too high, yet his true potential was not met. Two years ago, like the Renaissance man that he is, he disassembled and reorganized his life to begin an epic journey of self-awareness. Ultimately, he found a way to feel fulfillment without “being there” yet.

Also discussed in this week’s episode: how coaching is equal parts engineering and artistry, and how ultimately he’s still “just a guy trying to figure it out.”

The bottom line from Carl this week: Just do. Don’t worry about what happens, and whatever you learn from that, take that next step. This will give you the mindset to give you the freedom to do.

This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview Carl Paoli to Discuss:

  • Carl’s freestyle connection framework of position, movement, and purpose
  • The distinction between being the best and feeling fulfilled at the box
  • Making sure your WOD is safe, useful, and long-lasting
  • Making it all, in Carl’s words, “crispy clean”

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Moving Through Injury with Dan Pope and Ryan DeBell – Episode 273


What’s more fun than working out when you’re in crazy amounts of pain? If you answered, “Uh, like, everything,” you are correct! Injury is the biggest factor that can keep a person away from realizing their full physical potential. So today, we went to Physical Culture in Encinitas, California, to meet up with Dan Pope (@fitnesspainfree) and Ryan DeBell (@themovementfix).

Unlike other strength and fitness coaches we’ve interviewed, Dan is also a physical therapist specializing in pain management. His business is Fitness Pain Free. And Ryan is a coach and chiropractor specializing in making sure you don’t mess yourself up. He’s the man behind The Movement Fix. Their forces combine on this week’s podcast to help you heal, keep you from hurting yourself, or both, all while getting an awesome workout.

Listen in to hear about specific modifications for specific injuries or differences. Every body is different, and the ideal squat isn’t going to look exactly the same for everyone. Learn about the squat technique that both helps pinched hips and has caused our guests to receive hate mail! Listen in as Ryan and Dan talk us through backs, hips, knees, and ankles, and how to get the best performance out of all of our often uncooperative bones and muscles.

Bonus: If you need help modifying workouts for athletes who have pain or even yourself, check out Ryan and Dan’s course on modifying workouts. Get $100 off the course when you use the promo code “shrugged” at checkout. Go to barbellshrugged.com/movementfix to learn more about the course.

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This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview Ryan DeBell and Dan Pope to Discuss:

  • Specific modifications for common injuries
  • How natural differences in body shape can create different “neutrals”
  • Squatting. All about it.
  • Differentiating a workout for competition or overall fitness

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Best,

Mike

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