Biohacking with Dave Asprey – Episode 272


This week, we went to Bulletproof to meet with founder Dave Asprey (Twitter: @bulletproofexec), a company you might know best for the “butter in your coffee” craze. But Dave’s work, and Bulletproof, are so much more — they’re in the business of “biohacking,” or changing your environment inside and out so that you can have the most possible control of your biology.

Dave was a guy who was doing everything right (by the standards of the time) — he was in the gym for 90 minutes a day, six days a week, doing cardio and lifting weights; he’d eat salads and bran muffins. But as he describes it, he was still fat and didn’t feel very good. It wasn’t until later, when he was an executive at a non-profit for anti-aging research, that he began to understand the nutritive shortcuts — the biohacks — that we can activate for our best health. He started blogging about it on the side, as a way to get karma points for any versions of his 20-year-old self who might be interested in learning early instead of learning the hard way. And out of that grew the Bulletproof biohacking empire.


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We also discuss his new bestselling book, Head Strong, and about how he’s tried and failed on both a raw vegan diet and a full keto diet. Listen in as he talks to us about being the boss of your mitochondria, how nootropics compare to “smart drugs” for brain performance, and how there’s not a lot of convincing science to support coffee enemas… Something we wish we’d known a few weeks earlier.


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This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview Dave Asprey to Discuss:

  • The concept of biohacking – what it is and how to do it
  • The difference between cravings and hunger (and how to shut the cravings down)
  • What nootropics are and how they make your brain perform better
  • Coffee enemas… That’s all we’ll say about that right here.

Additional books mentioned by Dave in this episode:

Smart Drugs II by Ward Dean, John Morgenthaler, and Steven Wm. Fowkes

The Better Baby Book by Lana Asprey and Dave Asprey

The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

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Mike Bledsoe

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Total Human Optimization with John Wolf – Episode 271


This week we traveled to Onnit Academy in Austin, Texas, to talk to their Chief Fitness Officer, John Wolf. Onnit’s mission is to help people achieve total human optimization, and John’s the one to get you there.

He’ll be the first to tell you that movement and training is just a part of total human optimization. You might know Onnit best from their nutrition supplements and fitness accessories (like these kettlebells, for example). When John was brought on as CF[itness]O, he was tasked with creating a system that incorporated everything Onnit was already doing — and to use all the information available to make the best humans.

John’s focus is conscious movement practice, the one thing that’s non-negotiable when clients come to train with him. Longevity and performance go hand-in-hand at Onnit Academy, because the person who can stay in the game the longest is going to be the most fit.

In this week’s episode, John gets into some solid, specific technical about how to make your movement more efficient. At Onnit, they love working with all kinds of athletes: They don’t care what the application is; movement is movement. And, as John points out, the most incredible athletes often do not have the best movement — they’re often very good compensators.

Learn how to train better longer, in season and out, by reprogramming your dialogue with your body in order to achieve the best, most sustainable performance.

Bonus: Get 10% off your order with Onnit when you go to www.barbellshrugged.com/onnit.

This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview John Wolf to Discuss:

  • Unconventional training and tools, and why they work
  • Neuroplasticity, and how changing the way you move changes the way you think
  • How to bring all your fitness practices together to create the best system of total health
  • What specific things you can do to move better today

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Meet the Athletes of Invictus – Episode 270


This week, we went over to CrossFit Invictus in downtown San Diego — where Mike did his Level 1 class in 2008 (memories!) — to meet up with some of the very best athletes in the world. This week’s six-for-one special includes insights from four Games competitors and two Invictus coaches about what it takes to go from great to the greatest.

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Part I: Garret Fisher (Instagram: @garretmfisher) and Holden Rethwill (Instagram: @holdenrethwill)

Training for the Games is a tremendously long season, and CrossFit is a sport that tends to attract athletes who don’t take breaks. In the first segment of our show, we talk to training partners Garret and Holden about how they resist the temptation to train during their short off season, how to relax or rest, and how to know when to power through versus when it’s time to let their body heal. We also cover:

  • How their different workout styles compliment and challenge each other
  • How mental burnout has impacted past performance
  • What it’s like to train for an athletic event with so many unknowns

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Part II: Maddy Myers (Instagram: @Maddy.myers1) and Lauren Fisher (Instagram: @LaurenFisher and @grownstrong)

We noticed that a lot of people threw around the term “insanely talented” when talking about 20-year-old Maddy Myers, who just set records in both clean-and-jerk and total at Worlds. She’s been lifting for only three years. At 23-years-old, Lauren is the veteran who provides wisdom. They’re both top-tier athletes. In the second segment of our show, we talk to them about:

  • The difficulty of being elite in both weightlifting and CrossFit, and why they’ll likely need to pick a specialty in order to stay elite
  • How Lauren’s hyper-competitive family life brought her into this profession, and how Maddy’s non-competitive, academic family support her in a somewhat befuddled way
  • What they eat to bulk up without moving into another weight class

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Part III: Coaches CJ Martin (Twitter: @CJInvictus) and Tino Marini (Instagram: @tinomarini)

Finally, we talk to Invictus owner CJ Martin, who’s coached over forty individual athletes to CrossFit Games, and Tino Marini, who’s coached at Invictus since 2012. What we most want to know from them is what they think sets these four athletes apart from other elite performers. Listen in as they describe:

  • The competitive drive that makes Lauren uniquely good
  • The resilience that allows Garret to shake off setbacks to move forward
  • How Maddy balances impressive natural talent with being a new athlete
  • How Holden’s work ethic keeps him ahead of even the most elite competition

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Flow States & the Consciousness Revolution with Aubrey Marcus – Episode 269


This week we stopped by Onnit in Austin, Texas, to talk about some pretty big ideas with CEO and founder Aubrey Marcus. If, for example, you want to know how to change the world for the better, then this is the episode for you.

“If you want to be of service for society at large, you’ve got to be fit for service. And to be fit for service, you have to do these personal practices. You have to get yourself in a state where you’re able to affect change and really help people.”

Aubrey shared a lot of insight about what he does to get himself fit for service, and he peppers the podcast with both the science and ancient philosophies that justify his practices. Y’all know about ecstatic dance? If you don’t, you will by the time you’re done listening (and you might be looking up where to find it in your area). Aubrey tells us about how to stack practices wisely for the best results. Looking at health through the lens of identity and consciousness, Aubrey’s practices take functional fitness to a new level. Ecstatic dance is just one item in the toolkit he employs to reach a flow state on the regular. Meditation, floating, yoga, and (of course) the gym all have their place, too.

He describes flow states as a “pause from all the stress and worry. It’s a really dramatic reset. Just like sleep resets all of these biological functions, I think flow resets a lot of these emotional functions… You get to escape that for a little while. And sometimes it’s waiting for you on the other side, but at least you’ve given yourself that break.”

This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview Aubrey Marcus to Discuss:

  • The conscious self vs. the identity self, and when to employ them
  • How to stack your health and fitness practices
  • Sleep! How to make it count when you don’t get enough of it
  • Our place in the universe, the meaning of life, and other trivial matters

After the show definitely check out Onnit’s line of supplements, equipment, foods, and resources for your complete optimization. Go here to go to a special page where you will automatically get 10% off your orders.

Get 10% off Onnit products here

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Moving All Your Cells with Katy Bowman – Episode 268


“You need to cross-train your balls, is basically what I’m saying.” Biomechanist Katy Bowman gets straight to the point in this week’s podcast. We interviewed Katy at Paleo (f)x Austin, where she’s a featured speaker on the concept of movement — not to be confused with what we often refer to as “exercise.”

“There are more muscles than you’re working in the gym, and those muscles will go on to affect your health,” says Katy.

We’re big fans of her book, Move Your DNA, which mentions the various casts we put on or around our bodies, from shoes to mattresses to underpants. So, in fairness to Katy, she didn’t lead with cross-training your balls. It was the first question we brought up.

Katy’s book Move Your DNA is a solid and a must read.

Rather than focusing on the biomechanics of workouts, Katy’s expertise is in the total ecosystem of our movement. How we move, what we move, and when we move, during the full 24 hours of our day. Through this lens, she evaluates health on a cell-by-cell basis, rather than looking just at the muscles developed in the gym.

“The difference between [a person who works out] and a couch-potato is like 4% in terms of total movement. So we’re not moving well for health, because we’re teaching to the test. We’ve set up the variables that we think will correspond to better health… You end up getting people who are fit, but unwell, and they’re extremely confused.”

Unlike old-school fitness models where athletes are encouraged to basically be sedentary when they’re not working out, Katy emphasizes that the real thing our body trains around will be whatever we spend the most time doing (or not doing). Those of us who work office jobs are usually training our bodies to sit. Then maybe we hit the gym after work. Then we go home and train our bodies to sleep on a soft mattress. So we spend billions of dollars trying to perfect that one hour of exercise we get during the day.

Listen in as Katy graciously points out the way we’re screwing up our lives every day, and what tiny and iterative lifestyle changes will improve us in our cells and beyond.

This week on Barbell Shrugged, we interview Katy Bowman to discuss:

  • Where modern convenience has become inconvenient (and how to fix it)
  • How to make your movement diet more nutritious
  • How to remove the “casts” on our bodies (Spoiler: Slowly.)
  • Whether or not Mike should be freeballin’ it right now.

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Being the Boss of Your DNA with Mark Sisson – Episode 267


At this year’s Paleo F(x) conference in Austin, we had a chance to interview one of the primary spokespeople for the Paleo movement, Mark Sisson. You know him from Mark’s Daily Apple, his website and blog dedicated to “primal living in the modern world.” A true Paleo hipster, Mark has been preaching the primal diet gospel since before it was cool.

Mark’s interest in primal living can be traced back to college, where he became really interested in evolution and human DNA. He later worked as the anti-doping commissioner for the sport of triathlon worldwide. As the guy who oversaw every hearing, he learned a ton––not just about the off-limits performance-enhancing drugs, but about the healthy supplements and eating styles competitive athletes and little old ladies alike can use to reach their full potential.

These two threads of experience set Mark up for a career in discovering the health lessons of our ancient ancestors and applying them to our daily lives. In particular, he’s developed interest in how we can “turn on” certain strands of our DNA in order to live the best we can.

Twenty-one years ago, Mark started his own supplement company, all while he was married with two kids, and no money in the bank. Today, in addition to his nutritional supplement line and his best-selling books, Mark’s Primal Kitchen brand will keep you from having to eat gross mayonnaise. Mark’s newest book, The Primal Kitchen Cookbook: Eat Like Your Life Depends on It! is hot off the presses. He told us he refuses to eat a single bite of food that isn’t delicious, so this is a good guide to check out. 

 

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In this week’s episode, we interview Mark Sisson about:

  • How the right eating habits and exercise can alter our DNA
  • Why our workouts need to be playful in order to be successful long-term
  • What to put in your exercise pyramid
  • What to expect when you switch to a ketogenic diet

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