223 episodes

Formerly the Muscle Expert Podcast. Ben Pakulski, the world’s top authority on intelligent muscle building and fat loss, gives us a simple-to-understand, deep dive into the complex world of building a body you love, and living your greatness. Weekly interviews with leading experts in a vast number of scientific fields focusing on health optimization (nutrition, sleep, hormones, mindfulness and mind set), strength, (both physical and mental), and muscle hypertrophy. Learn proven strategies for optimum life performance, whether it be in the gym, the board room or the bedroom; this is the blueprint for becoming the upgraded modern man. Ladies, this podcast is for you too. The topics, tips, and life hacks covered are essential for every individual who wants to upgrade themselves mentally and physically.

Muscle Intelligence Ben Pakulski

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 121 Ratings

Formerly the Muscle Expert Podcast. Ben Pakulski, the world’s top authority on intelligent muscle building and fat loss, gives us a simple-to-understand, deep dive into the complex world of building a body you love, and living your greatness. Weekly interviews with leading experts in a vast number of scientific fields focusing on health optimization (nutrition, sleep, hormones, mindfulness and mind set), strength, (both physical and mental), and muscle hypertrophy. Learn proven strategies for optimum life performance, whether it be in the gym, the board room or the bedroom; this is the blueprint for becoming the upgraded modern man. Ladies, this podcast is for you too. The topics, tips, and life hacks covered are essential for every individual who wants to upgrade themselves mentally and physically.

    Optimize Male Sexual Performance with Dr. Judson Brandeis

    Optimize Male Sexual Performance with Dr. Judson Brandeis

    Vitality and longevity often have a symbiotic relationship with sexual health and performance.  This interview with Dr. Judson Brandeis will teach you the best tools to maximize your performance, in and out of the bedroom.  This episode is a must-listen for every male.
    An award winning urologist and sexual medicine expert, Dr. Brandeis is also a clinical researcher, physician educator, caring clinician, and surgeon.  Dr. Brandeis recently authored the ultimate men's health book, The 21st Century Man: Advice from 50 Top Doctors and Men’s Health Experts to Help You Feel Great, Look Good and Have Better Sex.
    You'll learn:
    A complete men's rejuvenation protocol to boost muscle growth and fat loss. What the ultimate compound to enhance men's health is. What you can do to take control of your health & prevent vascular degeneration. How this one specific type of therapy enhances sexual performance. A well-rounded, individualized approach to balancing hormones. Click here for resources from Dr. Brandeis in our episode notes PDF - https://muscleintelligence.com/episode221 !  Share them with someone you know who will find them valuable.
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    Thank you to our show sponsor Organifi!  Shop with code MUSCLE at organifi.com/muscle for 20% off!
    Organifi offers juice and adaptogenic blend powders, as well as supplements to support immunity, digestion, and detoxification.  Everything is certified glyphosate residue free, 100% organic, and free of all major food allergens.
    The RED is my recommendation to enhance nitric oxide production, blood flow, and men's sexual function.  The GOLD is my favorite nighttime blend; with adaptogenic mushrooms and turmeric to combat inflammation and promote rest (it also tastes phenomenal!).
    Organifi also offers a great-tasting GREEN powder, and numerous other adaptogenic products for stress reduction, immune support, digestion, and detoxification.  Head over to organifi.com/muscle and shop with code MUSCLE to get 20% off now!
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    www.muscleintelligence.com  - The world’s leading resource on intelligent muscle building. We have taught and certified hundreds of coaches all over the world in our methods that emphasize a holistic approach to physical and mental optimization through a harmonious blend of modern science and ancient wisdom...check out www.muscleintelligence.com
    JOIN THE FREE COMMUNITY and become part of the Muscle Intelligence Movement as we support a shift in the HEALTH & CONSCIOUSNESS of humanity. The Muscle Intelligence Community empowers men and women with the knowledge, skillset and inspiration to thrive by applying the 6 Pillars of a Lean, Healthy and Muscular Body.
    Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/muscleintelligence
    If you are looking for bodybuilding guidance, videos, workouts, the proper training split to build muscle, see how IFBB PRO Ben Pakulski builds big muscle through the best online program here https://www.muscleintelligence.com - For Students Of IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski. Where the Smartest People Come To Build Muscle FAST - www.muscleintelligence.com/bodypart
    Don't miss any of Ben Pakulski's workout or training tips by subscribing to the channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BenPakIFBB
    And "LIKING" the fan-page here: https://www.facebook.com/BenPakulskiMuscleIntelligence
    Make sure to HIT SUBSCRIBE before you go, and leave Ben a comment or question for a future episode.

    • 52 min
    Ben's 33 Best Practices for Longevity

    Ben's 33 Best Practices for Longevity

    After a 20-year bodybuilding career, everyone asks why I've changed the way that I train, and why I approach fitness and health so differently after retiring from competition.  As I continue to build upon the foundation of being lean, healthy, and muscular for life, longevity has become a huge focus for myself and the high-achieving individuals who go through Muscle Intelligence training. Today's episode offers you the BEST techniques and habits to bridge the gap between intelligent muscle-building and longevity.  Today's 33 tools are immediately applicable for men and women of ALL ages who aim to show up as their best selves day in and day out. You'll learn:
    Everyday practices to help you maintain quality of life as you get older (and why it's SO important to start young). Nutritional and supplemental protocols to optimize performance, energy, and cognition. Why muscles are EXTREMELY important, valuable organs. How intentionality, clarity, and mindfulness transform into true fulfillment. Plus...the ONE factor that defines the entire aging process. P.S. Today's episode comes with a special offer: I've got episode notes for you (click here!) that make it easy to keep today's tips with you as you move through the rest of your month, year, and life.  The episode notes PDF includes links to all episodes, websites, and people that I've mentioned in this episode.  Share them with someone that you know will find them valuable!
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    Thank you to today's sponsor, BiOptimizers Biome Breakthrough!  Biome Breakthrough contains powerful probiotics, prebiotics, and specific proteins to optimize the gut microbiome and support your immune system so that you are strong, healthy, and able to tackle your 2022 goals.
    Biome Breakthrough can eliminate bad bacteria, feed good bacteria, build up your immunity, and repair your gut lining — all at the same time.  Head over to https://biomebreakthrough.com/muscle and use code MUSCLE10 for 10% off!
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    Today's show is also sponsored by BUBS Naturals.  Check out their Collagen and MCT powder, which goes in my morning "Intelligence" coffee every day without fail!
    Collagen is an unbeatable post-workout supplement that is amazing for joint health, skin vitality, and balancing blood sugar.  Powdered MCT oil offers fast-acting, clean, ketogenic energy; heals gut inflammation, and supports immunity.
    BUBS Naturals supports an amazing cause with every purchase made, and gives 10% of all sales proceeds to help special operations soldiers transition back into civilian life.
    Use code MUSCLE at checkout to get 25% off sitewide in January at muscleintelligence.com/bubsnaturals
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    www.muscleintelligence.com  - The world’s leading resource on intelligent muscle building. We have taught and certified hundreds of coaches all over the world in our methods that emphasize a holistic approach to physical and mental optimization through a harmonious blend of modern science and ancient wisdom...check out www.muscleintelligence.com
    JOIN THE FREE COMMUNITY and become part of the Muscle Intelligence Movement as we support a shift in the HEALTH & CONSCIOUSNESS of humanity. The Muscle Intelligence Community empowers men and women with the knowledge, skillset and inspiration to thrive by applying the 6 Pillars of a Lean, Healthy and Muscular Body.
    Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/muscleintelligence
    If you are looking for bodybuilding guidance, videos, workouts, the proper training split to build muscle, see how IFBB PRO Ben Pakulski builds big muscle through the best online program here https://www.muscleintelligence.com - For Students Of IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski. Where the Smartest People Come To Build Muscle FAST - www.muscleintelligence.com/bodypart
    Don't miss any of Ben Pakulski's workout or training tips by subscribing to the channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BenPakIFBB
    And "LIKING" the fan-page here: https://www.facebook.com/BenPakulskiMuscleIntelli

    • 56 min
    2021, A Year in Review: Muscle Intelligence

    2021, A Year in Review: Muscle Intelligence

    Today’s episode is a special one.  We’ve sifted through all of the amazing episodes we published in 2021 and picked out a handful of listener favorites to kick off 2022 in a BIG way.
    These "Year in Review" clips are from episodes that center around Ben's foundations of building a lean, healthy, and muscular body for life... and fundamentally all things that go into creating high performance. If you're someone who's ready to push your limits this year, and bring about transformation in ANY part of your life, this one's for you!  All of the full episodes are linked below, and are also available via downloadable PDF: click here for the PDF with episode links and ALL of 2021's sponsor discount codes.
    Thank you to today's sponsor, Organifi, for hooking listeners up with 20% off!  Use code MUSCLE when you buy the highest quality adaptogenic products to help start the year off right at organifi.com/muscle!
    Full episode links: 
    1. New Man Emerging with Mike Desanti on intentionality, honesty, and creating the life you were meant to lead.
    2. The Essentials for Success in Bodybuilding and Body Transformations with Muscle Nerd Luke Leaman about the art of coaching, and an intelligent approach to individualized client programming.
    3. The Power of Your Breath with World-Renowned Breathing Expert Patrick McKeown on nasal breathing and powerful life changes.
    4. Create Your Reality to Express Your Greatness with Peter Crone, the Mind Architect, on awareness, compassion, and undoing the programming of our subconscious mind.
    5. An Individualized, Demand-Based Framework of Nutrition with Sam Miller on the cyclical nature of dieting, as well as circadian biology and its implication on nutrition, for elite performers.
    6. Crush Your Goals by Reframing Your Mindset and Beliefs with Kasey Jo Orvidas, Ph.D. on the latest research around growth mindset, and how to set effective goals.
    7. A Muscle Building Framework: What I wish Someone had told me about Adding Muscle and Transforming any Body: a solocast from Ben that encourages you to explore the expansion of the perception of exercise as merely hard work and effort.
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    Thank you to our show sponsor Organifi!  Shop with code MUSCLE at organifi.com/muscle for 20% off!
    Organifi offers juice and adaptogenic blend powders, as well as supplements to support immunity, digestion, and detoxification.  Everything is certified glyphosate residue free, 100% organic, and free of all major food allergens.
    My daytime favorite is the RED for vasodilation, pre-workout energy, and post-workout recovery.  The GOLD is my favorite nighttime blend; with adaptogenic mushrooms and turmeric to combat inflammation and promote rest (it also tastes phenomenal!).
    Organifi also offers a great-tasting greens powder, and numerous other adaptogenic products for stress reduction, immune support, digestion, and detoxification.  Head over to organifi.com/muscle and shop with code MUSCLE to get 20% off now!
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    www.muscleintelligence.com  - The world’s leading resource on intelligent muscle building. We have taught and certified hundreds of coaches all over the world in our methods that emphasize a holistic approach to physical and mental optimization through a harmonious blend of modern science and ancient wisdom...check out www.muscleintelligence.com
    JOIN THE FREE COMMUNITY and become part of the Muscle Intelligence Movement as we support a shift in the HEALTH & CONSCIOUSNESS of humanity. The Muscle Intelligence Community empowers men and women with the knowledge, skillset and inspiration to thrive by applying the 6 Pillars of a Lean, Healthy and Muscular Body.
    Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/muscleintelligence
    If you are looking for bodybuilding guidance, videos, workouts, the proper training split to build muscle, see how IFBB PRO Ben Pakulski builds big muscle through the best online program here https://www.muscleintelligence.com - For Students Of

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Find Your Why and Lead with Purpose, Featuring Paul Epstein

    Find Your Why and Lead with Purpose, Featuring Paul Epstein

    What is the foundation that drives your purpose?  How can you identify and define your values?  Today's guest, Paul Epstein, is a leadership coach and speaker, best-selling author, and a former NFL and NBA business executive.  Paul guides businesses, organizations, and teams to find their "why" and tap into their innate talent and potential.
    As we approach 2022, this conversation is a truly special one around defining what inspires you, and taking control of your future so that you can make a positive impact.
    Listen to learn: 
    What separates the elite from the pack. How to have an offensive (versus defensive) mindset. When to go against the brain's default setting of comfort. Why it's so important to seek critique. Where to begin identifying the most meaningful, impactful experiences of your life. Learn more about Paul Epstein: 
    https://paulepsteinspeaks.com The Power of Playing Offense ======
    Thank you to our sponsor Real Mushrooms for supporting our podcast and for bringing you the best quality organic mushroom extracts on the market. Real Mushrooms emphasizes the REAL, because many so-called “mushroom” products on the market don’t contain 100% mushrooms. To learn more, please visit realmushrooms.com/ben. Code BEN at checkout gets you 30% off your first purchase, and code MUSCLE 20% off for returning customers at https://realmushrooms.com/ben.
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    Thank you to today's sponsor, BiOptimizers MassZymes!
    MassZymes are the best protein-digesting enzyme on the market.  You are what you digest and assimilate (not what you eat!) and MassZymes can help you absorb up to 3x more protein.  MassZymes are also helpful for recovery, as Bromelain, a key enzyme in the formula, is an anti-inflammatory compound.  Head to masszymes.com/muscle and use code MUSCLE10 to get 10% off and MORE!
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    www.muscleintelligence.com  - The world’s leading resource on intelligent muscle building. We have taught and certified hundreds of coaches all over the world in our methods that emphasize a holistic approach to physical and mental optimization through a harmonious blend of modern science and ancient wisdom...check out www.muscleintelligence.com
    JOIN THE FREE COMMUNITY and become part of the Muscle Intelligence Movement as we support a shift in the HEALTH & CONSCIOUSNESS of humanity. The Muscle Intelligence Community empowers men and women with the knowledge, skillset and inspiration to thrive by applying the 6 Pillars of a Lean, Healthy and Muscular Body.
    Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/muscleintelligence
    If you are looking for bodybuilding guidance, videos, workouts, the proper training split to build muscle, see how IFBB PRO Ben Pakulski builds big muscle through the best online program here https://www.muscleintelligence.com - For Students Of IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski. Where the Smartest People Come To Build Muscle FAST - www.muscleintelligence.com/bodypart
    Don't miss any of Ben Pakulski's workout or training tips by subscribing to the channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BenPakIFBB
    And "LIKING" the fan-page here: https://www.facebook.com/BenPakulskiMuscleIntelligence
    Make sure to HIT SUBSCRIBE before you go, and leave Ben a comment or question for a future episode.

    • 56 min
    Activate Brain Wave States to Deepen Consciousness with Judith Pennington

    Activate Brain Wave States to Deepen Consciousness with Judith Pennington

    Interested in connecting to your subconscious intelligence?  What about accessing deeper peace, creativity, intuition... and ultimately, the answers to navigate your own life's journey?
    It may surprise you that these states of heightened consciousness are truly accessible for everyone.
    Today's guest, Judith Pennington, combines the practices of deepening consciousness with the neuroscience of brain wave states to forge a path to true healing and personal transformation.  Judith is the founder of the Institute for the Awakened Mind, centered around electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback meditation for conscious evolution.
    This conversation between Ben and Judith is perfectly tuned in to the possibilities for reflective practices at the year's end!  Listen and learn:
    Immediate techniques to induce alpha brain waves states for awareness and healing. How to become more conscious of your decisions. The importance of mental and sensory associations to ground yourself into a peaceful state. Why intention is so vital to energetic practices. Tools to bring yourself into a parasympathetic, theta brain wave state. A breakdown of brain wave states from Judith's Mind Mirror Portal:
    Beta (38-14 Hz): conscious, external awareness.  Logical thought and intellect.  Often indicative of stress and anxiety in its highest frequencies and amplitudes. Alpha (14-8 Hz): a relaxed awareness, shifting towards internal states.  Activated in visualization and imagination.  The "bridge" that connects the conscious and subconscious mind. Theta (8-4 Hz): subconscious; long-term memory and dreaming; intuition and spiritual insight.  Connection to the core of the psyche and soul. Delta (4-0.5 Hz): unconscious mind; portal to universal consciousness; deep restorative sleep state. Gamma (30-100 Hz): superconscious awareness of peace and transcendence; triggered by love, compassion, and high amplitude delta/theta.  Associated with spiritual ecstasy and neurogenesis/neuroplasticity. Learn more about Judith and her work:
    https://judithpennington.com https://mindmirrorportal.com ======
    Thank you to our show sponsor Organifi!  Shop with code MUSCLE at organifi.com/muscle for 20% off!
    Organifi offers juice and adaptogenic blend powders, as well as supplements to support immunity, digestion, and detoxification.  Everything is certified glyphosate residue free, 100% organic, and free of all major food allergens.
    My daytime favorite is the RED for vasodilation, pre-workout energy, and post-workout recovery.  The GOLD is my favorite nighttime blend; with adaptogenic mushrooms and turmeric to combat inflammation and promote rest (it also tastes phenomenal!).
    Organifi also offers a great-tasting greens powder, and numerous other adaptogenic products for stress reduction, immune support, digestion, and detoxification.  Head over to organifi.com/muscle and shop with code MUSCLE to get 20% off now!
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Simple Dietary Changes for Life-Changing Impact with Dr. Ted Naiman

    Simple Dietary Changes for Life-Changing Impact with Dr. Ted Naiman

    What do ALL successful weight loss stories have in common?  What is a driving factor behind balancing your blood sugar?  The answer might be simpler than you think...
    Today's guest, Dr. Ted Naiman, has spent almost 20 years as a primary care provider with a unique focus: diet and nutrition. Once a vegetarian who eventually transitioned to the Atkins diet, and later the paleo diet, Dr. Naiman is the founder of the P.E. (Protein : Energy) Diet.
    Ben and Dr. Naiman dissect everything from keto weight loss stalling to the anabolic resistance that comes with age... PLUS the one commonality of every single diet designed for fat loss, metabolic health, and bodybuilding.
    You'll learn:
    The key to achieving your weight loss and/or performance goals. The ONE factor that matters most in every diet. The insulinogenic impact of protein. Simple changes that can improve your health immediately. Best practices for digesting and absorbing high-quality sources of protein. Learn more about Dr. Ted Naiman:
    tednaiman.com thepediet.com Instagram @tednaiman ======
    Today's sponsor is Optimize.me—It's one of my absolute favorite services in the world—and it's being offered to our listeners for FREE! 
     
    Get instant access to: 650+PhilosophersNotes (6-pg PDFs & 20-min MP3s breaking down the big ideas from the best books), 1,000+ Optimize +1s (3-4-5 minute practical micro-lessons), and 50+ Optimal Living 101s (hour-long classes on everything from peak performance, mental toughness, and leadership to positive psychology, parenting and more)—all to help you get More Wisdom, In Less Time. 
     
    Create your free wisdom membership and join me in Optimizing, today >> optimize.me/muscle!
     
    Our community is also being offered an AMAZING deal on Optimize Coach—a 300-day, scientifically-proven training program for helping you become the best version of yourself.  I've done it myself, and it's one of the most life-changing commitments I've made to date.
     
    It’s normally $1,000, but you can now join for ONLY $300, AND you'll get to bring a friend for free.  Click to join!
     
    —Ben
     
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    www.muscleintelligence.com  - The world’s leading resource on intelligent muscle building. We have taught and certified hundreds of coaches all over the world in our methods that emphasize a holistic approach to physical and mental optimization through a harmonious blend of modern science and ancient wisdom...check out www.muscleintelligence.com
    JOIN THE FREE COMMUNITY and become part of the Muscle Intelligence Movement as we support a shift in the HEALTH & CONSCIOUSNESS of humanity. The Muscle Intelligence Community empowers men and women with the knowledge, skillset and inspiration to thrive by applying the 6 Pillars of a Lean, Healthy and Muscular Body.
    Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/muscleintelligence
    If you are looking for bodybuilding guidance, videos, workouts, the proper training split to build muscle, see how IFBB PRO Ben Pakulski builds big muscle through the best online program here https://www.muscleintelligence.com - For Students Of IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski. Where the Smartest People Come To Build Muscle FAST - www.muscleintelligence.com/bodypart
    Don't miss any of Ben Pakulski's workout or training tips by subscribing to the channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BenPakIFBB
    And "LIKING" the fan-page here: https://www.facebook.com/BenPakulskiMuscleIntelligence
    Make sure to HIT SUBSCRIBE before you go, and leave Ben a comment or question for a future episode.

    • 48 min

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