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Formerly the Muscle Expert Podcast. 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

    • Fitness

Formerly the Muscle Expert Podcast. 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.

    Learning about stem cells and related therapies with Dr. Harry Adelson

    Learning about stem cells and related therapies with Dr. Harry Adelson

    Today on the Muscle Intelligence Podcast we are joined by Dr. Harry Adelson from Docere Clinics in Salt Lake City. Dr. Adelson educates listeners on stem cells, from their function in the body to the procedures that leverage their healing capabilities. He explains the process of isolating stem cells and injecting them for optimization, emphasizing the role of the “superhuman” mesenchymal stem cells and the communicative function of exosomes. We take a deep dive into the full body stem cell makeover, with Dr. Adelson explaining who the procedure is designed for, the sedation options, what pain or discomfort patients can expect afterward, when they should start seeing results, and the costs involved. Tuning in to this episode, you will also learn more about keeping your stem cells healthy, the lifespan of stem cells in the body, the role of Wharton’s jelly, and the difference between bone marrow and fat in terms of stem cell concentration.
    Thanks again to our favorite olive oil company Fresh-Pressed for sponsoring the show. If you want to try a full-sized bottle of my favorite high quality, super fresh extra virgin olive oil for just $1, check out getfresh35.com!
     
    Timestamps
    The inception of the idea of isolating stem cells and injecting them for optimization. [4:05] How stem cells are isolated and the superhuman abilities of mesenchymal stem cells. [8:04] The function of stem cells and how it is leveraged in stem cell therapy. [10:29] Fat and bone marrow stem cells and why exosomes are crucial in cellular communication. [14:32] Patient experience and sedation during the process of extracting bone marrow. [20:42] The process of a full body stem cell makeover and who this procedure is targeted at. [23:02] Thoughts on epidural and intrathecal injections and their connection to the brain. [28:21] What patients can expect following a “four hands” full body stem cell makeover. [30:29] Lifestyle choices for improving the general health of your stem cells. [32:36]  Post-treatment feedback and when people can expect to see results. [36:12] The lifespan of stem cells in the body and the role of Wharton’s jelly. [40:10] The difference between bone marrow and fat in terms of stem cell concentration. [42:44] What the future of stem cell medicine might look like in the field of tissue engineering. [45:47]  A guideline of what patients can expect to pay for these procedures. [49:30]

    • 53 min
    Q&A: Ben Answers Questions from Social About Inflammation, Turning Challenges into Opportunities, and Discipline vs. Willpower

    Q&A: Ben Answers Questions from Social About Inflammation, Turning Challenges into Opportunities, and Discipline vs. Willpower

    Welcome back to another Q&A session with Ben and Ash! Today they are tackling the topics of social conditioning, negative anchors, the opportunities provided by large hurdles, teenage inflammation and circadian rhythms, and the benefits of journaling! We start off the episode reflecting on Ben's recent trip to LA and the great new things that his time there has led to. From there, Ben takes some time to unpack the ideas of the book, Brain Wash by Dr. Perlmutter, a read that he highly recommends. The conversation then turns to negative associations and anchors and Ben shares a personal story around his difficulties with speaking growing up and how this related to nervousness around his father. We then get into a strong argument for disciplined and structured life for children and teenagers in order to achieve good nutrition and sleep in a potentially tricky period, before Ben explains our susceptibility to cookies and social media!
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    Timestamps
    Ben's recent trip to LA and some exciting things on the horizon. [3:47] Dr. Perlmutter's new book Brain Wash and the conditioning that we all face. [7:31] Negative responses and getting away from these negative anchors in our evolution. [11:25] Ben's early difficulties with speech and how this relates to his father. [15:19] The biggest obstacles provide the biggest opportunities for success! [21:26] Working around the teenage schedule and their particular circadian rhythms. [25:48] Benefits of journaling for reflecting, learning, progress and clarity. [31:27] The manipulations of social media and materialism and training the brain. [34:48]

    • 42 min
    How to Have a High-Performing Heart with Dr. Stephen Hussey

    How to Have a High-Performing Heart with Dr. Stephen Hussey

    Our guest on the Muscle Intelligence Podcast today is Dr. Stephen Hussey and he is here to tell you everything you need to know about heart health! He gives great insight into the topic and shares a bunch of helpful information, action items, mistakes, misnomers and common things that we need to do to optimize heart health. We discuss cholesterol and just how misunderstood it has been, the carnivore diet, plant toxins and the dangers of charred animal products. Dr. Hussey underlines the harmful effects of sugar and how some of these have been traditionally attributed to saturated fats. We finish off our chat with Dr. Hussey talking about the 'three imbalances' and how we can set ourselves up for the best life by addressing these.
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    Timestamps
    Current approaches to heart disease and the three categories that are recognized. [4:49] Understanding the role of structured water in our arteries and exclusion zones. [6:14] Correlations between dental health and heart health; heavy metals and endotoxemia. [13:36] A clarification on the role of cholesterol and how it has been misunderstood. [16:56] Small practices can impact heart health over the long term. [18:32] The negative effect of eating vegetables on our heart and its functions. [21:54] Impacts of overcooking animal products and the damaging effects of charred meat. [27:18] Best dietary practices for optimum heart health and long life! [28:56] The benefits of CoQ10 and cholesterol on our general health and diabetes resistance. [35:07] Misconceptions about the effects of saturated fats and how sugar is actually to blame. [38:36] Dr. Hussey's 'three imbalances' and addressing all of our evolutionary needs. [43:00]

    • 46 min
    Studying fat loss in women at Dr. Bill Campbells physique enhancement lab

    Studying fat loss in women at Dr. Bill Campbells physique enhancement lab

    With so many different theories on how to lose weight, it is hard to know what to trust when trying to shed those pounds. Dr. Bill Campbell, our guest today, is an expert in the field of weight loss and he is here to share a whole of that expertise with you! Based in Tampa Bay, he works at the University of South Florida and his research and lab work at the college is precisely around what does and does not work with regards to losing weight. He has a wealth of information about optimizing body composition and the insights he shares in this episode are truly remarkable. We discuss diet breaks, the hormonal effects of dieting, what we really should be doing and more! If you do not already, it is highly recommended to follow him on Instagram as he shares informative posts daily on the subject! Dr. Campbell does a great job of helping us properly understand the metabolic process and how it can be measured, why macros are the biggest piece of the weight-loss pie and how diet refeeds measure up against other strategies.
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    Timestamps
    The focus on female weight-loss at Dr. Campbell's lab and the study that kicked this off. [5:45] Diet re-feed studies and the differing results that Dr. Campbell noticed. [11:12] Why Dr. Campbell insisted on simple designs for these studies. [14:06] Finding subjects for the studies; the investment in the education process. [17:13] The choice to focus on the female body; practical concerns around compliance. [24:25] Dr. Campbell's dream research study and what he would pursue with no limits. [26:02] What happens in our bodies, metabolically, during a period of diet. [30:30] The possible effects of breathing and HRV on the state of fat loss. [34:40] The number one variable that Dr. Campbell wants control over in his idea study. [38:22] Avoiding crash diets and why Dr. Campbell is still designing rapid fat loss diet studies. [40:35] Which aspect of a diet study to realistically standardize for best results. [46:28] How Dr. Campbell got into the study of physique and weight loss. [48:28] Dr. Campbell's dissertation on skeletal muscle hypertrophy, mTor, and leucine. [53:55] Possible studies for the future and why Dr. Campbell plans to stay in the female lane. [56:12] The three principles for the best, highest weight loss from our guest. [56:66] How we properly define a metabolic rate; oxygen consumption and calorie burning. [59:17] Fasting and creating a caloric deficit to achieve weight loss. [1:03:23]

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Talking Training, Nutrition, and Hard Work with Bodybuilding Legend Milos Sarcev

    Talking Training, Nutrition, and Hard Work with Bodybuilding Legend Milos Sarcev

    Placing high up in one or two bodybuilding contests is one thing, but competing in 77 shows over 12 years is just insanely impressive! It was an absolute privilege to have a man who achieved this amazing feat and a whole lot more on the show today. His name is Milos Sarcev, and possibly one of the most aesthetically pleasing physiques to ever walk the earth. Milos is one of Ben’s biggest mentors and certainly one of the hardest working athletes our host has ever worked with.
    Today, Milos talks about his radical devotion to building muscle, which involved obsessive journaling and massive intakes of protein offset by equally extreme workouts. Milos was able to maintain perfect condition in each one of his 77 competitions, and today he shares some of what it took to achieve that, including his unique approach to hyperemia. We also hear from Milos about how he took Hidetada Yamagishi to Mr. Olympia in spite of wide skepticism through the use of his brutal training schedules. If you couldn't keep up with Milos back then, he would simply kick you out of the gym. We also talk about our upcoming muscle camps which will combine Milos’s giant sets with Ben’s form focussed styles, a combination that will no doubt lead to mind-blowing shifts in the way you think about working out.
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    Timestamps
    An introduction to Milos and his obsessive approach to building muscle. [00:17] Details on the camps Ben and Milos will run in Bali, Australia, and Dubai. [02:02] Milos’s idols and why he thinks anybody would want a great physique. [8:36] A background to Milos’s attention to detail involving diet, workouts, and competitions. [11:37] Specific dietary practices such as eating over 450 grams of protein daily. [16:24] Protein intake quantity regulations relative to genetics. [19:03] How Milos’s radical workouts allowed for his huge protein intake. [22:16] The story of Milos training Hidetada Yamagishi, who went on to be a huge success. [22:58] How Milos achieved all his bodybuilding goals through his five-year plan. [25:02] Milos’s hyperemia advantage theory involving amino acid intake and blood circulation. [29:08] How Milos was so devoted to working out that he would kick people out of gyms. [34:32] Carb intakes in Milos’s hyperemia workouts during and post-workout. [37:38] The intense training principles that Milos will apply in the upcoming muscle camps. [42:29] How the camps will be structured combining Ben and Milos’s approaches. [47:13] Ben’s aim to focus on heart rate, sleep, and the autonomic nervous system. [51:22] The value of good health and the great condition Milos is in relative to his age. [53:37] A secret code you can use to get $200 off of a four-day camp in Australia or Bali. [54:53] How to achieve any goal by envisioning greatness. [57:37]

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Q&A - Why you have to plan for joy

    Q&A - Why you have to plan for joy

    Joy and progress do not just happen out of nowhere. They take planning, preparation, and steady, hard work. Today Ashleigh and Ben are here to remind you of the importance of this kind of commitment and use this Q&A session to really drill down and what can help you succeed in fitness and beyond. They talk about morning routines, mindfulness, intentionality and more! The ability to say no to some things can make all the difference in your long-term success, as will setting these horizon goals that you can slowly work towards. The discussion also covers attitude and how the enjoyment of difficulty can determine your success and capability later on. Ben talks about the importance of increasing testosterone and dopamine in a world that seems set on depleting your stores of these important parts of physiology. It is through these that we can remain motivated, committed and energetic; all the things we need to have lasting success.
    Remember to go check out blublox.com and use the code 'muscle' for your 15% discount on the best blue-blocking eyewear on the market!
     
    Timestamps
    Learning to say no and focus on one thing rather than more than you can handle. [2:26] Morning routines, gratitude and the feeling of being alive and committed. [09:50] Intentional work towards a long-term goal instead of mindless action. [12:41] Planning joy, starting your day in the right way and the difference this can make. [15:45] How finding joy in difficult activities can define how successful you are subsequently. [20:49] Increasing testosterone and dopamine for motivation and energy levels. [22:50] Changing habits and making conscious decisions about our daily rituals. [29:01] A special review from Keith about the podcast what he loves about it! [35:31] Up-regulating and getting out of the more lethargic physical and mental states. [39:37]

    • 45 min

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