Muscle Intelligence

Muscle Intelligence Podcast

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.

The Health and Performance Benefits of EZ-Water with Rowena Gates
Rowena Gates, a principal at Eng3 Corporation, joins me on this episode to talk about the NanoVi, a device which I use regularly and have seen huge health and performance benefits from. The NanoVi technology uses a specific type of structured water to help repair every day cell damage caused by what you eat, what you breather, what you are exposed to and oxidative stress. It’s a fascinating process and recovery tool, that you’ll feel immediate as well as long-lasting results from.    In this conversation, w...

Decide your habits, decide your future with Geoff Woods
Today’s guest Geoff Woods is the Vice President of The ONE Thing and the host of The ONE Thing podcast which is in the top 5% of all podcasts in the world. After hearing the Jim Rohn quote that "you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with" Geoff set out on a mission to surround himself with high-level CEOs and successful entrepreneurs. Fast forward, Geoff went from employee to entrepreneur, launching a company with the co-authors of the best-selling book The ONE Thing. Geoff is on a mis...

A Journey to Lioness and Soldier with Hattie Boydle
Hattie Boydle became a WBFF Pro in 2014 and was crowned WBFF World Champion in 2016. She runs a female-only training program called The Sports Model Project, based in Australia.  In this episode, Hattie and I talk about the hard times she's had to go through - from being bullied in her childhood to having an eating disorder, from heartbreak to becoming World Champion - to finally get to where she is today: happy, healthy, practicing self-love, and confident in who she is. Hattie combines femininity and stre...


Conscious Coaching with Brett Bartholomew
Brett Bartholomew has made a name for himself in the coaching world for going beyond the "you can do it" motivational talk and actually looking at what's needed in coaching to get the most out of a person. Whether you are a coach or a spouse, a teacher or a parent, you'll want to listen to this episode.    Brett Bartholomew is a keynote speaker, performance coach & consultant, best-selling author, and Founder of Art of CoachingTM. His experience includes working with athletes both in the team environment an...

Tools for Becoming a Peak Performer
On this solo episode, I walk you through the tools that are - in my opinion - prerequisites in becoming a a peak performer. Listen to hear what I do with the top-level athletes I am coaching, what I learnt through my own pro bodybuilding career, and what the incredible guests and experts that we've had on this podcast have taught me.  Please look at the timestamps below for the extensive list of topics covered on today's show.    Mentioned: Ryan Smith: M.I. Episode 164 - Epigenetic Aging and Aging Backwar...

Epigenetic Aging and Aging Backwards with Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith has previously been a guest on the show to teach us all about peptides. Today he joins me to talk about epigenetic aging, DNA testing, changes in the market and new regulations for peptides, predictions, interventions and individual diagnostics. This is a fascinating conversation for me, as I put my body under a lot of stress during my career and am always interested in longevity and living my best life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and please don’t hesitate to contact the team at TruDia...


Improving your movement patterns and performance output with Dr. Kelly Starrett
Dr. Kelly Starrett joins me on today’s episode to share his expertise about the prerequisites of movement and training, and a systems approach to improving your ranges of motion and ultimately your performance. Dr. Kelly Starrett – also known as the Supple Leopard - is a coach, physical therapist, two-time New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestselling author, speaker, and co-founder of The Ready State, the world's most comprehensive collection of guided movement, mechanics, and mobility instructional vid...

A Deep Dive on HRV with Dr. Jay Wiles
In today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Jay Wiles, cohost of the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast and host of Mindhacker’s Radio w/ Dr. Jay Wiles, to speak about all things HRV. This is a deep dive, so get out your pen and paper. Ever wondered how to measure? What you are measuring? How to use the data? We get into all of it in this episode. Dr. Wiles is a clinical health psychologist who is board-certified in biofeedback, HRV biofeedback, and Tai Chi for rehabilitation. He has a passion for helping others reac...

The power of your breath with world-renowned breathing expert Patrick McKeown
Patrick McKeown is THE authority when it comes to breathing.  Since 2002, Patrick has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide. His work focuses on breathing pattern disorders, sleep disordered breathing and anxiety. We cover a myriad of breathing related topics on this episode - please check the timestamps below. His book "The Oxygen Advantage" is referenced worldwide as the most complete and scientifically-proven guide on various breathing techniques. His newest book (out Feb 15th) "The Breathing Cu...


A new model for mental and emotional health with Dr. Michael Miletic
My friend Dr. Michael Miletic, renowned Neuropsychiatrist and former Olympic weightlifter, joins me on today's episode for a deep conversation about embracing and transforming emotions, mental health and his approach on helping his clients.  We cover topics such as trauma in athletes, the feeling of hope, negative self-talk, repressing emotions and many more. Dr. Miletic has brought his life experience to his work as a pioneer of the Brain-Body-Mind approach to medicine. In his clinic, The Miletic Center, ...

The essentials for success in bodybuilding and body transformations with Muscle Nerd Luke Leaman
Over the past 12 years, today's guest Luke Leaman has taught thousands of personal trainers and coaches how to get better at their craft, and how to build great careers. The co-founder of Muscle Nerds first picked up a barbell at 8 years old and never stopped. After attending a Poliquin seminar, he was hooked and eventually ended up working for Charles and travelling the world teaching. Helping others and this industry are his passion. Luke’s seen it all, has coached high level athletes as well as gen pop,...

Flip your consciousness to find your purpose
In today's solo episode, I let you in on how flipping my consciousness gave me the clarity to let my soul determine my values and the simple tools you can use on your journey to finding your purpose and living a life that you love.  Timestamps:  [2:50] View obstacles as opportunities [3:50] Getting clarity on purpose [9:15] Wake up inspired [13:30] Embrace your humanness  [15:20] Designing your future [17:50] Inspired living [20:00] Break the negative spiral [24:20] Practice these tools, develop these skil...


The 4-step process of coaching with Dr. Thomas D. Zweifel
Dr. Thomas D. Zweifel is a strategy & performance expert, board member & sparring partner for CEOs & leaders of Fortune 500 companies. Since 1984, he has coached clients on 4 continents to open strategic frontiers and meet business imperatives.  On average his clients have realized 40X ROI in management results from working with Thomas. An authority on integrating planning, people and performance, he helps clients ask the right questions, confront taboos, build strategy alignment, and boost productivity. Ul...

Skill acquisition in programming with Killian Hamilton
Killian Hamilton joins me on today's episode about skill acquisition in programming. If you've ever done any of my programs, you'll know that my clients always go through a primer phase to learn the skills of muscle activation and exercise execution. So I'm excited to hear him and the team at Pre-Script talk about this often neglected but certainly essential aspect to achieving competency in the weight room.  Killian is the Director of Innovation and Program Design at Pre-Script as well as Head Coach and Fo...

Successful coaching and goal-setting with Exercise & Sports Psychologist Adam Feit
Adam Feit, Precision Nutrition’s head strength and sport psychology coach, joins me on today’s episode to talk about managing client expectations, goal setting and creating lasting behavioral change. We get into the future of coaching, some sports psychology research and being a coach that seeks strengths. Known for his passion, drive, and enthusiasm for excellence in coaching, Adam has presented around the world on the topics of nutrition, coaching, and strength and conditioning. He has consulted with a m...


The champion mindset and champion-producing coaching with Derek Woodske
Derek Woodske joins me on today’s episode for a deep drive into the champion mindset and champion-producing coaching, both of which Derek can speak of from experience.  Few can give you advice on successful high-level coaching, even fewer are able to give you an insight into the psychology of a professional athlete. Derek does both on this episode. While competing in the USA college system, Derek earned three national titles in the Hammer Throw, a top two world ranking indoors and four All-American Honours....

The 7 Areas of Empowerment in Your Life with Dr. John Demartini
The legendary Dr. John Demartini is with me today, a world-renowned specialist in human behavior, researcher, author and global educator. His unique teachings start at the core of the issue, addressing the human factor and range out to a multitude of powerful tools that have stood the test of time. His goal is to leave clients with insights into their behavior and the empowering keys to unlock their full potential. In this episode we discuss the 7 areas of empowerment in your life, the 7 questions to ask y...

Foundational Principles in Nutrition with Brian St. Pierre
In today's episode, Ben speaks with the Head of Nutrition for Precision Nutrition, Brian St Pierre. Brian holds a master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Maine. St. Pierre is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN).  In this conversation, the two cover the foundational principles in nutrition, REDs in sports, tracking vs self-regulation, and nutrient timing. In addition, Brian and Ben ...


On Vice and Virtue with Dr. Jordan Shallow and Killian Hamilton
Dr. Jordan Shallow and Killian Hamilton recently visited me at Mi40 gym in Tampa to interview me for their podcast RX'd Radio. The conversation was so enjoyable, that I wanted to share it with you all. Dr. Jordan Shallow is someone I essentially consider my brother, and so we get deep in this conversation about vice and virtue to which Killian brought a great perspective.  If you haven't yet, please check out these two gents and what they're doing over at PreScript - two of the smartest guys in the fitnes...

The formula for a profitable fitness business with Alex Hormozi
Alex Hormozi joins me on today's podcast to talk about business. As a struggling gym owner, Alex went into educating himself and experimenting on how to fix the problems that kept him from success. As a result, he's created a system to help other struggling gym owners and personal trainers thrive in their business. Gym Launch, founded in 2017, has grown to 24M/year and has served over 3,000+ gyms in 3 years.  This conversation is extremely valuable not only if you run your own business - whether it be a tra...

Challenge what you think you know with Tom Purvis
Recently, I sat down in Colorado with my friend and mentor Tom Purvis, someone who has changed my thought process and taught me more than anyone else when it comes to exercise. In this conversation, you get a taste of the brilliant mind that is Tom Purvis as we talk about breathing mechanics, client assessment, prescribing vs continuously analysing and forces. If you can, I'd recommend watching this conversation on YouTube.  Head over to Tom's website www.exerciseprofessional.com to learn more.  If you enjo...


The virtues in bodybuilding
Which virtues does bodybuilding instil in those pursuing a better physique? Is it superficial, the exterior only? Or is there much more to the sport of bodybuilding, that transcends into all aspects of your life? That's what I'd like to explore with you on today's episode- the virtues training hard for over 20 years as taught me and what it can teach you. Let's look under the surface, dig a little deeper and be grateful for the abundance of lessons in this sport.  Today's sponsor is Bubs Naturals - a comp...

The health benefits of mushroom extracts with Jeff Chilton
Jeff Chilton, founder of Nammex - the leading supplier of organic mushroom extract ingredients to supplement companies – joins me on today’s podcast to talk about – you guessed it – all things mushrooms. Jeff was one of the first to bring organic mushroom extracts to the North American marketand has over 40 years of mushroom growing experience. We talk about medicinal mushrooms, how they’re proven to work and which to choose, plus some experiences on special mushrooms. If you enjoyed today’s episode, please...

Success leaves clues with Mark Bell
Friend of the show and well-known figure in the fitness industry, Mark Bell joins Ben on today's episode to speak about success, momentum, training and family. This is a great conversation between two successful former professional athletes who have taken the lessons they learnt in the gym and applied them to their life.  Mark Bell is the owner of Super Training Gym, CEO of Mark Bell Sling Shot and host of The Mark Bell Power Project.  Super Training Products LLC www.MarkBellSlingShot.com   Mark Bell's P...


A 5 step process to elicit brain neuroplasticity and support wellbeing with Lisa Wimberger
Lisa Wimberger, founder of the NeuroSculpting Institute, is on a mission to help individuals find healthy ways to navigate the great unknown of emotional and mental confusion and stress. She joins Ben on this episode to tell her journey of studying the nervous system and finding strategies of dealing with her own life-threatening trauma - a journey that led her to develop NeuroSculpting®. NeuroSculpting® is a 5-step meditation process that can strategically help an individual release the grip of old pattern...

Biological dentistry and the surprising impact of oral care on your health with Dr. Dominik Nischwitz
In this episode, Ben is joined by Dr. Dominik Nischwitz - a dentist and naturopath from Germany, who is a pioneer and leader in the field of biological dentistry and ceramic implants. Dr. Dome - as he is also known - is on a mission to educate and start the conversation on how your oral health impacts your entire body and overall wellbeing. This conversation is filled with incredible information on why teeth are considered organs, what cavities are and how to avoid getting them, implantology with bio-ident...

Using energy therapy to heal trauma and illness, increase productivity, up-regulate gene expression and build character traits with Dr. Dawson Church
Dawson Church, PhD, joins us in today's episode to talk about how utilising the energy flows in your body can help heal trauma, beat degenerative illnesses and cancer, increase productivity,  up-regulate gene expressions and build character traits. He is a wealth of knowledge who has changed his own life and that of thousands of others popularising EFT techniques and meditation.  He has conducted dozens of clinical trials and his work with The National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) has seen o...


Q&A - Considerations when approaching a transformation, exercise selection and getting clear on your values
In today's Q&A episode, Ben gives you the details on how he is approaching his 12-week transformation and the aspects you should consider when attempting a transformation - whether it be with a client or for yourself. He covers topics such as the importance of aerobic fitness, his personal daily walking and breathing practice, his nutritional approach and top 10 supplements, the trilogy of a good training program and why 100% commitment in necessary to achieve excellence. Ever wondered how to select exercis...

Q&A - The back story and evolution of Muscle Intelligence
Ever wondered why Ben frames his teachings around the 6 Pillars of a Lean, Healthy and Muscular Body... for Life? In this episode, Ben explains what he was searching for at the beginning of his bodybuilding career and why he felt the need to create something that was previously missing in the fitness industry.  He speaks to how the Muscle Intelligence brand has evolved, gives you his approach and definition of health, goes into the only type of client he takes on for contest prep and so much more. There's q...

Your nutritional needs in order to thrive with Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon
In today’s episode, Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon from Precision Nutrition joins us to talk about nutrition. We get into what human beings need nutritionally to thrive, the role of epigenetics and the implication of DNA on your nutrition. Krista explains where to start with a new client, calorie recommendations, behavioral changes and stress mitigation.  Krista Scott-Dixon, PhD, is Precision Nutrition’s director of curriculum. She earned her doctorate in Women’s Studies from York University. In her role at Precisi...


Why Orthotics are just a quick fix and how healthy feet function with Podiatrist Dr. Emily Splichal
On this episode of the Muscle Intelligence Podcast, Podiatrist Dr. Emily Splichal joins us to talk about all things feet: The often overlooked role healthy feet play in your overall posture, how footwear impacts your gait and essentially your health and the role of glute muscles in forming your gait - this interview covers that and a whole lot more. Listen to learn why orthotics are a quick fix and why foot health is all about the sensory input. ___ If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on ...

High performance physiologist Dr. Greg Wells on impactful tools in the pursuit of excellence.
Dr. Greg Wells studied Kinesiology and did his Masters in Physiology and PhD in Respiratory Physiology. For his PhD, he studied how high level athletes were able to improve their performance through improved breathing.    In this interview, Dr. Greg Wells and Ben Pakulski discuss the extremes through which humans can use their breathing to accomplish whatever the task is, from extreme athletic performance to meditation. They talk about Dr. Greg Well’s newest book: “Rest, Refocus and Recharge” and how small ...

Q&A - Ben's Personal Practices
In today's Q&A episode, Ben answers your frequently asked questions about his personal practices. From his meditation practice to the shoes he wears, his thoughts on psychedelics, the supplements in his cabinet, his tracking devices to the books he's reading and the courses he is taking - he covers it all. This podcast is jam-packed with information and gives you an insight into Ben's daily practices that he has implemented to allow him to thrive and live his greatest life.   If you enjoyed this episode, pl...


The physiology of breath, and its life-changing effects, with James Nestor
Today Ben speaks with James Nestor, one of the world leaders in understanding the physiology of our breath and how it can impact our lives, our minds and bodies, and our resilience. In this info-packed episode you'll learn tangible ways to easily incorporate simple ideas and techniques that can have a dramatic impact on your mental state and clarity, anxiety levels, sleep, fitness, and more.  James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, The A...

Building muscle, skill acquisition, and performance with Dr. Mike Israetel
In today's episode Ben speaks with the cofounder of Renaissance Periodization, Dr. Mike Israetel. Mike holds a PhD in Sport Physiology from East Tennessee State University. Formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, Mike has taught several courses, including Nutrition for Public Health, Advanced Sports Nutrition and Exercise, and Nutrition and Behavior. The two talk about a range of topics and how they relate to sports performance:...

Optimize your life the philosopher's way with Brian Johnson
In this episode with Brian Johnson, founder of the Optimize community, is packed full of inspiration, positivity, and tangible plans for a happier, calmer, more joy-filled life. Brian discusses his four main virtues (wisdom, self-mastery, courage, and love); he talks about what truly means to be a hero, and what it means to have "anti-fragile confidence"; they discuss the differences between being happy and simply being "not negative"; and Brian gets into his meditation practice, his experience with vegani...


Q&A: Creating sustainable habits for a lean, healthy physique
In today's solo Q&A episode, Ben dives into his personal experience with habit building as it relates to growing a lean, healthy physique as well as a healthy mindset. He talks about the common habits that lean, healthy, happy people have; how to avoid the trap of the obsessive mindset, where you chase arbitrary goals at the cost of your health and happiness; and tangible ways to approach sustainable habit building. If you enjoy this episode, please share with people who could benefit!   Thank you to our aw...

Taking ownership of the process and Leveling Up in business, bodybuilding, and life with Mark Coles
Today Ben speaks with his good friend and fellow gym owner, fitness mentor, and trainer Mark Coles. Mark has just written a book called Level Up: The Fitness Professional's Road Map to Achieving Excellence (which Ben wrote the foreword to) and they discuss Mark's journey from personal trainer to gym owner to trainer mentor and beyond; how he grew his business through clarity of vision; how to identify goals and think big; and taking ownership of your process and your life, whether it's with relationships, b...

How to live compete and lead authentically with performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais
You can only reach your peak performance by doing more. At least that’s what the old approach tells us. Instead of doing more, Dr. Michael Gervais’ new model of being more not only takes you further but it gives you a greater mastery of your mind and body. In this episode, we talk to Michael about the Compete to Create system and book that he created with coach Pete Carroll — this system is responsible for the rise of the Seattle Seahawks. A key theme throughout our conversation, Michael emphasizes that his...


Q&A: Want to build strength? Start with a stable foundation
There are a few fundamentals we need to perfect before hoping to maximize our progress in any kind of physical pursuit, and in today’s show, we explore what that means. As Ben explains, this project starts with learning what functional movement is and making sure we are doing it correctly. Functional movement, contrary to what we might think, actually refers to nothing more than breathing and walking. Ben drills down on the point that the movements we experience while breathing and walking are the foundatio...

A deep dive on performance psychology with Dr. Bhrett McCabe
Some of the greatest obstacles posed by any challenging pursuit are the ones that exist in our own minds. This is a concern at the center of High-Performance Psychologist Dr. Bhrett McCabe’s work and today he joins us on the show to share his perspectives on the subject. Dr. McCabe works with both professional and amateur athletes, focusing on mental strength and keys to success, and together with him, we take a deep dive into what it takes to perform optimally and some common challenges that stand in the w...

Talking strength, business, and personal evolution with Stefi Cohen and Hayden Bowe
Joining us on the show today are Stefi Cohen and Hayden Bowe, the creators of Hybrid Performance Method, a virtual gym that provides accessible, affordable, and effective online workout programs to athletes of all skill and experience levels worldwide. Stefi is also a world champion powerlifter and today we speak to her and Hayden about self-development as it pertains to training, diet, and mental wellbeing. We take a deep dive into the evolution of Hybrid as well, talking about their systems, services, and...


Q&A: What does human connection have to do with fitness?
If you listen to your body as you exercise, you can feel your emotions arise to the surface. Many people try to mute out these feelings, or they exercise to distract themselves from feeling. In today’s episode, Ben and Ash talk about why it’s important to listen to your body and work through your feelings. As Ben mentions at the start of the episode, these moments are opportunities to connect with yourself which is an important part of connecting with other people. Ben talks about how exercise like yoga has...

Revolutionizing the meat supply industry with Belcampo CEO Anya Fernald
With all the unhealthy, unethical meat being produced and distributed in the US, the time is ripe for people to start doing things differently. Enter Belcampo, a company that is revolutionizing meat for the wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet. Today we have their co-founder and CEO, Anya Fernald, on the show to talk about her life story and the evolution, ideals, and practices of Belcampo. We kick things off by hearing some context behind Anya’s philosophy. She details her childhood influences and ...

Q&A: Learning to ask the right questions
Welcome back to another live edition of the Muscle Intelligence show! Today we focus on giving you some new perspectives on your exercise routine and this Q&A session looks at more effective ways, taking inspiration from the strategies of great people as a jumping-off point. We are really aiming to give you a new paradigm for exercise, how it is meant to be, rather than a preconceived notion of what it is! The conversation starts with an exploration of fitness as a more meditative pursuit and how mindfulnes...


Controlling insulin and inflammation, and understanding metabolic flexibility with Dr. Ben Bikman
In this episode, returning guest Dr. Benjamin Bikman from Brigham Young University joins Ben to talk about insulin and its role in our overall health, specifically as it pertains to insulin resistance and the various lifestyle and genetic factors that come into play. Insulin resistance is not only strongly correlated to chronic disease, but it can also negatively impact our ability to build muscle, and Dr. Bikman discusses how sleep deprivation and incorrect food types can escalate the problem. He discusses...

Q&A: Why mentorship in the fitness industry is so important
We are live again on the Muscle Intelligence Podcast and today you’ll hear all about Ben’s different courses and workout plans, the work of a few brilliant past guests, a few tips for resetting your neurochemistry, and more! Our exchange begins with Ben talking about his new mentorship program, coaching certificate, and email squat challenge. This brings up the topic of how to target the intended muscles and our hosts also share some thoughts about what it takes to actually undergo a mentorship. It’s all ab...

All About Oxalates with Healthy Agriculture Advocate and Former Vegetarian Sally K. Norton
So-called health foods that we think are doing something great for us sometimes are leading to the very things we are trying to avoid. Today’s guest is Sally Norton and she joins us to talk about chemical compounds called oxalates that are found in plants and the dangers they pose to our health! Sally grew up veggie-centric and spent 16 years as a vegan and vegetarian, and today she tells us about the many health difficulties she experienced before discovering the dangers of oxalates. We take a deep dive wi...


Understanding the metabolic approach to cancer with Dr. Nasha Winters
With the general risk of cancer only set to increase during the current generation, we face the hard reality of these dangers lingering in our lives. Dr. Nasha Winters is an expert in the integrative approach to fighting cancer and having successfully warded off multiple bouts with the disease in her own life, is positioned well to speak on the dietary and metabolic ways we can reduce risk and strengthen our resilience to it. Dr. Nasha joins us for this episode of the Muscle Intelligence podcast to share th...

Q&A: Empathy in stressful situations; and answering listener questions about fiber, tight muscles, and core stability
Welcome to this live episode of the Muscle Intelligence Podcast, where Ben and Ash talk about standing together at this moment in history and share some amazing diet and fitness wisdom! We kick things off thinking about all that is happening right now with the backfire against racism, talking about the need for empathy, and how we should use this moment as an opportunity to lend each other support. Ben gets into the core tenets of his workout goals next, speaking about his threefold aims in areas of strengt...

The differences between self-improvement and obsession: hacking your brain function with Matt Gallant
Today’s guest is Matt Gallant, the savant-like and incredibly successful entrepreneur and CEO of BiOptimizers who has turned his life into a brain and body biohacking experiment! He is here to talk about all his practices and the supplements he uses to perform at a super high level. We begin by considering a theme that plays out through our whole conversation – the fine line between being hyperfocused and neurotically obsessed and the role gratitude plays in this. From there, we chat with Matt about the val...


Q&A: 40 ways to get the most out of your workout
There are so many facets that go into making a workout great, which is why Ben has compiled a document to help you understand what’s valuable to place your mind and body in the right state. It’s easy to think you can just step into the gym unprepared, but this is far from true, so we dive into the document today. We kick off the show by discussing some of the mental work you need to do like meditation, anchoring your superhero, and speaking words of success. We also find out more about being present and why...

Understanding interpersonal neurobiology and raising resilient kids with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Our guest today is Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, author of The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline and The Power of Showing Up, three books that take a neurobiological approach to parenting. Interpersonal neurobiology is all about how our brains and minds get shaped by and work in the context of relationships. We spend today chatting with Dr. Bryson about how this concept can help us become better people and better parents, where having ourselves developed more emotional maturity, we can respond in ways that en...

Q&A: Talking sunshine and psychedelics
For this amazing Q&A, Ben kicks things off talking about his six pillars of health, and how to be committed and serious about goals while still remembering to show up in other aspects of life. From there our hosts discuss the value of surrounding yourself with people you aspire to be more like, which also involves the hard task of cutting certain people out. Next up, Ben and Ash give thanks for the amazing power of vitamin D before answering a few listener questions that bring up topics about daily movement...


Epigenetics, methylation, and dopamine addiction with Dr. Ben Lynch
Many of us believe our genes doom us to the disorders that run in our families but today’s guest, Dr. Ben Lynch argues that with the right plan in place, you can eliminate symptoms, optimize your physical and mental health—and ultimately rewrite your genetic destiny. Dr. Lynch is the author of Dirty Genes, and in it, he discusses eight genes whose correct functioning our health depends on and how to optimize their functioning. Dr. Lynch starts by talking about how he got interested in the field of epigeneti...

Q&A: Talking Forgiveness, Friendship...and Fat
While we change our habits and mindset to pursue the goals that matter to us most, it’s important not to forget to make loving ourselves and others a top priority too. For today’s show, Ben and Ashleigh will be talking about this concept using three keywords – friendship, forgiveness, and fat! Before that, though, we hear their thoughts on cardio workouts, breath work, enduring pain, different ideal physiques, and why it’s important that efforts to achieve a goal be motivated by personal development rather ...

Changing your life through visualization and movement, with Erwan LeCorre
Today’s very special guest is Erwan Le Corre, the founder of ‘MovNat’, a synthesis of his passion for real-world physical competency, love of movement in nature, extensive knowledge of Physical Education history, and his personal philosophy of life. Erwan gets into so many topics today that will be of huge benefit to followers of this podcast, talking of course about his philosophy of movement but also his ethos about how to guide thoughts and emotions while becoming the best versions of our selves. Erwan s...


Q&A: Want to lose fat? Try this before you cut calories
Welcome back to another Q&A, where Ashleigh and Ben talk about how to optimize your mental and physical wellbeing, considering dieting, workout practices, habits, learning to love discomfort, and more! We begin with a reminder about Ben’s six pillars, and how his workouts are becoming more intellectually focused, a time he takes to be hyper-aware about mobility, stability, skill, and strength. This leads Ben and Ash to hone in on the mental aspects of fitness, and they talk about how working out can be a sp...

Q&A: How do you know when you've reached your natural potential
Gear up for another episode of Q&A in which Ben and Ashleigh respond to a host of questions asked in their Facebook community. Before diving into the questions, they remind listeners about the importance of getting enough sunlight and spending time outdoors and explain why challenging times like these can be mined for invaluable life lessons on which to build a more secure future. Ben explains why stability is the foundational prerequisite for building muscle and strength, why having the correct form is non...

Why food quality is important, and a deep dive on my favorite fat source with TJ Robinson
In Ben’s opinion, olive oil is without a doubt the most important oil that we have in our diet. With that being said, today’s guest is TJ Robinson, the man behind the Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil that gets so much love on the show. After all the hunting TJ does around the world, it was his turn to be hunted by Ben, and the resulting conversation the two have on today’s show is worth its weight in gold. TJ had an olive oil epiphany after tasting true fresh-pressed olive oil while on a trip to Sicily during his da...


Q&A: If you want to build muscle, fix your health first
Welcome back to another great Q&A where listeners get a chance to have their questions answered by Ben and Ashleigh! We start today off hearing some updates on how our hosts have been coping in isolation, and they speak about the value of keeping positive, working hard and eating right, but also knowing how to relax at the end of it all. From there, things move into the subject of good health and the foundational role it plays in achieving optimal physical performance. Ben shares a few tips for what a well-...

Exploring epigenetics and optimizing health in times of stress with Dr. Dan Stickler
On today's show, we are so happy to welcome Dr. Dan Stickler! Dr. Stickler is an optimization expert and fountain of knowledge on all things health and beyond; his systems approach to the human body and mind fits in perfectly with our philosophy here at the Muscle Intelligence Podcast and we can honestly say that he is a true inspiration and leader in his space. In our conversation today, we locate his expertise within the current context of the coronavirus pandemic and let Dr. Stickler weigh in with his fi...

Q&A: Advice for new coaches, and how to make every minute a meditative experience
Welcome back to another episode everybody — recorded live in quarantine! It's another Q&A since we know how much all of you need it right now. In this conversation, you can expect to hear Ben share a bunch of thoughts on everything from coaching and seafood to writing and meditation! We start off the chat talking about some misdirected thinking on calories and some better ways to go about the pursuit of weight-loss. The discussion turns to independent action and the ability to make changes without external ...


Parenting, longevity, and biohacking with Ben Greenfield
We have an extra special episode in store for all of our listeners today! A live conversation with Ben Greenfield that we promise you are not going to want to miss. Ben is one of the most prominent minds in the health and fitness world and his attention to holistic and ancestral ideas is second to none! We get into a big discussion on longevity and all the areas that are to be considered when aiming to optimize for it. Ben also weighs in with his thoughts on medicine, cleansing, diet and health hacks he is ...

Parenting longevity and biohacking with Ben Greenfield
We have an extra special episode in store for all of our listeners today! A live conversation with Ben Greenfield that we promise you are not going to want to miss. Ben is one of the most prominent minds in the health and fitness world and his attention to holistic and ancestral ideas is second to none! We get into a big discussion on longevity and all the areas that are to be considered when aiming to optimize for it. Ben also weighs in with his thoughts on medicine, cleansing, diet and health hacks he is ...

Q&A: Setting priorities - and getting groceries - during quarantine
For this episode of the Muscle Intelligence Podcast, Ashleigh and Ben dig deeper into living your best life during the quarantine. We talk about keeping your sights set on priorities, shopping and stocking up and finding the time to work on projects that you really care about. Ben muses about a day that recently went awry and why that might have happened before the conversation turns to evolving as a person through natural phases in life and the habits that allow these important changes to occur easily. Foc...


Q&A: Setting priorities - and getting groceries - during quarantine
For this episode of the Muscle Intelligence Podcast, Ashleigh and Ben dig deeper into living your best life during the quarantine. We talk about keeping your sights set on priorities, shopping and stocking up and finding the time to work on projects that you really care about. Ben muses about a day that recently went awry and why that might have happened before the conversation turns to evolving as a person through natural phases in life and the habits that allow these important changes to occur easily. Foc...

The benefits of being objective and adaptive with transformation specialist Kris Gethin
We often talk about the idea of objective versus subjective living on the podcast and our guest today is such a great example of someone acting in the most objective way possible, zeroing in on a goal and then chasing that relentlessly. Kris Gethin is the founder and CEO of Kaged Muscle, a supplement company bringing you the most natural and healthy things you need in your diet. Kris is also a coach and trainer of the highest order, helping his clients reach beyond their natural potential to amazing heights...

Q&A: Taking listener questions and more thoughts on thriving during quarantine
We find ourselves in quite a crazy crisis right now but there is still so much to be grateful for and we can only look forward at the opportunities that are present in front of us. Today's show is the recording of a live broadcast in which the Q&A traverses the usual range of topics with the added element of the coronavirus and quarantine! The first point that is made is that this is an opportunity like none other; why not use this quarantine period and break from regular routine to do something you have al...


Q&A: Taking listener questions and more thoughts on thriving during quarantine
We find ourselves in quite a crazy crisis right now but there is still so much to be grateful for and we can only look forward at the opportunities that are present in front of us. Today's show is the recording of a live broadcast in which the Q&A traverses the usual range of topics with the added element of the coronavirus and quarantine! The first point that is made is that this is an opportunity like none other; why not use this quarantine period and break from regular routine to do something you have al...

What is holding you back from your goals? Understanding limiting beliefs with John Assaraf
Our internal dialogue creates our external reality. When this reality is one of fear, self-doubt, shame, and judgment, it acts as an obstacle, holding you back from living a life of alignment and purpose. No matter how good we may be at goal setting, if we do not work on these mental roadblocks, we will never get to where we want to be. Today's guest is a phenomenal leader in the behavioral and mindset world, John Assaraf. When he started, his focus was on helping people thrive financially. He has since piv...

A new deep dive on peptides with expert Ryan Smith
Peptides will most likely be a familiar term for most listeners of this podcast, with the awareness of their benefits and effects growing steadily during the last part of the 20th century and into this one. Today we are joined by Ryan Smith, one of the top three leading experts on the subject of peptides! He is the CEO of Tailor Made Compounding, a company out of Kentucky that has now gone international. He is here to discuss the impact of peptides, the effects of certain products and just share his general...


Designing workouts to build your body and your mind: a conversation with Jacques Taylor
Trainers and coaches often overlook the synergy that is produced when the body and mind are mutually benefited with exercise. Our preoccupation with physical appearance and our “weak areas” have caused us to ignore the role that our mind plays in effectuating the physical changes we long to see. In this episode, Ben interviews Jacques Taylor to discuss workouts that not only develop the body but that are stimulating to the mind – exercises the reset negative associations and rewire the brain to form the pos...

Q&A: Ben's birthday reflections and how to access your inner warrior and monk
Ben recently celebrated a birthday and talks to listeners about how he approaches these events and why it is different from all other “special” days with materialistic agendas. This year he is spending the week surrounding his birthday in the woods with his family and a friend-mentor and is looking forward to some time for reflection. For him, always asking questions about your own thoughts and behaviors is a sure strategy for personal development. In this episode, Ben talks about letting go of the desire t...

Understanding and optimizing human brain development for you and your kids with Dr. John Medina
Our brains are wired in incredible ways to respond to stimulus, remember, and be rewired in ways that profoundly affect our functioning and development. Today we are joined by Dr. John Medina, molecular biologist and author of Brain Rules, a fascinating blend of stories and insights into neuroscience and psychology, with a focus on understanding how the brain functions in order to improve it. In this episode, we are going to talk about some of this functioning, beginning by understanding the nurture/nature ...


Q&A: Bens immune-boosting protocol and why he doesn't offer contest prep coaching
Despite Coronavirus hype, Ben and Ashleigh take off their masks to have a great conversation in today’s show, covering a broad range of topics. They kick it off with Ashleigh’s exciting new project, an organ meat cookbook, and then get into the relationship between one's genes and their ideal diet. Cognitive associations with nasty foods or diet types can cause complications and so it's important to set up positive mental connections with healthy things to eat! Of course, Ben and Ashleigh couldn’t get on th...

Where passion meets purpose: becoming a change maker with Dr. John Berardi
The new book by Dr. John Berardi, Change Maker is one of the most informative, inspirational and all-encompassing books on health, fitness, and business available. Ben has been completely blown away by its scope, philosophy and the depth of work and thought that has obviously gone into it. We are so lucky to have Dr. Berardi on the show today to discuss the book and his career and we cannot wait to share this great stuff with all of you! John opens up about the importance of openness to lessons that we cons...

Where passion meets purpose: becoming a change maker with Dr. John Berardi
The new book by Dr. John Berardi, Change Maker is one of the most informative, inspirational and all-encompassing books on health, fitness, and business available. Ben has been completely blown away by its scope, philosophy and the depth of work and thought that has obviously gone into it. We are so lucky to have Dr. Berardi on the show today to discuss the book and his career and we cannot wait to share this great stuff with all of you! John opens up about the importance of openness to lessons that we cons...


The joy (and necessity) of movement with health psychologist Dr. Kelly McGonigal
Our guest today is the inspiring Dr. Kelly McGonigal and she is here to talk about her new book, The Joy of Movement. Dr. McGonigal is a professor at Stanford University, where she is immersed in the study and practice of movement and exercise as foundational aspects of human flourishing. She teaches a dance class and is involved in many other initiatives helping people from all different backgrounds and areas of life, find joy and health through motion. Dr. McGonigal tells us a bit about her book, the insp...

Q&A: The Benefits of Living a Proactive, Rather Than A Reactive Life
Welcome back to the show everybody! For this Q&A session, Ben and Ashleigh are tackling some deep and esoteric questions around objective structures for your life, questioning our surroundings, the legacy of family experiences and the minds of sociopaths! Ben has just returned from Bali, back to the cold in Canada and he starts off by sharing how he managed to get some uncommonly good sleep while traveling back. From there the conversation turns to the idea of a proactive approach to your life, staying outc...

What we can learn from the training and struggles of elite performers a conversation with trainer and former Navy SEAL Jeff Nichols
The life of a Navy SEAL is undoubtedly one of the most demanding setups we can imagine. From the physical and mental challenges, mortal dangers and ultimately the readjustment to something else upon return from service, the process can take a heavy toll on those who opt-in. Our guest today, Jeff Nichols went through all of this and experienced each and every high and low that you may imagine. Today he is a fitness trainer and life coach, having turned his difficulties into something supportive and helpful f...


Q&A: More thoughts on longevity and what we should be focusing on for optimal health
This week's Q&A is an international one, with Ben reporting from his villa in Bali and Ashleigh back in icy Canada! We get to hear about where Ben is staying, the beautiful time he has been having and his hopes for further trips and camps in Bali in the near future! Ben and Ash then dive into some questions from social media, with Ben sharing his favorite holiday spot to take his kids, skepticism on the debate around protein, and why thinking about food too much is a waste of time and energy. The idea of op...

A new perspective on aging: how to optimize the quality of your lifespan, with Dr. David Sinclair
It is a challenge in our modern society to be a truly original thinker, to stand by your beliefs in the face of criticism until you end up proving everybody wrong. This is especially true in hotly debated topics such as health and diet, and their connection to longevity. Today’s guest, Dr. David Sinclair, is one such thought leader in this very subject, and he joins us on the show to speak about his groundbreaking ideas on epigenetics and longevity that can be found in his new book Lifespan. Dr. Sinclair is...

A new perspective on aging how to optimize the quality of your lifespan with Dr. David Sinclair
It is a challenge in our modern society to be a truly original thinker, to stand by your beliefs in the face of criticism until you end up proving everybody wrong. This is especially true in hotly debated topics such as health and diet, and their connection to longevity. Today’s guest, Dr. David Sinclair, is one such thought leader in this very subject, and he joins us on the show to speak about his groundbreaking ideas on epigenetics and longevity that can be found in his new book Lifespan. Dr. Sinclair is...


Becoming a Super Human with Dave Asprey
While 90 years seems like a fairly old age to be living until, our guest for today thinks that in the next 50 years, humans could be reaching ages as high as 180. We are joined in this episode by Dave Asprey, New York Times bestselling author and CEO of Bulletproof, True Dark and 40 Years of Zen. Dave joins us to speak about his new book Super Human, which discusses ways to reach far higher ages than we thought possible. Our guest speaks about the many health issues he struggled with as a child and how he d...

Q&A: Overcoming Fitness Obsession, and Living in Alignment With Your Values
The time has come for us to change the world but first, we have to change ourselves by getting outside, getting uncomfortable, and finding our greatness. This is one of the deeper Q&As we've had on the show because today Ashley and Ben talk real with each other about the things that matter most and how to get back in alignment with them. Before all that, they kick off their discussion with some updates about Ben’s camps with Milos and his new collaborations with some of the world's greatest chefs to create ...

Detox your mind for clearer thinking and lasting happiness with neurologist Dr. Perlmutter
Why is it that while many of us know what activities we should be doing to live our best lives, we often end up doing the exact opposite ones? Rather than eating healthy food, getting good sleep, exercising, and spending time with those we love, so many of us live sedentary lives, glued to a screen of some kind, and practicing terrible eating habits. Today’s guest is Dr. David Perlmutter and he has recently co-authored Brain Wash with his son Dr. Austin Perlmutter. In this episode, Dr. Perlmutter makes a co...


Q&A: Ben is in Dubai talking travel hacks, performance anxiety, and the evolution of training
Ben has recently landed in Dubai to kick off his latest Muscle Camp and today Ashleigh catches up with him to see how it has all been going. This year's Muscle Camps are being run by Ben and his good friend Miloš Šarčev, and together they are assembling a program designed to change not just bodies but lives. Milos will be heading up the muscle-building part of the workshop and Ben’s contribution sets out to biohack the body’s internal system to achieve better performance in the gym but also outside of it. T...

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...

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 convers...


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 s...

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 ...

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 rad...


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 s...

The mechanisms of muscle building with exercise science professor Jeremy Loenneke
Today we are doing a scientific deep-dive into the mechanisms of muscle building and how to optimize muscle building in the least amount of time. Joining us to share his knowledge on the topic is Dr. Jeremy Loenneke, who talks to us about what happens when a muscle is lifted, what triggers and blunts the muscle-building response, and how we can maximize muscle building. For him, rest and recovery between workouts are vital in building muscle, and he shares around the overemphasis on constant training in our...

Q&A: Ben and fitness coach Chris Spearman talk about the business of fitness
Today on the show we have a Q&A session with fitness coach, Chris Spearman. Chris and Ben take this opportunity to share some of the things that they have had on their minds and been talking about in their time together recently. They discuss the idea of community building towards a common goal, aims that reach beyond your personal ambitions and how to be of best service to all those around you. This ties into the conversation about entrepreneurship and online business and how to set yourself apart from the...


The role of your brain in optimal posture and body mechanics: a discussion with Posturepro founder Annette Verpillot
Today on the podcast we feature an exceptional woman, Annette Verpillot. Annette is the founder of Posturepro, a health company specializing in neuromechanics and Postural Recalibration. She is a Canadian entrepreneur, therapist, public speaker, and internationally esteemed Posturologist. On today's show, we discuss Annette’s methodology in optimizing brain, body connection. She’s developed some of the world’s most advanced rehabilitation and injury prevention techniques where she helps people optimize perf...

Q&A: Ben and fitness coach Chris Spearman talk training
For today's Q&A session, we’re switching it up. Ben is chatting with health and fitness expert, Dr. Chris Spearman but Chris will be the one asking the questions today. From a Ph.D. in Cancer Research to a global cover model, Chris is now one of the world’s leading online fitness coaches and the CEO of Fitness Coach Freedom. Ben being an IFBB Bodybuilder himself and having trained Chris, he is well versed in the area of fitness and training. Chris is here today to pick Ben’s brain about his training. During...

Talking EMF's and their effects on health with Nick Pineault
Welcome back to the show everybody! Today our guest is Nicolas Pineault, author of the new book, The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMF and expert on electromagnetic fields and their effects on our health. Nicolas does a great job of pitching his information at an accessible level and on this show and in his book he lays out a realistic and sensible way to approach safeguarding yourself from the dangers that EMF's pose. He explains a few of the fundamental dimensions to the discourse around the topic before diving in...


Q&A: Ben's Christmas "hack" and the importance of creating your own grand vision
For today's Q&A session, Ashleigh and Ben are tackling your queries and questions and throwing in some advice and ranting for good measure! They discuss stretching, bodyweight set points and the importance of beliefs. We also get to hear about Ben's stay in Colombia and why he is having such a great time planning for next year. A sizeable portion of today's show is spent considering how much our beliefs and long term goals affect our results, with both Ashleigh and Ben strongly arguing Christmas, how much h...

Understand how your brain works: a discussion with Stanford neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman
The topic of neuroscience can be intimidating due to its vastness and complexity. Today on the podcast, we welcome neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman to guide us through the unchartered terrain of the mind, explaining in simple language the scientific processes behind sleep, relaxation, breathing, learning, unlearning, and more, and how each of these is related to mental and physical functioning. Dr. Huberman provides an overview of the history of neuroscience, explaining how the field has shifted the focus...

Q&A: Why everyone needs a mentor
In today’s episode, we get introduced to an osteopath named Alvin Brown who changed Ben’s entire attitude to success, leadership, relationships, and life in general. Alvin does not appear on the show but Ben recounts the story of how they met when he was young and driven but lacking guidance. At first Ben went to see Alvin in his capacity as an osteopath but the conversations that they had during their sessions were the reason Ben ended up choosing Alvin to be his mentor. In today’s conversation, Ben and As...


Is your doctor lying to you? Discussing popular health myths with Dr. Ken Berry
On the Muscle Intelligence Podcast today, we are joined by Dr. Ken Berry! Dr. Berry is a practicing physician and staunch advocate for the keto diet, having had amazing results with his own health issues by making the switch. This approach naturally transferred to his patients who have also shown massive improvements with regards to obesity, energy levels, and insulin resistance. Dr. Berry tells us all about the lessons he has learned and how far he feels he has come in being an actual help to his patients....

Q&A: How to train for a small, stable, strong waist
Ben is in Colombia busy planning out his 2020, working on course content and mentoring programs, thinking about new hires and taking care of the business management side of things. While in reflection mode, he tells listeners what they need to be successful in the fitness business, and it involves a lot more than just being physically fit yourself. It’s a business and requires all the related knowledge just like any other. Ashley and Ben switch to talking about waist size and the healthy and unhealthy ways ...

Talking sexual performance and hormonal health with Dr. Amy Killen
Sexual performance is a real thing and most of us have a tough time talking about it! So today on the show, we take a sex life deep dive with Dr. Amy Killen. Dr. Amy is an anti-aging and regenerative medicine physician specializing in aesthetics and sexual medicine. She is an absolute wealth of information when it comes to male sexual performance, male sexual function, female sexual function, and hormones. In this episode, we discuss men’s and women’s hormones at various stages of life and the types of trea...


Q&A: Want to Lose Fat and Build Muscle? Manage Your Stress First
Welcome back to another Q&A session! Today on the show, Ben and Ashleigh focus on one of the six pillars of health that we often talk about on Muscle Intelligence. Managing stress is often overlooked but it might just be the primary foundation for all wellness and fitness. Ben makes the argument that you really have to address stress and how you manage it before you can start worrying about other areas and factors such as diet and training. Stress relates to so much around us, sleep, environment, cognitive ...

Q&A: Want to Lose Fat and Build Muscle? Manage Your Stress First
Welcome back to another Q&A session! Today on the show, Ben and Ashleigh focus on one of the six pillars of health that we often talk about on Muscle Intelligence. Managing stress is often overlooked but it might just be the primary foundation for all wellness and fitness. Ben makes the argument that you really have to address stress and how you manage it before you can start worrying about other areas and factors such as diet and training. Stress relates to so much around us, sleep, environment, cognitive ...

Everything You Need to Know About How Light Effects Health with Andy Mant
Despite the critical role that the light around us plays in our health, many of us continue to ignore the adverse effects that overexposure of artificial light has on us. Our guest today, Andy Mant is the founder of BLUblox as well as a light, wellness, and sleep educator and he is here to shed light on the topic. He begins by explaining the differences between natural and artificial light sources and the different ways they impact us. We discover that the overarching problem with artificial light is that i...


Everything You Need to Know About How Light Effects Health with Andy Mant
Despite the critical role that the light around us plays in our health, many of us continue to ignore the adverse effects that overexposure of artificial light has on us. Our guest today, Andy Mant is the founder of BLUblox as well as a light, wellness, and sleep educator and he is here to shed light on the topic. He begins by explaining the differences between natural and artificial light sources and the different ways they impact us. We discover that the overarching problem with artificial light is that i...

Q&A: Ben's thoughts on "luck" and being an effective leader
For this week's Q&A episode, Ashleigh and Ben have a conversation that covers leadership, proactive conversations, education, the myth of luck, and fatty diets. The discussion starts  with some thoughts around better ways to lead and the integrity and love that goes into any good leader's work. Ben talks about the lessons he learned about addressing problems as soon as they arise, rather than leaving things to fester and worsen. Both of our hosts reflect on what has defined good leaders in their experience ...

Focus on results, not ideology with functional nutritional therapist Marek Doyle
On today’s show, we have the absolute pleasure to sit down with nutritional therapist Marek Doyle. Marek has a mind-blowing understanding of nutrition and biochemistry. He takes an objective view of the physiological processes that occur in our bodies and uses this approach to know how to intervene and correct them through nutrition so that the body can thrive. Marek recently gave a paper at the Health Optimization Summit in London called The Adrenal Immune Cycle, which is basically what he speaks about tod...


Focus on results, not ideology with functional nutritional therapist Marek Doyle
On today’s show, we have the absolute pleasure to sit down with nutritional therapist Marek Doyle. Marek has a mind-blowing understanding of nutrition and biochemistry. He takes an objective view of the physiological processes that occur in our bodies and uses this approach to know how to intervene and correct them through nutrition so that the body can thrive. Marek recently gave a paper at the Health Optimization Summit in London called The Adrenal Immune Cycle, which is basically what he speaks about tod...

Q&A: Let's Cancel Complaining, and What You'll Learn at a Muscle Camp
On this episode of Muscle Intelligence, we start by discussing Gabrielle Bryan’s response to The Game Changers and whether it’s possible to have an unbiased opinion, especially in the contentious vegan/carnivore argument. We then get into the topic of productivity, which turns into an insightful how-to about time efficiency. Ben lays out the strategies he uses to get so much done and makes some convincing guesses as to how working absurdly long hours became a value in modern society. However, the main topic...

The Science of Sleep (and Why You Need to Pay Attention) with Tara Youngblood
In this episode of the Muscle Intelligence Podcast, we are joined by sleep expert and co-founder of Chili Technology, Tara Youngblood! She is here to discuss everything sleep-related and how we can make the most of this all-important part of our lives. Tara gives us some great insight into the most important factors that influence our sleep and emphasizes the unique ways our bodies work in relation to rest and recovery. Our chronotype determines a lot of how our bodies prepare and enter into a sleep cycle a...


The Science of Sleep (and Why You Need to Pay Attention) with Tara Youngblood
In this episode of the Muscle Intelligence Podcast, we are joined by sleep expert and co-founder of Chili Technology, Tara Youngblood! She is here to discuss everything sleep-related and how we can make the most of this all-important part of our lives. Tara gives us some great insight into the most important factors that influence our sleep and emphasizes the unique ways our bodies work in relation to rest and recovery. Our chronotype determines a lot of how our bodies prepare and enter into a sleep cycle a...

Q&A: Dealing with DOMS and Training Post-Injury
On today’s Q&A episode, Ben and Ashleigh, cover a range of topics that listeners have asked about. Ben begins by setting out this week’s healthy habit, which entails getting rid of excess possessions. This will have a cascading effect and not only declutter your physical space, but also clear your mind and improve your productivity. They then move on to discussing Ben’s least favorite source of protein, pork, and the best way to incorporate it into your diet, should you choose to do so. After this, Ben and ...

Q&A: Dealing with DOMS and Training Post-Injury
On today’s Q&A episode, Ben and Ashleigh, cover a range of topics that listeners have asked about. Ben begins by setting out this week’s healthy habit, which entails getting rid of excess possessions. This will have a cascading effect and not only declutter your physical space, but also clear your mind and improve your productivity. They then move on to discussing Ben’s least favorite source of protein, pork, and the best way to incorporate it into your diet, should you choose to do so. After this, Ben and ...


Can we stop aging? A conversation with biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey
Today we’re going to talk to the godfather of longevity, Aubrey de Grey, in the most ironic of settings – a pub in London. Over a beer, Aubrey explains why he believes that many of the typical health practices, such as drinking a lot of water, are myths and what he has discovered about slowing down the aging process. He reckons that in as little as 17 years, aging will no longer be a concern, and he supports this radical standpoint with some fascinating research. He talks about the idea that health is an in...

Q&A: The Game Changers Documentary and Taking a Social Media Sabbatical
Today on our Q&A episode we are breaking down a whole lot of subjects for your listening pleasure and health benefit. We are discussing the new documentary that everyone is talking about called The Game Changers, which aspects of your health to address first, sleep cooling systems, training volume, some upcoming events for Ben and taking a break from social media....

The art of breath and human performance with Brian Mackenzie
Today we welcome breathing guru Brian Mackenzie onto the show. Brian has dedicated his life to breath practices and understanding the key role which they play in wellbeing. Maintaining the body’s pH through breathing impacts physical and mental performance, and it even improves our emotional responses to situations. Brian is here today to share more about these biochemical aspects of breathing....


Q&A: There's more to building big legs than squats
On today’s show, Ben and Ashleigh sit down to talk Americanized holidays, schooling methods, and nutrition on the road before getting to the main topic: squats. Our hosts share their respective views around instilling values in children in spite of some of the more farcical and detrimental aspects of traditional holidays and schooling....

Q&A: There's more to building big legs than squats
On today’s show, Ben and Ashleigh sit down to talk Americanized holidays, schooling methods, and nutrition on the road before getting to the main topic: squats. Our hosts share their respective views around instilling values in children in spite of some of the more farcical and detrimental aspects of traditional holidays and schooling....

The physical, chemical, and emotional elements of brain health with Dr. Titus Chiu
Today we speak with a master of brain optimization, Dr. Titus Chiu. He begins our discussion by explaining his systems approach to the brain, breaking down the three pillars of brain health. While the physical structure of the brain undoubtedly matters, the chemical environment in which the brain functions is equally as important....


The physical, chemical, and emotional elements of brain health with Dr. Titus Chiu
Today we speak with a master of brain optimization, Dr. Titus Chiu. He begins our discussion by explaining his systems approach to the brain, breaking down the three pillars of brain health. While the physical structure of the brain undoubtedly matters, the chemical environment in which the brain functions is equally as important....

Q&A: How to get out of the victim mindset
Welcome back to the Muscle Intelligence Podcast. This is another Q&A session with the wonderful Ashleigh VanHouten from Paleo Magazine. Today on this #MondayMindset episode, we discuss the benefits of habit stacking: introducing a small weekly or daily habit, that will slowly and incrementally stack on your previous self and keep making you better and better....

Q&A: How to get out of the victim mindset
Welcome back to the Muscle Intelligence Podcast. This is another Q&A session with the wonderful Ashleigh VanHouten from Paleo Magazine. Today on this #MondayMindset episode, we discuss the benefits of habit stacking: introducing a small weekly or daily habit, that will slowly and incrementally stack on your previous self and keep making you better and better....


The mindset, diet, and training of Hafthor Bjornsson
What does it take to become the world’s strongest man? In today’s episode, you get to hear my recent interview in Iceland with Thor Bjornsson, aka The Mountain from the HBO, hit series Game of Thrones....

The mindset, diet, and training of Hafthor Bjornsson
What does it take to become the world’s strongest man? In today’s episode, you get to hear my recent interview in Iceland with Thor Bjornsson, aka The Mountain from the HBO, hit series Game of Thrones....

Q&A: Discussing Myths Around Cholesterol, Hypnotism, and Sex
Welcome back to the Muscle Intelligence Podcast! This is another question and answer session with the wonderful Ashleigh VanHouten from Paleo Magazine! In this discussion, we cover the topics of breakfast, protein, cholesterol, getting that pump, hypnotism and more!...


Q&A: Ben's trip to Iceland - Eating learning and working out with Thor
Ashleigh and Ben have both been doing some traveling, and today’s conversation is all about sharing where they have been, the people they connected with and what they learned about themselves and other cultures in the process. Sometimes going to new places and trying new things requires us to step out of our comfort zones, to open our minds to experience the world around us in new ways....

Q&A: Ben's trip to Iceland - Eating learning and working out with Thor
Ashleigh and Ben have both been doing some traveling, and today’s conversation is all about sharing where they have been, the people they connected with and what they learned about themselves and other cultures in the process. Sometimes going to new places and trying new things requires us to step out of our comfort zones, to open our minds to experience the world around us in new ways....


Q&A: Ben's thoughts on organ meat and cannabis
Welcome back to the Muscle Intelligence Podcast! This is another Q&A session hosted by Ashleigh and this week we chat about a whole array of topics vital to get you living your best life! The conversation starts off with a bit of a meditation on the idea of intentionality and how concentration in one area can bleed over into all activities....

Biohacking isn't the answer, but it can be a tool: Talking with the founders of BioCharger
On today’s episode, we are joined by Jim Girard and Jim Law, creator, and CEO of BioCharger respectively. It has become our new, favorite biohacking modality since having it at the gym for over three months. There has been an outpouring of compliments for the BioCharger, both from clients and trainers at the gym, so Ben wanted to find out more about how what is causing all these reported benefits....


Q&A: Ben talks peptides, barefoot training, and cultivating gratitude
We’ve got another Q&A episode with Ashleigh VanHouten and we kick off the conversation with gratitude, sharing about our tendency to become entitled when we have immediate access to everything all the time and how we need to generate a daily attitude of thankfulness. Self-acceptance also plays a big role because your ability to love yourself will inevitably trickle down to how you treat the people around you and how you influence your environment with positive or negative energy....

Q&A: Ben talks peptides, barefoot training, and cultivating gratitude
We’ve got another Q&A episode with Ashleigh VanHouten and we kick off the conversation with gratitude, sharing about our tendency to become entitled when we have immediate access to everything all the time and how we need to generate a daily attitude of thankfulness. Self-acceptance also plays a big role because your ability to love yourself will inevitably trickle down to how you treat the people around you and how you influence your environment with positive or negative energy....

The art and science of fitness coaching with OPEX founder James FitzGerald
On the podcast today we are very lucky to have James FitzGerald! James is the founder of OPEX Fitness, an amazing coaching platform and James' progressive and steadfast approach to health, strength, and wellness is truly an inspiration. A major tenet of OPEX and James' vision is longevity and they put a lot of focus on fitness in the long run rather than short term goals....


The art and science of fitness coaching with OPEX founder James FitzGerald
On the podcast today we are very lucky to have James FitzGerald! James is the founder of OPEX Fitness, an amazing coaching platform and James' progressive and steadfast approach to health, strength, and wellness is truly an inspiration. A major tenet of OPEX and James' vision is longevity and they put a lot of focus on fitness in the long run rather than short term goals....

Q&A: Bens attitude towards learning skincare and tracking HRV
Today Ashleigh VanHouten is hosting another Q&A session during which she asks Ben all the questions listeners have been sending their way. Ben starts by giving us an overview of his next few weeks of traveling, hosting muscle camps and attending the Health Optimisation Summit, and they get into the need for mentorship – physical, psychological, spiritual – and the many different people who have inspired and motivated him on his bodybuilding and health and fitness journey....

The neuroscience of enlightenment with Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.
On today’s episode, we sit down with Dr. Albert Villoldo to discuss the integration of our spiritual reality with our tangible reality. Dr. Villoldo is a trained scientist and anthropologist who traded his laboratory for a pair of hiking boots and a ticket to the Amazon to set out on a journey into spiritual enlightenment. Inside this episode, Dr. Villoldo shares with us his journey towards spirituality, some of the misconceptions around plant medicines, and how to stay grounded in this spiritual journey th...


The neuroscience of enlightenment with Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.
On today’s episode, we sit down with Dr. Albert Villoldo to discuss the integration of our spiritual reality with our tangible reality. Dr. Villoldo is a trained scientist and anthropologist who traded his laboratory for a pair of hiking boots and a ticket to the Amazon to set out on a journey into spiritual enlightenment. Inside this episode, Dr. Villoldo shares with us his journey towards spirituality, some of the misconceptions around plant medicines, and how to stay grounded in this spiritual journey th...

Q&A: healthy bulking, nutrient timing, the purpose of a pump, and more
In this episode, Ashleigh is back to ask Ben another round of questions and discuss all things health, fitness and getting your mind right. Today's questions cover bulking, calorie intake, nutrient timing, a variation of workouts, the benefits of posing, injury recovery and more. As usual, Ben makes an argument for eating the least amount necessary for growth and gives some great advice on when to fuel and refuel in relation to your times of exertion....

Q&A: healthy bulking, nutrient timing, the purpose of a pump, and more
In this episode, Ashleigh is back to ask Ben another round of questions and discuss all things health, fitness and getting your mind right. Today's questions cover bulking, calorie intake, nutrient timing, a variation of workouts, the benefits of posing, injury recovery and more. As usual, Ben makes an argument for eating the least amount necessary for growth and gives some great advice on when to fuel and refuel in relation to your times of exertion....


Less diet dogma, more personalized nutrition: a conversation with Dr. Will Cole
Today’s guest is a functional medicine practitioner with an extensive background in getting results with people with autoimmunity and health optimization. Dr. Will Cole joins me for this episode to talk about strategies behind optimizing your diet and your lifestyle, sharing how he went from a traditional vegan diet to one that includes a small amount of meat and why he felt that making this change was necessary....

Less diet dogma, more personalized nutrition: a conversation with Dr. Will Cole
Today’s guest is a functional medicine practitioner with an extensive background in getting results with people with autoimmunity and health optimization. Dr. Will Cole joins me for this episode to talk about strategies behind optimizing your diet and your lifestyle, sharing how he went from a traditional vegan diet to one that includes a small amount of meat and why he felt that making this change was necessary....

Q&A: Ben Talks Mentorship, Decision-Making, and His Ideal Gym Environment
Welcome back to the show everyone! Today we are doing our usual Q&A session with Ashleigh in the driving seat again. The episode starts off with some serious thoughts from Ben on the subjects of slumps and how our focus and conscious thought really define so much of our lives. A lot of the time we are shaped and directed by forces outside of ourselves and what makes it crazy is we do not even know this....


Q&A: Ben Talks Mentorship, Decision-Making, and His Ideal Gym Environment
Welcome back to the show everyone! Today we are doing our usual Q&A session with Ashleigh in the driving seat again. The episode starts off with some serious thoughts from Ben on the subjects of slumps and how our focus and conscious thought really define so much of our lives. A lot of the time we are shaped and directed by forces outside of ourselves and what makes it crazy is we do not even know this....

Combining Neuroscience and HRV to Integrate the Heart and Mind, with Dr. Tim Royer
Today on the Muscle Intelligence Podcast we are very happy to welcome Dr. Tim Royer to talk to us about the mind and the nervous system! Dr. Royer works with all types of patients, from young children to high performing sports champions and has developed a method, using feedback loops and conscious effort to train the mind to navigate its own sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. Dr. Royer tells us how using the machine and data collected, displayed in the form of a data dashboard, allows a participant t...

Q&A - Ben's Training Evolution
We are having another Q&A session with Ashleigh from Paleo Magazine Radio today! The focus of this episode is the evolution that Ben has gone through in his training program. As a young bodybuilder and aspiring Mr. Olympia, Ben admits that he had very little space for thoughts on longevity and lifespan concerns. He was purely focussed on training as hard as possible as much as possible to reach his goals....


Avoiding disease optimizing health and living to 180 with Dr. Joseph Mercola
Today we are so happy to have Dr. Joseph Mercola as our guest! Dr. Mercola is one of the fathers of the modern health optimization movement and has sparked so much of the progressive thought that is going on in the scene today. In this vast conversation, we cover so much, from diet and light to blood flow and EMF's. Dr. Mercola has so much knowledge on many of these areas and generously shares this wealth with all of us!...

Avoiding disease optimizing health and living to 180 with Dr. Joseph Mercola
Today we are so happy to have Dr. Joseph Mercola as our guest! Dr. Mercola is one of the fathers of the modern health optimization movement and has sparked so much of the progressive thought that is going on in the scene today. In this vast conversation, we cover so much, from diet and light to blood flow and EMF's. Dr. Mercola has so much knowledge on many of these areas and generously shares this wealth with all of us!...

Q&A: Ben's meal plan
For this episode, we welcome back Ashleigh to help out with another Q&A session! The episode is mostly focussed on meal plans, daily eating schedules, fasting and related topics with a bit of philosophy, meditation and travel ideas thrown in for good measure. Ashleigh kicks things off by asking Ben about how he prioritizes his to-do list when it seems so long. From there they dive into cooking and specifically how Ben likes to prepare, or not prepare, his intake of vegetables....


Fitness coach and cover model Chris Spearman on achieving goals in the gym and in business
Today on the podcast we feature an exceptional man, Dr. Chris Spearman, who has succeeded in a variety of aspects of life, including in the areas of education and, more recently, business. He talks about his journey through his Ph.D. in leukemia studies, and then he dives into the transformation of his physical body, becoming a cover model and thought leader in the world of fitness....

Beyond healthy: achieving optimized performance with Dr. Ralph Esposito
Our guest on the show today is Dr. Ralph Esposito who is a particularly authoritative voice on the topic of hormone optimization. He has been a guest on the podcast before and is a prime example of somebody who lives an optimized life: he is mindful about every decision he makes and, like me, he is against the common word on the street, all those myths that people believe about health and wellness....


034- Change your body by changing your mind, with Jacques Taylor
Today’s guest is Jacques Taylor, founder of The Exercise Design Lab, MyoTopia, and developer of Neuro-Logic Training (N-LT). Jacques is a neuroscientist and exercise scientist with over 25 years of education and experience. He joins us on the podcast once again to share with us his passion around the tactics and the strategies to actually change your mind....


033- The Coach's Coach - Phil Learney
Joining us today is Strength and Conditioning legend and the ultimate Coach's coach Phil Learney.  Phil is a long time mentor to up and coming coaches still mentoring clients from his home location in London.  In this episode Phil shares his best advice from over 20 years in the fitness industry!...

032- Nutrient Timing and Protein Pacing with Dr. Paul Arciero
Joining us today is a member of the ISSN and international protein board, Dr. Paul Arciero.  Dr. Arciero discusses his protein pacing protocol with us as well as how he is gamifying exercise for his clients to increase brain cognition. Time Stamps What is protein pacing and what are they doing over at Prise? [0:41]  Why would someone who is healthy need less protein than someone who is not? [5:12] The concept of gluconeogenesis and what happens with excess protein. [10:32] Does the body become more efficie...

031- Creating the Champions Mindset with Dr. Jeff Spencer
Today we dive into what it takes to be a champion with Olympic Athlete, Mindset Coach and Mentor Dr. Jeff Spencer.  Dr. Spencer's journey has brought him beyond an amazing career in cycling to become one of the top mindset and business coaches in the world working with the likes of Dave Asprey of Bulletproof and countless others.  Tune in now to hear Dr. Spencer's greatest advice for mental mastery.   Time Stamps His journey to becoming an Olympic athlete. [2:18] The supernatural ‘calling’ he experienced t...


030- The Do's and Don'ts of Testosterone Replacement Therapy with Jay Campbell
Today we are demystifying TRT therapy with author and educator Jay Campbell.  Jay is the founder of the TRT Revolution which dives deep on the latest exogenous testosterone research through via social media, podcasts, articles and books.    In this episode Jay and Ben discuss their personal experiences with testosterone as well as other hormone altering pharmaceuticals.  Jay presents the latest cutting edge research that challenges the paradigm of what your protocol should be on TRT and much more!   Time St...

029- The Science of Bodybuilding Pt 2 with Dr. Scott Stevenson
We are back with more awesomeness with Dr. Scott Stevenson.     Does he manipulate mind/muscle connection with his clients? [0:00] The concept of ‘motor morons’. [6:25] An exploration on force velocity, cheat reps, find the RIGHT training partner & MORE. [8:00] A conversation on exercise selection and why people do the ones they do. [23:30] Why he wrote “Be Your Own Bodybuilding Coach” and the idea of ‘climbing your own mountain’. [35:10] The 3 biggest mistakes people make transiting from offseason into co...

029- The Science of Bodybuilding Pt 1 with Dr. Scott Stevenson
Joining us today is world renown bodybuilding coach Dr. Scott Stevenson!  Dr. Stevenson is one of the most well rounded scientists and coaches in bodybuilding.  Over Scott's career he has spent time in research, coached 100's of athletes and wrote the "New Bodybuilding Bible" How to Be Your Own Bodybuilding Coach.   Make sure to check out Pt 2 coming to you Thursday.   If you would like to learn more about exercise execution for YOUR body visit HypertrophyMastery.com...


028- Bigger, Stronger and Leaner- The NEW Mark Bell
Mark "Smelly" Bell returns!  We sat down for a conversation with Mark to discuss the latest in the SlingShot founder's world.  Mark has been getting out of his comfort zone lately and he is here to talk about it!  First we discuss the evolution of his training to incorporate bodybuilding, CrossFit and even yoga into his practice.  We also dive into his changing diet and his experimentation with carnivore, low carb and bodybuilding style diets.  Lastly we wrap up with a discussion on leadership and family.  ...

027- Living in 4D- Optimizing Body, Mind, and Soul with Paul Chek
Ben recently joined the legendary Paul Chek in his home for a day of exercise, spiritual practice and of course great conversation.  Join us as Ben and Paul discuss Paul's unique, integrative approach to health through alternative medicine, movement and connecting with your soul.   This episode is brought to you by Four Sigmatic.  Use code Muscle for 15% off your mushroom order at FourSigmatic.com...

026- The Best Tips to Build Maximum Muscle on a Ketogenic Diet with Jordan Joy
Joining us today is Dr. Jordan Joy, formerly Ben's training partner, powerlifter and expert on the ketogenic diet and co-hosted by Danny Vega!  We dive into the best approaches to keto when your goal is MAXIMUM muscle building.   If you are interested in building muscle on keto, keep your eyes peeled for our brand new Ketogenic Muscle Intelligence Program dropping soon....


025- The Ultimate Guide to the Ketogenic Diet with Dr. Ryan Lowery
Joining us today is the founder of Ketogenic.com and the Applied Science Performance Institute in Tampa, Dr. Ryan Lowery.  Dr. Lowery is one of the foremost members of the keto movement and brings a slew of research backed information for you in our kickoff to keto week!...

023- Relieving Stress, Improving Cognitive Function, and Increasing Performance Through Breath with Patrick McKeown
Today we go for another breathing deep dive with returning guest Patrick McKeown!  Patrick is one of of the world's leading thinkers when it comes to breathing.  In this episode we discuss breathing action and cadence and how you can control your breath to boost athletic performance, mental clarity and focus, as well as influence nervous system response.    Patrick will be hosting a training event for practitioners and athletes at the MI40 Gym August 23-25.  Visit https://oxygenadvantage.com/events/tampa-fl...


022- Modern Masculinity and Morality a Conversation with Elliott Hulse
Joining us today is strongman and founder of Strength Camp, Elliot Hulse.  Elliot has gone through quite the spiritual transformation living life as an Orthodox Christian with an emphasis on traditional family values.  In this episode we discuss what Elliot thinks it is to be a man, a father and a spiritual being.  We also dive into his fasting practices and his emphasis on family.   His take on fasting as spiritual experience. [4:27] What took him down this spiritual path? [16:12] His belief in extreme si...

020- Priming Your Brain for Better Learning with Dr. Daniel Chao
No matter what your goal, learning and skill acquisition are major bottlenecks to success. But what if you could reduce the time it took for you to learn? Our guest today, Dr. Daniel Chao has spent his career doing just that!  After graduating from Stanford Medical School with an MD in neuroscience, Dr. Chao started developing tech that primes your brain for learning. The result... Halo Sport. In this episode, Dr. Chao and Ben dive into how learning happens in the brain and more importantly how we can influ...


019- The 10 Pillars of Peak Mental Performance with Brian Cain
Joining us today is the elite mindset coach Brian Cain!  Brian has coached multiple Cy Young Award winners, UFC champions, has consulted for top teams in the NFL, NHL, MLB and more.  Our chat with Brian dives deep on the mindset of performance where Brian has 10 Pillars that he feels are the necessary building blocks to overcoming adversity, achieving peak performance, and relentlessly pursuing your goals. Time Stamps The importance of relating to your clients and have an idea of what is going on ‘upstairs...

018- Miracle Molecule?- How a Little Known Carbon Isotope is Improving Energy, Reducing Inflammation and Augmenting Cancer Treatment
Ian Mitchell runs a small lab in rural Oklahoma with major implications.  Over the last 7 years Ian has been extensively researching a carbon isotope called C60.  In that research Ian has found some wide ranging implications including super-charging mitochondria, reduction in inflammation, detox benefits and some amazing effects on rheumatoid arthritis and even a way to augment cancer treatment! Time Stamps What is happening in the human body when we take carbon 60? [0:00] He opens up about the ethicacy of...

017.5- Is This the Real Healthiest Diet for Humans with Dr. Paul Saladino Pt 2
Welcome back to part 2 of our carnivore deep dive with Dr. Paul Saladino!  In this episode we pick up right where we left off with how plants use sometimes not so subtle toxins to defend themselves from predators.  The conversation continues through the best fats to consume and ends with a rapid-fire round of everything from meat quality to supplementation to whether fish count as meat on a carne diet. How animals/humans are PC’s and plants are Mac’s: The operating systems are different. [3:00] How much da...


017- Is This the Real Healthiest Diet for Humans? with Dr. Paul Saladino
Is it possible to live a healthy life eating only meat?  Dr. Paul Saladino makes a very strong argument in support of the Carnivore Diet in today's episode.  Dr. Saladino brings a mass of studies to back up the argument that humans run optimally eating only animal products.  But... there is a catch... in order to balance all of your required nutrients you must consume what he refers to as nose to tail, eating from many parts of the animal including organ meat, ligaments, tendons and even bone.  Let us know ...

016- Alicia Gowans: The Trials and Triumphs of WBFF World Champion
Alicia Gowans has faced her fair share of adversity on her way to the top.  Before she won even her first pro show, let alone title, Alicia dealt with a severe back injury that still plagues her to this day.  Alicia has over come unimaginable obstacles on her way to her 2 championships and has used those experiences to create one of the best teams in the world.  In this episode we dive into the mental fortitude Alicia developed while training with chronic pain, the necessity of celebrating the journey as we...

015- Heart Rate Variability and Energy Systems- Everything You Need to Know to Optimize Performance with Joel Jamieson
Joining us today is one of the most forward-thinking coaches in the world!  Joel Jamieson has trained elite MMA fighters, Navy SEALS, and worked for some of the largest fitness brands in the world.  Joel was a pioneer in using HRV to evaluate training and recovery in his athletes and over the past several years has worked on developing tech that gives the average person access to this advanced analysis.  In this episode Joel walks us through evaluating your recovery based on HRV, explains the energy product...


014- Deuterium- Why This Unknown Molecule Could Be the Key to Health, Energy and Longevity with Dr. Laszlo Boros
Joining us today is Dr. Laszlo Boros one of the founders of the Center for Deuterium Depletion. Dr. Boros started his career in cancer research in the early 90's and has been obsessed with treating chronic disease ever since.  In this episode we dive into the little known contributor to chronic disease, heavy hydrogen aka deuterium.  Dr. Boros' research is showing both how prevalent and how dangerous this molecule is.  Enjoy! Time Stamps What is deuterium and what does it do in the body? [2:26] Does he thi...

013- Releasing the Gas and Applying the Brake- The Autonomic Nervous System's Effect on HRV, Lifestyle and Performance with Dr. Mike T Nelson
We had the amazing opportunity to catch up with the one and only Dr. Mike T. Nelson at the Arnold this year!  Dr. Nelson was one of our highest downloaded episodes last year when we talked about metabolic flexibility during our nutrition deep dive.  This time we brought him back to dive into another area of passion for Mike, the autonomic nervous system.     Time Stamps How did he get into studying HRV, metabolic flexibility and the autonomic nervous system? [3:15] What is an example of someone who is star...

012- A Conversation With the Legend Rich Gaspari
Coming at you from the Arnold Classic! Ben sits down with the legend who is Rich Gaspari.  In this episode we discuss Rich's unparalleled work ethic, the rise, fall and resurrection of his massive supplement company Gaspari Nutrition, and how the sport of bodybuilding has changed from the time he competed until now.   This episode is presented by the MI40 Nation.  If you want to get the most out of your time in the gym you have to learn how to execute exercise for your body.  Head to HypertrophyMastery.com ...


011- The Mountain Dog Mindset: Creating Lasting Greatness with John Meadows
Joining us today is IFBB Pro Bodybuilder and coach, John Meadows. In this episode Ben and John dive into all things mindset and how to take your game to the level of a top athlete in the bodybuilding world. They discuss the essential nature of surrounding yourself with the GREAT people, and how to create success by grounding your life in honesty.  John divulges his Mountain Dog mechanisms of ‘progression for training’ & his favorite approach to contest prep and physique transformation. He opens up about how...

010- Aligning Posture for Improved Performance and Global Health with Annette Verpillot
Joining us today is Canadian Posturologist Annette Verpillot.  Annette has worked with some of the biggest names in strength and conditioning including Ben's friend and mentor the great Charles Poliquin.  Annette's approach to aligning posture through the eyes, mouth and feet has garnered a reputation for its effect of immediate strength increases of up to 50 percent.  In this episode we discuss what good posture means, the nuances to aligning it and the incredible effects it has on the nervous system, neur...

009- Creating an Unbreakable Mind and Resilient Body with Josh Lenartowicz
Josh Lenartowicz, Australia’s highest ranked bodybuilder joins us today to discuss his beginnings, career and training!  Josh is a highly respected Olympia competitor and coach who came from humble beginnings, starting training at age 14 to rise to be one of the top bodybuilders in the world.  In this episode of Muscle Intelligence we dive into Josh’s unique training style, the mindset of competing at the highest level in bodybuilding, and how he fell in, out and back in love with the sport.  We also discus...


008- Breaking the Paradigm of Bodybuilding and Health with Luke Leaman
Joining us today is the coach's coach, Luke Leaman!  Luke is a former Poliquin Coach, former competitive bodybuilder, nutritionist, and the founder of Muscle Nerds.  Luke has spent more than the last 2 decades breaking the mold of bodybuilding training and nutrition.  On this episode of Muscle Intelligence we dive into dissecting diet based on goal, how to maintain calories while losing fat, who keto is optimal for, if anyone, and why it is important for coaches like Luke to lead the charge of training with...

007- Developing Ultimate Power with Sebastian Oreb
Joining us today is Sebastian Oreb, aka the ‘Australian Strength Coach’. In this episode Ben and Sebastian dive into all things strength. They discuss his passion for strength, the process of getting someone strong, the technique he uses with his own athletes & MORE. He opens up about the importance of a healthy mindset and quality of quantity. Find out how if you master the basics of the barbell, you WILL get STRONG! Connect with Muscle Intelligence Instagram (@MuscleIntelligencePodcast)  Facebook (@Muscl...

006- Relentless Momentum- Stories of Struggle and Success with Tony Doherty
Joining us today is a legend in the bodybuilding community, founder of Doherty's Gym and Arnold Australia promoter Tony Doherty.  Ben and Tony give a behind the scenes look at the bodybuilding world, the meaning of leadership and the story of how Tony built the Australian bodybuilding scene.  Lastly, Tony explains the meaning of his Relentless Momentum mindset and what gym culture means to the community....


005- Creating a Champions Mindset with Matt Vincent
We recently had Matt Vincent, multi-time Highlands Games champion and the founder of HVIII Brands in to discuss the mindset that has made him so successful in sport.  Ben and Matt debate which is the better motivator, running from pain or towards pleasure.  Matt also gives us insight into what the Highlands Games are and what it takes to be the best.    What is the mindset behind the HVIII Brand? [0:50] Why it’s important to drive towards the pain. [3:35] Does he think he could have trained better knowing ...

004 The Latest and Greatest in Supplementation with Dr. Hector Lopez
Joining us today is Hector Lopez, M.D., CSCS, FAAPMR and the Co-founder of Supplement Safety Solutions. In this episode Ben and Hector dive into all things supplements. They take a deep look into what currently excites him the most in the industry, his involvement in pre/post market surveillance, nootropics, pharmacology of theacrine & MORE. He opens up about involvement in the endocannabinoid system and the ground breaking research he and his colleagues are doing. Find out why bringing new supplements to t...

003- Hands on Nervous System Training with Dr. Mickra Hamilton
Thank you for tuning in to Muscle Intelligence.   Due to the nature of this episode we strongly advise that you watch on our YouTube Channel @MI40MuscleIntelligence.   Joining us today is Dr. Mickra Hamilton, Co-Founder/CEO Apeiron Center for Human Potential. In this episode Ben and Dr. Hamilton dive into all things capnography. She takes Ben through a series of tests, then evaluates his overall state and measures how stress approximation events affect his body. They take a deep look into optimize the mecha...


002- Demystifying Blood Flow Restriction Training with Dr. Mario Novo
Joining us today is Dr. Mario Novo, of The BFR Pros. In this episode Ben and Mario dive into all things BFR, aka ‘blood flow restriction’. They take a deep look into what is going on when someone restricts their blow flow, the negative responses from BFR training, is this novel stimulus for the average person & MORE. He opens up about The BFR Pros and the ground breaking research they are doing. Find out why their mission is to provide the highest level of education and tools for Blood Flow Restriction (BFR...

001- Ben's 44 Success Principles for an Optimized Body and Relentless Mind
Welcome to the ALL NEW Muscle Intelligence Podcast!  To kick things off we are brining you behind the vail of the Muscle Intelligence lifestyle to give you insight on how Ben and his team #DemandExcellence in their daily life.  Follow along with the practices we use to live our greatest life in our greatest body....