Nov 18, 2019
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 of
the show is Ben’s muscle camp that Ashleigh was a guest on. You’ll
hear Ashleigh’s main takeaway from the experience, a lesson that
while working out, we don’t actually practice the basic principles
of good form we all think we learned years ago. Form is key!
Knowing how to do an exercise properly makes it ten times harder,
sometimes removing the necessity for weights at all. Hidden in this
is a lesson to get over your ego and be mindful of your body. Stop
thinking you have learned it all because you haven’t. The best
exercises are simple and can become even more effective through
variation. Finally, we share our lesson of the week with you, which
is a reminder to count your blessings, because nobody ever got
anywhere by complaining!
- Why vegan activists like James
Cameron are really just trying to sell vegan products.
- A consideration of whether
unbiased opinions about diet are possible. [03:03]
- A new activity in the podcast
where great comments get read out. [07:48]
- The role of reverse engineering
and bracketing in Ben’s approach to productivity.
- How to approach effective
intellectual work without spending many hours on it.
- Where the productivity fetish
might have come from: corporations and government.
- Ben’s tips on condensing time:
meet your mentors rather than read their books. [17:00]
- The different mindfulness-related
lessons Ashleigh learned at Ben’s muscle camp. [19:13]
- What most people don’t do: get
past their egos and remember basic form in the gym.
- How Ben applies the principle of
getting past ego and mindfulness to his teaching.
- Managing the balance between focus
and working unconsciously. [26:47]
- Remembering that rather than
moving weight, it is contracting muscle that’s important.
- The way proper form can reduce the
variety of exercises necessary in a workout. [30:04]
- Maximize effectiveness by varying
the parameters within simple exercises. [31:15]
- The many kinds of stability and
how to incorporate them for maximum gain. [34:15]
- What Ashley learned when she found
out about how to do a proper hamstring curl. [36:47]
- How the lessons of good form in
Ben’s camp were revolutionary for Ashley. [37:36]
- Why muscle and joint pain are not
par for the course after a workout. [38:04]
- Ben’s hopes for a future where
nutrition is geared to the body’s daily needs. [40:12]
- What makes Ben’s gym the best:
active care. [43:12]
- This episode’s habit of the week:
stop complaining, and practice gratitude. [44:01]