Unlocking Your Inner Strength

Unlocking Your Inner Strength is about finding your inner and outer strengths. Learn how you can step into your greatness. This show blends Mind Mapping, philosophy and a lifetime of being a strength coach and bodybuilder.
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Aug 29, 2017

Guess what, Inner Strength show listener? Today we’ve got some more MindMap content! We’re going to expand on the last episode’s topic because mindset is so important to achieving your best and healthiest self. It’s not a bunch of new age-y, “your aura’s harshing my chakra” kind of weirdness. This is legit science on how your brain and your body work in tandem. And if you know how your brain works, you can use its power to become your best self.

So there are a few things I want to share with you today. But first, if you are struggling with a body image issue, know you’re not alone. You’re never too sexy to have body image issues. Most people have them at some points in their lives. So cheer up!

Enough with the pep talk and on to business …

Let’s talk about: Definitions. This is so important for everything we’ll cover today, as it’s a foundation for an inner strength strategy (which I’ll expand upon in a future episode). I learned about this when, after coming off a couple of bodybuilding shows, looking as ripped and as good as I felt I’ve ever looked in my life, I blew out my knee playing basketball. At this point, I wasn’t working out for about five weeks and was feeling pretty flabby, but something funny happened … My wife, Devon, told me that I was the most attractive to her that I’ve ever been. Of course, I’ll share with you why she thought that, but it set me on a path of creating definitions.

On that path, adding in the MindMap principles, I learned:

  • Transformation may seen like it takes a long time, but it actually happens in an instant. Here’s why … (04:07)
  • Why you need to develop your definition of what health is (04:23)
  • Your brain needs to have this one thing in order for it to reach good decisions (04:39)
  • Why losing weight and getting ripped is not always the best thing (05:10)
  • I share with you my own personal definition of health (05:27)
  • What is the purpose of any goal, really? You might be surprised to learn the truth (06:01)
  • How to know you’re chasing after the wrong goal (06:21)
  • Why you can’t create good habits and why willpower is useless (in most cases ...) (06:44)
  • Where to find your willpower in your brain and what it actually runs off of (this will explain why you can never make it to the gym after work) (07:34)
  • Why you absolutely have to remove willpower from the habit-forming equation, and what you really need in its place ... (08:45)
  • Why this MindMap stuff is not only good for your head, but great for your physique (09:30)
  • What really controls how you look, how much you weigh, your body composition and how much fat or muscle you have (09:47)
  • Your hormones are cars in a parking lot. Here’s what happens when stress kicks in and they begin fighting for those spaces … (10:44)
  • Breaking it all down with cortisol (11:14)
  • The “Three King” hormones that regulate everything else (11:51)
  • The hormone you’re really having a problem with when you have low testosterone (12:14)
  • The one hormone you have the most control of (12:27)
  • What prednisone and catabolic steroids do to your body through hormone manipulation (12:42)
  • Why when it comes down to it, it’s not about calories in versus calories out. It’s really about this … (13:03)
  • Go on vacation and come home having lost weight? No way! … WAY! Here’s why (13:27)
  • What you must be in, in order to Rest. Digest. Relax. (13:52)

Take it from my experience, you need to pay attention to this stuff if you have a goal in your life you want to achieve.

That’s it for this episode. Later we’ll talk about how to form strategies to deal with things that will distract us from forming the habits that help us reach our goals.

Please leave us a review and share this episode with a friend. As a reminder, you can apply to work with me for the 90 Day Sprint Master Mind, which I guarantee you will achieve the outcome you set. Go to unlockingyourinnerstrength/mastermind.

You’re stronger than you know!


  • Kyle Newell

If you have show suggestions or an interesting idea you want me to talk about, please contact me at or at You can also leave a comment or review on today’s show. We love hearing from you!

Aug 22, 2017

Hello gorgeous! No, not you (though I mean no offense). I was talking to your brain. Your brain is an amazingly beautiful and brilliant thing. It’s absolutely fascinating the more you understand how it works and where in your brain certain responses, feeling and thoughts happen.

I owe my love of the mind to MindMap Mastery coach Dax Moy. He introduced me to mind mapping when I went with my buddy CJ to one of Dax’s two-day conferences. By the end I was hooked, and it’s become the core of my coaching philosophy.

So what’s this all about?

In today’s episode, I’m going to share with you some seriously fascinating tidbits about how your brain has evolved to allow you to become self-actualized, and how three specific parts of your brain work together to control two important parts of your autonomic immune system. This is important because your best and strongest self can only be realized when you are in the proper state of mind - a state that just so happens to regulate the hormones in your body and bring balance. So without further adieu, here’s what you’ll learn today:

  • What is the science of transformation and why you should care (02:31)
  • What your brain is built around and why it thrives on habits (02:50)
  • The triune brain, its parts, and why it’s responsible for everything from hunger to sadness to logical though (03:05)
  • What habits actually free up your brain to do (03:41)
  • Where danger, food and sex actually register in your brain (04:02)
  • Where you feel connection, experience, emotion and attachment (05:05)
  • An area of the brain that is larger and more pronounced in women, and why (05:38)
  • How to avoid lowering your testosterone levels by not holding crying babies. Mostly for the guys ... (06:15)
  • Where logical and linear thought happens (06:45)
  • The key difference between change and transformation (07:35)
  • What you need to realize when trying to form new habits and why it’s not an “information” problem (08:15)
  • Why you should pay close attention to your main recurring top of mind emotions and what they actually mean (09:33)
  • How your hormones regulate your metabolism and the rest of your body (Hint: you can hack your weight by regulating hormones. Here’s how) … (10:01)
  • The two parts of your autonomic nervous system that control your hormones and at the same time enhance your chances of survival in stressful situations (11:18)
  • We’ve talked about this before, but the sympathetic nervous system’s response to stress is: Freeze, Flight or Fight. The order is important, and shows how brilliant your brain is ... (10:04)
  • Two alertness hormones that activate your muscular system (12:47)
  • Why activating your parasympathetic nervous system is so important for being healthy and losing weight (13:20)
  • How your brain sees judgement and why it’s a significant threat to your strength journey (15:07)
  • Why to get permission and give permission. This is crucial for our subconscious to accept suggestions (16:23)
  • The most stressful time of the day and how to plan for dealing with the natural stress response to get back into your parasympathetic nervous system ... (17:49)

There’s a lot for you to digest in here. And which nervous system should you be in while you digest it? Just making sure you were paying attention ...

All right, that’s all I’ve go for you today. Next time we’ll expand this MindMAP concept a bit further where we’ll talk about will power and how understanding how your mind works can make you willpower obsolete.

Keep pressing forward and win your week. You’re stronger than you know!


  • Kyle Newell

If you have show suggestions or an interesting idea you want me to talk about, please contact me at or at You can also leave a comment or review on today’s show. We love hearing from you!

Aug 15, 2017

“Tii-iii-iii-iiime is on my side. Yes it is!”

What’s up Unlocking Your Inner Strength listener? Do you ever feel like time is against you? Do you wonder where time goes even when you are trying to make the most of it to get things done?

When I was still working a full-time teaching gig, I managed to study and get my masters degree, I successfully started Newell Strength, trained and competed in bodybuilding shows, was nominated as “Author of the Year” on one of the top fitness sites in the world, and was published in numerous other places. I don’t say this to make you feel bad, or to brag. I only want to show you what is possible when you know the things we’re going to talk about today.

Fighting the right battles ...

I’m telling you, time is not your enemy, but you do have enemies that keep you from making the most of your time. Defeating them is easy when you know:

  • Who the two time enemies we all have are and the secret sword you can use to put through their hearts (01:35)
  • What to do with your writing to ensure each produced piece is leveraged to the hilt (This was crucial for growing my newsletter) … (02:37)
  • A simple mindset shift you can make to help you plan for productivity in the midst of chaos (03:49)
  • What happens to your brain when you throw it a surprise party (04:35)
  • The best mode to be in when confronted with chaos and how to get into this mode ... (04:43)
  • What is really the hardest thing about writing for most people … (05:01)
  • The one thing you really need to figure out how to do when you have more and more responsibility (05:54)
  • An easy trick you can do to get more leverage of you time (most people have no idea how to apply this simple trick) ... (07:04)
  • Why you should always carry a pocket notebook ... (07:45)
  • How to “live off the grid” with your errands. This is a very effective time leverage tactic that I use to keep me from losing focus ... (10:04)
  • Why your driving commute is some of the most valuable and productive time you have, if you use it right (10:21)
  • A $10 tool you can get to help you master leveraging your time to gain that slight edge (11:48)

Leveraging your time is the way to gain the slight edge, which is getting a little bit better each day, no matter what. I realized the power of leverage when my Dad wrote me a serious letter. He said, “Kyle, you have accomplished more in a year than most people do in 20. Help me.” That’s when I realized I was onto something unique.

If you apply what we covered in today’s episode, you be well on your way to making big things happen. I look forward to hearing the stories in the coming weeks.

Of course, we’ve got lot’s more great stuff to talk about. Real quick, I wanted to let you know about the opportunity to work closely with me as part of my 90-day Sprint Mastermind. I’m iron clad guaranteeing you, you will accomplish what you select as your outcome for this. But I’m only selecting a few people, so be sure to apply at:

That’s all I’ve go for you today. Keep pressing forward. You’re stronger than you know!


  • Kyle Newell

If you have show suggestions or an interesting idea you want me to talk about, please contact me at or at You can also leave a comment or review on today’s show. We love hearing from you!

Aug 8, 2017

Gulp … gulp … gulp … ahhh! … Oh hey Inner Strength listener. What’s up? I didn’t see you there. I was just downing a tall glass of water. You should be drinking one, too. Water is extremely important and relevant to the topic we’re going to discuss today, which is how to recover your body after taxing workouts.

This podcast comes as a special request from one of my clients, and I’ll tell you, I have been extremely high on good recovery ever since I experienced the excruciatingly painful consequences of no recovery following the weeks upon weeks of intense work leading up to the 2007 IFBB state championships.

Settle in, and take notes on the knowledge I’m about to drop on you because it will help you get better results -- bigger gains in less time while reducing soreness and protecting against tactile and nervous system injury.

Are you training hard enough for recovery to be an issue?

Most people don’t. When I say “hard enough” I mean how much of your nervous system are you activating when you train? If you are training at an intense level then recovery, i.e., proper rest, becomes extremely important. Here’s what you’re gonna need to know:

  • How often you REALLY need to train hard in order to see great results (06:10)
  • What recovery days do for your body and your sympathetic and parasympathetic systems (06:56)
  • Don’t just sit there! What you need to be doing on recovery days (06:41)
  • The one exercise you must do on your recovery days to lower the stress hormone, cortisol (06:48)
  • What a cup of water and your nervous system have in common (07:37)
  • How high focus and creativity can use just as much energy as working out (08:11)
  • The absolute best time to work out to get your brain fired up and eliminate the issue of willpower (08:05)

The best diet … AND the best recovery tool … Sleep!

Sleep is your body’s natural recovery and repair tool. When you sleep, your body regulates hormones and recharges the brain. This is why when I hear so-called gurus talking about their “strug-life”, “sleep when you die” mindset, I have a hearty belly laugh. I’d do it right in their face, too, because I know it’s all a bunch of nonsense. If they are doing this, I can guarantee you it’s not often, and if it is, their productivity and creativity are so impaired, it might even make me sad for them. Don’t buy them day-old donuts. Here’s what you need to know about what happens when you sleep:

  • The absolute best sleep cycle that maximizes the average person’s circadian rhythm (09:16)
  • What your body does between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. that will make you want to have your teeth brushed and head on the pillow by 9:30 each night (09:10)
  • Why deep sleep between the hours of 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. is so important for your creativity and productivity (09:25)
  • There are some people who are the sleepless elite, but chances are, you ain’t it (10:06)

The one thing ain’t the only thing when it comes to nutrition and recovery ...

Amino acids are the building blocks for rebuilding your muscle tissue. You need lots of good high-quality protein (i.e., amino acids) for recovery, but you’ll also need more. Learn:

  • Why eating only protein will slow your recovery to a crawl (11:29)
  • What else you should be eating (11:42)
  • How much water you need to be drinking. (This is VERY important!) (12:06)
  • How anabolic steroids work and how they enhance recovery (11:55)
  • The supplements that will help you recover faster (13:12)
  • What is really going on when you’re sore (12:51)
  • What to do to promote healing and rejuvenate your nervous system (14:33)

Massage and stretching …

Here are a few other things that help cut recovery time, release endorphins and promote nervous system rejuvenation:

  • The magic touch! How massage helps with recovery (15:39)
  • A way of stretching that feels amazing, loosens tight joints and muscles and will leave you feeling like a million bucks! (16:04)
  • Go dark, float and soak. How deprivation tanks promote recovery (16:23)
  • Don’t be a deloading dummy. Just listen to your body for when you need to scale back (17:04)

Well, friends, this was a full episode. There was a lot of great information you can use right away to help you get the most out of your training. Remember, stress comes in many forms and you can use these tips to deal with stress in all of its forms. Now get out there and get after it! You’re stronger than you know.

More next time!


  • Kyle Newell

If you have show suggestions or an interesting idea you want me to talk about, please contact me at or at You can also leave a comment or review on today’s show. We love hearing from you!

Aug 1, 2017

What’s happening Inner Strength friends? Is anyone else super frustrated by all of these over-emotional social justice warriors all over social media? It’s like you can’t say anything without offending someone. Well, get over it! Because today I’m going to talk about haters (which is just what SJWs are ...) and how their opinion is none of yours. But first ...

Your friend’s eyeball is just “ok” fish bait …

Last week I promised you I’d open the show by telling you the story of how I almost caught a fish using the King’s eyeball as bait. Ok, ok … I never almost caught a fish. In fact, when I hooked his eye -- because me reel locked up in my back cast -- I experienced a FREEZE moment (Remember? We talked about your body’s natural physiological responses to stress a couple episodes ago ...). This was the day I learned we have a choice in how we respond to stress. I also learned just how tough the King is, and I’ve never questioned his toughness since.

On to business ...

There’s something fishy about haters …

Haters gotta hate … I learned this the hard way when I ran a Ripped Abs contest last year on Facebook. I’d like to save you from mountains of frustration by sharing with you what I learned from the experience, such as:

  • What REALLY fuels a troll (i.e., an online hater that emerges from their mom’s basement to feed on hate) (10:02)
  • How to understand the mindset of a hater to beat them at their own game (08:57)


  • IF you engage with a hater (don’t ... just … don’t) you have to speak to them in their language. Learn troll-anese here (9:16)


  • What goes out the window when emotion is high (09:31)
  • You might be wondering WHY the hater’s targeting you. Relax. It actually has very little to do with you. Here’s why haters engage you (Hint: you’re a mirror) (11:02)
  • There are different types of haters, but one common thing drives them (15:10)


  • How to make a hater’s head explode! (12:15)


  • What haters crave more than mom’s meatloaf (12:18)

Self talk to deal with haters

You’ve gotta be in the right state of mind to control your thoughts (12:58), and this is a great way to deal with haters.

  • If you believe these two things, like Rocky vs. the Russian (you know, the one who tried to rig the presidential election), no hater can affect you (12:40)
  • Your brain is a super high-def movie projector. You think in images. Picture this image and doing this one thing to instantly get into the right mindset to deal with haters (13:31)
  • How haters can actually help you become better -- but you have to be honest with yourself … (14:29)
  • Dogs don’t bark at parked cars. What that says about you … (15:59)

This was a fun episode for me, and I hope you enjoy it. If you’re doing anything that matters you’re going to get some hate at some point. I hope you use these tips to keep focused and keep growing. You’re stronger than you know.

Be back with you next week!


  • Kyle Newell

If you have show suggestions or an interesting idea you want me to talk about, please contact me at or at You can also leave a comment or review on today’s show. We love hearing from you!