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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 9, 2022

The BIG Four-1

 

41 years ago today, I was born.  

 

August 10th, at 10:10 AM.  

 

And I have to tell you, that this is by far the best I have ever felt in my life.  

 

I am not just saying that.  

 

The funny thing is, I have multiple people every week asking me what I have been doing differently.  

 

I tell them, not much, besides finally ‘getting it’.  Something clicked and now I have been propelled to another level of health and fitness.  

 

How my body looks is just a side effect. 

Remember, it all starts by making a decision.  

Jul 26, 2022

3 years ago, Emma was born.  

 

Yes, our little warrior princess is growing up fast!

 

3 years and 10 months ago, I figured out a loophole in  supplementing with testosterone.  

 

You see, I have always been a practitioner of direct knowledge, mainly through self-experimentation.  

 

And one of the areas of expertise that I have developed this in is in testosterone replacement therapy.  

Jul 19, 2022

As I’ve gotten back into the training aspect at Newell Strength, I have really been enjoying listening to and thinking about the philosophy of some of the bodybuilding greats.  

 

Men that have inspired me and that have played a huge role in my development.  

 

Socrates has a quote that resonated with what I have been thinking alot about lately, ‘No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training.  It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.’  

 

You shape your mind through your body.  

 

Your body is the temple, treat it as such and watch how your philosophy of life changes.  

Here are some great clips with some of the characters I mentioned in the episode:

Mike Mentzer- https://youtu.be/WBVaSNYNGkY

Lee Haney- https://youtu.be/aAcWOy7E1uk

Dorian Yates- https://youtu.be/hR4JL1AN0e8

Arnold- https://youtu.be/u_ktRTWMX3M

 

Jul 12, 2022

Way back in 1997, when I first began to take my strength training seriously, I knew that nutrition was going to be the other wheel of my ‘fitness bike’.  

 

I wanted to get big.

 

I wanted to put on muscle.  

 

And I knew that I needed to support that with nutrients and extra building blocks.  

 

I would drink these banana chalk shakes, in which I had to plug my nose.  

 

There were quite a few times in which I actually force fed myself to the point of vomiting.

 

While experimenting with the Cylce Diet, I put on legendary eating shows, consuming upwards of 20,000 calories in a day, many, many times.  

 

I’ve seen and done it all with nutrition.  

 

Which has all led me to the Panda Diet.  

 

Take a listen and enjoy as I share some of the stories that formed the basis for my philosophy on nutrition. 

Jul 5, 2022

On the way home from Italy, I was able to read an entire book, ‘Yes to Life’, which had a few golden nuggets in it.  

 

In today’s episode, I talk about:

 

-happiness

-fulfillment in life

-the purpose of life (it’s not set in stone)

 

And much more.  

 

Don’t say no to life when it gets tough, accept it as part of your journey.  

 

Enjoy the episode!

Jun 28, 2022

Way back in the years of 1995-1998, I was developing the foundation for the Newell Strength training principles.  

As time has gone on, some of the stuff has become a little more popular with the masses, but much is still unique.  

Some of the principles in today's episode include:

-Training at or near an anaerobic and anabolic threshold

-Movement first, then strength

-A game of angles

-The mind muscle connection

-Grip and mental toughness training

And more.  Take a listen and share with a friend! 

Jun 21, 2022

It was very fitting that I would be finishing up my 30-day squat challenge while in Italy.

 

And, it turned out that I actually finished on the night of my brother’s wedding, on the dance floor, with about 5 other people joining in.

 

In the latest episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I discuss the Italian’s key to health, what I did for my own personal fitness while traveling abroad and the wild life that the 30-day squat challenge wound up taking on. 

Jun 14, 2022

Your state of mind determines your reality.  

 

Yet, most people get stuck in a bad state of mind.  

 

It’s almost as if they feel they have no control over their thoughts.

 

And if you have no control over your thoughts, you’ll have no control over your feelings.  

 

That’s when life can become a very slippery slope.  

 

In today’s episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I share with you 5 things you can do that can help you feel in control again and nearly always be the master of your mind. 

Jun 7, 2022

Principles are few, methods are many.  Here is my Mt. Rushmore of fitness principles that I feel are the most important to focus on to stay young, strong and powerful.  

May 31, 2022

On May 20th, we had our 2 year anniversary of opening up successfully in the midst of Covid, against the Governor’s wishes.  

 

It came out better than anyone could have anticipated.  

 

We lived by our principles and values in that moment and it paid off.  

 

When you lead with the goodness of your heart, you can  never go wrong.  

 

Here is a recap of that story, two years later.  

May 24, 2022

I went for a 2 mile run this weekend.  

 

Last year, I dabbled a bit more with running and I am glad I did.  

 

While I don’t have any aspirations at this moment for doing any competitive running, my run this past weekend made me think about standards for training.  

 

In today’s episode, I cover things that I think you should be able to do and/or work towards when survival is the name of the game.  

Using survival as a frame of reference puts fitness and strength into perspective.  

 

Take a listen and enjoy!

May 17, 2022
15 years ago, I began Newell Strength.  

 

It was and is my passion.  

 

It is also my profession, that of being a Coach.

 

Heading into this year, I developed a strategy, along with Devon, to get it to where I know it can be.  

 

I knew that ultimately, it all falls on me, I take responsibility and ownership.  

 

In today’s episode, I share with you why now, my role and what this means for Newell Strength.  

May 10, 2022
I first began experimenting with cheat days and re-feeds way back in the year 2002. There was hardly any resources back then regarding this topic. After a college department head had no answers for me, I realized that I was on my own and that I'd have to figure out for myself how the human body really worked when it came to trying to pack on muscle or drop serious body fat. In this episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I go into things such as super-compensation, unreal appetites and food hangovers.
May 3, 2022

When I first began training, way back in high school, I quickly realized that what I was doing in the gym and with my nutrition was much different than what the norm was.  

 

Maybe it’s because I was willing to do things outside the box, but I soon found out that I was on the correct path and using something I call ‘reality math’ has always allowed me to stay about 5 years ahead of the curve.  

 

Sorry if that sounds braggadocious, but it’s true. 

 

In today’s episode, I breakdown 6 myths that, once known, will probably save you a lot of time and frustration.  

Apr 26, 2022

3 years ago, I dove into longer form fasting, after doing a 16-20 hour fast for the prior 5 years.  

 

But just like 2019, I knew there was something more to be learned and explored, which is the feeling I’ve been hearing God whisper into my ear quite frequently.  

 

That’s part of the  inspiration that some people have heard me talk about when I talk about developing Indigo Panda.  

 

Anyhow, I am diving back into my 72's, which I still was doing every few months, some dry fasting, and some other fasting experiments I am kicking around right now.  

 

For me, it’s mainly a spiritual quest this time around.  

Apr 19, 2022

Have you ever had one of those moments in life when your mind expands on the spot.  

 

And you’re conscious of it?  

 

If you’re aware of your thoughts, and this happens to you, you remember it forever.

 

For me, one of those moments was when I had the chance to compete against Tim Martin back in 2007 and later become friends with him.

Tim expanded my mind into what was possible physically.  

 

In this episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I am fortunate enough to get an inside peak into a champion’s mindset.  It’s worth gold, take a listen….

Apr 12, 2022

I was fortunate enough to interview my longtime mentor and the creator of Mind Map, Dax Moy, a few weeks ago.  

 

If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of Mind Map or what the thought process was behind it, then  you are going to want to take a listen.  

 

In this episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, Dax shares some knowledge about the NEED for creating Mind Mapping, what Bio Map and Body Map are and how the brain and nervous system are always trying to tell us something.  

 

When we just continue to use the same approach of grind, go harder, push through, then we will lose that battle every time.  

 

Take a listen and enjoy! 

Apr 5, 2022
My Definition of a Real Man

 

Last year, about this same time, I was giving a lot of deep thought to what it means to be a man.  

 

Where was I falling short and where do I continue to fall short? 

 

Maybe it’s natural to have thoughts of this magnitude when the seasons change.  

Check that, I believe it’s imperative to have thoughts like this when the seasons change.  

 

Real men are tough and stern.  Real men don’t play the victim.  Real men are in shape.

 

The list goes on.

Mar 29, 2022

When you were younger, you were probably able to get away with a lot more at the table and your eating habits and not pay a price for it.  

 

Although, that doesn’t mean you were necessarily healthy.  

 

As we age, we need to take into account a few other factors and there’s a better approach than just cutting calories. 

Mar 22, 2022

Going back to the early 2000’s, when I began competing in bodybuilding, I learned how to train with injuries.  

 

Over the years, I’ve become known as an expert and how to train with and help injuries heal faster.  

 

The absolute worst thing that you can when you get an injury is to stop training.  

 

Yes, you read that correctly.  

 

If you want to know why and what to do, take a listen to today’s episode. 

Mar 15, 2022

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done 

 

Ten days ago, we were up in New Hampshire attempting to climb Mt. Washington.  

 

Last year, I didn’t make it.  

 

This year, I was inspired to give it my best.

 

We made it, it was unreal.

 

I had to use every tool I had in mind, body and spirit.  No stone was left unturned.

 

In today’s episode, I break it all down. 

Mar 8, 2022

A week ago, we had our 4th installment in our seminar series with Dr. Andrey Espinoza about how to have the healthiest heart around.

 

Lucky for you, I recorded an episode for you on my portion of the talk.  

 

If you want to know:

  • How much sodium you need and why keeping salt low is one of the most harmful pieces of health advice ever given
  • Why sleep is the king when it comes to health and the simplest way to begin with better sleep hygiene
  • The difference in metabolism between fasting and the standard North American Diets
  • What happens with the master hormone Insulin and why its the key factor in dramatically changing your health
  • Two radically different ways to look at food and body fat
  • And much more…
Mar 1, 2022

 

Ever since I can remember, I knew that a big part of helping people transform their lives was a combination of things, one of which was teaching them so they understood on some level why they were doing what they were doing. 

 

Fasting is no different.  

 

I can’t tell you how often I hear that ‘I fast, I do the 8 hour window’.  Which is fine and dandy, that’s what I did for a number of years, before I really understood the power of fasting.  

 

In today’s episode, I break down how fasting actually works and how it can and should have a compounding effect on your health and wellness.  

 

(If you’d really like to master the practice of fasting, see below for the upcoming Panda Challenge). 

Feb 22, 2022

A little over two years ago, I was quarantined in our room with one of the worst cases of flu ever seen.  

 

It didn’t kill me, but Devon thought it might.  It was the real deal. 

 

Anyhow, I had an idea and my notebook.  The idea was the concept of the Panda Diet, something I had been brainstorming for a few months.  

 

I had nothing else to do and no energy to move, so I began to write and map out the Panda Diet.  

 

It was literally created while I was down and out with the flu.  

 

In today’s episode, I talk about the creation of Panda, the history and the process.  

 

Feb 15, 2022

Last week, one of my brothers, Presh, was asking if I thought there was censorship around fasting just like how they censor so many other things these days.  

 

Afterall, fasting does change the health for the positive dramatically in those that try it.  

 

While I don’t think there’s censorship around fasting, I do believe the current way of eating has been systematically installed over the past century to make a society of unhealthy, mind numbed, zombies.  

 

I touch on this here and there from time to time, but in this episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I devote my full attention to it.

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