Show Notes Ep 548 Ben Pakulski

  • Intro to interview with Ben Pakulski (0:14)
  • Guys talk about Ben’s Mi40 gym (5:16)
  • Was he mindful/self-aware as a kid? (17:19)
    • Family overweight and alcoholics
    • Tunnel vision in the gym
  • Does he see a place for flexibility/mobility in bodybuilders training? (12:28)
    • Starts with stability
    • Challenge your strength curve
      • Plate loaded equipment
  • What does he think of the trend of adding bands to machines? (17:51)
    • Different benefits
    • Changes the resistance
    • More mindful
  • How does he speak to a young mind that sees their idol (Instagram/social) and their way of training? 
    • Execution
  • What are his thoughts on exercise programming in bodybuilding? (21:50)
    • Access to internet
    • Training has to be #1
    • Genetics piece
    • Gear in men’s physique world
      • Work ethic
      • Generally smaller body types
  • Relationship with food / Goal to lose muscle currently (30:42)
    • Loves the process, not the end result
    • Having kids changed his view of himself
    • Wants to do triathlons
  • Did he have a rough childhood? (43:36)
    • Always the observer
    • Grew up living with grandparents
    • More of an athlete
    • Switch came when moved to new school
  • When did he find his passion for learning? (48:06)
    • Found bodybuilding in high school
    • Loves to help people
  • What would he like to be known for now? (53:19)
    • Someone can turn to for great information
    • Travel the world and meet new people
  • What are the subjects that are peaking his interest? 
    • Optimizing brain performance
    • Be the ultimate modern man
  • What does he do now to increase his longevity? 
    • Meditation
  • How can someone train for hypertrophy for muscle building? (1:01:21)
    • Create an internal focus
    • Lock it down, create tension and bring to insertion point
    • Try to train the muscle
    •  **Detach from your attachment to exercise**
    • Free weights vs. cable movements
  • How has his training/eating changed since switching more to functional fitness? (1:15:52)
    • Maintain strength while improving mobility
    • Upper/lower body split 2-3 times a week
    • Protein consumption has lowered
    • Vegetable intake has increased
  • What is happening now in bodybuilding from the Dorian Yates era? (1:23:19)
    • Steroids/gear
    • Social media
    • Relationship with food
      • Cheat days
  • What advice would he give to bodybuilders? 
    • Fasting
      • Disconnect from having to eat
    • **You are not what you eat, you are what you absorb**
      • Take in a vast array of fibers
    • Don’t have to train 7 days a week
      • Try 3 days a week to start
      • Active recovery
  • What are his thoughts on frequency of training? (1:45:10)
    • Learning curve
    • Programming and periodization come in
  • What does he feel about people chasing PR’s (Personal Records)? 
    • Progressive overload
    • Own every inch of the movement first
      • Distance from the axis
    • Execution/quality of the rep most important

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