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MindPump exposes the RAW TRUTH about health, fitness, nutrition and more... Hosts Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer & Justin Andrews pull back the curtain on the mythology, snake oil and pseudo-science that pervades the fitness industry and present science-backed solutions that result in increased muscular development and performance while simultaneously emphasizing health. No fitness institution or fitness "truth" is safe from their quick wit and over 40 years of combined experience in the fitne ...
 
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In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin speak with contest winner Helen Lin. How long has she listened to the show? (3:00) Her fascinating background and introduction to health and fitness. (4:00) When did she notice the benefits of fitness? (10:06) The crazy world of ice swimming. (12:37) The driving force of wanting to stand out. (14:00) When did she…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how to practice bracing the core for lifting, the best order to do the big lifts if performed in a single workout, the definition of fitness, and helping a significant-other get in shape. How the guys consume Ned products. (6:53) Life after kids with Mind Pump. (8:…
 
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin discuss why the deadlift is one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why should you deadlift? (2:55) A fundamental movement that is still relevant today. (5:32) The myths surrounding the deadlift. (8:18) Why a deadlifters body doesn’t always have a large waist. (12:14) The importance of having confidence i…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the effectiveness of powerbuilding, the value a Zercher squat provides that a front squat doesn’t, the best program for someone who wants to maximize benefits while losing weight, and when it is advisable to go “off script” for the sake of fun when following a work…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how exercise tempo affects the aesthetics of resistance training, how Smith machines compare to free barbell weights, eating in a surplus on off days when bulking, and how to navigate Mind Pump’s library of instructional videos, free resources, workout programs, an…
 
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin discuss how to bulk and the mistakes to avoid. Let’s talk bulking during the holidays. (3:23) The misconceptions around bulking. (5:35) Don’t Make These 6 Bulking Mistakes. #1 - Consuming junk food to meet your macros. (7:33) #2 - Not tracking and hitting protein intake. (19:24) #3 – Bulking for too long. (22:34)…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the benefits of power cleans, the part of sleep that is best for recovery, whether there are “good” fats and “bad” fats, and managing fitness lifestyle, business, and fatherhood. Mind Pump Debates: Sony versus Xbox. (5:44) Mind Pump going ‘hard’ on Parler. (9:28) W…
 
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin interview their producer, Doug Egge, about his upbringing, life experiences and the journey that led him to partner with them and create Mind Pump. The values and morals that built the foundation. (4:40) Living up to his brother’s standards. (11:30) How he chose to follow the path less likely. (16:00) Reconnectin…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the best way to get a higher vertical jump, favorite old school lifts that don’t see love anymore, whether the calf muscle is mostly determined by genetics and is not as “trainable” as other muscles, and why female CrossFitters usually have thicker waists. Why Mind…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the the difference between practicing a squat vs. performing a squat, how to introduce a fragile 65 year old to strength training, where to draw the line between deciding to improve health naturally through diet, exercise, and sleep or using more unnatural methods …
 
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin discuss the popularity of the "dad bod" and how to build a great one. Mind Pump discusses the popularity of the ‘dad bod’ and the stigma behind being ‘jacked’. (4:23) The science behind the ultimate attractive body type. (7:04) What defines a ‘dad bod’? (12:35) The positives of aiming for a ‘dad bod’. (14:40) The…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the best exercises for developing rotational power, programming P.E. for students in online schools, how to properly breathe when lifting, and exercises or foods to help with sperm count & motility. Adam’s snafu with the new nanny. (5:07) Baby Aurelius and Maximus …
 
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin speak with good friend Max Lugavere about why counting calories may actually be making you fat. Don’t put Max in a corner! (2:50) Why the public health crisis will not be solved by math and spreadsheets. (6:00) The importance of learning good habits and behaviors first. (10:34) Why you don’t want to rely on your …
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about whether you can use MAPS Suspension movements in place of Focus or Trigger sessions, the qualifying markers in becoming an intermediate lifter, 5 staple foods to incorporate into your diet to cover the most nutritional needs, and training people with body dysmorphi…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about how to analyze a physique, favorite exercises & movements in the sagittal and transverse planes, the best advice for someone who just recently found out she’s diabetic, and what they would like to say if invited on the Joe Rogan podcast. Welcome to the world Aureli…
 
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin detail how to get the biceps and triceps to grow. If you build the muscles in your arms, they will come. (3:32) Why it’s easier for bigger muscles to take over movements. (5:56) The misunderstanding of the muscles of the arms. (8:10) How to Get Stubborn Arms to Grow. #1 – Pay attention to your elbow positioning. …
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about adding plyometrics and functional training into a routine, whether deadlifts give you a thicker midsection, if one rest day a week is necessary, and the best exercises or routines for a 7 year old interested in weight training. Updates on Baby Di Stefano. (4:58) Ho…
 
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin Cover 7 Ways to Find Purpose. Why is it that we have so MUCH more, yet we are less happy than ever? (3:19) Why having a strong sense of purpose is a LARGE contributor to your overall health. (7:47) Mind Pump reminisces on moments of realization. (12:35) 7 Ways to Find Purpose. #1 – Practice gratitude. (16:32) #2 …
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about going from tracking everything to eating intuitively, the “demonized” leg extension machine, focusing more on intensity or volume when trying to increase the squat, and good ways to deal with a Type A personality and addictive behavior. Weird News with Sal. (3:53) …
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about exercises for women who want to build lean long legs but also want to grow the glutes, whether calisthenics promotes the same metabolism and testosterone boosting benefits of weight training, specific exercises that help build the muscles of the core, and the best …
 
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin detail nine characteristics that winners share. The misconception that all winners win every time. (2:50) Nine Characteristics of a Winner. #1 – Have a ‘winning’ mindset. (5:22) #2 – Enjoy the challenge more than the win. (13:56) #3 – Know how to set small and attainable goals. (19:41) #4 – Are tenacious and valu…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about ways or exercises to improve body coordination, exercises to help with overactive upper traps on pulling movements, cleansing or fast days, and whether there is any detriment to always wearing sunglasses outside. How the ego wins all the time. (4:38) Amazing feats …
 
In this episode, Sal, Adam & Justin go over 12 things that contribute to being a great dad (or a great parent for that matter). How nothing challenges you more to be a better person than being a dad. (3:42) The fatherless epidemic statistics and unintended consequences. (6:08) The 12 Most Important Factors that Contribute to Being a Great Dad. (13:…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about doing only compound exercises and skipping isolation exercises to build muscle, the best sources of carbs, overweight professional athletes, and the times they failed as a personal trainer or leader. Justin’s collagen legs. (4:28) Sal’s big scare. (5:09) Was Adam’s…
 
In this episode of Quah (Q & A), Sal, Adam & Justin answer Pump Head questions about the advantages of using compound lifts when one can build a good looking body with isolation movements, what causes the small muscles in the upper back and the rotator cuff not to strengthen, how mini bulks and cuts compare to traditional 3-month intervals of bulki…
 
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