165: Max Shank - On Attention, Self-Talk, and The Daily Essentials of Movement


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Max Shank is an eternal student, scientist, and artist of life and movement. Through his gym, books, videos, and online coaching programs, he helps tens of thousands of people get just a little better every day. He is a master of simplifying complex subjects and breaking them down into easy, effective actions. He loves to learn new skills like music, languages, juggling, and hand balancing.

Episode Notes From Andy:

  • Abrupt start - jumping into a conversation about ozone generator for his cold plunge
  • Crux of the perishable skill as it applies to stimulus like walking barefoot and cold water
  • Why you should think “intention before ingestion.”
  • If complexity equals cost, what are you making complex that is costing you more than you need to spend?
  • Why you should consider spending more time exercising, playing, and working out on hills.
  • How looking for the right set/rep combination is missing the point.
  • Learn this simple phrase to help frame your self-talk and be more honest with yourself.
  • Books
    • The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
    • What to say when you talk to yourself by Shad Helmstetter
    • The Power of Yet by Esther P Cordova
  • “Freedom is understanding the truth of necessity”
  • How do you know what you need? What is a want vs. what is a need?
  • Your outer game vs. inner game
  • Starvation and Fasting look almost the same until the very end.
  • Considering the 3-3-3 rule.
  • Why “shoulding” others is something to consider giving up.
  • What is more important, attention or intelligence?
  • Why a simple timer is one of the best tools you can use for your fitness.
  • Max’s 5-minute flow
  • Why you should roll around on the hard ground and how you should do it.
  • The six daily essential types of movement: jump/bounce, roll, carry, walk/run, hang, crawl.
  • Framing your suffering - how your ego gets in the way.
  • The reward mechanism behind modern technology and how we are all falling victim to the habit cycle
  • Using the “3-feel Test” to help you see what is truly important for you.
  • Being an adult is the ability to be totally bored while remaining perfectly still.
  • Why are we attached to numbers - weight, length, time?
  • How many days old are you? I am 19,156 days old! (https://www.daysold.com/)


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