My “Personal Greatness” Assignment

I heard a quote recently that really spoke to me:  “I don’t place my identity on the things that I’ve done in the past. I define myself by what I’m going to create in the future”.    If I rest on what I’ve done up until now, it’s a slow and steady decline into a […]

Nasal breathing for performance: James Nestor

This is an excerpt from Muscle Intelligence podcast episode 136 – The physiology of breath, and its life-changing effects, with James Nestor. This excerpt has been edited for clarity.   Ben Pakulski:  So let’s talk a little bit about what’s happening in the nose when you’re breathing. James Nestor: The problem with mouth breathing is you’re not […]

In conversation with Dr. David Perlmutter: re-wiring your brain for happiness and success

This is an excerpt from Muscle Intelligence podcast episode 88 – Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking and Lasting Happiness, with Neurologist Dr. Perlmutter. This excerpt has been edited for clarity.   [0:06:04.9] Ben Pakulski: You are ultimately being subjected to neuroscience tactics and principles that are going to make you compelled to use your […]

Muscle Intelligence Keys to Building Any Muscle

Is your goal to build your greatest body, without injuries, joint pain, or “weak” body parts? Read on. Challenge your muscle, don’t “lift” weight.Muscle contraction should create movement. Aim to make it as hard as you possibly can for your muscle, not simply to lift weight or to complete three sets of 10. Create an […]

Ben’s Favorite “Brain” Books

This is one in a series of recommended books in different categories, including books for trainers and coaches, Ben’s favorite overall reads, and business books. This list is not exhaustive and will be added to regularly; this is just a great starting point of Ben-approved books to further expand your knowledge in a range of […]

Ben’s Favorite Business Books

This is one in a series of recommended books in different categories, including books for trainers and coaches, brain-health books, and Ben’s favorite overall reads. This list is not exhaustive and will be added to regularly; this is just a great starting point of Ben-approved books to further expand your knowledge in a range of […]

Ben’s Favorite Books for Trainers and Coaches

This is one of a series of recommended books in different categories, including Ben’s favorite overall reads, brain-health books, and business books. This list is not exhaustive and will be added to regularly; this is just a great starting point of Ben-approved books to further expand your knowledge in a range of areas. Do you […]

Ben’s Favorite Books

This is the first in a series of recommended books in different categories, including books for trainers and coaches, brain-health books, and business books. This list is not exhaustive and will be added to regularly; this is just a great starting point of Ben-approved books to further expand your knowledge in a range of areas. […]

Dr. Andrew Huberman on mindfulness, interoception, and deliberate disengagement

This is an excerpt from Muscle Intelligence podcast episode 74: understand how your brain works with Stanford neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman. This excerpt has been edited for clarity.   Andrew Huberman: You’ve got this point of attention on the inside and then you got this point of attention that you can put anywhere else. I can […]

In conversation with James Fitzgerald: developing your own concept of fitness

This is an excerpt from Muscle Intelligence podcast episode 49: The Art and Science of Fitness Coaching with OPEX James Fitzgerald. This excerpt has been edited for clarity.   Ben Pakulski: I’d love for you to discuss what fitness means to you. James Fitzgerald: Yeah, well, it has changed for me and that’s part of […]