Dan does a deep dive with Mind Pump Podcast hosts, Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer and Justin Andrews. They share the best practices, tips and mistakes they’ve made as personal trainers, gym owners, and competitors over the last 20 years. They discuss everything from which diet and workout routines are best, easy ways to get started, to the number one fitness mistake, all the way to fecal transplants (say what?!). Mind Pump is an online radio show/podcast that with over 1 million downloads a month that has been described as “Howard Stern meets fitness.”

In this episode:

How Sal, Justin, and Adam were fed up with the charlatans and snake oil salesmen pushing the latest and greatest workout fads, supplements, and faux science on the unsuspecting masses and this was impetus for starting Mind Pump as a platform to shed the light of TRUTH on the health, fitness and wellness programs.

Dan and the Mind Pump hosts discuss if there is really a “best” diet.

The deadly combination of sugar, salt and fat and the billions of dollars the food industry pours into keeping us addicted to highly processed foods.

They key steps and principles to keep in mind when starting an exercise and fitness program.

Why some people succeed and others struggle.

3 Key steps to changing a habit.

Biggest mistakes Sal, Adam and Justin made when they first started and how their coaching styles have changed.

How sometimes having too big of fitness goals can derail you from having success in your wellness routine.

The science behind fecal transplants.

The protein bar dilemma, plus Dan shares his favorite go-to healthy snacks.

Exercise as the new prescription to depression.

Adam shares the heartbreaking story of his father committing suicide when he was a kid and how it shaped him as a human being.

How to stop working out and instead practice exercising as the key transition to good health.

Dan shares one of his big anxieties/fears and how he’s overcoming it.

Links from the Show

The awesome Mind Pump Podcast

Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

Atomic Habits by James Clear

SunWarrior Protein Bars

Epic Pork Rinds

Fecal Transplant Study