The Basics

Episode: 009

Who: Nick “The Raging Panda” Koulchar – Nick is a retired Army Sergeant, who while serving in Iraq was severely injured by a roadside bomb, where he lost both of his legs below the thighs. He ended up in a coma and then spent over two years in a hospital bed relearning how to do all the basic things we take for granted. Using what happened as a motivation, he is now a motivational speaker, an adaptive athlete and one of the nicest people you can speak to. How did he manage this? Prepared to be inspired by the Panda!



What we cover:

The Basics

Episode: 008

Who: Craig Ballantyne – Craig is a Productivity & Success Transformation Coach from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. He has been contributing to Men’s Health magazine since 2000, and in 2001, Craig created the popular home workout program, Turbulence Training.

On his journey to success, Craig had to overcome crippling anxiety attacks, and he beat them with his 5 Pillars of Transformation. Today Craig shows men and women how to use the 5 Pillars to lose 10 to 75 pounds, get a raise and make more money, find the love of their life, and overcome any obstacle in the way of success.

You can read his daily essays on success, productivity, and fitness at



What we cover:

  • Turbulence Training
  • Men’s Health
  • Early to Rise
  • Perfect Day Formula book on Amazon
  • Transformation Contests
  • Social media help
  • The number one source of friction in the modern world
  • The Values Pyramid
  • People you should check out
  • The Great Cardio Myth book
  • 21 Day Habit Change
  • The 5 Pillars
  • How to cut out soda
  • Supplements and food choices
  • Meditation
  • Anxiety and fixes
  • Mental strength
  • Consistency
  • How to get a Free copy of the Perfect Day Book
  • Creativity and how he makes so much content
  • What holds us back in life
  • Fast break questions including: The Body keeps the Score book, music and podcasts, great drinks, films and ways to live, 12 rules for living, what he learned from Stephen king books,  articles you need to check out and so much more …



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Something to reflect on:

What does your perfect day look like? Map it out, follow Craig and learn how to own life and achieve it.


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The Basics

Episode: 007

Who: Gigi Engle. She is a writer, speaker, and feminist activist. She is currently the sex and dating writer for Thrillist Media Group., who’s articles have been shared over 20 million times, with her top posts reaching over 1 million shares. She is hilarious, informative and gives you amazing tips on how to be a better man and lover. Gigi has written for a variety of publications including Men’s Health, The Nonsense Society, Today and The Good Men Project.



What we cover:

  • What’s your story?
  • How did you get into helping men with their dating life?
  • What is the thing that makes you happiest about writing about dating and relationships
  • Common problems she sees
  • Do you work with people on their sex live? Can you discuss your Best client transformation? Or the feedback that made it all worthwhile for you.
  • What would you consider your top tips for how men can be better in bed and better lovers for themselves and their partners?
  • Why are men afraid of sex toys and how can men become more comfortable with them and how to start?
  • What are some of your articles that you are most proud of?
  • What do you consider the biggest issue facing modern men today, why do you think so may struggle with women? Is it alcohol, phone addiction, drugs, sugar, diet etc?
  • Why do people have issues regarding sex, and feel embarrassed or shame on discussing sex? How can you help fix your or your partner’s feelings like that?
  • How should you deal with jealousy of a partner’s previous sex life, partners etc – how can someone move on from the past to make a better future?
  • Who do you see as great examples for men to use as role models and to act more like in their lives to be better with women?
  • What types would you give someone looking to venture into online dating?
  • How can someone best utilise dating apps like Tinder, Bumble etc
  • Whats doing your podcast taught you? How do you find doing it with your boyfriend and how has it affected your relationship can how you communicate?
  • How can someone who has had a bad breakup move on from it, what advice would you give men to move on after losing a love and starting afresh, how can they reduce the chances of the same problems arising again?
  • What sort of things do guys do that women consider needy, red flags or enough to end your contact or relationship, especially things that we are maybe not aware of that men can do?
  • How can men in long term relationships keep the spark alve with their partners? How can they add the spice back into their sex live etc?
  • So where do guys go wrong with foreplay mainly?
  • How do your family react to the area of interest you write about?
  • What is the best sex myth you can’t believe still exists to this day?
  • What do you think is the weirdest or most interesting sex fact you’ve discovered over the years?
  • How does working out help you become better with women? What sort of activities should people do to better thier bodies and their sex lives in your opinion? Basically, how can they become more comfortable in their own skin?
  • For those who struggle with their or their partner’s lower sex drive, how can that be remedied?
  • Fast question break
  • If you could speak to all mankind at once, what would you say?
  • Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
  • How can someone keep in touch, what is your social media etc (your instagram is brilliant)?

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The following are the podcast interviews scheduled for the next few weeks (there will be no interviews held during the Festive break period). I am really excited about these interviews and you should be too!

Please see the list below and if you would like a question asked to any of the participants, please add it in the comments below and the best ones will be included in the interview. Cheers Ian

NLG Interviewee To be recorded Why

Gigi Engle



Gigi Engle is a writer, speaker and feminist activist. She is currently the sex and dating writer for Thrillist Media Group.

Gigi was formerly the senior sex and lifestyle writer for Elite Daily (acquired by Daily Mail). Gigi’s articles have been shared over 20 million times, with her top posts reaching over 1 million shares.

Gigi has written for a variety of publications including Men’s Health, The Nonsense Society, Today and The Good Men Project.

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-5-05-48-pm Coach Ray Williams Est Mid December 2016

Ray is the first guy to ever squat 1005 pounds raw! The guy is a beast, hilarious and one of the nicest people you’ll find on Instagram. In this one we will be discussing mental toughness, squatting, diet etc.

PHA F&AM /G\ Omega Psi Phi UT-Martin Alum…. Ignitt Zone Representative…. Official LVD Athlete

streaming_podcast_workshop John Lee Dumas 12 January 2017

John Lee Dumas is an American entrepreneur and podcaster based in Puerto Rico. He is the founder and host of EOFire, a daily podcast that interviews entrepreneurs 7 days a week.

He has interviewed some of the greats from all types of industries and runs one of my favourite podcasts.

the-animal-underground-pete-rubi-758x438 Pete Rubish Mid January 2017

Pete is a 242 pound competitive raw powerlifter who has a best total of 2028 lbs at 240.4 lbs bodyweight.

His personal best lifts in a meet are a 733 lb (332.5 kg) squat, 446 lb (202.5 kg) bench press, and 848 lb (385 kg) deadlift. His best gym deadlift is 920 pounds and his best gym bench press is 460 lbs paused.

On his channel you will see powerlifting meet footage and recaps, training footage, 900+ lb deadlifts, food videos, life advice, and other randomness!


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Hi all,

I am sorry for the slight delay in new content being published, this is down to me applying for some new jobs in my professional capacity. A new post will be coming shortly, with some great interviews scheduled in. In the meantime, I wish to highlight an awesome new service that one of my favourite websites is bringing out, that I feel is a must-use service. I’ll let Megan Collins explain it further ….

Talk soon,



Hi guys,

We get emails, tweets, Facebook messages and more every day from followers looking for advice specifically for them – their body types, their budgets, and (ahem) their insecurities, and we wanted to find a way to funnel those questions for dedicated, more personalized support.

That’s why we’re launching on-demand messaging from Style Girlfriend, offering real-time style suggestions and shopping recommendations via SMS. All powered by the Style Girlfriend team (as in, it’s #notabot). The best part? It’s totally free.


Which is exactly why I’m so excited to share what’s next….



For as long as Style Girlfriend’s been around, I’ve gotten questions from readers about personal stuff.

Not weird personal stuff, like, “Should I get this mole checked?”

More like, “Loved that article on colored chinos, Meg, but I’ve got soccer player thighs and probably won’t fit into any of ‘em. Any ideas?” and “Going to a wedding this July in a barn. What do I wear?” and even “My closet is in need of a major overhaul. Where do I start?”

And to some extent, we have been able to help. I field tweets and emails as quickly as I can, but my inbox lately looks like an aging boy bander trying to fit into skinny jeans – totally stuffed.

That’s why we’re introducing personalized style support in two ways:
1) on-demand messaging
2) in-person styling in NYC 



For those with one-off questions, you can take advantage of on-demand messaging with Style Girlfriend – a service that offers real time style support via SMS. At the mall and need to know if that blazer fits right? Take a pic and send it our way. Getting ready for an interview and want some outfit inspiration? Text us and we’ll help you find a look that says, “You’d be a fool not to hire me.”

If you live in NYC and want more hands-on help with your wardrobe, our in-person service is for you. Book a two-hour closet consultation with Ashley, our amazing men’s stylist, to figure out what to keep and how to wear it, what to toss, and what just needs a quick trip to the tailor (we’ve got a guy).





Anything but our weight or age.

Messaging is best for quick q’s – Does this shirt go with this tie…What should I get my wife for our anniversary…Do I need a haircut? We can send product links so you can shop our picks right from your phone. In-person clients can expect to get their entire wardrobe situation sorted out.



The messaging service is free (for now, anyway). The two-hour closet consultation is being rolled out at a special introductory rate of $175 with the special code IMNEWHERE.



The SG team–directly, confidentially, and always one-on-one. Our trusty stylist Ashley is tackling in-person clientele. Not literally.



First of all, we prefer to call it a “digital men’s lifestyle resource,” but don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere. We love sharing daily style shortcuts and shopping picks for you. Adding 1-on-1 service through text and in-person consultations means we can now offer even more personalized support. Which is awesome.



Have you ever thought of moving? New York is lovely in the fall…

For fans far and wide: hang tight. Our plan is to take over the world, one stylish and confident guy at a time.



Definitely not.

This is for you, so we can’t wait to hear your feedback!

Megan Collins

Style Girlfriend


What are we looking at? ‘The Natural’.


What is it? ‘The Natural’ is an online database of instructional videos on how you can become a natural with women. It is the latest ‘game’ product by an instructor from RSD Nation, which is aimed at teaching guys how to become better with women. However, this is aimed at learning the natural game, which is not the creepy techniques and canned lined approach often taughted by others. Natural game is developing yourself as the prize and learning how to be the best you possible and attracting women by being your true self, not a canned or fake pick up artist, using lines others have told you to say or act in a way that is not really you. ‘The Natural’ became RSD Nation’s number one selling product and it is easy to see why. It is not about changing someone into a fake identity to con women, ‘The Natural’ is a unique product, it is about developing you and polishing and developing you into the star of the show and becoming attractive through your own development. It can work for anyone.


Who is it from?– RSD Max from RSD Nation. I interviewed RSD Max last time and he gave a great interview, with some amazing help and tips to anyone wanting to better their life. See the interview here. The interview was just a drop in the ocean compared to the crazy level of quality in ‘The Natural’. There are over 40 hours of content in this product.


How much are we talking? The course is offered with three different levels, depending on the additional items you wish to purchase with the main programme. For a breakdown of the costs, please see the levels below. Each link will take to the main purchase site, via my affiliate link.

50 Shades of Max Lay Reports
The Natural Family Facebook Group
50 Shades of Max Lay Reports
The Natural Family Facebook Group
The Max Hotseat
Instructor in a Pocket
3 Q&A Webinars
50 Shades of Max Lay Reports
The Natural Family Facebook Group
The Max Hotseat
Instructor in a Pocket
12 Q&A Webinars
The Debrief Chronicles
Tinder Game Extension



Who is it aimed at? No matter if you are a beginner or think of yourself as a Casanova, there is something for everyone in this product. Even if you have been to an RSD event previously, such as a Bootcamp or a Hot Seat (please note: both are affiliate links), you can learn something. These events are a whirlwind of info and experience. ‘The Natural’ is like having an instructor in your pocket, who you can sit down with and learn how to become better with women. It doesn’t matter if you’re just beginning on your voyage, just out of a long-term relationship, looking for a high-quality girlfriend or a lot of different girls, there is something to learn here.


What do you get for your money?

‘The Natural’ is an online course, of instructional pick up tips, challenges and insights that make you better with women. They cover all aspects of game, from social dynamics, to building a strong foundation, to developing your skills, moving towards mastering natural game. The product is offered with three seperate access levels. On each level you are given access to all videos. However, depending on the level you pick to purchase, you can also have access to aweome additional content, such as how to be great on Tinder, sit in on pre-recorded debrief sessions from Bootcamps, have access to an exclusive Facebook group that RSD Max monitors and responds to posts in, webinars, Max’s Hot Seat programme (which alone has over 30 hours of content in it) and my personal favourite, the instructor in your pocket option (a series of great reminder, tips and kick up the arse videos that can help you make a night awesome or fix a night that isn’t going well. This options is like having RSD Max out with you and giving you great tips, challenges and the motivation to act on what you have learnt, correct as you go and make your night awesome). I would love a mobile phone app version of this too.

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The Basics

Episode: 006

Who: RSD Max is today’s guest. Max is a dating coach with RSD Nation and has just launched the most successful dating product yet. He teaches guys how to become a natural with women by developing and unleashing their true potential.

He is described by RSD Nation as having ‘an amazing repertoire of stories …  and has a gift for teaching self development and lifestyle enhancement as well. His teachings focus on state of the art strategies and knowledge on how to pickup women and become the man you have always wanted to be.’



What we cover:

  • Whatsapp.web
  • Who RSD Max is
  • ‘The Natural’ – the record breaking dating product!
  • Real Social Dynamics
  • The reality of pick up and social interactions
  • Modern man and how society affects us
  • The journey of self-development that pick up allows
  • Max’s approach to dating and pick up
  • The only real problem stopping men from getting the girl(s) of their dreams
  • Action steps you can take right now to improve your dating skills
  • State – what it is and how it helps social interactions and whatever you want to do in your life
  • How you can improve your social skills everyday
  • His rule to keep the momentum rolling
  • Modern day benefits that actually cause us to be unsocial
  • Why nothing should hold you back no matter what you look like or how you are right now
  • The signs you should look for to gauge if an interaction is going well
  • How RSD and pickup have changed his life
  • How to avoid regret
  • The content he is most proud of
  • How ‘The Natural’ changes lives
  • How anyone can become who they want to be
  • Great role models in film to better your skills
  • Favourite places he’s visited
  • Who he considers role models in his life
  • How pickup helped him become closer to his family
  • What he would say to all men to improve their live right now
  • Why you should buy ‘The Natural’ right now
  • Max’s Social Media



Links mentioned during the interview:


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To be honest, it was pretty average. There were a lot of funny moments and some laugh out loud moments, but there were four people who left the theatre seperately about half way through.

If you like the Office, you should like it, as the film tries desperately to rekindle the feeling from the original series. The problem is that in the Office, there were other story lines going on and your exposure to ‘David Brent’ was restricted and he had other characters to play off. In the film, it feels really drawn out to fill time every time he is on screen. You could have easily reduced the total running time by trimming certain ‘Brent heavy’ scenes to points they stopped being funny and still would have been a better film.

Ricky Gervais is great as Brent, however, it really does feel like its a tv special made to fill a slot, rather than a good idea to make a TV show into a movie. There are too many drawn out moments with Brent-esque mannerisms to fill time rather than potential other character development or story arcs or anything else of value.

Gervais’s portrayal of Brent will inspire you to learn from him and avoid the social exclusion traps Brent falls into as he chases acceptance and to be liked by the band. Although his character is magnified to fill a comedic role, I did leave thinking about how easy it is for us as modern men to become partly like him, to become distant from social groups, lose touch with friends and be lost alone in the world. It is a real fear that we may be alone and unable to become part of a herd, to make friends and have a social life. The film does remind you about the need to be more in the moment, to accept people as they are and not to try so damn hard, just let things happen.

All in all, it was a film that is relatively funny but you wouldn’t go out of your way to see, or rewatch, without playing with your phone or some other waste of time. You could have made it into another mini series, developed some of the other characters and made a good TV series. It just smacks of a desperate need to make money from the character and it is an OK film but could and should have been much better.

An average film that you will enjoy when you watch it but quickly forget it after. If you have a choice, see something else or wait till it comes out on TV. Quite disappointing.