Episode: #48 The Mind Pump guys on how to build great partnerships that can change the world

Who: Today’s guests are the Mind Pump Media team (@MindPumpMedia). This interview is fun, informative and full of double entendres! The guys are the cutting edge of the fitness industry and really helping people transform themselves by cutting through the BS and fakeness of the fitness industry and actually providing helpful advice that can work for you to help you achieve your goals.

As the guys describe themselves: “MindPump is an online radio show/podcast that has been described as Howard Stern meets fitness. It is sometimes raw, sometimes shocking and is always entertaining and informative. Your hosts, Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer and Justin Andrews have over 40 years of combined fitness experience as personal trainers, club managers, IFBB fitness competitors and fitness thought leaders.

The fitness world is filled with charlatans and snake oil salesmen pushing the latest and greatest (and sometimes downright dangerous) workout programs, supplements and faux science on the unsuspecting masses. Sal, Adam and Justin use MindPump as a platform to shed the light of TRUTH on health, fitness and a host of other topics.”

In this interview, we discuss what makes Mind Pump so unique and successful and focus on how to build great partnerships and friendships that can help you change the world.

And yes, before anyone asks, the intro was recorded when I only had my temp use mic and the quality is shocking!

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What we cover

  • Who they are and how they fit into the Mind Pump team – definitely the best intro we’ve had!
  • How did the guys meet and what makes them unique and creates the awesome chemistry that the guys have
  • The best methods to train clients and actually help them transform to achieve their goals
  • How can ego be removed to ensure you can work as part of a team and build true partnerships and friendships?
  • How has running their own podcasts changed them as people, their business, and their friendships?
  • Why do they think their podcast has been so successful?
  • Podcast guests that have really inspired them or helped them evolve as a person or business?
  • Who are the dream guests they would like to have on their podcast?
  • What do they think makes a great guy? How can you ‘Mind Pump’ your life?
  • What are the great mindsets for men to grow and learn throughout life?
  • How should people use the information they learn from books, podcasts etc to help them become better men?
  • What do they think the future of Mind Pump will be?
  • What do the guys want you to take away from this interview?
  • How can you connect with the guys and follow their progress?
  • And so much more

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Episode: #38 BJ Gaddour on how to go from fat to fit no matter your starting point

Who: BJ Gaddour (@BJGaddour) is the host of the Weekly BJ podcast,  a former fat guy who turned cover model and fitness director for the entire Men’s Health brand. He now runs TheDailyBj.com where he delivers world-class workouts and deep dives on a wide variety of fitness topics.

In this interview, we discuss his story, how you can build fitness into your life by making your body your own barbell, the key principles and philosophies you need to follow to become fit and what BJ stands for and how it wasn’t always the most helpful nickname!


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What we cover

  • Who he is
  • The turning point that started his transformation from ‘fat kid’ into a fitness idol – How he used his own physical trauma to help others
  • Who he looked up to as role models when he was a child
  • Where modern day fitness is going wrong and the common problems he sees with people trying to improve their physicality
  • The essential principles you need to follow to actually see results
  • The motivations behind the workouts he builds for his followers and why his workouts are so popular – “the brilliance is in the simplicity
  • How can someone start making fitness part of their life and how to make it a consistent habit – you can’t be consistent with something if it is not sustainable
  • What he considers is a ‘fit person’ – how can we distinguish whether someone is actually fit or not
  • How you should workout during holidays and events – ‘don’t turn off the light, just dim the switch a little
  • BJ’s awesome book ‘Your Body is Your Barbell
  • A great workout ideal that anyone listening can use today to start getting fitter
  • How we can stop comparing ourselves and focus on our own transformations instead – how to focus on the man in the mirror
  • Becoming a presenter vs being a coach
  • How he developed the Men’s Health brand to appeal to all regardless of their current fitness level and one of the biggest mistakes you can make in any industry
  • Where his creativity comes from – how does he build his brand, make products etc
  • How does he juggle with so many demands for his time and multi-task a relationship, business, training etc
  • What he would like all men listening to take from this interview
  • An unusual fact about himself that few know
  • How you can keep in touch with him
  • What BJ stands for and how he loses money on his website to make a sex joke!
  • And so much more

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Episode: #26 Stan “The White Rhino” Efferding on building true strength in your life

Who: Stan Efferding is an IFBB Professional bodybuilder and World Record Holding Powerlifter. He is one of only 10 men in the world to ever total over 2,300 pounds raw in competition. Stan holds the title as the Worlds Strongest Bodybuilder.

Stan studied Exercise Science at the University of Oregon and has been training high school, Collegiate, and Professional athletes for over 25 years.Stan conducts seminars all over the country for various sports and nutrition and training techniques. He has appeared in many magazines and writes for Muscular Development, Flex Magazine and Power Magazine.

Stan is also a successful Entrepreneur having built three different start-up businesses into multi-million dollar companies.

In this interview, we discuss, body building, business and how to build true strength in all areas of your life.


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What we cover

  • Who he is
  • How did he get into body building
  • What he thinks makes a great man
  • What makes someone super successful
  • How you can build gym consistency
  • Where do beginners in the gym go wrong
  • Are there fitness benchmarks we should all be able to do?
  • How can you build fitness, health, and muscle into your diet – the easiest way
  • Why we are quick to criticise and accuse other guys rather than use them as a role models
  • The factors that reduce your progress in the gym and where 99% of your gains really comes from
  • His take on trolls and steroid use and how you view it
  • What little changes did he make that gave him his biggest gains
  • A classic example of how he helped one of the strongest men in the world become even stronger by small tweaking his lifestyle and approach
  • The changing landscape of weight lifting
  • How he uses his education to propel himself to success
  • How you can find your why to go to the gym and what will make you stick at it
  • How you can build the mental toughness to start building your dream body
  • How does he prepare for lifting such huge weights
  • How the Rhino tracks his progress and how you can utilise this simple but effective strategy too
  • How having a family, a job etc is no excuse to build your dream body
  • What he wants people listening to this interview to take away from it
  • How he built numerous multi-million dollar businesses as well as slabs of muscles
  • The great story behind the Kooler
  • How you can keep in touch with him
  • What he would say to all men
  • And so much more

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