Building Strength Isn’t About Weight Lifting Anymore – John Jaquish, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey, Part 1 – #862

You can build muscle strength and bone density at any age to improve overall body health and increase longevity.


Inventor, author, and scientist John Jaquish, Ph.D., downloads his knowledge about the importance of bone density. When his mom was diagnosed with osteoporosis he set out to develop bioDensity, a system that builds bone density by triggering the effects of weightlifting without the risk of injury. He’s talked about it on Bulletproof Radio before.

He’s developed a way to put on muscles three times faster than you can by weightlifting. I’m asking him to explain why that matters and what devices and routines can help you get there. He created OsteoStrong and the X3 System, a series of devices that combine rehabilitation devices and advancements in human physiology to build bone density.

Why so much focus on bone density?

“You’re avoiding the potential for fragility fractures later in life,” John says. “The bone you build through the osteogenic loading process, through this heavy loading, you’re getting bone built that’s going to last in your body for 30 years. It doesn’t go away like muscle. Detraining of a muscle starts in 10 days. If you stop working out, you lose your muscle in 10 days. It takes you 30 years to lose the bone.”

In Part 1 of this two-part episode, we talk about John’s inventions and research, as well as the three aspects of strength that most people don’t think about when they start a fitness routine. You’ll learn what vitamins and protein habits matter and what kind of exercise truly increases your longevity.

You can also check out John’s book: “Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time: So Is Cardio, and There’s a Better Way to Have the Body You Want”

And don’t miss Part 2! 

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Building Strength Isn’t About Weight Lifting Anymore – John Jaquish, Ph.D., with Dave Asprey, Part 1 – #862


John Jaquish:
Book: Weight Lifting Is a Waste of Time: So Is Cardio, and There’s a Better Way to Have the Body You Want

Key Notes

  • I got down this path because my mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis and built a series of medical devices to emulate high impact forces.  – 4:13
  • If you just ate the protein and didn’t work out, would you grow muscle? Everybody seems to know the answer to this question, which is no.  – 7:04
  • The more bone density you have, the more muscular tissue you have that’s active, that’s participating in GLUT4 signaling.  – 9:47
  • Since the last time we hung out, I probably have adjusted a little bit to just more animal protein.  – 14:01
  • I do bacterial fermentation product called Fortigen. That is it’s essential amino acids, very high concentration of essential amino acids.  – 17:27
  • My X3 comes everywhere with me. My current X3 probably has 600,000 miles on it.  – 25:31
  • People who go to the gym couple of days a week and have been doing so for years and they have never seen anything change, nothing.  – 35:21
  • Talk to me about ligaments and tendons and that interstitial strength without bulk. How does all that work?  – 37:39

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