Dan John: Bulletproof Brains & Brawn – #40

Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record.

Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems. His books, on weightlifting, include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple and Easy Strength, written with Pavel Tsatsouline as well as From Dad, To Grad.

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What We Cover

  •   1:41 – Why are you a trainer of trainers/athletes with your high interest in religion?
  •  4:20 – The 5 questions you ask for clients to get them started on your program?
  •  7:05 – The difference between a health goal and a fitness goal
  •  9:00 – What quadrant are you in? And how it affects your mentality toward training
  • 11:50 – What do you think about older guys using hormones to reach their health/fitness goals?
  • 13:30 – Dan’s experience with BP Intermittent Fasting
  • 17:00 – Interesting thoughts on fasting and feasting
  • 19:00 – Cold thermogenesis
  • 20:40 – The mammalian part of your brain and how it is related to Dan’s training
  • 23:00 – The secret of freewill
  • 24:50 – The difference between “I don’t” and “I can’t”
  • 27:15 – What is “absolute strength”?
  • 31:20 – How putting 100% effort into your workout affects your recovery (Volume vs. Intensity)
  • 35:00 – Bio-hacking vs. track & field
  • 37:30 – The warrior spirit
  • 40:00 – The “how” and “why” of health/fitness
  • 45:20 – The 2 minimum effective doses to get strong as fast as possible
  • 49:50 – What should we be eating? (And a story about fitness experts NOT knowing what the best eating habit is)
  • 54:00 – What are the top 3 recommendations for people who want to be as powerful and resilient in all aspects of your life?

Links From The Show


Dan John’s Website

Dan John’s Q&A w/ Dave Draper

Intervention (Dan John’s book)


BP Intermittent Fasting

Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Upgraded Whey (To Start Training!)


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