The Fitness Industry Lied To You | Mind Pump on Health Theory

The Fitness Industry Lied To You | Mind Pump on Health Theory

Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer, and Justin Andrews of Mind Pump, join Tom to discuss the truth behind fitness and how the industry has led us astray.

How Mind Pump was created [01:03]
Why vulnerability set them apart [04:46]
Why self-hate isn’t motivating [05:24]
Adam’s story & how he got into fitness [07:31]
How being vulnerable made them better trainers & podcasters [10:01]
Why Sal stopped focusing on his physique [13:17]
Start your fitness journey by understanding your baseline [16:52]
Why we can’t trust our body’s natural hunger cues [20:15]
Learning to tap into how foods make you feel [22:41]
The spiritual side of fasting [24:26]
Why cardio is terrible for weight loss [28:58]
How resistance training improves your metabolic rate [31:59]
Why you shouldn’t lose weight in the first month a new fitness plan [33:57]
The Biggest Loser approach to losing weight [34:55]
How cultivating an awareness practice before meals plays into wellness [37:08]
Why you shouldn’t eat post workout [38:37]
The power of a meditation practice [40:50]
Why you need to look at the body as a whole [45:27]
Optimizing your sleep [47:41]
Where you can find and listen to Mind Pump [50:25]
How they came up with the name “Mind Pump” [51:11]
The one thing you should change to improve your health [52:20]

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  1. a7xfanben on July 6, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Engaging and informative, as always! Great job!

  2. Tony Dunne on July 6, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Wow great episode Tom, what a refreshing team of dudes. They’ll continue to crush it for their pure authenticity in a space where so many come off as so fake or ego driven. Well done team Mind Pump.

  3. Mike’s Life on July 6, 2021 at 2:41 am


  4. Timo Lemke on July 6, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Great insights, guys. Thank you!

  5. Hallucinogen3000 on July 6, 2021 at 2:43 am

    What about the cardiovascular benefits of cardio?? Why wasn’t that addressed.

  6. Team Shiva on July 6, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Thank you so much

  7. Dan Vasquez on July 6, 2021 at 2:45 am

    The cardiovascular piece was the most clarifying for me. I’m the ectomorph skinny fat type build and I’ve always seen long term results in resistance weight training vs hours of boring cardio that my body plateaus with almost immediately.

  8. gronholm on July 6, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Hey Tom this is great, is this a new format? Love it!

  9. Mellissa Is the Bee on July 6, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Excellent, insightful and so helpful. Thank you!

  10. Neuro Engineering Institute - NEI on July 6, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Yes! Used to own a gym. The paradigm was: to fix the “wrongness” of xyz. Whether that’s your legs, arms, back or whole body. It’s why I got out of the industry.

  11. Jerry Kuykendall on July 6, 2021 at 2:50 am

    No offense Tom, but how do you not know Paul Chek!?!?

  12. imhellag on July 6, 2021 at 2:53 am

    This video introduced me to Mind Pump and now their podcast – and yours! – is an essential part of my day. Thank you Tom

  13. K Ali on July 6, 2021 at 2:53 am

    If I want to find trainers who look at holistic health in this way, including exercise, eating and these other pieces around psychological mindset, in Vancouver, BC, what kind of search would I do? My parter wants to change his body and health and he isattached to the way he once was and pushing himself hard and then is not sustaining the kind of training he starts but is attached to his way of approaching this, cause it’s what he knows. If someone he respects can show him another way he is very open, as well.

  14. Nurtured - Channel on July 6, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Fasting and meditaton prayer got me out of food addiction ☝

  15. Karl Convey on July 6, 2021 at 2:55 am

    For sleep have your head pointing South ( Sadhguru ) game changer for me with sleep 👍

  16. kickatree on July 6, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Thanks for putting these guys on my radar. They make a lot of sense to me.

  17. J B on July 6, 2021 at 2:56 am

    I haven’t drank anything with my meals for at least 5 years. The only exception is when I eat out, and I think its because its literally just there. I’m also eating much more unhealthy when I eat out (most of the time), and unhealthy food definitely makes me more thirsty. People think we are weird for not bringing our beerage of choice to the dinner table. I heard on a podcast once about water during a meal watering down acids, slowing down the digestion process and causing potential issues in the gut. Ever since then, we took it out of our habits.

  18. Dillon Brooks - Colorado Homes on July 6, 2021 at 2:57 am

    I am not religious and was never raised in a religious atmosphere and I could never understand praying/prayer before eating food. Wow! Now it makes sense, why it has been being done for thousands of years and is present in all major religions BECAUSE just a THOUGHT can change the state of your gut and how your gut digests your food. Eating in a stressful state is bad and the science proves that. – Great Information – As Always Thank You Tom and Mind Pump.

  19. Umm Natural on July 6, 2021 at 2:58 am

    This was a great show especially the spiritual aspect. As a Muslim, we are encouraged to fast from sunrise to sunset (no food or water) for a whole month. But not just that, we are mindful of what we say, how we think during that month. We also are encouraged to fast twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays). If we made fasting an actual practice, I think we would be in a better state – mind, body and soul. The bit about saying a prayer before eating is mind blowing!

  20. Wander MIlan on July 6, 2021 at 3:00 am


  21. sobhi amir on July 6, 2021 at 3:00 am

    wow this is so informative :O

  22. Julie Barnum on July 6, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Dang Tom, EVERY interview I’ve seen you conduct here, on impact theory, etc. is pure FIRE. I LOVE the content you’re putting out. It really helps me step up my own personal edge, and motivates me to look for what really fulfills me and not what will just make me money to survive.

  23. John Rodriguez on July 6, 2021 at 3:00 am

    I didn’t like this episode. Too many cooks spoils the broth.

  24. San Antonio San Antonio on July 6, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Interruptions When someone’s not finished is never cool. Nothing I had to teach my ego about.However, as usual time is always listening. LOL

  25. PrimePresents on July 6, 2021 at 3:01 am

    This video affirms so much I’ve preached and would be considered unorthodox for years. I’m so grateful for it.

  26. aLr boosh on July 6, 2021 at 3:02 am

    Crazy how this was the next episode on my list I just heard of these guys like a week ago cause I was looking for videos on Kelly Starret. Good stuff makes me want to check out more of their podcast. Might check out Paul Chek next…

  27. imhellag on July 6, 2021 at 3:02 am

    So much wisdom. Fan for life.

  28. Matías Tristán on July 6, 2021 at 3:05 am

    Great show! Fantastic guests and smart host

  29. Wesley Saylor on July 6, 2021 at 3:07 am

    life changing concepts, always a great video with Tom Bilyeu steering the conversation!!

  30. PaLiMo 365 on July 6, 2021 at 3:09 am

    I learned so much from this so many misconceptions about fitness out there.

  31. Frankie Gunnz on July 6, 2021 at 3:12 am

    HOLLY CRAP!….I been Into fitness since the mid-90’s and learned so much with this episode. TOM have you done a video on meditation???

  32. SEEMA PATIL on July 6, 2021 at 3:16 am


  33. Ahmed Ajabi on July 6, 2021 at 3:17 am

    Very wise and valuable content. Love it <3

  34. Alex D on July 6, 2021 at 3:18 am

    You should invite to your show Erwan Le Corre! Movnat is what movement training should be for all the people and especially children

  35. Courtney McGivern on July 6, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Best podcast in the world!!

  36. Michael Ambrose on July 6, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Mind Pump guys: “You can’t fight your body. You’ll loose every time.”

    David Goggins: “(insert cation here)”

  37. Sewloca Melissa on July 6, 2021 at 3:22 am

    So much respect for these guys, I love how different but the same they all are I can def relate to Adam the most keep it up guys ❤️🙏

  38. Ad Infinitum on July 6, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Thank you for your honesty!

  39. David Allard on July 6, 2021 at 3:24 am


  40. Jesus Noel on July 6, 2021 at 3:25 am

    I love this guy you changed my life

  41. Joyce Slusser on July 6, 2021 at 3:25 am

    people want a pill for everything rather than self control. it’s true in the US people have become addicted to sugar and un-natural foods; sadly, this is now happening in many countries I’ve noticed while I’ve traveled for work.

  42. Gail Freese on July 6, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Excellent, excellent and informative program.

  43. pumpkinize on July 6, 2021 at 3:27 am

    Love mind pump guys!!! Just getting into fitness and I feel so lucky to have found their videos! Thanks so much!!

  44. RECONSTRUCTED on July 6, 2021 at 3:27 am

    This was so amazing. Cool guys, great interview as always, Tom.

    A few things I have learned and wrote down:

    1. If you see what effect a food has on your mood/body, then it will change the way you think. You wanna feel good? Change it.. Fruit doesn’t taste sweet, because the processed foodis different sugars.

    2. Resistence training tells your body to burn more calories on its own WHICH IS FASTER METABOLISM. (Instead of cardio, which is doing it manually/handmatig).
    More muscle also burns more calories.

    3. Eliminate processed food. Long shelve life, coming in a box, keep stored for a long time. – You’ll eat less, make better food choices and you will find natural foods to taste good. Will take 2 weeks of withdrawal.

    4 and more: Move more throughout the day! This way you won’t really need cardio.
    Breathing practise.
    *Actively seek out disconforming evidence that does not match your current way of thinking.*

  45. _Hazel_Dark_Star_ on July 6, 2021 at 3:30 am

    You guys sound so honest

  46. Nick Fleming on July 6, 2021 at 3:31 am

    I have to force myself to eat because I just won’t eat otherwise, I get so caught up in work, I have to schedule and set alarms. But I’ve lost 20, 30lbs before when working on projects. The worst was a summer at college working on a startup, I went from a 220lb football player to 160lb weakling in 4 months

  47. Thomas Immler on July 6, 2021 at 3:31 am

    cool interessant

  48. Maaike van Vliet on July 6, 2021 at 3:35 am

    Tom, I freakin’ love this! I figured a lot of these things out by myself (and weigh 55kg on a 2400 kcal maintenance level as well haha) but definitely learned some new things as well. Spread the word!

  49. Fernando Saldaña on July 6, 2021 at 3:36 am

    So much awareness, thanks for the help guys!

  50. Julene on July 6, 2021 at 3:37 am

    Dropping cardio is what everyone is saying right now. It’s a fad. Cardio is good for you – and strength training is important too. Without cardio you don’t have a good engine. Ditching cardio just because it doesn’t make you look as good as weights do is such a superficial reason. Something can look good on the outside and be crap on the inside. What is the health of your heart? That matters more than the shape of your ass or your guns. You guys are not saying anything different than the current trend right now. Not impressive.