The Art of Health

The Art of Health

By Alexander Juan Cortes
AJAC is the premiere Bro Philosopher in the world today: he tackles how to live, how to train, and how to think in the Beauty and Chaos of the modern world

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A Rambling History of the Incline Bench Press
In this episode, you’ll learn the history of the bench press, the incline press, the early iron game, and why the Incline Bench was given second tier status despite being a superior lift to flat bench
20:14
July 12, 2020
Is All Muscle Functional?
In this episode, I engage in a dialectical conversation of what functional muscles means, the specificity of strength, and why athletes need to be more specific in their training than a regular gym bro lifter
14:13
June 4, 2020
Hyperreality and the Breakdown in the USA right now
I’ve been my asked my thoughts on what is happening, and in this very rambling and unfocused podcast, I describe the various factors that led the USA reaching its current breakpoint in social order
19:43
May 31, 2020
The 4 Tactical Virtues of Masculinity
In this episode I describe the 4 tactical virtues as defined by jack Donovan, and why I believe this is the best practical model of how to be a man that can be taught and used as a foundation for masculine development
09:42
May 25, 2020
The New Big 3 Lifts for Strength ala Michael Medici
In this episode I talk about the front squat, the overhead press, and the dead lift as the best lifts for overall strength and athleticism
13:51
May 24, 2020
AJAC in 2020
Life has changed dramatically over the past 2 years. In this episode I update you all with where I’m living, how my mindset has evolved, and questions to ask yourself in determining your own destiny
12:35
May 24, 2020
Special Episode-Ed and AJAC
In this special episode, Ed Latimore and I discuss incels, self development, efficiency versus value, and forgiveness To support this podcast, go subscribe on Rokfin https://rokfin.com/AJAC&EdPodcast
1:06:40
July 3, 2019
Love, Sex, and Relationship Systems with Dr. Taylor Burrowes
In this podcast with Dr. Taylor Burrowes, we discuss the modern dating marketplace, the mistakes women make, leading with sex, and how to develop better systems for intimacy and vetting
1:07:22
June 26, 2019
Mens Style and Masculinity with Tanner Guzy
In this conversation I talk with Tanner Guzy, a Men's Style expert and someone I've learned a great deal from the past 2 years. Tanner has been my personal style coach, and his philosophy of style, touching on competency, the appearance of power, archetypes, and mindset, its not what you'd expect I'd highly encourage all of you gentlemen to check out Tanner Website https://masculine-style.com/ And Invest in one of his courses. Changing your style WILL change your life https://masculine-style.teachable.com/
1:05:11
April 22, 2019
Deconstructing Writers Block
Deconstructing Writers Block by Alexander Cortes
17:08
May 18, 2018
Escape Plan-How to Leave a Bad Situation and Be Independent
What do you do if you are living among people who are bad for you? You LEAVE. In this episode I detail the 8 steps anyone must embark on to leave a bad situation and become independent in order to thrive You can support this podcast on patreon at https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
26:10
May 4, 2018
Love, Life, and Relationships with Dr. Babe
In my first ever interview, I spoke with Dr. Taylor Burrows, aka Dr. Babe. Taylor is a dynamite woman whom I connected with twitter. She is licensed therapist that has been practicing for over a decade, and I wanted to have a dialogue with her on relationship dynamics. This was a purely fun conversation, and we covered a breadth of topics -relationship expectations -owning up to your bullshit -male/female desires -what Taylor wish men knew about themselves You can find Taylor online at her website https://drbabelovelife.com/ She is also active on Twitter @drbabelovelife To support this podcast, consider donating to the Worlds Greatest Taco Party on patreon https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
1:13:28
March 24, 2018
The Rationale Male Interview-Alpha Males, Congruency, and Sexual Dynamics
In this interview, I sat down for 2 hours to talk with Rollo Tomassi, author of the Rationale Male, and Godfather of the Repill philosophy on Human Behavior and intersexual dynamics between Men and Women, and society at large This was a DEEP interview -Masculine Congruency -Alpha fucks and beta bucks -Doomed relationships -Archetypes of female fantasy and what they say about men -Sexual Market Value and its role in partner selection Rollo and I had a very fun conversation sharing stories and commentary on observations, we went in many different directions. I'd highly suggest reading Rollo's books The Rationale Male-https://amzn.to/2DQQUgP You can also find him on twitter, @RationalMale, and also his website https://therationalmale.com/
1:55:33
March 23, 2018
Discipline and Anti-Discipline
In this podcast, I discuss in depth the Duality of Discipline -The Discipline of Action, what you do -The Discipline of Negation, what you do not do This podcast is my exploration of the Discipline of Negation, how implementing discipline must account for 1st, 2nd, 3rd order effect, and how Discipline of Negation helps you find your passion, identity, and reveals how to live a good life. i also list the top 10 most important "Anti-Habits" to have
39:51
March 3, 2018
The Four Archetypes of Masculinity
The Masculine psyche is comprised of four everlasting qualities that establish a Man's relationship with the world and determine the quality of his life Leadership Strength Mind Gratitude In the podcast, I refer to the book, King Warrior Magician Lover, and how these archetypes can be examined on different levels
24:17
February 3, 2018
Whats a good workout is not a good question
Pragmatic Truth time -How much you workout doesn't matter,  -How long you worked out for doesn't matter,  -How hard your workout was doesn't matter,  What matters is the resulting OUTCOMES from the above.
10:43
October 29, 2017
Progressive Overload, Principles, and Hard Gainers-How To Make Gains Long Term
This podcast covers the foundational principle of Progressive Overload, and how if you are not following it, you are wasting your time in the gym
25:35
October 22, 2017
How to Create Systems
What is a System? A simple question, but one that is readily overcomplicated. Understanding what systems are is straightforward, applying them to your life is the harder part. I define systems pragmatically, give examples, and provide a framework to ask the right questions to create your own systems in your life
11:35
October 9, 2017
Discipline is Proactive Laziness-Rethinking The Meaning of Discipline
Disicpline is the freedom to do what you WANT to do, and the freedom NOT to do what you do not want to do. In this podcast, I reframe discipline as energy and time management that creates free time and down time for you. Whereas most of the society views discipline as requiring extreme work and effort, the reality is that disciplining your life enables you to have maximum time to do what you want, including being lazy
09:43
October 3, 2017
How to Grow a 5,000 Subscriber Email List in One Year
In the past year, I have taken an email list of zero subscribers, and grown it to over 5,000 people. In this podcast, I explain my philosophy behind this, why I started with an audience first before a product, and the practical strategies I use every day to constantly add people
21:09
October 3, 2017
What Do I think of Crossfit
I've been asked my opinion on crossfit many many times over, and I finally share it here. Unlike many in the fitness industry, I am neutral on pursuing crossfit as an endeavor. Its a personal choice of personality, and I encourage people to seek out qualifed coaching who do elect to do it.
05:03
September 2, 2017
The Digital Divide to Genuine Connection
This was a request by a reader to do a spoken word telling of a recent article of the digital divide in building relationships. This is an unbroken podcast, and presented without commentary. You can read the article here https://medium.com/@AJA_Cortes/on-love-and-loneliness-in-the-age-of-digital-identity-5a6c58a3dd7c
15:25
August 10, 2017
How to Have 6-Pack Abs Year Around
Is is possible to be lean year around? This is a common desire of people, but the realities of it are not so nice. In this podcast, I lay out the nittygritty of whether this is a viable goal or not to have
07:09
August 10, 2017
Preworkouts, Caffeine, and Energy Drinks
A straightforward conversation today on caffeine, stimulant, and supplement usage. I answered some questions as to what I personally use with products, how to taper back caffeine, and lifestyle considerations if you are a stimulant junkie RED-energy dominator http://mikemahler.com/nutrition-supplements/new-red-real-energy-dominator
07:22
August 4, 2017
How to Design a Training Program
Optimal Program operates off the following 6 principles 1. Intention/Goal 2. Adherence 3. volume/intensity/frequency 4. Progression 5. Exercise Selection 6. rest period 7. tempo Credit to Eric Helms for his pyramid concept
18:46
August 3, 2017
Does Fruit Make You Fat?
"Does fruit make you fat?" The demonization of fruit has personally aggravated the living hell out of me the past few years. Because carbohydrates have been so lambasted, fruit has been lumped in, and declared unfit to be eat because it has FRUCTOSE in it, or some other alarmist statement Truth of the matter is that fruit is healthy, and NEVER has it happened that anyone's obesity was because of eating too much fruit. Its a bullshit argument that works on paper, but has never proven itself in the real world
07:37
August 3, 2017
Skinnyfats Need to Bodybuild
This podcast is ROUGH. I make the edgy point that if you are skinnyfat, you NEED to be bodybuilding, period. There is no handholding on this one
06:02
August 1, 2017
Skinny Fat Training and Nutrition Strategies
The New Skinny Fat program is being released soon, and in this podcast I give you an in depth preview of the 20 principles to put into practice if you are a Skinny Fat Individual. These are all strategies to optimize your training, diet, and lifestyle to improve your genetics and create the body you want.
35:01
July 22, 2017
Cardio For Fat Loss-Why It Does Not Work
Cardio is often considered the automatic solution for fat loss, but it does NOT work, for many reasons. Falling for this myth can cost you your effort, health, and a lot of wasted time.
09:38
July 21, 2017
What Do I think of HIT:Heavy Duty style training?
HIT training is based on an effective principle, but it also excludes many other factors that affect training apaptations. In this podcast, I discuss the guiding principle, what you can extract from it, and whether its worth using
21:47
July 15, 2017
Engineering an Environment of Depression
The Modern environment is one which negatively affects people's mental health, but to an extent few realize. Depression and anxiety have been on the rise for decades, and the reasons why are very clear. In this podcast, I into a thought experiment by how I could engineer depression in someone purely through physiological changes
16:46
July 12, 2017
Do Short Cuts and Hacks Exist with Health?
Are there shortcuts to a healthy lifestyle, or results from exercise? Absolutely there are! But they take more work than most people are willing to do
06:15
July 11, 2017
Cheat Reps, Partial Reps, and Figuring out ROM
How do you determine what a full ROM is? Should you ever use partial ROM in training? Why do some people's form look so different from others? This podcast covers the practical definition of ROM, the difference between partial reps and cheat reps, and how to use both in your training
22:18
July 6, 2017
Protein Intake and Dieting
Many people sabotage their dieting efforts by undereating protein and worsening their metabolic health. Maintaining protein intake is critical for dietary sustainment and fat loss
05:35
July 6, 2017
How to Improve Grip Strength
How do you get your grip stronger? What are the most effective exercises to improve grip strength? How essential is grip strength for health? This podcast thoroughly answers the most common questions and gives you strategies to immediately implement into your training
16:32
July 6, 2017
Anterior Pelvic Tilt, What It is and What to Do About It
Anterior Pelvic Tilt, commonly called APT, is a common condition that many men and women unknowingly have. It presents movement issues due to it disrupting the ideal and efficient relationship between the skeleton and gravity In this podcast, I present an overview of the functional anatomy, the muscles involved, and the series of steps to take to begin remedying this issue
17:52
July 3, 2017
What To Do If You are Afraid of the Squat and Deadlift
Are the barbell squat and deadlift mandatory movements in training? Probably not, and relative to your training goals, you must ask the question of whether you truly need to do them, If you are determined to squat and deadlift though, but are not physically prepared to do so, then you should adopt a muscle first approach to build your body up to the level of being able to do these movements pain free
10:27
July 2, 2017
Deadlifting, Neutral Spine, and Back Strength
How do you learn to keep your back straight? Poor posture is a common problem that negatively affects movement mechanics for almost all exercises. Trying to improve posture and technique can be difficult. In this podcast, I discuss common issues, what exercises to address them with, and how to start from zero if you have no capacity for athletic movements I refer to the book "Intervention", by Dan John=http://amzn.to/2trwPw6 which is an excellent guide how to learn how to move if you are truly movement limited.
09:09
June 30, 2017
Troubleshooting the Deadlift
Deadlifting is confounding for many people, and it tends to cause pain more than it builds strength. I discuss HOW your weaknesses are likely holding back your deadlift, why your deadlift setup is critical, and explain why it such a demanding lift
19:35
June 13, 2017
How to Build Strength Using ALL Rep Ranges
Building strength, muscle, and power is a combination of different stimulus that altogether facilitate long-term "gains". In this podcast, -I discuss the simple system I use for progression in beginners and intermediates -Why different rep ranges have different effects -Why a mixed approach is best for training
11:42
June 7, 2017
HIT Training versus Volume Training
HIT training and Volume training are often presented in opposition to each other, and the question is posed that one must be superior to the other In this podcast, I talk about why this presentation is fallacious, how the "truth" of exercises and studies is often misguided, and why BOTH approaches are necessary for results Books Mentioned: Purposeful Primitive, by Marty Gallagher Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding-Arnold Schwarzenegger Body for Life (HIT Training)-Doug Mcguff
21:29
June 7, 2017
The Truth about Bulking Versus Toning
Bulking and toning are two of the most pervasive myths of the fitness industry, used to sell billions of dollars in products and hook people into false paradigms. Understand why these two things are fundamentally flawed will break you out the cycle of inertia with your own training
16:43
May 19, 2017
Time, Momentum, and the Flywheel of Health
There is no such thing as the perfect workout. There is no such thing as the perfect exercise. There is no such thing as the perfect diet, or meal plan, or program. Health is a varied concept that requires learning, whether you are healthy or not comes down to time spent on your health, and the momentum that time creates Suggested reading Good to Great, By Jim Collins-http://amzn.to/2qhXTvX The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy-http://amzn.to/2qGWJvh
09:39
May 14, 2017
Bodyweight Training 101
Can you build muscle with bodyweight training? Yes Is it optimal? No It is mutually exlusive from lifting? Definitely not I debunk common thinking fallacies with bodyweight training, and share my preferred resources. The resources I would suggest Mass Training-http://amzn.to/2qe4cPo Overall Guide-http://amzn.to/2raFlfC An anatomy guide to BW training-http://amzn.to/2pHfmeg
12:55
May 12, 2017
The Patterns of Being ELITE
This podcast was one of my most favorite to record. I answer the question of what makes someone "elite", whether the criteria is worth defining, and the pragmatic reality of what anyone NEEDS to do to do anything at a high level
07:56
May 12, 2017
How To Warmup To Lift Weights
How Should You warmup before you exercise? There is no one size fits all answer, as warming up is dependent upon multiple factors -Your own needs with mobility and flexibility -the exercises you will be doing -the type of workout you are performing The perfect warmup is the one you customize to yourself
11:20
May 9, 2017
How to Use Straps, Wraps, Belts, and Lifting Gear
In this podcast, I discuss a wide variety of lifting gear, covering -wrist straps -wrist wraps -elbow sleeves -bowties -belts -knee wraps there are no hard and fast rules over and when and how you can use these things, and it is best to experiment, and see what works for your yourself based on application in training
24:31
May 9, 2017
When Should You Use Straps in Training?
Using straps in training is a contentious issue. Some argue that it makes your grip weaker, while others use them all the time. The truth is straps do NOT "weaken" grip, and can, in fact, make your grip stronger. They also allow you to train your back muscles far more effectively, and can be used by any level of trainee. Straps I recommended Iron Rebel-http://amzn.to/2pS4H3I Spud Inc 2 Inch Straps-http://amzn.to/2qNiK8z I mistakenly said 1.5 inch in the podcast, but I realized the ones I use are the 2-inch version. Very heavy duty Elitefts-https://www.elitefts.com/eliteftstm-old-school-orange-wrist-straps.html
12:08
May 6, 2017
What Do I Think Of Ketogenic Dieting?
"What do you think of Ketogenic dieting" Keto dieting has become very trendy as of late in the tech community and biohacking community. Like most diets, its extremely hyped, and like most diets, the reality is very different from the often magical expectations people have about it Keto dieting has definite evidence as a nutritional strategy for diabetics, people with metabolic syndrome, and obesity. It also has very interesting and powerful effects for certain types of cancer and neurological disorders As a general diet though to professionally recommend, Keto dieting is often NOT sustainable, it is NOT proven to "work" for everyone, and many people find their health suffers negatively from attempting it. It also can produce rapid short term weight loss, but then a rebound yo-yo effect happens, and the weight is gained back Keto dieting MIGHT be worth experimenting with, and definitely applies to certain populations, but as a more extreme diet in regards to its eating restrictions, and this makes the sustainability factor a major issue. Unless there are valid medical reasons, I don't professionally suggest it as someone's starting point to health eating. A more reasonable approach would be to try a very low carb diet, and then navigate from there. Some resources for you to check out Dr. Peter Attia-http://eatingacademy.com/dr-peter-attia Keto Dieting 101-https://authoritynutrition.com/ketogenic-diet-101/ Metabolic Syndrome-Insulin and Insulin Resistance-https://authoritynutrition.com/insulin-and-insulin-resistance/
12:21
May 5, 2017
Why "Changing it up" is a Major Training Fallacy
"I need to change it up" is a common belief people have with exercise. Unfortunately this belief is built on entirely faulty reasoning, and it leads people to make little to no progress with their health In this podcast, I discuss the realities of physical adaptation, why training is a long term process, and why my training programs are effective Start the 70s Big Program =>https://gum.co/NFhwe Or, train for a "Hero" body with the Achilles Program =>https://gum.co/mPdlO
13:55
May 4, 2017
Why You Need to Do Cardio
Do you need to cardio? Yes. Do you know how cardio even works? Probably not In this podcast I cover the absolute basics of cardio, how it affects your health, why you need to do something for it, what endurance REALLY means, and making sense of why you hear conflicting information about it
25:18
May 4, 2017
Intermittent Fasting and Muscle Gain
Does IF work with Muscle gain? Yes and No IF is not an optimal approach for maximum muscular growth, but that does not mean it cannot work either
09:46
May 4, 2017
The Downsides of 5x5 style training
When people become dogmatic about one style of training, they compromise their results and future progress. In this podcast I discuss the mental traps that people fall for with 3x5 and 5x5 training, how muscle growth works, and why you need more variety than just 5 reps For those that want to move beyond 5x5 training, embark on my 70s Big Program. It is highly effective, and will move you to the intermediate stage of training =>https://gum.co/NFhwe
12:05
May 2, 2017
Why You Need to Be Lonely Sometimes
You will likely lose friends anytime you go through an intense period of personal growth This is the nature of people. How do you handle being lonely when this happens? And why do people react this way when people change?
14:38
May 2, 2017
The Keys to Progress in Size and Strength
The Keys to Progress is the process of finding what exercises work best for you, continuously practicing them, and getting stronger at them over the course of your training career This systemology to training clears up the confusion as to what works, what doesnt, what you should prioritize, and gives you clear markers and goals to set for yourself To get started in learning the basics of strength and size gain, invest in the Mass Gain-Mastering the Basics Program=>https://gum.co/VYygq
12:37
April 29, 2017
Getting Jacked and Tan with Systems Based Thinking
In this short podcast, I dissect the foundational pieces of how to apply systems based thinking to the goal of being "jacked and tan". These pieces are -time management -prioritization -measurement and markers Pick up the Achilles Program Here=>https://gum.co/mPdlO
10:10
April 29, 2017
Earn Your Dopamine
“Earn your Dopamine” FOMO is a new acronym now, the Fear of Missing Out. The attention economy, a hundred million distractions all at once. Dopamine is a brain hormone, it's the feel good rush we get of being “engaged” with something. Our brains love dopamine, it makes us feel good. We also are addicted to it. Tweets, texts, notifications, emails, Instagram, popups, pictures, likes, loves, comments 2000 BC to 2017 AD, our brains are not any different, nor are the hours in our day. But WHAT we leverage our attention to, by god has that changed. Most of us cannot go more than 5 minutes without needing to fed by SOMETHING. God forbid we mist a reply, comment, or update. The cruel reality is that we are addicted to nothingness. No smarter, no wiser, no more educated, no more able to change our lives. We've got the most powerful technological devices in human history, and we use them to watch Cat videos, laugh at dank memes, and read the headlines of articles and then believe our opinion is informed. It's not, and we are not. We know nothing, and we don't want to admit it. And we are dopamine junkies, addicted to the cheap and easy rush that comes from all of the above. You’re an addict, I'm an addict. So let's break the cycle. On top of knowing nothing, we cannot focus on ANYTHING. We might miss a damnable update. Our dopamine betrays us. So here is my challenge to you; EARN your dopamine. Do things that delay gratification. Read a book Have a conversation Practice a skill Talk to someone, face to face, eye to eye Do your WORK, and do nothing BUT your work Go to the gym, follow a program, and TRAIN Engage in conversation, and do not check devices for updates Focus is a deadly skill in the world, as so few people now have it. He who can do one thing and one thing only shall master something, and be far far ahead of everyone else.
14:21
April 17, 2017
Fat, Dietary Fat, and Bodyfat
Per a listener request, I discuss the reality and basic science behind bodyfat storage, why fat is an essential part of a diet, what your body needs fat for, healthy sources of dietary fat, the "best" diet for fat intake, and I touch upon the risk factors associated with liposuction and invasive fat removal
27:35
April 12, 2017
Eating For Muscle Growth
How do you eat for Musclegrowth? In this short and to the point podcast, I describe the basic necessities -calories -macros -meals -consistency
08:04
April 2, 2017
A:B Testing, Sales Letter, and Content Creation using Content Mindset
I cover some the principles of applying content mindset -how being an expert is a crucial prequisite -long form sales letters -A/B testing of topics -building an audience around yourself -How to be the Most Interesting Man in the World
22:08
March 21, 2017
Changing your Life Means changing Your Identity
There is always a gap between who we think we are, and how we actually live. When we set out to change our health, this gap becomes very obvious Our identity gets called into question, and this can throw life into turmoil, as we realize that everyone else we know has a perception of who we are. When we start changing, that disrupts how they know us Working through this is no easy task
15:21
March 20, 2017
Why Some Plan is Better than No Plan at all
Nutrition is like finances: You either learn good habits and practices when you are young, or you must learn them the hard way as an adult Following a nutrition plan requires trusting the process, but it also demands not being attached to an outcome. All changes in behavior feel incongruous when they are foreign to you. When attempting to learn a new process, you will go through stages of shit, suck, good, great. Again, this cannot be avoided. And the only way through each stage is to rely on a PLAN to do so
12:30
March 20, 2017
How to Handle Stress and Anxiety
Anxiety and depression are at all time highs, yet we live in the safest and most comfortable society at any point in history Stress and anxiety are biological, like every other aspect of how we live, but how we handle them and overcome them comes to our environment, our bodies, and our mentality towards them
21:09
March 16, 2017
The Margin of Mastery:How Much Can You Afford to Fail?
Short podcast, but I discuss some profound concepts -Knowing your level of proficiency -The myth of talent in high stakes situations -Knowing the game that you are playing -The Margin of mastery, and what it means to your life
08:51
March 14, 2017
Writers Block, Mastery, and Obsession
Writer's block is psychological. What really stops people from writing? And what does it mean to master time. I talk about obsession, becoming the "elite" at a particular skill, and the choice everyone must make as to their own destiny
14:09
March 12, 2017
How to Overcome Writers Block
Writers block is a common problem for people, as is a struggle to find subjects to write about. I discuss the strategies to generate ideas, how to apply them in real time, and how to overcome the subjective ego to the work you create
19:53
March 11, 2017
Content Mindset-How to Set Your Day up to Create
My day is designed to keep my creative energy up and production high. My daily practices in keeping a journal, writing ideas, and culling negative energy drains are how I say high-output 24/7 you can do the same
20:27
March 8, 2017
Content Mindset-How to Create Ideas from Infinity
Content Mindset is how I write 3 emails a day, a dozen plus articles a month, and produce thousands of words witout ever suffering from writers block Content mindset can be applied to ANY business marketing, but it starts with CREATIVITY I discuss the "secret" of creativity, and why anyone can do what i do Shoutouts to Ben Settle-http://bensettle.com/p4/ and Nabeel Azeez-http://becomingthealphamuslim.com/ You can support the podcast on patreon, atpatreon.com/AlexanderC
24:40
March 7, 2017
Chest Training 101-Strength, Muscle, and Customization
All about pec training. This podcast covers all practical aspects of training the chest -What constitutes a good chest workout -How do you determine which movements are best for you -What role do anthropometrics play -Is the bench press really the best chest exercise? -Why do multiple pressing angles need to be used -How can you ensure long term shoulder health
43:04
March 3, 2017
Creatine-Safety, Usage, Facts, Fallacies
Is creatine safe to take? Is creatine a steroid Is creatine only for men? I discuss the history of creatine, debunk the media myths that surround it, and tell you exactly how to take it, what the benefits are, and answer common questions on its usage If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review on Itunes And if you really like the podcast, you can become a benefactor on Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
24:56
February 27, 2017
Effective Chest Training
In this short podcast, I describe the basics of chest training for beginners, how to select movements, and give suggested set and reps schemes
04:39
February 25, 2017
All About Neck Training
I answer every question about neck training -history of it -current relevance -how to begin training -exercises and implements -why people need to do it
23:10
February 25, 2017
The Meaning of Intensity in Training
Intensity has a variable definition in training. By technical definition, its percentage of 1 rep max By practical definition, it means "focus", and there are MANY ways to increase intensity
14:02
February 18, 2017
Arm Training Simplified
Arms are a struggle point for many people. Who you get your guidance from counts a great deal, and learning to remove your ego from training counts even more
14:21
February 18, 2017
Fasted Training, Neck Training, and Protein
I answer questions on the following topics - BCAA before fasted morning training ala Martin Berkhan. - Some people say the best way to build traps are with HEAVY barbell shrugs. Light alternatives? - Thoughts on concurrent periodization? - AJA's approach to neck training - If you have a large post-workout meal, what are the effects of low-fat vs. moderate fat. Like a big thing of potatoes with lean chicken vs. A meal with beef, eggs, cheese and carbs - calories being equal - Any problems with having casein or any other slow-digesting proteins without concern for timing?
12:46
February 18, 2017
What Does it Mean to Find Yourself?
When people speak of finding themselves, are they talking about freedom, or defining who they are? The irony to the "search" is that we venturing into chaos in an attempt to create ORDER as to who we are. Out of order we then have the freedom to do what we want. Without order, chaos rules, and never gets done when we are in chaos
20:15
February 17, 2017
What Really Matters with Nutrition?
What really matters with nutrition? I discuss the mental model of the nutrition pyramid, how to make constructive changes, what matters and what doesnt with eating, and whether supplements play a major role. I also cover a current nootropic I am experimenting with, as well how to make your supplements
15:37
February 15, 2017
Fasting-Everything You Ever Wanted To Know
I cover ALL of the benefits of fasting, the various types of fasts, the different ways to implement them, and the situational questions that arise Support the podcast on patreon at https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC Check The Obesity Code, by Dr. Fung, http://amzn.to/2kMLHAB The Complete Guide to Fasting,http://amzn.to/2l1LUOV
53:31
February 13, 2017
My Thoughts on Chiropractic Care
I answer a listener question on Chiropractic care, and my professional opinion of it. I discuss the history of chiropractic, the theory, the modern perception, and the intersection of different philosophies of medicine
13:23
February 12, 2017
How to Fast
Fasting has ancient origins, and in modern times the science has proven it to be immensely beneficial for human health. How can you fast, and what are the steps to do so?
25:28
February 12, 2017
Your Health is Your Fault
Axion of Action: Everything in life is Your fault. Your health as an individual is under your domain of control. Whether you use it or waste it, that falls upon you.
14:04
February 10, 2017
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Traps
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Traps SWOT analysis is used often in business, but it can be applied to your life as well. I give business and personal examples, as well as how to not "over analyze" and inhibit yourself from taking action support this podcast on patreon athttps://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
21:58
February 9, 2017
Why Reading is a Super Power
Being able to READ a book is becoming a goddamn superpower. We live in Attention and Focus economy, near infinite stimulus demands our attention at any given time Our ability to focus is comprised, we want quick fixes, Focus is a weapon unto itself
09:55
February 9, 2017
How Hugh Jackman got Jacked for Wolverine
Hugh Jackman has become an iconic for portraying Wolverine, and his physique has contributed in large part to this. Jackman has been training for almost 20 years though, and far from making a transformation, he's been put in the TIME to building himself up, one workout at a time Support this podcast on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
20:21
February 9, 2017
How to Keep A Training Journal
Keeping a written record of training is a simple but effective tool that far too many people neglect to utilize. Implementing it into your training creates avenues for improvement and progress that you would not have otherwise
09:35
February 8, 2017
Simplicity=Effectivity when Working Out
Effective Training is not a complicated process. I discuss that 6 strategies that govern effective training, what you need to prioritize in the experience, and common mental traps people fall into that are time sinks
17:05
February 8, 2017
Why You Need to Write & Take Notes
Note taking is powerful. Writing down notes, by hand, with a pen, this is something that very very few adults practice once they leave high school or college.  It is unfortunate, because note taking and record keeping are the most powerful forms of memory we have. And they are tools to master your life, if you use them (Support this podcast on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC)
16:02
February 7, 2017
Muscle & Strength Facts and Fallacies
I cover A LOT in this podcast -training progression -programs versus priorities -why people get fixated on 3x5, 5x5 training -how to think critically about training -what movements are "optimal" for muscle growth Support this podcast on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
33:49
February 7, 2017
The 10 Principles of Mass Gaining
What are the 10 Foundational Principles for Mass Gaining diet? How do you need to consistently eat on a daily basis?
11:01
February 6, 2017
The Truth about Flexible Dieting & IIFYM
Flexible Dieting and IIFYM are popular approaches, but like any method they also can be taken out of context and misconstrued -What are the pros and cons? -How do people mess up the approach -Why dieting is not one-size-fits-all situation
16:28
February 6, 2017
The Mindset Benefits of Lifting Weights
Mentality=Physicality Lifting is a physical outlet with deep psychological effects. The benefits of it extend far between the aesthetic or purely physical You can support this podcast on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
17:27
February 3, 2017
How To Appear Taller Through Weight Training
In this short podcast, I answered a listeners question as to how he can use lifting weights to make himself appear taller. And how depending on how you train, you can also negatively impact your physical appearance Support this podcast on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
07:55
February 2, 2017
Lifehacking is Bullshit, and Action Trumps Everything
Over preparations and attempts to "hack" productivity obscure the reality of actual effort. Searching for an optimal formula before you have taken action is delusion Support this Podcast on https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
13:15
February 1, 2017
Gynecomastia-What it is, Why It Happens, & What can be Done
Many men suffer in silence from male breast growth, and dont know why it happens or what to do about it In this podcast I cover the many causes, the possible solutions, and why its a problem that is easily solvable with the right approach Support this podcast on Patreon>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
16:25
February 1, 2017
Using Writing as Tool To Focus
How can you Develop the Power of Focus? You Can WRITE, and practice focusing your thoughts and energy Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
10:34
February 1, 2017
Carbs, The Good, The Bad, and the Bullshit
In this podcast, I rip apart the biggest misconceptions with carbs, the bullshit of why so much confusing information exists, and what YOU need to know and should know for your own health Read the best book on about the Truth on Carbs http://amzn.to/2jrYF7H Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
19:08
January 31, 2017
How to Reverse A Diet
How do you stop a diet? How do you avoid regaining weight? In this podcast, I cover three general but contextual approaches to returning to normal eating, reverse dieting, and taking advantage of post diet muscle growth. Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
12:18
January 31, 2017
Are Steak and Eggs Healthy?
Are steak and eggs healthy? In this short podcast, we cover the need to view diets in context, examine our own ancestral origins, and breakdown how steak and eggs could be a very healthy component of dieting Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
13:32
January 31, 2017
The Truth about Bulking
Bulking is a highly misunderstood concept. In this podcast, I cover the historical context of bulking, what it means today, and how to gain muscle effectively through concentrated periods of training Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
28:05
January 30, 2017
How to Network For Young People
Relationships are the bedrock of success in almost any field. Networking then is a crucial skill in the world (and always will be). Without successful relationship building, your ability to create and do anything is limited. Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
31:42
January 30, 2017
Why You Need to Drop Your Stupid Shitty Friends
Ive worked with many different kinds of people, and one of the "redflags" of a futile attempt to change lifestyle is when all of someone's friends are living in the "past" that they are trying to get away from You must rid yourself of these people Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
16:04
January 27, 2017
How to Create Momentum
How to Create Momentum? These are the axioms of momentum, the principles you need to be continuously creating and producing, and to avoid stagnation Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
22:39
January 27, 2017
Do Not Live Among Toxic People
We’re all going to die, were all going to suffer, somehow someway. The avoidance of discomfort causes more pain than facing fear ever has A bad relationship, or relationships, these are far far worse than no relationship at all, Learn to be lonely for awhile.
08:17
January 27, 2017
Women-Become More, Not Less
This is for the Women. I share my experiences as a trainer, the North American Diet Mentality, and the mental traps of trying to change your health through self hate Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
14:51
January 27, 2017
How to let a Woman wreck your 20s as a Man
Preface-The Daily Workout Newsletter is now up and running, check it out to take control of your health http://alexanderjuanantoniocortes.com/daily-workouts-newsletter-sign/ -Women can be the best and worst thing in your life -10 Ways women can ruin you -Focus on the good, not only the bad -Be aware Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
24:21
January 18, 2017
Develop Your Aptitudes, Dont Chase Your Passions
Aptitudes > Passions. Loving something in order to be skillful at it is a myth, you don't need to love anything to be good at it. Good is potential, its not concrete until its been created. How do you find what you are naturally good at? Through objective questions
20:15
January 18, 2017
How To Self Improve
When you commit to getting better, how do you assess your own improvement? -What you can measure, you can improve -Make lists -Set a goal and work backwards -Visualize -Quality or quantity? Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
14:44
December 16, 2016
Physicality=Mentality
Your body and your mind can be separated, but they exist as a whole What is your physical identity? What is your mental identity? Are they in alignment with each other? Support this podcast on Patreon>>>https://www.patreon.com/AlexanderC
17:25
December 15, 2016
Alternative Protein Sources You May Not Have Tried
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, what protein sources are available to you that are not animal sourced? Or if you are someone that is allergic to whey protein, or to dairy protein in general, what alternatives can you utilize? In this short podcast, I answer these two questions, and provide you with a list of options to explore. I also discuss why total diet protein should be considered, and how not to trick yourself into think only certain proteins should "count" towards your daily intake
06:23
October 19, 2016
Are you beginner, intermediate, or advanced?
When it comes to exercise, people often dont know where to start, In this short podcast, I discuss the differences between a beginner, intermediate, and advanced trainee, -What you should focus on at each level -What holds people back -When should you seek help
11:52
October 16, 2016
7 Habits of TRYING to be Successful Part 2
http://alexanderjuanantoniocortes.com/seven-rituals-of-effectivizing-your-life/ There is no real "list" of guaranteed actions that will make you "successful". But there are habits and mindsets you can adopt that will hopefully get you there
13:35
October 5, 2016
7 Rituals that Create Success
1. Schedule for productivity 2. Manage your energy 3. Dont confuse fatigue with work 4. Create systems 5. Be judicious with who you invest your time with 6. Filter decisions through application, not theory 7. Win, dont just fail https://www.elitefts.com/education/7-daily-rituals-for-success/
19:55
October 4, 2016