Benjamin "Ben" Pakulski is a Canadian IFBB professional bodybuilder, athlete, fitness trainer, writer, author, and creator of the MI40 training system.
Ben Pakulski, the “body-building Yogi”, has accomplished plenty in his storied fitness career. But he eventually realized that all the external accomplishments did not result in fulfillment. Now he is even more dedicated to fitness than he ever was before, with a deeper commitment that connects body, mind and soul. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, listen as Ben Pakulski explains why you need to do exactly that which you believe you cannot do.   This episode is brought to you by:  Thrive Market: Get 25% off your first order and a 30-day free trial at Audible: Start listening with a 30-day Audible trial and your first audiobook plus two Audible Originals are free. Visit or text IMPACT to 500-500 ButcherBox: Use the discount code: "TOM" at to get 20$ off and FREE BACON   SHOW NOTES   Ben explains why he is a “body-building Yogi” [1:18] Why does Ben say “we are all Love?”  [5:28] Ben defines integrity  [7:07] Ben laments the fitness industry;s extreme ego-centrism  [8:46] Ben explains the importance of training, sleep and stress-reduction  [12:15] Ben describes how stress affects eating, digestion, sleep and fitness  [14:58] If you really want to succeed it’s going to take way more than you think  [20:34] Ben talks about creating the person he wants to be  [23:54] Ben explains how he embodies the person he has to become in each situation  [26:07] Ben explains how he deals with self-doubt  [28:40] If there’s something hard in your life, it’s because you need to grow  [30:15] Ben and Tom discuss death  [31:33] What is the champion’s mindset?  [33:02] Ben advocates solitude and directly facing your pain to find your passion  [35:02] You have to choose either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret  [36:09] Ben shares his family story, and that he never let his history hold him back  [38:32] Ben explains how to use small victories to build fitness habits  [40:04] Ben recommends a basic dietary regimen  [43:19] Ben discusses seasonal changes to diet  [45:20] Ben explains why he avoids chicken and turkey and prefers wild meats  [46:52] Ben talks about why he doesn’t usually tell people to count calories  [47:44] Ben describes work-outs that burn fat better than cardio does  [48:47] Where to find Ben online  [50:00] Ben describes the one change he’d most like to see people make  [51:07]   FOLLOW BEN WEBSITE: PODCAST: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK:
Elle Russ chats with Ben Pakulski, founder of Ben Pakulski Fitness International, the Muscle Intelligence podcast and the Muscle Intelligence and MI40 brands. He is a former Mr. Canada, and IFBB Professional Bodybuilder. Ben is most well-known for his intelligent approach to building maximum muscle and has helped 100,000 men and women change their body and life with his methods.  Ben began building his body at 15 years old and turned professional at his 6th show at 26 years of age. Ben’s first pro show was the 2009 Tampa Pro where he placed 3rd and qualified to compete in Mr. Olympia.  Highlights from Ben’s career include placing 2nd at the Arnold Classic, the second largest bodybuilding show in the world, twice competing in Mr. Olympia and placing 1st in the 2016 Vancouver Pro. Since retiring from competitive bodybuilding, Ben focuses on spending time with his wife and three children while building the Muscle IntelligenceTM  brand. The mission is to empower men and women with the knowledge and skillset to build their greatest body and live their greatest life.  Ben’s passion for helping others change their body, and live their greatest life led him to create the world’s foremost muscle building and body transformation educational brand, Muscle Intelligence™ which offers a simple framework around the 6 Pillars of a Lean and Muscular Body.    SELECTED LINKS: Ben Pakulski's Website
We are so excited to be joined this week by Ben Pakulski! We interviewed Ben at the #PODCASTHARD event in Tahoe this September, and were blown away by his honest and in-depth take on the mindset around bodybuilding and fitness. Ben is a former IFBB Pro bodybuilder, who has competed in everything from Mr. Canada to Mr. Olympia, and we had the chance to sit with him and discuss how he’s working now to help bodybuilding athletes evolve their mindset around the sport. We also discuss the mental game of training in general, and hear how becoming a father has had the greatest influence on Ben’s life purpose and plans for the future.   Unplugged Float Essentials discount code GGW Support the podcast! Click the SUBSCRIBE button on iTunes! Please leave us a review on iTunes! We love hearing your feedback and want to make this show the best it can be for YOU, amazing listeners. Share with a friend while you’re at it! Send us an email with feedback, voice memos, and show ideas: Additional production work and theme song by David Dalton
This week's guest is one of the top IFBB Pro bodybuilders of the last decade - Ben Pakulski. He is recently retired but continues on by sharing knowledge and training athletes as part of his MI40 program and organization.  On this episode our hosts sit down and talk hypertrophy and training principles with Ben, who has an incredible amount of knowledge when it comes to gaining muscle and training for bodybuilding.  We hope you enjoy this episode of Strength Chat, and make sure to check out MI40 at the link below! 
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Mar 18th, 1981
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4 hours, 3 minutes