Raising Self Aware Humans, Building Strength At Home, & Dealing with Feelings of Guilt with Ben Pakulski – Part 1

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Gents, I’m talking with Ben Pakulski, who is considered the world’s best muscle expert and top authority on physique optimization and lifestyle integration for high-achieving men over 35.

This may be hard to believe, but despite becoming one of the top 10 bodybuilders in the world, Ben never found true health & purpose until he became a Dad. In fact, he believes his kids are responsible for saving his life!

When they were born, his whole world shifted. He questioned everything he was doing as a bodybuilder and being as a man…

Instead of prioritizing getting big (like 310lbs of pure muscle big), he focused on how he could become the greatest Dad, leader, and role model for his kids.

He now spends his time optimizing his health from a physical, mental, and spiritual standpoint and helping other men step into their greatness. His goal is to become the best version of himself, so that his kids can learn to do the same.

In our talk, Ben and I hit on a bunch of topics surrounding family. We discuss core values, building strength in kids, words vs actions, what acceptance really looks like, and so much more.

You’ll also hear about a significant time when we both felt guilty as parents for our actions—and more importantly, how those misses can become opportunities to create a deeper connection with your kids.

Ben Pakulski Podcast Highlights

  • How Ben’s views of health evolved over the years—especially since becoming a Dad. Find out why having kids saved his life!
  • Why respect, honesty and integrity are the 3 biggest values in Ben’s family.
  • The balance between pushing your kids to be great and accepting them for who they are.
  • Turning misses as a Dad into opportunities to connect with your kids.
  • Being proud of your kids AND encouraging them to see their own opportunities for improvement.
  • How do you know if your child is receiving your love?
  • Creating a deeper level of appreciation for who you are and the gifts you’ve been given.
“My kids don’t hear anything of what I say, but they see everything that I do.” - Ben Pakulski Click To Tweet “The further we diverge from our ancestral practices, the further we diverge from ultimate health.” - Ben Pakulski Click To Tweet “If they’re 18 years old and they leave school having learned zero, but they have critical thinking skills and an ability to enjoy learning, I’m happy.” - Ben Pakulski Click To Tweet

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Ben Pakulski Bio

Ben Pakulski, “The Godfather of Intelligent Muscle Building”, is widely considered the world’s best muscle expert and top authority on physique optimization and lifestyle integration for high-achieving men over 35.

Ben is the CEO of the Muscle Intelligence Brand, host of the Muscle Intelligence Podcast, and creator of Mi40, the best selling brand that has helped millions of students, coaches and trainers transform their bodies and lives.

As an IFBB Professional Bodybuilder, Ben competed in 23 shows from 2008-2016.

He finished top 10 in the prestigious Arnold Schwarzenegger Classics Ohio for 6 consecutive years, placing 2nd in 2013. Ben reached the pinnacle of the bodybuilding world in 2012 and 2016, competing in the Mr. Olympia Contest and was considered one of the top 10 bodybuilders in the world for many years.

After a 20-year bodybuilding career, Ben found his new passion and redirected his focus towards helping executives, pro-athletes and entrepreneurs look, feel and perform at their best.

Ben now teaches his six pillars of a Lean, Healthy, and Muscular Body to men around the world, shifting the paradigm in the fitness industry towards the pursuit of integration of body, mind, and soul and the creation of a beautiful life. When not teaching or training, Ben spends his time at home or traveling with his two angels, Benjamin Zane and Presley Skye.

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