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Next Level Guy is a men’s interview, interest and improvement website where I interview the greats from all industries to help others better their lives. Listen to the experts in their respective fields being quizzed and learn something! Listen, embrace, adapt, use and improve! Each episode, I interview a great from various areas of life like self-development, sport, music, business and so on. In the interview, we focus on finding the hidden gems and awesome tips that will help you better your life as well as to discover more about the awesome guest. These will not be the usual interviews that you see being repeated on many sites, giving the same tired old rehashed answers, instead, I will cover a wide range of topics, interesting viewpoints and unusual queries to provide great interviews. In between podcast episodes, there will be reviews of great products, highlights of great services you should check out, awesome deals for you to get great affiliate products at for big discounts and so much more.
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Mar 18, 2018

 

Episode: #39 Jack Donovan on redefining the way we see masculinity today

Who: From Jack's about page: "Jack Donovan is the author of the The Way of Men — a straightforward, politically incorrect theory of masculinity that became an underground hit around the world ... Donovan has been blogging, writing and speaking about masculinity and tribalism since for over a decade ... He lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he leads a chapter of the infamous Wolves of Vinland  — an esoteric tribe of Germanic pagans." I don't know if I need to say anything more as an intro!

In this interview we discuss masculinity, why it is not a dirty word and why we should undertake our own journey to become better men and more masculine men.

 

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What we cover

  • Who he is and why he is well known
  • What happended during his childhood that made him look in masculinity
  • How is masculinity being portrayed in today's society
  • What is masculinity and who are the great role models of masculine energy?
  • Where he thinks modern day men are going wrong in society and the factors that affect thier masculinity
  • How can we recreate the old rituals that boys undertook to become men like the old civilisations do but do it in our easy lives
  • Why do you need a tribe to truly become masculine and a man and how it needs to be set up/contain to succeed.
  • Can we use sports etc to replace these missing rituals and tribes in our lives?
  • Are the characteristics of what makes a good man the same across the world?
  • What he thinks about the style of masculinity that is shipped by today's media?
  • Can you grade masculinity? Are we masculine or not or shades of masculine more or less than the next man?
  • What challenges could you set yourself to become a more masculine man and develop yourself?
  • Why is there not a push for men to become more masculine in today's society?Why do some men hate on those who try to improve in their lives?
  • How should today's men adapt to the differing roles of women and equality in the modern world
  • Can you ever become too mascline? At what point does becoming more masculine cause problems?
  • How does the role of the father play in how masculine a man is and how good a man he will be? How should we raise the next generation of men to help raise good men?
  • How does he deal with those who dislike the masculinity message he is bringing out?
  • How should those listening overcome jealousy, hate etc when they try to become a more masculine man and a better man?
  • How can you tell if you are becoming a better man? What is the yard stick or criteria we can use to show improvements?
  • The message those listening should take from this interview?
  • Are there any unusual things about Jack that will blow your mind?
  • How you can keep in touch with him?
  • And so much more

 

 

 Some things to reflect on

  •  There are a lot of positives about striving to be a better man
  • Masculinity is being softened in today's media and "made into a joke"
  • "When you are marketing things, you want to be overly inclusive" - the way masculinity is portrayed in today's society is more about marketing than ideology
  • Masculinity is what men percieve to each other as masculine, are the things we need from each other to survive through our evolutionary history - The parameters of masculinity never change, they are part of who we are in throughout time
  • Find out about Jack Lemmon here - the author who's books helped him on his journey
  • What you believe, comes true - it is a self-fufilling prophecy 
  • The failing answer in life is waiting for approval for what you are wanting to do
  • Your tribe needs to share the same values as yourself and be more than just about one thing like sports - there has to be a higher purpose involved in the tribe.
  • "The people who control the media are not average people"
  • "Men who don't know what masculinity is are more subject to be manipulated in terms of what tnhey need to be masculine"
  • See the interview I did with Tanner Guzy here
  • It is a good thing to have competition with other men, to take controlled risks and realise you won't break, that you won't die - physical things are very important
  • People will talk down to you when you try to improve yourself as it brings other people's failures into sharper perspective and they don't want you to succeed - getting better should be about you and your own change
  • "You don't need to be a dick to be a masculine man", you can be just as smart, as creative, as talented, as loving etc as you always are and get better and yet become more masculine
  • You can't expect affirmation from those who aren't on the same mission as you - you need to focus out the hate and focus instead on those who get the message you are providing and on the same journey as you
  • If you believe in something, you should measure your actions against and ensure you are meeting your beliefs, that you are being consistent in your beliefs

 

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Mar 11, 2018

 

Episode: #38 BJ Gaddour on how to go from a fat to fit no matter your starting point

Who: BJ Gaddour (@BJGaddour) is the host of the Weekly BJ podcast,  a former fat guy who turned cover model and fitness director for the entire Men's Health brand. He now runs TheDailyBj.com where he delivers world-class workouts and deep dives on a wide variety of fitness topics.

In this interview, we discuss his story, how you can build fitness into your life by making your body your own barbell, the key principles and philosophies you need to follow to become fit and what BJ stands for and how it wasn't always the most helpful nickname!  

 

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What we cover

  • Who he is
  • The turning point that started his transformation from 'fat kid' into a fitness idol - How he used his own physical trauma to help others 
  • Who he looked up to as role models when he was a child
  • Where modern day fitness is going wrong and the common problems he sees with people trying to improve their physicality
  • The essential principles you need to follow to actually see results
  • The motivations behind the workouts he builds for his followers and why his workouts are so popular - "the brilliance is in the simplicity"
  • How can someone start making fitness part of their life and how to make it a consistent habit - you can't be consistent with something if it is not sustainable
  • What he considers is a 'fit person' - how can we distinguish whether someone is actually fit or not
  • How you should workout during holidays and events - 'don't turn off the light, just dim the switch a little'
  • BJ's awesome book 'Your Body is Your Barbell
  • A great workout ideal that anyone listening can use today to start getting fitter
  • How we can stop comparing ourselves and focus on our own transformations instead - how to focus on the man in the mirror
  • Becoming a presenter vs being a coach
  • How he developed the Men's Health brand to appeal to all regardless of their current fitness level and one of the biggest mistakes you can make in any industry 
  • Where his creativity comes from - how does he build his brand, make products etc
  • How does he juggle with so many demands for his time and multi-task a relationship, business, training etc
  • What he would like all men listening to take from this interview
  • An unusual fact about himself that few know
  • How you can keep in touch with him
  • What BJ stands for and how he loses money on his website to make a sex joke!
  • And so much more

 

Some things to reflect on

  • "Food was something that became a comfort thing" - are you using food to emotionally comfort yourself? What can you change this to?
  • You need to approach fitness like a lifestyle - it doesn't matter what you choose to do activity wise (obviously there are better activities than others) but you need to be consistent and enjoy it 
  • People have no appreciation for how long it can take to build muscle - it can take 3-5 years to build muscle
  • You can change everything about yourself on the exterior level to help show them what is on the interior
  • It is important to define the 'why' you want to change to actually change yourself - but this is something that you need to discover on your own
  • The more you spend in one position, the more your body will adapt to this shape and tighten up 
  • Daily walking is one of the best habits and can help improve you straight away and give key indicators of your current fitness level
  • To improve your diet, aim for "mostly protein and produce" on your plate, don't worry about cutting things out at first
  • You need to master your bodyweight first before you should try weights
  • For him, workouts should have 'movements that you can do for life' and are low impact but high return
  • Just because someone does a particular or range of movements, doesn't mean that you need to do to succeed and get fit - what is right for you? 
  • Successfully fit people, have created a lifestyle that makes it easy for them to become fit - you can always add time but it is hard to take away time
  • Fitness should be accessible to all and fun - "we want to stimulate, not annihilate" - 2 or 3, 30-45min workouts a week is the sweet spot for fitness success
  • "All the stuff that has humbled us along the way become huge assests down the road if you let them ... all the failures we have become amazing teaching tools"

 

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https://youtu.be/O2Y63JPDAR4  

 

Subscribe to the podcast 

If you enjoyed the podcast, please help me by posting a review on iTunes! I thoroughly enjoy doing the show and would love to hear what you think. Your feedback will help me improve the show and ensure it helps.

Also click those social media buttons to stay in touch for updates on the latest posts, affiliate deals, virtual hugs and what not!

 

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I highly recommend the following product (please note: this is an affiliate link and will open to an external website):

 

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A monthly subscription box of premium fitness apparel, equipment, supplement, snacks and more. We offer a variety of plans, including a single month purchase, 3-month, 6-month, and 1-year subscriptions.

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Use 'NEXTLEVELGUY' at the discount code section and get 10% off all orders!

Athletic Fit Denim, Chinos & Jeans. Engineered for Performance. Tailored for a Perfect Fit.

 

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The coolest gear at the best prices to make you a true man

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