Life isn't easy. And most people have secrets they don't discuss: affairs, fears, challenges, double lives, and inner struggles. In The Truth Barrel (a 220 degree barrel sauna), New York Times bestselling author Neil Strauss (The Game) and pro athlete Gabby Reece (NBC's Strong) sweat the truth out of some of the most famous, knowledgeable, and interesting people in the world, from Grammy-winning musicians to gold-metal Olympians. The goal: To learn from these experiences and solve the biggest challenges of life that most people are too afraid to discuss.
Terrell Owens, NFL wide receiver, on the key...
NFL legend Terrell Owens ranks in the top 3 of football's all-time wide receiver records. But... Show More
NFL legend Terrell Owens ranks in the top 3 of football's all-time wide receiver records. But behind all the touchdown celebrations, animated press conferences, and playoff tears, there's the story of an elite athlete who has been challenged by nearly everyone he's met since childhood. T.O. gets in the sauna with Gabby and Neil for a powerful, wide-ranging interview about being bullied as a teenager, overcoming people's low expectations, what it takes to be great, dealing with negativity, the confidence paradox, and the challenges of fame, parenting, and much more. Listen in as this emotional and powerful gladiator reflects on his incredible and often misunderstood career. Part one of two. Show Less
How to Handle Bullies: From the Playground to...
A unifying aspect of the childhoods of many successful people is that they were victims of... Show More
A unifying aspect of the childhoods of many successful people is that they were victims of bullying. In this investigative episode, Neil and Gabby dig deep into the minds of their spouses, children, and friends on how bullying has affected them, how they've successfully dealt with bullies, and how to teach our children to handle bullying. Learn about a side of Neil's wife Ingrid that he never heard about before. Dive deep into Laird Hamilton's past of being tormented on land, and how he found strength at sea. Find out how Neil's closest friends and Gabby's young children discovered the best strategies to protect themselves when the inevitable bully charges into their lives. Special Guests include: Sports Illustrated model Amber Smith, Big-waver surfer, Laird Hamilton, and fitness author, Mark Sisson. Show Less
Genetics Researcher, Dr. Dan Reardon
You can improve your habits, but can you enhance your genes? Join Neil and Gabby with this... Show More
You can improve your habits, but can you enhance your genes? Join Neil and Gabby with this episode's guest Dr. Dan Reardon of Fitness Genes in the Truth Barrel to discovery how he has developed a method to determine the best way for you to workout-based on your DNA. You'll learn about your genetic coding, how it affects your ability to grow muscle, how your body can transform to better metabolize what you eat, and tactics you can adopt to your fitness and nutrition regime to meet your health goals based on your genetic make-up. Show Less
Art of Charm's Jordan Harbinger
Jordan Harbinger, host of the Art of Charm podcast, opens up in a way he never has before.... Show More
Jordan Harbinger, host of the Art of Charm podcast, opens up in a way he never has before. Along the way, you'll discover the secrets to podcasting success and longevity and how to have more in-depth conversations. Plus get the details on Neil and Jordan's wild adventures from the time they visited North Korea, and hear about how Jordan became an undercover FBI agent in high school. Also, we bring in a surprise special guest to break down Jordan's walls and get to the truth of what drives Jordan to living a life of success. Show Less
Blink-182 Frontman, Matt Skiba
Grammy-nominated guitarist and vocalist for Blink-182 and Alkaline Trio, Matt Skiba, joins Neil... Show More
Grammy-nominated guitarist and vocalist for Blink-182 and Alkaline Trio, Matt Skiba, joins Neil and Gabby in The Truth Barrel to discuss his career, his relationships, and the life philosophy that has led to his success. It's not what you'd expect. In this powerful interview, he discusses facing the disappointment of his father when he decided to become a musician, the exact moment he quit drugs and alcohol, the surprising reason he asked a bandmate to leave the group, and what it was like to take over as frontman for one of the biggest bands of its genre. Along the way, you'll learn Matt's secret for staying positive, connected, and powerful - and the difference between a nice person and a good person. Hint: A good person isn't always nice. Show Less
Life Questions: Solving Listener Dilemmas
In this special episode, Gabby and Neil answer a collection of some of the most emotional... Show More
In this special episode, Gabby and Neil answer a collection of some of the most emotional, controversial, and wildly nonsensical questions from listeners. Learn to crush limiting beliefs, create healthier fitness habits, end procrastination, and improve your sex life with "hands on" techniques, plus try these quick tests to find out if your romantic relationship is right for you. Show Less
21-Year-Old Entrepreneur Jared Kleinert
"Most parents hate me," says guest Jared Kleinert. Whatever advice parents give, Kleinert... Show More
"Most parents hate me," says guest Jared Kleinert. Whatever advice parents give, Kleinert preaches the opposite. Don't go to a good school. Don't get a job. Don't get a house or a car. At his age, he's written a best-selling book, started several companies, been a TedX speaker, and been named "the most connected millennial" by USA Today. In this episode of the Barrel, the entire Millenial myth is dismantled. Along the way, you'll learn about an alternate path to success, the psychological makeup of successful entrepreneurs, and tactics to build a world-class network. Show Less
Sex At Dawn Author, Christopher Ryan
We are living like animals in a zoo of our own making, according to Dr. Christopher Ryan... Show More
We are living like animals in a zoo of our own making, according to Dr. Christopher Ryan, evolutionary psychologist, and author of "Sex At Dawn" and the upcoming "Civilized to Death." After listening to this episode, you will want to rethink everything about your life: from your home to your relationships to raising children to the culture you live in. Prepare to learn some surprising, counter-intuitive lessons as Dr. Ryan compares what our species has done for most of its history with what we are doing today. Show Less
Scott Carney, Investigative Journalist
Dive into the one of most thrilling episodes of the Truth Barrel to learn from Scott's stories... Show More
Dive into the one of most thrilling episodes of the Truth Barrel to learn from Scott's stories of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro shirtless, losing seven pounds of fat in seven days, and training to do 80 pushups on a single breath. Scott Carney, award-winning author, anthropologist, and investigative journalist, talks with Gabby and Neil about his recent adventures with Wim Hof and others, exploring how to reclaim human evolutionary strength to survive freezing temperatures and high altitudes. Scott also discusses his investigative research into organ trafficking and deaths on meditation retreats. Show Less
Sum 41 Drummer Frank Zummo
Sum 41 and Krewella drummer, and founder of Street Drum Corps, Frank Zummo, gets into the... Show More
Sum 41 and Krewella drummer, and founder of Street Drum Corps, Frank Zummo, gets into the barrel on this week's episode to discuss his rise to rockstar fame. Listen in as Zummo explains the trials and tribulations it takes to find (and maintain) success as an artist today, and how applying a business mindset can help. Also discussed are the secrets to survival on the road and how adapting a hyper-focus mindset can propel your own career forward. Bonus: Behind the scenes stories from his time filling in for Tommy Lee. Show Less
Kelly Starrett on Best Practices for Daily...
"Practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent." In this week's episode Kelly... Show More
"Practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent." In this week's episode Kelly Starrett, fitness expert and founder of MobilityWOD, uncovers foundational secrets to not only creating an enhanced health system, but also to a more pleasurable life. Listen in as Kelly teaches Gabby and Neil elementary pain preventative practices, the importance of great posture and sleep, and what we are doing wrong in schools and work (and how to fix it). Show Less
Nick Ekbatani on What It Takes to Survive Tragedy...
Former UCLA football player and motivational speaker Nick Ekbatani lost his leg and his... Show More
Former UCLA football player and motivational speaker Nick Ekbatani lost his leg and his football career in a motorcycle accident. In this beautiful and emotional episode, he discusses how it became the best thing that ever happened to him. Learn to live with gratitude and have a positive daily attitude, plus learn the tools he uses to let go of pain, heal, and move forward, in this week's Truth Barrel. Show Less
Michele Paradise on NLP & Psychological Healing -...
Former model and TV host Michele Paradise gets in the sauna to discuss her journey to becoming... Show More
Former model and TV host Michele Paradise gets in the sauna to discuss her journey to becoming a hypnotherapist and master NLP practitioner. She is currently one of two people on the West Coast practicing a revolutionary new technique for healing psychological wounds and trauma. It is called Havening. On this episode, find out what Havening is, how to do it step by step, and the ways it can improve your inner and outer life. Show Less
Kevin Reeve on Surviving Disasters, Revolutions...
This week, Neil and Gabby discuss disaster survival with Kevin Reeve of OnPoint Tactical, the... Show More
This week, Neil and Gabby discuss disaster survival with Kevin Reeve of OnPoint Tactical, the man who taught Neil how to pick locks, hot-wire a car and escape from danger in his book Emergency. They cover everything from stress inoculation to survival mindset to evading kidnappers to climbing barbed-wire fences to habits you can immediately incorporate into your life to make it safer. Show Less
Kai Nygard on The Cutting Edge of Longevity...
Want to live forever? Kai Nygard does, and for decades he has been on an immortality project... Show More
Want to live forever? Kai Nygard does, and for decades he has been on an immortality project with his father (Peter Nygard) traveling the world in a private jet, seeking out and funding the greatest minds in longevity science. Kai discusses breakthroughs in stem cells, cloning, and the secrets to a longer, healthier life. Neil and Gabby are also joined by Darin Olien to help break down the science, knowledge, and the ramifications. Show Less
Darin Olien Reveals The Truth About Superfoods -...
Our guest today is Darin Olien, who has traveled to some of the world's most remote places in... Show More
Our guest today is Darin Olien, who has traveled to some of the world's most remote places in search of the most nutritious secret superfoods - earning him the title, the Indiana Jones of superfoods. Find out where in nature they're hiding, how he sticks to his regimen, the exact process he uses to engineer the perfect water for his body, and what he says is the holy grail of superfoods. Show Less
84 Hacks, Systems, and Gifts To Massively Improve...
Life Balance Systems, Optimized Living, and Time Management are this week's deep dive. In this... Show More
Life Balance Systems, Optimized Living, and Time Management are this week's deep dive. In this special episode, Neil and Gabby interview each other to share the systems, tools, products, and ways of thinking that allow them to balance their lives while maximizing their productivity, health, community-building, and family time. Have a pen and paper ready: There's a lot you'll want to remember, implement, and also give to friends. Show Less
Raising Children Without a Power Struggle and...
In this episode, Neil and Gabby deep dive on powerful strategies for raising children and... Show More
In this episode, Neil and Gabby deep dive on powerful strategies for raising children and improving relationships without conflict or drama. They discuss techniques such as power vs. force, stay listening, and special-time with two leading experts: Abigail Wald, an instructor at Hand in Hand Parenting, and Catherine DeMonte, a marriage, family and child therapist. Show Less
The Acting Discipline and Raising a Child with...
There are two kinds of actors: Find out which kind you are, and how to stand out in one of the... Show More
There are two kinds of actors: Find out which kind you are, and how to stand out in one of the most competitive businesses in the industry, in this powerful interview with acclaimed actor John C. McGinley (Platoon, Scrubs, Stan Against Evil). In addition, John discusses how parents can cope and adapt with the challenges of raising a child with special needs during a heartfelt discussion about his son Max, a child born with Down Syndrome. Show Less
Rethinking Medical Care & Childhood Vaccinations...
Can you trust your doctor? Do hospitals actually have your best health in mind? Will... Show More
Can you trust your doctor? Do hospitals actually have your best health in mind? Will immunizations keep you healthy or get you sick? Neil has been going through one of the greatest challenges new parents face: making medical decisions for a child. In this episode, he and Gabby talk to one of the most well-known and highly recommended pediatricians in Southern California, Dr. Jay Gordon, about the truth behind vaccinations, as well as the weakness and strengths of the hospital and medical system. They then visit teenager Jake Peters. Diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica, a rare disorder that affects the eye nerves and the spinal cord, he has little to no movement from the neck down and breathes with the help of a ventilator. His parents are now trying to determine if the HPV shot that he had prior to the incident could have triggered the disease. Jake's story, and his attitude towards, life just may inspire you, as it did Neil and Gabby. Show Less
Changing Your Habitat for Better Health with John...
So, how do you incorporate the Paleo diet into your every day habits? John Durant, author of... Show More
So, how do you incorporate the Paleo diet into your every day habits? John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto and founder of HunterGatherer.com, has agreed to come back for Part 2. Last week, Neil and Gabby went through John's day and there were a bunch of amazing takeaways. This time, he walks us through the rest of his day and touches on how he got started with Paleo, what his diet is like, and what his next obsession is. He also shares the best caveman joke he's ever heard, the simple tool he uses for his to-do list, and the best books on evolution he'd recommend to people. John also brings up some interesting points in this episode, such as the rise of Trumpism, the use (and abuse) of evolution in politics, his view of human nature, the disruption of traditional gender roles, and the reason he quit Twitter. Show Less
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