The Body of Knowledge

By Kenny Kane & Andy Galpin

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The Body of Knowledge is a serialized podcast featuring stories from the intersection of science and fitness. Each story is born in a conversation about quality of life and incubates until it can grow into actionable insight. The show is hosted by former comedian and lifelong human performance coach, Kenny Kane and Professor of Exercise Physiology at CSUF, Andy Galpin. The show is produced in volumes and the chapters of each volume are released weekly.

Episode Date
The Snapshot

Where do you spend your time and energy? We describe the snapshot and how we use it to be honest with ourselves about where the chips fall. 

Sep 03, 2019
Growth Quadrants

Kenny drops one of his favorite models for growth - the four quadrants. We also dive deep into how to use them for just about anybody. 

Aug 27, 2019
Muscle Growth

Andy hits us with what's new in the science of muscle growth. Spoiler alert - we were all wrong about a few things... 

Aug 20, 2019
The Five (Voltron) Tenants

Kenny lays out the five tenants of coaching at Oak Park - purpose, growth, connection, contribution, and value. 

Aug 13, 2019
Invest vs Consume

Are you investing in your growth or consuming physical experiences? We break it down and help you distinguish between the two. 

Aug 06, 2019
Use Your Brain

Kicking off season 3 with a conversation about the growth of science and technology. 

Jul 30, 2019
Going Dark 2

Going deeper on why we're going dark. 

Jul 23, 2019
Going Dark

We're back... but not in the way you might expect. We're going dark on social media and moving to a new model. 

Jul 16, 2019
2.8 Epilogue

We conclude Volume II with some reflections on leadership. Kenny, Andy, and Josh lay out what leadership means to them and what they learned from each guest.

Mar 08, 2018
2.7 Mental Skills (featuring Jared Cohen)

In chapter 7 of volume II, we dive into the mental side of training with Oak Park Mental Skills Coach Jared Cohen. There's a lot of discussion about mindset and mentality out there but few tools for measuring and improving these things with training. We describe some broader context and provide hands on examples for actually developing mental skills.

Mar 05, 2018
2.6 Dave Beck

In chapter 6 of volume II, we have the pleasure of discussing scientific thinking, sex education, and a slew of other topics with Dave Beck. Dave is a published author and science teacher who has been featured on the cover of the New York Times.

Feb 19, 2018
2.5 Gabe Rangel

In chapter 5 of volume II, we sit down with Gabe Rangel to talk about leadership in the military, professional sports, and life. Gabe explains the importance of environment and humility in developing people into better athletes and human beings.

Feb 06, 2018
2.4 Doug Larson

In chapter 4 of volume II, Co-Founder and Co-Host of Barbell Shrugged, Doug Larson joins us to talk about leadership in life and business. He goes into detail about his experience with being a fitness coach, entrepreneur, and father.

Jan 11, 2018
2.3 What You Want

In chapter 3 of volume II, we attempt to answer the question, why don't you get what you want? From fitness goals to business solutions, people often fall short and don't know why. We discuss the importance of focus, authenticity, and structure in helping people get what they want long term.

Dec 20, 2017
2.2 Changing Roles

In chapter 2 of volume II, Andy interviews Kenny and Josh about their relationship dynamics and how they change roles constantly. We get into the details of rebranding CrossFit LA as Oak Park and the importance of flexibility in leadership.

Dec 13, 2017
2.1 Lee Brown

In chapter 1 of volume II, Professor Lee Brown talks about sports science and mentorship. We discuss his research on power and velocity, overcoming cancer and the death of his son, and his role as a sherpa for hundreds of students and young scientists.

Dec 04, 2017
2.0 Prologue

After some time off, we're back! The Body of Knowledge returns with Volume II: Sherpas. Kenny lays it all out in the Prologue and explains what to expect this time around.

Dec 01, 2017
Epilogue: Volume 1

In the epilogue, Kenny, Andy, and Josh reflect on the experience of creating the inaugural volume of The Body of Knowledge. They share some of the back stories and conversations that went into the first nine chapters with a little humor and a ton of honesty. Kenny also reveals the theme for volume 2 which is due out later this year. 

May 25, 2017
1.9 Human Healthcare

In chapter 9, we are joined by Linda Rosenstock to talk about healthcare and the various factors that influence it. Linda has 20 years of experience in clinical medicine, she was appointed by the Clinton and Obama administrations to advise on issues in public health, and she served as the dean of the UCLA School of Public Health for 12 years. 

May 16, 2017
1.8 Human Performance

In chapter 8, we describe the evolution of human performance and the factors that influence it. We show how the modern fitness industry came to be plagued by extreme ideology, persuasion, and isolation. Andy provides context for this conversation with the history of training from the ancient Greeks to the birth of bodybuilding.

May 09, 2017
1.7 Conscious Coaching [Brett Bartholomew]

In chapter 7, Brett Bartholomew joins us for a gripping conversation about conscious coaching. He explains how early struggles with extreme dieting and exercise provided the life experience that would ultimately influence his coaching philosophy. Brett emphasizes the importance of communication, psychology, and trust in relationships. 

May 02, 2017
1.6 Abundance Survival

In chapter 6, we address adherence, one of the most critical but least talked about topics in nutrition. Since many people struggle to adhere to eating plans, we focus on what it takes to actually stick to one. Kenny opens with a little reality check then Andy explains the context for nutrition recommendations and a system for individual adherence to any plan. 

Apr 25, 2017
1.5 Biases Collide

In chapter 5, we dive headfirst into the strength vs cardiovascular training debate. Andy sets the stage by telling the story of Bob Hoffman’s showdown with Dr. Peter Karpovich over this divide in 1940. Following the aftermath, we address our own biases, contextualize the role of adaptation in human performance, and provide some general recommendations. 

Apr 18, 2017
1.4 Transforming Training [Michael Blevins]

In chapter 4, Michael Blevins joins us for a fascinating conversation about the philosophy of transformation. Michael is known for training actors to play superheroes on the big screen but the path to get there was very unique. He began changing people as a hairdresser then stumbled into training through personal experimentation with physical experiences.

Apr 11, 2017
1.3 Powerful Prevention [Jack Osbourne]

In chapter 3, Jack Osbourne discusses becoming a happy, healthy person. He grew up in a world of abundance as a reality tv star and the son of Ozzy Osbourne. Since then, he has sustained major personal growth. Kenny, Andy and Jack discuss autoimmune diseases, changing behavioral patterns and using physical training to fight the neurological effects of aging. 

Apr 04, 2017
1.2 Contextual Practice

In chapter 2, Kenny shows the value of context through stories about growing up in a fitness business, playing sports, performing standup comedy, and becoming a human performance coach. Kenny’s life experience has significantly contributed to the development of the Mastery Method, a philosophy for teaching life lessons through the template of physicality. 

Apr 04, 2017
1.1 Deep Adaptations

In chapter 1, Kenny and Andy dive deep into the science and applications of physiological adaptation. Research has shown that people can significantly change the composition of their muscle fibers and the magnitude of such changes can be shockingly high. Human beings can alter their physiology with exercise and nutrition far more than previously believed. 

Apr 04, 2017

In the prologue, we introduce Kenny, Andy, and Josh who each tell their side of the show's origin story. They individually explain their motivation for launching the project and provide context for what's to come in volume 1. The first volume focuses on how human beings can change their minds and bodies to improve overall quality of life. 

Mar 27, 2017