2016 Bulletproof Biohacking Conference – The Top Hacks
The Erisfit crew attended the Bulletproof Biohacking conference this weekend. This is by far THE best conference on the circuit. Dave and the Bulletproof Team go out of their way to have all the hands on tech, amazing speakers, free Bulletproof Coffee All day, Vibe plates and more.
Biohacking is a way of taking control of your internal and external environment to kick more ass at life.
It is the art of working with your body, mind and external environment to make changes that give you a better, healthier, more robust life. Many people use biohacking to optimize their biology, which means taking advantage of the latest technology and ancient methods to live the best life we can no matter what cards we were dealt. Often used in hopes of longevity, it’s really a way of making ourselves as healthy as we can in order to Show Up in a powerful way and do our best work.
Bulletproof Biohacking Conference in Pasadena, CA
Bulletproof Coach Class #1 – 60 of us graduated this weekend as full Bulletproof Coaches. It was one year in the making and we’re the first ever class of Bulletproof Coaches. The Eris Fit Team, Chris and Thaddeus are officially Bulletproof Coaches! Yah!
2016 Conference Kickoff
The conference kicked off at 7am on a Friday with all the free Bulletproof Coffee you could ask for. Coffee with butter, coffee with ghee and coffee with collagen, ghee and Brain Octane were available all day every day.
We were at the conference the day before it opened to help set up. Both of us volunteered at the conference this year. Not only did that get us in for free, but we got to work more closely with the vendors and Bulletproof staff. It was well worth it and we’d volunteer again just to meet the other wonderful volunteers and staff.
With an 8:30am opening keynote by Dave Asprey, the conference officially kicked off. This included the opening of the famous Tech Hall as well as the keynote and speaking series.
Speakers this year included:
Bo Eason – Former Professional Football Player, Actor and Playwright. He talked about executing greatness through story. He started his presentation by telling a story. He finished his presentation at the end of the story. It was a powerful presentation told through story. What a great way to give a presentation and keep people engaged.
Mark Sisson – Hacking Peak Endurance Performance. He talked about how to train in the appropriate aerobic zone to increase longevity and increase performance in endurance sports.
Dr. Cate Shanahan – Bulletproof Heart: Natural Heart Disease Reversal. She busted heart disease myths such as the link to cholesterol to heart disease, LDL is bad and HDL is good. Dietary cholesterol does not block arteries, it’s actually a bleeding leaking artery that causes heart attacks. Stents do not prevent further heart disease. She claims heart disease is a manufactured disease that just comes with eating a Standard American Diet. The main issue is oxidative stress which can be linked to diets high in damaged vegetable oils. All vegetable oils we get at the store and most processed foods containing these are likely already damaged.
Kelly Starrett – The Ready State. Putting best practices together to be ready and used in the moment and in context. You work, you have kids to get ready for school, you have a commute. How do you maximize your biology, time, experience given real world constraints. Some people can play, do mobility work, train, rest and eat. Most people work jobs and have families. Give people tools and practices to use for their life situation. There is not one size fits all. You don’t have to quit your job to become a fitness ninja or wake up at midnight to drink your turmeric. What works for us in our real life context is different than the ideal. He talked about sleep routines such as avoiding blue light, performing 10 minutes of soft tissue work and more. No sugar or alcohol when traveling.
Neil Strauss – talked about hacking our mental operating system to reboot our past experiences. We can take bad past experiences and trauma and change them so we are running background programs in our mind that keep us confident and happy instead of depressed and easily triggered.
John Gray – Hacking Your Relationships for Increased Energy and Hormonal Balance. John was his usual high energy, fun loving jokester self. I love hearing him talk. He really puts relationships in perspective and gives tip after tip about how to have a better relationship with your significant other. I listened to this talk with my Mom, who came to the conference for the first time. It was eye opening for her and perhaps a little uncomfortable for her to be sitting next to me as he dropped F bombs and talked about sex and also shared how parents screw us up. His talk centered on the right time of the month to give affection and touch to our women to set them up for happiness the rest of the month.
Jim Kwik – Accelerated Learning. The brain learns best by creating and not by consuming. To be more active and learn faster schedule time for personal growth. Be consistent and put in the time coupled with passion leads to massive change and learning.
Dr. Gerald Pollack – The 4th Phase of Water. Implications for Health. Pollack claims water has a 4th phase that occurs in water causing it to be structured and include an exclusion zone keeping other particles out. This also happens during phase changes from liquid to solid. This Exclusion Zone (EZ) water, also called structured water takes light energy and passes it to organisms. This water is actually H3O and not H2O. He posits that water and human biology make use of radiant energy and this keeps blood flowing. EZ water keeps us healthier. We can create more EZ water using natural sunlight on our body, using a sauna, earthing, being in nature and hyperbaric oxygen. Structured water is healthier water for humans.
Allan Cash – talking about the science behind the new KetoPrime supplement that uses oxaloacetate to provide ketones directly to your brain.
Todd White – from Dryfarm wines talked about biohacked wines for better health.
And more. Check out the full program here, and you can still purchase all the videos online for viewing anytime.
The Tech Hall:
Bulletproof Labs (Biohacking for the Public)
The Bulletproof team is taking biohacking to the public with the opening of Bulletproof Labs. You don’t have to receive a special invitation to fly to Dave’s home on Vancouver Island to get yourself into a biohacking lab. Now you can walk in and take advantage of all the special equipment to exercise your mitochondria, your muscles and your mind. From Red Light therapy to grow collagen and recover faster, to brain training through Neuroptimal, to efficient exercise with ARX and the Bone Density machine more you’ll be smarter, stronger and better rested than any of your friends!
Check out the new Bulletproof Labs Biohacking facility in Santa Monica California and say hi to all the wonderful new biohacker techs who will help you create the perfect plan.
If you want a biohacking lab near you, contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our colleagues in your area. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the Eris Fit crew, you might just see us creating our own place in the future.
Efficient Exercise (Cheat Machines)
My favorite piece of equipment is the ARX. I Love this machine and wish I had access to one weekly. I’m a fitness geek, so this one and anything brain training related are my favorites.
ARX allows you to perform leg press, lat pull down, row, chest press and more using adaptive resistance. As humans we have places in our movement where we can lift more weight than others. Think about picking something up off the ground. It’s harder to initially pick it up than it is to hold it once you have picked it up. We’re strong at the top of the motion than at the bottom. ARX gives you more weight where you are stronger. It adapts to how much weight you can handle at every single second of the lift. Therefore you get more weight at your strongest part of the lift and in some cases A LOT more. In the leg press I might be pressing over 1000 pounds at some parts (something I could never do with regular equipment). This leads to faster muscle failure. You can exercise for about 10 minutes and get in a total body workout and not need to do any further muscle workout for another 5 days or so, depending on your goals.
Check out Josh’s set up in Nashville here
I use the ARX at every conference they are available. I’ll get in a leg press and a back exercise and I’m done for the next couple days. I crushed the leg press this weekend and my legs haven’t been so sore in a long long time. This really is an efficient exercise machine.
Kaatsu training was also showcased at the conference. Kaatsu is a Japanese form of blood flow restriction training. Basically a large muscle group, like the arms or legs are occluded. Using a wrap, the blood is stopped from going back to the heart. Arterial blood is still flowing to the body part, but venous blood is trapped. This leads to faster muscle exhaustion using only body weight or no weight. Using this method joints are saved because not heavy weights need to be moved. In addition, when the wrap is removed and blow that has pooled is rushed back to the heart, it draws some of the lactic acid with it and also creates a rush of human growth hormone. Because you don’t need any weights, this can be done anywhere, or with people who aren’t able to lift weights. Muscle hacking at it’s best.
I tried out the Kaatsu bands and found them to give me a really great bicep and tricep pump. The price was shockingly high and can likely be duplicated with voodoo floss or wrist wraps.
Next, head over to the BodySpec when you’re done to check your bone density, bodyfat and muscle levels. Or check out your local DexaFit (Brandon and Birgen in Minneapolis run a great facility).
Recovery (Makita drills and Knot Out)
Besides the free chair massages and coconut charcoal samples, there were a few products using technology to help the body recover.
Move over foam roller and manual massagers, these new tech toys use battery power to massage the muscles for faster and deeper recovery (so they claim)
Theragun – looked like a makita drill and moves a massage ball really fast to relieve pain and tightness.
Knot out replaces your old school foam roller. There were also car buffer looking battery powered devices and other rollers from 2 different companies.
My preferred way to both recover and stimulate muscle synthesis. Sunlighten provides full spectrum Infrared saunas. This means they use Near, Mid and Far infrared light to help the body detox. They aren’t cheap, and if you already have access to one, use it. If you don’t have access or want to use sauna more often, think about either making your own (post coming on my own homemade sauna) or buying one. I finally pulled the trigger on buying a Sunlighten for my own home. I just can’t get to the gym more than once a week, and want to have sauna access at least 5 days a week.
Sauna space provides near infrared sauna through red halogen lights often used as heating lamps in other applications. This is the low tech and less expensive way to get into a sauna. My homemade sauna is based on this design, but without the cool tent. These will run you about $1000. A homemade sauna, DIY directions here, will run you about $100 and 2 hours of your time (8 hours for me because I’m not as handy as most people).
There were a ton of tech to help you meditate, achieve alpha brain states and improve your brain function.
From the Focus, to the Muse ($300), to Neuroptimal ($4,000 and up) and 40 Years of Zen ($15,000).
I’ve tried the Muse and had to stop because it gave me a headache, but many people love it.
Neuroptimal is a workout for the brain that is supposed to help with neuroplasticity, healing from trauma and training the brain to operate in a more efficient way through direct feedback to the brain. You wear earbuds and listen to music while relaxing and letting the machine and your brain do the work. I have done four sessions on this machine so far and look forward to the results after a number of additional sessions.
Adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms were all the rage from JingSligners to Mushroom Science and 4 Sigmatic. There were multiple booths hawking mushrooms this year for good reason.
Medicinal mushrooms is the wave of the future only because this class of foods and medicines is underrepresented in our diet today. We used to eat mushrooms as both food and medicine more often and because we have neglected them in recent history, their reintroduction and use comes with benefits we have been missing out on. Try out some of these products to reintroduce another food and medicine class into your diet.
There was also a pre and post workout protein supplement company selling anti inflammatory protein mixes for post workout that included piperine and turmeric (way to go guys).
Light at Night
James Swanwick was in the house, with his beautifully designed Swannies blue blocking glasses. Everyone had to have these. At least half and maybe more people at the conference were wearing them all day because they were just so cool. The other 50% likely had them in their bags waiting for night. Hey, this was LA. When in LA, do like the stars do. Light at night must be avoided for optimal sleep and recovery.
Light in the Morning
Human Charger was present and accounted for with their iPod like device that shines bright white light in your ears to wake you up in the morning and reduce jet lag and Seasonal affective disorder. Yay. Chris and Thaddeus have played around with this for travel and SAD. Thaddeus thinks he found a more effective way to hack light in the winter, but for many people, this is a great little device worth having.
Here’s a pic of the list of vendors
There were so many technologies, tools, foods and gear to try out and so many knowledgeable people to hang with that it was a little overwhelming.
Chris Opted for a Myer’s Cocktail of glutathione, vitamin C and more to boost him up after travel and conferencing. IV’s and injections were available on-site in the Tech hall for a fee.
Our Top Hacks From the Conference
Brain Training – Training our brains to be more efficient and less reactive makes it easier to reduce stress and live a better, healthier life.
ARX (Efficient exercise) – Movement is important. If you can get high quality movement in less time, I’m all for it.
Sauna – tried and true. Using heat to detox and gain health has been used for millennia.
Swannies – blocking blue light at night is so important, and this solution allows you to do it in style.
See you Next year.