The Truth Barrel with Gabrielle Reece and Neil Str

The Truth Barrel with Gabrielle Reece and Neil Str


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.


Life Questions: Solving Listener Dilemmas  

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.

21-Year-Old Entrepreneur Jared Kleinert  

"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.

Sex At Dawn Author, Christopher Ryan  

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.

Scott Carney, Investigative Journalist  

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.

Frank Zummo  

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.

Kelly Starrett on Best Practices for Daily Activities - Ep 15  

"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).

Nick Ekbatani on What It Takes to Survive Tragedy - Ep 14  

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.

Michelle Paradise on NLP & Psychological Healing - Ep 13  

Former model and TV host Michelle 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.

Kevin Reeve on Surviving Disasters, Revolutions, and the Apocalypse - Ep 12  

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.

Kai Nygard on The Cutting Edge of Longevity Research - Ep 11  

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. He discusses his family's SCNT laboratory in St. Kitts, as well as 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.

Darin Olien Reveals The Truth About Superfoods - Ep 10  

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.

84 Hacks, Systems, and Gifts To Massively Improve Your Life - Ep 9  

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.

Changing Your Habitat for Better Health with John Durant - Ep 4  

In this episode, Neil and Gabby discuss how to optimize your everyday habits with author, entrepreneur and professional caveman John Durant (The Paleo Manifesto). Topics include how to get a better shower with no soap, how to get a better sleep by simulating a cave environment, lifting your mood by getting in sync with circadian and seasonal rhythms, and designing the ultimate workout based on thousand-year-old rituals. These counter-intuitive practices just might change the way you live your life.

Raising Children Without a Power Struggle and Building Healthy Relationships with Hand in Hand Parenting - Ep 8  

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.

The Acting Discipline and Raising a Child with Special Needs with John C. McGinley - Ep 7  

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.

Rethinking Medical Care & Childhood Vaccinations with Dr. Jay Gordon and Jake Peters - Ep 6  

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 pedestrians 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.

Changing Your Habitat for Better Health with John Durant, Part 2 - Ep 5  

So, how do you incorporate the Paleo diet into your every day habits? John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto and founder of, 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.

Laird Hamilton and Greg Long on Re-Evaluating Death to Improve Performance - Ep 3  

What makes extreme surfers and athletes Laird Hamilton and Greg Long so successful at what they do? In this podcast, Neil Strauss and Gabby Reece explore an idea never discussed: That it is your relationship with death that makes you great at life. For innovator Laird Hamilton, arguably the biggest name in big-wave surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, there is a window between when you think you're going to die and when you're actually going to die. And it's in that window that he explores in his performance. For Greg Long, watching friends die gave him the motivation to live the best life possible. But when he drowned during a big-wave surfing accident, after he was brought back to consciousness, it changed everything for him. The insights he got from this experience will change your life, just as they did Neil's and Gabby's from hearing about them. You'll also hear Hamilton's story about being lost at sea and what he promised to the universe he'd do if he was ever rescued.

Surviving Death with Marc Weingarten & Larry Miller - Ep 2  

What can we learn from those who've been close to death, or even died, and lived to tell about it? In this surprising and revelatory episode, Neil and Gabby speak with actor/comedian Larry Miller (Best in Show, Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries) about his death and his story of meeting God face-to-face to receive a life-changing message. They also talk to Bachelor producer and former LA Times writer Marc Weingarten, who was sure he was going to die from cancer, about what it took for him to beat it and how his entire perspective on life changed afterward. What's most surprising about these interviews is that they don't just provide answers. They raise new questions. To quote the tattoo that Weingarten put on his arm afterward: "Lost time is not found."

Mark Healey on Facing Fear, Surviving Shark Attacks, & Extreme Breath Holding - Ep 1  

In the debut episode of the Truth Barrel, Neil Strauss and Gabrielle Reece sweat it out in the barrel sauna with extreme waterman Mark Healey. He is a big-wave surfing champion, winner of the Spearfishing World Cup, a shark-tagger, a free-diver, a movie stuntman, and much more. In this episode, they discuss bullying, and how that eventually led Mark to a life of death-defying accomplishments. He discusses fear, and how to use it to motivate you to move toward things instead of away from things. You'll also find out what exactly to do when a shark is making a beeline straight for you. How to hold your breath for extended amounts of time underwater and on land. What it takes to make anything happen in your life. Where you'll find the real heart and soul of people. And expect some vigorous debate between Gabby and Neil, as they discuss: Did Mark's biology or childhood experiences determine who he became. It gets intense, but that's what happens in The Truth Barrel. You'll also find out secrets about Neil's anatomy that you'll wish you never knew.

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