The world is undeniably not at its best at the moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so much of our personal and professional lives. Now, with time on our hands, we flock online to get our daily dose of updates or distraction or both about the situation. In this Quick Time Friday episode, Brendan Myers looks into what is happening in the world of YouTube. He scrolls through the headlines and shares his opinions on the things being displayed—from the daily news and pop culture to the ways people capitalize through videos.
It’s the QuickTime Friday. I don’t want to do something a little bit different. I want to scroll through YouTube and look at some of the titles that are on my timeline. Let’s see what’s going on in the world of YouTube and I’ll give you my opinion on it because I feel like a lot of us are honestly super stressed. We have a lot of anxiety. We don’t know how the economy’s doing. We don’t know how our jobs are doing. I want to let you know that you’re not alone. Especially everyone that’s in quarantine is definitely going through it. Whether it’s a relationship with someone else or themselves or food, consuming the right nutrients and working out. We’re all going through something right now and I want to let you know that you’re not alone.
Let’s jump right through. I’m scrolling through and the first one that comes up on my recommendation list, and you should try this sometime and look at what pops up, is the title, Jersey Shore Cast Reacts to The Situation’s OG Casting Type. What’s his name? I don’t know who he is, whichever guy it is to be jumping up and down from the preview. Jersey Shore was one of those shows that I watched for some time because everybody else was watching it. I was like, “What the heck?” These are some grown-ass dudes. I wasn’t sure. I think they were 28, 30 years old maybe. Pass on that one.
Next one says, Coronavirus: China Outbreak City Wuhan Raises Death Toll By 50%. This is something that I’ve been hearing about more and more and it’s like, “Are you kidding me?” Wuhan, if you guys know, the Coronavirus and COVID, all that stuff came from Wuhan supposedly. I can’t confirm. I’m not someone that’s been testing it or anything like that. The fact that an outbreak happened in one place and the death toll increases by 50% randomly a few weeks later or a month, that’s super questionable. I don’t know what the heck is going on, to be honest. It’s sad because who can you trust and anymore? Can you trust the news? Can you trust the newspaper? Can you trust the CDC, the WHO, World Health Organization? Who can you trust nowadays? It’s so hard. That’s why I always say keep your circle tight and be open to other people, but also be cautious and wary.
Let’s keep on scrolling, Teofimo Lopez Sparring Gervonta Davis. I don’t know what you watch, but I like boxing. I’ve watched a little bit of Teofimo Lopez, but I know a lot about Gervonta Davis. If you guys don’t know, I believe Gervonta Davis is still training with the Mayweathers. Don’t confirm me on that, but he’s very confident in himself. That’s for sure. I don’t know what you guys think of boxing nowadays, but I feel like it’s on the come up. I never was into boxing growing up. I was a little bit, but it wasn’t something that I watched all the time. There wasn’t YouTube when I was a kid. I used to play video games and play sports and do my thing. I’d love to hear your perspective on that. Send me a message on Instagram, @TheBMeyers.
Next one, Mike Responds to Fake DMs About Lana Rhoades. Lana Rhoades is a porn star, one of the top view porn stars in the world. This guy, Mike, he is best friends with Logan Paul. I have a pretty good friend, Andre, who films Logan Paul’s stuff. I don’t know too much about the entire situation and everyone that lives there, but Mike is this 30-something year old. When I watch this stuff, what goes off in my mind with the title, “Mike Responds to Fake DMs About Lana Rhoades,” it’s clickbait. Sometimes I’m interested and sometimes I’m not. In this case, the fact that someone’s talking about showing fake DMS about Lana Rhoades, who can you trust? What can you trust nowadays on the internet? It feels like everything is falsified and one person says this.
The next thing that pops up is NJ Governor Ignores Bill of Rights in Exclusive Tucker Interview. As I was growing up, certain people of my family, I don’t remember who exactly, would say, “Don’t listen to Fox News. They’re so this and that.” I can’t even remember fully, but I had this this picture painted in my mind about Fox News that they’re always attacking people and they stretch out certain facts and stuff.
I don’t know if that’s fully true, but that’s the picture that I was painted in my head growing up. I don’t know what you think about the news, but I’m so weary of everything that’s said nowadays because of social media. One person says one thing and the other person says another thing, then fact-checkers go in and they’re like, “This actually happened,” and both of them weren’t even being fully honest. It’s like, “What the heck?” I don’t know what you think we should be watching. I’ve heard CNN is okay, but also not good at all. I don’t know. ABC and NBC supposedly is pretty decent. At the end of the day, I try and stay off of TV as much as possible.
I want to hear what you think about drama alert and people that spread drama on YouTube. This is my perspective on it. When people are posting on YouTube about other people’s dramas or reporting, it’s almost as if they’re wanting to be the news for that niche. I have no problem doing that. This is my biggest issue. When drama is reported and it’s on things that are taken out of context or pulled from the truth, I don’t like that. Once I see that with the channel, I turn my shoulder the other way. There’s one person, DeFranco. If you could look up to DeFranco’s show on YouTube, he always comes with an unbiased approach generally. Sometimes he has a little bias in there, but he explains why he has biased, and it’s motivating and cool to see. It’s almost rewarding in a way when you’re always looking at all these YouTube channels like, “It’s exhausting. This and that.” It gets pretty exhausting hearing all these false narratives. I enjoy unbiased reporting and I think that that belongs in every industry for sure.
Let’s keep on rolling down. I have some basketball on here. I have some baseball, ESPN. I want to hear what you guys think about Joe Rogan, the podcast and everything. Right here it says, “Physicist Brian Greene Has A Theory on Why Aliens Haven’t Visited Us.” The one thing that I like about Joe Rogan is that when he has conversations, he allows the conversations to unfold and he allows the other person to speak. He also gives a very soft bias to these situations. Sometimes he’ll even be like, “Fuck that guy.” It’s so nonchalant and passive that people don’t freak out so much about it. I have a lot of respect for him. I definitely do.
I have, “Would Dexter Jackson “SMOKE” Shawn Ray?” If you don’t know bodybuilding at all, Dexter Jackson is the winningest bodybuilder of all time. He’s won more shows than anybody else. Shawn Ray was a contender for the Mr. Olympia for so many years but never won. He’s a great bodybuilder within himself. All these things that I hear about bodybuilding, at first, I was never into bodybuilding and to be honest, I never cared about having the most shredded and best-looking physique and it’s perfect here and perfect there. I started getting into it. I tried my first ever men’s physique show and that was definitely a show to remember. I came in third place. I was disappointed in myself, but I was proud of the process and what I went through for 21 weeks. It was super intense.
All these comparisons of the ‘90s bodybuilding and then earlier, the modern age bodybuilding, they do this with Michael Jordan. They did this with Kobe Bryant. They did this with LeBron James. They did this with golf, Tiger Woods. They compare him to certain people. I’m a Phil Mickelson fan. I played golf for many years. Why do people try and relate so much to the history? There’s no way to compare them. It’s fun like gossip. Why is the Bachelor, Bachelorette on? It might be pretty simple to answer that one. It’s a lot of drama and gossip and one person says one thing and the other person says another thing. You see how it unfolds. That’s why so many people compare from old times to new times. I think let’s stay in the present and let’s also reminisce, but don’t try and compare people.
I’m scrolling down and I see KSI. I follow him a little bit. I watched some of his stuff. For me, I’m wondering how we got so popular. I think he did some like FIFA stuff. I don’t know too much about the guy, but one opinion that I do have of him is that he could be a little bit nicer to people. At the same time, he doesn’t need to be nice to anybody if he doesn’t want to be nice to anybody. That’s his own opinion of how he should live his life. Also, I don’t know him personally. What I do know is how he reacts online. He has a huge following. He has 2.6 million views in one day on his second channel. That’s not even his first channel. That’s absolutely nuts.
You’ve got to respect the hustle. A lot of people say Michael Jordan was a big asshole or something like that. I read one of his books, The Life of Michael Jordan. In the book, he opens up a little bit about where he came from, who he is and why he is and all this stuff. The man is one of the greatest basket players to ever live. He doesn’t have to be nice. He doesn’t have to be mean. It’s all up to him. That’s where I always say you’re never in control of someone else. If one person wants to act a certain way, you can try and talk to them in different ways. They unfold in certain circumstances or open up a little more here, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter because you can only control yourself.
A couple of other video titles. What do you think about the couples at-home workouts and all the regular at-home workouts? For me, I post every single day on YouTube and also my Facebook. I want to give people free content. I’m involved in that regard. I brought down my BodyEvo program and I’m going to be selling that here soon for $10 instead of $47. Before that, it was $97. I’m trying to go with the trends of how people are losing their jobs and they need something. I give people free stuff, but then I’ll also give them like a $10 thing that they can follow. I’m trying to help out as much as possible. I’d love to hear your thoughts via DM or IG, let me know or even in a review of the channel. I would love to hear your thoughts on that. These workouts and everything that’s going on, it seems to me that a lot of people said, “I’m going to produce. I’m going to give you some every single day.”
The majority of them have fallen off at this point. I don’t think that’s very right but at the same time, it’s their option. We don’t know what’s going on in everyone’s life. I think that uniqueness and capitalizing on people isn’t the right way to go. Trying to make up exercise just because, that can hurt a lot of people. Also capitalizing on the fact that there’s home workouts. Everyone’s got to eat and everyone’s got to make money, but be reasonable with it. If you are an expert in that field, then dive into it. If you’re not an expert, take the back seat. At the same time, if people aren’t making money, they can’t pay bills, they can’t eat. How are you going to eat? A lot of people end up sacrificing their own values and morals and ethics and stuff. I’m not big into that, but at the same time I’m not in their position, so I can’t speak too freely about that.
There are a lot of cool home workouts, a lot of things on YouTube. You can keep your mind busy with a little bit of Netflix shows, but also structuring what your future’s going to look like and where you plan on going, what you want to do. There’s a lot of opportunity coming very quickly. I want to be prepared for it, not only for myself but for you. At the end of the day, in every field with every bump, there can’t be a bump without there being smoothness anywhere around it. Think of it from the perspective that it’s temporary. You go over the speed bump, the Coronavirus, the quarantine, everything that’s going on, the economy, the recession that we’re in and it’s getting pretty bad. Look at it as this is short-term. Long-term, there are a lot of cool things coming. You’ve got to believe. You’ve got to trust and it will all work out.
There’s a video that says, “Buy THIS With $1,200 Government Stimulus Check.” If you’re going to send me a stimulus check, I want you to focus on yourself right now. I want you to save your money. Be smart with your money. Don’t go buy a PS4. Don’t go buy a little scooter. Don’t go buy some random shit that you don’t need. If you’re struggling with money, don’t go buy weights to buy weights. Buy some resistance bands. You can do a lot of workouts there. If you need it for your mental health, that’s a whole different story. Be careful during this time. Save your money and be very smart.
Thanks for tuning in for another CreateU Experience. It’s the QuickTime Friday. I like to come on here and chat with you, open up a little bit. COVID-19, let’s pray for everybody that has lost their lives. My grandfather has lost his life. I have a few friends that have lost their lives to COVID-19 and I’m praying for everybody to stay safe and be smart. Check my Instagram out @TheBMeyers. You can also check out @CreateU. We have our new Pre Workout launching April 27th, Low Stim Pre Workout. I’m super excited for that. It’s called Wild Blueberry. Natural colors, sweeteners, no artificial crap in there. Make sure you check that out. I’ll see you next time. Peace.
Most people did not see this current pandemic coming, so when it did hit, everyone was caught off-guard. Now, we are pushed into a life where social distancing and quarantine have oddly become the norm. In this episode, Brendan Myers sits down with Taylor Daugherty of the CreateU media team to chat about what’s going on. They cover a range of topics from conspiracy theories and the state of traveling to gaining new perspectives about life and more. On living in this current condition, Brendan and Taylor talk about how they are coping and their realizations about the importance of relationships in our lives as well as the freedom to go out. More than ever, we are reminded of the many things we take for granted. Follow along to this conversation and gain some new insights to think about this quarantine period.
Quarantine Vibes (Lets Just Chat) With Taylor Daugherty
COVID-19 is running rampant and honestly, it’s pretty shocking at what’s been going on. Hopefully, this can give you a little bit of positivity and get you a little excited for the future, to bring some spice into your life. I’m sitting here with Taylor. He runs a lot of the CreateU media team and the content, and he also lives with me. What’s up?
What’s going on?
We went to the park and we threw a ball. That’s been the highlight of my days in court.
There’s beautiful sunlight. It was like physical therapy. We don’t have football yet.
We can’t even get a pigskin. I don’t know if you guys know what a pigskin is, but it’s essentially a pig’s skin. Taylor, let’s have a conversation. What do you think about this pandemic that’s going on? What’s going on?
I would say it’s the oddest thing anybody’s ever gone through. I want to say that it’s probably something most people thought would probably never happen. It’s something that’s been in movies and all that stuff were movies.
There’s one called Pandemic. It’s a shock for everybody and a big switch up for everybody’s lives. We lived in a very normal day-to-day, this, that and the other, then all of a sudden, the world came to a pause.
What do you think about the conspiracies that are out there? Like the dolphin started it. What do you think about them? Have you heard any?
I’ve heard a couple. I’ve heard that it was essentially manmade or something or it’s a government deal.
You’re done, they already checked you off. You’re out. A manmade virus, I don’t know what the heck to believe anymore. Honestly, I’m hit a little bit because my grandfather is in ICU and he has all these orders. Basically, he’s going to be passing away from COVID. I don’t know what to believe because one hospital says one thing, a doctor says another thing. Where is your mind at?
Apparently, there are two others. The Coronavirus, there are two different types. There have been two other ones that are very similar to it. One’s called MERS, one’s called SARS. It’s becoming a thing where one was in 2002. One was a little bit later and now this one. That’s somewhat evidence that we might have to look at for the future.
You mean if there was more stuff going on?
Yes, if this continues to become almost a cycle thing. That’s at least one thing that’s keeping me on the side of, “Maybe this is something that has happened.”
Why does this shit keep on coming from China? What are they doing over there?
I don’t know. Were the two from China?
I don’t know. I’m not a good researcher. I’m actually a horrible researcher. What I do know is that Google is a friend of mine. I usually take the first three things that it says it’s hot, which is probably incorrect. Supposedly, a lot of the stuff that is coming except for obviously the Spanish Flu. It didn’t probably come from China. What do you feel about traveling? Would you do it?
Initially, there was a big thing where obviously everybody was, “A $4 plane ticket to Brazil,” or something like that. Everything is cheap. That probably spread things a little bit. Now if you want to travel, it might be super safe because you’d be the only person on the airplane. You have all the snacks and all kinds of things.
All the snacks have all the COVID. What are you going to do with that?
It’s safe now because they’d taken the proper precautions.
Do you think it’s safe?
It’s safe because nobody’s flying.
It doesn’t matter. Nobody can fly in those planes and they’ll still contract COVID everywhere.
They’re lit up with COVID.
That’s how I feel.
I don’t want to speculate anything that, but to me, if I was going to travel anytime, now would be more snacks, less babies.
Where would you want to go?
Tulum would be a cool spot. I don’t know if they have an airport you can fly in direct there.
Why would you want to go to Tulum?
They’ve got a cool gym there. It’s called Tulum Jungle Gym. I’ve seen them on The Gram.
Do you think it’s real or do you think that’s a conspiracy too?
It’s real. It can’t be a conspiracy.
Do you know where I want to go? Antarctica. That shit is dope. Imagine you get off the airplane and you’re dead.
There’s a polar bear there. Can you even fly into Antarctica?
I have no clue. We can hop on the CreateU jet.
We’ll get Jeremy to start flying the plane.
By the way, Jeremy is the eighteen-year-old that’s behind my content now. He’s a videographer. He’s a young buck. His IQ is through the roof. His street smarts, it’s getting there, but what are you going to do? You can’t put somebody on the streets and expect them to freaking pave them. He’s got to learn. How do you feel? How old are you now?
Never tell somebody your age. When you were eighteen years old, where were you at?
When I was eighteen, I was graduating high school and I was getting ready to go to college.
Did you know how to spell naive? This is a tough one.
I’m going to skip this question.
Este is one of the main peeps part of CreateU. I literally probably spelled naive in our onboarding packet for CreateU five to ten times completely wrong. He kept changing it. He’s like, “Did you mean this?” I’m like, “Absolutely not. I did not mean that. I’ve never seen that word. That’s not naive.” Anyways, eighteen years old, so you’re pretty naive, I’m guessing. From eighteen years old to where you are now, where would you say you’ve grown most in your life?
I’ll say in critical thinking and grown perspective. When I say grown or learned more perspective, I have the ability to have multiple perspectives. When you’re younger, you have these things that have been taught to you, things that people have shown you. You only have a very limited view of the world because you’ve only experienced so much. As you go through different life experiences, you start to see more, do more, interact more, have all these experiences. Those shaped the way you see the world, but it allows you to get in these different situations and see things from other points of view that you might have not have because you hadn’t had been there before.
I can attest to that shit. When I was eighteen years old, I literally had no clue. What was I even doing? At that time, I had a concussion. That was a little bit different. When you go to the past, you’re like, “What was I thinking?
Eighteen is probably the age when you start to think that you know more than you actually do, so you get a little bit of false confidence.
I think that’s 21. When I was 21, 22, I was like, “I’m not eighteen. I can drink, I can I go out, I’m handling myself. I’m living on my own. I’m graduating college. I’m not a sophomore in college. I’m a senior.” I had this confidence inside of myself, which was like, “I’ve seen the world a bit.” I didn’t see shit when I was 21. Most people grow up when they’re 24 to 25 years old. They come to themselves. How have you come to yourself?
A lot of life lessons come to you quickly. I graduated and then moved out of Florida. I graduated in December of ‘18. It was essentially the year that I told my parents, “I’m done living here in Florida. I want to pave my own path and go out to Colorado and give that my best shot.”
Where did you work in Colorado?
The first thing I secured was a job for personal training. I secured a job there, found an apartment, hustled away. I made a little money. I was on a UPS truck. I figured it out.
Were you at the back of the UPS truck chilling or were you driving?
No, it was a seasonal type of deal. I would help deliver packages down.
Imagine if you were doing that during the COVID times. These guys that are doing it right now, I’ve got mad respect. For people that work at grocery stores right now, I’m not going in a grocery store. What’s one thing that you miss right now?
I would say, for sure, my family because I get to see them relatively often, but this is one of those times where you want to be with the people you care about and you want to keep everybody close to you. It’s obviously very scary and you don’t want anybody to get it or be affected by it.
One thing that I missed, I don’t know what, honestly. Going on about my life, being able to go out and do what I want to do. I like to do a lot of things on my own, so that’s not big of a deal. I like doing a lot of things on my own with a lot of people around. I like meeting new people. I’m used to going into a grocery store talking to five different people, literally everywhere.
A question, would you say that you’re an extrovert? If there was a spectrum, you’re at the very edge of an extrovert, would you say? If you had to cut it like ten is an extrovert, one is an introvert, where do you lie in that?
I’m a person. I feel sometimes I’m an introvert, sometimes I’m an extrovert. Sometimes I literally do not want to talk to anybody. Sometimes I walk downstairs, you might be cooking and I’m like, “Please don’t fucking talk to me. Please don’t move a muscle.” When you say something, I’m like, “Fuck.” You’re an introvert?
I would say I’m an introverted extrovert, if that makes any sense. I’m a human being.
I look at this introvert and extrovert, I believe in it to a certain extent. If I teach somebody, if I’m mentoring somebody, I’ll teach him in that respect because it’s very easy to be introvert, extrovert. You could feel that you can see it type of thing. At the same time, the way we treat our lives, it’s different everywhere we go in all different scenarios. When you go to a club, you might be an introvert, but when you go to a baseball game, you might be an extrovert. When you go to ballet class, because you go to ballet class pretty often, then you’re an extrovert.
Essentially, the question I was going to ask is with all of this going on, and let’s say for conversation’s sake that you’re very outgoing, you’re an extrovert. How do you think this has affected you in that way?
During my life, at this point in time, I was going through it per se. I was trying to distance myself from a lot of people. It was interesting. I feel this has been good for me. It’s good to get away, protect my energy. I can’t go to a ballet class either anymore. It sucks going on my toes and stuff. For me, it was perfect timing. I don’t want to say it with COVID. Nothing is perfect time for that shit. For me personally, mentally, it was perfect timing to get away.
At this point, we don’t know when it’s going to end. Up to this point, what’s something you think you’ve taken away from the whole situation as far as it being very different?
I haven’t even thought about this question. Socializing? This is one thing that I’ve taken away from it. It’s that viruses are real and bacteria is real. I’ve never realized how much like, “I’m not just going to wash my hands this time,” and I go in the car and eat something. Being aware of my surroundings and knowing that when I shake someone’s hand, if they’re sick and I can see that they’re sick, they have a cold or something, I wash my hands. It’s as simple as that. In the past, even if you’re at the gym, sometimes you don’t wash your hands. You forget.
It’s something as simple as you touch the weights and you maybe rub your eye or something. Germs are real. They’re the real thing.
I’m a germ to the world, a good germ, though. You call me Gut Flora Meyers. We’re in 2020. What is going on? Imagine when you were a kid. What were you watching? You’re younger than me. Obviously, I’m ancient.
I was born in ‘95.
What were you doing when you were a kid?
I was playing outside. I was doing whatever, getting into stuff I shouldn’t have.
Kids can’t even do that anymore, not even with COVID going on in 2020. Can kids go out and play? Where do they do that?
I would say it’s probably a little bit different world. Even the way technology has somewhat started to shape. There’s something about kids not playing as much.
Do you think it’s awareness with human trafficking and all that stuff? Do you think it’s awareness of the fact that we finally know what’s been going on that now we take precautions with our kids and stuff? I have six kids, so I take this very seriously. I’m kidding.
I’ve even talked to my parents about that. They say back in the day it was whatever, but obviously, times have changed and there are different things going on right now that weren’t going on before.
I still get grounded by my parents. They don’t even FaceTime me. They text me like, “Stay in your room.” I’m like, “I appreciate that, mom.” Talking about my mom, most likely she has COVID. It’s interesting, when you think about mother and all that they do. I had this conversation with you. I said, “Mother, females are the most powerful people in the world, of the human race. Women, hands down. Nobody has shit on a woman.” What’s your perception on women?
Women are beautiful. As far as overall?
As far as the human race goes, in power, in life.
Humans as a whole are amazing creatures. The complexity, the intricacies, everything is absolutely mind-blowing. The fact that one human being can create another human being and create something so amazing. There’s also what feminine energy brings to the table and everything that’s packed into what a woman is.
Also, what a woman embodies. They say that masculinity and femininity doesn’t equate to gender, supposedly. To me, it’s feminine energy. I totally agree with you. A woman, the fact that they can birth another human being and it could be a male or female. I feel like the women going on the menstrual cycle is to control how powerful they truly are and how much greater they can be than men. I hate for men to hear this and like, “Fuck that guy. This guy is ridiculous.” In all seriousness, I feel the hormones and imbalances and everything that goes on with menstrual cycle and what it embodies and everything, it’s so powerful and it almost creates a balance between male and female. Men, honestly, we do not go through that much compared to a woman.
It’s all obviously relative to situations and all that stuff.
From a human nature perspective, the way biologically how men are compared to females, especially in common society. In the United States, they’ve got to shave, they go through the menstrual cycle. They have kids. Now, they’re becoming a lot more powerful in society and they’re starting to run business. They’re starting to do a lot of different things, more entrepreneurs. You look at it and you wonder, “Why were the kings ruling for so long and this and that?” I think that men have always been physically superior. Meaning, they’re more powerful, they’re stronger. Women, mentally, can be extremely powerful. In ancient times, men and kings, they look the physical attributes and they thought, “Man can be powerful physically. That means they can own stuff and dominate.” I don’t think that’s how you dominate. The kings of the kings a long time ago and the people that ruled for real, were the ones that could dominate with the mind and not so much the body.
If you’re looking at an ancient aspect too, as far as intelligence and all that goes, obviously throughout time and things had been learned, things had been done, this, that and the other. Initially, at the start of everything, if I came down to who had greater force, and whether that boils down to testosterone levels and the hormone hormones and all that, I’m sure that has a big plan. I look on the bright side and the fact that we’re in an age now where there is so much more equality. There are things that still differ, but there is so much more equality than what there used to be.
Let me ask you, do you believe that history repeats itself?
In terms of intelligence, I don’t believe that we’re going to take any steps back because things are constantly progressing.
I didn’t ask that question. I asked you if you believe that history repeats itself?
In some cases, yes. In this instance, no.
In what instance?
Of there being less equality.
I believe there was less equality at certain points in history.
I’m saying the amount of equality has risen.
I believe that there have been times in history where equality was a lot more balanced than right now. I’m shitty at research, but I’ve heard from some secret sources that a long time ago, ancient Romans and stuff, there were men that were with other men. When they wanted to have a child, they would have it with a woman. There was a lot more men with men a long time ago. The reason why I ask if history repeats itself is because we’re going through a pandemic right now. Isn’t it interesting that there have been viruses, things that have happened, sicknesses that have come around, and it so happens that we can handle it a little bit better? I don’t know if we’re handling it too well in the United States.
This is my first pandemic. I would like to think that we’re handling this one better than whatever the last one was.
In 2002 and in 2004, there was something. There was another virus that came out in 2008. I don’t remember anything about the school closures and stuff, but they said there were school closures.
To my knowledge, this the first time that there’s ever been people quarantined to their house. I don’t think in American history this has ever happened. Throughout all my schooling and all the stuff, not ones that I read in any history book. This right here will be in history books. I’m pretty sure this is the first time everybody’s been quarantined to their houses.
I am zero qualified to be talking about any virus stuff, and when it comes to history, I am not qualified. I would rather have discussions about random shit. We are talking about random shit, but it’s getting a little too deep. I was at the beach and I posted a video from a few years ago. Someone was like, “You have the cure? Incredible.” It was sarcasm. “By the way, you’re a prick,” that’s basically what he was saying. I was like, “I totally don’t, but cool.” When you have conversations with people and you don’t know what to say, what do you do?
I admit that I don’t know.
All the time?
Yes, all the time.
Don’t bullshit me right now. How much of not knowing?
I won’t go to start speaking on something until you start making things up. I’ll speak up until I don’t know anymore.
I was talking to my dad. We were talking about Coca-Cola and how there used to be a little cocaine in there a long time ago. Do you think that it should be reintroduced?
Absolutely not. There’s so much “cocaine” out in our society.
Why do you say “cocaine?”
Things that aren’t cocaine, but act cocaine on our brains.
Like super intense pre-workout?
Maybe. There might be some very hard nootropics out there. There are a lot of stuff out there.
The FDA doesn’t even approve most things that go on the market.
That’s scary. That’s why you always get your stuff or have things that are third-party tested.
Do you know how hard it is to get third-party testing? It’s extremely difficult. Do you know what third-party testing is all about?
It’s essentially when you have a product, you take it to a company or some department that specializes in testing things, but isn’t obviously regulated by the FDA.
They can be regulated by the FDA. It depends.I don’t believe that you are required to be. CreateU products, for instance, we do a lot of our testing with our manufacturer. Where all the sourcing comes from, each of the ingredients, a lot of those manufacturers actually third-party test. There are different types of tests that you can utilize. For instance, you have to have a certain lead count and some manufacturers even bypass that. It’s mind-blowing to me. I’ve worked with a lot of different manufacturers. It’s hard to say that I 1,000% believe in third-party testing. I’d rather go down to the sourcing and be like, “Where did this alfalfa leaf come from?” From the actual store. A lot of people go, “This was manufactured in the United States. It was created in the United States.” That might be a sourcing distributor, like a distributor of alfalfa leaves. Where did the alfalfa leaf come from? That’s the stuff that we’re working on with CreateU. That takes a lot of money. It takes so much money to be able to do that. You have to go through many different people and the time it takes to respond.
For our Greens, it’s 40-plus superfoods, herbs and extracts. We have high-quality distributors and manufacturers that we work with. It’s extremely trusted and high quality. There’s a lot of testing behind it. Even then, I want to go further. How do you go fully organic? It costs a lot of money. It’s also trusting these organic farms and where they’re coming from and stuff. The organic farms, a lot of them are like, “How organic are you actually?” I’d love to hear your opinion on this. I look at a consumer as you don’t need to get everything organic. It’s expensive, so how can you buy the foods or the ingredients if you’re starting a business? They find the ingredients for sourcing. Maybe it isn’t organic but it can create a solid product for a very low price that more people can utilize. It starts coming down to you start weighing it out like, “If I go fully organic, a huge amount of people can’t afford it. The people that do afford it can get all the benefits. If you don’t go fully organic, more people can utilize it, but it’s not fully organic.” What’s your take on it?
If something is non-organic, can it be “organic” but still obviously be not detrimental to your health?
It’s about the process. It’s how they process these foods and these ingredients and everything. Where are they made and how are they made? How is it distributed out? It gets fucking sticky because you can call something all-natural. You can’t call a pure organic that has beta-alanine, all-natural. Beta-alanine supposedly comes from something that’s from a natural source. The process has so much iffy shit.
Is there something synthetic within the process?
Basically, how it’s extracted or how it’s taken out or how it’s created. There are many processes that manufacturing goes through. When we were searching for our manufacturers, obviously I’ve worked with many over the years, a lot of them I couldn’t trust. You’ll notice the people that you can’t trust because they’re open to, “What’s your minimum quantity? How many bottles do you want to get?” One of our manufacturers, the minimum quantity is 5,000. That’s a chunk of change because they work with the top dogs, and the top dogs only allow sourcing for so much. With certain top dogs, you have to be a little suspicious and you have to do your research and work with the right people to figure out of these top dogs, if they busted out so much, how are they doing it? Is it the amount of land that they own? Is it the process? Are they cutting some corners to get more out?
There are all these puzzle pieces you’re going to have to put it together.
It’s stressful. Thankfully, we’re super blessed with CreateU. We have a top formulator who runs a huge distributor. He was one of the first to bring beta-alanine to the market. We have a nutritionist and registered dietician and other people.
You’ve developed a good relationship with him and he’s the formulator. Honestly, if you can go into whatever situation like that and you’re working with somebody who’s making a lot of those big calls and put things together like that. If you can come in and form a solid relationship with that person and start to build trust with that person, there are a lot of different pieces in play, but you can almost begin to start to form confidence in your product or whatever it is you’re making. You’re understanding who the top dog is and his ethics and everything that goes into what he’s going to do. He’s going to do the best thing that he knows how to possibly do.
It’s a relationship. Once you learn about the person, then you can quantify what’s going on with the process. You said you can’t bullshit in a conversation. If you’re a manufacturer, it would be cool to hear. This is what I tell people if I’m ever mentoring anyone. The people that you work with, you can’t go in and fully trust. If you do that, you’re turning a blind eye to the situation. There are different levels of trust and when you start developing that relationship, especially with business, when people are in control of certain things, you give them trust. I’m not going to give you my baby the first time I meet you. There are going to be tests along the way. That’s what it comes down to. If anyone’s reading, I would say if you’re trying to go into business or trust anybody with anything that’s part of you or what you want to create, be careful. Do your research. Don’t do the Google thing. Dig deep and ask questions and bring the right people on that are smarter than you. My nutritionist is smarter than me when it comes to nutrition. The registered dietician is smarter than me. The formulator is smarter than me. Do I have the creative aspect and have I learned? I’ve learned a shit ton. Do you know what we’re putting in our immune product?
There’s also Vitamin C, Elderberry, Zinc, Vitamin D. I don’t know why I didn’t even come up with that formula immediately, but I take that all in the morning, except for Vitamin D. Vitamin D is super powerful. It’s great for your immune system. Having those people around you and developing this shit, that’s where you start trusting. With these people, I’ve developed trust over a long period of time. Quarantine, COVID-19, that’s a solid combo.
How much longer do you think it’s going to last?
We’ll be in quarantine for at least another month, another four weeks.
Has anything strange happened? Did you maybe lose track of the days or anything like that?
No. To be honest, I feel super-controlled. A few different things have happened and at the same time, they’re super big blessings. They’re tough, but they’re blessings. When stuff is happening in the world, people start being erratic and they start doing things that I don’t even think they comprehend half the time. For me, when shit is going down and I could see it with people around me, being irrational or growing a beard out, but there are certain things that when I see them coming in my own life, I take a step back. I stop, I meditate or I come to one with the situation, I’m like, “That’s erratic behavior. Brendan, back up. What are you doing? That’s you many years ago.” A lot of people go into their old ways when stuff like this happens.
You would say it’s a good thing to try to keep things as normal as possible and still stay centered within who you are?
This shit isn’t normal. Has anything strange happened to you?
This is the first time I’ve ever grown on a beard. I actually like it, so it’s here to stay. Probably the strangest thing that’s happened is for the very first couple of weeks, it’s weird. I was being inside so much.
Nothing has happened, in short. You’re saying basically no?
I’ve gotten stronger working on the garage and that’s the only thing that’s happened.
I hate offending people. I never want to offend people but honestly, I feel fat. I feel super thick. My skin is super thick and I guess that is fat, but it’s very uncomfortable. It goes back and forth. It’s like, “I’m comfortable. I’m big. I’m getting strong,” but at the same time, I’m looking. I’m walking around. I feel it’s a lot further down to my bones. I think that’s enough for now. It’s a fun QuickTime Friday. It’s quite longer. We have a conversation and I want to bring this to anyone reading here on out so that they can get a little taste of what we talk about in CreateU house. With everything that’s going on, maybe we can talk about some business stuff. I’ll be real. I’m an expert with people. I’m not an expert in history. I’m not an expert with science. I like scientific research. I’m not an expert in that at all. I’m not an expert when it comes to cars. I’m not an expert in a lot.
When it comes to physical feats, I like to think that I’m very good at those types of things. I can call up my own defeat on things. I’m not an expert on politics. I have opinions on politics. I don’t want to go there, but that’s what we want to bring here on the CreateU Experience. Hopefully, you enjoyed this. It’s a little bit different, just chilling, drinking my EAAs, Essential Amino Acids and getting a little bit of water. I’m drinking a gallon a day. Buy those CreateU Greens. Hurry up, right now. I’ve got this super cool Yeti bottle. It’s a half-gallon and essentially you can put clam chowder in it and it stays in there for five days. It’s freaking epic. That’s what we should call this episode, Clam Chowder for Five Days. We’re set up in a new house. We have a lot of cool things coming with CreateU immunity product called Immune Boost. We have moved the Stress product. That’s coming out. It’s going to be launching. I am hyped about this Stress product. There’s nothing better than that.
From the people who’ve tested, it says it was nuts.
Positivity, especially in quarantine, this is the time to be alive. It’s time to be alive with that product for sure. Follow our Instagram, @CreateU. Follow me on Instagram as well, @TheBMeyers. You want to see a little bit of Taylor’s stuff on Instagram.
So many people are so incredibly talented, but they’re not living at their full potential. The one thing that seems to be holding them back is their lack of faith – faith that they can do it and that everything that is around can be just the way that they want it to be. On today’s show, Brendan Meyers shows us how we can break through our glass ceilings and start taking control of our life. If you need that extra push to get past the barriers, you wouldn’t want to miss this episode.
I have something deep in my heart. I feel like it’s going to hit home for a lot of people. I have a personal videographer that they came in to work with myself and the CreateU media team and everything that we’re doing. The one thing that I noticed immediately is how smart and incredibly talented he is. This is not to push towards him, poke at him or anyone for that matter. The one thing that I realized is he doesn’t believe in himself to the standard that he wants to believe himself to. I see this everywhere. I see this in society, commercials and magazines. I see it the way people post on social media. I see it with my friends. I see it in “colleagues,” I see it everywhere. Many people are incredibly talented. The one thing holding them back is faith. Faith that they can do it. Faith that it is possible. The capabilities and possibilities, everything that is around can be the way that they want it to be.
I don’t look at people as being dumber or less smart or any of that stuff. I can’t even say it. My vernacular doesn’t even allow me to grammatically say it correctly. I don’t even know if that’s being said correctly but the fact is, what I believe holds people back is this very thin line, this little barrier and the majority of us never see past the barrier. We have these ceilings and walls. It’s like we’re sitting in a podcast room there are walls all around us and we can’t get out, but yet the door’s right there and it’s open. In our lives, it seems to be like the same thing over and over again with new situations. It’s like, “The door is right there.” Let’s say it’s a double door, we tend to grab the wrong handle and then give up rather than trying the other handle. Most likely, the other handle is open so we can get out the door, we can live, get past that barrier and achieve things that we’ve always wanted to achieve.
Push the boundaries, trust ourselves and experience the creativity that we’ve felt that has been lacking for so long. We felt like we’ve been wanting to get out of us. It’s like a punching bag. How hard can you punch that punching bag for five minutes? It’s a lot harder than you believe. You’re going to punch it and you’re going to stop at two minutes and 30 seconds. What’s the difference between someone that is at the same level as you doing it for five minutes rather than two and a half? It’s belief and faith. At the end of the day, how willing are you to take that next step? Are you giving up and discounting yourself in all other areas of your life? I want you to start with one thing and that is posture. I want your posture to represent how you want to feel every single moment that you’re living. Bring and embody the faith and belief that you’ve already done all the things that you’ve ever wanted to do. A perfect example is Conor McGregor with the way he walks, big chest and chin high.
It doesn’t even matter how he feels at that moment. It’s almost like his body completely empowers his mind and generally, the mind is supposed to empower the body. Chin back, shoulders, straight spine, walk with purpose, walk like you know where you’re going, even when you don’t even know where you’re going. That right there is beauty. That right there is where you, all of your goals and all the things that you want in your life come true. You don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself. Your word and your posture is your world. Everything that we have that we embody in our world. How are you looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning? What are you doing when you’re driving in the car and you’re playing music? What music are you listening to? Who do you talk to daily? Who’s surrounding you? There’s quarantine, you can’t have people around you but who are you Zoom calling? Who are you FaceTiming? What projects are you working on?
Do you feel sorry for yourself more times than not, the majority? It’s okay to feel sorry for yourself sometimes. What’s not okay is dwelling on it. Is it the majority? I guarantee you the way you’re doing that thing, the majority with the dwelling, the way you’re doing everything else and you’re wondering why. It’s like a hamster wheel. You’re going in circles and circles, you’re still in the box. You’re still in the podcast room. You look at yourself in the mirror in the morning, you don’t want to get up in the morning. You don’t want to go to sleep. You wonder why because you’re waiting for something to happen when all you need to do is try the other doorknob at the front of that room. It’s your choice. Who is going to define your purpose? Who is going to define your passion? Who is going to define everything you’ve ever wanted to embody? Thanks for reading this QuickTime Friday episode. Check out my bodyweight workouts every single day on my YouTube and my Instagram. I’ll see you next time.
No doubt, a conversation starter in the fitness industry and wellness space is supplemented versus steroids. In this episode, Brendan Meyers takes on this very controversial topic. He shares his personal opinion on supplements versus steroids as he takes a closer look at the differences between the two. At the end of the day, it’s essential to put the right nutrients in your body, because if you don’t, then your body will not be working as optimally as you want.
I want to jump into this because I’m excited to compare these two words or things that we hear about all the time in the fitness industry and that is supplements versus steroids. I know that this is a very controversial topic, steroids specifically but I feel like talking about it. It’s a conversation starter for a lot of people in the fitness industry even in the wellness space. Everyone is interested in this stuff. I’ve had so many conversations with people when it comes to steroids specifically. I’m a natural athlete and I want to be a natural athlete for as long as possible. I may end up taking something if I’m 36, 37 or a little bit later like 40, 42, maybe TRT. I’ve heard about it, I know friends that are on it. Supposedly, it’s safe as you’re getting older. That might be something that I want to partake in. Generally, I like to stay natural. There’s something about it when you’re like, “I’m natural.” People were like, “There’s no way.” There’s like an ego boost there.
I know that we’re supposed to be getting away from all the ego boost. For me, it gets me excited. It makes me work even harder because I get to show people what genetic ceilings are all about. I feel the way that the fitness industry portrays everything is that it’s not that high of a ceiling as we may thinking. It’s much higher than anyone could ever imagine. That’s why I keep on pushing myself as hard as possible. I eat properly and I have my macros. When I go into prep, I’m very specific about everything. Supplements versus steroids. I’m very curious, are you on something or are you not on something? You may take that in one of two ways. Maybe you’re talking about prohormones, and steroids, whatever it is. Are you on something like creatine? Are you taking pre-workouts? Are you taking protein powder? I believe a lot in supplements. I take my EAAs, which are Essential Amino Acids.
I also take my protein shakes sometimes. Generally, I’m eating more wild game meats. When I mean wild game meats, I’m talking about the ostrich. I eat bison, cod, and foods that you wouldn’t expect someone to eat. I like a whole different vast amount of meats. I stay away from chicken, to be honest. Chicken is one of the dirtiest birds you can be eating. You can quote me on that one. Look it up yourself. It’s disgusting about chicken. What other supplements do I take? I used Creatine HCL from CreateU. My Greens product, I like to supplement that. Remember, supplementation is about adding to your already working diet. If you have a shit diet and you’re taking a vitamin B12, you’re taking a greens powder, and let’s say you’re intaking some vitamin D, elderberry, you’re still not doing a lot of good for your body.
You might have a good physique because of the macros that you’re calculating and if it fits your macros. It’s essential to put the right nutrients into your body. That same thing goes for steroids. If you’re taking any type of steroid, if you don’t have the proper nutrients coming into your body then your insights intrinsically, your body will not be working as optimally as you want. What is my opinion on steroids versus supplements? For the longest time, I thought steroids were all about cheating. If you take steroids, you are a cheater. I ingrained this in my head because I played football in high school and collegiate football. I wanted to go pro. I looked at guys that were taking stuff in the NFL and NCAA. I looked at them and I said, “If you take this stuff and I go head-to-head with you and you’re training just as hard as I am, you’re cheating.” Bodybuilding and stuff are a little bit different because people take stuff and it’s the norm.
If the NFL was the norm of everyone’s on stuff, then it’s a whole different ball game. If I came in naturally, it’d be a little bit different. That’s why I’m so focused on supplements and I care about what supplementation I put into my body because I know that it does aid in my success, in my growth, in my performance and being more optimal and I stick with that. I don’t think you’re cheating if you’re on stuff, that’s your path or journey towards the physique or performance that you would like. If you’re playing a professional sport and everyone else isn’t taking that stuff, then it’s cheating. I don’t have any respect for that. I don’t appreciate that by any means. If you look at runners, guys that are on the track. There have been some world record holders and they took the stuff and had a lot of consequences behind it.
Imagine going to the Olympics and you’ve been training your entire life and this is your only Olympic games that you’re going to be competing at. Three other people on the track are doping or they’re taking stuff. Have you heard of Lance Armstrong? In certain sports, there are a lot more people doing it than not doing it. I’ve heard cyclist and a lot of track athletes that take certain things. It’s unfortunate because we’re trying to push the human body at a natural capacity until we allow things to be legal, I don’t think that it should be utilized for specific sports and stuff. Supplementation, there is a fine line because there are things like MK-677, where I think it’s legal. I forget exactly what it does for you but essentially you can eat so much more and you’re hungry. You’re feeding your muscles quickly. Some people could say, “That’s like a supplementation, a hormone or a performance-enhancing hormone. It’s a kind of steroid.”
That’s the same thing as SARMs. When you hear this word SARMs, which is the Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator, some people could be like, “I’m supplementing SARMs.” There are many fine lines of what is steroids, what is a supplementation and what’s going on. It’s unfortunate because the FDA does not approve a lot of supplements, actually not at all. It’s mind-blowing to me because there’s a lot of fat burners and things out there that are extremely questionable. Research is lacking and great over here. I look at supplementation on one side as being something great. If you’re taking things like your greens, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin A, or vitamin K, a protein powder but a cleaner protein powder. If you’re taking a pre-workout, makes sure it’s a cleaner pre-workout. There are a lot of different things that are no longer legal that you can put in pre-workouts.
I look at steroids as, “If you want to take performance-enhancing drugs or anything, consult with the right people and utilize it that way.” If you do it yourself, you’re going to cause a lot of harm to your body. Once you create this harm to your body, it’s going to take 2, 3, 4 or 5 times as long to heal your body. It may never be healed in the way that you want it to be long-term. That’s my opinion on supplementation and steroids. As you know, CreateU Nutrition will be coming out with a mood product. I’m excited about this. I’ll talk about the ingredients in another episode. We also are coming out with the immune boost and it’s called Immune. We put a little boost at the bottom so people can understand it a little bit more. There are going to be 4 or 5 ingredients, very simple. We have zinc, elderberry, vitamin C and vitamin D that’s going to be in there. I’m excited to be able to create supplements that I know help in people’s digestion and performance. Optimizing not only the gut but the mind to gut connection.
That’s important. When you look at supplementation, don’t go on supplementation for quick, short-term or acute effects. It’s not worth it in the end. You want to go into supplementation with the idea that it’s going to optimize your body so that you can digest food better. If you can digest food better, inflammation will go down in your body especially if it’s good, high-quality foods. If the inflammation goes down in your body, then you can build more. These are simple facts. It’s like its unique ladder where you look at the first thing that you put in your body to how it digests, how it makes you feel, how you’re reacting in your mind. Also, whatever hormones being produced to utilize the entire digestive tract and to utilize how you’re moving your body, your metabolism and how everything’s working, it starts with the first thing that put in your body.
Use that same thing for supplementation versus steroids, if you ever even think about taking either/or. I suggest greens and vitamin B12. It’s also specific to your body and your body type and what your makeup is. Genetics plays a huge point in supplementation. What are you able to fully digest and absorb? For me, one of the biggest problems has been absorbing fats. I had a lot of problems absorbing fats for a long time. I’ll get acne from it if I’m eating too many fats. It’s very interesting once you start getting your blood tests. You see what your food sensitivity is all about and what you’re having a lot of trouble, which vitamins are you deficient and where are you having trouble with that. It’s like your human body from a muscular standpoint. If you take your subscap, that’s the muscle in front of your scapula. If you point at your chest and you almost point through your chest and your ribs, your scalp is in the back.
It’s a thing that wings and it helps move your shoulder. A lot of different movements, protraction, retraction, upward rotation, downward rotation, all these different movements. Your subscap is the muscle that’s right in front of it. It lays on the front portion of that scapula. When you feel like you injured your front delt or you feel you’ve injured the top of your shoulder in the back, a lot of the times it is your subscap that is causing that pain. It’s the same way with how you absorb foods. It’s almost a coupling effect. If you move one side, the other side does the opposite. This is how I make it easy for myself. If I’m digesting something and I can’t absorb fats, it most likely isn’t just the fats that I’m trying to consume. It might be avocado, olive oil, avocado oil or dairy product. It might be a little harder to digest but it could be other things. Maybe it’s the protein sources, types of foods that are sensitive to my body outside of the fats that are causing my hormones or my blood type.
My blood type also affects what I can consume and what I can’t consume and digest as easily as somebody else. I look at all of this stuff and that’s how I look at supplementation. I don’t look too much at steroids. It is what it is over there. As far as supplementation goes, that’s how I gauge what I want to take. We’re going to have zinc in our Immune product as well. Zinc is extremely effective. I take it. I was trying to have heavy metal detox a couple of years ago because of a lot of the things that I went through. I had a lot of different dyes in my system because of MRIs and CT scans and all this stuff. I decided, “B. Myers, let’s take some zinc.” I had some guidance from a nutritionist and wellness expert and it helped greatly. There are different products and different supplements for you. Hopefully, you enjoyed this QuickTime Friday, quarantine time, COVID-19 episode. It’s very unfortunate at how quickly everything is growing. There are way more diseases than we could ever imagine in this world.
The first thing starts with you. How are you taking care of your body? How are you showing up for yourself mentally and physically? Let’s get on track. Let’s optimize. If you want to check me out, I have bodyweight workouts every single day on my Instagram @TheBMeyers if you want to follow those. Also on YouTube, I have videos that are finally back. I’m excited about that as well. I am not an expert in nutrition by any means. I am a student of nutrition. I am more of an expert when it comes to strength, conditioning and more so strength protocol and power protocol. Not so much as endurance but definitely strength and power. That’s where I would see my expertise in bodyweight training. I love it. I’ve been training for years and years. I went to school from Exercise Physiology Degree. I trust myself when it comes to all this stuff. Thanks for reading another episode of QuickTime Friday. I’ll see you next time.