Lanell Beckles, Trainer of Top Athletes, Explains How to Biohack Your Way to Better Health

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Published on March 20, 2023

Lanell Beckles is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist from NSCA with over a decade of experience in the fitness industry. He has worked with everyone from Olympians to professional athletes and has trained multiple collegiate sports teams from volleyball to field hockey. Lanell has been mentored by some of the best strength coaches in the world, from the late Charles Poliquin to Preston Greene, David Lawrence, and Ben Prentiss. From these mentors he gained extensive knowledge in metabolism, body composition, and nutrition to help people transform their bodies.

Lanell co-founded Occam’s Fitness with Adam Lyons, which had a successful 6-figure launch. With Occam’s Fitness, Lanell helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and high-level executives optimize their health through biohacking techniques while growing their businesses. He understands the importance of productivity and performance in the entrepreneurial world, which is why he focuses on providing efficient, effective, and sustainable solutions for his clients.

As a biohacker and fitness expert, Lanell is focused on finding the best ways to help his clients achieve their health and wellness goals. He believes that everyone has the potential to transform their body and mind with the right mindset, tools, and support. Lanell is based in Bastrop, Texas, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with others to help them reach their full potential.

Grit Daily: The fitness industry has evolved tremendously over time. From your perspective, what are you most excited about as it pertains to the future of fitness?

Lanell Beckles: A.I. is taking over the world and it’s already in the world of health and fitness.  Hospitals and medical labs have been using A.I. to predict health markers before they appear.  However, no one wants their health to come to that point.

This is why it’s so important to use data, trackers, and A.I. to keep yourself in the best shape possible before you get to the hospital.  Aside from a random illness or accident, everyone can monitor their health and take full control of it with little intervention from doctors.  It’s just a matter of reading the data correctly.

Grit Daily: What are some common misconceptions about health and fitness that you’ve seen as it pertains to entrepreneurs and business owners?

Lanell Beckles: The biggest misconceptions are that (1) you need to be in the gym every single day, (2) there is one diet that works best, and (3) you need to get back to your high school or college weight.  While I’m an advocate for daily movement, you don’t need to be in the gym everyday and in fact, I teach my clients that they can maintain or even increase lean muscle mass with two 15-minute workouts a week.

In order to maintain their lean muscle mass, everyone needs to adopt their own diet because we’re not the same.  We all have our own individual needs and our diets should reflect that.  In my program, I customize everyone’s diet based on their gut microbiome, which has a big influence on our health.  Poor gut health equates to poor health in general.

Finally, as we get older and our activity levels decrease, having the expectation you’ll get back to your high school weight with your new lifestyle is unrealistic.  It’s possible, but instead, I help entrepreneurs improve their current body shape and feel better.  If you have a desire to get back to your old weight, then you’ll have to sacrifice something in your life and most people have no desire to do that.

Grit Daily: How do you balance the demands of entrepreneurship and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

Lanell Beckles: This is a challenge a lot of entrepreneurs face, and usually there are extremes.  Entrepreneurs that wake up before the sun and get their workout in religiously, and entrepreneurs that sit on the couch at the end of the day wondering where the day went.

It will always start with a good diet, which doesn’t mean meal prepping for a half a day or missing out on the foods you love.  It’s about finding your superfoods and limiting your poisons, or foods that cause increased inflammation.

Considering that inflammation is a stress marker for the body and entrepreneurs are high-stress, minimizing any undue and internal stress can save years of your life.

As for exercise, adopting a more moderate approach will decrease any feelings of guilt or shame around health.  There’s only so many hours in the day, but making time for daily movement is essential, and it doesn’t have to be in the gym.  In fact, I teach my clients that they can get great benefits from Occam’s protocol of two 15-minute workouts a week.  If you don’t like the gym, adopt a physical activity that you can enjoy 2-3 times per week, like hiking, playing a sport, or even dancing.

It’s about having the same amount of discipline with your body as you do with your business.

Grit Daily: How do you think technology and AI will play a role in the future of fitness and wellness?

Lanell Beckles: It’s playing a massive role in health and wellness.  With new gizmos and gadgets that track all your health markers, everyone can finally take control of their health and know exactly what’s going on in their body.

There’s even personal trainers in mirrors who will take you through a workout.  I think technology and A.I. in the space only enhances health and wellness space.

Even though I love all the technology and A.I., there is always a human element that can never be replaced in the space.  From personal trainers to having a community and support system, you will always need a friend or coach who can provide encouragement, guidance, and direction.  The technology and A.I. allows experts to take the data and build a customized plan that gets results.  People will always fill a need and help with the emotional support that goes along with any health journey.

Grit Daily: What advice would you give to someone who’s struggling to stay motivated with their fitness goals?

Lanell Beckles: Motivation is fleeting and if you believe you’ll always be motivated to hit your fitness goals, you’re part of the 0.1% (maybe smaller).  Many people are motivated by the scale, which is a false KPI.  It’s only a measure of gravity, and not a true health marker.  Your body isn’t one component; it’s four, and the two components to focus on are–muscle and fat.

Tracking other KPIs will help you stay on the right track and build sustainable habits.  You will reach your goals when you rely on habits and not motivation.

Track multiple KPIs throughout your journey from the number of inches lost, the number of days in the gym, and your body fat percentage.

Finally, the best way to stay motivated is to hire a coach or expert who can guide you every step of the way.  They can help you understand your food intake, plan the right workout (or the one you’ll do more frequently), and provide insight and encouragement on your path.

Grit Daily: Tell us about your upcoming Occam’s Live happening on April 1-2 in Austin, TX.

Lanell Beckles: With so much technology out there, it’s hard to figure out what you need for your body.  I constantly get questions about new technology and have the same response–it depends on what you need.

This is why I’m bringing together experts to share how anyone can transform their health without using traditional methods.  We all know diet and exercise are the keys to success, but there are other keys you can utilize to improve your health from cryotherapy and sauna to red light therapy and oxygen.  It’s about finding what works for you.

Occam’s Live is a 2-day event where entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives can come together to experience how biohacking can transform aspects of their health.  Everyone will walk away feeling more alert, lighter, and aware of how to transform your health.  Feel what it’s like to increase your lifespan and get more of your life back.

Grit Daily: What are a few biohacking techniques that someone can adopt for their own health and lifestyle?

Lanell Beckles: There are so many to choose from, but there are still basics that everyone should focus on.  The first is oxygen therapy, which will decrease inflammation, improve sleep, and improve mental clarity.  From breathwork to sitting in an oxygen chamber, it’s about choosing which level you want to invest in.

Then there is still sunlight, which keeps your circadian rhythm balanced.  If you have a hard time falling asleep or find yourself wired, but tired at the end of the day, your circadian rhythm is disrupted and red light therapy or everyday sunlight can rebalance it.

Finally, there are nootropics, which are compounds specifically to increase brain function.  These are a hit with all of my clients and I customize them based on their brain function.  You can go from slogging through the day brain-dead and reaching effortless flow with the right use of nootropics.

If you want to experience and learn about these biohacks for yourself, Occam’s Live is where you want to be.  It’s for those people who are looking for peak performance and realize their health is the one thing that’s holding them back.

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Peter Page is an Editor-at-Large at Grit Daily. He is available to record live, old-school style interviews via Zoom, and run them at Grit Daily and Apple News, or BlockTelegraph for a fee.Formerly at Entrepreneur.com, he began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter long before print journalism had even heard of the internet, much less realized it would demolish the industry. The years he worked as a police reporter are a big influence on his world view to this day. Page has some degree of expertise in environmental policy, the energy economy, ecosystem dynamics, the anthropology of urban gangs, the workings of civil and criminal courts, politics, the machinations of government, and the art of crystallizing thought in writing.

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