Dr. Andy Galpin on How to Unplug from Tech and Social Media

Dr. Andy Galpin is an associate professor at Cal State Fullerton. There, his research interests include the acute responses and chronic adaptations to human skeletal muscle following high intensity/velocity/power exercise.

He’s the co-author of the new book Unplugged, which discusses how to use technology to better serve us, while not becoming a slave to it.

Last but not least, he’s the man behind the Body of Knowledge Podcast, and the AndyGalpin.com website, where his goal is to give away as much free, awesome stuff as possible.

In this show, Dr. Galpin and I talk about continuous partial attention, and how it impacts your life and performance, his thoughts on athlete monitoring, and the advice he’d give to someone who is ready to take a step back from technology and truly unplug.

Show Outline

Here’s an overview of what we covered in this week’s show:

  • MR’s Monologue: It’s All About the Reps
  • Andy’s start in the world of physical prep, along with his career path to where he’s at today
  • Why coaching wasn’t the right fit for him
  • The back story behind the book Unplugged, and why he was passionate about writing the book
  • His views on technology, and how it can be a blessing and a curse
  • Athlete monitoring: Is it really all it’s cracked up to be? A different perspective on a hotly debated topic
  • The “tribal mentality” that surrounds many fitness trends and wearable technologies
  • Continuous Partial Attention: What it is, and why it’s destroying our ability to think and truly connect
  • The simple advice he’d give to anyone who is ready to truly unplug and reconnect with their body
  • The BIG Question
  • A fun lightning round where we talk Olympic lifting, the books he’s reading right now, and arguably the coolest dog name that I’ve ever heard of

Related Links


Body of Knowledge Podcast

Social Media

Books Mentioned

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