Mike Bledsoe is a self-described health fanatic, a leading fitness entrepreneur, and one of the world’s most popular podcast hosts. We recently met up with him to soak up some SoCal sun and talk about his future plans and outlook on personal evolution, meditation, and friendships.
This interview takes place alongside scenic ocean waves, but it’s not exactly a long romantic walk on the beach. More of a medium, pragmatic walk on the beach. We promise you’ll take away something useful, and better yet, you won’t get sand in your shoes.
Can’t watch right now but ready for a quick read? Here are the highlights of our conversation with Mike Bledsoe:
Mike Bledsoe, a Work in Progress
Mike Bledsoe is all about being deliberate, including his use of language. So it’s no surprise this interview started with big talk, not small talk. Mike dives right into his experimental journey with optimal health and lifestyle and talks about how he’s always evolving as a person. He may totally disagree with some of his old content now, but he thinks that’s a good thing. Mike laughs at how a lot of people put misplaced pride in never changing their minds. He believes you should be a different, better person than you were 3 years ago, or else you risk getting stagnant and stubborn as you age.
Lesson: There isn’t a finish line to the better version of yourself. You can always grow and improve, but not if you don't think you need to.
What Are Friends For?
It’s an important personal question, but most people don’t try to answer it for themselves. Mike talks about how well-meaning friend groups can actually reinforce negative thinking and inaction by clinging to an old version of you. Mike sees his friendships as “a series of conversations” and he makes sure they’re positive and aspirational. He says his closest friends get along because they challenge each other and treat one another like the people they’re striving to be, not the same old crew they knew when they were younger.
Lesson: If you’re trying to change and grow into someone better, it helps to have your buddies on board. Thinking deliberately about how you interact with your friends and how that affects your motivations is step one.
Joovvin’ & Improvin’ With Mike Bledsoe
Mike Bledsoe is a big believer in his Joovv, and it turns out he’s been using his in some unique ways. At age 36, Mike had his wisdom teeth removed and had a lot of pain and swelling. Amongst some other things, he used his Joovv to bask his mouth in red light and says it really accelerated the healing process. That jibes with clinical research showing wide-ranging oral health benefits from light therapy.
Most people we talk to say they prefer light therapy sessions in the mornings, but Mike Bledsoe is a before-bed Joovver. He says that in addition to better skin and quicker recovery, doing some breathing exercises in red light before he hits the pillow helps him get to sleep easier and leads to better sleep quality throughout the night.
Lesson: Take it from Mike Bledsoe’s mouth: in-home light therapy with a Joovv has a wide range of oral healing applications for everything from basic canker sores to serious conditions like oral mucositis.
Meditation: We’re Talkin’ About Practice, Man
Mike meditates every day, and that’s part of the point. He says people make the mistake of thinking meditation is supposed to be an experience in and of itself. They think about how they’re feeling while they do it, or expect something amazing to happen. But with all due respect to AI, when we talk meditation, we’re talking about practice.
That means doing it every day as a way to process your thoughts and find your peace. Again, there’s no finish line. Mike says meditation allows him to process his emotions and feelings and let them pass by without controlling him. Without meditation, Mike says his environment starts to control him instead of the reverse. For beginners, Mike recommends doing it 5-10 minutes every single day, even if it’s not the greatest experience. That’s way better than doing it for longer periods of time (but less often).
Lesson: With meditation and self-reflection, practice….is the key to being okay with imperfection.
Mike Goes Nomadic
Where does Mike Bledsoe live? N/A. We caught him just in time, on the day before he set off on a 9-month journey around the world. He calls it “going nomadic.” This isn’t a sightseeing tour though, and you won’t find the real highlights on Mike’s social media. He says he wants to become a student again, to learn and evolve, and it’s difficult to do that when you’re always in the same place.
Check out the interview to hear Mike’s travel plans and get his take on the most important thing you can do (and learn) while traveling abroad.
Lesson: Most people can’t take a 9-month global adventure, but to grow and learn, you have to experience new things. That’s easier in new places with new people, whether that’s in a different country or just a different setting in your own part of the world.
Plus One for Bledsoe Show Fans: Mike is always evolving, so naturally his podcast The Bledsoe Show is too. Check out the interview to hear Mike discuss his plans for future content and how he intends to break rules more deliberately in the future.