Friday, April 19, 2024
Mitochondrial Health

#76 – Kyle Kingsbury: Discovering that means, despair, and psychedelics

On this episode, Kyle Kingsbury, retired UFC fighter and director of human optimization at Onnit, discusses the aim and that means that soccer and MMA gave him however which additionally acted as a distraction from his inside demons. Kyle opens up about his use of PEDs (steroids, testosterone, HGH) in school and talks about a number of the misconceptions round them. Subsequent, Kyle talks about his battle with despair and a detailed name with suicide that result in life-changing experiences with psilocybin and ayahuasca—which actually grew to become the turning level in his personal journey in direction of being extra emotionally wholesome, discovering inside peace, and being a greater husband and father. 

*DISCLAIMER: The substances spoken about on this episode are unlawful and on no account are we advocating for anybody to make use of them or experiment with them. There are bodily, physiological, psychological, and authorized dangers round using these vegetation. This dialog is solely informational solely.



We talk about:

  • Rising up in a unstable dwelling [6:30];
  • Enjoying school soccer at ASU, and letting go of NFL aspirations [15:45];
  • Kyle’s expertise taking anabolics (steroids/testosterone), misunderstood science, and concern mongering [23:15];
  • Kyle’s expertise with taking HGH [35:30];
  • The Whizzinator [36:45];
  • Struggles with despair and medicines, and an absence of that means after soccer [41:00];
  • Kyle’s shut name with suicide, and a non secular expertise [47:15];
  • Discovering refuge with blended martial arts, and Kyle’s early success in cage preventing [52:30];
  • Classes from Kyle’s first loss in preventing, and coaching for the UFC [59:45];
  • First experiences with psilocybin and ayahuasca, quieting the monkey thoughts, and discovering inside peace [1:07:15];
  • Overt vs. covert despair, despair in males vs. ladies, and the transition from adaptive to maladaptive behaviors [1:16:00];
  • Peeling again the layers with ayahuasca: Kyle tells tales about essentially the most transformative experiences with psychedelics [1:19:00];
  • Does Kyle really feel like he has misplaced his “edge” because of his journey? [1:26:15];
  • The place would Kyle be had he not found the ability of psychedelic medicines? [1:29:45];
  • Parenting: Stopping the cycle of trauma, reconnecting to our ancestral roots, and Kyle’s opinion on ayahuasca as a possible instrument for teenagers [1:31:40];
  • Relationship with mother and father, blind spots, compassion, and forgiveness [1:37:15]; and
  • Extra.


Rising up in a unstable dwelling [6:30]

  • Grew up exterior of San Jose, CA in Cupertino and Sunnyvale
  • Fell in love with soccer at age 10
  • Performed soccer and wrestled in highschool
  • Kyle says he was a horrible pupil in highschool
  • He by no means took it severely
  • He like the eye of being a category clown
  • He would get into fights loads in class
  • It wasn’t till school that he discovered any curriculum to be attention-grabbing or helpful
  • His dad was a blue collar employee
  • That is in all probability what Kyle would have been if he hadn’t been athletic sufficient to play sports activities in school
  • On the identical time, his dad actually inspired him to be “higher” and go to varsity

A unstable dwelling

  • Kyle’s mother and father didn’t have an excellent relationship
  • A ton of arguing
  • Considered one of Kyle’s favourite books is Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg

    • No matter [nonviolent communication] is, my childhood was not.
  • Mother and father divorced when Kyle was 16
  • His youthful siblings did NOT need mother and father to divorce however Kyle knew it was for the most effective
  • He stated his dad grew to become a gentler, kinder dad after that



Enjoying school soccer at ASU, and letting go of NFL aspirations [15:45]

Earlier than attending to ASU…

  • Kyle went to 2 completely different junior faculties (as a result of he grades had been so unhealthy in HS)
  • He ultimately transferred to Arizona State (ASU)

Soccer at ASU

  • He walked on to the soccer group at ASU
  • He performed defensive position (each sort out and finish)
  • Kyle stated he didn’t have the bodily measurement or gifted athleticism as many different guys
  • However credit his energy coaches (Joe Kenn and Mark Uyeyama) for pushing him far previous his understand limits

Partying at ASU

  • ASU is called a celebration college
  • And it lives as much as its title says Kyle
  • In truth…

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Kyle Kingsbury

Kyle is the Director of Human Optimization at Onnit, a retired blended martial artist and UFC fighter, and the host of the Kyle Kingsbury Podcast.

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