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Natural Bodybuilding: Become the best version of yourself | Mischa Janiec | TEDxHSG

January 15, 2020

Reviewer: Riyad Almubarak Hello, everybody. I have a question for you: What is the first thing
which pops into your mind when you hear the term “bodybuilding?” Chicken breasts, brown rice,
and broccoli, right? (Laughter) Or is it rather a way too muscular,
narcissistic guy like overtanned, flexing in front
of the mirror of your gym, or the classic: steroids. (Laughter) That’s what I always hear. It’s usually not a very positive idea, and to be honest with you, for a long time, it wasn’t for me either. Well, today I’m going to tell you
something about bodybuilding. I’m going to tell you how I used
this powerful lifestyle as a tool to become the best version of myself: mainly through learning how mental and physical fitness
are connected to each other, recognizing self-reflection as a success driving attitude and learning that failure is a necessary step
towards success. My name is Mischa Janiec. I’m a personal coach, entrepreneur,
and a natural pro bodybuilder, and I’ve been doing this sport
for almost eight years, that means I’ve completed
over 2,000 workouts, and spent over 5,000 hours
in the gym so far. (Laughter) Unbelievable! I’ve also bench pressed
over ten million kilos, that’s the equivalent of 100 blue whales: the biggest and heaviest
animal on this planet. It’s a good amount of weight,
don’t you think? But let’s start where
it all began eight years ago. I grew up in Switzerland as a very
non-reflected, lazy troublemaker. (Laughter) You know, the kind of kids
teachers never wanted to deal with, and also lacking in willpower,
and afraid of leaving my comfort zone. It’s a wrong slide by the way … (Laughter) of leaving my own comfort zone. Well, today I can say
I made a lot of mistakes. That was also the reason why I lost my first apprenticeship
at an insurance company after only eight months. And the funny but also sad fact about it: I didn’t even recognize it
as my own mistake. So a few months later, I got diagnosed – my back started to hurt very bad,
and I got diagnosed with scoliosis. So scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine
has a sideways curve. The most common symptoms for scoliosis are a limited mobility,
and pain in the shoulder, back, and neck. Funny story: at the screening for the Swiss Army the cardiologist couldn’t even
take a proper X-ray of my heart, because my spine was twisted so bad
that it got covered almost completely. And this started to worry me
about my future, especially my health. Time went by, the doctors were adamant
that I had to take on physiotherapy but after a few weeks
I gave up on that again. Time went by,
and my back issues got worse. I was secretly hoping that there is a magic pill
which could solve my problem overnight. But back at the doctor’s office, he confirmed that there is no quick fix. Instead, he offered me the solution which turned out
to be the key to my success. He proposed going to the gym
only twice a week to build up my overall muscularity,
and help my condition. Now that didn’t sound
like a bad idea, you know. I instantly saw chances
of approaching women, walking on the beach
with a nice six-pack and muscular arms, and of course,
all the girls staring at me. And that was actually
how it began my journey (Laughter) to become the best version of myself. Yeah, now a few of you will ask, like: how can swinging
some dumbbells in the gym change your life so drastically? I strongly believe
that your physical fitness has a great influence
on your mental health, and you can’t enhance one
without the other to a certain extent. Therefore, you need to build
up your physical strength to reach your full potential. Let me give you a few examples here. As soon as you start to work out, you start to sweat,
you start to breathe deeply, and after you finished
you just feel absolutely amazing to not say [unlimited]. And the reason for this is endorphins: a hormone your body releases
after you get physically active. It’s comparable to the high runners get after they surpass the first heavy miles. And it’s also the reason
why so many people nowadays choose the gym or a run
as a part of their morning routine, you know, to get a head start
above everyone else. Another even more important reason
is your body posture. It’s not only proven that a bad body posture
causes people to appear insecure and sad, but also to change
their whole mental state. And it goes in both directions: that means, as soon as you start
to work on your physical appearance, you’re not only going to look happier, you can become happier, more secure. Amy Cuddy held a very
interesting TED talk about this topic, like body language shapes who you are,
be sure to check that out. And, I mean for a lot of you guys, I see so many young,
ambitious students here, that you guys, you’ve already worked hard,
you know, like you have dreams. You study for weeks, months,
years, even for decades with the goal to change
the world someday, right? But what if you can’t make it
out of bed anymore, because you’re going to suffer
from chronic back pain. That’s actually the case
for a lot of young people nowadays – working in offices,
and studying in schools. This should give you a first impression of how your physical fitness
affects your mentality as well. But there is more. Natural bodybuilding also, helps people
to become self-confident. And, people wrongly assume
that the muscle itself are the reason
for this change in attitude. But, I want you to explain
why there is a way more relevant factor when it comes to this change. You know, as soon as you start to work out, you’re going to realize that the mirror is both your best friend
and your worst enemy. Looking in it will always reveal something new
you want to work on, and this kind of
self-criticism is necessary, if you really want to improve,
not just in terms of bodybuilding. The reflection in the mirror
creates the ability to reflect on oneself
on a much deeper level, and it gave me courage to become my own biggest critic
in everything I do. And, it can help you as well. Self-reflection is a process; it builds up slowly but constantly. You learn to accept yourself because knowing about
your weaknesses is not enough, if you’re not willing to work on yourself. People still struggle
to overcome their doubts, and to take action in order to get better. Something deep inside them
won’t let them believe that they need to invest in themselves
if they want to succeed in life. And, I get it, you know, because taking action
requires courage, right? But why is that? Because you could fail. I always hear failing is something bad,
you should avoid failing, like society tells us failing is negative. But I want you to understand
why failing is actually important if you really want to get better. Let’s take it even a step further here. You need failure in order to grow but how can I be so sure about that, because failing every day made me one of the best
natural bodybuilders in the world. Yes, you heard it right, people. I fail almost every
single day, and I love it. Every time I step into the gym, my goal is to push myself
past my limits. I know that reaching failure will only make me stronger
in the long run. Well, some of you heard
about supercompensation, there would be a slide right now here, but there is not. So supercompensation
is a scientific term which explains that as soon as you overreach
a certain capacity your body has, you get stronger than before. So that means you have to overreach
and overreach and overreach, and with this, you get stronger
and stronger and stronger every time. So failing for a bodybuilder
is nothing new. What most people don’t get:
it works the same in your everyday life. So why do people
apply this logic in the gym but not in everything else they do, because the road to success
is never straight. You know this cooperation like that, that’s what you hear
like the road to success how people think it is,
and actually how it is, it’s the same like supercompensation, and it’s up and down. And that’s the reason
why so many young people nowadays choose natural bodybuilding
as a key tool to personal growth. So, should everybody in this room now
become a natural bodybuilder or what? (Laughter) Of course, come on. No, of course not. But everybody in this room should strive to become
the best version of themselves. And natural bodybuilding
is a major stepping stone to get there. Look at the bigger picture,
and forget the negative prejudice; it’s more than just a sport,
it’s a lifestyle. Why don’t you start today –
invest in yourself, go beyond in the gym, and I promise you, you will go beyond
in every other aspect of life as well. It’s your decision. Thank you. (Applause)


  • Reply Alok Singh Rajputzada May 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    He is a good speaker too😍

  • Reply Tixxxo MS May 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Coole Schlappen xD

  • Reply alexys q May 17, 2019 at 7:18 am

    ~Oohhh… : He's HOT!!! <3 <3 <3

  • Reply montyloree May 20, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    I'm 55 and need to do bodybuilding… this is an encouraging video… thanks,

  • Reply Bhargav Singh May 24, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Thank you

  • Reply asoomx thelight May 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    thank you from myanmar

  • Reply reg profant May 27, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Because Jeff only has a biased part of facts all for profit. One should see multiple sources of input for analysis.

  • Reply crossXout98 May 29, 2019 at 2:07 am

    What i came for: Natural bodybuilder experience, philosophies, great stories. Vs. What I got: The secret of the Saiyan races progress in power each time they reach near death

  • Reply tjblackforest69 May 30, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Since this guy is talking in TED, I'm not watching TED talk anymore. Bla, bla, bla….

  • Reply Albert The Writer June 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Natural? Sure!

  • Reply sameer baig June 5, 2019 at 8:53 pm


  • Reply Seth Jackman June 9, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    But we must first ask ourselves… what is 'the best' when speaking of such? And why is 'bodybuilding' the best?

  • Reply Larrythebassman June 12, 2019 at 4:28 am

    ✨Go beyond ✨👌

  • Reply Shock the muscle June 20, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Well for 8 years he's been skipping legs woop woop

  • Reply TJ Avagliano June 22, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Anyone who eats healthy, trains regularly with a particular goal in mind is a body builder… doesn’t matter how big or small you are.

  • Reply Mudri June 28, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Way he speaks gave me cancer. A book wouldnt hurt him.

  • Reply Fungi and I Shine June 29, 2019 at 5:48 pm


  • Reply Prakgreat July 1, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    So true

  • Reply SPENCE July 3, 2019 at 6:31 am

    A juicer talking about natural bodybuilding… awesome.

  • Reply Jason Hunter July 3, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Do people pay to sit and listen to this?

  • Reply Roman Hernz July 8, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Very nice video thank you

  • Reply Stanley Palaima July 12, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Yeah right natural my as?! Bald and you got lisp, I’m sure hitting the juice had nothing to do with that LMAO 😂

  • Reply Christine July 12, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    When i hear bodybuilding i can only imagine the three first Jojo's

  • Reply Vincent Armenta July 14, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Thank you for your time and efforts.

  • Reply Clive Lindley July 15, 2019 at 5:48 am

    If you have a bad back you should do yoga not bodybuilding. Lifting weights will make it worse, yoga will heal you especially if done in conjunction with green diet and exercise. After a rock climbing injury I wasted years with medical specialists of all kinds, then I discovered Yoga!

  • Reply JesusMcmanus July 25, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Bodybuilding is a egotistic way of living which apprently is the only way to be happy in society. Surrender your ego, embrace fear and promote love!!!

  • Reply chris ismail July 29, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I disagree with saying you having more confidence because as the better you look I find you become more insecure and a lot of bodybuilders who either have done bodybuilding or who I still doing bodybuilding have some type of underlying issue which is why they start in the first place.

    The better you look the more insecure you become. Welcome to fitness

  • Reply zoro July 31, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Right on bro

  • Reply Amit Kalia August 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Its awesome.thanks

  • Reply WhatTheFucckk August 13, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Jezuz Christ. This fake natty…. Why give this ahole the chance for his advertizing? By the way I am from Germany. I follow him and his social media mafia since years. He is a f.. liar.

  • Reply Clint Whatley August 20, 2019 at 12:09 pm


  • Reply Sean Wang August 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I had received a cancer surgery 2 years before, and I started to do natural bodybuilding after that, I'm not sure it can make me as health as others, but it really helped me to get a positive attitude.

  • Reply Steve Kirkbride August 21, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you Mischa

  • Reply jack smalls August 25, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    There wasn’t no 0 to 1 in this talk, great guy but he could have worked more on his story 🙂

  • Reply Georges Khater August 28, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    This guy looks huge and no doubts he is natural but he isn't the best natural bodybuilders

  • Reply popcorns house August 31, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Bodybuilders are the biggest ever cringe worthy bullshitters put on the planet . They never let the truth get in the way of a story ,and as for the natural bodybuilders go ! Well lol lol lol

  • Reply ArchangelWolfy September 6, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    The gym is my religion. I pray on the bench.

  • Reply Eh oh September 7, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I think of speedos

  • Reply Jaap Ongeveer September 8, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I've been pumping iron for 52 years. Its the best thing I've ever done for myself.

  • Reply George LFC September 10, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Just to be devils advocate our meat is full of growth hormones and steroids so eating meat is not natural. But I’m glad he didn’t mention diet as diet has very little to do with it it’s all about attitude, hard work, will power and a desire for success….

  • Reply Tyler Folse September 11, 2019 at 9:09 am


  • Reply kanesh sharma September 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Doesn't use steriod but still bald XD

  • Reply Alberto Garcia September 16, 2019 at 4:21 am


  • Reply DMC September 23, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I find hiit land barbell complex workouts are fine for me I don’t need to look like a crazy muscle man I don’t think we need to look like that ..

  • Reply Rubber Duck September 25, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Hello? Stephen Hawking

  • Reply Brendan Cherry September 26, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    This guy might be natural but he’s small asf

  • Reply mantoniol24 September 28, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    that was great! i agree with everything he says! if you wanna be the best version of yourself work on yourself. body , mind and soul.

  • Reply Abhishek Biswas October 1, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I'm doing this

    Day A: Pushups , planks, squat, lunges, weighted staircase 60 rounds
    Day B: Burpees, Mountain Climbers, planks, Dumbbell Deadlift, weighted staircase 60 rounds

    Eggs, tofu, Greek Yogurt, Almonds, Cucumber, Carrots, lettuce, Cabbage, celery, broccoli, lentils, green apples, spinach

    No gym Everything at home

    Am I on the right path? Its the first time I've started working out in my life.. Please suggest if in case I'm doing anything wrong.. Thanks in advance

  • Reply Kenneth Shields October 3, 2019 at 5:54 am

    great talk, except for there’s no such thing as natural body building

  • Reply wes olsen October 3, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Hes definitely on test. Not natural at all. Sick of the misconceiving liars out there

  • Reply G J W October 3, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Well bodybuilding is not a natural way of living. Many people who are in their 90s were not body builders.

  • Reply G J W October 3, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    First of all you dont need to be in the gym to live longer and healthier, just ask a people who are above the age of 90, how may days they hit the gym?. This proves that gym workouts are just for showoffs.

  • Reply Paul Romey October 4, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Can we just take a second to appreciate his overall beauty?!

  • Reply Becker's Rs October 5, 2019 at 8:32 am

    For a fit guy, he is breathing too much

  • Reply October 5, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    He wasn't ready .He wasn't ready 😀

  • Reply Mark Wen October 6, 2019 at 5:53 am

    this was very vague and poorly organized talk. No data no solid example not even footage…I thought ted is about science

  • Reply Damian Chiddle October 12, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    We don’t need a mirror to look at are selves

  • Reply C0smicC4nc3r October 14, 2019 at 12:15 am

    I've been trying to find a good ted-talk that relates with my issues, and this is the first video I didn't click off due to EXTREMe bordem or rhetoric

  • Reply Mehmet Civi October 15, 2019 at 10:11 am

    They should of invited dom, so he can actually explain how evolution works

  • Reply Anadra Konia October 15, 2019 at 10:40 am


  • Reply Brett Harper October 16, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Naturally, he skipped leg day for 8 years.

  • Reply Bladeczek October 17, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Man the guy is narcistic af

  • Reply Gabriel October 17, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    ok signed me up!!!!

  • Reply Bruno De Castro October 18, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Yes natural yes

  • Reply Mistério October 22, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    You can get there. Just believe and train every single day!

  • Reply IWYVe Somtimes October 25, 2019 at 9:19 am

    His ex-girlfriend admitted to have taken steroids while she was in a relationship with him. Do you really believe he was clean while his girlfriend was on testosterone??

  • Reply Tobias Rab October 25, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Natural ist der janinject gar net möglich!

  • Reply Nay Churr October 26, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Begin and embrace the pain!

  • Reply name last name October 26, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    … really learned nothing new here… Not Tedx worthy

  • Reply J A October 28, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I feel like there's one person ghost writing all the TED talks. They all sound the same to me at this point. Can't stand it. It sounds so artificial and insincere.

  • Reply Unity Fitness October 31, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    5k dislikes from people that don’t even lift lol

  • Reply CJ -NYC November 2, 2019 at 4:40 am

    If you’re not juicing then you’re not trying.

  • Reply Ever García November 3, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    What a boring talk…

  • Reply Steven Hinkle November 6, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Nope ! Not really

  • Reply Otto Kaharuddin November 7, 2019 at 3:06 am

    If his voice is deeper, definitely Arnold

  • Reply RalphMan November 15, 2019 at 2:05 am

    There’s no shortcut to better muscle and health

  • Reply Rishad D'souza November 18, 2019 at 2:41 am

    A lot of this Ted Talks are better watched at 1.5 speed!

  • Reply David Moore November 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Can anyone tell me the basic steps I need to do to become a amature professional bodybuilder and get sponsored by vitamin companies/magazines for fitness clothing?

  • Reply Yogi Lab November 21, 2019 at 2:08 am

    And here we were thinking it was all just protein and bench press…

  • Reply Meatball City November 27, 2019 at 12:41 am

    I love ted talk but this guy has to go wtf

  • Reply GOATMENTATOR December 1, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    woooooooo whatever it takes

  • Reply SqL S December 2, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    This guy so doesn’t fit at tedx

  • Reply Deathless December 4, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    2:02 Dude, if you can bench 10 million kilos, how many plates do you put on the bar for that?

  • Reply Nelson Barrantes December 5, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Game Changers brought me here

  • Reply Rajat Gajbhiye December 6, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Wrong Title – There is no information about natural bodybuilding given in this video.

  • Reply K Linn December 7, 2019 at 6:44 am

    3rd grade speech?

  • Reply Broteese December 12, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Without risking failure, there can be no chance of success.

  • Reply Ritesh Fating December 14, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Please call Jeff cavalier here

  • Reply Hardware Society December 14, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    What is the first thing which pops into your mind when you hear the term "bodybuilding" ? BIRLLLL

  • Reply Only Human December 15, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Hit like for vegan

  • Reply aaditya sirohi December 25, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Said by lord Krishna 5000 years ago… work hard and dont be scared to fail

  • Reply Seyoum Asefa December 29, 2019 at 2:10 am

    This guy isn't Natty… where's Mike O'Tren

  • Reply Pixel Pearl Studios January 2, 2020 at 5:57 am

    Sounds like he’s trouble breathing for a “body Builder”

  • Reply Ganesh bhat January 3, 2020 at 2:55 am

    Seems like he has difficulty in breathing..

  • Reply ZefSamurai January 5, 2020 at 2:36 am

    I think the best version of myself would be on gear lol.

  • Reply Niall Warde January 5, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Can't take this seriously with those shoes

  • Reply p3rryn January 6, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    he says "funny story" then follows it with something that's not funny at all
    Edit: 3:44
    also.. why did he do all this talking to basically say work out to improve self esteem and self awareness

  • Reply Cozen January 6, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I'm the best version of myself.

  • Reply pb qd January 10, 2020 at 10:38 am

    I dont know if it was the accent or he has a lisp but I dont care, hes so inspiring and awesome. plus I couldnt stop staring at those arms lmao

  • Reply Tropuni AD January 11, 2020 at 5:56 am

    i dont think fear of responsibility and going out of the norm should be all chalked up all to failing. also the failure he was talking about pushing his muscles to failure is just a term not actual failure. its more of a physical limit. failure isnt desired in real life when its under our control because it makes us look bad and people are such dicks. over compensation is great when something happens that you werent planning for so he has a good point. but his main bridges in logic to wrap up the speech dont really cross waters effectively. man this guy is just high on himself like the rest of them. its obvious he cares too much about confidence. he says he gets it but he doesnt. people dont choose to go work on themselves just for the sole reason of failure.

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