A tech tycoon worth nearly half a billion dollars who is trying to reverse the ageing process has revealed a new device he claims puts his body through the equivalent of 20,000 sit-ups in half an hour.
Bryan Johnson, 45, spends $2million a year to engineer his body into that of an 18-year-old.
Johnson wakes up at 5am, takes around two dozen supplements a day, and eats a strict vegan diet of blended foods as part of a meticulously documented process. He has taken 33,537 images of his bowels and monitors everything from his bone weight to his number of nighttime erections.
Now, the anti-ageing fiend has posted a video on social media in which he uses a machine he claims can replicate the benefits of performing 20,000 sit-ups.
Though the number appears arbitrary and is likely impossible to prove, Johnson works with a team of more than 30 doctors and medical experts that oversees and tests almost every one of his organs and uses him as a guinea-pig for the latest anti-ageing technologies.
In a video shared to Instagram, Johnson is seen strapping himself into what appears to be a highly-advanced electrical muscle stimulation machine.
‘What it feels like is it’s pulling your entire stomach out, ripping it out,’ he says, adding he was surprised to find he does not experience extreme muscle soreness after the protocol.
‘I will say that my midsection has never been stronger in my entire life.’
He then shows a set of highly vascular stomach muscles to the camera – though his low body fat is more attributable to his strict diet and measurement of calorie intake.
Bryan Johnson, 45, spends $2million a year to engineer his body into that of an 18-year-old
The anti-ageing fiend has posted a video on social media using a machine he claims can replicate the benefits of performing 20,000 sit-ups
Bryan Johnson, founder and chief executive officer of Kernel Holding SA, during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
Project Blueprint includes trying to rejuvenate Johnson’s skin from previous sun damage
Johnson maintains a strict diet and exercise regime that keeps his body fat hovering around 6 per cent
Johnson and his doctors claim that in two years he has reduced his overall biological age by more than five years and now has the heart of a 37-year-old, the skin of a 28-year-old and the lung capacity and fitness of an 18-year-old.
In his 30s the entrepreneur founded Braintree Payment Solutions, a hugely successful company which he sold to eBay in 2013 for $800million.
But the lifestyle he once led to build that company left him feeling depressed and suicidal, he told Bloomberg, so he embarked on a journey to understand the workings of his body.
Along the way he founded several bio startups before eventually, two years ago, committing to perhaps his most ambitious project yet – reengineering his body.
As part of what he calls Project Blueprint, Johnson lives according to a regime that looks more like a full-time job.
He has had his pelvic floor blasted with electromagnetic pulses to improve his muscle tone in hard-to-reach places, and wears glasses that block out blue light for two hours before he goes to sleep at the same time every day.
He claims to take in an exact 1,977 calories a day, ensuring his body fat levels remain between 5 and 6 percent.
He once suffered an allergic reaction during a procedure in which some fat was injected into his face, causing extreme swelling.
On another occasion his body fat dropped to 3 percent, heightening the risk of a heart malfunction.
His medical team is led by Oliver Zolman, a 29-year-old doctor researching ageing therapies in Cambridge.
The tycoon in 2019 with his ex girlfriend, the director Taryn Southern
He and his doctors say he has reduced his overall biological age by more than five years and now has the heart of a 37-year-old, the skin of a 28-year-old and the lung capacity and fitness of an 18-year-old
Johnson claims to take in an exact 1,977 calories a day through a strictly vegan diet, ensuring his body fat levels remain between 5 and 6 percent
Johnson claims to take in 1,977 calories a day, ensuring his body fat body fat hovers between 5 and 6 percent
Johnson undergoes regular tests aimed more specifically at his kidneys, prostate, thyroid and nervous system
‘My conscious mind is never consulted about what it wants to eat, my body is,’ Johnson said in a 40-minute YouTube video outlining the details of his morning routine.
‘These measurements ask my liver and my heart and my DNA methylation what they need to thrive as biological processes and organs for my body.’
‘It’s not even a guess whether I’m going to have something else,’ he said regarding deviating from the diet. ‘It’s just out of the question.’
Johnson says his aim is to ensure that his brain, liver, kidneys, teeth, skin, hair, penis and rectum are functioning as they were when he was 18.
‘The Blueprint has that kind of potential of reimagining our relationship with health and time, and we really could be on the cusp of something dramatically different and better,’ he added.
‘There is no person in the world who is 45 chronologically but 35 in every organ,’ Johnson’s lead doctor Zolman told Bloomberg.
Johnson and Zolman together read the latest scientific literature and use Johnson as a Guinea pig to test promising cutting-edge treatments.
His medical team is led by Oliver Zolman, a 29-year-old doctor researching ageing therapies in Cambridge
Zolman oversees dozens of medical procedures on Johnson, many of which are extreme and painful, and measures their results with blood tests, MRIs, ultrasounds and colonoscopies.
For Zolman, the improvements they have been able to make on Johnson’s body thus far are just the beginning. ‘We have not achieved any remarkable results,’ he said. ‘In Bryan, we have achieved small, reasonable results, and it’s to be expected.’
Johnson exercises for an hour a day with more intensive workout sessions three times a week. It is integral to his mission that his bodily functions are tested religiously.
He monitors his waking body temperature, blood glucose, heart-rate variations and oxygen levels while sleeping. He also undergoes regular tests aimed more specifically at his kidneys, prostate, thyroid and nervous system.
Johnson exercises for an hour a day with more intensive workout sessions three times a week
Johnson was born into a large Mormon family in Utah. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, who worked as a truck driver. At 19 went on a two year mission to Ecuador.
As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he ran a business dealing cell phones to other students, helping him pay his way through college. He then attended the University of Chicago where he did an MBA and would go on to form Braintree.
He also started OS Fund, a venture capital fund whose mission was ‘to invest in entrepreneurs and scientists who are working on quantum-leap discoveries that promise to rewrite the operating systems of life.’
Later he invested $54million fund his new venture Kernel, Dirt reported, a company with the not immodest goal ‘to build the world’s first neuroprosthesis to enhance human intelligence.’ The company makes helmet sensors which attach to the head to take recordings of brain activity.
A father to three children, Johnson now lives in Venice, California, in a home he purchased for $5.7million and later modified to include a full medical suite ahead of Project Blueprint.
His lifestyle and obsessive commitment to trying to undermine the effects of time have garnered significant criticism, with many viewers of his online content comparing him to Patrick Bateman from American Psycho.
‘This is expected and fine,’ he says of the criticism he’s received. ‘What I do may sound extreme, but I’m trying to prove that self-harm and decay are not inevitable,’ he told Bloomberg.
Although the details are unknown, his doctors suggested to the outlet that he is about to embark on some far more experimental procedures, including gene therapies.
‘There’s got to be a better way than what’s going on now,’ he said.
Johnson’s home in Venice, California, was modified to include a full medical suite
His company Kernel makes helmet sensors which attach to the head to take recordings of brain activity
Many viewers of his online content compared him to Patrick Bateman from American Psycho