When we pulled up to Dave Asprey’s home outside of Victoria BC, my first thought was that it reminded me of the opening seen in Commando – where Arnold Schwarzenegger is presented to the audience as the rugged man collecting firewood at this remote compound set in the trees. Mr. Asprey’s home is situated in a clearing of tall evergreens with beautiful views and just enough land to see that work and play have their dedicated space. Our shoot for Men’s Fitness took place in Aprey’s detached office/workout/lab building. Inside there is a variety of standard workout equipment like bosu balls, climbing ropes, punching bags, kettlebells etc. Sprinkled in with the common equipment are some state of the art limited edition pieces. He has a cryotherapy chamber which he likes to use to recover from workouts, a one of a kind bowflex looking machine that adjusts resistance with computer software, and a sensory deprivation tank (enclosed saltwater chamber where you float off into sleep). Upstairs is the bulletproof kitchen and lab/office. He first gave us the tour of the building which we finished around the kitchen island. There he showed us some new packaging for product that came in tiny vials. It’s difficult to describe what the product looked like, but imagine a 1/2 ounce plastic vial with a tab you tear off to drink the contents. The package came with roughly a dozen of these vials. He offered my assistant, Photo Director Brian Marcus, and myself a sample. The product is supposed to increase mitochondria – basically allow you to think more clearly and with greater efficiency. We each popped our samples and then Brian asked what’s in them. Asprey responded ” beaver anus oil.”
Prior to this job, I wasn’t aware of the Bulletproof coffee phenomenon that has garnered a world wide following. I research my shoots once assignments come in, and I learned that it’s basically good coffee with a little grass fed butter and some coconut oil (brain octane oil under the bulletproof brand which is high in MCT – medium chain triglycerides). You blend it all up and the resulting beverage is supposed to leave you satisfied until your next meal without the crash of your typical cup of coffee. While I haven’t implemented the process into my morning rituals, I have to say that it tastes really good. I’m a self admitted espresso snob, and adding a little frothy butter to a cup of good coffee isn’t bad. As for the health benefits, I’ll leave that to the experts to figure out.
The ‘Human Cloning Tank’ is actually the Dave’s sensory deprivation tank. It’s an enclosed pool of saltwater where you float and drift off to sleep or meditation. Not for the clausterphobic.
Mr. Aprey photographed on the balcony off of his kitchen/lab.
I want to personally thank Dave for being so gracious with his time and for sharing his passion for his products. Thanks also to Brian Marcus for the assignment. I truly enjoyed this one!