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Jun 28, 2015

Twin brothers River and Terran discover a portal to a hidden forested world attacked by parasitic fungi, dark shamans, and serpents. Along with an assembled band of unlikely misfits that includes coyotes, whitetail deer, wood thrushes, and fox squirrels, they must unlock their unique powers to control the elements of earth, air, fire and water, and save the forest before the evil they've uncovered can spill back into their own world.

Jun 27, 2015
Last weekend, I competed at the TrainToHunt event in Northern Idaho.
 
And on the day this podcast is released, I'm competing at a second TrainToHunt event in Southern Idaho.
 
If you have absolutely no idea what a TrainToHunt event is, then I'd highly recommend you listen in to my previous TrainToHunt podcast with Kenton Clairmont. In it, Kenton and I discuss why bowhunting is probably the most appropriate example of ancestral athleticism and functional fitness that exists, and why I'm personally getting more and more into the bowhunting scene.
 
I also talk quite a bit about hunting fitness in the episode "How To Build Primal Fitness And Endurance By Hunting: An Interview With A Bowhunting Triathlete."
 
Today, I interview Will Bradley, fellow podcaster, TrainToHunt director and host of the Natural Born Hunter podcast.
 
In this episode, you'll discover:
 
-How a construction worker from upstate New York got into bowhunting...
 
-Why Will thinks sitting in a tree stand for your hunting still requires a fit body...
 
-Whether this whole TrainToHunt and hunting fitness thing is a passing fad...
 
-What Will's workouts look like, and what he eats...
 
-The biggest mistakes people make when getting ready for something like TrainToHunt...
 
-The best way to estimate your yardage when shooting...
 
-How to fill a pack  the right way... 
 
-And much more!
 
Resources we discuss during this episode:
 
 
This podcast was brought to you by Onnit, where you can save boatloads of money on things like sandbags, kettlebebells and walnut butter. Do you have questions, comments or feedback about Train To Hunt, hunting fitness, shooting, packing, or any other topic Will and I discuss? If so, leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com...
Jun 26, 2015

Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life - Chapter 19 “The Zen Of Getting Uber-Fit Without Neglecting Your Friends, Your Family and Your Career”

Jun 24, 2015

June 24, 2015 Podcast: Is It Safe To Leave Metal Plates And Metal Screws In Your Body, Chicken Broth vs. Beef Broth, What's The Best Way To Do Home Altitude Training, and How To Recover From Overreaching.

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Ben Greenfield has officially launched his first work of fiction: “The Forest”. Twin brothers River and Terran discover a portal to a hidden forested world attacked by parasitic fungi, dark shamans, and serpents. Along with an assembled band of unlikely misfits that includes coyotes, whitetail deer, wood thrushes, and fox squirrels, they must unlock their unique powers to control the elements of earth, air, fire and water, and save the forest before the evil they've uncovered can spill back into their own world. Click here to read it now! New chapters released every 7-14 days.

Click here to make a donation to convert an entire classroom in California into a standing desk classroom! This is the pilot experiment that could change how schools worldwide are designed. Tim Ferriss, me and many others are joining forces with Kelly and Juliet Starrett, the brains behind this project and founders of StandUpKids. The goal is to get every public school student in the US at a standing desk within 10 years. This massive goal is achievable if the right snowballs are put in motion now, and this proof-of-concept school is the most important. Media coverage, national attention, political pressure/alliances, etc. can all stem from this. It’s super high leverage.

The BenGreenfieldFitness Quarterly box has officially launched! When you sign-up, you'll get a Quarterly handpicked box jam-packed with Ben's favorite fitness gear, supplements, nutrients and research-proven biohacks.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Skywalker Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick and Audio Ninja.

Is It Safe To Leave Metal Plates And Metal Screws In Your Body?

Marc says: He has a metal plate in his ankle from where he broke it playing tennis a few years ago. He has recovered fully and even feels 110% but is wondering if you recommend having foreign bodies (like the plate and screws he has) removed from your body or just left in. His doctor says that it is completely his choice but he can't find a good answer anywhere he looks.

In my response, I recommend: -Study on distal radial fractures and titanium plates -Metal Free spray

Chicken Broth vs. Beef Broth

Jane says: She listened to the podcast about Bone Broth and still has one question - if the animals were all raised on ethically run farms and pasture fed, is there a big nutritional difference between chicken and beef bones? Is there a reason to choose one over the other?

In my response, I recommend: -Podcast episode with Chef Lance Roll

What's The Best Way To Do Home Altitude Training?

James says: He has been using the AltoLab Altitude Simulator device for almost a year. He finds the protocols provided in the instructions to be quite taxing but along with the usual fatigue he gets eye muscle soreness (that passes with recovery). Do you have any insights into how to use this device other than the recommended 6min on, 4min off, for one hour, several times a week (if not every day).

In my response, I recommend: -Hypoxico -Elevation Training Mask

How To Recover From Overreaching

Garik says: He is reading Beyond Training right now and is at the "overreaching" section. He has two questions about that: Is overreaching and lifting to failure the same thing? And during the recovery period of overreaching, is "Grease the Groove" ok to do? Or do you have to rest for the full 2-3 days (which would mean you can only workout 3 times per week) to get the best results and full nervous system recovery?

In my response, I recommend: -The NatureBeat app

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Jun 24, 2015

Twin brothers River and Terran discover a portal to a hidden forested world attacked by parasitic fungi, dark shamans, and serpents. Along with an assembled band of unlikely misfits that includes coyotes, whitetail deer, wood thrushes, and fox squirrels, they must unlock their unique powers to control the elements of earth, air, fire and water, and save the forest before the evil they've uncovered can spill back into their own world.

Jun 20, 2015

I just finished reading what I consider to be one of the best books of 2015: Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance.

In the book, best-selling author Christopher McDougall, today's podcast guest and a guy who you may recognize as the same author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well in the razor-sharp mountains on the island of Crete - ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere. In the story, Chris recreates an amazing true tale of a band of Resistance fighters in World War II who plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation.

He  makes his way to the island to experience firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced, and on Crete, the birthplace of the classical Greek heroism that spawned the likes of amazing physical specimens such as Herakles and Odysseus, McDougall discovers the tools of the heroes, including skills such as natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition, skills that are still practiced in far-flung pockets throughout the world today.

If you want to be a modern-day athlete who can hone ancient skills to be ready for anything, then this podcast episode is for you. 

Prepare to get inspired to leave the gym and take your fitness routine to nature—to climb, swim, skip, throw, and jump their way to your own heroic feats.

So who is Christopher McDougall ? Trained as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, Chris covered wars in Rwanda and Angola before writing the international bestseller, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.

His fascination with the limits of human potential also led him to create the Outside magazine web series, “Art of the Hero”, and then most recently, the book Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance.

During this audio interview with Chris, you'll discover: -How Chris combines a life of immersive journalism and juggling family life with a study of extreme sports... -Why the tiny island of Crete was such an important part of World War II, and how the Cretans developed such amazing athleticism... -How to manipulate your body's own fascia to generate huge amounts of force, to run faster and to master natural movement... -The only form of hand-to-hand combat that you should learn if you really want to learn to fight as efficiently as possible... -Why Chris studied Parkour to prepare for his trip to Crete... -How the mighty Cretan runners ran dozens and dozens of miles on virtually no calories, and how you can learn to do it too... -Why it's a myth that running a marathon killed the first person that did it... -And much more!

Resources from this episode: -ParkourGenerations.com -Wing Chun -My podcast with Barry Murray on becoming fat-adapted -Chris Mcdougall's Amazon author page -ChrisMcDougall.com

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for me or Chris? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us with reply.

Jun 17, 2015

June 17, 2015 Podcast: How To Do Your Workouts Using Biofeedback, Natural Remedies For Stomach Ulcers, How You Burn Ketones, Supplementing With Inositol, and How To Know If You're Getting Enough Micronutrients.

Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, Skype “pacificfit” or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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Click here to make a donation to convert an entire classroom in California into a standing desk classroom! This is the pilot experiment that could change how schools worldwide are designed. Tim Ferriss, me and many others are joining forces with Kelly and Juliet Starrett, the brains behind this project and founders of StandUpKids. The goal is to get every public school student in the US at a standing desk within 10 years. This massive goal is achievable if the right snowballs are put in motion now, and this proof-of-concept school is the most important. Media coverage, national attention, political pressure/alliances, etc. can all stem from this. It’s super high leverage.

The BenGreenfieldFitness Quarterly box has officially launched! When you sign-up, you'll get a Quarterly handpicked box jam-packed with Ben's favorite fitness gear, supplements, nutrients and research-proven biohacks.

Grab this Official Ben Greenfield Fitness Gear package that comes with a tech shirt, a beanie and a water bottle.

And of course, this week's top iTunes review - gets some BG Fitness swag straight from Ben - click here to leave your review for a chance to win some

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Skywalker Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick and Audio Ninja.

How To Do Your Workouts Using Biofeedback

Natcha says: She has been using an Autoregulatory Training approach (with bio feedback) in her strength training where she measures her body and nervous system response to a workout by going through a range of motion test. If she does the test, and the range of motion increases, then that indicates that her nervous system likes that particular exercise and they recommend that she continue doing the exercise until it becomes more difficult or until it no longer tests well. Is this a good way to increase strength and performance? What do you think of this approach?

 

Natural Remedies For Stomach Ulcers

Anonymous Tummy says: He is looking for ways to treat his stomach ulcers.

In my response, I recommend: -NatureCleanse -Allimax garlic-DGL Licorice

How You Burn Ketones

Chris says: A few episodes (Episode 318) ago you mentioned how Ketones can be used for energy but are unique because they bypass the Krebs Cycle. His limited understanding is that the breakdown of Ketones leads to the production of 2 acetyl-CoA molecules that then go into the Krebs Cycle and get oxidized like any other molecules. He would love to know more about how this works.

 

Supplementing With Inositol

Holly says: She wanted to get your opinion of Inositol. Her naturopath has put her on it for long term management of polycystic ovarian syndrome. He naturopath said that it helps with the metabolic side of things and with shortening the menstrual cycle. She hasn't been able to find any information on long term side effects. Do you have any concerns with it?

In my response, I recommend: -Inositol

How To Know If You're Getting Enough Micronutrients

Josh says: He currently eats mostly ketogenic and tracks everything he eats with a cronometer which has built in recommended values for micronutrients. He has heard that those RDA values are not necessarily "optimal" so he is wondering if you have any recommendations for micronutrient values.

In my response, I recommend: -Cronometer app-The ION Profile w/40 Amino Acids-METAMETRIX KIT at DirectLabs -The EXOS multivitamin -The Micronutrient Miracle book
Jun 13, 2015

Australian HRV researcher Dr. James Heathers (pictured above) is one interesting dude.

On a professional level, he is a Ph.D and an Endeavour Research Fellow in Electrocardiology at Poznan University of Medical Science, where his research revolves around measurement issues in heart rate and heart rate variability.

On another level, he has an extremely interesting and thought-provoking blog, where he writes about health, science, medicine and bioethics, and has articles on topics such as medical sensors embedded in tattoos, how drinking affects sleep quality, how peptides are used for doping by professional athletes, and much more.

In our discussion in this podcast, James and I take a deep dive into HRV, and our topics include: -How James went from being an experimental psychologist to instead being immersed in HRV research... -Very interesting ways to use HRV that tend to fly under the radar, including computer gaming and cognitive performance enhancement... -Whether HRV can really measure the things that the self-quantification industry often claims it can measure (e.g. sympathetic outflow, or blood lactate, or ‘readiness’)... -When a high HRV may not be a good thing... -Which supplements and medication affect HRV... -The main areas of research in HRV now that James is most excited about, including something called HRR and breathing ladders... -And much more!

Warning: if you know nothing at all about HRV, you will probably need a good intro to HRV prior to listening in, because this particular podcast is a bit more advanced, and skips over the basics of HRV.

The good news is that there is over three years of HRV articles and podcasts on BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and here are the most popular and useful: The Do-It-Yourself Guide To Using Heart Rate Variability Testing to Track Your Stress and Nervous System Health (podcast) Everything You Need To Know About Heart Rate Variability Testing (podcast) What Is The Best Way To Track Your Heart Rate Variability (HRV)? (podcast) 25 Ways To Know With Laser-Like Accuracy If Your Body Is Truly Recovered And Ready To Train (article) Do Professional Sports Teams Have It All Wrong When It Comes To Optimizing Performance & Recovery? (article)

Other resources we discuss during this episode: -Article on metabolic breathing ladders -How HRV correlates to blood lactic acid -The effect of fish oil on HRV -Bitalino (a second-generation research grade ECG machine that you can buy for a few hundred dollars) -The SimBand (Samsung has released a research platform for developers called Simband, who can now use the platform to build their own software applications without having to build their own hardware) -Video magnification of HR using a webcam (a lab at MIT developed a method of pulling your heart rate straight out of a webcam picture) -GreenfieldFitnessSystems NatureBeat app for HRV

Do you have questions, comments or feedback on HRV? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and either myself or James will reply.

Jun 10, 2015

June 10, 2015 Podcast: How To Fix Golfer's Elbow / Climber's Elbow, How To Keep From Retaining Water With Creatine, Can Fascia Store Toxins, and Urinary Testing For Hormones.

Have a podcast question for Ben? Click the tab on the right (or go to SpeakPipe), use the Contact button on the app, call 1-877-209-9439, Skype “pacificfit” or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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This podcast is brought to you by AudiblePodcast.com/ben. Get any audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. In this episode, we recommend "Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance" by Christopher McDougall.

The BenGreenfieldFitness Quarterly box has officially launched! When you sign-up, you'll get a Quarterly handpicked box jam-packed with Ben's favorite fitness gear, supplements, nutrients and research-proven biohacks.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Skywalker Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick and Audio Ninja.

How To Fix Golfer's Elbow / Climber's Elbow

Eric says: He has developed soreness inside his elbow - Golfer's Elbow but more like Kettlebell Elbow. He thinks it if from doing the ketllebell clean. Any tips on how to get better? And also how to avoid this?

In my response, I recommend: -ArmAid -Tennis Elbow & Golfers Elbow Cure - Unique Elbow Pain Program

How To Keep From Retaining Water With Creatine

Brandon says: He has been supplementing with Creatine Monohydrate for the cognitive enhancements (like we have been talking about) but he has noticed that he has put on some water weight. Do you know how to avoid that happening when supplementing with Creatine?

In my response, I recommend: -CREO2 from Millennium Sports (use 50% discount code MSTBG09)

Can Fascia Store Toxins?

Mark asks: Most therapists I talk to believe that toxins are often trapped in myofascial adhesions. This comes up in post-treatment discussions ("drink a lot of water today"), but I never hear it discussed as a preventive measure. Does detoxification and avoidance of toxic substances help prevent the build up of adhesions? Is it an effective adjunct to the various myofascial release therapies?

In my response, I recommend: -Becoming A Supple Leopard -Omega 3 Fatty Acids -NatureFlex -MetalFree

Urinary Testing For Hormones

Natalie says: She is wondering about the DUTCH test (Dry Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones). She understands that it is the gold standard for cortisol testing. Have you heard of it? It's by Precision Analytical. Do you feel that it is indeed worth getting?

In my response, I recommend: -Complete Hormone Kit by Genova from DirectLabs

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Jun 10, 2015

Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life - Chapter 18 “How To Protect Your Body From The 10 Hidden Killers In Your Home”

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