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Feb 27, 2016

Three years ago, an inventor named Paul Becker joined me for a podcast entitled "How Something Called Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy Can Make You Sleep Like A Baby (And Do Much More Than That)".

In it, Paul talks about a special "PEMF" device called "The EarthPulse". I also mention my own use of this little doughnut-shaped magnetic device for enhancing sleep in the sleep-hacking chapters of my book Beyond Training and also in the recent article 5 Biohacks To Beat Insomia, Sleep Better On Airplanes, And Shut Down Stress. Earth-Pulse-Sleep-On-Command Today Paul's back. But he's not here to fill us in on how PEMF can make us sleep better. Instead, we're going to talk about the legal performance enhancing effects of PEMF, and exactly how to use something like The EarthPulse for way more than sleep.

During this episode, you'll discover:

-How electrical stimulation can be used to kill bacteria and viruses...

-How to triple your mitochondrial density while you are sleeping...

-Why earthing, grounding and sleeping outside on the earth is much different than use of a PEMF device...

-Why the PEMF emitted by a device is different than what is emitted from a cell phone...

-The correct way to use PEMF to increase rate of tissue repair...

-How PEMF affects the nervous system and HRV...

-And much more...

Resources from this episode: -Athletic Performance Enhancement results with EarthPulse -100lb Bench Press increase -Information on specific harmonics in Earthpulse -Sensitivity to electrical stimulation of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 and MAGIC-5 cells -Bob Beck protocol for cancer -David Hood (1989) 10 Hz triples 2 key enzymes responsible for oxygen metabolism -NASA / Goodwin (2003) 4x Tissue Regeneration and Epigenetic Effects of 10 Hz PEMF -James Tong (2007) 10 Hz Triples Nerve Synapse Energy & Doubles Mitochondrial Density -Click here to learn more about the EarthPulse PEMF machine, read more of the research or to get one for yourself now.

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Paul or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and click here to learn more about the EarthPulse PEMF machine, or to get one for yourself now (use coupon code "bgfitness" to save 15% anytime between February 27 and March 31, 2016).

Feb 24, 2016

February 24, 2016 Podcast: A Potent New Fat Loss Workout, Why Ben Eats Bread, 5 Things You Must Know About Nutrition & More! 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, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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Special Announcements:

This podcast is brought to you by: -Four Sigmatic Foods: Click here and use 15% discount 'bengreenfield'. -Harrys.com - Get $5 off anything at Harrys.com with discount code 'BEN'. -NASM - Go to MyUSATrainer.com for a FREE 14 day free trial of their fast and fun online program! -GreenfieldFitnessSystems "surprise gift box" - 50% discount on instant access to a box shipped to your front doorstep and full of the latest cutting-edge biohacking gear, nutrients, smart drugs and more, handpicked and curated by Ben. Did you miss the weekend podcast episode with Marc Warnke? It was a must-listen - titled "How To Get Into Hunting, Build Hunting Fitness, The Most Challenging Hunts & More." Click here to listen now or download for later! New course from Ben! The 7 Day Full Body Reboot Program To Get Strong And Fit. Optimal fitness and health are closer than you think. In just one week, you can set yourself up for a strong, long, lean and healthy body. May 21-22, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Biohacker's Summit in London. The venue will be one of the most charming venues of London, Tabacco Dock, and features an Upgraded Dinner with wild forager Sami Tallberg and a great opportunity to bring together some fantastic UK based biohackers in the realms of digital health, wearables, supplements, biohacking, lifehacking, quantified self and much more. You'll discover digital health & wellness providers, nutrition & supplement companies, wearables & mobile applications and smart home appliances from infrared saunas to smart sensors. Click here to register and use 10% code "ben". May 27-29, 2016: Ben is speaking at PaleoFX 2016 in Austin, Texas. This is the The Who’s Who gathering of the Paleo movement, with world-class speakers including New York Times bestselling authors, leading physicians, scientists, health entrepreneurs, professional athletes, fitness professionals, activists, bloggers, biohackers, and more. And you DON’T need to be Paleo to be able to get a ton of benefit and fun out of this one! Also, one day prior, on May 26 is Health Entrepreneurs f(x) - a full day of deep discussion on marketing, business development, and entrepreneurship for health and wellness people, featuring Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, Melissa Hartwig, Sarah Ballantyne, Mike Bledsoe, Abel James, and a bunch of other speakers in small group coaching sessions. Nov 17-18, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Biohacker's Summit in Helsinki, Finland. Discover the latest in wearables, internet of things, digital health, and mobile apps to increase performance, be healthier, stay fit, and get more done. Learn about taking food, preparation, cooking, and eating to the next level with the latest science and kitchen chemistry. Even delve into implanted chips, gene therapy, bionic arms, biometric shirts, robotic assistants, and virtual reality. Two days with an amazing crowd and a closing party with upgraded DJs to talk about. Click here to get in now at a 40% discount. 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! screenshot_1267

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the NEW Podcast Sidekick.

Is Foam Rolling Bad For Your IT Band?

Ali says: She recently read an article titled "Ilio-tibial Band: Please do not use a foam roller!" and she wants to get your opinion on this?

In my response, I recommend: -Rumble Roller

Natural Remedies For Corns

Meg says: She's an active ironman triathlete and has corns but she feels like she's way too young for them. What causes them and what should she do about them? Is there any other way to get rid of them except surgery?

In my response, I recommend: -Seat Saver cream by Hammer Nutrition (use 15% discount code 80244)

Can You Eat Avocado Seeds (Or Brown Avocados)?

Erin says: She heard avocado seeds are good for you, should she put them in her smoothie? What do you know about avocado seeds and why would that be beneficial? She's also heard you talk about avocado oxidation. Is this when they turn brown? Should she be removing the brown before eating them?

In my response, I recommend: -My avocado seed video (5 Shocking Foods You Can Blend) -

5 Things You Must Know About Nutrition

Justeen says: If you were to give a 20 minute class on nutrition to people who know nothing about it, what would be the main points?

In my response, I recommend: -Calories In And Calories Out Are Independent Variables -Everyone Does Not Respond To Calories Equally -Digestibility vs. Nutrient Density -Your Neighbor's Diet May Not Work For You -You Probably Eat Too Often

-We finish this episode with a tip from Jordan Harbinger at the Art of Charm podcast!: nonverbal communication skills versus just using your body to be charming. -----------------------------------------------------

Prior to asking your question, do a search in upper right hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness!

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Feb 21, 2016

I’m often asked…

…why…

…instead of podcasting, interviewing and speaking about one specific topic, I have such a huge variety of guests on my show, from vegans to Paleo-ists, from biohackers to mushroom harvesters, from minimalist exercisers to ultraendurance masochists…

…why…

…instead of recommending one single mighty exercise program, I write about and feature everything from super-slow training to powerlifting to obstacle racing to body weight workouts to yoga and beyond….

…why…

…instead of recommending one single supplement or brand, I instead experiment with and talk about a huge variety of superfoods, herbs, oils, tinctures, patches, supplements, supplement stacks and supplement companies…

…and why…

…instead of using and recommending one single quantification or biohacking device, I talk about and use everything from heart rate variability to intranasal light devices to in-ear phototherapy to wearable infrared and beyond.

As a matter of fact, because I’m constantly immersed in, studying and experimenting with the most intriguing, the most enchanting and the most useful things to better your body and brain, I’ve been accused of being a guy with a confusing and ever-shifting message, a flake, shallow, a charlatan, a hypocrite, and a sleazy internet marketer who promotes every newest workout, diet or supplement on the face of the planet!

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So please allow me to set the record straight here with three quick facts for you.

Fact #1: Since I was 15 years old, and for nearly two decades, I’ve spent time immersed in everything from tennis to bodybuilding to water polo to basketball to volleyball to obstacle racing to Ironman to hunting to freediving to fiction writing to guitar to violin to being single to being married to being a father…you get the idea. And during that time, I’ve committed to 7 day body part split workouts, isometric training, electrostimulation, neurofeedback, water aerobics, strength-only, endurance-only, spinning, Zumba, infrared sauna, transcranial direct current stimulation, kickboxing and beyond.

Take-away message: it’s OK to have different body and brain training approaches for different skills and desired outcomes. My goal is to simply spend time in the trenches so I can educate and equip YOU with as much helpful information as possible so that you are able to choose the correct movement approach, workout, exercise or “hack”  for your specific goals. That’s not going to be the same for everyone, and I certainly don’t recommend you do it all at once (looking at you, yoga guy holding the kettlebell underwater with an electrostimulation cap).

Fact #2: Posted on my office wall is a sign that says: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

Take-away message: even though it’s just fine to do so, you don’t *have* to do the same thing your whole life (e.g. Ironman triathlons or bodybuilding or yoga). You can branch out and live life to the fullest, and for you, this may mean experimenting with many different pleasures and pursuits planet Earth has to offer. And sometimes people will find it confusing when your passions change like new chapters in a book. That has certainly seemed to happen to me (e.g. Q. “But Ben, you said last year that you found Tai Chi was the best way to reduce stress and now you say it’s freediving…you’re such a flake!” A. “That’s because my opinion changed based on personal experience”). Hopefully that does you more good than harm.

Fact #3: Every week, I look at dozens of blood and biomarker results from clients all over the globe, and spend countless hours doing phone and Skype consults, coaching everyone from athletes to CEO’s to soccer moms, and doing online exercise and nutrition programming. While working with so many different individual body types, metabolisms and personalities, I have developed different biohacks, different diets and different supplement stacks for different people and have found that those needs often drastically change depending on what you happen to be doing in life at the time (e.g. long breath-holds vs. fat loss vs. ketosis vs. pulling an all-nighter studying vs. libido vs. hunting in the wilderness, etc.).

Take-away message: when I recommend or talk about a specific fat loss supplement, or meal replacement powder, or a probiotic, or infrared device, or electrostimulation tool, or heck, a razor, it doesn’t mean I recommend every single person on the face of the planet needs to rush out to buy that tool immediately. All it means is that I’ve discovered a cool new thing that is going to help SOME people in SOME situations, and if you listen to my podcasts and read my articles, you will become very well educated about whether something I recommend is actually meant for YOU at this point in your life, and if you DON’T know or you’re confused, then ASK me!

Quick summary: 1) different strategies need to be used for different desired outcomes; 2) life is like a book, with new chapters as you go, and that should be exciting, not confusing; 3) take everything I say with a grain of salt because you may need to actually go out and discover (or simply ask me) whether it applies to your specific situation.

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Ultimately…

I’m a connector. I do my best to connect you with people and solutions that address your specific problems or questions…

I’m an author. I write what I keep my fingers crossed will be educational, enchanting and non-run-of-the-mill information about health, fitness, nutrition, longevity and happiness…

I’m a teacher. I love to teach you how to get the most out of your body and your brain…

And I realize that some people would be less “confused” if I stuck with just one exercise, one workout, one diet, one supplement and one biohack for the rest of all time.

But that’s not the life I live.

Some days I eat kale, some days I eat bok choy, some days I eat spinach, and some days I fast.

Some days I take TianChi, some days TruBrain, some days Reishi mushroom, some days nothing.

Some days I do yoga, some powerlifting, some body weight training, some cold water swimming.

Sometimes I don’t eat meat for a week and sometimes I have steak every day. 

 

I have different approaches for different days for different needs for different goals.

And yes, that means that on any given blog post or podcast I might tell you about five different new ways to solve a problem you’re facing and those ways might be completely different than five other ways I told you about just a year ago. That’s because I’m constantly learning, constantly evolving, constantly adapting. It doesn’t mean I’m some slick, slippery marketer who is taking handfuls of cash under the table so I can jump in front of a microphone or keyboard to promote every silly thing that comes across my radar. Trust me: hundreds of products, diets, books, supplements and people come across my radar every week, and I’m extremely selective about any I choose to experiment with, trial, or tell you about.

So there you have it. I realize that it can be confusing to follow a guy who is constantly immersed in and chasing new ways to live life to the fullest, but I also like to think it’s a heckuva lot of fun, and I promise you won’t be bored.

And now I’m off my soapbox. 

Now it’s your turn.

Would you rather I create the Greenfield Workout, Greenfield Diet, Greenfield Supplement and Mighty Greenfield All-Encompassing Wristwatch so that I can get laser-focused and stop confusing people?

Or should I keep on keeping an open mind, and exploring every corner of the earth for things that help me and you to continually get better bodies, grow better brains, and become better people?

Feb 20, 2016

If you've been paying attention to the BenGreenfieldFitness Instagram page lately, you may know that I've just returned from a big axis deer hunt in Texas. Before that, I was hunting whitetail deer in Washington and elk in Colorado. I spent the summer competing in TrainToHunt bowhunting, meatpacking and obstacle course competition, I won the Idaho TrainToHunt, and now I've got my eyes on safari hunting in Africa and moose and bear hunting in British Columbia. In the podcast episode "Are Hunters The Fittest People In The World?" I interview TrainToHunt founder Kenton Clairmont, and in the episode "How To Build Primal Fitness And Endurance By Hunting: An Interview With A Bowhunting Triathlete", you learn how an Ironman triathlon competitor combines hunting with endurance sports.

With the growing popularity of sports like TrainToHunt, bowhunting, and even a growing interest in the ancestral practice of persistence hunting, I figured it was high time to introduce you to the guy who has organized a couple of the hunts I've been on, and who is one of the world's leading authorities on finding good hunts, building hunting fitness and much more.

So if you want to tap into the primal practice of challenging your body in the wilderness and hunting and gathering your own tasty meat, then this episode is for you. My guest Marc Warnke is owner of GotHunts a hunting consultant, family man, avid bow hunter, mule deer fanatic, fly fisherman and best selling author.

Marc has had global hunting experience with outfitters in Canada, Africa and New Zealand. He understands what makes a quality hunt, how to find challenging hunts and (as a fellow TrainToHunt competitor) how to build the ultimate hunting fitness. -How Marc became a hunting guide... -The most thrilling place in the world to hunt... -How to "get into" hunting, even if you didn't grow up with it... -The biggest fitness “holes” you're going to face when you begin hunting... -Why persistence hunting may be the next big thing in hunting fitness... -The best kind of hunting and hunts to go on if you really want to challenge your fitness... -And much more!

Resources from this episode: -GotHunts.com -How To Hunt 'Till You're 80 podcast -The Splendid Savage book -Video below... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiyQvm9d4tM

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Marc or me about how to get into hunting, how to build hunting fitness, the most challenging hunts or anything else we discuss in this episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com!

Feb 17, 2016

February 17, 2016 Podcast: 346: Sirtuin For Longevity (& Other Longevity Hacks), How Much Sleep Is Too Much, Hangovers From Running & More! 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, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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You can receive these News Flashes (and more) every single day, if you follow Ben on Twitter.com/BenGreenfield, Instagram.com/BenGreenfieldFitness, Facebook.com/BGFitness and Google+.

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This podcast is brought to you by: -Kimera Koffee: here's today's recipe (and use code BEN for 10% off at KimeraKoffee.com). FOCUS ON THE COOL KIDS USING IT. -Harrys.com - Get $5 off anything at Harrys.com with discount code 'BEN'. FOCUS ON THEIR WINSTON AND TALK ABOUT MY CRAPPY SHAPE IN BOSTON. -FitLife Organifi Green Juice - Go to BenGreenfieldFitness.com/FitLife and use discount code 'BEN' to get 20% off. NOTE THAT JESSA USED IT. -GreenfieldFitnessSystems "surprise gift box" - 50% discount on instant access to a box shipped to your front doorstep and full of the latest cutting-edge biohacking gear, nutrients, smart drugs and more, handpicked and curated by Ben. Did you miss the weekend podcast episode with Steve Sisler? It was a must-listen - titled "News Flash: I Am A 98% Angry, No-Nonsense, Perfectionistic, Extremely Unconventional, Rule-Breaking, Fearless Assassin-Sniper." Click here to listen now or download for later! New course from Ben! The 7 Day Full Body Reboot Program To Get Strong And Fit. Optimal fitness and health are closer than you think. In just one week, you can set yourself up for a strong, long, lean and healthy body. May 21-22, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Biohacker's Summit in London. The venue will be one of the most charming venues of London, Tabacco Dock, and features an Upgraded Dinner with wild forager Sami Tallberg and a great opportunity to bring together some fantastic UK based biohackers in the realms of digital health, wearables, supplements, biohacking, lifehacking, quantified self and much more. You'll discover digital health & wellness providers, nutrition & supplement companies, wearables & mobile applications and smart home appliances from infrared saunas to smart sensors. May 27-29, 2016: Ben is speaking at PaleoFX 2016 in Austin, Texas. This is the The Who’s Who gathering of the Paleo movement, with world-class speakers including New York Times bestselling authors, leading physicians, scientists, health entrepreneurs, professional athletes, fitness professionals, activists, bloggers, biohackers, and more. And you DON’T need to be Paleo to be able to get a ton of benefit and fun out of this one! Also, one day prior, on May 26 is Health Entrepreneurs f(x) - a full day of deep discussion on marketing, business development, and entrepreneurship for health and wellness people, featuring Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, Melissa Hartwig, Sarah Ballantyne, Mike Bledsoe, Abel James, and a bunch of other speakers in small group coaching sessions. Nov 17-18, 2016: Ben is speaking at the Biohacker's Summit in Helsinki, Finland. Discover the latest in wearables, internet of things, digital health, and mobile apps to increase performance, be healthier, stay fit, and get more done. Learn about taking food, preparation, cooking, and eating to the next level with the latest science and kitchen chemistry. Even delve into implanted chips, gene therapy, bionic arms, biometric shirts, robotic assistants, and virtual reality. Two days with an amazing crowd and a closing party with upgraded DJs to talk about. Click here to get in now at a 40% discount. 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! screenshot_1264

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the NEW Podcast Sidekick.

How Much Sleep Is Too Much?

Gina says: She thinks she might be getting too much sleep. She's getting 9/9.5 hours/night, she sleeps like a rockstar according to her sleep sensor. She's not depressed, she doesn't get up during sleep, she's not over training. Her question is should she continue listening to her body or should she start waking herself up after 7.5/8 hours or could it be an issue of supplementation?

In my response, I recommend: -The new SR1 DeltaSleeper I've been using -how long I slept after agoge -athletes vs. general population -Sleep tracking and my Joe Zelk podcast

What Causes Bumps Underneath Skin

Anna says: She was foam rolling the outside of her leg and around the middle of her IT band and she noticed the area was bumpy under her skin. What causes this bumpiness? What's the best method to relieve it?

In my response, I recommend: -

Hangovers From Running

Kate says: What can she do to prevent  or recover from a running hangover? After short runs, long runs or hard exercise, she gets headaches, feels nauseous and super awful, after which its hard to get motivated to workout again. She's tried electrolyte tabs, coconut water, foods, preloading electrolytes, drinking tons of fluid and nothing seems to help. What can she do to fix this?

In my response, I recommend: -Testing for inflammation -Adrenal stress index -Mobility work/fascial adhesions -Pre-cooling/post-cooling -Motion sickness (ginger/peppermint)

How Endurance Athletes Can Gain Weight

Ellen says: She's a marathon and ultra runner with CFC's animal and plant based diet. She wants to increase her appetite and her weight, but she doesn't want to reduce her training. Can you make any suggestions?

In my response, I recommend: -MRP's like LivingFuel SuperGreens -Fish Oil -Echinachea Alkylamides -Plum Extract -Aminos

-We finish this episode with a tip from Jordan Harbinger at the Art of Charm podcast!: nonverbal communication skills versus just using your body to be charming. -----------------------------------------------------

Prior to asking your question, do a search in upper right hand corner of this website for the keywords associated with your question. Many of the questions we receive have already been answered here at Ben Greenfield Fitness!

 

Feb 13, 2016

Prepare for your mind to be blown by today's podcast guest. Mine certainly was. My guest is Steve Sisler, and today's episode, he tears me completely apart, absolutely amazes me as he "psychoanalyzes" me, and during the entire process, you're going to learn a ton about yourself and your behavior. If you've ever wanted to know what makes you tick... Exactly why you think the way you do... What drives you personally when you exercise or race... How you interact with people and relationships (and how you can make this work for or against you)... And why you behave the way you behave... This episode is a must-listen for you...

Steve is author of the book: The Four People Types: And What Drives Them, a behavioral profiler and lead behavioral analyst at The Behavioral Resource Group. He works with clients in more than 18 nations, gathering behavioral, emotional, and attitudinal information on individuals within corporate and personal settings. Then he develops strategies for leadership, teamwork, and entrepreneurial or career success. Steve is widely considered as the “go to” source for behavioral and attitudinal issues within the framework of both business and family (he's been doing this stuff since the shocking age of twelve!). He is considered a true anomaly within the world of behavioral analysis.

During our fascinating discussion, you'll discover:

-How Steven developed the crazy skill of being able to "read people" extremely accurately from the young age of twelve...

-The one unique attitude Steven found me to possess - an attitude that only 2% of people on the face of the planet can match...

-Why people perceive me to be aloof and arrogant based on my high level of no-nonsense, black-and-white thinking...

-Why Steven observes that I could be either a very good assassin or a sniper...

-How when I am in work mode I become a complete perfectionistic machine and check my emotions at the door...

-Why I score very high on alternative ideas, unconventional thoughts and thinking outside-the-box...

-The reason Steven thinks I'm not competitive, but rather simply an artist, discoverer and educator...

-I don't compete and race and spend time in the gym because I'm competitive, but rather because I am, what Steven describes as a "body artist"...

-Why I score extremely high on individualism, innovation, uniqueness, autonomy, freedom (and hate teleprompters)...

-The reason I'm very comfortable not necessarily being the person in charge...

-Why I am a rule-breaker and why I have a negative, cautious bias when it comes to following rules......

-The reason some people can perceive that I don't "care", and why I tend to care the most about people who are making an effort to help themselves...

-What it means to have an itchy brain, and why some people will change direction very quickly in life and let go of non-effective ideas easily...

-Why my score is crystal clear when it comes to how my choices affect those around me, and why it's extremely important to me that any decision I make not hurt anyone around me...

-Why I'm extremely demanding and critical of myself...

-The personality that makes me relentless, want to never give up, keep striving to get better and better, and have a perception nobody can stop me...

-Why I'm very clear about who I am... -And much more!

Steve is offering a significant discount on the exact behavioral analysis we do in this episode. Details below!
 
Resources:
Steven's Full Behavioral Analysis - save $50 with this link and code "ben"
 
Steven's Full Executive Summary (what I did and what we discuss in this episode) - save $100 with this link and code "ben" Steve's Book (link includes free audio of first chapter)
 
Below are my own results, which Steven and I discuss in this episode.
 
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Do you have questions, comments or feedback for me or Steven about behavioral analysis or anything else we discuss in today's episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com...
Feb 10, 2016

Imagine a stadium full of screaming fans. Zoom in on the contestants. They're sweating from the intensity of the competition. What could it be? Boxing? MMA? Basketball? Tennis? American ninja warrior? Nope. It's electronic sports, also known as eSports, and the "athletes" are headset-wearing, energy-drink-guzzling, smart-drug-popping gamers. And this sport is booming.  Top eSports tournaments now draw audiences that rival the biggest traditional sporting events, and live streams online routinely attract more than 100,000 viewers. Companies like Coke, Nissan and   Red Bull sponsor tournaments, and last year alone, over 205 million people watched or played eSports. As a matter of fact, today's eSports tournaments rival practically any big sporting event. The League of Legends Championship sold out Staples Center in 2013, then sold out the 40,000-seat World Cup Stadium in Seoul a year later while drawing an online audience of 27 million -- more than the TV viewership for the final round of the Masters. Videos of these online gaming sports has more YouTube followers than news, movies and education combined. There's money in this too. Check out the graphic below from ESPN:

But eSports isn't just online fun and money. There are some serious health risks involved with this sport. There's drugs. There's drug testing.  There is the potential physiological effects of having your senses constantly bombarded by blue light, blue tooth and Wi-Fi. So, in today's podcast, were going to take a deep dive into the crazy world of eSports. My guest today is Zach Burks, founder of a nootropic and smart drug company called NuSups. Zach started his career serving the USA in the Army, then moved to business with the knowledge he gained, and now specializes in enhancing mental and physical performance in gamers.

In today's episode, you're going to discover: -How the exploding world of eSports works behind the scenes... -The physical fitness demands of playing eSports... -The health and sleep implications of the constant exposure to Wi-Fi, bluelight, Bluetooth and the other electronic assailants eSports athletes face... -The "under-the-radar" kind of smart drugs or supplements these athletes are using... -The difference between supplements used as stimulants and supplements used for calming effects... -How drug testing in eSports works... -The best smart drug and nootropic stacks being used in gaming... -And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Zach's website NuSups (use discount code is "brainyben1" for 10% and free shipping on any order) -The movie "Gamer" -Ben's liver cleansing stack: MPX100 + glutathione + n-acetylcysteine + chlorella + Alphabrain -Blue light blocking glasses -Notes from Zach's recommended stacks (all available from NuSups - use discount code is "brainyben1" for 10% and free shipping on any order)   Every stack needs 1 Choline Source, and 1 Synaptic Booster, at minimum! (real hardcore stackers like to include fish oils, and other vitamins as a requirement, but this isn't necessary for a basic stack). Listed below are some common nootropics/smart drugs and their category + effect. Synaptic Boosters: Piracetam - Increased Memory Improved Learning Greater Focus Heightened Sensory Function Reduced Anxiety/Depression Improved Vasodilation Reduced Brain Trauma Aniracetam - Improved Memory Increased Learning Ability Improved Cognitive Processing Heightened Reflexes Heightened Perception Reduced Anxiety Reduced Depression Oxiracetam - Increase in Memory Enhanced Learning Ability Better Sensory Perception Advance Technical Thinking Improved Focus Noopept - Powerful Racetam Boosts Acetylcholine production The best Nootropic for creating and recalling memories, and learning. Increases Neuron Growth Neuroprotective - helps restore damaged parts of the brain Phenlypiracetam - Helps consolidate memory Facilitates learning processes Enhances Alertness & Focus Improves Physical Performance Improves Mood Pramairacetam - Overall Improved Cognition Higher Sensory Perception Improved Working/Long-Term Memory Increased Learning Enhanced Focus Advanced Logical/Technical Thinking Unlocked Areas of Thought Adrafinil - Improved short term memory Improved attention and concentration Enhanced clarity of thought Normalization of sleep patterns Less mental fatigue Higher quality of self-awareness Raised levels of optimism and enthusiasm for day to day life Freedom from depression Alpha GPC - Increased learning Improved memory Heightened sensory perception Increased focus Improved motor skills Pyritinol - Improved memory Faster Reaction time Promotes Dopamine growth Increased learning Improved problem-solving skills Enhanced sensory perception ALCAR - Powerful Anti-Oxidant Boosts Acetylcholine production Increases Learning, Mood, Clarity of Thought Neuroprotective Cognitive protectants below... Centrophenoxine - Choline Source Fights Brain decline Increases Learning, Mood, Clarity of Thought Neuroprotective and boost Neuroplasticity One of the safest supplements we sell Citicoline - Powerful Choline Source Boosts Acetylcholine production Increases Learning, Mood, and Clear Thoughts Neuroprotective/Fights Brain Decline L-Theanine - Natural Nootropic Boosts Alpha Brain waves Boosts Neurotransmitters Alleviates anxiety and stress Neuroprotective/Fights Brain Decline Noopept - Powerful Racetam Boosts Acetylcholine production The best Nootropic for creating and recalling memories, and learning Increases Neuron Growth Neuroprotective - helps restore damaged parts of the brain Piracetam - Increased Memory Improved Learning Greater Focus Heightened Sensory Function Reduced Anxiety/Depression Improved Vasodilation Reduced Brain Trauma Phenibut - Anxiety reduction Relaxation Sleep induction Reduced stress Improved mood Pyritinol - Improved memory Faster Reaction time Promotes Dopamine growth Increased learning Improved problem-solving skills Enhanced sensory perception Choline sources Alpha GPC - Increased learning Improved memory Heightened sensory perception Increased focus Improved motor skills ALCAR - Powerful Anti-Oxidant Boosts Acetylcholine production Increases Learning, Mood, Clarity of Thought Neuroprotective A few example stacks with some average results listed below. Feel free to use this stack is you'd like the results listed. Busy Mode: 20mg x Noopept 200mg x Phenylpiracetam 1gram x ALCAR 250mg x Adrafinil This stack is something you will DEFINITELY feel. I call this the busy mode stack for one reason. The combination of Racetams and Adrafinil allow for complete focus as well as potential time dilation effects. You could tweak the amount of Adrafinil or Phenylpiracetam if this stack is too much for you: just lower the amounts by 50mgs. Capital C(reativity) stack: 500mg x Aniracetam 150mg x Phenylpiracetam 300mg x Pyritinol 20mg x Noopept 150mg x L-Theanine This stack is great for any artist or creative person who needs an extra boost for a project. This stack honestly bothers me sometimes because what happens to me is that I'll have 5 to 7 songs get stuck in my head a day: songs I haven't heard in years! Now obviously, this is highly personal and won't happen to everyone. But it's just a nice little way to explain the creative boost you'll get.

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about the exploding world of eSports,  or anything else Zach and I discussed in this episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and either Zach or I will reply.

Feb 6, 2016

Mark Sisson is my guest on today's podcast. Mark is the de-facto leader of the primal and paleo lifestyle movement, and unlike the many instant and self-anointed experts who have descended upon the endurance scene in recent years, Mark boasts a rich history in endurance sports.

He's run a 2:18 marathon, has a 4th place Hawaii Ironman finish to his credit, has spearheaded triathlon’s global anti-doping program for the International Triathlon Union, and has coached and advised leading professional athletes, including Olympic triathlon gold and silver medalist Simon Whitfield and Tour de France cyclist Dave Zabriskie. Mark just put the finishing touches on a new book called "Primal Endurance" - a book that shakes up the status quo and challenges the overly stressful, ineffective conventional approach to endurance training. While marathons and triathlons are wildly popular and bring much gratification and camaraderie to the participants, the majority of athletes are too slow, continually tired, and carry too much body fat respective to the time they devote to training. The prevailing “chronic cardio” approach promotes carbohydrate dependency, overly stressful lifestyle patterns, and ultimately burnout. To overcome this conundrum, Primal Endurance applies an all-encompassing approach to endurance training that includes primal-aligned eating to escape carbohydrate dependency and enhance fat metabolism, building an aerobic base with comfortably paced workouts, strategically introducing high intensity strength and sprint workouts, emphasizing rest, recovery, and an annual periodization, and finally cultivating an intuitive approach to training instead of the usual robotic approach of fixed weekly workout schedules.

I delve into these concepts in today's podcast with Mark. During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What Mark's "perfect day" looks like...

-Mark's history as a pro triathlete...

-Why endurance athletes can actually get fat from training...

-Why it can be a myth that you have exercise for long periods of time at that intensity to get very good endurance results...

-How to do something called "maximum sustained power training"... -Why a ketogenic endurance athlete can recover faster from stressful training...

-Why Mark doesn't use heart rate variability (HRV) measurements... -And much more...

Resources for this episode: -Primal Mayonnaise -Focal Upright desk -Mark's recent podcast with Joe Rogan -DNAFit genetic testing -Book: Primal Endurance: Escape chronic cardio and carbohydrate dependency and become a fat burning beast! Do you have questions, comments or feedback for me or Mark about today's episode? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and be sure to check out Mark's new book... PrimalEndurance_FrontCover

Feb 3, 2016

February 3, 2016 Podcast: 345: How To Burn Calories Without Exercising, Chocolate's Effect On Your Skin, Eliminating Muscle Imbalances & More! 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, or use the “Ask Ben” form at the bottom of this page.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the NEW Podcast Sidekick.

How To Get Ready For A Hot Race

Sarah says: She's a new triathlete looking to complete her first 70.3.  She's from Adelaide is a really dry heat, but the race is in Cairns, which is known for it's humidity and wet, tropical heat. How does she prepare herself for a humid 70.3 ironman, in a dry place like Adelaide. She currently doesn't have access to a sauna - any other ideas?

In my response, I recommend: -A heat suit

How To Fix Muscle Imbalances

Kyle says: His question is a muscle and body imbalances. He used to road race motorcycles professionally and had a dislocated left hip, left ACL replacement and many other injuries on his left side. He's been racing triathlon's for the last few years and at this point he's completed an ironman distance, but feels his imbalances on his left side are having an affect on his training and efficiency. He currently uses globus electro-stimulation, eats more fat and fewer cards, and uses cold therapy and curcumin, colostrum all based on your advice, but he's wondering if you have any ideas on how to help his imbalance?

In my response, I recommend: -“Becoming A Supple Leopard” -An inversion table, a giant band, and a decent traction website or book. -NatureFlex -Ben's Fabulous Four: plank, clamshell, external rotation, row -Z-Health podcast

How To Burn Calories Without Exercising

Anna says: She's in college student studying human health and performance. What might be some bio-hacks you would have for a college student, who's sitting, has limited time for workouts etc.

In my response, I recommend: -Coolfatburner -Compex or MarcPro ($32 discount at http://www.MarcPro.com with discount code “Ben”) -PowerLung

How To Lower Your Sperm Count

Randy says: Is there any substance that's been actually proven to reduce one's sperm count. His son is looking to have his sperm count lowered and he's wondering if there are supplements or anything he could eat or reduce the chances of anything life-changing happening.

In my response, I recommend: -Chasteberry

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Feb 2, 2016

Last year, I posted an article entitled "How To Turn Your Desk Into A Calorie Decimating Workstation", and created the video "How Should You Stand At A Standing Desk? In both those resources, and on many podcasts (including this one on "How To Burn More Fat At Work), I've talked about and featured a special kind of treadmill called a "TrueForm" treadmill. See, when I set about to modify my standing workstation into a treadmill desk, I ran into a two big problems, namely... 1. Treadmills Have Motors. Treadmills with motors – the kind you’d normally need for running, and the kind typically used at treadmill workstations – are not only big and bulky, but produce enormous amounts of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and “dirty electricity”, which has been linked to brain fog, altered cellular metabolism, cancer risk, and much more. In addition, a treadmill belt that runs on a motor allows you to walk and run while leaning slightly backwards and engaging in a full-on heel strike, which alters your running and walking gait, destroys your biomechanics and can actually turn you into a worse runner or a sloppy walker. 2. Manual Treadmills Are Too Slow For Running. So a non-motorized treadmill (also known as a manual treadmill) is a good solution compared to a motorized treadmill. But the problem is that most manual treadmills only reach a maximum speed of 3.5-4.0 miles per hour, and this means that you can never use a manual treadmill for running. Since I wanted to intersperse short fitness and metabolism boosting sprints into my walking workday, (e.g. stopping every hour to do a brief 2 minute sprint, or doing a bit of jogging in between consults and phone calls) this means I’d have to buy and find space for two separate treadmills – one for walking and one for running! So over several months, I searched high and low for a treadmill that is A) a manual treadmill without a motor; B) compact enough to fit under my standing desk; and C) didn’t produce electrical pollution and D) could operate at both casual walking paces, light jogs and high running speeds.

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The solution that I eventually found is something called a “TrueForm treadmill” made by Samsara Fitness. The unique looking TrueForm has several extremely unique characteristics that set it apart from any treadmill on the face of the planet, and is unlike any treadmill you’ve ever tried. First, there is no motor and there are no buttons. The treadmill is entirely manual and is powered by you, which means that you are not only exposing yourself to zero electrical pollution and saving 100% on electrical costs, but also moving far more naturally due to the non-motorized belt design. When you walk on a TrueForm treadmill, you burn more calories, get better balance (especially if you don’t use the rails) and build stronger leg and core muscles, since you’re doing the work instead of a treadmill motor. And the faster you move, the faster the treadmill goes, just like when you walk, jog or sprint outside. But it gets even better, because the TrueForm treadmill is the first and only treadmill to actually teach you the skill of running. This is because the only way to really get the belt moving is to lean slightly forward, strike with your mid to front-forefoot, and maintain a high cadence, which means your body learns to run exactly like the most elite runners on the face of the planet run. This honestly took me a little bit of getting used to, because I’m used to being able to “lean back” and be lazy on a treadmill, and frankly, this treadmill instead forces you to move with pristine form. Finally, the rails are removable. And although TrueForm is legally required to send you the treadmill with the rails attached, you can take them off for the ultimate balance-enhancing experience as you walk, jog and run. best treadmill desk  

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So that's great and all, but can this thing really teach you how to run with proper biomechanics? On today's audio podcast, I get Jeff Vernon the owner of SamsaraFitness on the show and we address this question and much more. You'll discover:

-How the Trueform actually works, and why it is shaped the way it is...

-How to use a manual treadmill properly...

-Specific drills you can do on a manual treadmill to enhance your running form...

-What a standard running treadmill won't work on a stand-up desk...

-The difference between the different Trueform models (the low-rider, the enduro and the performance)...

-Why the Trueform is different than other manual treadmills, and why it's "built like a tank"...

-And much more!

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Jeff or me? Leave your thoughts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply! And click here to use code BEN for a 10% discount on your Trueform.

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