America’s #1 Trainer Ben Greenfield on Designing Your Ideal Exercise, Nutrition, & Supplement Regimen

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“From a supplementation standpoint, very similar to a nutrition standpoint, I'm not a fan of a shotgun approach and just using something because someone else is is using it.”
— Ben Greenfield

Howdy, superfriends! Welcome to this week’s show. Our guest today is Ben Greenfield, the New York Times Bestselling Author of “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health, and Life,” as well as about 30 other books on how to feel and become SuperHuman. He’s been nominated as one of the top personal trainers in America, and has been voted among the top 100 most influential individuals in health and fitness for the last 2 years.

He also runs one of the top-ranked health and fitness podcasts on the web, where he continues to explore functional exercise, nutrition, and human performance overall. You’ve probably already seen him or his work in the Huffington Post, WebMD, Men’s Health, Shape, NBC, Fox… the list goes on and on.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this interview is that Ben does NOT talk down to you guys as an audience. He is direct, to the point, and not at all afraid to get technical and really hit you with some of the hard science. We talk about the ideal mix of exercise and movement for a healthy life, determining the right diet for you, supplementation, and just generally how to look, feel, and perform your best. It’s a quick interview, and packed with knowledge. Just one caveat / apology, the interview does have a very abrupt ending, as my guest and I were disconnected towards the end and ran out of time while trying to reconnect. We’ve edited it the best we can, but please forgive the less-than-polished ending.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Altitude training vs. normal training and the role of tryptophan
  • Why Ben Greenfield is anti-gym
  • Body weight vs. weighted exercise
  • What does being SuperHuman mean to an expert like Ben Greenfield?
  • The 4-component exercise regimen for all-around excellent physical health
  • Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic nervous system activation
  • What time of day should you do what types of exercise?
  • Why intermittent fasting and exercising while fasted works so well
  • The value behind standing desks
  • Compound lifts, and how they increase testosterone and overall physical health
  • Adapting Ben's recommended exercise regimen for a competitive athlete
  • Ben's thoughts on diet and nutrition, and how people's needs vary
  • How would Ben “clean up” someone who was coming off an average American diet?
  • How do people with different ancestries react differently to specific dietary plans?
  • What exactly does Ben Greenfield eat every day?
  • Thoughts on eating the same foods every single day
  • Thoughts on glycemic index, insulin sensitivity, carb backloading, and carbohydrates
  • Ben's thoughts on CrossFit, the prevalence of overtraining, and where it falls short
  • Ben's approach to supplementation and choosing the right ones for you

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Favorite Quotes from Ben Greenfield:

“[Becoming SuperHuman means] complete optimization of performance, fat loss, digestion, brain, sleep, and hormone optimization. Once you have all those things firing on all cylinders, you generally have all of your bases covered…”
“All of that [physical fitness] is great, but in the absence of love and relationships and a strong spirit, that a lot of that can be for naught…”
“[On nutrition] I don't follow or advocate anything. I think it's silly because of biokinetic individuality and genetic individuality to dig ourselves into saying this diet is right or this diet is right.”



  1. Luiz
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    Thanks, I learned a lot of interesting things in past episodes.

  2. Shivaditya Purohit
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    loved th heart and the depth of the conversation. The way that Dr. Metivier shared from his enormous experience and insights was just amazing. Thank you Jonathan for doing this podcast!! 🙂

  3. Rob
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    Great interview with Dr. Greg Wells! He mentioned a doctor from Colorado around the 42:30 point of the podcast, discussing turmeric and black pepper. I couldn’t make out the doctor’s name. Can you provide me with his full name and maybe his website or contact info. Interested in his products.



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