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How To SuperCharge Your Body & Mind w/ Ryan Munsey

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“Now, I'm playing chess while everybody else is playing checkers.”
— Ryan Munsey

Greetings, SuperFriends, and welcome to today’s show.

This week we are joined by Ryan Munsey, a former athlete turned bestselling author. Ryan started his career with a degree in dietetics, and along the way, worked as a personal trainer, a nutritionist, and even a fitness model.

Today, however, in addition to writing, he hosts The Optimal Performance Podcast, runs the House of Strength training facility in Roanoke, Virginia, AND, on top of all of that, serves as the Chief Optimizer of Natural Stacks, a supplement and nootropic company.

He’s been featured in Men’s Fitness, CBS, FOX, ESPN Radio, and many more.

Ryan and I really hit it off during the episode, and you can definitely tell that we’re cut from the same cloth. The episode runs the gamut – from nootropics, to diet and nutrition, to supplementation, and more. A lot of the things Ryan shared, I had never even heard about before, and I found myself learning a lot more than even I expected. I can confidently say that after hearing this episode, you’ll have a much better grasp on how to boost your mental and physical performance.

By the way, there’s no official sponsor for this episode, because in our post-episode de-brief, Ryan was kind enough to offer us a special discount code for listeners of this podcast. To take advantage of that discount – and to help us pay for the expenses associated with producing this episode, simply visit and use the coupon code superhuman at checkout – or click the link in the blog post at

And now, without further adieu, let me present to you, Ryan Munsey.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is Ryan Munsey, and how did he get to where he is today?
  • How and why Ryan became disenchanted and distrustful of the nutrition industry
  • What was Ryan's life like as a model in New York City, and why did he leave it?
  • What is the diet framework that Ryan subscribes to and recommends to his clients?
  • Is it worthwhile training to maintain extremely lean body fat / having ripped abs?
  • The 6-axes of abdominal movement, and why most people train their abs improperly
  • Why insulin is so important for improving and manipulating your body's performance
  • Which supplements does Ryan Munsey personally take?
  • What is CILTEP, why's it effective, and why doesn't it have any stimulants or chemicals in it?
  • Magnesium L-threanate: why and how it's the only magnesium that benefits the brain
  • Why not all types of magnesium are created equally
  • What are some of the best performance hacks that Ryan Munsey has discovered through his podcast?
  • How can you determine what your natural brain chemistry leans towards?
  • An explanation of dopamine, serotonin, acetyl-choline, and GABA
  • What are 2 or 3 things that Ryan Munsey suggests you do THIS WEEK to improve your performance?
  • What is the Pomodoro Method and how does it work?

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Favorite Quotes from Ryan Munsey:

“At that time, the word ‘biohacking' didn't exist. But that became my passion.”
“I disagree with basically everything that we were taught in the nutrition side.”
“If somebody's going  to pay me to lift weights and try to look good naked, I'm not gonna say no to that.”
“I just have this irrational fear of ceasing to exist and not getting to experience all the things that this life can potentially offer.”
“We have more health professionals in our world today than we've ever had… and health continues to decline… we are failing as health professionals to get our message to the people.”
“Most adults don't know how to feed themselves. We know how to eat – we don't know how to feed ourselves.”
“To maintain 6-7% body fat… that becomes your life. And it does have negative impacts.”
“It's all about insulin… But over 50% of the US is insulin resistant.”

“We're not making kitchen sink products… All of our formulations are designed for one specific pathway.”
“GABA is kind of like social bumper cars.”
“You talked about it being a productive couple of years for me? Nootropics have been a BIG part of that.”
“You've got one life, make the most of it.”



  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.



  4. Muhammed Sani Ibrahim
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    I am new here, and learning really fast.
    Thank you.

  5. Leonia
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    Maybe oarts of the things he has to share are right, maybe not. If I look at him which impact his nurturing and living style has on himself I see a very old looking man! He is year 1973!! That is not old and he looks definitly much older!! If I would not know his birthyear I would guess that he is in his mid-60ies!! A bit concering for someone who claims his lifestyle is suitable for a long life, isn’t it?

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