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Ben Greenfield
Voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and recognized as the top 100 Most Influential People in Health, Ben Greenfield is a fitness, triathlon, and nutrition expert, and has authored multiple books and DVDs. He coaches and trains individuals all over the world for weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance. Ben hosts the highly popular Get-Fit Guy podcast on the Quick and Dirty Tips network, which racks up about 170,000 downloads per month. He has a BA and MA from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology and personal training, plus strength and conditioning certifications from the NSCA. During the past 10 years, Ben has helped hundreds of clients (from beginners to professionals) achieve weight loss and fitness success. His book "Get-Fit Guy’s Guide to Achieving Your Dream Body – A Workout Plan for Your Unique Shape" was published in 2012 and his newest book, a 540-page atlas of human performance, nutrition and lifestyle - "Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and LIfe", is already a New York Times Bestseller.

Entries by Ben Greenfield

Talk To Me

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:00 PM

As I've written about before, I believe there are three keys to happiness in life: following your passions, surrounding yourself with love, and living with the belief that there is a great story already written for your life.

In this short, 5 minute video, I was interviewed...

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3 Reasons Cardio Probably Isn't Going to Kill You: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Last month, the Wall Street Journal released a controversial article entitled "The Potential Cardiac Dangers of Extreme Exercise," which revisited a question I've explored before: How much exercise is too much?

But this study unveiled new findings -- specifically the disturbing news that exercise that...

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3 Reasons Cardio Probably Isn't Going to Kill You: Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Last week, we took a deep dive into the topic of, based on this recent article and study reported on in the Wall Street Journal, whether cardio is really going to kill you. You learned all about the study, and you also learned about the glaring fact that...

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10 Reasons Why I am Addicted to My Sauna: Part Two

(3) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 5:08 AM

In Part One of this two-part article series, you learned five big reasons I'm addicted to sauna and heat therapy, including muscle gain, fat loss, joint pain management, detoxification, heart heath and longevity. Let's delve into the final five reasons you should start sweating more.

6. Immune System Boost


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10 Reasons Why I am Addicted to My Sauna: Part One

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 11:22 AM

I have a confession to make: I'm an addict.

Every morning I wipe the crust out of the corner of my eyes, suck down a giant cup of coffee, and then wander to my basement gym, where I commence to flip the power on my sauna. I step inside, and...

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Three Muscle-Building Myths

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 12:24 PM

After being steeped in the fitness industry for over a decade, I've seen many fitness fads come and go, and I've also seen many fitness myths dispelled. But there are still a few myths floating around among personal trainers, believed by exercise enthusiasts and found in those fancy fitness magazines...

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Four Fitness Foods You Should Avoid

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 3:40 PM

The Journal Of Marketing Research recently released the article "The Effect of Fitness Branding on Restrained Eaters' Food Consumption and Post-Consumption Physical Activity". In the article, the authors looks into the effects of food branded as "fitness" food, specifically investigating whether people who were trying to lose weight...

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Athletes and Exercise Enthusiasts Probably Need Less Protein Than You Think

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 11:31 AM

In the article "How Much Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat You Need To Stay Lean, Stay Sexy and Perform Like A Beast," I discuss the health importance and positive performance implications of moderating carbohydrate intake. It's also extremely apparent that fatty acids are the slow burning fuel...

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How Do Kegel Exercises Work?

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 12:54 PM

As private and potentially embarrassing a topic this may be, I'll just go ahead and admit it: I've been doing lots of Kegel exercises lately. First defined in 1948 by a gynecologist named Arnold Kegel, Kegel exercises consist of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form your pelvic floor,...

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5 Important Sleep Factors Most People Don't Think About

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 5:13 PM

This week is National Sleep Awareness Week, which begins with the announcement of the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America poll results and ends with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time (where all Americans get the wonderful experience of losing one hour of sleep).


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Is Detoxing Really a Myth?

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 9:56 AM

The Guardian released an article entitled: You can't detox your body. It's a myth. So how do you get healthy? In the article, the author says that:

"...detoxing -- the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to...

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How to Get Fit With Chocolate

(15) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:25 PM

I love my dark chocolate, and while I'm careful with heavily processed candy bars or ice cream, just about every day I do indeed include a handful of organic cacao nibs for some extra crunch in my morning kale smoothie, a chunk (or two) of 85-percent-plus dark chocolate with my...

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8 Life-Changing Lessons Exercise Enthusiasts Can Learn From 'Thrive'

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Two months ago, on a road trip to the Oregon coast, I read a life-changing book: Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington.

I'm a true believer in serendipity and thus believe I was meant...

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3 Predictors of Whether You Will Win the Battle Against the Underrecovery Monster

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 10:50 PM

Recovery is your ability to meet or exceed performance in a particular activity.

I'll say that again.

Recovery is your ability to meet or exceed performance in a particular activity.

This means that if you walk into your workout and you can't achieve a marked improvement in how...

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Dirty Kids: How Germs Can Be Your Child's Best Friend

(8) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:18 PM

I must admit, when my shiny new baby boys were brought onto the planet nearly six years ago, I certainly had my doubts about the value of letting their soft and innocent bodies roll, crawl and toddle amongst the dirt and doggy-doo. But since then -- especially after learning what...

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10 Tips for Restless Leg Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Two nights ago, I got a very bad leg cramp while lying in bed.

Perhaps it was because of dehydration from a recent hot yoga session, or just too much exertion at the gym, but I abruptly and unpleasantly awoke to horrible cramps in both my hamstrings and calves.

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Target Your Body's 7 Troublesome Spots

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Trouble spots are areas on your body that tend to just not look the way you'd like them to look -- the type of troublesome issues that really bug you about your body!

Have you ever wished you could just walk into a gym and get a done-for-you list of...

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4 Ways to Get Better Lungs and Make Exercise Easier

(7) Comments | Posted October 19, 2013 | 8:38 AM

The Sherpa population in Tibet is famously known for their extreme levels of high-altitude fitness, often easily conquering Mount Everest climbs alongside seasoned and extremely fit climbers who have been training for months or years. Perhaps you've seen Nepalese Sherpas parodied in a popular Simpson's cartoon, in which...

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An 8-Minute Fat Loss Workout

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Most of us exercise more than we actually need to. Sure, if you want to finish an Ironman triathlon, do a marathon, or compete in some crazy competition such as the Crossfit Games, then you'll need either amazing genetics or a lot of time on your hands to exercise.


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2 Best Exercises for a Flat Stomach

(25) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 2:02 PM

Despite the unproven effectiveness of made-for-TV stomach-flattening devices, health clubs, home gyms and exercise enthusiasts everywhere continue to try everything from ab rollers to crunch machines to chase the elusive six-pack.

But do any of these contraptions actually work? Let's find out.

In an article called "How to Get...

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