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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.

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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.

But...

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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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13 Squat Variations to Get You Strong -- Fast!

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 9:06 AM

If you want better hips, butt and thighs, or more athletic strength and power, there's nothing quite like the squat.

But let's face it. Planting both feet, tossing a barbell on your back and doing a traditional squat can get either A. boring, or B. intimidating. But there...

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Can You Turn Off Your Fat Genes?

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 9:43 AM

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to do very well on a diet and exercise plan, while others seem to fail with the same plan? Much of this is due to the fact that everyone has a unique body type that will respond differently to a specific workout...

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Exercise and Air Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Just recently, the American Lung Association published its report on the latest measurements of soot particles and ozone in the air for almost 1,000 countries and cities in the United States.

The results come as no surprise, especially for measurements in major cities like Los Angeles. In...

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Top 10 Posture Mistakes and 17 Tips to Get Better Posture

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 3:42 PM

Growing up, many of our parents would demand that we sit up and stop slouching, for no other reason than it might make us look bad. But there are so many other elements to the importance of posture, elements that are affecting millions of us every day. From neck and...

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Unhealthy Employees Are Killing Your Bottom Line

(20) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 4:12 PM

You know that employee, the one who comes screeching into the office at five of 9:00 a.m., balancing her overflowing briefcase, a jumbo cup of coffee, and a cream-filled donut? The one who scarfs down a sandwich with a diet soda at her desk before heading out for a lunchtime...

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How to Injury-Proof Your Body

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 8:29 AM

Even though everyone has their own personal "weak links" when it comes to muscles, joints, or ligaments that tend to be prone to injury, there are certainly common trouble spots for nearly any active individual. Many of these trouble spots tend to include the small, supportive muscles that...

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A Workout for Becoming a Better Athlete: Part II

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2013 | 9:44 AM

In part one of this series, you learned how to identify the physical needs of your sport, and the key movements that make up most athletic scenarios. And while creating a specific workout for every single sport on the planet is beyond the scope of this blog post, you can...

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A Workout for Becoming a Better Athlete: Part I

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 7:10 AM

Weight-loss workouts seem to be a dime a dozen, and easily found on fitness websites or in magazines. But what if your goals are more sport-specific and less focused on aesthetics?

Can those fat-loss workouts also help you to become a better athlete? While any form of exercise could...

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You're Wasting Time at the Gym

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Let's face it: The gym can be a complete time-suck.

With plush chairs and couches conveniently located near big screen TVs, smoothie bars well-stocked with snacks, piles of brand new fitness, nutrition or news magazines, friends, workout buddies, vibration platforms, scales, saunas, spas, flyers and fancy new workout contraptions,...

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Top 6 New Year's Resolution Tips

(7) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 7:29 AM

Are you tired of making the same New Year's resolution to lose weight or get in better shape, year after year? Wouldn't it be great to actually follow through and reach your goals this time?

Here are my six tips for successful New Year's resolutions:

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5 Reasons for Holiday Weight Gain (And What You Can Do About It)

(10) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 7:11 AM

Did you stuff yourself full on Thanksgiving? Are you now in panic mode about how your body is going to handle all those holiday parties, not to mention the upcoming Christmas feast? Or perhaps your waistline survived Thanksgiving relatively unscathed but threatens to rapidly expand as the holiday season progresses.

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3 Thanksgiving Workout Strategies

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 11:54 AM

The average American consumes about 4,500 calories during a Thanksgiving meal. And when you have large meals like this, there are some pretty disturbing health issues that can follow shortly after or even the next morning. Scientists have even found there's an increase in your risk...

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