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Ben GreenField Talks Human Optimization

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Ben Greenfield

Bio (@bengreenfield)

Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life” (http://www.BeyondTrainingBook.com). In 2008, Ben was voted as NSCA’s Personal Trainer of the year and in 2013 and 2014 was named by Greatist as one of the top 100 Most Influential People In Health And Fitness.

Ben blogs and podcasts at http://www.BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys.

Follow Ben on twitter @bengreenfield or Instagram @bengreenfieldfitness and be sure to search him on facebook


Episode at a Glance

In this episode of the Doc and Jock Podcast Ben Greenfield joins the conversation.  Ben opens the show buy describing his PILLARS of fitness and how he tracks each.  Ben writes extensively about each of these primary modes but here on the Doc and Jock Podcast you get the Cliff’s notes straight from the horse’s mouth. We find that Ben prioritizes 6 factors; performance, recovery, sleep, fat loss, and hormone optimization.  Ben not only describes why he feels these factors are paramount toward optimizing human function but also provides insight on how he monitors them.

Ben also talks about the group training model, discusses his thoughts on the power of the human mind, and discusses his recent experimentation with free diving and exogenous ketones.

Ben is one smart cookie and we are very fortunate to be able to share his message with you, the Doc and Jock audience.  Please gang, if you enjoyed Ben’s episode and the information he provided head over to iTunes and leave a review and comment.  Rumor has it that Ben combs the reviews of podcasts that he does and counts the times his name is written.  It’s just a rumor, but you know how those start!


Quick Show Guide


Ben walks Danny and Joe through his points of emphasis as a coach, Performance, Recovery, Digestion, Brian, Sleep, Fat loss and Hormone Optimization, and the ways he monitors each.


Ben provides some insight and goes into further detail regarding heart rate variability monitoring and how monitoring it can positively affect CrossFit Training.


Is it feasible implement the type of monitoring described above and earlier in the conversation in group settings, like CrossFit.


Getting around life with kiddos.  Can you have your cake and it to?  Ben discusses his personal experience training for Ironman competition post kiddos.  There are not only benefits for the athlete but there is research to show that kiddos benefit as well.


The power of the mind.  What type of mental preparation does Ben implement in his own training and in that of his clients?


Ben describes the impact of Free Diving on performance and how exogenous ketos can effect breath hold times.


Where to find Ben and the content he creates.


Post Comments about this episode, potential topics, suggestions for interviews and questions to the Doc and Jock Website, facebook page, and twitter account.  Also be sure to reach out to Dr. Danny and Coach Joe at their personal social media accounts listed below in the show sponsor section. 

Webpage http://docandjock.com/

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Twitter @docandjock

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Also, please check out these links to the articles and content creators mentioned during our conversation.

Wim Hof http://www.wimhofmethod.com/

Exos http://www.teamexos.com


More on the Show Sponsors

Mobility WOD – The ultimate guide to resolving pain, preventing injury, and optimizing athletic performance. www.mobilitywod.com

Doc and Jock would like to thank official Show Sponsor Mobility WOD for their support.  Please gang head over to www.mobilitywod.com for all you mobility needs where you will find the latest MWOD products, episodes, upcoming seminars, daily MWODS, help finding a provider and the subscription services Mobility WOD Pro.  Mobility WOD PRO is a perfect resource for any coach looking to up their positional knowledge base and infect their community with true suppleness!

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Performa Sleep – Better Performance through Better Sleep.  www.performasleep.com

Performa Sleep has developed what they believe to be the perfect mattress for athletes.  Their athlete – specific sleep technology is a three layer mattress designed to ease muscle tension, boost recovery, and sooth hard working bodies.  Head over to their webpage to read learn more about their CopperCool technology and to read testimonials from our very own Dr. Danny, and CrossFit Games Athletes Scott Panchik (@ScottPanchik), Emily Bridgers (EmilyBridgers), and Lauren Fisher (LaurenFisher).

Exclusive to the Doc and Jock audience, Performa Sleep is providing a discount code to receive $75.00 of the purchase of any size mattress.  Simply head over to www.performasleep and enter the code JOCK75 at check out.  Along with $75.00 off Performa Sleep already offers a 90 day money back guarantee and free shipping.

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Athletes’ Potential – Where Movement is Medicine!   http://www.athletespotential.com/

Dr. Danny offers an assortment of services.  If you are in the Atlanta area be sure to look him up.  If you are not in Atlanta please be sure to shoot him an email or follow him on the social sites listed below.

facebook page https://www.facebook.com/athletespotential?fref=ts

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzbIpnafDLDvqCztuFkdsdQ

Twitter @AthPotential

Instagram  @dannyMattaPT


Joe’s Barbell – where lifting at JOE’S is just a click away. http://joesbarbell.com/

Coach Joe offers a variety of live and online training options including a private facebook group titled #HeelsOff where you can get his honest and FREE opinion on your movement and unfiltered take on Weightlifing. Join the conversation at any of the links below.

Webpage Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/905586666194729/

#HeelsOff facebook forum https://www.facebook.com/joesbarbell?fref=ts

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/BarbellsandBabies

Twitter @JoeShu2326

Instagram @JoesBarbell

Thanks for listening and remember, If you have a BODY you’re an ATHLETE

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