Author: Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.


Think about the last piece of fat loss advice you received. Let me guess? It went something like this: “Move more.” “Eat less.” “Try this pill.” “Read this diet book.” And sure: fat loss and the attainment of a sexy, lean body begins with getting off your butt, moving more, working out, and slowly lowering the doughnut from your gaping maw. But when it comes to losing fat fast, staying shredded, rippedm and toned year round, and getting to the body weight you want—without two-a-day workouts and being hungry all the time—there are potent strategies that fly under the radar:…

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Last week, you learned about whether exercise can actually make you live longer, and how much exercise is enough for optimal longevity benefits. In today’s episode, we’re going to look at another critical component of exercise – your heart – specifically, whether you need to be concerned about heart palpitations during exercise. A new study found that many athletes have electrical heart “issues,” but these issues may not actually be meaningful from a cardiac risk standpoint. The study looked at the criteria for interpretation of electrocardiograms (ECGs) of people’s hearts and noted that an increasing number of sporting bodies report…

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You’ve probably seen it before. The infomercials on TV that features a man or woman lounging happily on the couch while some fancy electrodes stimulate their stomach into an instant 6-pack. These electrode machines, also known as Electrical Muscle Stimulation or EMS are becoming more and more common at online shopping website and in fitness magazines. But isn’t this too good to be true? How on earth could you actually “shock” yourself fit? In this episode, you’re going to find out whether you really can lose fat with electrical stimulation. Is There Research on EMS? A recent study entitled “Effects…

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Ask Get-Fit Guy: How Should Skinny People Exercise? Q. Luis recently wrote in and asked: “I have thin legs and thin arms and a flat chest. What I do have is a pretty big belly. What is the fastest way to gain muscle? I don’t have weights because I live in a very tight space. I was wondering if body weight is enough.” A. In the fitness industry, Luis would be termed an “ectomorph” body type, meaning he is naturally thin, and a “hard gainer”, meaning his body type has difficulty putting on muscle. Both men and women can fall…

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In a recent article, “10 Tips For Gym Etiquette,” I taught you how to navigate through your workout without offending others. But fitting in at the gym can go beyond simply being polite–you have to know the lingo if you really want to fit in. So in this article, you’ll learn 17 common gym lingo terms, from gym equipment, to exercise movements, to common gym phrases, and how to understand workout instructions or conversations that you hear or take part in at the gym. If you’re more advanced and already know these phrases, you may want to check out the…

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Fitness boot camps and group workouts are all the rage these days. From the external social motivation to push yourself harder, to the fun of training with group camaraderie, it’s no surprise that exercising with a crowd can get you better results. Even better, you don’t actually need fancy equipment, or even a gym, to have a good group workout or fitness boot camp. So if you have a group of friends you want to get together for some workouts in a park or backyard, or if you have a group of coworkers who want to get exercising together, or…

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by Ben Greenfield You’ve probably heard this story. A small child is trapped under a burning car, and in a feat of superhuman strength, the child’s mother rushes to the car and lifts the entire vehicle with all her might, freeing her child from sure death. Sponsor: Netflix Instant Streaming. Watch thousands of TV episodes and movies on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Touch. Or on your TV through your XBox, PS3 or Wii. All streamed instantly by Netflix, saving you time, money and hassle. For a free 30-day trial, including the new Netflix Original Series House of Cards,…

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