How to Become Superhuman: Interview with Fitness and Nutrition Expert Ben Greenfield

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Ben Greenfield is a fitness and nutrition expert who competes at the Ironman and Half Ironman World Championships.

What does it mean to become superhuman?
Everyone is born with a certain number of genetic triggers. Your diet can unlock or keep locked those triggers that have the power to activate your genetic potential. Becoming superhuman means to become the strongest version of yourself possible.

Here are the questions we asked Ben:

  1. You have a live event coming up called Superhuman Coach, can you tell us what it means to become superhuman?
  2. Can you give us some examples of superhuman food?
  3. What do you think about eating for one’s blood type? Will it help with weight loss?
  4. Overtraining: how do we prevent it? And if we see we’re starting to over-train, what can we do without losing too much during marathon training?
  5. How do endurance athletes handle the GI distress issue?
  6. Why does cramping happen and how can we prevent it?
  7. What should I be looking for in a probiotic supplement in terms of specific bacterial strains and what sort of culture counts would be considered sufficient or adequate?

Also Mentioned in This Episode

Yaktrax pro for running in the snow!

6 Responses to How to Become Superhuman: Interview with Fitness and Nutrition Expert Ben Greenfield

  1. Delores Danzer February 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Wonderful podcast. Loaded with information. I will definitely have to listen again and take some notes. Thank you Trevor and Angie.

    • Angie February 15, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Thanks for listening!

  2. Tero February 15, 2013 at 7:27 am #


    Thanks for the informative interview!

    You mentioned putting studs in your running shoes as a possibility for running in the winter. Being a Finn and having at least 3 to 4 months of ice and snow during the year, I have some experience in running on ice, and can heartily recommend using studded shoes when running on slippery surfaces! (I would recommend buying a pair of quality studded shoes; they last much longer than the studs you put in yourself.) Your gait is much more relaxed when you don’t need to worry about slipping, and shoes with built-in studs make it much easier (at least for me) to maintain proper running form, compared to any add-on thingies. And using these shoes does not have to be restricted to when there’s snow — they are pretty good for trail running as well. (As a matter of fact, I have found that there are some studded orienteering shoes that are extremely well suited for winter running.)

    Also, you mentioned socks. I’ve found that the best option for winter running are good, knee-high compression socks. I use ones from, they are the sturdiest I’ve come across. They keep the blood flowing really well, and also ward of moisture, so you don’t get cold without any extra socks. (I find these comfortable up to -20 degrees Celcius, or about -4 °F.)

    • Angie February 15, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Tero. Thanks for the great suggestions for running in the cold. It sounds like you have lots of first hand experience. I agree that buying a specific shoe for running in the snow is the best idea, especially if you have several months of snow or ice. The CEP compression socks are great too. I haven’t tried them in very cold temps like you have, but I’m sure they work very well for keeping the lower legs warm.

  3. Whitney February 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    What was the name of the variable heart rate app that Ben mentioned? The one you can use by putting your finger over the camera on your phone?
    Thanks for your podcast! Its what I like to listen to when I’m out running. 🙂

    • Angie February 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Whitney. I’m glad that you’ve been enjoying the podcast. The heart rate app is called Azumio. All the best!

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