14 – Ben Greenfield on the Pros and Cons of High Intensity Strength Training, Building Muscle on a High Fat Diet and Why Eating Junk is Stupid

Ben Greenfield, High Intensity Training Expert, Master Personal Trainer, and Athlete

I was super stoked to have Ben Greenfield on the Corporate Warrior podcast. I’ve been listening to his podcast Ben Greenfield Fitness (one of the top podcasts on health in iTunes) for some time, and it’s kind of a dream come true to get him on my show.

Ben is a New York Times Bestselling author with his book Beyond Training, an ex-body builder and Ironman triathlete. In 2008 Ben was nominated by NSCA as America’s top personal trainer, and in 2013 and 2014, Ben was voted as one of the top 100 most influential individuals in health and fitness.

To be honest, I am just scratching the surface. I could dedicate a single blog post to Ben’s bio and it would be a good word count! Needless to say, this man hustles and walks the walk.

In this episode, I challenge Ben on his exercise regimen, and in particular, his strength training. We discuss the pros and cons of high intensity strength training, diet, and Ben’s fitness regime.

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Show Notes

Does Ben perform high intensity strength training and what does he think about HIT? (06:55)

Does Ben recommend high intensity strength training to his clients? (10:00)

Is it adequate to only perform high intensity strength training? (11:53)

What does Ben dislike about high intensity strength training? (14:25)

How does a high fat diet help build muscle? (16:40)

What are Ben’s current fitness goals (19:02)

How is Ben tracking against becoming the best obstacle-course racer in the world? (21:05)

Ben’s typical week (22:30)

The reasons why Ben chooses specific skill-based strength training over more conventional exercise or HIT-like protocols (27:00)

How does Ben decide on exercise activity selection? (29:17)

A detailed look at Ben’s diet (31:08)

Ben’s coffee of choice (39:05)

Does Ben eat any junk food? (40:00)

What does Ben think about the “Slow Carb Diet” or diets with “cheat days”? (42:30)

Ben’s top tips for rapid business growth (47:48)

Ben’s book recommendations (50:10)



Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life by Ben Greenfield

Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in 12 Minutes a Week by Dr Doug McGuff and John R. Little

Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food: 1 by Catherine Shanahan MD

Belly Fat Effect: The Real Secret about How Your Diet, Intestinal Health, and Gut Bacteria Help You Burn Fat by MD David Perlmutter

Warrior Cardio: The Revolutionary Metabolic Training System for Burning Fat, Building Muscle, and Getting Fit by Martin Rooney

Psych by Dr Judd Biasiotto


Other Resources


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