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Ben Greenfield On Optimizing Endurance Training

By January 13, 2013June 14th, 202332 Comments

Ready to get your athletic geek on? Ask and ye shall receive.  The multi-sport, multi-hyphenate strength & endurance athlete / coach and overall fitness / nutrition authority Ben Greenfield joins the podcast to dive deep down the rabbit hole and get granular on: optimizing endurance training methods; periodization & setting proper training zones; the cross fit craze; using technology to monitor physiological markers & effectively bio-hack your body for enhanced performance; the importance of nutrition & supplementation for recovery; and much more.

And if you have a moment, we’d love it if you could toss a quick review up on the iTunes page.

Thanks for the support and enjoy the show!


For links & to learn more about the tools, products & information Ben advocates in this podcast, click HERE.

Ben Greenfield’s “Become Superhuman” Event in Spokane, WA, March 8-9, 2013. Use the code “RICHROLL” and get $50 off the $297 attendance fee.


  • Steve says:

    Awesome podcast, love the information.

  • Jackie says:

    Rich, getting ready to start Engine 2, 28 day challenge at Whole Foods. Wondering if maybe you could get Rip Esselstyn on your podcast? This podast was awesome!

  • Brad Capello says:

    Rip would be a great podcast for sure. or Brendan Brazier as well.

  • chris says:

    Rich – great job with the podcast – its been a super fitness/wellness tool.

  • richroll66 says:

    Thanks everyone glad you enjoyed Ben. Brendan Brazier is in the works for early February – he is traveling & out of town at the moment. I’ll get Rip on for sure but want to do that one in person – next time we’re in the same place at the same time:)

  • Chris says:

    another great podcast Rich…awesome

  • Sarah says:

    Yes, another really great podcast, Rich. Going to have to listen again with a pad and pen!

  • Great and inspiring podcast.

    That heart rate variability device Ben mentioned, do you have a link?

    And generally, there was a lot of devices and gadgets mentioned, I’d love some more links added to the show notes. 🙂

  • Steve Pero says:

    Just found your podcast through a link on Ben’s blog/website. Now working my way up through all of them. #1 was fantastic with Julie. Looking forward to the Brendan interview.

  • Jason says:

    just getting better and better. Thanks Rich!

  • Jim says:

    Thanks for geeking out. It is really interesting to hear all of the various ways to measure levels of various functions to eek out fitness rewards.
    It would be nice to have multiple perspectives in one podcast. Greenfield has significant ethos, but his ways do not serve everyone, and some of what he advocates does not seem to fit everyday folks like myself.
    Two points:
    1) Most of the top athletes in the world take hot showers, though I enjoy that he did say it was “his” deal. For me, I’m a skinny, Floridian vegan and when the temp drops, the shower temp increases. Summer = cold shower. Winter = hot shower. Duh. There are so many aspects outside of physiology that affect this as well. Mood. Body temp. Etc… If I were to take a cold shower before a long trail run in the winter, I don’t even want to know what would happen. My flesh would be white with frost.

    2) In other arenas, he has mentioned that stretching is not needed before sport. To me, I would like to hear a discussion because if I don’t stretch before I exercise, I can’t move to performance levels well, and I can feel the phantom of injury coming – pain is almost immediate. Stretching, especially yoga, before exercise has allowed me to progress to a significantly higher level.
    The multiple voices interacting would be beneficial to the fact that there is no “one” way to anything.

  • b says:

    awesome podcast, so detailed. What are your thoughts on 80-10-10. Have you experimented with it? my diet is somewhere between that and a plant powered diet (similiar to yours).

    p.s. all hail KALE 🙂

  • Brian says:

    rich when i read your book i ended up going back and taking notes. now with this i know i’ll do the same plus go back and check out the other podcasts. keep spreading the knowledge. this stuff is great. I always love hearing from experts. you should interview every one of them. It makes for great podcasts. last year for me was all about nutrition. it’s very interesting. recently I’ve been thinking about recovery and what to do in between workouts. I’d like to hear a bit about that. I’ll be listening

  • Susan says:

    Rich (may I call you Rich?), loved this podcast with Ben. It’s got me thinking about upping the geek factor in my own training, particularly this idea that “every workout should have a purpose”. I’ve been tracking back and listening to all the podcasts. Big picture…I deeply appreciate the fitness/food/spirit trifecta in your approach. Keep up the great work (and more Julie please!).

  • Great podcast guys! I kind of fit the “grey zone” training amateur perfectly. Time to smarten up me thinks 😉

  • Jim B says:

    Rich – great podcast!! Thanks for putting all the time and effort into this. I think what comes through from this and the Vinnie Tortorich podcast is that if you want to go long with ultra stuff there aren’t really any super shortcut hacks (i.e. Crossfit Endurance) without causing other forms of compromising physiological damage. Like most big things in life with anything ultra you have to invest and do the work.

    Cheers, Jim.

  • Alan Findlay says:

    So glad I’ve connected with your podcast and found a gounding to my spiritual searching and marrying this to my questing in Iron distance triathlons to making them tributes of the heart, almost as if attract my authentic pieces together.

  • Todd Ransonet says:

    Great Podcast!

  • Alec says:

    Rich i want to know how your plant power repair protein compares to onnits hemp protein or how superior is it?

  • Steve Means says:

    This was far and away the best of Rich’s podcasts to date, straight talk about setting training zones properly and all the biohacking gadgets/supplement talk particularly for recovery in age groupers.

    It would be awesome if you could get Ben back on and talk more about the specifics of his method of periodization and contrast vs. one of your (Chris Hauth’s?) training plans.

  • Roberta says:

    by far the best PODCAST to date. Thanks so much you make the long commute home so much more tolerable.

  • Laura says:

    It is funny but I am finding myself learning more about nutrition and how to improve myself from listening to podcasts like these. I actually have Crohn’s disease. I battle inflammation due to it. I feel food and exercise are the answers to everything. I don’t want to bash doctors because I was quite sick and have a lot of gratitude for them but they often ignore nutrition. This is an amazing source for me. Thank you!

  • Scott Ormond says:

    Best podcast I have ever heard bar none. scottyO-Aspen

  • Pola says:

    Great show!!! A lot of really interesting information. Best podcast!!!

  • Walter says:

    Rich you really are hitting on the right questions. In the middle of a topic and Im thinking I wish you would ask a certain question, it seems to be the next thing out of your mouth. Keep up the good work.

  • Kelly Mahoney says:

    Did I miss the part where low carb Ben debated plant power Rich about best nutrition for endurance?

  • Yo Momma says:

    I would have loved to have attended Ben Greenfield’s Becoming Superhuman but I didn’t hear the podcast until after the event.

  • Juan Carlos Hernandez says:

    Rich, I just started listening to your podcast a few weeks ago and I decided to skip around and found this one! I really enjoyed the Zone talks and correct training advice. Thank you!

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