Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life

Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life

by Ben Greenfield


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ISBN-13: 9781628600124
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Ben Greenfield is a coach, author, speaker, ex-bodybuilder, and Ironman triathlete. His science-based approach to discovering a potent balance between health and performance has revolutionized the way thousands of athletes and exercise enthusiasts around the world live, train, and eat. Ben now works with athletes, CEOs, and soccer moms alike, helping them achieve amazing feats of physical endurance without destroying their bodies in the process.

In 2008, the National Strength and Conditioning Association voted Ben America's top personal trainer. He holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics from University of Idaho, and is a certified sports nutritionist (C-ISSN) and a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS). He has more than a decade of experience teaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports how to be healthy on the inside and on the outside -- and coaches people of all ages and backgrounds on performance, fat loss, nutrition, lifestyle management, and wellness.

In addition to being the head coach and nutritionist for Pacific Elite Fitness and the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, Ben is a consultant for WellnessFX, the host of the Get-Fit Guy and Ben Greenfield Fitness podcasts on iTunes, the author of more than a dozen programs and books for optimizing health and performance, and the owner of, the world's top endurance sports entertainment website. He also trains and mentors physicians, personal trainers, and physical therapists from around the globe via his mastermind Superhuman Coach Network at

Table of Contents

Foreword Chris McCormack 7

Preface: Is Exercise Unhealthy? 9

Introduction: How I Went from Overtraining and Eating Bags of Thirty-Nine-Cent Hamburgers to Detoxing My Body and Doing Sub-Ten-Hour Ironmans with Less Than Ten Hours of Training a Week 15

Part 1 Fitness

Chapter 1 A Tale of Two Triathletes: Can Exercise Make You Age Faster? 22

Chapter 2 Everything You Need to Know About Heart Rate Zones 30

Chapter 3 The Two Best Ways to Build Endurance as Fast as Possible (without Destroying Your Body) 43

Chapter 4 Underground Training Tactics for Enhancing Endurance 65

Chapter 5 The Five Essential Elements of an Endurance-Training Program That Most Athletes Neglect 94

Part 2 Recovery

Chapter 6 How the Underrecovery Monster Is Eating Up Your Precious Training Time 148

Chapter 7 Twenty-Five Ways to Know with Laserlike Accuracy if Your Body Is Truly Recovered and Ready to Train 157

Chapter 8 Twenty-Six Top Ways to Recover from Workouts and Injuries with Lightning Speed 184

Chapter 9 The Seven Best Ways to Beat a Hidden Killer That Sabotages Your Recovery 208

Chapter 10 Everything You Need to Know to Sleep Better, Eliminate Insomnia, Conquer Jet Lag, and Master the Nap 227

Part 3 Nutrition

Chapter 11 Forty Easy Meals for Busy Athletes: How to Fuel Your Body with the Thousands of Calories Needed for Endurance and Extreme Exercise without Destroying Your Metabolism 256

Chapter 12 What Two Five-Year-Old Boys Can Teach You About How to Track Calories and Log Your Diet the Right Way 275

Chapter 13 How Much Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat You Need to Stay Lean, Stay Sexy, and Perform Like a Beast 287

Chapter 14 The Zen of Customizing Your Diet to Your Unique Body and Goals 311

Chapter 15 Nine Bad Things That Happen When Digestion Goes Awry, How to Hit the Reboot Button on Your Gut, and the Best Way to Detox Your Body 330

Chapter 16 The Truth About Eating Before, During, and After Workouts and Races 359

Chapter 17 The Twenty-One Best Kitchen Tools, Grocery Shopping Guides, Cookbooks, Websites, and Local Resources for Fueling Your Active Lifestyle 377

Part 4 Lifestyle

Chapter 18 How to Protect Your Body from the Ten Hidden Killers in Your Home 384

Chapter 19 The Zen of Getting Über-Fit without Neglecting Your Friends, Your Family, and Your Career 407

Chapter 20 My Top Ten Time-Saving and Productivity Tips-Including How to Quit Mowing Your Lawn 417

Part 5 The Brain

Chapter 21 Two Ways Your Brain Breaks and Exactly What You Can Do About It: Fixing Neurotransmitter Dysfunction 426

Chapter 22 Twenty-One Ways to Hack Your Brain: A Complete Guide to Enhancing Your Brainpower, Creativity, Focus, Motivation, and IQ 444

Chapter 23 Ten Rules for Becoming an Ancestral Athlete 456

Chapter 24 Closing Thoughts and Additional Resources 464

Figure Credits 468

Index 471

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Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AS18 More than 1 year ago
Easy to read with a ton of useful knowledge to take your health and fitness to the next level. Book applies to all aspects of life, just not for athletes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The-Truth More than 1 year ago
Awesome book.  A bible for all things health and wellness.   Easy to understand resource for the weekend warrior to the experienced athlete. Diet, exercise, supplements, in real-world terms.  Fat-burning-muscle-building-stress-busting-it's-my-life-only-better-tool by Americas favorite expert.  Thank you Ben Greenfield for writing this book.  Rob Spaulding