Ben Greenfield is recognized as one of the top fitness, triathlon, nutrition and metabolism experts in the nation. In 2008, he was voted as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), an internationally recognized and respected certifying agency for fitness professionals. Ben hosts the highly popular fitness, nutrition and wellness website at http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com, which features a free blog, wellness podcast, and fitness product reviews from Ben. Pacific Elite Fitness (http://www.pacificfit.net) is an online portal where Ben coaches a wide range of triathletes and assists people from all over the world with personal training for nutrition, fat loss, muscle toning, and general fitness. Ben also oversees the physiology and biomechanics laboratory at Champions Sports Medicine (http://www.champsportsmed.com) which offers metabolic-based weight loss, bicycle fitting, running gait analysis, swim stroke analysis, VO2 max testing, blood lactate testing, resting metabolic rate analysis, and other cutting-edge procedures for weight loss and human performance. Ben holds bacheler's and master's degrees in exercise physiology and biomechanics, and is a certified personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, sports nutritionist, and bike fitter.

Website: http://www.pacificfit.net

Are You An Endurance Athlete With Overtraining or Adrenal Fatigue?

Recently, a very “beat up” triathlete showed me the results of his saliva testing for hormones. They were really low. Even cortisol was low. Cortisol is the stress-release hormone we churn out when exercising and living, and when that drops low, it’s a real warning sign that you’re so beat up that your adrenal glands…

Is a Calorie a Calorie?

In a blog post on my website earlier this week, I taught how to count your calories and log your diet the right way. But it’s important to realize that especially for triathletes, it’s the nutrient density and quality of your food that truly matters – not the calorie content. But wait – a calorie…

Top 5 Triathlon Swimming Problems And What You Can Do About It

Let’s face it. An open water triathlon swim can be a bit uncomfortable. Whether it’s the large crowds of people pushing or elbowing on the beach or in the water for precious space, the physical adrenaline rush of the race start, or simply the fact that swimming is potentially the most “dangerous” part of a…

  • Published in Swim

How To Finish Ironman Triathlon Without Losing Muscle

Even though triathlon is the fastest growing sport on the planet, and the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run Ironman races sell out thousands of slots in just a few minutes, it can be a bit depressing when you realize that conventional triathlon training doesn’t really give you a nice body –…

Exercise Metabolic Testing: More Than Just Bragging Rights – Part 2

The EMT and VO2max test use similar equipment and test protocols, but the focus of the EMT is caloric utilization and specific physiological data points, rather than peak aerobic capacity. In fact, during an EMT, a test subject is only taken to approximately 85% of peak aerobic capacity, since higher exercise intensities do not yield…

Cross-Training For The Triathlon Off-Season

In some ways, we triathletes are like a hamster on a wheel. We finish a season of training and racing, then realize that we don’t really know how to do much more than stare at the bottom of a pool, spend hours in a bike saddle, or pound the pavement in our running shoes. We…

Exercise Metabolic Testing: More Than Just Bragging Rights – Part 1

A triathlete’s “VO2max” number lends itself to strong leverage for bragging rights in the endurance sports arena. If you know this number, which defines your maximum aerobic capacity, you can talk trash while hanging at the pool edge, chatting in spin class warm-up, or stretching on the track. Conveniently, your true athletic superiority can be…

3 Ways To Get More Bang For Your Buck From Your Bike Workouts

Pressed for time or stressed about how many hours you're feeling pressured to put on the bike? Here's 3 ways that triathletes can avoid wasting valuable time with too much riding. 1. Bike Indoors While there are advantages to the beautiful, great outdoors, cycling outdoors can also involve dressing appropriately, pumping your tires, putting on…

  • Published in Bike

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