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Shattering World Swim Records On 25-Piece Fried Chicken Buckets, Climbing Mountains While Eating Defatted, Vegan, Grass-Fed, Argentinian Liver Anhydrate & Much More.

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I first met today's podcast guest when he sent me a bottle of strange pills in the mail.

Normally, I would toss such a bottle into my pantry or garage with all the other random powders, oils, capsules, pills, lotions and creams that often show up at my house…

…but this bottle intrigued me.

Along with echinacea and beet root extract, the bottle contained a bunch of other stuff I'd never heard of.

Stuff like “Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae”. “Defatted, Vegan, Grass Fed Argentinian Liver Anhydrate”. A version of Cordyceps with the name “Sinesis”. 

So I called the guy who sent it to me and asked him what it was for. It turns out that he, and this bottle, are far from normal. His name is Craig Dinkel, and on today's podcast, you'll discover:

-How Craig went from almost drowning in the pool to being one of the fastest swimmers in the world… [8:30]

-How Craig cut 7  seconds off his 100-meter time while swimming in highschool[14:40]

-Why Craig took bee pollen and royal jelly while training for the Olympic swim team…[22:20]

-The fitness strategies Craig used to train the celebrity musicians he worked with…[25:45]

-The training Craig used to switch from swim performance to mountaineering…[49:00]

-How echinacea can increase red blood cell count just as much as the illegal performance-enhancing drug EPO…[69:26]

-The fascinating new research on the ability of beet extract to turn white storage fat into calorie-burning brown fat…[68:30]

-How high amounts of desiccated liver increased time-to-exhaustion in the lab by over 750%…[71:42]

-The rare fungal extract from larvae that can cause your body to produce ATP, even in the absence of calories…[67:00]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

The beet juice/brown fat study Ben mentions 

Into Thin Air” book

Thorne Niasafe

BioTropic Blood Oxygenating supplement (use code ben to get 20% discount)

Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Craig or me? Leave your thoughts below and one of us will reply!


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9 thoughts on “Shattering World Swim Records On 25-Piece Fried Chicken Buckets, Climbing Mountains While Eating Defatted, Vegan, Grass-Fed, Argentinian Liver Anhydrate & Much More.

  1. I have a question for Craig. In the interview he mentioned that as a swimmer he tended to breath with every stroke. I had the same issue as a swimmer. I am well aged since those days, but I think maybe this has carried over into my current areas of physical exertion – trail running and mountain biking. I seem relatively more short of breath than those I ride with and my heart rate seems to run high during exercise. Now this may be related to my fitness, but I think it may also be inefficient conversion of oxygen.

    What would you recommend to optimize my use of oxygen?

  2. Ben or anyone, i am looking for a sweat proof bluetooth head set for outside work and play/ workout but only want 1 ear, call me cook but i have to keep one ear open to my surroundings. Any recommendations?

  3. I loved the interview but was unsure what to buy afterwards…

    I’m glad it wasn’t a big ad for the product, but since I was genuinely interested I wish there had been more product placement.

    Specifically: what do I buy that has the “Argentinian Vegan Deffated Liver”?

  4. That study did not mention beets. It mentioned green leafy veges. I’m not saying that makes the study false, as beets do contain inorganic nitrate – but it made some of the statements in this podcast sound odd because the statements seem to imply the study was about beet extract.

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