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New Discoveries Of The Week: Cool New Things I'm Trying, Books I'm Reading, And More!
I get a lot of questions from you about this stuff I use called rapeh…
…with the first question often being: What the heck is it? The short answer is that rapeh is an Amazonian-based extract that has a distinct head-clearing effect (by the way, it's pronounced “rah-pay,” though there are alternate spellings like rape and alternate pronunciations like “hah-pay”) that I like to take prior to meditation and breathwork, and lately, as a midday pick-me-up. Certain strains of rapeh can also be beneficial for deep, restorative sleep.
I get my rapeh from a company called Planet Kambo because their product is ceremonial-grade, and when I'm snorting something up my nose (more on that below), I want it to be of the highest quality. A favorite Planet Kambo varietal of mine, Frostbite Menthol—described on the site as “cooler than a penguin’s cold bits”—is the perfect mind-cleansing wake-up call. They also have varietals such as Reset (for sharpening cognition and improving energy), Restore (for balance and realignment), Strawberry Sundae (for deliciousness), and more.
Here's a quick rundown of how I take my rapeh, which is stored in little tin containers that you can fit right in your pocket. I put a pea-sized amount in my bamboo kuripe pipe—also available at Planet Kambo—to self-administer my rapeh, which allows me to adjust the dose as needed. I then put one end of the pipe into my mouth and the other into my nose (stick with me here) and both inhale and exhale quickly before then hitting the other nostril. Then I start breathing through my mouth so the rapeh doesn't get in the back of my throat. Next, I just let it sit there a while as I go into my meditation or breathwork or whatever. When you're ready, you do a kind of blowhole type thing out of both of your nostrils, which I'll admit is definitely nasty, and also somewhat painful, but well worth it. No pain, no gain, right?
I made up a new workout this week, and it was pretty fun, too. It’s a potent combination of high-intensity interval training, bodyweight training, and a little bit of technology.
Here’s the breakdown:
Do an AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) for 30 minutes of the following:
- 1 minute of push-ups on the Power Plate vibration plate (if you don't have a power plate, you can just do regular push-ups and crank them out as hard as possible)
- 1-minute isometric squat hold on the Power Plate
- 1-minute battle rope as hard as you can go alternating arms (check out this video of me going at it hard)
- 1-minute decline push-ups on the Power Plate
- 1 minute Power Plate bridges (this is actually one of the best butt-triggering exercises I've ever discovered, and yes, that's my own butt there on the right)
- 1-minute medicine ball slams
That’s it. You'll get a killer workout in just 30 minutes and if you do have a Power Plate, the workout is next-level, because your body naturally attempts to fight back against the vibrations by trying to stabilize itself. This natural reflexive response to the vibrations activates more muscles—recruiting 95% of your muscle fibers while a regular workout is shown to only recruit 55%—ups the fat burn rate, increases circulation, and improves bone strength. The Power Plate is widely used by doctors and hospitals and even has a legion of celebrity fans including Serena Williams, Clint Eastwood, Mark Wahlberg, and Sting.
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Product Of The Week
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One of the biggest game-changers for optimizing my health has been understanding how food affects my energy levels. If I over fuel, or eat specific food throughout the day, it can have adverse effects on both my energy levels and physical fitness.
About a year ago, I started using a product called Levels to measure my blood glucose. Levels is an app that pairs with a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) to give people insight into their metabolic health. It wasn't until I saw data about the way I was metabolizing food that I was able to gain insight into the way that I felt and performed day in and day out.
Metabolic function has a number of factors that affect it–diet, exercise, and sleep being a few of them. With Levels, I've been able to dial in my diet and fitness to optimize my energy, exercise, and recovery to achieve the best performance possible, every day.
Supplements Revealed (September 14-23, 2021)
In this groundbreaking docuseries about the world of supplements, I'm one of 13 experts discussing the truth about which supplements to take, which to avoid, and how to avoid spending hundreds of dollars on low-quality synthetics. Register here for online access to this virtual event airing for a limited time starting on September 14th.
The Gathering (October 7-9, 2021)
Join me, my wife, Jessa, and a small number of elite CEOs and entrepreneurs for three days of mitochondrial optimization, biohacking, fitness training, five-star organic meals, and authentic human connection in Austin, TX. This will be my 6th time attending The Gathering at RUNGA, the event that I consider to be the most exclusive, comprehensive, and restorative wellness retreat on the entire planet. Click here to grab one of the very limited spots we have open to the public for The Gathering this October.
Las Vegas Keto Expo (October 15-16, 2021)
I'll be speaking at the Las Vegas Keto Expo along with 13 other keto experts. The first 300 guests to register here will get a free drink chip for the poolside party and a free t-shirt.
Keep up on all of my LIVE appearances by following bengreenfieldfitness.com/calendar!
Introducing My New Training Program!
This week, I announced I will be launching my new training program, Boundless, exclusively on the Ladder app. With my program, I will provide you with my own personal training plan every week, including 5 Tabata/bodyweight sessions, 1 active recovery session, and 1 day dedicated to “biohacking.”
This is the next best thing to training with me in person and at an incredible rate. In addition to programming, you’ll get access to a community of individuals who will also help hold you accountable.
So no more guessing. No more planning. No more excuses. Boundless will take care of all of that for you. We begin training together as a team on Monday, September 20th. To secure your spot, join my waitlist and you’ll get your first week of training FREE.
I Want To Know What You've Got Cooking
I'm so stoked about the positive feedback I've been getting about my new Boundless Cookbook. The cookbook was a labor of love, but I'm really proud of the end result (especially considering I'm definitely not a trained chef).
Now that the Boundless Cookbook is available on Amazon, I have a favor to ask…
If you have the cookbook and you love it, can you hop on over to Amazon and leave a review? Amazon reviews—as I bet you know—are super important. I want your honest feedback and I'll be reading them to hear what you think.
You can leave your review on Amazon right here (and if you don't have a cookbook yet, and you're an Amazon Prime member, you could have your copy at your doorstep as early as tomorrow).
Kion Product Of The Week: Kion Aminos Powder, With A New-And-Improved Formula!
I’ve used Aminos every single day for years. I’ve used it to get gold in major competitions and I still use it to stay energized for every workout that comes my way.
But, now, the Aminos I use for muscle growth, recovery, and performance is 10x better.
Kion wanted to do this right. The new Aminos is based on the latest EAA research from the smartest amino acid experts around. They dove headfirst into the cream of the crop research and discovered the proven EAA ratio for muscle growth.
Get PUMPED, because the new Kion Aminos now has…
- 40% leucine. New research shows that leucine-rich amino acids are the ultimate tool for muscle protein synthesis, supporting a positive protein balance, are associated with muscle growth, aid in muscle repair, support recovery, and a whole lot more!
- All 9 essential amino acids. The complete amino profile you need to unlock total body health and performance.
100% transparency. We’re proud of our new formula, so we’re telling you exactly how much of each amino acid you’re getting in every serving.
- Fresher flavors. Cool Lime and Mixed Berry flavors are even more delicious and still so darn energizing.
Guys, this is the best Aminos yet. If you were already a fan, now’s the time to get your hands on the highest-performance formula yet and unlock your leanest, strongest muscles ever.
*The FDA hasn't evaluated these statements. Kion products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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