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How To Optimize Your Performance Like The World’s Top Athletes w/ Expert Dr. Greg Wells

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“We can bring it back to genetics, if you want, but ultimately, it comes down to routines, strategies, hacks, and tools that you use every single day to construct the life that you want.”
— Greg Wells

Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today, we are joined by Dr. Greg Wells, a physiologist, scientist, broadcaster, and author. Dr. Wells has dedicated his career to understanding human performance and how the human body responds to extreme conditions. Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. He has studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the planet, like the Andes Mountains and the Sahara Desert.
Dr. Wells is also the author of Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes, which explores how genetics and DNA, the brain, muscles, lungs, heart and blood work together in extreme conditions, and, he has a new book coming out soon called The Ripple Effect

In this episode, we talk about a really wide range of fascinating topics, from sleep and nutrition to exercise and peak performance habits. We uncover some surprising things that you may not realize are influencing your overall physical and mental performance, and even go into some cool tools and strategies you can implement right away. I really, really enjoyed this conversation, and I think you will, too.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is Dr. Greg Wells, and how did he get to where he is?
  • Who are some of the most notable folks that Dr. Wells works with, and what does he do with them?
  • What makes elite athletes perform at such a high level?
  • What are the sleep habits of the world’s top athletes?
  • What is the dietary regimen of some the world’s top athletes? How do they plan it?
  • How much do genetics matter, and how much of that can we actually influence?
  • What is a “fitness set point” and what does it mean?
  • What are the most specific and impactful behavioral changes that you can make to improve performance?
  • A discussion of meditation and how it actually improves physical performance
  • The importance of heart rate variability, what it means, and why it’s so important
  • What is the #1 top thing that Dr. Greg Wells saw that differentiated the athletes that won Olympic medals?
  • One performance experiment you can try today
  • What 3 things can we learn from the performance of athletes in the most extreme of conditions?
  • What is “The Media Psychology Effect,” and how is it influencing your performance?
  • What supplements are athlete athletes using or not using, and why?
  • A discussion of magnesium and turmeric supplementation
  • What is Dr. Greg Wells’ new book about?
  • What does Dr. Wells think about milk and dairy?
  • What products or services could Dr. Greg Wells NOT live without?
  • What homework would Dr. Wells like to assign to you guys?
  • What’s the #1 takeaway for this episode?

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Favorite Quotes from Dr. Greg Wells:

“When you get up to the top 5 in the world, most athletes are kind of coaching themselves at that point, but they have an incredible team around them.”
“Sleep is always the foundation of everything.”

“I’ll take someone who eats well for 6 months and has a bad meal on game day over someone who eats like crap for 6 months and has a perfect meal on game day.”
“Height is genetically determined. Width is not.”
“If I was to pick one thing that determines whether or not you’re successful in the moment, it’s whether or not you’re focused.”
“Just make a total audit, and ensure that every single little thing that’s coming at you is mission critical and is going to drive you forward.”
“The vast majority of supplements that are available over the counter have substances in them that are not on the label. We generally stay away from them.”
“If you’re top 5-10 in the world, then we can start talking about supplements. Anything below that, you really need to just train and eat perfectly.”
“You can get a 5-10% improvement in performance simply by optimizing your mental state.”
“I’m trying to build a technological framework that amplifies my time massively so that I can really impact the world.”
“Just be 1% better every day, and if you can do that, you’ll be in a very, very different place 1 year from now.”

Jonathan

Jonathan

Jonathan Levi is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor from Silicon Valley.

After successfully selling his Inc 5,000 rated startup in April of 2011, Levi enlisted the help of speed-reading expert and university professor Anna Goldentouch, who tutored him in speed-reading, advanced memorization, and more. Levi saw incredible results while earning his MBA from INSEAD, and later went on to teach a best-selling online course on the subject. With this unique skill, he has become a proficient lifehacker, optimizing and "hacking" such processes as travel, sleep, language learning, and fitness.