Jon Benson is the creator and co-author of Fit Over 40 (the #2 best-selling fitness e-book in the world and co-written with Tom Venuto, no less).
Jon is an internationally recognized transformation lifecoach, specializing in mental strategies for the excellence lifestyle, fat-burning nutrition and superior physical fitness. His coaching program TTP-90 has acheived critical acclaim in publications such as Shawn Phillips’ Real Solutions, Dr. Richard Winett’s Master Trainer and in Olympian Kevin Saunders’ A Nation At War. Jon’s online writing also won the 2005 award for Best Health and Fitness Blog from Forbes Magazine.
Jon is also a bit of a renaissance man; in addition to being an expert in nutrition and fitness, he is an accomplished musician, scuba diver, marketer, and speaker. I actually met Jon through music, not nutrition, while playing a show in downtown Austin a while back. As a rocking bass player himself (who once opened up for David Bowie), we had a fun little chat about life, nutrition, marketing, and music.
But Jon isn’t just an accomplished guy, he also has a truly inspiring story to share.
Of all the folks I’ve interviewed for my transformation series, Jon’s change is perhaps the most stunning.
In his mid-30’s, Jon’s doctor told him that he probably wouldn’t make it to 40.
With a bodyweight of over 260, blood pressure of 200/100, a glut of hormonal problems, and a massive 48 inch waist, Jon wasn’t just morbidly obese, he was a walking stroke.
Then, just before he hit 40, he transformed his body to a ripped 186 pounds 6.5% bodyfat!
Do yourself a favor and visit Jon’s website and take a gander at his work. He manages to incorporate his sharp wit, personality, and humor into his writing – something very rare, especially in nutrition and fitness.
Cool, onto the show.
Jon and I chat about:
- How Jon went from having a 48 inch waist to landing on the cover of bodybuilding magazines
- How to beat Tim Ferris’ muscle building protocol by 3 hours and 53 minutes
- What it was like to eat like a caveman before the “Paleo Diet” (in the 90’s, dude!)
- The relative value of genetics vs. training
- Why eating Twinkies for breakfast is a bad idea
- And what it’s like to live down the street from Mark Sisson
Here we go.
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