The Health Habits, Rituals, Routines, Biohacks, Foods, Supplements, Workouts, & Success Secrets of The World-Changing Brendon Burchard.

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According to Forbes and SUCCESS magazines, my guest on today's show, Brendon Burchard, is “the world’s leading high performance coach” and “one of the most watched, followed and quoted personal development trainers in history.” Oprah Winfrey named him “one of the most influential leaders in the field of personal growth.

Brendon is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books include:

An online education pioneer, Brendon has also released over 20 personal development courses on topics like motivation, confidence, habits, and productivity, which have been completed by over 2,000,000 students in 190 countries. His online videos have been viewed over 300 million times. His podcast, The Brendon Show, debuted at #1 on iTunes across all categories and for five years has regularly been in the top 20 of health/self- help.

Brendon speaks to over 50,000 people at live events each year. Entrepreneur Magazine has called his multi-day personal development seminars “must-attends” for every leader. As an elite high performance executive coach, he's personally trained Oprah, Usher, dozens of Olympians, and Fortune 500 CEOs and their teams on the topics of change management and high performance.

For these results among many others, Brendon has appeared on the cover of SUCCESS Magazine twice and has consistently been named in the world's Top 25 most influential personal growth teachers along with Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington, and Tony Robbins. Brendon is a recipient of the Maharishi Award and a member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100.

But what many people don't know about Brendon is that he is incredibly passionate about, and knowledgeable in the realm of, health and biohacking. And that's exactly what we dive into on today's show.

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-How a near-death experience instantly changed Brendon's outlook from hopeless despair to a life of intention…6:30

  • Difficult breakup with high school girlfriend
    • Identity was wrapped up in the relationship; fell apart personally as a result
  • Reading became a form of therapy
  • Suffered a near-fatal car accident shortly after moving to the Dominican Republic
  • Brendon felt a new sense of intention for his life after the accident
  • Book: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware
  • Brendon's 3 questions: “Did I Live? Did I Love? Did I Matter?”

-Brendon's immediate reaction to the car crash…16:00

  • Returned to college motivated to live life to the fullest
  • If you live into the questions you know you'll ask at the end of your life, that's when you're living purposefully
  • Became a leadership consultant for Fortune 500 companies for 7 years
  • Constantly surrounded by high performing people in a culture of excellence
  • Realized his true passion was in writing
  • First book was a failure due to a lack of marketing skills
  • Became familiar with online marketing and quickly changed his fortunes
  • Success in online marketing allowed the pursuit of his other passion which is research

-Brendon's morning routine…26:10

-Brendon's physical movement and workout protocol…40:39

  • Work in 50-minute blocks of time
  • For 10 minutes, do Qigong, drink water
  • Before beginning, close eyes and ask, “What's my intention for the next hour?”
  • Workout is usually 4 pm
    • 5-minute walk
    • 5-minute jog
    • Full-body workout vs. weight lifting

-How the coronavirus pandemic has revealed or exposed people's health and wellness readiness…42:53

-Brendon's top biohacks…50:00

  • Hyperbaric chamber
    • Meditation
    • Exercise
    • Diet
    • Sleep
    • Relationships
    • X-Factor of supplements specific to you
  • How Brendon adjusts his protocol while conducting one of his seminars
    • Lost 11 lb. per event when first began
    • Bad for the heart and lectins when the weight fluctuates in that way
    • Eat 6,000 calories per day
    • Much higher fats
    • Supplements in protein and nootropics
    • Sleep is extremely important
    • Ice baths before, during, and after each event

-Brendon's sleep routine, and how it changes during an event…55:14

  • 3-2-1 routine
    • No food 3 hours before bed
    • No work 2 hours before bed
    • No screen 1 hour before bed
  • Extra magnesium 1 hour before bed
  • Stay in bed if you aren't able to sleep doing meditation and breathwork
  • Creative visualization when you can't sleep
  • Tacos for lunch, salmon and kale for dinner
  • During an event:
    • Eat 3 hours before bed
    • Additional supplementation with magnesium, Vitamin C, and GABA (save 10% with code GREENFIELD10)
    • Take 5-HTP with GABA
    • Ice bath for 13-15 minutes
    • Always introduce changes to protocol 2-3 days before the event (ex. ice baths)
  • Brendon's ice bath:
    • Add 8 cups Epsom salt
    • Add half the ice
    • 5 minutes in, add the rest of the ice
    • Get out after 13 minutes
    • Morozko Forge ice bath (Save $150 with code BENFORGE)
  • Watch caffeine intake, or hot drinks as it's bad for the voice
  • HPX Boost performance blend:
    • Organic beetroot
    • Goji berry
    • Coconut water
    • Maca root
    • Eleuthero
    • Schizandra
    • Rhodiola
    • 60 mg green tea caffeine

-Rapid-fire questions…1:08:00

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

– Podcasts:

– Books:

– Food and Supplements:

– Gear, Equipment and Tools:

– Brendon's Events

High Performance Planner

Tom Bilyeu

Trent Shelton

Earl Nightingale

Zig Ziglar

Dale Carnegie

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  6. Tanvir Ahmed says:

    Hi Ben!

    I’m looking for the study you cited about EAAs enhancing absorption of protein if taken simultaneously. Any chance you could point me in the right direction? Always appreciate you!

  7. Megan Lyons says:

    Hi Ben! I’m looking for the study you cited about EAAs enhancing absorption of protein if taken simultaneously. Any chance you could point me in the right direction? Always appreciate you!

  8. Chris says:

    Hi Ben

    This was so much fun to listen to, super informative, you both were great. I thank you.

    You mentioned on episode that one of his herbs makes you glittery.

    I cannot have caffeine at all, no chocolate, not a coffee person but chocolate is darn good.

    My heart races, can’t stop talking, trouble sleeping.

    How can I work on this? Is there something I can do to alleviate issue?

    1. SlyNate says:

      I suggest slowly ramping up your magnesium and see if that helps. Once you are replete, the central nervous system sensitivity should settle down.

  9. Sarah Wright says:

    YESSSS! Ben + Brendon combo might be one of my favs! (Attended my first HPX Live this Feb in San Diego) and have been a huge follower/supporter of BGF for ages so this is an AWESOME collaboration – thanks, guys!
    Resources I have been tapping:
    Boundless (naturally)
    The Courage to Be Happy – Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga (TONS of applicable parallels to covid)
    Just started LIMITLESS – Jim Kwik because why learn slowly when you can learn fast
    and I second B.B. recommendation for the Tao of Pooh and actually also would stack the Te of Piglet – Benjamin Hoff
    and “the little prince” is applicable always


  10. Sara says:

    Switch on your brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf is awesome.
    Would love if you interviewed her.

  11. Jim says:

    Ben, I have been providing Cyrex food allergy panel for some of my patients. In going over results with their doctor, they mentioned that the beta glucans break down in such a way that it can confuse the inflammatory response. This can result in other foods being an irritant. On my own panel they suggested that my poly/cross reactivity was probably due to my high shroom intake. I thought there might be an outside chance this could help with your own gut issues.

  12. Margaret C says:

    Did I miss where Brandon discussed getting rid of allergies fast? What minute is that please?

  13. Hunter Ryan says:


    An observation from this podcast. When Ben and Brendon were talking about books, thought leaders, and other resources that they look to when doing their own personal development and reflection, all of the names were male

    Obviously, two very successful and accomplished individuals. This was just an observation of the names that were mentioned in regards to the constellation of individuals that they surround themselves with. Of course, I would be interested in hearing what Ben and Brendon make of this, if they noticed this point, or if this is by intention.

    Thank you both for making the time to put out this information.

  14. Anthony Guastella says:

    Hey Ben, I heard you talk about how EAAs increase absorption for other proteins. Does collagen have the same effect when taking it with other proteins?

  15. C says:

    Pretty good talk overall, however – 2 glaring disconnects – buying into the idea that anyone has the right to not allow healthy people to stay healthy by keeping them indoors and even more insanely stating that a toxin laden cocktail injected into your body is O.K. if you are healthy is exactly what permits the downfall of public health that is being experienced globally. Just say no!

  16. Hello,
    Loved the episode. Will keep the med rx in mind. Did not like brendon before your show found him unbalanced but now I see that he has a specific routine. I will have to go back and re-read his books.

  17. S says:

    Thanks Ben for another top quality & fun interview. Love the fact that you include poo in most of your episodes :) and that you are not afraid to say things that others wouldn’t eg advantageous tax rate in Puerto Rico. Brendan’s journey is inspiring, lots of great advice and recommendations. However I often hear stories of people who had a life changing moment and went on to radically rethink their lives. How can it be so linear? I would like to hear how your guests, or you for that matter, manage your own doubts, weariness or lack of motivation on a daily basis (if you have any, of course). Lately I have found that I am exhausted from trying (currently doing a thesis and badly managing health problems) and I haven’t been ‘bringing excellence’ into my academic work. Lately, I started listening again to podcast like yours and to read a small section of one of your books or similar, plus re-introduce breathing and light training in the morning etc, but I can’t seem to fight off that mental fatigue. Sure, the current pandemic added fear to the mix, but would lie to myself if I blamed my current mindset on the situation. Ben, you do SO much, and very well – how do you keep on track? And how do your guests stay motivated? Your insights would be great! Blessings, S. PS. I miss your podcasts with Brock + you always sound smart and sexy (ref to your ad!)

    1. Nick says:

      Hey S,

      I think it is the opposite: non-linear.

      Once you find and start pursuing your purpose/passion the doubt and lack of motivation lift.

      1. S says:

        Thanks for the reply, Nick. With linear, I meant that people overcome their hurdle once and find their calling afterwards – as opposed to having ups and downs and trying various things until they eventually find their purpose. Not sure I am clearly expressing what I mean to say – probably not! Have you found your purpose/passion? Given all my doubts, maybe I haven’t found mine even though I thought I had? So many questions…

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