How To Strip Fat Fast, Single Sets To Failure, CBD Dosing, Boxing For Fitness & More: The Jay Ferruggia Podcast

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Jay Ferruggia has been helping people become the strongest version of themselves since 1994.

You may have seen his work in Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Fast Company, Huffington Post, LiveStrong, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Shape, Entrepreneur, Details or on ESPN or CBS.

You know how group training is the big thing these days? He was doing that in the mid 90’s.

The hardcore, underground warehouse gyms that are so popular nowadays? He had one of those back in ’96.

Training like an athlete? Flipping tires, dragging sleds, pressing logs, using rings? He has been doing that for 20+ years with his clients, long before it was popular or on TV commercials.

What you may not know is that over the course of his life he's been physically and mentally weak, skinny, fat, sad, depressed, insecure, painfully shy, socially awkward, crippled with anxiety and indecision, struggled with addiction, and have gone broke on more than one occasion.

During my discussion with Jay in today's podcast, you'll discover:

-What happened to Jay when he didn't touch a weight for 12 weeks in a row and switched to body weight training only…[12:47]

-Jay's current strategies for maintaining his body as he ages, and his personal longevity tactics…[16:50]

-Jay's top tips for getting in great shape, in just 3-4 hours a week…[28:17]

-How Jay monitors his bloodwork, and the diet and supplements he takes…[46:45]

-The fastest way to lose fat safely and the best substitute for uphill sprints…[55:55]

-How to use single sets to failure for massive fitness responses…[60:27]

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

Books by Jason Ferruggia (including “Pushing The Limits”, which Ben discusses in this episode as a very good body weight training book)

Jason's podcast

Tony Jeffries Box N' Burn podcast

Craig Ballantyne Perfect Day podcast

The CBD Ben mentions

The Qualia God Pill Ben mentions

Alex Viada Juggernaut training and Hybrid athlete training systems

The PeakFitPro isometric machine Ben talks about – use code greenfield to get $200 off

The Chris Holder podcast

The Mike Salemi podcast

The lab tests that Ben recommends

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

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10 thoughts on “How To Strip Fat Fast, Single Sets To Failure, CBD Dosing, Boxing For Fitness & More: The Jay Ferruggia Podcast

  1. Crystal says:

    Hi, Ben. I have been reading your blog for north of 9 years, but lo and behold, I only started listening to podcasts a few months ago. I remember getting email links to podcasts and thinking, “what the hell is this?” Joke was on me….this is the ultimate way to create product time in the car on any commute!

    I heard mention of hybrid athletes in this podcast, and when I went to check out juggernaught, I realized its hybrid for weight training and power lifting, not what I was looking for.

    As a long time lover of endurance AND weight lifting, I find it difficult to balance the two. I have also read some fairly compelling information that leads me to believe (and my body is evidence to some degree), that it can be very hard to really tone the glutes/legs when running long due to fat storage of the most-oft utilized muscles….especially for women.

    Any thoughts? Maybe you could dedicate a podcast to this and/or recommend some reference sites/books.

  2. Mark Welsh says:

    Been, what was the name of the CBD oil vape setup to use before bed that you promoted? Thanks

  3. Dana Naylor says:

    Hi Ben or Jay,

    You mentioned the anti-inflammatory effect of CBD, do you have any referenced studies on that subject?

    As always, thanks for everything you do!!


  4. Anthony says:

    Hi Ben

    I have a question about IF. You mentioned that by having coffee or supplements during a fast can mess up the fast. If I take activated charcoal on an empty stomach (detox) during a fast, will this interrupt the fast?

  5. Drew says:

    Hi Ben,

    Do you have a recommendation for a program for a Sprint Interval for Fat Loss using either the

    SkiErg, Assault Bike, or Concept 2 Rower? (Reps, Sets, Frequency)

    (Or maybe even all 3? They all seem like good methods for Sprints)

    Thanks in advance. Really enjoying the show!

    1. Hi Drew, If you're looking for coaching with these specific machines, I'd be happy to help you via a personal one-on-one consult. Just go to and then choose a 20 or 60-minute consult, whichever you'd prefer. I can schedule ASAP after you get that. Additionally, if I'm "out of your price range" (yes, yes, I know I can be a spendy guy to access) I have a team of coaches I've personally trained who can help you here:…

  6. April says:

    Ben, what were the alternate 23 and Me tests that are available with the data gathered from 23 and Me?

    1. DNAFit, Promethease:

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