Ryan Munsey is a podcaster, writer, speaker, and high-performance consultant. He has worked with professional and Olympic athletes, Navy SEALs, and entrepreneurs - helping them optimize their minds and bodies, win medals, further careers, and build multiple 6-figure businesses. His work has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, and he currently hosts the top-rated Optimal Performance Podcast.
We were honored when Ryan agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA. So without further ado, here are his answers to your questions…
What’s the one thing you believe or practice that almost nobody else does?
I guess the “1 meal a day” thing has been a unique deal for a while, but it seems to be less and less of an outlier type of activity. On a daily basis, I don’t think anything of it, but when I travel and am around other people, it becomes how obvious it is that it is a unique thing.
What’s your favorite high-fat meal?
Almond butter on 100% dark chocolate.
What is the one fitness activity that you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?
Squats. I have a love-hate relationship with them. For the most part, I tailor my movement practices to do the things I enjoy, and squats are not one of those things. But I know how beneficial they are, so they’re always in my program in some way, shape or form - often multiple times a week.
You’ve had the opportunity to use light therapy for a few months now. What are a few of the benefits you have personally experienced?
I call it “clean energy”. It’s not the shot in the arm you get from coffee, but it is a noticeable, warming sensation that is like recharging your cellular batteries. Probably an apt analogy, since that’s what it is actually doing. Or maybe a bad one, since we’re not supposed to use the word we’re defining in the definition. I also feel like my hair is growing faster (beard and on top of my head).
Most people know you as a health and fitness enthusiast, but you’re also a savvy entrepreneur as well. What are a few of your favorite online marketing tools?
The first thing that comes to mind is Click Funnels. I love that you can create landing pages on the fly and their functionality to share funnels with other users is amazing.
Facebook ads were a huge driver for my gym as well. For that matter, social media in general, has really changed the way businesses (even brick and mortar locations) can reach potential customers.
You and your wife Donna love to travel. If you had to choose one place to visit again, where would it be and why?
Last January, I took my first trip to the Rockies. We got fresh powder on the trip, so the snow sports were perfect. I’d like to spend more time exploring the Rockies - such as hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing.
Since you included Donna in this question, and a wise married man knows not to answer for his wife, Mrs. Munsey says Asheville, NC - because of the way we can relax, yet remain active. We’re physical people, so we don’t do “nothing” well. Asheville gave us the chance to disconnect, yet stay active and still slow down at the same time.
You’ve had the opportunity to interview some pretty amazing people on the wildly popular Optimal Performance Podcast. Are there 1-2 guests that really stand out?
Oh man, I had a feeling this was coming as I’ve read some of your other AMA’s. I’ll say this: This question is like asking Brett Favre to pick his favorite football moments. What I mean by that, is that podcasting is basically an excuse for me to have compelling conversations with great people. Each one is a chance to learn, connect, and share valuable information. So, from that perspective, I enjoy each and every one, just the way (I assume) Mr. Favre would tell you he enjoyed every opportunity to put on his helmet.
If I have to pick a few that stand out, the cell phones and cancer episode with Katie Singer really changed the way I interact with wifi, fitness trackers, and cell phones. Dominic D’Agostino on ketones, Tait Fletcher on episode 100 opening up about depression, Dr. Stephen Porges on HRV and Polyvagal Theory, and Mark Sisson come to mind; also Eric Remensperger was incredible (cured his own cancer without traditional medicine).
What is one bad habit you’re trying to get rid of?
I love this question, I’m stealing it for the OPP!
I’m incredibly deliberate and intentional with my time and habits, so there aren’t many. I’m definitely not perfect, and any success in this area is only because I’ve brought a heightened sense of awareness to this very question for so many years (after all, my title at Natural Stacks is Chief Optimizer).
I’ll admit - I’ve gotten in the habit of watching a bit too much football on TV and reading too much college football analysis on ESPN. I’m a Clemson grad and I’m reveling in the current run of success.
If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?
This is going to sound cliche, but something along the lines of, “You get one life - make sure you live it to the fullest, make the most of your time, and make as much of a (positive) impact on the world as possible.”
Or maybe this line from my mentor, Paul Reddick, “Your life is perfectly designed for the results you’re currently getting."
Thanks again to Ryan Munsey for being a part of the Joovv AMA family! Also, don't forget to check out his podcast when you get a chance. Ryan hosts a phenomenal show.