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Feb 19, 2018

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast I’ll be interviewing a four-time CrossFit Games veteran, and total bad ass, Emily Abbott. Emily trains out of MOST Physical Preparation in Calgary, Alberta and has been a dominant force in Canada West since 2014. In this episode we’ll get a more in-depth look into the life of Abbott and getting into things like finding your divine flow, goals vs. intentions, and training less to gain more. Enjoy the show.

 

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Topics of discussion:

 

01:40 - The story behind Emily’s tattoos 

04:50 - Testing your ethics 

08:50 - Intentions vs. goal setting

14:12 - Emily’s style of leadership

17:25 - Awakening to your life’s purpose

22:54 - Increasing self-awareness 

29:00 - Defining “Embodiment” 

33:35 - Training less, gaining more 

39:00 - Getting an edge on the competition 

46:54 - Breaking the phone addiction

53:10 - Advice for athletes preparing for the Open 

56:04 - Developing a competitive mindset 

 

Links:

 

Awakening to Your Life's Purpose - Tolle

Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals  - Halvorson

@abbott.the.red - Instagram 

 

Reviews:

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Feb 12, 2018

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast I’m excited to introduce you to the Squat King himself, Dr. Aaron Horschig. Aaron graduated from Truman State University in 2009 and went on to receive a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri in 2012. Since then he’s worked with professional football players in the NFL, Olympic Weightlifters, NCAA Division I & II athletes, as well as CrossFit athletes. In this episode we’ll be diving into a lot of the concepts and principles highlighted in his book, The Squat Bible, as well as how we can ultimately improve the performance of our athletes through the quality of movement. Be sure to check below for links to his book and his website. Enjoy the show.

 

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Topics of discussion:

2:45 - The looking glass of movement 

13:00 - Empowering the patient 

19:14 - Conscious eating - What’s your relationship with food?

21:50 - Falling in love with the process

26:18 - Why the Squat is so important for a healthy lifestyle

33:30 - The Squat Bible

49:30 - The fastest way to increase your mobility 

56:50 - Finding the right PT for you

 

Links:

The Squat Bible - Horschig

Squat University

 

Reviews:

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Feb 5, 2018

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast we have guest speaker, Chris Mazdzer. Chris is an American Luger who has been active since 2001 and in 2015, he won the Luge World Cup Men’s singles even in Lake Placid. Whether you're training for Regionals, The Games, or the Olympics, there is a lot to learn from Chris and his experiences as an Olympic athlete. We’ll be getting into his early Luge career, qualifying for the Olympics, and his mental preparation as an elite athlete. Enjoy the show.

 

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Topics of discussion:

2:30 - Describing a Luge run

9:00 - Early Luge career 

15:50 - Growing up at age 13 

20:30 - Making it to the Pros 

26:50 - Facing your fears as an athlete 

36:30 - Qualifying for the Olympics 

43:30 - Working under pressure 

48:50 - Beating Felix Loch 

51:35 - Facing mental challenges 

 

Reviews:

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Jan 29, 2018

This week’s guest is Crossfit competitor Margaux Alvarez. Margaux is one of the most composed Crossfit athletes I’ve ever watched, and it was a pleasure talking about some of the experiences that she’s had that have shaped who she is. We’re talking today about her mindset, how she developed it, the vineyard she has opened with her husband Alex, and some of the productivity and time management skills that she has had to develop as both an elite athlete and an entrepreneur. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:48] Who are the funniest and most admirable Crossfit Games athletes?

[5:58] Margaux’s decision to continue competing after opening a vineyard.

[9:28] Shift your ‘but’ to ‘and’ and you’re going to find success.

[11:43] How sales at The Vine Yard Crossfit are affected by fitness followers.

[14:57] Time management skills allow Margaux to rock the vineyard and the gym.

[19:28] The evolution from high school golf team to powerhouse athlete.

[22:14] How the passing of Margaux’s sister has affected her life for the better.

[31:40] Where does calmness during competition come from?

[34:18] If she could start training all over again…

[37:01] Trainer turned husband and business partner — how Margaux and Alex make their multiple relationships work.

[42:43] Best books, core beliefs, and taking action.

[51:45] Connecting with Margaux.

 

Links:

@321gaux on Instagram

Margaux Alvarez on Facebook

The Vine Yard Crossfit

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger

 

Reviews:

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Jan 22, 2018

This week’s guest is Matt Fitzgerald, the author of many, many books including How Bad Do You Want It and The Endurance Diet. He is also a runner and a coach. In our conversation today, we dive into some of the topics presented in How Bad Do You Want It and discuss how mindset and mental fitness can push us to new peaks. Matt offers practical advice on how to use framing to put you in the right mindset no matter what kind of pressure you’re under as well as what daily practices you can do to get started today.

 

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Topics of discussion:

[1:25] Introducing Matt Fitzgerald — author of How Bad Do You Want It.

[2:15] How does Matt approach his goals and achieve them?

[5:45] Matt offers suggestions on how to find and cultivate passion.

[11:20] In the book, How Bad Do You Want It, Matt talks about the differences between mental toughness vs. mental fitness. How does the attitude you have in life affect this?

[15:30] You need to have intent. That’s step one to anything you do in life.

[18:35] What is ‘perceived exertion’?

[23:50] How to train for the ability to overcome our inhibitions.

[27:15] Matt explains how body language can affect perceived exertion.

[30:25] Best practices on ways to develop a positive relationship with failure.

[34:10] Matt offers tips to help people calm down and re-focus when they’re feeling a lot of pressure.

[37:35] When we’re in our own head, that’s when our mind messes with our mechanics.

[41:35] What are some of the best daily practices people can adopt to improve their mindset?

[53:10] Connecting with Matt.

 

Links:

Matt Fitzgerald

Matt Fitzgerald on Facebook

@mattfitwriter on Twitter

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Jan 15, 2018

This show is a special episode that I do each month with my wife Adee Cazayoux, owner of Working Against Gravity. Adee and her company have worked with over 15,000 people — helping them transform their lives by dialing in on their nutrition. These special episodes are always favorites and some of the most popular I’ve done. Today we’re talking about being consistent with your diet, accuracy, goal setting, nutrient timing and more. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:40] Goal setting and why you’re probably getting it wrong.

[7:08] Capitalize on your new year momentum — the right way to do goal setting starts with micro goals.

[11:19] Want a six pack in six months? Start with your ‘why,’ then break it down.

[16:37] Identify and overcome your obstacles before you hit them.

[20:10] What to do when the motivation just isn’t there.

[23:56] 2017 lessons learned — making friends, control, taking accountability, and focusing on what you can do for other people.

[36:01] Q&A — best food options post workout.

[40:10] The science behind eating higher carbs and losing weight.

[44:13] Finding time to eat a healthy, fulfilling breakfast — and my favorite fast recipe.

[47:30] The importance of vegetables in your diet.

[49:07] What Adee wants you to know, and how to connect with her.

 

Links:

@adeecazayoux on Instagram

Working Against Gravity

Working Against Gravity on Facebook

@WorkingAgainstGravity on Instagram

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Jan 8, 2018

Before we get started, I wanted to make sure you know about the Secret Strength Weapon. This document has short exercises and workouts that you can add to help you get stronger, injury-proof yourself and create structural balance. You’ll find info about tempo work, unilateral exercises and other accessory movements that you’re probably not seeing happen at your gym. If you’re looking for ways to add fun and complexity to your workouts, or ways to break through strength plateaus, you need to check it out. 

Today’s guest is Marcus Filly, three-time individual Crossfit Games competitor and three-time teams Crossfit Games competitor. Our conversation today is all about functional fitness and bodybuilding. We talk about whether or not it’s possible to look like a Greek god while actually performing and feeling exceptionally well, ways you can improve your fitness, and how to live a happier and fuller life in general. I learned a ton from Marcus and I know you will too. Enjoy the show! 

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Topics of discussion:

[1:58] Introducing Marcus Filly — creator of Functional Bodybuilding.

[6:32] The importance of coaching for Marcus and what he teaches his athletes.

[11:00] How you can actually look and feel good while training.

[18:52] If you’re not racing against the clock, how can you measure your success?

[26:30] Benefits that come from committing to Functional Bodybuilding.

[33:50] How Functional Bodybuilding will expand your workout repertoire.

[40:21] All about isolation movements and correcting your body deficiencies.

[47:22] Investigating your digestive health and resources for your gut.

[54:24] Breakthroughs in 2017 and how Ashram has changed Marcus’s life.

[1:04:53] Connecting with Marcus.

 

Links:

Secret Strength Weapon

Functional Bodybuilding

Revival Strength

@marcusfilly on Instagram

@functional.bodybuilding on Instagram

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

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Dec 26, 2017

My guest today is Dave Durante, former elite level gymnast and multiple time World Team member, U.S. Olympic alternate, and assistant coach in 2009 for the Stanford team that won the NCAA Championship. Dave is currently the owner of Power Monkey Fitness, which specializes in teaching gymnastics around the world. We’re talking about the principles and experiences that have brought him success as an athlete and a coach and fundamentals of gymnastics. Dave is a wealth of knowledge — I learned a ton from our conversation and I know you will too. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[1:07] Introducing Dave Durante — persistent world champion with a desire to be the best.

[6:53] Finding balance may not be possible, but giving your all is.

[15:44] Your results are a byproduct of the processes you determine for yourself.

[22:00] Transitioning from elite athlete to successful coach.

[30:52] Benefits of shifting away from the outcome-focused mindset.

[39:44] Differences between what Dave did as an athlete and what he teaches as a coach.

[43:46] Details of the four-phase process on the gymnastics pyramid.

[48:25] How to gain significant mobility gains during intense training.

[50:21] Raising kids in gymnastics — good idea or terrible mistake?

[58:09] All about the Power Monkey apps and upcoming camps and clinics.

[1:04:45] Connecting with Dave.

 

Links:

Power Monkey Fitness

Monkey Method App

Power Monkey Camp

@powermonkeyfitness on Instagram

@davedurante on Instagram

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Dec 18, 2017

I’m joined this week by Brute athlete George Sanchez. He’s one of the most inspiring people I know because he didn’t find immediate or easy success as an athlete. He had a vision of making it to the games and he made it happen. He went from 81st place his first year in the open to 21st place just two years later. We’re talking mindset, experiences he’s had along the way, and his idea that the way you do anything is the way you do everything. George is a very thoughtful athlete and I know you’ll gain a lot from our conversation. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:14] Introducing George Sanchez, average Joe turned Brute Strength powerhouse.

[4:34] Know your strengths to predict your success in competition.

[10:12] Details of the weekend leading up to the final workout.

[16:24] Overcoming negative self-talk and refusing to underperform.

[24:58] How and why George joined the Brute Strength team.

[29:30] The level of attention and intention that makes George a stand-out athlete.

[35:45] The moment George started to believe he could make it to the games.

[38:58] The standards and rituals of a high-performing professional athlete.

[45:13] Trusting yourself — the mindset shift that makes all the difference.

[51:34] All about the Assault Banger Workout.

[58:26] Lessons learned from the games.

[1:03:21] Creating opportunities for success for yourself.

[1:05:07] Connecting with George.

 

Links:

@georgeasan on Instagram

George Sanchez on Facebook

geoasan2@gmail.com

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Dec 11, 2017

This week is round two with my friend Bruce Pitcher.  Bruce was a participant in ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss about five years ago and he lost over 200 pounds in one year.  Bruce shared his weight loss story with me in episode 6. Today he’s highlighting the differences that separate him from the participants that haven’t been able to keep the weight off. We talk goal setting, hitting rock bottom, and why your excuses are completely worthless. Enjoy the show!

 

Brute Hotline: (801) 449-0503

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Topics of discussion:

[:45] Why 90% of extreme weight loss participants gain the weight back.

[6:03] The importance of keeping promises to yourself.

[8:29] The key difference between motivation and drive.

[10:47] Overcoming challenging moments after Extreme Weight Loss.

[17:17] The effect of trauma on obesity and how it changed Bruce.

[23:25] Goal setting, integrity and all about The Champ Within.

[33:25] Building integrity with yourself and handling breakdowns.

[38:46] What Bruce has learned as a coach — after hitting rock bottom.

[43:13] Larger Than Life — The Bruce Pitcher Story.

[44:31] Bruce’s tips for taking the first step forward.

[46:47] Connecting with Bruce Pitcher.

 

Links:

Brute Strength Podcast Episode 6 - Bruce Pitcher on Shedding Pounds and Demons

@brucepitcher on Instagram

BrucePitcherEWL on Facebook

bpbestself@gmail.com

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Dec 4, 2017

I’m back this week with Christmas Abbott. She’s been a guest here on the Brute Strength Podcast before, and today we’re talking about getting off your butt and getting things done. From creating your passion and finding your purpose to tips on taking action even when you’re feeling extremely uncomfortable, we're talking about keys to success and finding happiness in life. Christmas has some inspiring ideas and awesome mantras that you won’t want to miss. Enjoy the show!

 

Brute Hotline: (801) 449-0503

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Topics of discussion:

[:28] The importance of service and recognizing that you’re not the center of the universe.

[6:55] Taking action moves you forward — no confidence required.

[11:50] Find purpose in your life through exploration.

[14:33] Crafting and delivering a powerful message.

[22:00] Begin with the end in mind.

[23:42] How to overcome nerves before speaking or performing.

[25:28] Pressure is a privilege?

[28:39] Christmas’s biggest mental breakthrough this year.

[31:18] Life isn’t just about work — or training.

[37:17] Dealing with negativity on social media.

[41:41] Encouragement for her younger self and Christmas’s current role models.

[44:58] All about Christmas’s Badass new book.

 

Links:

Christmas Abbott

Brute Strength Podcast “#48 — Business, Fitness and Relationships Ft.
Christmas Abbott

The Badass Life: 30 Amazing Days to a Lifetime of Great Habits Body, Mind, and Spirit, by Christmas Abbott

@christmasabbott on Twitter

@christmasabbott on Instagram

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Nov 27, 2017

This week’s guest is Emily Schromm — former MTV Real World participant, ABC’s Next Fitness Star, nutritional therapist and online coach. On today’s show, we’re talking about her process for goal setting, gut health, being consistent with your diet, how to get over a breakdown in your process when you’re working toward a goal, as well as everything she contributes to her success, from shifts in her mindset to changes to her behavior.  Emily shares insights into getting creative juices flowing, letting go of the things you can’t control, and the truth behind her “lucky break.” Enjoy the show!

 

Brute Hotline: (801) 449-0503

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Topics of discussion:

[:37] Introducing Emily Schromm — athlete, nutritionist, and backpack designer.

[3:26] Setting goals for herself and for her clients.

[8:10] Building integrity and keeping agreements with yourself.

[9:45] Overcoming breakdowns in your schedule means letting go of things that are out of your control.

[12:55] Breaking bad habits starts with learning the whys behind them.

[17:14] Understanding nutritional therapy and a crash course in your gut health.

[27:48] Why do people have such trouble sticking with their diet?

[33:25] All about Next Fitness Star and Emily’s personal recipe for success.

[38:30] How adrenaline can jumpstart creativity.

[41:40] Reclaiming a healthy balance when life gets crazy.

[46:30] ‘And’ and ‘but’— taking responsibility for turning your goals into reality.

[51:25] Fill-in-the-blanks about embarrassing moments and advice for living an extraordinary life.

[56:45] Connecting with Emily.

 

Links:

Emily Schromm

The EM Pack

@EmilySchromm on Instagram

@EmFitMTV on Twitter

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Nov 20, 2017

I’m joined today by Dr. Andy Galpin, author and professor at the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton. He’s here to discuss his new book Unplugged: Evolve From Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance & Consciousness. We explore how to overcome reliance on technology, including wearables and apps on your phone.  We talk about what flow state is, and how to get into it, as well as the physiological response of getting into nature. Whether you’re someone who wants to perform at an elite level, just wants to do better in the gym, or you are looking for ways to live a happier, more present life, you’ll find your answers in this podcast. Enjoy the show!

 

Brute Hotline: (801) 449-0503

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Topics of discussion:

[:42] How Andy decided to write about unplugging from technology.

[4:06] There is no such thing as optimization — focus on this instead.

[11:06] Technology is most effective when you calibrate it to your body.

[16:00] Flow state and the things that are keeping you from getting in the zone.

[19:32] Controlling the variables that influence the effectiveness of your workout.

[28:10] The ideal approach to injury for non-competing athletes.

[33:01] Do you own a Fitbit? Listen to this.

[41:00] How taking videos of your workouts is getting in the way of reaching your goals.

[50:04] The physiological benefits of getting into nature.

[54:24] Why you still need to play, even at the gym.

 

Links:

Unplugged: Evolve From Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance & Consciousness, by Dr. Andy Galpin

Barbell Shrugged Podcast on Unplugged

Flow Genome Project

The Obstacle is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph,
by Ryan Holiday

Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALS and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work, by Steven Kotler

The Body of Knowledge Podcast

AndyGalpin.com

@drandygalpin on Instagram

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Nov 13, 2017

Today’s guest is Michaela North — head women’s coach at Brute Body for Women, a mother of three (with another one on the way), and a member of the 2017 Affiliate Cup Championship team the Wasatch Brutes. On this show, we talk about how Michaela is able to do everything she does while raising her family. She tells the story of narrowly missing the Crossfit Games in 2016 by one spot, and shares all about her experiences training and competing with the Wasatch Brutes. My respect for Michaela only increased after hearing her perspective on some of the challenges that she’s overcome in her life, and I know you’ll be inspired by it too. Enjoy the show!

 

Brute Hotline: (801) 449-0503

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Topics of discussion:

[:52] Introducing the head coach of Brute Body for Women Michaela North.

[5:36] Balancing training with raising a family starts with having a passion for both.

[12:41] Why work-life separation is more effective than work-life balance.

[14:41] Physical preparation for and recovery from childbirth, especially for your abs.

[24:00] How first-time moms can stay fit and safe during pregnancy and postpartum.

[27:10] Battling for the 5th place spot in the 2016 Crossfit Games.

[38:33] Moving forward after failing — how to plan for success and manage your mindset better.

[43:00] Michaela’s decision to form a team after not qualifying as an individual.

[54:41] Why confidence and intimidation start with a champion’s mentality.

[1:00:21] The source of Michaela’s courage to share her issues, vulnerabilities, and weaknesses with the world.

[1:07:38] Lessons learned from coaching — about others and about herself.

 

Links:

@hungryfitness on Instagram

BirthFit

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Nov 6, 2017

This week’s guest is Emily Duncan. Emily is an NPC certified bodybuilder, certified sports nutritionist, a kinesiology student, a bodybuilding.com athlete, and also just a “normal human being.” In our conversation, we go into depth about body image issues and what that means for her in a sport that judges solely on subjective measures. We also talk about the balance of living a happy and fulfilled life while trying to achieve great things. Emily is super insightful and one of the most thought-provoking guests I’ve had on the show yet. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:42] Introducing Emily Duncan, her sport, and the dreams that started her career.

[6:18] The “girly” approach to heavy weightlifting and strength training.

[11:04] The fun side of training that makes it easier to reach your goals.

[12:44] Which is most important — diet, consistency, or program?

[16:35] All about Emily’s relationship with her body.

[21:40] Lessons learned from battling body image.

[26:18] Coping with placing your athletic identity in bodybuilding.

[32:17] How being in the spotlight has affected Emily.

[38:28] Emily’s role model, who happens to be her best friend, and what she teaches.

[42:35] The mental state that brings the most value to Emily’s game.

[47:08] Developing greater discipline can start at any age.

[53:02] How Emily has successfully built a personal brand around fitness.

 

Links:

Emily Duncan

@em_dunc on Instagram

@em_dunc on Twitter

Em Dunc on Youtube

EmBody Radio

 

Reviews:

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

 

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Oct 30, 2017

This week I’m joined by Tony Blauer, founder and owner of Blauer Tactical and The Spear System. You may also know him from CrossFit Defense. He’s got nearly 40 years of experience teaching people self-defense and how to overcome fear. We’re talking specifically today about fear — what it is, how to get over it, and even how you can use fear to propel you forward in life. Tony shares several stories about the times and ways that he has overcome fear in his own life, and he’s got proven ideas for ways you can face your fears in your training and your competitions. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:46] From Crossfit Defense coach to developing the KNOW Fear seminar.

[9:05] What does being super-charged by fear look like?

[15:33] The KNOW Fear Seminar offers a framework for moving through life, starting with will and indignation.

[18:54] What do you visualize when you’re feeling intimidated or fearful?

[21:10] Why you need to externalize your fear in order to overcome it.

[25:05] Using stress inoculation training to replicate events so your body can perform at peak performance.

[31:07] The process of traveling through the fear loop.

[39:36] Gaining the self-awareness that is required to face fear and overcome it.

[47:07] Feel like the first step is always the hardest? Start here.

[54:36] How fear can guide you toward the things that matter most.

[1:04:05] How Tony has walked through fear in his life — and what he’s learned from it.

 

Links:

The Spear System

Crossfit SPEAR

CrossFit Defense

KNOW Fear Seminar

@tonyblauer on Instagram

Tony Blauer on Facebook

 

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Oct 23, 2017

This week’s guest Jessica Lucero — the best 58-kilo lifter in American history and the new head coach of Brute Oly. Jessica was my guest here on Episode 37, where we talked about rituals, imagery, and self-discovery. Today she’s back to discuss her experience at the Olympic trials last year, where she had the single best performance of her life and barely missed qualifying for the Olympics. We also talk about how she’s gearing up for the next four years before she gets another shot at the Olympics. You’ll love hearing her experience from a behind-the-scenes perspective as well as her insights into what it takes to make it to the Olympics in such a competitive sport. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:50] Emotions and experiences leading up to Jessica’s record-breaking performance at the Olympic trials.

[8:07] The motivation that came with hitting American records.

[10:31] Detailing the moments leading up to the meet.

[15:38] Jessica’s performance on the competition floor.

[19:19] Thoughts on missing out on the Olympic team despite breaking national records.

[21:47] How staying present with training could have made the difference.

[24:52] Setting goals and looking ahead to the 2020 Olympics.

[26:23] Oregon or California? The easy choice allowed Jessica to continue training with her coach.

[34:20] Looking into the quad how to maintain motivation in training for four years.

[37:16] You don’t have to feel ready, you just have to work.

[40:37] A look at record-breaking performances at the 2017 National Championships.

[43:42] Lessons learned from coaching at Brute Oly.

[47:20] Surprises and mindset changes that have come with coaching.

[53:08] Why you can’t afford to compare yourself to any other athlete.

 

Links:

Instagram: @jessicalucero9

Twitter: @jessicalucero97

Facebook: Jessica Lucero

Brute Oly

Brute Strength Podcast “Episode 37 — Rituals, Imagery, Self-discovery and more with Jessica Lucero”

 

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Oct 16, 2017

I’m back this week with my man Justin Su’a. Justin was a guest here on episode 42, where we talked about the body’s ability to achieve what the brain believes. I’m thrilled to be back with him today to talk about some of the mental aspects of training and performance that we’re both super passionate about. We dive into the why behind self-awareness, vulnerability, and mindfulness, and some questions you can ask yourself in order to improve your performance. We talk about why coaches need to ask the right questions and then get out of the way, how to teach your brain to step back so your body can do what it’s trained to do, and why your actions reveal how badly you really want to up your game. Justin drops atom bombs of knowledge all over the place on this episode, and I know you’re going to gain some serious insights from our conversation, too. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:44] How Justin practices what he preaches.

[3:35] Looking into the Johari Window.

[5:02] Should athletes be vulnerable?

[9:15] Adapting a growth mindset proves you can change.

[11:13] Why athletes need to seek feedback.

[14:50] Learning how to fail and how to change.

[18:05] Conversation starters for shared discovery.

[26:40] How mindfulness brings self-discovery.

[33:44] Don’t take counsel from your emotions.

[35:57] Practicing positive self-talk starts with awareness.

[41:23] Four questions to ask yourself.

[46:20] How elite athletes are just like you.

[49:31] Performance improvement starts here.

[52:50] The mindset shift that will up your game.

[59:01] What’s changed in Justin’s mind over the last year.

 

Links:

@justinsua

“Episode 42: The Body Achieves What The Mind Believes with Justin Su’a”

The Johari Window

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck

Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work, by Stephen Pressfield

 

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Oct 9, 2017

This week’s guest is Jason Leydon, owner of Crossfit in Milford, CT. Jason is one of the most successful Crossfit coaches of all time — coaching over two dozen games athletes, including teams, individuals, and masters. We dive into specific ways to improve your mindset, how you should approach the off-season, and how you can get the most out of off-season competitions. He offers specific tips for improving self-talk and staying focused all year round and I think you’ll come away from our conversation with more than one excellent idea on how you can up your training and your game.  Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:34] The view from Power Monkey Camp

[2:00] Productivity starts with disciplined scheduling and saying “No.”

[7:00] Coaching elite athletes means offering guidance and having deep conversations.

[11:52] Focus on what is in your control to see quicker improvement.

[13:24] Jason’s tips for greater mindset control

[15:46] Why is meditation so crucial for athletes?

[20:00] “The most contagious thing in the world isn’t a positive action — it’s a negative thought.”

[24:00] What athletes need to be doing — and avoiding — in the off-season

[28:00] How you can tell if you’re overtrained

[33:30] Avoid doing this as you’re preparing for the opens.

[37:48] Treat competitions as opportunities to learn.

[42:40] Unique challenges and insights from coaching master athletes

[45:30] The perfect training program is the one you actually follow.

[47:06] What this coach has learned from his athletes.

[48:47] Jason is a better person because he’s learned to let go of control.

[49:27] Fill-in-the-blanks about BBQ and man-crushes

[52:00] Connecting with Jason

 

Links:

Jason Leydon

Power Monkey Fitness

InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives, by Joe Ehrmann
and Gregory Jordan

Self Coaching 101: Use Your Mind — Don’t Let It Use You, by Brooke Castillo

 

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Oct 6, 2017

My guests today are Mitch and Garrett Holeve. Garrett is a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter who was born with Down Syndrome. In this show, we tell his story of overcoming challenges and following his passion. Throughout the show you’ll hear him use the “D” word — he doesn’t use the term Down Syndrome because he doesn’t let it define him. He has transformed his life into much more, and I hope you find this conversation as inspiring as I did. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:33] Growing up just Garrett

[4:17] Bringing MMA into the picture

[8:21] Developing the passion for jiu-jitsu

[9:33] Finding himself through fighting

[12:50] Why anyone could fall in love with martial arts

[16:27] Garrett’s favorite part of the gym

[18:23] The mental hours that go into training

[20:38] Garrett’s proudest fighting moments

[26:40] Mitch’s journey as parent and coach

[29:20] Why Garrett’s story needs to be told

[33:45] Find your passion and take risks to follow it.

 

Links:

Garrett’s Fight

Garrett’s Fight on Facebook

 

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Oct 2, 2017

With my wife Adee Cazayoux (@adeecazayoux) of Working Against Gravity. The show’s that I have done with Adee have been some of my most popular show’s and nutrition has been one of the most popular topics, so I will be doing monthly shows with Adee. She has helped so many people transform their lives by dialing in their nutrition. Adee says that the good program you follow is better than the perfect program you don’t. Consistency is really the key. Today we will be talking about 10 of the biggest things people can do to be more consistent in their diet.

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Topics of discussion:

[01:53] How consistency always leads to progress

[03:35] The first confidence-building consistency may not be your ultimate goal

[04:35] How making the bed every morning starts the day with integrity

[05:07] #1 Use any type of tracking app or food journal

[07:14] #2 Eating vegetables or protein in every meal one or the other

[09:34] #3 Tracking only one of the macronutrients

[10:07] #4 Eating high starch carbohydrates only pre and post workout

[11:22] #5 Only have one treat a day make this non-negotiable

[13:20] #6 Another option is to only have treats on workout days

[13:58] #7 Have a predetermined lunch ready for the day

[16:08] #8 Practice saying no when unexpected food is offered to you

[19:30] #9 Drink more water throughout the day

[20:52] #10 Be consistent by being accountable to somebody

[21:36] Having conversations about fitness and nutrition

[24:41] Registration is now open at Working Against Gravity

Links:

MyFitnessPal
My Macros+
Holly MangoldWorking Against Gravity
Working Against Gravity on Facebook
Instagram @WorkingAgainstGravity

Books:

The Champion’s MindReviews

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Sep 25, 2017

On one of my favorite episodes of the Brute Strength Podcast to date, I’m joined by Mark England, the owner of Procabulary. Mark is on a mission to rewire the way people speak — outwardly as well as inwardly. We go into depth about what he calls conflict language, negations, and soft talk, how to identify those and how to translate them into more positive and effective communication, whether it be to someone else or to yourself. I had some huge aha moments during our conversation and I know you will too. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[2:49] Why does language matter?

[9:22] Your influence over your identity

[14:32] Damaging effects of conflict language

[20:14] The powerlessness that comes with negative self-talk

[27:05] Have a better conversation with yourself about yourself

[28:50] The stories you tell yourself compromise your performance

[34:08] Using “because” to increase emotional confidence and endurance

[43:55] Turn your language inward to keep control

[47:40] My aha moment

[50:07] How to identify and eliminate negative self-talk

[54:18] Mark’s highest yielding exercises

[57:17] The daily habit that keeps Mark in control

 

Links:

Procabulary

Procabulary Courses — use promo code NEXTLEVEL for $100 off any course

 

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Sep 18, 2017

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m joined by Kara Webb (@karawebb1), one of the fittest woman in the world. Kara just took second place in the 2017 Crossfit Games — in the closest finish in the history of the games. Kara once told me, “In my eyes, my greatest achievements this year have nothing to do with my placings. That was just a cool reflection of all the hard work.” On this show, we talk about how her attitude has not only benefitted her entire life but how it led to the best performance of her life. She shares her challenges over the past year, what changed as a result of those challenges, and all the details about her amazing performances at the games this year. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:35] Introducing Australia’s fittest woman

[1:24] Challenges from the last year and the resulting changes

[8:20] The experience that woke Kara up

[11:32] How training fit in with her struggles

[15:50] The mindset shift that turned Kara into a champion

[21:55] How focused intensity will up your game.

[24:08] Physical and mental tools for success

[29:43] Benefits of Working Against Gravity

[32:42] Personal integrity makes all the difference.

[35:05] Feelings leading up to the games

[39:54] The champion is not the winner.

[45:48] Reflecting on the hard work

[48:40] Listen to your gut — the rest is simple.

 

Links:

@karawebb1 on Instagram

Working Against Gravity

 

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Sep 11, 2017

This week I’m back again with Brute Strength coach Adrian Conway (@adrianconway). Adrian is my teammate, coworker, and good friend, and he has just become one of two people to win the Affiliate Cup champion three times. In this conversation we talk about team training throughout the year, discussions before, during, and after the event, and everything else that went into the Wasatch Brutes winning the Affiliate Cup at the 2017 Reebok Crossfit Games. Adrian is an inspiring coach and a powerful leader. He shares that this may be the last time he participates in the Affiliate Cup, so you definitely won’t want to miss the wisdom he shares about forming a team, surrounding yourself with people you like, and training to win. Enjoy the show!

 

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Topics of discussion:

[:27] Introducing the three-time Affiliate Cup champion

[2:00] The atmosphere in the days leading up to the games

[4:41] #StopTheMayhem brought pressure in all the right ways.

[6:34] Who said what, the night before the games began.

[8:38] All about first-timer Mitch Spjut

[14:47] Conversations following the mediocre run-swim-run event

[18:15] How they rocked the Row Worm event

[23:44] Practice makes perfect in transitions.

[24:27] First place pressure and pleasure

[28:21] Team and leader lessons learned

[30:33] Adrian’s advice for a new team

[33:37] Training schedule leading up to the open

 

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Sep 4, 2017

With more than 30 years in both the teaching and coaching fields, Dan John has established his name as one of the most renown fitness experts. Beginning his lifting career in 1965 and transitioning to a coaching role in 1979 we hear from Dan how it is that he has created these time eluding principles that he both implemented in his own time as an athlete and to coaching others as well. We dive into topics such as the importance of becoming a slave to good habits, creating a process for success, building and protecting confidence, as well as his implementation of shark bites in his daily life. As always it was a pleasure to speak to Dan John, there are many pearls of wisdom in this episode that will not only be applicable to your training life but also to your everyday life. Enjoy the show.

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Topics of discussion:

[0:17] Dan’s Education and Principles

[2:45] Being a warrior

[6:43] Timeless Resources

[11:15] Becoming a slave to good habits

[16:30] Having a lifestyle not a program

[20:40] Creating a process for success

[22:23] Sports psychology experience

[25:25] Learning from failure

[29:26] The John Family mottos

[33:20] Building and protecting confidence

[38:40] Experience and its benefits

[43:18] Rapid Fire Questions

 

Links:

Dan John’s Wandering Weights

 

Books:

The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Great Books by David Denby

 

Reviews:

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