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Feb 29, 2016
Mark Divine is a former Navy Seal Commander and founder of Sealfit.  He is on a list of 5 people that have most influenced my life and that I attribute to my success.  
In 2012 my team, Hack's Pack, and I participated in Kokoro Class 29.  That is SEALFITs abbreviated version of Hell Week.  To explain what Kokoro is like physically, imagine the longest, most grueling Crossfit workout you've ever done.  Let's say it took you an hour.  Kokoro is just like that, except you're doing that for 50 hours straight.  It's one "evolution" after the next, and these are the most physically challenges tasks you could possible imagine.  Pair that with open sores from a shitty ruck sack rubbing against your wet, sandy body and going three days without sleep and you literally feel like you're in hell.
What happens is nothing short of a spiritual experience in my opinion.  Going through that type of crucible, as coach Divine calls it, changes you forever.  In this interview we discuss what goes on psychologically when people go through this type of challenge.  
We discuss building a team based on trust, and how gym owners and coaches can promote a better culture in their gym.  
There is so much wisdom in this episode. Please give it a listen and implement at least one thing he suggests in the show.  

Included in this episode:

- How SEALFIT makes you a better team member, and how to train this in the gym
-What "Run towards the sound of gunfire" means
-How to build trust with a team
-The four pillars of mental and emotional control
-How to use crucibles (a place or occasion of severe test or trial) to transform your mind
-Using the breath to train your mind
You can learn more about Commandor Divine's Unbeatable Mind program, SEALFIT, and his books at
Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @Sealfit and Facebook Here.
Feb 22, 2016

In this interview, we discuss the diet and training of a professional physique competitor with Steve Cook.

Last year Brooke Ence called me and asked me if I wanted to coach a “Big time bodybuilder.”  I told her I had no experience whatsoever with bodybuilding and didn't know how I could help him.  She explained that he wanted to do a little Crossfit type stuff and learn some weight lifting and gymnastics.  I said yes.  That guy was Steve Cook (@SteveCook).

Steve is one of the most recognized names in the fitness industry and has competed in the Men’s Physique category at Mr. Olympia for the past several years. What I found most interesting were the things about his personal life.  How to process 900k Instagram followers, how to deal with self-doubt, and how to work through the fear of failure.

In this episode, we cover lots of different topics.  Here’s a summary:

  • His diet during the off-season
  • How he cut 8 weeks out from a competition, and what he’d do differently now
  • How he trains compared to how everyone else trains
  • A list of people he attributes to his success
  • The push-up punishment/reward technique
  • How he pushes through the fear of failure
  • Rules he gives himself for social media usage
  • His thought process on dealing with fame and staying connected to those he loves


Feb 15, 2016
In this podcast, the owners of Driven Nutrition Jason Rule and Brian King read and answer the questions.  Jacob Hutton and I are there to ask clarifying questions and dig a little deeper.  This one's a little different.  A while ago I posted on social media asking you all for questions about supplements. I took the 50+ questions and took the top 11. Below are the questions asked and answered.  Hope you enjoy the show.

1) Should people even buy supplements if their diet is shitty?  Should they just spend that extra money on higher quality food?  In terms of losing body fat?  In terms of gaining weight?


2) What is the difference in protein synthesis between whole foods and protein supplements?  What effect does this have on body composition?  Performance?


3) When an athlete is trying to cut bodyfat, the key is consistency, and a big factor in that is feeling full.  If drinking calories takes away from this feeling of being full, do you still recommend it?  Are there any athletes that need them more than others?


4) Is there a difference in taking straight dextrose vs. fruit, juice, sports drink, etc? 


5) What is creatine and how do I use it?


6) What is the most reliable resource for quality information on supplementation for those that want to do the research on their own?


7) How can we verify where ingredients come from in certain supplements?


8) How beneficial are BCAAs to a Crossfit athlete and when should they be taken?


9) What exactly is ZMA and who is it good for?  What about women? 


10) Are there any ingredients that we should avoid in different supplements?  How do we spot them? 


11) If an athlete only has $50/month to spend on supplements, what should he or she take?  How about $100?  Where should they buy it from?  

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Feb 8, 2016

This week I interviewed the founders of the online yoga company ROMWOD. The guys that have made yoga cool to tens of thousands of fitnessers across the world.

If you don't know who they are yet, ROMWOD allows you to either follow their daily programming, or select specific muscles to prepare or recover. They also allow you to select how long you want each session to last creating an individualized feel.

ROMWOD is based on Yin Yoga, which incorporates long holds of up to 6 minutes. Where traditional yoga incorporates a flow and continuous movement, Yin Yoga is basically just getting into a pose and hanging out. It is incredibly relaxing and effective at getting muscles and joints to open up.

They go into the physiological response of the long holds, the benefits of focusing on the breath, and just how they made it cool to do yoga. Finally. Enjoy the Show.

Feb 1, 2016
This week I interview Coach Matt Shadeed of Arkansas State University, someone that I look up to very highly in the strength and conditioning community.
I met coach about a year and a half ago as I took a road trip to ASU, and within 48 hours of being there was blown away by his presence in the weight room and general knowledge of athletic development.  
He's a "culture guy."  He believes that the culture you create is the most important thing to success.  I couldn't agree more, and I think this applies to any team or group.  He talks about how he creates a strong culture with simple ideas like energy and consistency.
Physically, he places a premium on his athletes moving correctly. While they are always trying to get stronger, he puts an emphasis on what a lot of people would call correctives and he just calls Human Movements.  He talks about how to incorporate things like glute activation drills, dead bugs, etc. into a high paced training environment and how to do so in the most efficient way possible.
Finally, we talk a little about speed development and resources to learn more.
Here are the three guys he recommends you go and research on human movement and correctives:  

Mike Robertson


Eric Cressey


Charlie Weingroff

And here are his suggestions for learning more about speed development:
Look up and read everything by Lee Taft - Father of the Plyo Step
Grab your notepad, because he speaks fast and drops a lot of knowledge.  Enjoy the show.