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Dec 27, 2016

Round 2 with Games Athlete & Brute Athlete, Brooke Ence (@brookeence). Brooke is definitely one of the most entertaining athletes to watch both in and outside the gym. If you haven’t already checked out her YouTube series be sure to click the link below! This weeks’ episode is all about vulnerability and mindset. In this episode, we get a closer look at Brooke’s life as an athlete, what it was like to miss The CrossFit Games by a few points, and how she uses this to motivate herself for the new season. Enjoy the show!

Brute Hotline: (801) 449-0503
Want a chance to get featured in a future episode? Call in and leave us a voicemail with some questions regarding training, nutrition, mindset, etc.

Topics of discussion:

[6:30] YouTube series 

[12:25] 2016 Regionals

[18:40] Not making it to The CrossFit Games

[40:15] Avoiding “shiny object syndrome”

[46:42] Life after CrossFit

[49:42] Correcting misconceptions 

Links:

YouTube Series

Brookeence.com

Reviews:

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Dec 20, 2016

Anders Varner and Theresa Larson, founders of “The Low Back Fix” are on the show this week. We focus on a few topics including rehabilitation, injury prevention, and how to coach proper movement patterns. You’ll also get to learn more about their new CrossFit Specialty Course “Adaptive Athletes” and why you should be doing more unilateral work! Be sure to check out their website for a free E-book and more info on their seminars that will not only help you move better as an athlete, but also how to spot these patterns and deficiencies as a coach.

Brute Hotline: (801) 449-0503
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Topics of discussion:

[10:37] Assessment & correction

[19:29] Why you should be doing unilateral work

[37:47] Working with Military personnel

[49:47] “What is the worst piece of advice?”

[1:00:00] CrossFit Specialty: Adaptive Athletes  

Links:

The Low Back Fix

Movement-RX

The Joint by Joint Approach to Training


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Dec 12, 2016

Travis Mash from Mash Elite Performance (@masheliteperformance) is on the show this week. Travis is known as one of the strongest American Weightlifters and Powerlifters in his time with an 805lb Squat, 550lb Bench, and 804lb Deadlift, RAW. He’s a great story teller and a successful business owner. More importantly, he’s also known for producing incredible athletes. In this episode, we talk about his famous weightlifting club: “The Farm”, what it takes to be a great weightlifter, what it means to build strength & speed, training stories and more. Enjoy the show.

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Topics of discussion:

[2:08] “The Farm”

[10:12] Future of American weightlifting and its athletes

[17:14] Mastering the mundane

[23:53] Are there secrets to building power & speed?

[33:15] Powerlifting talk

[38:05] Coaching style

[42:13] Training stories

Links:

Mash Elite Performance


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Dec 5, 2016

I’ll be speaking with Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics (@catalystathletics) on the show this week. Greg is a former national competitive Weightlifter who has also made a significant name for himself off the platform as an elite Weightlifting Coach. Greg has so much quality content in the Weightlifting community – if you haven’t heard of him before then it’s time you put this guy on your radar. Whether you’re a coach, athlete, or just anyone interested in human movement and athletic development, be sure to check out his website for tons of free knowledge. You’ll find endless articles on weightlifting, nutrition, and general exercise, a vast exercise library, programming, and a ton of traveling seminars. In this week’s episode, we’ll be getting into things like living up to your expectations, getting on an online program, drugs in weightlifting, and business. Enjoy the show.

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Topics of discussion:

[2:55] Background & early childhood

[29:55] Getting on an online program

[43:29] Drugs & Weightlifting

[51:30] Talking business

[54:45] Advice for Coaches

[1:06:48] Catalyst Athletics

Links:

Catalyst Athletics


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Nov 28, 2016

This week, Joe Kenn (@bighousepower), NFL’s Head Strength Coach for the Carolina Panthers is on the show. WARNING: This episode may change the way you train. Are you training a sport with a sport? How do you structure your exercise order & movement categories? We’ll be covering that and more in this episode, as well as Joe’s coveted “Tier System”, a systematic program design model, and the power of movement before muscle. This entire episode is one huge knowledge bomb. Make sure to check out Joe’s website to learn more about his methodology and The Tier System.

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Topics of discussion:

[6:24] – Joe’s background in Strength & Conditioning

[11:08] – Prioritized training  

[17:35] – How The Tier System started

[19:13] – Fundamentals of The Tier System

[23:42] – Implementing The Tier System & Block Zero Training

[34:22] – Structured goal setting

[42:49} – In-Season training

[45:50] – The cutting edge in Recovery

[58:15] – Big names in Strength & Conditioning

[1:01:08] – GPS tracking

 

Links:

Big House Power

Reviews:

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Nov 21, 2016

Interview with Elite Coach, Jami Tikkanen (@jamitikkanen). Some of you may recognize Jami for his work with Annie Thorisdottir and Bjorgvin Guomundsson during the CrossFit Games. In this episode, we will get into Jami’s online training platform “The Training Plan”, as well as tips for goal setting, and discussing the differences in training for the Open, Regionals, and the Games.

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Topics of discussion:

7:10 -  Finding success as a Coach/Athlete

10:20 – Goal setting system

14:35 – Role models

16:20 – The Training Plan

23:48 – Open, Regionals, Games prep-training

31:05 – How to reach your goals and live a better life

39:06 – “Shiny Object Syndrome”

44:05 – Remote Coaching

45:35 – Developing as a Coach

 

Recommended literature:

Resilience by Eric Greitens

Self-Coaching 101 by Brooke Castillo

10-Minute Mental Toughness by Jason Selk

ZenPencils – Inspirational cartoons

 

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Nov 14, 2016

This week I will be diving into all things macros, dieting, and nutrition with Adee Cazayoux (@adeecazayoux) of Working Against Gravity. Working Against Gravity is a fast growing online nutritional programming company designed to give you the exact guidance you need to meet your fitness and nutritional goals with the help of your very one 1-on-1 coach. In this episode, we go over what it takes to make a huge transformation, dieting goals, what makes WAG so successful, and a few recommended resources for those interested in learning more about dieting philosophy.

 

Topics of discussion:

 

[3:45] What’s the best thing about WAG?

[5:50] What it takes to make a huge transformation

[10:24] Programs for Games Athletes VS Average Joe/ Jane

[15:30] The nutritional pyramid

 

[18:20] Diet goals: Flexibility vs. Accuracy

[25:36] Nutritional differences in men & women

[29:00] WAG’s success

[33:27] WAG coaching staff

  • Drive” by Daniel Pink

 

[40:30] Creating culture through nutrition philosophy

[44:00] Future of WAG

 

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Nov 7, 2016

Graeme Lauriston, one of the top Physical Therapists in the country,  (@graemelauriston) is on the show this week. Graeme is the Director of PT at EXOS, formerly Athletes Performance Institute. He is no stranger when it comes to working with top caliber athletes. EXOS is the leader in Strength & Conditioning, working with NFL Combine athletes and MLB Spring trainers alike. In this episode, we will be getting into a variety of popular topics in the PT & Rehab world including injury prevention, tips to improve your mobility, dealing with popping hips/ knees, hamstring recovery, getting out of the sagittal plane and being more functional in life and training. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions this week, enjoy the show!

Topics of discussion:

[2:19] EXOS, Formerly “Athletes Performance Institute”

[7:54] Athlete assessments & performance testing

[11:50] The EXOS systems approach

[23:22] Tips for working with top professional athletes

[27:03] The FMS system & group application

[35:05] Getting out of the sagittal plane

[41:18] Hamstring injuries: recovery, rehab, prevention

[49:02] Pillar activation & recommended literature

 

 [55:26] Mobility tips

[59:46] Foaming rolling; What is it good for?

[1:04:20] Why is your Hip/ Knee popping?

[1:07:55] Athlete/ Coach mindset

 

[1:16:34] Learning from mistakes

[1:22:08] Physical therapy credentials & certifications

 

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Oct 31, 2016

This week, I interview my good friend Mike Bledsoe (@mike_bledsoe). Mike is the CEO of Barbell Shrugged and Barbell Business, two very popular podcasts in the CrossFit/ Fitness community. We’ll be diving into a few topics this week such as Mike’s view on nutrition, training, and leadership, as well as tips to improve your focus & attention. We’ll also be getting into some advice for gym owners on how Barbell Business can help improve your box!

Topics of discussion:

 [4:00] Mike on Self-actualization & Life philosophy  

[11:50] Nutrition, Training & Movement

[27:01] Fear & Failure

[33:30] Leadership & Awareness

[41:15] Improved attention & focus

[51:45] Talking business & social media

[59:30] Barbell Business

[1:01:15] Barbell Logic

 

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Oct 29, 2016

Interview with Mike Tarnapoll (@mike_tarnapoll) of InsideTracker. When was the last time you had an intervention? InsideTracker is the leader in sophisticated, science-based blood analytics, tailored just for you in order to help you optimize your life in all aspects of wellness. These guys can hook you up with personalized nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations that will help you boost your energy and increase your athletic performance. In this episode, we will be getting into common deficiencies amongst CrossFitters, the aging process, and the science behind blood work in relation to health, longevity, performance, and recovery. Train smarter and discover how healthy you are on the inside, with InsideTracker. Enjoy the show.

Topics of discussion

[2:21] InsideTracker & the science behind blood work

[6:29] Blood tracking & why it’s useful

[14:30] Common deficiencies in CrossFitters

[21:35] Different tests for different athletes

[24:29] Blood differences between elite athletes & average Joes

[30:20] The aging process

[33:18] Longevity VS. Nutrition & Supplementation

[41:09] The future of blood tracking

 

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Oct 17, 2016

Dr. Allison Brager (@docjockzzz) is interviewed on the show this week. She's a 2013 CrossFit Games; Teams Athlete, Neuroscientist and Sleep & Recovery researcher. We’re here to talk about the benefits of sleep and recovery for elite athletes, “Wim Hof” breathing, what your DNA/ genotype says about you, and why you should be sleeping naked. We’ve got a ton of information in this one that will help you not only recover better but ultimately train better. Be sure to check out Allison’s book below!

Topics of discussion:

[1:38] Allison’s background

[7:11] Two stages of sleep and their effects on recovery

[10:45] Optimal sleep; quantity vs. quality

[12:33] Sleep deprivation, Genotypes and more on what your DNA can tell you

  • 23andMe – DNA Testing/ genotype
  • DNAFit – DNA Testing for Fitness & Diet

 

[17:47] How to get the best night of sleep & forming good sleep habits

[20:05] The science behind the “Sleep Cycle” App

[23:27] Meditation & “Wim Hof” breathing

[25:35] Thoughts on polyphasic sleep

[27:45] Thoughts/ research on naps

[30:12] Effects of alcohol & marijuana on sleep

[38:24] The future of sleep technology

 

Book(s):

Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain by Allison Brager


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Oct 10, 2016

My good friend Bryce Astill (@bryceastill) is on the show this week. Bryce spent 10 days in ICU in critical condition while in Peru and gave both friends and family the scare of a lifetime. Not only was he able to bounce back with a full recovery, but in less than 6 months he ran a 100-mile ultra-marathon in less than 24 hours. His story is one of perseverance, gratitude, and adapting to whatever life throws at you. In this episode Bryce recounts his near death experience in Peru and leaves us with a few questions we should be asking ourselves; Are you being the best version of yourself? Are you tapping into your full potential? How will you overcome setbacks in life?

Topics of discussion:

[2:27] Near death in Peru

[14:40] A new life perspective

[17:05] Authenticity & sober living

[22:06] Recovering & working with Active Life RX

[30:40] Ultra Marathon: “The Bear 100

[51:06] Tapping into your potential

[55:00] Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable

[58:58] A message for the listeners

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Oct 3, 2016

This week we’ll be going into the mind of Strength Coach, Jake Hutton (@jacobhutton1). I first met Jake at Southern Utah University and since then he’s been a good friend and a great mentor in the world of Strength & Conditioning. This guy definitely knows his shit when it comes to gaining strength and building mass. In this episode, Jake shares a wealth of knowledge regarding strength methodologies, speed work, the importance of change-of-direction, preventing injuries with dynamic warm-ups, and how to be 250lb of muscle and super flexible. There’s a ton of information in this one including some recommended resources for you to follow up on. Enjoy the show.

Topics of discussion:

[3:10] Jake’s background

[4:55] The “Tier System” of training

 

[10:21] Training sport athletes

[14:16] Speed work

[19:55] Speed drills

[23:44] Post-activation potentiation

[28:00] Triphasic training & eccentric/ isometric philosophy

[31:50] Putting on mass as a CrossFit athlete

[37:56] Change of direction work

[39:33] Injury prevention & Dynamic warm-ups

[44:55] 250lb & super flexible

  • The Tim Ferris Show ft. Coach Sommer (Part 1)
  • The Tim Ferris Show ft. Coach Sommer (Part 2)

 

[47:45] Resources for Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, Health/ Wellness… etc.

 
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Sep 26, 2016

Aaron Hinde (@aaronhinde), Co-creator of FitAid is interviewed on the show this week. This episode is all about taking risks, following your passion, and starting a successful business. As you’ll hear, Aaron started off as a successful Chiropractor who eventually took a leap of faith and started FitAid and turned it into what it is today. This episode contains tons of tips and advice for gym owners and business owners trying to reach the next level. We will be getting into effective leadership, creating value for others, the power of thinking big, and a few things that Aaron has done to guide himself through tough times and creating lifelong customers.

Links:

LIFEAID Beverage Company

@fitaid

Topics of discussion:

[1:15] Burning Man

[4:57] Life before FitAid

[10:00] Mobility, Staying healthy, Training smart

[14:15] Taking the jump; leaving Chiropractic practice and starting FitAid

[20:04] Power of thinking big

[21:28] Filtering opportunities; how to choose the right opportunity for you

[24:30] Fear of failure and guiding yourself through tough times

[27:28] Effective leadership

[33:59] How to create lifelong customers

[39:45] Creating value, using metrics to grow your gym/ business, Direct Marketing resources

 

[49:58] Last message for listeners



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Sep 19, 2016

Rachel Balkovec (@rachel.balkovec), the first female Strength Coach in the MLB is on the show this week. Rachel is the opposite of an overnight success, and a great example of what happens when you believe in yourself, know your purpose and never give up on your dreams. As you will hear in this episode, getting a team to hire her for a role normally occupied by men was no easy feat, but nonetheless, Rachel is in a league of her own and she continues to break down barriers with the Astros Latin American conditioning program. In this episode, we get into coaching mentality and leading by example, working with new athletes, and why you should constantly be going outside of your comfort zone.

Social Media:

Twitter

Topics of discussion:

[2:19] Working at LSU

[5:08] Leadership & Coaching mentality

[10:05] How Rachel became the 1st female Strength Coach in the MLB

[17:24] Being a female in a masculine industry & stepping outside of your comfort zone

[32:10] Coaching goals, working with new athletes, and mental skills development

[39:29] Leading by example/ lifting heavy as a Strength Coach

[47:55] Differences & common characteristics in “good, better, and best” athletes

[49:45] The dichotomy of quitting

[52:38] Thoughts on CrossFit

[1:00:35] Training females vs. males

[1:03:22] Books/ recommended resources

 

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Sep 12, 2016

In this episode, I interview some of our Coaches from the Brute team; Nick Fowler (@thenickfowler), Adrian Conway (@adrianconway_), and the Vanilla Gorilla: Jacob Hutton (@jacobhutton1). We begin by dialing things back to when Brute Strength just started and how it has evolved into what it is today. Still deciding if Brute Strength is for you? Then tune in as our coaches break down some of the fundamentals that have helped many of our athletes reach the next level, and how you can apply it to your own programming. Whether you are trying to make it to The Games/ Regionals, or just trying to look better naked, Brute Strength has a program for you. We will be tackling some of the most common questions we get from the CrossFit and Weightlifting community regarding nutrition, strength work, fat loss, and programming. Enjoy the show!

Links:

T-Nation

Charles Poliquin  

Topics of discussion:

[1:30] Brute Strength programming & our Coaches

[4:45] Nick Fowler & the Brute program

 [8:09] Adrian Conway on Brute programming

 [15:35] Games prep: Brute Compete

[18:27] How to structure your training when you only have a limited amount of time to dedicate

[24:10] Mistakes people make in their programming  

[33:00] Jacob Hutton on Brute Body & Strength progressions

[40:05] Credible resources for Strength work (Check the LINKS section above)

 [43:11] Weightlifting & Brute OLY

[45:00] FAQs

 [48:28] Goal setting

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Sep 5, 2016

Dr. Leslie Sherlin joins us on the show this week. We pick up right where things off on a previous episode with Michael Gervais. Leslie is a professional brain hacker and CEO/Co-founder of SenseLabs; the leading innovator in brain training. We’ll be getting into how the brain contributes to the way we think, feel, behave, and perform, as well as what happens in “high stakes” moments, Leslie’s new App “Sense Sleep”, and simple exercises that will boost your productivity. There’s so much more I can say about this episode but you’re better off just pressing play. Enjoy the show.

 

**Also side note, my audio cut out at the very end which is why it is a little abrupt.**

Links:

SenseLabs
Versus Headset – Unlock your full potential through improved brain performance
Leslie Sherlin, PHD – Official Website
Sense Sleep – Official App

Topics of Discussion:

[2:45] Who is Leslie Sherlin

[6:45] What is brain-mapping?

[10:35] How can we use brain-mapping?

[20:30] How to implement brain-mapping techniques into your daily routine

[22:12] Why are breathing techniques so important & What does it do for you?

[24:48] Vagal tones

[25:25 More on brain waves & Our decision making process in “high stakes” moments

[27:40] Consciousness, Awareness, & How to train better

[30:05] Neuroplasticity

[40:44] Leslie’s company – SenseLabs

[42:25] The science of sleep/ recovery

[52:25] Simple exercise that can help you become more productive

 

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Aug 29, 2016

Dr. Ben House (@dr_ben_house) is interviewed this week. Strap in because it’s not long before we start geeking out on topics like mindfulness, meditation, dieting, the human body and especially functional medicine. You will quickly learn that Ben is not your ordinary Doctor, but one with a passion for superior athletic performance through holistic functional practice. This guy is all about finding problems before they start and helping you make quality decisions about your health. Join us as we dive into things like; what you should be asking your doctor, high fat diet, nutrient timing,  gluten and much, much more.

 

Links:

 

Dr. House - Functional medicine

Facebook

@casa_colibri

 

Topics of discussion:

 

[5:03] Living wholeheartedly and without distractions

[7:45] Mindfulness practice, thoughts & actions

[11:43] What is functional medicine?

[17:39] What things should you be asking your doctor?

[21:10] Performance diet

[29:14] Metabolic flexibility

[30:24] High fat diet

[38:28] What you should know about gluten

 

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Aug 22, 2016

Best-selling author, and CEO/ co-founder of The Death Race and the Spartan Race; Joe De Sena is on the show this week. Joe is an amazing story teller and an even better mentor. In this episode, we’ll be getting into his new book “Spartan Fit!”, a 30 day challenge that will help you transform your body and mind. Take my word for it and put this one on your reading list, link below. This episode is about pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and demanding transformation. You’ll get to hear some of Joe’s personal stories and valuable lessons that we can all take away including how he runs his business, motivating others and giving people the tools to better deal with life.

 

Links:

Spartan Race

Death Race

Spartan X

 

Books:

Spartan Fit! – Joe De Sena

Spartan Up! – Joe De Sena

 

Topics of discussion:

[1:45] The Alaska story

[9:00] Marathon Monks

[13:25] Entrepreneurship & making money

[19:55] “On the edge of death” – where transformation happens

[29:50] Spartan X

[40:38] Business & learning

[49:29] Spartan Fit!

 

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Aug 15, 2016

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, we’ll be talking all about the Mind & Performance Psychology. I had the chance to interview Michael Gervais (@michaelgervais), a highly decorated Sports Psychologist for the Seattle Sea Hawks, regarding some of the common mental attributes in today’s top level performers. We’ll be getting into things like mindfulness, brain mapping, gratitude journaling, and a bunch of tips and tricks that you can start applying to your daily routine today. Join us as we begin going down the path to mastery & self-discovery.

Links:

Finding Mastery | Win Forever | Instagram

Topics of discussion:

[1:40] Psychology

  • Understanding how the minds works
  • Working with the Seattle Sea Hawks

 

[7:35] Daily practices that will help keep you in the Present

  • How to train your mind
  • Self-Discovery

 

[10:10] 3-Tips to help figuring out who you are

  • Understanding your thoughts

 

[15:15] Journaling & Why you should be doing it

[27:42] Motivation

[35:30] Vulnerability, Openness, and Growth

[38:19] Brain mapping

  • 4 Brain waves (Alpha, Beta, Theta, Delta)

 

[47:00] Team work, Team building

[55:55] Felix Baumgartner & overcoming fear

 

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Aug 8, 2016

 Dana Linn Bailey (@danalinnbailey) and Rob Bailey (@robfuckingbailey), two big names in the Body Building and Physique world are on the show this week. In this episode, we get into the early parts of Dana’s competitive bodybuilding and physique career, launching a successful gym and clothing brand, and of course, lifting heavy shit. These guys are a result of hard work, dedication, and crushing it in the gym - it’s no surprise to see how successful they’ve become. Enjoy the show.

 

Snapchat: HeyitsDLB | KillRobBailey
Twitter: @daydayknucks


Links:

Run Everything Labs – Supplements

Flag Nor Fail – Clothing

danalinnbailey.com

SpeedWarHouse

Hustle Standard – Artist page


Topics of discussion:

[2:25] Dana on being fit before it was cool

[13:26] Going against the norm & being yourself

[23:30] Making a busy relationship work

[27:50] Clothing line: Flag Nor Fail

[31:44] Working out/ training style

[35:55] Misconceptions about building mass

[37:35] Nutrition & How to make a diet work

 

[41:55] Chef Rob Bailey

[43:30] Fears  


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Aug 1, 2016

Endurance Coach, Nate Helming (@natehelming) is on the show this week. He's here to answer a lot of your questions about running and endurance training including; how often you should be running, how to get over the mental aspects of running, breathing tips, popular running shoes, and his project "The Run Experience", which helps CrossFitters add more running into their programming.

Topics of discussion:

[1:15] Intro, Background, San Francisco CrossFit

  • How Nate fixed a hamstring injury
  • Finding CrossFit

 

[12:15] How CrossFit changed Nate's training as an endurance athlete

[17:34] Running & CrossFit

  • Building an engine

 

[23:20] Why do some people HATE running?

[24:07] How much you should be running as an Open athlete

[26:03] How to train endurance

[29:30] Aerobic benefits

  • Breathing
  • The "nose breathing mile" – TRY THIS!!!

 

[35:00] Jeff Galloway

 

[39:05] Minimalist shoes VS. Maximalist shoes

[47:54] Mental aspects of running

 

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Jul 25, 2016

Zach Even-Esh (@zevenesh), founder of the Underground Strength Gym is on the show. If you love coaching athletes then this episode is for you. Zach went from being a school teacher to building a Strength & Conditioning empire. His passion is to help athletes not only crush it in the gym but crush it in life while staying true to yourself and following your dreams. This episode takes off right from the beginning, once he gets going there’s no stopping him. There’s a lot to soak in from this episode so sit back, take it all in, and enjoy.

Links:

Website

Underground Strength

Get Certified – Underground Strength Certification 

Twitter

Topics of discussion:

[0:55] Intro – who is Zach Even-Esh?

  • Working out at a young age
  • Educating yourself
  • Passion for Body Building

 

[4:23] Andre “The Giant”

  • Zach’s time in Israel
  • Getting out of Body Building & training for strength
  • Training wrestlers & football players

 

[16:00] Turning a passion into a business

  • Underground Strength Gyms

 

[19:48] Training athletes

  • Physical & Mental training philosophy
  • Working with younger generations

 

[23:50] Finding a mentor

  • Joe DeFranco
  • Being relentless & seeking out excellence
  • Training for character

 

[37:46] Advice for young Coaches

  • Making a living as a Strength Coach
  • Finding clients/ getting your name out
  • How to grow your gym

 

[49:57] Working with kids

Notable mentions:

EliteFTS

Westside-Barbell

 

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Jul 18, 2016

This week I interview CrossFit celebrity Christmas Abbott (@christmasabbott). We talk about The CrossFit Games, Relationships, Success, and what happened when she bombed the American Open on the clean & jerk. For those of you who don’t know her – she’s tough, tattooed, and she can kick your ass. She can also teach you a thing or two about getting fit and starting a successful business so be sure to check her out. Enjoy.

Links:

Official Website

 “The Badass Body Diet” – Christmas Abbott

 

Topics of discussion:

[1:05] CrossFit Games

[4:50] Dating and Relationships

[9:05] Most defining & rewarding moments

[14:22] Success & Happiness

[21:40] Conquering fear & weaknesses

[30:05] Diet & Exercise on the road

[33:16] Top 4 career moments

[35:10] Bombing the A.O.

[40:30] Advice for anyone trying to change their body

  • Diet tips

 

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Jul 11, 2016

Matt O’Keefe (@okeefmr), the owner of RedLine Gear is on the show. Matt has been an up-and-coming name in the CrossFit community doing a lot of work behind the scenes managing athletes and allowing them to do what they do best; win.

Before it all started, Matt was going through the motions as an Insurance salesman. Everything changed when he finally decided to start TEAM Group, a full service athlete management firm that now represents 14 athletes, including Mat Fraser and Brooke Ence. This episode is about taking risks, following your dreams, and loving what you do. Let Matt’s story motivate you to overcome your fears and pursue your passion.

Links:

TEAM Group

RedLine Gear

Topics of discussion:

[2:05] Introduction – How Matt became an agent

[4:40] RedLine Gear & Mat Fraser

[6:38] The birth of TEAM Group

[8:05] Managing athletes

[17:50] Philosophy, Managing Competitions & Business, Challenges

[25:27] Loving what you do

[42:25] The “Fuck it” moment – starting RedLine

 

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Jul 5, 2016

We're switching things up a bit. I'm the one in the hot seat being interviewed by the wonderful Adee Zukier (@adeezukier). In this episode I’ll be sharing a little bit more about myself, such as my life and family in New Roads, LA, how I overcame drug addiction, winning the CrossFit games, my morning routine, and life after CrossFit.

My goal is to inspire as many people as possible and this episode is my chance to demonstrate how anyone can beat the struggles we’re all faced with in life. For me, it was drug addiction, a back injury, and an overwhelming fear of failure. For those of you looking to make a drastic change in your life to better yourself, just know that ANYTHING is possible once you put your mind to it. In this episode, I’ll be sharing a few things that have helped me along the way in hopes that it may also help you on your journey. Thanks for listening.

Topics of discussion:

[1:40] Growing up in New Roads, LA

[3:30] Drug addiction

[5:33] My rock bottom moment

[9:27] Staying clean

[11:25] How I found CrossFit

[16:53] Winning the CrossFit Games

[18:15] Dealing with Spondylolisthesis

[23:25] Life after CrossFit

[25:25] Going from Competing to Coaching

[27:30] Taking a leap of faith

[35:19] How I deal with the fear of failure

[36:50] My morning routine

[37:40] Meditation

 

[38:38] How to start good habits

[40:05] Book recommendation:

 

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Jun 27, 2016

Katrin Davidsdottir (@katrintanja), the reigning champion of the 2015 CrossFit Games is interviewed on the show this week. This one is about hard work, sacrifice, and how bad you really want it. Everybody should be taking notes on this one because once you get inside the mind of a champion then it’s easy to see why they’re number one. If you like this episode, then you’re going to like Episode 42 with Sports Psychologist; Justin Su’a. Check the notes below for some recommended literature from this episode. Enjoy.

Topics of discussion:

[2:00] Post regionals, Mastery, and falling in love with the process

[8:54] Katrin’s daily habits

 

[12:19] Recommended Sports Psychology books:

 

[25:00] Katrin’s relationship with failure

[36:28] Sports & Academics

[40:15] Body image

[44:43] Katrin’s relationship with Sara Sigmundsdottir & Annie Thorisdottir

[54:33] Katrin’s message for you listeners

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Jun 20, 2016

In the words of Kelly Starrett, “there was a time where we thought that being well-conditioned or being brutally strong solved all the problems. We realize now that it doesn’t.” – I couldn’t agree more.

Kelly Starrett, @mobilitywod, is a man with many hats: Coach, Physical Therapist, Author, and Founder of Mobility WOD. He is a staple in the CrossFit community helping athletes improve human movement and optimizing athletic performance. He’s been producing instructional content for the CrossFit Community since 2008, and today he’s here to talk about his new book, mobility, injury prevention, and simple lifestyle changes you can do today that will improve your health.  Check the notes below for links to his books and more related content.

Topics of discussion:

[10:30] Dysfunction

  • Incomplete mechanics & incident level problems
  • The nuance of proper positioning
  • The new revolution in Strength & Conditioning

 

[15:10] Corrective exercises

  • Skill transfer exercise
  • Position transfer exercise

 

[17:23] Working with Mike Burgener

[22:04] Ego

[25:13] Characteristics of a Master

[28:20] New book: “Deskbound: Standing Up to a Siting World” – Kelly Starrett

[34:39] Quick lifestyle changes that will have a huge impact on your well-being

  • Optional sitting & Non-optional sitting

 

[44:00] Stretching advice/ technique

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

 

[48:35] Becoming a Master Coach

[1:00:18] What you need to know about ice baths & why you should be doing them

Books:

Becoming a Supple Leopard” – Kelly Starrett

Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World” – Kelly Starrett

Extreme Ownership” – Jocko Willink

Other links:

MobilityWOD – Website

@mobilitywod – Twitter

Mobility & PNF Stretching - Article

Skill-transfer exercises – 6 part video series w/ Kelly Starrett 

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Jun 14, 2016

In this episode, I sit down with Jake (@jacobhutton1) and Sunny Hutton (@sunnyhutton), Head Coaches of Brute Body. I’ll be asking them a lot of your questions about body transformation, including how to build more muscle, how to get stronger legs, and how to get a better ass and bigger chest. Tune in for some nutrition and dieting techniques including carb back-loading, carb cycling, living the paleo lifestyle and finally what makes Brute Body so unique compared to CrossFit or other body transformation programs.

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Topics of discussion:

[3:38] What does it take to make a full body transformation?

[6:50] Some things that are holding you back that you might not be aware of

[8:59] What you need to know in order to change your body

[12:15] Jake’s advice for those looking to make a body and lifestyle change

[14:53] CrossFit vs. Brute Body

[16:53] What to do when you’re training hard and still hitting plateaus

[19:25] What is carb back-loading?

 

[21:09] Nutrition/ Dieting  

 

[36:30] Building muscle with Hypertrophy work

[40:15] What to expect with Brute Body

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Jun 6, 2016

In this episode, we meet Justin Su’a (@justinsua), Mental Skills Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox. Justin studied Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Utah and has been developing a new breed of athlete ever since. Every day, Justin helps athletes bridge the gap between physical strength and mental strength; teaching them how to overcome adversity, and smile in the face of failure. And now he’s here to do the same for you.

Success always starts with failure – however for some, failure is a speed bump while for others it’s a road block. Do you know the right way to react to failure?

As an athlete, we face a new set of challenges every day. The difference is how we react and adapt to these challenges that will separate us from the pack. If you’ve been struggling to take your game to the next level then maybe the answer isn’t more physical training, but instead mental training. When you reach an elite level, 90% is mental and 10% is physical. You are competing against yourself, not against other athletes. With that being said, it’s time to let the master do his work, enjoy.

Topics of Discussion:

[3:57] What is Sports Psychology?

[13:15] Growth mindset VS. Fixed mindset – which one are you?

[20:15] The power of purpose

[22:13] 3 Questions that will help you find your purpose

[25:38] Common mental barriers & How to overcome any obstacle

[30:07] Building confidence

[33:55] “You give power to what you focus on…”

[36:45] What are the best doing that others aren’t?

[41:20] Claiming ownership

[47:17] 3 ways to change your mindset and take control of your thoughts

[51:05] Mindfulness, Breathing, Meditation

Books Discussed:

“Mindset” – Carol Dweck

“Resilience” – Eric Greitens

“Extreme Ownership” – Jocko Willink

“Succeed” – Heidi Grant Halvorson

“Mind Gym” – Gary Mack

“Parent Pep Talks” – Justin Su’a

 

Other links:

HeadSpace – Treat your head right

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May 30, 2016

This week's episode covers tips from Brute’s strong boys – Jeff Wittmer and Matt Bruce.Olympic Weightlifting is gaining high notoriety in the US as the years go on. Whether you’re new to weightlifting or a seasoned athlete, these guys are here to help you to learn how to assess your body, improve your techniques, and reach new PRs. Be sure to check out the Brute OLY program after the episode!

Topics of discussion:

[2:00] Getting introduced to the sport of Olympic Weightlifting

[12:00] What makes a good Weightlifting program?

[17:20] How to get the most out of an online program like Brute OLY

[19:43] Listen to your body – how to recognize when you’re over training

[21:59] Assessing your performance & avoiding a plateau

[21:59] Tips to help you get through your first competition

[26:42] Biggest mistakes people make the week before competition

[29:00] Triple Extension vs. the Catapult Method

[36:25] Dynamic strength vs. Absolute strength

[42:16] Weightlifting for CrossFit athletes (programming)

[46:16] How to improve your technique if you don’t have a coach

[50:19] Long term consequences of the conjugate method for powerlifting

[54:50] Training alone & staying motivated

[1:05:49] When should you wear a built?

 

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May 23, 2016

Brute Strength’s very own programming guru and Director of Strength & Conditioning, Nick Fowler is interviewed on the show this week. In this epi, ode we’re lifting the hood so you can really get a feel for Brute’s training methodologies, and a look into how we’re getting athletes ready for The Crossfit Games. Whether you’re an aspiring Games athlete or a coach looking to take your athletes to the next level, this episode is for you.  We’ll be getting into athlete assessments, creating a program, training for strength vs. training for endurance, and a couple of things to avoid along the way – so get ready!

More Nick Fowler here:

Instagram: @theNickFowler
Facebook: Nick Fowler
Affiliate Gym: Massif Athletics

Click here to sign up for our Games Prep/ Compete programs for only $10 on your first month.
Promo-code: BruteNick
Offer expires June 6, 2016.

Topics of discussion:

[1:00] How Nick Fowler got started with human physiology and programming

[6:04] Educational sources/ recommended books

 

[11:00] Programming for athletes

[11:55] Assessing an athlete

[15:58] Creating a programming/ Figuring out what you’re training for

[17:15] How building your aerobics base will increase muscle endurance

[18:50] Endurance Pyramid

[19:58] Advice for athletes looking to get stronger

  • Slow strength work
  • Structural strength

 

[24:10] “Can you get stronger with metcons?”

[27:14] The RIGHT way too lift heavy

  • The 4-hour rule

 

[32:40] Concurrent signals – avoid this!

[36:30] How to gain strength without sacrificing endurance

[44:33] Building a strong gymnastics foundation

[51:43] What you need in order to become a Games athlete

  • Mobility
  • Hormonal health
  • Sleep/ recovery
  • Lifestyle/ stress
  • Nutrition

 

[1:07:05] Quick advice for all coaches

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May 16, 2016

In this episode I interview T.V. co-host to ABC’s docu-series; Extreme Weight Loss, Heidi Powell. In her words, “everyone’s dealing with something […] we all have some skeletons in the closet.” Heidi is a great example of how you can overcome your demons and transform your life. We get to hear firsthand how she overcame her eating disorder through the love and support of friends and family, and of course, through fitness.

Addiction is a scary thing. Studies indicate that 30+ million people are suffering from drug abuse, and/or eating disorders nationwide. Change can be equally as frightening, but what if you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction or health disorder and change is no longer just an option, but necessary for survival? The answer is that you are not alone and these problems are 100% fixable. More than 40% of people’s daily activities come from formed habits. Tune in to learn how you can take control of your life by forming good habits that will beat your addiction.

No one is perfect, so if you or someone you know is struggling with any sort of disorder or addiction then it’s never too late to turn your life around – all that is required is compassion, humility, willingness change, and most importantly, finding your “Why?”

For more Heidi Powell – Click below:

Instagram -- Twitter -- Faceboook -- Blog

Topics of discussion:

[4:04] Suffering from an eating disorder

  • What does E.D. mean?
  • What are some forms of E.D.?

 

[13:40] Addiction

[15:00] Replacing a bad addiction with a healthy addiction

[16:40] Advice for anyone currently struggling/ recovering from addiction

[20:33] How to approach a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder

[31:16] How to form new habits

[45:00] Knowing your “why” vs. Knowing your “what”

[48:08] How to find your “why”

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May 9, 2016

This week I interview National Weightlifting Champion, Mattie Rogers. After just 3 years in the sport, she’s already become one of the best in the world in her class and is making moves towards joining the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – did I mention she’s not even 21 yet?! Not only that, but she’s consistently going 6/6 on her competition lifts, or in other words, she’s no joke. In this episode we talk about mental preparation, team mentality, how to approach your first competition lift, and how she went from gymnastics, to cheer leading, to CrossFit, to National Weightlifting Champion and a whole lot more.

Want more Mattie Rogers? – Click below:
Instagram: @mattiecakesssss
Facebook: Mattie Rogers – Athlete Page

Topics of discussion:

[4:55] Going 6/6 on your lifts & calming your nerves

[7:00] Working with Coach Danny Camargo

 

[8:30] Setting the Junior & Senior American records

[10:10] Setting standards for yourself & How to stay ahead of your competition

[11:45] “We decided to move up in weight class… and from that moment on it’s been craaazzyy”

[13:45] Team mentality – “we” VS. “me”

[14:45] Bombing the snatch in the American Open

[16:38] Prepping the week before a competition

[117:45] Do’s & Don’ts for competition day

[18:22] Competition rituals

[19:20] Mental preparation

  • Approaching your 1st lift in competition
  • Missing a lift in competition

 

[23:30] Role models

 

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May 2, 2016

It’s time to meet Jessica Lucero. For those of you who might be less familiar, Jessica is the reigning National ChampionWeightlifter in the 58-kilo category and also the American record-holder in the snatch in her weight group. She has over a decade ofexperience under her belt in the world of weightlifting and hasshown tremendous progress in her career in the last two years alonewhich may very well propel her into claiming a spot in the women’sNational Olympic Team. In this episode we get to hear what it’s like being in the trenches; from working with sports psychologists, to how bacon and pancakes can be your missing ingredient for setting PR’s, and a very interesting tool called Sports ImageryTraining.

Want to get to know Jessica even more? – Follow her on social media:

Instagram: @JessicaLucero9
Twitter: @jessicalucero97
Snapchat: JessicaS979

Topics of discussion:

[3:30] Being yourself will always work better than trying to be like your idols

[6:23] Avoiding negativity

[9:00] How focusing too much on others can actually hurt you

  • Know YOUR body, focus on YOUR weaknesses instead of someone else's strengths
  • Making false idols

[13:15] How Jessica went from missing all her lifts in 2014 to setting the new American snatch record

  • Click here to see Jessica break the American snatch record

[15:49] Finding motivation in weightlifting

  • Stay focused & get in the zone
  • Have fun & enjoy the process
  • Remaining present

[29:02] Sports Imagery Training – Do’s & Don't

  • Click here to learn more – Techniques & Tips

[35:30] Diet/ Nutrition

[45:08] Role models & other weightlifters

 

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Apr 26, 2016

In this episode, I link up with the guys from Active Life RX to go over some of their injury prevention techniques including end-range strength & mobility, how to strengthen your tendons/ joints with tempo work, and structural balancing for your shoulders, ankle, hips, and more.

Injuries can be one of the most devastating experiences that athletes, or anyone for the matter, can go through. Not only can it completely halt all progress, but it can be a huge emotional and mental blow to all of the hard work you’ve already put in – so why wait until an injury to start caring for your body? It’s always better to be proactive than reactive and that’s exactly why you need to learn about “Performance Care” with @activeliferx

Click here to sign-up for Performance Care now.

Topics of discussion:

[3:28] Elite athletes on the Active Life Rx program

[7:15] Program/ philosophy

[10:25] How you can gain strength in end-range movements

 [15:10] Why you should include carrying & holds into your workouts

[18:05] Tips for incorporating holds into your workouts

[21:36] What can Active Life RX do for you?

[29:25] Tempo work – what does it do & how does it work?

[33:50] The ActiveLifeRx quality

 [43:10] Success stories

[49:07] Properly assessing injuries and learning how to prevent them

Links:

Check out our video podcast with Active Life RX from episode 4 here

Click here to sign-up for Performance Care now.

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Apr 18, 2016

California native, Ian Wilson began weightlifting at the age of 12. Fast forward 4 years later and he became the youngest American to clean & jerk 400lbs. As the sport of weightlifting increases in popularity in the U.S., so are Ian’s PR’s. How many 22 year olds do you know that are Front Squatting 540lbs? Go find the video on Instagram @iwilson1894, watching this dude lift is inspiring.

Big shout out to everyone who sent in some questions for this podcasts. In this episode we were able to get into Ian’s programming and how it’s evolved since he first started, his advice for beginners in the sport of weightlifting, role models like Butch Curry, Martin Pashov, Ivan Abadjiev and more. You’ll get to learn about his competition prep & training, why tapering can be so difficult, coming back from a shoulder injury, and even some tips for tall weightlifters. Enjoy the show.

Topics of discussion:

[5:30] Ian’s programming

[6:48] Advice for beginners in weightlifting

[7:50] Common lifting mistakes

[8:40] Biggest role models: Butch Curry, Martin Pashov, Ivan Abadjiev

[11:00] How surrounding yourself with people who are better than you can get you to PR faster

[15:19] Learn how Ian preps for competitions & his opinions on tapering

[17:55] Morning rituals for competition & why you need to stop over thinking!

 [21:20] What are some of the best things to do for rotator cuff injuries & rehab?

[23:45] Trick lifts from Hysen Pulaku and Drew Canavero – you have to check these out:

[29:05] Some tips for tall weightlifters

[30:50] Leg strength + Back whip = Bigger lifts

[32:09] Why doesn’t Ian Wilson do Low Back Squats?

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Apr 12, 2016

What do Mat Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir have in common? That’s right, Ben Bergeron. Whether you are an athlete trying to get to The Games or an affiliate owner trying to change lives and improve your community, Ben is the guy you want to be learning from. Join me as we learn about Ben’s coaching philosophy, programming, and his constant pursuit of excellence both in and outside of the gym.

After this episode you’re going to want to head over to CompTrain and Business of Excellence. Trust me, you’ll be upset you didn’t find these gems sooner.

Topics of discussion:

[2:40] “Putting first things first”

[4:08] Urgency VS. Importance / How to structure your day, tasks, responsibilities…etc.

[10:45] Mat Fraser after the 2015 Crossfit Games

[13:55] What do you expect from Games athletes?

[14:45] “Work:Recovery” Ratio

[15:58] Recovery methods: The “oil change” for the body, Normatec, Flossing… and more.

[17:25] HRV “Heart Rate Variability”, Monitoring workouts, Calculating rest days, Assessments, etc.

[22:20] Katrin Davidsdottir before & after Ben Bergeron

[24:03] Recommendations/ Resources for athletes

[26:50] Mistakes in your training that could be holding you back

[27:22] Training for The Open VS. training for Regionals

[33:48] Ben’s motto for Fitness & Health

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Apr 4, 2016

Julien Pineau, the owner of StrongFit and coach to all Crossfit Invictus athletes, has been involved in sports his entire life. At the age of 10 he was already playing soccer on a National level, and by 18 he found MMA and started his coaching career. He’s a movement specialist trained to visualize and correct proper human movement patterns, no matter what sport you come from. Every sport has its deficiencies, even Crossfit.  So, in other words, Julien is the guy who can teach you how to fix these asymmetries and imbalances and avoid some of the most common injuries suffered by Crossfiters. What’s his secret? HINT: Balance -- I could try to explain this to you myself but it sounds a hell of a lot better with a French accent, enjoy!

Topics of interest:

[9:45] Principles VS. Methods

[13:00] Balance

[14:00] Increasing performance through “stress” & how to reach Balance/ Homeostasis

[15:00] Deficiencies in Crossfit training & Training all planes of motion – Sagittal, Frontal, Transverse

[16:00] Common deficiencies/imbalances in Crossfitters and Olympic lifters

[17:30] Why are more and more Crossfitters experiencing shoulder problems?

[19:10] Exercises and movements that can help reduce asymmetries – The “squat” of the upper body

[21:26] Functional Range Conditioning

[24:45] What is Hinging and why is it so important to sports and fitness?

[27:27] How to establish proper Hinge movement

[32:45] FIX THE HINGE!

[37:18] How you should be training your anaerobic system – Low skills, low eccentric

[44:00] Be smart about how you build intensity

[47:30] Controlling intensity – It’s not what you do, but HOW you do it

 

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Mar 28, 2016

Noah Ohlsen Podcast – Show notes

Noah Ohlsen has come a long way since starting Crossfit in 2010. Known for his perfect hair and boyish smile, He has won two Crossfit Games regional competitions, and finished 8th at the 2014 & 2015 Games. Tune in to check out his old school method to gaining 30+ pounds of lean muscle, working out with big leagues; Guido Trinidad & Chase Daniels, and his journey to his first Games appearance. It’s time you get familiar with the 8th fittest man in the world because he’s definitely going to be around for a while.

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.

In this episode you’ll learn:

[3:12] Dealing with critics and common misconceptions | Staying humble and mentally tough

[5:12] How Noah took his game to the next level | Surrounding yourself with people who are better than you | Finding outside motivation

[6:00] The infamous wheel barrel incident at the 2015 Crossfit Games | Overcoming set backs

[8:55] Noah’s thoughts of Guido as a mentor both in and outside of the gym | Finding good role models

[9:43] Who was Noah Ohlsen before Crossfit?

[13:30] Noah’s journey to qualifying for his first Crossfit Games

[16:02] Competitions outside of Crossfit | ECC, WODapalooza, DXB Fitness

[18:58] Going from 155lbs to 190lbs in 24 months | Weight gaining tips

[21:12] Noah’s supplement routine

[22:52] Tapering & recovering techniques for competitions | Percentage work

[25:13] Noah’s thoughts on the 2016 Open | Preparation, Strategy, and Mentality

[28:50] Post 2015 Crossfit Games season

[31:25] Finding motivation on the off season

[32:45] What’s next after Crossfit? | Noah’s plans for the future

Mar 21, 2016

Nick Sorrel has to be one of the best Gymnastic coaches in the Crossfit community. If you’re not already following him on Instagram (@nicksorrel) or working with him in our Brute Strength programs then you should be. This guy has a wealth of knowledge, and this podcast is just the tip of the iceberg. Take some notes or just soak it all in because things are about to get real gym-nasty.

In this episode you’ll learn:

[2:57] Life is a balancing act. Nick gives us a look into how he is able to manage his time between being a Surgeon, Brute Strength Head Coach, Husband and a Father.

[8:17] Collecting accomplishments VS. Collecting moments and living life with a purpose

[12:20] How to avoid getting burned out from all the responsibilities that life can throw at you

[13:58] Nick’s meaning of Faith, as described in “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis

[16:18] Joining the Bruce Barbell/ Brute Strength team

[18:30] Pursuing the love of fitness through Coaching

[20:07] Implementing gymnastic progressions – “Bruce Barbell Manifesto”

[22:04] Common issues for Crossfitters in gymnastics & how Brute Strength makes improvements

[23:30] Building gymnastics foundation and establishing basic skills

[25:38] Breaking down all Crossfit gymnastics into lesser attributes – Core strength, Pushing strength, Pulling strength, Mobility, Dynamic movement, Positions

[27:50] How to build a successful Gymnastics progression

[31:08] How Brute Strength – Gymnastics incorporates skill work & skill days into your Crossfit training

[34:14] What Brute Strength – Gymnastics can do for you as an athlete/ Crossfit competitor

[38:32] The importance of body awareness and good form on the bar

[40:13] Flexibility VS. Strength in Crossfit gymnastics

[42:02] Biggest mistakes people make while inverted – Scapulohumeral rhythm, spinal accessory nerve

[44:00] Tips/ Techniques for better presses and hand stands

[46:43] Time under tension and what that means for your HSPUs

 

Resource Mentioned:

Brute Gymnastics Level 1 – a paradigm shift in the way you think about gymnastics.

COMING SOON!!!!

Mar 14, 2016
 
In this episode, I read my article "Know Your Why" and expand on some of the ideas in it with a recent experience in mind.  
 
I've spent the last two weeks in Lima, Peru as my best friend has been in the ICU over here due to swine flu and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.  I've had ample time to contemplate what his death would mean to me, and before I even knew the outcome the experience was profoundly inspiring to me.  
 
My friend Bryce is an extraordinary human being that inspires nearly every person he meets to be a better person, be more vulnerable with others, have more fun, etc.  He's one of the healthiest guys I know.  He's an ultra marathoner (runs 100 miles at a time), he eats a diet full of green veggies and healthy fats, and practices yoga, meditation, and Wim Hoff breathing daily.  The fact that this happened to him tells me that it can happen to anyone, at any time, regardless of how fit and healthy you are.  
 
So I was reminded, as I often am, to do the things I want to do NOW and not later.  Life is too short to wait.  One of the things I'm most passionate is spreading the message of being vulnerable and living a life full of purpose.  Last year I wrote an article on our blog entitled "Know Your Why" which was about my personal journey from drug addiction to winning the Crossfit Games and everything in between.  
 
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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If you liked this episode you might also like the one I did with Chris Powell where we talk about building integrity with yourself to cause massive transformation in you life 
 
or the one with Steve Cook on dealing with fear and self doubt
 
or the one I did with Adee Zukier on the science of a 6 pack, developing a sense of worthiness and a cultivating better relationship with food.
Mar 7, 2016
Sometime last year my good friend Bruce Pitcher told me about this Fit2Fat2Fit guy that gained a bunch of weight and then lost it.  It wasn't until this interview that I understood the full story behind why Drew Manning did this.  Talk about dedication to your craft!  This guy gained 75 lbs and lost it so that he could relate to his overweight clients better.  Wow.
 
He and I both agree that the diet and training aren't nearly the biggest factors to successful transformation.  We spend the majority of the time talking about the emotional side. We talked about the highs and lows of his experiment and how he uses that to relate to his clients today.
 
In this episode you'll learn:
 
-Drew's original inspiration for the whole experiment
 
-His diet he used to gain 75lbs of fat
 
-His diet and training he used to lose it all 
 
-The emotional challenges that come with losing weight
 
-What he learned about people losing weight, and how trainers can use it to help their clients
 
Check out the Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit website.  
 
Also check out the Dollar Workout Club, where you pay $1/week for tons of free workouts and content that you can do at your house.  There is literally no excuse to not train when there are resources like this out there. 
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  http://sealfit.com.
 
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.
Jan 25, 2016

This week I interviewed the host of ABC's TV show Extreme Weightloss Chris Powell.  I met Chris a little over a year ago and have been inspired by him in so many ways.  We come from similar backgrounds having struggled with substance abuse and addiction.  His story of crawling out of his own rock bottom and going on to change millions of lives is absolutely incredible. 

 
Chris and his wife Heidi have helped over 70 individuals lose between 150-300 lbs each in the span of a year on the show.  He shares on this podcast what makes these people so successful and how each and every one of us can borrow some of that wisdom to better our own lives and accomplish any goal we have.  
 
We talk a lot about integrity in one's self and how that can be built, brick by brick.
 
He also talk about two of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight or accomplish a goal in general.  
 
This is one of the heavier ones, but it's very powerful.  I hope you enjoy the show.
 

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Jan 18, 2016

This week I interviewed a good friend and former coach of mine Dusty Hyland.  He needs no introduction.  Plain and simple he is one of the very best, and it shows in his athlete's performances.   

We start the show off by talking about his experience balancing coaching and competing at the same time.  This year he competed as a masters athlete then immediately after began coaching his athletes.  
We talk about programming and he shares the top 3 things that most coaches are failing to put in their programs.  
 
We talk a lot about the mental approach to the sport of fitness and some specific, some not so specific, ways of improving your mental game or your athletes mental game. 
 
He also gives a book recommendation at the very end, written by the strength and conditioning coach of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant called "Relentless."  I ordered it as we were on the podcast.  Check it out.  
 
Finally, I'll apologize beforehand for the audio quality.  This was my first Skype interview,  and the quality is a little choppy.  I promise this will improve.  Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the show.
Jan 12, 2016
Tommy Marquez is a guy that I look up to in every sense.  He is passionate about his career, he works his ass off in the gym, and he is a damned good human being. This one was a fun one for me.  
 
We talked about his role as on the update show, how he got the job, and how he prepares for those shows.  I am always interested in hearing how people prepare for going on camera because I think that can translate to speaking in front of groups, large or small. 
 
I asked him about some of the data that the CF Games team has been collecting and what kind of things they can predict the future by looking at the data.  
 
We also had a special guest Brooke Ence jump on there a couple times to read some #MeanInstagramComments.
 
Hope everyone enjoys the show.
Jan 4, 2016

This week I interviewed Pat "Manimal" Barber. I'm not sure exactly where he got that nickname, maybe because he's so hairy. Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this one. Pat is one of the OG Crossfit Games Competitors. He has competed for several years as an individual and the last two years on NorCal Crossfit team.
The most interesting part of this interview for me was talking to Pat about developing coaches. Pat has been on the Crossfit L1 staff for years and has taught L2s and other seminars. He talks about how you can become a better coach and get the most out of your athletes.
We also talk about his new company Warmup and Workout, which is his answer to the issue of affiliate programming. He and his wife Taz create detailed lesson plans (Session plans as they call it) for every single day. It allows affiliates to focus on teaching and growing the community rather than wasting time making programs.

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