18 – Scott Panchik and his father on running an affiliate, competition, and recovering from injury

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In this episode, I sit down with 4-time CrossFit Games competitor Scott Panchik and his father Dave to discuss their affiliate, CrossFit Mentality.
Scott, along with his siblings, has always been very active and played football at the University of Mount Union where he studied Health and Physical Education. There he was on two National Championship-winning teams and earned Academic All-American honors. He then went on to teach health and physical education at Mentor High School where he also ran the school’s strength and conditioning program and coached wrestling and football. It was during this time that his father Dave introduced him to CrossFit and he began training for the CrossFit Games. He placed 4th at the Games in 2012 and 2013, 5th in 2014, and took 6th place in 2015 despite battling a serious foot injury. A couple of years ago, Dave made the decision to retire from teaching Elementary School and move from Pittsburgh, PA to Mentor, Ohio with the rest of the family to open a CrossFit affiliate with Scott. Since that time the Panchik family has been working together to build CrossFit Mentality into a thriving and successful affiliate.
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With Scott and Dave at their affiliate, CrossFit Mentality
In this episode, we discuss:
  • Growing up in the Panchik family
  • Scott’s experience playing football and studying health and physical education at Mount Union
  • How Dave found CrossFit and introduced it to the Panchik family
  • How CrossFit helped Scott in his football career and how he then evolved to compete at the CrossFit Games
  • How their affiliate, CrossFit Mentality, came about
  • Using what they’ve learned as teachers in their role as CrossFit coaches
  • How CrossFit has brought their family closer together
  • Their approach to running their gym and how they work together as a family
  • A typical day for the Panchik family
  • A program they run for high school students to provide long-term skills for fitness
  • Recovering from recent foot injuries: Scott’s experience competing at the 2015 Games with a torn plantar fascia, and Dave’s ankle reconstruction
  • How the recovery process has impacted them as athletes and coaches
  • Three things they do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their healt
  • What a healthy life looks like to them
You can follow the Panchiks at www.crossfitmentality.com and on Dave and Scott’s Instagram and Scott’s Twitter accounts.
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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

17 – Juliet and Kelly Starrett on standing desks and movement for kids

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In this episode, I sit down with Juliet and Kelly Starrett to discuss their non-profit organization, Stand Up Kids
 
Kelly and Juliet founded San Francisco CrossFit in 2005. While Juliet worked as an attorney and ran the business, Kelly coached and ran his physical therapy practice there. Kelly developed the CrossFit Mobility Trainer Course and began teaching all over the world. Together, they founded MobilityWOD.com as a way to make this education more accessible.
 
Kelly has consulted and worked with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, professional soccer, major university athletic programs, and elite military groups. His book,  Becoming A Supple Leopard, was published in 2013 and become a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller, and his second book Ready to Run released in 2014 also made the New York Times Bestseller list. 
 
Juliet and Kelly have two young girls, Georgia and Caroline, and after observing the kids at their elementary school, they created and launched Stand Up Kids, a non-profit and educational platform with a goal of bringing standing desks to all public school children in the US. 
 
In this episode we discuss:
  • How Juliet and Kelly met in whitewater paddling and how this background in adventure sports led them to where they are now
  • Their first non-profit Liquid, in which they led weeklong whitewater rafting camps for kids with HIV
  • How the idea for Stand Up Kids was born after volunteering at their daughters’ elementary school field day
  • Some of the research and statistics supporting implementing standing desks in schools
  • How the standing desks are set up and how to appropriately use them
  • Fundraising for Stand Up Kids and where they see funding coming from in the future
  • Their goal of bringing standing desks to all public school children in the US
  • Some tips for parents to use with their kids at home for preventing the formation of bad orthopedic habits
  • Three things they do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to them
You can learn more about Stand Up Kids at StandUpKids.org. You can follow Juliet and Kelly at San Francisco CrossFit, MobilityWOD.com, Facebook. You can also follow them on Twitter @mobilitywod and @MrsMobilityWOD and Instagram @MobilityWOD and @JulietStarrett.
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If you or someone you know has an inspiring story about using lifestyle to overcome disease, please share by emailing info@juliefoucher.com. I will continue to feature stories like this in the future!
Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

16 – Pete Katz and his physician on using CrossFit and Paleo to overcome chronic disease

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In his 20’s Pete Katz was an active, healthy guy – he competed in triathlons, was a vegetarian, and at one point even ran a health food store. A knee injury, a demanding job, and family life eventually took over and he eventually found himself overweight and with a growing list of diagnoses and medications. On multiple occasions, he tried different diet and exercise interventions to lose weight, but would always end up right back where he started again. After 20+ years of ups and downs, the threat of having to take an injectable medication for his type 2 diabetes was the last straw, and Pete started a Paleo diet and joined his local CrossFit affiliate, CrossFit Painesville. I first met Pete in his primary care physician Dr. Isaacson‘s office as a second year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Isaacson serves as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education at my school, and he is well known among medical students as a master of developing meaningful relationships with his patients and partnering with them to improve their health.
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Pete before and after his transformation
In this episode of Pursuing Health, Pete, Dr. Isaacson, and I sit down to discuss Pete’s journey back to health and how he has cured himself of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and anxiety. In our conversation, we address:
  • Pete’s background with sports growing up and doing triathlons in college
  • How Pete started to see his health decline after a knee injury and increased work demands
  • The onset and progression of diseases including anxiety, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea
  • Previous approaches Pete took to lose weight
  • How Pete found the Paleo diet and subsequently joined his local CrossFit affiliate
  • His dramatic transformation with his new lifestyle
  • Pete’s biggest CrossFit milestones and how his time in the gym translates into life and work challenges
  • Dr. Isaacson’s experience as Pete’s physician over the past 20+ years and his experience treating patients with chronic diseases
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If you or someone you know has an inspiring story about using lifestyle to overcome disease, please share by emailing info@juliefoucher.com. I will continue to feature stories like this in the future!
Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

15 – Lewis Howes on chasing greatness

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Lewis Howes is a former two-sport collegiate athlete and professional football player. He suffered a career-ending injury that sent him on a search for a new vision and purpose in his life. After starting several successful online businesses and earning a spot on the USA Team Handball national team, he began his podcast, The School of Greatness. On this show he interviews world-class individuals from all walks of life, uncovering their stories and what has led them to achieve greatness. His guests have included individuals such as Bryan Clay, Anthony Robbins, and Julianne Hough. He compiles lessons learned from these individuals in his recently published book, The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy, which has quickly gained popularity and is earned a place on the New York Times Bestseller list.
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With Lewis in Cleveland at my favorite restaurant, Town Hall

 

In this episode filmed at Town Hall in Ohio City, we discuss:
  • Lewis’s background growing up in Ohio and playing sports
  • His professional football career-ending injury
  • How he overcame the low point in his life by establishing a vision and setting goals
  • His pursuit of becoming an Olympian in Team Handball
  • How he started his podcast
  • What he has learned from interviewing world-class individuals
  • How he decided to write his book
  • Service as an area of focus and how we have each learned lessons about this through sports
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him
  • His advice for creating a vision and setting goals

 

You can find Lewis on his website, Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter. His book is available at greatnessbook.com.
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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image

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Camille and I both began our Crossfit Games journeys in 2010, and she has competed every year since, ultimately earning the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth” in 2014. In addition to training for and competing in the CrossFit Games, she holds a spot on the Canadian National Olympic Weightlifting team. Camille is also finishing her Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, and she serves as a trainer on the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar staff.

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Cheering Camille on with Chris Hinshaw during 15.5 at CrossFit Mayhem

I sit down with Camille at Rogue Fitness in Columbus, Ohio before we did a little training together to discuss her reflections what she’s up to and some of our mutual experiences.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What she’s been up to since the 2015 CrossFit Gams
  • Where she’s at in school and she has continued to pursue her chemical engineering degree
  • How she hopes to use her degree in the future
  • Her reflections on her performance at the 2015 CrossFit Games
  • How she is approaching training for the 2016 season
  • How we both see CrossFit changing the way young girls and women view their bodies

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Training with Camille and Dan Bailey at Rogue Fitness

 

You can follow Camille on her website, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. 

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

13b – Umahro Cadogan on functional nutrition for athletes and recovery from injury

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A Denmark native, Umahro Cadogan is a former adjunct professor of Nutrition and Functional Medicine at the University of Western States. He also works directly with individuals and groups including professional athletes and military as a nutritional therapist, and he is a well-known author, chef, and lecturer on the topics of nutrition and functional medicine in Denmark and around the world.
In part a of this episode, we talked about how Umahro got into nutrition and functional medicine and his general approach to improving nutrition.
In this episode, we discuss:
  • Umahro’s nutrition advice for athletes
  • Changes to macro and micronutrient intake he recommends for athletes
  • Sports nutrition supplements
  • The role of nutrition and supplementation after injury
  • Recommended training and rehab for tendons and ligaments
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him
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You can follow Umahro on his website, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. 

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

13a – Umahro Cadogan on using functional nutrition to create health

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A Denmark native, Umahro Cadogan is a former adjunct professor of Nutrition and Functional Medicine at the University of Western States. He also works directly with individuals and groups including professional athletes and military as a nutritional therapist, and he is a well-known author, chef, and lecturer on the topics of nutrition and functional medicine in Denmark and around the world.
In this episode, we discuss:
  • How he got into nutrition and functional medicine
  • His personal health story and recovery
  • How he incorporates his culinary background as a lecturer and nutritional therapist
  • What he addresses first when working with someone to improve their nutrition
  • The role of supplements and how to look for quality
In part b of this episode, we’ll talk about his nutrition advice for athletes, as well as for supporting the body while recovering from injury. 
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You can follow Umahro on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

12 – The TRAIN with Julie Foucher program

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This past week I released my training program through Beyond the Whiteboard: TRAIN with Julie Foucher. This year, I am making the transition from training for the CrossFit Games to training for life. Even though I am going to be incredibly busy with medical school, I still want to maintain a high level of fitness. Thus, TRAIN was born: 1 hour in the gym per day, 5 days per week, fully scheduled out for you and jam-packed to build a solid foundation of GPP and proficiency in the full gamut of weightlifting, gymnastics, and monostructural skills. I’m opening this program up to anyone who wants to join me as a virtual training partner through Beyond the Whiteboard. There, you will be able to see my posts for each workout and I will also be able to see and comment on your scores to follow your progress.
In this episode I discuss:
  • My experience with Beyond the Whiteboard and motivation for creating this program
  • For whom the program is best suited
  • How the program is structured each day including timeline and scaling
  • Details of the programming including strength cycle, Olympic lifting, gymnastics
  • The frequency and intent of benchmark workouts
  • Warm-up and cool-downs programmed by Matthew Stevens of Pure Physio
  • How to use the Lifestyle Log on Beyond the Whiteboard
  • The importance and utility of recording your results electronically
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You can read more about the program and sign up here. Also, follow us on Instagram @TRAINwithJF and with #TRAINwithJF. 
 
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11 – Dan Bailey on training for the 2016 CrossFit Games

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Dan Bailey is a 5-time CrossFit Games competitor, never finishing outside the top 10 at the Games and most recently placing 4th at the 2015 CrossFit Games. Dan has a background as a collegiate sprinter at Ohio University and he holds degrees in Education and Strength and Conditioning. Although is is an Ohio native, he currently resides on a boat in San Diego.
In this episode, we discuss:
  • Dan’s living situation on a boat in San Diego
  • His reflections on his performance at the 2015 CrossFit Games and plans for next year
  • Dan’s approach to training for the 2016 CrossFit Games season
  • How Dan creates his programming and how he tracks his progress
  • How you can follow Dan’s programming through Beyond the Whiteboard

You can follow Dan on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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10 – Jenny LaBaw on running 500 miles for epilepsy research and education

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Jenny LaBaw is a 2-time Reebok CrossFit Games athlete, finishing 6th overall in 2011 and taking 1st in the 2012 Northern California Regional. In 2013 she inspired the CrossFit community by completing the CrossFit Games Open workouts each week despite having a broken foot. Jenny has been an athlete her entire life, playing collegiate soccer and track and field. She is also a very talented trainer, helping individuals to reach their fitness goals, big and small, and ultimately lead healthier lives. 
 
Few people knew that Jenny had epilepsy until she released a video in 2012 about her struggle. While she was nervous to talk about it at first, she was overwhelmed by the support of the CrossFit community and the number of people who reached out to her in a similar situation. This year, she has decided to follow her heart and do something BIG to improve epilepsy research and education. Starting September 19th, she began a one-month, 500-mile run across the Colorado Rocky Mountains, stopping at various CrossFit affiliates along the way to connect with the community and guest coach some classes. With this effort, she’s set a goal of raising $50,000 for research and education through the Epilepsy Foundation. She hopes to not only raise awareness of epilepsy, but to also encourage individuals to live fully and overcome all obstacles they are faced with in life. 
 
In this episode, we discuss:
  • How Jenny was first diagnosed with epilepsy 
  • What symptoms Jenny has experienced now and in the past
  • Why she thinks leading a healthy lifestyle has helped to control her seizures
  • Why Jenny decided to take on this 500-mile run and how she is preparing
  • The details of her upcoming 500-mile run across Colorado and how you can support her 
  • Three things she does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
You can follow Jenny along her run and donate to her cause at www.labawlife.com as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 

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09 – Q+A on my path in medicine, balance, and the difference between CrossFit for competition and health.

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You asked for it, so here is my first Q+A-style episode where I discuss topics listeners have submitted. In this episode, I discuss my decision to pursue a career in medicine and how CrossFit has influenced my direction, my approach to balancing medical school and CrossFit Games competition, and how I view the difference between training for the CrossFit Games and training for health and longevity with CrossFit. I also answer the three questions I ask all my guests at the end of the episode. If you like what you hear, please remember to subscribe and rate Pursuing Health on iTunes, and continue to give feedback using #JFHealth.

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