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
If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating! I’d love to hear all of your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday! Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter above so you never miss out on another episode.
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.