Ep 74 – Brooke Wells & Jessica Griffith on Forging Friendships & Striking a Balance

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“I just really want to inspire other people.  I’m so young, and I just want people to understand that they can do more than just school, that they can do both, and that muscles are beautiful… If I can inspire anyone by doing what I do, that’s what motivates me to do it.” –Brooke Wells

Brooke Wells is a three-time CrossFit Games athlete, making her first appearance after winning the Central Regional at just 19 years old.  She is consistently one of the top 20 Fittest Women in the world, finishing 16th in 2015, 6th in 2016, and 14th in 2017.  In addition to her full training schedule, Brooke also attends school at the University of Missouri where she is earning her business degree.

Jessica Griffith is also a three-time CrossFit Games athlete, and made her rookie debut as an individual in 2017.  She works full-time as an emergency room nurse at a Level I Trauma Center in St. Louis and enjoys how many people she’s able to help on a daily basis through her work.  Jessica successfully balances her long work hours with  a rigorous training schedule that helps prepare her for the challenges of competing at the Games.

Brooke and Jessica were hallmates at the 2017 CrossFit Games and formed a fast friendship as they encouraged each other through the trials of cyclocross, swimming, an obstacle course, and more.  I caught up with Brooke and Jess at the Rogue Winter Classic to chat about their evolution as CrossFit Games athletes, how they balance their training with school and work, and what tips, habits, and practices they use to be successful as they train for the 2018 CrossFit Games.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Where Jessica & Brooke grew up and how they ended up in Missouri
  • Which sports they participated in growing up, and how that contributed to their CrossFit journey
  • How winning her first scaled CrossFit competition inspired Brooke to pursue CrossFit more seriously
  • How Jessica evolved from a team athlete to an individual Games athlete
  • Their favorite and least favorite moments from the Games and Regionals
  • How Jessica and Brooke’s friendship grew as they encouraged each other through the 2017 Games
  • Brooke’s feelings on the importance of finishing school as a priority over CrossFit, and how she manages her time to accomplish both goals
  • How Jessica balances work as a full-time emergency room nurse while training for the Games
  • How unhealthy working in the healthcare field can be, and how CrossFit gives Jessica an avenue to share healthy lifestyle with others
  • Jessica’s growing interest in holistic healthcare
  • Habits and practices that Brooke and Jessica find to be helpful on a daily basis
  • Brooke and Jessica’s daily routines
  • What motivates Brooke and Jessica to train with such intensity in addition to their full schedules
  • Using CrossFit to inspire others to lead healthier lives
  • How they handle the stresses of being away from their regular training routine
  • Three things Brooke & Jessica 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 Brooke and to Jessica

You can follow Jessica Griffith on Facebook and Instagram, and  you can follow Brooke Wells on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image
Ep 18 – Scott Panchik and his father on running an affiliate, competition, and recovering from injury
47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen, and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit
Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion
Ep 72 – Finding Balance with Two-time Third Fittest Man Patrick Vellner

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

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.


Ep 73 – RISEing to the Occasion with Olympic Swimmers Caroline Burckle and Rebecca Soni

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“I counted my confidence as a swimmer to be the main reason that I was able to win the races that I won.  I’m not super tall, I’m not super strong. I had very interesting technique, but I’m sure there are people who had better and stronger technique…So, it played a big role in my career, and my success, so why couldn’t I help teach this to the next generation?” – Rebecca Soni

Olympic medalist Caroline Burckle is a highly decorated freestyle swimmer whose achievements include winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.  She swam for the University of Florida on an athletic scholarship, where she was awarded 2008 NCAA Swimmer of the Year.  A two-time National Champion, Caroline also broke the oldest standing swimming record in the 500-yard freestyle.  After her retirement from competitive swimming in 2010, Caroline went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology & Motor Behavior.

Rebecca Soni, a breaststroke specialist also known as ‘Reb,’ holds 6 Olympic medals, three gold and three silver, spanning across two Olympics- the 2008 Beijing Games, and the 2012 London Games.  She’s a former World Record Holder in the breaststroke, and is well known for her distinctive swimming technique. Rebecca has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Southern California, a certificate in Positive Psychology, and is also a certified Health Coach.

Following their illustrious careers, Rebecca and Caroline both struggled with burnout and a loss of structure and routine.  Eventually they joined together to found the RISE Elite Athletes program, where they use their unique blend of knowledge and experience to mentor young athletes in a variety of sports.

I recently caught up with Caroline and Reb to talk about their Olympic experiences, how they processed their retirement from their swimming careers, and how they’re using positive psychology to set a future generation of athletes up for success.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Caroline and Rebecca first met
  • Their respective introductions to swimming
  • At what point they realized swimming at a higher level was possible, including the birth of their Olympic dreams at a relatively late age
  • Some of Caroline and Rebecca’s favorite moments from their swimming careers
  • What their preparation for the Olympics looked like
  • How training camps and working with different coaches gave them different perspectives
  • Things they would do differently looking back on their swimming careers, including Reb adjusting her diet, and Caroline focusing on recovery
  • How Reb processed the challenge of losing structure and routine in the post-Olympic period, and used the mental toughness she learned from swimming to overcome those feelings
  • How Caroline dealt with burnout toward the end of her swimming career, and struggled to find an identity after retirement
  • Positive psychology: what it is, and how it can be used to build and develop a mindset
  • How mental work can impact and improve performance
  • How Caroline and Reb combined their experiences and visions to mentor younger athletes through RISE Elite Athletes
  • The RISE program: how it works and how it and mutually benefits both young athletes and former Olympians through shared knowledge, experiences, and the normalization of heroes
  • The common themes and obstacles Reb and Caroline see amongst their athletes that hold them back, and the techniques they teach to help overcome these challenges
  • The impact of social media on athletes today, and the pitfall of constantly comparing yourself to others
  • How Reb and Caroline apply the techniques they use during their mentorships in their own daily lives
  • Caroline’s CrossFit experience, her love for the community, and the importance of the team atmosphere
  • What it’s like for Caroline to watch the CrossFit athletes swim, and the benefits of skill practice
  • How athletes can implement swimming into a regular training practice, starting with a solid warm-up, and incorporating intervals
  • What Rebecca and Caroline are currently doing for their own movement practice
  • Three things Caroline and Rebecca do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health

You can follow Caroline and Rebecca’s program, RISE Elite Athletes via their website, and on RISE’s social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can find Caroline Burckle on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her website, and you can find Rebecca Soni on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her website.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 28 – James Hobart on Teaching, Competing, and the Real Purpose of CrossFit

Ep 36a and 36b – Dominique Moceanu on gymnastics, healing, and health

Ep 43 – Jason Wachob: Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and Inspiration To Live Your Best Life

Ep 48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough

Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.


Ep 72 – Finding Balance with Two-time Third Fittest Man Patrick Vellner

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“I’ve always kind of thought that you really make time for things you care about, and so if you love to do something, and if you really want to do it, you’ll find a way.  So, it’s not easy, but it’s not supposed to be.  If it was easy, everybody would do it, right?” – Patrick Vellner

In this episode of Pursuing Health, I chat with three-time CrossFit Games athlete and chiropractic medical student Patrick Vellner.  In 2016, Pat made a big entrance to the Games individual competition scene, placing third and earning the title Rookie of the Year.  In 2017, he returned to prove his podium finish was no fluke, and turned in a solid performance that had him walking away in fourth place.  However, after the Games, it was discovered that the initial third place finisher, Ricky Gerard, had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.  Following Gerard’s disqualification, Pat Vellner was awarded his rightful place on the podium, in a bittersweet turn of events.

Pat comes from a broad athletic background, including competing on a national level in gymnastics, and playing lacrosse and rugby. He’s currently studying to become a doctor of chiropractic in his home country of Canada, and balancing his course load with training for the 2018 CrossFit Games.

I caught up with Pat to talk about receiving his Games medal at the CrossFit Invitational, the controversy of performance enhancing drugs in CrossFit, how he balances medical school and training for the Games, and what plans he has for the future.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What’s keeping Patrick busy these days
  • His experience at the 2017 CrossFit Invitational, and how it compared to 2016
  • What it felt like to be recognized, again, as the Third Fittest Man
  • How he found out he had moved up to third place in the 2017 CrossFit Games standings
  • How Patrick responds to skeptics regarding the use of performance enhancing drugs
  • How his approach to the 2017 Games differed from 2016
  • What stands in his way from winning the CrossFit Games
  • Patrick’s athletic background and how that has helped him as a CrossFit athlete
  • Why he thinks there are not more men with gymnastics backgrounds competing at a high level within CrossFit
  • How Patrick got into CrossFit in the first place
  • What made him consider competing and whether he’s considered taking time off from school to focus on competing
  • How Patrick’s first Games experience on a team differed from his individual appearances
  • What made him pursue chiropractic school
  • How Patrick balances school and training
  • The timeline and structure for chiropractic school in Canada
  • What a typical day looks like for him
  • Patrick’s hobbies outside of CrossFit
  • His preference for training solo versus training in a group
  • How Patrick structures and gets help with his training, nutrition and recovery
  • Three things Patrick 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 Patrick

You can follow Patrick on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 01 – Rich Froning on Competition, Shifting Priorities, and Discovering his Purpose

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

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

Ep 21 – Pat Sherwood on CrossFit, the Games and quality of life and longevity

Ep 24 – Airrosti Drs. Nickleberry and Garrett on treating soft tissue injury, partnering with CrossFit, and creating a new paradigm

Ep 52A – Tia-Clair Toomey on Realizing her CrossFit and Olympic Dreams and Finding Confidence

Ep 52B – Tia-Clair Toomey on Realizing her CrossFit and Olympic Dreams and Finding Confidence

Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.


Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson

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For us, one is too many and a thousand is never enough. Once I start, I cannot teach myself to eat sugar in moderation. I just can’t do it. You know, I’ve never been successful at it, and I know many people that aren’t successful at it either. And I think, you know, using the term sugar addiction is quite like a broad term and I don’t think everybody becomes addicted to sugar but I think there are those individuals who really are at risk.” – Karen Thomson

In this episode of Pursuing Health, I sit down with the founder of the Sugar Free Revolution, Karen Thomson. Karen grew up in South Africa and battled addiction to multiple substances from an early age.  She found help through an inpatient rehab center, but several years into recovery, she came to realize she still had one lingering addiction: sugar.

Using knowledge from her own journey to recovery, Karen partnered with other rehabilitation professionals to develop a one-of-a-kind approach, treating sugar addiction with an inpatient program using the abstinence model. She paid special attention to the underlying issues leading to sugar and carbohydrate addiction, and identified the need for a support network for those trying to kick an addiction.

She went on to write a book, Sugar Free: 8 Weeks to Freedom from Sugar and Carb Addiction, and also began sharing her message at conferences. It was at one of those conferences that she met CrossFit founder Greg Glassman, and they developed a friendship that resulted in the creation of the CrossFit Health Conference.

Karen and her family recently moved to Palm Springs, CA, where she is focused on opening another rehabilitation clinic to help others recover from addiction and live their healthiest life.

I caught up with Karen in Madison, WI, at the 2017 CrossFit Games to talk about how she made the choice to seek help, overcame her own addictions, and why she now uses her own experiences to help others do the same.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Karen’s story of addiction, and how it was rooted in childhood
  • How her experience as a young model led to an eating disorder
  • What it was like to hit her breaking point
  • How Karen treated and overcame her addiction
  • Starting The Sugar Free Revolution
  • Why Karen’s model for inpatient treatment of sugar addiction is unique
  • Finding CrossFit and the importance of a health-minded community
  • Meeting Greg Glassman and partnering with him to help end chronic disease
  • How teaching at conferences led to creating the CrossFit Health Conference
  • Some of the differences between the United States and South Africa
  • How her passion for helping people with addiction and particularly sugar addiction drives her work
  • What Karen eats in a typical day
  • How she keeps her family on board with her healthy lifestyle
  • Three things Karen 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 Karen

You can learn more about the Sugar Free Revolution through Karen’s website, and you can follow her on TwitterInstagram and FaceBook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 26 – James Maskell on Functional and Integrative Medicine and the Impact of Community on Health

Ep 30 – Nadia Johnston on How CrossFit Helped Her to Overcome Eating Disorders and Depression

Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”

Ep 37 – Steph Hammerman on Overcoming Obstacles, Teaching CrossFit, and Crushing Cancer

Ep 42 – Against All Grain’s Danielle Walker on Advocating, Healing, and Celebrating

Ep 48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough

Ep 53 – Amelia Boone on Achievement and Growing Through Obstacles

Ep 67 – Sobriety Through CrossFit: Brian Reap’s Story

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWODDo you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.


Ep 70 – USA Track & Field Heptathlete Tiffeny Parker on Beating the Odds

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“I was the first person at the track and, and I was the last person at the track. And for me, it was, it was an Olympic gold medalist telling me that that extra 5% that I’m willing to put in, that’s the difference. That’s the difference between being a collegiate athlete and a professional athlete.” -Tiffeny Parker

In this episode Pursuing Health, I sit down with USA Track & Field athlete Tiffeny Parker.  Tiffeny competes on both the national and international stage in the heptathlon, and competed at the Olympic Trials in 2016. A volleyball player from a young age, Tiffeny got a late start in the heptathalon, but saw early success, placing 4th at Junior Nationals shortly after learning the sport.  She went on to compete at the collegiate level while studying Business and Marketing at Azusa Pacific University.  There, Tiffeny found an ideal training situation, and she developed ties with an elite community of athletes that she would continue to surrounded herself with even after graduation.

Tiffeny has faced many odds on her road to success, including the unexpected passing of her mother, a major life event that she credits with giving her the drive to pursue athletics as a profession. She has also faced injury and athletic disappointment, but has learned to rely on her community and use a positive mindset to aid in unlocking her full potential.  Tiffeny was introduced to the CrossFit world when Chris Hinshaw recruited her to help teach athlete Camille LeBlanc Bazinet how to hurdle during the 2015 CrossFit Games on 24 hours notice. She has worked many top athletes, including Katrin Davidsdottir, Mat Fraser, team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom, and more.  She is currently training in Dallas, TX  as she sets her sights on the 2018 IAAF World Championships.

I caught up with Tiffeny in Cookeville, TN in the spring of 2017 to talk about her track career, how she became involved in the CrossFit world, and what wisdom she has to share from her experiences.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Tiffeny’s introduction to the CrossFit world during the 2015 CrossFit Games
  • What it’s like to work with elite athletes
  • How the heptathlon community parallels the CrossFit community
  • The different approach Tiffany uses to train CrossFit athletes vs. the textbook method for teaching how to sprint
  • Tiffeny’s current training program
  • Her athletic background and finding heptathlon after growing up playing volleyball
  • Coping with the sudden passing of her mother and how it changed Tiffeny’s mindset
  • Tiffeny’s decision to pursue track and field as a professional career
  • Dealing with athletic disappointment
  • Tiffeny’s path to the Olympic Trials
  • Tiffeny on training with a partner vs. training solo
  • What types of athletes Tiffeny is currently working with
  • Three things Tiffeny 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 Tiffeny

You can learn more about Tiffeny’s anaerobic training program through her website, and you can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and FaceBook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 08 – Chris Hinshaw on Regaining Functionality and Endurance Coaching and Programming for the CrossFit Community

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

Ep 53 – Amelia Boone on achievement and growing through obstacles

Ep 55 – Lindy Barber on Overcoming a Life-Changing Injury and Finding Her Flow on Team CrossFit Mayhem

Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.


Ep 69 – From “Obese to Beast” with John Glaude

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“Yes losing weight is important, but you have to understand that the mental aspect of it is, I would have to say, almost more important. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to work on the mental too.” – John Glaude

At just 20 years of age, John David Glaude weighed 360 pounds. After years of struggling with his weight, John was sure he was headed toward a future of significant morbidity, yet he didn’t believe he was capable of changing his course. However, a series of events finally led up to what he describes as his “click moment:” the instant he decided he was going to change his lifestyle. John went on to lose 170 lbs and eventually competed in a bodybuilding competition before he found CrossFit. John has documented his journey on his YouTube channel titled “Obese to Beast” and he continues to serve as an inspiration and resource for others on their weight loss journeys.

In this episode we discuss:

  • John’s childhood and being the “big” and “funny” guy in school
  • His attempts at weight loss throughout his youth starting in middle school
  • John’s high school and college years
  • John’s “Click Moment” – when he decided he was going to make a change
  • His weight loss journey, and using YouTube as a means to learn as much about the process as possible
  • John’s daily habits and changing his focus from nutrition to bodybuilding and his relationship with food
  • John’s transition from bodybuilding to CrossFit
  • Changes in relationships and confidence in his person and personality
  • John’s current daily routine
  • John’s advice to start slow: ‘Once you see results, you will be more willing to make another change.’
  • Three things John 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 John’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to John

You can follow John on his YouTube page, FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the Future, and Community

Ep 31 – Robert Porter and his Coach, Patrick Flannery on Losing 90 Pounds with CrossFit and Finding the Right Community For You

Ep 33 – Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser, and Prioritizing Health

Ep 38 – Micronutrients and Quality Supplementation with Oliver Amdrup and Julius Heslet

Ep 44 – 5 Trips for New Year Nutrition and The Healthy Self Reset with ‘BeingBrigid

Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.

Question: Have you ever had a “click moment” where you made a decision to make a big change in your life? Tell me about it in the comments below!


Ep 68 – Pat and Taz Barber on CrossFit, Coaching, and Kids

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“The strongest thing a coach can have is a high level of emotional intelligence. So the ability to connect with people and see what they need and where they’re currently at. Whether it be where they’re currently at in life, or where they’re currently at in their progression through a movement, the ability to feel and sense the subtlety of human emotion is hands down the most important quality a coach can have.” – Pat Barber

Pat Barber found CrossFit while playing competitive high school volleyball, and was one of the few fortunate enough to train under Coach Greg Glassman at the original CrossFit gym. He began working for CrossFit as a video editor in those early days, and later as a trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff. Taz Barber also became a trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff after earning her BSc in Sports Science and BA in Psychology at the University of Auckland and opening the first ever CrossFit affiliate in New Zealand. Together, this power couple has had more than 10 CrossFit Games appearances, both as individuals and as members of various teams. They each served as the Head of Coaching Development at NC Fit prior to turning their full attention to running Warm Up and Workout together and raising their two young boys.

I caught up with the Barbers at their home in Santa Cruz, CA to talk about their history, what drives them to do what they do, and some of the biggest lessons they’ve learned along the way (hint: many of them come from being parents!).

In this episode we discuss:

  • Taz’s athletic background, finding CrossFit and starting an affiliate
  • Pat’s athletic background, collegiate sports and finding CrossFit through high school volleyball
  • The Glassmans, CrossFit Santa Cruz and the growth of CrossFit
  • Pat and the early days of CrossFit media
  • Taz’s natural competitive spirit and training for CrossFit competitions
  • How Pat and Taz met
  • Pat’s move to New Zealand
  • Their decision to move back to states, marriage and settling down
  • Working at NorCal CrossFit, and fostering coaching talent
  • Pat and Taz’s marriage and learning from their kids
  • Competing in the CrossFit Games individually and on teams
  • Pat and Taz on coaching, programming and continuing education
  • A day in the life of Pat and Taz
  • Three things Pat and Taz 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 Pat and Taz

You can find Pat and Taz Barber’s session plans on Warmup and Workout and at Beyond the Whiteboard. You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 27 – Adrian Bozman on Teaching CrossFit, Judging at the CrossFit Games, and Garage Gym Training

Ep 45 – Dan Bailey on Moving West, Training for 2017 and Danny Broflex

Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the early days and preserving the culture of CrossFit

Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.

Question: Do you have kids? Or maybe a pet? What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from taking care of someone who depends on you? How do you apply these lessons elsewhere in your life?


Ep 67 – Sobriety Through CrossFit: Brian Reap’s Story

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“My dog won’t release the twig in his mouth unless I offer him a huge branch. Alcohol was my twig. CrossFit and recovery is my branch.” Sobriety WOD

After finding early success as a young champion competitive freestyle skier, Brian Reap fell into to drugs and alcohol after an injury. Addiction had a strong grip on him for many years, and he eventually found himself in Federal prison facing a 5-10 year sentence. It was through CrossFit that Brian was given a second chance – he found his way out of prison with a new passion and purpose in life. Today, Brian is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and member of CrossFit Port Royal Sound. He is also a coach for Sobriety WOD, leading free workouts for others searching for sobriety. Brian’s story is real, unique and gives a strong sense hope to others battling addiction.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Brain’s athletic background, including his Competitive Freestyle Skiing career
  • How Brian fell into drugs and alcohol after an injury
  • When Brian realized he had a family history of addiction and suffered from addiction himself
  • Brian’s marriage and his early attempts to quit drugs and alcohol
  • Brian’s “rock bottom” point; his arrest and sentencing in Federal prison
  • Life in prison and Brian’s road to recovery
  • How Brian found CrossFit and what attracted him to it
  • How Brian discovered Sobriety WOD
  • The similarities between CrossFit and Alcoholics Anonymous
  • How Brian runs a Sobriety WOD class
  • How Brian approaches his everyday life now
  • How you and/or your affiliate can get involved
  • Advice for addiction and recovery
  • Three things Brian does on a regular basis that have the biggest impact on his health
  • One thing Brian struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Brian

You can learn more about Sobriety WOD on their websiteTwitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 26 – James Maskell on Functional and Integrative Medicine and the Impact of Community on Health

Ep 30 – Nadia Johnston on How CrossFit Helped Her to Overcome Eating Disorders and Depression

Ep 37 – Steph Hammerman on Overcoming Obstacles, Teaching CrossFit, and Crushing Cancer

Ep 53 – Amelia Boone on Achievement and Growing Through Obstacles

Ep 55 – Lindy Barber on Overcoming a Life-Changing Injury and Finding her Flow on Team CrossFit Mayhem

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all.

Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer to Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.

Question: Have you ever experienced a “rock bottom” moment? Maybe it didn’t involve addiction or a prison sentence, but was there ever a time where you felt at your lowest that in retrospect allowed you to become your best? Tell me about it in the comments below.


Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence

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“I was not a good student. I attribute a lot of that to the fact that I am dyslexic. The thing that got me through it was just plain persistence. I think once you’ve had that trial-by-fire and you get yourself through it, you think you can get through almost anything with pure persistence. So, I work pretty hard, and it has served me well over a long period of time. I never thought I was the smartest, or the sharpest tool in the drawer. But I don’t think a lot of people outwork me. I think that persistence that I learned got me through a lot of situations.” – Dr. Toby Cosgrove

Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, MD is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Clinic, an $8 billion health care system. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has consistently been the #2 hospital in America by the U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. For his service he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Dr. Cosgrove joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1975 and was named Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked No. 1 in America for 10 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report), a ranking it now holds for 22 consecutive years.

He has published nearly 450 journal articles, book chapters, one book and 17 training and continuing medical education films. He performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. As an innovator, Dr. Cosgrove has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

In 2014, Dr. Cosgrove authored “The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence from One of the World’s Leading Health Care Organizations,” which takes an in-depth look at today’s healthcare system. It describes the eight trends shaping the future of medicine in this country to be more efficient, more effective and more affordable than it is today. The book acknowledges the challenges facing the industry but takes a “strongly optimistic” view of what lies ahead by illustrating how Cleveland Clinic is helping to shape the future of medicine by working toward one goal: putting patients first.

Dr. Cosgrove is a sought-after speaker worldwide. He has addressed the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in Washington, D.C. He is regularly quoted and featured in national magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS, and other national media outlets.

Dr. Cosgrove was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2015) and Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year.

Recent honors include the Deming Cup and Horatio Alger Award. He is a 2016 Fortune Businessperson of the Year (No. 14), and has topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for Northeast Ohio. He is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 most powerful people in healthcare” and “most powerful physician executives,” and is an inductee of the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame.

Dr. Cosgrove has been consulted by successive presidential administrations, serving on the Veterans Administration Commission on Care (2015) and the recent White House Strategic and Policy Forum.

We sat down shortly after my graduation from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine to discuss Dr. Cosgrove’s background, his contributions to the Cleveland Clinic during his tenure as CEO, and his vision for the future of healthcare in America.

Dr. Cosgrove’s Bio was adapted from clevelandclinic.org

In this episode we discuss:

  • What led Dr. Cosgrove to a career in medicine and eventually cardiac surgery?
  • His influence on policies to promote a healthy lifestyle at the Cleveland Clinic such as refusing to hire smokers and banning sugar-sweetened beverages on campus
  • The impact of these policies on the health of Cleveland Clinic employees
  • His perspective on parallels between the fights against smoking and sugar
  • Reducing the burden of lifestyle-related diseases on a national level
  • The reason behind his early investment in Functional Medicine by building the first Center for Functional Medicine in an academic institution
  • His reaction to the progress of the Center for Functional Medicine over the past 3 years?
  • His vision for the future of healthcare in the US
  • Some qualities and skills that have allowed Dr. Cosgrove to thrive in his many high-stress roles
  • Three things Dr. Cosgrove 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 Dr. Cosgrove’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Dr. Cosgrove on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 7 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the Future, and Community

Ep 13A – Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition to Create Health

Ep 13B – Umahro Cadogan on Functional Nutrition for Athletes and Recovery from Injury

Ep 22 – Brigid Titgemeier on Functional Nutrition

Ep 24 – Airrosti Drs. Nickleberry and Garrett on Treating Soft Tissue Injury, Partnering with CrossFit, and Creating a New Paradigm

Ep 38 – Micronutrients and Quality Supplementation with Oliver Amdrup and Julius Heslet

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|WOD’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all.

Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer to Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

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.

Question: To you, I’ll pose the same question that I posed to Dr. Cosgrove in this interview: What sort of policies could be successful at reducing the burden of chronic disease on a national level in the US? Do you think policies similar to those that have been instated at the Cleveland Clinic could work nationally to improve our nation’s health? Let me know in the comments below.


Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host

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When you and I were doing the Update Show for example [in 2011], was a year after I had testicular cancer, a major surgery, and a child. And that’s just my personal life. But the CrossFit growth was going so fast. At that point it was myself, Tony Budding and then we added maybe three more full-time people. Like Heber [Cannon] had moved here by then for video stuff, Leif Edmundson was running publishing, and Tyson Oldroyd was in the house, but that was still a small amount of people for the magnitude of what we were doing. So we were consistently seven days a week for 14 hour days. And it was all a labor of love.” – Rory McKernan on the evolution of CrossFit Media

Rory McKernan is a well-known face of the Reebok CrossFit Games as the host of the Update Show as well as one-half of the infamous Ro vs. Boz CrossFit Games Open rivalry. We sat down to discuss his background and how he discovered CrossFit, how he became involved with CrossFit Headquarters as a member of the seminar staff and media department, and how CrossFit Media has evolved from its early videos to producing live coverage and top-rated documentaries of the Games each year.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Rory’s childhood, growing up in Texas surrounded by football and playing many sports
  • Rory’s college experience at University of Southern California studying political science
  • His post college life skiing and fishing working in Wyoming, Alaska, and Europe
  • How Rory found CrossFit through his passion for training and working at a gym
  • How Rory found himself working for CrossFit Media
  • Rory’s passion for CrossFit training and his experience teaching on the Level 1 Seminar Staff
  • How his roles with CrossFit have evolved
  • The Ro versus Boz rivalry; what it represents and how it has grown
  • What it’s like to work at CrossFit Media
  • Rory’s battle with testicular cancer and a congenital lung condition
  • Rory’s perspective on life balance and how it has evolved throughout his career
  • His day-to-day routine and his family
  • Potential future directions for CrossFit Media
  • Rory’s advice for newcomers to CrossFit
  • His thoughts on the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Three things Rory 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 Rory’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Rory on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Links

Related Episodes

Ep 27 – Adrian Bozman on Teaching CrossFit, Judging at the CrossFit Games, and Garage Gym Training

Ep 21 – Pat Sherwood on CrossFit, the Games and Quality of Life and Longevity

Ep 15 – Lewis Howes on Chasing Greatness

Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the Early Days and Preserving the Culture of CrossFit

Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|WOD’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

This episode is also brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all.

Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer to Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + and a free 30 day trial!

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.

Question: If you watched the 2017 CrossFit Games, what was your favorite moment? What would you love to see more coverage of in the future? Let me know in the comments below.


Ep 64 – Haley Adams: A CrossFit Games Teen with Talent

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“Keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t get distracted. That’s pretty much what I think about every day.” – Haley Adams

Haley Adams is a 16-year-old Reebok CrossFit Games athlete from College Hill CrossFit in Greensboro, North Carolina. Haley has a strong gymnastics background and first found CrossFit in 2014. She qualified for and competed in the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games where she placed 2nd in the 14-15 Teenage Girls division. Following this early success, Haley decided to begin homeschooling so she could commit herself to her training this year. Thus far in the 2017 season, she won the 16-17 Teenage Girl division in the Open and also qualifyed to the Atlantic Regional where she competed and finished in 14th. We caught up recently at Power Monkey Fitness Camp to discuss her approach to training and her goals for the 2017 season.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Haley’s background in gymnastics, cross country, and swimming
  • Finding CrossFit and the inspiration to compete
  • Haley’s 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games experience
  • Her decision to start homeschooling and working with her coach Jason Leydon
  • Haley’s daily routine including school, training, and nutrition
  • Haley’s goals for the 2017 season in the 16-17 Teenage Girl age division
  • Three things Haley 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 Haley’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Haley on Instagram.

Links:

Related Episodes:

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

Ep 47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit

Ep 52A – Tia-Clair Toomey on Realizing her CrossFit and Olympic Dreams and Finding Confidence

Ep 52B – Tia-Clair Toomey on Realizing her CrossFit and Olympic Dreams and Finding Confidence

Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion

Ep 57 – Annie Thorisdottir and Fred Aegidius on Team Work and Individual Performance

 

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|WOD’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

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.

Question: What qualities of a CrossFit Games Teenage athlete do you think will serve them well in their future competitive career and life in general?


Ep 63 – Sara Sigmundsdottir on finding her happy place

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‘[A healthy life looks like} being happy. I think that’s just what matters the most. People often think that healthy is being skinny and looking good. It’s so not true. So many people look really good but are so unhappy. I think when you find the things that make you happy, then you’re living a healthy life.” – Sara Sigmundsdottir

Sara Sigmundsdottir is a 24-year old Icelandic athlete who has finished in third place at the Reebok CrossFit Games for the past 2 years. Heading into the 2017 Games, she’s taken the title for both the Reebok CrossFit Games Open and the Central Regional this season. She has also competed in several weightlifting competitions and broke several Icelandic national records at the 2017 WOW Reykjavik Games Olympic Weightlifting Championships.

Sara started CrossFit in 2012 with very little competitive athletic background, growing up with a passion for music and art. After finding her way from bootcamp training to CrossFit, Sara made her competitive debut in 2013 and eventually made her way to the top of the podium at the Meridian Regional in 2015 and 2016. We caught up recently at CrossFit Mayhem, where she has been living and training this season for the 2017 CrossFit Games.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up the youngest of five kids, both in the US and in Iceland
  • Sara’s passion for art, music, sports and her competitive spirit
  • Finding CrossFit at 17 through bootcamp classes and figure competitions
  • Sara’s first local CrossFit competition
  • The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Open and the beginning of her competitive CrossFit career
  • Training in Iceland and the influence of other Icelandic athletes
  • Adding training into her normal day
  • Working on weaknesses regularly
  • The 2015 Reebok CrossFit season and the year she broke through
  • The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games and the mental feat
  • Sara’s mental approach and the importance of a positive training environment
  • Her decision to move to Cookeville, TN to train at CrossFit Mayhem and how her training has changed
  • A typical day and week of training for Sara
  • Sara’s approach to nutrition
  • Three things Sara does on a regular basis that has the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Sara’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Sara on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 01 – Rich Froning on Competition, Shifting Priorities, and Discovering his Purpose

Ep 08 – Chris Hinshaw on Regaining Functionality and Endurance Coaching and Programming for the CrossFit Community

Ep 14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on Moving Foward, Engineering, and Body Image

Ep 25 – Christy Adkins on Overcoming Injury, Training for the 2016 CrossFit Games, and the Future

Ep 57 – Annie Thorisdottir & Fred Aegidius on Team Work and Individual Performance

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|WOD’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

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.

Question: Have you ever made a change in your environment that had a positive impact on your motivation, happiness, and overall well-being? Tell me about it below!