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

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Each year, Reebok brings together CrossFit Games athletes at an annual summit. During this time, athletes are introduced to Reebok’s brand campaign, apparel and footwear for the upcoming year. They are able to provide feedback, get to know the Reebok team, and train and spend time with one another in a relaxed environment.

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This year on the final morning in the Bahamas, I sat down to chat with 3 other female CrossFit Games athletes over the sunrise and morning coffee to discuss our experience at the Summit and more in this BONUS episode of Pursuing Health.

  • Katrin Davidsdottir is the 2-time reigning Fittest Woman on Earth, winning the CrossFit Games in both 2015 and 2016. An Iceland native, she currently lives and trains in Natick, MA at CrossFit New England. Follow Katrin this season on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Jennifer Smith competed with CrossFit Maximus in the CrossFit Games team competition twice before qualifying as an individual in 2013 and 2016. She currently lives in Lexington, KY and works as a trainer at CrossFit Maximus. Follow her this season on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Kelley Jackson competed as an individual at the CrossFit Games in 2014 and 2015 and represented CrossFit 417 in the team competition in 2016. She lives in St. Louis, MO and is the head coach at CrossFit Gambit. Follow Kelley this season on Instagram, and Facebook.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Reflections on the Reebok Athlete Summit
  • The new Masters division and competition goals
  • Plans after leaving the Summit
  • Thoughts on the CrossFit Games’ move to Madison
  • Their favorite competition moments

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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.


46 – Living and training with Type 1 Diabetes with Brendan Snyder

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“You can’t really start making strides forward until you start telling yourself that maybe [having Type 1 Diabetes] makes you stronger, or maybe you wouldn’t be the person you are [without it]. Looking back on 13 years of diabetes, I don’t think I would be physically where I am, or mentally where I am if I wasn’t diagnosed. So, in a weird roundabout way, I appreciate the fact that I got it.” – Brendan Synder

When Brendan was 11 years old, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. From trying to live like a regular teenager, to balancing Type 1 while playing college rugby, and his current pursuit of qualifying for the CrossFit Games regionals, Brendan provides a snapshot into the challenges of daily life and training with Type 1 Diabetes. Brendan received his BSN from Keene State College where he was also the captain of the rugby team. Brendan began his CrossFit journey at Feral Fitness in Saratoga Spring, NY. He currently lives in Memphis, TN where he works as an RN on the medical specialty unit at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and trains at CrossFit Hit and Run.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Defining Type 1 vs. Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • How Brendan was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T2DM) while out of the US on a family vacation
  • His first impressions of the diagnosis and his attempts to maintain a normal life as a teenager
  • Exercising with T1DM through his teen years, college rugby, and current CrossFit training
  • His experience training in a garage gym, affiliates, and the impact of the CrossFit community
  • Moving to Memphis, TN and transitioning to adult life
  • His experience working as a night shift pediatric nurse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
  • Using his personal experience to help patients with T1DM and their families
  • The evolution of Brendan’s approach to nutrition from his teen years, through college, as an adult and now working with a nutrition coach
  • His current training schedule and competitive CrossFit goals
  • Three things Brendan 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 Brendan’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Brendan’s journey and connect with him on Instagram.

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

37 – Steph Hammerman on overcoming obstacles, teaching CrossFit, and crushing cancer

40 – CrossFit to prepare for and recover from total knee replacements with David Mendenhall

19 – Michelle Mitchell on her experience with exercise and CrossFit for fibromyalgia syndrome

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 #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

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.


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

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“Having a passion for what you do, and a purpose for what you do. Those two things are probably going to be bigger than anything else in terms of having a healthy life, if we are going to take out the science of things. Really to find what you are passionate about, what your purpose is and going after it.” – Dan Bailey 

Dan Bailey is a 5-time CrossFit Games competitor, never finishing outside the top 10 at the Games, finishing 4th at the 2015 CrossFit Games and 7th at the 2016 California Regionals. Dan has a background as a collegiate sprinter at Ohio University where he obtained degrees in Education and Strength and Conditioning. In this episode I catch up with Dan who most recently moved back to Columbus, Ohio from San Diego, and is currently training for the 2017 CrossFit Games Season.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Leaving San Diego for Ohio and training at Rogue Fitness in Columbus
  • Selling his boat completing the 1,000 mile challenge on his motorcycle
  • Dan’s typical day and current training regimen
  • His approach to nutrition now, and goals for the future
  • The Good Dudes Inc.
  • Danny BroFlex – how it all started and his experience filming season 2
  • Three things Dan 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

You can train with Dan on Beyond the Whiteboard and follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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11 – Dan Bailey on training for the 2016 CrossFit Games

29 – Dave Castro on applying lessons learned as a SEAL, his daily routine, and directing the CrossFit Games

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

41 – Graham and Savanna Holmberg: From Fittest Man, to Faith and Family

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.