Ep 87 – Stacie Tovar: From Legendary Competitor to Thriving Coach

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“Having a husband as a business owner, it’s literally all we do. It’s all we think about, and whereas before, when we weren’t owning the gym, I cared about it.  I really cared about it, but I wasn’t nearly as involved.  And then when we owned it and I was still training, knowing what Dustin was doing every day, just so I could do my thing, and what my coaches were doing every day just so I could do my thing, and what my community was doing in support of me… we talked about being selfish… oh man… you know, that just blows my mind.  So yeah, I’m heavily invested, and I want things to just be done really well.  And I want the quality of life of everyone to improve, and It’s my responsibility to do that… and program, and coach, and lead my coaches to make that happen, so… there’s a lot of work.” – Stacie Tovar

With more Games appearances under her belt than almost any other athlete, eight-time individual CrossFit Games competitor Stacie Tovar eloquently left her shoes on the floor and stepped away from competition at the 2017 CrossFit Games.  A former collegiate volleyball player, Tovar was introduced to CrossFit by her now-husband in 2008, and by 2009 she was competing in her first Games and making big lifestyle changes to support her goal of becoming the Fittest on Earth.  Throughout her career, she was celebrated for her drive, her tenacity, and for redefining Beauty Beyond Strength.

Now enjoying the next phase of her career, Stacie has shifted her focus to owning and running her affiliate, CrossFit Omaha.  She is actively working to improve corporate wellness, and she is a fitness expert for the Omaha World-Herald’s health and fitness website, Live Well Nebraska.

I caught up with Stacie at the 2018 Central Regionals in Nashville, where she was coaching individual athlete Josiah Naig and Team CrossFit Omaha.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Stacie’s decision to decline her invitation to Regionals
  • Why the timing was right to step away from competition
  • What she’s enjoying now that she’s retired
  • Her favorite competition memories
  • What’s on the horizon for Stacie
  • Stacie’s experience writing for the Omaha World-Herald
  • Her goals and mission, and how they haven’t changed since retiring
  • Her plans to start a family
  • How Stacie structures her training and what keeps her motivated
  • What it’s been like to coach Regionals competitors and how she’s using her experience as a competitor to mentor her athletes
  • What a typical day looks like for Stacie
  • Why being an affiliate owner is harder than she imagined
  • Stacie’s turning point from being the life of the party to dedicating her focus to fitness
  • Three things Stacie 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 Stacie on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Related Episodes:

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

Ep 27 – Adrian Bozman on teaching CrossFit, judging at the CrossFit Games, and garage gym training

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

Ep 49 – Ben Smith on why he trains and the evolution of the CrossFit Games

Ep 62 – Becca Voigt: The Woman, The Myth, the Legend

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

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

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

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 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain free and paleo-friendly tortillas or tortilla chips yourself and use code Julie for 10% off your order.

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 86 – James Maskell on Fighting Chronic Disease with Community-Based Healthcare

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“A transparent system by which people come together to share their cost is the way that things will be done in the future, and ultimately we’re trying to get to that future.  And what the pool will be made up of at that time in the future, who knows…Incentivizing people to help each other is an evolutionary priority.  You know that from CrossFit or otherwise, and… again, as I said earlier, if you look at the solutions that have been most successful at getting people healthy and keeping people healthy, it’s community-based solutions.”  – James Maskell

James Maskell has spent the past decade encouraging a shift away from conventional western medicine and toward a wellness-centered, functional medicine model. To that end, he created Functional Forum, the world’s largest integrative medicine conference.

He’s also the founder of the Evolution of Medicine, a community e-commerce platform that provides highly curated and customized resources, tools, products, and services, making it easier and more affordable for conventional doctors to embark on a new way of delivering healthcare. James lectures internationally, and has been featured on TEDMED, Huffpost Live, TEDx and more, and contributor to Huffington Post, KevinMD, thedoctorblog and MindBodyGreen. He serves on the faculty of George Washington University’s Metabolic Medicine Institute.

In his second visit to Pursuing Health, I was excited to talk with James about his most recent project, a health cooperative called kNew Health and his upcoming kNew Vision Tour, both of which are poised to fight chronic disease through prevention and by using functional & integrative medicine.

(Bio adapted from goEvomed.com and FunctionalForum.com)

In this episode we discuss:

  • The best way to showcase what is going on with health systems in America
  • The driver for James’s book, The Evolution of Medicine, and what he’s seen it accomplish
  • How James hopes to increase the number of doctors interested in integrative and functional medicine
  • How having a micro-practice is currently the best way to practice integrative and functional medicine, and how getting started can have low overhead, which in a way parallels the CrossFit affiliate model
  • How James envisions the functional medicine movement taking over despite the current shortage of primary care physicians
  • The importance of addressing healthcare for people who do not have acute conditions but may be in danger of developing chronic disease
  • Using nurses, health coaches, and caregivers other than doctors to promote health and provide preventative healthcare
  • Incentivizing health in a way that drives patient engagement and community support
  • The history behind James’s new health cooperative, kNew Health
  • How kNew Health helps individuals keep their healthcare costs down
  • How kNew Health uses an open ledger to prevent fraud
  • James’s goal of creating a resilient pool of healthy individuals so that all different types of health risks can be accepted
  • What his kNew Vision Tour will encompass and how it will encourage people to take control of their own healthcare
  • How James intends to change the American healthcare model and set an example for the world of an effective chronic disease healthcare model

LEARN MORE about James’ kNew Vision for Healthcare HERE.

You can keep up with James and his work via the kNew Health website, and you can learn more about the kNew Vision Tour here.  You can also check out The Evolution of Medicine podcast. Follow James on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

James’s books are also available for download:

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Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community
Ep 26 – James Maskell on Functional and Integrative Medicine and the Impact of Community on Health
Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”
Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence
Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

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 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain free and paleo-friendly tortillas or tortilla chips yourself and use code Julie for 10% off your order.

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 85 – Back on Track with Carleen Mathews

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“When I have a barbell in my hand, I’m not looking at any flaws. I’m looking at how… I’m seeing how strong I am, and all my focus is [on] putting that bar over my head or getting that bar to my shoulders…And I think that that’s the cool part about CrossFit. It just allows you to be empowered by what your body can do, as opposed to what it looks like.” – Carleen Mathews

Three-time Games athlete and owner of CrossFit St. Helens, Carleen Mathews isn’t your typical CrossFit Games competitor.  A former collegiate softball player, when Carleen’s athletic career came to a close she found herself struggling first with an eating disorder and then with alcohol and substance abuse.

With the help of therapy, her family, and CrossFit, Carleen overcame her addictions and self-destructive habits to return to competition, this time in a new sport.  Since 2012, she has steadily risen amongst the ranks, progressing from a Regionals athlete to a multi-year CrossFit Games competitor.  In 2017, she won the West Regional, but suffered an injury that forced her to withdrawal from the CrossFit Games on the first day of competition.  For 2018, she is back on track, with her sights set on a top finish at Regionals and another trip to Madison.

I caught up with Carleen to learn about her journey from athlete to addiction and back, how her body image has changed since starting CrossFit, and her advice for helping others who may be suffering from an eating disorder or substance abuse.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Carleen got into softball as a child, and her recent induction into the Longview Girls Softball Association Hall of Fame
  • The identity crisis she went through at the end of her softball career and how that led to disordered eating, and later drug and alcohol abuse
  • Carleen’s experience using fitness to facilitate recovery for youth in an alcohol and drug treatment facility, while abusing alcohol herself
  • How, after her softball career ended, Carleen turned her competitive focus to the scale and her appearance
  • What her days and thoughts were like while her eating disorder was at its peak
  • The best way to help a loved one dealing with an eating disorder
  • How Carleen swapped her eating disorder for substance abuse
  • How treatment and a nutrition coach provide the support she needs to stay on the right track
  • What made Carleen realize she had an alcohol problem
  • How CrossFit helped Carleen mend an unhealthy relationship with exercise and food
  • Her path to becoming a CrossFit competitor, her evolution as an athlete, and how progress motivates her
  • How CrossFit has changed Carleen’s body image and relationship with food
  • How a bulging disc impacted her 2017 Games performance and what her recovery process has been like
  • What a typical day looks like for Carleen
  • 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 Carleen on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image
Ep 30 – Nadia Johnston on how CrossFit helped her to overcome eating disorders and depression
Ep 67 – Sobriety Through CrossFit: Brian Reap’s Story
Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson
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 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain free and paleo-friendly tortillas or tortilla chips yourself and use code Julie for 10% off your order.

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.