Ep 121 – Christy Adkins & Lindy Barber on Transitions in Life and Fitness

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“So, you get to the CrossFit gym, and you see- or I see other moms, I see other dads, I see people who have competitive aspirations and I’m able to mentor, and so, it kind of feeds a lot of things at once.  And that’s 45 minutes to an hour and a half, and then you walk away feeling very fulfilled and able to be your best at the rest of your day.” – Christy Adkins

Christy Phillips Adkins is an 8-time CrossFit Games athlete, competing as an individual seven times between 2009 and 2016, and once on team CrossFit Balance in 2017.  Over the course of her career, she overcame both physical and psychological challenges, including narrowly missing the cutoff for the 2015 Games, and recovering from a torn biceps tendon in time to qualify in 2016.  After retiring from competition to focus on starting a family, she quickly became pregnant with her now 15-month-old son, Bo, and has embraced what it means to train for longevity and health as a post-partum athlete.

Lindy Barber is a former collegiate soccer player who began competing in CrossFit in 2012 after rehabbing a fractured vertebra in her back.  She has competed at the CrossFit Games twice as an individual, and has had three podium finishes as a member of Team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom.  In Lindy’s final season, she found herself losing some of her excitement for training as her back injury flared up and she knew that her body was asking for a break. She knew it was time to shift gears with her training to protect her long-term health and to preserve her joy for the sport. The 2019 season marks the first year that Lindy has not been training for the CrossFit Games, and it has been a huge transition for her to figure out what life looks like when not training 6-7 hours per day.

I had the chance to sit down with Lindy and Christy during the 2019 CrossFit Games in Madison, WI for a live podcast recording at the Reebok tent. We shared stories about the life and fitness transitions all three of us have undergone over the last few years, and what it looks like to shift from training as a competitive athlete to training for health and longevity.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The recent life and fitness transitions Christy and Lindy have been through, and the factors that helped them make decisions about these transitions
  • What training for health and longevity means, and how that differs from training like a competitive athlete
  • Body image and how their relationship with their bodies have changed
  • How they structure their time and find balance now that their primary focus is not competition
  • The need to cultivate other interests and what they’ve found to be important outside the gym

You can follow Christy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can follow Lindy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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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.


Ep 120 – All About Keto with Dr. Dom D’Agostino

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“So, for me, it was kind of liberating that once you’re in ketosis you’re not that hungry.  And then, in the context of elevated ketones, they’re sort of anti-catabolic, and I talked about that a little bit.  And, it liberated me from food.  But when I… I like to enjoy food; I think food should be- I don’t think we should deprive ourselves of food.  So, depriving myself of carbohydrates, that’s not something that I miss.  So, and if people really miss that and enjoy that, I don’t think they should eliminate it from their menu or their meals.   I think we need to enjoy food, that’s part of the process.  But I enjoy food much more if I’m a little bit hungry.  I appreciate the food, I enjoy it.  Ketogenic food is like indulgent to me because for years that’s the stuff I avoided. So, I’m more happy with my food now than I ever was, I think.  And I don’t have irrational food behavior.” – Dominic D’Agostino

Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

With a diverse background in neuroscience, pharmacology, nutrition and physiology, Dom brings a unique perspective to the ketogenic diet.  He believes it can be applied not just in treating medical conditions but also in contributing to overall health and optimizing human performance.

The findings from his research on nutritional ketosis have been utilized by Navy SEALs and NASA, and he recently has been at the forefront of research involving the use of nutritional ketosis as a tool to treat cancer.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Dom at the 2019 CrossFit Health Conference in Madison, where he presented on the emerging applications of ketosis.  We talked about the basics of the ketogenic diet, how it can fit into the everyday person’s lifestyle, and the exciting research he’s conducting to learn more about using metabolic therapies in the treatment of cancer.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What brought Dom to the CrossFit Health Conference
  • His background and what influenced him to become a research scientist
  • What led him to study nutritional ketosis
  • A broad overview of the ketogenic diet
  • Whether it’s necessary to actually measure ketones
  • The physiological impacts of being in a state of ketosis
  • The known and emerging applications of nutritional ketosis
  • Whether there is an advantage to being in a state of ketosis versus simply eating low carb
  • Populations for whom keto might not be a good fit
  • Why keto can appear to affect men and women differently
  • How ketosis can fit into a typical CrossFitter’s lifestyle and a competitor’s lifestyle
  • What we know about ketosis and the microbiome
  • The metabolic theory of cancer and why ketosis may be a tool for treatment
  • How press-pulse therapy can be used as a metabolic management tool in the treatment of cancer
  • What drives Dom to do self-experimentation and what he’s learned from it
  • Three things Dom 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 Dom

You can follow Dr. Dom D’Agostino on his website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter,

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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.