Ep 83 – Pelvic Floor Health for Athletes with Julie Wiebe, PT

- No Comments

“So then, what I needed to understand, and as a former female athlete, and still… I love to be fit, I wanted to be fit postpartum.  They wanted to continue in their fitness, so it became my mission to try to understand how to maintain fitness, because there’s so much benefit.  And I’m talking to the CrossFit community, you guys understand; there’s so much benefit to fitness for ALL levels and manner and types of health.  Emotional, mental, physical… and so how can we keep people fit AND help them with their pelvic health simultaneously. That became my mission, to try to blend those worlds.”  –Julie Wiebe, PT

In this episode of Pursuing Health, I chat with physical therapist and pelvic floor health expert Julie Wiebe.  Julie began her career focused on Sports Medicine, and through her own experiences and those of her patients, she identified a need for helping female athletes heal their bodies and maintain fitness before, during, and after pregnancy. Her mission is to revolutionize the way women recover from pregnancy and return to high levels of fitness.  To that end, she has developed a unique and integrative approach to promoting women’s health. Her Diaphragm and Pelvic Floor Piston Science concepts apply to a variety of populations and have been successfully employed to help athletes overcome Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

Julie has over twenty years of clinical experience in Sports Medicine and Women’s Health, is a published author, and an international lecturer.  She maintains a clinical practice in Los Angeles, and also shares her approach to pelvic health recovery via online courses available through her website.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Julie’s athletic background and what led her to become a physical therapist
  • What factors influenced her to focus on Women’s Health
  • The consequences that can result from exercising with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • The anatomy of the pelvic floor, and how it is affected by pregnancy
  • How the pelvic floor operates as part of a system, and how it can increase athletic performance
  • What are some of symptoms and signals athletes and coaches can look for
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction in men and women who’ve never had children
  • Why we need to stop focusing on abs and have a balanced approach
  • The need for pelvic floor function to become part of our normal conversation, especially with youth
  • Common pre-pregnancy mistakes, and ways to prepare the pelvic floor for pregnancy
  • Guidelines pregnant women can use to approach exercise to maximize their chances of a full pelvic floor recovery
  • How important it is to set yourself up for a long-term life of fitness
  • An overview of diastasis recti, and why knowledge about it is important
  • How most people have a diastasis, and this is normal and natural
  • How to monitor for diastasis recti
  • Techniques athletes can use to kick up tension in their fascia and prevent abdominal separation
  • How she advises women to increase their activity and return to fitness post-partum
  • When a person should seek a practitioner for help
  • The value of consulting with a pelvic physical therapist post-partum
  • The value of understanding how form impacts pelvic health considerations
  • Her goal that professionals understand how important it is to look at musculoskeletal health, performance health, and pelvic health as a unit that works together
  • 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 learn more about Julie and her programs on her website, and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 24 – Airrosti Drs. Nickleberry and Garrett on treating soft tissue injury, partnering with CrossFit, and creating a new paradigm
Ep 26 – James Maskell on Functional and Integrative Medicine and the impact of community on health
Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence
Ep 82 – Training During Pregnancy and Healing Diastasis Recti with Lisa Ryan
Ep 81 – Postpartum Training and the Road Back to the CrossFit Games with Lindsey Valenzuela

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 78 – Lifestyle and Brain Health with Dr. David Perlmutter

- No Comments

“And I became, as a neurologist those first few years, very disenchanted with the notion of pretty much, ‘Diagnose and Adios.’  Meaning, we make these wonderful diagnoses, but we had such little to offer our patients, and I was very frustrated because I’m a do-er, I’m a fixer.  I wanted to be doing things.  So, I began looking at alternatives, and more importantly, I think, began to look at the notion of preventative medicine as it relates to brain health.  Which, I will say, even in those days, was very underrepresented, and even today as we have this conversation, is still very much underrepresented.  The notion that our lifestyle choices have a role to play in the destiny of our brain in terms of its health and functionality still doesn’t gain huge traction amongst professionals, more so perhaps amongst the general population, as they are learning that, matter of fact, our day to day choices are, in fact, important.” – Dr. David Perlmutter

Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.  He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award.  He has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by such medical institutions as Columbia University, Scripps Institute, New York University, and Harvard University.  He also serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Perlmutter is the author of four New York Times bestselling books showing the connection between gut health and brain health, including Grain Brain, Brain Maker, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and his most recent book, The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.  Dr. Perlmutter has also been interviewed on many nationally syndicated television programs including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show, and The CBS Early Show.

He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders; the National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year award; the Humanitarian of the Year award from the American College of Nutrition; the Media Award from the American College of Nutrition; and the Healthy Living Award from The Invisible Disabilities Association.

Dr. Perlmutter and I sat down at his Naples, Florida home to discuss his background, the link between lifestyle choices, gut health and the brain, and what we can do to protect and improve our brain health.

Dr. Perlmutter’s bio was adapted from drperlmutter.com

In this episode we discuss:

  • The progression of Dr. Perlmutter’s medical career: when he first decided to pursue medicine, then specialize in neurology, and how that morphed into preventative medicine as it relates to brain health
  • The notion that our lifestyle choices are relevant to brain health, and that gut health ties into this equation
  • How the ultimate mechanism for brain degeneration is inflammation, and the need to focus on what causes the inflammation
  • How aerobic exercise may dramatically reduce dementia and other degenerative disorders
  • How changing gut bacteria can affect other body systems
  • The compelling phenomena that our lifestyle choices can impact our inherited genome and change gene expression
  • The importance of challenging prevailing beliefs and providing individuals with knowledge to make informed choices
  • The impact of gluten on the brain, and how individuals might not experience intestinal symptoms, while they still experience neurological symptoms
  • The relationship between damaging the gut bacteria and body weight
  • The danger of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the impact of glyphosate on gut bacteria and inflammation, and how that relates to the skyrocketing number of Alzheimer patients.
  • The importance of focusing on prevention rather than a cure
  • The dichotomy of nature vs. nurture and how both play a role in health
  • How watching his father die from Alzheimer’s motivates Dr. Perlmutter to take measures to ensure that is not his destiny
  • The need for a doctor’s help and support for blood testing, and which tests should be monitored for optimal brain health
  • What simple strategies we can implement ourselves for optimal brain health, including exercise, a high fat, low carb diet and restorative sleep
  • Which supplements can improve brain health
  • Additional measures and supplements individuals can take to protect their brain health such as a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting
  • Three things Dr. Perlmutter 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 Dr. Perlmutter

You can follow Dr. Perlmutter on his websiteFacebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Links:

Related Episodes:

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 Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit www.butcherbox.com and use code JULIE20 at checkout to recieve an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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 77 – Austin Malleolo on CrossFit and Corporate Culture

- No Comments

“My big, my goal… if someone asked me, “What’s your goal for the gym?” I’d say “I wanna get the 50 people in the company that don’t workout, that have never worked out, into the gym.  How do we do that?”  I can get anyone that wants to workout in the gym, and I can…that’s easy, that’s not hard.  And I can get people fitter, stronger, blah, blah, blah, that’s fun.  It’s good.  But I wanna get the person that is sedentary.  And they’re embarrassed, they’re nervous.  They’re intimidated.  Whatever it is that they have more negative self-talk than you could ever fathom.  How do we get that person in the gym and they… to realize that we’re all on the same playing field?  And you step foot in the gym, and you’re fighting the same fight we are.” – Austin Malleolo

Austin Malleolo is a three-time winner of the Northeast Regional (2011-2013) and six-time CrossFit Games competitor, including individual finishes in the Top 10 in 2010 and 2012, and a 5th place finish as a member of Team Reebok CrossFit One in 2017.

Austin got his start in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, and over time, has added an ever-growing list of achievements to his name, including becoming a CrossFit coach, earning his exercise science degree, excelling in his role as a flowmaster on the CrossFit HQ Seminar staff, becoming the head coach at Reebok CrossFit One and owner of Reebok CrossFit One Nation, and developing an online training program, The Ham Plan.

Each year, Reebok brings together CrossFit Games athletes to introduce Reebok’s brand campaign, apparel and footwear for the upcoming year. It’s an opportunity for athletes to give feedback, train together, and spend time with each other in a relaxed environment.  I was excited to sit down with Austin at this year’s Reebok Athlete Summit in the Bahamas to chat about how CrossFit has shaped the corporate culture of Reebok, how Austin’s experiences as a youth taught him the importance of personal responsibility and surrounding himself with the right kind of people, and why he is so driven to keep accomplishing more.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Austin’s relationship with Reebok began
  • What prompted the move of Reebok’s headquarters from Canton to Boston
  • What CrossFit has done for Reebok employees
  • How Reebok subsidizes their employee’s gym memberships and incentivizes them to attend
  • Austin’s goal to get people who have never worked out into the gym
  • Austin’s belief that corporate responsibility for preventative healthcare is the future
  • How CrossFit has impacted Reebok’s culture
  • What Austin was like prior to starting CrossFit
  • How Austin learned to take responsibility for his actions and surround himself with the right people
  • Austin’s introduction to CrossFit through the benchmark Fran and how he went all in
  • His desire to reach people and kids that have fallen off the straight and narrow path, and what he would say to help them
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with a good team so that you can positively impact more people
  • What a typical day looks like for Austin
  • Why Austin keeps up such a high pace with so many commitments
  • The advice Austin would give to an aspiring affiliate owner, aspiring competitor, someone who is just starting out with their coaching career, and someone who is afraid to get started in the gym
  • Three things Austin 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 Austin

You can follow Austin on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 28 – James Hobart on teaching, competing, and the real purpose of CrossFit
Ep 47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen, and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit
Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations
Ep 68 – Pat and Taz Barber on CrossFit, Coaching, and Kids

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 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit www.butcherbox.com and use code JULIE20 at checkout to recieve an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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 76 – Working Against Gravity with Adee Cazayoux

- No Comments

“Especially in a field like this, it’s not…it’s not just about the food that you eat.  This is just the medium that I use to help people transform their lives.” – Adee Cazayoux

Adee Cazayoux has built a reputation as a nutrition expert, helping elite athletes such as Katrin Davidsdottir, Jessica Lucero, and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet dial in their nutrition to enhance athletic performance.  She is the founder of Working Against Gravity, an online nutrition consulting program dedicated to helping athletes and everyday people change their body composition.  Known as the “Barbell Gypsy,” Adee is an elite athlete in her own right, having earned a National medal in Olympic weightlifting.

Adee’s passion for nutrition began at age 16 when she found herself overweight and struggling to participate in the sports she had once loved.  With the help of her mother and a nutritionist, she learned how to track her macronutrients and discovered the power of eating properly.  After college, she completed her Precision Nutrition Level 1, and more recently, has been studying to earn her Masters in Nutrition and Human Performance.

I caught up with Adee at the 2017 CrossFit Games to talk about her nutrition philosophy, counting macros, how she came to own one of the most well-known nutrition businesses in the CrossFit world, and what tips she has to share with individuals looking to improve their diets.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How nutrition applies to both athletes and those exercising a couple of times a week
  • Adee’s background in youth sports and how adolescent weight gain led her to be involved in nutrition
  • Her experience working with a nutritionist using macros to return to a healthy weight
  • How Adee’s nutrition has changed to support her athletic goals, including eating Paleo as she started CrossFit, and then tracking macros as she shifted to weightlifting
  • How Adee came to be a business owner
  • How Adee identified what her business’s scope would be and what training she needed to be successful
  • How Working Against Gravity uses mindset as part of their nutrition program
  • How Adee developed a positive relationship with food
  • The general philosophy behind macro-based eating
  • The impact of one-on-one relationships/coaching and community on achieving nutrition goals
  • How Adee came to work with CrossFit Games and other elite athletes, and what she has learned from working with them
  • What Adee eats on a typical day
  • Three things Adee 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 Adee

You can follow Adee on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and you can keep up with her business, Working Against Gravity, via their website,  Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Links:

Related Episodes:
Ep 13b – Umahro Cadogan on functional nutrition for athletes and recovery from injury
Ep 22 – Brigid Titgemeier on functional nutrition
Ep 39 – Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo
Ep 48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough
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 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 Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit www.butcherbox.com and use code JULIE20 at checkout to recieve an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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 75 – Growth through Adversity with Kyle Maynard

- No Comments

“I think the big takeaway there, you know, and also a similar takeaway to what my parents had is that they didn’t buy into the inherent limitations that others would place upon us… You know for me, when I was born, there were a lot of doctors and specialists and other people that sort of hinted at the fact that, and I get why they did this, in kind of setting that expectation, for my family to not want to be disappointed or whatever else, but they basically told my family that you have to be prepared for the fact that Kyle’s never going have a normal life, he’s never going to be able to live on his own, never going to be able to go in a normal school, never going to be able to do really much of anything.  And, you know it was like, I think some parents, you know, if my parents heard that and not having been my parents, if they’d had a different mindset, you know, some parents would be more impressionable and think that that would actually be true.” -Kyle Maynard

In this episode of Pursuing Health, I chat with motivational speaker and best selling author Kyle Maynard.  Kyle is an entrepreneur, an ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete,  a CrossFit box owner, and a photographer… and he has achieved all this despite being born with congenital amputation, a condition that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees.

Throughout Kyle’s childhood, doctors suggested to his family that he would never be able to live a normal life because of his physical condition.  Luckily, his parents disregarded these opinions and instilled a can-do attitude in Kyle.  In kindergarten, he opted to discontinue wearing prosthetics.  By middle school, he was participating in football, and by high school, he was dominating on the wrestling mat.

At the age of 19, Kyle authored a New York Times best selling autobiography, and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live.

During the CrossFit Sectionals in 2010, Kyle climbed Stone Mountain – an experience he credits with sparking his interesting in mountaineering.  He went on to become  the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics.

Kyle loves to inspire others to live a life of growth by overcoming challenges and adversity.  He firmly believes that a positive mindset can make all the difference in achieving your goals.

I recently caught up with Kyle to talk about how his childhood and how his family helped shape his belief that he can accomplish anything, how challenging himself and facing adversity has forced him to grow,  and what he hopes others can learn from his success.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Kyle’s early memories of realizing he was different
  • How his dad and grandpa’s engineering creativity were critical to cultivating his belief that he could accomplish any task with the proper tool
  • What led Kyle to make the choice to live without prosthetics
  • How his parents helped to make him a person that grew through adversity
  • What the future of medicine can look like when taking into account individual circumstances and encouraging a positive mindset
  • How Kyle likes to introduce doubt and uncertainty to get people to question and think in a different way.
  • How sports played a huge role in his childhood
  • How Kyle persisted through constant defeat at wrestling to ultimately become a very strong wrestler, so much so that some thought he was unfairly advantaged
  • His photography and film obsession
  • Kyle’s introduction to CrossFit through the “Nasty Girls” video
  • How CrossFit has made him feel stronger and more prepared than ever before
  • The upside and value of not specializing
  • How climbing Stone Mountain at CrossFit Sectionals in 2010 sparked his interest in mountaineering
  • What it felt like to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • How carrying Army Private Corey Johnson’s ashes with him to the summit was the single greatest honor of Kyle’s life, and gave him the fortitude to continue climbing
  • How seeking adversity has helped Kyle to prove to himself what he is capable of
  • Three things that Kyle 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 learn more about Kyle on his website, and you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 34 – Sal Masekela on His Achilles Rupture, Growing From Setbacks, and CrossFit Family

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.


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

- No Comments

“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

- No Comments

“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

- No Comments

“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

- No Comments

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

- No Comments

“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

- No Comments

“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

- No Comments

“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?