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The Airborne Mind Show

It's amazing how much you can learn from having a conversation with someone. With the right questions, you can absorb some of their experiences and knowledge. Then figure out a way to apply it to your own life. This is one of the most efficient and valuable ways of learning. The Airborne Mind Show was created to invite you into the conversation with some very fascinating people. Please enjoy!
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Nov 21, 2017

Travis Ewart, Invictus Gymnastics Coach, drops some knowledge today. He is a USA Gymnastics Coaching professional who has worked with 4 year olds all the way to top Games Athletes. We talk about building a handstand pushup from the ground up, getting fluent with freestanding handstands, the intricacies of handstand walking, and so much more.

Show Notes:

  • (9:55) - Gymnastics levels
  • (14:50) - Breaking up the monotony
  • (19:05) - Beginners
  • (22:56) - HSPU from the ground up
  • (27:40) - Body awareness
  • (30:05) - Building confidence
  • (32:33) - Difference between training for HSPU vs HS Walks
  • (38:05) - Static Handstands and Walking

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Travis:

This episode is brought to you by Revive-Rx. Their supplements help me stay fueled and help me live the motto of #lookgoodmovewell. I personally am a huge fan of the Recover Strawberry, which I use immediately after my training sessions. Use the code “miz10” to get 10% off your purchase.

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Nov 14, 2017

Brian Mackenzie is back on the show!! He has studied performance and movement for more than a decade along with altitude, hypoxia, breathing mechanics, heat and cold exposure. He most recently co-authored the book "Unplugged" with Dr. Andy Galpin.

This episode builds upon our first one (EP.13), where we dug into the science and physiology behind breathing. I went through a breath assessment and have been experimenting with my customized breathing protocols for the last 4 weeks. I've been using it to process and switch between tasks more efficiently, mitigate unwanted stress and anxiety, and really observing how these different protocols affect your physiological state.

My favorite segments of this episode are where we discuss creative process, the forgotten art of apprenticeship, time management, and the dance between fulfillment and challenge. Oh and you'll also hear about how Brian's been swimming with sharks for some new research studies on fear and anxiety coming out of Stanford's laboratories.

Show Notes:

  • (6:50) - The Art of Breath
  • (8:37) - Research for fear & anxiety
  • (12:06) - How different breath protocols impact your physiological state
  • (25:35) - Balancing intensity with day to day activities
  • (28:00) - Task Switch
  • (35:05) - Creative process
  • (39:17) - Time management
  • (47:26) - Intuition
  • (53:00) - Methods of learning
  • (58:58) - Collaboration and the zone of genius
  • (1:02:33) - Art of Apprenticeship
  • (1:07:50) - Systems and parallels
  • (1:12:15) - The dance of fulfillment and challenge
  • (1:28:38) - Narrative
  • (1:40:38) - Mindset behind sharing

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Brain:

This episode is brought to you by Revive-Rx. Their supplements help me stay fueled and help me live the motto of #lookgoodmovewell. I personally am a huge fan of the Recover Strawberry, which I use immediately after my training sessions. Use the code “miz10” to get 10% off your purchase.

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Nov 7, 2017

Dr. Kevin Murach is a scientist and researcher who primarily studies muscle stem cells at the University of Kentucky. Today we chat about two areas of his specialty that are a bit controversial in the scientific community -- hypertrophy and concurrent training. What is it? How does it relate to the everyday person? And what has Kevin unpacked up until now? His art is really translating these heavy concepts into something digestible to those of us who aren't scientists.

Show Notes:

  • (7:55) - Choosing a specialization in studying muscle stem cells
  • (10:46) - Studying areas that are controversial
  • (20:48) - Hypertrophy and context
  • (25:15) - What exactly is concurrent training?
  • (29:15) - Hypertrophy and concurrent training for the everyday person
  • (32:55) - Weight loss
  • (42:48) - Relationship between aerobic work and hypertrophy
  • (46:45) - Muscle stem cells
  • (55:00) - Fiber splitting

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect w/ Kevin:

This episode is brought to you by Revive-Rx. Their supplements help me stay fueled and help me live the motto of #lookgoodmovewell. I personally am a huge fan of the Recover Strawberry, which I use immediately after my training sessions. Use the code “miz10” to get 10% off your purchase.

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Oct 31, 2017

Mike Lee, of OPEX Fitness, joins us today to talk about how coaches starting out can refine their systems to be able to handle a larger client load with individual design. "In order to grow as a coach, you have to learn how to scale. Scaling is done through a great system of organization and  great communication with clients."

You may have heard of Mike's wizardry since he is the coach of Marcus Filly, Tennil Reed, and a host of other elite level athletes. This episode is valuable because we discuss the obstacles and adversity he faced when he started out as a coach. What were some lessons and challenges from 0-20 clients vs 40+? Regardless of where you are on the coaching continuum, this is one you do not want to miss. 

Show Notes:

  • (17:17) - Communication to help enforce lifestyle and nutrition practices
  • (21:45) - Identifying common characteristics of your ideal client
  • (25:35) - Attracting your audience through referrals
  • (30:20) - First encounter conversation with an ideal client
  • (36:01) - Balance between over coaching and giving the client space
  • (39:15) - Differences in coaching females
  • (47:17) - Tracking compliance
  • (56:20) - Time management
  • (1:10:10) - Obstacles that came up with client loads 0-20, 20-40, 40+

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Mike:

This episode is brought to you by Revive-Rx. Their supplements help me stay fueled and help me live the motto of #lookgoodmovewell. I personally am a huge fan of the Recover Strawberry, which I use immediately after my training sessions. Use the code “miz10” to get 10% off your purchase.

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Oct 24, 2017

James Fitzgerald, founder/director of OPEX Fitness, is back on the show! We build upon the meat of our last episode (Ep. 40) -- which was really about understanding how he organizes his thoughts, views the integration of systems, and structures high level thinking. This episode  gets a little more personal. We talk about fear, adversity, insecurities, higher purpose, and so much more. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Show Notes:

  • (6:35) - Transition from being an athlete and what current training looks like
  • (11:57) - Relationship with food
  • (13:33) - Rhythm of a day
  • (18:10) - Leaving room for experimentation
  • (20:11) - Balancing effort with rest in a work setting
  • (22:30) - Fear and the inner narrator
  • (25:20) - The impact of coaching coaches
  • (30:00) - Spiritual views
  • (36:50) - Artful movement
  • (40:33) - Drawing parallels and inspiration from unrelated fields
  • (47:29) - Adversity from the early days
  • (51:52) - Being able to relate to coaches starting out
  • (1:03:00) - Insecurities
  • (1:08:04) - Top 5 Priorities and identifying high value action items
  • (1:14:00) - USA Functional Fitness
  • (1:20:30) - Essence of Sport

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with James:

This episode is brought to you by Revive-Rx. Their supplements help me stay fueled and help me live the motto of #lookgoodmovewell. I personally am a huge fan of the Recover Strawberry, which I use immediately after my training sessions. Use the code "miz10" to get 10% off your purchase.

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Oct 17, 2017

Tennil Reed-Beuerlein joins us today to talk about the journey of the last 6 years. She placed 1st at the South West Regional and 6th at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, in which she was the first female representing the U.S. on the leaderboard this year. Tennil walks us through the inner dialogue, non negotiables, and the realities of what needs to happen if you want to compete at a high level. I admire people who are so "all in" on something with an unshakeable belief that we can't help but to learn from their drive. Tennil is one of those people.

Show Notes:

  • (7:20) - Support structure from coaches
  • (9:30) - Evolution of Why
  • (15:20) - Belief
  • (18:53) - The Jump
  • (24:45) - Alignment and non negotiables
  • (31:30) - Before the athlete sponsorship
  • (43:02) - Keeping it fun
  • (50:43) - Balance
  • (55:55) - Inner dialogue

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Tennil:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Oct 10, 2017

Today my guests are Raph and Lachy from The Mind Muscle Project. They are the go-to health and fitness podcast in Australia. We nerd out on podcasting, journaling, and how to achieve your #1 fitness goal in 100 days.

Show Notes:

  • (6:18) - Podcasting
  • (27:38) - Gems that spark light bulb moments
  • (34:30) - The Training Journal
  • (39:40) - 5 Why's Theory
  • (52:56) - Underestimating what we're capable of in 100 days

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Lachy and Raph:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Oct 3, 2017

Marcus Filly is back for his 5th appearance on the show! Last time we chatted was when I was about to start ATS 2.0. Since then, I've been really intrigued about the intricacies that go into building an engine, pacing, and learning your gears.

For some of us, it's that time of year. For others, we just want to not die on the Assault Bike (yours truly). Using myself as a case study, we talk about what breathing progressions might look like for long term development.

Due to heightened interest, we keep the dialogue going around functional bodybuilding and the evolution we've seen over the last 6 months since the birth of Awaken Training Series.

I measure time in podcast episodes. So this was also a surreal reflection for me from our first episode ever (EP17). Always a fulfilling conversation with this guy. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Show Notes:

  • (9:00) - Awakening beyond fitness gains
  • (18:45) - Learning more about these training principles
  • (23:15) - Aerobic development
  • (39:00) - Testing work capacity
  • (46:45) - Breathing progressions
  • (52:00) - Pacing and learning your gears
  • (56:40) - Individualization
  • (1:13:40) - ATS Educational Experience
  • (1:22:00) - Silence exercise

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Marcus:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Sep 26, 2017

Rain Bennett is an independent international documentary filmmaker who creates projects focused on cultural or social issues, food, music, art, and health. He created the movie Raise Up: The World Is Our Gym to document the history of the art form and the new age of calisthenics. I'm beyond excited to chat with him today because I strongly believe in building bridges between disciplines to have a cross exchange of information and ideas. I appreciate the creativity, style, and expression of movement that calisthenics contributes to the fitness community.

Rain does a ton of consulting with businesses around storytelling to help them connect with their audiences and customers. He does a phenomenal job of translating his skillset in filmmaking and storytelling into actionable items for fitness professionals to use in this new age of technology.

Show Notes:

  • (8:50) - Brief history of calisthenics
  • (16:05) - Progressing with skills
  • (24:30) - Creativity in movement
  • (30:30) - Storytelling and filmmaking
  • (34:37) - Character development
  • (37:15) - Using storytelling in business and the fitness industry
  • (46:50) - Uncovering your story
  • (52:07) - Short form storytelling for social media
  • (1:07:30) - Using video

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Rain:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Sep 19, 2017

Casey Jenks is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Fitbot. If you ask any coach who pursues individual coaching about their number one tool -- I guarantee you they will say Fitbot. Not only does it allow you take massive leaps in efficiency, it give you the time and space to focus on delivering value to your clients.

Measure compliance rates, deliver designs, demo videos, take notes during consults, communicate under one roof -- and so much more. If you want to scale your client load without sacrificing quality -- this is the tool you need in your arsenal to become apart of your coaching system. I wanted to get inside the mind of Casey and see what sparked this for him and where we see individualized coaching headed.

Show Notes:

  • (8:35) - First iteration of Fitbot
  • (9:55) - Communicating the value of individualized design
  • (15:42) - Burnout
  • (21:32) - Getting your first client
  • (26:34) - Biggest mistakes
  • (31:15) - Accountability
  • (39:51) - Key business lessons
  • (52:00) - Future of individualized design

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Casey:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Sep 12, 2017

Sarah Loogman competed at the CrossFit Games this year with Team Invictus. I've had the opportunity to watch her coach and nerd out on movement. She's currently traveling and teaching seminars with Julien Pineau and the StrongFit team. Aside from chatting about what goes into her competitive career, the inner nerd in Sarah comes out. Part of what really drew me to bringing her on the show was her wide variety of interests outside of the gym. We talk about her taste in books, travel, writing, nose breathing, and much more. I enjoyed hearing her stories, especially around her upbringing in such a different environment. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Show Notes:

  • (5:44) - Individual vs Team competitions 
  • (11:00) - Travel 
  • (17:30) - The Spark
  • (21:00) - Change and Mentorship
  • (30:23) - Chronic Pain
  • (36:17) - Training rotation
  • (38:00) - Nose Breathing
  • (42:49) - Mindfulness
  • (47:32) - Training the brain
  • (58:52) - Writing
  • (1:01:08) - Nutrition practices

Resources we may have talked about:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Sep 5, 2017

Jim Crowell, CEO of OPEX Fitness, joins us today to talk business strategy. His background in Finance and Economics led him to play in the hedge fund world for years before successfully managing multiple fitness facilities in Pittsburgh. Today we discuss things like human behavior, storytelling, and implementing systems and strategy to make the individual design model work.

There's a lot of great dialogue in this episode that makes me confident in saying you'd be SILLY to not listen to this one if you're a fitness professional.

People don't always want leaner, faster, and stronger. They want to be happier. How can you give that feeling to more people in your gym? We discuss the three pieces to community, thoughts on how artificial intelligence will affect the fitness industry, social media strategy for coaches and gym owners, along with so much more.

Show Notes:

  • (4:40) - Coaches and gym owners want futures
  • (8:57) - Thoughts on maximizing the group fitness model
  • (10:13) - Human behavior
  • (12:55) - How to make the individual design model work
  • (16:20) - Gym owners — providing growth for coaches
  • (24:15) - Storytelling and filling your business model
  • (27:32) - Communicating the value of individualized design
  • (31:26) - Assessment and data to communicate results
  • (35:00) - Lead generation strategy
  • (39:00) - Automation and knowing your customers
  • (44:40) - Social media
  • (48:36) - Your story
  • (50:50) - Sales process
  • (59:08) - Systems and strategy
  • (1:10:35) - How will AI affect the fitness industry
  • (1:14:45) - Long term patch for coaching
  • (1:21:42) - 3 pieces to community building

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Jim:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Aug 29, 2017

Today is the one year anniversary of The Airborne Mind Show. Couldn't be happier to have someone like Bryce Smith to share this conversation with. He grew up playing basketball which led him to pursuing the sport in Sweden for a little while. He's a coach at CrossFit Invictus with a really interesting philosophy. Bryce believes in animalistic styled training that turns the gym into an adult playground. His ability to blend play and grunt work together is admirable. Bryce is an adventurer at heart and strives to use training as a way to paint a picture to see the relationship to life. We share a bunch of stories where we talk about being better than yesterday, creating deeper relationships with clients, rewriting your narrative, and so much more.

Show Notes:

  • (9:50) - Adult playground
  • (13:05) - Hiring process at Invictus
  • (16:40) - Bringing the best out of people
  • (18:42) - Intrinsic "why"
  • (24:15) - Leaving the smallest possible footprint
  • (26:46) - Better than yesterday
  • (32:30) - Creating deeper relationships with clients
  • (41:20) - Be the hero of your own movie
  • (51:20) - Eliciting "emotion"
  • (1:03:35) - Giving people the most valuable asset we possess

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Bryce:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Aug 22, 2017

Dr. Irene Tobias joins us this week to drop more science! She is a PhD Biochemist and an MIT alumna who is apart of Dr. Andy Galpin's team. In this episode, we dig into her speciality of research, which includes the study of a molecule called AMPK.

How does it relate to exercise and recovery? What are some of the challenges that scientists face when conducting research?

We also have some dialogue around female sex hormones and how it relates to performance and training. She shares a personal story about preserving fertility for those who are trying to pursue a career while balancing the idea of having kids. Her passion for science shines through in this conversation, which made this such an enjoyable conversation.

Show Notes:

  • (8:26) - Studying high performers
  • (12:26) - Challenges with funding for research
  • (17:00) - Technology to measure protein in single muscle fibers
  • (24:42) - Women in studies
  • (31:52) - "Window of Gains"
  • (36:18) - Female sex hormones and how it relates to training and performance
  • (41:28) - Preserving your fertility

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Irene:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Aug 15, 2017

Dr. Andy Galpin joins us today to talk SCIENCE. He is a Professor of Kinesiology at the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton. He has a Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics and is the founder and director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Laboratory.

Why do certain types of training programs work better than others? Why do certain people respond to certain types of training better than others?

Andy is a muscle scientist who studies muscle at the single cell level all the way up to performance to try to determine what happens in response to high intensity, high power, high velocity, high force exercise acutely and chronically.

He is best known for studying "human thriving". What do we do to not just avoid being sick but how do we optimize? How do we thrive?  He spends time examining those that do that so that we really understand what we're shooting for in terms of optimal health and performance.

In this episode, we chat about things like why we think of science the wrong way, why hypertrophy training is so critical for long term development, the diabetes of dopamine, what happens when we eliminate all stress, and so much more.

I admire his skill for communicating such complex topics in laymen's terms. His new book Unplugged is taking the best seller's list by storm. Make sure you support the message by grabbing a copy and leaving a review on Amazon!

Show Notes:

  • (5:10) -  Studying "human thriving"
  • (10:43) - Why we think of science the wrong way
  • (13:57) - Satellite cells and it's correlation to recovery
  • (24:53) - Hypertrophy training
  • (30:24) - Exogenous testosterone
  • (33:15) - Value of bodybuilding styled training
  • (39:24) - Using hypertrophy to break plateaus
  • (43:40) - What happens when you eliminate all stress
  • (48:53) - Different ways to elicit stress
  • (57:50) - Diabetes of dopamine
  • (1:06:41) - Importance of communication skills

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Andy:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Aug 11, 2017

There's a reason why you feel beaten down, burnt out, and bored with your training. You are a unique individual. If you follow training and nutrition protocols designed for someone who doesn't have your physiology and psychology -- it's a matter of time before you flatline.

It's much sexier to put a flag into the floor and say, "Everyone is going to follow THIS type of training because it's the MOST effective way." But it's also ignorant because each individual is so different. We all have different wants, needs, desires, fears, obstacles, barriers, and the list goes on.

If you're at a stage where you want to see: what would happen if I tinkered with my limitations? What would happen if I addressed the "little" variables that are not so little? If I treated myself as a unique human -- not an avatar. What would the journey look and feel like?

Shoot me an email (misbah@revival-strength.com) if you want to hop on a quick call to start some dialogue around your fitness journey. At the very least, my goal is to help you walk away feeling a little more connected to your fitness. 

Aug 8, 2017

Travis Ewart, Invictus Gymnastics Coach, joins us today for a pretty entertaining conversation. He is a USA Gymnastics Coaching professional who has worked with 4 year olds all the way to top Games Athletes. The perspective you're about to hear is so unique because it's coming from a pure gymnast.

It was a blast getting to understand his thought process around things like making body shapes, connection of speed, the debate around Hollow Body position, and so much more. If you want to prepare your body to handle high volume gymnastics and understand some programming principles for doing so, this episode is for you.

Show Notes:

  • (3:45) - Growing up around gymnastics
  • (9:29) - Ownership of movement
  • (11:20) - Getting started at Invictus
  • (17:11) - Helping the Games' athletes tweak their gymnastics game
  • (20:00) - L-Sits and core strength
  • (24:00) - Making body shapes
  • (30:55) - The debate around Hollow Body position
  • (33:00) - Connection of speed
  • (36:00) - Preparing your body to handle high volume gymnastics
  • (38:40) - Handstand Push-up Density Test
  • (43:45) - Programming for gymnastics

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Travis:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Aug 3, 2017

Exactly one year ago, I had contemplated starting the podcast. I tried kicking the thought out of my head for a while because I didn’t think I was ready.

Within two weeks, I dove in and recorded my first 3 episodes. Scared to death. No one listened for quite a while. 

To think about what it’s become purely from you all listening and being badass fans — I’m honored.

I also have an exciting announcement to make. All I wanted in my heart when I first started personal training at 18 years old was to make a living out of fitness delivery. I wanted to be a fitness professional. Not a hobbyist. Not a side hustle. A professional. I saw very few people who were able to that. 

I'm honored to say that I'm now a Revival Strength Coach. Marcus has given me a platform where I can do exactly that. And I have a deep urge to share that feeling and share information with those who are on this path.

Words can't wrap the emotion I feel around this topic. Because you are doing meaningful, commendable, and admirable work to truly impact people's lives. And you deserve to be able to make a living from this type of work. Long story short, if you're a fitness professional (or one in the making), you'll want to listen to this episode.

Thanks for giving me a platform where I can keep creating a body of work. Talking about things that matter, ideas that work, and dialogue that delivers. This episode is a thank you and a direct dialogue to those of you who support my art by listening to the show.

Aug 1, 2017

My favorite aspect of this conversation was reflecting on the phenomenal documentary Torin Simpson produced called "The Story Of Nuno Costa". We discussed Nuno's journey from Portugal to the United States, overcoming alcohol and cocaine addiction, and coming out as a gay athlete when he wasn't sure he would always be accepted.

How do you react when the carpet is pulled out from under you over and over? What does the internal self talk sound like? And how do you pursue change to fill the shoes you know you were meant to fill?

Nuno Costa is one of the few athletes in the world who has competed in the CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup every year since it started in 2009. In 2014, he was apart of the winning team with Team Invictus and we wish him the best as he sets out to compete again this weekend. We talk about the role that sports have played in bringing out pure joy, emotion, and providing a sense of belonging. 

He has been coaching CrossFit, running, and triathlon programs full time since 2008. One of the many areas we talk about include what it takes to make a living as a fitness professional in this industry.

Nuno has been a head coach for CFHQ since the beginning of 2012 coaching Level 1 and Level 2 seminars all over the world. Nuno also coached the CrossFit Endurance seminars for over 5 years, traveling the world to train other coaches proper running and endurance training technique, nutrition, injury prevention and program design.

As always, there are many twists and turns throughout the conversation. I walked away feeling really proud of this one. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Show Notes:

  • (6:32) - Athletic career and before the coaching journey began
  • (16:30) - Becoming a part of the seminar staff
  • (21:15) - Coaching style
  • (26:55) - Making a living out of the profession and delivery of fitness
  • (33:40) - Change
  • (36:45) - Growing up
  • (41:07) - Family
  • (46:00) - Living in alignment
  • (54:50) - Adversity
  • (1:08:00) - Engine Building Endurance talk
  • (1:17:30) - Accountability 

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Nuno:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Jul 28, 2017

One of the most common patterns from guests who have been on the show is the recommendation of finding a mindfulness practice. Something that allows you to give your brain a bath. It doesn't always have to be a specific breathing protocol or style of meditation. Especially if you're just getting your feet wet. The reality is that sitting down for 5 minutes to sit in the silence with your own thoughts can seem impossible at first. There's a practice that I believe is often overlooked when we talk about mindfulness in this context. Anyone can do it. And it's the perfect way to hit the reset button so you can go out and kick ass.

Jul 25, 2017

Gina Scarangella is a former gymnast, former NFL Cheerleader, and now a Calisthenics athlete. Just like breakdancing, I find Freestyle Calisthenics to be the intersection of art and movement. It's another vehicle to authentically expressing what goes on in the mind and body. So much depends on "feeling" and creativity. In this episode, I had a million questions to understand what goes into bodyweight mastery. We talk about the difference between gymnastics and calisthenics. What goes into the culture, community, and competition? How does someone with no athletic background get started? And so much more. Gina's journey has been so much fun to follow and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for both her and the sport itself.

Show Notes:

  • (8:22) - Handstand work
  • (9:45) - Competitions and culture
  • (13:20) - Difference between gymnastics and calisthenics
  • (14:21) - Training
  • (16:55) - Skill work 
  • (18:15) - Using weight training for calisthenics 
  • (19:25) - Flexibility and body maintenance 
  • (20:20) - Moving by feel
  • (22:40) - Creativity
  • (26:00) - Seeking inspiration from different disciplines
  • (32:40) - Major components of competition
  • (34:17) - A day in the life
  • (35:32) - Nutrition
  • (43:00) - How do I get started?

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Gina:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Jul 20, 2017

This week I talk about some of Steven Kotler's work regarding flow states and how it connects for me with training, podcasting, coaching, and beyond. What also sparked this episode was my conversation with Dr. Galpin discussing some of the pearls from his new book, Unplugged.

You'll get my thoughts on a snippet of this conversation regarding the concept of eliminating stress through technology and the 30,000 ft view of how this impacts our physiology. Not only am I excited to air the full episode in a few weeks, but I'm looking forward to the message of Unplugged reaching more people.

If the concepts in the book sit well with you, the BEST compliment you can give to help support Dr. Galpin and Brian Mackenzie's new piece of art right now is to leave a review on Amazon. It's funny how sometimes this plays an even bigger role to spread the message at times than the overall sales of the book.

So if you appreciate this mind expanding body of work that these gentlemen have poured their energy into, help support it by taking a few minutes to leave your thoughts.

Jul 18, 2017

Jason Phillips is finally back on the show to spit fire. If you haven't checked out the first episode, be sure to do so. Today we talk about the buzz word "adrenal fatigue" and deep dive into this rabbit hole. Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Are you "tired and wired"? During training, are your highs REALLY high? And the lows are REALLY low? You'll find this piece interesting.

We also chat about nootropics (cognitive enhancers) and what they're really designed to do. Then I had to continue the ONE thing discussion from last time by diving into some business principles, not tactics, that you must abide by if you want to really drive your side hustle or passion project.

Show Notes:

  • (9:50) - Connecting art & science in coaching
  • (13:25) - What are your “adrenals”?
  • (18:30) - Walking around with adrenal fatigue without knowing it
  • (21:30) - Under Recovery
  • (23:30) - 90% of people walking around are undereating
  • (30:00) - Aligning training and nutrition protocols
  • (35:20) - The "Why"
  • (36:00) - Nootropics
  • (51:00) - Business

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Jason:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

Jul 13, 2017

I talk about an observation that's been a recurring theme ever since I started improv class. I've never seen a teacher get so happy when you fail. And when nobody is failing, you're either playing it safe, not thinking fast enough, judging what you're about to say, etc. Failing is seen as a good sign in improv.

The gem that's taught through some of the games you play are how to fail on a microlevel. Then acknowledge what's the worst that can happen. Shrug it off or tweak what you said. And move on.

This fear of failure might be non existent when you step in the gym or go to Snatch, but it might be raging wildly when you step into a different scenario/environment.

To see how a master of his craft teaches this way of thinking (which is really to get you to not think), is not only a paradox , but an art I've come to really appreciate.

There's a weird sense of freedom in being able to fail small, fail fast, and fail a lot.

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Jul 11, 2017

Calvin Sun is a Senior Coach and Director of Informational Products at Invictus Fitness. He has coached athletes to 12 national championships in the sport of powerlifting. As a competitive powerlifter himself, he has won two national titles in the 181lb raw weight class and formerly held two national records. Calvin is the co-author of the best selling book, The Invictus Mindset. He's also written a book that takes an evidence based approach called Post Workout Supplementation.

This guy is a mad scientist at heart that can deep dive into almost any topic imaginable. In this episode, we chat about how the book came about, practices you can use to train mental toughness, ketosis, genetics vs training, steroid regulation, and much more.

Show Notes:

  • (6:30) - Breaking into the fitness world
  • (9:25) - Writing and Coaching
  • (13:00) - The Invictus Mindset
  • (19:12) - Visualization
  • (28:20) - Training focus and attention with mindfulness
  • (33:40) - Ketosis
  • (42:20) - Genetics vs Training
  • (50:40) - Regulation of steroids

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Calvin:

If you wanna grab any book we’ve talked about in the past, head over to theairbornemind.com/readinglist. You’ll see all the books recommended from each guest. And if you want you can get a free audiobook and 30 day free trial there as well.

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review on iTunes and lemme know what you think. It would really help me out so I can continue creating awesome stuff for you.

And remember the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing this with someone else who might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. Once again thank you for being a listener and supporting the show. Until next time.

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