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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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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.

Jul 6, 2017

This week I wanted to share my thoughts around an author whose work I've admired for quite some time. I've followed his work closely and taken a few attempts at trying to embody his thought process in certain areas.

Looking back, I'm realizing that some of these concepts have stuck with me and have taken over a year to really sink in. Not only is his work worth sharing but the thought process behind why is equally as important.

There's a lens you can try on at the beginning where I talk about a perspective on how to view your bookshelf. I also leave you with a few nuggets from him that have given me light bulb moments.

The most important one revolves around the concept of infinity being safe. Thinking about the smallest possible footprint you can make is scary. Infinity gives us a place to hide. 

Jul 4, 2017

Marcus Filly is back on the show for his fourth episode! This time we dig deeper into the training principles of functional bodybuilding. We reflect on how the first iteration of the Awaken Training Series went for myself, the community, and what made it such an enjoyable experience.

I can tell you from visiting Revival Strength HQ this weekend that the experience you receive from on-site or remote coaching is 100% crafted with genuine care (or lack thereof). What a mind blowing peek at the thought process that goes into truly being with someone throughout their fitness journey.

Show Notes:

  • (6:28) - Community
  • (9:40) - Warmups with intent
  • (14:10) - Learning through training
  • (16:15) - Conditioning, breathing work, and managing intensity
  • (19:34) - Crafting culture
  • (31:25) - Feeling beaten down from overloading patterns
  • (35:48) - Flexibility vs Mobility
  • (39:00) - Tempo training
  • (43:10) - Detaching ego from load
  • (46:40) - Individualized program design
  • (50:00) - What drives community?
  • (55:20) - Business principles
  • (1:08:00) - Reacting to adversity
  • (1:13:00) - Setting up a structure for balance
  • (1:21:20) - Starting over

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.

Jun 29, 2017

This week I wanted to rant on the concept of paying attention to details. Coach John Wooden illustrated this concept perfectly. He taught his players how to put on their socks and tie their shoes. Why? Why would you refine something you've been doing since you were 5 years old?

Well, your feet matter in the game of basketball. Wrinkles in your socks can lead to blisters. Blisters can lead to missed practice. Missed practice can lead to missed playing time. Missed playing time can lead to losing games.

You can certainly apply this idea to training, but I encourage the application of this concept to whatever problem you're trying to solve right now. The next step is stepping out of the sandbox you're used to playing in. Give the episode a listen and see how that may be exactly what you need to break through to the next level.

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.

www.theairbornemind.com

Jun 27, 2017

Jared Enderton has been on a constant pursuit to learn from the best. When he started weightlifting, he traveled the country soaking up what he could from California Strength, Mash Elite Performance, Average Broz, and the Olympic Training Center. Since then, he’s competed as a GRID athlete and most recently competed at the 2017 CrossFit Games Regional.

As a coach, Jared travels the country teaching Enderton Strength Seminars, focusing on spreading knowledge about the barbell. We talk about balancing a coaching and athletic career, the mindset for acquiring new skills, adapting to change, self-talk, reflection, and so much more.

Show Notes:

  • (6:36) - Falling in love with the barbell
  • (9:32) - GRID and CF
  • (13:26) - Mindset for acquiring new skills
  • (15:54) - The 1,000 Rep Problem
  • (20:00) - Self-talk & reflection
  • (28:27) - Change
  • (31:43) - Chasing imperfection
  • (35:53) - The WHY
  • (41:57) - Lessons learned from Invictus

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Jared:

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.

Jun 22, 2017

This is the first solo series episode, which will be dropping every Thursday.

Chances are whatever it is you're chasing right now, requires you to set goals, deadlines, action items, etc. That's pretty much any area you'd like to see progress or success in.

Without the answers to these 13 questions, all of that is like wandering around in a dark room looking for the walls.

As soon as you use these, I truly believe that it can't be unlearned. The light bulb will turn on.

And you're going to start viewing things as systems. Being able to have a 30,000 ft view to see how each action you take is connected to the bigger picture of your goal.

That saying we hear all the time, "Enjoy the process!" How does that work? Especially with something you don't want to do.

How do you actually "enjoy the process"?

This week I talk about the book you've probably heard me recommend endlessly since James Fitzgerald mentioned it on the show.

I'm a big believer that these 13 questions provide you with an unshakeable base. If executed correctly, you'll leave with a ton of clarity and a unique operating system for your goals. Ultimately resulting in authentic action -- the kind that lights you up.

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.

www.theairbornemind.com

Jun 20, 2017

Lachy Rowston is the co-host of The Mind Muscle Project, which is Australia’s #1 Health & Fitness podcast. He is also the co-owner of CrossFit Creature. When I was in Australia, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sit down with Lachy. We chat about podcasting, gym ownership, business, cultivating creativity, and so much more.

 

Show Notes:

  • (9:20) - Coach to Owner
  • (15:46 - Appreciating creativity
  • (17:04) - Origins of the podcast
  • (20:20) - Holy shit moments from 140 episodes
  • (24:50) - Balancing being an athelte and coach
  • (26:07) - The Values Factor
  • (34:47) - Work-life balance
  • (42:23) - How to enjoy the process
  • (1:04:00) - Addiction to social media
  • (1:10:00) - Cultivating creativity

 

Resources we may have talked about:

 

How you can connect with Lachy:

 

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.

Jun 13, 2017

Zach Greenwald, founder of Strength Ratio, is back on the show! This time we dig into what sustainable training actually looks like for the sport of CrossFit and Weightlifting.

In our first episode, we talked about using a test that can be used to objectively measure your state of readiness. I still had a ton of questions to make this applicable to the everyday athlete AND competitor, so we dig much deeper.

Think of this tool as something you want to keep in your arsenal, like a foam roller or lacrosse ball -- except it’s available to you at all times with no equipment needed.

Should you push the weights a little heavier? Should you back off today? Is this mobility exercise actually making a difference? These are all things you can measure objectively with this stress test.

Show Notes:

  • (8:31) - Helping people “return to play”
  • (13:53) - Sustainable training for CrossFitters
  • (20:37) - “You’re only as strong as you can recover.”
  • (23:55) - Energy system development for CF vs Weightlifting
  • (37:24) - Using biofeedback to objectively measure stress
  • (54:14) - Context is key

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Zach:

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.

Jun 6, 2017

This is a special episode for me. James Hobart was the head coach at my CF Level 1 Seminar a few years back. I remember that experience so vividly and James had a huge part to do with that. It was an honor to reconnect with him after following his journey since then.

James is an eight year CrossFit Games veteran (3 individual, 5 team). And he’s the only athlete to have competed on two different Affiliate Cup Champion teams. Beyond his athletic success, he is very down to earth, and has a gift of being able to teach.

CrossFit is just a medium for him to express that.

I wanted to know about things like what goes into prepping for a kickass seminar? How do you give feedback to people with more experience than you? How did you train for the Games on pretty much two meals a day?!

We also talk about why training has a purpose beyond just competition and how he is filling up this new space with some exciting endeavors. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Show Notes:

  • (8:00) - Law school to Reebok to CF HQ
  • (16:10) - Perspective on adversity from traveling
  • (19:02) - Competing
  • (21:10) - Coaching
  • (24:20) - Flow state when connecting with others
  • (25:30) - Prepping for the delivery of a seminar
  • (31:20) - Giving feedback to people with more experience than you
  • (36:20) - Filling the void and why training has a purpose beyond competition

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with James:

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.

May 30, 2017

 

Rasmus grew up in Denmark riding dirt bikes until one day he decided to throw on his old shoes and go run a couple miles.

After coming to San Diego for language school, he could be found at Invictus doing the same class workout twice a day.

Eventually he started training with the competitors, which led him to helping Team Invictus win the Affiliate Cup Championship in 2014. Since then he’s made two more trips back to the CrossFit Games.

We talk about the challenges, obstacles, and personal growth that came with the journey from Denmark to San Diego. And San Diego to Dubai, where he's now also coaching at CrossFit Alioth.

I had a blast learning more about his story. Wishing him the best of luck as he sets out to compete at the Meridian Regional in Spain this weekend! I hope you enjoy this conversation along with his exquisite accent.

 

Show Notes:

  • (7:16) - Coming to the U.S. for language school
  • (13:58) - What type of support does an elite athlete need from a coach?
  • (17:18) - Cerebral side of performance
  • (19:40) - What is your “why”?
  • (20:53) - Fulfillment factor from training
  • (23:09) - Thought process when things aren’t going well in training
  • (24:52) - Nutrition changes from 2014-2016
  • (29:51) - Personal growth in the last few years
  • (32:48) - Growth of CF internationally
  • (40:25) - How to figure out when to say no
  • (47:00) - Support system
  • (54:57) - Gratitude

 

Resources we may have talked about:

 

How you can connect with Rasmus:

 

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.

 

May 23, 2017

 

Mark “Smelly” Bell is the founder of Power Magazine, Super Training Gym, and the staple weightlifting accessory called the Slingshot. He is an American Powerlifter who has totaled 2551lb (1025lb Squat, 854lb Bench, 755lb Deadlift). Mark has over 2,000 videos on YouTube at this point, which is probably more than anyone in the fitness industry right now. He also has a wildly popular podcast called Mark Bell’s Powercast.

In this episode, we got deep really fast. So deep that I forgot to hit record in the first few minutes. Achieving greatness starts with being good consistently. How do you scale your behavior to get to where you want to go? Sit back, relax, and let Smelly’s wisdom seep into your brain.

Show Notes:

  • 11:17 - Behavior has to scale
  • 12:30 - Accountability is huge
  • 15:34 - Key to being good consistently
  • 19:10 - Relying on yourself
  • 25:05 - Value vs Giving
  • 35:01 - Money
  • 41:15 - Having substance behind what you’re talking about
  • 45:47 - Starting over with $500 and a laptop
  • 49:50 - Embracing your fears
  • 59:45 - You don’t need money to make an impact
  • 1:09:40 - Developing multiple habits with small steps
  • 1:17:08 - It’s not hard

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Mark:

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.

May 17, 2017

James Fitzgerald, founder/director of OPEX Fitness, has over 20+ years of experience when it comes to coaching. This episode is special to me because we talk about the craft itself with a lens that really illuminates what it means to be a coach. I wanted to understand how he organizes his thoughts, views the integration of systems, and structures high level thinking. If you’re a coach, you do not want to miss this episode. If you’re an athlete, you’ll walk away with a whole new appreciation for the level of depth that goes into coaching.

Show Notes:

  • (6:00) - Before Opex was founded in 1999
  • (9:12) - Making an impact on fitness
  • (10:31) - Becoming an original artist
  • (13:45) - Drive, patience, introversion, execution at the right time
  • (15:06) - Technician to Craftsman to Master
  • (18:02) - Becoming knowledgeable of the integration of everything
  • (21:08) - True depth & influence of coaches
  • (24:09) - Why do individuals need fitness coaching
  • (33:07) - How James organizes his mind and views systems
  • (36:30) - Using writing to organize your thoughts
  • (37:15) - Thoughts
  • (42:06) - Note taking in your phone
  • (46:35) - Awareness
  • (48:33) - Relationship between a coach and client
  • (53:50) - Fitness delivery vs science education
  • (56:03) - Plus, minus, equal learning theory
  • (1:00:08) - How does the OPEX model work
  • (1:02:16) - Business systems
  • (1:07:26) - Start with why
  • (1:15:30) - Providing value -- what does it mean?
  • (1:17:20) - Defining your priorities
  • (1:21:18)  - Inner narrator
  • (1:23:18) - Intuition
  • (1:24:18) - Functional bodybuilding

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with James:

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.

May 9, 2017

Pawel Wencel, is the host and co-creator of Uncharted Performance. He does a phenomenal job seeking out the stories of his guests where he highlights the adversity they’ve had to overcome.

What I found most fascinating in this conversation was the process of thinking that Pawel uses to continually achieve his goals. He has a full time corporate job while pursuing his passion project. It’s very easy to blame time, circumstances, or be paralyzed by the enormity of the task ahead.

How does he take responsibility for what’s most important? How did he break down his vision into actionable steps? What does that structure look like? These concepts are not just limited to side hustles and passion projects. It’s about figuring out how to make time for whatever is most important to you.

Show Notes:

  • (4:40) - Almost getting shot by your best friend
  • (9:03) - Vulnerability
  • (11:44) - Using training to expose limitations
  • (15:11) - Origins of Uncharted Performance
  • (18:52) - Ask
  • (21:33) - Taking responsibility
  • (26:04) - Process for outlining a vision and working backwards
  • (30:08) - Priorities and goals shifting
  • (33:43) - Process of thinking
  • (38:52) - Corporate job
  • (42:14) - Structure for retaining information from books
  • (48:07) - Not believing in positivity
  • (52:25) - Gratitude and perspective

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Pawel:

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.

May 2, 2017

Jacob Wellock is the founder of The Welded Athlete and co-owner of Double Edge Fitness in Reno, Nevada. He’s also Lindsey Valenzuela’s head coach. We had a BLAST nerding out about programming for general fitness vs competitors for the first half of this episode. Building skills, getting stronger, and improving your conditioning at the same time. We talk about the secret sauce that doesn’t really exist. But how do we get as close to that line as possible?

 

Then we dive into what it takes to prepare a professional. How important is individualized program design? What was the progression and timeline like for Lindsey Valenzuela after she had her baby? What types of movements were complete “no-nos”? When was it time to kick things up a notch? How do you support athletes mentally and emotionally? How do you pull the reigns back? And so much more.

 

It was truly a pleasure to get inside Jacob’s head. I’ll sum up with a post of his that really resonated with me. After chatting with him, I really believe it’s a representation of how he operates:

 

“The lion knows it's a lion. It doesn't hide that or change for anyone. The lion also doesn't go around telling all the other animals that it is a lion, all of the other animals already know. Strive to be like the lion. Make your presence known through your actions without having to tell everyone about it. The lion knows how to rest just as easy as it knows how to kill. As an athlete, you should strive to have this mindset. Be like the lion.”


Show Notes:

  • (3:48) - Origins
  • (7:45) - GPP vs Competitive programming
  • (9:33) - How to cater to both as a gym owner
  • (12:37) - Flow of the class workouts
  • (19:15) - Importance of having fun for newcomers
  • (24:55) - Articulating the stimulus you want to achieve
  • (28:30) - Approach to strength training
  • (36:22) - Testing periods and benchmarks
  • (41:15) - Recovery and managing daily stressors
  • (43:10) - How Jacob got connected with Lindsey Valenzuela
  • (49:46) - What were Lindsey’s expectations as an athlete
  • (52:15) - Bridging her back into training after pregnancy
  • (56:07) - What were absolute no-no’s to stay away from after pregnancy
  • (1:00:25) - How to support athletes mentally and physically
  • (1:09:19) - Balancing coaching and competing
  • (1:20:13) - “The lion knows it’s a lion.”

 

Resources we may have talked about:

 

How you can connect with Jacob:

 

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.

Apr 25, 2017

Dr. Sean from PerformanceCareRx is back on the show! The first half of this episode was very tactical and technical. We reflect on the Open workouts, benefits of carrying, and ideal ratios for general fitness programming. There’s even a protocol for Knee Tendinosis that some of you might find useful. Without a doubt, the light bulb moment in this episode lies around the concept of building trust with your athletes. Whether you are a coach or athlete, hang tight and take notes. I have a strong feeling you’re going to walk away with something actionable from this one.

Show Notes:

  • (4:30) - Reflecting on the Open workouts
  • (8:50) - The role of your ego and mindset during the Open
  • (11:40) - Why Dumbbells in the Open is a great leap forward
  • (15:24) - Ideal ratios for general fitness programming throughout the week
  • (19:46) - Suitcase Carry vs Waiter’s Carry
  • (24:28) - Getting creative with Farmer’s Handles and why you need to get a pair
  • (25:28) - Sandbag Carry
  • (27:30) - Farmer’s Carry
  • (30:06) - Overhead Hold Test
  • (34:50) - What’s happening when your body is shaking
  • (36:14) - Building trust with athletes
  • (46:04) - Affirmations
  • (54:50) - Tendinitis vs Tendinosis
  • (58:55) - A protocol to follow for Knee Tendinosis
  • (1:05:48) - The Active Life Podcast

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Sean:

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.

Apr 18, 2017

Christina McGrath, from Swell Fit Living, joins me today to talk about sport specific yoga. She has helped athletes with surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing, rowing, and pretty much anything you can think of outdoors. She’s currently teaching in New Zealand, where she takes the most applicable pieces from a yoga practice and uses that to help athletes connect with their bodies on a whole different level. There’s so much variability in outdoor sports. That being said, I had to get her thoughts on how exercisers and lifters could make the most use out of this beautiful practice.

Show Notes:

  • (4:00) - Colorado to New Zealand
  • (5:20) - Yoga for sports & longevity
  • (8:45) - Vinyasa flow
  • (10:30) - Yoga for athletes vs Yoga for the average Joe
  • (14:35) - Using your breath to get deeper into your flexibility
  • (19:12) - Poses for shoulder flexibility
  • (30:04) - How long should you spend in each pose
  • (34:20) - Locking out the knees vs bend in the knees for forward folds
  • (40:40) - When should someone back off stretching
  • (42:10) - Forward folds vs hip hinging

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Christina:

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.

Apr 11, 2017

Dr. Aaron Horschig uses the squat as a vehicle to empowering people. He helps others decrease their aches & pains, improve their athletic performance, and find their TRUE STRENGTH.

You may know him as the author of The Squat Bible or in some way have interacted with his lecture hall, Squat University.

Aaron is a physical therapist, strength & conditioning coach, speaker, and writer. He has worked with a diverse variety of athletes ranging from Olympic Weightlifters, powerlifters, CrossFitters, international level soccer players, MLB and NFL athletes.

Today we deep dive into the Squat to talk about the intricacies of this movement and how you can express your full potential.

Show Notes:

  • (4:30) - Using the Squat as a vehicle to empowering people
  • (9:30) - Intricacies of movement
  • (11:52) - Squat looks good to the common eye -- but still experiencing aches & pains
  • (13:58) - Why everyone should be able to do a pistol squat
  • (23:30) - Spending 10 minutes every day in the squat to improve your rock bottom
  • (30:39) - Pinching in the hip during your squat
  • (35:30) - Stability and Coordination
  • (38:00) - Expressing mobility beyond your workout
  • (39:30) - Coordination = Timing
  • (43:00) - How to neurologically recruit more musculature
  • (45:15) - Why you need hip internal rotation to squat
  • (52:00) - Barefoot squatting
  • (54:10) - Knee sleeves
  • (57:55) - Morning routine
  • (1:01:00) - The Squat Bible
  • (1:05:00) - Breathing and Belts

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Aaron:

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.

Apr 4, 2017

My man Marcus Filly is back on the show for his third episode. We got into the concept of functional bodybuilding the first time around, but now we dig deeper into this style of training. Sounds like a catchy term at first, but it’s really the revival of a mindset. A way of thinking about your fitness. You don’t want to miss this one. We also talk about life with his 6 week old daughter, Noa, and the possibilities of him balding.

Marcus pursued a collegiate soccer career at UC Berkeley, where he discovered his passion for what strength training can truly do. He has competed at the Crossfit Games 3x as an Individual and 3x in the Team division. He is the captain of Phoenix Rise, the GRID league champions of 2016. Marcus is also the founder of the supplement company Revive Rx.

Show Notes:

  • (7:05) - What is functional bodybuilding?
  • (12:15) - How to use and balance this style of training throughout the year for competitors vs fitness
  • (16:05) - Balancing out the body
  • (18:30) - You’ll never see bodybuilding in the Open, but here’s how it can help you get better
  • (20:55) - Healing process with Marcus’ shoulders
  • (27:15) - Using the concept of “time under tension”
  • (31:45) - Developing the mind-muscle connection
  • (39:00) - How bodybuilding posing can help you activate certain muscles
  • (42:40) - Programming concepts
  • (48:15) - Variance and progression

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.

Mar 28, 2017

Where do I even begin? When I think of Ben Greenfield, I think DEPTH. He has competed in bodybuilding, Ironman triathlons for almost a decade, and raced professionally as an obstacle course racer. He actually signed a contract with the Spartan Race Pro Racing Team for 2017. His podcast is consistently in the top 5-10 in the Health category on iTunes. In 2008, he was voted the Best Personal Trainer by the NSCA. Ben is undoubtedly recognized as one of the top 100 most influential people in health & fitness. He stays on top of the latest cutting edge research when it comes to weight loss, muscle gain, nutrition, anti-aging, brain function, multi-sport performance, and beyond. My palms were sweaty for this episode because I wanted to stay sharp and keep up with Ben as closely as I could. 

Show Notes

  • (6:56) - Deciding to go the fitness route vs modern medicine
  • (10:05) - Using novelty and variety of sport so you don’t get stuck in a rut of comfort
  • (13:37) - Eating for brain function
  • (18:50) - Liquid nutrition 
  • (23:00) - Using genetic data, DNA analysis, and blood testing to see how dietary and fitness changes are affecting you physiologically
  • (30:45) - The importance of reading and writing to stay ahead of the curve
  • (33:30) - Make art everyday

Resources we may have mentioned:

How you can connect with Ben:

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.

Mar 21, 2017

Today I get to chat with Steven Vitale, who is the founder of Lifting Culture Apparel. He’s been competing in the sport of bodyboarding for about 10 years now. He’s traveled internationally to surf new waves and experience new cultures. He even moved to Queensland, Australia to study philosophy and stumbled upon CrossFit for the first time there as well. 

Steven has done a great job at capturing and articulating the culture of moving iron. It affects and influences our decision-making and choices. It determines whether we ought to train harder or eat less, or train less and eat more. We live and breathe this culture whether we like it or not. That being said, I was pretty excited to hear the stories and experiences he’s been able to create with his fans from doing over 150 events. 

Show Notes:

  • (3:55) - The Origins of Lifting Culture Apparel 
  • (6:26) - Bodyboarding in Australia
  • (12:09) - Why philosophy?
  • (14:55) - First couple months after taking the leap
  • (19:25) - Culture
  • (25:00) - The “why” in training
  • (28:25) - Community, Lululemon, Raving Fans
  • (33:00) - Quality control
  • (35:50) - Doing events
  • (40:28) - The role of struggles and obstacles
  • (43:00) - Morning Routine, Day to Day Operations
  • (51:13) - Fulfillment factor
  • (1:02:30) - Connecting with your struggle

Resources we may have talked about:

How you can connect with Steven:

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.

Mar 14, 2017

Today I dig into the method behind the madness with Jason Phillips. This guy has been a professional golfer, Abercrombie & Fitch model, was signed by Optimum Nutrition, and one of the first spokesmodels for Bodybuilding.com. Having been in the nutrition coaching industry for over 13 years, Jason has worked with physique athletes all the way to CF Games competitors. He has also battled with anorexia, which I think has given him the gift of connection with anybody on a very deep level. There’s tons of nutrition, business, and coaching nuggets he drops in this one. But the ONE takeaway that makes this episode epic is a simple blueprint to staying in a continuous state of ACTION. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

Show Notes:

  • (3:30) - “I knew what i shouldn’t be eating. But there was nothing out there telling me what I should do.”
  • (6:07) - Managing and manifesting thoughts
  • (10:45) - “85% of people that come to me have very poor relationships with food”
  • (11:40) - Where the love for coaching began
  • (14:00) - The significance of the ONE thing 
  • (19:00) - The business model people said wouldn’t work
  • (23:15) - Overdelivery: What he learned from hanging with the likes of Gary Vaynerchuck
  • (29:30) - Online calculators and templated nutrition information
  • (32:46) - Extreme performance vs Extreme aesthetics
  • (37:29) - The ONE thing you can do take the reigns on your nutrition goals
  • (40:20) - Having to workout less to lose weight
  • (44:15) - Time and efficiency 
  • (53:30) - Education and Application

Resources and people we may have mentioned:

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.

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