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If you are looking to push the boundaries of performance mentally, physically, and everywhere in between then tune in to The Too Fit Podcast.

We interview and break down elite performers, covering a vast range of knowledge and experience. Guests include doctors, strength and conditioning coaches, athletes, special forces veterans and entrepreneurs.

Our goal is to extract tools and tricks of the trade that you can use on your journey to becoming Too Fit.

February 28 2017

Episode 30 - Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists are Changing the Way We Live and Work with Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler is in constant pursuit of discovering ways to increase our human potential and solve global problems. He identifies the intersection of science, culture, and technology while revealing what the future may hold. During this episode, you will feel like a secret is revealed to you, that the curtain is lifting, and YOU are being given the keys to the castle. 

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"Time slows down. Self vanishes. Action and awareness merge. Welcome to Flow." - Steven Kotler 

 

Episode 30 Overview:

  • How Steven stumbled upon flow states. 
  • What is a non-ordinary state?
  • Is it healthy or possible to be in a constant state of flow? 
  • How you can safely create a non-ordinary state in your everyday life
  • The common misconceptions about flow states and ecstasis
  • Why nearly every billionaire in Silicon Valley regularly microdoses with psychedelics
  • Creativity... is it a trainable skill or a state-of-mind?
  • Tapping into the DEEP NOW
  • How to correctly utilize technology to increase your focus, performance, and life
  • The hope that non-ordinary states provide for our future

Steven Kotler (@Steven_Kotler) is in constant pursuit of discovering ways to increase our human potential and solve global problems. He identifies the intersection of science, culture, and technology while revealing what the future may hold. 

On the heels of The Rise of Superman, which explores how to hack and induce flow-states, Steven picks up right where he left off in the impeccably titled Stealing Fire. As with his other works, you feel like a secret is revealed to you, that the curtain is lifting, and YOU are being given the keys to the castle. 

The "secret" is learning how to access non-ordinary states of consciousness, or ecstasis. This altered conscious has been shown to make people remarkably more creative, productive, resilient, satisfied, happy, peaceful, insightful, and intuitive. Steven claims that flow-states saved his life after dealing with Lyme disease. He has since dedicated his life's work to further understanding and teaching how to utilize their potential.

Steven's work led him to study how our world's top performers use flow states, such as the Navy SEALs, Silicon Valley billionaires, top DJ's, biohackers, entrepreneurs, elite athletes, and even mad, maverick scientists pushing the envelope of what's socially acceptable.

Flow states are not only reserved for the elite. Hence the name Stealing Fire, about Prometheus snatching fire from Zeus to deliver to us, inept humans. Steven reveals that this is a revolution that has been hiding in plain sight. Yoga moms, businesspeople, young professionals, college students, and everyone in between has been tapping into these non-ordinary states of consciousness to increase performance, focus, willpower, gain insight and attain life satisfaction. 

Are you intrigued yet? Pick up a copy of Stealing Fire for yourself and dive in. 

For more information about non-ordinary states and more specifically, flow, visit Steven's and his co-author, Jamie Wheal's website FlowGenomeProject.com

Show Notes and Other Mentions

Twitter: @Steven_Kotler   Facebook: @KotlerSteven

Steven's Works: 

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February 22 2017

Episode 29 - The Art of Health Hacking with TJ Anderson

"We do not lack the science, information, or technology to live healthily. We lack the art to use them properly." - TJ Anderson

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"We do not lack the science, information, or technology to live healthily. We lack the art to use them properly." - TJ Anderson

What an interview! Here's a brief overview of what we tackle in this episode:

  • What the hell is health hacking? Why should I even know? 
  • The long and unusual path that lead TJ to health-hacking
  • The dangers involved, including what lead to TJ's ER visit
  • Goal setting paradox...how to ensure your goal setting process is delivering results
  • Simple questions you need to be asking yourself for profound changes in your relationship with the substances, people, and the world around you
  • Healthcare: Patient engagement vs. patient activation, the archaic paternalism model and how it's changing, plus the future of healthcare and nutritional therapy
  • Tools and gadgets TJ utilizes on a daily basis to maintain health and performance 
  • The two most abused "drugs" in our culture and how you can radically change their influence in your life
  • The release of TJ's book, The Art of Health Hacking...the mission behind its creation
  • Plus...how and why everyone in America needs this book

TJ Anderson (@TJAndersonlive) has spent the better part of 7 years experimenting with everything "health-hacking." He dove headfirst into the ketogenic diet, bulletproof coffee, nootropic supplements, fasting protocols, grounding techniques, breathing patterns, and meditation all in the name of health and performance optimization. 

This journey TJ embarked on did not occur on a whim, but its genesis lies in TJ's personal struggle to find fulfillment after modeling left him empty and hollow, the direct opposite of what the magazine covers promised. After meeting and talking with TJ, you can tell he found it. No matter what comes his way, he chooses to live in a beautiful state of mind, and his energy is contagious!

This search for health optimization did not lack in misfortunes, just like any great story. However, TJ utilized these moments of crisis to shift and reshape his way of thinking in regards to his relationships with different substances, food, mother earth, the information he intakes, and the people with whom he surrounds himself. 

This conversation with TJ is so much more than just the tips and tricks of a "biohacker." It's a genuine chat about the big things in life; about self-reflective questions that will push you past your comfort zone and force a positive change to occur. Get ready for a paradigm shift in how you view your personal health, relationships, vanity, alcohol, caffeine, intuition, and life. 

Be on the lookout for TJ's upcoming book, The Art of Health Hacking. It is the culmination of 7 years of work encompassing his experimentations in biohacking and the practices discussed above. However, just like this interview, it's much more than that! TJ teaches you how to "build your holistic healthcare team, personal self-care strategy, and optimize your health from the inside out."

The book will launch during the spring of 2017, but TJ needs your help to push this work of art to the finish line. Pre-order The Art of Health Hacking on publishizer, a crowdfunding website that connects authors with publishers and allows YOU a backstage glimpse into the creation, publication, and release of TJ's book. Check it out; you want this book in your arsenal. 

Show Notes and Other Mentions

Get your copy of The Art of Health Hacking

Facebook (@TJAnderson10) - Twitter (@Wellness_Guy) - Insta (@TJAndersonlive)

Website: ThisIsTJ.com

The Patient Will See You Now by Eric Topol

Goal-Setting with James Clear

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February 16 2017

Episode 28 - Keto Diet 101: Where to Start and What to Expect with Maria Emmerich

Maria Emmerich has been leading the charge in the ketogenic movement, authoring a total of 9 books including the international best-seller, "The Ketogenic Cookbook." She is the founder of Keto Adapted, a health and wellness website where she provides hundreds of keto-friendly recipes, meal plans, detoxification guidelines, and keto supplement advice.  

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"For 90% of dieters, a deficiency in one of four essential brain chemicals can cause weight gain, fatigue, and stress. The solution to losing weight doesn’t lie in deprivation diets; it lies in balancing our neurotransmitters." - Maria Emmerich

By now you have heard us discuss the new kid on the block in the diet world, Keto. It may be the "new" sexy word, however, the ketogenic diet has been extensively studied since the 1920's, mainly in people suffering from seizures. Since the 1980's the general population has awakened to its benefits, but not until recently has a significant paradigm shift occurred in how we view fats, our food, and fueling for longevity and performance. 

Maria Emmerich has been leading the charge in the ketogenic movement, authoring a total of 9 books including the international best-seller, "The Ketogenic Cookbook." She is the founder of Keto Adapted, a health and wellness website where she provides hundreds of keto-friendly recipes, meal plans, detoxification guidelines, and keto supplement advice.  

In this interview with Maria, we dive headfirst into the ketogenic lifestyle including:

  • Accelerating the process of becoming keto adapted and entering nutritional ketosis
  • Avoiding overlooked pitfalls that can hinder your ketogenic advances 
  • Are there any drawbacks to continually staying in nutritional ketosis? 
  • "I'm in ketosis, but I'm not losing any weight...what's the issue?" 
  • How to correctly implement and utilize intermittent fasting
  • The truth about being "metabolically flexible" 
  • Kids and Keto: how to teach your kids healthy eating practices and not even know that McDonald's exists
  • Why tap water and even bottled water are void of minerals and what you can do about it

This one is like drinking straight from a water hose! You'll want to have that notebook handy. Then check out Maria's website for more information, recipes, implementation strategies, and her handy Keto Calculator

For any questions regarding keto, her kids, or anything else we covered in this episode, ask Maria on her social channels below. 

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Facebook (@ketoadapted)  Twitter (@mariaemmerich)   Instagram (@mariaemmerich)

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February 07 2017

Episode 27 - From Mom's Basement to Malibu - Channeling Tragedy into Triumph, Stealing the Spotlight, and Earning the Day with Adam Von Rothfelder

Adam Von Rothfedler is well on his way to becoming a household name. As a premier model for Versace and the star of NBC's hit show Strong, many are becoming familiar with the muscles, tattoos, and immortal grip strength that characterize Adam's larger than life personality.

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In this Episode: 
  • Behind the scenes of reality TV - how to know who is real and who is fake
  • How to stay true to yourself in light of success and fame
  • A deeper look at Adam's personal journey to the limelight and his tips for becoming successful, despite multiple personal setbacks
  • Why balance is the missing element in your strength training regimen.
  • What it means to "Eat Right for your Activity Type."
  • What's more useful for reaching your goals: intensity or intentionality?
  • The only 3 lifts Adam utilizes to build strength and muscle
  • Why you should develop hanging strength in addition to overhead strength
  • The difference between being flexible and being mobile is greater than you know
  • Plus...Adam's secret for delivering a knockout punch!

Adam Von Rothfedler is well on his way to becoming a household name. As a premier model for Versace and the star of NBC's hit show Strong, many are becoming familiar with the muscles, tattoos, and immortal grip strength that characterize Adam's larger than lift personality. 

However, few know the real story of Adam and the path that led him to the spotlight. Oddly enough, it's a journey that seems fit for the big screen. Dealing with personal tragedy and loss, Adam was drawn to the Octagon, fighting his demons more so than the man across the mat.  

The octagon was an outlet for Adam. As it turns out, he was a natural fighter, eventually winning Milwaukee's Toughest Man Challenge, which spawned his professional fighting and modeling career, followed by a move to the big city of Los Angeles. 

This trip was short-lived, however. The decline of his father's health called Adam back home to Milwaukee, but triumph in the midst of tragedy has always defined Adam's life. Despite the career setback, this opportunity tapped into Adam's entrepreneurial spirit, opening his first gym in the heart of the city he loves. 

Long story made short, Adam is a man of many talents, forged from personal experience, that lead him to become the man you see today. His passion and thirst for life are tangible and evident. He cares deeply for your health, well-being, and wants to see you crush all your limitations. 

    We truly enjoyed meeting Adam at The Bulletproof Conference and love his passion for life, health, and helping those around him achieve their goals. He is an excellent example of someone living a Too Fit Life!

    In his words, "as a former professional fighter, I truly understand what its like to fight for what you want. And when it comes to fitness, I have dedicated my life to motivate people to fight for it too."

    To drink motivation straight from the source and connect further with Adam, hit him up on his social accounts below, sign up for his Earn The Day program when it drops, and stop by his COMO gym in Milwaukee if you're ever in town! Just don't try and go toe-to-toe with they guy. 

    Enjoy!

    Show Notes and Other Mentions

    Adam's Gym: Como

    NBC Strong

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    December 28 2016

    Episode 26 - How Your Food is Sabotaging Your Health and Performance and What You Can Do About it

    Erin Thole is a BEAST when it comes to alleviating people's health problems. She systematically tackles symptoms and uncovers the root cause of the issue: your food. Food affects each of us differently, depending on our biochemistry, genetic makeup, and environmental exposure. Bottom line, Erin is a pro at helping you reaching your full potential.

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    "Failing to Plan = Planning to Fail." - Erin Thole

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    Erin Thole is a BEAST when it comes to alleviating people's health problems. She systematically tackles symptoms and uncovers the root cause of the issue: your food. Food affects each of us differently, depending on our biochemistry, genetic makeup, and environmental exposure. 

    Think of Erin as your food therapist, discovering and obliterating problems that lie beneath the surface unbeknownst to you. 

    In Erin's words:

    "I have worked as a Certified Natural Healthcare Practitioner for over eight years and my passion & dedication to functional medicine and helping others began with my personal journey of horrible digestive and thyroid problems. For years everything I ate upset my stomach, I was always in pain, always bloated, always so tired, had crazy mood swings and I was a little chubbier than I wanted to be despite my active lifestyle. Sick and tired of feeling horrible and not getting the results I wanted at the gym, I changed my career path to functional medicine and the rest is history!

    Alleviating my health conditions and figuring out the cause of my health issues gave me my life back. I have the energy to participate in and enjoy my life to the fullest. I want to help people reach their true health and fitness potential by getting to the cause of the conditions they currently face.

    I conduct food sensitivity panels, hormonal panels, and microorganism panels to cultivate a protocol that works with each individuals’ biochemistry. I enjoy teaching people how to fuel their body’s appropriately, based on their individual needs and goals.

    In my online programs, The Beast Mode Method and The Whole Health Project, I create efficient, transformational and customized programs for each client by taking their unique biochemistry into consideration.

    These programs:

    • Chip away at symptoms, struggles and walls you have hit.
    • Go beyond clean eating and into food as an antidote.
    • Includes food sensitivity and hormone panels.
    • Teaches you how to stay loose, limber and pain and injury free.
    • Gives you a fail-proof game plan for ongoing success.

    To learn more about what I do, how I can help you or a loved one find true health instead of living with health conditions, diseases and symptoms check out my websites and request a free consultation. I am location independent, so it doesn’t matter where you live; you can still receive the care you need!"

    Bottom line, Erin is a pro at helping you reaching your full potential.

    In this episode, we provide you the tools you need to continue down your path of becoming Too Fit. Check our Erin's links, social media, and use the comment section for any questions! Enjoy!

    Show Notes and Mentions

    Erin's Website: http://www.erinthole.com/

    Email Erin: erin@erinthebeast.com

    Erin's Social: Facebook   Twitter   Instagram   Youtube   

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    November 22 2016

    Episode 25 - Move Better, Perform Better, Feel Better - with A-Line Inventor, Gordon Hay

    Gordon Hay is revolutionizing the way we move. He has developed a system to help cure the epidemic of improper foot function and movement. His invention is the A-Line Foot and Body Suspension System which is being utilized by golfers, snowboarders, skiers, skaters, X Game athletes, triathletes, Crossfitters, and weekend warriors to perform at their highest level. 

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    "Motion is life; if you are not moving, you are not living." - Gordon Hay

     

    While at the Bulletproof Conference in Pasadena, CA last month, Josh and I would meander around the vendor area digesting all the latest health gear and gadgets, trying to decide which ones we would implement upon our departure. 

    All weekend long, there was this one booth that always caught our eye. The set up was simple with nothing but a platform upon which an individual would stand, with a man seated in a chair at his feet. The only problem was the booth was constantly packed with people crowded around the seated man like a prophet of sorts.

    On the third and final day, we finally got our chance to see what this foot-prophet and the magical platform was all about. The man told us to kick off our shoes and climb atop the platform. He then adjusted our feet, flipped a switch which sent lasers shooting up our legs, and instructed us to slowly bend at the knee. A grim smile came across his face and he would begin to shake his head, as if to say, "yep, here's another one."

    He then proceeded to explain what the lasers were showing: we both possess less than optimal posture and position from the hips down, leading us to compensate on one side when we walk, run, lift, bike, or perform any sort activity. 

    *Luckily for us, we learned that we are not alone! Close to 90% of people are moving 2-3 million steps a year out of alignment, robbing themselves of power and performance from foot to leg. This conclusion was based on 10+ years of research involving 200,000 alignment assessments conducted by ALine and a team of partners, including doctors and performance specialists. These findings were used to develop and refine  this new, proprietary foot and body suspension technology.

    "I got just the thing," he would exclaim. Like an old medicine man in possession of a cure-all, he would reach over and grab a pair of shoe inserts, place them under your feet, and instruct you to bend at the knees again.

    And wah-lah!

    It was literally like magic. Not only did our static posture noticeably change, our dynamic position was immediately improved, even removing pain in the hips and knees. 

    Watch this process take place in the video below. 

     

    The man was the inventor of this revolutionary technology, Gordon Hay. His invention is the ALine Foot and Body Suspension System, which is now being utilized by golfers, snowboarders, skiers, skaters, X Game athletes, triathletes, Crossfitters, and weekend warriors to perform at their highest level. It's also being implemented by everyday joe's and their grandmothers to combat the epidemic of poor movement and faulty foot and body positioning brought on by today's unnatural, hard concrete surfaces and overly cushioned footwear.

    In our conversation here with Gordon, we dive into the nitty-gritty of this problem, defining the contributing factors, the symptoms, and of course the answer! 

    Other topics that Gordon covers in detail include:

    • Most people move 2 to 3 million steps a year out of alignment
    • Alignment issues hinder joints, therefore exercise can be counterproductive
    • There are over 1,000,000 annual knee and hip joint replacements
    • How to move 2-3 million steps a year better
    • The barefoot argument - is it actually healthy for you?
    • Gordon's "junk food" of footwear
    • Are your beloved flip flops hurting or helping you? 
    • How much mobility do you actually want in your shoe?
    • How to systematically strengthen the arches of your feet. 
    • How to diagnose and treat poor ankle, foot, and calf mobility
    • The difference between the varying ALINE foot suspension systems
    • The favorable footwear diet for foot and body performance

      And do not fret, you actually do not need Gordon and his Stand-Tech platform to accurately diagnose your foot positioning. Listen to Gordon's breakdown of the products in this episode, check out their website, and read which system of insoles would suit your lifestyle best. 

      List all comments and/or questions below and we will be sure to have the A-Line team get back to you. Enjoy!

      See all the elite athletes that support and use ALINE. 

      

      Show Notes and Mentions

      Website: ALINE.com

      Shop Insoles: Store.aline.com/insoles

      Social: Facebook   Twitter   YouTube

      For more information on Gordon, view his About Me HERE

       

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      November 08 2016

      Episode 24 - The Tony Stark of Peak Human Performance, Dr. Andy Galpin

      Dr. Andy Galpin is a man on a mission. He spends the majority of his days researching and discovering new ways to develop and reach peak human performance. In this interview with Andy, we cover mind blowing topics that are sure to expand your health and fitness arsenal...

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      "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is."

      — Yogi Berra

      Dr. Andy Galpin is a man on a mission. He spends the majority of his days researching and discovering new ways to develop and reach peak human performance. 

      Andy received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, followed by his Masters in Human Movement Sciences, and eventually earning his Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics. His work and research have been published countless times in his efforts to prove what the human body is capable of achieving. 

      He may not know it, but his research is finding if it's possible to become, yes, Too Fit. 

      In preparation for this interview, we each wrote over two pages of notes that we wanted to cover. However, by the end of the episode, we felt we had only covered 10% of what was intended. That's how much incredible and valuable information we can cover with Andy. Don't worry, he'll be back.

      We made sure to cover the latest peak performance research and as always, did our best to give you tangible action steps in return. 

      In this interview with Andy, we cover mind blowing topics that are sure to expand your health and fitness arsenal, including...

      • True or False: is it possible to add strength without gaining any mass? 
      • True or False: is it possible to add mass without gaining even the slightest strength? 
      • Does mass moves mass hold true? 
      • The 3 core physiological tenants of hypertrophy and strength building.
      • Is hyperplasia (the growth of new muscle fibers) humanly possible?
      • What is post-activation potentiation and what can it do for you?
      • Does swinging a baseball bat with a donut actually work?
      • Andy's newest training technology that is changing the game for all lifters.
      • Will football players eventually be training with weighted suits? 
      • The ultimate training program for longevity and peak performance.
      • The most misunderstood training adaptation of all time.
      • How much of your strength comes from your mind, versus your muscle contractile strength? 
      • How can you systematically develop more Type-II or fast-twitch fibers?

      Like I said, there are too many gems in this interview to count! Not to mention we barely had the chance to speak with Andy on his newest developments, including answering how we are going to get men to Mars and back, alive! 

      Also, at the end of the interview, Andy explains how the work he is doing needs your help. Everything on Andy's website, Instagram, and YouTube are 100% free to you! Not to mention he places every published article in open access journals for the public to utilize. 

      These research experiments on peak performance are not cheap to produce and cost his team a lot of time and money. Other researchers typically charge a hefty fee to view anything other than the abstract to their paper. 

      For this research to continue, and to answer Why Do Some Muscle Fibers Grow, Shrink, or Die Faster Than Others, Andy's team is in need of a new laser microscope to continue their work. Use the link above, or HERE, to visit their crowdfunding site and give by the deadline, November 14th, 2016. 

      For more on Andy, his work, his team, and his mission visit the links below and give him a shout out on social.

      Break out your pen and paper; class is about to begin. 

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      AndyGalpin.com

      Crowdfunding - Expirement.com 

      Facebook   -   Twitter   -   Instagram   -   YouTube

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      October 11 2016

      Episode 23 - Are You Addicted to Sugar? Understanding, Defining, and Beating Sugar Addiction with Dan Defigio

      Dan "The Man" Defigio is here to help you kiss that sweet tooth goodbye! He has been in the health and nutrition industry since the early 90's. Dan's latest passion project is tackling sugar addiction. Learn all about sugar, plus Dan's 3 step process to stop cravings in their tracks!

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      "Whatever you do most of the time, that is what you're like."

      Dan "The Man" Defigio is here to help you kiss that sweet tooth goodbye! Dan has been in the health and nutrition industry since the early 90's. Through his journey, Dan has founded several companies, written multiple best-selling books, has appeared on CNN's Fit Nation, The Dr. Phil Show, Self magazine, and a host of other television, radio, and magazine outlets. 

      Dan's latest passion project is tackling sugar addiction. Unfortunately, sugar has become prevalent in today's society. It has found its way in virtually every food item in the grocery store! Did you know sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine? Crazy! With sugar negatively affecting millions of lives, Dan is determined to help you, and everyone else kick sugar to the curb.

      Dan is changing people's lives by systematically altering people's behavior and psyche to overcome their sugar addictions, stress-eating, and detrimental nutritional habits. He is the author of Beating Sugar Addiction for Dummies, where he provides you with a game plan to not only stop these symptoms in their tracks but also tackle the actual culprit manifesting itself as a sugar addiction or stressful eating. 

      In this info-packed conversation with Dan, we were able to pull out some real nuggets that we know you will find useful and can begin to utilize immediately!

      • The four types of sugar addicts - which one are you?
      • How chronic sugar use alters the way you taste and view food
      • How we arrived at such a problem in the first place 
      • How to properly detox from sugar
      • 3 step process to stop sugar cravings in their tracks
      • Dan's two tips on making a healthy meal bar choice
      • A list of acceptable sweeteners
      • What the future of sugar looks like - will it go the way of tobacco? 

      As always, there is too much information in our talk with our amazing guests than we can list here. The only way to get all this information is to listen and take notes!

      Find out more about Dan and the great work he is doing using the links below. If you would like to join his upcoming online course, SugarFreeMe.Online, he will walk you through the seven steps to not only stop unhealthy eating behaviors but also uncover the cause of this behavior, allowing you to break the chains and begin living life on your terms. 

       

      If you're serious about behavior change, Dan is offering all you Too Fit listeners 50% off his Sugar-Free Me program. All you have to do is:

      1. Go to BeatingSugarAddiction.com

      2. Subscribe to Dan's email list where you will receive...

      3. His 3 step guide to dealing with sugar cravings

      4. And a discount code via email for 50% off Sugar-Free Me

       

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      September 13 2016

      Episode 22 - Luke Tyburski - The Endurance Adventurer - A Story of Perseverance and Triumph

      Luke Tyburski is a master of setting goals and achieving them. He makes the unimaginable, tangible. He takes on the challenges that seem impossible and demands them to get the hell out of the way. Some say he's crazy. One thing is for sure...don't tell him it can't be done.

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      25-kilometer swim. 1,300-kilometer cycle. 14 marathons. 12 days.

      One man...

      Luke Tyburski -The Endurance Adventurer

      Luke Tyburski is a master of setting goals and achieving them. He makes the unimaginable, tangible. He takes on the challenges that seem impossible and demands them to get the hell out of the way. Some say he's crazy. One thing is for sure...don't tell him it can't be done. 

      After a professional soccer career left his body beat down and broken, his spirit also started to crack. Luke fell into a depression, unbeknownst to his friends and family, due to a lack of purpose and identity. He was no longer the soccer player of his childhood dreams. 

      Luke, not one to stay down for long, came across The Marathon des Sables, a seven-day footrace across the Sahara Desert, totaling 250 kilometers. Needless to say, he signed up and thus The Endurance Adventurer was born out of the African sand. The adventures provided Luke's the most effective treatment for his struggle with depression. 

      Events like this gave Luke a sense of purpose, the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded people, and live a life full of adventure!

      Luke set a goal for himself that literally, no one else in the world had ever accomplished or ever dreamt: The Ultimate Triathlon. This race would be unlike any other. It consisted of a swim across the Strait of Gibraltar, a cycle along the Spanish coast, and finished with a run following the French coastline; from Morocco to Monaco.

      Oh, and by the way, he set this goal 4.5 years in advance! This is the definition of determination. 

      In this episode of The Too Fit Podcast, we dive into Luke's Ultimate Triathlon experience, but also:

      • is the saying "mind over body" actually true?
      • Luke's three keys to achieving your goals and staying on course
      • his inner dialogue before, during, and after each race
      • the process of reflection and self-discovery challenges provide
      • signs to look for in people who are dealing with depression
      • the single most important way you can help a friend battling depression
      • how you can make peace with everything that may come your way

      Not to mention a good story or two from the most grueling 12 days of Luke's life!

      Visit Luke's website for a trailer of his upcoming documentary of The Ultimate Triathlon, as well as the US debut in Los Angeles on October 11th. Find out more about Luke, his adventures, and motivational tools on his social media and links below. 

      Cheers!

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      August 10 2016

      Episode 21 - Heart Rate Variability - Predicting Your Performance with Jason Moore of Elite HRV

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      Heart Rate Variability. What is it? How do I use it? How can it help me? What makes it different than measuring resting heart rate?

      These are questions that often arise when people here the term Heart Rate Variability. In this episode, we dig into the details of this simple, cost-effective, technology that you can start using right now! 

      We were lucky enough to sit down with the man with all the answers, Jason Moore of the Elite HRV app. Jason and his wife started Elite HRV out of not only a passion for health and fitness, but also an attraction to algorithms, stats, measurements, and calculations. Since launching Elite HRV they have quit their previous jobs and traveled 13 different countries in just12 months, all while helping 60,000 plus users forge themselves into better athletes and enhance their quality of life. 

      In this episode of The Too Fit Podcast, you will hear more about the Elite HRV story while we dive into the nitty-gritty of heart rate variability, including:

      • Is HRV the right tool for me? 
      • How does it help monitor my recovery status?
      • Can I use HRV to train my nervous system? Is this even possible?!
      • What are three things I can do today to improve my HRV score tomorrow? 
      • How am I destroying my HRV score?
      • Is too high of an HRV score a negative thing? 
      • How is my HRV score calculated? 
      • What is a good score and what factors affect my score?
      • What are the proper steps I should follow to ensure an accurate reading? 
      • Are there any out of the box uses for HRV like diagnosing arrhythmias, fibrillations, food sensitivities, or even heart-attack? 
      • How can I harness my breath to improve my nervous system, and in turn my HRV score? 

      As you can see, this is an in-depth conversation with plenty of details and useful tools that you can implement today, even if you monitor your HRV or not. I guarantee you, though, by the end of this episode you'll be searching for a heart rate monitor and downloading the Elite HRV app as soon as humanly possible (factoring in shipping time, download speed, etc.)

      For more on Jason and Elite HRV, check out the links and notes below. Mark it on your calendar for August 23, 2016, and sign-up for his upcoming HRV course, which you can consider a Master's class on HRV.  Lastly, be on the lookout for his HRV specific podcast hitting your airwaves later this year. Your head may just explode from all this knowledge. 

      Enjoy!

      Show Notes and Mentions

      EliteHRV.com

      Social @EliteHRV:  Facebook   Twitter   Instagram

      HRVCourse.com (Aug. 23, 2016)

      Heart Rate Strap

      Polar H7

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      July 20 2016

      Episode 20 - What the Heck is Kombucha?

      The Kombucha Momma answers all of your questions about the history, truth and health benefits of this magical elixir

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      What if we told you of an ancient elixir that could naturally give you energy, make you healthier, serve as a probiotic, aid in digestion, clear mental fog, and tastes amazing? Would you believe us? Given its many beneficial properties, it may sound like magic. Well, to many, it is magical!

      The ancient drink is known none other as Kombucha! Kombucha is rich in history and rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kombucha has recently been making headway in the conventional, and scientific realms as the connection between our gut health and mental health grow stronger.  

      Hannah Crum of Kombuchakamp.com has taken it upon herself to spread the history, facts, and benefits of this healing drink to the masses while debunking common misconceptions. She specializes in teaching others to brew kombucha in the comfort of their homes and has even written a book, The Big Book of Kombucha, with her husband and partner Alex LaGory. The big book contains over 400 DIY recipes!

      In this episode of The Too Fit Podcast, Hannah unpacks the personal story of how kombucha found her and the comprehensive benefits of Kombucha. We also dive into the nitty-gritty of brewing your own batch at home. Other questions Hannah answers include:

      • What exactly is Kombucha?
      • What does "Kombucha" mean? Literally...
      • What is the history of kombucha and fermented drinks?
      • What is kombucha doing in space? 
      • Is drinking kombucha right for me?
      • Should I worry about the sugar content in kombucha? 
      • What are the craziest ailments that kombucha has healed?
      • What brands of kombucha does the Kombucha Momma recommend? 
      • What does the future hold for kombucha? 
      • Why is it so costly? And how do I make my own? 
      • And how would I get mine to taste good? 
      • How does the Kombucha Momma spend her free time? 

      There is no question that Hannah is an absolute expert on this subject. She is about to blow your mind! She is, by the way, the Kombucha Ambassador to The World! By the end of this conversation, you will be craving fermented tea! 

      If you have any questions for Hannah or just want more information, contact her at the links provided below, pick up a copy of The Big Book of Kombucha, join her on the book tour, and get to brewing!

      Show Notes and Other Mentions

      Kombuchakamp.com

      The Big Book of Kombucha & Hannah's Book Tour

      Social: Facebook   Twitter   Instagram    YouTube   Pinterest

      Get Involved: Kombucha Brewers International - Trade Association

      DIY Logs (shortcut method)

      Continuous Brew vs. Batch Brew (Scroll to the bottom of the page)

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      July 12 2016

      Episode 19 - How Yoga Can Change Your Life - with Dean Pohlman of Man Flow Yoga

      How You Can Improve Your Endurance, Strength, Body Control, and Flexibility...and Get Yoga Ripped!

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      Have you ever wanted to try yoga, but haven’t because you were turned off by the approach? Maybe you didn’t want to work out in a female-dominant class. Or maybe you love the workout aspect, but could do without the chanting. Well, we have something for you!

      Dean Pohlman was playing collegiate lacrosse at the University of Wisconsin when his yoga journey began. By happenchance, he stepped into a Bikram Yoga class and after a butt-kicking workout, he walked out a new man. He realized the benefits yoga could proivde for his strength and conditioning regimen, but he could not wrap his mind around the spiritual component of yoga. 

      In his own words, "you would never stop in the middle of a bench press set in the gym and start meditating." The physicality of training was separate from spiritual in every other area of exercise, and Dean viewed yoga the same way. He desired yoga with "all the benefits, but none of the frills." 

      That's exactly why he created Man Flow Yoga. Where provides you the tools to increase flexibility, build strength and muscle, improve your cardiovascular system, develop a powerful core, and burn fat. All with yoga. 

      In this episode of The Too Fit Podcast, we get Dean off the mat and discuss a variety of intriguing topics such as:

      • The TRUE history of yoga 
      • Commons myths and misconceptions of modern yoga
      • How to utilize yoga as your all-encompassing physical fitness routine
      • What exercises you must be doing to supplement your yoga
      • 3 tips to start improving your mobility today
      • Specific poses for waking up, cooling down, and for back pain
      • How much yoga is too much? 
      • Gender differences in the yoga industry (instructors and members)
      • Why more men choose not to partake in yoga
      • The weight lifting program Dean is following - we are now as well!
      • The Man Flow Diet
      • Including Dean's quest to break the world record for sweet potatoes eaten in one day!

      And much, much more...

      Dean is a madman when it comes to content creation. He's written four books, all available online: Yoga Basics For Men (Amazon Bestseller), The Man Flow Diet, and The Road to Yoga-Ripped, and Dinner & A Workout, his cookbook. He also is a blog writing phene, which you can find at Manflow.com

      If you still need some convincing and are looking to wet your feet, Dean offers a 7-Day Free Trial for Man Flow Members, a 10 Day Free Intro course available to all, as well as a DVD specifically for beginner yogis. You can access these on his website, ManFlowYoga.com, or on his app Man Flow Yoga

      Lastly, Dean has put together The Mobility Project, where he teaches you to release myofascial tension, rid yourself of knots, and decrease joint pain through techniques using only a foam roller and some Knot Out tools. I'm not sure about you, but this is something we are definitely pumped up about!

      We had a blast chatting with Dean and we know you will enjoy our conversation with Mr. Man Flow himself. Enjoy!

      For More on Dean and Man Flow Yoga:

      Website: ManFlowYoga.com

      Social: Facebook   Twitter   Instagram   YouTube

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      July 06 2016

      Episode 18 - How to Train for a Triathlon with Elite Triathlon and Strength Coach, Jen Rulon

      In this episode we cover how long you should train for your first Ironman Triathlon, getting the right nutrition on race day, strength training for triathletes, and how to overcome the anxiety of open water swimming.

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      Jen Rulon has lived a life full of adventure, continuously pushing the limits of her physical fitness and helping others do the same. Jen is an accomplished triathlete, a veteran of the Ironman Triathlon Race, TEDx presenter, and her writings have been published in Men's Journal, Runners Magazine, Livestrong, WebMD, and Active.com. Oh, and did I mention she used to swim with Shamu? 

      These days Jen still spends a lot of time in the water but in an attempt to tame another kind of animal: qualifying for the revered Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. As anyone might guess, training your body to not only endure, but excel at swimming, biking, and running a distance of 140.6 miles collectively, takes some real work and discipline.

      Jen has mastered the art of accommodating Ironman training into her daily professional and family life. Her strength and expertise lie in aiding others to incorporate the necessary long hours of training into their busy lives as well. Whether you are a CEO, in the service industry, a student, or just work horrific hours, Jen can help you achieve your goal of finishing a full Ironman Race despite your job's time requirements. 

      In this episode of the Too Fit Podcast, Jen shares some of her hidden secrets to creating this balance of training and life. Although most of the conversation is unique to triathlons and training, this episode is full of applicable lessons for all. 

      Some of the ground we cover includes:

      • What your nutrition should look like on race day
      • Three pieces of equipment that will drastically decrease your race time
      • Top five strength exercises for triathletes
      • Is Crossfit healthy for triathletes? 
      • How to tackle swimming and water anxiety
      • Jen's training methodology and how to structure your week
      • Why Jen is actively trying to put herself out of business

      This conversation will give you the inspiration to keep chasing after your dreams as well as practical steps on how to do so. Maybe the swim, bike, run lifestyle isn't for you, and that's okay. Take the measures that Jen outlines and apply them to your life as you see fit.

      Connect with Jen and find out more about her at the links below! Enjoy!

      Show Notes and Other Mentions:

      JenRulon.com

      Social: @CoachJenRulon Facebook   Twitter   Instagram   YouTube

      Jen's TEDx Talk - Becoming a Champion in Her Own Eyes

      How to Put on a Wetsuit in under 1 Minute

      Jen's Weight Lifting Program for Triathletes

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      June 28 2016

      Episode 17 - Fed and Fit with Cassy Joy Garcia

      Cassy Joy Garcia is a woman of many talents: professional chef, blogger, podcast aficionado, nutritional consultant and expert, soon to be NY Times best selling author, health and fitness connoisseur, beauty and cosmetics guru, and an absolute JOY to be around!

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      "To be an overnight success, you must be an EVERY DAY HUSTLER" - Cassy Joy Garcia 

      Cassy Joy Garcia is a woman of many talents: professional chef, blogger, podcast aficionado, nutritional consultant and expert, soon to be NY Times best selling author, health and fitness connoisseur, beauty and cosmetics guru, and an absolute JOY to be around!

      We thoroughly enjoyed our conversation with her and we know you will as well. Cassy takes us through her personal health and fitness journey, from her humble beginnings as a self-proclaimed "gym bunny," which involved countless hours on the elliptical and following fad diets, to the wellness wizard she is today. 

      The death by cardio and calorie-cutting mentality left her constantly in pain, chronically inflamed, perpetually fatigued, and in her own words, just down-right "sick". Not until stumbling upon the Paleo diet and adopting a more balanced fitness regimen did Cassy start to find relief from her sickness. Little did she know this would eventually radically change her life and career. 

      Cassy took to the internet and world of blogging to chronicle her experience. Her research and expertise began guiding others in search of a healthier lifestyle. Her journey on the interwebs started with the inaugural post Go Ugly Early on FedandFit.com, which at the time only had 21 followers. Since that first post, Fed and Fit has blossomed into a full-scale business with thousands of followers and fans. 

      Cassy's passion and purpose in life is to "empower healthy lifestyle transformations through clear nutrition science and delicious Paleo-friendly foods." So, in this episode of the Too Fit Podcast, we dive into all things Paleo and much more including: 

      • What exactly is Paleo 

      • Biggest obstacles to eating Paleo and how to overcome them

      • The problems associated with conventional dairy

      • What dairy products are actually considered healthy

      • Cassy's 5 go-to cookware options (plus a bonus option)

      • Rules of thumb for avoiding gluten at the grocery store

      • Organically growing a business in the age of internet and connectivity

      • Tips for starting a blog and strategies on how to scale

      • Optimizing health, fitness, diet, and life on your own terms

      Cassy will be releasing her first book Fed & Fit this summer (2016) nationwide in Barnes and Noble as well as Costco. Fed & Fit will include a "28 day food and fitness plan to jump-start your life, in addition to over 175 squeaky clean recipes." She will be embarking on a nationwide book tour following the release date. See the full schedule here, and order your personal copy of Fed & Fit here.   

      This was an information packed conversation with tons of laughter (as usual). So grab a pen and paper and take some notes before heading out the door on your next grocery trip. 

      Cheers!

      P.S. A big thanks to our friends at Bedlam Crossfit in San Antonio, TX for allowing the three of us to come crash their box. If you're ever in the area, check these guys out. You will not be disappointed! 

      Show Notes and Other Mentions
      Fed and Fit Social: Facebook   Instagram   Twitter   Pinterest   Snapchat: @fedandfit

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      June 21 2016

      Episode 16 - Benefits of Being Barefoot, The Truth About The Shoe Industry, & Shark Tank Secrets with Xero Shoes Founder, Steven Sashen

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      We have all seen that guy: the one walking down the street, minding his own business and looking perfectly normal except for one thing, he's barefoot. He's as happy as can be trotting down the street, running and hiking, in the supermarket, at trade shows, and even on an airplane!

      Steven Sashen, owner of Xero Shoes is here to tell you why you should be that guy and how you can do it in style! 

      You may remember Steven and Xero Shoes from his now infamous Shark Tank episode. However, the journey of barefoot life began long before the cameras started rolling. Around 2009 Steven was returning to his roots as a sprinter, but was constantly plagued by chronic and nagging injuries, achy joints, tender knees, and sore hips. It came to the point where Steven was having to convince himself that he was having fun sprinting again, yet it was more painful than ever before. 

      It was not until a friend suggested he attempt barefoot running with a group in Boulder, Colorado that he found relief from his pain. On day one of running barefoot, Steven wound up running over 3 miles! After a couple of weeks, his pain dissipated. He would later become a Masters All-American Sprinter. 

      This newfound technique radically changed his life and he wanted to live barefoot as much as possible, however we know that is not always practical. So, Steven took matters into his own hands when he walked into his neighborhood Home Depot and built the closest thing to a barefoot running shoe the world has ever seen! He has since grown his "rubber and string" shoes into a multi-million dollar business. 

      In this episode of The Too Fit Podcast, we uncover the entirety of Steven's story as well as:

      • The history of living and running barefoot
      • Health benefits of living barefoot...and social ramifications!
      • The minimalist and motion controlled shoe movement
      • Differences between minimalist shoes and Xero Shoes
      • Myths behind barefoot running and how to properly "transition" to a barefoot lifestyle
      • Details of the Shark Tank process and his personal behind the scene stories 
      • Steven's entrepreneurial mindset and various endeavors

      By the end of this episode you'll be swearing off your brand name shoes and itching to embrace the barefoot lifestyle!

      So kick off your shoes, literally, and allow Steven to drop some serious barefoot health knowledge on you! 

      More Information and Show Notes: 

      XeroShoes.com 

      Xero Shoes on Shark Tank

      Shit Barefoot Runners Say

      Contact Xero Shoes

       Xero Shoes Social: Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn

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      May 10 2016

      Episode 15 - Lakers Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Tim DiFrancesco, on Building Strength, Jumping Higher, and Grocery Shopping

      We had the honor to sit down with Tim DiFrancesco, head strength and conditioning coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, where he gave us a behind the curtain look at his interactions with the world's most talented athletes.

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      "Every human is an athlete and every athlete is human" - Tim DiFrancesco 

      Tim DiFrancesco has forged NBA greats and hall of fame legends like Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash, Ron "Meta-World-Peace" Artest, and the list goes on. 

      We had the honor to sit down with Tim where he gave us a behind the curtain look at his interactions with the world's most talented athletes as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers

      So, have you ever wondered how these athletes stay in peak physical condition for 84 games amidst travel, fame, media, sponsorship obligations, and home life? How do they recover day-to-day? What does their nutrition look like? Their training? 

      Well, wonder no more! Tim is the man with all the answers. In this episode of the Too Fit Podcast we dive into...

      • Tim's training philosophy; it's origins and how it's changed over the years

      • His personal journey to such a coveted position

      • How and why you should become metabolically flexible

      • Why he grocery shops with his athletes

      • Building strength despite proper movement

      • Areas of Strength and Conditioning that are failing our athletes

      • The latest recovery technology Tim prescribes for his athletes

      • And of course...HOW TO JUMP HIGHER!!

      Curiosity also got the best of us and we were able to pull out some hidden jewels such as Tim's first encounter with Kobe Bryant, who was the most nutritionally dialed in athlete he's worked with. We also uncovered what tends to happen when Tim shoves an omelet in his athletes' faces!

      Aside from training the worlds' elite, Tim also runs TD Athletes Edge, his personal blog where he brings you all the "evidence-based fitness, training, recovery and nutrition knowledge" you can handle. His posts have been published in Men's Journal, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, People, Yahoo Sports, and more. 

      For more from Tim, connect with him at the links provided below and also check out his upcoming Webinar. Here, he will spill all his personal experience in the Strength and Conditioning industry; the good, the bad, and the ugly. He will also give his advice on how you can be successful in today's S&C world among the plethora of stiff competition.

      Without further ado, get your notebooks out as usual and enjoy this chat with one of the greats, Tim DiFrancesco. 

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      April 28 2016

      Episode 14 - The 5 Pillars to a Happy, Healthy, & Successful Life with Dai Manuel

      Dai "Coach Moose" Manuel is an incredible entrepreneur, professional blogger, author of the newly released The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, freelance writer, lifestyle coach, sought after speaker, fitness guru, and one stellar podcast guest!

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      Dai "Coach Moose" Manuel is an incredible entrepreneur, professional blogger, author of the newly released The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, freelance writer, lifestyle coach, sought after speaker, fitness guru, and one stellar podcast guest!

      However, Dai wasn't always such a stud, and he'll be the first to admit that. His journey from couch potato to fitness freak did not happen overnight, and it's this experience that he calls upon to improve and motivate every person he meets.  

      His lifestyle and coaching methodology revolves around 5 pillars: Fitness, Family, Finances, and Faith, all with an all-encompassing concept of FUN! In this episode we dive deeper into each one of these pillars and how you can apply these to your life. 

      We also cover a lot of ground in this conversation, as a moose should. We tackle topics such as, but definitely not limited to:

      • Dai's personal story from spud to STUD

      • The Secret Dai gives his clients for continued motivation and inspiration

      • How to become physically, mentally, and spiritually more fit in just 30 mintues per day

      • The benefits of waking up at 5 AM everyday

      • How to throw out the clock and forget managing time

      • Dai's key to ending all wars (the answer may suprise you!)

      • And how to run 13.1 miles in Jesus sandals through the Holy Land

      Dai was an absolute blast to interview. Connect with him in person if you get the chance. You will not regret it!

      He is holding his Whole Life Fitness Manifesto Retreat on May 27 - June 1 at the Hollyhock Center. You can also find him at the Superhuman Summit May 2-3 in Vancouver. 

      You can virtually connect with Dai and join his Tribe as they tackle the next 28 Day WLFM Challenge, where Dai will forge you into a stronger version of yourself in body, mind, and spirit. 

      Lastly, find out more about the man, the myth, the legend that is Dai Manuel at the links below. 

      Enjoy!

      Links and Mentions:

      DaiManuel.com

      The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto

      @DaiManuel: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Snapchat

      Essentialism by Greg McKeown

      Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

      How to Become an Early Riser by Steve Pavlina

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      April 20 2016

      Episode 13 - Andy Hnilo on Resilience, Entrepreneurship, & Having the Best Skin of Your Life

      A tragic accident left Andy Hnilo with several broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a broken jaw, a severe gash on his chin, and a whole host of other problems that come with being hit by one truck and run over by another SUV! That accident would change Andy's life and career forever. 

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      Meet Andy Hnilo. Even if you haven't actually met the man, you probably recognize his rugged jaw line.

      Andy was born with competitor's blood running through his veins, which eventually led him to play baseball at UC Berkeley. This competitive lifestyle and mindset would later serve him well in life and in business. 

      Once his baseball career ended he found himself in front of the camera as a model for Oakley, Coppertone, and Speedo. Andy has had appearances on shows such as Days of our Lives and HBO's Hello Ladies. 

      A tragic accident left with him several broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a broken jaw, a severe gash on his chin, and a whole host of other problems that come with being hit by one truck and run over by another SUV! 

      That accident changed Andy's life and career forever. Being a self-taught supplement and nutrition expert, he focused all of his effort on creating a facial mask that helped restore, rejuvenate, and accelerate his healing process in the most natural fashion possible. 

      The outcome was his all-natural, superior sourced Alitura Naturals. Are you intrigued yet?! 

      In this episode we chat with Andy about: 

      • His incredible personal story and the birth of Alitura Naturals

      • Protecting your brand

      • Owning bad reviews and turning them into something positive 

      • The highs and lows of owning a growing business

      • Nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit and how to never lose that fire

      • Self-education versus the standard higher education

      • Growing your business and taking steps to reach the next echelon

      • His personal routines to stay looking 22 years young

      ..... and of course just a ton of other good bull too long to list!

      This conversation with Andy was exhilarating, motivating, and gave us a healthy dose of the goosebumps because our messages are very similar in terms of our passion to positively affect others through our companies. 

      Get ready to gain a new perspective on your own life and business and let Andy's passion and love for his work overflow into all areas of your life. Lastly, try out the line of his superior products and find out more about the man that is Andy Hnilo with the links below. 

      Enjoy!

      Links and Mentions:

      The Business: @alituranaturals

      Alitura Naturals - Facebook - Twitter Instagram

      The Man: @andyhnilo

      andy@alituranaturals.com - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram      

      Other mentions:

      Goat Colostrum

      Beat-Active (listen to our conversation with the creator, Jarron Vosburg here)

      Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

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      April 12 2016

      Episode 12 - Shahin Naghavi: The Poorest, Rich Man You Will Ever Meet

      Meet Shahin Naghavi: a chronic entrepreneur (seriously, he has a problem!), real estate mogul, venture capitalist, owner of the largest Crossfit gym in Texas, and creator of arguably one of the most successful fitness models to date. All this and more has made Shahin the self-proclaimed "poorest, rich man you will ever meet."

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      Meet Shahin Naghavi: a chronic entrepreneur (seriously, he has a problem!), real estate mogul, venture capitalist, owner of the largest Crossfit gym in Texas, and creator of arguably one of the most successful fitness models to date. All this and more has made Shahin the self-proclaimed "poorest, rich man you will ever meet." 

      After every encounter with Shahin, we leave with more inspiration, motivation, and new ideas. We start to ask more from ourselves. We begin wondering, future-seeking, and asking "what if" a whole lot more. It's as if he taps into the entrepreneurial spirit in us all. 

      And we believe this conversation with Shahin will have the same effect on you!

      In this leisurely, yet perceptive conversation with Shahin we cover plenty of ground including: 

      • Shahin's personal journey as an entrepreneur

      • His creative process that keeps him ahead of the competition

      • How he cultivates a company culture that acts as "a bar without the alcohol"

      • Balancing managing his business versus his business managing him

      • How to properly and effectively use intuition as a tool in business and life

      • The future of Crossfit and what this means for box owners

      • The sport of Crossfit's trickle down effect on affiliates

      • And the ONE thing Shahin does differently than everyone else in the world!

      He is a man with many layers and we were lucky enough to spend some time deconstructing the man that is Shahin Naghavi. Swing by and see him at Texas Strength, Crossfit EADO, Madison Fine Properties, or connect with him at any of the links below! Enjoy!

      Links and Mentions:

      Email the biz: info@crossfiteado.com or info@texasstrength.com 

      Email the man: Shahin@crossfiteado.com or Shahin@texasstrength.com

      Facebook: Shahin  Crossfit EADO  Texas Strength  Madison Fine Properties

      Twitter: @CrossfitEADO   @TexasStrength   

      Instagram: @crossfiteado  @texstrength  @madisonfineproperties

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      April 06 2016

      Episode 11 - Elizabeth McCourt on Leadership, Fear, & Why You Should Spill Your Secrets

      Lawyer, executive coach, professional speaker, blogger, Team Betty Ironman athlete, TEDx presenter, entrepreneur, published author, On Wall Street contributor and Recruiter, avid Toastmaster, and extremely early riser! All these and more make up one of our favorite guests thus far: Elizabeth McCourt. 

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      Lawyer, executive coach, professional speaker, blogger, Team Betty Ironman athlete, TEDx presenter, entrepreneur, published author, On Wall Street contributor and Recruiter, avid Toastmaster, and extremely early riser! All these and more make up one of our favorite guests thus far: Elizabeth McCourt. 

      Elizabeth owns and operates McCourt Leadership Group. She consults, coaches, and advises high-performing executives along with their teams, with a focus on exectuive athletes. In her own words, "If elite athletes have coaches to improve their performance, why not take this approach to business?"

      Elizabeth has recently received even more notoriety for her TEDx talk titled Why You Should Spill Your Secretswhere she describes the relieving process of releasing a lingering secret in her life, and explains all the physical, mental, and emotional reasons why you should do the same.

      We expand on this concept in our interview, however this conversation is honestly as far-reaching and diverse as they come! We cover topics including:

      • how to become more emotionally intelligent

      • how to conquer writer's block

      • gaining more self-confidence

      • the most sought-after leadership qualities

      • avoiding the snooze button trap

      • dealing with horrible bosses

      • what your facial features say about you. 

      So get ready to take your leadership skills to the next level, unlock new motivation to jolt out of bed and tackle the day, and learn the secrets to becoming an amazing, proficient speaker! Or if nothing else, after realizing how accomplished and amazing Elizabeth is, you'll be left wondering what the hell you've been doing with your life. That should be motivation enough!

      *Required upon listening: You must share one secret that you have been holding with one other person. Then share your experience with us and Elizabeth below or on our social media. We'd love to hear your story!

      Links and Mentions:

      McCourt Leadership Group

      TEDx Talk: Why You Should Spill Your Secrets

      Twitter: @ecmccourt

      Facebook: Elizabeth McCourt Coaching

      Instagram: @rizabiz

      LinkedIn: Elizabeth McCourt

      Find your local Toastmasters Group

      For more info on Physiognomy:

      - Lin Kassen

      - Face Reading Series

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      March 29 2016

      Episode 10 - Training for The Special Forces with Wes Kennedy

      Wes spent 8 years in the Canadian Forces, 5 of those as a Special Forces Operator. Now as the CEO and founder of Elite Training Programs, he prepares Special Forces candidates mentally and physically for selection into their respective SF school. Wes also works with para-military, police and fire, Crossfit athletes, and everyday Joes.

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      Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a member of the world's elite? Not just what the process looks like, but the actual work, blood, sweat, tears, and physical turmoil required to infiltrate such a team? 

      Meet Wes Kennedy, resident expert on all things Special Forces and transforming mere mortals into super human, tactical, elite, physical specimens ready to conquer the world's deepest, darkest missions.

      Wes spent 8 years in the Canadian Forces, 5 of those as a Special Forces Operator. Now as the CEO and founder of Elite Training Programs, he prepares Special Forces candidates mentally and physically for selection into their respective SF school. Wes also works with para-military, police and fire, Crossfit athletes, and everyday Joes.

      In his own words, "As I train people for physical performance goals, I incorporate aspects of assessment, nutrition coaching, stress management and lifestyle practices, as well as individualized program design so that each athlete experiences much more than just great fitness results.”

      In this episode Wes uncovers all aspects of prepping for selection including training protocols, nutrition, and the mentality required. Wes shares what the tactical training community has historically done wrong and how to fix it. We also discuss Crossfit’s role in the tactical fitness space and he answers rumors about steroids in the SF community.

      So grab your ruck sack, lace up your combat boots, throw in your head phones and learn how to become a more tactical version of yourself on this episode of The Too Fit Podcast with guest, Wes Kennedy.

      Links and Mentions:

      Elite Training Programs

      12 Most Common Special Ops Training Mistakes

      3 Phases to Building The Ultimate Tactical Athlete

      LinkedIn: Wes Kennedy

      Twitter: @WesFKen

      Facebook: Elite Training Programs

      Instagram: @ETPCoach

      Snapchat: @Wes-Ken

      YouTube: Elite Training Programs

      Books: 

      The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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      March 15 2016

      Episode 9 - Beat-Active: Forget Results, Enjoy the Moment with Founder Jarron Vosburg

      “Forget Results. Enjoy the Moment.” That is the mantra behind the revolutionary fitness movement created by today’s guest Jarron Vosburg. Beat-Active is fundamentally changing not only the way people exercise, but how they view exercise.

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      “Forget Results. Enjoy the Moment.” That is the mantra behind the revolutionary fitness movement created by today’s guest, Jarron Vosburg. Beat-Active is fundamentally changing not only the way people exercise, but how they view exercise.

      In his own words, “Beatactive designs an audio workout experience, fusing vocal guidance, custom programming, and powerful electronic soundtracks.” Jarron has been working with not only the largest DJ’s in the electronic music scene, but also with physicists, mathematicians, and strength and conditioning specialists to systematically coordinate the physical movements of the exercise routine with the architecture of the music.

      All you need for a session of Beat-Active is their app, headphones, a little bit of space, and approximately 20 minutes. Oh, and the right mindset: forget everything around you. Forget about sets, reps, calculating weight percentages, gym memberships, combating weather and traffic associated with the gym, etc. All you have to do is press play, follow the guided movement instructions, and… enjoy the moment.

      In this episode we provide you with access to Jarron’s background and the story of how Beat-Active came to fruition. We discuss the future of the fitness industry, how to connect with people that seem out of your reach, the challenges and struggles entrepreneurs face every day, and how Jarron has overcome his largest obstacles.

      At this time Beat-Active is set for launch in April of 2016, but if you would like to try the free beta-test workout, visit Beat-Active to begin your audio workout experience.

      As always, enjoy this podcast brought to you by yours truly, The Too Fit Guys. Subscribe, leave us a review, and continue your journey to becoming Too Fit.

      Links and Mentions:

      Beat-Active

      Facebook: Beat-Active

      Twitter: @beatactive

      Instagram: @beat_active

      The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Ben Horowitz

      Behind The Cloud - Marc Benioff 

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      March 01 2016

      Episode 8 - Routines, Habits, and Tools to Optimize Your Life from The Too Fit Guys

      In this episode we dive into our personal routines and habits as well as the tools we use to optimize our lives. Creating a solid morning and evening routine enables you to prioritize and execute tasks efficiently and effectively, alleviate stress, and take total control of your day.

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      In this episode we dive into our personal routines and habits as well as the tools we use to optimize our lives. Creating a solid morning and evening routine enables you to prioritize and execute tasks efficiently and effectively, alleviate stress, and take total control of your day.

      We all know the feeling of jumping out of bed and rushing to get ready for the day or waking up and not having a clear vision as to what needs to be accomplished.

      It may initially sound like quite the time investment to start and end your day with things like meditation, journaling, reading, and exercising. However, investing that time will actually save you time, alleviate stress, create a clear train of thought, and enable you to take full control of your schedule. 

      We also share apps and tools we use such as notebooks for work and journaling, logging your diet, guided meditation apps, and books we are currently reading. 

      Enjoy!

      Morning Apps and Tools: 

      Elite HRV 

      Nature Beat HRV

      Polar H7 Heart Rate Monitor

      Elevate - Your Personal Brain Trainer

      The Bible App

      Meditation Apps:

      Stop, Breathe, & Think App

      Headspace

      Notebooks:

      Evernote App

      Moleskin Notebook

      Moleskin Notebook for Evernote App

      Books Mentioned:

      Extreme Ownership

      How to Win Friends & Influence People - Dale Carnegie

      Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

      Journey to Personal Greatness - Alvin Brown

      Workout Tools and Apps:

      Elevation Training Mask

      Grip Strength Tool by Mummy Fit

      MyFitnessPal

      As always, please leave any questions in the comments section.

      We would love to hear what routines and habits you use to guide your life!

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      February 04 2016

      Episode 7 - The Truth on Detox, Cleansing, and Why You Should Try an Enema

      In this Q&A, we cover some of the myths behind detoxing, tools you can implement now for a healthy and effective detox, and an action plan you can use everyday to keep your body firing on all cylinders. And yes, we throw in some nitty-gritty info on the, not-to-be feared, enema. Enjoy!    

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      Do you struggle from brain fog, bloating, irritable bowl, weight gain, or inability to lose weight? A detox may be in store. 

      You have probably heard of the terms "detox" and "cleansing". Although some forms can be extremely effective, there is a ton of misinformation out there on the topic.

      We cover some of the myths behind detoxing, tools you can implement now for a healthy and effective detox, and an action plan you can use everyday to keep your body firing on all cylinders.

      As always, please leave any questions in the comments section and we will be happy to respond. 

      General Cleanse to Perform Every Year or Twice per Year:

      Follow program on website

      Liver & Colon Cleanse

      • Activated Coconut Charcoal - Will help draw out and flush the toxins during cleanse.
      • Glutathione - Will bind and remove toxins from tissues.
      • Candida Cleanse Protocol: Follow program on website
      • Advanced Cleanse - Same as above. The advanced cleanse comes with the same items for the liver and colon cleanse but also includes a product specifically for harmful organisms.
      • All Natural Yeast and Fungal Cleanser - This item should be taken after the initial liver and colon cleanse. You will start this item when you start the harmful organisms product above.
      • Oregano Oil
      • Activated Coconut Charcoal - Will help draw out and flush the toxins during cleanse
      • Glutathione - Will bind and remove toxins from tissues. 
      • *Remove sugar and starchy foods from diet as candida loves to feed on those foods.

      Recommended Diet While Cleansing:

      As written by Dr. Group at Global Healing Centers

      Detox Diet

      This diet can be somewhat difficult to follow for some. If it is too difficult for you to follow, we recommend maintaining a healthy diet of veggies and lean meats. Try to avoid red meats for the week and any processed foods and sugar.

      Smoothie Recipe:

      2 cups of spinach and or kale

      2 Tbps. chia seeds

      1 Tbps. coconut oil

      1 Tbps. almond butter

      1 tsp. organic cocoa powder

      1/2 tsp. cinammon

      1 scoop of a clean, organic, protein or collagen protein

      6 oz. full fat organic coconut milk

      *add touch of water if needed

      *If you need it to be a touch sweeter, try some chocolate stevia extract*

      Daily Protocol for Maintenance:

      Nascent Iodine - 3 drops under tongue - promotes detoxification and supports the thyroid
      20 oz. Filtered Water
      Oregano Oil - 5-10 drops 
      Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Tbps. 
      Half of Fresh Lemon - Optional. 

      Enema Kit (same one I personally ordered):

      Stainless Steel Enema Kit

      Coffee Enema:

      Best Article on Coffee Enemas via Ben Greenfield
      History and Biblical Reference on Enemas
      Coffee to use - Organic Coffee

      Garlic Enema: The garlic enema can be very effective against candida.

      Garlic Enema Recipe

      And if your feeling up to it, join us at Ironman Galveston !!!

      Don't forget, sign up (FREE), for The Too Fit Toolbox to receive exclusive nutrition and training tips, recipes, articles, gadgets, etc....from us to your inbox. Sign up HERE

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      January 21 2016

      Episode 6 - The Complete Guide on Eating for Longevity & Performance

      In this episode we discuss why most diets fail, the foods all of us should be eating, how to plan your diet, and specific protocols you can use to reach your goals.

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      Tired of spinning your wheels with new year resolution diets that aren't sustainable? Well, in this episode we dive into the details on how you can properly eat for life by providing you exactly what foods to eat, the ratios of those foods, and how to build a plan based on your specific goals.  

      We cover specific protocols such as ketosis, carb-cylcing, and carb-backloading and which type of people can benefit from each protocol. Grab a pin and paper, or just check out the show notes below, and be ready to get lean and mean after listening to this episode.

      Figuring Your Macros Based on Your Goals:

      Calculate BMR and Macros:

      http://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/

      Foods to eat:

      Food Pyramid & Grocery List

      Food okay to eat that are non-organic

      Ketosis Macros:

      75% Fat

      15% Protein

      10% Carb

      Perfect Health Protocol and Macros for Cyclic Ketosis/Carb Backloading:

      65% Fat

      20% Protein

      15% Carb

      ***Main focus is to have your carbohydrates around, preferably after, your workout period.***

      Books:

      Gary Taubes

      Good Calories Bad Calories

      Why We Get Fat

      Paul Jaminet

      The Perfect Health Diet

      John Kiefer

      The Carb Nite Solution

      Jimmy Moore

      Keto Clarity - Benefits of a Low Carb, High Fat Diet

      Megan Lacey

      Carb Cycling for Women: The Breakthrough Diet for Rapid Weight Loss

      Tools:

      Meal Tracking:

      My Fitness Pal

      Ketone testing:

      Ketonix Breath Monitor

      Amino Acid Supplement Mentioned:

      Essential Amino Acids

      Healthy Fats:

      Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil

      Fish Oil

      GHEE - Grass Fed Butter

      XCT Oil for Coffee

      Coconut Oil

      For anyone with questions about anything in the show notes or podcast please leave a message in the comments.  

      For anyone interested in our morning coffee recipe and morning eating routine we will be sending that out in the next few days to our Too Fit Toolbox subscribers, which you can sign up for for FREE here:

      - The Too Fit Toolbox.

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      December 15 2015

      Episode 5 - Dr. Wes Crisp on Personal Training, Performance Nutrition, & Easing Back Pain

      Dr. Crisp is a sports medicine physician based out of Arizona that has a vast wealth of knowledge on the human body; forged from a diverse background of training and optimizing client’s health, nutrition, and fitness levels.

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      Dr. Crisp is a sports medicine physician based out of Arizona that has a vast wealth of knowledge on the human body; forged from a diverse background of training and optimizing client’s health, nutrition, and fitness levels.

      Dr Crisp started as a personal trainer and later graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathy. He soon began his medical career as a sports medicine physician with an emphasis on functional movement patterns.

      His expertise truly shines through in this conversation where we tackle subjects such as what to do when you come across poor technique in the gym, how nutritional ideas and practices have changed over the last 10 years, and how to be successful in your career and set yourself apart from the competition.

      Enjoy this interview. Like, Subscribe, Review, and don’t forget to Share!!

      Links and Mentions:

      Ahwatukee Sports and Spine

      Synchronicity by Dr. Kirby Surprise

      The Power of Focus

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      December 03 2015

      Episode 4 - Life Lessons from Recon Marines

      A conversation with a pair of Recon Marines covering habits, discipline, resiliency, and protecting yourself and those around you.

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      In this episode we chat with Dustin and Aaron, two Recon Marine veterans.  We dive into their experiences while serving our country and lessons they learned along the way.  

      We discuss how you can take responsibility for protecting yourself as well as those around you, including styles of self-defense as well as noteworthy books.

      To quote Aaron and give you a sneak peak into some of the motivation and rules to live by sprinkled throughout this episode.

      "Safety isn't a place, it is a mindset and a lifestyle. Be vigilant." - Aaron

      Show Notes: 

      What is a Recon Marine?

      The Raider Project:

      http://www.raiderproject.org/

      https://www.facebook.com/raiderproject/

      Donate to the Raider Project here:  

      https://www.crowdrise.com/donatetoraiderproject

      Check out “Generation Kill” below:

      HBO Mini-Series

      The Book on Amazon

      The Original Article by Evan Wright

      What is Blackwater Security Firm?

      Check out Rudy Reyes:

      http://www.rudyreyes.com/

      IMBD Page

      Instagram

      Twitter

      Defending Yourself:

      Krav Maga

      Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

      Books and Documentaries Mentioned:

      Restrepo - 2010 Sundace Film Festival Documentary of the Year -http://restrepothemovie.com/

      The Path of Danger

      The Gift of Fear

      Protecting the Gift

      Supergods

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      November 13 2015

      Episode 3 - Building a Tribe, Enjoying Your Work, & Learning to Say No with Allan Curtis and Sandi Maki

      Allan Curtis and Sandi Maki own and operate Legendary Escapes, a company that will not only blow your mind with the type of incredible pools they build but also how they run their business. These two have successfully built a business and a lifestyle they are truly passionate about. It is their desire to share how this was made possible and to teach others to do the same.

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      Al and Sandi are owners of Legendary Escapes, a custom, hybrid pool building business where they have flipped the pool industry, along with their lives, completely around. They have successfully built a business and a lifestyle they are truly passionate about and love. It is their desire to share how this was made possible and to teach others to do the same. 

      This episode is not only for the pool and construction enthusiast, but for the every day business owner, entrepreneur, employee, and for the guy hearing whispers to take a leap and start his own venture.

      Here, Al and Sandi break down how to systematically utilize social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) for your business ventures, outline steps to build a following and a loyal tribe, and discuss how to create and be mindful of your energy signature. 

      So...

      Are you ready to truly enjoy your work?

      Are you ready to view work in a totally different light? 

      Are you ready to start saying "No" more than you say "Yes,"? 

      If so, then this episode, along with the tools listed below, will assist you on the journey to discovering your own "Certain Way," and building a life designed by you, and for you. Success and happiness awaits. 

      Tools

      Organic Marketing Tic-Tac-Toe: http://askthepoolguy.com/marketing/

      Al and Sandi's Books: Our Certain Way

      Twitter: @askthepoolguy  @sandimaki

      Facebook: Ask The Pool Guy  Sandi Maki  Legendary Escapes

      Instagram: Ask The Pool Guy  Sandi Maki

      YouTube: Ask The Pool Guy Channel

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      November 13 2015

      Episode 2 - Dr. Alvin Brown on Paving Your Path to Personal Greatness

      In this episode we dive deeper into Alvin's triad of mind, body, and soul and cover nutrition, detox, your gut microbiome, and recovering from injury.

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      Alvin is the CEO and Founder of, TCHPP (The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance), a multi-disciplinary wellness and peak performance center, focused on helping their clients achieve optimal health, peak performance and personal greatness: mind, body, and soul. Alvin is also the author of, Journey to Personal Greatness: Mind, Body, and Soul – a blueprint for life balance and self-mastery.

      In this episode we dive deeper into Alvin's triad of mind, body, and soul and cover nutrition, detox, your gut microbiome, and recovering from injury. Alvin walks us through his team's ground breaking method of treating patients with chronic pain. Lastly, he gives us insight and tips to bring your mind, body, and soul into a unified, unstoppable force.

      Links and Mentions:

      Website: TCHPP

      Facebook: TCHPP Journey to Personal Greatness

      Twitter: @selfmastery

      Instagram: Journey to Personal Greatness

      YouTube: TCHPP

      Book: Journey to Personal Greatness

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      November 12 2015

      Episode 1 - Dr. Roger Hall on Building and Breaking Habits

      Dr. Roger Hall speaks on building and breaking habits as well as increasing emotional control and stability, and managing your thought patterns. 

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      Poor thinking leads to poor emotional control and poor performance. For more than 20 years, much of it through Compass Consultation, Ltd., Dr Hall has been providing leadership development training, executive coaching and organizational consultation. He is a widely sought after keynote speaker providing talks rich in substance and engaging in style. He has worked with leaders from Fortune 20 companies as well as small entrepreneurial firms.

      In this episode, we were blessed to pick the brain of one of the most brilliant minds we have ever met. Dr. Hall speaks on the power of habits, how to form them and why they are so hard to break, as well as how to own and then utilize your thought processes to your advantage.

      To immerse yourself in Dr. Hall's teaching, he has made many of his methods and materials available to you, so you can begin to monitor and manage your way of thinking today. Find Dr. Hall on the following social media outlets, find lectures on his YouTube channel, and pick up a copy of his interactive book "Expedition" to receive the full benefits of Dr. Hall's teaching.

      Links and Mentions:

      Dr. Roger Hall

      Website: Compass Consultation

      Facebook: Compass Consultation

      Twitter: @rogers2cents

      YouTube: Dr. Roger Hall

      Books: Expedition  

      Other:

      Books: 10% Happier

      Ways to prevent altitude sickness:

      -Ginko biloba (120 mg up to three times per day, the day prior and the day of entering altitude)

      -Hydrate hydrate hydrate!!

      -Rule of thumb, give yourself 24 hours to acclimate before doing anything strenuous

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