Welcome to the Inside The Labyrinth podcast hosted by two New York Police Officers from two different Departments. We will keep our mission quick and simple. Make the world a better place to lift, live, and think in. Here are the stories of humans from all different backgrounds who went through the darkest of times and came out of the Labyrinth a stronger person mentally and physically!
In season 3 of episode 1 of Inside The Labyrinth Podcast, Jay and I had the privilege of having on pro Strongwoman and 3x 3rd Strongest Woman in The World (MW) Brittany Diamond on our show. Brittany shares her experience as a young lifter and college athlete to the journey she took to where she is now. Brittney has the attitude and personality of doing what ever it takes to be the best in her craft. Brittany opens up about strongman, her bodybuilding journey and how she deals with everyday life. Brittany is the example of a strong and determined woman that many should look up to! If you think “lifting will get me big or fat” think again. Brittany will changes that perception with her physique, mindset, and determination! We can’t wait to see you break more records and follow your journey! Thank you for being so brave and coming on our show to help share your journey and light into lifting and everyday life!! =====================================@b_dimez @reps_for_responders @therealjumpmanjay @inside_the_lab_podcast Repsforresponders.org =====================================Available now on Apple podcast, Spotify, Anchor, and all major platforms.
In season 2 of episode 7 of Inside The Labyrinth Podcast, Aaron and I had the privilege of having one of the most dedicated and disciplined guys in the fitness game, Stan Efferding, on the podcast. "Stan Efferding is an IFBB Professional bodybuilder and World Record Holding Powerlifter. He is one of only 10 men in the world to ever total over 2,300 pounds raw in competition. Stan holds the title as the Worlds Strongest Bodybuilder. Stan studied Exercise Science at the University of Oregon and has been training high school, Collegiate, and Professional athletes for over 25 years. Stan conducts seminars all over the country for various sports and nutrition and training techniques. He has appeared in many magazines and writes for Muscular Development, Flex Magazine and Power Magazine.Stan is also a successful Entrepreneur having built three different start-up businesses into multi-million dollar companies."
In this episode we talk about how 10 minute walks can change your life, the vertical diet and how eating has a big impact on the mind, body, and soul. Stan also discuses some workouts to complete if you only have 30-45 minutes to workout a day. After listening to this episode you should feel a sense of clarity with yourself by knowing the game is simple to play but it is hard to keep up. Aaron and I want to thank Stan for coming on the show and being a huge inspiration for people all around the world who want to make themselves better! Thank you Stan for your transparency and knowledge!
In season 2 of episode 6 of Inside The Labyrinth Podcast, Jay and I had the privilege of having our first power couple on the show, Riki and Dan. They are both military veterans and fitness machines. Riki is an elite powerlifter in her weight class and a nutrition coach. Dan is an Army combat veteran, has competed in the crossfit games and is currently a FDNY firefighter. We commend them for being so open about their journey in life and the struggles they have overcame. After the Army, Dan opens up about his addiction battle and talks about how he overcame is demons. If you are into lifting, living, and becoming a better version of yourself while leaving the excuses behind you, this is for you! Jay and I want to thank both Riki and Dan for coming on and sharing your guys story...thank you for your service!! =========================================================================================================================================
In season 2 of episode 4 of Inside The Labyrinth Podcast, Jay and I had the privilege of having two power houses and leaders on the show, Brandon Lilly And Syn Martinez. "Brandon is a top ranked powerlifter, author of "The Cube Method", and "365STRONG", as well as a respected strength coach. Brandon is ranked as one of the strongest powerlifters of All-Time, having world class totals in multiple weight class, raw, and equipped — *2,110 lbs Raw Belt Only, *2,237 lbs Raw with Knee Wraps and *2,612 lbs Multiply Equipped. His efforts as a lifter, and a coach have helped cause a paradigm shift in the sport of powerlifting. His Cube Method has helped over a dozen men total 2,000 lbs or more in raw divisions, and over twenty women total over 1,000 lbs." ========================================================================================================================================= "AfroBrutality is a mindset for people who care about being healthy, who care about succeeding in life by any and all means, who will do whatever it takes to add positivity to their life and the people around them," "We're after a mindset of people who want to lead a positive life and won't let life dictate how that looks and feels." Martinez tells BuzzFeed Health he needed something that captured the spirit of their loose collective of mostly black and Latino athletes that started working out together in 2008, as well as Martinez's non-conformist, in-your-face approach to fitness, and the super-hardcore CrossFit workouts they were doing. He drew a skull with an afro and a middle finger as the handle of the afro pick. He called it Afro Brutality."
Not only was this episode one of my favorite podcasts, but it was one of my favorite conversations I have ever had. Brandon shares his life experience and how a traumatic lifting injury changed his life forever in 2014. Not only was Brandon very honest about his journey but he admitted his faults during his journey which made him who he is today. Syn speaks on how AfroBrutality was created and how he first met Brandon. Syn does not hold back and is the definition of starting an idea from scratch and turning a dream into a reality. If you are looking for life experience and the willing to change, this is for you. Jay and I want to thank both of you leaders for coming on the show and making a difference. Its conversations like this one that show no matter who we are, we all have struggles and we all have the opportunity to grow and make ourselves better.
In Season 2 of episode 5 of Inside The Labyrinth podcast, Jay and I had the privilege of speaking with and learning from Cory Gregory. This episode meant a lot to me because back in 2012 when I was training for College football, Cory was one of the main guys I looked up to. There was an app called "8 Tracks" which would play random music, or I would play motivational talks that Cory was featured in. Cory was a huge part of my journey for 8 years and still is today. Cory speaks about how he grinded his way through life from growing up with little money, to working in a coal mine, to breaking powerlifting records, becoming a pro bodybuilder, and much more. This episode spoke volume from the start. If you are looking to make yourself better in the fitness and business world, this episode is for you. If you need to get out of your own head, this episode is for you. If you want to hear from a man who went from living in a small trailer to owning his own successful business...this episode is for you. Jay and I want to thank you for WAKING OUR ASSES UP and for taking your time to drop knowledge and laughs with us. LUNGE UNIVERSITY!
"From coal miner to cover model, you say? Cory Gregory was built from a foundation of grit and willpower to make his life something special. Sharp as a tack in areas of training and nutrition, Cory breathes, eats, and sleeps the iron lifestyle. Since opening his first training studio at the age of 20, Cory has gone on to open The Old School Gym with Dustin Myers, a childhood mate. Mr. Gregory is the "who's who" of the fitness industry: double-digit cover model, elite powerlifter, professional bodybuilder, and did we mention he squats every day? This man is on the up and up!"
Episode is also out on youtube under "Reps For Responders" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTd4wqeCdxA&t=219s
In season 2 of episode 3 of Inside The Labyrinth Podcast, Jay and I had the privilege of having former NFL player, the Iceshaker creator and king, Chris Gronkowski speak about his life and football experience. “Christopher Gronkowski is an American entrepreneur and former football fullback who played in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. He played college football at the University of Arizona.” ========================================================================================================================================== Chris is one of those guys that practices what he preaches. Chris is not only very humble but just a nice, happy go lucky, and funny guy to talk to. Chris talks about growing up in Buffalo with all his brothers from playing High school football, to college football, to making it to the league and how he created his Iceshaker business that was featured on shark tank. If your a football fan this is for you. If your interested it business and hard work this is for you. Chris gives back to first responders, military, the gym community and many walks of life. Chris lives, learns, and passes on. Iceshaker also created a customized Reps For Responders bottle that it available for a limited time only! For every bottle sold Iceshaker will donate a portion to the Reps For Responders charity! Link will be down below or in my Instagram bio. Jay and I can’t wait to get a lift in with you one day in NY. Thank you Chris for everything and sharing your time with us! Go Bucs!! ========================================================================================================================================== @chrisgronkowski @therealjumpmanjay @reps_for_responders Repsforresponders.org
In season 2 of episode 2 of Inside The Labyrinth, Jay and I had the privilege of having the GOAT, the Legend, whatever you want to call him, Ed Coan speak about his life and powerlifting experience. "Edward "Ed" Ignatius Coan (born July 24, 1963) is an American powerlifter. He is widely regarded throughout the powerlifting world as the greatest powerlifter of all time. Coan has set over 71 world records in powerlifting. Throughout his active career in international powerlifting competition Ed Coan has set over 71 world records in powerlifting. He became the lightest person to cross the 2,400 lb. barrier in the powerlifting total (a sum of three lifts: the deadlift, bench, and squat). He set an all-time powerlifting record total at 2,463 pounds, even though at the time he was not in the heaviest weight class. Coan's best single ply lifts: Squat - 1019 lbs (~462 kg) Bench press - 584 lbs (~265 kg) Deadlift - 901 lbs (~409 kg) raw by today's standards with only singlet and belt Total: 2463.6 lbs (1117.5 kg)" ========================================================================================================================================== It was a true honor and a blessing to not only have the best strongman on our show in season 1 but the best powerlifter on as well. Ed is not only a great lifter but the Obi Wan Kenobi of lifting, coaching and life experience. This is an episode you DO NOT want to miss. Ed tells it how it is and calls a spade a spade. If you want the truth and some laughs here it is. Thank you Ed for coming on and sharing your life experience and thank you for being a friend of ours now! ========================================================================================================================================== @eddycoan @therealjumpmanjay @reps_for_responders Repsforresponders.org
In season 2 of episode 1 of Inside The Labyrinth, Jay and I had the privilege of having Chris Bell speak about his life and recovery experience. "Chris is an American director, producer and writer, known for his documentaries Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008 as Christopher Bell), Trophy Kids, and Prescription Thugs (2015). His work is focused on the impact that society has on our consumption and addictions, especially to prescription drugs. Chris provides great insight on the ways that American culture forms our decision making. He continues to be an outspoken advocate for those suffering from addiction and their families." Chris is 6 years sober and shares his trial and errors along the way. Chris also shares on how changing his diet has improved his mindset and physical appearance.
Chris has been a big help in my recovery and my fathers. Jay and I want to thank Chris for coming on and being so humble about his journey which ultimately led to helping a lot others. *Disclaimer this podcast is for informational purposes only. Chris is not a doctor and this is not medical advice, this is Chris's sobriety journey and what happened to him.*
In episode 7 of Inside The Labyrinth Jay and I had the privilege of having Mike, a 15 Year NYPD veteran inside the Labyrinth. Mike talks about his career from the start and where he is now. Mike has been inside the labyrinth himself but never let the Minotaur defeat him, from being a beat cop to being in some of the most well known units within the NYPD. Mike is also the captain and leader of the NYPD powerlifting team. If you are thinking about being a cop, or you are a cop, or thinking of retiring, this one is for you! Jay and I want to thank Mike for coming inside the Labyrinth and being a powerful voice with his career and life experience. We also want to thank everyone who listened to season one and if you missed any of these episodes, well you gotta hop in the labyrinth because its a ride!
In episode 6 of Inside The Labyrinth Jay and I had the privilege to chat with Brian Shaw, x4 Worlds Strongest man and x3 Arnold Classic Strongman winner. All I can say is that we are thankful and truly honored to have Brian share his life experience of his life before strongman, during strongman, and what he does to stay in it year after year.
If you are feeling down or need any type of motivation/preaching especially during today's time, this is for you. We want to thank all ours listeners who have listened in so far. This one is for you guys!! A huge thanks to Brian for spending an hour and a half with us and giving us his time. Brian is one of the nicest and realist people I have ever talked to. They defiantly don't make em like Brian anymore! A true warrior mindset in the gym and outside the gym. Thank you Brian! BE GREAT!
In episode 5 we had the honor to speak with a bad ass warrior inside and outside the gym. Dani dropped some real wisdom and knowledge that she gained from her own personal life experiences and the hard work she put in. First responder or not, you don’t want to miss this. She’s the definition of completing the hero journey and coming out stronger! We appreciate you Dani for dropping knowledge bombs and giving our listeners some great life tips on sleeping, nutrition, and the mental will power to never give up! =====================================
Dani Tocci is helping individuals gain strength beyond the barbell. As a collegiate strength and conditioning coach and nutrition consultant she believes that your quality of an individuals life can be drastically improved by nutrition, sleep and stress management.
=====================================She holds a Masters in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology and has worked with All NCAA division athletes, professional athletes and many individuals with high stress jobs. @reps_for_responders @therealjumpmanjay @dtocc Repsforresponders.org
In this episode Alan unfolded part of his life in the marines and how it effected him when he left. Alan is the owner of Untamed Strength in Sacramento, California. I had the chance to meet Alan in person and workout in his gym. Alan is one of those people where you just know what he says he means and is an example of a leader. Not only is Alan a successful gym owner, strongman and father, but he is very intelligent inside and outside the gym.
“Alan Thrall is the owner of Untamed Strength. His love for strength training started at a very young age and his unquenchable desire to always learn more has lead him to pursue his passion of helping others experience the fulfillment of getting stronger inside the gym and in their day to day lives.
Alan is a Marine Corps veteran who served as a presidential security guard as well as a “World Famous” Body Bearer at Arlington National Cemetery. During his stint in the Marine Corps Alan signed up for his first local amatuer Strongman competition and this sparked a competitive fire that has lead him to compete in many Strongman competitions as well as Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting meets. Alan has personal experience as an athlete, a coach, and a promoter for the sport of Strongman.” Repsforresponders.org
In this episode we hit an emotional topic: How to get over the loss of a coworker, especially as a first responder. James talks about his experience being a firefighter and EMT in both Florida and California, his childhood, and how a doctor in England told him he was he was color blind, but when he came to the states he found out other wise. James is an awesome and inspiring individual, inside and out with a TON of life experience and wisdom. It was a huge honor to have him on our show. Check out Jame's podcast “Behind The Shield!”
"James was born in England and spent almost thirty years there before emigrating to the U.S. In James's early years he was in a spectrum of jobs from lifeguard to stuntman. James had always dreamed of becoming a Firefighter but was told as a child that his poor color vision would disqualify him from the process. It wasn't until James moved to America that he realized that the vision deficit was mild and was a poor excuse for not following his dream. James promptly enrolled in the Fire Academy and the rest is history. James has been a Firefighter/Paramedic for fifteen years now and still loves it as much as his first day on the job. James is also a Crossfit coach and a graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology. At the start of his firefighting career he felt invincible and thought that the only danger to his health would be in a building collapse or burn over. As the years have progressed, he began to notice a trend of ill health in his profession. Retirees would pass away soon after they left. Young firemen got fatal illnesses and depression claimed the lives of many of his brothers and sisters. James incurred several injuries on the job despite being a lifelong athlete, realizing that his training was creating some glaring weaknesses. James started on a path of self reflection and ultimately healing, which took him to some of the greatest minds in the wellness world. Through questioning everything James had been taught, he began to deconstruct the entire fitness community and rebuild from the ground up. He realized that there was a giant void in the area of First Responder wellness. The advice and literature that was out there seemed outdated and disconnected from the rigors of shift life. There was only one solution; fill that void with the amazing knowledge he encountered along my his own journey of self healing and repair."
In this podcast, Frankie and Jay had the honor of interviewing and podcasting with Josh Bryant who is the author of Jail House Strong. Josh holds a master’s degree in Exercise Science and is a well renowned industry expert, recently named the International Sport Sciences Association (ISSA) Director of Applied Strength and Power Development. He trains and coaches some of the strongest and most-muscular athletes in the world both in person and via the Internet, some of whom are multiple all-time, world-record holders and IFBB Pro bodybuilders. As an athlete, he was the youngest person in power lifting history to bench press 600 lbs. He also squatted 909 lbs and deadlifted 810 lbs in competition. Josh shares his knowledge via seminars, books, courses and in-person/online training. He also just published a new book called "Tactical Strongman", which can be found on Amazon.
In our second episode of "Inside the Labryinth", we cover different ways to train physically with a focus on first responders. We talk about why strongman training is important, how sleep and stress effects the body, and what alcohol does to the body and the mind, especially when one is under stress.
Josh pulls his knowledge from real life experiences, and we thank you, Josh, for joining our podcast to share it with our listeners! Please bare with us as we are podcasting via Skype due to everything that is going on! We are trying to figure out the best way to record these. Thank you.
Welcome to the Inside The Labyrinth podcast hosted by two New York Police Officers from two different Departments. We will keep our mission quick and simple: Make the world a better place to lift, live, and think in. Here you will hear the stories of humans from all different backgrounds who went through the darkest of times and came out of the Labyrinth a stronger person mentally and physically!
We had the honor and privilege to interview Aaron who is a New York City Police Sergeant with the Health and Wellness Unit, a newly developed unit within the NYPD. Aaron talks about what the unit entails and also shares his incredible weight loss journey and how he became, in his own words, a “loser” to a work out machine, a Sergeant in New York City, and a fitness role model for all.
Stay with us here as we recorded our first interview via Skype which got a little choppy!
@Reps_For_Responders @TheRealJumpManJay @Huge_Fat_Loser Repsforresponders.org