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The Chad Shipley Show

The Chad Shipley Show

By Chad Shipley
Welcome to the Chad Shipley Show, where I work for you! I live for continuous learning and expansion and have had the greatest mentors in the world. I synthesize the invaluable insights and lessons learned that have had the most profound impact on my life. It may be a book, a blog, a speech or a video. It may be a life changing story. You may laugh and you may cry. The goal is to give you something meaningful. Something to help us grow. The topics range from Flow hacking for increased performance to Charity Water and the countless lives a young girl saved just by caring.
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#54 - The Alchemist - A book about finding your treasure

The Chad Shipley Show

#54 - The Alchemist - A book about finding your treasure

The Chad Shipley Show

#72 - Ella Shipley - All things fun with my little girl!
My beautiful 7 year old daughter stopped into the podcasting studio to discuss all things fun happening in her world. This episode is one for me to come back to and cherish over the years. I hope that you enjoy!
February 13, 2022
#71 - Eric McKenna - A Life Worth Recording
When I asked Eric, host of the Eric McKenna Project, to come onto the show I was looking for a life of experiences to unfold in front of me. I didn't just want an interesting conversation, I wanted an insightful biography, an exciting book, a thrilling life journey full of experiences that would resonate, inspire, and captivate. Eric delivered in unimaginable ways and this conversation was a great pleasure and honor. I hope that you enjoy as much as I did. Please find all things amazing at
February 08, 2022
#70 - Tyler Palko - Elite Athlete, Corporate Executive, Allstar Father
Former NFL Quarterback Tyler Palko dropped by the studio to join me in this very insightful and entertaining conversation. We touch on a wide range of topics, most notably his journey into the NFL, how to accomplish big goals, and the long lasting impact his father has had. The Palko's have a great legacy and they've impacted and inspired thousands of lives. I hope you enjoy this great conversation with Tyler Palko. 
February 04, 2022
#69 - EJ Hull Round 2 - Path to Recovery
EJ returns to the show with the most powerful and emotionally driven conversation to date. Please settle in and take some time to listen to EJ  share his incredible story of heroin addiction, sexual abuse, and his path to recovery. May it, God Willing, find the person who needs to hear it.
January 24, 2022
#68 - Life Transformation with Michele Lutz
This show was a BLAST! My good friend Michele stops by to talk about her work as a Life Transformation Coach and her recent "experiences" to unlock the sub conscious. This is a very fun and wide ranging conversation on life. 
December 22, 2021
#67 - My 5 minute motivational monologue - A kick in the pants.
If you’re comfortable, you have not yet fulfilled your potential. Start asking yoursef better questions.
November 21, 2021
#66 - Intermittent Fasting with Jon Denk
My great friend Jon Denk is back to go one level deeper on Intermittent Fasting, why it works, and how to easily get started. 
October 18, 2021
#65 - Light Your Fire & Unlock the Chains - My Audible Playbook
An unscripted and uncuffed reading of my playbook. This short reading is designed to give you a motivating kick in the butt and to help you figure out what you are truly capable of.
September 09, 2021
#64 - That Time with Jesus
A short blog reading about the simple things in life that can bring us so much joy.
July 23, 2021
#63 - How I make money with podcasts
Different ways to monetize blogs, podcasts, and newsletters.
July 19, 2021
#62 - Build the Mental Strength to Become a Machine.
What mental strength means and how to build it.
July 15, 2021
#61 - Tears of God - rock bottom and my climb back out
The last 8 months of hell, my downard spiral, and the only way I know out.
July 13, 2021
#60 - 100 Miles through the Allegheny Mountains.
The most difficult mental and physical feat of my life!
June 02, 2021
#59 - Jon Denk on Intermittent Fasting, Life Transformation, and losing 30 pounds in just a few months
Jon Denk is a childhood friend that's come back into my life as of recently. His family works out at our fitness studio and his exercising, coupled with a deep dive into intermittent fasting, allowed him to take complete control of his physical and mental well being, as well as lose 30 pounds in just a few months. Please enjoy this very informative episode with my old friend, Jon Denk!
December 21, 2020
#58 - Vince Ranalli from Case Specific Meal Prep - From Obese Child to Fitness, Health, and Entrepreneurial Stud!
Vince has a passion for health and business which makes perfect sense that he is the guy bringing Fresh & Healthy Meals to the Pittsburgh market. In this episode we talk about his "Why" for what he does, being obese as a child, being a model like figure today, the inner workings of Case Specific Meal prep, chronic disease prevention, and much much more. I greatly enjoyed our time together and hope that you enjoy this episode as much as I did. 
December 07, 2020
$57 - The POWER of FB advertising
Everything that took me months and thousands upon thousands to learn in under 30 minutes.
December 01, 2020
#56 - Matt Marshall on Life Transformation - An Iconic Pillar and 3 Time Sweat Bar Fitness Champion
Matt has become a close friend since we met almost 1 year ago. This is a fun to listen to show that covers a wide range of topics including, CBD chews, iron man competitions, life transformation, has been athletes, bad coaching, good parenting, on and on and on. I hope that you enjoy!
November 26, 2020
#55 - JD Greene from BIG 104.7
JD Greene is the Program Director of BIG 104.7 Country Music Station and an all around great guy. In this wide ranging episode we touch on the politics in kid sports, drinking whiskey with Eric Church, and Singing on stage with Tobe Keith. JD is a fun loving guy who loves people and it was a blast having him on the show! 
September 01, 2020
#54 - The Alchemist - A book about finding your treasure
This book came to me at the perfect time in my life and I hope that it continues to find the people that need to read it. In this 10 minute episode, I read the foreword from the author, Paulo Coelho, which gives insight into the impact that this book has had, and why it resonates with millions of people across the world. “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” - Pualo Coelho
July 20, 2020
#53 - Rapid Weight Loss and all things Health and Wellness - Andrew Wade
Andrew Wade needs no introduction. He's building a health and wellness empire here in the great city of Pittsburgh and I had a chance to pick his brain on some high value topics that I know are at the forefront of a lot of people's minds. We jump right into rapid weight loss and carb consumption. If you have ever struggled with your weight or energy levels this is a must listen to show and I hope that you get as much out of it as I did.
June 18, 2020
#52 - How to Drive Massive Sales
I might be a small gym owner, but I am doing everything I can to leverage the powerful world of Sales Funnels, Sales Copy, and Direct Response Marketing.
June 04, 2020
#51 Grab a Why and Conquer the World
A short episode on why having a WHY will get you through anything. 
June 01, 2020
#50 The Entrepreneurial Myth
What you need to know before starting your own business and what you need to consider if you already have one and you are struggling.
May 15, 2020
#49 The Secret Roadmap To Financial Freedom
A deep dive into the roadmap to financial freedom....what I am working on and what I am learning. It's crazy.  My Sales Funnel for the Sweat Bar Fitness Core Library and Value Pack - LINK My eBOOK "Light Your Fire" LINK
May 14, 2020
#38 Jacko CEO - A Night Doing Acid With Goats
A look into my creative side and my deepest darkest desires. This episode will more than likely not stay up for long, but it's father's day so I figured, what the heck - A treat to myself. If you are a person who every now again just wants to escape all of the craziness, you may enjoy this episode. If nothing else, I'm hoping that it makes you laugh just a little. Thanks for listening
May 12, 2020
The Power of Your Tribe
In this short episode I dive into the amazing books below to explore one of the most important factors of our happiness and predictors for our quality of life.  Books Referenced: The Magic Of Thinking Big - Tribe of Mentors - Tools of Titans - Seeking Wisdom: from Darwin to Munger - Light Your Fire: Unlock The Chains Wrapped Around Your Potential (My Book!) -
May 08, 2020
POWER PACK 6 - Light Your Fire
There’s a big mountain that might be calling your name, and there’s a path waiting to be carved. You won’t know the way, none of us do, but that’s what makes this one life we have worth living...
May 01, 2020
POWER PACK 5 - Find a Map and Grab a Guide
Fuel yourself with knowledge, equip yourself with tools, and surround yourself with a team. A team that will help you imagine, that will help you build, that will help you climb, and that will never let you fail.
May 01, 2020
POWER PACK 4 - Set the Baggage on Fire
When you have a mountain to climb, you have to cut the dead weight and free yourself for the journey ahead. 
May 01, 2020
POWER PACK 3 - The Power of Demystification and Big Thinking
The haters shall fall and the legends shall flourish. 
March 18, 2020
POWER PACK 2 - Critical Foundation
This is Day 2 of the optimization framework. It all starts here. 
March 17, 2020
It's a powerful question to ask yourself...
March 16, 2020
#48 Masters of Health and Fitness and the Creators of OptiLife Academy
This show features a conversation with two Heavy Weights in the health and wellness industry who have teamed up to create OptiLife Academy, an online learning platform to help build healthy happier people. Guests of this show receive 20% off of the OptiLife Academy online program by clicking the link below and entering the discount code CHAD at checkout. That gives you access to both the exercise and nutrition modules for less than $80. That’s an insanely cheap price to pay for the wisdom and expertise of these two phenoms. I hope that you enjoy the show. Discount Code: CHAD
November 27, 2019
#47 The Habits and Tactics of a Top Producing Agent - Christian Wilhelm
He's one of the top producing real estate agents in Pittsburgh...and he's only 25. With his partner, he already has $5M under contract in just the past few months. I knew that he was a work machine, but I had no idea the extent of what gives him the ability to operate at a completely different level. Christian and the Cowden Creed Realty team are completely changing the real estate game in Pittsburgh and it is a-lot of fun to watch. I hope that you enjoy this very interesting and insightful conversation with Christian Wilhelm.
November 01, 2019
#46 Andrew Wade Part 2 - The Health and Wellness Prodigy
This is part 2 of my amazingly insightful conversation with the health and wellness prodigy, Andrew Wade. A title that does not do him justice. If you are a person interested in nutrition and diets or a person who has struggled with weight loss or health issues or simply understanding the complex world of health, my conversation with Andrew is something that you will not want to miss.
September 21, 2019
#45 Steve Manns - Primal Health Coaching, Obstacle Course Racing, Ultimate Frisbee, Bird Watching, and Running sub 35 minute 10K's
The primal health coaching, bird watching, ultimate frisbee playing, and Level 2 spartan coach who ran a sub 35 minute 10K and was once ranked in the top 100 to 150 Spartan racers in the world. Steve Manns is currently building a course in the outskirts of Pittsburgh and launching The Steel City Showdown Race on September 22, 2019.  A race that I cannot wait for. Registration is now open!
August 27, 2019
#44 Sweat Bar - Launching a Multi-Functioning Fitness Studio
The what, why, and all things strategy with our soon to be multi-functioning fitness studio. 
August 18, 2019
#43 My Favorite Musician of All Time - The Amazing Mike Dunn
The life of an amazing artist and his profound insights and wisdom on life! This was a Friday night for me like no other!
August 09, 2019
#42 Law 5 from the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
This episode is a dive into Law 5 from the book 48 Laws of Power and the power that came with my personal reputation...even though that was not the intent. I hope that you enjoy!
July 18, 2019
#41 Toxic People Make You Look Good
In this episode, I bring emphasis to how bad toxic people disrupt a corporate culture, and how you can use these people to your advantage to quickly climb the corporate ladder. I outline the problem, provide reference points and personal experiences, and provide a set of tools that have personally helped me to quickly rise into a leadership position.  The goal of this particular episode is to help you discover simple insights and actions, that you can begin using immediately, to differentiate yourself from everyone else. I hope that you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening! The Chad Shipley Show can be found on all major podcast platforms. You can find more about me at
July 07, 2019
#40 Mark Bell From the Book "Tribe of Mentors" on Creating a Million Dollar Company and Investing in Yourself
I often tap into the amazing book Tribe of Mentors when searching for my own inspiration and motivation or to help stimulate ideas. I found many of the answers from Mark Bell very insightful and wanted to share with all of you. In this episode, I read most of his answers from the book and wrap my own commentary/personal experiences around it. I hope that you enjoy!
June 28, 2019
#39 Andrew Wade - Part 1 - The Health and Wellness Prodigy
This interview with Andrew Wade BLEW me away. Andrew is a Registered Dietician and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.  His ability to simplify complex topics is truly remarkable and I enjoyed every minute of this conversation.  In this episode, we cover many fascinating topics including but not limited to... The Ketogenic diet - what is it and when is it good to use it Carb loading, how to do it properly Hydration and how much water we really need to be drinking, and how we should be drinking it His Projection and Reflection model for personal dieting The Rate My Day mobile App that he developed How to meal prep in a way to set you up for success Hormonal imbalances and the need for case specific nutrition Marathon running and how to prep Beyond nutrition and wellness, Andrew is building an empire. At the impressive age of 28, he has already grown his practice to four physical locations, one of which has a physical fitness center, developed a mobile application called Rate My Day, wrote a book entitled "Marathon Ready Runner's Nutrition Guide: A Quick Reference Tool", and in partnership, developed an online learning platform for nutrition and exercise that can be found at for an extremely affordable price...$100 for both the exercise and nutrition modules. You can find more on Andrew via his website: I hope that you enjoy this fascinating conversation with the Amazing Andrew Wade
June 20, 2019
#37 Negative People Are Anchors From Hell
A quick glance into a section of the book "The Magic of Thinking Big" which covers the three types of people in this world. Those who surrender completely, those who surrender partially, and those who NEVER surrender at all.  "Experts agree that the person you will be one, five, ten, twenty years from now depends almost entirely on your future environment." We also take a look at the different "buckets" of life and call question to whether or not you should be doing the work that you are doing.  I open up about my own struggles and career path and where I am going next.  I hope that you enjoy. You can find the book as well as all of my other recommendations at Thanks,
June 14, 2019
#36 The Magic of Thinking Big
This episode takes a dive into the amazing book "The Magic of Thinking Big" and highlights the power of the mind. If you are someone who desires more out of life, this is a must listen to episode. In the wise words of the Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius, ""Our life is what our thoughts make it." Shop the book at
June 02, 2019
#35 Inside The Brilliant Strategic Mind of Marc Benioff
This podcast takes a dive into the framework used by Marc Benioff to leave a 7 figure income at Oracle to start and then grow it to over $10B in revenue per year. Please note, Marc Benioff is not a guest on this show. 
May 14, 2019
#34 A Dip in the Fire - The Power of Hell
Saunas, Marathons, Addiction, Performance and Pain. The majestical art of discomfort and the triumph that follows. WARNING: Explicit Language. 
May 03, 2019
#33 Addiction, Suffering, Pain, and Recovery - with E.J. Hull
In this very raw episode, E.J. shares his very powerful journey from 10 years as a heroin addict to rock bottom to a man that works day by day to give his best to his family. This is one of the most revealing I've ever been as E.J. and I set out to burn the blanket of shame. It takes massive courage to share a story like this, but it's a story that has the power to change or save a persons life. We confront the "BULLY" epidemic and address the simple notion that we all have sh*t, we all have baggage, we all have demons, and we're all trying to figure it out.. You don't need to be an addict to take away some amazing pearls of wisdom that unfold in this conversation. If nothing else, I hope it's just a refreshing take on some really complex topics. Thanks E.J. for all your strength. 
May 01, 2019
#32 Lindsey Hoffman Brooks - The Female Version of Me!
Lindsey Hoffman Brooks is one of the most inspiring and intelligent humans I know. She is extremely articulate and her philosophies on life are amazingly insightful. In this episode we dig into the art of showing up as your best, seeking discomfort, and the power of NO. We discuss Orange Theory Fitness, marathon training, parenting, and the importance of, as Lindsey says, "being kind to yourself & being kind to others". I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did!
April 28, 2019
#31 Leaders On The Rise
An introduction to what Leaders On The Rise is all about and some of the exciting things that we have coming up!
April 21, 2019
#30 Who is David Goggins
A short intro into David Goggins, whose "find suffering" mentality is catching on like wildfire. I highlighted David Goggins and Jesse Itzler in my episode entitled The Path of MOST Resistance and this is the promised follow up on the introduction of David's book "Can't Hurt Me" - The most powerful book I have ever read. Please note - David Goggins is not a guest on this episode. This is a cover of him and his book. 
April 02, 2019
#29 Tribe of Mentors - Questions That Transformed My Life
A dive into the questions used by Tim Ferriss, in his book Tribe of Mentors, to extract wisdom from the worlds top performers. And a shoutout to those that have had a profound impact on my life, from C-Suite executives to long time performance coaches.  
March 25, 2019
#28 The Path of MOST Resistance
Themes in this episode include: Mental Toughness - Embracing Discomfort - Becoming Your Best I ordered two books back in January and had no idea that they were in any way related. Living with a Seal, 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler and Can't Hurt Me, Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins. These two humans have me doing things I never imagined, and I tried to surface up and tie together content from both books to give you a unique listening experience. I spent weeks reading and then developing the content for the show. The audio is not as great as I would have liked, but I don't have the luxury of fixing it at this point so I hope you can muster through it. Thanks for taking the time to listen. 
March 01, 2019
#27 Bonus Material To Among Heroes
This is a very special follow up to the Among Heroes podcast featuring audio of Brandon Webb, former Navy Seal and Seal Sniper course instructor, and Mike Bearden from the book Among Heroes written by Brandon Webb. Brandon provides an introduction to Mike Bearden and then Mikes father comes on to talk about him. It is amazingly powerful and I hope it touches you in the same way that it touched me. 
January 11, 2019
#26 Among Heroes - Everyone's Best Friend
The amazing power of friendship and what it means to be a great friend. This episode is a tribute to a person that I deeply admire and am inspired by. A role model that will help guide me for years to come. And, a special tribute to my best friend, a person who has given my life so much great meaning, and someone who I had the pleasure of sharing a wonderful childhood with. I hope this episode touches you as much as the content that inspired it has touched me. 
January 09, 2019
#25 Resolutions & Models of The World
This episode takes a look at the new way that I am thinking about new years resolutions. "Be the person you needed when you were younger" is the theme that I break down into various new year strategies. I touch on Real Estate Investing, Vacation Properties, Day Trading, Financial Investing, Physical Fitness and Transformation, Seeking Continuous Knowledge & Expansion, Helping Others in Great Need, Building a Model of the World for my daughter, plus much much more. I hope that you enjoy and best of luck in 2019 - May you be the best you!
December 31, 2018
#24 The Sandy Hook Promise
May we all remember the 20 beautiful children and 6 adult staff members that lost their life on December 14, 2012.
December 14, 2018
#23 Man in the Arena - A tribute to You
It's not the critic who counts....The credit belongs to the man who actually is in the arena, who strives violently, who errs and comes up short again and again...who if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement, but who if he fails, fails while daring greatly. -Theodore Roosevelt
December 12, 2018
#22 Change Your Decisions - Change Your Life
A look at one of the most extraordinary men alive and his impact on my quality of life.
December 10, 2018
#21 Be Unstoppable - The Amazing Alden Mills
What would you write to your family in your "Just In Case Letter"? This episode is a featured look at the very impressive Alden Mills - A former Navy Seal platoon commander, co-founder of Perfect Fitness, Inc 500's fastest-growing consumer-product company in 2009 (with the wildly popular Perfect Pushup), and the author of "Be Unstoppable - The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything" - written as the just in case letter to his 4 boys.
December 02, 2018
#20 Tribe of Warriors
Two of the fittest people on the planet and all of those that have been so inspiring to me. Thanks to all of you!
November 30, 2018
#19 What is "The Chad Shipley Show"
This episode is a very quick overview of what it is and how it can be valuable to you. If you have yet to check out the show, I ask that you give this a quick listen to see if it's something that you may enjoy and find value in!
November 24, 2018
#18 My Life - From Prison Guards to Executives - The truth, the bad, & the ugly
This is by far the most vulnerable I have ever been publicly with various incidents that have happened in my life (i.e. multiple trips to jail). I decided that it was time to come out from underneath the curtain of shame and to tell my story - or stories. I hope that this finds and helps the people who need to hear it - and that it doesn't blow up my career.
November 23, 2018
#17 The Insight I Needed - Lessons from a Fisherman
The good life parable. A short (~1 minute) read of the time that the fisherman taught the businessman a powerful life lesson!
October 18, 2018
#16 The Power in Saying Less
A quick reading from "The 48 Laws of Power" that I found highly entertaining and insightful. Law #4 - Always Say Less Than Necessary. For me, an insight into why I sometimes need to just shut up.
October 14, 2018
#15 Mothers, Musicians, & Marshmallows - Flow Finale
Where does prodigious talent come from? This segment a deep dive into The Rise of Superman with a focus on the three common ways of finding mastery and how Flow may supersede them all.
October 02, 2018
#14 The Gambling Experiment That Changed Everything
A short story of an experiment that was conducted with Horse Racing to better understand the effect information has on decision making.
September 19, 2018
#13 The Flow Mix
The components of flow that demarcate the state. A look at how flow increases productivity by 5 times, and movie scores as a potential trick for hacking into flow.
September 09, 2018
#12 The Power of Flow and Importance of Writing
This episode will be the first in a new series on Flow - the skill that makes us superhuman. It's a quick introduction that looks at content from the book The Rise of Superman. We also take a quick look at the importance of writing, really well.
August 22, 2018
#11 Dominance Within
A look at competition without the notion of winning and losing, rather the glory in the work - the process - the dedication. 3 Parts: Part 1 - A CrossFit athlete who brought a stadium to it's feet in celebration. Part 2 - The aftermath of one of Andre Agassi's greatest matches. Part 3 - My journey to absolute fitness "My Road to Sparta".
August 05, 2018
#10 Rachel Beckwith
A powerful story that brought me to tears. A look at humanity and how a 9 year old girl with a special wish changed the world.
July 31, 2018
#9 A Radical Question From Jeff Bezos
A speech from Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet, and a critical question that he rarely gets asked.
July 25, 2018
#8 Why EQ is more important than IQ
Part 1: A look at a 75 year study that traces the roots of true health and happiness. Part 2:The power of EQ and why it's more important than in IQ.
July 19, 2018
#7 The Gift of Death
Life, death and the miracles in between. This episode takes a deep dive into the book "Tuesday's With Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson" that has sold over 14 million copies because of it's profound lessons on life...given by a remarkable professor standing at deaths door. 
July 13, 2018
#6 Setting Baggage on Fire
The profound power in removing that one thing from your life that is weighing you down.
July 06, 2018
#5 Google Innovation and The Need for a Greater Life
Exploration of the book Bold which highlights Google's 8 Innovation Principles. A quick overview of the authors Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler as well as YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. And some quick ranting and raving on why Great Sex is better than being a billionaire.
July 04, 2018
#4 Restraint is Power
I had way too much fun in this episode. Shared a little riddle, took a moment to ponder some quotes, and examined the book "Ego is the Enemy" with a focus on Jackie Robinson and his ability to NOT fight back. Thanks for listening.
July 02, 2018
#3 Living Beyond Comfort
Thoughts on living a life above mediocracy and how empowering it can be to push the boundaries "normal"
June 30, 2018
#2 Letter to a Movie Star & Power of Flow
A short segment on the importance of creativity, following passions, and tapping into flow states
June 24, 2018
#1 Rogue Warrior
Lessons learned from the Rogue Warrior
June 23, 2018