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Two Edmonton based personal trainers and coaches set out to create a vehicle to share better fitness and nutrition information. Did we mention podcasts are free? Seriously, free awesome info from our guests who are experienced experts in our field. Most fitness industry podcasts are geared towards other trainers. We set out to make something for the everyday person who is trying to improve their quality of life while sifting through the dark parts that the fitness industry pumps out. Join us on this journey as we share with you the best information we have and that we can find in the best peop
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Sohee Lee EP 71: 1 Million IG Followers
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Eric Helms EP 70: Dodging Wrenches and Too Much Early Career Success
Eric Helms explains his personal evolution and maturity as a coach from his early years to now. We delve into the role luck has played in Eric’s career and the importance of putting yourself in the position to benefit from luck, while not just waiting for lucky breaks. Eric explains what he meant in a social media post about how “you shouldn’t want to be hugely successful early in your career, and his thoughts on recent use of social media to gain fitness industry credibility. We get away from the technical knowledge you can find in Eric’s work to dive into his thoughts and philosophies about our ever changing industry.
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Bryan Krahn EP 69: Drunk On A Park Bench
Bryan Krahn shares his musings about his friend and mentor Charles Poliquin, his life, death, and often controversial status in the industry. Bryan goes off script in a thoughtful exploration of his experience within the fitness industry, protecting your mental space, how coaching is really managing emotions, and a discussion of unresolved food issues.
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Marty Macphee EP 68: Marty and the Bikini Girl Factory
Mega Marty MacPhee blows us away in a charismatic and entertaining episode. We discuss the advantage of working in the competitive fitness industry with an evidence based approach, recovering from injury and mentally handling the time off, Marty’s approach to empower and educate his clients and how it’s the opposite of a lot of what we see, exploring the right and wrong reasons to compete, and being prepared for being talking at and about you when you undergo a physical transformation and not all of it is good.
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Nick Tumminello EP 67: When Fitness Calls
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Dani Shugart EP 66: The Better You Are At Social Media The Worse You Are At Life.
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Episode 64: Derek Stanley, Jeb Johnston, Nick Sorrell EP 64: The Knowledge Base Jam
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Dr. Mike T Nelson joins us to explain two concepts he works with extensively, metabolic flexibilty and heart rate variability. He explains how you can use them to improve your training. The discussion deepens into carbs vs fat as fuel. Mike is also a prolific content creator and we disucss how he manages this. Special Guest: Mike T Nelson.
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James Hoffmann and Mike Israetel EP 59: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Meatheads
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Travis Pollen EP 58: Guardian Of Science
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Carolina Belmares EP 57: I Stand In Wonder
Carolina Belmares has enjoyed a great deal of success as a result of blind determination and the fearlessness to jump at opportunities as they presented themselves to her in her career. She shares the story of her career so far. Carolina talks about how "there is no perfect time to start", prioritizing ones self when life isn't going perfectly, the importance of not taking mental health for granted in the pursuit of physical health, our need to "fill up" physical and emotional spaces and why its ok not to, and a thoughtful discussion on taking a very human and balanced view when discussing controversial or delicate social issues. Special Guest: Carolina Belmares.
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September 27, 2018
Mike Doehla and Michael Alessi EP 56: White Knuckle Nutrition
Mike Doehla and Mike Alessi the minds behind the success of their company Stronger U join us and discuss how they found success with a business founded on "the anti-diet", their hatred for the word macros, and most of all their unique vision for how we should work with people and their nutrition. The Mike's sell long term and sustainable in a sea of fast and easy and they care about their clients when all too often our industry says it does but actions show otherwise.Special Guests: Michael Alessi and Mike Doehla.
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September 20, 2018
James Krieger and Brad Dieter EP 55: Not All Bros Are Created Equal
Brad Dieter and James Krieger aka the nice guys, are back to talk about the main claims behind the current popular fad diets compared with the truth, a deep discussion about fear and misinformation about fructose and high fructose corn syrup. Why James said "not all reps are created equal", and why Brad once said "Bmr might be the most useless piece of data for most people who are striving for weight loss". Special Guests: Brad Dieter and James Krieger.
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September 13, 2018
Lee Boyce EP 54: Talking Tall
Lee Boyce shares his unflitered thoughts on his experience in the fitness industry, some of the systemic problems and key successes. We get Lee's thoughts on how the industry can contribute to unhealthy minds and diminished self worth. We expose the practice of trainers lying about their credentials and experience and why this is silly. We discuss how many trainers enter the industry with big dreams of coaching high level athletes and/or celebrities, how unrealistic this is, and how its not much different than everyday people to begin with. Lee also opens up about his experiment to lift every day for a year, the pros and cons. Special Guest: Lee Boyce.
1:02:36
September 6, 2018
Episode 53: Mike Howard EP 53: A Beautiful Mindset
Mike Howard discusses mindset with us in depth. We tackle self forgiveness and negative self talk, cognitive biases that take people off track, the dangers of rigid dietary approaches, and some mindset strategies for overall health. Special Guest: Mike Howard.
1:07:00
August 30, 2018
Episode 52: Jason Maxwell EP 52: Pumping MUSCLE
Muscle building expert Jason Maxwell joins us to talk about building muscle. Jason discusses his simple but effective approach to putting lean muscle on people. Jason shares how he grew up in a small town, followed education on the road to being a real rocket scientist, only to walk away from that path to work with people and help them get fit. Jason has taken his straight forward approach to building muscle and combined it into a book, appopriately titled Muscle. We also discuss super hero bodies, the pursuit of aesthetic ideals, and how Jason's high quality social media presentation is still a reflection of a pretty normal day in the life of. Special Guest: Jason Maxwell (JMax) .Links:Muscle by Jason Maxwell : Free Book
58:02
August 23, 2018
Jonathan Goodman EP 51: Ergo Fitness - The Architect of Online Training
Jon Goodman joins us and shares his recent professional focus. The challenge behind creating the Fitness Marketing Monthly and the upcoming class of The Online Trainer Academy. Jon's thoughts on how to approach the latest hottest marketing trends vs focusing on what works for you. Jon also shares how he hasn't ever formally hired a coach or mentor, somehow figuring it all out, yet understanding and explaining the true value of a coach and what to look for. Special Guest: Jonathan Goodman.Links:Settings - Fireside
41:11
August 16, 2018
Dean Somerset EP 50: Fast And The Fitness
Dean Somerset returns for our milestone #50 episode to talk about what he's been up to since becoming a private independant trainer. We talk about the differences between starting in the industry now vs when he began and what this means to potential clients, Dean's thoughts on emerging fitness industry trends and consumer wants, and good and bad gym policies. Add to this the apparwnt rush. Dean adds his perspective on handling the not so straight forward challenges with clients who are dealing with personal and emotional obstacles to their fitness goals. We also couldn't leave out some thoughts on Dean's love for all things pro wrestling.Special Guest: Dean Somerset.
1:06:33
August 9, 2018
Peter Dupuis EP 49: Major League Fitness
Cressey Sports Performance is a legendary gym and atheltic training facility, most noted for working with Cy Young award winning MLB pitchers all the way to minor league and high school athletes. Pete Dupuis, co-founder and general manager of CSP has long enjoyed life away from the spotlight. Pete joins us to talk about his personal brand and work outside CSP, a committment to authenticity and how its driven success with CSP, and the pros and cons of putting your own name on a gym or fitness business. We explore why we appear to see more injuries among young athletes and a great discussion of balancing work with family time. Special Guest: Peter Dupuis.
48:26
August 2, 2018
Carter Good EP 48: I'm Back
Carter Good is back in his continued fight against the relentless liquid metal terminator that is obesity. Carter goes in depth about his succes growing a huge social media following and what its enabled him to do with his career and to help people. Carter's thoughts on the future of social media for our industry and how he stays creative with his message, his own obstacles and challenges to maintain his lifestyle and successfully keep the weight off, and more depth in the discussion about the psychological aspects of nutrition that go beyond just knowing to eat less and be more active. Special Guest: Carter Good.
1:12:58
July 26, 2018
Alex Viada EP 47: This Used To Be Called Exercise
Alex Viada joins us and tells us how things used to be before the fitness industry branded and repackaged old basic concepts and how he likes to reread old textbooks. He shares thoughts on his passion for being outdoors, the human psychological side to dealing with clients and their programs, and his thoughts on future trends that will be important. We bust some big cardio myths and we disuss how fitness pros write for the approval of their peers vs writing for the end user. How that can be valuable and how it can miss the ultimate audience. Special Guest: Alex Viada.
1:17:43
July 19, 2018
Ryan Ketchum EP 46: The Wolf Of Fit Street
Ryan Ketchum joins the podcast to discuss his mission to help fitness professionals build their businesses to be able to reach and help more people. Being a business or social media coach is hot right now. Ryan discusses why its become popular and the dangers of choosing a coach without a track record of success. Ryan shares his insight as to what makes a truly successful trainer or fitness business owner, his thoughts on the rise of online coaching, its benefits and limitations, and for our enthusiasts, Ryan shares insight from his own weight loss journey as to how to succeed with transforming yourself. Special Guest: Ryan Ketchum.
1:07:44
July 12, 2018
Alberto Alvarez EP 45: We’re Off To See the Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Macros
Alberto Alvarez brings his kind and genial nature to the podcast in our most detailed nutrition epsiode to date. Alberto details his path from a young overweight man, searching for information, losing the weight, the pitfalls along the way, and transitioning into a coach who helps others. We explain just what macros are and other basic nutrition concepts, why some people are easily lured in by the unscientific promises in our industry, how Alberto helps people get started on a weight loss journey, thoughts on merging the science of nutrition with the emotional and psychological aspects, and some of the cultural nuances in the Spanish speaking world and how it affects his work differently. Special Guest: Alberto Alvarez.
1:02:20
July 5, 2018
Chad Landers EP 44: Never Go Full Entitled
Chad Landers could have been a movie star had he not chosen fitness a long time ago and had Robert Downey Jr not taken all his roles so Chad set out and somewhere along the way became more than just a good trainer. He won awards and become industry renowned as a world class trainer and person. Chad shares his thoughts on why what we do in the fitness industry is so important, the right reasons to work in fitness, the importance of happiness for ourselves and our clients, thoughts on owning his own facility, and delivering value in our work. Perhaps best of all, Chad sheds light on the sense of entitlement we now often see of personal trainers who frustrated having to work in commercial gyms, to gain experince and learn the business.
58:08
June 28, 2018
Greg Nuckols: F%$k You Science
Greg Nuckols joins our podcast to explain what he would like to look back and have changed and influenced over his career. We discuss the health implications of strength athletes who carry heavy body mass over their careers and beyond. Greg explains a why so many people kn our industry are so ineffectively communicating if their intent is to pursuade ohers to change their thinking. Greg dismembers the "train smarter, not harder" mantra. Plus Greg weighs in on the potential push to see greater regulation in the fitness industry. Special Guest: Greg Nuckols.
1:19:33
June 21, 2018
Louie Guarino EP 42: Everything I'm Not Makes Me Everything I Am
Louie Guarino brings his sense of style along with a ton of substance to the podcast. We hit on style without substance in our industry, fashion sense something our industry often lacks, fat loss success and tips from his work, and a no BS approach to marketing and working with clients. Special Guest: Louie Guarino.
1:09:09
June 14, 2018
How To Survive Your First Podcast Episode: How be a superhero, combat unsoliceted advice, and use jedi mind tricks
The easiest way to describe our podcast is to simply say that we want to take the information in three brains and convert it to the internet. We have a lot to say in terms of fitness, nutrition, and psychology...plus we just really like having and talking about all things. If you stick around you may find out how to live in the woods if you crash a motorhome in northern Canada!
49:29
June 11, 2018
Bryan Krahn EP 41: Are You Not Entertained?
Bryan Krahn follows up his roundtable apprarance with a solo episode and doesnt have to fight with two othe guests for the chance to thoroughly entertain and enlighten you. We address the fact that most everything in our industry boils down tk wanting to look better naked and Bryan isnt afraid to say it. We address the complex topic of alchol and lifting, ideas from the traditional bodybuilding world that work and ones that really just need to die. "It all begins by chasing vanity". Come chase some vanity with us. Special Guest: Bryan Krahn.
1:11:21
June 7, 2018
Sarah Moorman EP 40: Science Pool
Sarah Moorman joins us on her first ever podcast appearance. Sarah tells how she got started in powerlifting, figure competition, and coaching others. Sarah discusses organizing the Women’s only Womxn’s Strength Summit and some of the less than thoughtful responses from men in response to the exclusive event. That takes us deep into how pervasive sexual harassment is within the fitness industry and Andrew may or may not go completely off about the problems he’s witnessed over his nearly 8 year career. We tackle some of the pressures trainers feel to look a certain way and how we feel pressure to present a composed image and mask how depression can affect us as well. Special Guest: Sarah Moorman.
1:12:32
May 31, 2018
Episode 39: Josh Citron EP 39: More Than Meets The Eye
Josh Citron joins the podcast to share his experience and love with pro wrestling, vegan lifestyle(and how he isn’t militant), his passion for helping fitness professionals be better fitness professionals, and clients be better clients. Plus a better idea for BMI. Special Guest: Josh Citron.
1:05:11
May 24, 2018
The Incredible Roundtable EP 38: Ownership as a Coach
I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to invite Dr Spencer Nadolsky, Bryan Krahn, and Dr Mike Israetel onto the podcast all at the same time to talk about coach ownership over the client result and experience. We far too often see coaches in social media blame clients for not adhering to programs when in fact it’s on the coach to use whatever resources and attempts at communicating to work with the client to achieve success. We discuss in depth this issue. We also hit heavy on the topic of firing clients. Circumstances where it’s needed and how poor it appears when fitness professionals brag about doing it. Somehow the topic of “mansplaining” got loose in this episode. You will need to listen in to see how that turned out. And this charade then went deeper down the hole into the issue of having romantic relationships with clients. Tune in to this fantastic fiasco for the whole story. Special Guests: Bryan Krahn, Dr. Mike Israetel, and Dr. Spencer Nadolsky.
1:08:51
May 17, 2018
Episode 37: Dean and Andrew EP 37: Show Down Little Edmonton
Dean and Andrew basically needed to record an episode. We travelled last week to the Kansas City Fitness Summit and through the business of it all we weren’t able to arrange one more episode guest to have in advance. But no worries as we return with 3 guests next week in a roundtable with Dr. Mike Israetel, Dr Spencer Nadolsky, and Bryan Krahn who isn’t a Dr. Meanwhile we this week went over some highlights of the previous 36 episodes. Various relevant Fitness topics, and Andrew may or may not have had a few scotch and shared some very unfiltered thoughts you might enjoy.
52:58
May 10, 2018
Brad Dieter EP 36: Jacked To The Future
Welcome to the future of the fitness industry according to Brad Dieter, Andrew Coates, and Dean Guedo. But mostly according to Brad. We tackle artificial intelligence, Brad’s work in biomedical research, the validity or lack there of in current DNA testing and where it will develop, and a lot more. Brad also explains his hypothesis about intolerances and how people are “drawn to them”. Brad also explains how you can’t “hate yourself lean”, and we hammer at the pointlessness of Internet arguements, over concepts like burpees. Special Guest: Brad Dieter.
1:09:27
May 3, 2018
Nick Sorrell EP 35: Pulp Fitness
Nick Sorrell joins us for a blunt and vibrant conversation that should challenge some of the ways you think about your own mindset toward fitness and nutrition. Nick will provoke thinking as he tackles the fact that people don’t know what the fuck they actually want, how most misunderstanding what self love really means, a nuanced discussion of how “I’m doing it for my kids” may not be a good answer, and a lot of discussion about getting to a deeper why for your clients. Join us for a mind expanding discussion of a lot of important fitness mindset ideas. Special Guest: Nick Sorrell.
1:02:22
April 26, 2018
Sarah Ashman EP 34: Gut Check
Sarah Ashman was so engaging in a shared episode that we had to bring her back on her own. We expand on our discussion with her about gut health and gut microbiome. Sarah explains germ theory in this context. Yes you have to listen to learn more. We explore why “people would rather take a pill or drink a tea than exercise”. Sarah also elaborates on her recent Masters of Business Administrarion and how end clients benefit when skilled fitness professionals compliment their training and nutrition knowledge with business skills. Find out why Sarah likes octopi and has an octopus tattoo. Special Guest: Sarah Ashman.
1:09:18
April 19, 2018
Joey Percia EP 33: Feed Your Good Wolf
Joey Percia joins the podcast to shed some light on a part of the fitness industry that’s often undervalued and misunderstood. Joey hS written a great book, Why Do You Hate Money? That teaches trainers and anyone important skills within marketing, and writing copy, content, and key messages to potential clients. We discuss why this actually benefits the end consumer. Joey shares the significance of the fable of the good and bad wolf that we choose to feed, and the benefits or consequence of those choices. We hammer change mindset, some coaching ideas from Joey’s past as a fitness professional, and why you need to avoid over promising and underdelivering as a fit pro. Special Guest: Joey Percia.
1:01:47
April 12, 2018
Holly Baxter EP 32: Un-F**king Your Diet
Meet Holly Baxter. Holly holds a Masters Degree of Dietetics and a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition. In addition to an array of coaching and speaking work she’s also an IFBB Figure Competitor and a fitness model. She has everything and we have her join us to talk about a lot of nutrition that you wil want to absorb. Holly shares the experience coming from Australia to the US, and the challenge in setting herself apart as a credible and well educated mind in nutrition in a sea of Instagram fitness models. We get into to practical info on fibre, alcohol and fat loss, ketongenic diets, and a lot of stress, anxiety, and eating disorders are playing hell on women’s health. Holly also has a Macro Friendly E-Book you should check out and and an upcoming contents prep Ebook. Tune in for all the details Special Guest: Holly Baxter.
56:03
April 5, 2018
Krieger, James Krieger EP 31
James Krieger joins Fitness Devil to talk about his current work, the industry conflict over low carb dietary ideology, industry tribalism, and his upcoming appearance as a speaker at the Inland Empire Fitness Summit in Spokane. We weigh the pros and cons of engaging in battles with those who perpetuate training and nutrition misinformation. James discusses his role as a teacher within the industry. We also discuss taking large, seemingly daunting goals and breaking them into smaller attainable wins to pursue. Join us for what proves to be an intelligent and accessible discussion.
59:40
March 29, 2018
Dr. Spencer Nadolsky EP 30: aka Dr. F**kwad
Dr. Spencer Nadolsky joins the podcast to talk about his work on the front lines of battling the obesity epidemic. He highlights some of the dangers in believeing weight loss is the sole missing ingredient to happiness. We tackle some of the controversy over rhetoric from the extreme end of the Health at Any Size Movement. We also have a good laugh at the crazy comments Spencer gets on his social media in response to some of his practical posts to help people struggling with weight loss. We also discuss his work with distance medicine and Steady MD and his book The Fat Loss Prescription. Special Guest: Dr. Spencer Nadolsky.
59:01
March 22, 2018
Peter Baker EP 29: Fear and Loathing in Tampa
Join Peter Baker with us in our discussions about modern nutrition and the religious devotion some factions engage in, pros and cons of the intense sense of community in some fitness corners, mental health and fitness professionals - why it can be hard to openly discuss, curated social media images and the dangers, and direct arm training. Add to that we talk about Peter’s new competition preparation book he’s coauthored with Dr Layne Norton.Special Guest: Peter Baker.
1:08:40
March 15, 2018
Jordan Syatt EP 28: The Last Unicorn Comic Standing
Jordan Syatt joins out podcast and we ask him about what attitudes and actions led to a lot of good fortune and success he’s had in the industry, and what he intends to do with his success to positively affect the world. We cover Jordan’s relentless positivity and how he handles the Karen’s of the world(tune in for the explanation) who casually spread misinformation. Maybe most interesting of all are Jordan’s bets for future trends that will affect the industry and fitness consumers. Special Guest: Jordan Syatt.
35:17
March 8, 2018
Leigh Peele EP 27: The Ghost in the Fitness Machine
Fitness industry writer, podcasted, author, and online coach Leigh Peele goes toe to toe with us in one of our best episodes to date. Leigh explains why we as coaches need to be careful not to treat clients as mirrors of ourselves and why clients also must use caution in trying to emulate their trainers. She nails a critical conversation about some difference and nuances in training women, including some important messages in speaking toward female clients. We tackle the importance of accountability, credentials - where they matter and where they don’t, and a bunch more.
1:14:33
March 1, 2018
Episode 26: Jay and Sarah Ashman EP 26: For sickness and in Gut Health
Sarah and Jay Ashman are a power couple in the fitness industry. Known for Pump, Dump, and Hump collectively, Jay for ashmanstrength.com, and Sarah for thenutritionatrix.com and her cutting edge work with nutrition and gut health. We discuss their various current projects and get into an extensive discussion about Sarah’s nutrition expertise in particular underexplored areas like gut health and gut microbiome. Plus more. Special Guests: Jay Ashman and Sarah Ashman.
59:37
February 22, 2018
Episode 25: Robbie Farlow EP 25: We Need a Community...a look into how fitness and "nerd" culture can work together, building community, and star wars.
To describe this episode as simply an intersection of nerd culture and fitness would completely fail to do justice to the pure electricity of Robbie Farlow’s personality. Robbie is fun, intelligence, and irreverence all bundled up into a brilliant Fitness professional. We talk about The Hero’s Journey archetypal story and it’s relevance, how nerd culture became mainstream and how the fitness industry has embraced this so serve that audience. This episode has a unique flow and charm so hopefully you love it. Special Guest: Robbie Farlow.
1:02:17
February 15, 2018
Episode 24: Eric Bach: The Noble Grind...fitness and nutrition basics, creating a successful fitness business, and grinding to success.
Eric Bach joins us as we discuss his road to personal career success and advice to other aspiring fitness professionals, including being a better writer. Eric explains important fitness and nutrition concepts for everyone to improve their own life, particularly the big rocks to turn over and focus on. We also tackle how important it is for trainers to have their own coaches, the value of having a business coach, and Eric's own work as a business coach. Special Guest: Eric Bach.
50:49
February 8, 2018
Episode 23: TJ Sadler: YEG Fitness and beyond...magazines, fitness trends, with a little bit of hockey.
TJ Sadler of YEG Fitness Magazine joins us to discuss the origins and inspiration behind founding the Magazine. We discuss the athletes and fitness professionals that grace the publication's pages, where the industry is trending, and what TJ hopes to accomplish through this platform to help people. We discuss the upcoming YEG Fitness Awards and their significance. Join us to explore the pulse of Edmonton's fitness community Special Guest: TJ Sadler.
55:48
February 1, 2018
Episode 22: Meghan Callaway: Pull-Ups and Empowerment Through Fitness
Meghan Callaway is a goddess of pull-ups and training information. We spent an hour borrowing just a little of the library of knowledge in her brain. She discussed training tools to be able to perform or improve pull-ups. She may know more on he topic than anyone else alive. We also hit on some of the traditional problems with felmale fitness marketing, why the answer "it depends" is important to understand in fitness, workouts for empowerment, and a discussion about the dangers within our industry of taking extreme positions on social or political ideas.Special Guest: Meghan Callaway.
1:09:03
January 25, 2018
Episode 21: Braeden Wright: Model to Musician...how fitness helped build a foundation.
Braeden Wright chronicles his approach to fitness and nutrition as he pursued a successful modelling career, working for Calvin Klein among other notable brands. Now progressing into a career in music, Braeden's fotn as regimen remains at the core of his success. He offers his habits and tactics that have worked and shares some fun stories about his career. Special Guest: Braeden Wright.
1:09:37
January 17, 2018
Episode 20: Andy Morgan: BIG Steaming pile of Andy...success in Japan, how to network in the fitness community, and the blueprint to becoming an industry leader.
Andy Morgan graces us with his British charm and wit, takes us through a series of long thoughtful pauses as he recounts learning karate in response to a bottle attack in Birmingham England as a youth that later took him all the way to Japan where he established himself as a leading authority in nutrition. Andy has a lot of great advice for trainers learning their way through the industry and a ton of valuable nutrition takeaways for the fitness enthusiast, particularly some blunt thoughts on ideas like biohacking. Join us for a big steaming pile of Andy. Special Guest: Andy Morgan.
1:13:32
January 16, 2018
Episode 19: Mark James & Michell Bagnell: THAT Fit couple...asthetics, mastering your mindset, and doing fitness in China?
Michelle Bagnell and Mark Mitchell visit our podcast to talk about their careers in fitness, time spent living in China and the different world of Chinese gym culture. They hit on the highs and lows of their individual fitness competition experience, the dangers of taking shortcuts to achieve the ideal physique, plus more. Special Guests: Mark James Mitchell and Michelle Bagnell.
1:09:09
January 15, 2018
Episode 18: Chad Hargrove: Selling The Truth...Cutting through the social media fluff to provide honest info.
Chad Hargrove a Toronto based personal trainer and online coach joins us to talk about going from just scraping by in a commercial gym to having a successful independent business. We talk about how social media helped boost his career and how we can use online coaching to help more people and how clients benefit. Chad shares his thoughts on how we deal with the dishonest messages often shared through social and mainstream media. Special Guest: Chad Hargrove.
1:01:10
January 11, 2018
Episode 17: Dean Somerset: There can be only one...Career advice for young trainers, moving facilities as an established trainer, and a little bit of #science
Dean Somerset is among the most accomplished yet young professionals in the fitness industry. 13 years deep at a commercial gym it was time for a change. Dean discusses the move and his upcoming plans for this year. We get into his personal evolution over that span and look at how the industry has evolved over time. We also have details about Dean's info product with Dr Mike Israetel - The L2 Fitness Summit which is now available to download. Enjoy our first returning guest interview. Special Guest: Dean Somerset.
58:11
January 4, 2018
Episode 16: Lindsay Somerset: Winning against depression, eating disorders, and serious injuries. Oh and dogs, lots of dogs!!!
Lindsay Somerset is indomitable. She shares her winning attitude and experience as she triumphed over an eating disorder that could have halted her cycling career. Add to that the battle with depression and anxiety. Fate wasn't done yet, throwing her over her handlebars in a brutal crash leading to a serious back injury. She recovered with her husband Dean's help(you may have also heard of Dean Somerset) Yet she stood on a national podium accepting a medal in spite of all of those obstacles. She shares the story with us. Oh and she loves all things dogs. Listen to find out more. Special Guest: Lindsay Somerset.
1:03:27
January 2, 2018
Episode 15: Sam Spinelli: The Strength Therapist
Sam Spinelli joins us from his new home in Southern California as we hit the deep freeze in Edmonton. In our last podcast of 2017 Sam talks about his pursuit of his doctorate in Physical Therapy, his passion for barbell sports and how their rise has benefited people. Sam gets into his passion for battling fitness misinformation and a deep discussion of the scope of practice of physical therapists and trainers, where the lines blur, and dangers of professionals going outside their scope. Special Guest: Sam Spinelli.
1:06:01
December 28, 2017
Episode 13: Mark Fisher: Building a Business Around Ninjas and Unicorns
Mark Fisher graces us with his time to discuss the unique success of Mark Fisher Fitness his business in New York City that caters to an underserved community blending the artistic flair of the arts and theatre community with the evidence based fitness industry. Mark approaches his world with unconditional positive regard. He brings a charisma to our world that helps penetrate deeper into the he mainstream consciousness usually dominated by the trendy sellouts. We talk about the important of culture in our world and a series of other great discussions that we cannot quote do justice in a brief description. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Special Guest: Mark Fisher.
49:31
December 14, 2017
Episode 12: Kelly Coffey: Hit of Pleasure
Kelly Coffey of www.strongcoffey.com joins us to dive into the challenges within the emotional side of our fitness journeys. She is a passionate trainer and writer who helps primarily women work through the difficulty of our tendency to self sabotage. We don't feel worth the effort and we defeat ourselves. Kelly works to beat back that mentality and help people treat themselves better. Enjoy Kelly's provocative charm as we explore her work and discuss some great takeaways that we hope the listener can use to help themselves. Special Guest: Kelly Coffey.
1:04:46
December 7, 2017
Episode 10: Patrick Umphrey: I Believe In Magic
Patrick Umphrey shares his career exploits as an online coach and the creator of the famed online fitness community Eat, Train, Progress. He talks the challenge in running a group of now 14,000 people, moderating the occasional trouble, and dropping a nasty banhammer on the worst offenders. Patrick also talks about his second career as a close up magician. Join as Patrick shares his perspective on a variety of relevant industry topics including his thoughts on what trainers should look like(here's your hint - he strongly believes it shouldn't matter). Special Guest: Patrick Umphrey.
1:06:37
November 30, 2017
Episode 11: Hannah Gray: Hannah's Commandments
Hannah Gray is an Edmonton based trainer and fitness writer on her website grayareastrength.com. Hannah joins us and we dive deeply into the battle women face to succeed in an industry that is dominated by men. We talk kids and weight lifting, Hannah's own journey from an obese trainer to a strong lean weightlifting machine, and a variety of other takeaways for our listeners.
1:11:00
November 30, 2017
Episode 9: Dr. Mike Israetel: From Russia With Love
Dr Mike Israetel joins our podcast to tell his life story, leaving Communist Russia as a child, getting a PhD in the US, bodybuilding and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and co-founding the wildly successful Renaissance Periodization. We talk what works and what doesn't for building muscle mass and wander down a few fitness industry rabbit holes. Join us for easily the funniest episode to date. Special Guest: Dr. Mike Israetel.
58:00
November 23, 2017
Episode 8: Sohee Lee - Making Moderate Cool
Sohee Lee is a skilled and sought after Fitness and Nutrition Professional who took a break from studying her Masters to talk with us about a wide array of important fitness and nutrition topics. Most notably making the often unsexy message of moderation and healthy habits into something people buy into and depart from the extreme behaviours that are often en vogue in Fitness. Special Guest: Sohee Lee.
1:06:37
November 16, 2017
Episode 7: Carter Good - Info-graphic Guru
Carter Good is a rising star in the fitness industry thanks in large part to his skill at creating eye catching nutrition infographics. He joins us to talk about how his career took off due to his use of this tool, his own personal weight loss journey, how that journeyed translated into an online coaching career, and a few other related topics. Join us as we talk in depth with Carter Special Guest: Carter Good.
1:04:24
November 8, 2017
Episode 6: Jordan Jeske - Community.Golf.Performance
Jordan Jeske is a skilled, passionate, and charismatic trainer in Edmonton. Jordan created the Golf Society as a vehicle to help people and create community, and merge his dual passions for fitness and golf. Jordan sits down with us to talk about all of this and tells the story of his earlier career in carpentry and the transition into full time training. Special Guest: Jordan Jeske.
59:10
November 2, 2017
Episode 5: Jay Ashamn - Pump, Dump, and Hump
Jay Ashman is a veteran of the fitness industry. Having worked as a coach and manager in a variety of roles over the years along with an athletic career, Jay brings a ton of experience to the table to help others. His Facebook group community, Pump, Dump, and Hump is a growing project that creates a safe place to have conversations that not only relate to fitness but also sexuality and gastrointestinal health. Please enjoy Jay's story and follow him on social media and join Pump, Dump, and Hump Special Guest: Jay Ashman.
1:02:26
October 26, 2017
Episode 4: Michael Dietrich - Mountain Mike
Our friend Michael Dietrich joins the podcast to talk about his Moutain Mike adventures with his dog BearBear, about a career in the fitness industry, practical nutrition, competitive fitness industry pitfalls, and more. Check it out. Special Guest: Michael Dietrich.
1:07:58
October 19, 2017
Episode 3: Alfred Jong - The Strength Guy
Alfred Jong of the Strength Guys is gold medal winning IPF powerlifter and gold medal winning coach. He joins us to be our very first recording guest in an episode that tackles a variety of fitness and nutrition topics. Special Guest: Alfred Jong.
1:06:35
October 11, 2017
Episode 2: Tony Nguyen and Jordan Pariseau - F.R.E.E Fitness
Tony Nguyen and Jordan Pariseau of F.R.E.E. Fitness join us to talk about their unique Pay How You Feel business model and about making fitness more accessible to more people. Tony and Jordan are Edmonton based trainers and entrepreneurs on a mission to bring a more flexible and affordable training model to more people who need support. In this episode we delve into the process of how they hatched this clever concept and hints at their future. If for nothing else listen to experience Jordan's pure fire behind a mic, as his career doubles as both a trainer and a successful hip hop artist. Special Guest: F.R.E.E Fitness.
55:22
October 4, 2017
Episode 1: Dean Somerset - I only believe in #SCIENCE
Special Guest: Dean Somerset.
1:09:03
September 28, 2017
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