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FitFluential Radio - The Intersection of Health, Wellness and Fitness

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May 31, 2018

All too often, we hear stories about how new moms struggle to lose baby weight after having their little bundles of joy. More often, we hear how much of a financial burden it can be for families to switch to a healthier diet such as paleo. Sarah Evans is a mother of two small children, an entrepreneur, and an incredibly inspirational person. She joins us on the show today to talk with Kelly about her transformation story, why she decided to get healthier after having her children, and how her philosophy for herself and her family has evolved over the last few years.

 

“Take baby steps. It makes transitioning into a healthier lifestyle much easier and less overwhelming.” – Sarah Evans

 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • Sarah’s transformation story and why she decided to get healthier.
  • How her husband reacted to the family’s diet changes?
  • How she limits technology and blue & green light exposure for her children.
  • How headphone use for young children can be harmful for their ears.
  • How Sarah fits fitness into her busy daily work and home life schedule.
  • How she budgets for healthy grocery and restaurant options.
  • Tips to make transitioning into the paleo diet easier.

 

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Key Takeaway:

Wean yourself into the paleo diet. Each week, remove one unhealthy item from your diet and replace it with a healthier paleo option.

 

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May 30, 2018

Bryan Falchuk is a bestselling author, speaker, and life coach. He has been featured in several major publications including Inc. Magazine, The L.A. Times, and the Chicago Tribune. His life is an example of what people are truly capable of once they set their minds to it. Bryan has faced health problems, career struggles, and has experienced the feeling of helplessness when a loved one fell ill. Yet, he always found a way to never lose hope and find the path back to positivity. His current book Do a Day is about what it means to look at today from the viewpoint of yesterday and tomorrow.

Today, Bryan shares the challenges he has faced and how changing his mindset helped him overcome them while reclaiming his health. He shares what it was like growing up with weight challenges and the mentor who helped him find fitness. He also briefly discusses what his book is about and how it can positively affect your point of view in life.

 

“We make all of our choices today based on the pain of yesterday and the anxiety of tomorrow.” - Bryan Falchuk

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • When did he get into fitness?
  • The simple, healthy techniques he adapted as a kid.
  • Why cardio is not the only option for beginners.
  • What inspired him to write his book?
  • Why perspective changes everything.
  • His "Aha!" moment and when it happened.
  • The four key ingredients to changing your behavior for the better.  

 

Key Takeaways:

  • If you don't believe you deserve better, then nothing else will have an effect.
  • Food is not a treatment for anxiety. As soon as you're done eating, the reason why you ate is still there, so you're still hungry.
  • Screaming at someone who's anxious actually doesn't help them with anxiety.


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May 29, 2018

Jay Papasan is the renowned author of the book The One Thing, a compilation of lessons, ideas, and personal stories that helps leaders and future entrepreneurs create strategies and make long-term, innovative decisions. Before this book, Jay as co-authored other works such as the bestselling Millionaire Real Estate series with Gary Keller and Body-For-Life by Bill Phillips. Promoting the beauty of simplicity, his book was created to teach everyone how to make huge changes in their lives and in every area one domino at a time.

In this episode, Jay shares his motivation for co-authoring The One Thing, what sets it apart from other mindset and goal setting books, and some of the takeaways the book imparts its readers. He also shares with us some of his real-life experiences and why he insists on accepting failure as part of being successful.

 

"Anything that's gonna be ultimately successful in the long haul has to be simple.” Jay Papasan

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What moved him to write The One Thing and why it's not just an "ego book."
  • What is the biggest time waster when it comes to personal goals?
  • His thoughts on today's new entrepreneurs.
  • Why he says perfection is overrated.
  • The importance of being honest with yourself and accepting your failures.
  • The real consequence of being good at one thing.
  • His simple example in overcoming a health plateau.
  • His thoughts on the fear of failure.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Our impatience prevents us from setting bigger picture goals and doing the long-term behavior and lifestyle changes.
  • Success in business and health are not mutually exclusive.
  • The times you have the most success in your career are the times you are most focused.

 

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May 28, 2018

Josh Henkin has more than twenty years of experience in the fitness industry. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Master RKC, and the founder of Ultimate Sandbag Training who promotes what he calls Dynamic Variable Resistance Training or DVRT. DVRT gives you the flexibility and versatility that fills the void in strength training. His main tool in fitness is the sandbag, which trains your body in ways conventional strength training can’t. His expertise and innovative approach to fitness has made him a favorite author in various websites and publications such as Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Bodybuilding.com, and Breaking Muscle.

In this episode, Josh explores the term mobility, what it is, and its importance when it comes to overall fitness. He provides concrete examples of what happens when you neglect mobility training and its benefits to both newbies and veteran fitness enthusiasts. He also shares tips and advice on what you can do right now to improve your own mobility.

 

"Mobility is basically trying to connect your body more efficiently.” Josh Henkin

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What is mobility and why is it important?
  • The difference between Yoga, stretching, and mobility.
  • Why mobility is a misunderstood concept.
  • What does mobility do for you?
  • The benefits of having an Ultimate Sandbag.
  • Why people don't realize they can fix their pains through mobility.
  • Is mobility mainstream yet?
  • Basic moves or exercises people could start with right away.
  • Their goal in training for certifications.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Core stability will open up the door for so many things.
  • If you're hurt, your desire to train isn't going to be there.
  • Mobility doesn't have to be boring or stagnant.

 

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May 27, 2018

Brian and Carrie Grasso are the type of personal trainers who help clients have the right mindset to accomplish their goals. Brian has worked alongside professional athletes in the fitness industry for over 20 years and realized most of the work involved mental and emotional stability. Carrie, on the other hand, quit being a personal trainer just three weeks in, finding out personal training has a lot more to do with counselling than actual training. They are now accomplished mindset coaches and considered experts in their field. Their business focus is due to the void in the fitness industry regarding the intricacies of mindsets.

In today’s episode, Brian and Carrie share how they found the path to linking mindset and fitness and why reality doesn’t exist the way we think it does. They explain the limits we put on ourselves and the importance of recognizing the negativities in our lives rather than pushing them away.

 

"Influence is the silent killer people do not recognize; they do not recognize how much influence plays a role in every part of their lives." – Brian Grasso

 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why Carrie cautions those who have a tendency to flip negatives to positives.
  • The usual excuses people say about changing themselves.
  • Why internal dialogue is the primary limit.
  • Is the human brain conditioned to be negative?
  • The limiting factor the motivational industry doesn't understand.
  • The four stages of learning that everyone goes through.
  • The recurring theme in most entrepreneurs and how it affects the mindset.
  • What does it mean to "invest with your wallet?”
  • How much more challenging is it to start a completely different life for someone in their 30's and beyond?

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Everyone is only really limited by their own self.
  • Reality doesn't exist, our perception of reality exists.
  • We don’t always know what we don’t know.

 

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May 26, 2018

Whitney Jones is a mother of two boys, 4-time fitness Olympian, 12-time Arnold Classic athlete, competition choreographer and trainer. She is also the owner of the Pro Physiques gym, the largest fitness gym in Arizona. She’s always been into sports and getting strong and this persisted all the way to college. Her active lifestyle was paused after graduation due to working 60-hour weeks at an advertising agency, but resumed after she got married and had a family. She realized that being a workaholic just wasn’t her definition of what life was about. She eventually decided to pursue her desire to become fit and her interest in teaching others.

In today’s episode, Whitney opens up about what it’s like to be a female bodybuilder and competitor, and her thoughts on her many critics and online haters. She also shares her story on what her life was like before she became who she is now, how her methods are different than most trainers, and tips for those who want to get fit and lean the safe way.

 

""I do not live my life for anyone else; even if I really put effort into appeasing everyone, I'm not going to. I don't care." – Whitney Jones

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What made her decide to turn her interest in fitness into a business?
  • How experiencing long-term bed rest made her appreciate being active.
  • Her opinion on critics and online trolls? How does she handle her haters?
  • Why women shouldn't feel bad if they want to invest time in fitness.
  • How being fit can positively affect your daily life.
  • The common issues she encounters with clients.
  • Why investing in a personal trainer is worth the money?
  • The two things women often get wrong when it comes to fitness.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • The only way you can control the hate is by controlling how you react to it.
  • At the end of the day, you have to, individually, be okay with the decisions you make, good or bad. Maximize what you can do now.
  • If you are losing weight at a faster rate than is normal, you will not maintain it and you will kick yourself later for not doing it the right way.

 

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May 25, 2018

Amanda Tress is a mother, a personal trainer, and a digital marketing consultant. She is passionate in helping her clients improve their level of fitness through safe and sustainable means. For more than a decade, Amanda has helped her clients not just lose weight and get stronger, but also have an optimistic mindset towards life and the kind of confidence that will make them look forward to the future. One of her most powerful tools is her FASTer Way to Fat Loss program, a kind of program that promotes a healthy and fit lifestyle through fasting and optimized nutrition for women.

In today’s episode, Amanda explains where she got the idea behind her program and what makes it different from other “diets.” She also explains why her program can help you get leaner muscle and why it’s not as restrictive as people might think.

 

"Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it is simply an eating schedule.” – Amanda Tress

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How she developed the program and how long it took.
  • Why it’s the best fitness program for women.
  • How her program helped clients with other issues aside from weight loss.
  • The link between being in a fasted state and insulin response.
  • Why it's beneficial for the body to experience a long fasting period.
  • The typical way she conducts a fasting routine.
  • What is the 16:8 Protocol?

 

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Key Takeaways:

  • Our muscles don't get bigger or smaller in the gym; it's really in the kitchen.
  • Fasting actually helps develop lean muscle.
  • Focus on eating enough of the right nutrients and carb for thyroid function.

 

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May 24, 2018

Dr. Izabella Wentz is a pharmacist with a passion to spreading awareness of lifestyle interventions as well as the root causes of thyroid diseases. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling books “Hashimoto’s Protocol” and “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.” Interestingly, she was never really interested in the thyroid gland in school or even after graduation.

It wasn’t until Izabella was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s herself in 2009 – after 10 years of confusing symptoms – when she decided to try to find ways to treat her disease. She never wanted to give up and just let the disease take control of her life, that there had to be a way to make herself feel better.

In today’s episode, Izabella tells us all about what Hashimoto’s disease is, the usual prescriptions that don’t really work, and the type of interventions she recommends to her patients.

 

"Whether we're 25, 35, or 65, we shouldn't feel horrible. We shouldn't feel exhausted.” - Dr. Izabella Wentz

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How she started her journey into better health and fitness.
  • How her life was before she found out she had Hashimoto's.
  • The usual drugs prescribed that only offer band aid solutions.
  • Why she doesn't recommend working with an endocrinologist when you have Hashimoto's.
  • Does she have patients who are able to solve their thyroid issues without a synthetic hormone?
  • When should we take thyroid hormones?
  • Why is Hashimoto's so common? What is it that really causes Hashimoto's?
  • Will you always have Hashimoto's once you're diagnosed?
  • Is Hashimoto's more prevalent in the US and Western culture than other countries?

 

Key Takeaways:

  • It's easier to prevent damage to the thyroid gland than to regrow a thyroid.
  • The ones that heal and thrive are the ones who take charge of their own health.
  • We should have an open mind in figuring out what's best for your body.

 

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May 23, 2018

Emily Allen is a nutrition coach and owner of Health by Emily, a business that serves to help others lose weight in the healthiest way possible. Like some of her clients, Emily also had body image and health struggles - specifically, she was clinically obese. When she had health issues that doctors said correlate to her weight, she knew something had to change. She did her research, watched documentaries, and studied the science of food and how the body responds to it. Through her determination, she was able to quickly lose over sixty pounds of weight and has since been her own health advocate.

Today, Emily shares her struggles with body image, weight gain, and stress. She describes what her life was like before she walked the path to fitness and the events in her life that made her go in that direction. She explains the type of fitness she advocates and why you don’t have to avoid processed food to have a fit lifestyle. She also shares her opinion with regards to stress and fertility as well as how she manages her Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

 

“You can't just go gung-ho and clear out the pantry and replace them with foods no one in the family even likes.” - Emily Allen

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What made her realize she needed to become fit?
  • How to revolutionize the healthcare industry.
  • Her definition of "processed" food?
  • Her opinion on stress and how it relates to fertility.
  • Her bout with PCOS and how she manages it.  

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Existing doctors need to be educated on new information about health.
  • When you make fitness changes, you have to make them doable.


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May 22, 2018

Kelly Gregorakis is a senior Yoga and Meditation teacher. She has a certification on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from the Jon Kabat-Zinn program in the University of Massachusetts. She believes 90% of diseases is caused by too much stress and because of that, she teaches people how to convert stress to empowerment, calm, and centeredness.

In today’s episode, Kelly talks about her amazing life transformation when she found out about Yoga. She’ll tell us what her life was before Yoga, her inspirations, her thoughts on the importance of meditation in having a quality life, and how her life has since been afterwards.

 

“Yoga is not unlike baking lasagna, it's layer after layer after layer. Sometimes that's how life is; you're not just adding but also removing layers.” Kelly Gregorakis

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Yoga is not just about sitting and chanting for an hour a day. It’s about priorities and self-care.
  • How Kelly struggled incorporating yoga into her life at first due to many life priorities and how she’s able to balance it all now.
  • Yoga isn’t just about having a flexible body but also possessing a flexible mentality.
  • Yoga is a way to encourage the ourselves to explore our mind, something our world does not openly encourage.
  • A simple change such as negative self-talk to positive self-talk is a way of transformation
  • What yoga is really about vs what most people think it’s about.
  • Likeminded individuals, such as a yoga community, will encourage you to do what you feel is good for you.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • We’re under no obligation to make sense with what we choose. It is important to stop thinking what others feel about your choices and simply think if your choices are what makes you at peace with yourself.
  • Yoga and meditation can turn you into a higher version of yourself.

 

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May 21, 2018

Heidi Powell is what we call the ultimate female force. She’s a trainer, a transformation specialist, an author, a savvy businesswoman, a health nut, and a mother of beautiful children. She’s the co-host of ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss and has since helped a lot of people choose a healthier and fitter life.

In today’s episode, Heidi talks about her many ups and downs, what her life was like before she found out what being fit means, and her tips on how to successfully transform yourself both inside and out.

 

“Losing weight or reaching any goal is like a game of poker. You have to have your cards and you play one card at a time.” Heidi Powell

 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • An eating disorder is not always anorexia or bulimia; it’s not being able to find balance with nutrition.
  • Some diets can get the best of you and make you feel stressed, even the most flexible ones like Macro tracking.
  • Finding balance is everything so take a break on your diet every now and then.
  • Doing everything strategically or slowly will lead to a long-term success specially when it comes to weight loss.
  • Parents should be less concerned about kids liking them but more about raising productive human beings.
  • Coaches play a major role in making sure the client sticks with the program. Without a coach, Heidi would be a totally different person.
  • Investing in yourself will always reap more than what you pay for.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • It's not about the weight or how you look but how you love yourself.
  • Trusting the process and the coach is important when it comes to a successful transformation.
  • When you invest money in yourself, not only are saving money on healthcare cost but you’re also clearing you mind as you bring more things other than money into your life.

 

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May 20, 2018

Gary Vaynerchuk is a man known to build not buildings but businesses. Just after college, he was able to elevate his family’s wine business from being a relatively small $3M to a whopping $60M business in just five years. He currently runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s most popular digital agencies. He’s also what you call an angel investor or an investor who believes in start-ups, and also a venture capitalist with investments on large media companies such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. He eventually co-founded VaynerRSE, an investment fund worth $25M.

In today’s episode, Gary talks about how his views on his health was able to drastically alter the way he thinks about his business and the way he interacts with not just his clients but also friends and family members. He also discusses his opinions on what it takes to get what you want and why he thinks positivity has become a necessity in an increasingly negative world.

 

“My belief in what people can accomplish in business has grown by my accomplishment around my health.” Gary Vaynerchuk

 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • A two-hour flight changed Gary’s perspective on his health even at the age of 38.
  • Keeping yourself accountable or being accountable to somebody else is a must when it comes to long term health.
  • Age doesn’t have to be a reason why you feel weak or out of breath.
  • There are no shortcuts to health, just the work. It’s the same when it comes to business.
  • Loser mentality is when people hang around other people who just want to complain and not work on a solution.
  • Being good bleeds over but people need to be focused on not crippling themselves living at the standard they can’t live up to.
  • Optimism and positivity is suppressed. Negativity is loud. You need to take that positivity even if people don't want to hear it.
  • Money, power, fame, it changes nobody. All it does is expose us who they actually are.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • You need to know what works for you to achieve the goals other successful people have reached. No need to do it his or her way.
  • Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you. Every winner in your life has zero sympathy for you. Life is harder for some people, life may be harder for you and it needs to change. You can be part of the change by winning and using your money and power to change things.

 

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May 19, 2018

Teresa Tapp is a muscle activation specialist, author, host of the T-Tapp Tuesday show on CBS, and the developer of the T-Tapp workout method. Since she was a young girl, she has had the determination to help people get in shape, feel better, and improve their health and fitness. This determination has enabled her to travel the world to educate and empower people from all walks of life, from corporate centers and science labs to international modeling agencies and every day moms. Teresa has a passion for teaching others how to help their bodies heal themselves, repair, rebuild, and empower them – especially women, to achieve better brain and body fitness, health, and improve their hormones with lasting results.

On today’s episode, Teresa shares her story and journey into the health and fitness world, explains what the T-Tapp program is and how it helps individuals of all ages and at all levels of health and fitness improve their health without using weights, equipment, or stretchy bands. She also shares examples of a few of the T-Tapp method workouts that you can do while listening to the show to have a better understanding of what her method involves and how it can help you get into better shape.

 

“Just like your premium sports car, you gotta move your body to keep it running.” – Teresa Tapp

 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • What is the T-Tapp method?
  • What inspired her to get involved in the health and fitness industry?
  • How does the T-Tapp method help decrease inflammation?
  • What does the term neurokinetic connection mean and why you lose it as you age?
  • How you can improve your neurokinetic connections, why it is important, and how it can help improve your overall health and well-being?
  • The T-Tapp method’s primary principles.
  • How she learned about inflammation and its effects on the body.
  • How the T-Tapp method affects your hormones and heartrate.
  • How to fit in fitness to decrease stress.

 

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The Takeaway:

You can be ageless and vibrant regardless of your chronological age.

 

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May 10, 2018

Dutch DeGay used to be a soldier for the U.S. Army until he had a career-ending injury due to a misdiagnosed broken ankle. Being a soldier made him “tough it out”, thinking it was just a sprain. He eventually succumbed to the kind of lifestyle that’s the exact opposite of what he had in the army: He had access to the comforts of home and had lots of food around. It wasn’t until he ended up putting on an extra 90 lbs. of weight (totaling to 255 lbs. overall) that he realized something had to change.

Change happened quick due to his previous experience as a soldier but his mindset wasn’t able to cope with reality of being a civilian just yet, so he again gained all his weight back and more. His second transformation would stick around this time.

Today we’re going to discuss exactly what he did to finally maintain his second transformation and his tips on how to not just achieve your goals but to maintain them for long term.

 

“It doesn't matter what you use to motivate yourself; it's only that you motivate yourself.” Dutch DeGay

 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Dutch DeGay initially went the old fashioned way and took potent fat burners like Ephedra to get his initial body back.
  • His first transformation was short-lived due to his “unevolved” mindset. He said he trained his body but not his brain for long-term which caused him to go back to where he started and more.
  • You need to modify not just your diet and training but also the way you look at your goals if you want your success to stay permanent.
  • It’s important to “have a mark on the wall”, a personification of the type of fitness you’re after. Even if you don’t get the exact same look, it’s the journey that counts. Dutch ended up eating triathlons for breakfast when he had a mark.
  • You have to remember fitness is not something you can achieve within a few days or weeks. You slowly train your brain to understand that's where you're going to go. You're setting yourself up for failure if you don't evolve your way of thinking.
  • To be genuinely concerned over someone’s weight problem – and how it’s affecting their health and happiness - isn’t fat shaming.
  • You are free to reward yourself but try not to do it by consuming too much of the things that made you huge in the first place. Some rewards include taking a photo of yourself as you progress or writing a note or logging your training achievements for the day. You can use those as motivators in the future and inspiration for others.
  • Social media helps when it comes to meeting likeminded individuals across the globe.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Short, medium, and long term goals are important in reaching the goals you plan for yourself.
  • You have to make the mental effort to say your health is a priority. There's no better effective body than a fit one.
  • We end up killing ourselves before we even get started. You have to focus on motivating yourself thru having the proper mindset.
  • Fitness is a pillar, not the pillar of your life. You have to get a life outside and enjoy it

 

 

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May 8, 2018

Julie Bevel knows the power of touch when it comes to using massage as a therapeutic treatment. She is the owner of Fox River Spa & Salon, specializing in Sports and Thai Massage, and is licensed to perform lymphatic drainage, myofascial, and prenatal massage. Her techniques are all geared to help clients increase their range of motion and flexibility in a soothing and relaxing manner. Her experience with over 10,000 massages makes her one of the most sought out massage therapists in the United States.

In this episode, Julie redefines the meaning of what a massage really is. She explains its many benefits for stress, muscle groups, recovery, and mobility. She also shares her wisdom with regards to which body parts people need to look into as well as some tips for those who are thinking of trying massage therapy for the first time.

 

“A professional body worker needs to not only have good hands, but they need to be a good communicator.” Julie Bevel

 

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why knowing your body's history is a mark of a true professional massage therapist?
  • How she got into the salon and spa business.
  • The kind of clients she works with.
  • What does mobility mean in the context of fitness?
  • The science behind massage therapy.
  • Why glutes need a lot of work.
  • The effects of massage therapy on the libido.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Too many people view massages as a treat instead of a treatment.
  • Glute work is great, and everybody needs it. Let your therapist massage your butt.
  • The theory of no pain, no gain doesn't really apply in massage therapy.
  • Massage therapy is an effective way to rid yourself of stress.

 

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May 6, 2018

One look at Josh Chewning and you’d think he’s the kind of guy that has a good life and never struggled with anything. His infectious energy and smiles do a great job at hiding the fact that he’s a cancer survivor and that he once struggled to get his life back.

In part 2 of our episode, Josh tells us his cancer survival story, how he found out he got cancer, the emotions that stirred inside of him, and why he thinks pain and struggle will only make you a better person.

"You just gotta endure the storm and then the sun's gonna come up again.” Josh Chewning

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Josh was at the best shape of his life and felt everything was in place. He was even the Assistant Youth Pastor at his Church so it was a complete shock to him to find out he had cancer.
  • It began when he was in the shower and he accidentally brushed over his "junk" which felt like he got kicked. He then went to YouTube and did a search on how to feel your testicles for lumps then he felt the lump in the shower again that night.
  • It came to a point where his conditioned worsened as his left testicle got harder and bigger each day. He got checked by two doctors and tests indicated he has cancer and that he needs to get the tumor removed right away because it's spreading fast.
  • His faith prevented him from feeling fear from the things he'll be going through. The one thing he feared the most was how much he would be a burden to his wife who was a student at the time.
  • His wife Amber would write down everything about the procedure because John was still unable to move on from the news of his cancer.
  • It was a juggle between being a cancer patient and being a responsible adult to keep his life moving on.
  • When he got through his first day of chemo, that's when he realized how torturous the procedure was and how it would feel so much longer than it should.
  • When you’re in doubt, don't be a tough guy and pretend there's nothing wrong. Get help and go through the procedure no matter how overwhelming those odds could be. You have to do what it takes to win your life back. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Hearing somebody else who have gone through a dire situation and survived means a lot when it comes to feeling better.
  • Pain and Struggle allows you to give birth to a new version of yourself.

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May 5, 2018

Josh Chewning is a personal trainer who started his career as a computer crime investigator shortly after leaving the army. He realized he didn’t like knowing the ugly side of humanity, so he quit. It wasn’t long before he heard an inspiring story from his friend, who was a personal trainer, who had a client that walked for the first time since being hit by a drunk driver.

Needless to say, that story spoke to his heart and thought that maybe he should pursue a career that aims to help people get back on their feet. After getting his certifications, he went with a career as personal trainer in 2004.

Today, Josh tells us the experience he’s had in his career, his thoughts on making progress, as well as some quick tips on how to make you succeed in things that you have difficulty dealing with.

 "Strive today to be better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today.” Josh Chewning

 In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Josh says he’s worked with more women than men. He thinks it’s because Women are more prone to ask for help because they are more in tune with how they feel.
  • Women are also harder on themselves when it comes to their body so they often think they need a personal trainer to speed things up a bit.
  • People think personal trainers have it easy, but they are people too. They also need help and the also have sad days.
  • Don't condemn yourself for not making progress or for regressing and end up paralyzed to take action. We're more prone to take action if we feel we are progressing and are good enough so do what it takes to motivate yourself even if it means you have to listen to motivational or cheesy songs in the morning and dance to them.
  • When you’re gone from your workout for a long time, you have to acknowledge it usually takes a few days or a few weeks to get back up again and to feel the energy.
  • Josh’s quick tip on accomplishing your goals is to have a column for 1. Things you’ve tried, but haven’t worked, 2. Things you've tried and worked, and 3. Things you haven’t tried yet.
  • You have to accept who you are today without judgment.
  • Find out what your nutrient deficiencies are and work from there. Go see your doctor, test your blood.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you’re hurting, it's safe to say you can ask someone to encourage you. Asking for help is a sign of strength.
  • There's no lock that has the same combination. Everyone is different. A healthy lifestyle is not a one-size fits all approach.

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May 4, 2018

Matt Taub is an international fitness presenter, Beachbody Live master trainer, Fitfluential Ambassador, husband, and father of three boys with a serious passion for helping others live to their full potential by creating healthy habits in their daily lives. Matt entered college as a borderline underweight freshman, but by the time he graduated, he was considered very overweight. Following college, he entered the workforce in the public relations industry – which he hated – and his health continued to deteriorate significantly as he started several bad habits and addictions, including smoking and drinking.

In part two of our interview with Matt, we “get real” on what his life was like while struggling with addiction, what the motivating factor was to make him want to change his life and become healthier, and how he and his wife Felicia maintain a healthy balance while “keeping it real” and raising their boys to be active, fit, and healthy.

“You want to train your body to thrive – not just survive.” – Matt Taub

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Matt and Alecia balance fitness and health for their children while still allowing them to have “fun foods” like ice cream, cake, and cookies.
  • The importance of keeping kids healthy, fit, and active.
  • The overwhelming tendency in today’s youth with less activity, frequent convenience foods, and massive use of technology devices.
  • The physical effects and posture changes associated with kids using technology devices too much.
  • The importance of getting kids active, disconnecting them from technology devices, and eating healthier so their bodies can thrive.
  • How parents can talk to their kids about making healthy lifestyle choices.
  • The moment Matt realized he needed to end his addiction to alcohol.
  • How his life changed after he beat his addiction.
  • Why he believes recognizing your addictive behavior patterns and discovering why you do them can help beat your addiction.

Key Takeaways:

  • Kids are going to be kids. They may protest, but they will eat what’s in front of them. We have to give kids a balance in order to keep them fit and help their bodies thrive instead of just survive.
  • The biggest thing about beating addiction is that there is a reason why you are doing it. Find out the “why,” then find someone to help keep you accountable to staying on track with your recovery process.

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May 3, 2018

Matt Taub is an international fitness presenter, Beachbody Live master trainer, and Fitfluential Ambassador on a mission to help change as many lives as possible by helping people find their true potential through health and fitness. Matt and his lovely wife Felicia, are raising three in a world – like many parents – that is filled with technology devices, fast food, and inactivity.

Matt joins us on the show today to share his transformation story – how he went from being an overweight college graduate addicted to smoking and drinking to becoming one of the leading experts in the field of health and fitness. He explains what inspired him to change his lifestyle habits to making better, healthier decisions, what the term “moderation” really means, and how he manages to curb his cravings for junk food – especially ice cream.

“You have to find the switch that flips.” – Matt Taub

In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • Matt’s fitness journey and what inspired him to get fit.
  • How his “go big or go home” personality has helped him transition from his previously unhealthy lifestyle to making healthy choices.
  • How he manages his cravings and controls his unhealthy urges.
  • Why he believes it’s “okay to be you” in your health and fitness journey by allowing yourself to have “bad foods” in moderation.
  • His definition of the term “moderation.”

Key Takeaways:

  • It’s important to incorporate a “clean,” healthy diet and exercise into your daily routine, but it’s also okay to indulge in “sinful foods” on occasion.

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May 1, 2018

Welcome back to FitFluential Radio! Today, Kelly had the amazing opportunity to interview internationally recognized speed and conditioning coach, personal trainer, and motivational worker, Todd Durkin. Todd is the founder of Fitness Quest 10 – a world-class workout facility in San Diego that provides the complete gamut of health, fitness, and wellness services including personal training, strength conditioning, therapeutic massages, as well as offers chiropractic and physical training programs, Pilates, yoga, and nutrition.

Todd has worked with a number of high-profile clients such as NFL MVP’s, Superbowl champions, Heismann Trophy winners and Olympic and X-Games athletes as well as everyone from children and teens to young and older adults. His gym was named one of the top 10 gyms in America by Men’s Health Magazine and Women’s Health Magazine numerous times over the last five years, and he is an established author in the health, wellness, and fitness sector. He has appeared on numerous television shows and featured in several publications including ESPN, 60-Minutes, the NFL Network, USA Today, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, ESPN Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. Today, he joins Kelly on the show to share his journey, discuss the importance of “getting your mindset right,” as well as talks about his newest book that will be hitting the shelves of bookstores across the country on October 11.

 

“Everyone is stronger than they think. Step outside the box sometimes; you may surprise yourself.” – Todd Durkin

 

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • How Todd describes himself and the work that he does.
  • How he turned a setback in his life into a passionate career and successful business.
  • Why he believes the hardest thing to do is to ask yourself “How can I change?”
  • What he believes makes him different as a coach and trainer.
  • What it was like for him to compete on the NBC show Strong and how he made it onto the show?
  • Who inspires him?
  • Why he believes that “you are the sum total of the people you surround yourself with.”
  • The myth-understanding revolving around cardio vs weight training.
  • The myth-understanding revolving around the calories in vs calories out mentality.
  • The myth-understanding about not including fat into your daily diet.
  • His 10 Forms of Wealth Wheel
  • His new book: The Wow Book: 52 Ways to Motivate Your Mind, Inspire Your Soul, and Create Impact in Your Life.

 

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“You have to heal from the inside out.” – Todd Durkin

 

 

 

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