We teased this week's guest last week on Episode 94 of Uncharted Performance with Mark England so it should be no surprise that we have the wonderful opportunity to talk to Mike Bledsoe of the Shrugged Collective and host of The Bledsoe Show. He is a true pioneer, influencer, and game changer, and one of the few individuals that have guided us on our path. We explore a number of incredible topics with Mike including a tutorial on creating connection, a full body connection with others, being present in our relationships, how curiosity can led us to what we are meant to do, his evolution as a person from what he was a number of years ago, to the man he is today (how he identifies himself), and who he might become in the future including the major impact point that set the course. We deconstruct the definition of normal, investigate his views on entrepreneurship, wealth and success, how Mike identities which skills to develop, how he has developed them, and what he is concentrating on at the moment (which might surprise you), the value of presence and what is possible through delivering bliss and joy to others.
We had some unfinished business with Mark England of Procabulary. In our first episode we discussed in depth the power of language and how through the words we choose to use we can gain greater focus, clarity, and control one word at a time. This go around we explore a topic that has become very diluted in self development and growth circles, the subject of goal setting. Mark makes a clear distinction between dreams and goals. He also walks us through the careful process of creating your goals and the key variables associated with getting our thoughts out and crafting meaningful goals. We dig deep on not only the significance of writing our goals, but how they should be written, what we should be experiencing as we write them, and you guessed it, the words we should choose to use. Mark also guides us on which and how to go after our goals, setting and shifting priorities, and how to respond when our goals are not achieved in the manner in which we envisioned. Enjoy part two with our very good friend, Mark England!
Chef Joshua Ingraham was recently named "The Face of Fitness for Chefs", he was a finalist for the Men's Health Ultimate Guy Contest, been featured in Food Management Magazine, Crain's Cleveland, Men's Health, Dining with Dermish, and as the Local Celebrity Chef for this year's Get Fit Expo. While perfecting his cuisine he was able to shed 30 lbs in 200 days to win $10k and a Pro sponsorship from Blue Star Nutraceuticals. Josh has been a martial artists for 23 years, Pro Chef for 12 years, Health Coach for 10 years, and author of 2 books. He has a deep deep passion to protect the world and bring us together. We discuss his growth and evolution as a chef, his own personal physical and mental transformation, his dedication, discipline, consistency and drive for a sustainable and health lifestyle not only for himself but for everyone he comes in contact with, the importance of food education along with the great work and impact he is making in the community.
Arabelle Mondello is a kind, funny, beautiful human soul and also a little nuts. She is an ultra marathon runner and preparing to take one of the most epic trails on the globe, The American Discovery Trail, which stretches across more than 6800 miles and 15 states. Why commit to such an incredible challenge? After suffering multiple miscarriages, she became an emotional mess, and dove deep into grief and ensuing depression, losing much of her self worth. She went on a search for hope and happiness beyond having another baby. On the trails, she found peace, a great escape from her suffering. She found that hope out on the trails, in the wilderness. She prepares to run across the United States to share her message of hope with others and offer guidance to those who have suffered not only pregnancy loss but those who might find themselves in a dark place. To help us recognize that we have the right tools to determine what is truly meaningful, what can brings joy to our lives, and the steps we could take to allow us to find a better place.
Welcome back ladies and gentlemen to Uncharted Performance. We kick off season 9 by pulling back the curtain with Luke Summers & Chris "Tex" McQuilkin of Power Athlete. These two gentlemen are at the core of an immensely talented team led by John Welbourn dedicated to fighting mediocrity in the field of strength and conditioning and empowering your performance as an athlete and coach. Luke and Tex share their distinct journeys to Power Athlete highlighting their lightbulb moments when everything changed for them as coaches. We go deep and discuss the culture and vision at Power Athlete and the role that leadership, opportunity, autonomy, loyalty, taking ownership, continuing education, and innovation all play in creating an unparalleled platform for self discovery, development, and enlightenment. Power Athlete is more than just strength and conditioning, it is what the world needs. Enjoy and make sure to tune in to Power Athlete Radio too!
For episode 90 we are joined by national champion, international team member, record holder and Level 5 senior international coach for USA Weightlifting, Derrick Johnson. He has produced national champions, team titles, world team members, and a Olympian but that is just scratching the surface. He takes us on a fascinating journey from growing up in around poverty and crime in St. Louis to rolling the dice, starting over and reinventing himself in Los Angeles and opening the amazing non-profit providing opportunity and access to the great sport of Olympic weightlifting, The Kings of Weightlifting. Our conversation is littered with “firsts” and breaking down barriers starting with his recent trip to compete in Iran where he took gold. But that is now, Derrick has gone through multiple injuries, heart break, devastation, steady use of pain killers, and more pain and trauma. Through it all however, he has continued to work on himself and maintain the best mindset for himself and those he coaches by reminding himself of what is good. His is a story that he is writing himself, and it is far from over.
For episode 89 our guest is the immensely popular and outgoing, Dr. Teddy Willsey of Strength Coach Therapy and Healthy Baller. Many of you might be familiar with Teddy from his Instagram account and other social media on which he shares very valuable content that we can apply in our training, pre-hab, warm-ups, active recovery and coming back from injury. We discuss his growth in popularity and his
always increasing following, how it happened, at the benefits it provides, along with its downsides. We nail down what sets Teddy apart from others in his field, his philosophy, how he is bridging the gap between strength and conditioning and physical therapy, and his evolution as a professional. We also dive into practices that set Teddy off a bit, movements and exercises we would benefit from incorporating more often into our training, the purpose of active recovery and what it should look like, his passion for the outdoors, and surviving DC metro traffic.
For episode 87 of Uncharted Performance, we are joined by none other than James Fitzgerald of OPEX. James has lived fitness and training for a better part of his life, he absolutely loves it. It is that love that has enabled him to compete at the highest level and transition to arguably being one of the top coaches on the planet. We cover his genesis from athlete and coach, and the characteristics which have allowed him to continually develop and ascend to the top of the sport for over 20 years. We explore the world of OPEX including their unique approach to athlete assessment and progression, the concept of Maximal Aerobic Power (MAP for short) along with its implications and application to training, the use to technology, as well as James’ definition of success and his ultimate purpose.
For episode 87 we are joined by Ben Dziwulski of WODPrep. During this part of the year, many of us are competing in CrossFit Open, which is a terrific way to identifying your strengths and areas of improvement. Ben and I review share our thoughts on this year’s event and what we can expect in the remainder of the workouts. Then based on actual data, we breakdown the most common movements and with Ben’s help, what we can do in our training to get better at them. Whatever your level, if you are competing in the Open or not, Ben shares some absolute gems on how to develop a sound foundation and build on it with appropriate progressions. Enjoy our conversation, reflect on your performance, and evaluate how you can adjust and improve those skills along with increasing capacity at performing them at high volume. Enjoy!
Prady Tewarie by most standards is a very successful entrepreneur as well as a very accomplished bodybuilder, however he comes from very very humble beginnings. He is the son of working class immigrants and struggled throughout much of his childhood in school but that didn’t stop him. He was bitten very early on by both he iron and business bugs. We explore his journey and growth in Bodybuilding, uncovering along the way the many indirect benefits of immersing yourself in the sport. We dive into how he took underperforming assets and developed methods to turn them around, we bust myths about what it takes to succeed and how we can achieve our lofties of goals, drawing parallels between bodybuilding and entrepreneurship, how one feeds of the other, and the most important investments you can make.