We’re going "beyond the back” in episode 36 of Uncharted Performance this week. Our guest is Chad Teague, doctor of chiropractic, and owner of CODE CHIRO. Dr. Teague is interested in all aspects of performance, from refining your squat technique to improving digestive and neurological health. This interview is peppered with good advice to correct imbalances in exercise so you can not only feel better but do better in your movement practice. A few things we found particularly interesting from our talk: to use or not to use a lifting belt, benefits of improving thoracic mobility as well as using your feet properly during a squat to maximize force. We also got proof that breathing is more difficult than you think if you do it correctly (because, honestly, how many times have you thought about breathing today?). Enjoy and see you next week!
Ready to become bulletproof? Today, in episode 35 of Uncharted Performance our guest is Matt Stevens, a physical therapist and owner of Pure Physio. Matt spills the beans on what leads to common injuries, how they happen and what we should do to fully recover. The self-professed goal of his practice is to help patients and athletes become more bulletproof in any physical endeavor, not just exercise. Matt’s main focus echoes what we’ve already discussed with other guests this season: you have to address weakness early on or it will grow into an impediment (We’re sensing a theme here!). But remember, knowledge is power so tune in to this week’s episode so you don’t miss out!
It’s a family affair this week on Episode 34 of Uncharted Performance! We are talking with Beth Anne and Ralph Lazaro of RALABALA. This duo definitely brings energy and positivity, and are sharing their story of health and body image transformation through better nutrition, right approach to goals, and challenging their bodies physically and mentally on a daily basis. Beth Anne and Ralph are a true power couple who have figured out how to help each other succeed and are eager to share that advice with others. Beyond that, Ralph emphasized the importance of dreaming like we’re kids and Beth Anne believes in the strength of the community to help each of us grow and flourish
Episode 33 of Uncharted Performance is a special “treat”, champagne not included (watch the video on YouTube)! We caught up with Brandon Morrison of Lift Big Eat Big to dig into what makes Brandon tick, physically and mentally. There is absolutely more to this gent than meets the eye. He shares his experiences with dyscalculia and non-verbal learning disorder and how it impacts his daily life and coaching but, most importantly, how he found a way to manage it. We also didn’t shy away from grilling Brandon on his best tips about gaining strength, especially in how it relates and translates to the Strongman events. We even got wilderness survival tips from Brandon! So don’t miss this one and enjoy!
Part 2 of the Strength Summit (Episode 32) is here! Tom Rini of Black Flag Athletics, Lindsey Nelson of Crossfit Distinction, and Mark Valenti of Blind Dog Gym return to dive right back into all things strength. Unlike the previous episode where we discussed the psychological and psycho-social approaches to developing strength, today is all about breaking down successful training programs and learning how we can implement them to help achieve our goals. Topics discussed include specific models of training, such as the conjugate method, how each of our panelists structures his/her own programming as well as how to troubleshoot plateaus. All three coaches have experiences in different fields of training but one thing they agree on is that while many programs work, the key to developing individual strength is to find what works for you.
Welcome to Season 4, Everyone! The Season of Strength. We’ve done something different for the premiere of this season and we hope you enjoy it. In this episode, Tom Rini of Blag Flag Athletics, Mark Valenti of Blind Dog Gym and Linsdey Nelson of Crossfit Distinction are going to discuss, as you probably guessed from the title, developing strength. We’ve given our guests a bit more freedom to explore the subject this time with minimal guidance and each of them has a very unique perspective on the topic. Strength is a composite of mental and physical attributes which Tom, Mark, and Lindsey will break down for us. A few things we’ll emphasize in this episode are the importance of the mental game, how to achieve the optimal mindset as well as how to choose the right environment for your goals, both inside and outside of the gym. Don’t miss Part 2 of the Strength Summit next week where we’ll break down the more technical approaches to strength development.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to leave your professional career behind to pursue your dreams, look no further than this episode of Uncharted Performance. Nick White, our guest this week, left a career in law to open Tremont Athletic Club. We dive right in to learn about how Nick took the leap to entrepreneurship, leaving behind a steady and secure paycheck from his law firm. Nick shares with us his initial fears, what steps he took to make his business grow, how he works daily to keep his team and clients engaged and continually developing to become better versions of themselves. The main theme of this interview is that what often stops us from dreaming big is the fear of losing what we have now, the perceived security of it. Nick’s answer to that is what should truly scare us is missing out and giving up on what we could achieve by taking that first step.
Let's keep exploring the topic of nutrition this week on Uncharted Performance. Brigid Titgemeier from the BeingBrigid is our guest this week to teach us a thing or two about why putting good foods in our bodies pays off. Brigid is a dietician with a special focus on functional medicine (we’ll be discussing what that’s all about, too!). Brigid shares her story of conquering a rare disease by eliminating foods she was sensitive to and incorporating in more whole foods. Digestive health is often the missing link that can help many of us achieve optimal well-being. Brigid's blog is full of appetizing meal ideas and we’ll get to find out how she comes up with them. Want to learn what’s on Brigid’s grocery shopping list? Find out in the interview!
Get ready to learn everything you wanted to know about supplements but were afraid to ask. In this episode of Uncharted Performance, Nicole Gould of Vital Choice, a registered dietitian, is here to shed some light on what supplements we should be using and which ones to stay away from. Nicole teaches us what to look for in picking good quality products, how to decipher the not so good ingredients on the label and what doses of common vitamins are appropriate to take. Of course, we had to discuss major players in the sports nutrition game, such as protein and creatine, but you will also find out how to battle one of the biggest obstacles to achieving overall health (hint: the SAD diet is a big contributing factor). Last but not least, we want to emphasize the importance of educating yourself to make the best choices! Enjoy!
This week Uncharted Performance talks to Ben Koenigsberg, owner of Rain City Fit in Seattle, Washington. In this episode, we are continuing the theme of conquering psychological and emotional obstacles. Our guest today is a great example of what happens when you take (calculated) risks in an aspiration to achieve your biggest goals even when you don’t have the perfect plan of how to get there. Entrepreneurship and fitness have helped Ben overcome longstanding drug addiction through self-transformation. He realized that what he had to lose by starting a new chapter in life was nothing compared to what he would gain. What can we learn from Ben? Don’t be consumed by paralysis by analysis, start doing something towards your goal right now.