“People need to have a strong ‘why’ – it gives them a stronger sense of purpose.” – Jason Khalipa
Jason Khalipa (@jasonkhalipa) is an entrepreneur, dad, author, Crossfit Games champion and all-around remarkable human. He is incredibly generous with his wisdom and energy and has channelled much of what he knows into his forthcoming book, AMRAP Mentality. (If you’re unfamiliar with the term AMRAP, it means as many rounds or as many reps as possible in fitness training.)
In our conversation, we cover:
- How he applies his champion’s mindset to get the most out of life, including working through a very challenging time where his little daughter was battling leukemia.
- How being healthy and strong gives us reserve power to work through life’s challenges and just some thoughts on living a good life.
- How building camaraderie and community on the floor of corporate fitness facilities has evolved the way teams connect and perform in their day-to-day work.
There is so much we didn’t end up touching on, so if you’d like to learn more about Jason I highly suggest reading up on him in J.C. Herz’s incredible book, Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of Crossfit and the Primal Future of Fitness as a starting point.
Athletic accomplishments aside, Jason is a generous teacher, community member and role model. Check him out on Instagram at @jasonkhalipa or check out his chain of gyms at NC.fit.
“We live our lives as if our next day is so guaranteed, but it’s urgent. Life is urgent.”
– Justin Duguay
Justin Duguay ( @jtdioxide ) is back for round two and we both agree that we pushed ourselves a bit into the zone of discomfort at times with this one. I happen to think that adds value to the episode, but you will have to decide for yourselves. Justin is, after all, the guy who said, “Vulnerability makes us ripe for growth,” during his interview in episode three.
Covered in this episode:
- A unique project that Justin and his sister, Danielle, have brought to a local school
- An inconvenient truth about the fitness industry and its experts
- A story of two encounters that have brought focus to his life
You’ll quickly recognize that Justin is a guy who is very motivated by helping other people perform better in their lives. He shares a lot of his coaching reflections and insights on Instagram at @jtdioxide or you can check out his blog at www.CrossfitDioxide.com .
The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders by Dr. John E. Sarno, MD
“I can only perform well and do things well if I’m taking care of myself – you can’t pour from an empty cup.” – Sal Di Stefano
Sal Di Stefano (@mindpumpsal) is a lifelong health and fitness experimenter/enthusiast and fitness media entrepreneur as well as co-host of the disruptive and informative Mind Pump podcast. Mind Pump is an online radio show/podcast that has been described as Howard Stern meets fitness.
During our call, Sal gets into:
- Aligning your health goals with the rest of your life.
- How he thinks about self-care through life’s challenges.
- His “trading dimes for quarters” philosophy.
- Avoiding the trap of “fighting for 1%” in your health and wellness
If you enjoyed this conversation, I would strongly encourage you to check out episodes of Sal’s podcast. They currently have well over 600 episodes available and have interviewed everybody who is making a difference in the field of modern fitness and wellness. You can also check out Sal on Instagram @mindpumpsal.
Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sarah Beatty (@9tothrive_inc) is the founder 9 to Thrive, a brand new a corporate wellness events company who deliver fitness events to workplaces. Tired of constantly struggling to balance a busy workload with her health and well-being and inspired by her passion for health and wellness, she focused on creating an easy way to bring healthy activities TO the workplace.
But this episode isn’t all about workplace wellness!
Sarah is also a personal trainer and has some great tips for helping people to get started on their own wellness journey, so if that’s where you’re at and what you’re looking for, we’ve got that in the conversation too.
In the episode, Sarah shares:
- How small changes can lead to discovering your hidden superpowers.
- How smaller businesses can offer wellness initiatives that help them attract talent.
- How to start building workplace wellness initiatives with your teams, even with no budget.
- Measuring the ROI of workplace wellness initiatives
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