Jason MacKenzie has overcome a hardship that most of us would think impossible to overcome. His human reaction to a devastating event left him lost in a haze of guilt, shame and alcoholism. He used physical fitness as a type of retribution for his dirty deeds and his wife’s suicide as the rationale for letting himself fall apart. It wasn’t until he embraced his vulnerable side that he was able to break free of his addiction and start his spiritual journey. His upcoming world-changing book is for Dads who need to cultivate vulnerability in their lives.
[7:19] Jason dealt with the inconsolable mental anguish which was his late wife’s bipolar disorder.
[14:50] Sharing stories about bipolar disorder encourages other people to share their stories, helping to lift their burden.
[18:45] Imagine telling two little girls their mommy went to heaven after their Mommy committed suicide.
[24:39] People will rationalize their drinking problem to themselves and those who love them until the breaking point occurs.
[31:55] Two views of a disorder - How the spouse of an affected person copes and how a person who is struggling copes.
[37:19] Physical fitness was Jason’s anchor during tumultuous times and mental fitness is what got him ripped.
[42:13] It’s not about crunches. It’s about being worthy of being better.
[47:18] Contact information and what to expect from Jason’s book.
[49:10] The Lightening Round - Getting mileage out of crapping your pants.
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As an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion at Charleston Southern University, Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas educates with a holistic approach. She believes mental fitness to be just as important as physical fitness for living a healthy life. Her 6-years of active duty service as a Captain in the Marine Corps gave her the desire to spend time helping veterans to transition from active duty to civilian life in the healthiest way possible. Her book Brave, Strong & True: The Modern Warrior’s Battle for Balance is a strategic guide for people who want to lead a purposeful life.
[5:09] How Kate Hendricks Thomas spends her days and how she helps veterans transition from active duty to civilian life.
[9:55] The high-end fitness industry made Kate feel out of balance and wonder about her purpose.
[14:15] Mindful movement is a self-care practice.
[18:11] There are 3 concepts to build resilience to assist anyone dealing with mental fitness and stressors.
[23:20] Integrating meditation practices into your fitness program early can produce real, validated results.
[30:02] Kate believes she would have been a better marine officer had she allowed herself to be vulnerable.
[33:05] We should be consciously cultivating empathy like Drew does in his Fit2Fat2Fit movement.
[36:26] Circuit weight training, yoga and holistic nutrition are critical parts of Kate’s current fitness practice.
[41:55] The Lightning Round - Breaking Wind.
[47:00] Contact information for Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas.
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Charlie Brenneman, aka The Spaniard, is a family man who has had a successful career as a teacher, an MMA fighter, a professional speaker, a mentor and an author. He is living proof of humans’ ability to adapt and transition to whatever they desire to be in life. He shares the details of his journey from being a high school wrestler all the way through to having his life-altering stroke. He also talks on his understanding of how nutrition can help the body perform at a higher level and which type of workouts keep him in top shape.
[4:07] How did Charlie get the nickname “The Spaniard”?
[9:05] Binging on food after a weigh in is definitely a thing of the past. It’s now about understanding how nutrition can help the body to perform at a higher level.
[14:42] This is what happened when Charlie transitioned from a wrestler to a UFC fighter.
[20:56] Screw your weaknesses and focus on what you are best at.
[22:51] Charlie has had 2 major events which made him believe he would never fight again.
[33:54] To fill the void of not being a fighter, Charlie set out to help others.
[36:09] There’s not enough money in the world to make me sacrifice my family time.
[39:18] What are some daily habits the Spaniard never fails to do?
[41:58] A couple of key things Charlie includes in his workout.
[44:45] Drew’s famous spinach shake breakfast.
[47:14] The Lightning Round - Google “Adlan UFC”.
[55:53] Contact information for Charlie.
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Maddy Moon is a 24-year-old female with strong convictions about sharing her message with the world. As a high school student, Maddy was introduced to food documentaries which changed her way of eating. She adopted vegetarianism and rapidly dropped weight. And even though she didn’t need to lose the weight, people started praising her for her new look. She became obsessed with the attention she was getting and decided to work with a trainer to prepare her for a physique competition. She has since realized her value is more than how she looks and she wants to make sure women have the tools to become body positive. She has written two books and her website has become a resource for those who would like to learn from her experiences.
[7:54] Maddy shares the beginning of her body obsession and how her eating habits were getting her noticed.
[13:55] Labels are more powerful than we think they are. They can make us a prisoner.
[17:55] If kids see the people love and admire most putting themselves down, it won’t matter what you say to them, they will pick up on the behavior.
[21:48] Maddy lost herself and her health while preparing for her first physique competition.
[31:46] There are people in the fitness industry who make women believe their only value is how they look.
[37:59] Purging her social media, reducing triggers, changing relationships and increasing her “body positivity” exposure led Maddy through her healing process.
[48:25] Contact information for Maddy and how to get her amazing books, Confessions of a Fitness Model and The Perfection Myth.
[50:28] The Lightning Round - The amazing middle toe lift.
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As a former professional ice hockey player and wrestler, Paul Gagné has always had an interest in using the body’s natural systems to obtain peak performance. He currently trains high-level athletes using Posturology, Sports Physiology, and Strength Conditioning along with a Japanese style nutrition and diet regiment. He advises to only take supplements that activate the body’s natural systems, but only if you really need to.
[5:24] What exactly is Posturology and what does it have to do with our feet?
[14:39] Eye muscles are an important part of posture. Hand, eye coordination can be stunted by the white light from screens and the proximity of electronic devices.
[20:18] How has Paul’s nutritional philosophy changed over the years due to changes in scientific information?
[28:44] What is the difference in the proper diet of a high-end athlete vs. the average Joe?
[35:08] We should wait for our bodies to tell us when we need food before eating. Most people eat before their bodies have finished processing food.
[38:09] A good supplement activates our body's natural energy system.
[40:59] Bone broth is made from organic bones and it is eaten to reduce inflammation.
[43:53] Protein powders and supplements are overused, wasteful products.
[50:59] Contact information for Paul Gagné.
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Aside from having amazingly cool stories, Mark Divine is a NY Times bestselling author, has a MBA in finance, created two of the most sought after workout routines and did yoga in Saddam Hussein's palace. His SEALFIT and Kokoro yoga workouts are designed for a gamut of fitness levels and encourage mental capacity as well as physical focus. He talks with Drew and Lynn about how he uses the 3 pillar rule to keep his clients’ body and mind in top shape. Look for his new book “Unbeatable Fuel” which will be out soon.
[7:44] Mark was privileged to learn martial arts from an enlightened master who was a 10th degree black belt before he discovered yoga.
[17:27] Mark’s personal yoga practice includes box breathing, standing poses and high intensity exercises or fighting moves; then he finishes up with seated poses and visualizations.
[20:26] Mark’s personal mission is to dispel the idea of ‘yoga is a group sport’.
[23:56] SEALFIT started when Mark was training Navy SEALs, non-stop for 30-days. He wanted to develop their mental focus so he integrated yoga into the program.
[28:52] What is the difference between SEALFIT and Kokoro yoga?
[36:05] Mark recommends these programs for people of varying levels of fitness.
[37:50] A crucible is a significant challenge which gets you out of your comfort zone.
[52:54] The 3 pillars (breathing, hydration, and nutrition) are fueling rest, recovery (sleep) and integrated training.
[58:04] The Lightning Round.
[1:02:53] Contact information for Mark and how to find his book.
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Natalie Jill is considered one of the 30 most influential people in the health and fitness industry. She is a social media sensation with over 1.5 million Facebook fans. People relate easily to her because her story is a story of inspiration. She was able to reinvent herself after hitting rock bottom, all the while going through a divorce and a radical weight gain following her pregnancy. The drastic change eventually led to her platinum fitness brand and her new book, Unprocess Your Diet. She shares with us how she uses her vision board to get what she wants and how she finds solutions for her followers.
[5:16] Natalie took helping people to the next level by creating fitness solutions for those who came to her for help.
[10:46] How did Natalie Jill change her life and start the 7-day Jump Start fitness program?
[17:59] Why did Natalie pick a 7-day fitness program?
[22:09] What is the difference between a gluten-free diet and an unprocessed gluten-free diet?
[28:07] Feeling confident and living without pain is the main goal of Natalie’s life and fitness routine.
[31:13] Work towards getting stronger does not mean work towards masculinity.
[32:11] Supplements are popular in the fitness industry. Which supplements does Natalie take?
[36:27] Pre-order Natalie’s modified ebook, which is now in print. It includes seven 7-minute workouts.
[38:48] Contact information for Natalie Jill.
[39:46] The Lightning Round.
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Dr. Dominic “Dom” D'Agostino is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida. He joins Drew to discuss how athletes can obtain peak performance and resilience through nutrition and a ketogenic diet. As a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, Dr. D'Agostino focuses on developing and testing metabolic therapies using a ketogenic diet and supplements. He enjoys working out and bodybuilding, so he knows first-hand how effective this therapy can be.
[6:02] Dr. D'Agostino has always been interested in nutrition, but it was neuroscience that led him to ketosis.
[12:11] What is nutritional ketosis? How do you reach it? What are the benefits of being in a ketogenic state?
[20:56] A ketogenic diet can have very different results on men and women’s bodies.
[22:46] What are some industry myths about ketosis or other considerations Fit2Fat2Fit listeners should know about?
[29:14] Most people can benefit from a ketogenic diet, even if they do it intermittently to gain lean muscle mass.
[36:44] The field of nutrigenomics will have the capacity to predict deficiencies by analyzing a drop of blood.
[40:03] Dr. D'Agostino shares tips for a 3-week trial ketosis diet.
[42:57] What about a ketogenic diet for endurance athletes, CrossFit athletes and football players?
[58:10] Exogenous ketones - Why is everyone talking about them and how do they work?
[1:05:20] Your body could go into a state of stress when first starting a ketogenic diet.
[1:09:20] Our brains and cells are already hardwired to use ketones as an energy source.
[1:15:54] If a person does eat a ‘treat’ food, what can they do to minimize the impacts of glucose?
[1:21:20] Why aren’t you studying the microbiome?
[1:25:14] Dr. D’Agostino answers questions from Facebook.
[1:30:28] The Lightning Round!
The trainer and clients of the 10th episode of A&E’s Fit to Fat to Fit TV show join Drew to discuss the most difficult parts of their journeys. Jason and Johnny said, if Tramell was willing to gain the weight just so he could better understand what they were dealing with, then they were going to see the experiment through, no matter how hard it was. Tramell has been the only trainer of the entire season to show a moment of weakness, by giving into the addiction and cravings when he ate a Pop-Tart during one of his “back to fit” days.
[7:00] Monica is familiar with the health risks of gaining weight.
[9:49] Jason had a personal trainer and weight loss surgery in the past.
[11:25] We knew it was for real when Tramell gained the weight to better understand us.
[15:13] Being an overweight trainer at a new gym.
[18:33] We had to change everything in our kitchen from canned to fresh.
[24:13] Real life happened but the filming never stopped.
[30:26] The first workout after 4 months was horrible.
[36:26] The pressure of the Pop-Tart!
[42:18] Is Tramell disgusted by fat people, as the interview shot made it to seem like?
[47:20] Being more physically active than any other time in my life.
[50:37] The “per serving” trick of food labels.
[51:54] One ingredient food items and carbs after workouts.
[55:46] The Lightning Round.
[1:01:33] Social media contact information.
The smartest guy (with the best voice) in fitness makes his second appearance on our show. Shawn Stevenson takes us on a journey through his new book “Sleep Smarter”, by highlighting important chapters and educating us on the way we sleep in general. He explains how meditation and breathing can calm our inner chatter allowing us to experience more efficient sleep, how exercising earlier in the day will make us feel more rested and how hormone supplements can ruin our natural sleep cycles. We encourage you to go out and get a copy of his well-researched and extremely well-written book.
[5:10] Writing the book was the easy part
[9:05] How do you influence a teenager to follow the program?
[12:27] Sleep is more powerful than food and exercise
[17:36] The different categories of REM and non-REM sleep
[20:03] Exercise in the early part of the day for better sleep
[24:49] Fat loss is about your hormone function
[25:54] How supplements affect your body’s natural cycle
[32:04] Meditation is essential in today’s world and this is why it works
[45:33] The cause of and cure for Drew’s sleeping issue
[51:36] Overweight individuals can have a 50% increase in cortisol levels after eating
[58:46] Lifestyle factors that allow you to sleep well at night including a new mattress
[1:03:24] SIDS and illness in children based on mattresses treated with chemicals
[1:11:31] Becoming the best version of yourself through sleep
[1:14:21] The Lightning Round - Bieber Fever!
[1:22:02] Contact Shawn and GET HIS BOOK!
One of the most intriguing parts of the Fit to Fat to Fit show on A&E is watching the relationship between the trainer and the client unfold. The friendship, which spawned out of Seth Kaufmann and Dave O’Keefe’s episode, was profound and inspirational. They were able to motivate each other when it was difficult to make it through the initial workouts and held each other accountable for maintaining healthy lifestyles. The pair has made plans for the future and will be launching a workout program, which includes yoga and meditation techniques in addition to nutritious juicing.
[3:56] Seth knew he could deal with gaining the weight but he wasn’t sure about not exercising.
[11:47] You can’t go outside, you’re fat!
[13:38] Dave had someone to work out with who had a glimpse of what he was going through.
[15:41] Seth didn’t feel authentic while he was gaining weight.
[21:43] The exercise was the easiest part of the journey for Dave.
[24:34] Juice ‘reboots’ were the most efficient way for us to get our nutrients.
[31:55] Dave has been able to maintain his weight but would like to lose more.
[36:14] My entire family eats healthier and is more active now.
[41:25] Having a yoga date every Wednesday helped me to re-align my body and mind.
[44:42] Contact information for Seth and Dave.
[46:46] The Lightning Round!
Even though the extra weight gave Trainer Fallon beautiful curves, the unhealthy eating left her hormone levels a mess. The producers made her wear a sports bra and tight shorts throughout the episode, which she says was uncomfortable in front of the cameras. The relationship between her and her client, JD, started out as fun and adventurous but after overhearing JD complain to the show’s producers about her training style she started to notice other cracks in their working relationship. Fallon says JD would say he couldn’t make the workouts and then would post pictures of burgers and beers. She felt let down since she was only there to help him. This is the first episode of the Fit to Fat to Fit show where the client left before the end of the experiment, will it be the last?
[5:47] The reporter in me challenged me to gain the weight
[8:22] You are the only trainer unable to gain the weight on a consistent basis
[11:19] Weight gain can mess with your hormone levels and fertility
[15:14] You have to love yourself no matter what size you are
[16:52] Live a healthy life so you can enjoy the best things in life
[19:12] Fallon overheard JD bad mouthing her and noticed beer in his social media pictures
[23:16] Fallon felt like there was nothing more she could do for JD
[27:14] Did JD not respect Fallon because she wasn’t a male trainer?
[30:52] JD hasn’t contacted Fallon at all after the filming ended
[33:14] A food journal can be a powerful tool for losing weight
[36:15] High-intensity cardio and strength training got Fallon back in shape
[37:13] Gaining empathy and changing perceptions
[40:01] The Lightning Round
Simple movement can make all the difference. It feels good, it’s good for us and it gives us a chance to take a big breath of the fresh air outside. This week, trainers Carrie and Kenlee talk with Drew and Lynn about the side benefits of their Fit to Fat to Fit experiment. Kenlee now spends a longer time at the playground with her kids as part of her fitness routine. She says the non-structured workouts keep her motivated and she enjoys the extra family time. Carrie felt she was already empathetic towards the clients she trained at her fitness center, but after this experience she feels she has changed. She had not realized about the mental and emotional toll the unhealthy diet would have on her well-being. She also didn’t anticipate the slow transition back to her normal/healthy diet. Listen in as the ladies share their Fit to Fat to Fit stories.
[4:55] Carrie thought she had empathy for her clients before her Fit2Fat2Fi journey
[8:37] Kenlee and Carrie bonded over a glance while working out on the mountain
[14:58] My new diet made me a different person, and I didn’t like it
[17:58] My entire family is eating healthier
[20:28] Carrie’s transition back to healthy food took longer than she thought it would
[24:50] A workout doesn’t have to be at the gym, playing is working out!
[30:20] MMA Fighters and Stay-at-home moms use the same strength training tools
[31:38] Eating healthy is about bringing nutrition into your body not what you take out of your diet
[35:07] My treat meals no longer feel good once they hit my stomach
[41:18] I needed my safety net of women to help keep me accountable
[44:26] The Lightning Round – The devil in spandex
[52:49] Where to find Carrie and Kenlee
While Mateo was transitioning from carnivore to “mostly” vegetarian in 0 to 60, Katie loathed herself every time she shoved a French fry into her mouth. This may be the first episode of A&E’s Fit to Fat to Fit reality TV show in which the fitness trainer had a more difficult time with the experiment than the client had with the weight loss program. Katie opens up to Drew about how much she hated every minute and every morsel. She says she doesn’t regret taking in the challenge but she will never, ever do it again. Mateo had his own set of challenges when his body broke down shortly after starting the program, because he hadn’t worked out in years. He also found his soda cravings unbearable. They both agree finding someone who understands what you are going through is the best motivation in the world.
[6:30] When Mack and Mateo first met
[10:04] Perceptions of working with a personal trainer and a chef
[13:28] Katie hated the amount of food she had to eat for her Fit to Fat to Fit experiment
[21:51] Overeating took an emotional and physical toll on Katie
[31:58] Stress caused slowdowns in metabolism and weight loss
[41:31] Changing attitudes is what the experiment is really about
[45:10] Walking was the first step towards getting out of the gym
[46:54] You must create the time to get healthy
[51:55] Obese people endure a quiet suffering but keep doing what they have to do
[55:56] All diets don’t work for everyone, everyone is built differently
[1:00:51] The 50/50 diet regimen, low carbs and lots of protein
[1:06:27] The Lightning Round - Mateo’s cooking is the best in the world
Changing your diet requires more than willpower. We all have emotional connections with certain foods, which drive us to eat when we are not hungry or bored. Breaking the cycle was the toughest part for Raela. She felt angry and emotional as she was eliminating soda and other sugars from her life. She had not realized the addictive spell she was under. This week’s trainer, Corey Taylor, was struggling with the Fit to Fat to Fit experience until Drew visited to help him through the physical and emotional hits his body was taking. Corey feels it helped to have someone who understood what he was going through and after his Fit to Fat to Fit experience, he was able to be there mentally for Raela.
[2:33] Adding 50-60 pounds over 4 months is scary
[5:37] Changing eating habits was one of the hardest things
[7:14] Raela’s friends were there for her as a support system
[8:37] Fat Corey was more social than Fit Corey is
[10:55] The pressure of a new lifestyle was overwhelming
[14:48] Having someone who knows what you are going through can change your perspective
[19:36] Eating real food and not eating junk was the biggest change for Raela
[20:53] Being fit and sculpting your body is different from starting with a blank canvas
[23:31] Use the earth as a tool to gain better health
[25:24] Raela got angry and emotional when she changed her diet
[29:09] Corey’s new workout programs based on his Fit to Fat to Fit experience
[31:47] How Raela embraced and maintains her fitness lifestyle
[33:41] Losing weight is a bi-product of a healthy, happy lifestyle
[36:59] The Lightning Round - A chubby trainer
Alex and Geoff from last Tuesday’s Fit to Fat to Fit episode are our guests on today’s show. Bloodwork was an integral part of the episode and Geoff says his levels scared him into wanting to clean up his body. Both Alex and Geoff, felt the challenges on a physical as well as an emotion level. Their transformations were captured for us to share and learn from. Geoff has since kept the weight off for 5 months, which is exceptional. The beach scene is where it all started and has left a scar on both trainer and client.
Catch the next Fit to Fat to Fit on A&E next Tuesday at 10 pm.
[3:47] Your body is just a small percentage of who you are
[6:55] The first workout together was an emotional experience for Geoff
[8:25] The beach scene provided an eye-opening experience on the importance of nutrition
[10:53] There was value in having Alex do the Fit to Fat to Fit journey also
[13:35] The blood test scared me into cleaning up my body
[18:42] Healthy living is not about having a 6-pack and being slim
[20:16] Depression set in as Alex gained weight
[27:22] Keeping the weight off for 5 months was more impressive than the weight loss iteself
[30:00] It’s still hard to look in the mirror
[34:25] Preparing yourself mentally for losing weight is important
[41:40] How to get around in our processed food world by using a flexible diet
[45:28] Training is not about calories in and calories out
[48:00] A great trainer gets their client to a point where the trainer is not needed anymore
[48:42] The Lightning Round
[56:11] Contact Alex and Geoff on social media
This episode features Adonis and Alissa, trainer and client who appeared on the latest Fit to Fat to Fit TV show from A&E. Their partner workouts focused not only on weight loss but on muscle building and strength training. Adonis says “building muscle means more than a number on the scale.” They became fast friends and will be starting a YouTube channel which will highlight his workouts and her delicious recipes. Listen in to hear how you can follow Adonis’s “Walk Across America” to combat obesity. And, tune in every Tuesday on A&E for another inspiring episode of Fit to Fat to Fit.
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[5:08] Adonis was 310 pounds before fitness changed his life
[9:09] Gaining the weight showed Alissa I was on the journey with her
[11:14] I watched him at rock bottom
[13:35] We became friends as well as workout partners
[16:13] It’s a big responsibility to save someone’s life
[21:22] Our partner workouts focused on weight, as well as shape
[25:15] Alissa & Adonis’s nutritional intake and diet changes
[30:34] Alissa is able to talk about her weight loss activities since the show
[35:07] Adonis is happy to report he is maintaining and building his muscles
[37:15] Fit to Fat to Fit is only 4 months old, most of the other shows last a year
[37:50] How to follow Adonis’s “Walk Across America” for obesity
[41:53] The Lightning Round
You almost have to have a detective license these days to get “real” food at the grocery store. Labeling is intentionally misleading to consumers who believe “all-natural” actually means the product is truly all natural. The best place to get food that contains beneficial nutrients is the farmer’s market or the local butcher. Drew’s guest, The Fat Burning Man – Abel James, shares his Wild Diet, which he describes as somewhere in between the paleo and primal eating plans. Drew and Abel take us behind the scenes of their reality TV shows, where we learn how someone can wear a full-size bacon costume and still look at themselves in the mirror every morning.
[4:54] What exactly is the Wild Diet and what makes it different than Paleo?
[8:22] Watch out for these buzz words
[12:30] Being part of the food culture will help you stay healthy
[13:55] The Wild Diet is a mix of Primal and Paleo
[17:21] There are so many benefits to fasting, plus your muscles don’t fall off
[20:19] Eat around the same time as your daily workout
[21:45] Kids should be eating nutritious foods when they are hungry
[24:51] Being a part of the reality series My Diet is Better than Yours
[30:53] Reality TV shows are created from months of footage packed into 45 minutes
[32:40] The Wild Diet book, Swamp Thing and Abel’s other new projects
[34:00] The Lightning Round - The Wood Brothers
[39:09] Small Things from Swamp Thing
Focusing on clients’ needs is something that has always been important to the trainer, Steve Pfiester. Even during his early days of training, he recognized it was necessary to understand all aspects of physical therapy in order to be the best trainer he could be. His recent Fit to Fat to Fit experience is another example of how he gives of himself to benefit his clients, both physically and mentally. After gaining 45 pounds for the show, Steve found himself struggling to perform his own Boot Camp workout. He realized he may have been judgmental before this journey because he could see people’s potential but never understood why they didn’t want to get in shape. Drew and Lynn are joined by Steve’s wife, Bonnie and Tasha Reiss-Cruzz, the client from the Fit to Fat to Fit TV show.
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[4:30] Steve grew up as a chubby kid, but he had a natural affinity towards fitness
[6:30] Bonnie worked out with her Dad as a kid
[8:41] Steve thought he had fallen out of love with Bonnie
[14:44] Should marriage make you happy all the time?
[17:27] It all starts with obedience
[20:31] Being a selfless mom wasn’t enough for Tasha
[24:16] Why did Steve get involved in the Fit to Fat to Fit project?
[28:34] Being self-righteous and judgmental without realizing it
[31:41] Wrestling with knowing someone’s potential
[35:15] Tasha felt like Steve better understood what she was going through
[38:06] Being overweight helped us to change our own boot camp program
[40:10] Steve’s first workout after gaining the weight was brutal
[44:20] Contact Bonnie, Steve and Tasha
[46:24] The Lightning Round
Ongoing training and proper nutrition are key factors in keeping your body in top shape. Even if you don’t desire the life of a cage fighter, you can learn important life and fitness lessons from our guest Rich Franklin. He shares both his training regimen and nutritional goals with us. In preparation for an MMA or UFC fight, he physically works his body for 22 grueling hours a week; and he uses Armor Gel exclusively to keep his body protected from dangerous infections while working out. Rich believes that “Anything worth accomplishing in life is going to be a difficult task” and he shares his positive and encouraging message with people all over the world.
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[3:53] Dishin’ some dirt on Dallas
[6:03] Transitioning from teaching to becoming a full-time fighter
[11:41] Anything worth accomplishing in life is going to be a difficult task
[14:20] How to Be a Loser – TEDxUChicago
[16:30] How does Rich train and eat during retirement?
[20:47] Prepping for a Fight
[23:30] Nothing trumps experience
[26:17] Looking at things from a cellular level – It’s all about nutrition
[30:35] Weight cutting can be as stressful as the fight
[35:02] Death related to weight cutting is causing changes in the UFC
[38:22] Armor Gel uses silver, which inhibits the growth of microorganisms
[42:48] The Lightning Round – The droopy
The first episode of A&E’s Fit to Fat to Fit show was truly an amazing story that brought Drew’s experiment to life. JJ Peterson is the trainer who needed to gain 60 pounds in order to participate. He has been a fitness buff since he was 10 years old. He was obsessed with how the human body functioned and had never been overweight in his life. Ray Stewart is the client who found himself pushing the 400lb mark on the scale. He always felt judged when entering a gym; and felt as though he was on a different planet when he previously participated in a fitness show. The two are now planning their next Spartan race together. Get the behind the scenes juice from today’s podcast.
[3:45] A kidney disease led JJ to love the human body and how it works
[8:34] In hindsight, my previous judgment was misplaced
[12:15] Ray felt judged when he went to a fitness conference or to the gym
[14:32] It’s inspiring to see people doing the best they can
[15:44] JJ’s Fit2Fat2Fit journey was more difficult mentally than it was physically
[18:46] My trainer gaining the weight made a huge impact on my weight loss experience
[23:41] The biggest thing I learned from the Fit2Fat2Fit journey
[25:30] Adding love to my training program since I am more focused on the individual as a whole
[28:28] JJ struggled with his first workout after 120 days without physical exercise
[31:11] It was powerful to see how bad JJ wanted it
[34:09] Ray makes a decision every day to stay on the program
[37:57] Paying it forward
[39:40] We don’t bring crap food into the house
[42:44] Contact information for JJ & Ray
[44:07] The Lightening Round
Dan Partland, Executive Producer of the upcoming Fit to Fat to Fit TV docu-series joins Drew and Lynn to discuss the making of the show. Dan mentions he was surprised to discover the unconscious biases towards super fit people as well as the biases people have about obese people. He also shares how the show may seem gimmicky to those who don’t watch it, but when they see it they will realize the emotional and mental aspects of weight loss from two completely different fitness groups. The show will be as profound as the Fit2Fat2Fit book.
[4:47] Dan’s background in television and documentaries
[9:50] Fiction films are fun to watch but not a lot of fun to make
[11:53] ‘Is the Fit2Fat2Fit show going to be safe?’, was my first thought
[14:51] Finding the right style and tone was important with this show
[19:09] Showing the mental and emotional side of the journey
[19:52] People might think the show is gimmicky if they don’t watch it
[24:20] Everybody involved with making the show was impacted
[30:53] Participants had their own reasons for being part of the show
[32:18] Drew’s book is deeply profound
[35:56] The trainers and the clients were almost like different species
[37:35] The Lightning Round - Dan wouldn’t do a Fit2Fat2Fit experience
Our first simulcast combines a podcasting veteran, Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb and a podcast newbie, but soon to be a legend, Drew Manning in a tete-a-tete. The guys discuss ketosis, what it means, how to get there and whether or not it should be used to compete against the Biggest Loser. Then, Jimmy questions Drew about his Fit2fat2fit TV show starting on January 19th on the A&E network; including, why he decided on a TV show and what we can expect to experience by watching it. Lynn and the lightning round will be back next week.
[4:52] Gaining empathy by gaining weight
[7:18] Convenience foods can cause moments of weakness
[10:38] Not all doctors are on board but they should be
[13:02] The correct process to reach ketosis
[18:41] Foods to eat to reach ketosis
[21:12] Does Jimmy splurge on junk food?
[24:03] Is Keto okay for children?
[28:25] Drew’s new show is an emotional docu-series
[35:19] January 19th is the Fit2Fat2Fit show debut on A&E
[36:45] Find the diet that works for you, it’s not a religion
[38:28] Top tips to get started with your plan to reach ketosis
[42:10] If Drew had truly reached ketosis, he would have remembered “Office Space”
Our kids pick up on everything we do. They notice how we treat ourselves, how we treat each other and how we treat them. If you take care of yourself physically and mentally, they are more than likely to mimic you and understand the importance of self-care. If they observe you being a good spouse, they will appreciate how they should be treated when it’s their turn to be a spouse. So, put away your phone, sit down with your children and ask them well thought-out open-ended questions they can answer with spirit.
This week’s guest, Larry Hagner of the Good Dad Project, guides us through his journey and shares the important lessons he has learned by trying to be the father his kids deserve.
[4:33] Unbeatable Mind – It’s all about perception
[9:43] Are you going to be my Dad?
[15:58] Confronting the past can lead to a beneficial future
[21:00] Practicing personal growth tactics to become a better father
[23:30] Analyzing the statistics
[26:09] The cool thing about fathering a daughter
[27:27] The Dad’s Edge is written specifically for men
[28:28] Lessons children can teach us about unplugging
[34:03] Health and nutrition are paramount
[39:23] Learn something new every day to help you be a better parent
[45:54] The Dad’s Edge is written for individuals
[48:11] The quality of your life depends on the quality of your questions
[49:52] Learning nutrition from Shawn Stevenson
[55:45] The Lightning Round!
[59:15] Wait, is Shawn on this podcast too?
[1:03:37] Larry would not do a Fit2Fat2Fit experience
[1:05:28] The new Fit2Fat2Fit TV show will air in January 19, 2016
[1:08:05] Contact Larry Hagner
Do you ever wonder how some people can take blow after blow and still have the strength to be positive? Our guest, Sarah Plummer, tells us exactly how she does it. As a female marine, she felt the drive to excel physically and fell victim to physical abuse. She made headlines with the part she played in the Military Justice Improvement Act, and her book, Just Roll with it, recently got to bookstore shelves. She promotes healthy living through yoga retreats and draws from her experiences to help clients attain desired fitness levels.
[3:01] Drew’s big announcement!
[4:52] Sarah was a student athlete in a military family
[8:06] The full injury report
[12:02] Finding the strength to overcome
[14:53] Having a silly side can help you cope
[17:14] A systemic failure in the military
[20:27] The Military Improvement to the Justice Act
[24:20] Does movement promotes epiphanies?
[30:41] Make your breath your own, through yoga
[37:10] Taking a client-centered approach is what differentiates Sarah’s program
[40:29] Grab Sarah’s book, Just Roll with it
[43:09] Contact Sarah
[44:15] The Lightning Round - Krispy Kreme
[49:29] Sarah would do a Fit2Fat2Fit journey