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#6 – Beating Drug Addiction, Winning The Games, and Building An Empire That Helps Thousands Of People w/ Michael Cazayoux

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Michael Cazayoux is the CEO of Brute Strength and has his own podcast where he dives inside the minds of top performers. Cazayoux can run a mile in 5:09, can deadlift 500 lbs, and has a 2:02 Fran. If you’ve ever struggled with making a change in your life, pay close attention to how Mike turned his entire life around. His story is sure to get you fired up.In this episode we talk about:

  • The origins, operations, and vision for Brute Strength
  • Mike’s empowering story about his battle with drug addiction and keeping promises to yourself
  • How he went from planning a career in selling pills to winning the ’12 and ’13 CrossFit Affiliate Word Cup

Show Notes:

  • How Brute Strength got started (3:00)
  • Biggest challenge for people doing remote coaching (5:17)
  • Getting coached online (7:50)
  • Hardest part behind running an online business (11:00)
  • Biggest cost to doing what you love (13:35)
  • The importance of creating a sacred support system (15:10)
  • A day in the life (20:15)
  • Does fitness change after retiring from competing? (22:35)
  • Biggest takeaway from being an athlete and winning the Games (25:00)
  • The story behind Mike’s battle with drug addiction (26:40)
  • The first catalyst behind the road to recovery (31:20)
  • Zen N’ Juice (36:00)
  • Biggest lesson learned from a guest on Brute’s podcast (39:10)
  • Biggest influences (45:40)
  • If you had to start over, and had one year to live, what would you do to get back to where you are? (49:40)

Resources we talked about:

How you can connect with Mike:

 If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!

#5 – StrengthRatio | Breaking Through Your Plateaus By Filling The Void w/ Zach Greenwald

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Zach Greenwald is the founder of StrengthRatio. His team consists of athletes who may have originally hunted him down to resolve injury, but end up staying to improve their performance. He’s worked with elite Weightlifters, CrossFitters, Strongman athletes, you name it. Zach’s principles have been a huge influence on my own programming, so listen really carefully — this guy is super smart.In this episode, we talk about:

  • Programming philosophies that you can start applying to your assistance work
  • Flexibility test that you can use to assess readiness, recovery, and much more
  • Nuts and bolts behind improving performance while training pain-free

Show Notes:

  • Biofeedback in weight training (5:00)
  • Repeatable flexibility test to take the guesswork out. What does this feedback mean? (9:10)
  • Zach’s first athlete, Becca Gerdon and low back pain (13:15)
  • Travis Cooper’s case study with low back pain (14:06)
  • What does your sport not feature? (16:30)
  • Eccentric work and carries for Weightlifting (18:00)
  • Deadlifting and low back pain (20:00)
  • What stresses your flexibility? Objectively measuring what’s stressful instead of just trying to guess (22:15)
  • Lack of eccentric work in CrossFit (23:00)
  • Most common injury or irritability that CrossFitters experience (24:30)
  • Downward pulling in CrossFit (26:00)
  • Break down the sport in it’s most frequent motions and filling the void (27:50)
  • Test #1: Chest To Bar vs Dips (28:50)
  • Test #2: Pressing vs Pulling (29:15)
  • Benefits of including carrying in training (30:05)
  • Can you Farmer’s Carry 10-20% over your Back Squat? (31:35)
  • Including carries without fancy equipment (32:40)
  • How does all this assistance work DIRECTLY transfer to sports specific skills? (34:30)
  • Volume for the assistance work (38:00)
  • Cardio for Weightlifters and the recovery process (39:15)
  • Mobility vs Stability and their part in a holistic training program (45:40)
  • Zach’s approach to addressing tight hip flexors (47:00)
  • Using the flexibility test to find the joint mobilizations that work for you (49:00)
  • Zach’s observations on what seems to help his athletes get to their longest flexibility post-test (51:15)
  • Connective tissue vs Muscle tissue (51:40)
  • Biggest influences in the last few years (55:30)
  • Resources to check out if you want to dive deeper (57:35)
  • Three staple exercises/concepts to start including in your training (60:00)

People mentioned:

Resources we talked about:

How you can connect with Zach:

If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!

#5 – StrengthRatio | Breaking Through Your Plateaus By Filling The Void w/ Zach Greenwald

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Zach Greenwald is the founder of StrengthRatio. His team consists of athletes who may have originally hunted him down to resolve injury, but end up staying to improve their performance. He’s worked with elite Weightlifters, CrossFitters, Strongman athletes, you name it. Zach’s principles have been a huge influence on my own programming, so listen really carefully — this guy is super smart.In this episode, we talk about:

  • Programming philosophies that you can start applying to your assistance work
  • Flexibility test that you can use to assess readiness, recovery, and much more
  • Nuts and bolts behind improving performance while training pain-free

Show Notes:

  • Biofeedback in weight training (5:00)
  • Repeatable flexibility test to take the guesswork out. What does this feedback mean? (9:10)
  • Zach’s first athlete, Becca Gerdon and low back pain (13:15)
  • Travis Cooper’s case study with low back pain (14:06)
  • What does your sport not feature? (16:30)
  • Eccentric work and carries for Weightlifting (18:00)
  • Deadlifting and low back pain (20:00)
  • What stresses your flexibility? Objectively measuring what’s stressful instead of just trying to guess (22:15)
  • Lack of eccentric work in CrossFit (23:00)
  • Most common injury or irritability that CrossFitters experience (24:30)
  • Downward pulling in CrossFit (26:00)
  • Break down the sport in it’s most frequent motions and filling the void (27:50)
  • Test #1: Chest To Bar vs Dips (28:50)
  • Test #2: Pressing vs Pulling (29:15)
  • Benefits of including carrying in training (30:05)
  • Can you Farmer’s Carry 10-20% over your Back Squat? (31:35)
  • Including carries without fancy equipment (32:40)
  • How does all this assistance work DIRECTLY transfer to sports specific skills? (34:30)
  • Volume for the assistance work (38:00)
  • Cardio for Weightlifters and the recovery process (39:15)
  • Mobility vs Stability and their part in a holistic training program (45:40)
  • Zach’s approach to addressing tight hip flexors (47:00)
  • Using the flexibility test to find the joint mobilizations that work for you (49:00)
  • Zach’s observations on what seems to help his athletes get to their longest flexibility post-test (51:15)
  • Connective tissue vs Muscle tissue (51:40)
  • Biggest influences in the last few years (55:30)
  • Resources to check out if you want to dive deeper (57:35)
  • Three staple exercises/concepts to start including in your training (60:00)

People mentioned:

Resources we talked about:

How you can connect with Zach:

If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!

#4 – Gymnastics 101 – Kipping Efficiently, Muscle Up Mistakes, and Handstand Walks w/ Rachel Goldenberg

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Rachel Goldenberg is the owner of CrossFit Parallax. She began gymnastics at the age of 3 and competed in college on a Division I NCAA team. Rachel had the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games in the team division. She’s about to drop some knowledge for both absolute beginners and seasoned athletes.In this episode, we talk about:

  • Getting your first pullup to learning the kip to stringing reps together
  • Fixing the two most common mistakes in the Ring Muscle Up
  • Progressions for the Handstand Walk

Show Notes:

  • How Rachel got into CrossFit (1:00)
  • Skill transfer between gymnastics and CrossFit (3:40)
  • Weaknesses and focused training (7:00)
  • Getting your first strict pullup (9:10) 
  • Taking band tension away (10:34)
  • Accessory exercises for pullups (11:54)
  • First step with learning how to kip (13:00)
  • Deviating from the Arch and Hollow body positions (16:26)
  • Stringing together kipping pullups (18:06)
  • Snappy hips in the kip (20:33)
  • Does anything change about the kip now that we’re doing a bar muscle up? (21:47)
  • Kipping in the Toes To Bar (23:25)
  • Mastering the Arch and Hollow positions (25:17)
  • Two common mistakes in the Ring Muscle Up (27:26)
  • Learn to use your hips for a powerful transition in the Ring Muscle Up (29:44)
  • Progressions for the Handstand Walk (31:00)
  • Belly facing vs Back facing the wall for Handstand work (35:00)
  • Gymnastic clinics (36:30)

How you can connect with Rachel:

 If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!

#4 – Gymnastics 101 – Kipping Efficiently, Muscle Up Mistakes, and Handstand Walks w/ Rachel Goldenberg

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Rachel Goldenberg is the owner of CrossFit Parallax. She began gymnastics at the age of 3 and competed in college on a Division I NCAA team. Rachel had the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games in the team division. She’s about to drop some knowledge for both absolute beginners and seasoned athletes.In this episode, we talk about:

  • Getting your first pullup to learning the kip to stringing reps together
  • Fixing the two most common mistakes in the Ring Muscle Up
  • Progressions for the Handstand Walk

Show Notes:

  • How Rachel got into CrossFit (1:00)
  • Skill transfer between gymnastics and CrossFit (3:40)
  • Weaknesses and focused training (7:00)
  • Getting your first strict pullup (9:10) 
  • Taking band tension away (10:34)
  • Accessory exercises for pullups (11:54)
  • First step with learning how to kip (13:00)
  • Deviating from the Arch and Hollow body positions (16:26)
  • Stringing together kipping pullups (18:06)
  • Snappy hips in the kip (20:33)
  • Does anything change about the kip now that we’re doing a bar muscle up? (21:47)
  • Kipping in the Toes To Bar (23:25)
  • Mastering the Arch and Hollow positions (25:17)
  • Two common mistakes in the Ring Muscle Up (27:26)
  • Learn to use your hips for a powerful transition in the Ring Muscle Up (29:44)
  • Progressions for the Handstand Walk (31:00)
  • Belly facing vs Back facing the wall for Handstand work (35:00)
  • Gymnastic clinics (36:30)

How you can connect with Rachel:

 If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!

#3 – SquatEveryday, Eliminating The Right Weaknesses, and Producing Monster Youth Athletes w/ Travis Mash

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Travis Mash is a powerlifting world champion who currently holds the all time pound for pound world record. He’s been coaching athletes for over 21 years from all walks of life. He’s worked with NFL players, Olympic Weightlifters, Powerlifters, and athletes across many other disciplines.Travis is known for shifting paradigms and doing big things to grow the sport of Weightlifting that we love so much.In this episode, we talk about:

  • Some of the myths behind the popular SquatEveryday program
  • Myths about training youth athletes and some advice on how to work with them
  • How to make sure you’re focusing on the right things when it comes to eliminating your weaknesses

Show notes:

  • Proudest moments as a Powerlifter and Weightlifter (1:25)
  • How Travis got into coaching (2:08)
  • Coaching Weightlifters vs Powerlifters (3:23)
  • How Travis started his blog (5:10)
  • How Travis juggles writing with coaching, traveling, and life (7:40)
  • A day in the life (10:15)
  • Origins of SquatEveryday (11:35)
  • How to autoregulate when doing SquatEveryday (13:15)
  • Myths about injuries from SquatEveryday and how to prevent them (14:35)
  • Myths behind weight training and youth athletes (16:27)
  • The process of taking on a younger athlete (18:37)
  • Recruiting younger athletes (22:18)
  • Future generation of Weightlifters and CrossFitters (23:45)
  • Thoughts on growing spectatorship and community for Weightlifting in the U.S. (25:10)
  • How Travis is using the barbell to shape the world (29:25)
  • Celebrating the smaller wins in Weightlifting to maintain positivity (31:42)
  • Muscular Imbalances and No Weaknesses (34:05)
  • Deadlift to Back Squat ratio and how it can affect performance (36:10)
  • Blending accessory pieces with existing training volume (39:15)
  • What Travis learned from Julien of StrongFit (40:25)
  • Eccentric and Isometric work in training (41:50)
  • Adding weight to your bench in 6 weeks (42:30)
  • Core work and why Travis doesn’t believe in doing situps (44:50)
  • Can mental toughness and grit be trained? How? (46:50)
  • Importance of having a basic understanding of adaptation (50:20)
  • Learning vs Education (52:35)
  • Best source of education right now for producing effective coaches (54:30)
  • If you only had one year to live to become the best coach you could be, what would you do? (56:00)

People mentioned:

Resources we talked about:

How you can connect with Travis:

 If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!

#3 – SquatEveryday, Eliminating The Right Weaknesses, and Producing Monster Youth Athletes w/ Travis Mash

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Travis Mash is a powerlifting world champion who currently holds the all time pound for pound world record. He’s been coaching athletes for over 21 years from all walks of life. He’s worked with NFL players, Olympic Weightlifters, Powerlifters, and athletes across many other disciplines.Travis is known for shifting paradigms and doing big things to grow the sport of Weightlifting that we love so much.In this episode, we talk about:

  • Some of the myths behind the popular SquatEveryday program
  • Myths about training youth athletes and some advice on how to work with them
  • How to make sure you’re focusing on the right things when it comes to eliminating your weaknesses

Show notes:

  • Proudest moments as a Powerlifter and Weightlifter (1:25)
  • How Travis got into coaching (2:08)
  • Coaching Weightlifters vs Powerlifters (3:23)
  • How Travis started his blog (5:10)
  • How Travis juggles writing with coaching, traveling, and life (7:40)
  • A day in the life (10:15)
  • Origins of SquatEveryday (11:35)
  • How to autoregulate when doing SquatEveryday (13:15)
  • Myths about injuries from SquatEveryday and how to prevent them (14:35)
  • Myths behind weight training and youth athletes (16:27)
  • The process of taking on a younger athlete (18:37)
  • Recruiting younger athletes (22:18)
  • Future generation of Weightlifters and CrossFitters (23:45)
  • Thoughts on growing spectatorship and community for Weightlifting in the U.S. (25:10)
  • How Travis is using the barbell to shape the world (29:25)
  • Celebrating the smaller wins in Weightlifting to maintain positivity (31:42)
  • Muscular Imbalances and No Weaknesses (34:05)
  • Deadlift to Back Squat ratio and how it can affect performance (36:10)
  • Blending accessory pieces with existing training volume (39:15)
  • What Travis learned from Julien of StrongFit (40:25)
  • Eccentric and Isometric work in training (41:50)
  • Adding weight to your bench in 6 weeks (42:30)
  • Core work and why Travis doesn’t believe in doing situps (44:50)
  • Can mental toughness and grit be trained? How? (46:50)
  • Importance of having a basic understanding of adaptation (50:20)
  • Learning vs Education (52:35)
  • Best source of education right now for producing effective coaches (54:30)
  • If you only had one year to live to become the best coach you could be, what would you do? (56:00)

People mentioned:

Resources we talked about:

How you can connect with Travis:

 If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!

#3 – SquatEveryday, Eliminating The Right Weaknesses, and Producing Monster Youth Athletes w/ Travis Mash

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Travis Mash is a powerlifting world champion who currently holds the all time pound for pound world record. He’s been coaching athletes for over 21 years from all walks of life. He’s worked with NFL players, Olympic Weightlifters, Powerlifters, and athletes across many other disciplines.Travis is known for shifting paradigms and doing big things to grow the sport of Weightlifting that we love so much.In this episode, we talk about:

  • Some of the myths behind the popular SquatEveryday program
  • Myths about training youth athletes and some advice on how to work with them
  • How to make sure you’re focusing on the right things when it comes to eliminating your weaknesses

Show notes:

  • Proudest moments as a Powerlifter and Weightlifter (1:25)
  • How Travis got into coaching (2:08)
  • Coaching Weightlifters vs Powerlifters (3:23)
  • How Travis started his blog (5:10)
  • How Travis juggles writing with coaching, traveling, and life (7:40)
  • A day in the life (10:15)
  • Origins of SquatEveryday (11:35)
  • How to autoregulate when doing SquatEveryday (13:15)
  • Myths about injuries from SquatEveryday and how to prevent them (14:35)
  • Myths behind weight training and youth athletes (16:27)
  • The process of taking on a younger athlete (18:37)
  • Recruiting younger athletes (22:18)
  • Future generation of Weightlifters and CrossFitters (23:45)
  • Thoughts on growing spectatorship and community for Weightlifting in the U.S. (25:10)
  • How Travis is using the barbell to shape the world (29:25)
  • Celebrating the smaller wins in Weightlifting to maintain positivity (31:42)
  • Muscular Imbalances and No Weaknesses (34:05)
  • Deadlift to Back Squat ratio and how it can affect performance (36:10)
  • Blending accessory pieces with existing training volume (39:15)
  • What Travis learned from Julien of StrongFit (40:25)
  • Eccentric and Isometric work in training (41:50)
  • Adding weight to your bench in 6 weeks (42:30)
  • Core work and why Travis doesn’t believe in doing situps (44:50)
  • Can mental toughness and grit be trained? How? (46:50)
  • Importance of having a basic understanding of adaptation (50:20)
  • Learning vs Education (52:35)
  • Best source of education right now for producing effective coaches (54:30)
  • If you only had one year to live to become the best coach you could be, what would you do? (56:00)

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#2 – The Psychology Of Eating, Body Image, and Self Worth w/ Adee Zukier Cazayoux

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Adee is the founder & CEO of Working Against Gravity. Her nutrition consulting company consults with about 2,000 clients and has a waiting list of about 3,000 clients.She has helped literally thousands of people with not only their nutrition, but overall quality of life.She works with top Games athletes like Katrin Davidsdottir, elite Weightlifters, and Olympians to make sure they’re fueled up and recovering efficiently. But that’s not all, her clients are from all walks of life.She has a very unique approach to encouraging transformations within her clients.In this episode we talk about:

  • Why meal plans and diets are usually not the solution
  • How zoning in on your behavioral psychology can drastically affect your success
  • Tools Adee uses with her clients and things you can start doing today
  • The most important question you can ask yourself when dealing with body image and self confidence

Show Notes:

  • How Working Against Gravity got started (1:25)
  • Why Adee doesn’t give out meal plans and what the process looks like if you become a client (6:20)
  • Psychology behind resistance and why we fall off the boat (10:03)
  • The difference in diets between elite athletes (12:30)
  • What an ideal client looks like (14:05)
  • Psychology behind body image and why people are uncomfortable in their own skin (14:55)
  • Tools that WAG uses to help clients (17:00)
  • 3 things you can do if you’re on the waitlist (19:27)
  • “I feel like I put in the work, but have nothing to show for it.” (23:15)
  • Strong is the new sexy (25:56)
  • Performance vs Aesthetics: How to win at both (27:02)
  • Training with Catalyst Athletics (28:18)
  • How to juggle training while managing your own company (29:00)
  • Morning routines (32:43)
  • Recommended books (34:20)
  • If you had one year to live, what would you do to become the best nutrition consultant you could possibly be (37:00)
  • Zen N’ Juice and Mental Health (41:20)
  • Drawing as meditation (46:00)
  • What really makes you feel fulfilled and accomplished (53:10)

People mentioned:

Resources we talk about:

How you can connect with Adee:

 If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!

#2 – The Psychology Of Eating, Body Image, and Self Worth w/ Adee Zukier Cazayoux

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Adee is the founder & CEO of Working Against Gravity. Her nutrition consulting company consults with about 2,000 clients and has a waiting list of about 3,000 clients.She has helped literally thousands of people with not only their nutrition, but overall quality of life.She works with top Games athletes like Katrin Davidsdottir, elite Weightlifters, and Olympians to make sure they’re fueled up and recovering efficiently. But that’s not all, her clients are from all walks of life.She has a very unique approach to encouraging transformations within her clients.In this episode we talk about:

  • Why meal plans and diets are usually not the solution
  • How zoning in on your behavioral psychology can drastically affect your success
  • Tools Adee uses with her clients and things you can start doing today
  • The most important question you can ask yourself when dealing with body image and self confidence

Show Notes:

  • How Working Against Gravity got started (1:25)
  • Why Adee doesn’t give out meal plans and what the process looks like if you become a client (6:20)
  • Psychology behind resistance and why we fall off the boat (10:03)
  • The difference in diets between elite athletes (12:30)
  • What an ideal client looks like (14:05)
  • Psychology behind body image and why people are uncomfortable in their own skin (14:55)
  • Tools that WAG uses to help clients (17:00)
  • 3 things you can do if you’re on the waitlist (19:27)
  • “I feel like I put in the work, but have nothing to show for it.” (23:15)
  • Strong is the new sexy (25:56)
  • Performance vs Aesthetics: How to win at both (27:02)
  • Training with Catalyst Athletics (28:18)
  • How to juggle training while managing your own company (29:00)
  • Morning routines (32:43)
  • Recommended books (34:20)
  • If you had one year to live, what would you do to become the best nutrition consultant you could possibly be (37:00)
  • Zen N’ Juice and Mental Health (41:20)
  • Drawing as meditation (46:00)
  • What really makes you feel fulfilled and accomplished (53:10)

People mentioned:

Resources we talk about:

How you can connect with Adee:

 If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!

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