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#80 – Beyond Macros w/ Matthew Walrath

The hardest part about living a healthy lifestyle is more than lifting heavy weights. It also needs a foundation of nutrition to support your goals. My guest, Matthew Walrath came by to discuss the importance of using food to fuel the body with better energy to support a healthy lifestyle. He is the owner of Beyond Macros, a leading nutrition coaching platform to help people focus on quality food. We talk about evaluating food templates, food culture in different parts of the world, and so much more.

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#76 – Pursuing Personal, Professional, and Relational Growth w/ Adee Cazayoux

74 episodes later... Adee Cazayoux is back on the show!! This episode is special because Adee has always been an inspirational figure to me from the early beginnings. It's exciting to watch her growth in so many areas and for her to share some of those lessons with us today. For those of you who may not know, she is the founder and CEO of Working Against Gravity. Her nutrition consulting company has literally worked with thousands of people. We talk about how Adee makes time for herself while running a business, the lead domino to everything, taking action on your fantasies, and so and much more. Read More

#72 – Rowing Efficiency, Food Hygiene, and Lifestyle Coaching w/ Brianna Lamb

Brianna Lamb joins us today to talk about rowing efficiency, asking good questions, and her extensive nutrition journey. She's a former NCAA D1 Rower and competitive CrossFit athlete. Brianna is also a coach here at Revival Strength and we get to shine light on some of the admirable qualities I get to notice about her in that role. I've always wanted to learn more about how to improve my rowing from someone who has a solid background in this discipline. As for nutrition, it's always valuable to chat with someone who has actually TRIED a wide variety of approaches. That gives us some insight on how to steer our own journeys with food in a slightly more efficient manner. Read More

Why Your Progress Has Stalled And What To Do About It

There’s a reason why you feel beaten down, burnt out, and bored with your training. You are a unique individual. If you follow training and nutrition protocols designed for someone who doesn’t have your physiology and psychology — it’s a matter of time before you flatline.

It’s much sexier to put a flag into the floor and say, “Everyone is going to follow THIS type of training because it’s the MOST effective way.” But it’s also ignorant because each individual is so different. We all have different wants, needs, desires, fears, obstacles, barriers, and the list goes on.

If you’re at a stage where you want to see: what would happen if I tinkered with my limitations? What would happen if I addressed the “little” variables that are not so little? If I treated myself as a unique human — not an avatar. What would the journey look and feel like?

Shoot me an email (misbah@revival-strength.com) if you want to hop on a quick call to start some dialogue around your fitness journey. At the very least, my goal is to help you walk away feeling a little more connected to your fitness.

#49 – Adrenal Fatigue, Nootropics, and Business w/ Jason Phillips

Jason Phillips is finally back on the show to spit fire. If you haven't checked out the first episode, be sure to do so. Today we talk about the buzz word "adrenal fatigue" and deep dive into this rabbit hole. Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Are you "tired and wired"? During training, are your highs REALLY high? And the lows are REALLY low? You'll find this piece interesting. We also chat about nootropics (cognitive enhancers) and what they're really designed to do. Then I had to continue the ONE thing discussion from last time by diving into some business principles, not tactics, that you must abide by if you want to really drive your side hustle or passion project. Read More

#40 – The Art Of Coaching w/ James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald, founder/director of OPEX Fitness, has over 20+ years of experience when it comes to coaching. This episode is special to me because we talk about the craft itself with a lens that really illuminates what it means to be a coach. I wanted to understand how he organizes his thoughts, views the integration of systems, and structures high level thinking. If you’re a coach, you do not want to miss this episode. If you’re an athlete, you’ll walk away with a whole new appreciation for the level of depth that goes into coaching. Read More

#33 – Using Fitness & Nutrition To Hack Brain Function w/ Ben Greenfield

Where do I even begin? When I think of Ben Greenfield, I think DEPTH. He has competed in bodybuilding, Ironman triathlons for almost a decade, and raced professionally as an obstacle course racer. He actually signed a contract with the Spartan Race Pro Racing Team for 2017. His podcast is consistently in the top 5-10 in the Health category on iTunes. In 2008, he was voted the Best Personal Trainer by the NSCA. Ben is undoubtedly recognized as one of the top 100 most influential people in health & fitness. He stays on top of the latest cutting edge research when it comes to weight loss, muscle gain, nutrition, anti-aging, brain function, multi-sport performance, and beyond. My palms were sweaty for this episode because I wanted to stay sharp and keep up with Ben as closely as I could. Read More

#31 – Mastering Action: The ONE Thing That Matters w/ Jason Phillips

  Today I dig into the method behind the madness with Jason Phillips. This guy has been a professional golfer, Abercrombie & Fitch model, was signed by Optimum Nutrition, and one of the first spokesmodels for Bodybuilding.com. Having been in the nutrition coaching industry for over 13 years, Jason has worked with physique athletes all the way to CF Games competitors. He has also battled with anorexia, which I think has given him the gift of connection with anybody on a very deep level. There’s tons of nutrition, business, and coaching nuggets he drops in this one. But the ONE takeaway that makes this episode epic is a simple blueprint to staying in a continuous state of ACTION. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters. Read More

#26 – Gut Health, Supplementation, and Nutrient Absorption w/ Marcus Filly

Marcus painted a very clear picture with vivid examples on how to view your relationship with nutrition when designing it as a part of your lifestyle. He gave a perspective on what it means to be dedicated to a quality nutrition program over a long period of time. Completely outside of nutrition, he drops a lot of gems that are sure to get you thinking. Read More

#19 – Athlete Daily | Nutrition Series: Habits From Over 13 Elite Athletes And Coaches

Battling with a plateau? Find out where you can best spend your 15 minutes of accessory work with this free Movement Audit Checklist.

  • Become a more resilient athlete while feeling more stable, balanced, and in control
  • Strength assessments to objectively figure out where you can focus your energy and time — straight from some of the guests on the show with honorable mentions
  • 5 straightforward questions to help you dissect your movement with a different lens — without getting too nerdy

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Brittany and April Ghiroli are the founders of Athlete Daily, where they bridge together the best practices in nutrition, powerlifting, weightlifting, and functional fitness. They drop some knowledge today by sharing some of what they’ve learned from interviewing a variety of elite coaches and athletes. These ladies have a way of bringing out what makes top performers tick.Brittany Ghiroli has nearly 10 years of media experience. She has appeared nationally on ESPN, NBC, MLB Network and CBS and written for the CrossFit Games, USA Today, Box Magazine, ESPN the Magazine and Oxygen, to name a few. She was named Best Reporter by Baltimore Magazine in 2014 and currently covers the Orioles for Major League Baseball.April Ghiroli is the Social Media Manager for the National Pro GRID League, a CrossFit trainer at CrossFit Fortius, and Eat to Perform Certified Nutrition Coach. A veteran of the U.S. Army, she was awarded Soldier of the Year in 2012 for Fort Gordon (GA) and was a member of the prestigious White House Communications Team. April has studied weightlifting under Olympian Cara Heads Slaughter. She also had a running background, and nearly a decade of Tae Kwon Do under her belt.In this episode, some things we chat about:

  • How Miranda Oldroyd, Andrea Ager, Nick Shaw and over 13 elite athletes handle their nutrition game
  • Assessments used by Ben Bergeron to analyze your work ethic and endurance
  • Chris Hinshaw’s way of becoming a master pacer, Pat Sherwood’s formula for results without training hours on end every day, and much more.

Show Notes:

  • (6:42) – Using bodybuilding work to train around injuries and build muscle
  • (10:35) – The craft of writing and finding out what makes top performers tick
  • (12:35) – How Miranda Oldroyd, Andrea Ager, Emily Bridgers and over 13 elite athletes handle their nutrition game
  • (16:00) – Nutrient Timing w/ Nick Shaw
  • (17:09) – Preparation is key
  • (19:00) – Some things you should look for in a nutrition coach
  • (21:11) – Practices to extract from Tae Kwon Do
  • (27:20) – Jiu Jitsu – The thinking man’s game
  • (30:30) – Intensity Over Volume w/ Pat Sherwood
  • (32:21) – Prioritizing and finding out the purpose of each workout
  • (36:30) – Become A Master Pacer w/ Chris Hinshaw
  • (42:30) – Tour De France endurance test used by Ben Bergeron
  • (45:50) – Learning Quotient test for work ethic
  • (48:50) – Billion Dollar Question

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Today’s podcast is brought to you by audible.com — get a FREE audiobook download and 30 Day Free Trial hereSomething that I come back to again and again is The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield. You don’t just have to be a writer or some sort of creative to appreciate this one. If you’re goal oriented in some way shape or form — whether it’s fitness or some other part of your life, you’ll love this.If you enjoyed this episode, the greatest compliment you can give is by sharing it with someone that might enjoy it or somewhere on the web. And if you’re a boss — head over to iTunes and leave a 5 star review!If you’re looking to improve things like HSPU, Muscle Ups, Pull-ups, or anything that demands a lot out of your shoulders, check out Mobility Through Movement:The accessory work for the everyday athlete on a time crunch who wants to have ultimate control and stability in challenging body shapes like the Overhead Squat. Launches January 2nd, 2017. Reserve your spot at the pre-sale price and check out the details here!

Battling with a plateau? Find out where you can best spend your 15 minutes of accessory work with this free Movement Audit Checklist.

  • Become a more resilient athlete while feeling more stable, balanced, and in control
  • Strength assessments to objectively figure out where you can focus your energy and time — straight from some of the guests on the show with honorable mentions
  • 5 straightforward questions to help you dissect your movement with a different lens — without getting too nerdy

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