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#62 – What It Really Takes: Grit And Grind Of The Games Life w/ Tennil Reed-Beuerlein

Tennil Reed-Beuerlein joins us today to talk about the journey of the last 6 years. She placed 1st at the South West Regional and 6th at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, in which she was the first female representing the U.S. on the leaderboard this year. Tennil walks us through the inner dialogue, non negotiables, and the realities of what needs to happen if you want to compete at a high level. I admire people who are so "all in" on something with an unshakeable belief that we can't help but to learn from their drive. Tennil is one of those people. Read More

#60 – Functional Bodybuilding, Aerobic Development, and Individual Design w/ Marcus Filly

Marcus Filly is back for his 5th appearance on the show! Last time we chatted was when I was about to start ATS 2.0. Since then, I've been really intrigued about the intricacies that go into building an engine, pacing, and learning your gears. For some of us, it's that time of year. For others, we just want to not die on the Assault Bike (yours truly). Using myself as a case study, we talk about what breathing progressions might look like for long term development. Due to heightened interest, we keep the dialogue going around functional bodybuilding and the evolution we've seen over the last 6 months since the birth of Awaken Training Series. I measure time in podcast episodes. So this was also a surreal reflection for me from our first episode ever (EP17). Always a fulfilling conversation with this guy. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Read More

#55 – Divorcing The Outcome and Marrying The Process w/ Bryce Smith

Today is the one year anniversary of The Airborne Mind Show. Couldn't be happier to have someone like Bryce Smith to share this conversation with. He grew up playing basketball which led him to pursuing the sport in Sweden for a little while. He's a coach at CrossFit Invictus with a really interesting philosophy. Bryce believes in animalistic styled training that turns the gym into an adult playground. His ability to blend play and grunt work together is admirable. Bryce is an adventurer at heart and strives to use training as a way to paint a picture to see the relationship to life. We share a bunch of stories where we talk about being better than yesterday, creating deeper relationships with clients, rewriting your narrative, and so much more. Read More

#54 – Female Sex Hormones, Muscle Proteins, and Human Performance w/ Dr. Irene Tobias

Dr. Irene Tobias joins us this week to drop more science! She is a PhD Biochemist and an MIT alumna who is apart of Dr. Andy Galpin's team. In this episode, we dig into her speciality of research, which includes the study of a molecule called AMPK. How does it relate to exercise and recovery? What are some of the challenges that scientists face when conducting research? We also have some dialogue around female sex hormones and how it relates to performance and training. She shares a personal story about preserving fertility for those who are trying to pursue a career while balancing the idea of having kids. Her passion for science shines through, which made this such an enjoyable conversation. Read More

#53 – Hypertrophy, Muscle Science, and Eliciting Different Forms Of Stress w/ Dr. Andy Galpin

Dr. Andy Galpin joins us today to talk SCIENCE. He is a Professor of Kinesiology at the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton. He has a Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics and is the founder and director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Laboratory. Why do certain types of training programs work better than others? Why do certain people respond to certain types of training better than others? Andy is a muscle scientist who studies muscle at the single cell level all the way up to performance to try to determine what happens in response to high intensity, high power, high velocity, high force exercise acutely and chronically. He is best known for studying "human thriving". What do we do to not just avoid being sick but how do we optimize? How do we thrive?  He spends time examining those that do that so that we really understand what we're shooting for in terms of optimal health and performance. In this episode, we chat about things like why we think of science the wrong way, why hypertrophy training is so critical for long term development, the diabetes of dopamine, what happens when we eliminate all stress, and so much more. I admire his skill for communicating such complex topics in laymen's terms. His new book Unplugged is taking the best seller's list by storm. Make sure you support the message by grabbing a copy and leaving a review on Amazon! 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.

The Next Chapter (For True Fans Only)

Exactly one year ago, I had contemplated starting the podcast. I tried kicking the thought out of my head for a while because I didn’t think I was ready.

Within two weeks, I dove in and recorded my first 3 episodes. Scared to death. No one listened for quite a while.

To think about what it’s become purely from you all listening and being badass fans — I’m honored.

I also have an exciting announcement to make. All I wanted in my heart when I first started personal training at 18 years old was to make a living out of fitness delivery. I wanted to be a fitness professional. Not a hobbyist. Not a side hustle. A professional. I saw very few people who were able to that.

I’m honored to say that I’m now a Revival Strength Coach. Marcus has given me a platform where I can do exactly that. And I have a deep urge to share that feeling and share information with those who are on this path.

Words can’t wrap the emotion I feel around this topic. Because you are doing meaningful, commendable, and admirable work to truly impact people’s lives. And you deserve to be able to make a living from this type of work. Long story short, if you’re a fitness professional (or one in the making), you’ll want to listen to this episode.

Thanks for giving me a platform where I can keep creating a body of work. Talking about things that matter, ideas that work, and dialogue that delivers. This episode is a thank you and a direct dialogue to those of you who support my art by listening to the show.

A Forgotten Mindfulness Practice

One of the most common patterns from guests who have been on the show is the recommendation of finding a mindfulness practice. Something that allows you to give your brain a bath. It doesn’t always have to be a specific breathing protocol or style of meditation. Especially if you’re just getting your feet wet. The reality is that sitting down for 5 minutes to sit in the silence with your own thoughts can seem impossible at first. There’s a practice that I believe is often overlooked when we talk about mindfulness in this context. Anyone can do it. And it’s the perfect way to hit the reset button so you can go out and kick ass.

#50 – Freestyle Calisthenics: A Vehicle To Authentic Expression w/ Gina Scarangella

Gina Scarangella is a former gymnast, former NFL Cheerleader, and now a Calisthenics athlete. Just like breakdancing, I find Freestyle Calisthenics to be the intersection of art and movement. It's another vehicle to authentically expressing what goes on in the mind and body. So much depends on "feeling" and creativity. In this episode, I had a million questions to understand what goes into bodyweight mastery. We talk about the difference between gymnastics and calisthenics. What goes into the culture, community, and competition? How does someone with no athletic background get started? And so much more. Gina's journey has been so much fun to follow and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for both her and the sport itself. Read More
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