Episode 147 - Ryan Pennington


Ryan Pennington is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Charleston Fire Department in Charleston West Virginia. He is currently assigned to Station 8 and is part of the West Virginia Task Force 1 USAR team. He has over 15 years of combined Fire, Rescue and EMS experience.

Ryan started with a local volunteer department and continued through EMS to spend five years as a Critical Care Paramedic. Ryan transferred to the career fire service in 2003 and has worked for the City of Charleston since 2007. Ryan is currently a WV State Instructor 2, Hazmat Technician, and Certified Fire Officer 2. He is very involved teaching EMS and firefighter safety around the country.

Ryan’s Website:


Recommended Books:

Crushing It! - Gary Vaynerchuk

Recommended Movie:

Heartbreak Ridge

Recommended Documentary:

Sherpa - Trouble on Everest

Episode 146 - Stan "The Rhino" Efferding


Stan Efferding is an IFBB Professional bodybuilder and World Record Holding Powerlifter. He is one of only 10 men in the world to ever total over 2,300 pounds raw in competition. Stan holds the title as the Worlds Strongest Bodybuilder.

Stan studied Exercise Science at the University of Oregon and has been training high school, Collegiate, and Professional athletes for over 25 years.Stan conducts seminars all over the country for various sports and nutrition and training techniques. He has appeared in many magazines and writes for Muscular Development, Flex Magazine and Power Magazine.Stan is also a successful Entrepreneur having built three different start-up businesses into multi-million dollar companies.

Stan’s Website:


Recommended Books:

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet - Nina Teicholz

Recommended Documentary:

The Oiling of America - Sally Fallon

Mentioned Videos:

Statin Wars:


Nina Teicholz:


Episode 145 - Dr Richard Geering


Dr Richard Geering spent his career as a Veterinary Surgeon in England, practicing on both horses and small animals. During this time he responded with the local fire brigade to many emergencies involving animals. I am also proud to call him my father.

Dr Geering’s Email:


Recommended Books:

Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues - Martin J. Blaser

Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes - Rob Knight

The Good Gut - Justin and Erica Sonnenburg

The Diet Myth - Tim Spector

Episode 144 - Nic McKinley


Nic was a USAF Pararescueman (PJ) for 10 years before working as a consultant for fortune 10 investment banks in New York and Boston. His work in New York, combined with his military special operations background, got him recruited to the CIA as a Special Agent responsible for executing full-spectrum intelligence operations in high threat countries.

Nic's penchant for crafting solutions to hard problems, combined with the injustice of human trafficking, motivated him to leave the CIA to found DeliverFund in direct response to the human trafficking epidemic he witnesses overseas and at home. Nic attended Harvard University.

Deliver Fund Website:


Recommended Book:

The Bible

Recommended Documentaries:

Inside Combat Rescue

Vice: Cheating Death with a Former CIA Operative - Inspired by ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Episode 143 - Jeff Shepard


My name is Jeff Shepard and was a police officer  for 10 years and a firefighter for 7 years. I suffer from PTSD and wanted to find a way to assist others struggling with the same things that challenge me.

In July 2012 I was involved in an ambush shooting while on duty. I was attempting to stop a subject that was walking down the street to make a simple subject stop. He pulled a shotgun and attempted to shot me while I was still sitting in my patrol car. A few days after the shooting I started to have issues and I was sent to the department psychologist, where he diagnosed me with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  I spent close to a year in therapy and was eventually able to return to work.

Then almost exactly 3 years later I had someone on the 4th of July throw an IED at my partner and I. The explosive hit me in the right leg and then exploded. It knocked me on the ground, rupturing my eardrum and giving me burns and shrapnel to my arm and face. Again my PTSD disrupted my life and about a year later I was medically retired from the police department.

This has been a really hard time during my life and I have really felt like my identity was taken from me. From the time I joined the police department all I wanted to do was work in the traffic unit riding motors. I had a passion for riding motorcycles and wanted to be able to do that as a career. After 7 years on the force I was finally able to join the traffic motor unit.

I attended the two week motor officer training, the hardest thing that I have ever done physically and mentally, and passed on my first attempt. I hit the road on my motorcycle in the spring of 2015. I was in heaven and enjoyed going to work everyday. Then after 2 short months in the unit is when the explosion happened and my life was turned upside down.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about my condition. I realize there are so many other police officers, soldiers and first responders dealing with the same issues. One of the biggest things for me was to find an outlet that would help with the everyday stresses, and that would provide a solution or therapy to assist me. One of the outlets I found was to get on my motorcycle and just ride. I found it very therapeutic and found that it relieved a lot of my stresses. I discovered that riding motorcycles was good therapy.

In September I meant Leslie Mayne and found out about her charity PERMISSION TO START DREAMING. Leslie was a light and had a very touching story. I was instantly drawn to her and the work that she was doing. In December I was invited to an event where we were given the task to build a dream board. In the dream board you are asked to find things close to you or dreams that you might have. You then place them on a board and start to visual those dreams or feels coming to life.

While I was making my board I wanted to put a motorcycle on it. I wanted it to represent the way riding my motorcycle felt and how it is a form of relaxation – a way to remove myself from everyday stresses, crowded roads, and hectic situations. I could not find a photo of a motorcycle to put on my board. So I grabbed a pen and was going to write motorcycle PTSD relief to remind myself. But, when I started to write I found myself writing Leslie Mayne Motorcycles for Relief.

It was at that point I realized that I want to reach out to Leslie and find a way to organize a ride to assist others suffering from PTSD. So that is how the idea was born! To organize a motorcycle ride for soldiers, police officers, first responders, and those dedicated to assisting them. I wanted people with a passion for riding; and give them the opportunity to leave their stress behind and connect with like-minded people. So I decided to start organizing rides to bring awareness to PTSD .

Ride 4 Relief Website:


PTSD Foundation Website


Recommended Book:

Catching Hell - Jay Dobbins

The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader - Jason Redman and John Bruning

Recommended Movie:

American Sniper

Episode 142 - Dr Frank Merritt


Dr. Frank Merritt is the founder of VitalityPro (myvitalitypro.com), a company dedicated to improving quality of life and athletic performance through research and development of new innovative health and exercise modalities, techniques and systems. As a physician in his 20th year of practice as well as with VitalityPro, Dr Merritt has worked with a wide variety of elite athletes and athletic organizations. Dr. Merritt obtained his undergraduate degree from Harding University, published post-graduate research at Pepperdine University and got his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham (UAB).

In addition to VitalityPro, he continues to practice emergency medicine in a regional trauma center. He maintains a board certificate in Internal Medicine which he utilizes in multiple charitable, pro bono endeavors both domestic and abroad. He is a husband and father who greatly enjoys time with his family. They “practice what they preach” and can often be found playing sports on their football/training field behind their house or in the ocean surfing, swimming or fishing.

Vitality Pro Website:


Dr Merritt’s Book:

The 17 Hour Fast: Reset Your Eating to Revitalize Your Life - Dr. Frank Merritt and Phil White

Other recommended books:

Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life - Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Recommended Movie:

It’s a Wonderful Life

Episode 141 - Steveo Michel


Steveo Michel was raised in the most notorious neighbourhood in Orlando. The conditions in the apartment complex were on par with those in a third world Country. Despite the challenges Steveo faced, with the guidance from his mother and some key mentors, he was accepted to Colorado State University on a football scholarship. After graduating, he made the decision to become a firefighter and requested to be assigned to the station that protects his old community.

Steveo has now made it his mission to be an inspiration to children growing up in similar circumstances, showing them that anything is possible.

Recommended Book:

The one he plans to write.

Recommended Documentary:


Facebook - Steveo Michel

Instagram - Stevteotattedup4

Matt Chan’s Train for the Win Free Trial website:


Episode 140 - Joshua Coburn


Joshua Coburn has been inspiring a positive revolution all his life - online and in person. His work impacts the lives of tens of thousands of people all over the world on a daily basis.

Joshua kindly guides teens & adults to overcome limitations, clarify purpose, and live to their true potential.

He provides daily tools to realize goals and reveal your essential power in order to effortlessly align your mind & body for living a confident, fulfilling life.

Joshua’s Website:


Joshua’s Book:

Shit That Needs Said

Other Recommended Books:

The Go-Giver - Bob Burg

The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All - Jon Gordon

Recommended Movies:

The Breakfast Club

Pump up the Volume

Recommended TV:

Forensic Files

Episode 139 - Dr Beau Hightower


Dr. Beau B Hightower earned the first of three Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology from the University of New Mexico. Subsequent Bachelor of Science degrees in Anatomy, followed by Health and Wellness were earned. Dr. Hightower graduated with honors from Parker University where he earned his DC degree. His Sports Medicine Residency was completed in Bogota, Colombia where he treated the country's Olympic athletes at the Coldeportes training facility.

Dr. Hightower is licensed by the New Mexico Medical Board. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from California University with a Masters degree in Exercise Sciences. He possesses over 400 hours of post-doctoral education in physical rehabilitation and functional neurology and earned his second Doctorate degree in Naprapathic Medicine. He is currently pursuing a third doctoral degree. Dr Hightower has achieved the prestigious credential of Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Hightower has been recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the Commission of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Continuing his post-graduate education, "Dr. H"has also been recognized by The National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. In addition, Dr. Hightower has completed his Functional Movement Screen education, and is a Certified FMS Instructor.

"Dr. H" has successfully treated NFL players, major league baseball players, national champion NCAA wrestlers, champion UFC fighters, Ironman triathletes, elite marathon runners, Olympic athletes, and IFBB professional bodybuilders. Elite-OSM is the preferred provider for Jackson's MMA. He is a member of several “high IQ” organizations such as Mensa, Intertel, and the Top One Percent Society.

Dr. Hightower is a member of the University of New Mexico Alumni Letterman's Association. He was a linebacker for the Lobos from 2003-2005. Dr. Hightower is the team doctor for Jackson/Winklejohn's MMA, and writes a national injury column for KNUXX, a website dedicated to the coverage of boxing and mixed martial arts. He is frequently called upon to treat Hollywood's elite, and has previously treated actors and actresses on the film-sets of NBC's hit drama the Night Shift, as well as the set of Independence Day 2. Dr. H has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Fox Sports 1, Fox, Spike, ESPN Radio, UFC TV, and the Albuquerque Journal.

Dr. H has served on numerous occasions at the Roundhouse in New Mexico, treating state senators and representatives and was recently appointed to the medical staff for USA Track and Field's National Indoor Championships. He also serves as a ringside physician for the New Mexico Athletic Commission during combat sports and has been an official physician for the UFC and Legacy FC.

He enjoys teaching and is currently a clinical instructor at Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine where he teaches doctoral students in manual medicine. Dr Hightower is the creator of Ortho-Therapy.

Dr Hightower’s Website:


Recommended Books:

Brain Rules - John Medina

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - John Perkins

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable - Seth Godin

Recommended Documentaries:

A Leaf of Faith

Pharma Thugs

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Episode 138 - Dr João Goulão


João Goulão, M.D., is the Director-General of The General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD) in Lisbon, Portugal. SICAD’s main responsibility is to promote the reduction of the use of licit and illicit substances and the decrease of addictions across Portugal. SICAD develops universal prevention strategies across different state institutions (including schools), supports harm reduction mechanisms and collects the latest information and statistical data for submission to the Management Board for the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

Dr. Goulao was originally a family doctor and has become a leader of Portugal’s drug policy reform movement. He was part of the expert panel who developed the initial recommendations for the decriminalization of drugs presented in 1998. He graduated from the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine in 1978, and became a general practitioner in 1983. He joined the Taipas Centre in Lisbon when it was established in 1987 by the Portuguese Ministry of Health for the treatment, recovery and social reintegration of drug addicts. In 1997, he became the national director of the network of drug treatment centers in Portugal. He was also the Chairman of EMCDDA from 2010 to 2015.

Episode 137 - Greg Amundson


Greg Amundson is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, the US Army Officer Candidate School, South Bay Regional Public Safety Academy, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Federal Academy. Greg started his CrossFit training in December 2001 at the original CrossFit Headquarters gym in Santa Cruz, California. As an Athlete at the first CrossFit gym, Greg was coached and mentored by CrossFit Founders “Coach” Greg and Lauren Glassman for over seven years. Greg was also a former owner of the worlds first CrossFit gym on Research Park Drive in Santa Cruz, CA.

Greg is a frequent contributor to the CrossFit Journal and was a founding instructor at the CrossFit Level I Certificate Course. Greg is the creator and lead instructor of the CrossFit Goal Setting Course, the CrossFit Law Enforcement Application Course, a Lead Instructor for the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Course, and the originator of the apparel company Firebreather Athletics. Greg works for CrossFit Inc. as the Law Enforcement Liaison. In this capacity, Greg coordinates and leads the CrossFit Law Enforcement Summit and the CrossFit Law Enforcement Seminar.

Greg travels extensively, teaching CrossFit and Goal Setting around the world. Greg is a Krav Maga Black Belt and honor-graduate of the prestigious Los Angeles Police Department Handgun Instructor School (HITS), and serves as an adjutant instructor for Krav Maga Worldwide on the FORCE Training Division for Military and Law Enforcement. Greg is the Fitness Expert for the internationally esteemed Law Enforcement publication and training group Calibre Press.

Greg is the author of the best selling books The Warrior and The Monk, Your Wife is NOT Your Sister, Firebreather Fitness and God In Me – Daily Devotionals For A Heart Like Christ. Greg is a contributing author and speaker on the world renowned Eagle Rise Speakers Bureau and a head coach for Unbeatable Mind and Kokoro Yoga with Commander Mark Divine.

Greg served in both State and Federal Law Enforcement for over fourteen years. Greg served in numerous capacities to include SWAT with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, and as a Special Agent (SA) with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the Southwest Border. Greg was the DEA Liaison to the highly regarded Border Enforcement Security Task-Force (BEST) Team. Greg also served as a US Army Captain as a TAC Officer (Teach – Access – Counsel) where he instructed combatives, fitness and leadership at the United States Army Officer Candidate School at Camp San Luis Obispo, CA. Greg currently serves as a Reserve Peace Officer and Law Enforcement Chaplain (a Warrior Monk) in Santa Cruz, CA.

Greg Amundson has been featured in numerous magazine articles and books including features in Competitor Magazine, Mens Health, WOD Talk Magazine, Outside Magazine, Inside The Box Magazine, Santa Cruz Good Times, and Police Magazine. Greg’s contributions to CrossFit and the Law Enforcement community have been chronicled in the bestselling books Inside The Box, Kokoro Yoga, and Learning To Breathe Fire. Greg is the founder of “The Greg Amundson Show” on iTunes which is a Podcast dedicated to understanding God’s Word through the perspective of the Modern Day Warrior. Greg is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Western Seminary in Milpitas with an emphasis on Law Enforcement and Military Chaplaincy.

Greg’s website:


Greg’s Books:

The Warrior and the Monk

God in Me

Your Sister is not your Wife

Firebreather Fitness

United States Army National Guard Officer Candidate School: Tips for Success

Recommended Books:

The Bible

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

As a Man Thinketh - James Allen

Episode 136 - AJ Fusco


A.J. Fusco has been a career firefighter in Harrison, New York since 2005.  Prior to his hiring he was a volunteer in the same department. Early on in his career he realized the importance of the firehouse kitchen, and the cooking and camaraderie that takes place in it.  So in 2011, he started Fork and Hose Co. as a way to share his passion for cooking with other firefighters. Over time, F&H Co. grew to a community of firehouse chefs, sharing meals and recipes from all over the world, with a focus on healthier cooking.

In 2016, A.J.’s dedication to firehouse cooking landed him on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games twice, and on his first show he won the Salute to Firefighter’s episode!  And with part of his winnings he was able to donate a 555 Fitness grant to a department in need.

A.J.’s passion for cooking didn’t stop in the firehouse!  He enrolled at the International Culinary Center in Manhattan in 2016 and graduated Top of the Class in the Professional Culinary Arts program.  A.J. has worked in professional kitchens in Manhattan and Westchester since graduating and continues to do so on his days off from the firehouse.

Fork and Hose Website:


Recommended Book:

Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

Recommended Documentaries:


Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Episode 135 - Phil White


Phil White is an Emmy-nominated writer and the co-author of Waterman 2.0 with Dr. Kelly Starrett, and Game Changer with Fergus Connolly. He is also a frequent contributor to The Inertia and SUP the Mag.

Phil’s Website:


Phil’s Books:

The 17 Hour Fast: Reset Your Eating to Revitalize Your Life - Dr Frank Merritt and Phil White

Waterman 2.0 - Dr Kelly Starrett and Phil White

Game Changer - Dr Fergus Connolly and Phil White

Unplugged - Brian MacKanzie, Dr Andy Galpin and Phil White

Recommended Books:

The Primal Blueprint - Mark Sisson

Why We Sleep - Dr Matthew Walker

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success - Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance - Steven Kotler

Deep Nutrition - Catherine Shanahan

Simple and Sinister - Pavel Tsatsouline

Recommended Documentary:

A Leaf of Faith

Episode 134 - Juan Leija


Juan Leija has 10+ years of experience in the fitness industry, from training in the corporate gym world to his own garage gym to coming on as the first coach at Onnit and eventually general manager for Onnit Gym ATX. Leading the charge, he continues to coach, having grown and learned a variety of skill sets from different mentors that have contributed to his development. All of which has led to his design of functional aesthetics and performance programming that provide incredible results for any willing to commit.

As the Onnit Barbell Master Coach, his focus is to bring a broader perspective to a traditionally used tool. Exploring a spectrum of movement that will help improve you physically/mentally while remaining injury free, and look great doing it. Training may be a serious endeavor for Juan, but it is his genuine heart that feeds his desire to see that training nourish a life well lived.

Onnit’s Website:


Recommended books:

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success - Book by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Maximus Body: The Physical and Mental Training Plan That Shreds Your Body, Builds Serious Strength, and Makes You Unstoppably Fit - Bobby Maximus and Michael Easter

Recommended Movie:

Thor: Ragnarok

Episode 133 - 1SG (Ret.) Matt Eversmann


First Sergeant (ret) Matt Eversmann personifies the importance of duty, courage and selfless service to succeed when ordinary circumstances become extraordinary challenges.

On October 3, 1993, Matt was placed in charge of a group of Army Rangers to lead a daytime raid against an eager enemy militia. His inspiring story of survival was immortalized in the epic film, Black Hawk Down, which recounts the harrowing experience. For his actions on the battlefield he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device.

During his remaining time in uniform, he worked at the Army War College, taught at The Johns Hopkins University and finally deployed to Iraq where he lived with the Iraqi Army for 15 months during The Surge. He remained on active duty until May of 2008, when he retired after 20 years of service.

His frustration with the typical hiring process for veterans fueled his desire to help others avoid the “veterans predicament” —great servicemen and women overlooked because of the status quo. He and his wife Tori founded Eversmann Advisory in early 2018. Their mission is to connect great veterans with exceptional employers who realize their value.

Represented by Keppler Speakers, he is also a published author, The Battle of Mogadishu, and documentarian. His film “Send Me” is in post production. He and Tori live in West Palm Beach, Florida with their daughter and two black labs. Matt is a big fan of his Big Green Egg, travel and is an aspiring surfer.

Matt’s Website:


Matt’s Book:

The Battle of Mogadishu

Upcoming Documentary:

Send Me

Episode 132 - Mandar Apte


Till Mar 2016, Mandar managed Shell's flagship GameChanger program on social innovation, focusing on investing in novel solutions to social and environmental challenges that would create shared (blended) value - for business and society. Through the portfolio of investments, Mandar strived to showcase that global brands can and must play a greater role (beyond just CSR/philanthropy) to enable and scale social impact.

Mandar is an acclaimed social intrapreneur and winner of the prestigious "Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs" award for his efforts to design and facilitate an innovation learning program at Shell to over 2000 colleagues using mindfulness techniques.

To engage Mandar, for shared value innovation consulting, for your organization, please reach out here


Mandar is currently a Visiting Scholar at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University. Recently, Mandar produced a documentary film "From India With Love" - which shares the transformational experience of a group of victims of violence from America during their travel across India in search of solace, healing and wisdom to reinvigorate nonviolence in America. The film was premiered in April 2018 by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) at Paramount Pictures in a community screening.

Mandar is leading the efforts to host the World Summit for Countering Violent Extremism on occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 149th birth anniversary.


Mandar is a senior faculty member of leadership development programs offered by the Art of Living Foundation and The International Association for Human Values - both international, not for profit, 501c3 non governmental organizations in special consultative status at the UN. Over the past decade, Mandar has taught meditation to thousands of people including returning veterans, inner city youth and educators.

Mandar’s Website:


Episode 131 - Mohammad Jamal Deen


Mohammad Jamal Deen is currently an Anesthetist (CRNA) in training in Northern California. His passions include Anesthesia and Global Health. He has significant backgrounds in medical humanitarian efforts. His work spans from Mali, West Africa to helping Palestine, Syrian, Afghani, Iraqi and African refugees across the globe. He has led teams of healthcare professionals in Lebanon, near the borders of Syria, spent months living in a tent taking care of refugees in Northern Greece as well as other Eastern European Countries. He was often the sole healthcare provider on many nights.

As the son of a Palestinian refugee, the refugee has not just been a global matter, but a personal one. He can be seen in the Documentary “No Place Like Hope” and his TED Talk “What if we were friends”.

Mohammad’s TED Talk:


Instagram: jd.moha

Reach Out Worldwide:


Recommended Books:

Nights in Gaza - Mads Gilbert

There’s No Place Like Hope - Vickie Girard

Recommended Documentary :

The White Helmets

Episode 130 - Tom "Bull" Hill


Tom “Bull” Hill is a retired firefighter and one of the founding members of Orange County’s special operations team; Squad 1. After witnessing more than half of his squad brothers pass away from a host of physical diseases, Tom decided to honour a promise he made to two of the men. This promise meant addressing the fact that these firefighter’s families were left with nothing after they died, as Florida does not have a Cancer presumption law.

Tom bought a backpack, adorned it with the names of the fallen from his department and those around him, and drove to Key West. He then preceded to walk 1000 miles, meeting hundreds of firefighters and grieving families along the way. After this walk, Bull undertook a similar walk in Kentucky and is now getting ready to walk the West coast of Florida.

My Brothers’ Burden Walk website:



My Brothers’ Burden Walk



Recommended Books:

The Bible

The Big Book - Bill W

Recommended Documentary:

The Kindness Diaries

Recommended Movies:

Guardians of the Galaxy

Vision Quest

Episode 129 - Brian MacKenzie


Brian Mackenzie is an expert in the development and application of custom protocols to optimize human health and performance. His work harnesses and integrates respiratory, movement, strength and endurance-based training approaches to elicit unprecedented positive results. His protocols have been used to accelerate and raise both mental and physical performance in world-class Olympic and professional athletes, top exceutives, and elite military operators, as well as to improve the health for people suffering from various chronic illnesses. Everyday people have also used Brian’s tools to reduce pathologic stress and to vastly heighten their mental and physical well being and performance.

A highly unique feature of Brian’s approach is that he voluntarily and repeatedly subjects his protocols to rigorous 3rd party scientific testing, re-testing and improvement, at top institutions including Stanford University School of Medicine, Florida A&M University and The Center for Sports Performance. Few, if any, experts directly seek to apply unbiased laboratory and field testing to their craft as Mackenzie does.

Brian is himself a highly accomplished athlete. He completed the Ironman (Canada, 2004), completed both the The Western States 100 (2006) mile and The Angeles Crest 100 (2007) mile runs using adapted training protocols he developed to avoid injury and fatigue. Also a prolific writer, Brian co-authored the book Power Speed Endurance, The New York Times Best Seller UnBreakable Runner, and UnPlugged, which assesses the integration of emergent technology and human performance. His programs have been featured in Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, as well as periodicals such as The Economist. Brian and his protocols have been featured in 4 of Timothy Ferriss’ New York Times bestselling books including: “The 4-Hour Body” and “Tools of Titans”.

Brian MacKenzie’s programs have been taught at more than 400 seminars worldwide and are used by thousands of athletes ranging from beginners to elite medalists and record holders via his “Power, Speed, Endurance” platform and by private consultation.

Currently, Brian is the Creative Director at Power Speed Endurance a company focused on the optimization of human performance, corporate performance and the delivery of science based protocols to optimize physical, emotional and cognitive performance for health.

Brian's Website:


Matt Chan's Train For The Win 30 Day Trial:


Brian's Books:

Power Speed ENDURANCE: A Skill-Based Approach to Endurance Training - Brian MacKenzie and Glen Cordoza

Unbreakable Runner: Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong - Brian MacKenzie and T.J. Murphy

Unplugged: Evolve from Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance, & Consciousness - Andy Galpin, Brian MacKenzie, and Phil White

Recommended Books:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

Consilience - E. O. Wilson

Recommended Movie:


Recommended Documentary:

Jiro Dreams of Sushi



Episode 128 - Ernest Emerson


Ernest Emerson started making custom knives in his garage in 1979. He rapidly rose to prominence as a knife maker due in equal parts to his expertise as a craftsman, (tool and die maker), his artists eye for design, and his practical experience as one of the world’s most sought-after and respected hand-to-hand combat instructors.

Emerson’s work has been featured and exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum. There are only a handful of living artists who can make that claim. As an instructor in hand-to-hand combat and edged weapon skills, Mr. Emerson has taught the most elite warriors on earth, from the US Navy SEALs to the Guards of Parliament in London and everywhere in between.

He is the author of scores of articles, books, and videos regarding tactics, training and combat. As one of the most sought after instructors in the world he is in high demand for seminars and lectures to civilian, military and law enforcement agencies.

He is an inducted member of The Martial Arts Hall of Fame, along with such venerable names as Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. In fact he is the only knife maker known who also owns and operates his own training facility, the world-class “Black Shamrock Combat Academy Gym” in Los Angeles, California.

At a time when knives are designed by graphic artists and 22-year-olds who never did more than use a knife to sharpen a pencil, the name Emerson and the company Emerson Knives stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Emerson Knives Website:


Ernest Emerson Podcast Website:



Recommended Books:

The Gift of Fear - Gavin de Becker

The Mighty Atom: The Life and Times of Joseph L. Greenstein - Ed Spielman

The Book of Five Rings - Miyamoto Musashi

Tools of Titans - Tim Ferriss

Recommended Movies:

Last of the Mohicans


Enter The Dragon

Dr Strangelove

Recommended Documentaries:

The Magic Pill