Episode 32 - John Hofman

Coach John Hofman, CSCS*D, MS: President & CEO - is one of leading experts in the field of Firefighter Health and Wellness. For the past 9 years he was the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Fire Department, where he oversaw the Wellness Center, coordinated the department’s medical and fitness assessments, developed recruit fitness training, pre-employment medical and fitness evaluations and assists the department’s 20-certified Peer Fitness Trainers. In addition, has helped develop and instruct for the California Peace Officers Standard of Training (CA-POST) - Physical Training for Recruit Academy, and is a sought after speaker on numerous topics including: injury prevention, wellness / health screenings, and development of a comprehensive wellness program.

John's Site: http://911tacticalperformance.com

John's email: jho618@comcast.net

John's Book: Beyond the Turnouts.

Recommended book: The boys in the boat - Daniel James Brown.

Recommended Documentary: Eddie Strongman.

Episode 31 - Dominick Barbera

Dominick Barbera began his career as a firefighter in the 1960s.  He proceeded to climb the ranks in the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.  Dominick was one of the first firefighters to become a Paramedic after the City of Miami pioneered the program.  Dominick has been an active member of the union throughout his career and continued to serve after his retirement.

Recommended book: "Fingerprints of the Gods" by Graham Hancock

Recommended movie: "They died with their boots on".

Episode 30 - Mike Clelland

Mike was born in Washington, D.C. and his family moved to Florida in 1974.

Mike was a firefighter in Central Florida for 26 years. He entered the fire service directly out of high school and became an active member of his International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) local union, taking the lead in contract negotiations and labor disputes. He entered management as a Battalion Chief in 2002 and retired in 2008 at this rank. With this unique perspective, Mr. Clelland is keenly aware of issues confronting firefighters and other first responders today. His primary area of law practice is first responder litigation concerning Florida’s Heart/Lung Bill, but he also handles first responders’ line-of-duty pension matters.

Mike attended Seminole Community College and received an Associates Degree in Fire Science Technology in 1999.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 2002 from the University of Central Florida. He received a Juris Doctor in 2006 from Florida A&M University College of Law.

Mike lives in Lake Mary with his wife Christy and their two children Emma, age 9 and Patrick, age 6. In his spare time he enjoys working out, reading and spending time with his family.

Mike's website: https://www.forthepeople.com/attorneys/mike-clelland/

Facebook: Mike Clelland Law

Instagram: @mikeclellandlaw

Favorite author: Ernest Hemingway

Recommended movie: Lion




Episode 29 - Lesia Cartelli

Lesia Stockall Cartelli endured a serious burn injury over 50% of her face and body from a natural gas explosion at the age of nine. Her grandparent’s home was completely destroyed, yet her spirit survived.
She transformed her pain into a life of passion and purpose. Lesia insists that we are here on Earth to do more than simply survive.

Cartelli founded Angel Faces, a unique national nonprofit organization. Angel Faces provides healing retreats and ongoing support that inspires adolescent girls and young women with burn/trauma injuries to achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for them, their families, and their communities.

Resiliency and courage motivated Cartelli to face her fear of fire at age 33. She suited up in breathing apparatus, full firefighting gear, and entered a burning building known as a “control burn.” Her fear conquered, she married the fire captain who led her into the fire to face her fears.

She was chosen and featured on CNN’s “Human Factor” with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, HLN, ABC NEWS 20/20, Associated Press Wire (video and print), and PBS, among other national TV media venues. Cartelli has received many prestigious awards for her leadership and inspiration including the Heart of a Woman Award on the Dr. Phil Show. She is regularly interviewed radio stations, and has been heard on Doctor Radio, Sirius and Clear Channel.

Readers Digest and Woman’s Day have written about her. Cartelli’s own articles have been published in USA Today and on CNN Blogs.  Cartelli is a dynamic captivating internationally known motivational speaker for private corporations and medical, trauma and burn conferences.  She lives in southern California with her husband Bruce and their standard poodle, Bently. Cartelli loves adventure travel and riding her Harley Davidson.

Angel faces: angelfaces.com

Lesia's book:  Heart of Fire

Lesia's site: http://www.lesiacartelli.com/

Recommended book: The way of the peaceful warrior - Dan Millman

Recommended movies: "It's a Wonderful Life." and "Becoming Warren Buffet."

Episode 28 - Lt. Robert "Pip" Piparo

Rob Piparo, better known as Pip, is a Lieutenant with the City of New Brunswick Fire Department, located in New Brunswick, NJ and a Paramedic with Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ. He has been involved with emergency services for 17 years. Pip holds certifications as a Firefighter 1 & 2, NJ Level 1 Fire Instructor, Extrication, High Angle and Confined Space Technician, NJ and National Registry Paramedic, and Crossfit Level I.

Pip has always been passionate about fitness. He spent several years running half marathons and training strictly with kettlebells until he discovered Crossfit. He is currently a Coach at Iron Crossfit in North Brunswick , NJ . He has also completed a marathon and an Olympic distance triathlon with hopes of someday being able to compete in an ironman distance.

Pip’s passion for training lead him to the 555 Fitness page, where he quickly developed a friendship with its founder. After several months of back and forth banter, he asked Pip if he wanted to join the team. One could say the rest is history, but for now, we will just say we are too busy making history.

555 Fitness Website: http://www.555fitness.org/

Facebook: 555 Fitness

Instagram: @555fitness

Favorite books:  "Tools of Titans" - Tim Ferriss.  "The subtle art of not giving a fuck." - Mark Manson.

Favorite Move: Moana

Hair product: Redeken Grip Tight.

Episode 27 - Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

In their description of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Slate Magazine said, “Grossman cuts such a heroic, omnicompetent figure, he could have stepped out of a video game.”  He has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two childrens’ books, and six non-fiction books to include his “perennial bestseller” On Killing (with over half a million copies sold), and a New York Times best-selling book co-authored with Glenn Beck.
He is a US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor.  He has a Black Belt in Hojutsu, the martial art of the firearm, and has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  
Col. Grossman’s research was cited by the President of the United States in a national address, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress, and numerous state legislatures.  He has served as an expert witness and consultant in state and Federal courts.  He helped train mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school massacre, and he was also involved in counseling or court cases in the aftermath of the Paducah, Springfield, Littleton and Nickel Mines Amish school massacres.  
Col. Grossman has been called upon to write the entry on “Aggression and Violence” in the Oxford Companion to American Military History, three entries in the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict and has presented papers before the national conventions of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  
 Since his retirement from the US Army in 1998, he has been on the road almost 300 days a year, for over 19 years, as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.
Today Col. Grossman is the director of the Killology Research Group (www.killology.com).  In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks he is has written and spoken extensively on the terrorist threat, with articles published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Civil Policy and many leading law enforcement journals, and he has been inducted as a "Life Diplomate" by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and a "Life Member" of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

Killology website: https://www.killology.com

Grossman Academy: http://www.grossmanacademy.com/

Lt. Col. Grossman's books: https://www.killology.com/publications

Recommended books: 

Deep survival - Laurence Gonzales

Backbone - Julia Dye

Recommended movies:

American Sniper

Lone Survivor

Episode 26 - Matt Bernstein


Matt is a student of Ido Portal and has an obsession with process, teaching and quality.  Matt began teaching movement in Brooklyn, NY. where he worked with Golden Globe winning actors, Tony Award winning stage performers and people from multiple disciplines.  Matt did not not grow up an athlete and has learned much of his practice as an adult.  Matt is an Ido Portal Mentorship student, a former ski patroller, retired firefighter and extremely happy husband and father.

Boulder Movement Collective Website: http://www.bouldermovementcollective.com/

Facebook : Boulder Movement Collective

Instagram: bouldermovementcollective

Book mentioned: Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Movie Mentioned: Jiro dreams of sushi.

Episode 25 - Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols, CSCS graduated from Troy University with a BS in Exercise Physiology.  From there, he became an Assistant Strength Coach for Troy University for 18 months before joining the Navy in October 2002. Nichols is a retired navy seal.  He finished 11 Years of Military Service (2002-2013) SEAL Graduated Buds Class 246 and received (SEAL) Warfare Designation on May 17, 2003. He was Assigned to SEAL Team 5 (May 2003 - May 2007) NSW (May 2007 - Oct 2013)

Jeff has discovered the importance of recovery. read his article recover like you mean it.

During his time, Nichols was the Active Duty Human Performance Department Head. Nichols is currently an Exercise Physiologist for 2XU & Virginia High Performance in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Jeff's Website: virginiahp.com

Instagram: jeffcscs

Facebook: Jeff Nichols Cscs

Book mentioned: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Movies mentioned: Journey and Martian

Episode 24 - Dr Joseph Ibrahim

Joseph Ibrahim, M.D. currently serves as trauma medical director at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), where he oversees Central Florida’s only Level I Trauma Center.  Dr Ibrahim joined Orlando Health’s Department of Surgical Education in 2012 as an associate program director of the General Surgery Residency.  He is also a member of the Orlando Health Physicians Surgical Group, and is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care.

Dr Ibrahim earned his medical degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 2003, where he served as Vice President of his class and was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award.  Dr Ibrahim completed a general surgery residency at East Tennessee University, and was recognized with the Outstanding Surgical Resident Award.  He then completed a surgical critical care fellowship at Orlando Health.

Following his residency and fellowship, Dr Ibrahim remained at East Tennessee University as an assistant professor, with the division or trauma/critical care/acute care surgery.  He found success working with surgical residents, first as an assistant professor, then as an interim vice chair of the surgery department.  Dr Ibrahim also worked as a general surgeon in a private practice.

In his capacity as a surgical educator, Dr Ibrahim holds academic appointments with Florida State University and the University of Central Florida.  He is a certified course director for the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course, and regularly facilitates lectures and skill stations for the Advanced Trauma Life Support course.  Dr Ibrahim’s passion for laudable patient care was recognized in 2013, where he received the Orlando Health ORMC Physician Exemplar Award.

Dr Ibrahim is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Southeastern Surgical Congress.  His most recent research includes articles, abstracts and publications on ultrasound simulation training for residents, vitamin D use in the critically ill patient population and new ICU protocols to reduce catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rates.

Episode 23 - Paul Roberts

I've been involved in the physical realm for as long as I can remember. Got a blackbelt in Japanese Martial Arts (Wado-ryu) when I was 13, transitioned into Hockey and other than school, thats what my entire childhood and young adulthood consisted of and kept me out of trouble. Played Junior hockey for a couple of years in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) then got back into Martial Arts and ultimately MMA and had a few "professional" fights. Through Combat Sports is how I got invited to be a part of "Gym Jones," I started training with them in late 2007/2008ish and have been completely consumed in Strength and Conditioning ever since, and started training people formally in 2011. I also am currently in the process of opening up a new gym and have a great team built to do so. 

I believe we can, and should learn something from everyone and make a conscious effort to do so. If we think we've arrived, we are no longer learning and obsolete. I have also had many great influences throughout my life and wouldn't be near the person I am with out them and my experiences. I have also been very fortunate to able to meet, learn from, and consult with great fitness professionals, athletes, and top tier Military assets from around the globe. 

It took me a while to figure out to follow my passions but literally my entire professional life has centered around service. I have been a firefighter for 5 years, and was just recently promoted to Engineer. Prior to firefighting I was going to school, (got a couple of AS degrees) training in Combat Sports, and literally digging graves; working as a Cemetery Sexton. I currently serve the same City (West Jordan) I grew up in, and have been employed by since 1999 when I was in High School. We have a great Department that serves an area South West of Salt Lake City. My loyalty runs deep, sometimes to a fault.

I have a small family, with a great wife, and two amazing children. Ultimately I do everything for them.

The Sect on Facebook: The Sect Fitness

Instagram: The.sect.fitness

Fit to Fight Fire program: http://fittofightfire.com/program/

Books mentioned: Extreme Ownership by Jock Willink and Leif Babin

All books by Ryan Holiday.

Documentary: The Last Gladiators

Episode 22 - Dr Renny Edelson

Dr Renny Edelson has been a certified chiropractic practitioner in the Ocala area for more than 30 years. He has helped thousands of patients, including the Florida Panthers NHL hockey and Miami Dolphins NFL football players.

Renny's Practice: http://www.theocalachiropractor.com

Email: dre@chiropracticusafl.com

Find a Chiropractor near you:  Google  Chiropractor Corrective Care.

Other resource website: www.uschiropracticdirectory.com

Episode 21 - Keith Tyson

Keith Tyson, retired from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in 2008, after serving 34 years as a Paramedic/Firefighter, and within 6 months of retirement, was diagnosed with both prostate cancer as well as several skin cancer issues.

He immediately began researching different cancer issues in the fire service, only to find alarming rates of cancer not only in his home agency, but in other departments as well.

In 2009, he formed the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, Florida Chapter (FCSN), where is currently serves as the State Director as well as the Vice President for Education, Research and Outreach for the national Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

He was actively involved in both the 2103 White Paper developed by the FCSN, “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service” which was lauded as “one of the most significant documents to be published for the fire service in this decade” by Janet Wilmoth of Fire Chief Magazine, as well as the 2017 FCSN White Paper, which will be released shortly.

He has taught his “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service”, an “on-duty” class to thousands of firefighters across the country. This is a class that no one “thinks” they want to listen to, or need, but for those that do attend, they immediately change the way they do “business.” The class has been extremely well received by the newest, as well as the most senior, members of every department.

He is actively involved with the Florida Professional Firefighters in gathering data to work towards a firefighter cancer presumption law for Florida’s firefighters and has submitted some of his own personal research to national research centers, such as the University Of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center and the University of Cincinnati, which are well known for their studies on firefighters, their exposures, and their types of cancer for further review.

He collaborated with the IAFF to develop an online Cancer Awareness course for present and past members. He has given educational presentations to fire departments around the U.S. as well as specialized presentations to the Florida Fire Chiefs/Florida Professional Firefighter's Health and Safety Symposium, the IAFF, the IAFC, the NVFC, as well as FDIC, the NFFF Tampa 2 conference, Fire Rescue International Conference, and other relevant fire service organizations.

He has had numerous articles published in fire service journals including, Fire Department Safety Officer, (FDSOA), FASNY’s -The Volunteer Firefighter, The N.Y. State Fire Chief’s magazine -Size-Up magazine, Journal of the Police and Fireman’s Insurance Association’ s The PFIA Protector, JOIFF’s Catalyst, The Florida Fire Service magazine, Fire Engineering and others.

He currently sits on several national committees addressing this pressing topic including the University of Miami’s Sylvester Cancer Center’s Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI), the National Fallen Firefighters Cancer Alliance, the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s PPE Cleanliness study, the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s Firefighters Against Cancer Epidemic team, (FACE), the Florida Regional Health and Safety Collaborative, as well as others fire service committees dealing with firefighter health and safety issues.

Firefighter Cancer Support Network: https://firefightercancersupport.org/

Movie:  Hacksaw Ridge

Keith's email: ktyson@fcsn.net

Episode 20 - Carl Paoli

Carl was born in the United States and grew up in Spain where his passion for physical activity led him to delve into action sports such as snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and karate. It was his love for gymnastics that shaped his discipline for hard work, determination, and his professional career. Carl became an elite gymnast in Spain where he trained and competed on the national circuit for more than fifteen years. Throughout his gymnastics career he received numerous accolades, including a National Gold Medal for Vault.

Carl also studied environmental science at Universidad Miguel Hernandez and specialized in genetic engineering and coral reef ecology.  After university, Carl returned to the U.S. to pursue a career in marine biology. Even though Carl found work that related to his studies, his mind never strayed far from his love of sport and fitness. He reentered the world of gymnastics in 2004 in San Francisco, where he lives and works as a strength and conditioning coach for his own practice in collaboration with San Francisco CrossFit and AcroSports.

In 2010 Carl launched GymnasticsWOD.com, currently the largest online resource for gymnastics­ movement training and conditioning for CrossFit coaches and athletes. He has coached thousands of athletes around the world through the GymnasticsWOD website and by way of his Freestyle Connection seminars. In 2011 Carl was part of the coaching team for Annie Thorisdottir, who went on to become the first two-­time winner of the CrossFit Games in 2011 and 2012. In July of 2014 Carl published his first book, FREESTYLE, which went on to become a New York Times Best Seller in the Sports Category.

Carl's Website: http://freestyleconnection.com/

Strike Movement website: https://strike-mvmnt.com/

Facebook: Carl Paoli

Instagram: @carlpaoli

Documentaries mentioned:

Hiro dreams of Sushi.

Bones Brigade

Episode 19 - Leon Logothetis

Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries.

The days of living and working behind his ‘slab of wood’ (or desk to the layman) are well and truly over. His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play.

The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours.  And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection. And. Doing it all with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!

Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. He is the host of the TV series Amazing Adventures Of A Nobody, which is broadcast across the world by National Geographic International and, over the course of three seasons, sees Leon cross America, the United Kingdom and Europe on just 5 dollars, 5 pounds, and 5 euros a day, respectively.

He recently returned from filming his new TV show The Kindness Diaries, in which he circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike Kindness One, giving life changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers.

Leon is no stranger to adventure. He teamed up with First Book® & drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across America, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America.

Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times.

Leon's Website: http://www.leonlogothetis.com/

Leon's Books:

Amazing Adventures of a Nobody

The Kindness Diaries

Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live

Books recommended in Podcast:

The drama of the gifted child - Alice Miller

Getting things done - David Allen

Recommended Movies:

The motorcycle diaries

Into the wild

I am.

Mark Twain quote: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.


Episode 18 - Pat McNamara

Patrick McNamara spent twenty-two years in the United States Army in a myriad of special operations units. When he worked in the premier special missions unit, he became an impeccable marksman, shooting with accurate, lethal results and tactical effectiveness.

McNamara has trained tactical applications of shooting to people of all levels of marksmanship, from varsity level soldiers, and police officers who work the streets to civilians with little to no time behind the trigger.  His military experience quickly taught him that there is more to tactical marksmanship than merely squeezing the trigger. Utilizing his years of experience, McNamara developed a training methodology that is safe, effective and combat relevant and encourages a continuous thought process. This methodology teaches how to maintain safety at all times and choose targets that force accountability, as well as provides courses covering several categories, including individual, collective, on line and standards.

While serving as his Unit's Marksmanship NCO, he developed his own marksmanship club with NRA, CMP, and USPSA affiliations.  Mac ran monthly IPSC matches and ran semi annual military marksmanship championships to encourage marksmanship fundamentals and competitiveness throughout the Army.

He retired from the Army's premier hostage rescue unit as a Sergeant Major and is the author of T.A.P.S. (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting) and Sentinel. 

Pat's Websites:  http://tmacsinc.com/ and http://www.combatstrengthtraining.com/

Pat's Books:  T.A.P.S. (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting) and Sentinel

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/patannamac1

Instrgram: @tmacsinc


Other books mentioned: 

Mind Gym: An athlete's guide to excellence - Gary Mack and David Casstevens

With winning in mind - Lanny Basham

Undaunted Courage - Stephen Ambrose


Episode 17 - Matt Chan

Matt originally took up CrossFit in his late 20s to help improve his endurance as a Denver area firefighter. After four Top 10 finishes at the CrossFit Games (including the runner-up slot in 2012), Chan became a full-time athlete and one of the most popular and knowledgeable veterans in the sport. 

Already 30 when he made his Games debut in 2008, Chan has had to battle through injuries and out-work a growing field of younger challengers to maintain his drive for the podium. In 2013, despite nagging knee problems, he showed his heart and resolve by taking first place at a Regional competition for an incredible sixth straight year. Two years later, Matt’s return from injury at the 2015 Southwest Regionals produced a Top 10 finish—not enough for a return to the Games, but a good indication that this all-time great can’t be counted out just yet. 

As a member of the CrossFit Trainer Staff, Matt works CrossFit Level 1 Courses, CrossFit Level 2 Courses, and CrossFit Competitors Courses, a weekend course that he, Eric O'Connor, and Chris Spealler codeveloped. He also coaches competition-based classes at gyms in the Colorado front range.


CrossFit Level 4 Coach
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Powerlifting
CrossFit Nutrition
CrossFit Mobility
USAW Club Coach

Matt's website: www.trainftw.com

Race in Kauai :http://www.ultimatehawaiiantrailrun.com/

Book : Man's search for meaning - Viktor E Frankl

Netflix Documentary: I am not your guru - Anthony Robbins.  

Episode 16 - Stew Smith

Stew Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL Lieutenant, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Maximum Fitness, The Special Ops Workouts, and SWAT Fitness.
Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as military fitness trainer, Stew has trained thousands of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, FBI, ERT and many other law enforcement professions.

Stew has written more than 400 articles and 40 eBooks sold at both Military.com and StewSmith.com.  He is a consultant and presenter with the government in the area of troop physical development through his non-profit Heroes of Tomorrow. See www.heroesoftomorrow.org for more information.
He has appeared on many television shows such as: The National Geographic Channels Fight Science and in several newspaper and magazine features to include Washington Post, Mens Fitness, Mens Health, and Sports Illustrated.

Stew Smith has worked professionally in the military fitness arena for over 15 years focusing on a specialty of helping people become Navy SEALs or any other member of a unit that requires a physical fitness test (PFT). Of course many of Stew's readers just want to lose weight and keep it off...Stew can do that too.  He has trained athletes in College, Olympians, and Professional Sports (Hockey and Baseball.)  Stew Smith is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  He speaks nationally at fitness conferences that focus on the Tactical Athlete (military, special ops, SWAT, police, fire fighters).

Stew Smith graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991.  After almost eight years in the SEAL Teams and an instructor at the Naval Academy Physical Education Department, Stew resigned his commission in 1999 to start his own fitness and freelance writing business.  Now he writes articles, books, programs specifically designed for candidates of just about every military branch, spec ops unit, and police and fire fighter agencies.  He trains people these people for FREE through the Heroes of Tomorrow program.  

Stew has been labeled the Personal Trainer to the Heroes of Tomorrow. This site is a tribute to fallen heroes and assists future heroes to train for any physical fitness test in the military and law enforcement agencies.  He is actively involved with the Naval Academy Admissions recruiting programs and performs a military style workout with over 2,800 midshipmen candidates annually at the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program.  Annually, he trains more than 5000 candidates for FREE.  Check the Heroes of Tomorrow website for a trainer near you as we are now in over 25 cities around the country. 

Stew's website:  www.stewsmith.com

Facebook: Stew Smith Fitness

Instagram: Stewsmith50

Twitter: stewsmith

Documentary: BUDS Class 234

Book: Living with a SEAL - Jesse Itzler

Episode 15 - Jarrod Sergi and Jeremy Johns

Jarrod Sergi is a 17 year member of the fire service. He started his career in the US Navy serving as a Damage Controlman where he was responsible for all shipboard firefighting operations and the training of ships crew. After his time in the Navy he was selected to join the ranks of Norfolk Fire Rescue in Norfolk VA where he has been for the last 12 years. Currently he serves as a Lieutenant on a ladder company in the first battalion, located in the downtown area of Norfolk.

During his time with Norfolk he has also served on an engine company as well as completed a tour in the training division. Here he was responsible for the coordination of several Fire Academy’s and the development and implementation of several department and regional training programs. Along with this he is also an instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs focusing on MAYDAY and strategy and tactics. Jarrod is also an instructor for Real Fire Training LLC where he provides training on Engine and Ladder Company Operations, as well as Firefighter Survival. He is a contributor to Fire Engineering magazine and the Fire Department Training Network.

Most notably he is the founder of Trial by Fire, whose mission is to advance the fire service through strong leadership, accountability, and training. It is his mission to make every firefighter bleed passion for their profession. He is committed to holding himself to a high standard and will work hard to inspire others around him to do the same.

My name is Jeremy Johns and I am a firefighter/paramedic with Norfolk Fire and Rescue in Virginia. I have been a firefighter for 10 years and in Emergency medicine for nearly 15 years. I was a combat medic in the Army prior to joining the fire service. I am also the founder of Black Union Rucking, which brings people together to engage in physical activity and promotes team building and leadership development. I have been married for 14 years to my wife Jessica and we have two children. 

Support Trucker Dukes at www.teamtrucker.org

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Jarrod's Trial by Fire Website: http://www.trialbyfireonline.com/-home.html

Trial by Fire on Facebook and Instagram.

Black Union Rucking: https://www.facebook.com/bu.rucking/

Book mentioned: Small Unit Leadership - Dandridge M Malone

Episode 14 - Zar Horton

Zar Horton is a 28 year veteran of the Albuquerque Fire Department currently serving as a Battalion Chief.  He has been training others in the use of Kettlebells since 2004.  For the last 12 years he has devoted himself to bringing safe, functional, strength-training and fitness, along with greater quality of life and longevity, to fire service, law enforcement and members of the US military .  He currently holds position of Master Kettlebell Instructor with STRONGFIRST.  He has instructed across the United States and internationally. 

Zar's Gym : http://fire-bellz.com

Strongfirst: http://www.strongfirst.com/


Simple and Sinister - Pavel Tsatsouline.  

Kettlebells from the center - Gray Cook and Bret Jones

Episode 13 - Marc Mero

From his early days growing up in a single-parent home in Buffalo, NY, Marc dreamed big and set lofty goals. Despite many obstacles, Marc found success with hockey, football and boxing and then achieved fame as a WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion.  For 14 years, Marc entertained audiences worldwide as “Johnny B. Badd,” “Wildman” Marc Mero and “Marvelous” Marc Mero. Now as an Inspirational Speaker and Author, Marc has been changing the lives of students and people of all ages — for almost a decade — with his powerful message of HOPE. Marc is married to the beautiful Darlene Spezzi-Mero, who co-founded Champion of Choices. He enjoys spending time with family and his two dogs, Rocco and Maui.

Champion of Choices website: http://thinkpoz.org/

Instagram: marcmero

Facebook: Marc Mero