Episode 36 - Commander Mark Divine

SEALFIT Founder and CEO

img20Briefly About Mark Divine:

NYT Best seller, WSJ Best seller and #1 Amazon for books
Ranked the #1 trainee of SEAL BUDS/class number 170
Served 9 years on active duty and 11 years as a Reserve Seal, retiring as Commander in 2011
Founded NavySeals.com, the leading website for gear and information about the Seals
Launched US Tactical, leading to increased quality of life for Seals and became the inspiration for…
 

SEALFIT

SEALFIT has helped thousands transform their lives, both online and on-site in Encinitas, California

Mark is a highly sought after speaker, coach, author and makes frequent media appearances to discuss Seal way of life

Mark Divine is from upstate New York with a degree in economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Mark’s first career was with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) as a Certified Public Accountant. Clients included luminous financial firms such as Solomon Brothers and Paine Weber.

Four years after joining Coopers, Mark left behind the corporate world to pursue his vision to become an elite Navy SEAL officer. At 26 he graduated as honor-man (#1 ranked trainee) of his SEAL BUD/s class number 170. Mark served for nine years total on Active Duty and eleven as a Reserve SEAL, retiring as Commander in 2011.

Mark embarked on his third career as an entrepreneur in 1996 by co-founding the successful Coronado Brewing Company (CBC) and founding the web e-commerce site www.NavySEALs.com. He later sold his interest in CBC, but continues to run NavySEALs.com as the leading web site for gear and information about the SEALs. In 2006 he launched US Tactical, a government contracting business where he gained contracts with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE for training support and with the Navy Recruiting Command for a nationwide mentoring program for SEAL trainees. This latter program was credited with increasing the quality of Navy SEAL candidates and reducing the attrition rate at BUD/s by up to 5% and was the inspiration for SEALFIT.

Mark was an adjunct professor of leadership at the University of San Diego, where he left a PHD program due to the Iraq war Reserve call up. In Baghdad with the SEALs again in 2004, he conducted a special study for the DOD on the role of the USMC in the Special Operations Community. Upon return home he decided to focus fully on his business and family.

Mark is an accomplished martial artist with black belts in Seido and Goju Ryu Karate, a military hand to hand combat certification in SCARS and senior ranking in Saito Nijutsu. He is teacher trained in Ashtanga Yoga, and created the innovative Unbeatable Warrior Yoga program taught to his students.
After working with thousands of special ops candidates and professionals developing mental toughness, Mark self-published his first book Unbeatable Mind in 2011 and launched the at-home study program www.unbeatablemind.com. He is also the author of The Way of the SEAL published by Readers Digest and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT published by St. Martins Press.

SEALFIT is uniquely effective at developing elite level physical fitness and mental toughness. The program has helped thousands to operate at an entirely new level in their personal and professional lives, and is used by military, first responders and sheepdog-like professionals of all stripes worldwide.

Mark is a highly sought after speaker for corporations where his Unbeatable Mind program is helping to forge mental toughness among business leaders. He lives in Encinitas, CA., several blocks from the SEALFIT Training Center, the 20,000 square foot facility where he enjoys training with his family and team.

 

SEALFIT website: https://sealfit.com/

Unbeatable Mind website: http://unbeatablemind.com/

Kokoro Yoga website: http://register.unbeatablemind.com/kokoro-yoga/

 

Commander Divine's Books:

Unbeatable Mind

The way of the SEAL

Kokoro Yoga

8 Weeks to SEALFIT

 

Episode 35 - Capt. Dale Dye

Biography
DALE DYE was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He graduated as a cadet officer from Missouri Military Academy but there was no money for college so he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970 surviving 31 major combat operations. He emerged from Southeast Asia highly decorated including three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School.

Appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976, he later converted his commission and was a Captain when he was sent to Beirut with the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in 1982-83. He served in a variety of assignments around the world and along the way managed to graduate with a B.A. degree in English from the University of Maryland. DYE worked for a year at “Soldier of Fortune” Magazine when he finally decided to retire in 1984. He spent time in Central America, reporting and training troops in guerrilla warfare techniques in both El Salvador and Nicaragua before leaving the magazine in 1985 and heading for Hollywood.

Decorations:


Bronze Star with “V” for Valor (Vietnam, 1968)
Three Purple Hearts
Meritorious Service Medal (Okinawa)
Two Navy Commendation Medals with Combat “V” Device (Vietnam and Beirut)
Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” Device (Vietnam)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Combat Action Ribbon (Vietnam and Beirut)
Vietnamese Honor Medal 1st Class
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
Legionnaire, Order of Saint Maurice (Ancient and Honorable Order of Infantrymen)

No better Place to Die Project:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/no-better-place-to-die-film-war#/

Captain Dye's websites:

http://www.warriorsinc.com

http://www.daledye.com

http://www.warriorspublishing.com

 

Recommended books:

Run Between the Raindrops - Dale Dye

Shake Davis File Series - Dale Dye

Duty and Dishonor - Dale Dye

Backbone - Julia Dye

 

Episode 34 - Mick Stierli

Mick Stierli is a Sergeant with the New South Wales Police Force based in Sydney, Australia where he performs the role of Health and Fitness officer, Physical Training Instructor’s Coordinator, he is also a Weapons and Defensive Tactics Instructor. He initiated the creation of the Physical Training Instructors (PTI) program that was designed, developed and implemented within the organization as a result of identifying corporate deficiencies in previous methods and practices with regards to training principles and the training provided. This program included design and integration across the organisation of curriculum development, training delivery and mentoring of the PTI’s throughout the state of NSW. 

He also implemented the first tactical strength and conditioning conference. This conference was attended by members of Australian interstate police forces, Fire departments and the military. This conference was the first of its kind in Australia and the southern hemisphere, it allowed for the exchanging of ideas, procedures and protocols within existing law enforcement populations and with other members of the tactical strength and conditioning community. This conference is currently entering into its eighth consecutive year. Sgt Stierli has recently accepted an invitation to join the Bond University Tactical Research Unit as both a researcher and subject matter expert. 

Outside of the Tactical environment, He also has extensive experience working with elite athletes and is currently a member of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs High Performance Unit in the National Rugby League (NRL) Competition.

Mick is a frequently sought after presenter both in Australia and Internationally, on topics such as human performance, physical preparation, injury prevention, and Tactical Strength and Conditioning. He is an associate editor for the NSCA’s TSAC Journal and is the education coordinator and international liaison for the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) TSAC program

Mick is the recipient of the 2013 NSW Police Commissioners Award for the best individual contribution to workplace health and safety. Sergeant Stierli is also the winner of the 2013 Treasury Managed Fund Award for Excellence in Injury Management. In 2014 he was awarded the NSW Police Medal. In 2015 he was highly commended in the Treasury Managed Fund award for Innovative Design for the NSW Police Force Reconditioning Program. In 2016 he was again highly commended in treasury managed fund for Innovative design for the NSW Police “Moving better, together” project.

He also won the NSCA’S TSAC Facilitator of the Year for 2016

Recommended Books:

High Performance Training for Sports - David Joyce and Dan Lewindon

The Warrior Mindset - Loren Christensen, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Michael J Asken

Recommended Movie: Star Wars.

 

Episode 33 - Rob Nielsen and Rick Rochelle

Rob Nielsen has dedicated his career to creating and implementing leadership, cultural alignment, and peak performance strategies for organizations across the country.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Nielsen has taken the leadership skills learned as a scholar-athlete (a boxing champion and All-American water polo player), a Captain and scout pilot in the U.S. Army, and applied them to business.

For over three decades, whether leading soldiers in the field, developing start-ups or helping advance hundred million-dollar companies, this unique developmental model has been used to achieve peak financial performance by inspiring, empowering and challenging teams. This philosophy is based on the belief that the most powerful and lasting solutions are achieved through the trust, collaboration and emotional commitment of each stakeholder.

In founding All American Leadership, Nielsen has assembled a powerful, committed group of professionals, ranging from Ph.D. level professors to highly successful business and military leaders, each representing decades of experience in leading, educating, and developing leaders of character.

A published writer and speaker, Nielsen and his team engage with CEOs and their organizations to develop leaders, align cultures and accelerate success.

Rick Rochelle’s primary passion is empowering teams by enhancing and integrating their strengths—emotional, intellectual, and physical. A lifelong scholar-athlete and student of leadership for 30 years, he has significant leadership education, coaching, and business experience. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, his twin passions were academics and wrestling. In 1985, Rick discovered a third passion—the study of leadership—while attending the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The curriculum stressed the idiosyncratic notion of expedition behavior, selflessness leading to enhanced team performance, which fits well with All American Leadership’s model of changing culture through character, empathy, trust, and accountability.

Rick earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Princeton (1987) and an M.S. in Ecology from Colorado State University (1991). He joined the NOLS faculty in 1987 and amassed 310 weeks (median is 60) teaching leadership on remote wilderness expeditions on five continents, making him one of NOLS’ most experienced faculty members. He loves receiving notes from students about the life-changing nature of these courses, whether from executives, college students, Navy SEALs, or this e-mail from orbit. But Rick is most proud of a series of successful rescues: a week-long ordeal for an appendicitis patient in the Himalayan monsoon, night rappelling down steep ice at 17,000’ for cerebral edema, leading Kikuyu rangers and carrying a man gored by a buffalo down elephant trails on Mt. Kenya, following a bearing through a whiteout on Denali for a perforated ulcer, searching for a lost caver for 40 hours in the Black Hills, and others.

As program supervisor, then assistant director of NOLS Alaska from 2003 to 2008, Rick learned more about how to transfer leadership skills to business, heading a team that oversaw expeditions from the Pacific to the summit of Denali. He earned a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Alaska and focused the team on identifying and enhancing business practices contributing to student success, optimizing product quality and expense management. He also customized leadership curriculum for the U.S. Naval Academy, Wharton, NASA, and others.

In 2008, Rick was named Director of NOLS Professional Training, which customizes leadership courses for organizations. For seven-plus years, he led a values-based process, articulating clear purpose, intent, and a unique value proposition. The team made improvements throughout the value chain, increasing quality and consistency, more than doubling enrollment. By the end of his tenure, the department had run 38 expeditions for astronauts (4 of which he led), adding mission control personnel to enhance ground-orbit communication, and designing curriculum in preparation for missions beyond low earth orbit. More than 20% of U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen participated in leadership practica annually. The slate of business schools grew from Wharton and Kellogg to 8 of the top 20 MBA programs. Other clients included Google directors, the country’s largest wildland fire academy, elite military units, prestigious scholars’ programs, and top-tier secondary schools. They exceeded budget targets during the global downturn, with a compound annual growth rate of 15% (budget 10%), growing the bottom line by a factor of 4.5 (budget 2.2). As an intrapreneur (one designated to lead a division charged with innovation) in an organization that just turned 50, Rick is familiar with cultural barriers to change.

Rick and his wife of 25 years, Shannon, still lead expeditions for NOLS. He believes leadership acumen gained in one ambiguous, unpredictable environment transfers well to another—from the backcountry to the boardroom. Always excited to find effective ways to enhance team performance, in 2015 Rick proudly joined the passionate All American Leadership faculty.

All American Leadership Website: http://www.allamericanleaders.com/

NOLS website: https://www.nols.edu/en/

Recommended Books:

Mindset: The new psychology of success - Carol Dewet Ph.D.

Triggers - Marshall Godsmith

Grit:  The power of passion and perseverance - Angela Duckworth

Legacy - James Kerr

Team of Teams - General Stanley McChrystal

Turn the ship around - L. David Marquet

Everybody Matters - Bob Chapman

The Captain Class - Sam Walker

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

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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.

Certifications:

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.