Episode 122 - Matt Chan

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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.

Train For The Win Website:

http://www.trainftw.com/

Recommended Book:

Science and practice of strength training - Vladimir M Zatsiorsky

Recommended Movie:

The Big Lebowski

Episode 121 - Tom Foxley

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It all started when...
...I was diagnosed with a heart condition which doctors told me could kill me. Long story short, it hasn't and it won't. That news though was enough to take me from an athletically gifted 13 year old to a weak, timid 14 year old. This lasted until I was 17 when a teacher read an extract from a book to our college class.

That extract flipped how I viewed the world, and how I viewed myself. I realised it was possible to learn to embrace intensity and discomfort. I realised it is possible to become the athlete and the man I want to be. Over the next few years, I changed my life around by mastering my mindset. This formed the basis of what I now teach athletes.

I went from skinny child to joining an elite branch of the British Military, racking up over 10,000 hours of functional fitness coaching and eventually to where I am now:

Inner Athlete coach for functional athletes of all abilities and host of a #1 ranked iTunes podcast, The Alpha Movement Podcast.

Most of my coaching is online through my Inner Athlete Performance Camps, however I'm currently taking my Mindset RX'd Seminar throughout Europe and will be touring the rest of the world in 2018.

Tom's Website:

https://www.mindsetrxd.com/

 

Episode 120 - Craig Hanaumi

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Craig Hanaumi is a community station officer with the Bellevue Police Department in Washington. He is one of BPD's defensive tactics instructors and is also a member of their recruitment team. Craig started his law enforcement career 15 years ago with the Honolulu Police Department. Born/raised on Oahu, Craig graduated from Aiea High School then attended the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa where he earned a BA in psychology.

Craig started skateboarding in 1985 and after a 25 year break he started skating again to connect with his community (& because it was fun). Throughout school Craig played the trombone and also uses music to connect. He has been training jiu-jitsu for almost 10 years and is a purple belt under Ryron and Rener Gracie.

Craig's Instagram - @craighanaumi

Recommended Book: 

O Great One! A Little Book about the Awesome Power of Recognition - David C. Novak

Recommended Movie:

Momento

Recommended Documentary:

Hoop Dreams

Episode 119 - Ashley Schwamberger

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Ashley Schwamberger is a full time professional Firefighter and EMT with the Portsmouth Fire Department in Portsmouth, OHIO. She has enlisted with the Ohio Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer. 

Ashley is a proud mother to Boston, girlfriend to Ryan, daughter to the coolest parents Ron and Diane Bennett, and 555 Fitness staffer just to name a few things. She is dedicated to serving her community and country. 

When she isn’t busy working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling and exercising ... A LOT!

Ashley’s son Boston passed away from brain cancer, specifically an inoperable tumor called DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) on September 4, 2013. 

After Boston’s passing, Ashley was even more motivated to live a life of service and appreciation. But before she applied for the Fire Department, Ashley competed as an individual at the 2014 CrossFit Regionals in the Central East Region. Once she started working full time, she struggled with sleep deprivation, balancing working and competing, and dealing with the grief process of losing her son. 

Presently, Ashley feels the best she ever has. She has worked hard to find a healthy balance between work, training and nutrition, and travel, and most importantly to put her loved ones at the top of her priority list. She is looking forward to continuing to live a life of truly living and experiencing and always serving her country and local community.  
 

555 Fitness Website:

http://www.555fitness.org

Recommended Books:

Pride and Ownership - Chief Rick Lasky

Twilight series -  Stephenie Meyer

Recommended Movies:

The Godfather

Last of the Mohicans

Pulp Fiction

Were Were Soldiers

The Departed

Recommended Television:

Anthony Bourdain's shows

 

Episode 118 - Julien Pineau II

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Sports have been a part of Julien’s life since he was young and he’s been a state and national champion in a number of sports including soccer, swimming, and wrestling.  As an adult, he really found something he liked with MMA and Jiu-Jitsu and spent time traveling the world to learn from the best in the industry. That time spent with the best made him want to learn more about sport and movement so that he could coach others.


In 1993, he began his coaching career as a conditioning and grappling coach for the MMA gym where he trained and in 2008, he opened his own gym that focuses on strongman training. StrongFit was born and has evolved from a single gym to a full education program. 


Julien’s  brain is wired to see faulty patterns and visualize, in space, how people move. With his knack for diagnosing muscular and strength imbalances, he has developed his own system to identify what issues are and fight the root of the problem. He now travels the world delivering seminars to coaches who have the common goal of fixing people and ridding them of pain.

Strongfit Website:

https://www.strongfit.com/

Recommended Book:

Free Your Mind - M. P. Neary

Recommended Documentary:

AlphaGo

 

 

Episode 117 - Dr Allison Brager

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Dr Brager is a neurobiologist serving as an active duty Army officer with expertise in sleep and chronobiology. She has worked with human and animal models of study.  She has had continuous, independent research support from the National Institutes of Health and National Academy of Sciences for ten years. This work has examined genetic and environmental regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms and their relevance to resiliency to stress.

Dr Brager has undertaken substantial leadership and service for professional research societies and university departments. Most recently, she is Chair of the Public Advocacy committee for the Society for Research of Biological Rhythms and was Chair of the first-ever Gordon Seminar Series on Sleep Regulation. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Sleep Research Society as the Trainee Member-At-Large to implement and organize scientific and professional development programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

Third, Dr Brager served as President of the department's graduate student council where she was involved with departmental admission, job searches, and graduate student affairs. In addition to 15+ original research publications, she has a popular neuroscience blog acknowledged by the Society for Neuroscience, have written op-ed and column pieces for Science and professional society bulletins.

Dr Brager's Webpage:

http://walterreedarmyresearch.academia.edu/AllisonBrager

Dr Brager's Book - Meathead

Recommended Books:

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't - James C. Collins

Recommended Documentary:

Pumping Iron

Episode 116 - Stefan Magnusson and David Hultman

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David Hultman is a Senior Officer Fire Protection Engineer, who studied at Luleå University. Since his post-graduate studies, David has worked within the fire & rescue service, and today he is District Chief in Strängnäs. David is also a certified fire investigator and has a position on the Board of the Swedish Fire Protection Association and on the Swedish Fire- and Risk Engineers Board.

Stefan Magnusson is a firefighter and the health & safety representative for the Skellefteå Fire & Rescue service. In 2006 Stefan co-founded the Healthy Firefighters project and he is the creator of the Skellefteå Model. Since 2007 Stefan has delivered hundreds of lectures on the Healthy Firefighters project and the Skellefteå Model, in Sweden and around Europe. Stefan has a position in the board of Firefighters Cancer Foundation. 

Healthy Firefighters website:

http://www.healthyfirefighters.com/

Recommended Books:

The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

The Brothers Lionheart - Astrid Lindgren

Recommended Movies:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Recommended TV:

Making a Murderer

Episode 115 - Dr David Frost

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Dave is a Professor, Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and Registered Kinesiologist (RKin). He completed undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering, health studies and physical and health education at Queen’s University, and received a Masters in sport biomechanics from Edith Cowan University and a doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Waterloo. His research interests include sport, exercise and occupational biomechanics, musculoskeletal health and injury prevention, movement screening, acute and long-term adaptations to exercise, firefighter wellness and fitness, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dave’s current research is focused on helping people prepare for the physical demands of sport, work and life, and the application of theory to practice in exercise-related settings.

Dave has taught at three academic institutions (Edith Cowan University, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto), served as the Director of Education for the Ontario Kinesiology Association and worked for 15 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the United States, Australia and Canada with individuals of all ages, abilities and interests (e.g. Olympic and Professional athletes, firefighters, back pain patients). He frequently lectures on wellness, athletic performance and injury prevention, has authored several journal articles and book chapters on movement screening, assessment and exercise program design, and continues to advise numerous public and private organizations across the globe.

Dave is an engaging and passionate presenter who aspires to share evidence-informed ideas that inspire, empower, and challenge individuals and organizations to redefine health, wellness and performance. This drive extends from an enthusiasm for motivating others to achieve success in their own lives, and reflects a belief that education can be a powerful catalyst to facilitate positive change.

Performance Redefined Website:

http://performanceredefined.ca/

7 Key Features Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYA_motiil0#action=share

Recommended Book:

Mindset - Carol Dweck

Recommended Documentary:

Icarus

 

Episode 114 - Tim Kennedy II

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Tim Kennedy’s legend began at his local Army recruiter’s office on September 12th, 2001. His training to earn his Green Beret was featured in the book “Chosen Soldier.” Kennedy is now a Ranger qualified Special Forces Sniper with deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and multiple other deployments around the world.

He is the only soldier to win the grueling 3 day All Army Combatives Tournament three times. Kennedy has a black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Modern Army Combatives. He is also one of the top ranked mixed martial arts fighters in the world, a position he achieved while simultaneously serving his country at the highest levels of special operations. He is currently ranked among the top Middleweights in the UFC. Tim has been featured on many television shows, most recently “Hunting Hitler” on the History Channel and his upcoming show "Hard to Kill" on the Discovery Channel.

Tim's Website:

http://timkennedymma.com/

Sheepdog Response Website:

https://sheepdogresponse.com/

Recommended Books:

The Purpose of Pain - Frances M Davis

The Screwtape Letters - C.S.Lewis

The Art of War - Sun Tzu

The Quran

The Bible

Recommended Movies:

The Last of the Mohicans

Braveheart

Black Hawk Down

Saving Private Ryan

Recommended TV:

Band of Brothers

Game of Thrones

True Detective

Episode 113 - Dr Craig Marker

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raig Marker, Ph.D., Senior Instructor, CSCS, is a fitness enthusiast who has spent his life trying to help people improve their lives. As a professor, he works with students on how best to understand research and place it into context. He has published over fifty articles, chapters, and textbooks on psychology and research methods.

As a researcher, he understands the cutting edge of strength, sports performance, body composition, and nutrition. As a psychologist, he has focused on research and treatment of anxiety disorders, which positions him to understand motivation and the fear of making life changes.

Craig’s upcoming book, the AntiFragile Self, takes on the topic of building a stronger person in the mental and physical domains.

As a certified StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor, Craig views kettlebells as one tool in the trade of forging a better person. He uses the Functional Movement Screen and multiple corrective movements to make sure his students are performing at their best for the rest of their lives.

Dr. Marker's Website:

http://www.craigmarker.com/

Strongfirst Website:

 

https://www.strongfirst.com/

Dr Marker's Book:

Anti-Fragile Self

Recommended Books:

Simple and Sinister - Pavel Tsatsouline

Messy: How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World - Tim Harford

Recommended Movies:

Icarus

Lincoln

Episode 112 - Farris Barakat

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Deah Bakarat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha.

The Our Three Winners Foundation is dedicated to continuing the legacy of Deah Barakat,Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha.  Known as Our Three Winners, they were each driven by a love for humanity and service.

n the aftermath of the hate crime that took their lives, the families established an endowment fund to carry on the dental and humanitarian relief and educational efforts that were a driving force in Deah, Yusor, and Razan's lives. Your investment in the Our Three Winners endowment provides not only a continuation of their legacy but also continued impact on communities at home and around the world through love and service. 

Please contact Farris if you would like him to speak in your community.

Our Three Winners Website:

https://www.ourthreewinners.org/

Project Light House Website:

https://projectlight.house/

Recommended Book:

The Tipping Point - Malcom Gladwell

Recommended Movie:

The Three Idiots

Recommended Documentary:

America Inside Out - The Muslim Next Door

 

Episode 111 - Stephanie and Lynn Sorensen

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Lynn and Stephanie Sorensen are husband and wife volunteer firefighters in Florida. Lynn had been a firefighter since high school and continued to volunteer even through his long career in the Army. He met Stephanie while volunteering at the school she taught Language Arts at. They quickly became smitten and married within the year. During their courtship Lynn recognized Stephanie suffered from post traumatic stress from both a house fire and a major car accident as a child.

Lynn having suffered from his own combat related PTSD felt a strong desire to help Stephanie resolve her internal conflicts and encouraged her to become a volunteer firefighter with him. Stephanie agreed she would take on the challenge of being a firefighter to overcome her fears as long as Lynn sought help for himself as well through counseling at the VA Hospital. Together they helped one another on the road to recovery and mental wellness. They used their new found inspiration to launch a firefighting comic book series for young readers that benefits autism.

Today, their comic book is well received at local bookstores and comic conventions. Stephanie currently works in school leadership within her school district and Lynn is finishing the last of his training to become a career firefighter. 

Firegirl Comics website:

https://www.firegirlcomics.com/about-1

Recommended Books:

Karma Sutra - Vātsyāyana

Hunting Al Qaeda: A Take-No-Prisoners Account of Terror, Adventure, and Disillusionment - Anonymous

A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

Recommended Movies:

The Notebook

Star Wars

Episode 110 - Dr Andy Galpin

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Director of Education: Andy is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton. He was born and raised in beautiful Rochester, WA and is a die-hard Seahawks, Huskies, & Mariner fan. RIP Sonics. As a youth, Andy played every sport at his disposal, excelling at Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track & Field. While not playing, he worked at grocery stores, gas stations, hay fields, blueberry farms, and in the road construction business. It was during this time he discovered Strength & Conditioning. 

Andy took his limited talents to Linfield College to join their Football team and pursue a degree in Exercise Science. While he experienced great success in both (2004 National Championship and 2x Captain and immediate inductee into the "All Ugly" Team), the true reward of this time was the meeting of lifelong friend (Doug Larson). The two fed each other's pursuit of knowledge of human performance and led them to attend the University of Memphis for the Masters degrees in Human Movement Sciences. A bit of luck and excellent faculty mentoring led Doug and Andy to meet Mike Bledsoe and the man formally known as "Barbell Buddha" Chris Moore - all of which later led to the creation of the #1 Health & Fitness Podcast in the world Barbell Shrugged. It also marked the start of Andy's competitive Weightlifting (culminating in his 7th Place finish in the 2007 National Championships), Mixed Martial Arts, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu careers. 

Needing to know more about muscle, Andy spent 4 years studying the structure and function of human skeletal muscle at the single cell level, a feat which earned him a PhD in Human Bioenergetics in 2011. This also resulted in the friendship with frequent collaborator Dr. Jimmy Bagley and the ability to open up his own "Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory" at CSU Fullerton.  

He now focuses his attention on teaching classes (Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Designing Exercise Programs, Applied Strength and Conditioning, Athlete Assessment and Measurement, etc.) and running the BMEP lab (which studies the acute responses and chronic adaptations of human skeletal muscle in response to high force/velocity/power and fatiguing exercise from the whole body, down to the individual muscle fiber and even into the individual DNA. The team does this by taking muscle biopsies from non-athletes and elite athletes from different backgrounds (e.g. normal college student, MMA fighter, Boxer, Weightlifter, etc.) and use highly sophisticated laboratory techniques and equipment to address questions about single fiber "type", size, function, protein quantity, diameter, mitochondria, and myonuclear function. You can get all of our published research here. 

At heart, Andy is simply a story-teller and teacher. 

Dr Galpin's Website:

http://www.andygalpin.com/

The Body of Knowledge Podcast:

http://thebodyofknowledge.com/volumes/

Book:

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

Recommended Books:

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Barbell Buddha: The Collected Writings Of Chris Moore

The Demon-Haunted World - Ann Druyan and Carl Sagan

Recommended Documentaries:

A Leaf of Faith 

Blue Planet Series

 

Episode 109 - Jocko Willink

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JOCKO WILLINK

is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer , co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer, leadership instructor, speaker and strategic advisor. Jocko spent 20 years in the SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL of . As commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the “Ready First” Brigade of the U.S. Army’s First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Jocko returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There, he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders who have continued to perform with great success on the battle field. Jocko is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards.

pon retiring from the Navy, Jocko co-founded Echelon Front, a premier leadership consulting company, where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battle eld to help others lead and win. Jocko has also the authored of Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual, a New York Times Bestseller, and the best selling children’s books, The Way of the Warrior Kid, and The Way of the Warrior Kid: Marc’s Mission.

Echelon Front Website:

https://www.echelonfront.com/

Jocko Podcast Website:

http://jockopodcast.com/

Jocko's Books:

Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Discipline Equals Freedom - Jocko Willink

Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way - Jocko Willink

Marc's Mission: Way of the Warrior Kid (A Novel) - Jocko Willink

Recommended Book:

About Face -  David Hackworth and Julie Sherman

Recommended TV Series:

The Pacific

Recommended Documentary:

Restrepo

Episode 108 - Chief Dan DeGryse

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The Rosecrance Florian Program serves uniformed service personnel such as firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, and military, offering the best opportunity for lasting recovery for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders by incorporating occupational factors into the treatment process. Florian is the first program in the county dedicated to and specializing in helping fire service members who need substance abuse treatment and who also need care for job-related post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and other behavioral health issues.

The Florian Program gives uniformed service personnel a safe, structured environment where they can begin to heal and pursue long-term recovery.

Florian Program is housed in a designated co-ed unit at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus in Rockford, Illinois, which offers a full continuum of residential and outpatient services. Clients stay an average of 35 days on the unit and receive core services including: physician care; on-site detoxification with medication assistance; comprehensive psychiatric evaluations; individual, group and family counseling; peer support groups; counseling sessions with a certified chaplain; experiential therapies that include art and recreation; and nutrition health education.

How our treatment works
Florian clients benefit by having services tailored to the needs of people who experience ongoing exposure to trauma, access to staff with military and firefighting experience, and relationships with peer support leaders from the Illinois Firefighters Peer Support network and a community of firefighters. When clients’ treatment on the Florian unit concludes, Rosecrance offers comprehensive, individualized discharge planning to provide a smooth transition to aftercare services in clients’ own communities.

Rosecrance also has a well-established family program that takes place every weekend. Family members are invited and encouraged to attend two days of family education, which includes information about addiction and how substance abuse is a family disease. Florian clients also meet individually with their family members during treatment.

Florian is led by Daniel DeGryse, an active-duty Battalion Chief/EMT with more than 27 years of experience at the Chicago Fire Department and 30 years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health. Dan is also a certified employee assistance professional and a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor. To ensure the highest level of care, all Florian staff participates in regular cultural awareness training so they can better understand the physical and emotional nature of the fire service. That training includes suiting up in full firefighter gear and doing drills under the supervision of the Rockford Fire Department, whose fire chief serves on the Florian Advisory Committee. The 12-member committee, comprised of experienced firefighters, fire personnel, and a police officer with military service, advises Florian Program leaders and helps expand relationships and connections in the field.

Rosecrance moved the Florian unit to a bigger space in 2016 for the recent expansion of the program to serve all uniformed services, including police, military and corrections officers. Rosecrance decided to expand services to all first responders after finding success with addressing the needs of fire service personnel and identifying the often volatile climates faced by police and other first responders.

How to refer someone to our program
People can enter the program several different ways. They can refer themselves, a family member can refer a loved one or the referral could come directly from an employer (in this case, most often a fire department), an employee assistance program (EAP) or peer supporter. Anyone can contact Dan at 815-387-2461, 312-833-0196 or ddegryse@rosecrance.org for information.

Once an inquiry is made, a person is connected with our Access Department. An access staff member asks the person a series of questions to determine if he or she formally qualifies for treatment. After that, a phone assessment or in-person assessment is done with one of our master’s-level counselors. Insurance is verified, then people can be admitted to the Health Center for detoxification, if needed, or directly to the Florian unit.

The Rosecrans Florian Program Website:

https://www.rosecranceflorian.org/rosecrance-florian-program/

The Rosecrans Symposium Website:

http://www.rosecranceflorian.org/

Recommended Books:

Warrior SOS: Military Veterans' Stories of Faith, Emotional Survival and Living with PTSD - Jeffrey Denning

Sons of the Flag - Ryan Parrott

Recommended Movie

A Few Good Men

What about Bob

Analyse This

Analyse That

Episode 107 - Brandonn Mixon

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The Veterans Community Project (VCP) is on a mission to eliminate Veteran homelessness by providing transitional-housing and enabling access to exceptional 360-degree service solutions. Focusing first on the Greater-Kansas City area, VCP aspires to use Kansas City as the blueprint for achieving similar successes in cities across the United States. VCP has a long-term goal of eliminating Veteran homelessness nationwide.

VCP is a 501(c)(3) Missouri nonprofit corporation founded by Kansas City Veterans who were frustrated by rampant homelessness throughout the Veteran community.

We are a team of connectors, feelers, and doers on a mission to help our kin, our kind. We move with swift, bold action, and will always serve with compassion.

Veterans Community Project Website:

https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/

Recommended Books:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson

Winnie the Pooh - A. A. Milne

Recommended Movie:

Cars

 

Episode 106 - Dr Michael Gervais

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Gervais is a high performance psychologist working in the trenches of high-stakes environments with some of the best in the world, training the mindset skills and practices essential to pursuing and revealing one’s potential. His clients include world record holders, Olympians, internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, MVPs from every major sport and Fortune 100 CEOs.

A published, peer-reviewed author and recognized speaker on optimal human performance, Dr. Gervais has been featured by NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, ESPN, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Outside Magazine, WIRED, ESPN Magazine and others.

He is the co-founder of Compete to Create, a digital platform business helping people become their best through mindset training. The firm works with a limited portfolio of Fortune 500 companies and leaders to switch on culture and individuals through high performance mindset training and coaching. Clients include Microsoft, Boeing and Zynga.

He is also the host of Finding Mastery, a podcast that takes you inside the rugged and high-stakes environments of those on the path of mastery to explore how they train minds to be at their very best. Gervais unpacks and decodes each guest’s journey, psychological framework and mindset skills and practices. Past guests include Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington, FUBU Founder Daymond John, Mercedes Benz Formula 1 Owner Toto Wolff, Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood, ultra marathoner David Goggins, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Carli Lloyd, CEO of Amusement Park Entertainment Jimmy Smith, Pixar’s CFO Lawrence Levy, Seattle Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll, big wave surfer Ian Walsh, among many others.

Dr. Gervais received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. He completed his PhD while studying under the father of American applied sport psychology, Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, at San Diego University, Integrative Studies.

Finding Mastery website:

https://findingmastery.net/

Recommended Book:

A spiritual text that is not yours!!

Recommended Movie:

Star Wars

Pixar Animations

 

Episode 105 - Dr Eric Goodman II

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As the creator of Foundation Training, Eric combined his experience as a strength coach, personal trainer and Chiropractor to create a simple strengthening program that facilitates the body’s natural healing ability and quickly improves degenerative movement patterns. The results have been incredible. He leads our Instructor Certification Program and is the team’s visionary force. His incessant curiosity for anatomy, movement and healing has led Foundation Training’s evolution. Eric graduated from UCF with a Bachelors in Health Sciences and Physiology and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic at SCUHS.

Foundation Training Website: 

https://www.foundationtraining.com

Free 12 minute Foundation Training video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BOTvaRaDjI

Eric's Cannabinoid Speech:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rN0OHtZ2tk

Recommended Books:

Way of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

The Brain That Changes Itself - Norman Doidge

Recommended Documentary:

Fish People

Episode 104 - Walt Lewis

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Walter Lewis has been involved with the fire service since childhood, with his father and brothers being Firefighters before him. He has served on a volunteer, suburban and urban fire department, currently serving as a District Chief for the Orlando Fire Department. He has had the fortune of working with great personnel throughout his career and is a continual student of the fire service, hoping to share what he has learned with intent of helping others. 

Walt's Email:

ofdwjl@aol.com

FOOLS Website:

https://www.foolsinternational.com/

Recommended Books:

It Doesn't Take a Hero: The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf - Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. and Peter Petre

It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy - Michael Abrashoff

Pride & Ownership: A Firefighter's Love of the Job - Rick Lasky

Full-Contact Leadership - Anthony Avillo and Edward Flood

Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics - John Norman

Tom Brennan's Random Thoughts - Thomas F. Brennan

Recommended Movies:

Band of Brothers

Saving Private Ryan

Sully

The Passion of the Christ

MLK

Episode 103 - Monisha Vasa

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Dr. Monisha Vasa is a board certified General and Addiction Psychiatrist in Newport Beach, California.  She works with first responders in her practice, using psychotherapy, mindfulness, self compassion, and medication management to address common issues such as trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicidality, and substance abuse.  She is also on the volunteer clinical faculty at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where she addresses similar challenges with physicians and physicians-in-training.  In addition to her practice, Dr. Vasa recently went back to school at Columbia University to study an emerging field called Narrative Medicine, which brings together literature, visual arts, and reflective writing to help doctors and other health care providers better understand patient stories, as well as their own, as a way to deliver more effective and just health care.  In her spare time, Dr. Vasa spends as much time as possible with her two kids, loves to write creative non fiction and poetry on her blog, and is interested in health and fitness, including long distance running.  

Monisha's Websites:  
www.mindful-healing.com
 

www.monishavasa.com
 

Recommended Book:

The Mindful Way through Depression - J. Mark G. Williams

Recommended Documentary:

Behind the Orange Curtain