Episode 156 - Dr Ben Sessa


Dr Ben Sessa is a consultant psychiatrist in adult addictions, working part-time at Addaction in Weston-Super-Mare and is senior research fellow at Bristol, Cardiff and Imperial College London Universities, where he is currently taking time of clinical medical practice to study towards a PhD in MDMA Psychotherapy. He has specialist training as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and is interested in the developmental trajectory from child maltreatment to adult mental health disorders. Dr Sessa’s joint interests in psychotherapy, pharmacology and trauma have lead him towards researching the subject of drug-assisted psychotherapy using psychedelic adjuncts.

He is the author of two books exploring psychedelic medicine; The Psychedelic Renaissance (2012) and To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic (2015) and is currently conducting research with Imperial College London and Cardiff universities studying the potential role for MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD and alcohol dependence syndrome. Dr Sessa is outspoken on lobbying for change in the current system by which drugs are classified in the UK, believing a more progressive policy of regulation would reduce the harms of recreational drug use. He is a co-founder and director of the UK’s Breaking Convention conference.





Dr Sessa’s Book:

The Psychedelic Renaissance

Recommended Documentary:

Magic Medicine

Episode 155 - Royce Gracie


Royce Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is one of nine children, seven of whom are boys. His training in Jiu-Jitsu began at a very early age as a game with his father Helio. He never pushed any of the children to take formal classes until they wanted to do so. However, they often went to the Academy in Rio after school and on weekends.

Royce began competing in tournaments at age eight. He received his blue belt at age 16 and was promoted to black belt in less than two years. Royce moved to the United States at age 18 to live with his brother, Rorion. They began teaching private classes out of their garage, sometimes for more than ten hours a day.  Together they opened the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy 30 years ago in Torrance, California. Although Royce no longer teaches there because of his rigorous travel schedule, it remains one of the largest martial arts schools in the country.

Royce’s reputable career as a fighter began in 1993 after defeating three opponents in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in Denver, Colorado. His brother Rorion came up with this innovative challenge as a way to show Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world. Discipline after discipline was defeated by the slight 6’1”, 180 pound Royce Gracie.  The viewers were in awe.

His opponents consistently outweighed him by more than 50 pounds. He went on to win 3 UFC titles and today is the only man in the history of no holds barred matches to successfully defeat four opponents in one night.  After leaving the UFC Royce went on to compete in MMA events in Japan and is a huge icon in this country.

Royce holds the record for the longest MMA match in history: 90 minutes against Japanese superstar Kazushi Sakuraba in PRIDE Grand PRIX 2000. He also showed total domination of the Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Hidehiko Yoshida.  His largest opponent was Sumo Grand Champion Akebono, 6′ 8″ 486lbs. Royce vs. Akebono was the main event of K-1 Premium Dynamite New Years Eve show on New Year’s Eve in 2004. Royce defeated the giant in just 2min and 13sec with a shoulder lock.  Royce’s continued success has opened the eyes of many disbelievers to the importance of leverage and technique in grappling.

In November of 2003, Royce Gracie was the first fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame along with fellow UFC veteran Ken Shamrock.  Since then Royce’s face has has been seen on countless martial arts magazines such as Black Belt, Inside MMA and Tapout.  He has also been featured in Men’s Health and Fitness and GQ and continues to give magazine and radio interviews.  His recognition spans the globe to include fans on most every continent.  In 2014 Royce was named one of the 50 Greatest Athletes in the World by Sports Illustrated.

Today Royce is privileged to spread the techniques perfected by his father all over the world. Throughout his busy fighting career Royce has maintained a rigorous travel schedule of seminars and classes.  He currently oversees  more than 55 US and international Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu Networks.  The techniques of Gracie Jiiu-jitsu have become mainstream in most martial arts dojos.  Fighters everywhere are racing to learn and implement this jiu-jitsu in their training regimen.

His list of students is enormous. Royce has taught many of the big screen greats like Chuck Norris, Ed O’Neal, Guy Ritchie, Jim Carrey, Josh Duhamel and Nicholas Cage. He has also been very active with the CIA, FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Army Rangers, Army Special Forces, Navy Seals and many sheriff and police departments.  His G.R.A.C.I.E. course for law enforcement has gained international recognition. Aside from teaching at his Networks across the United States, he regularly visits Canada, England, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Australia, UAE and South America.

Royce makes his home in Southern California with his wife, Marianne, three sons, Khonry, Khor and Kheydon and daughter, Kharianna.  He maintains an impressive training regimen, which includes running, weight training, cross training, meditation and countless hours of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He is a full time professional athlete who eagerly awaits his next challenge. Recently he completed a 40 mile run with his long time trainer, James Strom.  In Royce’s own words, “Go ahead, tell me what I can’t do!”

Royce’s Website:


Instagram: @realroyce

Recommended Book:

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - Jack Weatherford

Recommended Movies:


The Last of the Mohicans

The Godfather

Recommended Documentary:


Episode 154 - Richard Aceves


Richard Aceves has a diverse athletic background that started with powerlifting, which provided him with a solid strength foundation. However, when he discovered his passion for rock climbing and mountaineering, he had to find a new way to train that would complement these sports. Crossfit was it! Richard started Crossfit in 2007 and was immediately addicted to the push that the sport provided while allowing him to maintain most of his strength and still build endurance and stamina necessary for high peaks and long climbs.

In 2009, Richard was hit by a boulder on Pico De Orizaba in Mexico. After four months in bed pondering what to do with his life, he realized that teaching others and pushing them way beyond their limits was what he

was put on this earth to do. Since then, Richard has worked tirelessly in understanding the human body and its mechanics, as well as, working towards becoming an elite powerlifter, professional GRID athlete, and attempting to get his pro card for Strongman. He is adept at identifying the missing link and targeting it, so that athletes can perform better and with less chance of injury. He is adamant that his athletes build a solid foundation and have a clear understanding of the mechanics required to exercise correctly. His number one priority as a coach is making sure his athletes are healthy and safe.

E-mail - richard@strongfit.com

Instagram - @rarebarracuda

StrongFit Website:


Recommended Book:

Ego is the Enemy - Ryan Holiday

Recommended Movie:

Boondock Saints

Recommended Documentary:

180 Degrees

Episode 153 - Jessie Salas


Jessie Salas is a retired seventeen year veteran of the fire service. His career included five years in Orlando FD’s Special Operations team. He now tours the world as a master instructor and program director of Foundation Training.

Foundation Training website:






Recommended Books:

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves - James Nestor

Natural Born Heroes - Christopher McDougall

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 - Lieutenant Nicholas Reynolds

Tribe - Sebastian Junger

Episode 151 - Dr Judith Glick-Smith


Judith Glick Smith Ph.D. has been a communication expert, knowledge architect and organizational development consultant since 1983. She is the founder of MentorFactor, Inc., which focuses on helping organizations facilitate flow-based work environments. Judy has been studying flow-based decision making and leadership in the fire service since 2007.

Dr Judy’s Website:


Dr Judy’s email:


Dr Judy’s Book:

Flow Based Leadership.

Other recommended books:

Barn Boss Leadership: Make a Difference - Brian Ward

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone - Brené Brown

Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Leadership Lessons of the U. S. Navy Seals - Jeff Cannon

The Death of Expertise - Tom Nichols

Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger - Dick Couch

Recommended Movies:

Star Trek

Star Wars

Love Actually

City Slickers

Recommended Documentaries:

A Place to Stand


Food Inc

Episode 150 - Chris Bell


Chris Bell is a documentary film maker who wrote and directed the 2008 Sundance hit feature documentary “Bigger, Faster, Stronger”. The film earned him accolades from filmmakers Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, as well as critics Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin.

Also known for his films “Prescription Thugs” and “Trophy Kids”, Chris recently released “A Leaf of Faith”. This full length documentary explores the plant based supplement Kratom, which seemingly provides relief from pain, anxiety, depression, addiction and more.

Uban Ice Organics Website for Kratom. (Use the discount code “aleafoffaith” for 20% off


Recommended Books:

War on Carbs - Mark Bell

Why We Get Fat - Gary Taubes

The point of no returns - Mr Bell Sr

Storynomics: Story-Driven Marketing in the Post-Advertising World - Robert McKee and Thomas Gerace

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles - Steven Pressfield

Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You - Robb Wolf

The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever - Mark Sisson

Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor - William Davis

Episode 149 - Sgt (Ret) Kirstie Ennis


After being injured in Afghanistan and forced into a medical retirement, Kirstie Ennis needed to figure how she was going to continue serving people.  After recognizing non-profits who needed support raising awareness and fundraising, Kirstie decided to take action. The non-profits are ones that Kirstie proudly stands behind.  In order to legitimize her efforts in fundraising and to fairly distribute the funds behind climbing, The Kirstie Ennis Foundation was incorporated.

In the early stages of her recovery, Kirstie relied heavily to get back to being who she really was. Thanks to the outdoors Kirstie does more now on one leg than she ever even dreamed of doing on two.  Kirstie wants to provide opportunity in the outdoors, and ultimately opportunity for the rest of peoples lives. The possibilities in the outdoors are endless.

Kirstie Ennis Foundation Website:


Recommended Book:

Make Your Bed - William H. McRaven

Recommended Movies:


Charlie Wilson’s War

Episode 148 - Drew Stokes


Drew Stokes, Aviation Enforcement Agent for Air and Marine Operations.  I have just over twenty seven years of government service, veteran of the US Coast Guard.  Grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and currently live in Jacksonville, FL.  Huge fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars and any type of Motorsports and I'm completely all-in on the Crossfit lifestyle.  I have a bachelor's degree in Homeland Security and instruct various disciplines within Air and Marine Operations.  I'm married to my wife Amanda and we have three wonderful dogs Craig, Murph, and Gringo.

Contact Drew:


Recommended Books:

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle - Gary Brozek, Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves, and Thomas Howes

Recommended Movie:

Forrest Gump

Recommended Television:


Episode 147 - Ryan Pennington


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

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

Ryan’s Website:


Recommended Books:

Crushing It! - Gary Vaynerchuk

Recommended Movie:

Heartbreak Ridge

Recommended Documentary:

Sherpa - Trouble on Everest

Episode 146 - Stan "The Rhino" Efferding


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

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

Stan’s Website:


Recommended Books:

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

Recommended Documentary:

The Oiling of America - Sally Fallon

Mentioned Videos:

Statin Wars:


Nina Teicholz:


Episode 145 - Dr Richard Geering


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

Dr Geering’s Email:


Recommended Books:

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

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

The Good Gut - Justin and Erica Sonnenburg

The Diet Myth - Tim Spector

Episode 144 - Nic McKinley


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

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

Deliver Fund Website:


Recommended Book:

The Bible

Recommended Documentaries:

Inside Combat Rescue

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

Episode 143 - Jeff Shepard


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ride 4 Relief Website:


PTSD Foundation Website


Recommended Book:

Catching Hell - Jay Dobbins

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

Recommended Movie:

American Sniper

Episode 142 - Dr Frank Merritt


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

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

Vitality Pro Website:


Dr Merritt’s Book:

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

Other recommended books:

Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren

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

Recommended Movie:

It’s a Wonderful Life

Episode 141 - Steveo Michel


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

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

Recommended Book:

The one he plans to write.

Recommended Documentary:


Facebook - Steveo Michel

Instagram - Stevteotattedup4

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


Episode 140 - Joshua Coburn


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

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

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

Joshua’s Website:


Joshua’s Book:

Shit That Needs Said

Other Recommended Books:

The Go-Giver - Bob Burg

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

Recommended Movies:

The Breakfast Club

Pump up the Volume

Recommended TV:

Forensic Files

Episode 139 - Dr Beau Hightower


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr Hightower’s Website:


Recommended Books:

Brain Rules - John Medina

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - John Perkins

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

Recommended Documentaries:

A Leaf of Faith

Pharma Thugs

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Episode 138 - Dr João Goulão


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

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

Episode 137 - Greg Amundson


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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg’s website:


Greg’s Books:

The Warrior and the Monk

God in Me

Your Sister is not your Wife

Firebreather Fitness

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

Recommended Books:

The Bible

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

As a Man Thinketh - James Allen