Episode 140 - Joshua Coburn

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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:

http://www.joshuacoburn.com/

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

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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:

http://www.elite-osm.com/

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

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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

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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:

https://gregoryamundson.com/

Greg’s Books:

The Warrior and the Monk

God in Me

Your Sister is not your Wife

Firebreather Fitness

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

Recommended Books:

The Bible

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

As a Man Thinketh - James Allen

Episode 136 - AJ Fusco

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

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

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

Fork and Hose Website:

http://www.forkandhoseco.com/

Recommended Book:

Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

Recommended Documentaries:

Cooked

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Episode 135 - Phil White

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

Phil’s Website:

https://www.philwhitebooks.com/

Phil’s Books:

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

Waterman 2.0 - Dr Kelly Starrett and Phil White

Game Changer - Dr Fergus Connolly and Phil White

Unplugged - Brian MacKanzie, Dr Andy Galpin and Phil White

Recommended Books:

The Primal Blueprint - Mark Sisson

Why We Sleep - Dr Matthew Walker

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

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

Deep Nutrition - Catherine Shanahan

Simple and Sinister - Pavel Tsatsouline

Recommended Documentary:

A Leaf of Faith

Episode 134 - Juan Leija

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

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

Onnit’s Website:

https://www.onnit.com/

Recommended books:

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

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

Recommended Movie:

Thor: Ragnarok

Episode 133 - 1SG (Ret.) Matt Eversmann

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

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

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

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

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

Matt’s Website:

https://eversmannadvisory.com/hero-page

Matt’s Book:

The Battle of Mogadishu

Upcoming Documentary:

Send Me

Episode 132 - Mandar Apte

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

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

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

PEACE ACTIVISM

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

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

LEADERSHIP & MEDITATION

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

Mandar’s Website:

http://www.mandar-apte.com/

Episode 131 - Mohammad Jamal Deen

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

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

Mohammad’s TED Talk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnm1uRc_oL0

Instagram: jd.moha

Reach Out Worldwide:

http://roww.org/

Recommended Books:

Nights in Gaza - Mads Gilbert

There’s No Place Like Hope - Vickie Girard

Recommended Documentary :

The White Helmets

Episode 130 - Tom "Bull" Hill

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

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

My Brothers’ Burden Walk website:

https://www.carryingmybrothersburden.com/

Facebook:

My Brothers’ Burden Walk

Instagram:

thebullhill89


Recommended Books:

The Bible

The Big Book - Bill W

Recommended Documentary:

The Kindness Diaries

Recommended Movies:

Guardians of the Galaxy

Vision Quest

Episode 129 - Brian MacKenzie

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

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

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

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

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

Brian's Website:

https://powerspeedendurance.com/

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

https://marketplace.trainheroic.com/#/program/chan-program-1536267598?code=BehindTheShield911

Brian's Books:

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

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

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

Recommended Books:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

Consilience - E. O. Wilson

Recommended Movie:

Snatch

Recommended Documentary:

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

 

 

Episode 128 - Ernest Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

Emerson Knives Website:

https://emersonknives.com/

Ernest Emerson Podcast Website:

 

https://ernestemersonpodcast.com/

Recommended Books:

The Gift of Fear - Gavin de Becker

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

The Book of Five Rings - Miyamoto Musashi

Tools of Titans - Tim Ferriss

Recommended Movies:

Last of the Mohicans

Gladiator

Enter The Dragon

Dr Strangelove

Recommended Documentaries:

The Magic Pill

 

Episode 127 - Dr David Griffin

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David Griffin, 38, was the driver of the first engine to respond to the disastrous 2007 Sofa Super Store fire that claimed the lives of nine of his fellow firefighters. Plagued with survivor’s guilt, he numbed himself with alcohol, painkillers, and blood sports so much so that it nearly cost him his life.

A turning point came in the days following a match with nationally ranked mixed-martial arts contender Houston “The Assassin” Alexander. For three days, he sat in darkness, his eyes swelled shut from the battering to his face. He asked himself how his lifestyle honored the nine who were dead.

“One can only sit around for so long and feel sorry for themselves until they have to get up and do something,” Griffin said.

Now, Griffin has completed a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership and development, training organizations across the globe on the importance of moving away from "the way we've always done it" mentality. He speaks about the Sofa Super Store fire and has helped with massive reforms in how firefighters are trained as well as how executives lead their teams. Griffin has dedicated his life to spreading the message of change to all types of organizations including for-profit, non-profit, and public service.

As a child, Griffin was a puny kid who wasn’t taken seriously. He took up baseball and was told he would never get off the bench. With characteristic defiance and discipline, he trained hard, earned a scholarship to The Citadel, where he played baseball for four years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in education. He went on to play minor league baseball for two seasons in the Frontier League, where he was awarded the Fran Riordan Leadership Award for his community service. He returned to The Citadel following this to coach baseball.

In 2005, Griffin joined the fire service in South Carolina, attaining his Master of Science in executive fire service leadership in 2008 and his Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership and development in 2013. He has been a firefighter, assistant engineer, engineer, and captain on engine and aerial apparatus.  He is currently a Battalion Chief, Deputy Director of Training, and Honor Guard Commander in Charleston, South Carolina.

He continued his athletic pursuits by competing in bodybuilding events, where he was crowned state champion in 2006. He then went on to fight professionally in mixed martial arts and finished his career with a match against UFC fighter Houston Alexander. After MMA, Griffin competed in marathons and Ironman Triathlons. He was a rider in the Brotherhood Bicycle Ride that stretched more than 1,700 miles from Naples, Florida to Ground Zero in honor of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Today, Griffin is an avid cross fitter, yoga practitioner, and surfer.

Griffin is a certified Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Training Officer (CTO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and is currently writing his final research paper to graduate from the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) at the National Fire Academy. 

On April 25th, 2013, the "Find Your Mission Tour" kicked off. During 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, the tour has made stops in the United States, Canada, and Mexico at over 450 organizations in three different languages, with more than 2500 presentations given to 35,000 plus attendees. The tour includes fire service organizations, police departments, military installations, universities, conferences, private industry organizations, law firms, business corporations, manufacturers, as well as charity events. Please see the "Find Your Mission Tour" page for more details and to schedule a tour stop in 2018, 2019, or 2020. The 2018 Tour began on January 12, 2018 at Texas A&M University for the TEEX Leadership Symposium and will again span across multiple countries.   

Griffin has written three books and is an Amazon Best-Selling author. Books include:  

In Honor of The Charleston 9:  A Study of Change Following Tragedy

ACTION:  9 Missions for Personal and Professional Growth

From PTSD to PTG:  A Firefighter's (MY) Journey After a Multiple LODD Incident. 

His wife, Melissa, has also recently published her first book describing the struggles of a spouse dealing with an emergency responder with PTSD and how she was able to help David recover.  Her book is entitled, Inspiration from a Wife On A Mission Following Tragedy.

David and Melissa have one puppy daughter, a Great Dane named LuLu, age 7.

Other puppy daughters that have gone to heaven include Great Dane ZeeLee, age 10, and Great Dane Bella, age 2.  

Dr Griffin's website:

 

http://www.drdavidgriffin.com/home.html

Low Country Firefighter Support Team:

https://firefightersupport.org/

Recommended Books:

Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

On Combat - Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Recommended Movie:

Gettysburg

Remember the Titans

Recommended Documentary:

Gleason

 

 

Episode 126 - Dr Tim Brown

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IntelliSkin inventor, Dr. Tim Brown, grew to understand his future creation while working as the medical director on the ASP surf and AVP volleyball tours during the 1980’s. As an early innovator in functional taping, he developed a hybrid kinesiology technique known as SPRT (Specific Proprioceptive Response Taping). Used on everyone from Olympians to NFL players, the technique quickly became a staple in the athletic world as it allowed injured athletes to compete despite their injuries.

Dr. Brown’s instinctive techniques got athletes asking for taping remedies so often, that he needed something that could do the job when he wasn’t there. Many late nights of trial and error using remnants of old wetsuits and rash guards, he devised a wearable technology that mimicked his taping technique. Dr. Brown’s goal was to take what he had learned in designing and come up with a comfortable, Smart Compression shirt that would clinically improve posture and spinal alignment for everyone, whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior. Dr. Brown’s ultimate goal is to help everybody to look better, feel better and perform better. 

Dr Brown's Intelliskin Website:

https://www.intelliskin.net/

Recommended Books:

True to Form - Dr Eric Goodman

Rebound - Peter Park

The Urban Monk - Pedram Shojai

Recommended Documentary:

Heal

Prosperity

Episode 125 - Dr Michael Donato

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Dr. Michael Donato, co-owner of Rappahannock Foot & Ankle Specialists joined the practice in 2002.  He obtained his A.B. in Economics  from Princeton University in 1986.   He graduated as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1999.   He went on to complete a 3 year Podiatric Surgery and Primary Podiatric Medicine Residency Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital - VA Healthcare System in WestHaven, CT. 

He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons; Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is Board Certified in Foot, and Rearfoot Reconstructive/Ankle Surgery;  Fellow, American Professional Wound Care Association; and  a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the American Podiatric Medical Association, and the Virginia Podiatric Medical,Association. 

As an O2X human performance specialist he provides education regarding footwear selection and gait analysis to first responders, military personnel, elite organizations, and other tactical athletes . He is a regular medical volunteer at the Marine Corps Marathon and the other associated Marine Corps Marathon Race Events.  He is a USA Hockey level 4 hockey coach and after years of being a head coach he currently serves as an assistant coach for the Piedmont Predator Youth Hockey Club.  He is an avid crossfitter and hockey player who participates in masters crossfit competitions and adult hockey tournaments.

Dr Donato's website:

https://www.rappahannockdpms.com/

O2X website:

https://o2x.com/

Recommended books:

Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention - Jay Dicharry

Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance - Glen Cordoza and Kelly Starrett

Recommended Movie:

Coming to America

Saving Private Ryan

Braveheart

Recommended Documentary:

The Civil War - Ken Burns

 

Episode 124 - Kyle Maynard

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Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics.

Oprah Winfrey called Kyle “one of the most inspiring young men you will ever hear about.” Arnold Schwarzenegger described him as “the real deal,” “a champion human,” and “one of the most inspiring people” he’s ever met. Even the great Wayne Gretzky has spoken of Kyle’s “greatness.”

Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on with the support of his family, to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and following a few rough middle school football seasons; he went on to become a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. His 10-day ascent was widely covered by the press, followed on social media, and raised money and awareness for wounded veterans as well as Tanzanian schoolchildren. Upon his return, Kyle won his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

Four years later, he reached the summit of Argentina’s breathtakingly beautiful and sometimes deadly Mount Aconcagua – the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, standing at 22,838 feet. Following that epic summit, Nike featured Kyle in the powerful commercial “Unlimited Will,” which debuted globally during the 2016 Olympics, was viewed by millions around the world – and was part of the series that AdWeek named the most memorable of all commercials during the 2016 Olympics.

Kyle has not let his success be defined by anything or anyone but himself. He has lived his life striving to do more, learn more, push harder, go further—and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. Though he tailors his speeches to his audience, his messages are centered on building a life driven by purpose and meaning, the importance of the undying pursuit of dreams, and the belief that no obstacle is too great and nothing in their lives can keep them from accomplishing their goals.

As a motivational speaker with a mission to inspire, he travels more than 200 days annually, across continents, speaking to hundreds of public and private schools and universities, events and conventions, and the many corporations that hire him to share his “No Excuses” philosophy and principles.

Kyle has shared the stage with the world`s greatest minds spanning business, sports, and motivation, and works with executives at Fortune 100 companies such as Microsoft, Pfizer, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Nationwide, Humana Inc., Cigna, and The Coca-Cola Company.

Kyle proudly serves as a board member of K2 Adventure Foundation, and as an ambassador of No Barriers USA, The USO, The Wounded Warrior Project, The Travis Manion Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF), and the U.S. Special Forces’ The Honor Foundation (THF). He has also spent some of his most memorable moments meeting with recovering U.S. military veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center, and supporting service events for Air Force Academy and Navy SEAL Qualification Trainee programs, as well as to servicemen and women at Camp Pendleton, Ft. Benning, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Lewis and Ft. Myer.

He has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, CBS The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ABC’s 20/20, and his story has been featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter, HBO`s Real Sports, and CNN’s Great Big Stories, as well as other countless television shows and editorial.

Kyle was also the focus of the moving documentary, “A Fighting Chance,” which chronicled his life and the pursuit of his first Mixed Martial Arts cage fight – which was produced by ESPN Films & SnagFilms and premiered on ESPN in 2010 and can currently be found on Netflix – with film sales proceeds benefitting injured armed forces veterans; and at 19, Kyle authored his account of his life experiences in The New York Times bestselling book, No Excuses (2005), which is still in print and in demand today.

Kyle's website:

http://kyle-maynard.com/

Smashing Frog Seminar:

https://smashinfrog.com/pages/tactical-optimization-resiliency-seminar

Kyle's Book:

No Excuses

Kyle's Documentary:

A Fighting Chance

Recommended Books:

Emerson: A Mind on Fire - Robert D Richardson

The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

Tribe - Sebastian Junger

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History - S. C. Gwynne

Recommended Movies:

Dune

Braveheart

Recommended Documentary:

Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

Recommended YouTube Channel:

Academy of Ideas

Episode 123 - Jimm Walsh and Eric Wheaton

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Jimm Walsh is a dynamic and motivational fire department educator. His presentations are informative, inspirational, and entertaining. Jimm utilizes an interactive style that creates a memorable experience and connects with audiences. 

Jimm is a Division Chief with Winter Park Fire Department in Central Florida, and the owner of VentEnterSearch.com. Jimm has lectured around the nation on various subjects including Leadership, and Truck Company Functions. Jimm has also taught at many large conferences including the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC.) He has a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida, has been credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Training Officer (CTO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program.

Jimm is a Rescue/Search Manager on an Urban Search and Rescue Team (FL-TF-4) and is a Planning Section Chief on the State of Florida Region Five Incident Management Team. Additional details about Jimm (including classes offered and booking information) can be found at JimmWalsh.com

Eric Wheaton is a second generation fireman for Winter Park Fire Department and is currently assigned as a Lieutenant on Truck 61. Eric has spent a majority of his career on the Truck Company. He is an instructor for the Special Operations and Truck Company Programs at Valencia College's Central Florida Fire Institute.

Eric also serves on Winter Park Fire Department Technical Rescue Team and is member of the Florida Task Force Four Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Vent Enter Search website:

http://www.vententersearch.com/

Recommended Books:

Peter principle - Laurence J. Peter

Starting Strength - Mark Rippetoe

Recommended Movies:

War Documentaries

Crossfit Documentaries

 

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/