Hi everyone! With the Olympics in full swing I thought I’d share with you an interview I did with Charles Adler all about what we can learn from the Olympics to make our lives better, to get healthier and to reach our potential!
This week we have returning guest Alex Hutchinson on the show. Here’s a little more about Alex in his own words:
I’m an author and journalist in Toronto. My primary focus these days is the science of endurance and fitness, which I cover for Outside (where I’m a contributing editor and write the Sweat Science column), The Globe and Mail (where I write the Jockology column), and Canadian Runningmagazine. I’ve also covered technology for Popular Mechanics(where I earned a National Magazine Award for my energy reporting) and adventure travel for the New York Times, and was a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017.
I actually started out as a physicist, with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge then a few years as a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. National Security Agency, working on quantum computing and nanomechanics. During that time, I competed as a middle- and long-distance runner for the Canadian national team, mostly as a miler but also dabbling in cross-country and even a bit of mountain running. I still run most days, enjoy the rigors of hard training, and occasionally race. But I hate to think how I’d do on an undergraduate physics exam.
This week we do a deep dive into yoga, mental health, and building a career that is in alignment with your health and dreams with Jeff Grace. Here’s a little more about Jeff in his won words:
I began practicing yoga in 2001. I was attracted to it because of both the physical and psychological benefits you can gain from developing a personal practice. Yoga has helped me to improve both my performance in several sporting pursuits and my overall wellness.
I am trained in vinyasa (flow), hatha, yin, restorative and advanced therapeutic yoga practices. I also have 20 years of experience in the coaching profession. During that time I have developed a unique and proven teaching methodology that has help many people achieve their athletic goals at every level.
I have now applied that methodology to what and how I teach people while on the yoga mat. Throughout my life I have dealt with many health challenges which have included athletic injuries such as shoulder tendinitis, several bone breaks, multiple concussions and a herniated disc.
My most significant and life altering injury was due to a car accident that happened in 2010. The injuries I sustained in the accident led me to eventually need spinal surgery. After my spinal surgery my medical team and I used yoga as part of my rehabilitation.
Incredibly in five months we were able to reach our goal of getting of becoming healthy enough to take my 200-hour yoga teacher training.
I have also been challenged with a mental illness. In 2001 I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. Since that time I have been able to develop and use a wellness plan that has been very successful. A big part of that plan is my personal yoga practice. Although I still suffer the symptoms of this illness they have become a lot less significant. A huge contributing factor in my wellness has been the mindfulness practices involved in yoga and my improved body awareness, which allows me to have a greater understanding of how my symptoms effective not only my emotions, but my physical wellbeing.
Because of these experiences I have gained a huge insight on how to apply a yoga practice in a way that helps promote wellness both physically and psychologically.
You can learn more about Jeff and his work at his website http://www.excelwithgrace.ca/.
Here are a few of the videos Jeff created for listeners of this podcast:
A Morning Yoga Practice to Start Your Day the Right Way
This week we get to chat to one of the world’s leading biohacking and health experts Ben Greenfield. Here is a little more about Ben:
Raised in rural North Idaho, he was homeschooled K-12.
He was a complete nerd. President of the chess club, played violin for 13 years, wrote fantasy fiction and spent most of his childhood years with his nose in a book.
Ben graduated at 15.
He began college at 16, playing singles and doubles for the men’s tennis team.
For four years, Ben studied anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pharmaceuticals, microbiology, biochemistry and nutrition, eventually rising to the top of his class, completing an internship at Duke University and the National Football League, then graduating in 2004 at 20 years old as the top senior in his class at University of Idaho – all while working as a bartender, personal trainer, lab assistant, nutritionist, spinning instructor, athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach. While attaining a 4.0 GPA in his advanced science courses, he competed as president of the triathlon club, middle for the men’s volleyball team, holeset for the water polo team and was a muscle-bound bodybuilder at 215 pounds and 3% body fat.
Ben was then accepted into six medical schools, but opted to instead attain a master’s degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics, after which, in 2005, he leapt hardcore into the fitness world, partnering with physicians and opening a series of personal training studios, gyms and physiology and biomechanics labs across North Idaho and Eastern Washington, and eventually being voted as America’s top personal trainer in 2008.
While building his empire in the brick-and-mortar fitness industry, Ben competed as one of the top ranked amateur triathletes in the world, completing over 120 races and 12 Ironman triathlons while racing for the elite Team Timex multisport team, winning gold medal for the USA in long course triathlon, and leading squads of swim, bike and run enthusiasts in guided adventures through Hawaii, Thailand, Japan and beyond.
Eventually, Ben became the father of twin sons and pivoted into media, writing, speaking and consulting, launching one of the world’s first fitness podcasts, becoming a New York Times bestselling author of “Beyond Training” and 13 books, designing and creating the Christian Gratitude Journal , and starting a blog that now reaches over a million rabid fans each month. During this time, while making a name for himself as a relentless self-experimenter and biohacker, Ben became a professional obstacle course racer, completing the coveted Spartan Delta, training with the Navy SEALs, competing across the globe in open water swims, mountain runs and adventure races, winning multiple USA bowhunting competitions, and appearing on the planet’s toughest reality TV shows.
In 2013 and 2014, Ben was named as one of the world’s top 100 most influential people in health and fitness, and by 2015, Ben was coaching the world’s top CEO’s, chefs, biohackers, poker players, tennis, motocross and endurance competitors, and professional athletes from the UFC, the NHL, the NBA, the NFL and beyond – all while advising and investing in top companies in the health, fitness and nutrition industry.
From his quiet home on 10 acres in the forested wilderness of Washington state, Ben now creates step-by-step solutions – from supplements and fitness gear, to coaching and consulting, to education and media – for the world’s hard-charging, high-achievers to live a truly limitless life with fully optimized minds, bodies and spirits. Whether you want to become the complete mental athlete with a flawless brain and nervous system, attain an ideal human body that fires on all cylinders from performance to beauty to hormones and beyond, or achieve true and lasting health, happiness, and longevity, Ben combines intense time-in-the-trenches with ancestral wisdom and modern science to make your dreams a reality. Get everything you need now at BenGreenfieldFitness.com.
Dr. Isaiah Hankel is a returning guest on the show. Isaiah Hankel is an internationally recognized speaker and author who helps individuals, teams and organizations develop a more entrepreneurial mindset to accelerate their business success.
Isaiah’s unique background allows him to offer a scientific approach and tangible methodology to the pursuit of purpose, focus and other entrepreneurial values that every individual and even the largest company can apply.
Isaiah is a Doctor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and has worked extensively as a Fortune 500 consultant in the biotechnology industry and with some of the world’s leading corporations, including Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Roche and Genentech. He has also presented at many of the world’s premier academic institutions, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The Pasteur Institute and The Curie Institute.
Long before getting his doctorate, Isaiah was a sheep farmer in rural Idaho who struggled in school and was diagnosed repeatedly with ADD and ADHD. He survived college and barely made it into graduate school where he was quickly put on academic probation and forced to work as a janitor and sleep in a friend’s basement to make ends meet. Just a few years later, Isaiah formed three successful, multinational businesses and published his book, Black Hole Focus. ￼￼
The system Isaiah used to go from being an ADD-diagnosed sheep farmer to a being a successful entrepreneur, author, and business coach is carefully laid out in each his presentations. Isaiah mixes science, strategy, and entertaining personal stories to empower his audiences while providing an incredible sequence of actionable takeaways that members can immediately use to improve their organization’s overall performance.
Isaiah’s clear and personal presentation style is laced with boundless energy and huge passion; any time spent with him will help to unlock the entrepreneurial mindset that you and your business need to be successful this year and beyond.
Isaiah’s second book, The Science of Intelligent Achievement, holds the best of behavioral science with the art of mastering mental focus. This book is a compilation of strategies, case studies, rich personal examples, and smart tools that will give you a blueprint to create your own ultimate success.
This week is all about gratitude. In the past two decades, researchers have learned that gratitude is strongly related to all aspects of wellbeing. It has been shown to reduce mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. A person who has suffered a traumatic experience, for example, is able to recover better and even achieve a higher level of emotional wellbeing afterward if they are oriented toward noticing and appreciating the positive in the world.
This is a slightly different format with me just ranting about a topic. Let me know what you think on twitter @drgregwells.
Today I share my interview on the My Instruction Manual Podcast where I talk about the connection between sleep, nutrition, exercise and the human mind.
Here’s what we talk about:
How my trip to the cardiac ward changed my life [2:24}
What is the ripple effect? [4:44]
1% gains [9:28]
Sleep – why it’s important and how to do it better [14:46]
Eating well as a tool for success [18:29]
Why we can’t trust food guides [22:45]
Nutrient-dense vs. energy-dense foods [25:45]
Why it’s better to exercise outside than at the gym [26:48]
Muscular meditation [27:35]
Eustress vs. distress [31:20]
“another general mindset book that’s made a big difference in my adult life.”
3. Do you have a personal mantra?
Anything is possible
4. What’s your one guilty pleasure?
A really good espresso in the morning
5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered?
“What I would love to have happen is to go out being content with the impact that I have had in the world, the way that I’ve lived my life, but more importantly surrounded by my wife and children and family and friends and for them not to be sad.”
Here’s my interview on Todd Henry’s Podcast The Accidental Creative. This was done back to back with Todd’s interview on my show so its really interesting to see how we play back and forth on our interests and passions.
Let me know what you think on twitter @drgregwells – I want to hear from you!
This week I chat to creativity genius Todd Henry. Todd is an arms dealer for the creative revolution. His first book, The Accidental Creative, teaches people and teams how to build practices that lead to everyday brilliance. We explore the processes behind creativity in this conversation and there are loads of brilliant nuggets that will help you take your game to the next level in this interview.
Hi everyone! This week I chat with one of my mentors – Dr. Joe Fisher. Joe is a brilliant scientist and inventor and it was a blast having this conversation.
Dr. Fisher is a co-founder of Thornhill Medical and Professor in the faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is currently a Staff Anaesthetist at the University Health Network and Senior Scientist, Human Physiology & Clinical Investigation, at Toronto General Research Institute. He has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and designed and consulted on products for NASA, Government of Canada, United States Marine Corps, and various companies. He is an inventor on over 25 issued and pending patents, including the core technology behind Thornhill’s technologies.
We do a deep dive into creativity and the process of invention.
This week I talk with my friend and partner in world-wide adventures Ray Zahab. Here’s a little more about Ray.
On November 1, 2006, former “pack a day smoker” turned ultra runner Ray Zahab and two friends, Charlie Engle and Kevin Lin, both accomplished runners, set out on an expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. 111 days and 7,500 kms after leaving the coast of Senegal, Africa they completed their journey by stepping into the Red Sea.
The expedition had the trio running an average of 70kms a day without a single day of rest, for 111 days. National Geographic tracked the expedition by web, as well as the documentary film ‘Running The Sahara’, produced by Matt Damon and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll, was created in an effort to raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in North Africa. After witnessing and experiencing this water crisis in North Africa, Ray decided to leverage his future adventures to help raise awareness and funding for causes, like this one, that he supports and believes in.
In fall 2007, Ray ran the three coastal trails of Canada back to back and virtually non-stop, for a total distance of 400 kms. Logistics were as much of a challenge as the run, and Ray ran The Akshayuk Pass on Baffin Island, East Coast Trail Newfoundland and West Coast Trail in British Columbia, with just enough time to travel in between.
In spring 2008 Ray partnered with the ONExONE Foundation for a unique ultra running project. Accompanied by a team of runners, Ray ran an average 80 kms per day in each of Canada’s 13 Provinces and Territories in 13 days. Once again logistics were a huge challenge. School visits were arranged along the way, students participated and communities became engaged in the run which supported the work of ONExONE, which supports various charities addressing children’s issues globally. In Saskatoon alone, several thousand students and 27 schools were involved in school rallies and a city wide relay with Ray and the team.
In 2008, Ray founded impossible2Possible (i2P) (impossible2possible.com) an organization that aims to inspire and educate youth through adventure learning, inclusion and participation in expeditions. Youth Ambassadors are selected from around the world, and then participate, at no cost, in all aspects of the expedition, from logistics and running to creating educational content and team support. All of the i2P Youth Expeditions have included various challenge based initiatives through an Experiential Learning program, in which thousands of students participate as active ‘team members’ during the expeditions, from classrooms all over the world. This program and its technology is also provided at no cost to the students or schools participating. Since its inception, i2P Youth Expeditions have included 14 gruelling expeditions; Baffin Island, Tunisia, the Amazon, Bolivia, India, Botswana, Utah, Peru, Chile, Italy, California, Greece, Death Valley and Canada. The programs and expeditions are 100% free of cost.
SOUTH POLE QUEST EXPEDITION
In 2009, Ray and two fellow Canadians, Kevin Vallely and Richard Weber, broke the world speed record for an unsupported expedition by a team to the Geographic South Pole. In the process, Ray trekked this traditional route from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole, a distance of 1,100 kms, solely on foot and snowshoes, without the use of skis. Students from all over North America joined the team on a daily basis, a program provided through impossible2Possible, as the trio continued their southern trek. The students received daily communications and actively took part in every step of the trek. Essentially becoming “teammates” of the expedition, and teammates of the Guinness World Record achieved.
In winter 2010, Ray and Kevin Vallely ran the length of frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia, 650 kms, over the course of 13 days, totally unsupported. Once again communication with satellite video conferencing to schools brought the expedition into classrooms, and classrooms onto the expedition.
ATACAMA EXTREME EXPEDITION
In February 2011, Ray ran the length of the “driest desert on Earth”, the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Temperatures exceeded 50c as he ran 1,200 kms in 20 days with minimal daily re-supply and with emergency supplies on his back. Thousands of students joined this journey, again under his i2P organization, via live web and video conferencing.
In August 2011, Ray and Will Laughlin ran from the north park boundary to the south park boundary of Death Valley National Park, totally off-road. The 237 km run saw temps reaching over 120 degrees F.
Beginning June 23rd 2013, Ray ran over 2,000km across Mongolia and the Gobi Desert. He was accompanied by both a film crew and photographer who recorded not only the expedition, but also created an archive sharing the stories of the people and culture of Mongolia to schools around the world. The expedition marked the beginning of the “To The Edge” series chronicling the stories and people and that Ray comes into to contact with on expeditions… at the edges of the Earth!
In Winter 2014 Ray completed his 4th unsupported crossing of Baffin Island on the Akshayuk Pass (he would go on to complete 6 unsupported crossings in various seasons).
In January 2015 Ray ran 1,000km across the Patagonian Desert, and then in summer 2015 Ray did a partial crossing of Death Valley National Park, his second project in the area.
ARCTIC 2 ATACAMA EXPEDITION
In February 2016, Ray Zahab (CAN), Jen Segger (CAN) and Stefano Gregoretti (Italy) set out on a unique and challenging expedition that spanned 100 degrees celsius on the thermometer. The team journeyed from -50°C (-58F) to +50°C (120F) over 1,500km, on mountain bikes and foot, crossing both Baffin Island in Canadian winter, and the Atacama Desert in Chilean summer. This would mark Ray’s second crossing the length of the Atacama Desert.
In February 2017- Ray Zahab and Stefano Gregoretti would go on to complete the second and third stages of a three part expedition in the Canadian Arctic after a near disastrous start in which Ray broke through a frozen river in the Torngats Mountain Range. The duo rallied back to ski unsupported across Baffin Island, and then fatbike across the Northwest Territories along the Mackenzie Valley Winter Road (500km).
Ray has also found the time to write two books about his life and adventures. Running for My Life published in 2007 and Ray’s second book, geared at youth readers, Running to Extremes, which recently became a National Best-Seller in Canada. He is currently writing his third book.
In addition to being an adventurer, youth advocate and runner, Ray speaks around the world at events such as TED, IOC World Conference, Idea City, The Economist World in 2010 and 2011, World Affairs Council, and numerous Apple Distinguished Educator events internationally, and numerous corporate events. He has been interviewed and appeared on several talk and news programs including CNNi, CNN, The Hour, CBC, CTV, BBC, Jay Leno, OLN and Discovery. He has also appeared in print media globally, and has been interviewed on numerous popular podcasts.
Outside of his own organization Ray has volunteered as a board member – now an advisor to the Ryan’s Well Foundation, volunteered as Athletic Ambassador of the ONExONE.org, and SpreadTheNet. He continues to volunteer with Run For Water, and various other initiatives. Ray received the ONExONE Difference Award in 2007, and the Torchbearers Award in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In spring 2012, Ray was invited by H.E. Tsogtbaatar Damdin (Minister of Environment, Mongolia) to join their Internal Advisory Committee. In 2015 Canadian Geographic recognized Ray as one of Canada’s Top Explorers. In December 2015 Ray was presented with the Meritorious Service Cross of Canada by the Governor General of Canada.
He continues today with life as an adventurer and as a volunteer with impossible2Possible. ‘Running The Sahara’ would begin a lifelong journey of discovery. A journey of learning that some of the greatest barriers to achieving our goals are the ones we put upon ourselves. By breaking these down, Ray has learned that we are all capable of achieving truly extraordinary things.
In this episode I’ve posted my chat with @charlesadler on Living with Passion, the Art of Public Speaking & Being Present. Here’s a little more about Charles:
Charles Adler is a 40-year radio and television broadcast veteran, who’s career has seen him tour Canada working in Montreal (CJAD), Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto (CFRB), London, Hamilton, and Winnipeg (CJOB).
In the U.S.A., Charles hosted a nationally syndicated radio show out of Tampa, hitting more than 120 markets, and a nightly primetime television show out of Boston, for which he won a Best TV Host for New England Emmy.
Charles has hosted national radio and television programs in Canada, including Global Sunday for Global TV, The Charles Adler Show on the Corus Radio Network, The Charles Adler Show on SiriusXM Canada, and Charles Adler on the Sun News Network. Charles has made numerous appearances on Canadian national television news and current affairs shows and he has also guest hosted in the U.S.A. for Sean Hannity on Fox News Channels’ television show Hannity and Colmes. Charles’ articles have been published in Sun Media papers across Canada, and he was a regular columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. Charles currently is host of Charles Adler Tonight on the Corus Radio Network that is heard in Western Canada.
This week I chat to Dr. Sarah West from Trent University and the Hospital for Sick Children about Bones!
Here’s why this topic is so important:
All kidding aside bones are so important for our overall health, but they’re often overlooked. Hence Dr. Sarah West! Dr. West is an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology at Trent University. Her primary research interest is understanding the interaction of chronic disease and exercise, and how this is related to various outcomes – with bone health being her primary outcome of interest.
This is a very special conversation that I recorded while walking through an olive farm in the Algarve area of Portugal. Here’s what it looked like on our hike:
We went for a walk with Tim Robinson, a highly successful business leader who now spends his time taking care of land in the Algarve. This is a deep conversation about life, farming, olive oil and living a life in alignment with your values.
This week I’m sharing a keynote presentation I did at a school on building healthy high-performance teams.
It’s common knowledge that productivity increases when people collaborate well. That goes for businesses, schools, universities, families, even social groups like book clubs. High-functioning teams are good for profitability, student achievement and even fun get-togethers.
But what makes a terrific team? Is it putting the greatest minds together? Socializing outside of work? Grouping people by experience? Having the same level of education? Having a strong leader?
Hi podcast universe!!! I’m back from vacation and ready to take on the rest of 2017. To kickstart the fall I’m sharing a small part of my presentation at the Titan Summit last year on How to Live to 120.
This is a different format so let me know what you think @drgregwells on social!