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Aug 28, 2017

Exceptional performance with practicing

Almost two hours in a cylinder filled with 700 kilograms of ice cubes seems like an impossible feat. To climb the highest and coldest mountains in the world, in only shorts, you have to be almost superhuman. And a half marathon barefoot running through snow and ice?! … Yep, it might sound unbelievable, but it’s nothing but true. You know what else? You can do this too! Wim Hof has several breathing exercises and cold-water training that made him able to deliver this performance.

It begins with proper breathing

Wim is able to hold his breath with ease for over six minutes while his entire body is submerged under water. Cold water, obviously. It’s possible for everyone. The base lies in proper breathing.

Through a proper breathing and training it, you can train to hold your breath longer and make conscious contact with your heart, autonomic nervous system, and immune system. It also has a positive influence on your blood circulation.

Next step: Confrontation with the cold

After the breathing and meditation exercises, your body and mind will be prepared for the next challenge: the confrontation with cold. Through certain exposures to the cold, you can make your body stronger. You can start now by practicing this at home! For example, take a cold shower after a hot one. This will train the tiny muscles in your veins to become more flexible. As you progress you can even sit, walk, or run through the snow and ice. More importantly, this helps your body prevent future diseases

May 16, 2017

ABOUT Luke Storey

Luke Storey, a former Hollywood Celebrity Stylist, has spent the past 20 years developing and refining a robust way of life based on the principles of nature and spirituality, while embracing technology and modern convenience.

Using himself as a human research lab, Luke has explored a broad and sometimes extreme variety of measures to obtain optimal health, performance, and well-being. From being injected with poisonous frog venom, to enduring weeks of neurofeedback meditation in an isolation chamber, Luke has scoured the earth for the most cutting edge as well as ancient technologies and used them to transform his life and the lives of countless others.

Luke is a Lifestyle Designer, public speaker, and entrepreneur, who continues to share his strategies for healing and happiness through his private and corporate coaching services.

Since 2008 Luke has also served as Founder and CEO at School of Style, the nation's most prominent fashion school for stylists.
 


 

 

May 8, 2017

The Whole30 program was officially launched in 2009 when co-founder Melissa Hartwig shared the details of a 30-day dietary experiment she and her co-founder had recently completed on her personal training blog. Since then, the Whole30 community has grown by millions of fans and followers, and has expanded to include four New York Times best-selling books. The Whole30 websites currently serves 2 million unique visitors a month, with readers checking in from more than 100 different countries, and has a combined social media base of more than 2 million fans and followers.

Melissa Hartwig, CISSN: Headmistress/Co-Founder

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the co-creator of the original Whole30 program, a four-time New York Times bestselling author (It Starts With Food,  The Whole30, Food Freedom Forever, and The Whole30 Cookbook). She has been featured by Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalDetailsShape, Outside, and SELF, and ranked #27 on Greatists Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness in 2017. Melissa has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and is a prominent keynote speaker on social media and branding, health trends, and entrepreneurship.

Melissa enjoys kettlebell training, yoga, hiking, solo traveling, and riding her motorcycle. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

Facebook hartwig.melissa| Instagram @melissa_hartwig| Twitter @melissahartwig_

 

 

Apr 24, 2017

ALEX HUTCHINSON

I'm a former physicist, a lifelong runner, and (most of all, these days) a science journalist. In the pages of Runner's World, my "Fast Lane" column focuses on training for peak performance -- workouts, racing strategies, and other battle-tested tips to bring down your PRs.

You can read more about my background at my personal website if you're interested. In brief, I started my career as a physicist doing postdoctoral research with the National Security Agency, and competed as a national-class runner for Canada for a decade. In my late 20s, I switched from scientist to science journalist; since then, I've won a National Magazine Award and my writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Outside, Popular Mechanics (where I'm a contributing editor), Men's Journal, Bicycling, and elsewhere. You can read some examples of my work here.

My latest book is called Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise. Yes, it's a mouthful. The premise is pretty simple: it takes 111 common (and uncommon) questions about fitness -- e.g. Should I exercise when I'm sick? And what's the actual difference between running on a treadmill, running on an elliptical trainer, and running outside? -- and digs up the current state of peer-reviewed knowledge. It's not a textbook: the aim is to make the research accessible to anyone who's interested, from total exercise beginners to competitive athletes.

To keep up with the latest Sweat Science posts, please follow me on Twitter or check out the Sweat Science Facebook page. Thanks for following!

Dec 19, 2016

Soon thereafter in 2008, he launched his first podcast Underground Wellness Radio, on which he interviewed authors and experts in the alternative health space. The program ran for 7 years with over 10 million downloads and 348 episodes about all things real food and functional medicine with a sprinkle of personal development on the side.

During his seven years with Underground Wellness (UW), Sean penned his still-popular Dark Side of Fat Loss ebook, started the JERF (Just Eat Real Food) movement, and hosted seven online summit events, including The Thyroid Sessions, Digestion Sessions, and The Depression Sessions.

In late 2015, Sean walked away from his thriving UW brand to create a new movement in the world of personal development and the science of mind. The nerd in him couldn’t stop wondering what makes people do what they do and not do the things they really want to do.

Learn more about Sean at http://seancroxton.com/

 

Jim Carrey intro, credit to Absolute Motivation.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpmZQGTZXn9xd4nN59pbIWQ

Dec 12, 2016

Background

I used to be known as JackAss from my days at elitefts.com, or Smelly from the feature film documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster." I am now the strongest strength coach in the world (maybe someone can dispute this fact, but I don't know who). I'm a husband, a father of two, an editor for Power Magazine (www.ThePowerMagazine.com), an inventor of the Sling Shot (www.HowMuchYaBench.net) and the owner of "The Strongest Gym In The West," Super Training, in Sacramento, CA. It was voted by Men's Health as one of the top 30 gyms in the country. I coach a team of 20 highly competitive powerlifters. We work hard, but we have tons of fun. The fun and intensity of the gym can be seen on our website, www.SuperTraining.Tv. I have also established the wildly popular "Power Project Q and A," which now has over 2 million views. You can check that out at www.YouTube.com/SuperTraining06.

I am a World and American record holding pro powerlifter. I've squatted 1,080 lbs, benched 854 lbs, and deadlifted 766 lbs. My 2,628 lb total is the highest in California history. I'm currently ranked in the top 10 of all-time at 275 and 308.

Nov 29, 2016

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.

Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

http://drgabormate.com/

Nov 21, 2016

While my expertise is in the pharmaceutical world, I explore the various scientific, nutritional, and pharmacological ins and outs of optimal health. My training includes 4 years in plant biology, bachelor in nutritional science and food science, doctorate in pharmacy, and Crossfit Nutrition Certified by Robb Wolf (and Nicki Violetti). Like Orwell discovered, writing can fuse together favorite purposes. In this case, it melds medicine, music and MAXIMUM VITALITY.

Check out Grace's amazing seminar in Berkley this coming December! https://thegutinstitute.com/rock-your-microbiome-and-practice?campaign=warm-leads

 

 

Nov 7, 2016

Nora Gedgaudas is a widely recognized expert on what is popularly referred to as the “Paleo diet”. She is the author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and A Longer Life. She is also the author of the best selling ebook: Rethinking Fatigue: What Your Adrenals Are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It.

Nora is an experienced nutritional consultant, speaker and educator, widely interviewed on national and international radio, popular podcasts, online summits, television and film. Her own popular podcasts are widely listened to on iTunes and are available for free download. She maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon as both a Board-Certified nutritional consultant and a Board-Certified clinical Neurofeedback Specialist. She is currently working on her next upcoming book, to be published by Simon & Schuster (Atria) in December of 2016/January 2017.

http://www.primalbody-primalmind.com/

Nov 1, 2016

Shawn Stevenson is a nutritionist, best-selling author and hosts a #1 ranked podcast called the Model Health Show and has an inspiring story of moving himself out of dis-ease and into health. Diagnosed with degenerative disk disease at the age of 20, his uninformed doctors had no idea how to facilitate his healing. Shawn stepped up to the challenge and sorted out his health and is now teaching around the globe how people can do the same!

 

Learn more about Shawn at http://theshawnstevensonmodel.com/

Oct 24, 2016

Elle Russ is a writer, actor, and life coach. She is a popular host of The Primal Blueprint Podcast, a top-20 ranked show in the Health category on iTunes. She interviews an assortment of guests including health experts, best-selling authors, athletes, and celebrities.

 

Learn more about Elle at http://www.elleruss.com/

Oct 11, 2016

I'm Christopher Kelly, and I figured out the solution the hard way so you don't have to...

I love cycling – training, competing, the whole thing. I love the buzz a great workout session gives me...

But with hindsight, I realize I've spent most of my life feeling like crap.

Sure, I was fast, but the biomarkers spelled impending doom. I struggled with insomnia, fatigue, brain fog... my libido plummeted and my recovery times took a nose-dive. I wanted to train well, but I also wanted to enjoy the rest of my life!

So I transitioned to a Paleo-type diet, reading a book a week on the subject for a year – but that was only half the solution...

The other half came through experimenting with and perfecting a system of functional medicine – I became my own guinea pig!

Now, my body’s back in balance – my symptoms have disappeared, my diet’s right for me, and my family life is as enjoyable as my training.

 

Learn more about Chris at http://www.nourishbalancethrive.com/

Sep 27, 2016

Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Paleo Mom) is the blogger behind the award-winning blog  www.ThePaleoMom.com, cohost of the top-rated and syndicated  The Paleo View podcast, and New York Times Bestselling author of The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook.

Sarah started her academic career in physics, earning an Honors Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Victoria, Canada in 1999.  Her honors thesis work was in radiation therapy for prostate cancer, which prompted her to look for medical research applications in graduate school .  

Learn more at http://www.thepaleomom.com/

 

 

Sep 19, 2016

Tony Gentilcore is one of the co-founders of Cressey Sports Performance, which really should have been called "Cressilcore Sports Performance" because that sounds like an awesome castle where a wizard lives (and plays sports).

He's no longer coaching there, but his legacy remains. Tony's Techno Tuesdays will live on forever.

When he’s not picking things up and putting them down, he trains top-level athletes and clients in Boston, MA, contributes to the top fitness magazines and websites around, and sets up a camera in his garage to record his lightsaber skills.

He lives in Boston. With his wife, Lisa.

 

Learn more about his work at tonygentilcore.com

 

 

Sep 12, 2016

David Epstein writes about the developing science around sport -- from performance-enhancing drugs to the lucky genetics that separate a professional athlete from a duffer. A science writer and longtime contributor to Sports Illustrated, he's helped break stories on steroids in baseball, fraudulently marketed health remedies, and big-money irregularities in "amateur" college football. In 2007, inspired by the death of a childhood friend, he wrote a moving exploration of the most common cause of sudden death in young athletes, a hard-to-diagnose heart irregularity known as HCM.

Now an investigative reporter at ProPublica, Epstein is the author of The Sports Gene, a book that explores the complex factors that make up a championship athlete. Is there such a thing as natural greatness, or can even extreme skills -- like the freaky-fast reaction of a hockey great -- be learned? Conversely, is the desire and will to master extreme skills something you're born with?

Learn more about his fantastic work at http://thesportsgene.com/

Sep 5, 2016

Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best-selling books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her most recent book, the Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, is an anthology on mindfulness in which leading researchers integrate work derived from her western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with research on eastern derived forms of meditation. It will be published in early 2014.

Learn more about Ellen's work at http://www.ellenlanger.com/

Intro to podcast is an old Richard Alpert video sound bite. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P3TrGCMHNU

 

 

Aug 1, 2016

Dan John has been teaching and coaching for well over thirty years. He is the former Strength Coach and Head Track and Field Coach at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah. He remains a full-time online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri and contributing writer to Men’s Health. Originally from South San Francisco, Dan came to Utah to throw the discus for Utah State University and recently returned “home” after 35 years away. 

We break down strength secrets, successful philosophies and  

Learn more about Dan at http://danjohn.net/

May 16, 2016

Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols, called “Keeper of the Sea" by GQ Magazine and “a visionary" by Outside Magazine is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author and sought-after lecturer. We discuss Life, death and what the point of any this existence stuff is in the first place. Moving conversation...

Learn more about Dr. Wallace and his initiatives at:

http://www.wallacejnichols.org/

Mar 28, 2016

Sue Hitzmann is a world renowned exercise physiologist, New York Times Best Selling author of the Melt Method and she truly walks her talk. She breaks down her jouney from debilitating back pain to well integrated pain free life. We get into how our psychology impacts our connective tissue, self-care practices beyond the obvious foam rolling techniques everyone already knows. I had an amazing time having a vulnerable, organic discussion with Sue!

Feb 8, 2016

Steve Maxwell is a world-renowned fitness coach, jiu-jitsu black belt under Relson Gracie and first instructor in the USA of kettlebells. HIs resume is impressive to say the least and we get into how he went from living the 'American Dream' to downsizing to a backpack and traveling the globe teaching workshops and experiencing Earth. We tap into how to control your mind to 

Oct 26, 2015

Carl Paoli is a world renowned gymnast and coach with a lifetime of experience in movement. He also happens to be a great thinker with a ton of great metaphysical tid-bits to illustrate the value of effective movement. We chatted about  tips to travel optimally and keep your body functioning great even  30,000 feet off the ground. We got into the ins and outs of strong body positioning through a variety of ranges and a whole lot interesting tangents beyond that!

Oct 5, 2015

Wim Hof has about a dozen world records in relation to exposing the body to cold temperatures. He has climbed Mt. Everest in a pair of shorts and boots and did the same on Mt. Kilimanjaro! He and his team have done extensive studies on the impact of cold water thermogenesis on the health of the body. Alleviate depression, decrease body fat, increase muscle, increase mental cognition and strengthen immune system to name a few reasons you may be interested in experimenting with this! 

Aug 10, 2015

JP Sears is the creator of Awaken with JP, the uber popular and hilarious YouTube channel. He is also a successful life coach of sorts with a beautiful balance of humor and logic. In this conversation we get into the balance of narcissism and selflessness, how to find your passion and JP keeps it hilarious the whole time. One of my favorite episodes!

Jul 6, 2015

Sheri Winston is renowned sex expert. She is the writer of two best selling books, "Women's Anatomy of Arousal" and "Succulent Sex Craft". We get into the 'ins and outs' of fantastic sex, how to prepare a woman for penetration, value of masturbation and many more taboo information everyone should know!

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