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Author: Dan "Nitro" Clark

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Hosted by Dan “Nitro” Clark, former American Gladiator, NFL player, bestselling author, speaker, fitness fanatic and heart attack survivor.  The goal of The Gladiator Way is to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant minds in health, fitness, entrepreneurship, psychology, entertainment and spirituality to help you Commit, Crush, Conquer and "Nitro Up" your life to unleash your best and most authentic self.  You’ll love Dan’s easygoing, conversational style as he digs in deep with guests to give you the tools, ideas, and inspiration to live The Gladiator Way.

Dan's expertise has been featured on Good Morning America, Today Show, ESPN, and Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, as well as in the pages of Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated.
39 Episodes
David Emerson Frost, a certified Fitness Master Trainer, rowing champion, a decorated NAVY veteran and award-winning adjunct professor sits down with Dan “Nitro” Clark today. They dive into Dave’s KABOOMER book and the keys to staying fit, happy and healthy for Baby boomers. Show notes at
Clinical psychologist Dr Daphne de Marneffe, PhD. drops in to share strategies, tools and coping mechanisms to help you thrive both personally and in your relationships during the COVID 19 pandemic.  Show notes at
On today’s show Dan “Nitro” Clark talks with cycling legend Tyler Hamilton. They discuss what it’s like trying to be the best in the world at something, doping in cycling, and the true cost of winning. Tyler also dishes on motivation and how to grind through pain, the guilt of cheating, and how he finally found happiness. Show notes at
On today’s show Dan “Nitro” Clark talks with George Mumford, the Mindfulness coach for MJ, Kobe, and the Championship Bulls and Lakers. In this episode George dishes on the mental aspect to championship performance and how you can achieve it, regardless of your sport or skill level. He also goes deep into getting off drugs, finding a better way to live with love and compassion. Show notes at
On today’s show Dan “Nitro” Clark talks about SEX with British sex therapist and transformational NLP coach, Simone Bienne.  Dan was looking for an easy “paint the by the numbers” approach, but apparently sex is complicated.  In this episode Simone shares tips and strategies for better sex and a better life. Show notes at
In today’s episode, Dan “Nitro” Clark sits down with two of his lifelong friends, Mel Black and Frank McFadden, to discuss racial inequality, social injustice and George Floyd.  The purpose of this episode was for Dan to get a deeper understanding from two of his best friends on their experience growing up African American in the USA. Show notes at
Named “One of the 5 most inspiring woman in America” by NBC news, Bonnie was first African-America ever to win medals in the Winter Paralympics.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, earned a Rhodes Scholarship, served as the director of the White House National Economic Council, and is a bestselling author of 7 books.  On this episode Bonnie we dive into the principles, strategies and tactics of micro-resilience, and explore how a 5-year-old amputee ends up winning Olympic skiing medals. Show notes at
In today’s episode, former CrossFit professional athlete, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, shares tools, tips and strategies that helped her become “The Fittest Woman on Earth,” build a successful business, and maintain a thriving marriage.  By striving to leave people better than she found them, obtaining her degree in chemical engineering, and becoming a world champion, Camille truly embodies the Gladiator Way.    Show notes at
Dave “Thundrbro” Lipson sits down with Dan this week. They do a deep dive into what it takes to pack on muscle, lose body fat and transform your body.  Dave has a background in professional baseball strength and conditioning.  He’s known as the trainer’s trainer and has also trained entertainment celebrities, professional MLB and NFL athlete and Crossfit Games champions Show notes at
Dr. Joshua Partnow, an ER Doctor in Los Angeles at a hospital with one of highest number of COVID 19 cases in California, sits down with Dan this week. They do a deep dive into what it’s like on the frontlines battling COVID, what you can expect if you come in for a test, why COVID is extremely different than the flu, the biggest mistake you’re making when wearing a mask, travel advice, getting back to the gym, best practices to keep you safe and much, much more. Show notes at
On this episode Dan sits down with Dr. Jeff Spencer. Jeff is a former Olympian and over the last 40 years has worked with some of our generation’s most successful icons: Tiger Woods, U2, Richard Branson, 40 Olympic Gold medalist, just to name a few. In this episode shares how to build a championship mindset. Show notes at
On this episode Dan sits down with meditation teacher Mary Maddux. Mary has been meditating for over 40 years and has worked with thousands of people worldwide. She is also the co-creator of the uber-popular Mediation Oasis podcast and apps. Show notes at
On this episode Dan sits down with licensed psychotherapist and certified workplace coach to go over strategies, tips and tools on how to not only survive but thrive during crisis. Show notes at
On this episode Dan sits down with Barry Shore, the Godfather of Joy.  Barry woke up at 55 years of age, completely paralyzed. Barry shares how he went from paralyzed to being the Godfather of Joy whose “Smile Now” movement is being embraced globally and by celebrities like Oprah, Wayne Dyer and Matthew McConaughey. Show notes at
On this episode Dan talks with Dr. Sam Bakhtiar. Sam is a doctor, CEO, author, world-class bodybuilder, and multi-millionaire entrepreneur. He runs a fitness franchising business, The Camp Transformation Center, with 110 locations and two different supplement and nutrition companies. Show notes at
On this episode Dan sits down in the studio with Producer Jason DeFillippo to discuss the holidays and how they had vastly different experiences. Dan and Jason share tips and tricks on how to handle depression during the holidays that translate into every area of your life. They also discuss the books they read over the break and talk about what lay ahead for the show in 2020. Show notes at
Sal, Adam & Justin from The Mind Pump podcast interview Dan on this episode. Dan shares some fascinating stories from his past such as how Dan found ways to become bigger, faster, stronger on the outside after a tragic event in his early life, his introduction to steroids, how he finds the beauty in his scars, and how he became “Nitro” on American Gladiators plus many more. Show notes at
Tim Storey is an acclaimed author, life coach and motivational speaker who has shared his inspiring words in 70 countries and written nine books. Tim has helped guide people, including many celebrities, through some of life’s most difficult circumstances.  In this episode Tim reveals how to move forward when your situation seems insurmountable. And how to turn a setback into a comeback.  In this episode... Tim and Dan share their most inspirational prayers and stories of loss and recovery. How a mentor introduced both Dan and Tim to reading. Tim’s love of talk shows and how he began  to think like a producer and understand the topics people wanted to learn. Don't settle for an "almost" life. How to get out of a rut by becoming awake, aware, taking inventory, and finding a partner How Life Interruptions can wake us up to our circumstances. How to become aware of our situations after we've woken up to the lack in our lives. How to take inventory of your assets.  And how the power of partnerships can bring anyone out of their situation. How Tim leverages ambition with the right motives to be successful. And how your mindset is your VIP ticket to anywhere. We hear the story about the advice that Tim got from Quincey Jones that motivated him to "do the assignment." Links from the Show Website: The Utmost App with Tim Storey Tim Storey with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday
Dr Belisa Vranich, is a leading expert in mental health and fitness, and the author of Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve your Mental and Physical Health.  She is a regular guest on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, and Fox News. Being a former pro athlete, Crossfitter, and a yoga guy who has been meditating for years, I thought I knew how to breathe. After reading her Belisa’s book, and interviewing her, I realized that I still had a lot to learn.  Listen in as we talk about proper breathing, it’s health benefits, how it can improve your athletic performance, health, stress and more. Show notes at In this episode we talk about: How breathing affects your nervous system and how proper breathing can lower your cortisol levels and remove anxiety. Strengthening your breathing muscles impacts your endurance, but more importantly it improves your recovery time and can extend your career as an athlete. We have over 10lbs of breathing muscles and most people don’t warm up those muscles before a workout. We learn the difference between vertical breathing and circumferential breathing and why vertical breathing isn’t the best for you. How to unlearn bracing habits that most people have done all their lives. Why women have more breathing dysfunctions than men and why the gap is narrowing. The anatomy of a good breath and a technique you can do at home. We learn a technique called “the recovery breath” that you can use to help get out of an anxious or stressful state. Links from the show: The Breathing Class - How to breathe | Belisa Vranich | TEDxManhattanBeach - Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health - Breathing for Warriors: Master Your Breath to Unlock More Strength, Greater Endurance, Sharper Precision, Faster Recovery, and an Unshakable Inner Game (Pre-order) - Bas Rutten’s O2 Trainer -
Misty Diaz has completed more than 200 obstacle and endurance races – but when she was born, doctors never thought she’d walk. Diaz has a severe form of spina bifida, a birth defect that kept her spine from developing properly. By her mid-20s, the pain and exhaustion of 28 surgeries left her depressed and addicted to opioids. In this episode Misty shares the journey from not being able to look in the mirror, to running over 200 races, to starring in a lipstick campaign with billboards in Time Square, to finally finding self-love and acceptance. How one small action can save you and change your life. The coach who changed her life by taking her crutches and telling her, “Life is not always going to be adaptable. You’ve got to figure it out.” How not once in the 28 surgeries or rounds with depression did a doctor ever say to exercise or go out with friends. They just kept giving her more morphine until she got addicted. The steps to regain your joy. How to focus on what you can control and why that makes such a huge difference The journey from not being able to look in the mirror, to running over 200 races, to starring in a lipstick campaign with billboards in Time Square, to finally finding self-love and acceptance. The story of how Misty’s drive and relentlessness helped her meet Gary Vaynerchuck and eventually share the stage with him. Misty’s latest venture to create her own line of crutches. Links from the Show Misty on Instagram ABC News - Athlete living with spina bifida shows nothing holds her back Misty's Website
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Samantha Kelly

Excellent inspiring work as always from Dan, he has such an amazing way of seeing life and all that comes with it I thoroughly recommend a listen. Sam K

Jul 24th
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