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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.
34 Episodes
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
Bobby Castro’s story is the epitome of American dream. With only a 9th grade education he incredibly wound up building and selling his company worth $1 billion. Tune into this episode to hear how he made it all happen.  IN THIS EPISODE: Bobby shares his humble beginnings as one of eleven children. The advice his mom gave him that he uses every day to help him stay grounded as he grew from broke to $300 million. You'll learn Bobby's "Non-Refundable Minutes" principle and why you must master this to succeed.  The steps to scale a business and the pressures that come with growth and how to handle them.  The heart of Bobby's business philosophy. Lastly, we dive into what it feels like to have enough money to NEVER HAVE to work again -- and how to stay motivated and grounded in the face of wealth. Links from the Show Twitter @Bobby_Castro_  Instagram @Officialbobbycastro  Linkedin  Facebook @BobbyCastroOfficial
IN THIS EPISODE Mo Gawdat is the former Chief Business Officer for Google [X],  the division of Google responsible for moonshots like the self-driving car and worldwide WiFi delivered by balloons. After the unexpected death of his son, Ali, Mo went on a journey on how to engineer happiness as a way to process his grief.  He shares what he learned in his bestselling book, “Solve for Happy.” This episode was profound. Mo Gawdat shares so many well thought out tips and tools on happiness and living better, based upon his research that and personal experiences, that will help you in your life. We dive deep into what happiness is, how to create it in your life, and why even though most people say it’s the number one thing they want, they don’t have it. This episode will help you be happier in a deep and fulfilling way.    It’s full of applicable tips and take-aways that you can start to apply to your life now. Gawdat shares the tragedy of losing his son and how this prompted him to create Solve for Happy as a way to process his grief and share the spirit of his son with the world. We also discuss: Why you need to have a clear definition of happiness. The importance of creating a happy list and using it as a lens to make all decisions through. The key on how to find out what matters most in your life and why you need to spend more time there. The societal hedonistic treadmill you are on right now and how to get off of it. The importance of gratitude in your quest to Solve for Happiness. Demystifying the myth that force and masculinity lead to success. The difference between pain and suffering.  How to process and deal with losing someone you love – and to find happiness through the experience. Links from the Show Solve For Happy: Engineer Your Path To Joy by Mo Gawdat.  Order here. Join Mo Gawdat in his quest to Solve For Happy here.
Three-time Emmy-nominated Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker, who also happens to be the actress featured in the leaked Trump/Billy Bush video, joins Dan to talk about what a crisis can teach us about resilience and creating hope from chaos. Ari dishes on how she got into show business as a teenager and landed the iconic role of Nicole Walker on NBC’s hit daytime drama, plus: How her initial acting goal was to make enough money to pay for veterinary school. The lesson her brother Todd taught her that has helped her navigate a 21-year acting career. Ari’s beautiful and touching first words to her daughter that she continues to tell her every day, 10 years later. Her daily routines and non-negotiables. Ari shares when she first heard about the Trump video with Billy Bush, how she processed it, and the mantra she used to ground herself and keep her dignity. She delves into what a crisis can teach us about resilience and creating hope from chaos. Dan and Ari also talk about the never-ending journey of personal development and the growth and fulfillment that come with it. Links from the Show Ari’s new movie “A Mermaid for Christmas.” Ari’s Instagram page – (she moderates herself) Letting Go by David R. Hawking  
Dan interviews Sarah Hiner, a health and wellness expert and CEO of Bottom Line Inc., about how to navigate a healthcare system that doesn’t want you healthy. In this wide-ranging conversation, they dive into parenting tips, whether anger and rage lead to illness, and how to advocate for yourself during a hospital visit. How health care industry doesn’t want you healthy, because they make money by you being sick. Critical information that you need to know if you ever go in the hospital to prevent you from becoming one of the 500,000 who die each year deaths due to medical errors.  How to advocate for yourself during a hospital or doctor visit. What you must absolutely do when taking your elderly parents to the hospital and why you shouldn’t let them go alone. Biggest pitfalls in Health and wellness right now. Can anger and rage destroy your physical health? It’s OK to disagree but that doesn’t mean that love has to leave the room. What’s it’s like to take over a successful family business and how her father decided which siblings would run the show. How not everyone wants to be out front and some people’s dream is to be behind the scenes. The pressure of running a small business today. Sarah’s tools for staying centered and happy in an increasingly busy world.  Different parenting styles and techniques that Dan and Sarah have learned over the last 25 years, and how to apply them to your life. Eight-year-old Adrian’s 500 push up challenge this summer and how to build resilience in your kids and teach them to conquer seemingly impossible challenges. Decide who you want to be and go out and prove it to yourself today   Links from the Show Sarah and Bottom Line Inc’s website Sarah’s Podcast, the Bottom Line Advocator, click here
Ben Angel is the bestselling author of the groundbreaking new book, "Unstoppable" that introduces a revolutionary new approach to understanding depression, anxiety, and stress through the lens of neuroscience, psychology and biohacking.  In this episode Ben shares how in 2017 he became severely depressed, experienced crippling brain fog and fatigue, then went on a mission to biohack his way back to health by interviewing the world's top neuroscientists, doctors, and biohackers. Ben tells the story of how he went from Australian farm boy to motivational speaker. Ben was at the top of his game when he suddenly feel into a state of depression.    How you can do everything right in your life in regards to training, working out, practicing the right business fundamentals, sleeping enough, but if your biology is off, it won’t matter. What Ben did when the Western medicine doctors didn’t have an answer to his ailments. The two sides of the personal development coin.  The psychological and the biological.  And why we need to pay more attention to our biology. How different biological triggers can mimic psychological disorders. The 7 Tests bio tests you should take right now Why the pharmacies and drug stores in America are filled with digestive aides, anti acids, etc while Australian, Canadian and New Zealand shelves don’t carry them. The advertising that’s banned in Australia and New Zealand that constantly runs in America. Functional and integrative doctors versus a typical Western Doctor.  The differences and advantages of both. The unstoppable test on Ben Angel’s website that will predict if you’re a high achiever or if you should run off and see the doctor. How to bust out from being and average performer to a top achiever, plus the traits and habits it takes. The difference between knowing your purpose and claiming your purpose and why it’s so important. The 10 minute morning visualization exercise to start your day. Sleep hacks, plus the most important phase of sleep and the gadget that can track it for  you. Dan shares the hilarious story from his first movie audition and how he nearly fainted.   Links from the Show: Check out Ben’s website chock full of great info and links by clicking here Take the “Are You Unstoppable Quiz” here. Ben’s best selling book, "Unstoppable." This is a good read! Oura sleep tracking Ring Doctor Patrick Porter Brain Tap
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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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