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Here at TB12, we’re focused on empowering anyone to live pain-free and perform their best. The goal of the Keep Going Podcast is to create meaningful connections between our global, health-minded audience and a diverse group of world-renowned athletes, coaches, and subject matter experts. We believe that better health comes from paying better attention, so tune in with an open mind and let’s get better together. Let’s go!
33 Episodes
Ben Bergeron is a former Ironman triathlete turned CrossFit Games competitor who now trains some of the fittest athletes in the world. Ben has coached his athletes to six world championships total, and is currently the coach to the reigning Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth. One of the things about Ben that impresses me the most is his approach to mental toughness with his athletes. Ben understands that while the mindset of a champion is uncommonly rare, it doesn’t have to be, and that every one of us is capable of unlocking it. He credits mental toughness as the secret to the success of his athletes, and it was fascinating to hear Ben’s unique perspective on the principles that make up a winning mindset.   Ben has dedicated his life to helping others become the best version of themselves – a path that led him to expand from coaching to entrepreneurship. He founded CrossFit New England in 2007, where he coaches regular people on their quest to improve their fitness, health, and approach to life beyond the gym.  Ben has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people through his coaching, and you’ll notice very quickly in this episode that he brings an incredible level of passion to everything he does. If you’re interested in developing your mindset and mental toughness, you are going to love this episode with Ben Bergeron. Let’s go!
Mike McCastle is one of the most incredible achievers we’ve had the opportunity to speak with on the Keep Going Podcast – he’s a world-renowned endurance athlete, five-time world record holder, nationally acclaimed performance coach, and as you’ll hear, a dedicated philanthropist as well. During his 11 year stint in the U.S. Navy, Mike founded the Twelve Labors Project.  Inspired by the mythological '12 labors of Hercules’, these challenges test his physical and mental limits with the ultimate goal of pushing the limits of human potential while inspiring others to explore their own capacity for greatness.  To date, Mike has shattered the Guinness World Record for pull-ups in 24 hours, pulled a Ford F-150 for 22 miles across Death Valley, run 20 miles a day for 100 straight days, and flipped a 250-pound tire for 13 miles, among many other unbelievable feats. Mike performs these all of these challenges in the name of raising money and awareness for charitable causes like veteran suicide awareness and parkinson’s disease.  When Mike isn’t training for his Labors, he trains a variety of athletes and teams with the aim of improving performance, mental strength, leadership and team cohesion.  Our friend and former Keep Going Podcast guest Colin O’Brady sought McCastle’s help in training for his historic solo, unassisted and unsupported trek across Antarctica and man powered row across the Drake Passage.  Mike is full of amazing insights into how to intensely pursue your passion, learn from failure whenever possible, and set personal standards – all things that have driven his success and the success of his athletes. You’re going to love this candid conversation with the inspiring Mike McCastle. Let’s go!
Our guest today on a very special episode of the Keep Going Podcast is our co-Founder and 7x Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady. At age 44 and fresh off of his 7th Super Bowl win, Tom entered his 22nd NFL season this Fall after spending the majority of the offseason rehabbing from reconstructive surgery on his MCL. He has picked up right where he left off in the Super Bowl, throwing for 10 TDs and over 1,000 yards in the first three games of the season and diving even further into uncharted territory for an athlete his age.  You’ll hear Tom speak candidly in this episode about how his daily habits enable him to continue to perform at the highest level, and it’s especially interesting to hear just how passionate Tom is when he talks about how the TB12 Method has impacted his life & career.  Tom is now just a few days away from returning to New England to lead his defending Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers against the Patriots in one of the most anticipated NFL games in decades. So much has been made of Tom’s return to Foxboro recently, and he was open with us about what he expects from his long-awaited return and some of the emotions he’s feeling as he prepares to play the Patriots for the first time in his career.  You’re going to love this incredible conversation with Tom Brady. Let’s go!
Since we last spoke with Alex, the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, Tom spent his offseason rehabbing with Alex after MCL surgery, and we celebrated TB12’s 8th birthday – a milestone that marked 8 years of helping people all over the world live pain-free and perform their best. As you’ll hear in our conversation, Alex’s focus will always be on helping as many people as he possibly can. As he looks forward to the future of TB12, the goal is a simple one: improve the lives of our clients. Join me for a candid conversation with Alex about how he helped Tom prepare this off-season following MCL surgery, what his routine looks like during the busiest days of the football season, and how he stays grounded through it all. You’re really going to enjoy this behind the scenes discussion with Alex — LETS GO!
Charlie Coyle has charted a unique path during his hockey career, having grown up in Weymouth, MA before playing college hockey at Boston University and ultimately being drafted into the NHL by the San Jose Sharks. He spent the first 6 seasons of his career playing for the Minnesota Wild before being traded to his hometown Boston Bruins in 2019. The 2021-22 season will be Charlie’s third full season with the Bruins, and he will enter training camp this fall after spending the summer recovering from offseason knee surgery. As most hockey fans know, NHL players are often very quiet about the injuries they deal with during the season – and it isn’t until after the playoffs end that you hear about all the aches and pains the athletes endured during the season.  Charlie is no stranger to the brutality of the NHL season, and has been coming into our TB12 Performance & Recovery Center in Boston for treatment sessions throughout each of the last three seasons. He understands that you can’t perform at a high level without a consistent focus on recovery, and has made pliability a key part of his preparation throughout the season. 
Our guest on today’s episode is Alex Honnold, the legendary professional rock climber whose free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognizable climbers in the world.  Alex has a legendary mindset and an ability to push past fear that has enabled him to make a career out of climbing without a rope to protect him if he falls. If you’ve seen Free Solo, the Oscar-winning documentary that highlights his unassisted, free solo climb of El Capitan, then you know just how incredible that accomplishment was.  Alex is a humble and hard-working guy who has found unparalleled success in a sport that requires him to risk death with every step he takes. He was never the strongest or fastest climber, and it wasn’t until he dropped out of college and spent a year living in his van in between climbs that Alex began to develop the resilience that has made him the greatest free solo climber ever.   He is also the host of the recently developed “Climbing Gold” podcast, which takes listeners on a tour through the history and evolution of climbing, from the early days of the lunatic fringe to today’s new generation of athletes. Check out Alex's Climbing Gold Podcast here. This is a fascinating conversation about overcoming fear and loss on the way to finding your passion, and we think you’ll all enjoy hearing Alex’s incredible story in his own words. Let’s go!
Our guest today is psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Judson Brewer. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center, the executive medical director at Sharecare Inc., an associate professor in psychiatry at Brown University, and a research affiliate at MIT.   Dr. Jud's uses his 20 years of experience and research to treat and train those suffering with addiction, with a particular focus on developing awareness and learning to let go when you don’t have control.   His studies on mindfulness and behavior have led to breakthrough treatments for those struggling with mental disorders such as addiction, anxiety, and much more.   His selflessness is what drives him to help others, seeking to reduce the suffering to the world at large. Everyone can take away something important from this vital conversation around mental health and building strong mental habits. Dr. Jud is an inspiration, and it was a pleasure to sit down with him for this conversation – Let's Go!
Our guest today is world-renowned trainer and CEO of ATTACK Athletics, Tim Grover.  Tim has made an illustrious career for himself by helping world-class athletes like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, and hundreds of other professional and Olympic-level athletes achieve physical and mental dominance. As the author of national bestseller RELENTLESS, and his new book WINNING, Tim shares his athlete-tested strategies for success with business leaders, athletes, and elite achievers seeking a blueprint for unlocking their full potential.  Tim has a unique perspective on the mindsets that make up some of the most successful people in sports and business, and this conversation is full of valuable insights into the principles that define winning people. We think you’ll all love hearing Tim explain his “winning 13” – the 13 steps that he believes make up the road to greatness. Tim shared some fascinating stories about his experience with the best athletes in the world, and we think this conversation will show you exactly why Tim Grover is one of the best in the business – Let’s Go!
Our guest today is Justin Thomas – one of the most recognizable and successful golfers on the PGA Tour.   He grew up in Kentucky and played collegiate golf for the Alabama Crimson Tide, where the accolades started to roll in — and you’ll notice, they haven’t really stopped.  Justin became one of Alabama’s most decorated athletes of all time in just two years. He won a host of individual awards during his first two seasons before capping off his collegiate career by leading the Crimson Tide to their first ever National Championship.   At just 28-years old, Justin’s work ethic has driven him to achieve incredible milestones professionally as well. He has a Major Championship victory, a FedEx Cup Championship, a PLAYERS Championship and a PGA TOUR Player of the Year Award, in addition to being 1 of only 4 players in PGA Tour history with 14 victories before his 28th birthday, joining the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Tiger Woods.   Let’s go!
Dr. Uma Naidoo is the ultimate triple threat – she’s a bestselling author, a renowned Professional Chef, and the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.  After pursuing her passion in medicine through a fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Uma started to conquer her love for cooking by completing both savory and pastry classes at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and at the Culinary Institute of America. Uma not only graduated as a Professional Chef from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, MA with High Honors, but she was also awarded the coveted M.F.K. Fisher Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Innovation. In 2020, Uma published her book, Your Brain on Food – integrating her professional accomplishments in medicine, psychiatry, nutrition and cooking. Dr. Uma is full of valuable insight into the impact that food can have on your mood, your mind, and other mental health conditions, and I'm confident that this conversation will give you new tools to improve your performance and longevity — let’s go!
Our guest today is former Special Forces Green Beret Kevin Flike. Kevin first came to TB12 in 2017 and has completed over 160 sessions with us to date. Kevin’s story is one of overcoming the odds at every turn, and we’re proud to have him in our TB12 family.  Kevin was born and raised in Stillwater, a small town in upstate New York. After graduating from Union College (BA), he served as a Special Forces Engineer assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group and deployed to the Philippines, Thailand and twice to Afghanistan.  On September 25, 2011, Kevin was on patrol with his team in the mountains of northwestern Afghanistan when a firefight broke out. After 10 hours of intense fighting, a Taliban sniper shot Flike in the stomach as he walked around the corner of a building – changing his life forever. As you’ll hear, Kevin’s problems started with the physical: a fractured hip, loss of 20% of his colon, and a damaged femoral nerve. He would endure six surgeries marked by 40 inches of scars. As he worked towards a physical recovery, growing psychological and spiritual problems complicated his progress: depression, despair, addiction, anger, jealousy, and post-traumatic stress.  After a life-altering conversation with his wife, Kevin began to ascend from the dark place he had been in – beginning with attending graduate school. In the Spring of 2016, Kevin completed dual masters degrees from MIT and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  We sat down with Kevin to hear about his early life, how his upbringing led him to the Green Berets, and how his experiences have forced him to adapt and take back control of his life.
Our conversation today is a special one, featuring the brother-sister duo behind Puris – the nation’s largest supplier of pea protein and Fast Company's #1 most innovative food company of 2021. Nicole Atchison joined the family business three years ago as Chief Technology Officer after working in the medical device industry for several years. She leads innovation and business development across Puris’ portfolio of companies. Her brother, Tyler Lorenzen, is CEO of Puris Proteins, a joint venture with Cargill Inc. that manufactures and commercializes pea protein and other products. Today, PURIS manufactures a spectrum of non-GMO, plant-based ingredients made from soy, pulses, lentils and corn. Puris sources only the highest-quality organic plants and extract 100% of the nutrition from each: protein, starch, sugar, fiber and more. By going beyond protein to embrace every part of the plant, Puris squeezes more goodness out of everything they grow. That means less waste and environmental impact and lower costs to produce great food. This is a fascinating conversation all about their endeavors into plant-based nutrition, the quest for a more sustainable food ecosystem, soil health, and the future of nutrition. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Let's go!
Sleep is a critical part of the recovery process and one of the lifestyle choices we encourage clients to focus on here at TB12. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Christopher Winter, Author of The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How To Fix It. Dr. Winter has practiced sleep medicine and neurology in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2004, but has been involved with sleep medicine and sleep research since 1993. His current research focuses on sleep and athletic performance, and he has been tapped to work with teams across the MLB, NBA, WNBA, and the Women’s National Soccer Team. Whether you’re an athlete or just trying to perform your best, sleep quality can have a significant impact on your athletic performance, attention, and overall reaction time. This conversation with Dr. Chris Winter is loaded with valuable insights into the science behind sleep and how we can all sleep better. Let's go!
Our guest on today’s episode is Super Bowl Champion Lori Locust. Lori is a pioneer in the football world, and became the Assistant Defensive Line Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019.   Lori has been a football fan her whole life, and began coaching after playing semi-professional women’s football for four seasons. She joined the Buccaneers after working as the assistant defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football during the league's inaugural season.  In 2018, she gained incredibly valuable experience working as a defensive line coaching intern for the Baltimore Ravens during the team's training camp and had previously coached a variety of teams at the high school and semi-professional level.  Lori has an incredible story, and we think you’ll all enjoy hearing from her about how she overcame the odds to pursue a career coaching football at the highest level. Let’s go!
Jesse Itzler has built an incredible life resume loaded with unique experiences across a variety of different fields.  He transitioned a rap career in his 20's into a number of successful business ventures – beginning when he Co-Founded MarquisJet, a private jet card company, in 2001. He has since helped develop Zico coconut water and sell it to Coca-Cola, and purchased an ownership stake in the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Beyond his business experience, Jesse is a passionate endurance athlete who has completed a number of extreme events over the last few decades. He ran the 100-mile USA National Ultra Marathon in Texas in 2006, as well as a 25-mile stand up paddle event around Manhattan.  He notoriously spent 30 days living and training with Navy SEAL David Goggins – an experience that led Jesse to write his bestselling book, Living with a SEAL. Jesse has built much of his life around longevity – from the way he eats and trains to the way he sleeps, thinks, and recovers – all in an effort to live a long and vital life. You're going to love this conversation with Jesse Itzler. Let's go!
Raised in Portland, Oregon, Colin spent his childhood exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and cultivated a passion for adventure in the outdoors. He was recruited to swim at Yale University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Economics in 2006; not long after, Colin suffered a tragic accident and was severely burned in a fire while traveling. His injuries covered nearly 25% of his body, primarily damaging his legs and feet. Doctors warned him he might never walk again normally. He set himself a seemingly impossible goal: to complete a triathlon. A mere 18-months after his accident, he placed first overall at the Chicago Triathlon. 6 years later, Colin would attempt to complete a prestigious mountaineering challenge – the Explorer's Grand Slam – in world record time.  With grit and perseverance, Colin continues to shatter records and inspire explorers everywhere. He lives by the mantra, “Change your mindset, achieve anything” and recently started a non-profit, Beyond 7/2, with his wife Jenna – their mission is to inspire kids and their communities to live active, healthy lives and pursue their biggest dreams. We really enjoyed sitting down with Colin and hearing his story, what motivates him to keep going, and what’s next on his list of adventures. We hope you enjoy this episode too – lets go!
Here at TB12, we always say that age is just a number. Our guest on today’s episode – Robert Hamilton Owens – is a master of the mental game and the fittest 67 year old on the planet.  Robert has lived an incredibly full and adventurous life, and has no plans of slowing down. A mere four days before his 66th birthday last year, Robert took on the SEALFIT’s Kokoro 50-Hour Challenge, a Navy SEAL-style Hell Week challenge that was originally created to train Special Operations Candidates. He was the oldest of the group by 25 years to finish, and at the same time became the oldest person to ever complete the challenge. His mental toughness is absolutely unmatched.  Robert spent the early part of his career as a US Air Force Pararescueman – the Air Force equivalent of a Navy SEAL – and was called upon daily to risk his life to save people trapped in life-threatening situations. His passion for adventure and endurance training has led him to complete an astonishing 12 Ironman Triathlons, and the World Marathon Challenge – a grueling event comprised of 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Robert is a living embodiment of longevity and mental toughness – everything we strive for here at TB12 – and we think you’re all going to really enjoy our conversation. Let’s go!
On today’s episode of the Keep Going Podcast, we sit down with Lindsey Vonn, who you might know as one of the most mentally tough skiers and athletes to ever perform on the big stage. Born in Minnesota in 1984, Lindsey started skiing at age 7, but it wasn’t until she found her love for speed that she became the racing sensation we all know today. And it didn’t take long for her to start winning – and winning big – Lindsey snagged her first of four World Cup overall championships in 2008.  With 82 wins at her retirement in 2019, she was the all-time leader in women's World Cup race victories. She also won three Olympic Winter Games medals and eight world championships medals. As Lindsey says, once she started winning, her only goal was to win more often and do it faster.  A true competitor, Lindsey left it all on the slopes – her career was cut short due to the many injuries she suffered from her aggressive racing style. Now, a few years into retirement, she is only limited by the things she wants to do – and she is keeping busy – starting a production company and leading the charge at the Lindsey Vonn Foundation.  We enjoyed sitting down with Lindsey and learning more about what motivates her to keep going – let’s go!
On today’s episode of the Keep Going Podcast, we speak with Chris Carmichael, a former professional cyclist and the founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems.  Cycling influenced Chris in many ways over the years, learning skills as a young kid biking around Florida that influenced his career and prepared him to become a renowned coach down the line. Chris himself was a member of the 1984 US Olympic Team and part of the first American team (7-Eleven) to race the Tour de France in 1986. After suffering a career ending injury while skiing, Chris channeled his passion for cycling into becoming a successful coach and entrepreneur, founding Carmichael Training Systems in 2000, making world-class coaching accessible to athletes of all ability levels. Through Chris’s leadership, CTS immediately established itself as the premier destination for personal fitness, nutrition, and life coaching; a leadership position the company has held throughout its 20-year history.  Let’s go!
Our guest on this very special episode of the Keep Going Podcast is Venus Williams! Venus is one of the all-time greats of women's tennis, having spent years atop the world rankings while ushering a new era of power and athleticism into the women’s game.  Not only is Venus an incredibly accomplished athlete, she is also a successful business woman and has done so much to be a strong advocate for women over the years. Throughout the month of March, in celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Venus has launched an awareness initiative to spotlight the wage inequality issue, and unveiled a platform of resources for corporations and employees to address the matter on a grassroots level.  Women make 81 cents to the $1 that men earn on average, so Venus will be working to fill in the gap this March by implementing a #PrivilegeTax on her lifestyle brand EleVen by Venus’ website by including an option at checkout to opt to donate 19 cents for every purchase made. Here at TB12, we are joining her in the fight to close the gender pay gap by implementing the #PrivilegeTax on our own website and donating 19 cents from every purchase to Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, a charity committed to inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold.  We hope you enjoy this short but impactful discussion with the incredible Venus Williams. Let’s Go!
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