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Hosted by Dr. Kelly Starrett and Juliet Starrett
57 Episodes
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We live in a world of extraordinary human physical achievement. More people today are fitter, stronger, faster, and pushing their physical limits than at any time in history. And yet, we are still often bewildered by many of the most fundamental questions relating to our physicality. What constitutes the peak of physical well-being and how do we get there? Should men and women train differently? How does physical fitness really affect our mental state? What should we eat? These are questions not just about physical fitness, but questions for our time. As hosts of The Ready State, Dr. Kelly Starrett and Juliet Starrett, bestselling authors and luminaries in the health and fitness world, will guide you on an intellectual adventure to find answers to these questions and many more. They will engage top athletes, entrepreneurs, academics, and scientists in conversation, sharing theories and stories about human capacity and self-actualization. The goal: to help us all more fully realize our talents and skills, and explore what it means to be human in the 21st century.
S1EP1: Dr. Richard Lee

S1EP1: Dr. Richard Lee

2018-01-1651:10

Dr. Lee is a pioneer in using cutting-edge technology to provide preventative healthcare. In this conversation we cover the science of genetics, the current state of research, where it's helpful, where it's not helpful, what we all need to know, and what we all need to watch out for. Juliet and Kelly have both had their DNA analyzed and seen Dr. Lee as patients, so we are able to get into specific examples of what can be learned and acted on, and whether they found it useful.
S1EP2: Dr. Jeremy Koenig

S1EP2: Dr. Jeremy Koenig

2018-01-1601:01:551

Dr. Jeremy Koenig is the Founder and CEO of Athletigen, a sports genetics company with a mission to educate and empower the community with their personal genetic information. This interview makes a great Part 2 to the last episode with Dr. Richard Lee. With Jeremy, we really get into his experience building a business and being on the front lines of bringing genetics research and science out into the world. Juliet and Kelly have had their DNA analyzed with Athletigen and we get into specifics of what Athletigen can offer. For more info on the partnership with MobilityWOD, check out Athletigen!  
As parents who are fitness and health professionals, Kelly and Juliet are constantly having conversations with teachers, parents and coaches about how to set kids up for healthy lives. In this episode, we take a crack at understanding how to think about kids' fitness. Jeff and Mikki Martin are a husband and wife coaching duo with more than a decade of experience training kids to be great movers who are set up to be athletes for life. They are the founders of The Brand X Method with training centers around the world. For more info, check out The Brand X Method! Check out the Canadian infographic mentioned in the episode!
S1EP4: Eric Cressey

S1EP4: Eric Cressey

2018-01-1658:361

Eric Cressey, the president and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, is a trainer famous for his extensive work with baseball players. Because he works with players from the youth level all the way up through the pro level, in a sport where specialization is a major issue, Eric has an incredible perspective on how we can all help our kids get the most out of the sport they love while avoiding the perils of overtraining. Check out more info on Eric!
S1EP5: Harry Marra

S1EP5: Harry Marra

2018-01-1654:111

Coach Harry Marra is one of the world's foremost experts on developing well-rounded athletes. He is a legend in the world of track and field and cemented his reputation as one of the all-time greats at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he coached American Ashton Eaton to his second Olympic gold medal in the decathlon - securing back-to-back wins in London and Rio. But that was just part of the story in Rio, because he also coached Ashton Eaton's wife, Brianne Theissen-Eaton to an Olympic bronze medal in the heptathlon. Coach Marra has also coached youth programs and is a big advocate for the role of play in shaping well-rounded athletes.
S1EP6: Rebecca Rusch

S1EP6: Rebecca Rusch

2018-01-1601:02:04

Rebecca Rusch has famously been dubbed "The Queen of Pain" and is one of the toughest athletes in the world. Her litany of accomplishments literally defies belief. She's a seven-time World Champion in multiple sports, four-time Leadville 100 MTB Champion, the first person to ride the entire length of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the list goes on. We asked Rebecca on to talk about fear. In thinking about raising kids, as well as training high-performance athletes, we've developed a fascination and respect for the role fear plays in helping us all grow and be our best selves. We've started to think of training for fear and becoming fear-adapted as a vital component of any training plan. Check out more about Rebecca here!
S1EP7: John Berardi

S1EP7: John Berardi

2018-01-1601:08:491

Nutrition is a huge part of the conversation for us, both personally and professionally. We are constantly hearing about fad diets and calorie counting. Our basic philosophy is to EAT REAL FOOD. Even still, we are always exploring how nutrition affects our overall health and fitness -what we eat, when we eat, the quality of the ingredients, even the types of oils we use. We are excited about this conversation with John Berardi - he is a writer, coach, researcher, athlete, and the co-founder of Precision Nutrition. John has devoted his career to making health and fitness something that can be achieved by everyone. Precision Nutrition is built on the simple idea that "Good health and a thriving body are the birthright of every single person on this planet." They have an extensive network of multidisciplinary, research-driven coaches that have helped tens of thousands of people work toward their goals and live healthier lives. Precision Nutrition also offers two certification programs enabling fitness and health professionals to become elite coaches using the latest nutrition knowledge in their own practices. Check out more info on Precision Nutrition! Check out the infographic that Juliet mentioned at the top of the episode!
We are continuing our discussion on nutrition in this episode with Dr. Catherine Shanahan. Dr. Cate is a board-certified family physician with a background in biology, biochemistry, genetics, and ethnobotany. She attended medical school with an interest in how nutrition affects genetic health but graduated not having learned much about nutrition. It wasn't until she relocated to Hawaii that everything she did know about nutrition was turned upside down. Hawaii has the longest lifespans of any state and she was able to study the culinary habits of her patients – each of whom were raised in rural areas on home-grown foods prepared by simple methods. These findings were the start of her groundbreaking book, Deep Nutrition. This book is the single most important nutrition book that Juliet has ever found, and has truly changed the way the Starretts think about food and the way they eat. For more info on Deep Nutrition, check out Dr. Cate's website!
Pain is a universal experience for every human and we wanted to understand more about how it works, the role of that the brain plays, and how we can shift our relationship with pain. We spoke with athletes, scientists, filmmakers, and writers to help conceptualize the very complex and subjective nature of pain. Check out Season 2 for chats with Georges St-Pierre, Chris Bell, Laird Hamilton, Amelia Boone, Sue Falsone, Stu McGill, Andrew Huberman, and Alex Hutchinson. Welcome to Season 2. We think you're gonna like it here.
To dive right into the subject of pain, we knew we had to talk to the one and only Georges St-Pierre, UFC's 2017 Middleweight Champion of the World, and formerly 2x Welterweight Champion of the World. You can't talk about UFC without considering the role that pain plays in both training and competing. GSP talks frankly about how he experiences and deals with pain, both physical and mental, at the highest level of competitive sport. Georges joined us via Skype from Montreal, CA.
S2EP2: Dr. Stuart McGill

S2EP2: Dr. Stuart McGill

2018-07-1101:00:511

Dr. Stuart McGill is one of the biggest influences on the spine-first philosophy laid out in Becoming a Supple Leopard. He is a retired Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, the writer of many influential books, and is an expert on back pain. Stu speaks with us about pain, the mechanisms, and his unique treatment methodology with clinical examples including his work with legendary powerlifter, Brian Carroll, the subject of his newest book, Gift of Injury (written with Carroll).
S2EP3: Dr. Andrew Huberman

S2EP3: Dr. Andrew Huberman

2018-07-1101:06:201

Dr. Andrew Huberman is a professor and researcher at Stanford University and is one of the foremost experts in neuroplasticity. He talks about the experience of pain, the brain's capacity to re-wire itself, and what he calls self-directed and adaptive plasticity. As we get into the specifics of his current work around fear and anxiety, he even gives us some fear reduction techniques. Andrew joined us via Skype from his lab at Stanford.
S2EP4: Laird Hamilton

S2EP4: Laird Hamilton

2018-07-1101:09:201

You may know Laird Hamilton as a big wave surfer, innovator, actor, and writer. What you might not know, is that Laird suffered and surfed through extreme chronic pain from a hip injury (and various other injuries). Laird has an interesting perspective on pain and helps us understand how his philosophy on life, nutrition, and fitness all play into health and recovery. Laird joined us via Skype from his home.
S2EP5: Sue Falsone

S2EP5: Sue Falsone

2018-07-1155:291

Sue Falsone is the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the US, most recently with the LA Dodgers for 6 years. Functioning as both an athletic trainer and physical therapist to her athletes, she was able to develop a truly innovative and successful approach to treatment. She discusses her philosophy on pain and treatment, returning injured athletes to an elite level of sport, as well as being female in a male-dominated field. Sue joined us via Skype.
S2EP6: Chris Bell

S2EP6: Chris Bell

2018-07-1159:271

A conversation about pain would not be complete without acknowledging opioids and all of the drugs used to treat pain. Chris Bell is the award winning documentary filmmaker behind Prescription Thugs (2015) that explores the opioid crisis in America. His newest film, A Leaf of Faith (2018), covers all aspects of the controversial drug, Kratom, a plant-based supplement showing big promise in pain relief. Chris has first-hand experience with chronic pain and the all to common drug abuse that comes with it. He talks openly about his experience with pain, drugs, death, and we go deep into all things Kratom. Chris joined us via Skype.
S2EP7: Dr. Alex Hutchinson

S2EP7: Dr. Alex Hutchinson

2018-07-1101:07:22

We can not get enough of Alex Hutchinson’s book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance (2018) this year. His book takes a detailed look into the science of endurance and covers heat, hydration, nutrition, and all the things that we love to think about! Alex takes us through many of the topics in his book and gives us some insight into how the brain may ultimately be the limiter on our ability to suffer, and how changing our perception of pain can expand the limits of our endurance. As an added bonus, we talk briefly with Erin Cafaro, a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing, about how she thinks about and manages pain while competing. Alex joined us via Skype from Toronto.
S2EP8: Amelia Boone

S2EP8: Amelia Boone

2018-07-1147:321

Amelia Boone started her racing career by winning 2nd place female (11th overall) in 2011’s World’s Toughest Mudder, her first ever obstacle race. Since then, she has become the most decorated obstacle racer of all time with over 50 podiums, all while working full-time as a corporate attorney. In 2016, Amelia suffered a debilitating femur fracture and subsequent sacral fracture that kept her from racing for over a year. Amelia talks to us about how she manages pain during competition and gives us an honest look into everything she feels she did wrong while recovering from her injuries to return to an elite level of performance. Amelia joined us via Skype.
Season 3 of The Ready State is here and it's all about KIDS! We wanted to understand how to raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids without mucking it up. We talk extensively about nutrition, fitness, sleep, the current state of childhood obesity, sports specialization, what we are doing right, and what we are getting wrong. Our goal was to provide parents and coaches with tons of practical advice and takeaways that are both actionable and reasonable. Check out these fascinating conversations with Mark Verstegen of EXOS, John O'Sullivan, Dr. Jose Greenspon, Dr. Stacy Sims, Gray Cook, Dr. Mark Benden, Katie Wells, and Nic Gill of the All Blacks.
S3EP1: Mark Verstegen

S3EP1: Mark Verstegen

2018-12-0758:411

Mark Verstegen is the founder and president of EXOS and one of the world's foremost experts on human performance. Mark has coached some of the most elite athletes on the planet and has also worked extensively with the NFL, corporations, and the military. EXOS is built around four pillars of performance - mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery - and Mark takes us through it all. He has trained a ton of kids and gives everyone from parents to coaches a lot of great takeaways. We were so excited to have Mark in-house to talk about his philosophy and experience training youth athletes. For more information on Mark and EXOS, check out the EXOS website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Books, people, and studies mentioned in the episode:Plyometric Exercises with the Medicine Ball, by Donald Chu (5:55)E.O. Wilson 16:37Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova (17:30)Article about Amanda Visek's "Fun Integration Theory" (24:00)Mindset, by Carol Dweck  (29:52)Nutrition for kids (30:35)Mark Benden (44:45)Every Day is Game Day, by Mark Verstegen and Pete WilliamsCore Performance, by Mark Verstegen and Pete Williams
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