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Born out of SYNERGY: A Fitness Community in Atlanta, GA, hosts discuss topics with guests on all things health, fitness, family, faith, business and other subjects that play key and valuable roles in our daily lives.
36 Episodes
In the weeks prior to the release of this episode, Jason's wife was terminated from Lululemon, a former brand partner of this podcast and a company that Will served as a Brand Ambassador for before recently submitting his resignation. The circumstances surrounding that event have since gained quite a bit of public attention and has been covered by several media outlets, both local and national in scope. In the episode, Jason explains his version of what happened in its totality, pieces that haven't been fully covered by the news media, and Jason and Will provide their insights on several variable that lie on the periphery of the event itself. Media Links:
Dr. Julie Brooks Sterling, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS joins the show to talk all things in the world of Physical Therapy!  Julie is highly skilled in the areas of orthopedics and sports medicine. She has advanced training in manual therapy, strength and conditioning, dry needling, SFMA Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Golf Screenings. In addition to many years of experience as a treating clinician, Julie has had personal experience in Physical Therapy as a student athlete having several injuries requiring surgery during her collegiate career. She understands the physical, mental and emotional struggles of an injury and what it takes to get back to playing at the highest level. More about Julie's Atlanta-based practice here:
Jason and Lululemon Brand Ambassador Will Hamilton join guests live onsite for the grand opening of their newest Georgia flagship location at The Forum in Peachtree Corners. Guests include Team Leader Jenn Ferguson and Store Manager Erin Mccalden - as well as Jana Dufresne, co-founder of Synergy Nutrition. 
Why We Are Leaving CrossFit

Why We Are Leaving CrossFit


In this episode, Synergy Head Coach Matthew Kurbell joins Jason and Will as they discuss the reasons why SYNERGY: A Fitness Community is deaffiliating from CrossFit, along with suggestions that CrossFit HQ could implement to prevent future deaffiliations and provide more value to the CrossFit community.  More info on Synergy at: FB and Instagram: @synergyjohnscreek 
Hosts Jason Ferguson and Will Hamilton look back on 2022 as they reflect on launching this podcast and the need for more authentic, transparent friendship, support, and discussion within our modern communities. Jason picks Will's brain on how he goes about programming group workouts at Synergy. And the two discuss their own histories with the ups and downs of marriage and how they hope to protect and nurture those relationships.  Instagram and FB: @synergyjohnscreek
In this episode, we have a deep and vulnerable conversation with two friends that have completely removed alcohol from their lives, but for very different reasons. Abby and Jon share their backgrounds and experiences surrounding drinking and how it effected their relationships, health, and sense of purpose.  The Huberman Labs podcast on Alcohol and it's effects on the body can be found here:  
Pastor Aaron Snow addresses questions asked by listeners on topics surrounding the Christian faith, scripture, Christian living. This is a follow-up from Part 1 where Aaron detailed his life and background that brought him into the Christian faith, and ultimately into full-time ministry.  Aaron is the Pastor of Purpose Church in Alpharetta, GA where he lives and serves with his wife Caity and two sons. Purpose Church: Instagram: @aaronsnow12 Twitter: @pastoraaronsnow Music: "Thief" by Ookay
Aaron Snow shares his story and journey from a drug-addicted youth with a life full of conflict and adversity, to a transformed man with a life dedicated to helping people discover and live out God's purpose for their lives. Aaron is the Pastor of Purpose Church in Alpharetta, GA where he lives and serves with his wife Caity and two sons. Purpose Church: Instagram: @aaronsnow12 Twitter: @pastoraaronsnow Music: "Thief" by Ookay
Kristy Ventre has 13 years of experience as an educator in the state of Georgia. She is also the owner of Ventre's Adventures, an adventure-travel company that takes both students and adults on trips domestic and abroad. We discuss how she balances that with all the demands of teaching, and the social pressures and fallout she experiences as a result of that.  Ventre's Adventures: Instagram: @ventresadventures Music: "Thief"- Ookay
Founder and owner of SYNERGY Will Hamilton answers small business questions as a part of a consulting panel for brick-and-mortar startups in the health and fitness space. Topics include how and when to dive into your business full time, what roles to outsource, finding employees, and how to address competition. 
In this episode, we discuss food quality, it’s importance, and why it isn’t the first thing we tackle in our nutrition coaching process.
Jillian Michaela continues to point out some very true things about the dangers of poor fitness coaching and programming. But she is doing a HUGE disservice to a much larger issue, and that’s a shame.
This is disappointing. Enough is enough.
What problem are you trying to solve and who can help you solve it? All too often we find people attempting to solve problems they aren’t equipped to solve. This often start with us - we seek solutions from the wrong source.
All about V02 max and why comparison is kinda dumb in the realm of fitness (and most areas of life).
We sit down with wealth advisor and leadership expert John McLeod White to discuss his experience with Synergy Nutrition and various principles that can lead to a productive, impactful life.
Jana and Will discuss best practices as learned from a year of experience with Synergy Nutrition clients.
What does pursuing excellence in fitness look like? Can it be measured?
Episode 18 - Q&A

Episode 18 - Q&A


You asked the questions, we've got the answers!
In the episode, we discuss supplements, their use, and which ones we actually deem beneficial.
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