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The Fit to Succeed show broadcasts regular fitness, nutrition, lifestyle and business tips from leading experts working within the health and fitness fields. Delivering inspirational knowledge and actionable, evidence-based advice. This podcast is hosted and delivered by Nordic Fitness Education, a leading online fitness education provider.
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We are back for the 2nd part of this important discussion with the PT Dr's, Dan & Alex. Having established in part 1 the prevalent bias and deep-rooted fitness misconceptions that continue to impact the wider industry, and recognising the ever-increasing public health needs, we go deeper down the rabbit hole to weigh up the role of client referral to other qualified specialists. In a never-ending information age, we will likely benefit from a more analytical fitness workforce who can think critically and seek reliable scientific evidence before laying down a solid, unbreakable knowledge and belief construct that strongly influences their coaching and behaviours. So, let's get to it: referral and critical thinking! Guest biographiesDr Alex De Lyon: an internationally accredited Personal Trainer and Health & Exercise Specialist with over 14 years of experience in health and fitness. He holds a PhD in the field of Sport & Exercise Science, an MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology, and a First-Class degree in Sports Coaching & Performance. Alex’s research has explored the role of fitness professionals in public health, with a particular focus on the knowledge, skills and qualities required of personal trainers. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented internationally, and included in fitness and leisure reports. Alex has worked on projects with The English Football Association, The Lawn Tennis Association and The British Academy.Alex's PT websiteDr Dan Jolley: course coordinator for Fitness at South Metropolitan TAFE, in Perth, Western Australia. He teaches professional fitness certifications in Australia. Dan completed a PhD in Educational Psychology, looking at the knowledge, and sources of information, of personal trainers. He has also earned a BSc in Exercise Science, and an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Dan has worked as a strength and conditioning coach in cricket and Australian Football. He represented Australia in American Football as both a player and coach and was the strength and conditioning lead for the men’s national team for the 2011 & 2015 World Championships.Dan's website: Critical fitnessEpisode contentIn the second half of this discussion, Dan and Alex delve deeper into the importance of the scope of professional practice and balancing this with referral as well as the need to develop critical thinking skills.0:34 Episode 1 highlights2:05 Poor health demographic increases chance of clients needing referral - should trainers remain tightly within their scope of practice10:24 The importance of critical analysis skills15:11 More than a consumer of information, become a critical thinker21:55 Can fitness trainers have a bigger impact on public health? 29:40 Balancing bias and misconception whilst empowering the fitness profession to upskill and manage public health needs36:38 Final thoughtsRate the showIf you enjoyed this episode, then please rate and review the show. We invite you to share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release. It also helps the show rank higher and reach more people.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at nordicfitnesseducation.com
Enjoy discussion, debate, and revealing research about the modern personal training industry! Bias is a common feature in everyone's life, but when bias becomes ingrained that it leads to fundamentally incorrect misconceptions that influence fitness trainer, coach and client behaviours, it has the potential to derail goal achievement and may even cause harm! Is there a growing requirement within the job role of the modern personal fitness trainer, that is not being addressed in vocational education? What are the problems of operating beyond professional scope of practice? All these are addressed in this important 2-part episode!  Guest biographies Dr Alex De Lyon: an internationally accredited Personal Trainer and Health & Exercise Specialist with over 14 years of experience in health and fitness. He holds a PhD in the field of Sport & Exercise Science, an MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology, and a First-Class degree in Sports Coaching & Performance. Alex’s research has explored the role of fitness professionals in public health, with a particular focus on the knowledge, skills and qualities required of personal trainers. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented internationally, and included in fitness and leisure reports. Alex has worked on projects with The English Football Association, The Lawn Tennis Association and The British Academy. Alex's PT websiteDr Dan Jolley: course coordinator for Fitness at South Metropolitan TAFE, in Perth, Western Australia. He teaches professional fitness certifications in Australia. Dan completed a PhD in Educational Psychology, looking at the knowledge, and sources of information, of personal trainers. He has also earned a BSc in Exercise Science, and an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Dan has worked as a strength and conditioning coach in cricket and Australian Football. He represented Australia in American Football as both a player and coach and was the strength and conditioning lead for the men’s national team for the 2011 & 2015 World Championships.Dan's website: Critical fitnessEpisode contentIn part 1 of this episode, we discuss the PT Dr's primary findings in their published research and then open up about the impact these findings have on the wider fitness industry. 0:00 Introduction3:34 Bias, misconception, and justifying our past choices8:37 The impact on the wider fitness industry9:56 Professional experience does not associate with increased knowledge15:22 Fitness professionals are an important, but undervalued health resource18:07 Education providers, fitness trainers, and employers may not be fully aligned in serving public health needs20:34 Protecting the fitness professionals scope of practice23:18 Qualified trainers acting in opposition to the knowledge taught28:05 Pressure from employers to work outside of current knowledge and skills35:22 Is there a place for self-taught 'expertise' or do all skills need formal certification?40:16 Defining the scope of practice and leveraging professional referralRate the showIf you enjoyed this episode, then please rate and review the show. We invite you to share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release. It also helps the show rank higher and reach more people.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at nordicfitnesseducation.com
SummaryGoing without food for longer may seem a difficult step to take to manage your body weight or your health! Especially if you love good food, as we do on the Fit to Succeed show! In this episode, we investigate the very popular trend of intermittent fasting with leading women's health coach, Laurie Lewis. We discuss how to apply a fasting approach, in easy-to-take, comfortable steps and benefit from Laurie's years of experience and her supportive coaching methods and tips. Guest biographyFor Intermittent Fasting Coach and Author, Laurie Lewis, menopause dealt a crushing blow - brain fog, lack of balance, memory loss, and the rapid gain of 50 pounds of stubborn body fat. She tried everything she knew to feel better, and the methods that worked in the past made no difference. After four years of struggle, Laurie stumbled upon Intermittent Fasting and started fasting that very same day. The menopausal fog lifted in less than one week, she had more energy and felt more “like herself.” She lost 51 pounds in 15 months and has kept it off for years! Time has passed and Laurie has turned her personal success into a thriving Intermittent Fasting coaching business. As a certified health coach, from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Laurie guides her clients to eat great food, take a pause, and enjoy life feeling vibrantly well.Episode contentWe have addressed the science of time-restricted feeding and intermittent fasting previously in episode 43 with Danny Lennon. We enjoy getting into the scientific details, but it is also necessary to step back and consider the more practical application and impact of diet and behaviour change. In this interview, the intention was to provide the perspective of the nutrition/health coach and how to apply intermittent fasting in real-world circumstances. 2:44 Why intermittent fasting is an interesting topic for this episode4:12 Why Laurie chose to use intermittent fasting in her own life9:30 Going without food for longer periods of time does carry a certain appeal11:28 Fasting as a spiritual practice and its potential physical health benefits16:22 Extending the 'default' nightly fast from 7 - 8 hours up to 12 hours21:24 A fasting approach may actually be liberating and is individually adaptable30:20 The concept of applying fasting window 'guard rails' 32:44 Applying a 'clean' fast33:58 Intermittent fasting benefits specific to women40:01 Does intermittent fasting benefit weight loss beyond calorie reduction?Rate the showIf you enjoyed this episode, then please rate and review the show. We invite you to share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release. It also helps the show rank higher and reach more people.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at nordicfitnesseducation.com
SummaryAs a coach, it can seem difficult to generate interest and attract new clients to sign up for your services. So many fitness and nutrition professionals struggle with the marketing and sales aspect of their business. Successful sales precede almost all successful coaching opportunities. How do you master the business skills needed to attract new leads and persuade people to be coached by you? Well, start with this free podcast episode where we discuss several important coaching sales tips to boost a fitness or nutrition business.Guest biographyMatt is a business owner, nutrition coach, CrossFit coach and elite Lacrosse player. He created a nutrition coaching business called Beyond Macros to help educate clients to focus on sustainable health and wellness transformations. With a degree in business administration, further certifications from the International Society of Sports Nutrition and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, and a decade of professional coaching under his belt, Matt is nicely positioned as a leading nutrition coach for our modern times. Episode contentBeginning with an introduction around Matt's nutritional philosophy, we transition into a captivating discussion about marketing and several coaching sales tips that could really help to nudge a health and fitness business in the right direction. 1:36 Why listen to this episode on nutrition coaching and sales growth2:39 Matt's nutritional preferences and overriding philosophy9:50 Why Matt chose to coach other nutrition coaches to succeed15:05 Business skills are needed to showcase fitness/nutrition skills23:36 Social compounding and refining your niche29:28 Low and high ticket services and the VIP experience34:12 Integrating business automation as part of a high-value experience41:41 Competence and character within the sales processRate the showIf you enjoyed this episode, then please rate and review the show, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release. It also helps the show rank higher and reach more people.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at nordicfitnesseducation.com
SummaryThe rate of thyroid problems is increasing in the Western world. More people are struggling with their weight, metabolism, energy and health and many do not yet realise the source of the problem! Often those who have a diagnosis of thyroid disease, such as hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's disease, have yet to find a lasting solution to return to good health. Dr Christianson joins us on the podcast to reveal a fascinating solution that can benefit up to 80% of those who suffer from low thyroid function. Restoring health and fitness is possible with the right dietary strategy after all!Guest biographyDr Alan Christianson is a certified Naturopathic doctor and the founder of the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He has been running his Integrative Health clinic since 1996 and has become a renowned name in the field of natural hormonal health and wellness, with more specific specialization in thyroid and adrenal disorders. He is the author of the several books, including the bestselling books, The Adrenal Reset Diet (2015), the Metabolism Reset Diet (2019), and now his latest publication The Thyroid Reset Diet (2021). Episode contentThis thyroid is relatively small, but powerful gland can impact virtually every cell in the human body. If you have concerns about your metabolism, weight, or health in general, or you work with clients who may need support in this area, then episode 53 is a MUST listen! Topics include:1:56 Why listen to this episode of the Fit to Succeed show?3:17 Prevalence of thyroid problems5:11 Thyroid disease as an autoimmune condition6:52 Why females suffer more from Thyroid conditions9:48 Clear signs and symptoms of thyroid disease without a lab test13:02 The relevance of Dr C's thyroid quiz15:33 Low thyroid as diagnosed by lab numbers17:27 How low thyroid can affect fitness training19:03 Interaction between low thyroid and adrenal health and stress21:01 Exercise recommendations for thyroid disease22:40 Weight gain and the responsibility of the thyroid26:14 Does low-carb eating impact thyroid function?32:17 The connection between iodine and low thyroid37:44 How to manage dietary iodine when food software does not include it44:04 Personal care products may also contain iodine and lead to excessEpisode links:EWG's skin deep cosmetics database allows the user to search up any ingredient or product and review its potential for harm. Rate the showIf you enjoyed this episode, then please rate and review the show, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release. It also helps the show rank higher and reach more people.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at nordicfitnesseducation.com
SummaryNo doubt, you are well aware that a bad night's sleep can leave you struggling for energy and the ability to remain alert. But did you know that sleep loss and exercise performance also have a strong connection! Even small amounts of lost sleep that become a regular habit can have a significant negative impact on your sporting performance, your exercise and, ultimately, your fitness results. Episode 52, with a global leader in the field sleep research, Dr Michael Grandner, will help unfold the details and give you actionable tips to help restore your sleep today! Guest biographyDr. Michael Grandner is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychology in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. He is Board-Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Dr Grandner has 4 university degrees, obtaining his PhD in clinical psychology 2007. He has published 100’s of scientific articles and been cited 1000’s times across the scientific literature and is one of the leading voices in the field of sleep science. Several of his published journal articles directly address the impact of sleep, or lack of sleep, in relation to sporting performance. Dr Grandner served on the Olympic Mental health consensus committee where they published an official Olympic statement calling for greater awareness of mental health for elite athletes. He recently served as lead editor for an outstanding book titled, Sleep and Health (2019), which will serve as an influential text in the field of sleep for years to come. Find out more on Dr Grandner's website.Episode contentThere was not enough time to ask everything we had hoped to cover in this fascinating dive into sleep, chronotype, and the impact on athletic and physical performance. Key topics and questions were:2:55  What led Dr Grandner into the field of sleep research6:50  Is chronotype and circadian phenotype the same thing?14.09  How can the listener determine their own chronotype?15:36  Do all individuals experience peak physical performance between 4-7pm?19:28  Is early morning exercise the least effective time to do exercise for all chronotypes?28:00  How can temperate regions work around the lack of early sunlight exposure during darker winter months?29:38  How can coaches and fitness trainers use the knowledge of chronotype variation to plan their client's training schedules?33:44  The scope of sleep problems among elite athletic populations41:28  Does the science actually show that increasing the length of sleep has a positive impact on physical performance?46:16  Three evidence-based sleep tips that have been effective in demonstrating improvement for physical performanceEpisode links:Re-timer light glassesOnline quiz to determine your own chronotypeRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate and review the show, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release. It also helps the show rank higher and reach more people.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Summary:Even though every human on the planet has stored body fat of differing amounts, it is surprising how little most people actually know about its functions in life. This may be because the science of body fat is relatively new only gaining real interest since the mid-'90s. Fat is so much more than a wobbly store of excess calories, it interacts, communicates, and even supports healthy body processes. Dr Sylvia Tara, the author of The Secret Life of Fat, kickstarts season 3 with a great interview. Guest biography:Sylvia Tara holds a PhD in biochemistry from The University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a healthcare management consultant with McKinsey & Company and has worked for the world’s largest biotechnology companies.After an extended battle with her own body fat, Dr Tara became fascinated with its resiliency and embarked on a mission to better understand it. Her book, The Secret Life of Fat, is the culmination of years of research and interviews with physicians, patients and leading scientists.You can learn more about Dr Tara by visiting her personal website.Episode content:This episode is essential listening for anyone who has struggled with their own body fat levels, or for anyone who coaches others to manage their body fat more effectively. Great insights and helpful coaching tips. 1:56 Why listen to this episode4:33 The major roles of body fat in human physiology and health7:07 The recommended level of body fat in males and females to maintain health10:52 The obesity paradox16:30 Different coloured body fat and its purposes19:24 Hormonal factors produced by body fat22:50 A story of how genetic leptin defects interfere with health and hunger27:26 Weight loss and the role of willpower and calories30:44 The impact of obesity on coronavirus pandemic33:04 Suggested strategies for effectively managing body fat levelsRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release. It also helps the show rank higher and reach more people.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Summary:In many aspects of life women and men have a basic right to be equal! However, the debate still continues as to whether men and women should be performing physical training and exercise the same. Both genders certainly can train the same if they wish, but is that the most effective thing to be doing in terms of overall health and in trying to optimise results? Dr Jade Teta rejoins us for a special show on our 50th episode to answer some important questions on gender-specific hormonal physiology and how this can be tied into exercise and fitness training. Guest biography:Dr Jade Teta is a highly experienced personal trainer of over 25 years. He has produced numerous video-based workouts that are used by hundreds of thousands all over the world. Jade has a degree in biochemistry and is a qualified physician. His speciality is in a subset of medicine called naturopathic medicine. If you compare him to your family doctor, but instead of using drugs and surgery first, Jade chooses to use drugs as a second choice over other natural remedies and behaviours. He is also an expert in nutrition, exercise and supplementation. Jade describes his speciality as ‘integrative endocrinology.’ This is the study of hormones & metabolism. The integrative part just means that he combines and balances both conventional and alternative methods. Most of Jade’s career has been focused on helping the most difficult metabolic cases to be able to successfully lose weight. You can learn more about jade by visiting his very informative website. Episode content: Women train differently to menWe think this episode is going to be one of the great classics on the Fit to Succeed show. Don't miss out, be sure to make time to listen to the full show. We cover a whole range of fascinating and important topics related to gender training considerations, especially in reference to the hormonal physiology of male and female bodies. Fitness trainers listen up and alter your practise accordingly! 2:04 Why gender is often overlooked when giving fitness advice7:45 The impact of dominant male hormones on fitness development12:12 The circadian hormonal cycle for males17:05 Optimising male circadian habits to improve weight loss efforts23:33 The impact of dominant female hormones on fitness development42:46 Women who suffer PMS and difficult menstruation may adapt their fitness training schedule46:54 The impact of menses and menopause on fitness, diet and cravingsRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release. It also helps the show rank higher and reach more people. For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Summary:There is no doubt that successfully managing the health and wellbeing of the human body has plenty of benefit for the workplace for all types of employment. However, the question is whether an employer or corporate organisation have the right to interfere with their employee's lifestyle and health-related habits? Also what realistic actions can be taken to make a difference in workplace productivity and efficiency? Dr John Briffa, a leading voice within corporate health and wellness, joins us on today's show to answer these important questions. Guest biography:Dr John Briffa is a practising medical doctor, author and international speaker. He is a prize-winning graduate of University College London School of Medicine, and also holds a BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences. Dr Briffa is a former columnist for the Daily Mail and the Observer newspapers in the UK, and former contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine and is a previous recipient of the Health Journalist of the Year award in the UK.Dr Briffa has authored nine books including A Great Day at the Office (Harper Collins 2014), a practical guide to optimising energy and performance for business professionals. He is the director of Dr Briffa Wellness, a specialist consultancy that provides speaking and training services to organisations and business professionals around the world. Clients include Deloitte, PwC, HSBC, Barclays, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Allen and Overy, Gowling WLG, the BBC, Tesco and Schroders.Episode content:In this discussion, John shares some great perspectives, insights, and health tips that will benefit your working habits and lifestyle more broadly. John's gift for communication and personable style make this a great, easy listening episode that is well worth your listening time! 1:48 What motivated Dr Briffa to work within the field of corporate wellness7:44 The responsibility of the employer and employee in personal wellbeing10:46 Workplace rights to interfere versus the personal right to choose17:54 The workplace as an option to reach individuals and affect health change22:43 The cause and a potential solution to mid-afternoon fatigue30:10 How poor sleep can impact productivity and performance37:37 Managing stress load within the work environment52:50 Quick-fire questions: sunlight exposure, breathing techniques, & music at workRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
SummaryFitness is a truly exciting and rewarding career, but it seems that many new trainers may struggle to find those secrets to success on their fitness journey. Approximately 50% of personal trainers (*2018) have been in the industry for less than 5 years, whereas only 6.9% of trainers have more than 15 years of experience. So to speak with a fitness professional that has consistently succeeded within the industry at all levels for more than 3 decades is truly something special! In this episode, we tease out some gems and enjoy a few fascinating stories with leading international fitness expert, Ceri Hannan. Guest biography33 years in the Health & Fitness industry has taken Ceri Hannan across the World in various capacities. As the former British Aerobics Champion, he represented the United Kingdom at European & World level. His presenting career alongside his work with many health club operators has seen his programmes and systems delivered to millions of fitness consumers globally! Ceri is based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he is the National Product Development Manager working alongside the exercise experience team at Virgin Active. He is also the co-director of Chrysalis Promotions, the organizers of the annual The International Fitness Showcase event in the UK, which is one of the top 10 fitness conventions in the world. Episode content: Success on my fitness journeyIf you like engaging true stories with real value and meaning behind them, then this episode will be worth every minute of your time. We draw out some fascinating life experience and important success principles as a fitness professional during this episode.1:40 Secrets to career longevity within the fitness industry4:44 A memorable trip back to Ceri's first fitness experience and how this inspired his drive for fitness career success13:30 An emphasis on simplicity and passion18:42 An example of a difficult fitness career experience and how Ceri managed this to springboard into something more positive30:44 The importance of connection and networking for opening new opportunities35:48 Ceri's perspective on the role of small, consistent habits as a progressive model for success41:59 Predictions for future trends and areas where the fitness industry will flourish looking forwardRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Summary:20 years a dedicated vegan ... invested morally, nutritionally, and politically into this lifestyle ... then a monumental shift back to an omnivorous life to try and rescue her failing health! Lierre Keith then wrote a book about this change and discussed the flaws, from her perspective, on the underlying principles of vegetarianism and veganism. The praise for her book was clear to see, but so was the kickback! Online criticism, attack on character, and even death threats followed from those who disagreed! A decade on from the publication of The Vegetarian Myth and we speak with Lierre about her life and experiences since. Guest biography:Lierre Keith is an American writer, food activist, and an environmentalist. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability (2009). She is co-author, with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet (Seven Stories Press, 2011) and she’s the editor of The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution (Seven Stories Press, 2012).Episode content:This episode is an instant classic! Lierre shares some great insights into her life since the publication of her highly influential book. We review some of the fundamental principles of the book and also the impact it has had on her life, including:1:18 Impact of publishing the Vegetarian Myth had on Lierre's life3:55 What Lierre enjoyed about the vegan lifestyle8:00 Why the book was called the Vegetarian Myth and not the Vegan Myth?9:20 What is meant by the term moral vegetarianism?15:58 The political arguments for being vegetarian22:31 What is meant by nutritional vegetarianism?25:11 Nutritional components from animal foods that support health28:20 Lierre's typical dietary practices32:41 Animal farming and the impact on the environment and carbon emissions35:08 A decade later, Lierre´s proposed changes to the Vegetarian Myth book41:51 Problems with industrial-scale plant food productionDuring the show, Lierre refers specifically to a study regarding brain size and dietary choices. We believe this is the study she was referring to.  You may also enjoy our past interview in Episode 27 with Dr Natasha Campbel--McBride, titled The rise of Vegetarianism.Rate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Summary:Glutes! Backside! Bottom! Derrière! Tush! Buttocks! Booty! Whatever you choose to call it, training the 3 major muscles that make up the gluteals has been a huge fitness trend in recent years. Developing shapely, athletic and functional hip musculature is certainly an important aspect of strength and conditioning and physical performance as you will find out in this episode with the 'Glute Guy', Bret Contreras! However, for some, it is simply a matter of striving towards the goal of a fit, curvy, Kardashian or Beyonce type figure. Guest biography:Bret Contreras is considered by many to be the world’s foremost expert on training the gluteals (buttocks) and goes by the name of the 'Glute Guy'. However, he is also very well versed in a wide range of high-level sports science as a result of years of study and a PhD in this field. Bret is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and the author of the highly recommended book, Glute Lab, named after the fitness facility he operates in San Diego, California. Bret is acknowledged as the creator of the barbell hip thruster exercise. Episode content:Bret is a really down-to-earth guy and easy to speak with, but with a mountain of knowledge under his relaxed demeanour. This episode covered some fun and enjoyable content, but then really dived deep into some of the science underpinning strength training for the glutes and other important fitness and success factors. 1:43 How do Bret's training methods help deliver optimal results4:37 A little about the Glute Lab best-selling book on Amazon5:55 The origin of the nickname the 'Glute Guy'10:00 The popularity of shaping and strengthening glutes12:50 Are males as interested in training glutes as females?17:16 Is female muscle fibre type dominance responsible for the ability to train higher volume?18:30 The rule of thirds for glute training22:30 The top 3 exercises for optimal glute activation23:44 Are the top glute activation exercises also the most popular?26:59 A summary of Bret's PhD research30:58 Recent changes in practice due to ongoing scientific research37:19 The importance of patience and hard work in seeking successDuring the show, Bret refers to 2 research papers. The links can be found below:Glutes to the MaxAre all hip extension exercises created equal?Rate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Summary:The world of online personal training is definitely growing! In fact with the recent movement restrictions due to Coronavirus impacting numerous countries around the world, online training has taken a significant boost! The fitness industry model is still very much built around a face-to-face delivery of fitness training services and that is what the vast majority of personal trainers conform to offer. So what things need to be considered when adapting personal training to an online offering? We asked Sharad Mohan, the CEO of the leading PT software platform, Trainerize to share his inside perspective. Guest biography:Sharad Mohan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Trainerize—the company known for digitizing the fitness club experience—and the driving force behind their mission to “make fitness accessible”. Founded in 2008, Trainerize has been helping fitness businesses leverage technology to stay relevant in the digital fitness age and engage their members in new ways using mobile and wearable devices. Episode content: During this important discussion around online personal training, Sharad answered a range of important questions offering insight to fitness professionals across the following topics:1:18 Why Trainerize is a great online tool for fitness professionals2:19 Online training can be more than just sharing video content3:38 Background to developing the first fitness application5:46 Does online training reduce or improve the client relationship?8:53 Does online training reach further into communities than normal big box gyms?12:16 Strengths of online versus face to face fitness training16:39 Local versus global business competition through online personal training22:07 How important is a social media profile in succeeding as an online fitness trainer?24:58 Data capture features within Trainerize to benefit an online fitness businessRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Summary:Do you really know how to run? If you are a trained, recreational, or novice runner, then the chances of suffering an injury through participation in this most basic of human activities may be higher than you think! A 2015 scientific review identified that for every 1000 hours of running the rates of injury increased from 2.5 injuries in highly-trained distance athletes to 7.7 injuries in recreational runners, and then up to 17.8 injuries in novice runners. Yet despite this strong correlation between injury rate and the ability, skill and capacity to run effectively, it is common to find that little technique guidance and coaching is provided by fitness professionals to teach others how to run. Guest biography:Kelly Starrett, DPT is a coach, physical therapist, author, and speaker. Along with his wife Juliet, Kelly is co-founder of The Ready State. The Ready State began as Mobility|WOD in 2008 and has gone on to revolutionize the field of performance therapy and self-care. Kelly received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. Kelly is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers, Becoming A Supple Leopard and Ready to Run. He is also co-author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller Deskbound. Episode content:This episode delves into some key content around human movement and function and offers some helpful thoughts and ideas for those looking to improve their own running or to help coach others more effectively.1.25: What it means to be in 'The Ready State'11.12: Why running is rarely coached effectively within the typical fitness environment15.39: The best cadence or stride rate for running efficiency17.28: The problems with noisy ground contact during running23.43: How much of a problem is excess pronation?26.48: Tools and drills to help prepare the feet for better running32.37: Preventative steps to improve movement each day37.25: Shifting towards a standing desk rather than static seated desksRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Summary:It has been well established that the quantity and the quality of food that we eat can have a significant impact on our health, but what about the time of day we choose to eat? Does that matter? In our modern, busy world, meal timing is likely lower down our priority list, if it even made it onto the list in the first place. Food is often squeezed into the 24-hour rat race just to keep the engine running. Danny Lennon joins us to discuss chrono-nutrition and why emerging science is teaching us that meal times do matter in our overall diet and daily habits. Guest biography:Danny is the founder of Sigma Nutrition and the host of Sigma Nutrition Radio, a highly rated podcast on iTunes. He has a master’s degree (MSc.) in Nutritional Sciences from University College Cork. Danny also completed a BSc. Degree in Biology and Physics Education. He works as a performance nutritionist to professional MMA fighters, professional boxers and competitive powerlifters and has consulted with several teams across a range of sports. Episode content: Meal times matterDanny is the first returning guest to be on the Fit to Succeed show. The work he has been doing in bringing the subject of chrono-nutrition to the general public caught out attention and we had to invite him back to share these important nuggets of knowledge. We discuss some great material, including:1:22 Why meal timings could affect health and performance3:48 Definition of the term chrono-nutrition10:34 Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?13:26 Health concerns with pushing food intake later in the day22:55 Does intermittent fasting or time-restricted feeding have any benefit27:24 Higher carbohydrate intake closer to bedtime30:09 Modern life tends to push meal consumption towards late evening36:10 Consistency of daily meal timings41:28 Impact of chrono-nutrition on energy balance and weight loss47:37 Applying chrono-nutrition to macronutrient metabolismEnjoy our previous interview featuring Danny Lennon where we discussed Science-based weight loss back in episode 6:Full video and show notes: Science-based weight lossAudio podcast: Science-based weight lossRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Summary:Exercise and fitness is often a priority, but it often has to be squeezed into the busy lives we all lead, which may mean that physical activity, training, recreational or elite sport is more and more often happens in the evening and into the night. In this episode, we discuss with our excellent guest whether sleep problems can result from late exercise habits and whether sleep problems can have a negative impact on our fitness and performance. Guest Biography:Dr Ian is the Director of Melius Consulting and Sleep4Performance and previously completed a PhD with the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he worked with elite sporting organisations/athletes to optimise performance. Ian is highly sought after with professional athletes, working with Olympic and elite athletes with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and professional teams in Super Rugby, Basketball, Australian Rules Football (AFL) and martial arts. He has also been featured on the health report on ABC radio, ABC radio national and numerous podcasts. Ian has appeared on ABC television, Channel 7, 9 and 10 in Australia. He was a TEDx Perth speaker in 2017. Episode content:There really is some great topical discussion worth listening to that may influence your actions and behaviour around sleep and how it affects your day. The key content is:1:38: Importance of sleep for fitness and performance2:50 Why Dr Dunican chose to study the link between sleep and physical performance11:40 Understanding the physiology and staging of sleep during the night17:43 How a lack of deep sleep or REM sleep might impact exercise and performance24:15 Connection between stress physiology and sleep physiology32:23 Brief discussion on sleep and its influence on exercise recovery39:10 Impact of a lack of sleep on mental function, including depression44:20 Lack of sleep and mental toughness in relation to intense exerciseRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Did you know that the number 1 new years resolution is to diet and eat healthier (71%)? However, there is a vital component that precedes better eating habits...ensuring that we have healthy digestion in the first place! Healthy food can only be utilised by the body if there are healthy digestive processes occurring within the body. Guest biography:Dr Liz Lipski is a Professor and the Director of the Academic Development for the Nutrition programmes in Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr Lipski holds a PhD in Clinical Nutrition, is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN) and holds two board certifications in clinical nutrition (CNS, and BCHN) and one in functional medicine (IFMCP). She is also on the faculty for The Institute for Functional Medicine. Episode content:Along with a brief discussion about the 25-year history of her best-selling book, and the updated release of the 5th edition of Digestive Wellness, Dr Lipski shares some really practical tips on how to manage some of the most common digestive complaints.  3.20: Dr Lipski's motivation to specialise in digestive health10.56: When in doubt, begin in the gut14.58: How to recognise external symptoms of gut imbalance that may not be easily connected to the gut18.49: Potential causes and solutions for managing bad breath21.54: Potential causes and solutions for managing gastric reflux (heartburn)28.52: Potential causes and solutions for managing gas and bloating35.30: Potential causes and solutions for managing constipation40.42: The importance of the gut bacterial population to digestive healthRate the show:If you enjoyed this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Chronic sleep loss is becoming a problem of epidemic proportions in modern society. Could your genetic chronotype have something to do with your ability, or inability, to get the needed hours of rest and recovery? If you find you regularly can't sleep then perhaps this discussion with sleep coach and author, Nick Littlehales will open your eyes to potential solutions. Guest biography:Nick Littlehales is a pioneer in the field of sleep coaching within UK sport, with more than 2 decades of experience helping to deliver innovative and practical solutions to real-life problems around sleep. Nick’s fascinating journey to become the world’s leading Elite Sport Sleep Coach and his revolutionary R90 Technique is encapsulated in a book called  SLEEP.Episode content: Following a fascinating review of Nick's journey, somewhat ahead of the curve, into the field of sleep coaching, we discuss in detail the importance of chronotype on our daily routine and preferences. There is plenty to enjoy and learn in this down to earth and easy listening discussion. Key subjects include:1.43: Nick's early motivation to work within the field of sleep coaching for athletes8.43: Modern science has revealed a large amount of definitive data about sleep and health10.06: The background to the book SLEEP and the subsequent rise in popularity14.02: The importance of sleep within modern-day sporting performance18.20: Standard sleeping conditions in modern high-level athletic accommodation21.58: What is chronotype?29.18: Managing individual variation in chronotype within team sport environments40.18: In relation to the time of day does chronotype influence the level fo athletic performance?Sleep course:If this topic interested you, why not become a Sleep Recovery Specialist with Nordic Fitness Education through our online course. Visit Sport Sleep Coach to get access to a 20% discount code and save €59 on the list price. Rate the show:If you enjoy this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
The use of foam rollers, or other self-massage tools, has shifted in recent years from a very niche, rarely seen piece of equipment, to becoming a regular item seen in most gyms that are now used by gym members and fitness trainers alike. The big question is whether foam rollers are being used correctly and can we exploit the potential benefits more effectively?Guest biography:Rodney Corn has nearly 30 years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, international educator and presenter, author and researcher. He co-founded SOMA (Self Osteo-Myofascial Applications) with long-time friend and colleague, Ian O’Dwyer (See episode 24 with Ian). Rodney is also the Director of Eleiko Education, promoting performance, learning, and kindness through world-class education and products.Episode content:Rodney helps us explore the effects and benefits of foam rolling and how this simple self-massage tool can be utilised to help improve human movement and joint function. There is a vast amount of information and helpful content in this episode, so enjoy!1.07: Rodney's recent appointment as director of education at Eleiko3.22: Rodney shares how he blends the world's of corrective exercise together with strength and conditioning work5.08: Brief explanation of SOMA6.27: 5 quick techniques for managing ongoing stress9.10: General explanation of the foam roller and how it helps optimise human movement15.48: Clarification between self-myofascial release and self-osteofascial engagement21.21: The use of a foam roller as a testing tool to determine muscle and soft tissue function24.08: Comparing muscle range of motion testing results to foam roller testing results28.00: The disconnect between passive joint range of motion and active functional joint motion30.40: Daily stress and other emotional factors impacting on soft tissue health and functional movement32.55: Rodney shares an example of how to apply soft tissue corrective techniques using the foam roller35.10: How to apply the foam roller to rigid joint structures, such as the kneeRate the show:If you enjoy this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com
Progress is about making real change within yourself as a fitness professional, and also within your clients as they progress on their wellness journey. Dr John Berardi, of Precision Nutrition fame, is just about to launch an exciting new project called the Change Maker Academy. He joins us on the Fit to Succeed show to share some key concepts and golden nuggets with our valued listeners. Guest biography: John Berardi is a Canadian-American entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition coaching, education, and software company.He is now launching the Change Maker Academy, devoted to helping would-be change-makers turn their passion for health and fitness into a powerful purpose and a wildly successful career. Over the last 15 years, Dr Berardi has advised Apple, Equinox, Nike, and Titleist, as well as the San Antonio Spurs, and the Carolina Panthers. He's also been named one of the 20 smartest coaches in the world and 100 most influential people in health and fitness.Episode content:Join us for a deep dive into the principles and concepts that have helped drive one of the most successful health and fitness coaches in the modern era:1:10: Why 40% or more of fitness professionals leave the industry each year5:08: Being good at, or enjoying fitness, does not always translate into being a good health and fitness coach13:33: Actions that helped to lay the foundation for the now globally successful, Precision Nutrition business25:28: Using the elements of a client's already successful practices to identify how to move them more rapidly towards their goals34:02: How can fitness professionals start with the end in mind, so that delays and hurdles associated with the road to success do not trip them up?41:19: Information about the new Change Maker Academy projectChange Maker Academy:Change Maker is your ULTIMATE health and fitness career guide. In it you'll learn how to:Turn your passion into a rewarding, life-changing careerMake enough money to be financially secure (and then some)Create a flexible schedule, so you can work when you wantFind personal and professional balance (and avoid burn-out) Get phenomenal results with your clients—now and forever You don't have to figure it all out on your own. With thousands of certifications, seminars, websites, and gurus promising advice, it’s difficult for even the best pros to turn their passion for health and fitness into meaningful, measurable success.Dr Berardi will help you make sense of the chaos and lay out a clear roadmap for turning your passion for health and fitness into work you find joy in, your clients into raving fans, and your career into something powerful and change-making. Click here to pre-order, save 10%, and get free international shipping! Rate the show:If you enjoy this episode, then please rate the show, give a short review, and share it with your friends so they can benefit from this free expert information. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or the video series on YouTube so you will receive each update immediately upon release.For other great episodes and expert guests on the Fit to Succeed show, visit our podcast library at www.nordicfitnesseducation.com 
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