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I am Carl is a podcast hosted by Carl Paoli and dedicated to exploring life, health, and fitness through insightful conversations, thoughts, and stories. Support this podcast:
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This Stream Of Consciousness is a soundbite from the Human Development Podcast with Nick Maier I got to guest on last week.  Listen in here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode, Carl sits down with the two-time CrossFit Games Champion Anníe Thorisdottir. The conversation ranges from talking about living through the pandemic, discussing the future of Anníe’s gym— CrossFit Reykjavik, training and moving through pregnancy, Anníe’s message of acceptance and respect towards other people’s beliefs to what we can learn from them. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Here is a soundbite from the Human Development Podcast which I got to be a guest on a few weeks ago and talked about Lifestyle Design. I decided to post it here for you to listen as a little experiment to see if it resonated with you. If it did and if you are reading this, message me anywhere you can get a hold of me. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
This is a recording from Carl's Coffee Club where Carl and Co. talked about Fitness, how the quote "Mens Sana In Corpore Sano" was a big influence in Carl's up bringing, and how going within is an important aspect for becoming fitter. Join the next Coffee Club: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Today we talked about Economy. ECO - Household NOMY - Management The way we manage our resources, communicate, move, create, and think is all part of our economical structures. The question is: Are we aware of this? and if so: Don’t you think we can do better? NEXT COFFEE CLUB --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Now for the good news. I believe this transitional period of time will bring us a beautiful upgrade. And the upgrade is going to be 6 fold: Mental, Physical, Relationship, Craft, Resource Management, and Consciousness. Mental The first thing that we’re going to upgrade is our mindset. Our thought process. Not what we think, but how we think. This time in our lives is creating space for our brains to rewire themselves by helping us notice our true priorities and how they serves us. What we believed used to be important, will slowly fall to the waste side and no longer be part of the mental model we use to make decisions. Physical The physical will be in relationship to how we move and how we act. In the Fitness space, especially in CrossFit, we have learned that intensity is of the essence. We have learned to go hard, to be complex, to use a lot equipment, and gather in gyms. For the time being, that doesn’t exist. We are being asked to return back to basics. To a very simple state. In this state, our body is going to continue to move but in a more subtle way, in a more simple way. With that simplicity, with that subtleness, there’s going to be a deep reprogramming of how our body experiences the reality we live in and how we interact with our environment. Relationship Just like we will change our interaction with the environment through our bodies, our interaction with others will reach for a new level. A new level of depth, connection and meaning. Take for example the implementation of social or physical distancing to flatten the curve of the outbreak. It has brought us closer together. When before we barely spoke to our neighbor, now we sing to them. When before we used to take health care workers for granted, today we applaud them and treat them like heroes. When before we may have under appreciated cleaners, truck drivers and retail workers, today we see them as not only essential but as the most valuable players. Craft Our craft is what we do. Not necessarily what we do for work, but rather that which we find interesting and have spent time practicing. Such as singing, playing an instrument, drawing, inventing, or simply creating. That which we may have considered to be a hobby, may now be what the world needs most from us as expressing that which we love is sharing our strengths and truest version of ourselves. Resource Management Think about the madness that has ensued, where people started buying insane amounts of toilet paper in preparation for quarantine. It’s a very strange behavior and it comes to show where our resource priorities lie at a collective level. I believe this limitation will push us to better manage what we have and what we get. I’ve always said: If one can’t manage $1000 in their bank account, one has no business generating or having $2,000 or $10,000 or a $1,000,000. Consciousness We are all being touched by the pandemic, thus we are starting to make decisions that take into consideration the needs of the collective. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode I discuss the current climate of change we are living through due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. After a few weeks of waking up to messages from concerned health and fitness practitioners, it became clear that struggle was in the air and we were entering a state of transition. So I decided to take to social media to ask some questions, make some calls, and in a semi-live fashion report what a few health and fitness leaders have been dealing with and experienced over the last few days as Italy went on lockdown, Spain followed suit, and now the USA is next in line and bracing for impact. In this episode I feature: Kitcho Evangelidis - Founder and Owner of Oviedo Strength and Garaje Strength in Oviedo, Spain. Angel Orozco - Founder and Owner of Telegraph CrossFit in San Francisco, CA. Andrew Bueno - CoFounder and CoOwner of Foundation CrossFit in Seattle, WA. Logan Gelbrich - Founder of Deuce Gym in Venice, CA. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode, Carl Paoli sits down with his co-author Tony Sherbondy to publicly discuss the process of writing Freestyle The Book, the nature of their collaboration, and how ownership influenced the production of the New York Times Bestseller. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode we share Diane Sanfilippo's talk at the Freestyle INSIDER which took place in San Francisco, CA in October of 2019. To support the podcast, please visit: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
This week we Carl Paoli is joined on the podcast by Shantell Martin. Shantell Martin is a visual artist best known for her large scale, black-and-white drawings. She performs many of her drawings for a live audience. In this episode Shantell shares her life journey and her philosophy for encouraging self expression and asking ourselves - Who Are We? You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Lukas Graham | Episode 05

Lukas Graham | Episode 05


In this episode we sit down with Lukas Forchhammer from the Lukas Graham Band and have a conversation about everything life, learning, and development. You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode Thomas Reid shares TASK, a framework for becoming a more effective communicator. You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode we share Logan Gelbrich’s Keynote from the Freestyle INSIDER which took place in October of 2019 in San Francisco, CA #TheFreestyleWay #GoingRight #LoganGelbrich --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode Carl Paoli sits down with Producer Ryland Hormel and surprise guest BBoy Wicket to discuss the concept of IKIGAI-- The Japanese Art of Purpose. You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Welcome Back To The Podcast! After a little break, we are back and ready to kick ass with this new Season. This time Carl is joined by Ryland Hormel who is co-producing the podcast and at times will be sitting in as a co-host going forward. We are looking forward to sharing all the meaningful conversations and insight from our guests with you in 2020. You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this final episode of Season 2 of the podcast Carl Paoli shares why the season is ending and gives you a taste of what is to come in Season 3. In this episode Carl dissects one of his favorite TED Talks by Benjamin Zander on the Transformative Power Of Classical Music, Enjoy. You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode of the podcast the roles are reversed and I take the seat as the guest while I get interviewed by Chase Nelson, the host of the podcast - Chase Wildly.  During our conversation I share my curiosity for the creative process and how being creative in my work as a coach has served me in finding my voice and crystalizing my life’s mission and purpose. We also dive into what led to the shift I made in my business in 2014, when I transitioned from focusing on the physical aspects of performance to now the mental and emotional side of it. Although the focus has changed the root of helping and teaching people how to move has remained the same. Movement is still the core of who I am as coach, business owner, and family man. To move is the one thing that has given me the most clarity in my life. We dive into what it’s like to live in a constant state dissatisfaction or in others words, to live in a proactive and constant state of adaptation and change. How the constant search of my true self has become the fuel to my fire and what some would perceive as having the IT FACTOR. I share how I’ve harnessed IT and how I have focused on producing the outcomes I believe can have the most positive impact in this world.  Chase asks me about parenting and how it has effected my life, which you will learn in this episode that it has been a life changer and my greatest lesson in life. We discuss the benefit of speaking multiple languages, which is something we all do whether we are aware of it or not. We talk about how when one cracks the code that make up different languages, we begin to realize who we are, how we see the world, and how we are currently expressing ourselves. Moreover, we become aware of how we can begin to express ourselves at higher level. We talk about death and what it means to know that THIS TOO SHALL PASS. We get into my new coaching initiatives such as Lifestyle Design and the importance of one’s ability to think clearly. I share how we are all mirrors of each other and emphasize the importance of finding your style and doing things your way can be the right way. The Freestyle Way. I share my relationship with money and how it has changed over the years. I shed light on what I believe you can do to have a healthier relationship with it as well. We get into how I view and set standards and how these standards are the backbone of my process. In addition, I share how these standards set the tone for the behavior we are modeling which ultimately is producing the reality we live in. I talk about the importance of communication and what Non Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg has taught me and helped my marriage, my role as a father, a friend, a leader, and a citizen of the world. We finish the conversation by asking the question I have found to be the one that we can all asks ourselves and which I believe has the ability to provide us with the most valuable feedback. FOR WHAT? I hope you enjoy this episode and if you did, make sure to go visit Chase Nelson over at the Chase Wildly Podcast. Carl Paoli You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode Carl Paoli sits down with his childhood friend Oliver Russell-Cowan, Founder of Rad Season - A company dedicated to helping people book tickets, accommodations and travel to the world’s best action sports and adventure events. In their conversation Oliver dives into the inception of RAD and how he has navigated the waters of creating a platform that now features hundreds of events and collaborates with over 100 contributors to produce entertaining, insightful, and meaningful content for their clients and readers. The main takeaway of the conversation is to challenge your belief system, to seek support where needed, to exercise self care on a daily basis, and learn how to show up daily with the intent of contributing to the greater mission and picture of what one is building. We hope you enjoy this intimate and insightful conversation. You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode of the podcast, Carl sits down with Diane Sanfilippo - The Founder of Balanced Bites and 2X New York Times Bestseller. Diane is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox. Her newest book, Keto Quick Start which was released on January 1, 2019.  It's Diane’s my mission to empower people to live a better life through real food nutrition, advice on entrepreneurship, and beyond which is something she shares in this intimate and casual free flowing conversation with Carl. In this conversation Diane describes how her Rebel tendencies as defined by Gretchen Rubin have given her clarity and structure to understand why she is wired and unsecured to try new things, learn new skills, develop a strong community of independent and critical thinkers. One of the big takeaways from this conversation is the importance of self awareness which Diane discusses in this conversation as she reflects on her career path, the choices that got her where she is today, on how she communicates with others, and how she continues to be a student of self development. We hope you enjoy this sneak peak into the mindset of a rebel and serial entrepreneur. You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
In this episode of the Podcast, Carl Paoli sits down with returning guest Tony Dam from Episode 7 of Season 1 and John Marman, the Transitional Age Youth In Custody Program Manager at Five Keys - The first charter school for incarcerated adults in the nation. After Carl had Tony Dam on the podcast, John Marman reached out to Tony to ask if he would be willing to come and speak and share his story of transformation with Marman’s students who are currently serving time in County Jail in San Francisco, California. After Tony agreed, Tony asked Carl to join him and ended up becoming a life changing moment for Carl and the reason for this podcast episode. In this episode, Tony dives deeper into his transformational story which started when Tony was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and since has returned back to society where he currently acts as the Head Coach at Telegraph CrossFit in San Francisco while John who is currently working as the Program Manager for Five Keys is dedicated to helping those who are incarcerated develop the tools required to re-enter society or as John mentions in the podcast - To Return Home. We hope you enjoy this powerful conversation that dives deep into the core of what it means to be human. You can support The Freestyle Way Podcast here: --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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warren chow

Hey Carl! Warren here! Fantastic show with Charlie and exactly what I needed to hear! Thanks so much for this!

Jan 31st
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