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HeroFit Podcast

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Dan Weber and Nick Stutzman discuss fitness, nutrition, and health with various guests. They introduce you to new workouts, exercises, diets, and experts to help you on your fitness journey.
15 Episodes
It's not everyday you can get your strength, endurance, and cardio tested in one workout, but when we stopped at Quarter Deck Athletics, we certainly got it all.  We took a class with coach, Shana Maldonado, who took us through the CrossFit paces - stretches, deadlifts, running, and more. By the end, we were definitely sweating profusely and had a great workout. Then we sat down with Shana and owner/coach Dr. Dennis Lesniak to talk about our experience, what it takes to be successful in CrossFit, and how the QDA community stays strong. Shana and Dennis also talked about how important nutrition is to their workouts, as Shana has developed her own food prep service, Built Without Guilt. Looking to dip your feet into CrossFit, maybe try it out and see how it can improve your fitness, then take a listen to this podcast today!
Nick & Dan learned there's more to Strongman than lifting big weights. Katie Dundas has experienced that mentality first hand. She has a very extensive background in fitness that we felt needed to be shared. From dancing to bodybuilding, to Strongman competitor (looking to go Pro), trainer, and now studying to become massage therapist - she's had quite the journey and is still going strong. Press play to hear about her passions in Strongman, her training philosophies, and how she practices positivity and self-confidence for her athletes to grow mentally as well.
Had the pleasure of sitting down with Barre Centric co-owner, Rachael Jarosz. With an extensive dancing background, Rachael brought the energy and zest you'd expect from a Barre instructor and entrepreneur, describing how her and her partner Gia fell in love with barre in other cities and knew they had to bring it to Buffalo for others to enjoy. Afterwards, Nick & Dan got their 'grippy socks' and took a class, which they discuss at the end. Play this podcast, meet Rachael and find out what a barre centric class can do for your fitness!
We had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to the incomparable Dr. Jacob Harden, Doctor of Chiropractic and creator of Prehab 101 - an education company to help spread evidence based information on injury risk reduction and management. He began teaching seminars on Prehab and had his first world tour last year, continuing this year, where we met him in Toronto. We discuss the seminar, autoregulation in training, and becoming a social media fitness influencer. We really think you'll enjoy this one and are looking forward to talking with him again, take a listen!
Dr. Monica Harden is a practicing chiropractor, competitive powerlifter, and instructor for Prehab 101, a preventive physical therapy designed to optimize movement and physical strength while reducing the risk of injury and pain. While traditionally prehab was termed to prepare patients for recovery after surgery, Dr. Jacob Harden, Monica’s spouse and founder of Prehab 101, recognized that anyone could benefit from the core principles of this therapeutic approach. Monica’s involvement with this approach began after her own injury and recovery. She now facilitates teaching this interdisciplinary technique to health and fitness professionals around the world, while preparing to open a practice in Orlando. In this episode, Monica shares her personal journey from athlete, to student, to injured doctor turned powerlifter, and now a mother and entrepreneur. You can follow Dr. Harden on Instagram @quaddoc. Give it a listen, then let us know what you think of this amazing guest by interacting with us on social media!
Buti Yoga. We had never heard of this Yoga practice before but for the sake of the podcast, our thirst for fitness knowledge, and the spirit of trying something new, we decided to take a class anyway! This episode starts off with your hosts musing about what their Buti Yoga class will be like, and not sounding ignorant at all while doing so... Then we talk with the informative and entertaining Megan Castlevetere, owner of Raw Renewal Yoga in Buffalo NY, where we discuss our experience at the class as well as the philosophy behind Yoga, and the Buti practice specifically. Get your throat chakras ready with a couple of asanas then take a listen! If you want to learn more about Megan and her studio follow @mcastlevetere and @RawRenewalYoga on Instagram.
From division I student athlete, to strength and conditioning and functional range conditioning, Jordan Marwin is a Viking man with myriad of fitness knowledge.  Marwin has a philosophy called the "Degree of Killability" which he describes as, "will this habit increase or decrease my likelihood? More importantly, what will be the return of investment in longevity?" And essentially "do whatever you can to become harder to kill." These tidbits of knowledge, plus discussion of heart rate variability, performing functional exercises that make life easier for your daily movements, and more. Listen today! Follow Jordan on Instagram @campjordancscs and of course don't forget to leave us a review, email us your feedback, etc. Find everything you need at
Free Soul's tagline is "motivation in motion." And so Nick and Dan set out to meet the person behind the Free Soul philosophy, Owner Kara Mann.  We had expectations of what we thought the class might be like, you'll hear that first. Then we sit down with Kara afterwards to discuss the adventure we had. Taking a class, the guys got to explore why dance is solid choice for those looking to try something different for their fitness needs, and that even if you aren't a great dancer - you can still be successful at this experience.  Give this episode a listen, and gain a little insight about what can motivate you to move in new ways! Want to follow Kara and learn more about her studio? Visit her website at or follow her on Instagram @kmdancer24 or @freesouldancewny.
Dan and Nick had the opportunity to learn about Powerlifting training and competitions from New York State Record Holder Riki Napiorkowski. In this episode we cover how she got started on her fitness journey, what led her to powerlifting, how she trains and prepares for competitions, her diet, some of her favorite tools and foods, and the ethics of steroid users attempting to compete with natural lifters... among other things! It was a great discussion that will be of interest to anyone looking to get stronger, learn what it takes to be a powerlifting champion, or wants to just learn more about the wide world of fitness. Follow Riki on Instagram as she gets ready for her next meet @rikiellanap. To learn more about this and any episode please visit
One aspect of being fit is working on your nutrition, regardless of your level of activity. Nick and Dan sat down with Stevie Lyn Smith, a Registered Dietitian and Ironman competitor.  She's been featured in Outside Online, Runner's World, Bicycling, and other major publications. In this episode we discuss the intricacies of dieting from a RD perspective, and how to discover what foods are good for you to compete at a high level, such as a grueling competition like the Ironman.  You can follow Stevie on Instagram @StevieLynLyn. To find more about our guests, this podcast, and this episode please visit our website.
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