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Author: Emily Abbate

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Weekly doses inspiration from badass humans who got through tough times, leaning into wellness as an outlet. From top CEOs to average Joes, Hurdle brings you their stories, the lessons they learned, and hopefully gives you the push you need to live a healthier, happier, more motivated life.
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It took me a really long time as an adult to feel good with spending time by myself. In today’s episode, I tackle a topic that I get a lot of questions about: loneliness. Important distinction: There is a difference between feeling lonely and being alone. In today’s episode, I dissect that, and offer up four strategies to help you truly embrace your time solo.SOCIAL@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateMENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE WOLACO | New to the brand? Check out their Walker Crop (but really, I have it in three colors). They’re also releasing some fun new stuff in October. Click this link to be kept in the loop and get 15 percent off your purchase on launch day!
This guy isn’t busy at all (sarcasm alert): The CEO of Los Angeles-based Five Four Group works tirelessly building a slew of fashion brands (including Menlo Club, Young & Reckless, Grand Athletic Club, New Republic). He also chimes in regularly on his own podcast, DEETOUR, as well as a thrice-weekly news show with his business partners — Chris ‘Drama’ Pfaff and his brother Anand — called Group Chat. But back in 2007, life looked really different. Struggling to keep his business afloat during the financial crisis, Murthy decided to do some self-work and sign up for a triathlon. That race happened at a critical point for him, and come 2014, Murthy and his team were launching more and more brands and he was really coming into his own.In episode 73, we talk about what he says is the single best thing he's done in his career — create a run club to coincide with his athletic wear brand — and how that has changed him as a business person. The serial entrepreneur offers up must-hear advice for anyone struggling to find their way, and we share a bunch of laughs along the way.SOCIAL@deemurthy@groupchatpod@menloclub@shopnewrepublic@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateOFFERSAthletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get 20 free travel packs ($79 value) with your first purchase, no code necessary.WHOOP | Head to whoop.com to get a free WHOOP band plus 15 percent off any membership by entering the code "hurdle" at checkout.MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODETrellis Health  |  LIVE Podcast with Aya Kanai, Hearst Chief Fashion Director; September 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. {Free tickets here}
I chatted all about injury in #hurdlemoment a few weeks back, but in today's episode I'm bringing in reinforcements. Meet Blake Dircksen: a physical therapist at Bespoke Treatments in Midtown Manhattan. We're focusing on how to navigate pain as a runner, and the best way to handle the most common injuries. Spoiler alert: You can often run through it, he says. We also rap on the benefits of cross-training and when is the RIGHT time to seek help when you're feeling like something's off. SOCIAL@blake.dirck@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateMENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE WOLACO | Had the best time at last week's run co-hosted by WOLACO women.  New to the brand? Check out their Walker Crop (but really, I have it in three colors). And if you're an NYC local, click to be kept in the loop on WOLACO Wednesday, their weekly free workout series.
These days, Betina Gozo makes a living with a side of sweat as a Nike Master Trainer. But not all that long ago, the Philippines-born bombshell was playing bass in a rock band. In episode 72, we talk about the workout class that changed her life entirely (and ultimately, her career path), and how she went from hardly being able to do exercises with 5-pound dumbbells to crushing barbell-friendly workouts on the Nike Training Club app. We also talk about one of the hardest parts of adulting — balancing a career and your personal life, and the tough decisions she made after spending some time cell phone free on a work trip.SOCIAL @betinagozo @dancewithmweyne @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbateOFFERSAthletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get 20 free travel packs ($79 value) with your first purchase, no code necessary.MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODETrellis Health  |  LIVE Podcast with Aya Kanai, Hearst Chief Fashion Director; September 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. {Free tickets here}Dance with Mweyne  |  Donate and learn more about Betina’s foundation here.
We all have bad runs. How you handle them mid-stride can make all the difference between quitting and sticking it out. In today’s #hurdlemoment — the first of a series this September dedicated to the slew of your running Qs — I talk about three strategies I use to stick out a tough go. Three. Simple. Tricks.SOCIAL@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateMENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE | WOLACO You've been asking for a run meet-up, and here we go! I'm teaming up with NYC-based activewear brand WOLACO to host a ladies-only run at 6:30 p.m. September 5 in collaboration with my friends at Charley St. The run kicks off and ends at 6:30 p.m. at Charley St. (41 Kenmare), where we’ll indulge in some great grub post-sweat. RSVP at this link, and share with a friend! Also, check out WOLACO.com and @wolacowomen on Instagram.
I feel pretty lucky that I’ve found my way into a career that I feel truly passionate about. David Thomas Tao feels the same way. But the journey the Harvard grad took to get to his current position at BarBend wasn’t exactly simple. In episode 71, the veteran journalist tells me about the #hurdlemoment he went through in Las Vegas that made him question his entire career. We chat about the importance of listening to your gut, slowing down, and trusting other people to do the things that they’re good at. We also geek out about strength training and talk about the value of sweatworking.SOCIAL@davidthomastao@barbend@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateOFFERSAthletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get 20 free travel packs ($79 value) with your first purchase, no code necessary.UPCOMINGWOLACO Run | You've been asking for a run meet-up, and here we go! I'm teaming up with NYC-based activewear brand WOLACO to host a run on the evening of September 5 in collaboration with my friends at Charley St. We’ll meet at Charley St. (41 Kenmare) at 6:30 p.m., go for a 5K run, and return there afterward! RSVP at this link, and share with a friend! Also, check out  WOLACO.com and @wolacowomen on Instagram.
I’m not trying to be negative. Rather, this week’s #hurdlemoment is all about identifying common reasons that we lack follow-through. When was the last time you had a goal that you let slip through your fingers? Could you have done something differently to impact the outcome? Well, there's good news: Failures happen to teach us something. Just like we have the opportunity to succeed and be better for it, same goes for failure. Chin up, Hurdlers; there’s a whole lot of winning to be done.SOCIAL@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateMENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE WOLACO | WOLACO You've been asking for a run meet-up, and here we go! I'm teaming up with NYC-based activewear brand WOLACO to host a ladies-only run at 6:30 p.m. September 5 in collaboration with my friends at Charley St. The run kicks off at WOLACO HQ (73 Warren Street in Tribeca)  and ends at Charley St. on Kenmare, where we’ll indulge in some great grub. RSVP at this link, and share with a friend! Also, check out WOLACO.com and @wolacowomen on Instagram.
Hurdle has been getting pretty personal lately and this week’s episode with Dr. Jen Esquer is no exception. Over the past few years, everything has changed for the physical therapist known as @docjenfit to her 545K+ followers on social media. She exited a full-time job at a Santa Monica rehab facility to pursue private clients, work on online programming, and travel the world doing public speaking. Then, late last year Jen was blindsided by infidelity, which moved her to make the difficult decision to walk away from a long term relationship that wasn't serving her anymore.In episode 70, she tells me about how this #hurdlemoment turned her world upside-down, and how she took ownership of the situation rather than playing the victim. We get real honest about how post-breakup strategies helped her cope with heartache, and she sheds some light on how stress can manifest itself as physical pain. She also offers up some essential advice that will help you move better, including a simple exercise that you can perform in less than 5 minutes a day.SOCIAL@docjenfit@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateOFFERSAthletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get 20 free travel packs ($79 value) with your first purchase, no code necessary.UPCOMING | WOLACO RUN You've been asking for a run meet-up, and here we go! I'm teaming up with NYC-based activewear brand WOLACO to host a run on the evening of September 5 in collaboration with my friends at Charley St. More information to come, soon! In the meantime, RSVP at this link, and share with a friend! Also, check out  WOLACO.com and @wolacowomen on Instagram.
I was walking down the street the other day with Nike master trainer Kirsty Godso when we got on the topic of negative self-talk. Kirsty told me she's been having some tough conversations with herself about her body, and to be honest — I've been feeling the same way. Fact: Everyone is different, and negative self-talk doesn't discriminate. In today's episode, I sit down with Kirsty to have a super vulnerable, honest conversation about how to shift the voices inside our head from not-the-best to positive. We talk about the importance of having an "internal code of conduct," and offer up best-practice tips to being a happier, healthier you.SOCIAL@kirstygodso@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateMENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE WOLACO | WOLACO You've been asking for a run meet-up, and here we go! I'm teaming up with NYC-based activewear brand WOLACO to host a run on the evening of September 5 in collaboration with my friends at Charley St. More information to come, soon! In the meantime, RSVP at this link, and share with a friend! Also, check out  WOLACO.com and @wolacowomen on Instagram. 
Autumn Calabrese is a powerhouse. As a personal trainer who found fame crafting workouts and nutrition programming for Beachbody, Autumn once thought she’d grow up to be a dancer. When injury got her down and a college dance master dissuaded her from pursuing her dancing dreams — she made lemonade out of lemons and pivoted to a new passion: Fitness. In episode 69, the mega-trainer tells me all about her journey including the bumps, bruises, and hurdles that have made her who she is today. We talk about the most rewarding (and scary!) parts of being a trainer to millions around the globe, and she gives me the lowdown on what it was like filming E!’s Revenge Body.SOCIAL@autumncalabrese@beachbody@revengebody@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateOFFERSAthletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get 20 free travel packs ($79 value) with your first purchase, no code necessary.
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