Ep. 56 – Drew Manning, fitness influencer, New York Times bestselling author and founder of the nationally recognized Fit2Fat2Fit experiment
Drew Manning is a fitness influencer and New York Times bestselling author who is best known for his Fit2Fat2Fit experiment. He’s been featured on shows such as Dr. Oz, Good Morning America and Jay Leno. His experiment has since become a hit TV show that aired on A&E and Lifetime. In addition to his fitness programs, Drew hosts a podcast called The Fit2Fat2Fit Experience that recently hit over 1 million downloads and also has a popular YouTube channel.
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Ep. 44 – Stuart Cooper, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, MMA film maker, and current BJJ head coach at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket
Stuart Cooper is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and current BJJ head coach at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. After beginning his BJJ journey ten years ago, he stumbled upon creating short films and documentaries of BJJ fighters during a time where he was injured and had no choice but to observe from the sidelines. It was during this time that Stuart Cooper Films was born.
From humble beginnings to now BJJ head coach at one of the world’s leading MMA facilities, hear about Stuart Cooper’s incredible journey of learning from – and now coaching – some of the world’s premier BJJ and MMA athletes.
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Will Hardy is one of Cleveland’s top up-and-coming personal fitness trainers. What inspired me was his dedication to his six-days-a-week training program! This is a man who eats, breathes and sleeps fitness. He makes sure to be at the gym every morning by 5 or 6 AM. Meaning he is finishing his workout as us mere mortals are beginning to get out of bed… Now that’s dedication!
I look forward to seeing Will’s continued climb within the fitness industry not only here in Cleveland but on a regional and hopefully national level down the road.
Will Hardy is a certified personal trainer and the owner of Will Power Elite, LLC.
In this episode, we hear about Will’s fitness journey, including the types of workouts he employs, the type of nutrition and diet he follows, and the ways in which he motivates his clientele. Will also talks about his current professional endeavors and provides insight into what he sees for his future. If you are looking to improve your body, mind and soul, then you’ll want to tune in to this episode and hear from one of the top up-and-coming fitness trainers in Northeast Ohio.
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Mike Hudock is a triathlete who is currently attending medical school at Ohio University.
In this episode, we talk about the triathlete lifestyle and the intense training regimen required to be successful. We talk about mental health and how exercise and activity are keys to mitigating bouts of anxiety and depression. We hear about Mike’s path from high school cross country runner to elite triathlete, and the strict training schedule he employs on a daily and weekly basis. We end with a chat about his various sponsors and his long-term plans for the sport.
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So you think you can dance? Then listen to Ep. 4 of The Optimal Life Podcast with Megan Kohler. Megan went from high school cheerleader to college cheerleader to college dancer to NBA dancer. A lifelong Clevelander, she knows what it takes to make it at the professional dance level. She also knows what it takes to stay in shape so that an optimized body translates to an optimized mind. 5 A.M. workouts are not just a novelty – they are part of her everyday routine.
I want to thank Megan again for coming on the show. She peeled back the curtain to life as an NBA dancer :: providing insight into its intense tryout process, practice schedule, and the mental focus required to handle “audibles” during live NBA games. She also had a cool story about LeBron and Kobe.
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Megan Kohler is a former NBA dancer who is now focusing her career on sales and marketing, in addition to inspiring people through her fitness and nutrition regimen.
In this episode, we discuss Megan’s path from high school cheerleader to NBA dancer. We talk about the personal dedication required toward achieving one’s goals and hear about the process to becoming part of one of the NBA’s elite, high pressured dance teams. We finish with a discussion on Megan’s current fitness endeavors through use of her social media and what her aspirations are for both her short and long term futures.
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So you think you can’t pick up running “late” in life? Think again. My conversation with Alissa really blew me away. She is an outlier in the running community; never having run a single mile until in her late twenties after getting married, having two kids and taking on a full time digital marketing career! Fast forward two-and-one-half years later and she completed her first marathon (NYC) in November 2017 in 3:23:13. Sick!
Alissa’s story is one that proves that hard work, dedication and a “can do” mentality will allow you to accomplish whatever it is you set your mind to. Have to be at work at 8:00 AM? Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM. Have kids to take care of? Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM. Have a husband (or wife) to spend time with? Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM. Have major surgeries that require you to be out of running for months on end? Then you get your yourself to consistent rehab and force your will on your medical team to ensure that you are back at it as soon as humanly possible. These are the types of sacrifices and actions required if you want to be elite.
Thanks again to Alissa for shedding light on her running journey and showing all of us that we, too, can achieve these miraculous feats if we simply dedicate ourselves to an ultimate goal. I really look forward to seeing what Alissa does in 2018 and beyond (Olympics anyone?).
Alissa Kolarik is a 31-year old wife, mom and business woman who has become an elite runner in just 2-1/2 years after starting her running journey.
In this episode, we talk about Alissa’s incredible ascent to the top of the running world. We discuss the type of workouts and dedication required to become elite, and the mindset that is needed to achieve success. If you have excuses of why you can’t become a runner (i.e. work, school, family obligations, injuries, etc), I suggest you turn up the volume and listen to Alissa’s extraordinary story of why you can.
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