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Think Fit. Be Fit. podcast network

A Podcast Network Dedicated to Effective Thinking for Potent Exercise. Our current offering consists of three shows that will help bring your limitless fitness potential within reach by teaching you how to think outside the box and into the undertones of exercise. Our network helps to uncover how the fitness industry has misled us and that you shouldn't rely on diluted or shallow information for potent exercise. Think Fit. Be Fit. is released on Mondays and Fitness for Consumption is released on Wednesdays. Peach Pit Fitness is released on the first Monday of every month. This ongoing conversation about the nuances of training will help trainers, coaches and fitness lovers connect deeper to their exercise and the process of exercise science. Let's create a new conversation about exercise!
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Mar 8 2021
2 mins
Arash Ranjbaran on Concussions and Training Design for Fighters
What happens when an Athletic Trainer realizes concussion protocols and muscle system care is extremely outdated in fighting sports?  They innovate from their experience, knowledge base, ask questions to find a new path forward.   This episode might be short but it deserves to be on it’s own because Jenn and Arash Ranjibaran (AJ) of The Athletic Training Institute discuss the very important topic of concussions and fighter specific implications.   Topics: Mechanics and power for Hitting, pushing and throwing  Commentary on designing programs for fighters Concussive effects, monitoring and fighting Examples of cognitive loading Efficiency factors when training for speed    ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us HOST and GUEST can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Arash Ranjbaran aka AJ Instagram Related episodes: https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/arash-ranjbaran-on-biohackers-the-neuromuscular-system/ March 2019 episode https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/arash-ranjbaran-the-body-mechanic/ https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/in-the-flow/ https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/speed-bumps/ Book mentioned: Power of Habit https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/speed-bumps/ Find AJ at the http://athletictraininginstitute.com/
2d ago
27 mins
Fitness For Consumption ep. 24: Cue Talent
If you’ve been following along this season, here’s a recap; we introduced the notion of skill, defined what it is to be skillful, identified types of skills, based on their constituent parts, discussed the merits of whole, part or sequential practice, and finally, explored emotional affect and its impact on skill.  Ok, now what?   Now that we know what to do and how to practice it, what type of cueing and feedback are necessary in order to master it?  Wait a sec, do we actually need any cueing or feedback?  If so, why, how much and when? How does it change from beginner to expert?  What does it look like when you need to get individuals of different strengths, sizes and capabilities to work together to accomplish a uniform outcome?  This episode examines cueing and feedback from fresh perspectives. This week we’re joined by Dr. Nich Lee Parker, Head Coach of Columbia University’s Men’s Lightweight Rowing team, and Gregory Youdan MA, MS, Visiting Researcher at Brown University and Latsky Dance board member.  Together, we push beyond counting reps and tired cliches and dive into research and personal approaches and observations gained from the collective experience of working with individuals, from professional athletes to dancers with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.   In this episode we discuss: Greg and Nich’s take on the hardest skill in sport Can you acquire a motor skill without feedback? Movement as the skill vs moving to achieve a goal The application of cueing and feedback as a function of stage of learning Variability in movement Use of cues and feedback to allow for error Considering safety of the performer with the use of cueing and feedback Glossary: Augmented Feedback - providing information to a performer which is supplemental to feedback they are receiving from internal sensory mechanisms Knowledge of Performance -  a category of augmented feedback, providing information about a movement process Knowledge of Results -  a category of augmented feedback, providing information about the outcome of a movement process Motor Learning - The degree to which a skillful movement is retained and can be transferred to different tasks Motor Performance - The degree to which skillful movement occurs, without consideration for retention or transfer Verbal Cue - short, concise phrases that direct a performer’s attention to important environmental, psychological or biomechanical characteristics of performing a movement References: Newell, K. M., & Jordan, K. (2007). Task constraints and movement organization: A common language. In W. E. Davis & G. D. Broadhead (Eds.), Ecological task analysis and movement (pp. 5–23). Human Kinetics. You might also like: Season 1, Episode 5 - Whose movement is it anyway? Season 2, Episode 8 - It’s about time episode site: https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/cue-talent/
Nov 17 2021
1 hr 24 mins
Dr. Adriaan Louw and Jen Uschold PT discuss the Certification in Lifestyle Medicine
Exercise has an important role in our future health, but can modern medicine integrate exercise and lifestyle factors?  One of the answers to that question is in this episode. This conversation moves from how we think about exercise to elevating healthcare and challenging the patterns of conventional medicine.   Two talented educators and physical therapists join Jennifer in discussing professional healthcare education that has the potential to change medicine for the better, worldwide. Jennifer talks with Dr. Adriaan Louw and Jen Uschold of Evidence in Motion about one of their newest course offerings, Certification in Lifestyle Medicine. This certification brings exercise, wellness and behavior change to the forefront of patient and client care in various types of practices: physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, and other types of licensed health care providers. Jenn is starstruck in this episode.  It features a leader in Pain Education and research. Topics of discussion include: Certification in Lifestyle Medicine Investing in wellness and health as a whole Downstream vs upstream in healthcare Pain associated with chronic diseases Interconnectedness of poor sleep quality and health seeking outcomes   Guest bios:  https://evidenceinmotion.com/people/adriaan-louw/ https://evidenceinmotion.com/people/jen-uschold/ ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  You can find us on a variety of podcast apps: Spotify Pandora iHeartRadio Amazon music TuneIn Google podcasts WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag #thinkfitbefit for a chance to be featured! HOSTS AND GUESTS can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Evidence in Motion: https://evidenceinmotion.com/  Jen’s website for Physical Therapy care in Alexandria VA: https://180therapyandwellness.com/  Certification in Lifestyle Medicine: https://evidenceinmotion.com/program/certification-in-lifestyle-medicine/  Links of interest: Previous episode featuring Jen Uschold https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/the-updated-way-to-understand-pain/  Pain Reframed podcast: https://evidenceinmotion.com/pain-reframed-podcast/ Episode page: https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/dr-adriaan-louw-and-jen-uschold-pt-discuss-the-certification-in-lifestyle-medicine/
Nov 15 2021
57 mins
Fitness For Consumption ep 23: In The Flow
Ready to be aroused?  We’re not sure what you’re thinking, but we’re talking about skill here!  Simply put, our ability to perform gross or fine motor skills is determined, in part, by how well we manage our state of arousal.  Are we “locked in” and ready to go, or hyperstimulated, anxious and stressed?  Whether you’re an athlete competing in the world championships or playing Chopin in a piano recital, you’ve probably had firsthand experience with how unmanaged arousal can hijack your intentions. The antithesis of being stressed is achieving a state of flow.  Ahhh, just saying it sounds relaxing.  What does it mean to be in flow?  Things seem to organize with less effort, we’re accomplishing tasks with precision, time seems irrelevant.  In a nutshell, there’s an enjoyable ease to our activity. Arousal and flow states are mentioned like other nebulous fitness terms, including “holistic” and “functional,” but what do they really mean?  To answer our questions, we’re joined this week by Sport Psychologist and triathlon coach, Dr. Susan Sotir.  Our conversation focuses on the psychological aspects of physical performance, including arousal, coping skills, and self-efficacy. We turn  to recent events in the sports world to explore the psycho-emotional challenges confronting world class athletes.  And through our discussion of Dr. Sotir’s approach to managing cognitive load and improving mental focus and emotional readiness, we present a model for working with our own clients in a gym setting. Of course, no episode during our season of skill will be complete without our guest’s perspective of the most difficult skill in sports. In this episode we discuss: The definitions of arousal States of arousal needed for fine vs gross motor skills Do high level performers reduce their arousal or improve their coping skills? The questions Suzi asks her clients after performing a task Definition of flow and the conditions inherent in a flow state The biological ramifications of psychological states, why words can really matter   Glossary:   Arousal - A physiological response to a psychological experience   Flow - A model of optimal experience in which intrinsically motivated individuals achieve a level of focus in which they are fully invested in the present moment while eliminating negative feelings and distractions   Gross Motor Skill -  A motor skill involving broad, general movement patterns, requiring the use of large musculature   Fine Motor Skill - A motor skill requiring precise movement control, typically involving hand and finger function and small muscle groups  References: Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper and Row   You might also like: Season 3, Episode 2 - Speed Bumps Season 1, Episode 1 - Why we move www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/in-the-flow/
Nov 3 2021
1 hr 20 mins
Box Jumps: are they functional or just for fun?
Box Jumps seem quite simple, face the box and smoothly launch yourself on top of it.  Since these jumps are deemed 'full body exercises',, Fitness Influencers and experienced trainers alike use them in various ways.  The claims for using them range from ‘functional strength’ to explosive strength to blasting fat.  Jenn and Meredith Mack take a step into the textbooks and mechanics to look at the origin of this exercise and examine its use across the wide span of industry recommendations.    Are the jumps worth the potential cuts and bumps? Of course in most fitness circles, you’ll hear- ! Box Jumps ! have so! many benefits!  Before you jump in, on or down, check out this episode because Peach Pit takes a critical look at this popular exercise. Be sure to tell us what you think about our new term #AppropriatelyPumpy and if it applies to your box jumps. Topics:  Are box jumps as sensational as their hype? Box jumps, Jump training and plyometrics: what are they? Is one better than the other? Classical view on box jumps from strength & conditioning Goals, sport specific training and conditioning NSCA recommendations Get ready to be inspired by perspective and industry wisdom on exercise trends, past and present! Your hostesses can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Meredith Mack Instagram Website ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode. episode. WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Facebook, and Instagram. Visit the episode page: https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/box-jumps-are-they-functional-or-just-for-fun/ Links and references:  Siff, M. C. (2009). Supertraining (6th Edition). Supertraining Institute. Special Strength Training: Manual for Coaches by Verkhoshansky, Yuri, Verkhoshansky, Natalia (2011) Paperback. (2014). Verkhoshansky.com.   Dr. Yessis on YouTube https://youtu.be/NFS9oc-vLQ0
Nov 1 2021
1 hr 1 min
Arash Ranjbaran on Biohackers and The Neuromuscular System
If scientists can measure 9800 plus molecular interactions during a single bout of exercise, don’t we want to know how to retain and enhance that capability? Muscle health is not often sought after, but Jenn and her guest Arash Ranjbaran of the Athletic Training Institute in Bellevue Washington explore why this is and some of the healing and performance factors in the neuromuscular system.   Arash (AJ) even discusses the neuromuscular system as a programming language, truly fascinating!  Topics: Concepts on various functions of the neuromuscular systemMuscle Activation Techniques Rx Injury physiologyAJ's perspective on muscles and injury as a professional MMA coach and conditioning expert. What biohackers get wrong about muscles and shoulders ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us HOST can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Arash Ranjbaran aka AJ Instagram Related episodes: AJ and Jenn from March 2019 Sports Physical Therapy: Dr. Seth Blee Episode page: https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/arash-ranjbaran-on-biohackers-the-neuromuscular-system/
Oct 25 2021
48 mins
Fitness For Consumption ep. 21: Speed Bumps
What’s slippery, sloping and jolting?  If you think it relates to one of the most difficult things to do in sports, you might be right.  Once again, we’re joined by our friend and esteemed colleague, Dr. David Behm, who shares his insights into what constitutes the hardest skill in sports. While acknowledging the need for physical prowess in performing motor skills, the trio shifts the focus to the often overlooked cognitive requirements of skill, which are highly influential in determining performance outcomes.  How do cueing and feedback affect cognitive performance? Finally, we return our skill-based conversation to the gym. We introduce new substrates of skill and describe how these can be used to promote skill acquisition, even in an exercise as pedestrian as a leg extension!  How?  You’ll have to listen to find out, so jump right in and enjoy this unique and layered exchange that is chock full of practical ideas that you can try yourself! In this episode we discuss: The relative difficulty of skillsThe concept of  events and its effect on the perception of timeIs exercise a skill?Do we need to replicate a skill in the gym to get better at it?How can a skill-based approach to exercise help us reach our goals faster?   Glossary: Perceptual Substrates - The use of visual, auditory, and proprioceptive information in the execution of a motor skill.   Psychological Substrates - The required level of confidence, emotional readiness and coping ability associated with a motor skill.   Selective Attention: The conscious direction of attention placed on relevant features of the environment for the purpose of maximizing skill performance.   References: Behm, D. G., & Carter, T. B. (2020). Effect of Exercise-Related Factors on the Perception of Time.  Frontiers in Physiology, 11, 770 You might also like: Season 1, Episode 1 - Why we Move Season 1, Episode 5 - Whose Movement is it Anyway? Season 2, Episode 3 - In the Moment Follow your hosts on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitnessforconsumption/  Follow the podcast network: https://www.instagram.com/thinkfitbefit_podcast/  Episode page:  www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/speed-bumps/
Oct 20 2021
1 hr 20 mins
Core Training with the Core Restore Training System™
One of the big myths in core training is that one muscle is more important than the other. For example: videos that claim you must do leg lifts to strengthen your ‘lower abs’ or therapeutically releasing the psoas to help back pain are simply not accurate.    Christopher Verdi, the inventor of Core Restore Training System™ talks with Jenn to break down this myth and they share their perspectives for challenging the core muscles in an effective way.  Chris's truly unique training system has the ability to challenge muscles in a 360 degrees set up and decrease recovery time for athletes and those with chronic tightness alike.  Check out Chris and The Core Restore on instagram, YouTube and if you are interested in purchasing a CRTS™ reach out to info@core-restore.com  Topics: Development of core muscles after spinal fusionWhat muscles are included in the CoreCore training myth revisited: no one more muscle is more important than the other The transition from MAT to exercise and core exercise ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us HOST can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Related episodes: Chris's first interview from July 2020  Core Myths presented by Jenn Core Training Myths podcast episode
Oct 11 2021
30 mins
Fitness for Consumption ep. 20: A Flick Of The Wrist
And, we’re back!  A little change of scenery is in order to kick off season 3 of Fitness for Consumption.  Catching up after a short summer break, GG offers his view from his own personal training camp while Dr. J invites us on his road trip to California.  While regaling us with a story from the road, PJ shares an insight describing how driving with cruise control can quickly scale up from an activity controlled with a simple flick of the wrist, to one that demands complex spatial and temporal problem solving. And thus we introduce the prevailing theme of this season’s episodes; motor skill. Episode one begins with a question, what is the hardest skill to perform in sports?  But before we can answer that, we need to define skill.  What is it exactly, and how does it relate to the exercises we do in the gym?  Is an exercise, in fact, a skill, or the thing we do to develop skills? Continuing, PJ and GG deconstruct skills into their constituent parts, while introducing different categories of skill.  What must we possess in order to solve them, how do we organize our movements to perform them, and how can we train to improve skills without performing the skills themselves?  It’s all unveiled in episode 1. In this episode we discuss: What is skill? The degrees of freedom problem Types of  motor skills; open vs closed Fitts law - the speed/accuracy trade off Gentile’s taxonomy Dimensions of skills Considering modifying skill difficulty   Glossary: Closed Motor Skill - a motor skill involving an environment in which the spatial and temporal components are relatively certain and predictable. Cognitive Load -  the volume of information that must be processed during a specific motor skill.  Degrees of Freedom - the number of independent elements within a system and the number of ways each element can act individually and then collectively. Degrees of Freedom Problem - a control problem that exists when determining how to constrain a system’s many degrees of freedom in order to produce a specific result. Gentile’s Taxonomy - a classification system of motor skill progression designed to include a variety of movement characteristics. This incorporates several factors including environmental context, object manipulation, movement or stability of the body, and the presence of independent timing mechanisms. Open Motor Skill - a motor skill involving an environment in which the spatial and temporal components are relatively uncertain.   You might also like: Season 1, Episode 1 - Why we Move Season 2, Episode 8 - It’s About Time Follow the host and co-host at https://www.instagram.com/fitnessforconsumption/ Check out all of their episodes: https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/tag/f4c/ Contact the network for advertising rates or sign up for our newsletter at https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/
Oct 6 2021
1 hr 17 mins
Are Frog Pumps peach worthy?
The “Frog Pump” exercise has been called the “the best butt exercise” by Women’s Health Magazine and is also viewed as a ‘glute activation drill’ by many in the booty building scene.   Jenn and Meredith take a bite into these claims and they present a critique of the exercise design. After listening to this episode you could potentially examine the exercise for yourself and independent of the idea that the same ‘glute activation’ drill is for anybody and everybody.   Get a look at the Frog Pump here from 'The Glute Guy" Bret Contreas:  https://youtu.be/HyCiZVMMDW4  Get ready to be inspired by perspective and industry wisdom on exercise trends, past and present! Your hostesses can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Meredith Mack Instagram  Website  ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Sep 27 2021
41 mins
Core Training Myths
There is not much useful substance in a long list of ‘ab’ exercises. Core training myths have infected the fitness industry’s ability to teach exercise in a meaningful way.  Today’s episode is a beacon for a better understanding of our core exercise parameters and strategy. Fitness has been oversimplified for too long. Jennifer shares her beliefs about core training and her perspective that an oversimplified view of exercise has created a mainstream fitness culture full of cheap, palatable information without substance.   Jenn goes into 6 Core Training Myths and even shares a story from her clinic about a basketball player's post surgery back pain and core training .   Items discussed: Learn the critical thinking tools Jenn uses when scrolling the internetIs the core really the starting point of all movement?Is there really a best exercise for training the core?Is one core muscle more important than another?Expanded thoughts on why ‘sucking in your belly button’ is not helping your stabilityHow compression is a necessity when considering core functionality ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  You can find us on a variety of podcast apps: Spotify Pandora iHeartRadio Amazon music TuneIn Google podcasts WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. HOST can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter   Links of interest: Online trainer education ideas: https://www.exerciseprofessional.com/  http://muscleactivation.com/    Related episodes:  https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/the-f-word-part-1/ https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/nikki-naab-levy-on-exercise-safety-cues-that-dont-work/ https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/the-f-word-part-2/  https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/clinging-to-the-idea-of-the-core/
Sep 20 2021
39 mins
Peach Pit Fitness #1Nikki Naab-Levy on Exercise Safety Cues That Don't Work
Here at Think Fit. Be Fit. we are constantly on a quest to identify the best way to communicate effective exercise techniques and concepts.  Today, Nikki and Jennifer discuss 3 commonly used cues in exercise instruction that simply do not do your movement justice. If you have ever found exercise instructions utterly confusing then tune in and start sharing because the cues that Jenn and Nikki cover in this episode are overused daily.   Topics discussed: An alternative to cueing that doesn’t make a lot of sense How injuries are not likely to be associated with structural alignment Pervasive fitness mythsBody resilience #freebritney and fitness purity culture  Nikki is an experienced fitness professional.  “Workouts that don’t hurt” is one of the by-lines on her instagram bio @naablevy   She shares messy and intimate positions on recognized fitness myths and how the fitness industry can be dehumanizing and unfair to consumers.     To me, she really sets the tone for change in the fitness industry.  We discuss one of the most important factors in the consumption of exercise and fitness- context matters.    Nikki Naab-Levy is a strength coach and Pilates teacher with bachelor’s degrees in both Exercise Science and Journalism from Ohio University, and over a decade of experience helping people achieve strength and mobility with less pain. Her work has been featured in SELF magazine, Women’s health, and Girls Gone Strong. ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  You can find us on a variety of podcast apps: Spotify Pandora iHeartRadio Amazon music TuneIn Google podcasts WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag #thinkfitbefit for a chance to be featured! HOSTS AND GUESTS can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Nikki Naab-Levy instagram website
Aug 30 2021
40 mins
Context matters: Fitness Influencers with Nikki Naab-Levy
The Fitness Influencer culture is messy and full of gaping knowledge holes.  Because of the popularity of Fitness Influencers, it's becoming more apparent that the things we typically celebrate in fitness are too extreme and unrealistic for them to work and this leads to a lack of activity and burnout.   Jennifer and Nikki Naab-Levy of www.naablevy.com discuss the context of our fitness practice shaping so many things in our life.  This episode is part spontaneous conversation and part solo-cast from Jennifer.  They discuss one of the most important factors in the consumption of exercise and fitness- context matters.  Topics discussed: how the fitness industry can be dehumanizing and unfair to consumers.   Fear of weight training and basic strength training models being burned by fitness culture and trendy workout routines. decreasing the chances of falling prey to false marketing Nikki Naab-Levy is a strength coach and Pilates teacher with bachelor’s degrees in both Exercise Science and Journalism from Ohio University, and over a decade of experience helping people achieve strength and mobility with less pain. Her work has been featured in SELF magazine, Women’s health, and Girls Gone Strong. ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  You can find us on a variety of podcast apps: Spotify Pandora iHeartRadio Amazon music TuneIn Google podcasts WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag #thinkfitbefit for a chance to be featured! SUPPORT THE SHOW: by checking out LADDER SPORT, a line of high performance nutritional supplements created by Lebron James and his trainer.  They are high quality and NSF certified.  Use the code BEFIT10 for a special discount!  HOSTS AND GUESTS can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Nikki Naab-Levy Instagram Website Email hello@naablevy.com
Aug 23 2021
31 mins
Jesse Wild on Training the Unconscious Mind
When we train our body with access to our unconscious mind we are taking advantage of our biology's ability to reset and unlocking the potential for tremendous physiological and psychological health benefits. Jennifer discusses the advantages of training the unconscious mind with Utah's only MAT Rx™ specialist, Jesse Wild of www.jessewildma.com  Jennifer even shares her experience with knee injuries and integrating this type of training for a full recovery.   Your mind is powerful.  Are you consciously creating a strong and healthy body?  Start to harness your jedi mind power by tuning in to this episode. Topics discussed: Pain, injury and emotions that wreck havoc on your progressWhy fitness culture hurts our chances of being relatively pain freeMuscle Activation Techniques™ as a tool to help people with injury and tightnessHow Jesse integrates MAT™ with Neuro-Linguistic programming and hypnosis Jesse Wild is a MAT Rx Full Body Practitioner in Utah. He is an enthusiastic and experienced exercise professional with a passion for education. Jesse is dedicated to maximizing and restoring the full physical potential to individuals of all abilities. He is Utah’s highest level trained Muscle Activation Techniques Certified Specialist (MATcs MAT Rx), Master Level Resistive Training Specialist (RTSM), and holds a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo. Links of interest: http://muscleactivation.com/ http://www.jessewildma.com/  ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  You can find us on a variety of podcast apps: Spotify Pandora iHeartRadio Amazon music TuneIn Google podcasts WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. SUPPORT THE SHOW: by checking out LADDER SPORT, a line of high performance nutritional supplements created by Lebron James and his trainer.  They are high quality and NSF certified.  Use the code BEFIT10 for a special discount!  HOSTS AND GUESTS can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Jesse Wild http://www.jessewildma.com/ Instagram  www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/jesse-wild-on-training-the-unconscious-mind/
Aug 16 2021
51 mins
Cold Thermogenesis and Resilience featuring Jesse Wild
Once we understand stress and resilience and that it is key to take feedback from our body, we can truly experience how exercise reaches us on a deep level.  Jennifer discusses how exercise and cold thermogenesis are the cornerstones of building strength and resilience.  Jesse Wild joins her to discuss how to use the body as a bridge to both greater health, pain free movement and higher states of consciousness.   Resilience is built from partnering with your body.  With intuition, tracking our activity or technology we can see the internal state of our body that is responsible for responding to stress.   Resilience is not simply being a bulldog and "toughening up". It has nothing to do with aggression and the ‘do-more’ culture of high intensity exercise or sports.  Resilience is about accepting what is within our control.  We must tune the body back into itself and understand that the human body actually loves acute stressors.  Listen in to learn about the mindset that Jenn uses and Jesse's first time in the cold water. Topics covered: A resilience mindset and why it is so important for continued progressCold ThermogenesisJesse’s first cold plunge experienceWhy Jennifer and Jesse love the ice plunge practice Jesse Wild is a MAT Rx Full Body Practitioner in Utah.  Jesse Wild is an enthusiastic and experienced exercise professional with a passion for education. Jesse is dedicated to maximizing and restoring the full physical potential to individuals of all abilities. He is Utah’s highest level trained Muscle Activation Techniques Certified Specialist (MATcs MAT Rx), Master Level Resistive Training Specialist (RTSM), and holds a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo. Links of interest: Dr. Elisa Epel PhD on Found My Fitness podcast:  Related episode: Think Fit. Be Fit. with Bob Soulierre https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/finding-your-power-with-bob-soulliere/ ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag #thinkfitbefit for a chance to be featured! SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us. SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  You can find us on a variety of podcast apps: Spotify Pandora iHeartRadio Amazon music TuneIn Google podcasts WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. HOSTS AND GUESTS can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Jesse Wild Website Instagram
Aug 9 2021
32 mins
Meredith Mack discusses Tension Generation and Exercise Expansion
What if we can embrace ‘tension’ in our exercise to make it easier and more enjoyable? Meredith Mack joins Jenn to discuss that being influential means showing people a different way.   This is a rare conversation about diverging into creative energy and using different perspectives for our own best fitness and movement practices while staying grounded with strength training.  They even touch on toxic fitness culture in their own experience. Enjoy this heart centered fitness conversation!   Topics discussed include: Meredith's brand, Tension GenerationMeredith’s experience as a IFBB proTension as a concept to embrace in our exerciseExploring different types of movement like gyrotonics, roller skating, strength training, living room exerciseFreedom to choose exercise and explore the possibilitiesBeing open- minded and systems basedCreate a well rounded system to continue growth in our body   ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  You can find us on a variety of podcast apps: Spotify Pandora iHeartRadio Amazon music TuneIn Google podcasts WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag #thinkfitbefit for a chance to be featured! NEW TO THE SHOW? Don't be afraid to start with the trailer or our latest network update episode! SUPPORT THE SHOW: by checking out LADDER SPORT, a line of high performance nutritional supplements created by Lebron James and his trainer.  They are high quality and NSF certified.  Use the code BEFIT10 for a special discount!  HOSTS AND GUESTS can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Meredith Mack Instagram  Tension Generation on instagram  Links of interest: 1 min content survey and discount Click here to take to submit your fitness curiosities for critique
Jun 28 2021
1 hr 7 mins
Network updates #2Jessica Thiel on HRV’s relationship with Exercise and Sustaining Strength
HRV or Heart Rate Variability is a hot topic in high performance exercise or sports, but what about the rest of us?   What does it mean for chronic pain and climbing your stairs pain-free?  Jessica Thiel and Jennifer explore this topic from the unique perspective of being Muscle Activation Techniques™ Rx practitioners.   This episode has a lot of laughs and you’ll even hear Jennifer and Jessica share stories about working with their clients.   Topics discussed: Heart Rate Variability Learning from our clients as Muscle Activation Techniques™ practitioners Jessica’s unique approach and understanding of strength training   Jessica Thiel is a Chicago based trainer and MAT Rx™ practitioner. Check out her blog here: https://www.strengthsustained.com/       ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  You can find us on a variety of podcast apps: Spotify Pandora iHeartRadio Amazon music TuneIn Google podcasts WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag #thinkfitbefit for a chance to be featured! NEW TO THE SHOW? Don't be afraid to start with the trailer or our Fitness For Consumption Season 2 Recap SUPPORT THE SHOW: by checking out LADDER SPORT, a line of high performance nutritional supplements created by Lebron James and his trainer.  They are high quality and NSF certified.  Use the code BEFIT10 for a special discount!  HOSTS AND GUESTS can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Jessica ThielInstagram  LinkedIn   Links of interest: https://www.strengthsustained.com/ https://www.thinkfitbefitpodcast.com/finding-your-power-with-bob-soulliere/ http://muscleactivation.com/ https://www.youtube.com/c/GregRoskopfsMuscleActivationTechniques/featured
Jun 14 2021
1 hr 6 mins
Gregory Charlop, MD on Retired Athlete Health and The Women's Sports Forum
Gregory Charlop MD is a Stanford and UCLA trained anesthesiologist that followed his passion for wellness into telemedicine.  His practice is dedicated to anti-aging medicine and the medical wellbeing of retired athletes.   Jennifer and Gregory discussed the many facets of health in women’s sports, high school athletes and retired athlete health.  Dr. Greg even shares tips on anti-aging medicine from his book, Why Doctors Skip Breakfast. .    Topics discussed: Women’s Sport Forum Female athletes and health issues Mental health and athletes Retired athlete health  Anti-aging medicine “Why Doctor’s Skip Breakfast” by Gregory Charlop, MD   ADVERTISE WITH US: Reach dedicated exercise professionals, future trainers, and exercise enthusiasts all over the world. Send us an email to get the conversation started, hello@thinkfitbefitpodcast.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER: Dive deeper with us. Sign up here. We offer a unique view on muscles, portals to new ways to respect the body and health.  Learning and ‘enjoy the process’ is a buzzy term.  We take learning seriously and want to take our listeners on that journey with us and through us SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you never miss an episode.  episode.  You can find us on a variety of podcast apps: Spotify Pandora iHeartRadio Amazon music TuneIn Google podcasts WRITE A REVIEW: Leave us a rating and a written review on iTunes so more listeners can find us. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: If you have a question or a topic you want us to address, send us an email here. You can also connect to us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Tag #thinkfitbefit for a chance to be featured! SUPPORT THE SHOW: by checking out LADDER SPORT, a line of high performance nutritional supplements created by Lebron James and his trainer.  They are high quality and NSF certified.  Use the code BEFIT10 for a special discount!  HOSTS AND GUESTS can be found at: Jennifer Schwartz Instagram Twitter Clubhouse: @jennschwartz Gregory Charlop MD Instagram Facebook  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorycharlop/   Clubhouse: WellnessDoctor Links of interest: Ask Dr. Greg: Retired Athlete Health Blog feature: wellness tips Retired Athlete Health: https://www.retiredathletehealth.com/ Gregroy Charlop MD: https://gregorycharlopmd.com/ Women's Sports Forum JUNE 17, 2021  https://www.womenssportsforum.com/ Why Doctors Skip Breakfast on Amazon
Jun 7 2021
1 hr 3 mins

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