AOF:218 From Mobility WOD HQ, functional training for adaptive athletes.

Max Conserva is back on the show to share a new training protocol he helped develop for coaches and trainers to work better with adaptive athletes.  Before reading anymore be sure to check out the program here.

So many trainers simply pass off the opportunity to work with athletes with prosthetics or other obstacles when it could be a rewarding and inspiring experience for both.

Today, we talk about the road Max went down to make sure he could reach more athletes like himself.  He lost most of a leg to an accident when he was a youngster.  Hear about it here from his first time on the show.  We hope you will love the show and share with a trainer or coach you know!

 

Note from the host:  Max is a great inspiration.  Showing athletes and trainers that there can be so m uch more to training when it comes to adaptive athletes.  I have personally worked with just about every type of athlete you can imagine.  The challenge and reward to get someone who was told they couldn’t do something for a lifetime is why I will always work with anyone willing to just try their best.  It’s made all the difference in the world in my career.  Here is one of my favorite clients tackling a mountain.

 

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates. Go to healthiq.com/aof to support the show and learn more. If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “aof” as a referral!

62 Miles: Grateful Suffering

I get these ideas.  You do too, I’m sure, but when it sits there banging around in my head the only thing I can do is go for it.  Yeah, it probably drives my wife crazy occasionally but she is kind of the same way so it usually works.  So, when I told her I had to run 62 miles on my dad’s first birthday after passing, she just said “of course.”   She knew it would be therapeutic, and it was.
 
The course was made up by mapping a few of my dad’s favorite spots in the state of West Virginia, pretty close to where he and my mom retired.  Spruce Knob, the highest point in the state is where we would begin running 13 miles down a newly paved road at 3 am.  It used to be a dirt road which our quads would have appreciated. We dropped about 3000 feet on that first half marathon.

 

Then we would climb up a country road behind Seneca Rocks on the North Fork Mountain trail.  To get to the trail was a 1800′ climb over 5 miles.  We would fuel up and head to the 26 ish mile, zero access trail for the toughest part of the run.  It was slow going but really pretty, minus the roots and rocks of course!
 
We got to the end around mile 45 and met some family, got some water from the spring, and hopped in the river to clean up a bit.  Then for the last 17.  3 flat, 7 straight up, 7 flat (ish).  We finished in the Dolly Sods wilderness under the stars late at night with friends and family to celebrate his birthday.  Shannon, my sis made this video to capture parts of the experience.
 
Have an idea that is personal and physical?  Let me know and I’d be happy to give some advice on how to make it happen. It’s what I do!
 

Moving into the great unknown of 2018, one thing is certain.

I started Athlete On Fire fours year ago.  Holy crap, that seems amazing.  Often, I had no idea what I was doing. Other times, no idea why I was doing.  The effort for creating media and content to try and help strangers from who knows where is a real thing.  It’s redundant.  Reach out, record, edit, post, write copy, post, repeat….blah.  That junk is boring as hell the second I hang up with a guest after a call.

Then, dangit, one of you well meaning people from some small village outside of London, or on the southern coast of Australia, or in the middle of Kansas gets the gumption, the nerve, to send an email telling me how the show made a difference.  You were injured and the stories kept you motivated.  You didn’t think you could do the “thing” but you went out and did the thing anyway.  That junk is fuel. Big time.  And though I could add up the hours and the dollar bills I spend on this to make a case for my sanity, or insanity, I won’t.  I love this.

I love moving and getting you to move with the purest and strongest intention on being a better version of yourself.  That is the one certain thing of 2018.

Oh, there is another.  I am turning 40 years old this year.  What?  You for real?

YEP.

They used to call being over 40 “over the hill.”  That’s freakin dumb man. I have some crazy physical goals this year.

I’ll share the ones I remember right now:

  • Dunk on a regulation hoop.  I’ve had this goal for my 40th birthday for as long as I can remember. I am coming off training for and running my first 100k so my fast twitch efforts are freaking brutal right now.  But, I have to make this happen.  Just a simple little dunk.
  • I want to run 50 miles in a foreign country.  More to come on this.  Planning July.
  • Float the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  Booked. With my uncle, my dad’s brother.  We float then hike out!!!
  • Throw a football 50 yards.  Same thing as the dunk. I’ve always had this goal.
  • Bodyfat under 10% . This is the only metric I will even check this year.  I don’t care what my weight is or any other BS. I want to move well, be strong, and feel great.
  • Hit a baseball over a regular sized field.  This is a weird one because I haven’t hit a ball in years.
  • Run a sub 6:00 mile.
  • Run a sub 20 5k.
  • Do 100 push ups straight through.
  • Do 20 pull ups without stopping.

Those are some of the main ones.  Also, I want to make fitness and training as fun as you can imagine.  Challenges and new training ideas coming to you early and often and with a little trash talk. Come hang here.  You’ll either step up or curl up and start rolling over your own hill.

Leggo 2018!

Cover Photo by: Shannon Gray

AOF:215 Kriste Peoples, Outdoor Afro, and her mission to get more people outdoors!

Man, what a gift. To meet someone multiple times, our guest is a good friend of my wife, but not get to know her much better until recording the show! She has much more to say but if you think it is important to get people from every corner of society into the outdoors, you’ll love this chat.

 

Kriste Peoples is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to share her love of trails, whether she’s running, hiking, snowshoeing, or thinking about it. She’s a Ragnar ambassador, a couch-to-5k coach, an Outdoor Afro leader, and a proud coach for L2S Fitness–all of which means she can often be found pointing excitedly at park maps and cheering adventurous souls around the next bend. By day, she’s a producer at a New Age media company that shares in another of her passions: honoring the best that’s in us.

 

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates. Go to healthiq.com/aof to support the show and learn more. If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “aof” as a referral!

 

AOF:214 Clare Gallagher on coral reefs, travel, running, and her true passions.

Clare Gallagher is an ultrarunner for The North Face. She studied coral ecology and ran cross country and track at Princeton. After graduation, she discovered ultra running while teaching English in Northern Thailand. Clare lives in her home state of Colorado when she’s not on the road.

 

Our conversation went all over into her running and the things she is most passionate about.  Enjoy the show.

 

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/aof to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “aof” as a referral!

 

A happy birthday gift from my dad, who passed away 10 months ago.

Athlete On Fire was founded on the idea that we can fight for something both on the field and off and still be a good person the whole time.
It was modeled after my dad and after he passed away last October I searched frantically for a file I knew I didn’t want to lose.  I wrote this after he passed if you want to check it out.  Probably the toughest writing I’ve done.
I recorded the first interview for Athlete On Fire back in December of 2013 with my dad as the guest in his bedroom at his house in Denver, Colorado.
He moved out here to be the uber grandpa for all four of his grandkids, including my two boys.  We started “Boys Tuesdays” where my boys, dad, and I would go to lunch and hang out.
Ideally, until they went off to college and found glory on the field…haha  Anyway, I didn’t publish because we both thought our energy was blah and so I just kept it.
But, I couldn’t find the dang thing.  Until the day before the first birthday I would spend without him to talk to.
So, it’s his first of what I hope are many posthumous birthday gifts to yours truly, Scott Jones, the founder of Athlete On Fire which is based on the life of my dad, Scott Jones.

A man’s dad’s voice.

It bonds fathers to sons.

Lets them know they are loved.

It’s sings them to sleep and

tells stories of kings, and brings pride to all things.

It coaches,

it praises,

and sometimes it raises (lets be honest, always raises).

And sometimes it just fades away,

and sometimes on lazy days as I age it,

just comes from above.

 

On the show:

3:00 Early days in West Virginia

9:00 Tony McKenna Story

13:00 Inspirational quotes

“If you are not where you want to be, you are nowhere.”

“Failure is not an option.”

14:30   Why he started coaching.

15:45 Mentors/Coaches that mattered to him

18:15  Failure

20:50 What in his life gave him an advantage.

“I had three months to live.”

“The chemo was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through.”

“The tumors had shrunk, the spots were gone.”

“My temp shot up to 107 and they thought I was dead.”

25:20  The conversation with his dad he’ll never forget.

“Do you think I’ll make it?”

“Yeah.”

“why?”

“Because you hate to lose.”

27:30  Weird habits

28:20  Inspiring books and movies

29:30 Why do ya want to wake up tomorrow morning?

29:50 Is Legacy important to you?

30:20 For every kid he has ever coached

“Coach you don’t know what you did for all of us.”

 

NOTE: If there are people in your life you really truly love.  Record their voice.  In secret or on purpose but just do it.  Have  a real conversation with them.  When it all fades away the one thing you’ll want more than anything is their voice.  Their one, unique, voice.

 

 

 

AOF:181 Daniel Hayes Boxer, actor, athlete.

Our guest played college basketball and modeled as a young athlete for some of the biggest brands in the world.  An invite to a boxing gym, that he actually hated, spurned the athlete he is now.

We talk a lot about how to control and regulate emotion and adrenaline in sport from visualization to practicing the mental game.  He gives a great plank challenge for anyone to try out too.

Tons of energy, tons of passion.

 

Official Bio:

Daniel Hayes is a top ranked middleweight boxing prospect and Trinidad & Tobago’s boxing ambassador.

 

Growing up Daniel played a wide variety of sports ranging from Soccer, Basketball, Football, Track and Field, Baseball and Swimming. At just 8 years old he started playing basketball and continued playing throughout college. At 16 he was already a certified lifeguard and a highly recruited athlete in multiple sports. In his senior year of high school he was recruited to play basketball for several NCAA Division 1 and 2 schools.
Hayes however decided to attend Thompson Rivers University where he and his childhood best friend were offered athletic scholarships. College proved to be quite a defining time for Hayes. He started as a Kinesiology major but after just one single acting course, he discovered his love and passion for acting and switched his major to Theatre.

Hayes was no stranger to the camera; he had been a published print model since the age of 17. It wasn’t long after his revelation that the acting gigs began pouring in. Hayes landed his first commercial with And1, which was quickly followed by a well-known television ad with Nike.
Eagerly seeking to develop his craft, Hayes began studying at The Second City and Groundlings, schools who boast of alumni including Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogan and Steve Carell. Hayes added to his training by studying at The Ivana Chubbuck Studio that has trained Hollywood’s elite such as Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Terence Howard and more. Currently on his World Championship journey, Hayes fights out of the world famous Wild Card Boxing Club, home to superstar world champions Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.

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Why would you run THAT far?

Maybe you have thought about doing something that just seemed insane, or epic, or scary, or just like the adventure you need.  We all have.  It may be starting a business or traveling somewhere exotic or, it may be running a really really long distance, just to feel the pain a little bit.

Or for these reasons:

  • I want to hurt
  • I want to remember
  • I want to push myself.

If you can relate, you might like this most recent episode from the podcast.

 

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Athlete Profiles: 003 “Until I found OCR, I was a bit lost and bored with life.”

Athlete (and we are all athletes) Profiles:

Check out more details about why we do this and even submit your profile HERE.



Name:

Stephen Geppert

 

DOB:

11/14/1972

 

Location:

Columbia, SC

 

What is the best thing about your hometown?

Blue Crabs! (My hometown is Baltimore, MD although I’ve lived in so many different places I don’t really have a true hometown). .

 

Athletic history:

I “accidentally” started running when I was 7 years old because I wanted to do the same fun run my 14 year old brother was doing. It’s kind of a funny story, because my parents thought I was missing until they found me sitting on the curb at the finish line waiting for my brother to catch up so we could cross the line together. After that, I didn’t run again until middle school where I ran track and cross country through high school. I also played baseball until I was 13, when I felt pressure to choose between baseball and running track. I played a lot of intramural sports in college but decided not to run competitively in order to focus on school. After that, I was in and out of fitness. When I was 33, I decided to learn how to play soccer and played in a rec league for several years. It was a humbling and extremely rewarding experience.

 

Current athletic passion:

When I turned 40, I did a local mud run (Project Mud) in Charleston, SC. It didn’t seem too bad, so I signed up for a Spartan Race the following April. I ran the first mile at 5K pace and then failed three obstacles in a row. Needless to say, I got crushed and barely finished! Since then, I’ve been hooked and have been getting a little bit better each year. I was fortunate enough to qualify for and run in this year’s OCR World Championships and recently qualified to run it again in 2017. That was a truly amazing experience.

 

Who or what in the world is inspiring you right now?

Prior to starting with OCR, I was 30 lbs heavier and drank way too often (mostly out of boredom). After three years of mostly focusing on the fitness side of things, I recently completed the 90 day OYNB challenge (mentioned in one of your podcasts). What is inspiring me now is how good I feel both physically and mentally as I’ve gone through this journey and how much better I am as a parent, husband, and business professional.

 

What is your favorite single workout or physical challenge that people can try today?

Aside from trail running, my favorite is to find a local playground with monkey bars and a football goal post. You can do traditional monkey bars, lateral monkey bars, Tyrolean ladders, and pull ups on the monkey bars and Tyrolean traverse, overhead beam traverse, and lateral beam traverses on the goal posts. I usually run back and forth between the monkey bars and goal posts between sets. I also live near a state park, so I like to run through the park and hit all of the nearby playgrounds, trees, etc. to do the same exercises during the run. It’s basically like creating your own obstacle course race in training.

 

Why do you consider yourself an athlete on fire?

When it comes to athletics, I’ve always been pretty competitive, so I have always thought of myself as an athlete. (Even when I was 30 lbs heavier and not taking care of myself, I still had the mental image of myself as an athlete). I am also a bit of an introvert, which I think makes it easy for me to go to an event and stay in that competitive athletic mindset because I find it hard to socialize. That being said, one of the things that I unexpectedly love about the OCR community is the completely welcoming atmosphere shared by everyone who participates, from the super-fit elite racers to the less fit first timers who have never done an event before. I have literally never seen anyone make fun of another person at one of these events, and I believe that if someone did, they would be immediately called out and probably shamed off of the course. Everyone is constantly encouraging everyone else. I think this community truly embodies the notion that everyone is an Athlete, regardless of their physical ability or appearance. If you are on the starting line, you are an athlete. It is very common to see people stopping to share food or help someone else who is struggling. I know I have become a lot more social at these events over the years, and now I always bring extra food to share during a race just in case someone needs it. I would never had thought to do that three years ago when I started.

 

What would you say to someone who hasn’t found their passion in sport or life yet?

Keep looking! You don’t know what you don’t know until you do, so just try as many new things as you can until you find what connects with you. It’s out there somewhere.

Until I found OCR, I was a bit lost and bored with life. Now I wake up every day with a purpose beyond the daily routine. It has driven me to make better positive choices and to try to be a better person in all aspects of my life. It just makes everything better overall.

 

Where are you on your athletic journey? Flicker, Flame, or Fire?

Fire

 

What keeps you up at night?

Getting injured! I have learned a great deal in the past three years about how NOT to train and what NOT to do nutritionally. I ran incorrectly, I ate incorrectly, and I trained incorrectly. As a result, I’ve had IT band syndrome, heat exhaustion, dehydration, “bonking”, and this year a broken 5th metatarsal in my right foot. I am now an avid podcast listener and have completely changed my entire training program based on what I’ve learned. We’ll see how this year goes with my newfound knowledge!

 

What’s your favorite healthy recipe that anyone can try today?

I am not a big cook, so I go for simplicity. One of my favorites is grilled chicken in a small soft taco shell with chopped cilantro and white onions, a pinch of lime, and La Victoria Salsa Brava hot sauce. It is super easy and really good!

 

NOTE FOR Stephen:Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with the Athlete On Fire community. Thanks for sharing the awesome workouts and attitude!  OCR is such a great sport. You are inspiring us as much as we are you! You are definitely an inspiring Athlete On Fire!  

 

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Athlete Profiles: 002 “In retrospect, I should have been a runner that also played baseball.”

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Check out more details about why we do this and even submit your profile HERE.



Name:

Brian DePersis

 

DOB:

1/26/74

 

Location:

Wyckoff, NJ

 

What is the best thing about your hometown?

The best thing about my town is the proximity to so many great places. I’m only 30 minutes from NYC, an hour or so from upstate NY, an hour or so from a beach, and more.

 

Athletic history:

I was a baseball player, from age 4 until 20. That is all I wanted to do. I ran some cross country and indoor track in high school, simply to stay in shape for baseball. I played every intramural I could growing up, we played pick up sports, went to the park for sand volleyball, everything.

 

Current athletic passion:

I am a runner. In retrospect, instead of being a baseball player that ran when I was growing up, I should have been a runner that also played baseball. I love to compete in races, to be faster and push myself.

 

Who or what in the world is inspiring you right now?

I get a lot of inspiration from my fellow bloggers in the fitness world. Some of the things they are doing is amazing. The focus that a lot of them have is a credit to them. Also, Scott Jones! I have been listening to Scott since his first AOF podcast. I love the connection I have to elites by listening, drawing some knowledge, and some workout/racing tips. Finally, my wife is an inspiration everyday. She is my biggest fan, leading our 4 kids to races, giving me someone to sound off to, and pushing me to do more.

 

What is your favorite single workout or physical challenge that people can try today?

I have two for you. The first, go to the Erin Bersini AOF podcast (#83) and check out her 500 rep workout on the page. It’s awesome, simple, and all you need is a pull up bar and your own body.

My second workout is to take your normal, basic jog distance and make it a progression run. For me, a basic 5 miler becomes a test. After the first mile as a warm up, try to go each mile at 15-20 seconds faster than the last. It’s great for negative split work, running on tired legs, and some mental strength for races. End with a mile cooldown.

 

Why do you consider yourself an athlete on fire?

I consider myself an Athlete On Fire because I like to push myself athletically and I look forward to knowing I am choosing to put in the time and effort needed to accomplish my running/racing goals. In the past, I have been good, not great. I have typically been at a Flame level, with short periods of the Fire level. My challenge for myself for 2017, is to really get after it in my personal, professional, and my running life. I want to be in the Fire, put myself out there.

 

What would you say to someone who hasn’t found their passion in sport or life yet?

It’s never too late. The great thing about the connected way of life we live nowadays, is that you can go online and find a league, a club, a group doing anything. Check out what your friends and family are doing on Facebook, or go to your community webpage. Look for something that sounds fun, nothing else. If you have fun, it will stick. If it feels like work, let it go, you already have one job (at least) right?

 

Where are you on your athletic journey? Flicker, Flame, or Fire?

Flame

 

What keeps you up at night?

Ask my wife, nothing! Once my head hits the pillow I’m out. She says it’s a gift I have! The only thing I want, is for my kids to be happy and healthy!

 

What’s your favorite healthy recipe that anyone can try today?

Since it is cold weather time, here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal.

When you get back from your long run, try this out for breakfast. Bonus if you live somewhere cold! Sub in different nuts if you like, a specific maple syrup, or raisins, etc. If you make it, send me a picture(@dailyfitjournal) & I will post it. Enjoy!

Pumpkin & Maple Nut Oatmeal

3/4 C Canned Pumpkin
1/2 TSP Salt
1 1/2 C Rolled Oats
1 TBSP Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 TBSP Pecans, Chopped
2 TBSP Maple Syrup

Combine pumpkin & salt w/3 cups water & boil.
Add oats & Spice.
When mix bubbles, reduce to low heat.
Stir occasionally until oats are cooked/thicken ( 8 min).
Top with nuts and syrup.

362 calories
9G Fat
63G Carbs
11G Fiber

10G Protein

 

NOTE FOR Brian:Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with the Athlete On Fire community. Thanks for being such a loyal follower of Athlete On Fire.  You are inspiring us as much as we are you! You are definitely an inspiring Athlete On Fire!  

Be sure to check out Brian’s blog that covers his journey as an athlete, teacher, and family guy!

 

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