50: Not Normal
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Pursuing Health
Pursuing Health
Julie Foucher MD, MS
Half His Size: Physical Therapist Alan Fredendall on Losing 200 Pounds and Introducing Patients to CrossFit PH179
At age 18 and finishing high school, Alan Fredendall topped the scales at over 400 pounds. Climbing a single flight of stairs to attend class on the second story of his school left him wheezing and breathless. During college, he began a weight loss journey involving body building and lots of cardio, but he hadn’t yet found a way to make sustainable, long term changes. A stent in the Army gave him the motivation he needed to maintain a healthier weight for several years, but it also left him looking forward to the day when he would get out so that he could “never exercise again.” Once Alan left the Army and went back to college to finish his exercise science degree, he continued the cycle of inconsistent exercise, yo-yo dieting and huge weight fluctuations. It wasn’t until a friend introduced him to CrossFit that he finally developed healthy habits that stuck. Although he was reluctant to start, Alan soon ramped up his attendance and quickly learned that good nutrition outside the gym helped him feel better inside the gym. He came to love being part of a tribe of individuals looking to improve themselves, and appreciates that training with CrossFit allows him to be better in activities outside the gym. Not only has Alan used CrossFit to improve his own health, he splits his time between working as a doctor of physical therapy and as a Level 2 trainer using CrossFit methodologies to help others who are in his old shoes. He often sees his clients transition from being physical therapy patients to affiliate members attending the classes he coaches. I first connected with Alan via a virtual physical therapy conference for the Institute of Clinical Excellence, and I was excited to learn more about his remarkable transformation story in this episode. We talk about the approach his friends used to encourage him to make major lifestyle changes, and how he sees CrossFit and physical therapy working together to help individuals stay functionally fit throughout their lives. You can connect with Alan via Instagram @alan.fred.dpt and the Institute of Clinical Excellence at @icephysio Related Episodes: Ep 116 - How Healing Works with Dr. Wayne Jonas Ep 132 - Healing Through Functional Movement with Dr. Amy West If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating or share your feedback on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every Tuesday. Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns
53 min
The Consistency Project
The Consistency Project
EC Synkowski, OptimizeMe Nutrition
on Biohacking, Optimization, & Other Shades of Grey
Lots of people and products claim to help us "hack" our health. Are they legit? That's what we're diving into here, talking about why these pursuits are so popular, the placebo effect, and the hacks that actually work. * Email us for more info on our corporate wellness program: info@optimizemenutrition.com * Find us on Social: EC | PatrickAbout the Show The Consistency Project aims to simplify nutrition, health, and well-being by breaking down the concepts and actions we can all take to live fuller, more functional lives.Join Us! Want to take your consistency to the next level? Join us on the leaderboard!About EC EC Synkowski is a CrossFit Level 4 Coach, and has earned an M.S. in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. She's the founder of OptimizeMe Nutrition and the creator of the #800gChallenge®.About Patrick The Consistency Project is produced and co-hosted by Patrick Cummings, a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs. Disclaimer _The information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is to educate you about general nutrition practices and as a self-help tool for your own use. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by a medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. __Click for full disclaimer._
26 min
Clean Sport Collective
Clean Sport Collective
Kara Goucher, Shanna Burnette, and Chris McClung
Episode #80: Alexi Pappas, Olympian, Filmmaker, and Author of Bravey
For a professional runner, the resume of Alexi Pappas looks a little different than most. Even though she is an Olympian and 10,000m record holder for Greece, her running accolades might not even be at the top of the list. She's also an actress, filmmaker, and now author of her own memoir Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas. Her journey in life, however, has not been an easy one. In this episode, Kara and Shanna talk with Alexi about the challenges she has faced and the life lessons that have come along the way. Alexi discusses the difficulty of losing her mom to suicide at a young age and her evolving perspective on her mom's struggle as she has aged. She shares the story of being forced to quit her high school XC/track team and how it ended up being a blessing in disguise for her future in the sport. She talks about the importance of team in her life and all of the ways others (including Kara) have shown up for her. Alexi tells us why she chose to run for Greece, the magic of running a PR and national record in the Olympics in Rio in 2016, and then how she battled and overcame her own depression immediately following. Of course, we also get Alexi's perspective on doping, including her own initial naivete about it, and what she wants to see for the future of sport. This interview with Alexi is unlike any we have ever done. There is something for everyone in the discussion, and we are thankful that Alexi was so willing to openly share her story. Alexi is a role model to so many, and we highly recommend that you check out her book! Here are the two articles mentioned in the discussion: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/07/opinion/alexi-pappas-depression.html https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a35120434/mary-cain-alexi-pappas-friendship/
1 hr
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