Fitness & Wellness

The Iron Life Podcast #84: The Dark Side of Body Positivity

The Iron Life Podcast #84: The Dark Side of Body Positivity

Body positivity seems to be a pretty popular topic these days.

Although this movement may have began with some good intentions, there are some serious drawbacks to the message.

On today’s show, Chris discusses the major concerns with this movement along with some valuable insight.

Some key points are:

  • Why everyone should strive to get better
  • BS “health coaches” that are after your money
  • The lies that this movement puts out there
  • How obesity related illness led to his father’s passing

And more.

Click below to listen and enjoy the show.

https://theironlifepodcast.libsyn.com/84-the-dark-side-of-body-positivity

 


The Iron Life Podcast #83: Principles for a Better Training Program and Better Gains

The Iron Life Podcast #83: Principles for a Better Training Program and Better Gains

Most guys walk into the gym with no idea what they’re going to do for the day.

They simply throw a bunch of random exercises together from their high school football days.

This typically leads to lackluster results or worse, injuries.

In this episode I cover everything you need to do from:

  • Proper warm-ups
  • How to sequence exercises correctly
  • Program design & structure
  • Ideal amount of sets within a training session
  • The best way to progressively overload
  • When and how to enter a new training phase

And more.

You’ll want to take some notes with this info-packed episode.

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Enjoy the show.


The Iron Life Podcast #81: Pro Wrestling Legend Rob Van Dam Talks Backstage Stories, Career Highlights, Training, Nutrition and Cannabis

The Iron Life Podcast #81: Pro Wrestling Legend Rob Van Dam Talks Backstage Stories, Career Highlights, Training, Nutrition and Cannabis

My guest on today’s show is Mr. Monday Night himself, Rob Van Dam.

Rob is a pro wrestling legend and the only wrestler in history to hold world titles in the WWE, ECW and TNA.

He and I had a great conversation that included:

  • Starting out in pro wrestling
  • His time in ECW
  • Transitioning to the WWE
  • Cannabis use for pain management and concussions
  • His most memorable moments through his career
  • What Rob attributes to staying relatively healthy throughout is 30+ year career
  • What he would tell his younger self

And much more.

Rob is such a cool guy and we had a great conversation that offers some big takeaways even if you aren’t a fan of pro wrestling.

I had a blast talking to him and I think you’ll enjoy our chat.

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The Iron Life Podcast #81: Pro Wrestling Legend Rob Van Dam Talks Backstage Stories, Career Highlights, Training, Nutrition and Cannabis

 


The Iron Life Podcast #80: 21 Things You Need To Do In 2021

The Iron Life Podcast #80: 21 Things You Need To Do In 2021

2020 sucked.

But if 2021 is going to be any different it’s entirely on you.

YOU control your day

YOU control your thoughts

And YOU control your outcome.

Not the president, not the economy…you.

On today’s episode I share with you 21 things you must do (and stop doing) to dominate your fitness and your life this year.

Grab your notebook and make sure you write this list down!

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Enjoy the show.

https://theironlifepodcast.libsyn.com/80-21-things-you-need-to-do-in-2021


The Iron Life Podcast #79: My Top Lessons from 2020 and How to Dominate 2021

The Iron Life Podcast #79: My Top Lessons from 2020 and How to Dominate 2021

2020.

What a year it’s been.

But in the wake of chaos, there have certainly been some valuable lessons.

On today’s solo show I share with you my biggest takeaways and lessons I’ve learned, in hopes to see massive growth in 2021.

The lessons I share today include life, business, health, family, friendship and more.

Happy New Year and enjoy the show!

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https://theironlifepodcast.libsyn.com/79-my-top-lessons-from-2020-and-how-to-dominate-2021

 


The Iron Life Podcast #78: Enter the Dogpound with Lala Duncan

The Iron Life Podcast #78: Enter the Dogpound with Lala Duncan

My guest on today’s show is Lala Duncan.

Lala is a Strength Coach and Lead Trainer for Dogpound in NYC.

She has also trained people around the world, including at Butcher’s Lab in Denmark, a prestige gym for highly competitive Crossfit athletes pursuing the annual Crossfit Games.

Lala also spent three weeks training in Moscow at the Russian Olympic Weightlifting Academy with some of the biggest names in the sport.

Today she shares her awesome story of leaving the fashion industry to pursue her career as a coach, along with some training advice for you.

We had a great conversation that I know you’ll enjoy.

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https://theironlifepodcast.libsyn.com/79-enter-the-dogpound-with-lala-duncan

 


The Iron Life Podcast #77: Optimizing Nutrition to Live Longer, Balance Hormones and Get Shredded with Jason Phillips

The Iron Life Podcast #77: Optimizing Nutrition to Live Longer, Balance Hormones and Get Shredded with Jason Phillips

My guest on today’s show is Jason Phillips.

Jason is a nutrition and business coach, and the owner of Nutritional Coaching Institute, one of the top nutrition certifications available.

We had an amazing conversation that covered:

  • Why another diet is NOT the answer
  • Optimizing nutrition for health and longevity
  • Eating for physique transformation & performance
  • Keto, Paleo & Carnivore
  • Improving gut health
  • Low testosterone and tips to balance your hormones
  • How stress is effecting fat loss and what to do
  • The keys to being a good coach

And so much more.

You’re going to get a lot out of this one so make sure you have your notebook on hand.

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https://theironlifepodcast.libsyn.com/77-optimizing-nutrition-to-live-longer-balance-hormones-and-get-shredded-with-jason-phillips

Enjoy the show.


The Iron Life Podcast #76: Strengthen the Body, Harden the Mind and Get Out Of Pain with Dr. John Rusin

The Iron Life Podcast #76: Strengthen the Body, Harden the Mind and Get Out Of Pain with Dr. John Rusin

My guest on today’s show is Dr. John Rusin.

Dr. John is a leading expert in the fitness and sport’s performance industry.

His pain-free performance training model blends the world of strength and conditioning with clinical movement based diagnostic medicine to provide the ultimate results based methods, programming and practice for a diverse demographic of elite athletes and the general population.

Dr. John’s list of clientele includes MLB All-Stars, NFL All-Pros, Olympic Medalists, World-Record Power Lifters, Elite Bodybuilders, All-World IronMan Triathletes, and top professionals from eight of the major American professional sports leagues.

He and I had an amazing conversation that includes:

  • How to properly prime the body for training and prevent injuries
  • Why your foam rolling sucks and how to do it better
  • Why you need to warm-up LESS and train MORE
  • The truth about stretching
  • Incorporating true speed and power work into your training
  • Earning your right to bench, squat and deadlift
  • The best exercises for getting strong and jacked

And much more.

Enjoy this info-packed show.

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https://theironlifepodcast.libsyn.com/76-strengthen-the-body-harden-the-mind-and-get-out-of-pain-with-dr-john-rusin



Thank You, Dad

Thank You, Dad

 

Losing someone you love is never easy.

Even if you suspect that it could be coming, the reality of it happening hits you at a deeper level.

On Monday 11/23 I received the call that my father, Al, was gone.

If you knew my father, you know that he had some qualities that can only make you shake your head with disbelief and laugh. If you only met him once or twice, you might have thought, “What’s that guy’s problem?”

My dad was as stubborn as they come, and believe it or not, truly enjoyed fighting with people. Truly! Whether verbal arguments or physical altercations, this dude loved to throw down.

His brash, Mafioso persona, foul language and hardened exterior are how most people knew of him.

But those who really knew him, at his core…knew he was a dick… but also knew that deep down, he cared.

Truly cared.

My father loved his family. We may not have heard him say it too often, but he had his ways of showing it. As his son, I understood.

For instance, even though we didn’t have much money growing up, my parents found a way to take us to Wildwood every year for a family vacation. These trips are some of the fondest memories of my childhood.

It’s funny how the smell of cigarettes in the summer heat reminds me so much of these times. My father smoked since he was thirteen, and although I hate the smell of smoke, something about that smell in the summer air takes me back to some of my best moments with him.

The food, the beach, mini golf and boardwalk every night; we loved it. My dad, mom, brother and I all have memories from these trips that will last a lifetime.

When I look back on these days now knowing that we didn’t have much money, I can’t help but think, who the hell did he rob to make this happen?! I’m not sure, but hey, we had a blast.

For all the trips and memories, thank you, dad.

When I was a teenager, it never mattered what time of the day it was, my father was the ride for my friends and I. He’d pick us up in the middle of the night, dead of winter, hair standing straight up because I woke him from a deep sleep. He’d be in his pajamas and slippers with all the windows closed, smoking cigarettes, of course. I’d laugh at my friends who’d argue about who was going to sit behind him because no one wanted to get covered with ash.

When they’d ask if he could crack the window a bit more, he’d simply reply “You don’t like it? Walk!”

On long rides to and from parties or day trips to the Jersey Shore he loved telling us stories of the old days. My friends and I would crack up at the ridiculous things he’d say and he loved every minute of it. He’d blast Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra and other oldies when he needed some motivation for his next story. The only downside of these trips was how bad you’d smell of smoke by the time we arrived.

For all the rides and all the stories, thank you, dad.

When I look back at my wrestling matches, hockey and football games growing up, there weren’t many that he missed. He’d be there with my Uncle John, standing off to the side, smoking, of course.

For showing up over the years, thank you, dad.

In 2013 my father’s health began to rapidly decline. He started to lose weight at an incredibly fast pace and couldn’t seem to stand or walk without falling. It took months of convincing, but some time in November we were able to get him to go to the hospital. I left work at the firehouse in the morning and picked him up. He was basically stuck in the basement. Unable to walk on his own, I put his arm around my shoulders, my arm around his back and helped him to my car.

From that day on my father never walked again.

His health continued to decline for seven years. Some of the things my family and I witnessed him go through were unimaginable. It sure as hell wasn’t easy for him or any of us, but my father was just as resilient as he was stubborn and somehow kept getting through it.

But through all the hell and hard times that he went through, there was one positive that I will never forget. We developed a stronger bond over these seven years than we’ve ever had. We grew closer, talked about things we’ve never spoken about before, and for the first time that I could remember, said that we loved each other.

For the relationship that we developed these last seven years, thank you, dad.

I wish it could’ve kept going. I wish we had more time together. I wish that we could have done more. But since this is the end of the road, old man, I want you to know this.

Ever since I was a kid I looked up to you. We may have disagreed and argued quite often, but I always loved you.

I pushed you over the years because I wanted what was best for you. I wanted you to get healthy. I wanted you to have a better life.

Regardless of anything that was ever said, I know that you cared.

I know that you loved us.

Whether I like it or not, your qualities are in me. When I see old pictures of you I can’t believe how much we look alike. No matter what you will always be a part of who I am.

Our conversations, your one-liners, your clever insults, and our time spent together will stay with me for my lifetime.

I don’t think I ever told you this, but my driving force to be successful is you. Since I was a kid I wanted nothing more than to make you proud.

I never heard you say it, but hopefully, you are. I think that you are.

But if not, I’ll keep trying.

I’m going to miss you, dad. I really am.

But I know one day we’ll be together again. And when that day comes I’ll have the opportunity to look at you and say thank you, for being my dad.

See you around, old man.