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This is a show about raising the bar, improving your life, transforming your health, fitness, and well-being, and shattering the status quo. Andy's guests are people who have found the inner strength and confidence to lead from the front, to stand out, be different, and to truly make a difference in the world of health, fitness, and well-being. Their incredible, inspiring stories will help you generate ideas that spring you forward into action.

Breaking Ordinary with Andy Petranek Whole Life Challenge

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

This is a show about raising the bar, improving your life, transforming your health, fitness, and well-being, and shattering the status quo. Andy's guests are people who have found the inner strength and confidence to lead from the front, to stand out, be different, and to truly make a difference in the world of health, fitness, and well-being. Their incredible, inspiring stories will help you generate ideas that spring you forward into action.

    168: Philip Folsom - on Connecting, Kinship, and Tribes

    168: Philip Folsom - on Connecting, Kinship, and Tribes

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    When you consider the fact that human beings have been living in tribes and communities for the entirety of our existence, there couldn't be a more important time to talk about how to create that connection than now... in this time of distancing and isolation during the COVID19 crisis.
    Philip is an anthropologist, an expert in the four archetypes as they relate to the hero’s journey, a ropes-course master, and has served as a consultant, trainer, and guide for high performing teams all over the country.
    In this conversation, we cover all of the following (and more):
    The importance of connection and community celebration How shining light on others in your tribe builds trust, camaraderie, collective success, and honor. Why tribe is so important, especially right now How to shift from isolation to connection How to empower yourself to thrive in today’s environment by choosing it. The 3 pillars of kinship I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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    Notes:
    We also start connecting when feeling isolated
    Connection - shine a light on your tribe. When you win, I win and visa versa. Celebrate the wins of people in your tribe. Honor based cultures. Celebrating the collective success. Their success is your success.
    The false narrative of the lone wolf - Hollywood glorified - Rambo, The Lone Ranger. Not powerful. The lone wolf starves to death in the wild. Humans are wired for inherent collaborative relationships.
    Lone wolves under one banner don’t win… until they became team players. Toss and assist.
    When isolated from the pack/tribe, it triggers a “death response” in the amygdala. That is why “shame” is such a significant trigger. It makes you feel like you’re not accepted… the threat of isolation/ex-communication. The brain releases cortisol - to prep to fight to survive. Shuts down non-vital organs and immune system.
    Feeling isolated? Must start a protocol of connecting.
    We are not socially distancing, we are physically distancing. We are tighter than ever today.
    Pain, when unresolved, it becomes resentment, which then becomes contempt - and then it’s time for separation,
    Perspective creates reality.
    When looking at this as enforced isolation, it’s externally enforced.
    When looking at this as solitude and it’s an opportunity for growth, reflection, healing, etc, it’s internally enforced. It’s a choice
    When it’s MY choice… I’m empowered.
    Ownership… don’t let someone else’s enforced rules become YOUR prison
    When you can no longer change your situation, you’re forced to change yourself. - Victor Frankl
    When in chaos, we must chunk it down into small amounts we can manage.
    There are situations… but there are never problems. Problems are always in the past or in the future.
    The apple represented metacognition. Self-awareness, what is going to happen in the future, and ultimately, death… the perfect recipe for anxiety, worry, fear. Humans have been cursed with remembering the past (regrets, depression), and thinking about the future (anxiety)... also a source of power - remembering the past (learn from it), thinking about the future (plan).. Yin Yang of our journey.
    Resiliency in a sense of belonging.
    WWII - the blitz of London - substantial drop in depression and anxiety and increased morale and resiliency got higher than ever. Trauma bonding.
    Kinship pillars
    1 purpose, why, vision
    2 values - growth, service
    3 mission
    Connect with Philip
    https://www.mywolftribe.com/ Philip on Facebook   Philip on Instagram Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholeli

    • 45 min
    167: Carolyn Freyer-Jones on Finding Certainty in Uncertainty

    167: Carolyn Freyer-Jones on Finding Certainty in Uncertainty

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    A few days ago, I hopped on Zoom with Professional Life Coach and thought Leader Carolyn Freyer-Jones for the first of a new series of Facebook Live conversations.
    It seems like this format is really resonating with our community, even more so than my podcast, because it’s shorter, more accessible, and more fun.
    People have been reaching out to me non-stop about how much they loved the convo, and how helpful it was for them.
    In the conversation, Carolyn and I talk about how to deal with the unstable footing that we all find ourselves on, finding peace in all of the uncertainty, being of service, the illusion of control… and so much more.
    Enjoy!

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    Connect with Carolyn
    https://www.carolynfreyerjones.com/ Carolyn on Facebook CFJ Coaching Success School Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholelifechallenge.com Instagram - @andypetranek Facebook - @andypetranek Twitter - @andypetranek

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    155: Katja Pantzar - The Finnish Way Through Sisu
    138: Kristin MacDermott -- On Learnable Resilience Skills to Improve the Quality of Your Life
     

    • 38 min
    166: Dr. Dawn DeSylvia - How Your Beliefs About Healing Matter. Leaky Gut and Inflammation. Chelation for Heavy Metals Removal. And more...

    166: Dr. Dawn DeSylvia - How Your Beliefs About Healing Matter. Leaky Gut and Inflammation. Chelation for Heavy Metals Removal. And more...

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    Dr. Dawn DeSylvia, MD, is a nationally recognized family medicine doctor with over 15 years of
    experience in Functional and Integrative Medicine. After completing her training at UCLA, Dr.
    DeSylvia worked at the UCLA Malibu Clinic, Santa Monica Hospital, and served on the faculty
    at UCLA. In 2013, she opened The Center for Whole Health, where she works with patients to
    identify the root causes of disease and foster optimal health.

    As founder and medical director of The Center for Whole Health, it is Dr. DeSylvia’s mission
    to:
     
    - Provide exceptional integrative medicine that is consistent in care and integrity
     - Bridge the work of advanced medicine with cellular biology, neuroscience, and
    contemplative wisdom
     - Bring forth the most advanced interventions available in health and wellbeingWant to learn more about functional medicine... and about the key areas of your body to focus on and address to have the biggest impact on your health and well-being? 
    ---
    I'm super excited about this episode... mostly because Dr. Dawn is my personal functional medicine doctor, meaning that for the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to sit down for a long conversation about health and well-being with my own doctor! And by the way, she didn't disappoint... 

    In this episode, we dive deep into things like the brain, the gut, and the role that "belief" plays in healing. I really appreciate her humanness, and willingness to slow down and describe things in a way that "the rest of us" can understand and relate to.
    This was a great conversation... I know you're going to love this episode!! 
     Enjoy!

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    Episode Notes / Links
    What is functional medicine? Negativity bias - what you believe affects your ability to heal Bruce Lipton - The Biology of Belief - what determines a cell’s fate? How what you believe matters. Rick Hanson - “Wired for Happiness” - the brain is like Teflon to positive experience and velcro to negative experience Activating your parasympathetic nervous system Breaking Ordinary - “a call to arms” We want to listen to the whispers from the body, not just pay attention to when it screams. Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions How language and consciousness affects your experience of life Jim Kwik - speed learning - Why you want to be a thermostat, not a thermometer. The two questions Dr. Dawn always starts with when working with a new patient. EMF’s and how that contributes to stress and inflammation The impact of toxic heavy metals in the body and why you should care. Why you should get rid of your mercury fillings. How chelation therapy works to remove heavy metals. The two most important areas to focus on to keep yourself healthy: nutrition & gut health Why food quality matters… not just macros Make 80% of immune cells in our gut What is “leaky gut” and how it affects your health - a simplified breakdown. How toxins and inflammatory chemicals get into your bloodstream and liver from your gut (large intestine). A healthy immune system is built to handle the toxins (like lime, parasites, mold, etc) we get from our environment. However, when our system gut is impaired and dysfunctional, we can’t handle them, and they “get through” (leaky gut)  into our body, liver, heart, brain. Why gluten is so inflammatory in the United States (hint: glyphosate, Monsanto). Your body’s ability to

    • 1 hr 16 min
    165: Max Shank - On Attention, Self-Talk, and The Daily Essentials of Movement

    165: Max Shank - On Attention, Self-Talk, and The Daily Essentials of Movement

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    Max Shank is an eternal student, scientist, and artist of life and movement. Through his gym, books, videos, and online coaching programs, he helps tens of thousands of people get just a little better every day. He is a master of simplifying complex subjects and breaking them down into easy, effective actions. He loves to learn new skills like music, languages, juggling, and hand balancing.
    Episode Notes From Andy:
    Abrupt start - jumping into a conversation about ozone generator for his cold plunge Crux of the perishable skill as it applies to stimulus like walking barefoot and cold water Why you should think “intention before ingestion.” If complexity equals cost, what are you making complex that is costing you more than you need to spend? Why you should consider spending more time exercising, playing, and working out on hills. How looking for the right set/rep combination is missing the point. Learn this simple phrase to help frame your self-talk and be more honest with yourself.   Books The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey What to say when you talk to yourself by Shad Helmstetter The Power of Yet by Esther P Cordova “Freedom is understanding the truth of necessity” How do you know what you need? What is a want vs. what is a need? Your outer game vs. inner game Starvation and Fasting look almost the same until the very end. Considering the 3-3-3 rule. Why “shoulding” others is something to consider giving up. What is more important, attention or intelligence? Why a simple timer is one of the best tools you can use for your fitness. Max’s 5-minute flow Why you should roll around on the hard ground and how you should do it. The six daily essential types of movement: jump/bounce, roll, carry, walk/run, hang, crawl.   Framing your suffering - how your ego gets in the way. The reward mechanism behind modern technology and how we are all falling victim to the habit cycle Using the “3-feel Test” to help you see what is truly important for you. Being an adult is the ability to be totally bored while remaining perfectly still. Why are we attached to numbers - weight, length, time? How many days old are you? I am 19,156 days old!  (https://www.daysold.com/) Enjoy!

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    Connect with Max
    website MaxShank.com Facebook — Max Shank Twitter — @MaxShank Instagram — @MaxShank Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholelifechallenge.com Instagram - @andypetranek Facebook - @andypetranek Twitter - @andypetranek
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    116: Danny Clark — Danny Clark - On What is Natural Movement and Why You Should Care 80: Ryan Hurst - Founder of GMB: On Training with Purpose, Fun and Playfulness  
     

    • 1 hr 40 min
    164: Natalie Dau - Founder of Rockstar Fit App and Dailyscape.com

    164: Natalie Dau - Founder of Rockstar Fit App and Dailyscape.com

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    Natalie Dau is the founder of the RockstarFit App and global media platform www.thedailyescape.com. She is a Reebok sponsored athlete and an ambassador for brands including ClassPass, Polar Watches, SportsSingapore and Soneva Resorts. She is a qualified trainer, a Training for Warriors coach and has accreditation in sports nutrition.
    Natalie has represented Asia in multiple Spartan Race World Championships, is an avid podium-placed runner, Asia Masters Athletics Champion and an Asia age-group CrossFit champion.
    She regularly appears in the media across Asia, and is a host/emcee, guest speaker, and trainer at many events. She is also dedicated to giving back to her local community, donating her time to charities and working with government committees.
    Enjoy!

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     Connect with Natalie
    website www.nataliedau.com and www.thedailyescape.com Facebook — RockstarArms Twitter — @eockstararms Instagram — @rockstararms Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholelifechallenge.com Instagram - @andypetranek Facebook - @andypetranek Twitter - @andypetranek
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    163: Gabby Reece - On Training with Intention, Why Context Matters, and Why You Should Be Breathing Through Your Nose

    163: Gabby Reece - On Training with Intention, Why Context Matters, and Why You Should Be Breathing Through Your Nose

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    Gabrielle Reece is a world-renowned athlete, TV personality, New York Times bestselling author, model, wife and mother. At 6’ 3” the former professional beach volleyball player, and Nike's first female spokeswoman, Gabby Reece is the definition of both athleticism and feminine beauty. Gabby’s commanding presence, passion for healthy living, and fitness expertise makes her a popular leader in the world of health and wellness.
    Gabby took up volleyball in 11th grade when she and her mother moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Gabby received an athletic scholarship to Florida State University, where she majored in communications and played two seasons of volleyball before booking modeling jobs in New York.
    In the spring of 2012, Gabby was invited to Washington, DC to speak at the annual TEDMED conference on innovations in health and medicine. Gabby also has an ongoing relationship with the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens, an initiative that benefits needy schools through the planting of organic gardens.
    Together with her husband, surfing legend Laird Hamilton, Gabby empowers people to take responsibility for their own health. She is a truly authentic example of healthy living. Gabby and Laird’s inspiring lifestyle led to the launch of an all-encompassing fitness program called XPT in early 2016. The objective of XPT is to increase human performance with a training approach modeled after Laird and Gabby’s day-to-day fitness regimen.
    From Andy:
    Wow...how do you follow that up? In spending over an hour one-on-one with Gabby, it's clear to me why she has achieved the level of success she has in life. She's honest, real, willing to talk about just about anything, and is always looking both inward to grow and learn, and outward to serve others. 

    A few of highlights from the show:
    How the life of her husband, big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, is way more than just glory and glamor What it means to be loyal to yourself How to beat stress by anticipation Visualization technique for a deep, full inhale  Why you should start practicing nasal breathing You're going to love every moment of this one...promise!

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    Episode Links
    Byron Katie XPTlife.com Diaphragmatic breathing Paul Chek Laird Superfood Nutiva Red Palm Oil David Goggins - “Can’t Hurt Me” Connect with 
    website — https://www.xptlife.com/ Facebook — @OfficialGabbyReece Twitter — @GabbyReece Instagram — @GabbyReece Questions? Feedback?
    Email - podcast@wholelifechallenge.com Instagram - @andypetranek Facebook - @andypetranek Twitter - @andypetranek
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    • 1 hr 30 min

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