74 episodes

The MyoMinds podcast is here to start the discussions around disordered eating, exercise addiction, muscle dysmorphia, and everything in-between within exercisers.

Our guests include professional athletes, Experts, Doctors, coaches, experts by experience, and more.

The podcast is hosted by the CEO of MyoMinds, George Mycock. He has personal experience with eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, depression, and anxiety.

*Disclaimer: The MyoMinds Podcast can not be used as a replacement for medical help. If you are struggling with issues related to the content of this podcast, please speak to a medical professional or one of the many available mental health charities (e.g. The Samaritans helpline: 116 123).*

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The MyoMinds podcast is here to start the discussions around disordered eating, exercise addiction, muscle dysmorphia, and everything in-between within exercisers.

Our guests include professional athletes, Experts, Doctors, coaches, experts by experience, and more.

The podcast is hosted by the CEO of MyoMinds, George Mycock. He has personal experience with eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, depression, and anxiety.

*Disclaimer: The MyoMinds Podcast can not be used as a replacement for medical help. If you are struggling with issues related to the content of this podcast, please speak to a medical professional or one of the many available mental health charities (e.g. The Samaritans helpline: 116 123).*

    The Flourishing Athlete - Matt Davis

    The Flourishing Athlete - Matt Davis

    Disclaimer - In this episode we talk about disordered eating, exercise, and body image issues. We also talk about general mental health struggles.
    In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast, George speaks with Matt Davis. Matt is a Registered Associate Nutritionist and the creator of The Flourishing Athlete; aiming to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts develop a positive relationship with food, body and self. Matt has struggled with his relationship with food and body image in the past and is passionate about helping athletes approach food and their body in a healthy way which supports performance, fitness and wellbeing. Having played elite level sport, been a fitness enthusiast and worked as a personal trainer and nutritionist, Matt promotes a predominantly non-diet, body neutral approach towards sports nutrition, fitness and performance. He believes that this education and support is needed in the sport and fitness space to reduce the prevalence of disordered eating, body image concerns and other risk factors for poor mental wellbeing in this population.
    Listen to the episode to hear us discuss:
    What the Flourishing Athlete is.Why Matt decided to set it up.Some of Matt's history with disordered eating, exercise and body image issues.How identity plays a role in the negative sides of fitness.
    Devils advocate question: Sure, some athletes will end up feeling down when behaving in these ways, but don’t you think that’s just part of the risk of striving for greatness?
    You can find Matt here:
    Instagram/Threads: @theflourishingathlete
    Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds Podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    International Mens Day 2023

    International Mens Day 2023

    Disclaimer: In this episode I talk about my own experiences with suicidality, disordered eating, and body image issues.
    In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast, I am going solo. November 19th 2023 is International mens day and the theme this year is "zero male suicide", so I am talking about that!
    What to expect:
    My story in regards to suicidality A lot of rambling and forgetting what I was going to sayA delve into the research around muscle dysmorphia and suicideSome discussion around masculinity and suicide
    I hope you enjoy! (I've decided to leave the link out, for those avid listeners. Please leave a review instead!)
    Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds Podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Steroids, Supplements, Society

    Steroids, Supplements, Society

    Disclaimer: In this episode, we talk about anabolic steroid use, supplement use, body image issues, and other related things. If you think these conversations may be difficult for you, please take care in deciding whether to listen.
    In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast, I speak with Dr. Kyle Ganson. Kyle T. Ganson, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. His research focuses on eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, and muscle-building behaviours among adolescents and young adults, particularly boys and young men. Dr. Ganson has published over 100 peer-reviewed academic papers in leading adolescent health, eating disorder, body image, and substance use journals. His research has been featured on the CBC, CTV News, U.S. News and World Report, Healthline, Fatherly, and Runner's World, among others. Dr. Ganson has over 8 years of direct clinical social work practice experience and teaches clinical social work courses to MSW students.
    Listen to the pod to hear us discuss:
    The prevalence rates of steroid and supplement use The risks and benefits of steroids and supplementsThe need to reframe how we view those taking steroids Kyle's ideas on how we can move forward
    You can follow Kyle on Twitter/X here: https://twitter.com/kyletganson
    You can find some of Kyle's work here:
    Canadian Study of Adolescent Health Behaviors: https://socialwork.utoronto.ca/canadian-study-of-adolescent-health-behaviors/
    Muscle-building supplement Canadian policy analysis: https://socialwork.utoronto.ca/news/video-dietary-supplements-for-muscle-building-and-weight-loss-addressing-knowledge-and-policy-gaps/
    Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds Podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Somatic therapy, Faith, and Recovery

    Somatic therapy, Faith, and Recovery

    Disclaimer: In this episode, we talk about different eating disorders thoughts and behaviours, depression, and other negative mental health experiences.
    In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast I speak to Lilia Bogoeva.
    Lilia Bogoeva is a somatic practitioner, musician, and powerlifter who knows what it's like to give it your all for success, but to struggle with anorexia, bulimia, substance addiction, and depression. As a coach and professional speaker, Lilia helps young people with addictive tendencies to overcome damaging spirals and channel their natural intensity into passion and achievement.
    Her signature "Inner Demon Crusher Cycle" is a combination of somatic (mind-body) healing, functional fitness, music therapy, and vocal training to help her clients tap into personal authenticity and align physical, mental, and spiritual health. She is also the singer-guitarist of metal band Karkaza, based out of Alabama, USA.
    Her work draws from personal and professional experience in competitive gymnastics, dance, music, and entrepreneurship. Her mission is to take the negative stigma away from trauma healing and addictive personalities, and inspire people to channel their naturally intense drive into healthy and fulfilling pathways. She inspires everyone to master being themselves!
    Listen to the full pod to hear us cover:
    Lilia's experience with different mental health strugglesHow faith and religion has help Lilia in recoveryHow Lilia's coaching worksWhat 'trauma informed' means to Lilia
    This week's Devils Advocate Question: "Athletes and performers need to be tough, they must push through adversity on a regular occurrence. Don’t you think focusing on their trauma will just lead to them feeling sorry for themselves?"
    If you would like to follow Lilia or contact her, use the links below:
    Website:
    www.MyobeatAthletics.com
    Tiktok:
    https://www.tiktok.com/@lilia_bogoeva
    Podcast:
    podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lilia-bogoeva
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/MyobeatAthletics
    Youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/@myobeat
    Lilia's metal band site:
    www.Karkaza.com
    Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds Podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Conversations with a Firefighter - Body dysmorphia and mental health

    Conversations with a Firefighter - Body dysmorphia and mental health

    Disclaimer: Within this podcast we speak about disordered relationships with exercise, food and body image.
    In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast I speak with Graham, a firefighter, yoga instructor, and fan of the pod! Graham and I have been in contact for over a year now and have spoken on the phone many times about general life as well as our shared experiences with mental health concerns. We thought it was about time we brought one of those conversations to you all!
    This conversation is also aptly timed as in November 2022 the 'Independent Culture Review of the London Fire Brigade' was released and spoke about some concerns regarding mental health within the workforce. We discuss this and more in the pod.
    Take a listen to hear us discuss:
    body dysmorphia and mental healthGraham's story of mental healthHow yoga has affected Graham's mental healthGraham's experiences in the fire brigadeGraham's experience of the 'Walk and Talk 999' group
    We skipped the devil's advocate question in this episode, as we touched on so many topics that we didn't feel we needed to!
    If you would like to follow Graham on socials you can find him here:
    Instagram: Gfunkyogi
    Facebook: Gfunkyogi
    Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds Podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

    • 2 hrs 3 min
    Exercise Psychology, Trauma, and Bodybuilding

    Exercise Psychology, Trauma, and Bodybuilding

    Disclaimer: Within this podcast we speak about disordered relationships with exercise, food and body image. We also talk about the potential negative impacts of the bodybuilding lifestyle, including ignoring your needs and amenorrhea.
    In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast I talk to two exercise psychologists, Dr Paula Watson and Clara Swedlund.
    Dr Paula Watson is a HCPC-registered Practitioner Psychologist and BPS Chartered Psychologist with 18 years’ experience of developing and delivering health behaviour change interventions, including family-based intervention for children with obesity (GOALS), GP exercise referral, and promoting physical activity for adolescent girls. Until August 2022, Paula worked as a Reader in Exercise and Health Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University before leaving academia to run her independent exercise psychology company (https://madeuptomove.co.uk) where she offers 1-to-1 psychological support for individuals struggling with exercise or diet-related concerns. Paula is currently training for the London Marathon in aid of Mind charity (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mind-runner).
    Clara Swedlund is a trainee exercise psychologist enrolled in the BPS' Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology training pathway. She has 6 years of experience working in the fitness industry as a coach, and 3 years of experience working both as a fitness coach and exercise psychologist. Her work is centred around bridging the gap between the fitness industry and applied exercise psychology, by helping people understand themselves, their relationship with exercise and health behaviours, and their wellbeing. Whilst she mainly works on a 1:1 basis with her clients, she also supports fitness coaches and coaching companies in making their practices more psychologically informed.
    In this episode, we talk about a huge range of topics (we could have gone for 6+ hours I think). Some of these topics include:
    What is exercise psychology?Different problematic relationships with exercise and what a 'healthy relationship with exercise' looks like.The way trauma can affect our relationship with exercise.Bodybuilding and how it impacted mine and Clara's lives.
    If you would like to get in contact with, or just follow the work of Paula or Clara you can find their information below:
    Paula:
    Twitter: @paula_watson
    Instagram: @mind_runr
    Website: https://madeuptomove.co.uk
    Clara:
    Twitter: @ceswedlund
    Instgram: @the_Exerpsych
    Website: www.theexerpsych.com
    Please remember that no episode of the MyoMinds Podcast can be used as a replacement for medical advice and/or care.

    • 1 hr 49 min

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