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It is no longer necessary to sacrifice your health (and your sanity) in order to be successful. P90X creator Tony Horton...American Ninja Warrior superstar Kevin Bull...Productivity guru and inventor of the GTD system David Allen...World-famous biohacker Ben Greenfield. These are just a few of the many experts ready to inspire you to step outside your comfort zone so you can reach your full potential. Hosted by Zack Arnold (award-winning Hollywood film & TV editor, documentary director, American Ninja Warrior in training, and father of two), the Optimize Yourself program helps creative professionals, entrepreneurs, weekend warriors, and even professional athletes better manage their time, energy, and attention so they can maximize their focus and creativity and minimize burnout. Learn how to combat the negative effects of working a sedentary job...become a productivity ninja...eat better...sleep better...and learn what it really takes to land your “dream job.” You ready? Let’s start designing the optimized version of YOU.

Optimize Yourself Zack Arnold: Hollywood Film Editor, Documentary Director

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    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

It is no longer necessary to sacrifice your health (and your sanity) in order to be successful. P90X creator Tony Horton...American Ninja Warrior superstar Kevin Bull...Productivity guru and inventor of the GTD system David Allen...World-famous biohacker Ben Greenfield. These are just a few of the many experts ready to inspire you to step outside your comfort zone so you can reach your full potential. Hosted by Zack Arnold (award-winning Hollywood film & TV editor, documentary director, American Ninja Warrior in training, and father of two), the Optimize Yourself program helps creative professionals, entrepreneurs, weekend warriors, and even professional athletes better manage their time, energy, and attention so they can maximize their focus and creativity and minimize burnout. Learn how to combat the negative effects of working a sedentary job...become a productivity ninja...eat better...sleep better...and learn what it really takes to land your “dream job.” You ready? Let’s start designing the optimized version of YOU.

    Ep123: The Solution to Your Sedentary Lifestyle | with Ben Greenfield

    Ep123: The Solution to Your Sedentary Lifestyle | with Ben Greenfield

    It’s no longer news that sitting is bad for us. In fact, it’s common knowledge that sitting has become the new smoking. And hopefully by now after years of me screaming from the rooftops, you now know that standing isn’t much better. Sedentary is the new smoking, not just sitting. The key to better health and sustained energy levels throughout the day is movement. But with a pandemic keeping us all stuck at home, wildfires and poor air quality keeping us trapped indoors, and the world basically going to s*&@, it’s hard to think about getting off the couch or the desk chair, nevermind consistently moving all day long.
    In today’s episode I chat with world renowned fitness expert, biohacking guru, and multiple NYT bestselling author Ben Greenfield, whose work has been featured in Men’s Health, The Huffington Post, Shape magazine, NBC, CBS, the Joe Rogan show, and countless other media outlets. Ben is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker, and New York Times Bestselling author including his latest book Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body, and Defy Aging. In this conversation Ben shares his many unique tools and tips for sneaking movement into your day (no matter how many hours you spend trapped behind a computer). His knowledge and enthusiasm for human performance and human optimization is electrifying, and his simple, no-nonsense approach is accessible from couch potatoes and workstation warriors all the way to professional athletes…and everything in between.
    If you’re feeling unmotivated and exhausted by the relentless downturn of the world, this conversation will refuel your energy and give you the spark, the strategies, and the tools you need to bring your body back online and get moving again.
    [Disclaimer: This episode is pulled from the Fitness In Post archives as it was one of my most popular episodes (and it was recorded years before there was a pandemic), but the information and inspiration is even more relevant today.]
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    Here’s What You’ll Learn: How to avoid low back pain that comes from sitting in a chair or standing for long periods of time. Ben’s favorite tools to put in your office to encourage movement. The most effective way to give yourself an energy boost when you’re tired. HINT: It’s not coffee! How Ben stays active on an airplane and how you can apply it to your desk job. What is “greasing the groove” and how will it improve your fitness and energy levels? Ben’s strategy of setting “fitness rules” to incorporate more movement throughout the day. (This is also how he trained for World’s Toughest Mudder Race) Are micro workouts more effective than longer workouts? The results are IN! Ben’s workout options for beginner’s starting from square one. Why you should be taking cold showers. Unique and little known ways to increase brain power and creativity. How to use light to hack your energy levels.
    Useful Resources Mentioned: Sitting Is Killing You, But Standing Isn’t the Answer (And Neither Is Exercise)’
    Bengreenfieldfitness.com
    FiP Podcast Ep29: Ben Greenfield, All Around Badass
    Ep08: Advanced Sleep Technology and Biohacking | with Ben Greenfield
    The Ultimate Guide to Building a Healthy Workstation (And Being Less Sedentary)…All For the Price of a Single Desk Chair
    Katie Bowman “Move Your DNA”
    KyBounder Anti-Fatigue Mat
    Varidesk
    Inversion table
    Take Your Standing Workstation to the Next Level with a Topo Mat
    Focus Time
    BreakTime
    Cold Thermogenesis
    SleepStream
    ‘Awake and Alert’ bulbs
    Sunlight
    The Ultimate Guide To Using Light To Biohack Your Circadian Rhythms, Sleep Better & Beat Jet Lag Forever
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    • 55 min
    Ep122: 'Superfood Hunter' Darin Olien On How To Be Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome

    Ep122: 'Superfood Hunter' Darin Olien On How To Be Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome

    With health (and more importantly maintaining strong immune systems) at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, we’re all looking for simple ways to boost our immunity and increase our energy levels. Whether you are unemployed, working from home or back at the office, or just trying to juggle home-schooling the kids while maintaining your own sanity, the thought of implementing healthier nutrition and fitness habits is daunting at best (and horrifying at worst). Luckily today’s guest is here to simplify the process for all of us no matter where you need the most support.
    Darin Olien, a.k.a., “The Superfood Hunter,” is the co-star of the hit Netflix docu-series Down to Earth alongside Zac Efron. Darin has traveled the globe for decades studying food and nutrition and has uncovered some of the healthiest superfoods known to man. He is also a supplements formulator, the creator of Shakeology (which many of you know is my go-to meal when I’m short on time but unwilling to sacrifice on nutrition), and he’s the author of the New York Times bestseller “SuperLife: The five fixes that will keep you healthy, fit and eternally awesome.” And he’s also responsible for discovering my favorite brain food snack, Barukas. This nut is like a supercharged peanut with less fat and calories…it’s what I often refer to as my “Brainstorming nut” as every time I need something crunchy to get my brain going in the afternoons, this is my go-to. And they sure beat a bowl of M&M’s.
    If you’re looking to learn about what simple yet profound steps you can take to either get started with your wellness journey or take it to a completely differently level, Darin is a wealth of knowledge on nutrition and health and graciously provides an abundance of advice and tips on how we can stay active, be creative, and keep our bodies fueled with the best food possible.
    Here’s What You’ll Learn: The story of what Darin does and how he got coined as “The Superfood Hunter.” How he turned injury into opportunity in college, and how that set him on his path to health and nutrition. Why Darin is passionate about what he does and why it matters for your health. What a “fatal convenience” is and why it is killing us. Darin’s list of foundational practices that anyone who works a sedentary job can do to improve their health and creativity. The profound connection between the thoughts and beliefs in your mind and the physical health of your body. MORNING ROUTINES: What Darin does first thing in the morning to set himself up for a healthy and energetic day. The surprising culprit that is sapping your energy (and the simple solution to fix it). The fascinating details of how water works in the body and how it produces energy for your brain and creativity. The number one habit to implement for increasing energy and better health. What toxins your refrigerator water filter is leaving in your water. Budget friendly and effective water filtration recommendations. Simple advice for good nutrition that doesn’t require following any diet plan. The superfood that Zack calls his brain food snack and how eating it is not only good for your health but supports sustainable practices for the environment and indigenous people.
    Useful Resources Mentioned: Shakelogy
    Barukas.com
    DarinOlien.com
    Instagram SuperLifeLiving
    Darin Olien on Facebook
    Darin Olien on Twitter
    Continue to Listen & Learn Ep10: Fueling Your Brain For Optimal Creativity | with Mark Sisson
    Ep84: How to Use ‘Intuitive Eating’ To Change Your Relationship With Food | with Melissa Costello
    Ep09: Everything You Need to Know About Food Shopping, Nutrition, and More | with Mira and Jayson Calton
    Ep98: P90X Creator Tony Horton on Covid-19, Staying Healthy During Quarantine, Boosting Immunity, & More
    Ep06: Defining Your Purpose and Living Large | with Tony Horton
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep120: The Ninja Warrior Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo, Part 1 | with Ginny MacColl, ANW

    Ep120: The Ninja Warrior Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo, Part 1 | with Ginny MacColl, ANW

    Have you ever wanted to pursue a passion your whole life that’s well outside your comfort zone…but felt like you missed your opportunity and now you’re “too old?” Maybe you always dreamed of running a marathon, or maybe you wanted to earn your black belt in martial arts, but somehow life always seemed to get in the way. If this sounds familiar, today’s guest Ginny MacColl has some sage advice to share with you:
    “It’s never too late to get stronger.”
    Ginny is an actress (Poms, Stars Fell On Alabama, Outcast), a former Broadway dancer, and at age 68 has added competing on American Ninja Warrior to her long list of accomplishments. She is also the mother of two, her daughter being Jessie Graff who is the record-breaking female athlete and stunt woman also on American Ninja Warrior who has served as her inspiration.

    In this interview, you will hear how Ginny went from being at the top of her acting career during the ’80s, working on Broadway and acting in national commercials (all while being a mom) to getting divorced, aging out of the good roles, and having to leave New York City to start all over again as a single mom.
    Ginny is a MASTER at understanding how to summon the right mindset to overcome any adversity, both on the ninja course and in real life. And in today’s world, knowing how to find opportunity amidst endless challenges is as important as ever. She is also an absolute machine when it comes to being consistent, and she demonstrates that determination and perseverance will take you a lot further than natural ability or talent. If you’re feeling stuck, uninspired, or that you are just frankly “too old” to get back in shape, Ginny will help you break out of the molds you’ve trapped yourself in and encourage you to push beyond what you ever believed was possible.
    And by the way, the second you’re done listening to this interview, I highly encourage you to jump right into Part 2 where I interview her daughter and American Ninja Warrior legend Jessie Graff.
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    Here’s What You’ll Learn: The advice she got from her daughter Jessie when she told her she wanted to get stronger. How it took her a year to get strong enough to do a single pull up. Her best strategy for getting through ANY obstacle. How you can turn nervous energy into an ally in any situation. How blizzards, bats, and cross-country skis taught her valuable life lessons about determination and conquering challenges. The mind trap she won’t fall prey to when it comes to skipping training sessions. How she reversed osteoporosis. What the key to accomplishing your goals in life and in training is. KEY TAKE AWAY: Setting attainable goals plus accountability is what keeps you on track. Her tips for getting started with an exercise program (no matter your age or fitness level).
    Useful Resources Mentioned: American Ninja Warrior
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep121: The Ninja Warrior Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo, Part 2 | with Jessie Graff, ANW

    Ep121: The Ninja Warrior Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo, Part 2 | with Jessie Graff, ANW

    If you’ve been listening to this show for any amount of time, you know that I love breaking seemingly impossible goals down to small, manageable steps. I’m all about creating tiny habits and incrementally building upon them to progress gradually - hence playing chess with your life instead of checkers. This is one of the key elements in my coaching and mentorship program and it’s also the foundation that today’s guest has used to build herself up to one of the top competitors in American Ninja Warrior (which is frankly being modest - she’s a LEGEND).
    Jessie Graff, also known as the modern-day Wonder Woman, is the first woman to finish stages 1 & 2 in the Las Vegas finals of American Ninja Warrior, she is an accomplished stunt woman in Hollywood working on such films as G.I. Joe, Transformers, Wonder Woman, and Alita: Battle Angel (to name a few), and she is also the daughter of fellow American Ninja Warrior and recent podcast guest Ginny McColl.
    In today’s conversation, Jessie and I go deeeeeeeeeep into the inner psychology that drives her to compete and perform with such consistency and at such a high level. We talk about the practices and habits that have led to her success as well as the struggles, injuries, and the challenges she has overcome both as a child and an adult. And most importantly we discuss how she developed the mental toughness and fortitude that has led to her becoming the badass she is today (spoiler alert: Her mom had a lot to do with it).
    But don’t let all of that scare you away...Jessie is also one of the nicest, sweetest, and down-to-earth “celebrities” I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing.
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    Here's What You'll Learn: The story of how a chicken dress opened a new career door for her in stunt work. What she learned from her mom that she carries with her into Ninja training. How she keeps herself inspired even through injury. The secret to tackling any obstacle you encounter. The embarrassing story of what happened in Season 7 of ANW and the drastic change she made in her training after that injury. How she accidentally learned about the career of stuntwomen and became inspired to be one. The mindset shift she uses to avoid disappointment when she doesn’t achieve a goal. What obstacle she conquered that made her scream, “Anything is possible! I did it!” The exact method and approach she uses to mentally and physically prepare herself for each obstacle. Why Jessie thinks confidence is the number one Ninja killer. The different levels of commitment required for training to build up strength and experience while staying safe. What magic phrases Jessie has printed on a sign that hangs in her workout room to keep her accountable and inspired to do her dreaded squats. Jessie’s best advice for achieving impossible dreams.
    Useful Resources Mentioned: Ep120: The Ninja Warrior Mother-Daughter Dynamic Duo, Part 1 | with Ginny MacColl, ANW
    Epic Chick Fight Video
    Epic Chick Fight (Live Action Chicken Fight)
    Jessie Graff: First Woman to Finish Stage 1 - American Ninja Warrior
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep119: [Case Study] Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, Better Managing Your Time, And Making the Most of This Pandemic | with Ariel Fujita, Kristi Shimek, and Maxton Waller

    Ep119: [Case Study] Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, Better Managing Your Time, And Making the Most of This Pandemic | with Ariel Fujita, Kristi Shimek, and Maxton Waller

    Having spoken to and worked with hundreds of people worldwide over the last six months, if there’s one constant to the ever-changing landscape of 2020, it’s that this global pandemic has been a magnifying glass amplifying every tiny little detail about our lives (and society at large) that just wasn’t working. For many this intense awareness has been paralyzing while for others it’s been a motivating call to action.
    So what’s the difference for those who feel stuck versus those who take action and see results?
    Maybe you’re sick of being stuck on the wrong career path and feeling desperate to pursue your true passion, but you’re too afraid to take action because you’re waiting to “see how things work out?”
    Maybe you’re anxious about work swallowing up what semblance of life you have outside your career…especially now that you’re stuck working from home?
    Or maybe you are so overwhelmed about all the uncertainties and unknowns that you feel paralyzed and unable to focus on anything but just getting through another day. Yes, pandemic-induced procrastination is indeed a thing.
    If any of these sound like you, I have three amazing guests on today’s show that know exactly how you feel. Ariel Fujita is an unscripted editor making the transition to colorist. Maxton Weller is a sound editor and composer for films and video games, and Kristi Shimek is an indie film editor transitioning to scripted television. This episode is a case study where I speak candidly with all three who are members of the Optimizer community who have successfully navigated the challenges of being an introvert, who have battled the perfectionism that holds us back from accomplishing our goals, and who can relate to how imposter syndrome keeps us stuck in the wrong career path. And we discuss the strategies and methods they all implemented to work through these common pitfalls to feel confident and clear, not only about what they want in life but more importantly, how to actually live it. All three guests have recently completed my coaching & mentorship program, put in a lot of hard work, and have achieved amazing results…while by the way, living through a global pandemic.
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    Here’s What You’ll Learn: The serendipitous timing of how Maxton ended up starting coaching with Zack when he needed it most. The separate but eerily similar stories of how Ariel and Kristi both almost skipped Zack’s Networking for Introverts seminar because they were too shy and scared. Why Ariel struggled with burnout and the mind-set shift she had to make to overcome the endless cycle. KEY TAKEAWAY: Learning to ask the right questions will improve the quality of your life and the connections you make. Why building confidence requires a deep dive into your psychology and your motivations. The number one thing you need to get better at before you can even start networking. How to stop waiting for focus to magically appear and instead learn to train it. What you need to implement systems to improve time management and keep you accountable. What a brain dump is and why doing it regularly will alleviate stress and anxiety. Why doing a daily wrap up is essential for setting boundaries especially when working from home. How Kristi got back her nights and weekends by setting expectations at the start of a job. What Maxton’s IMDB spreadsheet revealed to him and how it led to a relationship with a composer he’s admired for years. Maxton’s revelation about outreach emails: “It’s not IF people want to help you, it’s CANthey help you” What transformed Kristi from being afraid to send outreach emails to doing it every single week and getting a 100% response rate. The magic formula to writing successful outreach emails. The Ben Franklin Effect: what

    • 1 hr 36 min
    I Said No to a Job (A Good One)…During a Pandemic

    I Said No to a Job (A Good One)…During a Pandemic

    This episode is a reading of guest author, Debby Germino's article: I Said No to a Job (A Good One)…During a Pandemic
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Customer Reviews

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A Light in the Dark

Zack’s podcast is an inspiring, much needed burst of positivity and productivity. His enthusiasm is infectious, and his interviews and personal story are a lifeline for anyone struggling with work-life balance, feeling stuck in a career dead-end, or just generally feeling low and/or unhealthy. His interview subjects are diverse and interesting, and Zack’s questions bring out many useful actionable steps to greater productivity, happiness, and general well being. A very great resource for anyone wishing to improve self, career, or personal relationships.

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Just what I needed

Optimize Yourself is an excellent podcast for anyone who works at a computer all day. While Zack focuses on film post-production, many of the podcasts are applicable to anyone who has a sedentary job and needs to keep moving during their work day.
Like Zack, I'm a film editor, so I also enjoy that he has expanded his show topics to include industry interviews and tips on succeeding in the business.
This podcast has helped me considerably in changing my working lifestyle, and becoming more concious of keeping healthy, both physically and mentally.

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So Helpful that I Hired Zack as my Coach

Zack's podcasts kept me in the game during a season of unemployment as a picture editor. Listening kept me inspired and excited about my career. I learned from the stories and adopted new habits, adding so much value that I hired him as my coach.
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Toronto, Canada

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