Mindset. Movement. Nutrition. Recovery. Sleep. Turns out the same five tools that pro athletes use to break records can help us all stay healthy, happy and strong. On “Trained,” Nike senior director of performance Ryan Flaherty sits down with these athletes — along with psychologists, researchers, physicians, trainers and other experts — to reveal the most powerful, practical and surprising lessons in holistic fitness. With each episode, they dig deep, offering new insights to help us play a better game, run a better race, or just live a better life.
Lewis Howes | Become Your Most Fearless Self
We all develop a wide range of skills in school, but one major topic your syllabi likely lacked? How to handle all your feels. So when life throws the truly tough stuff at us — in Lewis Howes’ case, that included sexual abuse, a brother in jail, and an injury that ended his pro football career — we don’t know how to cope, let alone thrive. After sulking on his sister’s couch for a hot second, Howes decided to face his biggest fears (those aforementioned feelings) and get vulnerable. Now a popular podcast host, best-selling author, business coach and Team USA handball player, Howes is on a mission to help others find greatness by confronting what they’re afraid of. On this episode, the JOAT shares how he’s achieved mental and physical health by working through shame and an identity crisis, and how relying on mentors has turned him into an “athlete of life.”His advice for creating a fear list, shedding personality masks (he has some powerful words for all you male listeners on this one), and thinking exponentially can help us all create our own course on emotional intelligence. Better late than never.
Nicole Sachs | Finding Mental Remedies for Physical Pain
That nagging lower-back pain may mean you need to take it easy— but not necessarily in the gym. Psychotherapist Nicole Sachs learned firsthand that physical distress can stem from unaddressed emotional conflict — and by getting the latter in check, you won’t just live with less pain, you’ll also be happier. After a doctor told her she’d need major surgery for a serious spinal condition and still would never be able to move the way she wanted to, Sachs started conducting mind-body experiments on herself to find another way forward, and — spoiler alert — she did. On this episode, the athlete shares her journey with pain, how she healed herself, and how she now helps others do the same. Her experiences with slowing down, journaling, and managing repressed feelings (including sometimes hating motherhood) can help us all understand and ease our own chronic torments.
John Donahoe | Investing in Your Mental Wellness
How does the leader of the world’s largest sports company navigate corporate life during an unprecedented year — while juggling being a father, husband, grandfather and friend? By practicing a skill not usually taught in business school: asking for support. Nike president and CEO John Donahoe has spent the past three decades sharpening this ability, realizing that it’s a strength — not a weakness — to lean on others in times of mental and emotional stress. In this episode, the four-time CEO shares his journey with therapy, his core purpose at home and in the C-suite, and his prime role models (starting with his wife). He also explains how meditation has changed his life and how he uses gratitude in his own routine. Whether you’re leading a team or just joining one, we can all learn something from Donahoe’s mindful approach to challenge.
Chandler Smith | Leading Beyond the Leaderboard
CrossFit star Chandler Smith seems to have it all: the muscles and the mindset to challenge himself — and the morality to challenge the status quo by speaking out for equality in his sport. But that doesn’t mean the former U.S. Army soldier (as of this year!) doesn’t have weaknesses like the rest of us. In this episode, CrossFit’s highest-ranked Black athlete reveals his favorite junk foods, his secret to keeping cool under pressure, and his advice for realizing our potential in sport — and life.
Season 8 Trailer | Trained. Is. Back
After a short break, Ryan Flaherty returns with a seriously stacked new season of Trained. Need proof? It’s all in this trailer, where we hear from CrossFit athlete ChandlerSmith, who opens up about what it means to maximize potential and perspective. Then we tackle a misunderstood condition in sport and life — chronic pain — with therapist and author Nicole Sachs. From there, we meet School of Greatness host Lewis Howes and learn his surprisingly simple secret to success. Also this season, Nike CEO John Donahoe talks leadership, and even more world-class athletes, experts and a few surprise guests power us with insight and advice on living better, healthier, happier lives. First episode drops May 13th.
Joelle D’Fontaine | Getting in Step — With Yourself
Dance is about more than just moving your body — it’s about moving your soul. Nike trainer and choreographer Joelle D’Fontaine learned that firsthand when he more or less fell into a dancing gig at a gay nightclub, then fell so in love with the art form that he quit his desk job and put his (seemingly endless) energy into teaching dance full-time. In this episode, the founder of London and New York City dance studio At Your Beat shares how we can use dance to clear away anxiety, connect with our bodies, and just enjoy being alive. He also encourages us to embrace being a beginner at something and to be thirsty for ourselves — in the living room, on the dance floor, and throughout life. And Joelle has advice for dancers and non-dancers alike on what we can do to diversify fitness.
Intellectual dive into the mind of sport
I have spent many hours listening to this podcast and it really is brilliant. Guests and hosts alike are giving you a look into sport, training, mental health in a new way. No stigma, just honest talks. I think this podcast is as important to Nike as the Jordan brand.
One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to, it has inspired me to keep pushing forward to my goals. Can’t wait to hear more great content from you guys and keep up the great work.
Great podcast and pivots to current themes
Ryan is a great host and lends the platform to each person he has on the podcast. Great job at keeping up with the current themes and pivoting this PC to focus more on mental health with COVID.