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).*
Bulking up - Micky David
Disclaimer - in this podcast there is some mention of calorie intake, exercise amounts, and body weight. I've done my best to beep out numbers and amounts but please do be careful if this is something that might be up setting for you.
In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast I speak with Micky David, the actor and writer staring in the up coming short film "Bulking up" which follows the life of someone developing muscle dysmorphia.
Listen in full to hear us discuss:
Micky's experience with muscle dysmorphia
How the plans for the film are going
Our opinions on the disordered behaviours rooted in the fitness community
The pressure put on men by tv and film
The fine line between dedication and obsession
This episodes Devils Advocate Question: Don’t you think all this focus on muscle dysmorphia steering people away from great traits such as dedication and self control?
Here's the link for Bulking up's GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bulking-up?member=14394825andutm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheetandutm_medium=copy_link_allandutm_source=customer
To find Micky and to follow the film's progress follow:
The Neuroscience of Dance
Disclaimer - In this episode we do touch on some aspects of poor mental health, these might be upsetting for some.
In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast, I speak with Sofia Martins the Founder of the Neuroscience of Dance. A business that teaches workshops and offers consultancy surrounding neuroscience and how this can help dancers.
In our conversation we touch on:
What is neuroscience?
How did Sofia start her business?
How neuroscience can be used to help dancers, athletes, and gym goers.
How you can implement changes in your life to take advantage of neuroscience.
How dancing can affect your mood.
The importance of creativity.
The find Sofia you can follow her on:
Her website: www.neuroscienceofdance.co
How do we get sport to take mental health seriously?
Disclaimer - in this episode I talk a bit about my experiences with poor mental health, these anecdotes may be distressing for some people.
I have a new microphone on the way, I am very sorry for the monstrosity that is my audio quality in this episode.
In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast, I speak to Mark McGuigan, an occupational therapist by trade and the founder of Willow Grove Consultants. Through Willow Grove Consultants, Mark works with athletes and sports clubs to improve mental health in sport.
Every time I speak with Mark we always end up talking for a long time and often go off on many tangents, and this conversation was no different. Here are some of the things we touched on:
What is an occupational therapist and how can they help with mental health?
The importance of doing what is meaningful
The wonders of failure.
Why Mark started Willow Grove Consultants
The barriers in place that are slowing the adoption of mental health care in sport
How sport can begin to improve it's environment to support athletes
Why we think women's sport is more open to the inclusion of mental health care
And much more!
Devils Advocate: Don’t you think prioritising mental health in sport will result in less effort from athletes (missing training/not competing, like Simone Biles) and therefore worse athletes?
To find Mark and his work through Willow Grove Consultants follow them on:
Their website: https://www.willowgrove.consulting/
Understanding emotions - Dr. Una Foye
Disclaimer - In this episode we talk about eating disorders and mental health issues, please take care if choosing to listen.
Firstly, I just want to apologise for the occasional skips within the recording, I've tried my best to edit around them.
In this episode of the MyoMinds podcast I speak with Kings College London research associate Una Foye about all things emotions and experiences.
In this conversation we touch on many topics, such as:
What emotional intelligence is
How understanding our emotions can impact our life
The importance of recognising the nuances of your own mental health experience
The difficulties we can face when trying to "be yourself"
The different experiences of eating disorder "recovery"
Our responsibility to our mental health
And Una's distaste for cheese...
I loved speaking with Una and I hope you all enjoy it too.
To find Una you can follow her on twitter: @unafoye
Analysing Athlete Personalities - Dr. Amy Izycky
Disclaimer - In this podcast we talk about eating disorders and other mental health experiences that may be distressing to people. Please take care.
In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast I speak to clinical psychologist and author of "Skewed To The Right: Sport, Mental Health and Vulnerability", Dr. Amy Izycky.
This conversation spans many different topics, including:
Amy's experience with the disordered behaviors that are normalised in certain sports.
The presence of lasting generational trauma.
The ins and outs of psychoanalysis.
When disordered exercise and eating behaviours become a problem.
The role of masochism in athlete mental health.
Grief in injury and sports retirement, and how this may link to athlete alcoholism and drug use.
The importance of creating a "pyramid" rather than a "tower" of who you are.
Todays Devil's Advocate question: Athletes don’t need a psychologist, back in the day they just pulled up their socks up and carried on, what’s the point?
Make sure to check out Amy's book "https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skewed-Right-Mental-Health-Vulnerability/dp/1912691825 (Skewed To The Right)". To find Amy you can follow her on:
Coaching Athletes With Eating Disorders - Dan Robinson
Disclaimer - in this episode we talk about eating disorders, excessive exercise, and other mental health issues. Please take care if you decide to listen.
In this episode of the MyoMinds Podcast, I speak with endurance running coach Daniel Robinson. Dan has lived experience with an eating disorder, a Ph.D. in sport psychology, and years of experience as a coach.
Through this conversation, we attempt to tackle to problem of how we can begin to improve coaching to help alleviate and/or prevent eating disorders in sport. We touch on topics like:
How best to implement experts by experience to help implement change.
The importance of recognising imposter syndrome as well as your ego.
Whether there is a truly appropriate way of coaching
The issues that come with creating a fear of being "cancelled" for coaching in a suboptimal manner
How can coaches create an atmosphere that is helpful for athletes with eating disorders?
Is it right to aim to always be happy?
Today's devils advocate question: We know coaches can influence athletes mental health so shouldn’t we be shunning all coaches for so many athletes having mental health issues?
To find Dan, you can follow his awesome initiative The Oregano Project, which supports refugee athletes, online:
George’s conversations are inspiring, in depth and extremely interesting. George’s personal experience and interest in the area shines through and makes for a very educational, yet relatable, conversation! This is a must for anyone who exercises, even if you don’t struggle with your mental health it is so important to be aware and listen to these conversations!