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.
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.
Resilience From Every Angle | A “Best of” Episode
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no single roadmap for getting through this messy, unpredictable, often unfair ride called life. But what some of our smartest guests have taught us is that there are many. In this special episode, we’ve gathered the best advice for bouncing back when things get tough, scary or uncertain (or all three) from our seriously resilient experts, including Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, “Grit” author Angela Duckworth, and an All-Star athlete whose mental strength is almost as impressive as his ability to read his opponents’ minds. Collectively, their unique perspectives and tips form an all-encompassing approach every one of us can use to create a better outcome for ourselves, no matter what the circumstances.
Jrue Holiday | Playing Mind Games
Being in the moment is powerful, but sometimes you have to think ahead. That’s the balancing act that has helped NBA All-Star and Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday become one of the best defensive players in the game. He studies his opponents beforethey meet in order to read their minds in real time, anticipating their play so they have no choice but to rethink and recalibrate their next move. In this episode, the defensive mastermind reveals his strategies for winning — on the court and as a father — sharing how he uses defeat as motivation and takes breathers to keep his passion going strong.He also talks about why he believes family and faith can help us put everything in perspective when the scoreboard isn’t in our favor.
Graham Betchart | Playing (and Living) in the Moment
Sometimes, in sports — and in life — we’re living five minutes ago, or we’re worried about something that hasn’t happened yet. But according to author, sports psychologist and mental-performance coach Graham Betchart — who’s trained some of the best players in the NBA — it’s our ability to stay with the present moment that separates the great from the good. In this episode, Betchart explains how, just as we train our bodies for strength, speed and agility, we can also train our minds to always come back to “where our feet are.” He shares quick techniques we can all use to center ourselves, reveals the only stat that really matters, and explains why if we really want to win, we’ve got to let go of winning.
Reshaunda Thornton | Building an LTR With Food
According to rogue dietitian Reshaunda Thornton, we’re all in a relationship with food, till death do us part. It’s just a question of whether we’re willing to work to make that relationship happy and sustainable, or whether we’re content to keep arguing at every meal. On this episode, the nutrition expert and host of the podcast “The Dietitian Against Diets” dishes on how food relationships go wrong and what we can do to get them back on track. She digs into the reasons we resort to restrictive eating, why it almost never works, and how we can reorder our thinking to honor ourselves with healthy meals — including big plates of nachos, hold the shame.
Alex Morgan | All-Time Life-Goal Scoring Leader
Two-time World Cup champion Alex Morgan has never seen a challenge she didn’t drive at full speed. In 2019, her U.S. Women’s National Team broke viewership records, scoring records, and glass ceilings. She kept up the momentum with big changes in 2020, having her first baby and moving halfway around the world — all during a global pandemic. As the first guest of 2021, the star forward shares how she’s kept her mind in the game even when the play stopped, and she gives us a peek into daily nutrition and training routines that could help us all keep our goals in sight.
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I discovered trained only recently and I find the topics and the guests super interesting, helpful and inspiring.
I recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to learn and improve!!
Listener for a few years
This is without a doubt, my favourite podcast. You leave brimming with inspiration and ideas on how to revitalize and optimise your life for better workouts, nutrition, sleep and more. Highly recommend - thanks to Nike for throwing their weight behind something that is actually really useful.
Fantastic Pregnancy Episode
I’m pregnant and care deeply about the disparities in maternal outcomes which mean my pregnancy is safer because of the colour of my skin. You covered this topic brilliantly, and I hope spreading this conversation helps to ignite greater understanding throughout the training community.