Adam Cobb is a TEDx speaker, nutritionist, movement and mindset coach. Listen to stories from various high performing people around the world how to design your day to find more time and freedom to experience your excellence. Learn how movement is the heartbeat of momentum, that average is an accident and (spoiler alert) how we all have access to endless energy. Leadership starts and ends with a lifestyle led by design. Learn what's possible if you led a life as if you had an extra day, live from a new mindset, 8 DAYS A WEEK.
Lita Lewis: How Do You Awaken Your Soul?
Lita Lewis has been in the fitness industry for a while and is passionate about helping people become the best versions of themselves, no matter how that may look for them as an individual. She is brave, wears her heart on her sleeve, and shows up for people in a way that allows them to be the best versions of themselves.
Lita shares how she takes ‘coming alive’ a bit further by focusing on awakening the soul. “I do find myself living with a lot of passion and purpose which has given my life meaning, which has then turned into true health and happiness.” She recalls feeling empty when she was working a corporate job in NYC. She didn’t want that to be her life. “In movement, I found a new spark.” But it didn’t fix everything. “How do I give time and energy to this inner fitness?” Lita began to meditate, pray, write positive affirmations on post-its, and create vision boards to help he reach breakthrough.
Being By Yourself
Finding time to herself before used to mean spending time outside, but that has changed due to the global pandemic. During COVID-19, she finds her moments alone by going into the bathroom for a bath or shower, turning all the lights off, lighting a bunch of candles, and listening to music.
Alive? Awaken. Movement creates: freedom. Eat for: fuel and enjoyment. Desert island food? Mango. Your center? Absolute peace. “It’s finding that inside voice when the whole world is chaotic.”
Adam shares a moment he expressed gratitude for everything Lita does that caused her to tear up. Lita shares how she sees her ability to listen as one of her biggest gifts from God; being a parent is a gift she feels she is still growing into. If she could have an 8th day in the week, she would fill it with stillness in nature. “You need to switch off in order to switch on.”
She’s been listening to the soundtrack for The Photograph composed by Robert Glasper. Keep up with Lita at @followthelita and com. She has an app you can download here!
Steve Serio: How Do You Deal With Not Being Okay?
Steve Serio is a Paralympic Gold Medalist for Team USA Basketball and also the kindest man in the world. Adam shares the moment he first saw Steve in the gym; he was so inspired by what he saw that he had to say hello and get to know him. More than ever, right now people need to hear good news. They need to not only hear hope but feel hope in their hearts. We hope this conversation will help you feel that.
Asking the Questions
“Always treat someone like a person first. No one wants to be defined by their disability.” Steve encourages everyone to start conversations with people with disabilities. Don’t be afraid to ask people what their disability is but talk to them as a human first. “It’s through asking that we’re going to become a more inclusive society so never shy away from those questions.” Steve also acknowledges some of the words that can feel uncomfortable for a lot of people in the community. Steve acquired his disability when he was 11 months old. He had an undiagnosed benign spinal tumor that crushed his spinal cord. This caused an incomplete paralysis of his lower extremities.
Preparing for Paralympics
The Paralympics are the Olympics for people with physical disabilities. Steve has been on Team USA since 2006. Steve unpacks the reactions people tend to have when they see wheelchair basketball for the first time. If you want to check out a wheelchair basketball game, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Gold Medal game is a good place to start. You can watch it here.
Being a Leader
Steve and Adam reflect on conversations they had when Adam was going through his ACL healing journey and considering sharing the experience to connect with others. The biggest piece of advice Steve had for Adam was to not take advantage of the moment. Steve also shares how quarantine in this time of COVID-19 has been affecting him, specifically the way it has changed how he views his role as a leader. “Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had to learn how to not be okay.” Steve is a mentor to others and the advice he gives to newly disabled people is to count their daily wins.
The Small Things Steve is Prioritizing in Quarantine
“It’s the idea of doing small things over the course of a very long time that ultimately determine who you are going to become as a person or as an athlete or as a leader.” Focusing on at-home workouts. Cooking healthful meals with new ingredients he hasn’t used before. Calling his family every single day just to check in and make sure his loved ones are supported and staying safe.
Steve’s Question For You
“How do you deal with not being okay?”
Let us know over at @8daysaweekpodcast on Instagram and let’s start a conversation. You can keep up with Steve at @steveserio11 on Instagram. Make sure to subscribe on iTunes so every week the new episode will go right to your phone!
Mum: How Community and Connection Can Help Us Heal
This week on the podcast, Adam is talking with his hero— his mum. She is the one who taught him to always make a difference. “We, as people in a community, should take care of each other the best that we can.” This conversation was recorded back when Adam was 6 months into recovering from his ACL surgery. We know the importance of coming alive and finding your center, but here is your reminder that you can’t have health without healing and you can’t have healing without health.
Adam’s mum shares the pain she felt watching her son recover from such a painful experience. She remembers having to step back and let other people help him through the recovery, even though she herself has a career in physical therapy. They fondly remember spending time together outside, doing yoga, doing sound healing, and praying. He reflects on spending 6 months at home as an adult and how he learned better communication with his mum in that time
We Need Each Other
“As old as I get— it doesn’t matter. I still need a mum. You came through beyond what I could imagine.” Adam talks about falling in love with his hometown for the first time in his life and growing in his faith.
What This Means in 2020
At the time we’re releasing this episode, people all over the world are having to stay indoors and isolate or practice social distancing. It’s a time when families are coming together, whether in the same house or over video chat. While circumstances are not ideal, we can use this opportunity to connect and make time for these conversations. (Special shout out to all the single mothers out there raising sons!) Let’s highlight these moments and create adventure in whatever way we safely can right now.
Adam’s mum’s question for you: what service fills your heart? Let us know over on Instagram at @8daysaweekpodcast. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so these new episodes go right to your device!
Todd McCullough: Pivotal Moments, Morning Routines, and the Truth About Wellness
Welcome back to the 8 Days A Week Podcast where Coach Adam Cobb and guests will help you come alive and find your center! If you missed the first episode of 2020 with Lindsay Wojciechowski, you can listen here. For this episode, Adam virtually sat down with Todd McCullough to chat about all things fitness, faith, and wellness. Adam and Todd dive into their morning and evening routines, how they find joy, and how they embrace rest.
Making Big Moves
“The one thing in life that’s constant is change.” Todd shares how he confronts adversity through having control of his morning routine. He recalls a time he was visiting Santa Barbara and he kept seeing an older woman out in the cold water with no wet suit. He shares the moment he asked her about why she did it and how her response solidified in his heart that he was meant to live in Santa Barbara.
Moments of Rest
Todd’s morning routine: moment of gratitude, lifting up a loved one, visualize what success looks like today, be still and listen to the sounds of the room and the rise and fall of your breath. “Through the struggles that we all have, there is an opportunity for greatness on the other side.” Adam shares that he asks God questions at night and listens for the answers in the morning. Every night he journals in his 5 Year Journal: “What was the beauty in my day?”
The Truth About Wellness
“Wellness is more than just burpees and Kale. It’s also your emotional and spiritual wellness.” Todd shares that people often tell him that the physical changes they experience from working with him are secondary to the emotional and spiritual changes they experience.
Todd’s question for you is: What is the one thing you are going to do today to better your life and the lives of those around you?
Keep up with Todd at TMACfitness.com and at @TMACfitness on Instagram. Thoughts about the episode? Share them with us at @8daysaweekpodcast on Instagram!
Lindsay Wojciechowski: Why You Should Replace Your To-Do List With A Delight List
Welcome to the 2020 launch of the 8 Days A Week podcast! Today, Adam is chatting with Lindsay, who is not only a nurse practitioner, but also a dear friend. Their friendship was born out of a shared workout at the Duke football field. Tune in to the episode to hear how Lindsay masters her movement.
“…control of everything else in my life. Movement is the driving factor for me; if that doesn’t happen, nothing else does to the ability I believe I am capable of.” Four words Lindsay sees as connected: movement, diet, sleep, thoughts. If one thing is off on any given day, everything else is derailed. The goal: achieving grace and control.
Lindsay is passionate about keeping herself accountable, particularly through making lists and taping them around her home. “If I need more motivation and reminders of the things that center and ground me, then there’s stuff taped all over the place.” Think “what fills my tank?” and own it so that you can be the best you.
Grace + Control; Joy + Delight
“If I’m taking care of myself… I have grace in the way I respond to things that may be out of my control.” Lindsay started to write ‘delight’ lists. The requirements: it has to stop you in your moment and bring you joy. She shares her current ‘delight’ list on the episode.
Moving Through Health Challenges
Lindsay opens up about her experience healing physically and emotionally from cervical cancer and acknowledges the importance of staying on top of your health. “Pay attention to your spirit, your emotions, and your physical health. Don’t think that you can heal completely if you don’t address all of them.”
Does Lindsay have you thinking about your own delight list? Share with us what’s on your list over on Instagram at @8daysaweekpodcast.
Rino: The Best Way To Finish Every Workout
My guest today is a client and friend who I personally have seen over the last 6 years go through a massive transformation in not only his body but also his mind. Shifting priorities from the grind of Wall Street to a better lifestyle takes courage and support, this is something we explore today along with our episode title, The Best Way To Finish Every Workout. I want to thank you Rino for sharing your personal journey, your heart, and your treat meal with the show.
Rino is a successful business man, CEO, Investor, husband, Dad of 2, an avid Patriots fan, a lover of quotes, and dear friend.
Rino explores how he gets rid of his stress and anger Quote of the show, " Life is about relationships, those are the things we carry with us. We need to spend time building those, not all of our time building our bank accounts." -Rino Rino reveals his secret weapon to success. Recorded in the beginning of 2018, since then Rino traveled more for pleasure, significantly cut down on commute time, made many more memories with his family, he invited his whole family to the Super Bowl in Atlanta and watched Tom Brady get his 6, and ate a lot more sushi. Thank you, to you the listener, don't forget to subscribe, leave a comment, and head over to www.coachadamcobb.com and download your free 5 meditations under 5 minutes.
Cheers with Water,
Coach Adam Cobb
Adam’s show really unpacks immensely useful ideas and practices in a way that is pragmatic and doable. His advice, humility and depth of compassion is helping me remain centered and forge ahead with positivity in all things.