Welcome to the Born to be Barefoot podcast, where we thrive on adventure, and strive to spread knowledge in the ways of optimal movement, balance, and longevity in activity. Your guides, Stuart Gordon and Katie Tsuyuki are dedicated to taking you on a journey of wild stories, and informative tips and knowledge from other forward-thinking trail-blazers. Tune in each week as we meet with courageous guests like Olympic snowboarders, extreme runners, cross-country backpackers & people who enjoy an active lifestyle! You will hear stories of their most intense experiences from the wild. Learn industry secrets from field experts like medical pros and coaches to keep both you and your tribe safe and healthy; avoiding foot, body and gait-related pathologies along your journey. In today’s world, almost every step we take is with some kind of footwear. We start wearing shoes before we can even walk! Yet, our feet are designed to be bare. In our podcasts, we discuss this conundrum with our guests and show you how you can create the benefits of barefoot function from within almost any shoe! On this podcast, we are dedicated to helping you enhance your natural moving abilities for lifelong activity. Our goal is to keep you on your journey without inhibitions, well down your own path! In a “shoes required” world, let this podcast be your permission to live Barefoot.
Pioneering Pain-Free Performance | Insights from Dr. Britni
Today we are proud to present our guest Britni, of Denver, CO. She is a doctor of physical therapy and a pain free performance strength coach. After about 3.5 years of working in the traditional outpatient clinic model Britni started to feel burnt out and began to shift outside of the traditional clinic setting. Britni started online coaching in 2022 working with active adults who are struggling to manage pain/injury. In 2023 after moving to Denver, CO, Britni also started a cash based practice which she now operates inside of two different gyms in the greater Denver area. When she's not working Britni loves being outdoors hiking, snowboarding, exploring Denver or reading a good book. Tune in this week to hear this interesting conversation.
How it works 2:30Live vs online 12:30Warm ups 15:45Workout recommendations from Britni 23:15Stretches and exercises for desk workers 32:30Insoles and feet 39:40Connect with Britni 48:40
“Would you say having a designed warmup might be more important than a designed workout?” “I think both are important, but I think if you have a poorly designed warmup, that’s essentially not setting you up for the best success that you could have in your workout, which kind of has a bigger impact, I guess you could say, than a poorly designed workout.” 17:20
Building a Fitness Community | Insights from Highland Fitness and Wellness
We have 2 lovely guests on the podcast today named Kristi Harrison and Matthew McKeown, who are co-owners of Highland Fitness and Wellness, a personal training studio and fitness community in Scarborough, Ontario. They fill us in on some great tactics of how they’ve been able to build their gym culture in the best way possible, and then we get into what to focus on when helping your clients in improving their physical health. Movement is very necessary for each day, especially for those who are working a sedentary job 8 hours a day and they give some good examples of how to do that.
About Kristi, Matt, and their gym 0:45Creating a community 7:30Focusing on the scapula and lumbar spine 16:30The worst thing about sitting 19:50Clients want professionalism 28:45Targeting specific people and groups 41:50Looking at feet and gait 49:00
“I think the hardest thing is teaching people there’s more of a mental side that this is the rest of your life. Not meaning that you have to use the rest of your life, but the goals you want to accomplish, they need to be the rest of your life, and you can’t convince them on that. You can maybe show someone that, but you have to get someone who’s pretty much there already, that they know ‘I need to make significant changes and I know this is gonna take long term.’” 17:18
Return of Bronco Billy | I Can Go the Distance
We have a returning guest on the podcast this week, Jeff Browning, who is a master long distance runner. Many know Jeff as “Bronco Billy” and royalty of the ultra marathon category. He has finished around 200 ultra marathons, which includes 52 one-hundred-mile-plus ultras. He has come in first place in 30 of those races, so we are so honored to be speaking with a world champion today. Jeff and Katie talk about everything from getting in the right mindset to foot care and the importance of heart rate variability.
This last race and how he won 1:30Training that mindset to do this difficult thing 6:30Foot care 20:45Heart rate variability (HRV) 29:40Staying away from seed oils 38:45
“I think everything in life prepares you, I think working on your mindset all the time, and that’s being willing to embrace hard things in your life, whether that’s learning something new or figuring something out. Always having a positive attitude is important, and positive mental speak as much as possible. It’s easy to say, hard to put into practice, to really be positive daily.” 6:51
Veteran Advice from TOPGUN Pilot Mike Whetstone | Physical Health in the Military
In this week’s episode Katie and Stuart interview Mike Whetstone, who has over 25 years of military leadership and training experience and is a former FRS and TOPGUN instructor, and owner and president of BMK Ventures, a Vetfirst certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. A big part of his business is helping prepare the medics in the field by putting together these kits that they can acquire, which contain all the resources they may need when faced with tough or intense physical situations on the battlefield.
History, fitness, and prep for flying in the Air Force 3:00BMK Ventures 9:00Military is a massive amount of footwork 16:00Testing balance in military 25:00Seeing the curvature of the Earth 31:00Being disabled in service 33:00Seeing the difference of the Barefoot Insoles 38:00
“It’s a young man’s game and I’ll tell you what, I creak and crack, and I pretty much blame pulling Gs on that.” 8:45 “Believe it or not, I told myself I was gonna run a marathon before I turned 40 and on my 40th birthday I hadn’t run one, so between 40 and 41 I ran 5, and then I kept running them until I messed my knee up. Now I stick mostly to the halves.” 34:27
Understanding Muscles with a Compass | Another Conversation with David Lemke
Today Katie speaks with a previous guest we’ve had named David Lemke, who we have described as a wizard in body work. He’s a technical wizard using a method of technology called Surface Electromyography (SEMG), EEG, and various other things. David grew up in a cold place, trained as a bodyworker, was injured as a young athlete, became an EMG technician and describes himself now as a body explorer with a compass who has treated, assessed, and helped tens of thousands of people from very high performance athletes to your everyday people.
Who David is 1:20Understanding muscles with a compass 6:00Does the heart bring everything together? 15:00The first 2 exercises David uses with his trainer 24:00
“Your core is not your abs and your butt. Your core is your whole central processor and soles of the feet are just as critical, if not one of the most critical input sites to your autonomic nervous system. I like to compare wearing shoes to having your phone in airplane mode and you’re wondering why you’re not sending and receiving calls, but you’ve actually turned off a key antenna. The soles of your feet are how your whole system knows whether you’re upright or not.” 10:26
Wisdom of a Paralympian | Chatting with Evan Strong
Katie and Stuart had Evan Strong on this episode of the podcast, who is an olympic superstar that won a Gold medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics & a Silver medal in the year 2018 in Paralympic Snowboarding. He has done everything that involves a board including skateboarding, surfing, and even playing on chess boards. Join these 3 as they discuss human prosthetics, education, and different living conditions to improve and even help your own kids better develop.
About Evan 1:20Living in Maui, Hawaii 11:50Wearing shoes vs not wearing them 15:45Evan’s lifestyle 23:00School and education 31:30Prosthetics and shoes 38:45
“Nobody has ever thought of ‘Oh, let’s build a prosthetic based on natural biology and actually the natural physiology of a human,’ and they always just think of it around the shoe or the modern shoe.” 42:35
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Awesome to hear these discussions from both a medical and athletic stand and point. Best of both worlds.