33 episodes

Peak performance, lessons learned at the limits of human experience and the obstacles people overcome to do great things explored with guests from sports, politics, business, tech, the military and more.

Choose the Hard Way Andrew Vontz

    • Business
    • 4.9, 96 Ratings

Peak performance, lessons learned at the limits of human experience and the obstacles people overcome to do great things explored with guests from sports, politics, business, tech, the military and more.

    David Brinton - Olympian, World Champion, Hollywood stuntman, black belt, former pro cyclist, cycling coach and expert witness

    David Brinton - Olympian, World Champion, Hollywood stuntman, black belt, former pro cyclist, cycling coach and expert witness

    On gut instincts, coming up from nothing and the power of why not. The bicycle has taken David to some amazing and unlikely places as a human and professional. He has stunt doubled Mario Lopez, won national and world championships as a masters cyclist and could probably break an oak tree in half with a roundhouse kick. We talk about gut instincts, coming up from nothing and the power of why not. You are what you overcome. Choose the hard way.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Randy Hetrick - TRX Founder/CEO, ex-Navy SEAL Special Missions Unit Squadron Commander

    Randy Hetrick - TRX Founder/CEO, ex-Navy SEAL Special Missions Unit Squadron Commander

    You may have caught Randy on How I Built This with Guy Raz. In this interview, we take a different direction and dig into the early experiences that laid the foundation for Randy’s future success. Randy is the founder and CEO of TRX, the human performance and training company. After rowing at USC where he studied history and martial arts, he had a 14-year career in the Navy as an officer, SEAL Operator and Squadron Commander of the SEALs Special Missions Unit.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Dean Kuipers - Journalist & Author - Iggy Pop, Family & Eco Radicalism

    Dean Kuipers - Journalist & Author - Iggy Pop, Family & Eco Radicalism

    Dean built a career writing about eco radicals & profiling artists like David Bowie, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, Cypress Hill, the Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson and many others. In his memoir, Deer Camp, he tells the story of how constructing a deer camp and cultivating the land around it in rural Michigan helped him to truly know his estranged father.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Tony Blauer - On being your own bodyguard, mastering fear, understanding violence and developing situational awareness in business and life.

    Tony Blauer - On being your own bodyguard, mastering fear, understanding violence and developing situational awareness in business and life.

    Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on real-world violence, Tony Blauer has spent 40 years perfecting his personal defense readiness system and building businesses around the technologies he has perfected. His system is rooted in evolutionary biology, neuroscience and the way our bodies and brains instinctively react to fear with a startle-flinch response.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly - entrepreneur & talent amplifier on identifying and championing innovators

    Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly - entrepreneur & talent amplifier on identifying and championing innovators

    Z launched and curated the first-ever TEDx event and founded innovation centers at MIT and USC launching 39 venture-backed startups from university research. She was the entrepreneur in residence for the city of Los Angeles under Mayor Garcetti and she’s been an advisor to the World Economic Forum and the Obama administration. She has started and sold companies and even worked on the Space Shuttle engine.

    • 55 min
    Regan Long - Local Brewing Co. Co-founder, CEO & Brewmaster

    Regan Long - Local Brewing Co. Co-founder, CEO & Brewmaster

    Progress is not a linear path, but everything you learn along the way comes into play when you’re bringing your dreams to life. That’s what Regan Long has discovered on her journey from passionate homebrewer and oceanographer to becoming an entrepreneur and award-winning brewmaster.

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

Bobbyheck ,

Boom! Solid Podcast!

Everything about this podcast from the production to the people are next level. Love learning from the insight and risks of people at the top of their game.

Arniehunter 57 ,

Deeper level of learning

Vontz has a real gift at drawing out quality content through insightful questions. His humor and rapport with guests allows the listener to understand leadership and life principles. Very helpful. Thanks Andrew!

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

Andrew, host of the Choose the Hard Way podcast, highlights all aspects of business, performance and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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