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The Down Dog Athletics Podcast is a show created to give competitors a way to learn about mental health and mental mastery. Paul Clingan is a former D1 Baseball Player, Personal Trainer, and Yoga Instructor out of Seattle, Washington.

Down Dog Athletics is dedicated to breaking the stigma around mental health, yoga, and meditation for men, athletes, and the hyper-competitive so they can unlock a higher version of themselves.

Down Dog Athletics Podcast Paul Clingan

    • Mental Health
    • 4.8, 73 Ratings

The Down Dog Athletics Podcast is a show created to give competitors a way to learn about mental health and mental mastery. Paul Clingan is a former D1 Baseball Player, Personal Trainer, and Yoga Instructor out of Seattle, Washington.

Down Dog Athletics is dedicated to breaking the stigma around mental health, yoga, and meditation for men, athletes, and the hyper-competitive so they can unlock a higher version of themselves.

    Balancing physical and mental health

    Balancing physical and mental health

    There is no right or wrong way to do things. Only individual imbalances.

    This is a concept from a the dark and light side frame work that I apply to Down Dog Athletics. Every individual needs to find their own balance within themselves. 

    To listen to blanket advice from others ignores your unique location on your spectrum.

    Some people need to slow down more and some people need to push harder.

    We want to create a balanced a rhythmic eco-system within ourselves so that we can grow and evolve.

    • 14 min
    3x NCAA Champion Hurdler & University of Washington Track Coach Jeshua Anderson

    3x NCAA Champion Hurdler & University of Washington Track Coach Jeshua Anderson

    Jeshua Anderson is one of the most prolific track & field athletes in NCAA history. He is a 4x Pac-10 champion,  a three-time NCAA Champion and the 2011 U.S. Champion in the 400-meter hurdles. He also played football at Washington State his first two years in college. Now he coaches at the University of Washington as an assistant coach.

    In this episode, he shares how his environment and mindset helped propelled him to success at the collegiate and professional level. 

    • 40 min
    Rob Speranza on training with David Goggins and his battle with mental health

    Rob Speranza on training with David Goggins and his battle with mental health

    In short, Rob is a savage. I had him on as a guest to share his journey as an athlete. Rob played D1 football and then fell into a pit of alcohol and depression. It wasn't until he found himself on balcony, ready to jump, that he ignited his life into a powerful and inspiring story. Now over a year sober, Rob has had the opportunity to train with David Goggins and he has transformed into an endurance athlete competing in 50k and IronMan races.

    • 56 min
    Dr. Josie Nicholson shares how she helps athletes with their mental game

    Dr. Josie Nicholson shares how she helps athletes with their mental game

    I'm excited to welcome Dr. Josie Nicholson from the Ole Miss Athletic Health & Performance Staff. She is a licensed psychologist and certified mental performance consultant for the university. Josie talks about the work she does with athletes to help them perform better and manage their mental health. We discuss the transition that athlete's face in their identity as they shift out of college athletics. Lastly, she shares why the word '"yet" can transform any sentence and instill a growth mindset.

    • 57 min
    Oklahoma State RB, Micah Cooper, on the importance of training the mind

    Oklahoma State RB, Micah Cooper, on the importance of training the mind

    "Your mind is like a fire. It can either warm up a house or burn it down." - Micah Cooper

    In this episode, I talk with Micah Cooper about his football journey and what made him successful mentally and physically.

    • 28 min
    5 Lessons From The Marathon I Wasn't Supposed To Run

    5 Lessons From The Marathon I Wasn't Supposed To Run

    In this episode, I share the lessons learned from running my first marathon. It was a marathon that wasn’t planned, but when I crossed the Strava-defined finish line at 3:14:58 I realized a dream of mine.

    When is the best time to PR?

    Why is it important to tell people you are training for something?

    The formula for self-confidence.

    How can dreaming bigger can make something as daunting as a marathon seem more manageable?

    Why I wanted to run a marathon before I was scheduled to.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

abcyogi ,

Loving the most recent guests!

Paul has done a really good job bringing on diverse and interesting guests.

Listener in seattle ,

Great opportunity to learn how to be self aware

I have learned so much from Paul. His curiosity and drive for self improvement is infectious and his courage is inspiring. Paul lives his life fully and is always generous to help others do the same. Love this podcast!

jordanlcasey ,

Such good clarity for mental health

Paul does a great job breaking down not only your body, but your mental health in each episode. Love this for mindfulness!

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