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Join me, Emily Abbate, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a good time. Hurdle is a wellness-focused podcast where I sit down with inspiring individuals to talk about everything from their big wins to how they’ve gotten through some of life’s toughest moments. On the show, you can expect vulnerability, motivation, and candid discussions with everyone from top athletes to aspiring entrepreneurs on what it really takes to follow your passions. My mission is simple: To inspire you to be your best self, move with intention — and have some fun along the way. Tell me: What's your #hurdlemoment?

Hurdle Emily Abbate

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    • 4.9 • 1.2K Ratings

Join me, Emily Abbate, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a good time. Hurdle is a wellness-focused podcast where I sit down with inspiring individuals to talk about everything from their big wins to how they’ve gotten through some of life’s toughest moments. On the show, you can expect vulnerability, motivation, and candid discussions with everyone from top athletes to aspiring entrepreneurs on what it really takes to follow your passions. My mission is simple: To inspire you to be your best self, move with intention — and have some fun along the way. Tell me: What's your #hurdlemoment?

    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: An Attitude Of Gratitude

    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: An Attitude Of Gratitude

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    • 10 min
    #HURDLEMOMENT: My Experience With Depression

    #HURDLEMOMENT: My Experience With Depression

    I'm OK. Actually, I’m more than OK. These days, my heart feels full. My light feels bright. Really bright. I feel generally happy. I feel hopeful. I feel capable.

    But 10 months ago, this wasn’t the case. My light felt dim. On January 31, I called my best friend after collapsing onto my kitchen floor beside myself because a bunch of pans fell out from the cabinet. It wasn’t about the pans. It was me. I felt stuck. So stuck. Incapable of getting out of my own way. Blank. I’d sit at my computer for hours but nothing would get done. All of the strategies I’ve been using for years to help me feel good in my body felt as though they were failing me. I knew something wasn't right.

    ... and I was right.

    On February 25, I was told by a physician in a small office on Smith Street that I was depressed. Ten months later, I’m finally ready to talk about it. My choice to go on medication. My experiences having hard conversations. Showing up when it felt almost impossible. What it felt like to ask for help. And most importantly: Finding my joy again. Why now? Because I’m in a place or homeostasis. I feel ready. I know that despite how hard this hurdle was in the moment, I am so much better for it. My hope has always been to help others feel less alone on their own individual wellness journey. And today? I pray my story, live in the feed now, does just that.

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    149. Alexi Pappas, Runner, Olympian, Actor & Author
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    If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone. There are resources available to you, including the SAMHSA national hotline, at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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    • 33 min
    230. Jessica Robertson, Co-Founder & Chief Content Officer of TOGETHXR

    230. Jessica Robertson, Co-Founder & Chief Content Officer of TOGETHXR

    To say that Jessica Robertson is passionate about women in sport would be an understatement. The co-founder and Chief Content Officer of TOGETHXR pivoted careers from music journalism to sports back in 2015 and hasn't looked back. Alongside Olympic Gold Medalists Alex Morgan, Chloe Kim, Sue Bird, and Simone Manuel, she's working to disrupt the inequitable pattern in sports and media, increasing female athlete coverage. Rooted in purpose, Jess explains her passion for storytelling — which started from a young age growing up in Kentucky. She also gets vulnerable about a time in her life where she didn't feel seen, and how she plans to work alongside her growing team to truly make a difference. 

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    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Are You An Energy Faucet Or Drain?

    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Are You An Energy Faucet Or Drain?

    If we are the sum of those we surround ourselves with most-often, are you happy with what that looks like? Reflecting on a fulfilling week and the good relationships in my life, and answering a question about advice to my younger self and where I see Hurdle in 5+ years.

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    #HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On How To Recognize & Overcome Trauma

    #HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On How To Recognize & Overcome Trauma

    Trauma is something we all experience in different forms at different times. Whether it's acute, chronic, or complex, its effects can last long after the event (or events) that cause it. That's where Dr. Elisa Hallerman comes into the mix. After navigating her own trauma, swapping careers, and getting sober — Dr. Hallerman has made it her mission to help others on their journey and overcome crisis. For today's episode, we're talking about trauma: What it is, how to navigate it, why it's important to seek out an expert with a trauma-specific focus, and tools you can use at home on your own to move forward. 

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    • 37 min
    229. Kelsey Plum, WNBA Player

    229. Kelsey Plum, WNBA Player

    I walked away from my conversation with Kelsey Plum feeling really thankful. That she's here to tell her story, firstly, and also that in doing so she is helping so many people — myself included. For episode 229, Kelsey shares what it was like for her to grow up in a house of athletes, and the way family competition impacted her mindset both on and off the court. She talks to me about what it was like to be one of the best college athletes of her time, and unfortunately the negative impact that had on her. And then, we really get into it, as Kelsey talks about navigating a period of time where she had suicidal thoughts, not wanting to live anymore, going as far as sitting on top of a tall parking structure with her feet dangling over the edge — wondering how her family would feel if she decided to take the leap. 

    We also talk about the hard emotions that came with draft day, coming out of the fog of depression, and what her best advice is for anyone who can relate with her story. Plus: Her excitement for life these days playing with the Aces, her morning ritual that helps her see the good in each day, and her exciting new partnerships with GSTQ and Under Armour.

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    If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone. There are resources available to you, including the SAMHSA national hotline, at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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    Essential Lessons From 3 Months Of Attending Regular Physical Therapy

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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agomezlicon ,

Enlightening, inspirational

Loved the episode with Rad Lopez. It was truly something special.

mrsb0417 ,

Meh

Hurdle has changed it’s tune as of late. It’s really moving away from its original fitness-oriented content and feels very preachy and life coach-y. If that’s your bag, you’ll probably love it. Also, how many Peloton instructors does one person need to interview?

Kay62290D ,

New thought from a long time listener

I have been listening to Hurdle for a long time and love when I see guests that I follow or know of in other ways (like all the Peloton guests :)) but I realized today that no matter whether I knew the guest or not, Emily always sets up the conversation so I can relate to the person or I learn something. Admittedly I know very little about cycling, but there were so many great nuggets in Sarah Strum’s episode about career changes and other aspects of life. Just a reminder that all episodes of Hurdle are amazing! Thanks Emily for connecting your listeners to a wide range of smart, talented and overall cool people in the wellness space and beyond!

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