Join me, Heidi Phillips, and sometimes -my husband, Dr. David Phillips as we explore the aging journey thru various topics with aging athletes, medical professionals and other experts in their field. As aging athletes ourselves, we have a unique perspective on what happens as we age. Having been swimmers, runners and triathletes as well as on the coaching side of things, including working with beginners, and raising athletic children, we plan to cover a variety of topics from mindset to self-care and even nutrition.
Regenerative Medicine and Therapeutics with Orthopedist Luga Podesta, MD
How happy I was to have found someone in SWFL (and close to me) who actually doesn't do surgeries and only works with people who are choosing NOT to have surgery. I didn't even know regenerative therapy existed as a specialty but it's actually been around for quite awhile as you will hear. Dr. Podesta injected PRP (platelet rich plasma) and hyaluronic acid into my knees in November of 2021 for preventative purposes. I've had 2 previous injections of hyaluronic acid only over the last several years (back in AZ) for lack of cartilage under my kneecaps giving me discomfort and swelling.
Dr. Podesta is a nationally recognized regenerative orthopedic and sports medicine physician specializing in the non-surgical treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, and spine, and brings with him over 3 decades of experience on and off the field. Dr. Podesta continues to be selected by his peers as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly since 2017. He is a pioneer in the field of Regenerative Medicine and Orthopedics, a growing medical subspecialty with treatments designed to stimulate the body’s innate ability to naturally repair damaged tissue and heal itself, offering hope for individuals who are unable to or do not choose to undergo surgery.
Dr. Podesta serves as a team physician for Southwest Florida’s and the ECHL’s Florida Everblades Hockey Team, and as a consultant to the Major League Baseball Umpires and World Baseball Classic. In 2008 Dr. Podesta established Podesta Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute in Thousand Oaks, California where he practiced for over 24 years. In 2015, he returned to Long Island as the director of sports medicine and regenerative orthopedics at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. There he served as the head team physician for Suffolk College athletics and team physician and consultant to a number of Suffolk County, New York, high school athletic programs and elite sport clubs prior to relocating to Naples, Florida, as a partner and as the director of regenerative orthopedics sports medicine at Bluetail Medical Group-Naples in 2017.
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#32 Interview with Former Pro Triathlete Turned Executive Coach -Troy Jacobson
Troy Jacobson shares his story about how he became a professional triathlete and later transitioned to executive coach. Troy finished in under 9 hours at the Ironman HI World Championships in 1993 and finished top 20 and third American at the Ironman HI World Championships in 1998. He has been extremely successful in triathlon at all levels, from amateur to pro. His athletic success came as he coached others and grew a business.
Troy helped pioneer online coaching of multisport and single sport athletes, while he also created and branded his own line of indoor cycling training videos -Spinervals- as well as Runervals workout videos.
Troy Jacobson has invested over 30 years as a coach, helping IRONMAN athletes and business leaders focus and improve. He now works with CEO's and Executives to help them, and their organizations, perform at a higher level.
Jacobson Coaching Group, LLC - Website: (schedule a free consultation!)
Spinervals Cycling Workouts (FREE 30-Day Trial!)
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#31 Interview with Marathon Swimmer - Joe Hutto
Joe Hutto is a marathon swimmer who started swimming in his 40's when he noticed a group of "older folks" swimming while he was taking his daughter to swim practice. Joe started with his local Masters Swim group -Masters Swimming is for anyone over 18 who can swim at least the basics of freestyle and wants to swim with an organized group.
Joe started competing after he got into shape and then went on to marathon swimming. In 1998 he swam The English Channel from England to France, 33Km, in 12 hours and 37 minutes. More recently, Joe swam a 10 mile event along with several others totaling over 21 miles in 2019 and in October of 2020, Joe swam the 19.3Km Swim Around Charleston in 5:43:13 at the age of 68!
Joe is inspiring at any age and I was interested in learning how his swimming has helped him in various ways. Being part of a community, having goals to attain, taking care of ourselves and having a positive outlook on life are things that can help all of us age well.
Joe Hutto Long Distance Swims Database:
About USMS and finding a Local Club
***If you do not know how to swim find your local YMCA or local aquatics center for lessons. Once you can complete several lengths of the pool you will be welcome at most masters swim clubs.
#30 Interview with Aimee Huffman - Athlete Turned Holistic Coach, Trainer, Yogi
Please join me as Aimee Huffman - Athlete Turned Holistic Coach, Trainer and Yogi -shares with us why she started helping others with their health and how she can help you. Aimee is a native Texas girl who lives in Austin and she has been coaching individuals for over 15 years.
Learn how Aimee approaches the aging process and why mindset is especially important for us as we age. Aimee has also been successful in helping people to overcome nagging injury issues. From beginner to seasoned athlete, Aimee focuses on recovery, nutrition, proper mindset and she is provides a FREE mental training guide on her website (go check it out!).
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Interview with Susan Saunders of The Age Well Project
Susan Saunders is a health coach, author and TV producer. She's co-author of the blog and book, The Age-Well Project. She is certified as a health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC, and holds their advanced coaching certification. Her work as a coach led her to write The Age-Well Plan, a six-week program to kick start a longer, healthier, happier life. Susan lives in London, UK but works with clients from all over the world.
Please join me as we learn more about what made Susan start the Age Well Blog and consequently co-author and then author her own book. I always believe people who are passionate about what they do have a personal story behind it! Learn about her biggest takeaways since beginning this journey and how we can all take control of how we age. Do you believe you have control over how you age? Science actually shows us that we do. Talking with Susan was lovely and hearing her insights from across the pond shows me that there are many of us who are interested in aging well - we just have to take the information and put it to use.
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#28 Interview with RunsmartOnline.com Founder and DPT -Steve Gonser
Steve Gonser is the founder of RunSmartonline.com (https://runsmartonline.com/ ) who's mission is to provide access to quality training and running programs that provide the foundation for a long and healthy running career. The RunSmart online platform helps runners get back to running faster.
Steve Gonser graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Daemen College, instantly applying his knowledge of human movement and functional anatomy to his passion for running. Steve is a 6x Boston Marathon Qualifier, a 2x Ironman, including a 10:41 finish in Lake Placid and a Sub-3 hour marathoner.
Steve runs 2 programs in addition to providing his online strength and training programs:
The Midfoot Project, helping runners with proper gait and landing techniques, as well as The Kneed for Speed Program (beginning August 1st, but you can start anytime that works for you). This program helps runners increase their speed without having to train harder. Get on his email list and/or join the online platform (see below) to get information on his programs as they become available. Steve Gonsor also provides running analysis as a separate add-on program thru his online platform.
I have been using RunSmartOnline for over a year to help with strength and stability with a focus on one legged exercises for foot strength and balance. I also use the yoga for runners workouts but there are a number of strength programs with videos to follow and I love receiving tips for stretches, warm-ups and drills in my email. *There is also a RunSmart App providing access to everything on your phone! Click below for a 2 week trial.
Check out RunSmartOnline: https://runsmartonline.com/training-plans/
I cannot recommend this program more!
These podcasts are excellent!! Thank you for putting these together for us!