Julie Foucher MD, MS is a four-time CrossFit Games athlete and family physician.
Her passion lies in bridging the gap between fitness and medicine to empower individuals to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. She brings you weekly content on Tuesdays alternating between expert interviews, short, practical reviews on a range of health and fitness topics, and stories of everyday individuals who have used lifestyle to overcome health challenges.
Sam Briggs: Sights Set on Fittest 40-Year Old PH201
Samantha Briggs has been a staple athlete within the CrossFit community for over a decade. Her nickname, “The Engine,” refers to her incredible work capacity in longer events, but it now seems to apply to her longevity in the sport as well. Sam is a 9-time CrossFit Games competitor, the 2013 Fittest Woman on Earth, and in 2022, she has her sights set on becoming the fittest 40 year-old in history.
It’s been over 3 years since Sam last joined me on the podcast, so I was excited to have the chance to catch up with her recently to learn more about what she’s been up to lately. We talked about several of the philanthropic endurance challenges she’s taken on, her world record time at the Spartan Games, how she’s adapted her training over the years, and what drives her to continue working hard in the gym, day in and day out.
You can connect with Sam via Instagram @bicepslikebriggs
Ep 90 - CrossFit Games General Manager Justin Bergh: The Man Behind the Magic
Ep 72 - Sam Briggs on Going Back to Basics and Training for Longevity
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Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns
Q+A: Celebrating 200 Episodes PH200
200 episodes of Pursuing Health, wow!
To celebrate, I decided it was time for a long overdue Q+A style episode. Thank you to everyone who responded to my email request for questions; there were so many fantastic ones, and I wish I was able to cover them all!
Roll Up Your Sleeves: Dr. Francis Collins on the COVID-19 Vaccine PH199
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and the only presidentially appointed director to serve more than one administration. In this role, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.
I have been a fan of Dr. Collins since I first read his book in medical school, and given his role in the response to COVID-19, I was curious to learn more about his insights on how we can bring the pandemic to an end. We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, from how the COVID-19 vaccine works, the impact of Long COVID, how lifestyle and precision medicine can play a role in the prevention of disease, and how Dr. Collins reconciles his faith in God with his role as a scientist.
Fighting Parkinson’s with CrossFit: Dr. Jeff Livingston PH198
Jeff Livingston is a retired maternal fetal specialist who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the relatively young age of 36 after noticing a tremor in his finger.
Jeff and I first connected at an MDL1, and I was interested to catch up with him to learn more- not only how the high intensity component of CrossFit results in an immediate reduction in his Parkinson symptoms, but also how being a part of the CrossFit community has played such a big role in improving his mental health as well.
The Right Dose of Exercise with Dr. Mark Goodman PH197
Dr. Mark Goodman is an emergency and sports medicine physician who utilizes this secret to help athletes understand how to make the most of their time spent in the gym. Dr. Goodman received his medical training at Oregon Health and Science University and completed his residency at University of Utah, followed by a fellowship in Sports Medicine. He has worked with athletes of all levels and volunteered as a physician for the Cascade Cycling Classic, USA Olympic Speed Skating and University of Utah team sports.
In this episode, Dr. Goodman and I talk about the role genetics play in our response to training, including how they can indicate what our training strengths and weaknesses will be, how much recovery time we need, and which supplements will benefit us the most. We even dig into my personal genomics and talk about some of the factors that might have contributed to my success as a CrossFit athlete.
A Diagnosis Doesn’t Define You: Thriving with Asperger’s PH196
At age 20, Sarah Adams was surprised to learn she had Asperger Syndrome.
Rather than feel limited by her diagnosis, Sarah has been able to use this knowledge as a powerful tool, implementing strategies to be successful in both her personal and professional lives. In this episode, we chat about what it was like to be diagnosed with a developmental disorder later in life, how CrossFit plays a role in keeping her balanced, and the importance of surrounding yourself with a community of friends and family for support.
Great hosting and fantastic guests!
I love how Julie summarizes the podcast major points at the end. This is a great feature of her approach. She is up there with Oprah in terms of interviewing guests. My wife and I really enjoyed the podcast with Eric Roza. He came across as, not only passionate about CrossFit, but also just a good friendly honest passionate guy. I’ve never done CrossFit but this makes me when I try. Also loved the podcast with Johnny Diaz and his wife!
CrossFit Meets Evidence-Based Medicine
This is hands-down one of my favorite podcasts out there! Julie does a fantastic job of hosting CrossFit athletes, physicians, and everyday people who provide great insights and personal experiences related to health, fitness, and personal development. I recommend this to everyone who is interested in medicine, fitness, and holistic health. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to the Pursuing Health podcast!
I learn so much listening to this show!
I have been introduced to so many new ways to look at life and how I take care of myself. I came for the athlete interviews but am so pleased to have actual professionals introduce new ideas. It’s not all athletes and not all medical topics, lifestyle seems to be the theme that has hooked me.