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.
Pace Yourself: Max Finkbeiner and Kate Caines on Metabolic Conditioning PH195
"Imagine you’re doing thrusters, but you can breathe like you’re going for a walk."
Max Finkbeiner and Kate Caines have developed a methodology to help do just that. By using science, data, targeted assessments, and technology, they derive relative intensity personalized to individuals. These athletes can then use this information to inform their training, making sure to work on all of their energy systems with their own personal targets in mind.
Don’t Call it a Comeback: Scott Switzer PH194
Scott Switzer is a former athlete, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a familiar face at CrossFit events across the country. He has a remarkable transformation story, having lost nearly 250 pounds and reversing his diabetes with the help of his neighbor, his family, and his CrossFit community.
In this episode, Scott shares his incredibly inspiring mindset around how he’s improving his mental and physical health. We chat about the ups and downs of his journey: how he recognized he needed to get help from a professional, how he’s found the courage to make big changes in his life, and how he continues to work his way back towards fitness.
Superhuman: Dr. David Haase on Unlocking your Brain’s Potential PH193
David Haase, MD, is a doctor, teacher, author and innovator. In his practice, he strives to be a super-generalist, looking at the human body as a whole and applying relentless curiosity to identify and treat the root cause of a patient’s disease.
Dr. Haase received his medical training at Vanderbilt University and completed his residency in family medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified in family medicine, integrative holistic medicine, neurofeedback and functional medicine. He also holds additional training and certifications in nutrition, health coaching, systems biology, genomics, bioinformatics, and precision medicine.
In this episode, Dr. Haase and I talk about the importance of curiosity, the potential of the human brain, and how better questions lead to better answers, specifically in regard to our own health journeys.
PGA Pro Scott Stallings on Becoming the Fittest on the Fairway PH192
Three-time PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings has been a professional golfer since 2010. Despite turning in successful performances on green, off the course, Scott struggled with sleep, excess weight, and lack of energy, all compounded by a grueling travel schedule.
He finally decided enough was enough and made a huge lifestyle overhaul. He worked with a physician to address hormone imbalances and to correct a sinus problem that was causing sleep apnea. He cleaned up his diet, incorporated CrossFit into his training regimen, and developed strategies to stay on track even though his career has him on the road more days than he is home.
To date, Scott has lost over 40 pounds and has improved his lab markers substantially. In this episode, he shares the steps he’s taken to get in the best shape of his life, and the motivation behind this huge transformation.
Ultra-endurance Athlete Katie Spotz on Testing Your Limits Katie Spotz PH191
Katie Spotz is an incredibly impressive ultra-endurance athlete who has undertaken enormous adventures across the globe to help raise funds for clean water and sanitation for underserved communities.
Just a few highlights: at 22, she rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 70 days, becoming the youngest person ever to do so. In 2020, she ran 138-miles nonstop in 33-hours across the state of Maine. She was also the first person to swim the length of the Allegheny river at 325 miles, she’s cycled across the country, and completed 5 ironman triathlons and countless marathons. Her next adventure will take her cycling across the coastline of Maine, 308 miles from the Canadian border to New Hampshire.
Jess Esch on Treating Yourself with Value PH190
At a very young age, Jess Esch became aware that her shape and size did not fit in amongst her friends. She struggled with years of shame and insecurity and fell into a pattern of starving herself, followed by large binges. By 16, her weight peaked at 220 lbs, and her doctor began discussing the potential for gastric bypass surgery.
Jess was devastated by the idea, and instead turned to her faith to re-frame her mindset. She began to recognize that her value and worth are not determined by her weight. This was the first step in her healing journey. Over time, Jess’s small, consistent changes have resulted in a huge weight loss, and even more importantly, in the discovery that she truly loves living a healthy lifestyle.
In this episode, she shares how she was able to change her mindset from shame to self-love and the tools she used to develop the discipline to change her nutrition and exercise habits.
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.