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.
CrossFit and Injuries PH214
Healthcare practitioners speak on what drew them to CrossFit when their colleagues might have said it was dangerous, how the risk of injury in CrossFit compares to other sports, the risk vs. benefits of exercise, the most effective recovery modalities, how we can change the perception of CrossFit in the medical community, and more.
Moving Through Ankylosing Spondylitis with Scott Young PH213
After years of experiencing mysterious intermittent pain in his back, Scott Young was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory autoimmune condition that, over time, can cause the bones of the spine to fuse.
In this episode, he shares how his physical therapist encouraged him to start CrossFit to improve his movement mechanics, and how, over time, that’s led to his realization that staying moving helps relieve some of the stiffness and pain he experiences as a result of his AS.
Healing the Brain with Functional Fitness: Jenna Muri-Rosenthal PH212
Jenna Muri-Rosenthal is a speech-language pathologist, certified brain injury specialist, and a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer. As the founder of Fit to Function Recovery, she has blended these areas of expertise into a program that combines functional fitness with cognitive rehabilitation.
Jenna works with survivors of brain injury and strokes, both one-on-one and in a community environment to help them progress their recovery beyond what is typically considered “good enough” in a traditional rehabilitation setting.
In this episode, we talk about the benefits of CrossFit for those recovering from cognitive impairments, how the training community can better serve this population, and resources for those looking for help for themselves or a loved one.
Quiet Consistency, Big Weight Loss: Jen Dudley PH211
Jen Dudley shares her amazing story of personal transformation. Her struggles with career anxiety and the stress of nursing school had led to an 80 pound weight gain, and no matter how many times she told her friends and family she was ready to make a change, she always seemed to wind up back where she started, feeling embarrassed for her lack of success. She finally got the wake up call she needed when a family member became ill. Jen quietly committed to herself to start a health and weight loss journey that would stick, and over three years she’s lost 75 pounds. In doing so, she’s avoided chronic disease and medications, and gained a love for CrossFit and a community of friends.
HRV + Pregnancy with Dr. Shon Rowan PH210
Dr. Shon Rowan is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed his medical training at the West Virginia University School of Medicine and continues to work there as an Assistant Professor. He is clinically active in reproductive medicine including infertility and In Vitro Fertilization, and recently led a research study exploring how monitoring pregnant women’s resting heart rate and HRV can provide insights to the fitness changes that take place during and after pregnancy.
Taking the Fear Out of Cancer: Fran Whitfield PH209
Fran Whitfield is a London based personal trainer who, at age 25, learned she has breast cancer that had metastasized to her brain and was given a prognosis of 2 years to live. Unwilling to settle for such a grim diagnosis, Fran sought the help of a care team who was willing to fight the disease with her. She credits her hedge of fitness with helping her recover quickly from brain surgery, and her current fitness routine with protecting her mental and physical health as she manages the side effects of chemotherapy. Throughout her treatment, Fran has candidly documented her experiences to help spread awareness to other young people. She hopes that by sharing her journey she can reduce the fear of the unknown that so many people experience as they battle cancer.
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.