5 episodes

Conversations with athletes, fighters, scientists, writers, brave intellects from all walks of life who have chosen the difficult path.

Take It Uneasy Lex Fridman

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 28 Ratings

Conversations with athletes, fighters, scientists, writers, brave intellects from all walks of life who have chosen the difficult path.

    Arianna Huffington: Thrive Global and the Huffington Post

    Arianna Huffington: Thrive Global and the Huffington Post

    Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global (in 2016) and the founder of The Huffington Post (in 2005). She is the author of fifteen books, most recent two being Thrive and Sleep Revolution, both international bestsellers. These books explore how to both work hard and keep a lifestyle that seeks well-being, wisdom, wonder. We got a chance to sit down for this quick chat after a conference we both spoke at and got right into the big topics of mortality, obsession, meaning, happiness, and love.

    • 21 min
    Dan Gable: Wrestling

    Dan Gable: Wrestling

    Dan Gable is one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time. Bigger than records and medals, to millions, he is a symbol of guts, spirit, mental toughness, and relentless hard work. As a wrestler, he was undefeated in high school. Undefeated in college until his very last match. And having lost that match, he found another level. And became a world champion and an Olympic champion. He did not surrender a single point at the 1972 Olympic games. As a coach, he lead the Iowa Hawkeyes to 15 national titles and 21 Big Ten championships. He coached 152 all-Americans,

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Jimmy Pedro: Judo

    Jimmy Pedro: Judo

    Jimmy Pedro is a World champion, 3x World medalist, 2x Olympic medalist; we talk about his father (Big Jim Pedro Sr), his early career, the times he wanted to quit, overcoming a neck injury, coming back from retirement, the life of an athlete vs the life of a coach, a system for developing elite-level judoka, Japanese vs Russian judo, periodization, a weekly program for an elite-level judoka, toughest moment as a coach, watching Travis Stevens lose the semifinals at the Olympics, mental game, visualization, IJF, judo as a spectator sport, the future of judo in the United States and the rest of the world, and

    • 1 hr
    Ryan Hall: Jiu Jitsu

    Ryan Hall: Jiu Jitsu

    Ryan Hall is a BJJ black belt, head instructor of 50/50 BJJ, an ADCC bronze medalist with a long career in high level competition throughout which he has beaten many of the top grapplers in the world; we talked about moral victory, maintaining a stoic expression, a unified theory of grappling, the value of competition, a lifelong pursuit of a singular goal, best martial art for self defense, cultivating ego, and much more.

    • 37 min
    Ido Portal: Movement

    Ido Portal: Movement

    Ido Portal is a movement artist, researcher, and teacher; we talked about specialization, his journey in becoming a movement generalist, the sacrifice of specialists, improvisation, coaching, criticism, dealing with complainers, difference of mentality in different countries, perfect practice, Marcelo Garcia, learning new things versus perfecting old things, building work capacity, mentor/disciple relationship,  moving alone and in a community, moving through injury, antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, paleo diet, technology, Tom Waits, Charles Bukowski, cultivating the weird, etc.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Clwnslw ,

Non-stop life education

I have a 30 mile drive to work. Great topics, informational, and funny. Looking forward to the future blogs.
Steven Wilson

Christopher Round ,

Well done

Lex brings a strong intellectual flair to the conversations he has with other grapplers. Not in an intimidating way, but in a way that forces you to think through what is being said. He has managed to really bring in some top notch people, and get a look at their inner workings as athletes and as people.

crutonic ,

Podcast Perfect

After months of listening to stuff like InsideBJJ, BJJLifestyle, OpenMatRadio & JRE, I searched to see if my instructors were on podcasts and found this treasure. Not only is it a well spoken, informative and insightful podcast, it’s from the school I train at; Balance in Philadelphia.
As if I already didn’t have a ton of respect for my instructors. Now it’s even more rewarding to hear what they have to say. I’ve learned that BJJ has so much to do with what life off the mat and listening to their life stories and philosophies is extremely inspiring.
Lex’s passion for BJJ, Judo and Wrestling clearly shows and I totally appreciate little glimpses of his Russian humor.

Sure this is somewhat biased but as a white belt, I listen to tons of these as I’m new to exploring the art and found this one to be legit and informative. What I’ve learned from having different instructors every class is that each one has different perspectives due their own unique life experiences, body type and philosophy so listening to different podcasts from around the world keeps you fresh. It’s an endless art so it’s good to hear what different people have to say which keeps it fresh.

My only complaint is now my reading list has expanded due to all the constant solid recommendations.

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