12 episodes

Hi, welcome to the Optimistic Podcast, I’m your host Forrest Martinez. I’m here to bring you awesome stories from amazing people. My goal is to inspire you to talk to your co-workers, your neighbors, the people you pass everyday. Because there is an extraordinary story behind every single person.

The Optimistic Podcast Forrest & India Martinez

    • Society & Culture

Hi, welcome to the Optimistic Podcast, I’m your host Forrest Martinez. I’m here to bring you awesome stories from amazing people. My goal is to inspire you to talk to your co-workers, your neighbors, the people you pass everyday. Because there is an extraordinary story behind every single person.

    12. Jen Lee: Olympian

    12. Jen Lee: Olympian

    Jen Lee is a two-time Paralympic gold medalist. It was a packed house on Christmas Eve and after a plate of Coach Anjo’s tamales, Coach Mike gets Jen Lee to talk about his incredible journey.
    Jen Lee opened up about his life, from the accident that caused the loss of his leg, to finding sled hockey, all the way to winning gold. He’s humble, doesn’t take anything for granted, and is still a little uncomfortable with his nickname at the gym- “Olympian.”
     
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    OPTIMISTIC PODCAST SHOWNOTES:
    https://crossfitoptimistic.com/jen-lee-olympian/

    • 47 min
    11. Parenting in the Digital Age

    11. Parenting in the Digital Age

    Coach Mike and Coach Anjo talk with their two youngest kids, Sierra and Maya about growing up with technology. They discuss the struggles of raising kids in an age where information is in the palm of your hand. As parents, they know that if they are not influencing their kids, then someone else is- Instagram influencers, tv-shows, or YouTube personalities. Last but not least, Coach Mike and Coach Anjo talk with Maya about taking away her phone and the subsequent changes they saw in her behavior.
     
    OPTIMISTIC PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticpodcast/

    • 32 min
    10. Sarah Schimpff

    10. Sarah Schimpff

    Forrest talks with Sarah Schimpff, a member from CrossFit Optimistic Alamo Heights. She gives the scoop on how she found CrossFit and now what it’s like working out pregnant. With new fitness goals and motherhood on the horizon she shares part of her journey as she prepares for her first child. Sarah talks about her work in public relations, her Persian roots, and working out with her husband Carter.
     
    OPTIMISTIC PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticpodcast/
    OPTIMISTIC PODCAST SHOWNOTES: https://crossfitoptimistic.com/sarah-schimpff/

    • 1 hr
    9. Tori Parker: Wonder Woman

    9. Tori Parker: Wonder Woman

    Tori Parker was originally a CrossFit skeptic but after her first 10 minute workout, she was hooked. She takes us on her fitness and weight loss journey from being 240 pounds to now a CrossFit coach and barbell enthusiast. "Wonder Woman" shares how CrossFit gave her mental toughness, confidence, and a community that has impacted her life in and out of the gym. 
     
    OPTIMISTIC PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticpodcast/
    OPTIMISTIC PODCAST SHOWNOTES: https://crossfitoptimistic.com/tori-parker-wonder-woman/

    • 49 min
    8. Will Brooks: A Lawyer's Mindset

    8. Will Brooks: A Lawyer's Mindset

    Will’s job is never boring. As an attorney who primarily practices criminal defense, he works on cases ranging from murder to DWI to marijauna possession. He can eat his lunch while looking at grisly murder scene photos and then come to CrossFit Optimistic Alamo Heights, get a WOD in and a few laughs. He talks about balancing work, family, and staying grounded in a job that can be challenging to your moral compass. As a lawyer he talks about what he considers wins for his clients and how he must dispel prejudices jury’s bring into the courtroom.
     
    OPTIMISTIC PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticpodcast/
    OPTIMISTIC PODCAST SHOWNOTES: https://crossfitoptimistic.com/will-brooks-a-lawyers-mindset/ 

    • 45 min
    7. Keep it Simple: 9 Values that Guide our Family

    7. Keep it Simple: 9 Values that Guide our Family

    Coach Mike and Coach Anjo woke up with no job, no income, and a family of four kids to provide for on January 1st, 2013.
    Over steaming cups of coffee, Coach Mike and Coach Anjo explain how the tough separation from Alamo CrossFit sparked the the creation of their 9 family values and their gym, CrossFit Optimistic.
    7 years later, they reflect on their simple belief in CrossFit, their family, and the power of community that led them to the values guiding them in their life every single day.

    OPTIMISTIC PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/optimisticpodcast/

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

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S Johnson

Forrest is a very talented interviewer who gives his guests plenty of breadth and space to speak their story. I’m really enjoying it!

TX_Wheelbarrow ,

Honesty, Integrity, and Love for one another.

First of all I may a little bias in my review because I know the Martinez family, but now you do too! Listening to Michael and Angelina speak about their life experiences and how they got to where they are today is just the tip of the iceberg. This podcast is and will be more than stories about individuals, it is the start of a beautiful story narrated by Forrest and India. It’s a story about how individuals from different walks of life have become what Michael Martinez says is everything to him ‘Family’.

Sierra_rain_. ,

What a wonderfully done podcast!

Being able to hear amazing stories from everyday people is truly inspiring. It’s a unique one of a kind podcast. 10/10 would recommend.

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