66 episodes

Founded with the belief that what makes a great athlete makes a great person, each week Ken interviews the brightest minds in sports performance, strength and conditioning, mental performance and wellness to understand what today's elite athletes are doing to perform at the highest levels. Through exploration of new concepts and methods he’ll seek to understand how you can apply this to reach your own athletic goals, but more importantly your potential as a person. Because although your playing days might be behind you, don’t you owe it to yourself and those who count on you to approach your role as Partner, Parent and Professional with the same commitment to greatness?

The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter Ken Gunter

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 79 Ratings

Founded with the belief that what makes a great athlete makes a great person, each week Ken interviews the brightest minds in sports performance, strength and conditioning, mental performance and wellness to understand what today's elite athletes are doing to perform at the highest levels. Through exploration of new concepts and methods he’ll seek to understand how you can apply this to reach your own athletic goals, but more importantly your potential as a person. Because although your playing days might be behind you, don’t you owe it to yourself and those who count on you to approach your role as Partner, Parent and Professional with the same commitment to greatness?

    65. Noah Savage - ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Comedian

    65. Noah Savage - ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Comedian

    Noah Savage returns for this week’s episode to talk about fatherhood, stand-up comedy during a pandemic, learning from experts, and the importance of surrounding yourself with great people.
     
    Follow Noah:
    Instagram: @yoitsthesav
    Twitter: @yoitsthesav
    Podcast: The World According to Noah Savage
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUw-0LfucF8JwpBQxAh_8vQ?app=desktop
     
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    Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter
    Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
    Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter

    • 1 hr 40 min
    64. Train Like Your Life Depends On It

    64. Train Like Your Life Depends On It

    In this week’s episode Ken worries that somewhere along the way the softer generation of this bubble wrapped world has lost sight of the need for physical preparation as a part of the human existence. That’s right friends, we’re diverting from the show’s usual programming for a good old fashioned podcast rant!
     
    Listen to hear Ken on his soapbox scare Sonia into signing up for self defense class. Reference WWII. Allude to the consequences of inflation. Lastly, outline the numerous ways one can suffer bodily harm without physical preparation. Enjoy and make sure you keep your head on a swivel out there!
     
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    Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    • 49 min
    63. Dr. Don Wood - Inspired Performance Institute

    63. Dr. Don Wood - Inspired Performance Institute

    Rewire your brain to improve performance? CEO at Inspired Performance Don Wood joins today’s shows to explain how past trauma inhibits your emotional and physical wellbeing and prevents people from reaching their full potential. With an approach based on cutting edge neuroscience, Dr. Wood takes an alternative approach to traumatic therapy and helps clients “reboot” their mind and the glitches that are created by traumatic events.
     
    In today’s show, Dr. Wood explains the concept of emotional concussions and how trauma perpetually impacts the way your mind works. Discusses why traditional therapy for many does not adequately address the lasting damage caused by traumatic events. Speaks to why it’s critical individuals realize “there’s nothing wrong with their mind”. He shares how the same techniques can be used by athletes looking to gain a competitive advantage and improve athletic performance. Dr. Wood encourages those affected by trauma that there is hope for even those who have gone through the most traumatic of experiences and recounts some of the amazing recoveries he’s witnessed from the likes of victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and the Las Vegas shooting.
     
    Follow Dr. Wood:
    Inspired Performance Institute Website: https://www.inspiredperformanceinstitute.com/
    Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1387571338?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860
     
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    Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter

    • 1 hr 13 min
    62. Dr. Andrew Steele - Author of “Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old”

    62. Dr. Andrew Steele - Author of “Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old”

    Biological Immortality? It might sound like science fiction, but computational biologist and science writer Dr. Andrew Steele joins today’s show to reveal the scientific research that is being conducted within the little known longevity research community that very well may “cure” aging within our lifetime.
     
    In today’s show, Dr. Andrew Steele explains the “one graph” that triggered his fascination with longevity and the years of research that led to his book. He explains why the human body ages. Discusses existing “ageless” animals in nature. The importance of healthspan vs. lifespan. The concept of biological vs. chronological age. The ground breaking research being conducted today and when it may become available to the general public in the future. Whether or not humans can truly live to be “immortal”. The consequences of an ageless world population and why we need to start planning now. What listeners can do today to live longer and the concept of longevity escape velocity.
     
    Mentioned In the Show:
    Dr. Steele’s Book:  Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older
     
    Follow Dr. Steele:
    Dr. Steele’s website: https://andrewsteele.co.uk/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/statto
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewjsteele/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DrAndrewSteele
     
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    Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter
    Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
    Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter

    • 1 hr 21 min
    61. Chris Barnard - Overtime Athletes Founder, Elite Vertical Academy

    61. Chris Barnard - Overtime Athletes Founder, Elite Vertical Academy

    Chris Barnard is the founder and head strength and conditioning coach of Overtime Athletes. He provides coaching to elite professional athletes and amateurs alike, but has long been a leader in the online coaching and sports performance space making his team’s first class coaching available to the masses through Overtime Athletes’ popular online platforms. He also holds the high distinction of being this podcast’s very first guest.
     
    In today’s show Chris discusses the research and testing that went into creating OTA’s new vertical jump program Elite Vertical Academy. He shares the thought process that led to his new modified triphasic training approach. Talks about the importance of building the foundation when training to improve speed and explosiveness. Explains the role of stimulus and why it’s not just about reps and sets. Lastly, reaffirms why it’s critical to tailor training to individual strengths and weaknesses and explains how he’s modified his own training with an eye on the future.
     
    Mentioned In the Show:
    Elite Vertical Academy: https://eliteverticalacademy.com/
    Book: Triphasic Training by Cal Dietz
     
    Follow Chris:
    Overtime Athletes (OTA) website: https://overtimeathletes.com/
    OTA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/overtimeathletes/?hl=en
    OTA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM4GEVa1Qi1CTdJg0ljdoow
     
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    Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter
    Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
    Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter

    • 1 hr 35 min
    60. Zach Bitter - Elite Ultra Marathon Runner, Human Performance Outliers Podcast

    60. Zach Bitter - Elite Ultra Marathon Runner, Human Performance Outliers Podcast

    Zach Bitter can run farther than you… a lot farther than you. Over the last 10 years Zach Bitter has been a dominant force in the sport of Ultra Marathon running and has almost become synonymous with unthinkable feats of endurance. Among his many accolades he’s been a three time national champion (50 Mile, 100 KM) and has held the world records for the fastest 100 Mile race, furthest distance run in 12 hours and fastest 100 miles on a treadmill. Zach also is a host of his own show The Human Performance Outliers Podcast.
     
    In today’s show Zach explains what Ultra running is and the wide variety of distances, timeframes and course types that the sport encompasses. Zach reveals his goal to run coast-to-coast and break the Trans Continental running record. He talks about the importance of running with a purpose and how he is preparing for the challenge. Shares what has been instrumental to his durability in the sport and his philosophy for prioritizing areas of improvement. Talks about the benefits of experience and explains why his best running is still to come.
     
    Mentioned In the Show:
    Fight for the Forgotten Charity: https://fightfortheforgotten.org/
     
    Follow Zach:
    Zach’s website: https://zachbitter.com/
     
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    Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter
    Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
    Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

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79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Jay Thooft ,

Ep. 64 is a MUST LISTEN!

Love the way Ken brings total authenticity to this episode. Amazing stuff!!

BakeJB ,

TPA FOREVER!!!

Hoping I have TPA forever! The guests are amazing, Ken has a unique, humorous, & special way either the guests. The wrap up with Sonya is so humorous & their rapport is so warm, encouraging, & practical. They’re a bright light! Tx! John So great it powers me through my daily workouts, gives me a daily improvement that I implement, and has me laughing at the gym.

Samanchek ,

Interesting podcast on all things sport

Good podcast with a wide range of interviewees and good questions.

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