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A master-class in personal and professional development, ultra-athlete, wellness evangelist and bestselling author Rich Roll delves deep with the world's brightest and most thought provoking thought leaders to educate, inspire and empower you to unleash your best, most authentic self. More at: https://richroll.com
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A master-class in personal and professional development, ultra-athlete, wellness evangelist and bestselling author Rich Roll delves deep with the world's brightest and most thought provoking thought leaders to educate, inspire and empower you to unleash your best, most authentic self. More at: https://richroll.com
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    Roll On: Why You Should Periodize Your Life

    Roll On: Why You Should Periodize Your Life

    We live in a culture that glorifies the hustle. But the 24/7 grind mentality is actually anathema to long-term success. How do we break this paradigm and avoid the inevitability of burnout?
    You periodize your life as you would your training. Ditch the guilt and take time to rest. Choose your fallow chapters. And embrace your life in seasons.
    In the race of life, the tortoise always beats the hare.
    Welcome to another edition of ‘Roll On’, wherein myself and Sir Adam Skolnick corrupt your neurochemistry with ideas big and small. Beyond sundry matters of varying interest, we play show and tell, share a few wins of the week, round it out by answering listener questions deposited on our voicemail at (424) 235-4626.
    Beyond RRP hypeman duties, Adam Skolnick is an activist and journalist best known as David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me, co-author. He writes about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health. He is the author of One Breath and is currently awash in his umpteenth draft of an untitled novel—slowly losing his mind in the process.
    Topics explored in today’s conversation include:
    the benefits of periodizing both your fitness and all aspects of your life;why fallow periods are essential to optimal creativity;an Iron Cowboy’s ‘Conquer 100‘ challenge update (and WTC’s tone-deaf response);the recent Laird Superfoods and Picky Bar acquisition;the HBO docuseries ‘Q: Into The Storm’;Rachel Kushner’s collection of essays, The Hard Crowd;Michelin star restaurant Eleven Madison Park‘s shift to a plant-based menu; andplant-based bodega start-up Plantega’s plan to eradicate food desertsIn addition, we answer the following listener questions:
    How do you manage the financial risks that come with following your passion?How do you properly train for a Swimrun event without access to safe open water?How do you maintain relationships with people who have unhealthy drinking habits?Thank you to Greg from Virginia, John from Northern England, and Nancy from Santa Clarita, California for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on our Facebook Page or better yet leave a voicemail at (424) 235-4626.
    To read more and listen click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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    Neuroscientist Matthew Walker On Why Sleep Is Your Superpower

    Neuroscientist Matthew Walker On Why Sleep Is Your Superpower

    Why do we sleep? What exactly happens when we sleep and why is it so important? What are the implications of sleep deprivation? And what can we do to improve our sleep hygiene?
    Answering these questions is the life’s work Dr. Matthew Walker.
    Longtime listeners know that I am obsessed with sleep and the critical role it plays in every facet of health. This infatuation is driven in no small part by the incredible work of today’s guest, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and researchers in the field of sleep science.
    Matriculating at Nottingham University where he studied neuroscience, Matthew earned his Ph.D. in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council in London, subsequently became a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is currently a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science.
    In addition, Matthew hosts a MasterClass on the science of better sleep. His TED Talk, ‘Sleep is your superpower’ has over 20 million views. And his international smash bestselling book Why We Sleep—a must-read for anyone and everyone looking to live and feel better—provides the framework for today’s mind-blowing, slumber-focused primer.
    To put it rather bluntly, this conversation covers everything you need and ever wanted to know about sleep, including:
    why do we sleep?what happens to our bodies and minds when we sleepwhy is sleep so important?what happens when we don’t get enough?what is the deal with dreams, sleepwalking & sleep paralysis?what are the various stages of sleep (REM, deep, etc.)?what can we do to prioritize and improve our sleep? In addition, Dr. Walker answers the questions like: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? What is the relationship between sleep, immunity, weight gain, and mood? And most critical: how do we resolve the global sleep-loss epidemic?
    All told, this is an utterly fascinating masterclass on why you must rethink your relationship with sleep and the profound short and long-term impacts sleep has on every facet of our lives from learning to mood, productivity, energy, hormone regulation, longevity, and even susceptibility to cancer and other diseases.
    To read more click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    I urge all of you to absorb this conversation in its entirety. Whip out your pen and paper—this is essential, potentially life-altering listening for every human. And simply put, it’s everything I hoped it would be.

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    Anthony Taylor: The Outdoors Evangelist On How Nature Heals

    Anthony Taylor: The Outdoors Evangelist On How Nature Heals

    Time in nature is powerful. It’s healing. It fosters community. Humanity’s connective tissue, it shows you who you are and what you’re capable of becoming.
    The outdoors has played a transformational role in my personal evolution. In almost every way I am a different, better human because I make copious use of the untouched natural spaces available to me—spaces I access freely and have long taken for granted.
    However, the uncomfortable truth is that outdoor parks (nature in general) are places where historically not everyone has been entirely welcome.
    This is a paradigm we must diligently work to dismantle.
    It’s also the spark that illuminates the work of Anthony Taylor—an extraordinary human who has spent his life advocating for greater participation and access to outdoor environments, and the second guest to appear in my continuing series of conversations from my week in Minneapolis.
    The former Commissioner for Minneapolis’ Parks & Open Spaces and current Senior Vice President of Equity, Outdoors & Nature for YMCA of the North, Anthony is—at 62 years old—the very model of anti-aging. A skier, paddler, accomplished ultra-cyclist and overall outdoors enthusiast, Anthony serves on the League of American Bicyclists Equity Advisory Board as well as the board of the National Brotherhood of Skiers. He is also the founder of the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota and the co-founder of Cool Meets Cause, an outreach program that teaches girls from North Minneapolis to snowboard. And he served as the Adventure Director for the Loppet Foundation—a program that provides year-round outdoor activities for youth in Minneapolis.
    This is a conversation about the nature of outdoor recreation to empower, enliven, and inspire.
    It’s a walk through Anthony’s origin story. And it’s an exploration of his love of nature and his accomplishments as a cyclist and adventurer.
    But the focus of this exchange is placed on Anthony’s important work as an activist and youth educator.
    It’s a history lesson on race, class, privilege, and gender in the outdoors. And the many ways we can eradicate the invisible boundaries that exist in these spaces today.
    Certain transformative lessons can only be learned through adventure—lessons imperative to youth development and deeper connection to our own innate humanity.
    Put bluntly, outdoor sports and time spent in nature aren’t just recreation—they are human rights.
    I guarantee this conversation will positively impact you in ways you may not expect. My hope is that it will help foster ways you can advance greater outdoor inclusivity within your community along the way.
    To read more click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    Special thanks to talented Minneapolis local photographers/videographers Bennie Wilson and Jordan Lundell for portraits & an upcoming video we are working on.
    Anthony is the leader we all need now. And this conversation is definitely a fave.
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    Roll On: Notes From Minneapolis

    Roll On: Notes From Minneapolis

    This week we dive into the why behind my decision to visit Minneapolis and what I learned from the experience. Plus stories from the swimming vault and some epic show & tell before fielding a few running-centric listener questions.
    Welcome to another edition of ‘Roll On’, wherein myself and Adam Skolnick dissect matters of the day in a manner that is instructive and sometimes even entertaining.
    Aside from serving as my sidekick and hypeman, Adam Skolnick is an activist and journalist best known as David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me, co-author. He writes about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health. He is the author of One Breath and is currently using the ‘new dad’ excuse to avoid working on his novel.
    Topics explored in today’s conversation include:
    The Envol Swimrun Battle & Running For Justice Virtual Run Challenge;an update on the Iron Cowboy’s ‘Conquer 100’ challenge;the intention behind Rich’s trip to Minneapolis & his experiences in the city;what it means to reimagine public safety to create a safer society;Rich’s partnership with Ten Thousand and the new ‘Distance Kit’; andthe future of lab-grown, ‘cultured’ meat. 
    In addition, we answer the following listener questions:
    How do you stay motivated in your endurance challenges?What advice can you offer first-time marathoners?How can you hone your nutrition for large endurance races?Thank you to Steven from Charleston, Casey from Illinois, and Asha & Savannah from British Colombia for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on our Facebook Page, or better yet leave a voicemail at (424) 235-4626.
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    To read more and listen click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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    Jeremiah Ellison: The Artist-Activist On Forging Real Change

    Jeremiah Ellison: The Artist-Activist On Forging Real Change

    This month, events in Minneapolis captured the world’s attention. The recent death of Daunte Wright and the conviction of Derek Chauvin sound a significant shift in the civil rights movement and the country at large.
    Today, artist, activist, and politician Jeremiah Ellison is here to help us make sense of this historic moment.
    As some of you may know, I spent the week of April 13th, 2021 (pre-Chauvin verdict) in a very tense Minneapolis. Motivating my visit was an intention to better understand the events and circumstances that brought the world’s focus upon this city—not from what I read online or saw streaming endlessly on cable news—but rather from a first-hand, experience-based perspective.
    In addition, my objective was to conduct meaningful, nuanced conversations with Minneapolis civic leaders who are grappling with the important issues that have recently dominated national news coverage. Issues that include police misconduct and public safety reform; the roots of civil unrest and the purpose of protest; and of course the role social activism has played in all of this.
    This conversation, the first in a series of Minneapolis-themed episodes that I will be releasing over the coming weeks, is one powerful result of that good faith inquiry.
    Representing Ward 5 on the Minneapolis City Council, Jeremiah sits at the vortex of the many complicated issues that concern his community, and from the start has been one of the leading and most prominent voices calling for the reimagination of public safety.
    On the one hand, Jeremiah is a very unlikely elected official. An artist at heart and painter by trade, he’s both a muralist and a comic book illustrator. He’s into Silver Surfer. And Batman.
    On the other hand, he is the son of former 6-term Congressman Keith Ellison. Currently Attorney General for the state of Minnesota, the Ellison elder was also in charge of the Chauvin prosecution. In other words, it’s fair to say that Jeremiah was born for the role he currently inhabits.
    My week in Minneapolis was extraordinary. There were so many experiences I will never forget. I learned much. I’m better for the trip. And my time with Jeremiah has much to do with that. I’m grateful that he took the time to share his truth and for his trust in my ability to share it.
    To read more click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    This is a powerful exchange. My only ask is that you welcome Jeremiah and his testimony with an open mind and an open heart.
    P.S. – Special thanks to talented Minneapolis local photographers/videographers Bennie Wilson and Jordan Lundell for portraits & an upcoming video we are working on.
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    Maggie Q Is A Badass

    Maggie Q Is A Badass

    Actress. Athlete. Activist. Entrepreneur. Fashion designer. Environmentalist & Plant-based icon.
    Maggie Q is the hero we all need.
    If you’re a fan of Mission Impossible, the Divergent films, Nikita, Live Free or Die Hard, Designated Survivor, and a slew of other films, then you’re already well-acquainted with this Hawaii native’s kick-ass, action screen presence.
    What you might not know is that she cut her thespian teeth in Hong Kong under the tutelage of martial arts master Jackie Chan. To this day, she’s known for performing all her own stunts.
    Off-screen Maggie is a passionate plant-based, animal rights activist and environmental activist. She’s a board member of Social Compassion in Legislation, a policy advocacy group fighting for animal welfare protection laws in California, such as the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. And her work has been recognized and awarded by the City of Los Angeles, the State Senate of California, the California Assembly, PETA, Wild Aid, and many more organizations.
    In addition, Maggie is the creator of QEEP UP, an apparel brand made from entirely recycled and pre-consumer waste materials, and ActivatedYou a nutrition company and wellness resource that combines her passion for health with the expertise of podcast alum Dr. Frank Lipman (RRP #370), a renowned integrative medicine doctor.
    The question isn’t what can Maggie do — it’s what can’t she.
    Today, we walk through Maggie’s unique upbringing.
    We dissect her crazy career arc. Her work as an activist. And her passion for animals, human rights, and the ocean.
    She shares some epic Hollywood stories, including an epic, previously untold Tom Cruise yarn that gave me chills.
    We also discuss the importance of finding your cause. Fighting for it. And supporting others along their respective journeys.
    But more than anything, the lesson Maggie imparts today is the power of holding space for others—and why forgiveness is paramount to personal freedom.
    To read more click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    Maggie is someone who is committed to self-growth and someone who knows a thing or two about catalyzing internal and external change. Wise and funny, she’s an excellent conversationalist. She brought her German Shepard, Romeo. By the end, our conversation turned into a therapy session. And for reasons you will soon discover, everyone here at the studio basically fell in love with her.
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Customer Reviews

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MiaWallace59 ,

Inspirational and informational

I respect the balance of fun banter with a commitment to doing the behind-the-scenes work necessary to conduct an interesting interview. It always seems like Rich and his team have have done their homework and prepared thoroughly so Rich can ask relevant and thoughtful questions...but then the interview starts and he is relaxed enough to let things flow. He knows it takes a fair bit of structure to transcend structure, ya dig?!? I often listen to this while biking to and from work, and I find it’s an inspiring way to start the dayo

Brooke_Nisbet ,

Really amazing guests, topics and overall podcast!

I've been listening to the Rich Roll podcast since about 2014. I love Podcasts with people I would never have known existed nor thought to listen to. I enjoyed all of the topics, even ones in which I though had no interest. I'm now in love with the "Roll On" episodes with Rich and Adam!!! I could listen all day every day to you guys carrying on.

S OCT ,

Roll on!

I have been a big fan of Rich Roll for years but the Roll On episodes with Adam have breathed new life into the podcast. Everything from their movie reviews to their takes on current events to their wins of the week - LOVE. It’s always at the top of my list for my long runs.

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