35 episodes

Discover the tactics and gain the knowledge you need to help more people, create a stable income, and build a fulfilling fitness and wellness career. We envision a world where fitness and wellness professionals are viewed as legitimate partners to the medical community working side by side to keep people healthy. Don’t miss out on our exclusive interviews with fitness and wellness experts to gain exactly what you need to boost your confidence, earn the trust of your clients, peers, and medical professionals, and build credibility to instantly impact your success. For articles and additional content, please go to: https://linktr.ee/wellnessparadox.

The Wellness Paradox Michael Stack

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Discover the tactics and gain the knowledge you need to help more people, create a stable income, and build a fulfilling fitness and wellness career. We envision a world where fitness and wellness professionals are viewed as legitimate partners to the medical community working side by side to keep people healthy. Don’t miss out on our exclusive interviews with fitness and wellness experts to gain exactly what you need to boost your confidence, earn the trust of your clients, peers, and medical professionals, and build credibility to instantly impact your success. For articles and additional content, please go to: https://linktr.ee/wellnessparadox.

    Reaching the 80% of Americans that don’t go to Health/Fitness Clubs with Dr. Michelle Segar

    Reaching the 80% of Americans that don’t go to Health/Fitness Clubs with Dr. Michelle Segar

    For the past 40+ years the fitness industry has largely succeeded in getting the fit fitter. That may sound like harsh statement for an industry that is all about making the public healthier, but it is an objective reality. Only 15-20% of the American public regularly goes to health/fitness clubs, leaving the other 80% to flounder in an attempt to become more active, improve their fitness, and better their health. Given the fact that 80% figure has not changed for decades, maybe it is time for the health/fitness industry to rethink its approach to getting our nation more active and healthier.

    Enter Dr. Michelle Segar, who has been talking and writing about this different approach for years. Dr. Segar is (among many things) a sustainable-behavior-change researcher that focuses her research on physical activity and movement. Her book, No Sweat, provides a framework and language that makes physical activity much more approachable for the many Americans who do not engage in any physical activity, let alone consider going to a health/fitness club.

    This podcast will take a deep dive into Dr. Segar’s framework. In doing so, we’ll explore a paradigm shifting model of how to encourage sustainable physical activity for all individuals – not just the 20% of Americans who go to health/fitness clubs. The answer to solving many of our largest public health problems start with increasing physical activity. Furthermore, the answers to transforming the health/fitness industry, both in terms of public health impact and economically, most certainly begin with engaging the 80%ers. This podcast episode is a masterclass in how to do just that.

    Show Notes Page: www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/episode35

    Our Guest: Dr. Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH, MS

    Michelle Segar, University of Michigan sustainable-behavior-change researcher, health coach, and author of the bestselling No Sweat, is a Member of IHRSA’s Medical, Science & Health Advisory Council, Inaugural chair of the United States National Physical Activity Plan’s Communication Committee, and consultant to companies like Anytime Fitness, Kaiser Permanente, Walmart, and Adidas. 

    Her translational research is used across the fitness, health care, and wellness industries to cultivate the motivation, engagement, and sustainability that underlie better health and well-being. Michelle’s new provocative book, The Joy Choice: How to Finally Achieve Lasting Changes in Eating and Exercise, challenges the status quo and offers a new mindset and joyful solution for lasting change. Michelle speaks globally about how to more strategically market health, fitness, and self-care behaviors to the population and trains professionals in science-backed, easy-to-use behavior change methods. She is frequently interviewed in major media outlets like The New York Times, NPR, Fast Company, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. Michelle holds a doctorate in Psychology (PhD), a master’s degree in Health Behavior/Health Education (MPH), and a master’s degree in Kinesiology (MS) from the University of Michigan and she ran with the Torch in the 1992 Olympic Games. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and son. 

    • 44 min
    Leadership & Culture Building in the Fitness Industry w/Luke Carlson

    Leadership & Culture Building in the Fitness Industry w/Luke Carlson

    Episode 34 of the Wellness Paradox Podcast brings us to a discussion I am incredibly passionate about – leadership and building a strong culture within an organization. What it takes to be a great leader and to build a strong organizational culture is often misunderstood. Furthermore, in such a “young” industry, like fitness and wellness that’s identity is continuously evolving, leadership and culture can be a challenge. 
    To address this topic and provide actionable solutions, we’re joined by Luke Carlson from Discovery Strength. His background is a unique combination of evidence-based exercise science and evidence-based leadership/culture building. Not only does Luke lecture around the country on the topic of leadership, he has built his own high performing organization, with a strong culture of leadership, evolution, and growth! Luke is not someone that just talks of “leadership theory,” he lives and breathes it every day in his business!
    This conversation will spark not only inspiration, but action. Many people are long on ideas, but short on action – not Luke. This is a value conversation for all aspiring leaders, looking to build a strong organizations culture, not just in fitness, but in any industry!
    Show Notes Page: www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/episode34

    Our Guest: Luke Carlson
    Luke Carlson is the founder and CEO of Discover Strength based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Discover Strength’s personal training studios are among the highest volume and revenue training facilities in North America. Luke speaks around the world on leadership, management, and evidence-based exercise. Luke is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist and has a BS and MS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and graduated from the Executive Leadership, Strategy and Innovation program at Stanford University. He received an Honorary PhD from Solent University in Southhampton, England. Luke has presented to audiences in a variety of industries across the globe; he has been a featured speaker at FILEX in Australia, TaiSPO in Taiwan, ChinaFit, the Annual IHRSA Convention, the IHRSA European Congress, The Fitness Leaders’ Summit, the European Congress of Sport Science, Mindbody BOLD, Fitness Brazil, and the IHRSA Institute for Health Club Executives. Carlson is one of the top-rated Vistage speakers in North America.

    • 51 min
    Making Health/Fitness Clubs a Trusted & Essential Community Resource w/ Dr. Amy Bantham

    Making Health/Fitness Clubs a Trusted & Essential Community Resource w/ Dr. Amy Bantham

    For years the health and fitness club industry has viewed itself as a trusted and essential community health resource. Despite this internal view from the industry, being declared a non-essential business at the beginning of COVID, and then being categorized with bars and casinos upon reopening certainly suggests there’s dissonance with how external stakeholders view our industry. 
    Clearly medical, public health, and government officials do not hold the same view the health/fitness industry believed they held. There is rallying cry from inside the industry to change this view. Dr. Amy Bantham is one of leading voices of this rallying cry. Her professional and academic background make her incredibly well-suited to assist our industry in changing its perception in the eyes of critical stakeholders. Dr. Bantham has worked as a front-line instructor in the industry, worked for the national trade association for health club (IHRSA) for many years, and now holds her Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard. 
    Dr. Bantham, and her company, are intensely focused on the action steps health/fitness clubs need to take operationalize our industry as an essential and trusted community public health resource. With the pandemic not waning any time soon, mental illness on the rise, and chronic lifestyle conditions reaching pandemic levels in our population; there is no more important time to hear this message. Indeed, the health of country hangs in the balance. 
    Show Notes Page:  www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/episode33

    Our Guest: Dr. Amy Bantham,  DrPH 
    Dr. Amy Bantham is the CEO/Founder of Move to Live®More with a mission to help people live healthier, longer, more active lives. A research and consulting firm addressing physical inactivity, obesity, chronic disease and social determinants of health through cross-sector collaboration and innovation, Move to Live®More provides services to clients in three sectors—healthcare, health & fitness and communities. A certified health and wellness coach, personal trainer, and group exercise instructor, Amy holds a Doctor of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She can be reached at www.movetolivemore.com or @MovetoLiveMore.

    • 41 min
    Collaboration Between Fit/Wellness Pros and Dietitians w/Allison Mankowski

    Collaboration Between Fit/Wellness Pros and Dietitians w/Allison Mankowski

    Many fitness and wellness professionals struggle to coach their clients on nutrition. Indeed, nutrition is a very complex area of health behavior change and requires a significant amount of time investment on the part of the practitioner. Often this is time fitness and wellness professionals don’t have. Beyond that, coaching nutritional behavior change requires an operational knowledge of not just the physiology of nutrition, but also psychology, as many clients’ relationship with food is complicated (and in some cases boarders on pathological). To that end, this may not be an area of coaching fitness and wellness professionals can “go it alone.” 
    Clients who require significant nutrition behavior change, beyond just healthy eating, may benefit from working with a registered dietitians, in collaboration with their fitness/wellness professional. Episode 32 of the Wellness Paradox Podcast explores this collaborative relationship between fitness/wellness professional and registered dietitian (RD) as we’re joined by RD Allison Mankowski. 
    Allison has significant experience in several different settings coaching clients on nutrition-related behavior changes. In this conversation she’ll provide insight into where a fitness/wellness professionals’ scope of practice starts, and stops, with regard to nutrition. Moreover, she’ll also provide an actionable framework for fitness/wellness professionals to collaborate with local registered dietitians to help their clients get better results, make their job easier, and build a more sustainable business all at the same time.

    Show Notes Page: www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/episode32
    Our Guest: Allison Mankowski, MPH, RDN, CSSD
    Allison is the sports dietitian for Eastern Michigan University and the owner of a nutrition counseling practice located in Ann Arbor, MI. Over the past 10 years, she has built the sports nutrition program at EMU to improve the health and performance of all 400+ varsity athletes, while also building her private practice focusing on sports nutrition and eating disorder recovery. Allison is well-known locally for specializing in treatment of athletes with eating disorders. She has served as a consultant dietitian for the Detroit Lions, partnered with many local gyms, high schools, universities and sports clubs, presented at national conferences, given guest lectures, been featured in various forms of media and is also the author of the book, Eating Disorders in Athletes: How to Recognize, Intervene and Prevent.
    Prior to becoming a registered dietitian, Allison received her BS in Movement Science from the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology, with an additional concentration in psychology and her MPH in Human Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship.
    In her free time, Allison enjoys spending time outdoors and attending sporting events with her husband and two kids. As a lifelong athlete, she continues to stay active in weightlifting, biking, running, yoga and hiking. She has completed five half marathons, numerous 5K and 10K’s, a triathlon and multiple adventure races.

    • 50 min
    Parks/Recreation & Health/Fitness Industry Collaboration to Address Population Health w/Clay Summers

    Parks/Recreation & Health/Fitness Industry Collaboration to Address Population Health w/Clay Summers

    Episode 31 of the Wellness Paradox Podcast brings us to a unique conversation about the importance of collaboration. Clearly the public health crisis of chronic disease that the health/fitness industry is attempting to address is bigger than what we can alone handle. Indeed, collaboration between multiple sectors will be necessary to address this ongoing public health crisis in our country. One unique and important area of collaboration exists with local parks and recreation departments, which is exactly what today’s conversation will explore. 
     
     For this discussion we’re joined by Clay Summers, the Executive Director of mParks, the state association for parks and recreation departments in Michigan. Clay has a unique perspective on the parks and recreation ecosystem, as he started his career working at local parks and rec departments before heading to run the state association. This conversation will highlight the similarities in goals between our two respective industries – to make our communities a healthier place to live, work, and play! 
    Although we’ve had this same goal for years, traditionally our two industries have not collaborated much in the past. The pandemic has changed this, like so many things. Parks are looked at as a safe and accessible place to be physically active, to not only improve physical health, but also mental health. Many fitness clubs and trainers have used parks for workouts in the past 18 months, with members greatly enjoying these experiences, which I suspect are here to stay. 
    Workouts in parks are just the scratching the surface of the opportunities for collaboration between our two industries. As Clay will layout in this episode, there are many creative ways for parks and recreation departments, health/fitness clubs, and individual trainers to collaborate on a number of programs to make our communities healthier. Clay will provide some actionable steps for all stakeholders in this equation to improve overall population health at the community level. We’re headed in the direction of a collaborative approach towards improving public health and a collaboration with parks and rec represents a very fertile opportunity to make a real and immediate difference in our communities.

    Show Notes Page: www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/episode31

    Our Guest: Clay Summers
    Clay has been a member of mParks since 1997 with more than 20 years of experience in the profession. He sat on the mParks Board from 2013-2017, serving as President his last year. Clay comes to mParks with a degree in Outdoor and Environmental Recreation from Central Michigan University and most recently serving as Executive Director of DeWitt Area Recreation Authority for six years, followed by the Director for Eaton County Parks & Recreation from 2014-2017. Clay currently lives in Portland with his wife and three children and enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, and traveling around the great state of Michigan with his family.

    • 49 min
    The Critical Role of Strength Training as We Age w/Dr. Joseph Muñoz

    The Critical Role of Strength Training as We Age w/Dr. Joseph Muñoz

    In episode 30 we’re discussing a very important public health topic, the role of strength training in preserving muscle mass and function as our population ages. Given the fact we’re living longer, due to modern medicine, we need to ensure our population lives as functionally as they can during this longer life. This is where strength training becomes a critical component of a plan for vitality and longevity. For this conversation we’ve connected with an expert in the field to discuss this topic further. Dr. Joseph Muñoz is a coach with Team Biolayne. Biolayne may sound familiar to some of you, as this is the company founded by well-known coach and educator Layne Norton. 
    Dr. Muñoz brings a particularly interesting perspective to this discussion as he blends both a strong academic knowledge and knowledge of the evidence base, with a significant amount of real-world coaching experience working with middle-aged clients. This combination of clinical knowledge and practical experience adds texture and depth to our discussion. Most importantly, it provides a lot of actionable takeaways for those of you who listen carefully (you might want to take some notes from this episode). 
    Keep in mind, a longer life doesn’t always mean a better life, but performing progressive resistance training that is properly prescribed, during the aging process, can significantly reduce many of the negative effects of aging. Indeed, as we’ll discuss in this episode, age has a lot more to do with what your body is capable of functionally versus the number of candles on your birthday cake. Simply put; strength train, maintain muscle tissue, strength, and power (or maybe even increase all three a little bit) and clients can not only age gracefully, but they can live independently well into the last years of their life. There is no better gift we can give another human being than the gift of independence and autonomy!  
    Show Notes Page: www.wellnessparadoxpod.com/episode30

    Our Guest: Dr. Joseph Muñoz, Ph.D.
    Joseph Muñoz is a Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. who graduated from the Florida State University in 2020. His goal is to help individuals achieve their physique goals using scientifically based approaches. His academic research as a graduate student focused on investigating the role of different foods in the prevention and improvement of certain diseases, mainly osteoporosis and diabetes. Additionally, he has been involved in conducting several clinical trials, has published scientific articles, taught undergraduate nutrition and anatomy courses, and presented his research findings in academic conferences including the American Society for Nutrition.
     
    Joseph is someone who avidly keeps up with the current scientific literature in the fields of nutrition and exercise science. His unique combination of research, teaching, and professional experience makes him an excellent coach who is well adept to help you achieve your physique goals

    • 1 hr 2 min

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