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YogiTriathlete and its co-founders, Jess and BJ, are waking up and shaking up the world of endurance sports. Their approach is anything but mainstream and they are known to go deep. Buckle up because jumping on this train has the power to change your life forever.

YogiTriathlete Podcast Jess & BJ Gumkowski

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 74 Ratings

YogiTriathlete and its co-founders, Jess and BJ, are waking up and shaking up the world of endurance sports. Their approach is anything but mainstream and they are known to go deep. Buckle up because jumping on this train has the power to change your life forever.

    Rudy Von Berg - Professional Triathlete Is Doing What He Loves, The Way He Loves Doing It

    Rudy Von Berg - Professional Triathlete Is Doing What He Loves, The Way He Loves Doing It

    We believe it's important to remember that each of us is here on purpose for a purpose. We founded the YTP on sharing stories of purpose, and today's episode is more of the same.

    Rudy Von Berg found his purpose at the young age of five when his dream was born to win Kona as a professional triathlete.

    He was on the big island watching his dad, who remains one of the best in the world in his age group, compete at the Ironman World Championship.

    After graduating college in 2017, Rudy went right into triathlon as his singular focus. Although he is not even racing the Ironman distance yet, his dream remains very much alive, and I'd say he's well on his way to attaining it.

    At the age of 27, he's already gained serious street cred with several memorable performances, including ending Jesse Thomas's six-year win streak at Wildflower in 2018, a third-place finish at the 2019 Ironman 70.3 worlds in Nice France, as well as many podium finishes along the way and a spectacular 5th place at Challenge Daytona at the end of 2020.

    He is currently ranked 8th in the world by the Professional Triathletes Organization, and indeed we are to see him in the number one spot in the future.

    Although this conversation was the first time we met, we knew going into it that Rudy has a relentless fire to attain his goal and be the absolute best in whatever he pursues.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    - why IM 70.3 St. George set a fire like no other race
    - does Rudy think he can beat Sam and Lionel?
    - PTO is a game-changer
    - showing us the real Rudy
    - it's ok to have an awesome life
    - going after your dreams
    - visualizing but not too much
    - feeling bad in training is more common than not
    - Collins Cup will be a show to watch
    - doing what you love and the way you love to do it
    - going to the end of what you start
    - how to train your mental toughness

    Namaste-
    Jess

    • 27 min
    Chef AJ - From Slurpees to Smoothies and The Weight-loss in Between

    Chef AJ - From Slurpees to Smoothies and The Weight-loss in Between

    When we start paying more attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, we open to our power of choice. Whether in our sport, our food choices, relationships, or profession, being more mindful puts us ahead of our patterns and back in charge of our lives.

    Today, our guest is Chef AJ, a fantastic example of someone who has overcome significant obstacles, shifted non-serving habits and is back in charge.

    She has most definitely ridden the waves of life, highs, and lows, traumas, and joys all to find herself serving a great purpose in the realm of nutrient-dense, whole plant foods. She has helped thousands of people transform their relationship with food, and she has a rich story of transformation to share.

    We hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed recording it.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    - day in the life of an obese junk-food vegan
    - the effects of not eating fiber for 40+ years
    - the pleasure trap and the motivational triad
    - obesity and processed food correlation
    - an industry that creates disease then sells a solution that doesn't work
    - what it takes for people to make change
    - why you don't want to be like everyone else
    - freedom from the obsession
    - the power of upgrading choices
    - dates as methadone
    - excuse-a-tarians
    - fasting for food addiction
    - the danger of the "bliss point"
    - parents creating sugar-addicts in their kids
    - puppy cravings are real

    Namaste-

    Jess

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chris Hauth, Ultra Endurance Coach on The Importance of Knowing Your Deeper Why

    Chris Hauth, Ultra Endurance Coach on The Importance of Knowing Your Deeper Why

    We know you've heard it hundreds of times, but the fact remains, we believe that we all come to this earth on purpose with a purpose, and our responsibility is to find that purpose and live it. We hope you will get curious about yours and, through conversations like with our guest today, find guidance to dive deeper into the uniqueness of you.

    In this episode, we sit down with Chris Hauth, former Olympic swimmer, Ironman age group champion, ultra runner, and now a coach for ultra-endurance athletes through his coaching service AIMP. Chris is one of the most respected endurance coaches today, and he is no stranger to mindset training. One thing we respect so much about Chris is his willingness to dive deep into the mental game.

    We intend that you find the same as you listen in and experience the submergence of this conversation into the athlete mindset and the multilayered process of reaching the desired outcome of a goal.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    - allowing the portal to open
    - our higher self knows the plan
    - what happens when the ego gets exhausted 
    - flipping the energy and feeling more confidence 
    - importance of being around people who are not like-minded
    - the deeper why
    - clarity, intention, and purpose
    - desired outcomes vs goals
    - mental training toolbox
    - the heavy path and the easy path
    - finding success overall in life, not just one finish line

    Namaste-

    Jess

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ailsa MacDonald UltraRunner and Ironman Triathlete

    Ailsa MacDonald UltraRunner and Ironman Triathlete

    Ailsa Mac Donald found her purpose in endurance sports at a young age as she accompanied her Scottish mountaineer grandfather on many an adventure.

    Today, at 40 years old, Ailsa is a Canadian Ultra Runner, Ironman Triathlete, and Saucony athlete who is no stranger to course records, beating out the men’s field to take an overall win at ultramarathons and qualifying for the Ironman World Championship.

    She is very successful at what many may say is impossible, balancing a training schedule that spans long-distance trail running and long-distance triathlon. Ailsa is bridging the gap between these two communities and we had a blast diving into her story.

    Thank you for tuning in, we hope you enjoy the show.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    - Key training leading into a 100-mile run
    - Survivorfest Ultra
    - Expeditions with her Gramp
    - Chasing FKTs
    - Ditching the watch to help your racing
    - Learning how not to go out too hard
    - Crossover between ultrarunning to Ironman
    - Yoga benefits for athletes
    - How to become a good downhiller on the trail

    Namaste-

    Jess

    • 59 min
    OH Show - Costa Rica Retreat & IM 70.3 St. George Smackdowns

    OH Show - Costa Rica Retreat & IM 70.3 St. George Smackdowns

    Thank you for joining us for another installment of the OH Show. Once a month, BJ and I come together to answer questions or not but always to dive deep and share openly and honestly our perspectives on life and sport.

    A special shout out to our Patreon community, who makes a statement each month with their pledge to keep this and the Awake Athlete podcasts commercial-free. They are also collecting on some sweet perks like weekly yoga classes and monthly Awake Athlete meet-ups.

    We love seeing this community grow as an arm of its mothership, and it warms our hearts to see friendships blossoming amongst Team Yogitriathlete, Awake Athlete, and YT as a whole. There were many years when it was BJ, me, and the crickets, but we knew you were coming. We kept faith in what our hearts were telling us, and we showed up each day for ourselves and the unrelenting force of YogiTriathlete. We are glad to be here, enjoy the show.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    - new weekly yoga class
    - Team YogiTriathlete and our superfly gear
    - What happens when you don’t let your yes be yes
    - Air travel trifecta
    - Costa Rica retreat - 2022 dates released
    - IM 70.3 St. George
    - the reward of feeding a small spark
    - how to not allow the mind to catastrophize
    - anything can change in an instant
    - race day as delivery of experience
    - qualifying for 70.3 worlds

    Namaste-

    Jess

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Dr. Alan Goldhamer Drops The Hammer On All Things Fasting

    Dr. Alan Goldhamer Drops The Hammer On All Things Fasting

    Dr. Alan Goldhamer is the co-founder of True North Health Center, the world's largest facility specializing in medically supervised water-only fasting. Founded in 1984 and located in Santa Rosa, California, Truth North has seen well over 20,000 people complete upwards of 40-days of consuming only water.

    The True North health experience is a fully supported adventure that includes modalities like meditation, yoga, psychotherapy, workshops, and education. True North is an alcohol-free, stimulant-free environment designed to allow guests to fast, detoxify, lose weight and make the lifestyle changes they desire in a health-promoting, therapeutic environment.

    Dr. Goldhamer is co-author of a game-changing book that I read many years ago entitled The Pleasure Trap; Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness.

    As you can imagine, anything with the word "mastering" in its title has our attention because, for YogiTriathlete, mastery is the only option. This episode is information-rich, we hope you enjoy it and take something away to uplevel your health today.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    - the pleasure trap
    - why people are obese in industrialized countries
    - what is poo’ing inside of you?
    - living a good life and dying a good death
    - why athletes age out of their sport
    - healthy people need younger friends
    - dehydration as a cause for injury
    - strategic fasting for athletes
    - the foundations of health
    - radical life of eating well and exercising
    - ancient roots of fasting
    - what the research says about feeding windows
    - hard workouts during a fast is a mistake
    - the most powerful way to mobilize visceral fat

    We recognize our Patreon community for their support. They are the sole reason why this podcast is commercial-free. If the YT podcasts help you live a better version of yourself and allow you to flow through life with a bit more ease, then make your pledge at patreon.com/yogitriathlete. We are a small business with a massive global mission. We appreciate your support.

    Namaste-

    Jess

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Hskodis ,

The perfect podcast for the mindful athlete!

Jess & BJ do such a wonderful job with their interviews. Whether you are a long time athlete or someone who just wants to get started, you’ll learn something valuable.

RMAP8 ,

Heart openers!!

I’m constantly learning something new from Jess, BJ and their guests. So many gems to take away from every episode, and never short of giggles. I’m so grateful for them, and their openness and vulnerability!

Endurance Project ,

Live your truth

So many podcasts these days are full of negative content. That’s why this pod is such a breath of fresh air. It will lift your spirits and help you strive towards living the life you dream of. The content is about endurance sports, but it is also about our spirits and how we choose to spend our short time on this planet. BJ and Jess are amazing hosts, but also role models as they share their own journeys. I cAn’t recommend it enough.

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