Mindset. Movement. Nutrition. Recovery. Sleep. Turns out the same five tools that pro athletes use to break records can help us all stay healthy, happy and strong. On “Trained,” Nike senior director of performance Ryan Flaherty sits down with these athletes — along with psychologists, researchers, physicians, trainers and other experts — to reveal the most powerful, practical and surprising lessons in holistic fitness. With each episode, they dig deep, offering new insights to help us play a better game, run a better race, or just live a better life.
Margaret Moore | Coaching Yourself Up
Let’s get one thing clear: Coaches aren’t just for athletes. This might be brand-new information to some of us. But Margaret Moore, aka “Coach Meg,” has been helping people from all walks of life discover their strengths and identify opportunities to maximize their potential — on the job, in relationships, and in life — for over 20 years. The former biotech exec founded the Wellcoaches School of Coaching in 2000 to help wellness professionals best serve their patients. Since then, she’s added leaders, front-line healthcare workers, and now all of us to her roster of students. On this episode, the Coach’s Coach details what effective coaching really means; how leaning into doubt, or “our shadow,” can help us reveal patterns we need to change; and why organizing our minds can set us up for sustainable success (plus, how to do it). She also shares her story of not making it and how we can all be better coaches for ourselves, kids, mentees or even friends.
Ben Bruno | Getting Strong — Without the Gimmicks
Life is full of BS, but fitness shouldn’t be. That’s why truth-teller and Nike trainer-to-the-stars Ben Bruno is on a mission to clear up misconceptions, like “More is more” and “No days off,” and help everyone — including Chelsea Handler and Justin Timberlake — streamline their sweat to get results in the weight room. On this episode, the Columbia grad and self-proclaimed “meathead” shares how a bad back launched his training career, what he’s learned from working with Hollywood’s finest, and why some of us may want to break up with burpees (we said “some”!). He also details his supersimple method — which involves repeating just a handful of “similar but different” exercises, his “KISS” formula, and his take on the 80/20 rule — so we can all become Bruno Strong on our own.
Lewis Howes | Become Your Most Fearless Self
We all develop a wide range of skills in school, but one major topic your syllabi likely lacked? How to handle all your feels. So when life throws the truly tough stuff at us — in Lewis Howes’ case, that included sexual abuse, a brother in jail, and an injury that ended his pro football career — we don’t know how to cope, let alone thrive. After sulking on his sister’s couch for a hot second, Howes decided to face his biggest fears (those aforementioned feelings) and get vulnerable. Now a popular podcast host, best-selling author, business coach and Team USA handball player, Howes is on a mission to help others find greatness by confronting what they’re afraid of. On this episode, the JOAT shares how he’s achieved mental and physical health by working through shame and an identity crisis, and how relying on mentors has turned him into an “athlete of life.”His advice for creating a fear list, shedding personality masks (he has some powerful words for all you male listeners on this one), and thinking exponentially can help us all create our own course on emotional intelligence. Better late than never.
Nicole Sachs | Finding Mental Remedies for Physical Pain
That nagging lower-back pain may mean you need to take it easy— but not necessarily in the gym. Psychotherapist Nicole Sachs learned firsthand that physical distress can stem from unaddressed emotional conflict — and by getting the latter in check, you won’t just live with less pain, you’ll also be happier. After a doctor told her she’d need major surgery for a serious spinal condition and still would never be able to move the way she wanted to, Sachs started conducting mind-body experiments on herself to find another way forward, and — spoiler alert — she did. On this episode, the athlete shares her journey with pain, how she healed herself, and how she now helps others do the same. Her experiences with slowing down, journaling, and managing repressed feelings (including sometimes hating motherhood) can help us all understand and ease our own chronic torments.
John Donahoe | Investing in Your Mental Wellness
How does the leader of the world’s largest sports company navigate corporate life during an unprecedented year — while juggling being a father, husband, grandfather and friend? By practicing a skill not usually taught in business school: asking for support. Nike president and CEO John Donahoe has spent the past three decades sharpening this ability, realizing that it’s a strength — not a weakness — to lean on others in times of mental and emotional stress. In this episode, the four-time CEO shares his journey with therapy, his core purpose at home and in the C-suite, and his prime role models (starting with his wife). He also explains how meditation has changed his life and how he uses gratitude in his own routine. Whether you’re leading a team or just joining one, we can all learn something from Donahoe’s mindful approach to challenge.
Chandler Smith | Leading Beyond the Leaderboard
CrossFit star Chandler Smith seems to have it all: the muscles and the mindset to challenge himself — and the morality to challenge the status quo by speaking out for equality in his sport. But that doesn’t mean the former U.S. Army soldier (as of this year!) doesn’t have weaknesses like the rest of us. In this episode, CrossFit’s highest-ranked Black athlete reveals his favorite junk foods, his secret to keeping cool under pressure, and his advice for realizing our potential in sport — and life.
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This is such a useful podcast for normal people like me. The most recent Trained inna time of COVID-19 with Andi Puddicombe from Headspace has assisted my 7-year old with her coping mechanism. I have tried and will continue to do so, but when I heard Andi’s voice, I just knew she would listen and be more open to him guiding a mindful exercise. Thank you.