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.
Jrue Holiday | Playing Mind Games
Being in the moment is powerful, but sometimes you have to think ahead. That’s the balancing act that has helped NBA All-Star and Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday become one of the best defensive players in the game. He studies his opponents beforethey meet in order to read their minds in real time, anticipating their play so they have no choice but to rethink and recalibrate their next move. In this episode, the defensive mastermind reveals his strategies for winning — on the court and as a father — sharing how he uses defeat as motivation and takes breathers to keep his passion going strong.He also talks about why he believes family and faith can help us put everything in perspective when the scoreboard isn’t in our favor.
Graham Betchart | Playing (and Living) in the Moment
Sometimes, in sports — and in life — we’re living five minutes ago, or we’re worried about something that hasn’t happened yet. But according to author, sports psychologist and mental-performance coach Graham Betchart — who’s trained some of the best players in the NBA — it’s our ability to stay with the present moment that separates the great from the good. In this episode, Betchart explains how, just as we train our bodies for strength, speed and agility, we can also train our minds to always come back to “where our feet are.” He shares quick techniques we can all use to center ourselves, reveals the only stat that really matters, and explains why if we really want to win, we’ve got to let go of winning.
Reshaunda Thornton | Building an LTR With Food
According to rogue dietitian Reshaunda Thornton, we’re all in a relationship with food, till death do us part. It’s just a question of whether we’re willing to work to make that relationship happy and sustainable, or whether we’re content to keep arguing at every meal. On this episode, the nutrition expert and host of the podcast “The Dietitian Against Diets” dishes on how food relationships go wrong and what we can do to get them back on track. She digs into the reasons we resort to restrictive eating, why it almost never works, and how we can reorder our thinking to honor ourselves with healthy meals — including big plates of nachos, hold the shame.
Alex Morgan | All-Time Life-Goal Scoring Leader
Two-time World Cup champion Alex Morgan has never seen a challenge she didn’t drive at full speed. In 2019, her U.S. Women’s National Team broke viewership records, scoring records, and glass ceilings. She kept up the momentum with big changes in 2020, having her first baby and moving halfway around the world — all during a global pandemic. As the first guest of 2021, the star forward shares how she’s kept her mind in the game even when the play stopped, and she gives us a peek into daily nutrition and training routines that could help us all keep our goals in sight.
Safiya Noble | Searching for Answers Online
The truth is out there. We just might not find it in .03 seconds. According to Safiya Noble, PhD, an associate professor of information studies at UCLA, that’s what most Internet users expect these days. In this episode, the Algorithms of Oppression author reveals how Big Tech and media advertisers manipulate search results to increase their revenues and decrease our attention span — and how these changes affect our society. She also shares how some kinds of information just don’t come through on the internet and why it’s so important for us to stay aware of the ingredients in our digital diet. It’s always tempting to go for AI over IRL, but Noble’s insights can help us all make some simple changes to our daily habits as we (finally) welcome a new year.
David Epstein | Why We Should Diversify Our Strengths
Ask New York Times bestselling author and sports-science reporter David Epstein how he feels about 2020 and he’ll tell you something like this: It’s the kind of unpredictable, or “wicked,” environment that leads to growth — if you have the chops to pivot with it. Develop those chops with this episode, in which Epstein explains why a little experience in many sports, subjects or skills beats specializing in one; how success isn’t linear or dependent on age; and what we can all ask ourselves to find more fulfillment in our lives, in and out of the gym.