My guest this week is my friend Sam Forget! Sam and I were living right next to each other in NYC, we had all the same mutual friends, and we even had similar travel and conference schedules but we NEVER knew each other until we met at a conference last year in Seattle. Sam is an online nutrition coach who works with people who have transformation-related goals through 1:1 coaching and group coaching. He doesn’t just focus on the nutritional side of things, but also lifestyle stuff: everything from relationship with food, to stress management, to sleep hygiene.
I get a lot of people asking me about nutrition plans, but here’s the thing about nutrition plans: a list of what to eat and what not to eat is not going to address your relationship with food, how you cope with stress, or the state of your digestive health. It might give you short-term results, but it’s not going to help you in the long term. It goes much, much deeper than that.
Listeners, meet my bestie! Kyle Weiger is a handstand coach. He found yoga at the age of 28, which led to gymnastics, which then led to acrobatics, and he found a passion for teaching handstands. He put out his first handstand course in 2017 and it’s been a wild ride since then. Kyle hosts workshops, online courses, intensive online groups, and more, all about handstands! Kyle has had a wide range of students, from true beginners to crossfit athletes, and has taught over 8,000 students across 72 countries.
But his success didn’t happen overnight. He went from struggling financially, up to his eyeballs in debt, thinking about renting a storage unit and living out of it just to make ends meet, in a dark place emotionally and financially, with his only customer being his mom, to the successful entrepreneur he is today. It took 6 or 7 years from the time he launched his first website to actually being successful.
So why handstands? Like pull-ups, it’s more...
Today we’re going to be talking about pull-ups… but we’re not going to be talking about pull-up technique or how to do a pull-up, we’re going to be talking about WHY learning a pull-up can be a life-changing experience.
I started my pull-up coaching journey when I owned my own gym and I had tons of clients, especially female clients, coming to me and telling me that their biggest fitness goal was to learn a pull-up. Pull-ups can be intimidating, and the process is truly like a roller coaster. One week you’re making gains, and the next week, you can’t seem to make any progress.
As women, we may have been told our entire lives that we’re not strong enough to do it. NOT ANYMORE. You can learn a pull-up! You are strong enough. You can be patient enough.
When you do something you think you can’t do, it will translate to other facets of your life. Approaching your pull up is like anything in life: you make small changes, little by...
Today’s episode answers a question I get all the time: how did I get through TWO ACL tears and come out stronger than ever?
I was a competitive gymnast for years, and despite gymnastics being a high-risk sport, I never really had a significant injury… until one day during my sophomore year in college where I was practicing a new combination tumbling pass that ended with a double full. I told myself I was going to do one more… famous last words, right? It was on that last turn that I injured my knee.
Years later, when I was the strongest I had ever been in my life, I was competing on American Ninja Warrior, and on national television, I tore my OTHER ACL after dismounting from an obstacle.
In this episode, I’m going to talk about everything I went through tearing my ACL not once, but twice, and all the things I learned along the way that allowed me to come out of that opportunity (yes, opportunity) to learn and be stronger.
Amanda Cass has been a martial artist for 25 years. She’s a professional stunt woman and super mom to her 13 year old daughter. We met at a ninja competition and we instantly clicked. There was something about Amanda’s energy that I instantly connected with.
Before Amanda became a stunt woman, she was an in-home therapist to children with Autism, but she wanted something outside of the 9-5 world, and as she started connecting with people who had careers in this non-traditional sphere and started to see the possibilities. Sometimes we are held back by fear and money. We are afraid to leave the stability of what we know as “normal,” like a 9-5 job to pursue our real passions, but if we surround ourselves with like-minded people, we can break out of the box we have put ourselves in.
In this episode, we’re going to talk about how Amanda went from a literal nobody to being a professional and highly respected stunt woman, how to take action steps to...
Liz Plosser is the Editor-in-Chief for Women’s Health Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family, and like all of us, she’s trying to live her happiest, healthiest day every day.
In this episode, we’re going to talk about how I coached Liz to reach her goal to finally learn how to do a pull-up. We’ll chat about the roller coaster ride of learning a pull-up, how working towards a goal and achieving that goal can change your life, working through injuries, and finding the right community to support you.
Pull-ups can seem almost impossible, and we often believe that we can’t do them. This is especially true for women. But guess what… you’re stronger than you think! You CAN get a pull-up if you put in the work. It will be a roller coaster ride for sure, and some days are harder than others, but you are capable of getting a pull-up. Like anything in life, you need to have a goal, and the process or reaching that goal is full of...
This week, I have the one and only Cathy Savage on the show! Cathy was the one who really brought me out of my shell and helped me become the person I am today.
Cathy is a professional fitness and media coach. Most of her time was spent in the competitive fitness world and she was the first person to create the “team” aspect to the contests and competitions. Basically. Cathy Savage was the OG in the online fitness sphere.
In this episode, we’re going to talk about my time with Cathy, and the qualities that separates “ok” coaches from “great” coaches, building confidence, building a supportive community of women, the power of influence, and her advice to entrepreneurs.
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Hey Warriors! I’ve had so many requests for my journaling routine. There is no right or wrong way to journal, but in this episode, I’m going to walk you through my journaling routine. We’ll go over the CTFAR method and what it means, how to shift your mindset from negative to positive, and how to practice gratitude and positive affirmations daily!
Remember, strong doesn’t just look good, strong feels DAMN good.
Deals + Steals:
In this episode, we’re going to talk about creating a daily routine. Why daily routine and not morning routine? Because sometimes I get really stressed out trying to squeeze things in during the course of a morning. Everyone’s routine is different, and you can develop yours in any way you see fit. What’s most important is that your morning routine is time for yourself. A lot of times, everything else in your life comes first and we forget to take time for ourselves.
Taking time for yourself helps keep you focused and grounded, helps keep you nicer to yourself and others, and will help build a foundation for a stronger life. You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of everyone else!
Here are my non-negotiables:
Remember, strong doesn’t just look good, strong feels DAMN good.
Welcome to the Strong Feels Good Podcast! This project has been something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m so excited to finally get started.
In episode 1, I’m going to dive into my story so you can learn a little more about me. From my childhood in New Jersey, where I was bullied in school for my muscle definition (they called me “Mangela”) and covered up my arms even when it was hot, to my career as a competitive gymnast and the gymnastics coach who believed in me and helped me emotionally handle my parents’ divorce and family struggles at home.
From there, I share my experience in college as a biochemistry major and a collegiate gymnast (and an embarrassing story of my first ever collegiate gymnastics meet), during which I experienced my first devastating injury: an ACL tear. After I graduated from college and retired from gymnastics, despite a long career as an athlete, I had NO IDEA what to do next or what to do in a gym. Suddenly I...