Nick Santonastasso was born with a rare genetic condition called Harthan Syndrome. At the time, he was one of only 12 babies that had been born with this condition. Nick has no legs, one arm, and only one finger.
But Nick never let that stop him from following his dreams. Nick has competed on the varsity level in high school wrestling, competed in bodybuilding, and developed a massive social media following for his light hearted and inspirational videos. If you check out his Instagram account, you'll find videos of him lifting weights, playing football, and hanging out with celebrities like the Rock.
We got to sit down with Nick and discuss his life, his future, and his message to anyone out there who thinks that they have limits.
For the video version of this interview, click HERE.
Amputations are an unfortunate product of our modern wars. Luckily, with better medical technology, we are lucky to keep more wounded warriors alive and living productive lives. As we see with some, like Rob Jones, they can even go on to do extraordinary things that even people with all their limbs cannot do. The problem is that these warriors go through so many challenges when it comes to phantom limb pain.
Amira Idris is looking to give her revolutionary pain relieving device away to 80 veterans who are willing to provide information on how well the device works. If you are interested you can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ok, picture this. It's 3pm. You have 30 things to do on your to do list and not one of them is checked off. You've been playing cleanup - dealing with phone calls and texts all day long. Your wife wants to spend time with you tonight, but it's gonna be rough. Working out? That's a laugh. You don't have time to breathe.
In this episode we talk about setting up your schedule so that you can win the day. This involves finding time in your day to do the things that are important to move you forward, and compartmentalizing the firefighting activities you have to do i.e. solving everyone else's problems into a space that doesn't interrupt the things you need to do to move forward and succeed.
Rob Jones served as a US Marine Corps Combat Engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan. While clearing IED's during a deployment to the Sangin District in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, Rob stepped on a mine. His injuries resulted in him losing both of his legs above the knee.
During his recovery, Rob became interested in competing in sports. He began training in rowing, and eventually competed for the US Paralympic Team at the 2012 Paralympic Games winning Bronze with his partner Oksana. Seeking more challenges, Rob undertook a solo supported bike ride from Bar Harbor, Maine to Camp Pendleton, California in 2013. Recently, Rob completed 31 marathons in 31 days and raised thousands of dollars for charities including the Semper Fi Fund.
Rob continues to raise money and awareness on veterans issues and speaks at events around the country.
US Marine Corps Veteran Antonio Centano is the creator of the wildly popular YouTube Channel Real Men Real Style where Antonio delivers videos packed with information on style, social skills, and tips for success in business and life.
This interview is packed with information on lessons Antonio learned in his transition out of the Marine Corps and in his climb to business and media success.
Scott A. Huesing is a retired USMC Infantry Major with over 24 years of service, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer. His career spanned 10 deployments and he conducted operations in over 60 countries worldwide. During his numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa he planned, led, and conducted hundreds of combat missions under some of the most austere and challenging conditions.
As a Marine Infantry Officer in 2006 Scott had the privilege to command Echo Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines as part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) while attached to 1-9 Infantry Battalion ("Manchu"), 1st Brigade Combat Team (1 BCT “Ready First”), United States Army (USA) as part of the Surge Strategy in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
Every year thousands of veterans leave military service to head off into the civilian world. Many go to college or straight into private sector jobs. Either transition leads to a new environment, new people, and new opportunities to make new friends.
But many veterans have expressed frustration at their transitions and the lack of a new network of people they can count on. For this episode, we've invited one of the top experts on social interaction in the world to come on and speak about things veterans can do to increase the quality of their social circles and find strong relationships that will help them forward toward their goals. His name is AJ Harbinger and he's the CEO and co-Founder of the Art of Charm along with his co-founder Jordan Harbinger.
Together with his team, AJ has coached, trained, and mentored thousands of students in the art of social dynamics using a science based approach.
To find out more about AJ and the Art of Charm's training opportunities: https://theartofcharm.com/
To catch up with AJ and the AOC community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheArtofCharm/
But the other day something happened. You were in the bathroom and you looked in the mirror. The person standing there was someone, but it wasn’t you. Well it’s definitely not who you want to be.
And then, you remember. You remember what it was like to have your whole life in front of you. You remember the thrill of being admired. How people used to look at you when you were young and full of energy. But now, at this moment, you have problems with your wife even noticing you when you walk across the house.
And here’s the thing: you’ve probably got a lot of years left. If you’re in your 30s, 40s, or even your 50s, you’ll probably be living at least as long as you’ve lived so far, but you’re wondering what those years are gonna be like.
It’s amazing how many men give up on themselves once they’ve settled down and had families. We get married, have kids, and something in our minds click that tells us that we shouldn’t be taking care of ourselves anymore.
But that’s faulty logic. To be a good father, a good husband, good at your job, or good at anything, you need to be at your best. No one wants a parent or a spouse that hates himself or his life, and despite how much you may try, it’s really hard to cover it up if you do.
One of the biggest problems is that you feel resigned to your fate. Like there’s no way to improve yourself considering the life you currently live. You don’t have the time, the money, or the energy to get into shape, and being in shape isn’t your priority.
Well here’s the truth of the matter … that’s a lie. And the worse part of it is that no one else told you this lie. It wasn’t the government, your wife, your boss, or your parents. It was you. You told it to yourself to justify giving up. You may be miserable, but being miserable is easier than being happy. Being happy is actually difficult because it takes work to get what you want and to create the life you want to live.
So here’s your red pill/blue pill moment. You can either continue the way you’re going and nothing will change, or you can follow the tips I am about to give you and put yourself on the path to changing your life for the better. The choice is always yours.
There’s only one reason why I’m able to be an entrepreneur: I get most of my work done when others are sleeping. For example, I wrote this blog during an early morning writing session at 4:15AM. I do all of my writing in the early morning because the rest of my day is filled with phone calls, meetings, and other people trying to impose themselves onto my day. If I tried to work from 9 to 5, I wouldn’t get anything done. But when I wake up at 4:00AM, it’s like I have superpowers. I get more done between the hours of 4:15AM and 8:15AM than I do for the rest of the day. Then, after that’s done, I go and I train.
Before you go crazy, I’m not telling you to wake up at 4:00AM. I’m simply telling you that there is a time in your day where you can get some exercise in. It could be in the early morning. It could be on your lunch hour. It could be in short 10-15 minute spurts throughout the day. Or it could be on your living room floor at night while the rest of the family is watching TV. Wherever that time is, find it.
It doesn’t even need to take a half-hour. You can do 100 burpees in 15 minutes. You can do a kettle bell tabata circuit in 4 minutes. You can do a pushup series in 10 minutes. You can work on your pull-ups a couple of minutes at a time several times a day by putting a pull up bar on a door you pass through regularly. If you truly want to get in shape, but you don’t have time to spend hours in the gym, invest in a kettle bell, a pull-up bar, or some dumbbells. Or don’t invest at all and just do some bodyweight work. Training is free and it can be done anywhere. If you need ideas for workouts, we give non-gym workouts daily to people who sign up for our free fitness academy, and you can sign up here.
If you listen to most fitness experts, they’ll tell you to start your diet by counting every gram of protein, carbs, and fats. Yes, meeting your macros and getting yourself into a calorie deficit is a really effective way to get lean, but it’s only effective if you put the time in to doing it. Otherwise, you’re stuck in a never ending cycle of telling yourself that you’re going to start your diet without ever actually doing it. What you need to do is to break your diet down into the simplest terms possible. Eat mostly vegetables at each meal. About 2/3 of your plate should be covered by them. Have a serving of protein about the size of the palm of your hand. If you’ve worked out that day, have a serving of potatoes or rice at about the size of your palm, but only at the meal after your workout. These are very simple rules, but they are effective.
Being dehydrated can decrease your mental and physical performance by up to 50%. It steals your energy, and when your energy is down, you start to crave junk. Dehydration can also increase insulin resistance and increase your potential for fat storage. As a rule, drink half your bodyweight in fluid ounces of water, plus an additional 10 ounces. Keep water around you at all times. Carry a bottle with you wherever you go.
I don’t like telling people that they can’t eat things, but you really shouldn’t eat sugar. By sugar, I do not mean fruit. You shouldn’t overeat fruit, but having 1-2 pieces of fruit a day can be beneficial, and eating whole fruit will also give you a good source of fiber. But avoid fruit juices. There is no fiber in the juice and you’ll get as much sugar from it as drinking a soda. Avoid candy bars, cakes, ice cream, and the candy tray at work. Sugar will steal your energy, ruin your insulin sensitivity, and add to your fat stores like nobody’s business. Does that mean you can never enjoy dessert again? No it doesn’t. It means you can enjoy dessert even more, when you have it on special occasions.
These are the five simplest things you can do to turn your fitness around. I say simple, not easy. Doing these things will require discipline and willpower, but these things are simple in that they require simple decisions on your part. What I want you to understand is that your health, your fitness, and the quality of your life as you get older is largely in your hands, and that it is realistic for you to regain control over your body.
I also want you to realize that it is worth it. Years put back onto your life make it worth it. Opportunities to enjoy life and to be happy make it worth it. The ability to function properly for the rest of your time that you are on this Earth definitely make it worth it. Your possessions mean nothing if you cannot enjoy them, and your family will be better served if you are healthy and happy.
Finally, understand that this is not an exhaustive list. What I had laid out here is a way to get started. If you want to know more about optimizing your mind and your body, check out our basic courses at www.warriorsouleducation.com.
While serving as a Marine Corps officer, Jack Somers found his military career cut short abruptly when he began experiencing seizures while on deployment.
Needing to find a new career, Jack became a real estate agent where he found himself knocking on doors trying to find leads on a daily basis. Then Jack got an idea: he could take the expertise he gained in his real estate career and help service members who needed to relocate. The idea for Relobase was born.
Today Jack serves as the President of Relobase, a full service company for US Military Service Members who need relocation services for bases throughout the US.
This was an amazing conversation and we get deep into Jack's journey and the obstacles he's overcome to build his business.
To learn more about Jack and Relobase, visit http://app.relobase.com/#/home
To learn more about the Stanford Ignite Program for Post 9/11 Veterans, visit https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/programs/stanford-ignite/campus/post-9-11-veterans
Josh Lindstrom is a retired Special Forces Green Beret who suffered a career ending Traumatic Brain Injury in 2012. Emily Hightower is a Breathing and Yoga specialist who works with challenged athletes to improve their performance. Together they've adapted breathing and mindfulness techniques to help veterans to improve at specific sports like Archery and to help them gain better mindsets and healing.
Plant medicines have been used for thousands of years and in many cultures and did not carry a social stigma until very recently. In this episode, we discuss uses of this medicine to treat veterans who have returned from combat for PTS, Depression, and other common issues affecting the veteran population.
Rodney Dietert is Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA and author of the 2016 book: The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing
the Pursuit of a Healthy Life from Dutton Penguin Random House. Rodney is in his 40 th year Cornell University faculty. He received his Ph.D. in immunogenetics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. Rodney has more than 300 publications, including 200 papers and bookchapters, with most concerning environmental risk factors, developmental immunotoxicity, and
programming of later-life, non-communicable diseases. Recently, he has focused on the importance of the microbiome in health and safety. Among his prior authored and edited books
are: Strategies for Protecting Your Child's Immune System (World Scientific Publishing, 2010),
Immunotoxicity Testing (Springer, 2010), Immunotoxicity, Immune Dysfunction, and Chronic Disease (Springer, 2012) and Science Sifting: Tools for Innovation in Science and Technology
(World Scientific, 2013). Rodney previously directed Cornell's Graduate Program in Immunology, the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors and the Institute for
Comparative and Environmental Toxicology and served as a Senior Fellow in the Cornell Center for the Environment. Outside Cornell, he was President of the Immunotoxicology Specialty
Section (SOT) and Editor of Springer’s toxicology book series, Molecular and Integrative Toxicology. Recently, Rodney appeared in the 2014 award-winning documentary film on the
microbiome titled, Microbirth. In 2015, he received the James G Wilson Award from The Teratology Society for the Best Paper of Year (2014) with a peer-reviewed publication on the
Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles (paperback), and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.
You can learn more about her work from her website, www.terrywahls.com. She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens. She hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar every August where anyone can learn how to implement the Protocol with ease and success. Follow her on Facebook (Terry Wahls MD) and on Twitter at @TerryWahls. Learn more about her MS clinical trials by reaching out to her team MSDietStudy@healthcare.uiowa.edu.
Clinical trials in which Dr. Wahls' team is participating:
The links to our Nations MS Society funded research
Two studies in Bastyr University that are asking patients with MS or Parkinson’s disease about whether they are following the Wahls diet. These studies are based upon surveys that are completed every 6 months and do not require visits to the study site.
In this edition of Warrior Fitness Talk, Chris discusses why everything you've been taught about heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux is wrong, and how to fix it. He also talks about the importance of taking vitamin K2 if you're worried about heart disease, and he lists off some healthy keto snacks that you can take on the go - not just snacks, but some really delicious snacks like the Keto Brownie.
Find the show notes for this episode at: https://warriorsoulagoge.com/blogs/podcast/how-to-get-rid-of-heartburn-and-indigestion-tips-to-avoid-heart-disease-with-vitamin-k2-and-quick-keto-snacks
As one of the most established ghostwriters in the nation, New York Times best-selling author Michael Levin has written, co-written or ghostwritten more than 550 books, of which eighteen are national best sellers. He appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in January of 2012.
In the past, Michael has published with Simon & Schuster, Random House, St. Martin’s Press, Putnam/Berkley, and many other houses. His works have been optioned for film and TV by Steven Soderbergh/Paramount, HBO, Disney, ABC, and others. One of his own novels became Model Behavior, an ABC Sunday night Disney movie of the week.
He has also made contributions to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Politico, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Jerusalem Post, Writers Digest, CBS News. Michael teaches writing at the University of California – Los Angeles and has taught at New York University.
Michael appeared on the first episode of Season Three of ABC’s Shark Tank, is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, and is most proud of having edited Zig Ziglar’s final book, Born To Win.
He has spoken on BBC worldwide radio and TV, discussing the Random House/Penguin merger and has been quoted in Inc. Magazine (April, 2016 and in a BloombergBusiness piece on ghostwriting.
He appeared twice on Fox News, in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox & Friends, and on Fox Business, discussing the 2016 election, and was the subject of an interview in July, 2016 on Forbes.com.
Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He is also a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). His laboratory develops and tests nutritional strategies and metabolic-based supplements for neurological disorders, cancer and performance. He was a crew member on NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations 22 (NEEMO 22) and has a personal interest in environmental medicine and methods to enhance safety and physiological resilience in extreme environments. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations.
In this conversation, Dom and Chris discuss applications of ketosis to enhance performance for the US Military warfighter and potential for neuroprotection to guard against future neurological issues with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. They also get into making the ketogenic diet easier and more palatable.
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After serving in the US Army's Special Forces, Tony Aguiniga pushed hard into the civilian world. He graduated from the Fire Academy, got his Oil Broker's License, and began his civilian life in what many would consider responsible fashion.
But something wasn't right. Tony wanted to do more. So Tony and some friends started a tactical shoe company called Woobies. These are awesome, fashionable, and comfortable shoes that you could wear hunting or out to dinner. With his first entrepreneurial experience under his belt, Tony decided to pursue another passion: educating veterans about the benefits of cannabis.
In his new venture, mygreentools.com, Tony's site teaches veterans about the potential benefits of the cannabis plant: what strains to use, the best dosages, and methods of use. He also runs a company called Grey Matter that makes some amazing glass pipes.
Mark Sisson is one of the biggest names in the fitness industry and the Primal/Paleo movement.
He's also 64 years old and looks better than a lot of guys half his age, which is why I think people should listen to him. But it wasn't always easy for Mark.
Back in the 1980s, he was a high level endurance athlete, and he ate like one. Loading up on carbs to do day after day of grueling training was standard for his routine. But his diet and training schedule led to a near complete breakdown of his athletic career. Swollen achy joints and irritable bowel syndrome were with him every day.
Mark decided to change his diet and training in favor of the paleo lifestyle, and he was able to continue to be active, out running and out muscling many guys in their 30s.
Mark lays this all out in his book The Primal Blueprint, and his new book The Keto Reset Diet, explains how we can all tap into our evolutionary make up to gain the ability to burn fat for fuel at will.
This was a fantastic conversation with one of my fitness heroes and I hope you enjoy it!
Tragedies such as the one we experienced on October 2, 2017 are horrible. But even in tragedy we can find lessons.
This short episode discusses the public and media response to this horrible event, and Chris discusses a quote from Marcus Aurelius's Meditations:
"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present."
So many of us are obsessed with fear of the future that we forget to garner lessons from the present.
To learn more about Warrior Soul: http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com
Daryl Hill is a United States Naval Academy graduate who served as a Marine Corps Officer. He is also a highly successful ecommerce entrepreneur. But it wasn't always flourishes and roses. At one point, just a few years ago, Daryl was living out of his car in North Carolina with nothing but his clothes and a few books.
In this episode we get into the meat of what it takes to build a business and become a true entrepreneur.
- How Daryl goes about setting up his ecommerce businesses.
- How Daryl went about building his network.
- How to find a mentor
- Why it's a mistake to only depend on social media for marketing your business.
- Some of the biggest mistakes Daryl sees new entrepreneurs making when they go into ecommerce.
In this episode of Warrior Soul Health Talk we cover tactics for recovery from training for performance and tactical athletes. We cover everything from proper hydration to supplementation, along with simple practices that you can implement in your daily life to enhance your performance in the gym, in the field, or anywhere.
Warrior Fitness Talk is a weekly segment where Matt and Chris get together to discuss the latest in health, fitness, and nutrition.
In this week's episode we discuss:
- Whether or not whey protein is good for you
- Alternatives to whey protein powder
- Collagen protein and its benefits
- Why Connor McGregor seemed to gas in the Mayweather fight
When we think of Olympic champions, we often think about athletes who were bred into something and who thought of themselves competing in the Olympics for their entire lives. Erin Cafaro Mackenzie has always been an athlete, but the thought of Olympic Gold in rowing only came into her mind several years before she started competing.
Erin's first love was basketball, and she came from the Central Valley in California. She got into rowing when she walked on at UC Berkley. At 5'9 she's much smaller than other competitors in rowing, and that meant she had to work her butt off. And work she did. A coach once said that she could "run through a brick wall," and she worked her way to becoming an Olympic champion...twice.
Over the past few years, Erin has switched gears and begun coaching along with her husband and well known strength and conditioning coach, Brian Mackenzie, at Power, Speed, and Endurance. Today, Erin has stepped away from her leadership role at PSE and is examining her life in the sunset of her rowing career.
This podcast is loaded with information for athletes, competitors, and those of you in the military and civilian world who are about to go through a transition or who are trying to figure out their next step and path to the future.
Erin was also an awesome interview and I think we keep it very entertaining.
Let me know what you think!