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The Warrior Soul Podcast

Reclaim your Warrior Spirit. Each week, we'll be discussing tools, tactics, ideas, and strategies to help you strengthen your body, enhance your mind, and dominate life. US Marine Corps Veteran Chris Albert delivers a powerful message: life is too precious to sit idly and watch it go by. The Warrior Soul Podcast was created to help all Veterans, and anyone willing to listen, to live their best lives. Past guests include: Ryan Michler, Ben Greenfield, Remi Adeleke, Chris Bell, and so many more.
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Feb 19, 2020

There are few things that can change your life as much as changing the way that you eat. If you are putting junk into your body, you are going to get junk in return. 

In this episode, I discuss 7 basic rules for eating for success. These rules focus on sustainability and consistency above all else. That means that you'll be able to follow them regardless of your life circumstances. 

To get complete nutrition programs and courses that I've designed, check out the Warrior Soul Academy at : http://www.warriorsoul.academy

 

Feb 17, 2020

Greg McIntyre is a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and a former professional MMA Fighter who fought in the WEC. He started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Fabio Santos and received his Black Belt from Dean Lister. He is an instructor at Victory MMA and Fitness in San Diego, CA where he's known as "Greg Train."

As Greg was beginning his MMA career he was afflicted with an autoimmune disease called ulcerative colitis. It began with abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Before long he was losing lots of blood, and after a colonoscopy, his doctor told him that they needed to remove his colon. 

Greg lived for several months with a colostomy bag, and then had his colon transitioned to a "j-pouch." Greg was able to get back into training once his colon was removed and eventually returned to fighting. 

Today, Greg has found a new life as an XRay technician while instructing at Victory MMA. He is also raising a family in San Diego. 

Greg came on to talk about his life, fighting, Jiu-Jitsu, and his disease. You'll find that, despite his misfortunes, he has an excellent mindset. As someone who also suffers from ulcerative colitis, I know the extent of the pain and discomfort he's had to go through, but all of it has made him a stronger person. 

This is an excellent conversation that anyone is sure to find inspiration in. I highly suggest that you also check out Greg's instagram @gregorymcintyre. He puts out some excellent instructional videos for Jiu Jitsu and fighting. 

Feb 14, 2020

Get the FULL resources and show notes for this episode at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/general-physical-preparedness

If you get into a fight, or you get put into a situation where you need to protect yourself or your family, there's not going to be a rest period to catch your breath. 

If you need to escape the city you live in, and the roads get blocked off, you're probably not going to be traveling over even ground. You'll probably need to carry weight. 

Why then, do most of us limit ourselves to training in air conditioned gyms, and resting 2-3 minutes in between sets? 

Look, I get that there's a lot of people competing in powerlifting meets these days. Powerlifting is one of my favorite sports and I competed for a long time. 

But powerlifting alone will not prepare you for the known and unknowable obstacles that could put your life or your family's life in jeopardy. 

To be properly physically prepared, you need to be training, not only strength, but also general physical preparedness (GPP), and skills. 

 

Feb 12, 2020

As veterans, many of us have the tendency to want to save others. This is a noble attribute, but it's also a characteristic that can cause us to shoot ourselves in the foot from time to time. 

It creates a doorway for toxic people to enter our lives. As they do, we find ourselves focusing on their problems while our lives fall apart. 

In this episode, I give you a strategy for pushing yourself forward, while still taking care of those whom are most important to you. I also discuss the impact of toxic people and how you can take your focus off of them and put it on what's most important. 

Feb 10, 2020

Michael Franzese is a former Capo Regime from the Colombo Crime Family. He is considered the most prolific mobster of all time next to Al Capone. At the height of his mob career, he was earning between eight and ten million dollars a week. In this episode we discuss:

  • becoming a made man
  • Colombo Crime Family
  • Gambino Crime Family
  • Rudy Guiliani
  • John Gotti
  • Sammy the Bull Gravano
  • Finding Christ
  • Veteran Suicide
  • Gun Rights
  • Building a Business
  • Prison
  • PTSD

Get Michael's book, I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse : https://amzn.to/2utvvvq

Feb 7, 2020

Mike Ergo is a US Marine Corps Veteran, an Ironman Triathlete, and the co-host of the Age Groupies Podcast. He is also a multi-time guest on the Warrior Soul Podcast. 

In his post-military life, Mike became a drug addict. For ten years he turned to drugs to numb himself to the memories of the deaths of the Marines and Sailors of the 1st Batallion 8th Marines that he lost in combat. 

After finally becoming sober, Mike turned to endurance sports. He found the sport of triathlon and he eventually made his way to Kona for the Ironman Triathlon. 

When Mike competes, he's adopted the practice of carrying the name of a fallen service member with him. Additionally, he raises money for gold star families with every race he competes in. 

Mike is heading back to Kona this year, and I brought him on to talk about the race and what he's been up to in recent months. 

 

Feb 5, 2020

In life, there are good times and bad. You will meet good people, and you will meet horrible people whom you wish you never met. 

That happens. 

The danger is that you put yourself into a position where the bitterness from those negative encounters turns you into a bitter person. 

That's the worst possible scenario, because being bitter will color everything else you do: your job, your relationships, and your life. 

This episode will teach you what you need to do to transcend bitterness and advance your life. 

Feb 3, 2020

At a turning point in his career as a US Naval Officer, Captain L. David Marquet was given command of the worst-performing submarine in the fleet, the USS Santa Fe. 

During his command, Captain Marquet managed to turn the Santa Fe from the worst performer in the fleet to the best. Famous author Stephen Covey spent time on the Santa Fe and called it "the most empowering organization he'd ever seen. 

Captain Marquet's "secret" was that he was able to transform his crew from a group of followers to a group of leaders. In 2009, Captain Marquet retired from the Navy and began bringing his intent-based leadership method to the corporate world. He's been able to help some of the largest companies in the world transform and grow. 

His first book, Turn the Ship Around, was called the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution” by Fortune Magazine. His latest book Leadership is Language uncovers the linguistic traps that imprison leaders and teams into outdated thinking that can turn costly and even deadly in many situations. 

Captain Marquet came onto the Warrior Soul Podcast to impart his knowledge onto the small unit leaders and veterans who've now found themselves in the civilian corporate world. 

In this conversation you will learn:

  • a new playbook for leadership
  • why the language you use is important
  • how to free yourself of the old playbook
  • how to empower everyone on your team to become leaders
  • wisdom on living your best life in the civilian world

You can find Captain Marquet's book Leadership is Language here: https://amzn.to/2tfLQ6G

You can also find Turn the Ship Around, Captain Marquet's first book here: https://amzn.to/2S90WU2

Jan 31, 2020

In his famous work, "On the Shortness of Life," the stoic philosopher Seneca wrote, "It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was passing.So it is—the life we receive is not short, but we make it so, nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it."

Time is your most precious possession. It is more valuable than your money, your house, your car, or anything else you own. Yet we waste it so frivolously. 

In this episode, I give you practical tips to get more out of your time and manage your day effectively. 

Jan 29, 2020

Low testosterone is a problem that plagues many men as they get older. It is particularly a problem amongst the veteran community and especially amongst combat arms veterans. 

The reasons for this range from poor lifestyle choices to the wear and tear that the profession has on the body and the brain. Low-level traumatic brain injuries, inflammation, and poor digestion all add up to become a detriment to testosterone production. 

My guest today is Nick Koumalatsos, Marine Special Operations Veteran, author, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. Nick has been chronicling his battles with low testosterone and his use of hormone replacement therapy on his YouTube channel.

Nick has teamed up with Core Medical Group to bring some amazing resources to treat Low T to the veteran community. In this conversation, we break down the causes of low testosterone, how to fight it, and what to look for in a good HRT clinic. 

To learn more about Core Medical Group, head over to https://www.coremedicalgrp.com/nickveteran

Learn about Nick's Testosterone Replacement Journey: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDu9J9feuOOqxREKm5g7ytl0v-zlgJTUQ

Jan 28, 2020

Today, we continue Marine Raider Week with the second part of my interview with Josh Honsberger. 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Josh's career
  • His deployments
  • How he kept his marriage together
  • How a catastrophic injury ended his career early
  • How he put his life back together afterward

 

Jan 27, 2020

Josh Honsberger is a Marine Special Operations Veteran, trainer, author, and entrepreneur. He is the coauthor of USMC Prep, Raider Prep, and Recon Prep along with Nick Koumalatsos. 

Josh served for 13 years in the United States Marine Corps. He spent five years as an infantryman, 3 years as a weapons instructor at Quantico, and 5 years with Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). 

In this episode, Josh and I discuss how he got into MARSOC, the hurdles he had to overcome, and the training he did to prepare. We'll be following up this episode with a follow on tomorrow about Josh's career in MARSOC, a catastrophic injury that ended his career, and how he pieced himself back together. 

Learn more about Josh and Nick's Marine Raider Prep programs at https://www.nickkoumalatsos.com/raider-prep/

Jan 26, 2020

Everyone talks about the "pursuit of happiness" as if happiness is the end-all, be-all of living. One question hardly anybody ever asks themselves is whether or not happiness should be the aim in the first place. 

Here's the deal: chasing happiness hardly ever brings you true happiness. Doing something meaningful, on the other hand, leads to a happier life, or it allows you to deal with the trials and tribulations of life more effectively. According to Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, meaning comes from doing something meaningful, and people find meaning in one of two ways:

1) dedicating themselves to a cause higher than themselves

2) dedicating themselves to someone other than themselves

In this podcast, I talk to you about the mistakes many veterans and civilians make in pursuing happiness, and how you can lead a better life by chasing meaning instead. 

Jan 22, 2020

Read the article attached to this episode at: https://wp.me/pabO9v-4By

Low testosterone is a massive problem amongst men in the modern age, and it's particularly prevalent amongst men in the veteran community. 

In this episode, I discuss things you can do before you head off to an HRT clinic and try to get testosterone replacement therapy. This is not to say that you should never opt for HRT. There are many men who actually need this therapy. 

Nevertheless, HRT comes with a price. You will become dependent on those exogenous hormones and your natural testosterone production may shut down permanently. 

It's worth the try to try to fix it naturally before you opt for exogenous hormones. 

Additionally, if you do opt for HRT. my recommendation is that you find a doctor who knows what he or she is doing. There are many doctors who are barely qualified providing HRT therapy. 

Nick Koumalatsos is a friend of the show who served as a Marine Raider. Nick is currently working with a reputable HRT clinic to provide HRT at a discount for veterans. You can learn more about this by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYNGT13j4Bc

Jan 20, 2020

Schools teach us WHAT we need to learn without ever teaching us HOW. This is absolutely insane because learning is the one skill that could help you to improve your life in every single way.

Memory and speed reading expert Jonathan Levi joins us today to discuss the secrets he's learned about learning faster and more efficiently. Levi is an entrepreneur and angel investor who founded the Super Human Academy. He's also one of the top performing instructors on Udemy.

In 2015, Jonathan gave an inspiring Tedx talk on this subject which you can view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtQzuwnyW6E

You can access all of the resources discussed in this episode on the show notes at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/jonathan-levi

Jan 17, 2020

I've been appearing as a guest on a number of podcasts lately, and one of the questions I get often is "what would you tell your 20-year-old self." 

Being 40, and running a podcast where most of the audience is in their 20s, I think about this a lot because I don't want you all to make some of the same mistakes I made:

  • marrying the wrong person
  • getting into debt
  • falling into alcoholism
  • getting out of shape

So I decided to put together a list. This episode gives you five things you can start doing in your 20s so that you can dominate your 30s and beyond. 

Jan 15, 2020

Every couple of weeks, I take questions from the Warrior Soul audience and I give you my take on everything from fitness to relationships and self improvement. 

This week we cover: 

  • How to get out of a bad relationship
  • Whether straight bar or hex bar deadlifts are better
  • Testosterone replacement therapy
  • My take on the carnivor diet
  • and more

Check out the show notes for this week's episode to get the resources at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/ama-january-2020

Jan 13, 2020

In 2014, Matt Litrell decided that he needed to make a change. Since he'd gotten out of the Marine Corps, he hadn't been doing much except for drinking and sitting on his couch. Staring at his 9mm pistol, his demons started putting ideas in his head. 

Then he got an idea. Matt decided that he was going to ride his horse across the country from Camp Lejeune, NC to Camp Pendelton, CA. In addition to that, he was going to use the ride to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. 

Matt Litrell started a Facebook page called The Long Trail Home to raise awareness about what he was doing, and to his surprise, thousands joined. 

He began his journey, along with his riding partner Ray by wetting his black mustang's feet in the Atlantic coast of North Carolina. Then he and Ray headed south toward Georgia and then turned west. Seven months later, he wet his horse's feet on the beach near Camp Pendelton. 

Along the way, Matt met many amazing people, including his future wife and many fellow veterans. This episode details his story and the work he's currently doing with veterans at the Valhalla Ranch in Colorado. 

 

Jan 10, 2020

Corporal Jason Dunham sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow Marines by throwing himself onto a live grenade. That act of heroism led to him posthumously receiving the Medal of Honor, the first Marine to be given the nation's highest military award since the Vietnam War.

Jason Dunham's story of sacrifice and bravery is a story that will go down as legend in Marine Corps history. Generations of Marine recruits will learn Dunham's name as an example of physical and moral courage.

Jason Dunham will also be remembered through the men he saved. PFC Kelly Miller and Lance Corporal Bill Hampton were with him that day and would have likely been killed by the blast that Dunham's body absorbed. 

Both of them, wracked with survivor's guilt, still go through their own battles, but have come to see Jason Dunham's sacrifice as a gift. 

Today, filmmaker David Kneiss is working to bring Corporal Jason Dunham's story to film in a documentary called The Gift. This project originally started shortly after Corporal Dunham's death, but the pain was too much to bear so close to the tragedy. 

Kneiss, who had a chance meeting with Dunham on a flight prior to his death, kept in touch with the Marines from Jason Dunham's unit. He decided that 2020 was the year to bring the project to life. 

Now Kneiss is raising money to continue filming and hopes to bring the documentary to the screen within the next two years. 

I brought David onto the show to talk about Corporal Jason Dunham's life, the Marines he saved, and this amazing project. 

If you would like to contribute to the Gift Documentary, click here. 

Jan 8, 2020

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is one of the greatest writers in history. His masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov, is a philosophical novel set in 19th century Russia that covers themes of morality, free will, and God. In this episode, we discuss one of the chapters of this book titled "The Grand Inquisitor." 

This chapter is a poem that one of the characters Ivan recites for his brother Alexei. In the poem, Jesus Christ returns to Earth during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Amidst the burning bodies, Christ begins performing miracles. The crowd recognizes him and begins worshipping him, but the Grand Inquisitor sees him and orders his guards to take Christ to a dungeon. The rest of the chapter is a one way dialogue between the Grand Inquisitor and Christ. 

During the dialogue, the Grand Inquisitor chastizes Christ for denying the three temptations of Satan, and for giving his followers free will. His argument is that, because Christ gave his followers free will, the church now has to show miracle, mystery, and authority to enforce belief in him. 

What we get from this dialogue is an understanding that freedom is not easy. It requires responsibility, action, and the ability to think. This is why human beings have willingly surrendered their freedom throughout history. Many find it far more comfortable to live with an authoritarian dictator running your life for you. 

It also highlights the temptations we face in our own lives to submit to dictatorial rule, whether that be from governments or by submitting to our own hedonistic desires. 

I highly suggest that you at least read The Grand Inquisitor, if not The Brothers Karamazov as a follow on to this episode. 

Jan 6, 2020

Forrest Munden is a US Army Veteran who served with the 101st Airborne. He created the Salty Soldier as a comedy page on Instagram as a satire on Army life and has since built it into a hugely popular social media platform.

 Since leaving the Army, Forrest has taken himself on a personal exploration of ideas surrounding masculinity, strength, and life. His podcast, BackBuilders, is designed for individuals interested in seeking personal development, discipline, and sovereignty. 

Forrest's goal is to harden his listeners to better bear the burdens of life and he does an outstanding job of that with his commentary. 

This was an outstanding conversation about the state of the veteran community, and potential solutions to the problems veterans face in this modern world. 

We discuss several books that you'll want to check out including: 

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gilette

He: Understanding Masculine Psychology by Robert A. Johnson

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Jan 3, 2020

Finding the time to exercise is one of the biggest problems plaguing Americans today. Work, family, and other obligations often keep people from finding the time to work out and eat right. 

Here's the thing, there are only two assets that truly matter in life, your mind and your body. Money, possessions, and property are important, but you cannot survive or thrive without being in good mental and physical shape. If you aren't finding the time to exercise, you are selling yourself short in other areas of your life. 

In this episode, I give you 5 easy things you can do to find the time to exercise in 2020. These are practical things that you can begin implementing immediately after the show that will cost you little to no money to do. 

Small actions can change your life and the more you find the time to exercise, the more you'll be able to find confidence, capability, and determination in other areas of your life. 

Jan 1, 2020

Pat McNamara is a former special forces operator, trainer, and author of the book Sentinal: Be the Agent in Charge of Your Own Personal Protection Detail. Pat has dedicated himself to helping others to become more aware, more capable, and more tough. His Instagram page, TMACSINC, is one of the best fitness pages out there and it also offers segments on becoming a more effective Sentinal and becoming a more effective man (basic dude stuff). Pat is also a great guy. He came on to talk about his story, and to to deliver his advice on how you can become tougher and more effective in your daily life.

Dec 30, 2019

Every New Year, millions of people set goals that they will never reach. While many commentators say New Years resolutions are useless, the real problem has nothing to do with setting resolutions. The problem is that we often set goals that don't carry a great enough meaning to follow through on. Even if a goal is set up perfectly under the SMART goal criteria, you won't get far with it if there isn't enough meaning behind it. Change is difficult and to create the change you need, you'll need to set a goal that motivtes you everyday for the long term. This video will help you to create a process to set meaningful goals for yourself in 2020

Dec 27, 2019

Walt Gragg is a United States Army Veteran, former lawyer, and military fiction writer.

His latest book, The Chosen One, follows the story of an unassuming holy man who gives rise to a worldwide Islamic fundamentalist movement that takes over the world and leads to a battle of epic proportions. The storyline also follows several characters in different theaters of the battle, including a Marine Force Recon officer who is tasked with delaying the Chosen One's forces until US reinforcements can arrive. 

This is Walt Gragg's second time being on the show. Last time, he came on to speak about his first book The Red Line. 

The Chosen One  is action packed, enormously detailed, and captivating. It's characters, particularly the Mahdi, an Algerian cleric named Mohammed Mourad, and Marine 1st Lt. Sam Erickson, are enthralling. 

Walt Gragg's books not only bring entertainment, but lessons for the avid military reader. There are many leadership lessons through it's pages and the detailed descriptions of the weaponry and tactics used are outstanding. 

In this conversation, Walt Gragg discusses his writing process. He delivers solid advice to aspiring authors, and he gives us some insight as to his next project. 

You can purchase The Chosen One here: https://amzn.to/2PZxOxe

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