Last year, I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Bell, the creator of such films as Bigger, Stronger, Faster, and Prescription Thugs. I had long admired Chris's films for their ability to illuminate complex issues that the media over-simplified, like America's relationship with steroids.
While making Prescription Thugs, a movie about the rising plague of prescription drug abuse, Chris actually became addicted to opiates. He was able to overcome his issues through rehab, but he still had immense pain due to a genetic hip defect.
That's when Chris was introduced to Kratom, a plant that delivers an opiate like effect to users with a much lower potential for addiction and overdose.
As someone who has struggled with opiate addiction in the past, I was initially skeptical about Kratom, and remained slightly skeptical when this show was recorded. Until I threw my back out one day while doing deadlifts.
The pain was so intense I could not walk or move. I knew that I did not want to get back on any prescription opiate, so I tried Kratom. Kratom helped me significantly with the pain, but more importantly, I did not crave it like I craved other opiates. I wasn't thinking about it daily, and I even forgot to take it one day.
Anyone who's ever used opiates regularly will tell you that you do not forget to take it. In fact, addicts will center their whole day on when they're going to take the drug.
This is not me advocating for Kratom or any other drug, but I believe that we should have all the facts before making a potentially helpful substance illegal. That's why I'm republishing this episode.
Since the recording of this podcast, Chris has released his documentary on Kratom A Leaf of Faith. I highly suggest that you check it out in addition to listening to this episode.
Bobby Maximus is considered one of the best trainers in the United States today. He's applied his unique methodology toward training professional athletes, tier 1 Special Operators from the US Military, and other elite clientele.
Bobby's also got vast experience in training average everyday people. After working for the world famous Gym Jones for many years, Bobby moved on to start his own gym Maximus Gym in Salt Lake City Utah.
Bobby's unique background also allows him to bring a unique perspective to his craft. Prior to becoming a coach, Bobby was a teach, a police officer, and a UFC fighter.
His book, Maximus Body contains strategies to help readers become as insanely fit as possible.
In this episode, we discuss Bobby's philosophies on training and on life. We get deep into the importance of mindset in accomplishing your goals. We talk about some of the setbacks Bobby's faced in his health and in life, and how he approaches these setbacks when they come his way.
Thomas Jefferson once said that "resistance to tyranny is obedience to God." This is something that most Americans would believe on it's face.
Yet, I also believe that we need to refine what we think of as tyranny in this modern day and age. In a time where personal liberty is probably greater than it ever has been in history, the most common form of tyranny is self imposed.
People consistently and willingly put themselves in chains through self doubt, self hatred, and lack of willpower.
In this podcast, I discuss what you can do to free yourself from those self imposed chains and deliver yourself from tyranny.
On this Fitness Notes episode of the Warrior Soul Podcast Chris discusses questions he drew from the Warrior Soul Fitness Academy Private Facebook Group.
The first question comes from a member who's been having problems with getting enough to eat with his busy lifestyle. Chris delivers several ideas for getting enough protein, fats, and calories on the go for both keto and non-keto dieters.
The second question asks how someone can properly do an active rest or deload week. Chris discusses several techniques for improving mobility and reducing those nagging aches and pains during your active rest periods and during your training weeks.
Finally, Chris discusses why genetics are not as important as we think they are when it comes to obesity and chronic obesity related illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. .
Mike Ergo is a US Marine Corps Combat Veteran, Ironman Triathlete, and former alcoholic and drug addict. He is also the host of the Transitions from War Podcast.
At one point, during Operation Phantom Fury, Mike lost so many friends that he accepted that he was going to die. He didn't. As he entered the civilian life he didn't plan on living, he found himself ill equipped for dealing with the memories of his time in combat.
Like so many, he found himself turning to drugs and alcohol to get through the pain. These proved to be false allies that simply allowed him to bury his pain deep inside. He was numbed to it, but it was still there scratching away at his insides.
He found counseling, went through a 12 step program, and eventually found his peace in endurance sports. Eventually this led him to compete in Ironman Triathlon. Today, Mike wears the names of his fallen friends on his racing gear, and connects with a local Gold Star Family in each race he runs.
His podcast, Transitions from War focuses on helping other veterans to find their peace and educating others on how to train for endurance.
Throughout history, people have regarded strength as an admirable trait. That's because it's always been important for survival, security, and in seeking out the means for life.
Yet, in today's society, where life is much more convenient than it once was, we often find people neglecting the pursuit of strength. Some even characterize the pursuit of strength as a form of oppression.
In this episode, Chris discusses strength in the context of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War through three different theoretical lenses: realism, neoliberalism, and post-modernism.
From there, he takes it back to the individual level and discusses why strength should be the focus of our pursuits here on this Earth. He delivers three pieces of advice for keeping yourself strong in an environment and a society that seems to be encouraging weakness.
One of the biggest reasons why people never get in shape is because they never start. As a trainer, I've seen so many people who wait until their lives are "perfect" before they start dieting or training.
The problem with this line of thinking is that life is never going to be truly perfect. A bigger factor is that you don't want to just train and eat right when times are perfect. You need fitness more when times are difficult. That's when training and good nutrition are going to help you keep your life together and help you to be a better version of yourself.
In this episode of fitness notes, I take you through three things you need to do to stop hesitating and start your journey. These include starting small, knowing your reason for getting fit, and enlisting those closest to you to help you out.
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Steve Sims is a guy who get things done. His clientele consists of the super rich. Not the super rich people you might see in the media. These are people who would think nothing of dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars for a single experience.
One of Steve's most well known feats was getting an entire museum in Rome shut down so that one of his clients could have dinner at the foot of Michelangelo's David. In the middle of the dinner he arranged for Andrea Bocelli to come out and serenade the couple.
The amazing thing about Steve is that he doesn't come from money. Steve is a former bricklayer from the east side of London. He prefers tee shirts to fancy suits, rides a motorcycle, enjoys whiskey, and is really down to earth.
What Steve has mastered is the art of human dynamics. The ability to get a yes anytime he's trying to make something happen.
Steve's book, Bluefishing, goes into depth about how he does his work. You can get the book and learn more about Steve at http://www.stevedsims.com.
The most important thing you can do as an adult is to decide exactly who you want to be. It might sound cliche, or overly simple, but it is so important to determining your path.
If you do not have that written out and set in terms that are black and white, then your direction will be far less clear. When that happens, you begin to leave your path up to fate rather than your own planning.
It's also important because it can determine who you allow to come into your life and who you don't. As children, we become trained to accept relationships of convenience. Who we hang out with and who we spend our time with is largely up to our family and our geographic surroundings.
As an adult, you get to choose who you spend your time with, but if you do not choose wisely, it can pose limitations on yourself and what you're going to do with your life.
If, however, you've decided who you want to be and what your values are, it gives you a clearer definition of what you'll tolerate from yourself and from other people.
In the age of the online "fitness guru" there are currently hundreds of people trying to get your attention to sell you a new diet every time you log onto social media.
All of them have an angle of some sort. That angle usually consists of some kind of trick or shortcut, new food, new supplement, or new pill that they want you to take.
To make that angle work, they normally need to put things in super complicated terms that do nothing but confuse you. This confusion causes resistance: how can you start a diet if you don't know what you're doing?
Well in this podcast, Chris gives you the easiest way to start your nutrition program without any tricks or shortcuts that just confuse things.
You can find the show notes for this episode, along with resources to help you at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/easy-diet
Regardless of what you do with your life, you are going to run into obstacles. Some of these obstacles can be met by choice: like going through the police academy or Marine Corps Boot Camp.
Others can be put in front of you by sheer fate: like an injury or a tragedy.
But, whatever you encounter, it's important that you take lessons from your experience.
Kazy Tauginas is an actor and former restauranteur and Golden Gloves Boxer who's appeared in John Wick and The Equalizer 2 along side Denzel Washington.
Kazy came on to talk about his story from his humble beginnings to becoming a restaurant owner, and on into his boxing and acting careers. He also speaks about his work with Lupus and his mother's battle with this disease.
Through it all, Kazy has used lessons from his experiences to constantly push himself forward. When he decided to become an actor, he burned the ships and dedicated himself to becoming the best actor he could be by investing everything he could into his career. He secured his first roles while sleeping on his friends' couch and never gave up on his dream.
In this interview we cover:
This episode is available on Itunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify, and at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/Kazy-Tauginas
For Kazy's latest project, Standing 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfjmyqB2LC0
At some point in our lives, we all begin making up stories for why we haven't done what we want to do in life. These stories are commonly known as excuses.
The problem with excuses is that they all sound logical, at least to us.
We can't work out because we just don't have time. We can't start that business because it's just not the right time. I can't be on time for work because of my kids.
The biggest problem is with the word "can't." When that word appears it signals that you're telling yourself a lie. It's a lie because you can. You just haven't prioritized it.
Many men hit their mid 30s and something clicks in their minds telling them that they need to take it easier. When it comes to fitness, we see guys retreating to things like just playing golf or going for walks for their physical activity.
That's a mistake. Training is even more important as you get older.
In this episode Chris discusses rules he's imposed on himself in his late 30s for his training. These include some things that are counterintuitive, and they include:
You'll be able to find the show notes for this episode up at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/old-man
Anxiety is a limiting factor in many peoples' lives and it can take many different forms. All of us have different underlying fears that keep us from doing certain things. A lot of us may fear heights, and so they avoid mountain climbing or going to the top of tall buildings. Others might hate snakes, and in turn, avoid swamps and tall grassy areas.
But for many people anxiety centers around activities that we need to do in order to have a complete and productive life, like social interaction and being around a lot of people. In these cases, anxiety can have a hugely negative impact on our lives and our happiness.
Our guest today is an expert on helping people with anxiety. His name is Kevin Ashworth and he works with the Northwest Anxiety Institute. While most people attempt to deal with anxiety by avoiding what makes them anxious, Kevin recommends exposing yourself to those things in a safe and low risk manner.
In this episode, Kevin explains why anxiety is becoming more common and he delivers some simple and actionable advice on how you can gain control over your own anxiety.
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There is a disturbing and growing trend in the Veteran Community. Veterans who claim that "political correctness" is ruining our country, but then scream and cry whenever someone does something they don't agree with. In essence, we've created our own "safe space" where certain beliefs are acceptable and others aren't.
We've also allowed ourselves to become "triggered" at the drop of a pin. This leads to irrational behavior that resembles what we see from SJW types on college campuses. The truth is that if we spent more time working on ourselves and building ourselves up, we'd have a lot less time to complain.
This podcast discusses why it's so important for the veteran community to overcome this trend. Rather than adopting an outrage culture, we should be building our community up, helping other Veterans, and putting ourselves in position to affect change in this country.
In this episode of Warrior Fitness Q&A Chris addresses the following questions:
What’s the best method for recovery from full-body exercise routines? Ice bath or sauna?
Are there any benefits to intermittent fasting on training days? Or is it best to do it on non-training days?
Show notes will be available at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/fastingicebath
Years ago, if you were a Veteran trying to make it in the civilian world, the path was usually to head off to college, get a degree, and then try to secure an entry level job some where.
The thing is that a lot of Veterans are under the false impression that a college degree is the only way to make it and that their experience doesn't mean anything to employers.
Well...times have changed, and unless you're looking to become a doctor, nurse, or lawyer, degrees don't really mean much to anyone anymore. In fact, I have a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D work completed and it's never gotten me a job.
If you're a Veteran who's served honorably, that means that you have leadership skills, that you're reliable, and that you know how to put work in. That's important.
Phil Randazzo, our guest today, is trying to get you to realize how important that is. Phil is not a veteran. He's a serial entrepreneur who built his empire out of nothing. He's also the founder of American Dream U, a nonprofit who's mission is to help Veterans make better transitions into the civilian world.
Through American Dream U and Mission Next, Phil has created a platform that gives Veterans the knowledge they need to build upon their already valuable skills to secure employment or build businesses.
The platform is completely free for veterans, and it takes minutes to sign up. It also contains what I'd estimate to be at least $100,000 worth of education if it were part of a degree. You can learn everything from basic finance to advanced business management. There's complete ecommerce courses and courses on building out your LinkedIn profile. There's courses taught by guys like Tim Ferriss and other entrepreneurs who'd normally charge thousands of dollars for their advice.
So while I really want you to listen to this episode, what I want you to do before you listen is to get over there to AmericanDreamU.org and sign up as quickly as possible. Get on there and start learning. Dedicate yourself to spending an hour a week on there.
To sign up: http://americandreamu.org/
For Phil's book Mission Next: https://www.amazon.com/Mission-Next-Inspirational-Phil-Randazzo-ebook/dp/B01E5PYOHU/
To follow American Dream U:
One of the things I hear most often from Veterans is that, in their civilian lives, they can't find the pride and sense of purpose in what they do when they enter the civilian world.
This is a dangerous feeling because it inevitably leads to depression, the leading killer of US Military Veterans in this country today. It's a difficult state to overcome, but you can get out of it.
The key is in understanding one thing: in order to have pride and sense of purpose, you need to keep earning it. The reality is that if you are feeling like your life is empty, you're probably bored. You get bored when you feel like you're not doing anything worthwhile.
In this Warrior Notes Episode we take you through three things you can do to regain that pride you felt when you were still in uniform.
Each week we gather up questions from the Warrior Soul Fitness Academy Private Facebook Page and discuss them during this quick episode segment. No BS answers. Just the honest un-adulerated truth.
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Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times Best Selling Author and Speaker who leads a media firm out of Washington, DC.
He rose to prominence with his book The Faith of George W. Bush, which Time Magazine credited with shaping the 2004 presidential election. He's also written biographies about Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and others.
His book Mansfield's Book of Manly Men seeks to recover the definition of manhood through maxims and examples from great men of the past.
In this episode, we discuss the plight of the American Veteran in today's society and how veterans can deal with consistent attempts on contemporary college campuses to blur the lines between good and evil.
Other topics include:
To get Stephen's books: http://StephenMansfield.TV/
To follow Stephen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MansfieldWrites
If you have big goals and seek to maintain high ideals in your life, at some point you are destined to fail. We all know this, but there isn't really a guidebook out there for how to deal with the crushing disappointment we often feel when we experience a failure.
This episode takes you through 6 big tips to help you to get through inevitable failures in your life.
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A Harvard lecturer recently stated in a lecture in Germany that coconut oil is pure poison and that it wasn't until recently that it was considered healthy.
This, however, is contradicts the fact that coconut oil has been eaten for thousands of years amongst Polynesian populations and that those populations had extremely low incidences of heart disease until starting the Western Diet.
This podcast goes into what you should know about coconut oil. The truth is that it isn't poison, and it isn't God's gift to man. It is a food that has some benefits as well as some downfalls if you overconsume it.
To get the worksheet for this episode, visit the show notes at
Albert Carrasco is an entrepreneur, photographer, bodybuilder, and Marine Corps Veteran.
Albert grew up without a father and had to learn from a very young age to provide for himself. Albert's work career began at 13 years old when he got a job to pay for clothes and shoes.
Today, Albert runs a print company and is responsible for producing Warrior Soul and Terminal Lance merchandise.
In this conversation we discuss:
In our lives there is an inherent temptation amongst us to blame the world for our problems. Many enjoy playing the victim and complain about this or that holding them down.
The danger here is that, when you do play the victim, you immediately submit control of your problems to outside forces rather than doing what you should be doing: working on yourself.