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Episode 035: Understanding the Knees featuring Chris Mullins

Chris Mullins is a Boston based strength and conditioning coach. Chris joins Jon on the podcast to discuss the knees and everything that goes with this awesome joint. The guys go over the following talking points:

  • What makes up the knee
  • Joint mechanics
  • Compensatory mechanics
  • The influence of the pelvis on the knee
  • The influence of the foot on the knee
  • How to assess troublesome knees
  • Distributing load effectively

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Chris Mullins Website: www.coachchrismullins.com

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Episode 034: Lessons & Experiences from China featuring Dan McGinley

Dan McGinley is a strength and conditioning coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn, Massachusetts. Dan recently spent eighteen months living and working in China with some top level Chinese athletes. Dan immersed himself in the culture and the language in order to improve his transition from life in the USA to life in China. Some of the topics covered in episode thirty four include:

  • Dan’s preferred training shoe for the gym
  • Arriving in China and initial thoughts
  • Adapting to life in a foreign country
  • How life differs in China compared to the US
  • Communicating effectively in a foreign country
  • The major social differences
  • The athlete experience and how it differs in China to the USA
  • Biggest lessons learned abroad
  • Funniest story from the trip
  • How Dan manages the four pillars of health

 

Show Notes

Book: “Sleep Smarter” by Shawn Stevenson

Application: Insight Timer for meditation

Social Media & Website Links

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Dan McGinleys blog

Dan McGinley on Instagram: @danmcginley617

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Episode 033: 4 Fitness Mistakes to Avoid featuring Alex Tanskey

Alex Tanskey is an Integrative Strength and Performance coach and a StrongFirst level II instructor. Jon and Alex discuss four common mistakes when it comes to training and your health. The guys also discuss better options when it comes to each of the following.

  • Decreasing calories and increasing activity
  • Not prioritizing recovery
  • Looking for a workout instead of a training program
  • Not seeking the advice of a qualified coach/trainer

Show Notes

 

Article: “Avoid These 4 Common Fitness Mistakes” by Alex Tanskey

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Social Media Links

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Alex Tanskey on Instagram: @alextanskey

 

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Episode 032: Optimizing the Female Athlete & Managing the Four Pillars featuring Kaitlyn Pimentel

Kaitlyn Pimentel is a PGA member and former collegiate golfer at Methodist University. She is now a strength coach who incorporates an all around approach in order to help the people she trains. Kaitlyn’s phrase, “It’s not just about sets and reps” is a refreshing approach which we fully support here at The Pillars of Health. Jon and Kaitlyn also discuss the following:

  • Online coaching
  • Kaitlyn’s philosophy when it comes to coaching women
  • Why women need to track their period
  • Tips to optimize a woman’s training program
  • The impact of caffeine on the menstrual cycle
  • Dealing with negative self talk and body image issues
  • Why women need to lift heavy
  • How Kaitlyn manages the Four Pillars of Health

Show Notes

 

Period Tracking Apps: iperiod, Clue, Kindara

Book: “The Hormone Reset Diet” by Dr. Sarah Gottfried

Book: “Spark” by John J. Ratey & Eric Hagerman

 

Social Media

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Kaitlyn on Instagram: @felixfortisgolffitness

Kaitlyn on Twitter: @ksharpgolf

Golf Digest Article: “Ditch the Treadmill: Here’s a Better Cardio Routine for Golf”

The Felix Fortis Blueprint

Felix Fortis Website: www.felixfortisgolf.com

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Episode 031: Planning to Achieve Your Goals & Why You Need to Prioritize Happiness featuring Tina Morin

Tina Morin is a Strongfirst level II coach and also the owner of Morin Strength and Conditioning located in Norwell and Weymouth in Massachusetts. Jon discusses Tina’s change from corporate America into the fitness industry and how she went about making such a drastic career change. Other topics discussed include:

  • Tina’s biggest lessons so far on her fitness journey
  • Why it is never too late to work towards your dream
  • Why Tina will always be a “Student of Strength”
  • Managing work and you health
  • Why you need to “Own It”
  • The power of positive self talk
  • Tina’s top take aways from being her own boss
  • Managing the Pillars of Health

 

Show Notes:

Tina’s favorite training shoes: No Bull Apparel & Footwear

Tina’s favorite yoga pants: Booty by Brabants

Book: “Sleep Smart” by Shawn Stevenson

Social Media:

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Morin Strength and Conditioning website

MSC on Instagram: @msc_strength

Tina Morin on Instagram:  @tinavmorin

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The Pillars of Health on Facebook: @thepillarsofhealthpod

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Episode 030: The Intensity Mindset, Recovery & Morpheus featuring Joel Jamieson

Joel Jamieson is a best-selling author and one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength, conditioning, and energy systems. His training strategies have been used by thousands of elite performers and top athletes worldwide, including the Navy Seals, UFC champions, and dozens of teams from the NFL, NBA, MLS, NCAA and more. In this episode Jon and Joel discuss what exactly the “Intensity Mindset” is and why it has failed us, how to train to recover and also how “Morpheus” can help with your training and recovery goals. Other topics include:

  • Joel’s biggest ah-ha moment so far in his strength and conditioning career
  • HRV, Recovery and Preparedness
  • The Intensity Mindset
  • The Recovery Debt and how to address it
  • How to train to recover faster
  • What is Morpheus & how to incorporate it into your training
  • How Joel manages the four pillars of health

Show Notes

Article: “All Pain, No Gain: Why the High Intensity Mindset has Failed Us” by Joel Jamieson

Article: “How to Train to Recover Faster than Ever” by Joel Jamieson

Article: “Recovery-Driven Mindset: How to Change Your Mindset and Transform Your Fitness” by Joel Jamieson

Social Media

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Joels website: 8weeksout.com

Morpheus link: Train with Morpheus

Helix Mattress website

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Episode 029: Life as a Gym Owner & Managing the Pillars of Health featuring Jay Weedall

Jay Weedall is from Manchester in England. He founded and co-owns Ethos Fitness and Performance in Boston. Jay and Jon catch up on football, how Jay has transitioned from the corporate gym setting to running his own place and everything he has learned along the way so far. Other topics include:

  • Instilling confidence in people
  • Creating autonomy in peoples approach to health and fitness
  • Creating a vision of fitness as a long term investment
  • Earning the right to perform advanced exercises
  • Why you can’t please everyone
  • Creating a life and work balance
  • How Jay manages the pillars of health

Show Notes

Book: “Danny the Champion of the World” by Roald Dahl

Book: “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek

Book: “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott

Book: “Deep Work” by Cal Newport

Book: “Wired to Eat” by Robb Wolf

Social Media

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Jay Weedall on Instagram: @coachjayw

Ethos Fitness & Performance website

 

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Episode 028: 10 Ways to Save Money featuring Eirinn Carroll

Money can be a source of extreme stress for a lot of people. Debt can snowball and create negative knock on effects when it comes to managing the four pillars of health. With financial debt hitting record highs in the USA according to NBC, the issue is not going away and solutions need to be found. Eirinn and Jon go into detail on ten ways they have been able to save money over the years that has allowed them to be stress free when it comes to finances while also enjoying life at the same time. The guys discuss the following topics.

  • Cutting the cord
  • Chasing iPhones
  • Buying a car (or Donk)
  • The cost of living
  • Side jobs
  • Health care
  • Eating healthy
  • Travel savers
  • Investing
  • Marketplaces to sell on

Show Notes

“America’s debt load is hitting record and risky territory” from NBC 

Social Media

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Episode 027: 4 Ways to Vet Your Trainer featuring Alex Tanskey

What characteristics or standards do you look for in a potential coach or trainer?  This episode originated from a listener question and allows Alex and Jon to discuss four stand out areas that you should look for in a good coach. These standards include:

  • The importance of assessments
  • Why continuing education is crucial
  • The role of exercise selection
  • Do they practice what they preach?

 

Show Notes

Article: “4 Ways to Vet Your Personal Trainer” by Alex Tanskey

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Social Media

Alex Tanskey on Instagram: @alextanskey

Alex Tanskey on Twitter: @alextanskey

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Episode 026: How to Stop Complaining & Improve Your Mindset featuring Cianna Stewart

 

Cianna Stewart is the author of “No Complaints: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Joy” and todays guest on the podcast. The book offers a fantastic foundation to help anyone create moments of self realization and take charge of your current outlook on life. This can lead to more awareness and self development towards a better version of yourself as complaining usually leads down a very negative path. This negative route can have a knock on effect in all aspects of your life. Cianna discusses the strategies she implements to disrupt a complaining mindset and offers solutions to use to combat any lapses.

The topics discussed on the podcast include:

  • What is complaining?
  • The stages of breaking out of a pattern of complaining
  • Micro-complaints
  • How complaining negatively impacts your health
  • Patterns and emotions associated with being in a complaining cycle
  • How to interrupt the complaining cycle
  • The NoCo system
  • Common triggers related to complaining relapses
  • Social media and the “Comparison Culture”
  • Using your body to help improve your mood
  • Mindfulness of tiny moments
  • Building resiliency when it comes to complaining

Show Notes:

“No Complaints: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Joy” on Amazon

The No Complaints Website: www.gonoco.com

Facebook: The No Complaining Project

Social Media

Cianna Stewart on Twitter: @cianna

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Episode 025: Understanding the Deadlift featuring Alex Tanskey

Deadlifts, what are they good for? We address that question as well as many others on this episode of the pillars of health. Alex Tanskey joins Jon to discuss deadlifts, what they are exactly, why you should learn proper technique and the benefits of including them in your training program. Other talking points include:

 

  • What exactly is a hip hinge?
  • What is the point of a deadlift?
  • Why should I include deadlifts in my training?
  • Why the deadlift needs a time investment
  • Perfecting your deadlift before the kettlebell swing
  • 2 tips to improve your deadlift

Show Notes

Article: “Two Quick Ways to Transform Your Deadlift” by Alex Tanskey

Video Link: “How to Hip Hinge”

 

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Social Media Links

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Instagram: @thepillars_of_health_pod

Facebook: @thepillarsofhealthpod

Alex Tanskey on Instagram: @alextanskey

Alex Tankseys website: alextanskey.com

 

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Episode 024: Streamlining Healthcare, Overcoming Adversity & Managing the Four Pillars featuring Brendon Rearick

How to improve the current healthcare model, overcoming a life threatening illness and managing the four pillars of health are among the topics Jon discusses with Brendon Rearick on this episode. Brendon is a San Francisco based strength coach who owns Movement as Medicine with Kevin Carr. He is also part of Certified Functional Strength Coach and has also worked at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Boston. Brendon has recently taken on an exciting new role with a company called Crossover to streamline the healthcare model in the United States. Other topics discussed in this episode include:

  • The front end health care approach
  • Creating an enjoyable coaching environment
  • Brendon’s training philosophy
  • The stress scale and why you need to score low
  • Why client education is critical
  • Starting a business
  • Overcoming adversity and dealing with aplastic anemia
  • Managing the four pillars

Episode Notes:

Kevin Carr: “The Number One Prescribed Medicine in the World”

Precision Nutrition: The Cost of Getting Lean

 

E-mail & Social Media Links:

E-mail Brendon: brendon@rearickstrength.com

Brendon on Instagram: @collectmomentsnothtingz

Movement as Medicine website: movement-as-medicine.com

Movement as Medicine on Facebook: @movementasmed

Movement as Medicine on Twitter: @movementasmed

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Episode 023: Training the Armed Forces, UFC Fighters and Managing the Four Pillars featuring Kyle Holland

Kyle Holland is a Performance Specialist with EXOS and is currently embedded within a special operations unit. As a strength coach to the entire unit Kyle oversees the readiness of many within the armed forces. Kyle talks to Jon about interning at the University of Iowa, training UFC fighters like Joel Lauzon as well as tactical athletes like those in the armed forces. Other topics include:

  • Why the basics are important when it comes to strength training
  • Why more isn’t always the answer
  • Programming regeneration days for UFC fighters
  • Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor – was conditioning the reason McGregor lost?
  • Intermittent fasting
  • How Kyle manages
    • Stress
    • Sleep
    • Exercise
    • Nutrition
  • Putting things in perspective
  • Creating buy in with tactical athletes

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Kyle Holland on instagram is @kyletrains

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Episode 022: A Day in the Life of a Strength Coach Couple with Eirinn Carroll

Eirinn and Jon go into their current daily schedule as strength coaches and also working alongside each other as husband and wife. They also go into why getting the balance between work and home life is important. Most strength coaches work a split shift, mornings and evenings so this leaves a gap in the middle of the day. This is when coaches get their own training in, run errands and everything in between. Some of the topics discussed in todays episode include:

  • What is a split shift?
  • What time do we get up at?
  • The evolution of Jon’s alarm clock
  • What a normal daily work schedule consists of
  • Working together as husband and wife
  • Creating balance between work and home life
  • When do we eat breakfast and lunch?
  • When do coaches train?
  • Our schedule starting out as coaches
  • What is our ideal schedule?
  • The pro’s and con’s of our profession
  • What would we change if we had the chance?
  • Biggest lessons learned over the years?

 

The Pillars of Health Podcast can be found on Facebook and Instagram under the handle: “thepillarsofhealthpod”

All episodes are published on coachjoncarroll.com

E-mail the show: thepillarsofhealthpod@gmail.com

 

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Episode 021: Developing Athleticism, Incorporating Physical Therapy & Breathing featuring Joe Young

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Joe Young is the owner of Young Performance which is located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Joe joins Jon on the podcast to discuss developing middle school, high school and collegiate athletes. The guys also dive into the developing role of physical therapy in a gym setting and how Joe has also introduced guided breathing exercises as a staple in his youth and adult programs. Here is a synopsis of the topics the guys get into.

  • Owning and running your own gym
  • Developing athletes of all ages
  • Creating a positive culture in gym
  • Creating buy in with athletes parents
  • Assessment techniques utilized at Young Performance
  • Bridging the gap between training and physical therapy
  • Integrating physical therapy and PRI together as one in the training setting

Young Performance Website

Joe Young on Instagram

The Pillars of Health on Instagram

The Pillars of Health on Facebook

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Episode 020: Extraordinary People [Criminal Justice Reform & Cancer Research] featuring Miriam Ruttenberg and Peter Kraft

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In an attempt to share some of the remarkable stories from the people Jon  currently coaches or has coached in the past, he has started a series called “Extraordinary People”. First up in the series are Miriam Ruttenberg and Peter Kraft, two people Jon has had the pleasure of coaching on a weekly basis for three years now. Over the course of his time as their strength coach Jon has learned so much about them and the worlds within which they operate. To see people actively trying to make positive change in the world is a story that needs to be told. Not only are they trying to help out other people but they are also husband and wife. Talk about a power couple!

Miriam is an attorney at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee in Boston. Currently, the MHLAC is trying to get a bill passed to stop non violent incidents in school ending in arrests, which ultimately supplies the school to prison pipeline. Miriam was recently interviewed by WCVB about the bill and why it needs attention from the general public. [please see show notes for the link to that interview]

Pete, a PhD in Epidemiology, currently works at the Harvard School of Public Health. With the help of his team at Harvard, they have recently uncovered more clues when it comes to the genetic causes of breast cancer. CNN recently spoke to Pete about this research and what it means for women when it comes to early detection of breast cancer. Pete also talks about screening frequency as well as behavioral changes to help reduce an individuals risk of breast cancer.

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Bill H.328 & S.876 – “An Act Decriminalizing Non-Violent and Verbal Student Misconduct” 

WCVB article: Arrested development: schools turning to police to discipline students

CNN article: Breast cancer genetics revealed: 72 new mutations discovered in global study

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Episode 019: Training and The Menstrual Cycle featuring Eirinn Carroll

The menstrual cycle is something we need to talk about. Jonathan sits down with Eirinn Carroll to discuss the menstrual cycle and what goes on in the female body during the different phases as well as what you can do to optimize your workouts during this time. Lots of important take aways from this one including:

  • The difference between the menstrual cycle & the period
  • The phases of the menstrual cycle
  • How the four phases affect women
  • Changes within the luteal phase
  • How women can work with their cycle
  • Cycle tracking to optimize training
  • How to approach workouts in each phase
  • What do to on those days you’re “just not feeling it”
  • Communicating with your coach about the menstrual cycle
  • Nutritional and supplementation tips during the menstrual cycle
  • Book: “Roar by Dr. Stacy Sims
  • Book: “Period Repair Manual” by Laura Briden

Studies Referenced:

Branched-chain amino acid supplementation before squat exercise and delayed-onset muscle soreness.

Branched-Chain Amino Acid Supplementation in Combination with Voluntary Running Improves Body Composition in Female Mice.

Social Media Links:

Eirinn Carroll on Instagram

The Pillars of Health on Instagram

The Pillars of Health on Facebook

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Episode 018: Fitness Myths Part 1 featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins

Fitness myths are the topic up for discussion in episode eighteen. Jonathan welcomes Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins back on the show to discuss some common fitness myths that they have come across in their coaching experience. The topics discussed in this episode include:

  • Does lifting weights make you bulky?
  • Is running the best fat loss option?
  • The Thin Complex
  • Does overweight mean unhealthy?

Show Notes:

Study # 1 – Constrained Total Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Adaptation to Physical Activity in Adult Humans

Study # 2 – Increases in Physical Activity Result in Diminishing Increments in Daily Energy Expenditure in Mice

Alex Tanskey on Instagram

Chris Mullins on Instagram

The Pillars of Health on Instagram

The Pillars of Health on Facebook

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Episode 017: Creating a Growth Mindset featuring Derek Christeler

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In episode seventeen Jonathan is joined by his colleague from The Training Room, Derek Christeler. Derek is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever come across, he always wears a huge smile on his face and his enthusiasm for everything he takes on in life is contagious. Derek is an accomplished StrongFirst Level II instructor with a wealth of coaching experience to draw upon. During the course of the interview Derek and Jonathan discuss the following topics: Continue reading

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Episode 016: 10 Tips to Navigate the Holidays featuring Eirinn Carroll

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In episode sixteen Jonathan teams up with Eirinn to put together a list of ways to manage the holiday season as best as possible. During times of increased travel, stress and eating we can sometimes get down on ourselves, abandon goals or lose motivation all together. Eirinn and Jonathan detail five tips each on how they recommend approaching the holiday season when it comes to your goals within the pillars of health. Continue reading