Hormones, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid

How the Thyroid Gland Affects Your Health

Check out this info graph on how influential the thyroid gland is and how it affects your health. Thanks to Donna Rogers for the cool graphic.


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

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Hypothyroidism, Thyroid

7 Foods to Help with Hypothyroidism & Iodine Deficiency


January was thyroid awareness month. In order to raise the profile of auto immune diseases we here at Coach Jon Carroll wanted to highlight hypothyroidism to begin with. Thanks to Donna Rogers for this guest post and an awesome contribution overall.  Often times auto immune diseases come with a multitude of symptoms and can usually go undiagnosed for years. In this post, Donna recommends foods that you can incorporate in order to help you feel better if you are hypothyroid or think you may be. Please see your primary care doctor for a blood test and insist on a full thyroid panel and not just the usual thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which often leaves youth an incomplete picture of whats really going on. Look out for Fridays post from Donna which is an awesome info graph on “How the Thyroid Gland Affects our Health”. Continue reading


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.

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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

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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