Episode 015: The Sleep Episode featuring Brandon Marcello

In episode fifteen Jonathan is joined by Brandon Marcello. Brandon is a performance optimization coach who has worked in the collegiate setting as well as with professional and Olympic level athletes. The guys delve into the complex topic of sleep and discuss the following:

  • The importance of sleep
  • Optimal sleep cycles
  • Pre-covery
  • Screen and light exposure
  • Larks and Night Owls
  • How consistency pays off
  • The most common sleep issues
  • Assessing sleep accurately
  • Sleep tips for parents with new born kids


Books mentioned in the show:

“The Promise of Sleep” by Dr. William Dement

“Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Marc Weissbluth M.D.


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Episode 009: Nutrition Part 2 featuring Dr. Lindsay Tanskey, Bonnie Chang and Eirinn Carroll


In episode nine of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined on the phone by Dr. Lindsay Tanksey from North Carolina State University, clinical social worker Bonnie Chang and strength coach Eirinn Carroll to discuss nutrition from many different angles. Thanks to my two dogs Mickey and Remington for providing an entertaining soundtrack to this episode. Some of the topics discussed under the banner of nutrition include: Continue reading


Episode 006: Optimizing Your Strength and Exercise Goals featuring Alex Tanskey


In episode six of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined by strength coach Alex Tanskey to discuss the best ways to optimize your strength and exercise goals. The guys discuss how training age can play a role in your progress in the gym, the difference between a novice and an advanced lifter and why you should know the difference. The discussion also delves into what type of training program works best for different people based on their training age, the benefits of sub maximal training, the dangers of continuously maxing out as well as how often do you really need to switch exercises in your training program? Best of all, the guys go over their all time favorite T-Pain song, a conversation you do not want to miss!

Article: “Novice or Advanced? The Answer Might Surprise You” by Alex Tanskey

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Episode 004: Q&A from Bermuda featuring Eirinn Dougherty


In episode four of “The Pillars of Health” we take a timeout from covering the pillars of health to let you get to know your host a little better. Eirinn Dougherty assumes hosting duties for this specially recorded episode from Bermuda in which Jonathan discusses growing up in Ireland, transitioning to life in the USA, life lessons learned through collegiate soccer as well as whom he looks up to the most. On a lighter note, favorite chick flicks and Netflix series are also discussed. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Episode 002: Exercise and Setting Goals featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins

In episode two of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan sits down with Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins to discuss how correct management of exercise can lead to a routine of sustainability, consistency and what Alex likes to call “training for life”. Setting goals can be a daunting task when it comes to exercise, the guys discuss the best ways to set goals and the steps you can take to get yourself closer to the summit of your goals.  Find us on Patreon, Instagram, Stitcher and Google Play under “The Pillars of Health”. The official music of the podcast is supplied by DJ Rugged One, the track is called “Rock Central 2.0 Beat”. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Articles of the Week:

Chris: “How to Recover when Stress Builds Up” by James Clear

Alex: “The Surprising Truth about Sugar” by Brian St. Pierre & Krista Scott-Dixon

Jonathan: “Half of Americans are Spending their Entire Pay Checks” by Anna Bahney

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