From 1997 to 2007, Tanya Streeter was a competitive free-diver and broke a HUGE 10 World Records. While she no longer free dives competitively, she now does work as a TV presenter and film maker, using her skill to promote ocean awareness. In this interview, we cover a broad range of topics from funny to touching to serious.Tanya is incredibly passionate about health, particularly where plastics are concerned. She now works to educate the public on the health risks of using, drinking from, and cooking with plastics, as well as how plastics impact the oceans around the world.
In this episode, we chat about:
How she got her start in free diving
What drove her to pursue world records and what she learned in the process
The role Tanya’s emotions play in her movement through life
How free diving differs as a sport than all others
The difference between physical and mental boundaries when free diving
Differences among schools/disciplines of free diving
The function of breathing in free diving, including “breathe up” and “last breath”
The training involved in free diving and the importance of each type: Land-based and wet
Why Tanya believes it’s better to progress slowly towards reaching deeper depths
Her struggles with static apnea
Safety protocols currently in place to prevent free diving deaths and Tanya’s black out during a competition
How to segment different aspects of life to fully be present in each (and the differences between men and women in doing so)
What brought Tanya and her husband to Austin
Why Tanya finds diving in Lake Travis scarier than diving in the ocean
One of her most stressful dives and the thought she had during the dive that lead her to first consider retirement from record events
How sponsorship changed her relationship with free diving
What Tanya means when she speaks about what she found at the end of the rope
Her passion for ocean conservancy and the threat of plastics in the water
Easy ways to expand on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to promote environmental progress and toxicity of products we use every day
Max Bookman, owner of Max Training in central north Austin was a former University of Texas Diver, Texas State Champion in cross country mountain biking, and is now climbing the ranks in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, winning Pan Am’s just 6 months after he started in the sport. He also happens to be one of the most talented and educated personal trainers in Austin and we cover some eye opening research on how a little-known style of squats may be far superior and safer than the traditional back squat. We also look at a different, and some say “more functional,” approach to Core training.
In this episode, we discuss:
How his own training in multiple sports has shaped his coaching and personal training
Why his clients’ needs drive his business model
How he personalizes training schedules for his athletes while maintaining high expectations for their sessions
How he utilizes vertical core training and the Bulgarian squat to get his athletes maximum results with minimal risk to their spines
Why he prefers to teach rear leg elevated squats instead of back squats
Dr Julie Reardon, a Harvard-educated physician specializing in integrative medicine, shares how examining the entire person in a holistic way can give a more complete picture of how to obtain optimal health and wellness.
After spending years working in the “production model” of healthcare, Dr Reardon shifted to practicing “integrative” medicine, which allows her to look at many factors of health to develop comprehensive treatment plans that address diet, exercise, genetics, and many other potential causes of disease and disorders.
In this episode, we discuss:
Dr Reardon’s education and history in the medical field that lead her to choose a different path and open an integrative medicine practice.
The difference between “functional” medicine and “integrative” medicine
How integrative medicine is evolving and how that evolution can benefit you as a patient
Why first appointments with Dr Reardon are lengthy, and her approach to initial evaluations are often called “narrative” medicine
The most common issues she treats in her practice and how those syndromes are often interrelated with other common health issues
How she incorporates traditional medical testing in her treatment plans, as well as the less-common tests she utilizes
MTHFR gene testing and how methylation affects multiple processes in the body
Why consulting “Dr Google” can be dangerous
Dr Reardon’s LIVE IT philosophy
How “leaky gut” can lead to auto-immune or inflammatory issues, and how you can test for it
Gluten and casein sensitivities, the proteins involved, and the gut biome: How they all interact and how many factors can actually influence those sensitivities
Actionable tips and steps that Dr Reardon suggests patients try
Supplements (and/or dietary changes) that Dr Reardon has seen benefit many of her patients
The importance of meditation to the healing process
The 4-7-8 breathing pattern to decrease stress levels and improve a sense of wellbeing.
Having the right mindset is arguably one of the hardest parts of attaining success, regardless of the field you work in or the sport you play. Sports Psychologists like today’s guest, Tim Zeddies, PhD devote their careers to helping athletes of all ages and abilities reach their full potential. After spending 10 years as the team Psychologist at University of Texas athletics, Tim shifted to private practice and now works with anyone looking to improve their performance in sport and in life … from professional athletes to weekend warriors. We cover a ton of actionable strategies and techniques that can improve your life and performance, even if you’re NOT an athlete!
In this episode, we chat about:
What brings athletes to seek his help and the common mental hurdles he helps them overcome
Similarities he sees in many athletes and how his customized services help them resolve (and even use) anxiety and fear
How he works with athletes to detoxify their beliefs to help them become the best they can be
How confronting unconscious fears allows athletes to become better at their sports or events
How visualization helps his athlete clients develop “muscle memory” in the brain to allow for better performance during the actual event
Why it’s important for athletes to visualize failure as well as success
Why athletes who balance inward and outward focus are often playing at a higher level than those who don’t balance their focus as well
How he helped a client learn to “think twice” to improve interactions with other people
Why he encourages clients to start small and with a lower bar
Digging into how people’s motivation can lead to over-training and injury
Aging gracefully as an athlete
Making exercise a social event to improve motivation and the sustainability of healthy habits
Pam LeBlanc is quite literally the perfect guest for this podcast because no individual has come even close to producing the amount of content, stories, and experiences she has on fitness, health, and adventure in and around Austin.
After shuffling around to different newspapers in Texas, she ended up at the Austin American-Statesman in 1998 and pitched a regular fitness column to her bosses in 2004.They were skeptical but gave her a 6-month window to prove there were enough stories to keep it going. The Fit City column was a hit and 14 years later, she’s still writing fitness and lifestyle articles, and inspiring thousands of Austinites to stay active and healthy with all our city has to offer!
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In this episode, Pam and I chat about:
“Hammack camping”–One of her most recent research trips
Some of her favorite experiences in 14 years of covering activities, fitness, and health in Austin.
How she chooses readers to take part in certain experiences with her
Why she loved a 15 day hiking trip on the John Muir trail–despite some serious challenges
Her favorite back-packing trails and swimming holes in Central Texas
Some of the most unique activities she’s done and reported on
How one of her columns lead to a…significant…purchase
What she means by “Get your hair wet!” and “pocket adventures”
Why she bikes to work every day
Her favorite stories to write
The importance of accountability partners (or pets!)
Why she talks about fitness like something she loves and not as a “work out”
Founder of the hugely popular Stronghorn Fitness, Jess Martin shares a ton of useful advice and stories in this episode. We chat about everything from growing a fitness business in Austin to the nutrition and workouts that keep him looking the way he does … including his favorite “least un-healthy” social beverage.
Some of the things we cover:
How his fast business growth was almost too fast for it’s own good
How humble beginnings (4 people in their first camp!) expanded to 9 trainers, 6 locations, 2 fitness centers downtown, yoga, run groups, etc
Why they continue to offer more classes and fitness options all the time, at one price
How they coordinate and partner with In Sweat We Trust to provide events, races, fundraising, and community building
His favorite fitness contests and activities that he’s done
His diabolical Kettlebell Burpee Hell (1.0, 2.0, and 3.0)
His preferred diet to keep the body running optimally
Why he focuses on coaching, motivation, and form during classes and boot camps instead of working out himself
What he does to stay fit and feel his best
What he drinks socially to “drink healthy”
His biggest tip to get (and stay) on track to be healthy