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.