AAP 008 To The Depths: Tanya Streeter, Free Diver Extraordinaire and Environmentalist, Shares Her Thoughts on Life, Kids, and Plastics

AAP 008 To The Depths: Tanya Streeter, Free Diver Extraordinaire and Environmentalist, Shares Her Thoughts on Life, Kids, and Plastics

Tanya Streeter free diver: life lessons from 500 feet below the surfaceFrom 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

 

Mentions

 

AAP 005: Simple Ways to Use Your Mind to Improve Performance in Sport and in Life – Tim Zeddies PhD, Sports Psychologist and Austin’s Fittest Winner

AAP 005: Simple Ways to Use Your Mind to Improve Performance in Sport and in Life – Tim Zeddies PhD, Sports Psychologist and Austin’s Fittest Winner

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

Resources mentioned in this episode:

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AAP 004: Pam LeBlanc of the Austin American-Statesman – on 14 years of covering fitness, health, and adventure in and around Austin

AAP 004: Pam LeBlanc of the Austin American-Statesman – on 14 years of covering fitness, health, and adventure in and around Austin

 

Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman: covering fitness, health and adventures in AustinPam 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”
  • What she has coming up in her year of adventure!

Resources and Activities Mentioned in the Show:

AAP 003: From Corporate Misery to Growing a Fitness Community in Austin: Talking Nutrition, “Healthy” Alcoholic Drinks, And Earning Your Shower with Jess Martin

AAP 003: From Corporate Misery to Growing a Fitness Community in Austin: Talking Nutrition, “Healthy” Alcoholic Drinks, And Earning Your Shower with Jess Martin

 

Jess Martin: growing fitness community in AustinFounder 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
  • How he works with exercise newbies
  • What he means when he says, “Earn your shower.”

Resources and Mentions

AAP 002: Alex Earle of Austin Fit Magazine – Stories of an Ever Changing Decade of Fitness and Activity in Austin

AAP 002: Alex Earle of Austin Fit Magazine – Stories of an Ever Changing Decade of Fitness and Activity in Austin

 

Alex Earle, Austin Fit Magazine: future of Austin fitness and wellnessWelcome to the first interview episode of the Active Austin Podcast! We’re kicking things off with Alex Earle, co-owner of Austin Fit Magazine. I visited him at Austin Fit’s headquarters and recorded this interview back in March (and got plenty of kisses from his dog, Cooper). He was the perfect person to discuss the history of fitness, health, and activity in Austin over the past 10-15 years. It’s been an ever changing landscape and he discusses it all in this informative and entertaining episode.

In this episode, we chat about:

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