Charles Abouzied

Happy New Year! This year I’m kicking off Mental Meat Heads 2014 with a revisit with a man who is easily one of my favorite people on Planet Earth. Charles Abouzied has the soul of a Buddha and the heart of lion. As the leader of an eager group of fitness enthusiasts Charles runs Crossfit House of Pain in central New Jersey. Listen in as we discuss Crossfit, the Biggest Loser, body image and overcoming limitations, both internally and externally imposed. To listen CLICK HERE. To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch on YouTube, click below. For more on … Read More »

January’s Elimination Diet Challenge!

If you’re local you’ve probably heard me mention at some point that we’re doing an Elimination Diet Challenge for the month of January. The purpose of such a diet is really quite simple. There are several foods within what we could term the Typical Western Diet that most of us actually have a hard time with. We don’t digest them as well as we might think and it’s possible that our bodies response to these irritants actually impairs our overall digestion and ability to assimilate nutrition. So why isn’t this obvious? Like the protagonist in a Dostoevsky novel, it turns … Read More »

Rannoch Donald

  Meet Rannoch Donald. Besides going into the pool for possessing one of the coolest names of all time, Rannoch is a Renaissance man, a generalist in the finest sense of the word. He’s a martial artist, a blogger, and overall movement enthusiast. A former band promoter, he’s now turned his talents to the fitness industry. Rannoch hosts fitness workshops in the south of Spain, drawing in names like Steve Cotter, Mike Mahler and Erwan La Corre. Listen in as we discuss fitness, martial arts, diet, eating habits, and what it takes to be a better man. To check out … Read More »

Cliff Dyer

  Meet Mental Meat Head Cliff Dyer. Cliff is a fitness enthusiast I met at Mental Meat Heads 2. He’s an aikidoka, an Oly weightlifter, a swing dancer and a computer programmer. Listen in as we discuss the connection between martial arts and dance, a more practical approach to training, and a grand epiphany about “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” is revealed. To listen in on our conversation, CLICK HERE! To download, right click and “Save As.” To watch on YouTube, click below. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Kirsty Grosart

Hey there. Meet Kirsty Grosart. Kirsty is a gymnast and strength enthusiast from Toronto, Canada. We first met at the 2nd Mental Meat Heads Symposium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kirsty is originally from Scotland where she spent her childhood as a self described “sporty kid,” of which gymnastics was a major component. She now lives in Toronto and works as an actuarial programmer. She teaches gymnastics on the side and runs her own blog “Garage Gym Girl.” Listen in as we discuss gymnastics, teaching kids, blogging, astrophysics, actuarial programming and what it’s like to be able to do amazing stunts and … Read More »

Kyle Winchell

  Meet Kyle Winchell. Kyle is one of the Merry Pranksters of Fitness from the Bodytribe in Sacramento, California. Kyle, in particular, is responsible for bringing his own flavor of play based training to Bodytribe with the addition of Hot Lava Tag. Originally, Hot Lava Tag was just a way for the trainers to blow off steam after work. Soon locals passing by would see them at play and ask to join the game. Now it’s a regular phenomenon drawing in new participants every week. Kyle’s even in the process of “formalizing” it into a league. Listen in as we … Read More »

Alexandra F. Williams

    Meet Alexandra Williams. Alexandra is one of a small cohort of highly creative, intuitive, and dedicated trainers that make up the Bodytribe in Sacramento, California. I like to think of them as the Merry Pranksters of fitness. Listen in as we discuss the great college town of Athens, Georgia, swimming for UGA, a national championship and Olympic trials, hipster gyms and body image. To listen to our interview CLICK HERE. To download, right click the link and then “Save As.” To watch the video just click the link below.   To learn more about Alexandra and her training, check … Read More »

Strength! Uh! What is it Good For?

“Why do you need to be strong?” “Aren’t you strong enough?” “Isn’t that a selfish/vain pursuit?” Believe it or not, these are actual questions. I know, I know, it’s hard to contemplate and every time I do, my brain makes this little popping sound and wisps of smoke escape from my ears. I really think I need to get a handle on this before some serious damage is done. For more people than I would like to admit these are actually serious questions and, in relation to their own life experiences, legitimate. After all, in this post millennial era what … Read More »

Corben Thomas

  Meet Corben Thomas. Corben is the strength and conditioning coordinator for the annual PaleoFX conference held in Austin, Texas. He also does social media and promotions for several Crossfits and the upcoming Naturally Fit Games. His day job is as quality control guy for a construction materials firm and he somehow also manages to fit in being a father and husband, as well. Listen in as we discuss the varied and complex world of Paleo, the PaleoFX Symposium, health, fitness, training and ice cream…and beer, we talk about beer. Confused? Don’t be. Just listen in and enjoy yourself. We did. … Read More »

Josh Serrano

  Meet Josh Serrano. Josh is one of those young guys I love to interview. At 21 he has a clear sense of purpose and direction. At 21, I could have barely told you what I wanted to do today let alone with my life. Part of Josh’s sense of direction comes from having nearly lost it all at a young age. At 10 Josh suffered a stroke. It left him paralyzed on one side of his body. At 12 he was gifted with a set of weights by his grandfather and he’s been training ever since. Listen in as … Read More »

Sara Gustafson Eye

  Meet Sara Gustafson Eye. Sara is a holistic health consultant in Austin, Texas. What, you ask, is a holistic health consultant? In short, Sara is a fitness trainer but her interest goes much further than how many pounds you want to lose or what size your waist band is. Sara’s interest is in your health. All of it. How well do you sleep? What’s your stress like? Are your hormones balanced? How’s your lipid profile? How well are you living this thing we call life? Listen in as we discuss the importance of all of the above and how … Read More »

Dewey Nielsen

  Meet Professor Dewey Nielsen. Dewey’s a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, hence the title professor, and a movement specialist. And by movement specialist I mean he specializes in movement, which actually makes him a generalist. Dewey feels that the human body was designed to move and in all kinds of ways. The better we move in all of these different ways the better we are. Body flow, power lifting, yoga, weight lifting, boxing, martial arts, you name it, regardless of your discipline Dewey can find something of value in it. Odds are he’s already doing it, too. Dewey lives … Read More »