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27 minutes | 4 days ago
Kanoa Greene on Creating Spaces for Plus Size Bodies To Do Everything
You’re going to hear from Sarah Piggot on this week’s episode - she was our guest last week and she’s the host this week as we continue to highlight more voices doing big things in body positivity. Coach Kanoa Greene was at the top of Sarah's list of inspiring humans she wanted to interview for this series. And there's a good reason why: she's getting a lot of attention for modeling her belief in the fact that plus size bodies can do everything through movement and surfing. She spends a lot of the interview talking through what it took for her to learn to surf, which she astutely describes as "riding a piece of fiberglass on moving water.” As a native of the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, she'd grown up around surfing. But before her, she hadn’t seen anyone who looked like her surfing. So she announced her plan to learn, and "embraced her body every step of the way." She’s been featured in Self, Glamour and Essence Magazine and so many other places. Her workouts can be found on the Joyn App - which is a body-inclusive fitness platform that's getting attention for its body neutrality. And something you'll hear about in the episode - she created a series of Plus Size retreats. And while the pandemic caused delays on her plans, she's currently working on bringing together a group of 25 women on the Greek Island of Crete for a private yoga retreat sept 27-October 2. "Plus sized women often don’t a space that’s catered just to us," she said. So she created it. Resources: You'll hear Kanoa talk about some of her favorite brands right now (Day/Won and Lolagetts) Learn more about the Plus-Size Retreat Follow Kanoa on Instagram Try her workouts on the Joyn app for free
32 minutes | 12 days ago
Sarah Piggot on Size Inclusion and Body Positivity in Wellness
CW: Eating disorders are discussed in this episode. About a month ago, we got an email from an aSweatLife ambassador Sarah Piggot who wanted to talk about what it was like to be a part of the aSweatLife community as a plus-size person. And this topic - inclusion and equity for people of all sizes in the fitness community - has been bubbling up inside and outside of our community a lot. And so we worked with Sarah to create a mini-series on #WeGotGoals to discuss it. Sarah Piggott started her blog, OfficiallyCurvy, once she decided to give up dieting and love her body as it is. This journey didn’t happen overnight. As Sarah “struggled” with her weight and to find clothes in her size pretty much her whole life, she challenged herself to run 13.1 miles. After dropping a half size or so when she completed the half marathon, she told herself, “alright, this is me.” Sarah, aka OfficiallyCurvy, showcases plus and size inclusive functional wardrobe staples and that you can be healthy at every size. So, in tandem with Mental Health Awareness Month, we're doing a series of interviews with and by Sarah on the topic of size inclusion, body positivity and diet culture. We chose to do this during Mental Health Awareness Month because the ways we think and talk about our own bodies and others' bodies deeply impact our mental health. On this episode, we touch on everything from learning to love our bodies, buying clothes, and the foods we eat. And Sarah reflects on her first interaction with aSweatLife and the way she felt going into it. "When I was stalking the aSweatLife community, I never wanted to attend an event because everyone seemed so fit, and I didn't want to be the only plus sized person there. Then I went to the summit and I was like, 'I'm not the only one.' You'll also hear in the episode that the topic of shopping for clothes hit a nerve with Sarah, and that's because just before the recording of this episode, LOFT quietly announced in a reply to a tweet that they would be pulling back their extended size offering and would only be making sizes 00-18/XXS - XXL. At the end of the episode, Sarah explains how to support your friends who wear extended sizes: "The best way to support plus size is to shop where you shop and ask them if they're size-inclusive, and then ask them 'why not?'" One thing you can do is message @loft and ask them why they're discontinuing the line. Sarah's parting thought on the episode is something we think everyone can get behind. "I just want people to think all bodies are beautiful and speak to it actually," she said "I want to walk into a fitness class or gym and not feel judged. That is my goal for the fitness industry" Resources: Athleta piece on aSweatLife.com on the relaunch of Athleta's extended sizing Locally to Chicago, where aSweatLife is HQ'd, listeners can email Tera Gurney for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Athleta Find Sarah on Instagram @OfficiallyCurvy Read Sarah's piece about finding body positivity through a half marathon
40 minutes | a month ago
How Casper ter Kuile Creates Meaning Through Ritual and Wrote the Book on It
When Kristen Recommended The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile, I grabbed onto the title. Ritual was exactly what I was missing in my pandemic life. Sure, I was doing a lot of the same things each day, but I wasn't doing them with the attention, intention and repetition that make a ritual. And Kristen has never pointed me towards a book that wasn't worth my time. What I didn't realize before I was pouring over the pages of ter Kuile's book (in a nightly bath/book ritual, thank you very much) was how much his writing style would make me want to be his friend. He's delightful on the page, and, as you'll hear on this week's episode (and if you've listened to him on podcasts Harry Potter and the Sacred Text or The Real Question, you already know this), he's even more delightful if you have the chance to speak with him. But beyond being our new best friend, he's dedicated his professional life to rituals and community as a Harvard Divinity fellow (and so much more). As ter Kuile puts it, he gets to think about community and religion all the time as a job and how people can live lives of meaning, connection and purpose. But for the sake of understanding exactly how cool he is, I've taken the liberty of summarizing: Education: Masters of Divinity and Public Policy from Harvard University - he's a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. Author: The Power of Ritual (HarperOne), co-authored “How We Gather” - his work has been featured in the New York Times, Vice, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post. Podcast host: co-host of the award-winning podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, co-host of The Real Question. Founder: co-founder of startup Sacred Design Lab - a research and design consultancy working to create a culture of belonging and becoming. Co-founded Campaign Bootcamp and the UK Youth Climate Coalition, both training and mobilizing young activists. But how he got there is the most interesting part. He was raised without a religious background, but was really interested in bringing the cultural and community lens to secular culture. That's how he - a human who grew up by all accounts as an atheist - decided to go to divinity school. In this episode he recounts feeling rejected by religion as a gay teenager and so he "rejected it right back." That's why he says, most of his research is focused not on the beliefs of religion, but on the practices. And after years of that work, he's found that each of those practices gives a home for meaning and helps him pay attention to the things that matter most. Listen to the full episode for reflections on writing a book and where you'll see ter Kuile once he achieves his future goal (hint: TV). To say that Kristen and I loved interviewing Casper ter Kuile together is a super understatement. If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and leave us a rating while you’re at it, please). Resources: How We Gather: a paper ter Kuile co-authored that examined where unaffiliated millennials were gathering (spoiler: it's a lot of fitness communities) The Power of Ritual: This is Casper's book that we absolutely recommend buying or checking out from your local library Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: this is the podcast that he was involved in producing for more than five years (and just semi-retired from) The Real Question: from the same team that brought you Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, every episode of this podcast has made me cry (in a good way, but I also have a lot of feelings) Follow Casper ter Kuile on Instagram
29 minutes | a month ago
Apolla's Co-Founders: "We Want to Impact One Million People By 2025"
Bri Zborowski and Kaycee Jones knew that Apolla Performance's socks would have a major impact on the dance community, a world notorious for punishing training schedules and injuries that can start in youth dancers. And with their roots in dance, they felt comfortable launching their compression sock for the audience they knew so intimately. But at the same time, their aspirations go way beyond dance studios; in fact, they're not too shy to say that they want one million people wearing their socks by 2025. And yes, if you do the math, that means they're more than ready to expand into fitness studios, homes, airplanes, and more—because Apolla is for everyone with feet. On this episode of #WeGotGoals, Kaycee and Bri share their origin story, which begins on a family vacation to a small Florida beach town. Then, you'll hear more about prevalence of injuries in dance and how Apolla Performance socks were created specifically to address these types of injuries. Bri and Kaycee also share the resources they've been building and how they've been educating their community using Instagram Live, plus what they're doing to help support studios affected by the pandemic and the racial injustice movement in the United States. Finally, they share their big goals for the future: getting Apolla compression socks on the feet of one million people within four years, and continuing to do good for Apolla's community. Resources: Want to try Apolla socks for yourself? Use promo code ASweatLife.Com5 for 5% off your order, and don't be shy—they offer their socks risk-free, and If you don’t fall in love with them in 14-days and notice the difference, you can return them for a refund. Learn more about the Apolla Performance difference here For the latest on what classes and discussions Apolla is hosting, check out their Instagram account here
28 minutes | a month ago
Erin Schirack: Putting Chicago's Trainers On The National Stage via Chi-Society
A little over a year ago, the rug was pulled out from under so many fitness instructors who had relied on the traditional gym or studio model. Depending on the state and its laws, many of those trainers and instructors were 1099 contractors and weren't eligible for unemployment. As studios closed and their customers tried to figure out which room was best to sweat in, many trainers were quickly thrust into entrepreneurship without much of a safety net. That was sort of the case for Erin Schirack and her partner in creating the dance fitness brand MVFitness, Bobby O'Brien, except for one twist. MVFitness launched pre-pandemic and was hosting pop-up classes at the Essex Hotel. After The Day The World Stood Still, which is how I'd like to stylize the start of the pandemic henceforth, the pair started to create a grueling schedule of free instagram LIVE classes. You've heard this story before if you spent any time on Instagram in March of 2020. After the calamity of constant livestreams, the pair turned to The DJ Firm to create higher quality workout content - it had recently converted its space into a production studio. In their first MVFitness recording session, Schirack pitched a new business idea. She wanted to create a single platform where people anywhere could experience trainers based in Chicago. “We really wanted to create this platform with a sense of bringing the Chicago fitness community together and elevating on the national platform of all of these other on-demand streaming services," she told me. And so, the founders of the DJ Firm - Eric Sampson and Sye Young - along with O'Brien and Schirack all formed a new company together: Chi-society. You'll hear all about the why and where they want to see this company go in this week's episode of #WeGotGoals. If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!). Resources: Try Chi-Society free for three days Try MVFitness, the cardio dance fitness company, that Erin co-founded with Bobby Gouse Follow @Chi-Society on Instagram
28 minutes | 2 months ago
The Obsession That Led Rebecca Balyasny to create FitTech Platform Bande
We've watched Bande grow from founder obsession to growing community living on a tech platform. And in creating a social network for boutique fitness, Rebecca Balyasny, CEO and Founder of Bande, has truly put herself into brand new territory. She's not new to setting goals and achieving, which you'll hear about on the podcast episode, but she IS new to starting her own business in the fitness space. Previous to founding Bande, she had a career she loved in finance - and while at Prudential she raised her hand to fundraise a $2 billion fund - a challenge that took her more than a year and left her "boss's boss's boss" scratching their head because "no one had ever volunteered for that kind of challenge before. And through that experience and her work with founders and startups, she caught the bug, second-hand. "I’ve always been really interested in founders and entrepreneurs and their stories and what they went through," she explained, noting that, "No one can ever tell you what it’s like until you experience it" Bande, though, scratches a new itch for her. Solving a problem that was nagging at her - and doing it in an elegant way. "It was an idea born out of covid and just desperation to both connect with friends and get in the best workouts possible," She said. "It was really accelerated during COVID and I realized that there was nothing out there that allowed you to connect socially with your friends and get in a great workout and I just saw that whitespace." If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!). Resources: Try Bande for free for 7 days Read more about the tech Bande is building in this #Longread Follow Bande on Instagram
62 minutes | 2 months ago
Liz Hernandez, Founder and Creator of WORDAFUL, at the #Sweatworking Summit
In this podcast episode, you'll hear Liz Hernandez, Founder and Creator of WORDAFUL, facilitate a signature WORDAFUL workshop. Through WORDAFUL, Liz has created a new form of storytelling that she hopes will encourage and connect you to the power of words. She believes we can create new realities for ourselves by changing our internal and external dialogue, ones that support more meaningful relationships and lives. Liz Hernandez is a Mexican American Emmy-nominated television personality and journalist. As a former radio host and entertainment reporter for Access Hollywood, E! News and MTV, her career has been built on words, but no chapter more meaningful than the one she is currently living with WORDAFUL, a video and live event series that focuses on the importance of how we communicate with others and ourselves. Our thoughts and words from yesterday are what make up our lives today.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Nadya Okamoto, 23-Year-Old Serial Entrepreneur Obsessed With Period Health
When we met Nadya Okamoto for the first time, it was clear that she had a story to tell. Being able to share her story as an advocate gave her a thrill, but it also was trying for her mental health. She'll discuss the ways her natural inclination to organize communities for causes drove her to create. She'll also share the ways that building a movement all while running from trauma ultimately led her to check into rehab. In her keynote talk from aSweatLife's #Sweatworking Summit, she shares how the way she looks at menstruation and period poverty was also shaped by her own experience of housing insecurity. You'll hear her speak about what led to founding Period Inc in 2014 as a high schooler to help distribute menstrual hygiene products and to help end a state imposed tax on menstrual products – or, the period tax. She published her book Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement in 2018. And this year, she co-founded a company built around changing the period experience, August, most notably removing the shame from the experience. Resources: Get involved with Period Follow August on Instagram Buy her book Follow Nadya on Instagram
48 minutes | 2 months ago
Nicole Cardoza on Equity in wellness and how she started with Anti-Racism Daily
This week's episode of #WeGotGoals features content from the #Sweatworking Summit - and honestly, it's been challenging to wait to post this until now. During Nicole Cardoza's keynote, the crowd was moved and I was a human goosebump. Connecting with Cardoza and hearing her say, "yes" to speaking at the #Sweatworking Summit helped us to create something that we were truly proud of. Cardoza is the brains behind Anti-Racism Daily, Wellemental, and the author of Mindful Moves. She's also the creator of Reclamation Ventures, which invests in underestimated entrepreneurs in the wellness industry. And she delivered a keynote with a poise that felt superhuman given what she and Texas - where she zoomed in from - had gone through that week. The week of the #Sweatworking Summit was the very same one during which Texas was hit with a winter that led to the death of at least 26 people and the loss of power and safe water for millions in the state. You'll hear her reference that as well as the response to community need in Texas throughout the talk. You'll also hear some of the parallels between what happened in Texas and the state of the wellness industry in her talk. But the central and guiding question for Cardoza's work is this: "What would it look like if we were operating in a system where being well was a right?" And when you think about her career and what she's built, of course that's the question. Equity, access, and information for children to learn yoga and mindfulness, for underestimated BIPOC founders creating wellness businesses, and for all communities to simply be well. The world of wellness she's building is one of abundance. "There is enough for all of us to have access to wellbeing and wellness," she said. "It takes community care for all of us to be well - otherwise it’s an individual practice." Listen to the whole talk in Apple and Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals and leave us a rating while you’re at it. Resources:At the start of her talk, you'll hear Nicole deliver a land acknowledgement. If you've never heard a land acknowledgement before or if you'd like to simply learn more, this is an excellent primer. Not signed up for Anti-racism Daily yet? Do that here. Are you an underestimated founder? Apply for an impact grant here. Nicole referenced a public and racist incident that set the Internet ablaze when Yoga Journal. Here's what happened in her words.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
Peloton Instructor Jess Sims on Big Transitions, Finding Connections, and What Wellness Item She Splurges On
Peloton's Jess Sims comes on the podcast to share her journey from teaching in a classroom to teaching in a Peloton studio. You'll hear her share more about her transition from education to fitness, why she didn't audition for Peloton when she was first invited to, her current big goal of prioritizing herself, and how she's reconnecting with others during the pandemic. You'll also get to enjoy some guest barks and growls from Sienna Grace and Shiloh. Jess Sims is a Peloton instructor in New York City who teaches classes on the Tread, on the Floor, and on the Bike, bringing her background in athletics and her relatable leadership style to the Peloton community. But before that, she was an educator and a Teach For America alum, who taught a variety of grade levels and held many different administrative positions within schools, including principal. In 2016, Jess left her Masters degree and career in education behind to pursue her first and obvious love: fitness. In Fall 2018, Jess joined the Peloton family, and she recently became a Reebok athlete and a dog mom two times over.
107 minutes | 3 months ago
Natali Villaruel, Khadijah Diggs, Erin Hamilton and John Young Discuss Triathlon and the Obstacles that threatened to Keep Them out
I was speaking with someone over the weekend and I mentioned the theme of the #Sweatworking Summit: equity and inclusion in wellness. "Is anyone trying to keep people out?" was the question that followed. And if you haven't felt unwelcome in a space, like an "only," or a "token" ever in your life, it takes effort - and a willingness to be uncomfortable - to see the signs of it. This panel from the #Sweatworking Summit - The Relationship Between Representation and Inspiration in Endurance Sports - is the answer to that question. Yes, in big ways and in small ways, through systems and through rules, obstacles are created to impede athletes with different body shapes and sizes, skin tones, countries of origins, languages spoken, religions, and gender identities. In this episode of #WeGotGoals, you'll hear a recording of our panel from the #Sweatworking Summit titled, "The Relationship Between Representation and Inspiration in Endurance Sports." You'll hear from moderator and Team USA member Natali Villaruel as well as a panel of other athletes that she hand-selected: Khadijah Diggs, Erin Hamilton and John Young. Khadijah Diggs’ mission is to promote a positive image of Muslim women and Islam in general through sport. Erin Hamilton’s passion and focus are fighting for transgender rights, equality and inclusion in all sports, as well as being a strong advocate for mental health and traumatic brain injury awareness. As the first person with dwarfism to race in an Ironman distance race, John Young loves to inspire others with Dwarfism to see their own potential through sport. Each panelist shares stories from the starting line or from the triathlon transition area during which they had specific encounters or interactions with people who questioned their right to race. You'll hear them talk about how to cheer for someone you don't know, what it's like to buy a triathlon kit for a body larger than 2X, how some of the governing bodies of sport are setting rules without the people the rules impact at the table. You'll also hear Natali tell a harrowing tale of an international triathlon race that included a swim through jellyfish-infested waters. If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
28 minutes | 3 months ago
How Dustin Kendrick of The Bachelorette Has Turned His Passion for Philanthropy Into A Career
When Dustin Kendrick first graced your television screen on Season 15 of The Bachelorette, you probably noticed his fantastic suit choices, his eye-catching nose ring, and the fact that he managed to stay out of the drama while making it pretty far in the season (a sure sign that he was well-liked by all). But what you didn't see on screen is Dustin's passion for volunteering and giving back on a weekly basis—a passion that he's translated into founding Guaranteed Karma. Guaranteed Karma hooks you up with organizations you can volunteer with; then, once you've finished your shift, you're rewarded with perks from different local businesses around the city. The karma is instant, and the inspiration to continue volunteering sticks around long after. Dustin talks us through his background with philanthropy, from how he personally prioritizes volunteering on a weekly basis to different creative ways he's gotten others involved in giving back. Then, in this week's Goals to Go segment, Dustin advises Nimbe Juarez about how she can best network and build relationships to help her scholarship fund grow. [info about scholarship here] Resources: Here's how to volunteer with Guaranteed Karma (they also update opportunities and perks on Instagram at @guaranteed_karma) Learn more about Nimbe's "Aim High, Dream Big" scholarship fund here (includes information about how to apply!) Keep up with Dustin on Instagram at @dustinbkendrick (where you'll be the first to hear about his latest venture, a canned cocktail made with fresh fruit, and the podcast he's starting with former Bachelor and now-roommate, Peter Weber) Follow Nimbe on Instagram at @fitfooddreams and cheer on her triathlon training journey! If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Shanna Missett Nelson, President of Jazzercise on building a fitness business to last
Shanna Missett Nelson's childhood was probably a little different than the average kid. "I grew up just thinking that every mom put on a leotard and tights several times a day and ran out the door to teach a bunch of women who really adored them exercise," she said of her mom Judi Sheppard Missett, founder of Jazzercise. And if you heard the recent episode of How I Built This with Guy Raz (one of our favorite podcasts besides #WeGotGoals, obviously) featuring Judi Sheppard Missett, you heard a story of her teaching at a local rec center and collecting cash for classes. Holding onto the dough? Missett Nelson, who joked that she spent her childhood as an accountant for her mom's budding Jazzercise business. I wanted to invite Missett Nelson back on the podcast (we talked to her the first time in March of 2019) when we received a question from community member Amy Gumbs. Gumbs is busy building an online training business. And the kicker? She wants that business to stand the test of time. That's what Jazzercise has done so well: adapt. They're still here because they're not the fitness company you know from the '80s. We know that they're really good at changing over time, but how did they do during the pandemic? Missett Nelson, President at Jazzercise, talked us through the big and small things the company did to keep the global fitness community moving, including taking a financial loss to offer every Jazzercise member across the globe access to Jazzercise OnDemand at the start of the pandemic. You'll also hear some excellent leadership advice, big goals that Jazzercise has for the future of its memberships, and real talk on navigating the needs of franchisees as a franchisor. Resources: Jazzercise OnDemand Jazzercise franchising and classes Jazzercise's preferred platform for streaming: Intellivideo How I Built This with Judy Sheppard Missett Jazzercise on Instagram and Facebook Amy Gumbs online training business and her instagram
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Claire Bao, Brooklyn Boulders GM, On How to Overcome Mindset As You Climb Towards a Tough Goal
Welcome to a #WeGotGoals episode that'll have you itching to chalk up and scale a wall at your local indoor rock climbing facility... or, at the very least, daydream about summiting your next mountain. Claire Bao, general manager of Brooklyn Boulders in Chicago and lululemon Ambassador, is a 10-year climbing veteran who ironically discovered her love for the sport while attending college in the flat Midwest. And surprisingly, Claire was afraid of heights until she began climbing and opening herself up to new challenges, with the help of several mentors in the community. We talk about how social relationships are so vital to climbing, especially when you're new to the sport. And fittingly, she's working towards a big goal of building the climbing community wherever she is, while growing as a leader, growing relationships, and making the sport feel as welcoming as possible. In this weeks Goals to Go section, we hear from listener Hester Lam, who needs help overcoming mindset as she attempts to scale her first 5.10. She's experiencing some mental blocks around the challenge associated with 5.10 routes, even if she knows the rating system can be subjective. They go over tips and suggestions from Claire, like practicing the same route over and over again and recognizing that failure is part of the process. Resources: Rock climbing glossary and lingo from REI Want something to watch this weekend? We recommend Free Solo, the documentary about how climber Alex Honnold and his amazing achievement of climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock—the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park—without a rope Curious about climbing for a total newbie? Check out Brooklyn Boulders' intro climbing classes here. Find Claire on Instagram @Claire.Bao (and enjoy the adorable dogs Bowie and Bella), and cheer Hester on in her climbing adventures at @HesterInTheWild. If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Growing a team: Maggie Umberger, Movement Coach, Entrepreneur and aSweatLife's First Employee
Since moving on from her role at aSweatLife, Maggie Umberger hosted the first and meticulously planned retreat that she though would be the basis of her own business, pivoted into an online community with a membership and on-demand classes (because, #pandemic), and continued to deepen her practice as a movement Coach. Her last day with the company was less than a year ago. That's the speed with which she executes the things she's passionate about - I saw that in my four years working with Maggie and it's a delight to watch from not-so-far. August 8, 2016 was Maggie Umberger's first day of work at aSweatLife. That date has been etched into my memory because it was the date when things really got real around aSweatLife. I remember this feeling of excitement and existential dread that fought each other on her first day - and I imagine that's the exact feeling I'll experience if I ever have kids. Finally there was help, but that help came with a very real responsibility that I didn't take lightly - I had to make sure we at least had her covered financially. I knew how I remembered Maggie's time at aSweatLife, but when we received a listener question from Jess Hook, founder of Believe in Blank Marketing, I knew I needed Maggie's memory and experience from growing from the two of us to more. Jess wanted to know how to grow from her team of two to five this year. That's something that I knew Maggie could help add color to in ways that I've started to block out. For example - when there are only two of you running a week like restaurant week for fitness (#SweatworkingWeek) and you're both sick, the solution is DayQuil. I had completely blocked that out. You'll hear us talk about Maggie's time with aSweatLife, what she's created since, what she learned through the experience and more - and of course her big, hairy audacious goals. And you'll hear some listener questions that will give you a glimpse into how Maggie's planning to grow beyond this year too. Resources: Yael Shy on #WeGotGoals (an episode Maggie hosted) Book a class with Maggie
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Melissa Stockwell, Paralympic Triathlete, Helps a First-Time Triathlete Strategize
Melissa Stockwell is an aSweatLife favorite (yes, we play favorites occasionally). We've written about Stockwell as the founder of Dare2Tri, an organization that helps athletes of all abilities take on the challenge of the swim-bike-run. We went to her to get advice for athletes who are scared to "tri" for the first time, and she appeared on our podcast in 2018 to talk through her journey to becoming a Paralympic triathlete—a title she's hoping to earn again in the Tokyo Summer Paralympics this summer, if all goes well. Now, we called on Stockwell one more time to shed her wisdom on our new podcast segment, Goals to Go, in which we bring in an expert to answer a question and give advice to a member of our community. In this episode, you'll hear Stockwell advise Sarah Foote about bike training for her first triathlon. Foote, an experienced endurance athlete who loves her pandemic Peloton, has been training on her own and with Edge Athletic Lounge; she comes to Stockwell with "a million questions." You'll hear them talk candidly and enthusiastically about selecting the right bike for your first triathlon, plus how to manage time and energy when balancing the three disciplines. And bonus: in the listener-submitted Q&A at the end, you'll hear more about Melissa's (exhausting) training + life schedule, how she recovers, how she prepares for the Paralympics, and how COVID affected her goal-setting and motivational techniques. Resources Follow Melissa's journey to Tokyo on Instagram and her personal website Get the latest updates on the 2021 Paralympics Are you scared to "tri"? Read this. Cheer Sarah on @sfootey on Instagram and at @spinnykitty_ on the Peloton leaderboard
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Luke Saunders, CEO/Founder of Farmer's Fridge on Why He Sets One Goal at a Time
In the four years we've hosted #WeGotGoals, we've interviewed more than 200 high achievers about their goals. We've learned a lot about their goals and the ways they've found success through these interviews. And as we kick off our fifth season, we think you should get that same opportunity. So, this year, we're playing goal-getting match maker. We're bringing on listeners who have big questions about their goals or people who are just plain stuck. We'll hear the experts' stories, but we'll also hear questions from people like you who want to know thing like, "how do I train for a triathlon if my gym's pool is close?" or "How do I create a business in the wellness space that's built to last?" To kick it off, we're welcoming Luke Saunders, CEO/Founder of Farmer's Fridge to the podcast. Under his leadership, Farmer's Fridge has a big goal: changing the supply chain to allow easier access to healthy food. And that's his North Star, Saunders explained. And having one big guiding goal just so happens to be the way that goal setting works best for him. The big "aspirational" goal guides him and a short term goal keeps him moving down the path. Saunders has lived that way - one goal at a time - since coming up with the idea for Farmer's Fridge in 2011. It was then that he realized how hard it was to find a healthy meal while driving up to 1,000 miles a week across the midwest for his sales job. He was sick of eating what he could find at gas stations, fast food restaurants and grocery stores and he had a big idea to make wholesome food easier to get your hands on. So he and his team created contactless vending machines and a totally new vertical food service model to go with them. Saunders talks about the beginnings of Farmer's Fridge and shares how his childhood, the pandemic, and his actual desire to achieve goals have all impacted the business since launching in 2013. His biggest pieces of advice for setting and achieving your goals? First, document it: this is the thing I want to accomplish and by when. Second, it has to actually speak to you, he said, “If you’re not obsessed with that goal, then let it go.” Goals to Go, a listener question from Chelsea Stegman, RD Saunders - a seasoned mentor - also takes questions from Chelsea Stegman, a Registered Dietitian who is building a business to help “active professionals reduce burnout, manage weight, feel strong, and sustain it." Stegman asked about finding her niche in business. In the episode, you'll hear Saunders dive into just plain good advice, like: Risk management in entrepreneurship and a concept called "letting go of the vine" How to spend your money and what's the best way to invest it when you're just getting your business off the ground And some good general business advice: "The first three years are really a blur, but you have to get through those to see traction." Other resources: The chickpea cookie dough recipe you might not even know you love yet - we don't technically have it, but we do have the ingredients of the bites you asked about, here (We'd recommend using similar ratios to this recipe from The Kitchn) Cashew Oats Maple Syrup Cacao Nibs Vanilla Bean Paste Luke's article in Fast Company in which he shares his internal feedback process Farmer's Fridge is hiring - they're adding a lot of bright minds to their development team Farmer's Fridge delivers! Listeners can get $10 off their first delivery order here!
36 minutes | 5 months ago
How Colleen Werner, CEO of Lulafit, Built A Company She Wanted to Work For
In today's podcast episode, we talk to Colleen Werner, the CEO and founder of Lulafit, a wellness company aimed at modernizing wellbeing to empower people in their everyday lives. She's an alumni of The University of Michigan and former professional ballet dancer. You'll hear Colleen talk about: Why it was so important to Colleen that Lulafit be a company that she herself would want to work for—including hiring people full-time (rather than contractors) to offer health insurance, a 401k, and benefits. The unexpected upsides she's found from slowing down during the pandemic. Lulafit's upcoming app launch and what new features it'll offer their customers. And how she's learned to lead with empathy during the pandemic. Resources: Lulafit's website and Instagram If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Meet the Company Making Mental Health Easier for Employers
According to a 2017 study from the American Psychological Association, work is the third-most common source of stress in the United States (only two percentage points behind the future of our nation). And with that one Buzzfeed article still making the rounds and having recently become a book, it's clear that the office (virtual or physical) is the birthplace of much of Americans' stress right now. So if the stress starts in the workplace, could mental healthcare and coaching start in the workplace, too? That's what Boon Health is hoping. Founded by Alex Simmons and Chris Henrichs, Boon Health offers a holistic, flexible, and approachable system for mental healthcare in the workplace. You know how frustrating it is to try and find a new dentist—let alone a mental health professional you vibe with—through your insurance website? Think of Boon Health as the MUCH more user-friendly version of that. The seed for Boon Health became when Alex found himself exhausted by an always-on career in investment banking and private equity. He realized that most mental healthcare offered by employers was only reactive, meant to treat a crisis. But Alex didn't necessarily feel "in crisis" most days and didn't want to be labeled someone with mental health issues—so he found himself ignoring any resources offered by his company. Now, as Alex and Chris tell us in this interview, Boon Health aims to lay the groundwork to prevent crises in the first place by through their blend of mental health seminars, personalized coaching, and group wellness events. And one of the things that makes Boon Health so unique is that they also offer coaching and professional development. You'll hear Alex and Chris talk about how during the pandemic, they've seen that employees still want professional development and growth; Boon Health offers that with their coaching services. Resources: Boon Health's website How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen
27 minutes | 6 months ago
How Christine Yi and Felicity Chen Balance Each Other as Co-Founders of Potli
They'd spent their childhoods 15 miles away from each other in the Bay Area, but it took Boston University pairing the two as random roommates for them to meet. That was their first lucky moment, but the path that led Felicity Chen and Christine Yi to co-found Potli was a mix of lucky moments like that and real, inspiring, hard work. After graduation, Chen returned to the Bay are to discover that her dad had picked up a hobby to help with her mom's asthma: he was bee-keeping in the family's back yard. For Chen, that was a big "aha" when she realized that she "wanted to put some weed into honey" to make it easier for her mom to conceptualize eating a product like that. While the two dreamed of their future company, Chen built a resume while doing business development for tech juggernauts and Yi honed her skills as a management consultant focusing on entertainment. Today, Potli creates olive oils, chili oils, and different skews of honey - including their new Dream Honey, made with CBD, CBN, a pinch of THC (if you're buying in California) and melatonin. And that honey, by the way, is still harvested from Chen's family home. Potli is a food company or a cannabis company, depending on the angle from which you're looking. They make "multi-tasking products," Yi said. "Really meticulously sourced, beautifully, minimally processed raw ingredients and then infuse them with health products like cannabis." On this week's episode, you'll hear all about the goals that took this pair from friends to inspired entrepreneurs. Resources: Learn about Dream Honey Dip your toes into cooking with hemp Try the CBD apple cider vinegar that the pair recommended to me If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
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