This week I am so thankful to have the amazing Julie Angel on the podcast! Julie is an independent filmmaker, author (“Breaking the Jump”), and has perhaps the coolest PhD thesis of all time, “Cine Parkour: a cinematic and theoretical contribution to the practice of parkour”, AKA observing and talking to parkour athletes to better understand what they do and why they do it. Why didn’t I think of this when I was in school?!
We cover a lot of ground here, including:
How she first got started in MovNat and Parkour
What it takes for movement “ignition”
Yamakasi: the beginnings of parkour
The evolution of coaching in parkour
Breaking the Jump
See & Do
…and much much more!
Please check out, like, and follow Julie’s ongoing projects.
This week I am excited to have Coach Spencer Roloff on the pod! Spencer is one of the phenomenal coaches at Force Fitness and has taken over our AR (Athletic Revolution) Program. He mainly trains middle school and high school athletes, but also competes in Olympic Weightlifting and dances to Taylor Swift songs while wearing elf costumes – what’s not to like?
Today, we’ll cover a variety of topics on training, mindset, early specialization, and more! Whether you are a parent, an athlete, or both – this one is for you.
This week we have another special guest on the pod, Travis Noble Graves! Travis and I met back at one of the original MovNat certifications in Boston in 2012. He designs all the conditioning programs for American Parkour, runs classes at their location in D.C., and teaches a Parkour certification instructors across the country. If that weren’t enough, he’s also been a Finalist on American Ninja Warrior! In this episode, we cover:
What is Parkour?
Is it dangerous and who can practice Parkour?
Overlaps between Parkour and MovNat
The importance of mindset (this was my biggest takeaway)
Community and History in Parkour
Conditioning in Parkour
and of course, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR!
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This week Jake comes to the table with a question he’s been wrestling with: how much training is too much training? Specifically, he’s asking about young swimmers who spend 12 hours a week in the pool and are looking for more training to do outside of the pool. What advice is best? This sparks a discussion that covers:
What is overtraining?
The Stress-Recovery Cycle and Minimum Effective Dose
How to tell if you are working out too little or too much
Symptoms of overtraining
And basically how we can fix youth sports in America…
No punches were held back. Take a listen and give us feedback on the FreeFit Guy facebook page! (which just had a bit of a makeover).
This week we have the amazing Molly Galbraith on the pod! Molly is a trainer, lecturer, writer, and all around great person. I was fortunate enough to meet Molly during the Train Like A Girl 2 Seminar (which she hosted and spoke at). We’ve been keeping up with each other ever since on a topic near and dear to our hearts: promoting healthy body image and mindset in our clients, friends, and family. Molly jumped on the pod to discuss just this and other topics as well!
You can find more of Molly’s work here [and you’re going to want to :)]