Tag Archives: sustainability

Overtraining vs Under Recovering


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).

As always, we really appreciate any review on iTunes.

Aaaaannndd you can submit questions to thehumananimalpodcast@gmail.com

Break out of the zoo.

-The Human Animal Team

Body Image w/ Molly Galbraith

episode 36 body image w/ molly galbraith

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 :)]

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Six Pillars of Holistic Fitness

episode 35 six pillars of holistic fitness

This week we pull back the veil and uncover exactly how we think about coaching someone to long-term success.  We use this framework to inform our decision-making, whether it be in a one-on-one sit down, an initial intake, a meeting with a client who feels “stuck” or wants to continue their progress to the next level, or even yourself!

This is our best episode yet (in my opinion).  Whether you are a coach or just someone looking to cultivate a healthy lifestyle, this will give you the template for how to start and never stop.

6 Pillars of Inside/Out Fitness

Cultivating Mobility

episode 34 cultivating mobility

This week we answer a question from listener Judi and go into detail about the hot topics of mobility, flexibility, stretching, and more!  These topics aren’t simple, but the solution is.  Listen to find out what I mean.

“Hey Matt,  It’s getting close to baby day – so excited for you! But I have a question…while watching your flow video I was extremely jealous. I was really wishing that I could do what you were doing. So I am old  and am trying to maintain my strength and flexibility. I don’t do alot (any) of stretching and am trying hard to follow your warm up advice – I do more before MRT than any other time. I will work on my hamstrings when my back hurts. I have very little cartilage left in my knees and limits to my range of motion. What I’m wondering is, can the flexibilty be improved? Not sure about the range of motion, but I would love to be sit on my feet or squat down without pain or taking an hour to get there. Thanks – keep up the good work.  ~Judi”

-Matt, Nate & Jake

Emotional Well-Being and Tiger Kittens – The Human Animal Podcast

In today’s episode, we dive down a rabbit-hole that Nate opened on a previous pod:  emotional goal-setting.  Drawing inspiration from the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Nathan lays out a template for understanding our emotional selves and how we relate to others.  We also talk about empaths from Star Trek and Tiger Kittens.  What’s not to like?

We feel this is a topic that gets swept under the rug in most “fitness” circles, but our emotional readiness is just as important to handling a situation as our physical readiness.

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Matt and the crew