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Ep 49: Online Education – a Replacement for In Person?

With the rising cost of travel and education, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to continue your education with in-person events. Thankfully (or not), we live in a time where many thought leaders are including online education as a part of their course offerings.

In today’s episode, Jared and Alex cover online education and attempt to tackle the biggest question – should you be giving away content and education for free?

We cover:

  • Why online education can help you create a sustainable income source
  • If you should give things away for free
  • The education opportunities on the internet
  • Why staying super private may not be the best way to grow your business
  • How online education can be more collaborative
  • How online education can amplify your unique approach
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 48: Kathryn Budig on Being a Teacher, Not an Instructor

Where is the line between teacher and instructor? In today’s episode, Jared and Alex talk with Kathryn Budig, a coach, international yoga teacher, author, podcaster, blogger, someone that ranked 12th out of the 50 Most Influential Yoga Teachers Online in 2017 by Tribe Grow.com, a University of Virginia graduate with degrees in English and Drama, recipe writer, dog lover, storyteller, and also someone that takes pride in her phenomenal ability to see the best in people.

Kathryn has had over a decade of experience and has served as the yoga editor to Women’s Health magazine for five years, contributed recipes and sat on the Yahoo Health Advisory Board, and regularly contributes to Yoga Journal, The New Potato, and MindBodyGreen.

Kathryn is also the author of The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga and Aim True and the founder of the non-profit Poses for Paws, which raises money for animal shelters through yoga, and she is the co-host of the widely popular podcast Free Cookies.

We cover:

  • How to find your voice through storytelling
  • What it means to be an instructor vs. a teacher
  • How true change doesn’t happen in an echo chamber
  • How we can project feelings onto our students
  • How to build community in a fun and accessible way
  • How to craft content over many mediums
  • How Kathryn creates her classes and speeches
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 47: Leading Among Equals – Yoga Tune Up Leadership Summit Reflections

To lead among equals is a privilege that not all movement educators get to experience. Jared and Alex are grateful to be a part of the Yoga Tune Up teaching team and recently spent time at the annual Leadership Summit.

In this episode, Jared and Alex share their highlights from the long weekend and some of their take-home lessons.

We cover:

  • How to cultivate community
  • The difference between leaders vs. those who lead
  • How creativity needs boundaries
  • How to deal with feeling like you suck
  • Why you should leave communities that no longer serve you
  • Why feeling more could be a radical shift in the world
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 46: Chet Morjaria and the Power of Insight Over Experience

Experience doesn’t make a good coach – it’s insight. On this episode, Jared and Alex sit down with Chet Morjaria, a coach that identifies himself as a connector, communicator, and disruptor.

Chet is the founder and head coach of Strength Education Training Systems—an education platform for coaches. Additionally, he started and facilitates Strong Mind Book club—a book club where fitness business owners, coaches, personal trainers, and rehab specialists can have a monthly mind meld. Previously, our guest was an international managing editor of Breaking Muscle magazine. In fact, this guest of ours today is the author of the article Ten Types of Coaches and How to Spot Them, which was the central talking point of our inaugural episode titled “To Be a Motivator or a Technician

We cover:

  • The difference between learning and teaching
  • How coaching is 80% humanistic and 20% mechanics
  • Why coaches should appreciate the subjectivity of everyone’s experience
  • Language and words you should get rid of in your coaching
  • Why saying more with less is an important part of coaching
  • How to live in line with your values and connect better with clients
  • The enjoyment of play and practice and it’s relationship to sustainability in training
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 45: Jeff Baldwin – Being a Professor and a Coach

Knowing it all and still being able to see your blind spots are two completely different things. It’s important to maintain a curiosity about your craft while still being close enough to create new cues and tips. Jeff Baldwin is the master of being both the professor and the coach.

In this episode, Jared and Alex sit down with Jeff Baldwin, a coach, martial artist, a military man, swimmer, dog lover, motorcyclist, business owner, husband, and rebel against any ONE way.

Jeff is the owner and head instructor at Rebellion Martial Arts Academy, which teaches Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and the Filipino Martial Arts of Eskrima/Escrima, Arnis, and Kali. He has over 30 years of martial arts training with black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Kempo Karate, and possesses instructor certifications in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts.

Jeff also spent 6 years serving in our country’s military in various Ranger, Airborne, and Light Infantry Units.

We cover:

  • Why you should only worry about the things you can actually control
  • Why coaches need to better understand the goals of their clients and tailor programs specific to them
  • The difference between knowing it all and being able to see your blind spots
  • Different styles of learning and how to coach to each
  • Why learning, experiencing and failure are the best additions to your coaching
  • How to help students navigate their way more effectively based on your experience
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 44: Dr. Giancarlo Licata and Serving Your Client Soul Mates Qualitatively and Quantitatively

Wisdom is getting answers to questions you’ve never had. If you’ve ever wondered how to help clients when you know you don’t have the skills to solve their issues – Dr. Licata has some ideas to help.

We sat down and chatted with Dr. Giancarlo Licata, a Pasadena based Head & Neck Chiropractor, Co-creator of the Pasadena Integrative Community of Health Professionals, Interdisciplinary Concussion specialist, multi-linguist, graduate of UCSD with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish literature, former guest on The Ricki Lake Show, husband, and father of three.

Dr. Licata is one of only 220 doctors in the United States trained in NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). He is board certified by the National Board and California Board of Chiropractic Examiners and works with individuals with complex challenges to their head and neck. He is also the clinic director at Vital Head & Spinal Care in Pasadena, California.

We cover:

  • The importance of surrounding yourself with other experts
  • How to create a network of specialists
  • How to set up systems to audit clients and track progress
  • How to extricate yourself from seeing things in only one paradigm
  • Why shifting your mindset is your biggest obstacle
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 43: Steph Gaudreau and Scaling from Simple to Complex

What sets an outstanding coach from just a coach? Is it their ability to teach beyond just the technical skills? On this episode, we sit down with Steph Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo and discuss how to become a masterful coach and teacher. Steph is a coach, former high school biology teacher, weightlifter, chef, author, mountain biker, soccer player, CrossFitter, podcaster, blogger, photographer, nutritionist, wife, cat lover, Twitter romancer, and Lord of the Rings fan.

Steph is the creator of the critically acclaimed, widely popular, and OG paleo website Stupid Easy Paleo. Her podcast, Harder to Kill Radio – Forging Unbreakable Humans, brings together the best experts in fitness, nutrition, sleep, and mindset about how to build unbreakable humans.

She is the published author of The Paleo Athlete: A Beginner’s Guide to Real Food for Performance, and The Performance Paleo Cookbook: Recipes for Training Harder, Getting Stronger and Gaining the Competitive Edge. Additionally, you can find her coaching Weightlifting at CrossFit Fortius in San Diego, CA.

We cover:

  • Deciding what to call yourself and titles that are clear and authentic
  • Why we should be asking people why they do what they do vs. what they do
  • Why working from your why will keep you from being boxed in
  • What sets outstanding coaches and mentors apart
  • The difference between teaching and learning
  • Why having a coach is so important, even when you are a coach
  • Why strength can be letting go and saying no to something
  • Why social media is preventing human connection
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep: 42 Isabelle Barter and Life as a New Studio Owner

How much changes with you and your perspective after becoming a studio owner? We dig into this concept with former guest (and dear friend of the show), Isabelle Barter, who recently opened Stronger Human in Phoenix, Arizona.

Isabelle is a coach and movement educator that has an insatiable appetite for continuing education. She is the founder of Stronger Human and Movement is My Medicine, a 200-hr experienced registered yoga teacher, Yoga Tune Up® teacher, Strong First Kettlebell Level 1, Z-Health, Functional Range Conditioning, and the Functional Movement Screen.

We cover:

  • Why knowing yourself and how you work best can be invaluable as a business owner
  • When to say yes in a growth phase versus no
  • How to manage being an introvert and business owner
  • What it means to be a Stronger Human
  • How she intakes clients and gathers a history
  • How to know when to delegate
  • Why staff meetings should be considered as “structured playdates”
  • What it means to be modality agnostic
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep: 41 Laura Ahrens and Embodying Your Why

What does it mean to fully embody and live your why on a daily basis? We go behind the podium with Laura Ahrens, a coach, yoga teacher, yoga teacher-trainer, published-audible movement narrator, singer, piano player, harmonium player, graduate of The University of Arts with a bachelor of fine arts, Harry Potter fan, co-owner of a fashion company, recipient of a signature menu item named after her at Whole Heart Provisions in Boston, and an aspiring superhero with the power to re-align parked cars to make more space.

Laura holds a 200-hour certification in Hatha Vinyasa, a 200-hour plus advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga, and completed a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz and is currently in her 500-hour yoga therapy training with Sarahjoy Marsh at the DAYA Foundation.

Moreover, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts—a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body. Laura can be found teaching vinyasa and core flow classes at Coolidge Corner Yoga in Brookline, MA and at Sadhana Yoga in Boston, MA.

We cover:

  • What it really means to live your practice
  • Why intention must be met with action
  • How to introduce yoga to new students
  • Finding a mentor and the loneliness of the hero’s journey
  • How the more you study and learn, the less you actually know
  • Why it’s important not to include new information before you have digested it
  • Why having a foundation before you innovate is critical
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 40: Brian Alexander and Aligning Your Mindset for Success

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Brian Alexander, a coach, Olympic level water polo athlete, graduate from John F. Kennedy University with a master’s in Sports Psychology, father, husband, a fan of The Big Lebowski and avid wrestler when facing off with his four-year-old son.

Brian is the official Mental Skills coach for the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program and has written articles on sport psychology topics that have been featured on the following websites: Water Polo Planet, Bridge Athletic, and Kap7 International. Brian is also an Association for Applied Sport Psychology certified consultant who runs his own private practice located in the San Diego area where he works with individuals interested in enhancing their mental game so they can become more empowered with psychological skills to be a better version of themselves daily and during high-pressure situations.

We cover:

  • What sports psychology is and what it entails
  • The importance of having a mentor
  • the value of waiting, patience, and perseverance
  • The power of being present in the moment
  • How winning is never perfect
  • The importance of focusing on what you can control
  • Learning from past experiences
  • His recent experience coaching a client through the Badwater, the World’s Toughest Foot Race
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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In this show, Jared Cohen and Alexandra Ellis (and guests) discuss the struggles, philosophies, and evolving practices of coaching—being a coach, having a coach, and or any avenue of providing value to another individual that advances his or her life.

While we hope to answer some questions – the key to learning and growth is continuing to ask better questions (a la Gil Hedley)! Keep tuning in in order to get answers to your current questions, spark new questions, and continue to refine your coaching and leading skills. The best coaches cannot do it alone. This podcast hopes to cast a larger net over those coaches interested in the nuances of putting theory to practice.

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