Behind the Podium: Unveiling the Coach

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Ep 66: Elizabeth Wipff Being an Influencer vs Being a Leader

Today we are going behind the podium for a second time with Elizabeth Wipff; coach, teacher, mentor, meditator, competitive Olympic Weightlifter, Yoga Tune Up teacher/teacher-trainer, movement-mobility specialist, CrossFitter, dancer, theatre arts graduate, singer, straight-shooter, anti-bullshitter, quote-collector, wife, and life-long searcher.

Specifically, this guest of ours has been coaching and teaching nationally since 1999 and has presented trainings and workshops at Kripalu Center for Yoga, YogaWorks studios, and CrossFit boxes throughout the US.

Currently, her coaching is specifically focused on empowering fitness professionals to dream big and helping those professionals to tactically go after those dreams. What began as If X Then Why is now THRIVE: Business Building for Yoga and Fitness Professionals.

This guest of ours was originally featured on episode 6 of Behind the Podium. 2 years and 60 episodes later, we are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Wipff back to unpack the latest in her thinking and feelings about the struggles, philosophies, and practices of her coaching endeavors.

We cover:

  • How to find your enthusiasm with what you do
  • Why doing what’s easy may be the best choice
  • How to redefine your role as a leader
  • How to be an influencer vs a leader
  • How to ensure your live event or training is a success
  • Why being of service to your clients is the most important thing you do
  • Why all teachers deserve a sustainable wage

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Ep 65: Dr. Jason Von Stietz and the Von Stietz Bump

Today we go behind the podium with Jason Von Stietz. He is a coach, Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Sports Psychology consultant, neurofeedback technician, sumo wrestler, an avid supporter of house Stark, weightlifter, recipient of the student-athlete of the year award from his high school, husband, and father of three cats—Penny, Cowboy, and Mimi.

Specifically, this guest of ours helped bring a sports psychology presence to the Major League Baseball Youth Academy in Compton, Los Angeles Valley College, and Whittier College. He has had the opportunity to act as team consultant to several collegiate teams, consult with coaches on mental health and sport psychology issues, facilitate concussion protocols, and work with individual athletes on mental health and performance issues. In the fall, our guest will begin as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Whittier College Counseling Center. Additionally, he acts as a Psychological Assistant at CBT center of Southern California.

We cover:

  • How to work with clients while still studying
  • How to transition from student to practitioner
  • Navigating imposter syndrome while working with clients
  • How to be an ambassador vs an expert on a topic
  • How to overcome a fear of self-promotion
  • Why teaching beyond just what works for yourself is key

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Ep 64: Brian Mackenzie + Rob Wilson – Methods are Many but Principles are Few

Today we have Rob Wilson. Rob, with his wife, co-owns CrossFit Virginia Beach. He has over 15 years of experience as a manual therapist both as a practitioner and a teacher, a very robust background in martial arts, and is a part of our previous guest, Dr. Kelly Starrett’s, MobilityWod Team. Rob is also the head coach of Power Speed Endurance’s Breath and Tactical programs.

Our other guest today is Brian Mackenzie—the Creator of Power Speed Endurance. Power Speed Endurance is a programming, coaching, and educational platform for developing sports performance, fitness, and health. Power Speed Endurance is also the name of Brian’s first published book, he has also co-written Unbreakable Runner, and Unplugged. Brian is a human performance iconoclast and forever dabbler—From CrossFit Endurance to 3Fuel Protein to heat/cold exposure and breath work to what will soon be a state optimizing smartphone app created alongside Neuroscientist Andrew Huberman.

We cover:

  • How no single method will solve all problems
  • When to use the right tool at the right time
  • Why awareness of self is the greatest gift
  • How you can only help who is ready to learn
  • Why humility is the key to a successful partnership
  • How to learn from your mistakes

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Ep 63: Jared Goes to the Art of Breath Seminar

This week, Jared and Alex chat about Jared’s recent experience with The Art of Breath seminar. The Art of Breath is a program developed to give participants an experience-based understanding of how breathing can affect both short-term performance and long-term health. Breathing is the new wave of training – you’ll learn about this awesome new course presented by Power Speed Endurance and get a better understanding of how and why you’d utilize this in your own training.

We cover:

  • Why breathing and the benefits and how we can use it in training.
  • How the Art of Breath seminar was unique
  • Using breath as a coach vs using it IN your coaching
  • How to use breath purposefully
  • The difference between health, survival, and maladaptation
  • How to use breath as a diagnostic tool

Find out more: The Art of Breath Seminar

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Ep 62: Dr. Ryan Smith

Today we are going behind the podium with Ryan Smith, a coach, doctor of physical therapy, gym owner, soccer player, wrestler, CrossFit coach, alumnus of Ohio State University, former bartender of Figlio Wood-Fired Pizza, a self-proclaimed bookworm, craftsman, vivacious learner, and all around genuine good dude.

Specifically, our guest is the Chief Operating Officer, Head Coach/programmer for Recharge HoCo CrossFit. As a physical therapist, he specializes in treating individuals who participate in CrossFit, Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting, and other recreational sports activities. Most recently, this guest completed the 10-day craftsmanship workshop at Oak Park Los Angeles where I, personally, had the pleasure of getting to work and go surfing with him.

We cover:

  • What you need to know about pain
  • Why being catastrophic about pain isn’t helpful
  • How “you can’t cheat feel”
  • How to help your clients be autonomous with their bodies and movements.
  • Why it’s important to test your body to see what you can do.
  • Why being a coach over physio (or another label) is important
  • Why gradual training is important whether you are an athlete or not.

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Ep 61: Be Who You Are

It’s a solo episode this week! Jared and Alex dive into a conversation recapping what they’ve been studying, thinking and doing over the last few months.

We cover:

  • How realigning yourself with your intentions can resolve tension
  • Why going back to your why is always important
  • How to cultivate the life you want
  • And some of our favorite books that we’re reading

This episode is sponsored by Procabulary – learn how the words you say and think can upgrade your life with the Core Language Upgrade. New language can uncover possibilities and opportunities to help you break through old patterns. Use the code “podium” at checkout to save $100.

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Ep 60: Emily Peterson – TimBO, Yin Yoga and Being Present

To be able to connect with students and clients on a deep level, an interplay of seriousness and playfulness is required. Our guest today is a magician at both. We chat with Emily Peterson, a coach, Rock n Roll enthusiast, Yin Yoga teacher, master Reiki practitioner, TimBO facilitator and teacher trainer, cat lover, elephant lover, former gymnast and competitive volleyball athlete, alumnus of University of Illinois-Chicago with a BA in applied psychology, professional space holder, and aspiring backup dancer for Neil Diamond.

She is a certified 500-hour yoga instructor, Usui Reiki Master, and licensed TimBO (trauma-informed mind/body) facilitator and trainer. Her path to yoga began as a way to get out of pain. And since then has blossomed into being a vessel for practicing meditation and experiencing a safe connection to her body, which was transformative and led to personal healing from an eating disorder, depression, and trauma.

Along with our previous guest Laura Ahrens, Emily can be found teaching at Coolidge Corner Yoga in Boston, MA.

We cover:

  • How your presence can define a class
  • How to be serious and playful with your work simultaneously
  • Why chasing external validation is a fruitless effort
  • Why mastering the in between is your best teacher
  • How to offer yourself as an honest human to your students
  • and more!

This episode is sponsored by Procabulary – learn how the words you say and think can upgrade your life with the Core Language Upgrade. New language can uncover possibilities and opportunities to help you break through old patterns. Use the code “podium” at checkout to save $100.

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Ep 59: Dr. Sarah Court: Strong Ideas Loosely Held

On today’s show, we chat with Dr. Sarah Court, who has been both a mentor and personal friend to us both. Dr. Sarah is a coach, Yogi, Yoga teacher, Yoga Tune Up Teacher Trainer, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Princeton University Alum with degrees in Art and Archeology, Herder of Clinical Pearl, and facilitator of further studying, playing, and mending.

Sarah is the creator of Quantum Leap, an advanced training for movement teachers to become biomechanically brilliant. Additionally, she is one of the co-creators and teachers of Movement Logic, which also includes our previous guest Trina Altman and Laurel Beversdorf.

Movement Logic, similar to Quantum Leap, provides movement teachers with a reasoned application of movement therapy skills to broaden their clientele.

When not traveling the world teaching, Sarah can be found practicing physical therapy at Postureworks in Santa Monica.

We cover:

  • Why understanding basic movement is better than memorizing a bunch of exercises
  • Why letting your student make mistakes can help them learn
  • Why a better understanding pain science can help you affect more people
  • Why pain-free movement is the most important goal when teaching others to move
  • Why there’s no perfect way to do anything
  • and more!

This episode is sponsored by Procabulary – learn how the words you say and think can upgrade your life with the Core Language Upgrade. New language can uncover possibilities and opportunities to help you break through old patterns. Use the code “podium” at checkout to save $100.

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Ep 58: Roeshan Shadravan – Body Whisperer, Organ Manipulator, and Pain Educator

Pain isn’t always a bad thing – it keeps you safe, warns you of impending danger, and keeps you off areas as they heal. But pain certainly impacts performance and your ability to show up in the world. On today’s episode, we are going behind the podium with Roeshan Shadravan, a coach, snowboarder, bodyworker, educator, skateboarder, teacher trainer, climber, surfer, gymnast, traveler, doctor of osteopathic medicine, and holistic healer.

Roeshan is the founder of San Diego Pain and Performance in North County San Diego. At San Diego Pain and Performance, she uses a full spectrum of therapeutic techniques to address the root cause of disharmony and miscommunication in the nervous system, joints, muscles, and the connective tissue system of the body. Additionally, she is a MELT Method practitioner. MELT is a self-massage technique that lengthens and heals connective tissue.

We cover:

  • How microcurrent can help process injury, inflammation, and pain
  • The difference between functional medicine and osteopathy
  • Why pain isn’t necessarily a bad thing
  • Why organ mobility matters
  • Why letting your brain assimilate to new things can help treatments last long after you’ve left the office
  • and more!

This episode is sponsored by Procabulary – learn how the words you say and think can upgrade your life with the Core Language Upgrade. New language can uncover possibilities and opportunities to help you break through old patterns. Use the code “podium” at checkout to save $100.

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Ep 57: Jill Miller + Kenny Kane: Being a Parent to Different Families and Missions

This week, we had the awesome privilege to sit down with our mentors, Jill Miller and Kenny Kane. Kenny is a previous guest and owner of Oak Park (formerly CrossFit LA). He is also one of the hosts of the podcast, Body of Knowledge. Jill is the godmother of our show – it is through her courses that we met, developed a friendship and eventually this show! She is the creator of Yoga Tune Up, the Roll Model Method and Tune Up Fitness Worldwide, a global brand dedicated to helping people live better in their bodies.

We cover:

  • How to manage your energy on a daily basis from the work to home
  • Staying true to your mission while nurturing your family
  • Being present in the responsibility at hand
  • How to practice acceptance for the way things are
  • How to cross the threshold from work to home
  • The importance of meditation and self-care to keep you present
  • and more!

This episode is sponsored by Procabulary – learn how the words you say and think can upgrade your life with the Core Language Upgrade. New language can uncover possibilities and opportunities to help you break through old patterns. Use the code “podium” at checkout to save $100.

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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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