Behind the Podium: Unveiling the Coach

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Ep 52: Nikki Naab-Levy and the Business Side of Coaching

Today, we go behind the podium with Nikki Naab-Levy – a coach, Pilates teacher, Massage Therapist, fitness educator, alumnus from Ohio University with a bachelors in exercise science, cheerleader, body nerd, podcaster, wife, and corgi mama.

Nikki has over ten years of experience in the fitness industry showing people who struggle with injury how to move better, so they can get fit with less pain and/or avoid injury in the first place. Her wisdom has been featured in the Seattle Times, Girls Gone Strong, and Men’s Fitness. She is a guest teacher of Bodhi Suspension Training courses through Balanced Body, as well as continuing education workshops on how to problem solve common tensional patterns and issues that we see with our clients in a post-rehab setting.

You can catch Nikki and her podcast partner, Janet Sunderland, on their show, The Moving Well Podcast: Fitness advice for efficient, effective, and pain-free exercise.

We cover:

  • What it means to move well
  • How to be more comfortable with the grey areas
  • Why being less dogmatic will help you be a better coach
  • Why learning to be quiet may be your best coaching cue yet
  • How to determine if a client is right for remote coaching
  • How to create and promote a passive income product
  • 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 51: Trina Altman – Teaching from the Inside

No two bodies are the same – are you custom tailoring every movement for your clients? Trina Altman is a coach, Yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, Yoga Tune Up teacher, Roll Model Method teacher, certification/continuing education junkie, movement explorer, connoisseur, and dabbler, dark chocolate lover, embodied anatomy nerd, yoga blanket model, trampoliner, blogger, presenter, teacher-trainer, Brown University alumnus with a bachelors in political science, and two time Golden Alpha recipient.Trina is a perfect example of experimentation and practicing what she preaches.

She is the creator of Yoga Deconstructed and Pilates Deconstructed, which both take an interdisciplinary approach to foster an embodied understanding of Yoga and Pilates and their relationship to modern movement science. She has presented at Kripalu, Pure Yoga NYC, Yogaworks, Cal-a-Vie Spa, SYTAR, the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference, ECA, UCLA, and multiple yoga conferences. Moreover, she has written articles that have been published in both Yoga Journal and Yoga International.

We cover:

  • Why customer service should be a top priority when coaching
  • How to switch hats within the three Ex’s (Experience, Experimentation, Example)
  • The importance of experimentation and trying new things
  • How to give clients what they want while also providing what they need
  • 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 50: Mark England – Procabulary and the Power of Language

Words matter. A majority of our communication with clients and students requires the words we choose to convey the meaning. And language is a force that can constrict your life or help it to grow and expand.

Today, we go behind the podium with Mark England, a coach, martial artist, world traveler, TEDx speaker, language geek, educator, lover of homemade plantain chips dipped in guacamole from the likes of Tocaya, and a man that prides himself on being a powerful verb, as opposed to a fragile noun.

Mark is the co-founder of Procabulary, an educational platform that provides tools to help individuals and organizations to harness the power of words and make them work for us instead of against us. Procabulary teaches that, in the short term, what we think and say shapes our imagination and our feelings; in the medium term, our language heavily influences our personal stories; and, in the long term, our stories shape our realities by systematically editing out anything that doesn’t fit.

*PS – you can save $100 on the Core Language Upgrade when you use the code “podium” at checkout!

We cover:

  • How language is like music – you orchestrate an experience through words
  • The effect of language on the reticular activating system
  • Owning your story
  • The power of a “curse word cleanse”
  • 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 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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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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