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  • Today I am joined by one of the greatest Ironman athletes in the world. He’s currently ranked 8th on the PTO World rankings and has been steadily making his way up this list for many years. Dr. Matt Hanson is a professional triathlete and coach for triathletes, cyclists and runners. He has an extensive background as an athlete and is highly-educated in all things sports-related. He’s quietly gone about the job of winning major Ironman's, including 4 North American titles. Combine that with his multitude of half-Ironman wins and you start to see the incredible foundation he has built. As an athlete, Matt comes from a wrestling background, but running has always a been a passion of his. In 2014, his first year as a pro, Matt set 3 run course records and won Ironman Chattanooga. He has since tallied 10 professional wins. He also owns the fastest ever marathon off the bike with a 2:34. With his background as a Professor of Sports Science, his natural ability to run a fast marathon in an Ironman, and his discipline and determination, I have him on course to become one of the true greats. Show SponsorAnyQuestion - anyquestion.com/MattHansonTri Support the show athttps://www.patreon.com/user?u=26936856"The Greg Bennett Show" Find Matt Hanson on social media:Twitter: @MattHansonFacebook: FacebookInstagram: Matt Hanson Tri YouTube: Matt Hansonweb: WebsiteTraining Peaks: Matthew Hanson Coaching Timestamps0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising5:56 - Altitude v. Humidity when it comes to training and racing.7:52 - 2022 has been a solid year - Matt talks us through this year after having a quiet year in 2021 where he came 2nd to Bart Aernouts in 70.3 IM Florida and ran out of real estate and 4th at Clash Daytona.16:04 - Matt explains how after a bought of heat stroke in Kona he now loses over 20lbs during a race. The challenge is to stay hydrated to ensure his sweat rate is maintained.18:11 - The Champions Mindset of Matt realises that he has to improve to keep up with the math of performance. Greg and Matt discuss where the numbers sit currently, and how they have changed in the past decade.21:25 - There's no place to be when it comes to giving up time ... the fella's talk how running shoes have played a significant part to performance.24:58 - Greg and Matt 'rewind the clock' and discuss Matt's early connection and inspiration in sport. How he set 50 goals and developed his passion for triathlon. Surprisingly, owning a monkey came close to triathlon on Matt's set of goals. 31:57 - Matt explains the moment when he decided to go 'all in' on triathlon, effectively giving up his tenure as a Professor. Academic tenure is a system of strong job protection that virtually guarantees a university professor will never be fired.43:09 - Matt is coached by Julie Dibens and Matt Botchel. He explains the training process and schedule in Boulder.45:40 - Matt talks through his pre race training schedule, including how he test his nutrition plan going into a race.47:22 - The hard lessons learned.54:04 - Who can stop the Norwegians?58:50 - Rapid fire Q&A; 1. Best and worst subjects at school?2. What are you currently watching on Netflix?3. First car you owned.4. Two most-used apps on your phone?5. What time of day are you most productive?6. First job?7. Summer or winter?8. Who would you want to play a movie of your life?9. Which decade of music is the best? 1:03:01 - What is instore for Matt Hanson in 2022 and beyond?1:04:33 - Interview concludes.

  • In today's episode I have a conversation with two of the greatest athletes in the world ... and honestly, two of the best men I know. One of them dominated the world of 70.3 and Ironman with 3 Kona Ironman and two 70.3 world titles and arguably the greatest career in the middle distance Triathlon, with more wins at that distance than anyone else. Add to that his impressive short course wins at Minneapolis, Chicago and many others and you can see why I hold him in such awe. The other has one of the greatest Olympic careers we’re ever seen. Four Olympics, a Gold medal at the first ever Olympic Triathlon and Silver medal 8 years later. Known for his powerful sprint he also took the biggest prize money wins at the Hyvee and Life Time Minneapolis. Personally, I watched from the very beginning as both of them started their careers as young men. Neither of them were remarkable to start but they chipped away to become icons of the sport that we all love. I’ve spent thousands of hours training with them both. We’ve crashed, and we’ve had podiums on the world stage ... we’ve shared the highs and lows of sport and life together. They’ve both been on the show separately, but this is a first for the three of us. Show SponsorAnyQuestion - https://anyquestion.com/crowiealexander Support the show athttps://www.patreon.com/user?u=26936856"The Greg Bennett Show" Timestamps0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising4:14 - What was unique about Balmoral Triathlon Club and why we all thought it was 'awesome'.7:25 - A wonderful story of the three lads doing a team time trial around Centennial park in Sydney ... who's fault was it for the crash right on the 60 minute buzzer?9:56 - From one crash ... to another. Simon recalls a spectacular crash in Geelong where Greg tried to (at the last minute) bunny-hop his bike over his fallen mate. Only to slice him open with his bike chain.19:31 - In reflection how do three young men look back on their early triathlon careers ... some wonderful stories and memories.23:40 - A lesson in how to speak 'athlete'.24:27 - A subtle plug for our show sponsor - https://anyquestion.com/crowiealexander26:26 - To an elite athlete ... there is no 'Plan B'. You are 'all-in'. The lads describe what this means in each of their eyes. Fascinating!!!30:23 - The guys talk about some of the toughest times in their careers. Inspiring!!!40:26 - After going through everything that you've been through, what would you tell your 17 year old self?46:31 - The lads discuss how Triathlon has progressed, grown and become the elite sport it is today.54:13 - So who is the GOAT?01:00:23 - Some rapid fire questions (and answers) to wrap up this amazing conversation between 3 incredibly talented athletes.Books that the boys are reading;Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted ChiangShoe Dog - Phil KnightHarry Potter 01:04:30 - One final story that will leave you laughing from Craig about a trip to Tokyo that changed his life (and vocal chords) forever.01:06:25 - Conversation concludes.

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  • One of the benefits of podcasting is the evergreen inspiring content always available at our fingertips ... no matter where you are in your life or athletic journey. Recently I found myself flicking back through early shows of The Greg Bennett Show in my own endeavour to learn and find some extra inspiration from the amazing guests I've had the privilege to chat to these past few years. Dan Lorang joined me back in September 2021 on episode 91.Dan is one of the greatest endurance coaches on the planet. This episode was the most downloaded episodes in 2021 and is still in the top ten most downloaded to date. Dan's athletes have exceled and dominated. Notably, Jan Frodeno and his Ironman World Record, Anne Haug and her mind-boggling victory at Challenge Roth, Lucy Charles Barclay, and her Ironman 70.3 World title, and all his cyclists in the Bora Hansgrohe cycling team. What an absolute honor and privilege it is to have one of the greatest minds in the world of endurance sport join me for a chat. So, I've decided to run this episode again. In this episode, Dan is incredibly forthcoming with sharing his wisdom and his knowledge. Dan gives a quick recap of his journey of how he got to where he is, and then we discuss his athlete's performances in 2021 and get a little more specific on his coaching methodology. There is so much in this episode. Truly outstanding. Timestamps0.0 - Introduction to show and advertising5.30 - Introduction to Dan Lorang6.00 - General chit-chat - Dan's performances - Dan is living his passion - Dan was determined to work in High-Performance sport - mentoring the younger coaches9.00 - The Show – "What I’d like to do is do a quick recap of your journey and process to this point and then discuss your athlete's performances in 2021 and get a little more specific on your coaching methodology."10.40 - Recapping Dan's Journey - finding his passion for sports science and coaching - his boss in engineering told him to go for it - Working with Anne Haag as his first athlete - The German U23 and National head Coach for Triathlon, now Bora Hansgrohe Head coach - Combining Data and psychology 18.50 - Managing time between coaching Triathletes, and the Bora Hansgrohe cycling team and his family - His athletes need a team around him 23.30 - 12 - rapid-fire quick answer questions1. What is your favorite thing about your career? That I live my dream2. What is your favorite book to read? Eleven rings from Phil Jackson3. What motivates you to work hard? Athletes who are 100% committed4. In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life? Managing Failure5. If your athlete could only train 10hrs a week, what would you have them do? Go have fun... you won't win anything6. What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise? I don't like generalizations7. What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)? Coaching athletes for free 8. What is one thing that annoys you the most? When people talk about things they have no clue about9. On a scale of 1 to 10 how “cool” are you? "5"10. If you were stranded on a tropical island what 2 things would you want with you? My phone11. Which decade of music is the best? The 80s and 90's 32.10 - Athletes performances in 2021 33.10 - Lucy Charles-Barclay - How did this relationship start? When did you start working together? End of March 2021. What changes did you make to her program? Lucy absorbed the training very well - increasing her aerobic conditioning - "We need to build the base" with a polarized approach - The main goal was Kona - an altitude camp before St.George - Dan has developed Lucy as a Triathlete - Was Dan Surprised with Lucy's performance in IM 70.3 World Champs? 46.50 - Anne Haug – Roth (shame it was short due to road works... we will never know), 7.53.48 with a 31.36min win over Laura Siddall. 12 min lead off-bike over Langridge and Crowley, 2.43hr run. Thoughts on Anne's performance in Roth? Anne wasn't in a good place mentally before the race. What has changed with the training after 15 years? Anne did a 33min 10km road race last year. - She's a Ferrari - "we do a minimum amount of run training to optimize her performance" 54.45 - Jan Frodeno - 9 years with Jan - A target on his back - Collins Cup – fastest overall (20 sec in front of Gustav)? The decision not to race 70.3 World – A race between Gustav and Jan was missed. Tri-Battle Royale –– World Record – 7.35.39, Kona World Champion, Olympic Gold - How has the training changed over 9 years? Dan was surprised at Jan's low numbers when they started. What else is there for you and Jan? 1.06.00 - Collecting Data - What data - metabolic profile collecting at the beginning - Adaptation, Polarized (VO2 and base), Specific (Strength endurance), Race-specific - slowly increase, it's a step by step process over years - 1.12.40 - Retests in standardized training like an 8x 1km run - Dan doesn't like to stop training to test - he uses training to test and compare - You have to be honest with your athlete - You have to be careful in the words you choose 1.17.30 - Example of VO2 work - using hills for 8 x30 sec but build to 4 x 4min - what do you want to achieve and where is the athlete at the moment? How many times a week - 4-5 sessions split over the three sessions. The rest of the training is easy - VO2 max is NOT sprinting it's a controlled intensity 1.23.00 - Recovery - measuring using Heart Rate Variability and Sleep quality - each athlete is different and they can choose how they monitor - Glucose monitoring it can be interesting to watch 1.26.00 Conclude - Two questions1. What is one tip you have for people on how to optimize their life? "Ask yourself, 'Are you happy doing what you're doing?"2. If you could sit and have a coffee with any living person, who would it be and why? Phil Jackson, book eleven rings LinksBe sure and check out bennettendurance.com Find Greg on social media: Twitter Greg Bennett ShowInstagram The Greg Bennett Show And check out Dan LorangTwitter: https://twitter.com/DanlorangInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/danlorang/

  • Seth Pepper has developed mental training systems that have helped Olympians, World Champions, Netflix film directors, and executives optimize their potential. With over 25 years of experience competing and coaching when the stakes are at their greatest, Seth has seen first-hand the results the power of the mind can deliver … both good and bad. Seth helps elite performers unlock the secret of how to utilize pressure to unlock peak performance. Yes, pressure … can be good.What would life look like if you could not fail? Timestamps0:00 - Introduction to show2:05 - Interview starts3:29 - Seth explains his journey to become a high performance coach. From his early sporting achievements through to his tougher times that helped him to understand himself at a deeper level. 14:41 - Everything serves us moving forward ... it might not make sense now, but lean into it as it will become evident what the learning is and how you can utilise it to achieve. It may look like a dis-advantage at the time ... but it will become an advantage. Learn as many lessons as you can in the shortest amount of time.16:03 - Seth taught himself to create a vision for himself. Your thoughts ... become your words ... become your actions. 18:33 - Being given some 'space to explore' can be critical to success. Frank Busch coached Seth, and became a significant mentor in his life. Ironically, Frank was close to quitting coaching to become a realtor at the time he met Seth, but went on to have a very successful coaching career.22:56 - What appears to be courage, often the ability or openness to look foolish ... Mike Tyson has a quote "It's only delusional if it doesn't come true". Seth explains how his obsession for his vision to win drove him and the techniques he applied to achieve his athletic dreams.29:21 - How do we optimize dreams. How much does realism come into our vision and goals? Seth explains his definition of the 'flow state' and how he believes we can achieve any goal we set.33:56 - The movie version meets the reality version - Seth explains how his trajectory to winning nationals and how his early vision intersected with his achievements.37:59 - Pressure is like a magnifying glass. Being able to handle pressure at critical times is exemplified in Seth's story about this Olympic finals story.46:05 - The joy in helping others drives Seth today and he explains some of the models around how he applies his life learnings and experiences to help people achieve. Personal experience is a sacred space ... cause it's a battlefield out there. It's an extreme pressure that happens in life that you must experience if you wish to help others achieve. 48:42 - Good coaching is more like an art ... rather than a science. Seth explains his method of coaching elite people.52:32 - 3 Questions. Do you know who you are, do you know what you want, and are you in control of your life? When you know who you are, you can navigate towards your dreams and goals more efficiently.55:42 - Seth explains how he helps people to find their 'flow state'. (note to self; Don't make 'death' the consequence to your motivation to get into action)1:08:43 - Having the winners mindset that you WILL outlast, you WILL out perform, and you WILL improve transfers to any industry, any individual. Seth explains how he works with different people on their confidence. From Netflix Directors, to Salespeople, to Athletes. 1:13:57 - Interview ends Find Seth Pepper at:Web: http://www.sethpepper.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sethpepperTwitter: https://twitter.com/sethpepper

  • Ben Hoffman has had a 2nd and two 4th’s at the Kona Ironman World Championships.Ben has 8 Ironman Victories, 7 Ironman 70.3 wins and when he’s not winning he’s on the podium. In this past month he had an incredible victory at IM Texas with a 7.57/ and 2.40 marathon and backed up 2 weeks later to come top 10 at the IM St.George World Championships. He was last on the show in episode 46, Nov of 2020. If you haven’t listened to that one please go check it out, it’s a cracker. Support the show athttps://www.patreon.com/user?u=26936856"The Greg Bennett Show" - AnyQuestion - anyquestion.com/bhoffmanracingFind Ben Hoffman at:Web: http://benhoffmanracing.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bhoffmanracing/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhoffmanracingFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhoffmanracing/ Timestamps0.00 - Introduction to show2:47 - Interview starts7:48 - Ben explains his upcoming schedule. From The Escape from Alcatraz Tri, to some guiding for a visually impaired para-triathlete in France.12:25 - Having some perspective on life as an elite athlete is important. Ben describes how he has relaxed and improved because of his perspective to be a better person, which in turn has brought out the best athlete in him.15:15 - Ben explains in detail his recent Texas win. From how his mental state was going into the race, to the positive self-talk he employs, to the swim, bike and run strategies he had during the race ... right up to the final sprint.33:52 - Two weeks later Ben was at The World Championships and backed it up with a top 10 at St.George with a 8.06. Ben definitely has 'The Champion Mindset'41:28 - With his coach, Ryan Bolton, Ben explains how being 38 years old he is working with his team towards Kona 2022 to execute a race in peak physically state.52:58 - Ben describes the changes he has seen over his years in triathlon, the good the bad and the ugly ...1:00:31 - The boys conclude with some Rapid fire questions:

    1. Best and worst subject at school?

    2. What are you currently reading or watching? Barbarian Days - A Surfing Life (William Finnegan)3. First car you owned.4. Two most used apps on your phone?5. What time of day are you most productive?6. First job?7. Summer or winter?8. Who would you want to play a movie of your life?9. Which decade of music is the best?11. Where is somewhere you haven’t been, you’d like to go?12. Greatest movie of all-time? 1:12:27 - Interview ends
  • Kim Brackin is one of the greatest swim coaches in the world. Coach to 7 Olympic medals (two of those gold), 13 World Championship medals (7 of those gold) and 4 Olympic Games - 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016. Kim was the Women's Head Coach at the University of Texas: 2006-2012, where they won 2 Big 12 Championship titles and previous to that was the Co-Head Coach at Auburn University from 1997-2005 where they Won 7 NCAA Championship titles. Kim was named 2002 NCAA Swimming Coach of the Year and in 2003 the SEC Swimming Coach of the Year. Kim owns and operates the state of the art swim training facility - Brackin Elite Swim Training, and she’s been incredible on the AnyQuestion platform answering 100s of questions. With over 20 years of collegiate swim coaching experience, Kim Brackin has proven her dedication to helping swimmers reach their potential as elite athletes. Her passion has driven her to build her own business, Brackin Elite Swim Training, so that she can provide one-on-one coaching to high-performance athletes using the latest technology. Since opening her personal training facility in Austin, TX in 2012, Coach Brackin has coached National Junior Team members, Olympic Trials qualifiers, TAGS champions as well as swimmers just beginning their career! Coach Brackin is careful to ensure that she mentors all of her athletes within the same philosophy that helped her guide promising high school recruits to Olympic, World, NCAA, & Conference Champions. BEST was developed to help young athletes learn some of the same technical and racing strategies that helped her world-class athletes succeed. Support the show athttps://www.patreon.com/user?u=26936856"The Greg Bennett Show" - AnyQuestion - Anyquestion.com/p_CoachBrackin Find Kim Brackin on social media:Website: www.brackineliteswimtraining.comtwitter: https://twitter.com/coachbrackininstagram: https://www.instagram.com/coachbrackinfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/kim.brackin Timestamps0:00 - Introduction to show.2:00 - Interview starts 6:11 - Kim takes us back by rewinding the clock and describing her path as a young girl swimming led to a career in coaching.9:15 - At what point did you say to yourself, "I'm actually pretty good at this" and know that it was a career path that you were fully invested in?12:26 - What inspired you to pull the trigger and uplift and move to Auburn where you had such amazing success?16:26 - When recruiting for NCAA swimming, was it a global search?20:16 - What made Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe so good?22:26 - What did you feel Kirsty needed from you above and beyond as a coach?25:34 - With the Coach & Athlete relationship, obviously it varies greatly, how invested do you need to be?33:15 - When you came to the end of your time in Texas, what were you looking to do next?36:54 - We're seeing a lot of mental health challenges in athletes, particularly with college athletes. As a coach in that world, how do you find the balance of 'push' & 'hold back'? 44:43 - How do we get more women coaches into the NCAA system?54:23 - What is the craziest thing you've ever tried in training or competition that has had the greatest marginal gain?59:10 - Are there any favourite 'sets' that you had for distance swimmers v. sprint swimmers?1:05:25 - When travelling around the world with your athletes, did you have a team that helped you manage long haul trips?1:06:36 - What are your Top 3 Swim Coaches of all time?1:08:33 - Who is the Greatest Athlete of All Time?1:13:07 - What's next for Kim Brackin?1:17:21 - Interview ends.

  • Welcome to The Greg Bennett show, an AnyQuestion podcast hosted by Former Professional Olympic and World Champion Athlete Greg Bennett. Greg chats with the world's greatest athletes and high performers to find out how they got to the top of the world and how they are able to sustain it. Reece and Lucy Charles-Barclay are the most professional team I’ve witnessed in the sport. Their approach to being the best athletes they can be, their professionalism with brands, and how they present themselves to the world with how much they share with their fans … they are absolutely crushing it. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing. In February of 2022 Lucy was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the femoral neck. From the Number 1 world ranking, the world championship title and all the glory to injuries and having to rebuild. It’s all a part of the rollercoaster journey of being a professional in sport, and they have embraced it with class. Go to anyquestion.com/lucy or anyquestion.com/reecebarclaytri to ask Lucy & Reece follow-up questions and hear other answers from Lucy & Reece, and all the other Experts on the platform. Support the show athttps://www.patreon.com/user?u=26936856"The Greg Bennett Show" - timestamps2:09 - Interview begins3:46 - Congrats with the signing recently with Asics, what was that decision process like? Were there other suitors?2:09 - Interview begins3:46 - Congrats with the signing recently with Asics, what was that decision process like? Were there other suitors?6:02 - As an elite athlete, Lucy is incredibly in-tune with her body. She describes the first moment and feeling when she noticed this new injury and the pathway through to diagnosis.14:45 - Lucy explains what her day consists of since she was fully diagnosed in mid-March 2022. From the soft tissue treatment, to nutrition and training.18:22 - From Sponsors, to telling the rest of the world, Reece explains how they went about talking to each stakeholder and then sharing their news through their social channels.21:34 - There is always a grieving process when elite athletes are struck with serious injury. Lucy describes how she has navigated the process from initial injury to her current day-to-day mental health.28:58 - Greg rewinds the clock with Lucy & Reece discussing how they met, to how they have manage to work so closely together as husband & wife.38:15 - Success changes peoples lives. Lucy & Reece describe how their dual success has changed their lives forever.40:51 - Reece explains how stepping back from the full-time coaching of Lucy and bringing in Dan Lorang has impacted their day to day.46:26 - Greg concludes with some Rapid fire questions: 1. Best and worst subject at school?2. What are you currently reading or watching? Reece - The Obstacle is in the way Lucy - This is going to hurt3. First car you owned.4. Two most used apps on your phone?5. What time of day are you most productive?6. First job?7. Summer or winter - which do you prefer?8. Who would you want to play a movie of your life?9. Which decade of music is the best?11. Where is somewhere you haven’t been, you’d like to go?12. Greatest movie of all-time?13. Who does the most chores around the house? 56:53 - Interview concludes.

  • Dr. Forcum is the team chiropractor for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He was selected as a member of the medical staff for Team U.S.A. during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He also served on the medical staff at the 2015 USA Track and Field World Championships Training Camp and 2007 Rio de Janeiro US Pan American Games. He has worked as an event physician for such events as the U.S Track and Field Olympic Trials, U.S Track and Field National Championships, U.S. Taekwondo Championships, US Triathlon National Championships, World Veteran’s Games, Nike World Masters Games, US Soccer Festival, World Canoe/Kayak Championships and US Figure Skating Championships. ​Dr. Ted Forcum treats injuries and optimizes function by integrating multiple modalities of care with chiropractic treatment to optimize patient response. Dr. Forcum combines therapies such as osseous and soft tissue manipulation, soft tissue therapy, kinesiology taping, physiotherapy, corrective exercises, and biomechanical orthotics to maximize healing and accelerate the return of patients to their highest level of ability.Dr. Forcum applies decades of experience working with world-class athletes and complicated injuries to gain control of the most difficult cases and help patients attain their goals. He’s a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, and a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. He ‘s a Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner, Graston Technique Certified, Certified Exercise Specialist, Performance Exercise Specialist, and is a Registered Trigenics Practitioner.He teaches postgraduate programs on rehabilitation, soft tissue treatment, sports injuries and the biomechanics. He is the author of the chapter on the Leg, Ankle and Foot in the text Conservative Management of Athletic Injuries, first and second editions. Support the show athttps://www.patreon.com/user?u=26936856"The Greg Bennett Show" - AnyQuestion - Anyquestion.com/DrTed Find Dr. Ted Forcum on social media:Website: http://www.drforcum.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ted-forcumtwitter: https://twitter.com/tedforcumfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/drforcum

  • In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, a great champion and a good friend, Jan Frodeno return to chat about his journey through the past 2 years while also diving deep into the plans for 2022 and beyond. Jan is arguably one of the greatest Triathletes of All-time. And it’s hard to argue with this, with his Olympic Gold, Three-time Ironman World Champion with a course record in Kona of 7.51.13, Two-time IM 70.3 World Champion, and a world record in the Ironman distance of 7.35.39 at the Challenge Roth event in Germany … and a list of wins that just keeps piling up. He’s a crowd favorite, a gracious champion, and a true gentleman of the sport. AnyQuestion - https://Anyquestion.com/JanFrodeno Support the show athttps://www.patreon.com/user?u=26936856"The Greg Bennett Show" Timestamps0.0 - Introduction to show1.59 - Start of interview4:42 - Being diagnosed with a partial tear of his achilles tendon, Jan is focused on getting healthy and back into training for the 2022 season. 10:19 - Dealing with injury at the professional level is always frustrating and difficult, Jan discusses how he deals with mindset in what can be a 'grieving period'.12:45 - Having a great support team around him, Jan explains the goals in front of him and the support he has to focus on his current health.16:27 - Jan discusses how 'success' in his career has affected his life.23:52 - Jan on Goal setting; Victory can leave an athlete with a certain emptiness because you've 'reached' your goal. Winning a race means you have to re-define your goal, whereas coming second (for instance) means that you still have your goal in place ... and this can be difficult for athletes to understand, much less, deal with from a mindset and focus perspective.24:25 - Jan's mantra for life ... Memento quod non morieris - "remember that you will die"26:15 - What get's Jan Frodeno's juices flowing?28:54 - Jan on 'retiring' from the sport.31:48 - Confidence is a massive attribute for an athlete. Harnessing it, applying it, and ensuring it is channeled in an ethical way can be the difference to success.41:30 - Who will be next to be successful in Kona? Gustav Iden? Kristian Blummenfelt?45:33 - Is Sam Long the next Jan Frodeno?47:53 - What is Jan's feeling when someone is drafting him in a race?55:18 - In Jan's 22 years in the sport, he explains how he has seen Triathlon change. From his first race in 'budgie smugglers' ... to his Olympic and major race successes thereafter.58:39 - Jan explains what is next for him while he recovers.1:01:34 - Interview ends. LinksBe sure and check out bennettendurance.com Find Greg on social media: Twitter Greg Bennett ShowInstagram The Greg Bennett Show Check out Jan Frodeno at:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janfrodeno/Twitter: https://twitter.com/janfrodenoWebsite: http://www.frodeno.com/

  • Robert Verhelst is a career firefighter, an Air Force veteran, who did search and recovery at the World Trade Center after the September 11 Attacks. For the novice athlete, it’s hard to imagine what it feels like to participate in the grueling athletic competition known as the Ironman Triathlon: the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile run all in one stretch. Now imagine doing the last leg weighed down by 50 pounds of firefighter gear! Fireman Rob has completed dozens of Ironman's in full firefighter gear (weighing 50 lbs./ 23kg) for the 26.2-mile run. In 2015, he broke the Guinness World Record for the most 70.3 triathlons in one year… 23. Rob is a Motivational and Inspirational Keynote Speaker. He’s the Founder of Fireman Rob Foundation and a Certified Ironman University Coach.Author of the book - Forged in the Fires - The Seven Catalysts to Ignite your Possible, Accelerate Your Potential & Extricate Your Best - and Podcast host also under the same name - Forged in the Fires "Life doesn't get easier, you get stronger." This episode of The Greg Bennett Show is sponsored by: AnyQuestion - https://Anyquestion.com/ Timestamps0:00 - Fireman Rob promo - audio clip2:03 - Introduction to show.4:31 - Interview starts.15:53 - The Rob Verhelst story is compelling and Rob has a unique and descriptive style of telling it. No one should have to experience what Rob has seen and experienced in his early life.17:57 - Ironman Wisconsin changed the trajectory of Rob's life ... primarily because he decided to wear his full Fireman's kit for the run portion of the event. It takes him 6-8 hours just to complete the run!26:47 - Rob explains how Fireman Rob developed into something that not only impacted his own life, but touch the lives of many other people. Having a 'bigger' purpose can drive a person to do unbelievable feats.28:35 - Dealing with trauma and PTSD has been challenging for Rob.35:42 - An author, a podcast host, triathlete, a Guiness world record, his own foundation ... plus Rob continues as a fulltime fireman. How does he fit it all into a day?43:38 - Rob and Greg discuss in detail the 7 Catalysts from his book Forged in the Fires - The Seven Catalysts to Ignite your Possible, Accelerate Your Potential & Extricate Your Best: Passion, Ownership, Decisions, Emotional Control, Resilience, Faith over Fear and Mental Strength.50:54 - Rob describes some of the 'impact moments' in his life journey so far. This is such a powerful conversation. Rob's description will resonate no matter where you are in your life right now.55:35 - Change takes time. Be patient. Rob explains how his therapist helped him to be vulnerable and take ownership of his life and his life circumstances.1:01:54 - Fireman Rob's next big project is an inspiring and worthy one. Rob explains ...1:05:23 - Interview ends.

  • Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as "The Nutrition Myth Buster" is a board-certified nutritionist with a master's degree in psychology and the best-selling author of fifteen books. Jonny holds no punches and he pokes holes at the information and recommendations we’ve been given from the so called Health authorities. He has a PhD in holistic nutrition, and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist from the American College of Nutrition. He’s the Author of about 15 books on Health, longevity and nutrition, including - “The 150th Healthiest Foods on Earth”, “The Great Cholesterol Myth”, “Living low Carb”, “The most effective ways to live longer”, and “Smart fat”, to name a few … Jonny has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS and Dr. Oz’s XM Radio and television shows as an expert on nutrition and weight loss, and has written or contributed to articles for dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Us Weekly, “O” The Oprah Magazine, The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair Online, Time, Oxygen, Marie Claire, Diabetes Focus, GQ, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Self, Fitness, Family Circle, Allure, Men’s Heath, Prevention, Natural Health, and many other publications. Dr. Jonny is a consultant to the Natural Products Industry and serves on the scientific or medical advisory boards of several companies, including Barlean’s Organic Oils, Resverage and EuroPharma. AnyQuestion - https://Anyquestion.com/JonnyBowden Timestamps0:00 - sample of Jonny Bowden answering on Any Question app - audio clip1:32 - Introduction to show.3:22 - Interview starts.7:40 - The Jonny Bowden story is fascinating. It's a journey from alcohol & drugs, to rock n roll, then turning his life around and becoming a nutrition expert.18:56 - Jonny's top 5 nutrition myths that need to be addressed about saturated fat and cholesterol.22:15 - The incidence of pre-diabetes is a real issue in western society and Jonny explains why and what it's all about.24:12 - The medical fraternity are divided on the issue of nutrition. Add to this, Big Pharma has a huge influence on MD's and what information they are exposed to.31:05 - As a young ER doctor, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war. This is the TED talk from Peter Attia that Jonny Bowden refers to.32:03 - Tim Noakes, an MD and University of Cape Town (UCT) emeritus professor, won the second of two decisive victories against his regulatory body, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).The HPCSA's Appeal Committee dismissed its own lawyers' objections and upheld in full its first committee's comprehensive ruling for Noakes in April 2017. That ruling exonerated him completely on all 10 aspects of a charge of unprofessional conduct.The appeal ended the HPCSA's unprecedented, multimillion trial of Noakes that it had dragged out for more than four years. Its ruling reverberates down medical, nutrition science and food- and drug-industry corridors of power globally to this day.It effectively endorsed Noakes's right to freedom of speech as a scientist and the evidence for low-carbohydrate, high-healthy fat (LCHF) therapies. It vindicated his vigorous opposition to South Africa's industry-led, high-carb, low-fat Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDGs). The FBDGs closely follow the influential US guidelines that launched in the late 1970s and are currently under revision.Tim Noakes MD - The Lore of Running36:08 - Jonny explains the benefits, the myths, and the ways you can optimize and feel the impact of intermittent fasting.49:03 - Jonny explains the benefits of supplements, plus gives us his top 4 'must have' vitamins for any person.1:01:27 - So when it comes to monitoring our bodies and testing ourselves, what does Jonny recommend are the best tests to give us an accurate view on our bodies.1:04:41 - If the gut isn't healthy, nothing else is. Gut microbiota are the microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea, that live in the digestive tracts of vertebrates including humans, and of insects. Alternative terms include gut flora and gut microbiome. The gastrointestinal metagenome is the aggregate of all the genomes of gut microbiota. Jonny explains in simple terms how we can try and optimize our gut microbiome.1:08:15 - Fixing the gut involves many different things and is a multi-factorial approach and most doctors don't address it. A short video from Jonny Bowden on his powerful functional health concepts including intermittent fasting.01:11:04 - Interview ends. LinksBe sure and check out bennettendurance.com Find Greg on social media:Twitter Greg Bennett ShowInstagram The Greg Bennett Show Find Jonny Bowden on social media:website: jonnybowden.comLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jonny-bowdenInstagram: instagram.com/jonnybowdenfacebook: facebook.com/Dr.JonnyBowdentwitter: twitter.com/jonnybowdenyoutube: youtube.com/user/drjonnybowdenaudible: audible.com/author/Jonny-Bowdenamazon: amazon.com/Jonny-Bowden

  • AnyQuestion - https://Anyquestion.com/RyanMurphy When Ryan Murphy was just eight years old, he dreamed of becoming an Olympic swimmer and breaking world records. Thirteen years later, at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, his lifelong dream came true. There, Ryan not only became an Olympian, but he crushed his Olympic goals by winning three gold medals in the 100 meter backstroke, the 200-meter backstroke and the 4×100 meter medley relay, setting a new world record for the 100-meter backstroke. In 2021, he did it again winning gold in the 4×100 meter medley relay, silver in the 200-meter backstroke and bronze in the 100-meter backstroke. Ryan comes from a family of swimmers. His sister Shannon and brother Patrick were both competitive swimmers growing up, and naturally as most younger siblings do, Ryan followed suit. Ryan emerged from follower to leader quickly; speeding past his siblings and countess competitors. A six time Olympic medalist - four Gold, a silver and bronze.7 time World ChampionWorld and Olympic record holder for the 100 m Backstroke12 time NCAA Champion28 medals total whilst representing the USA. Timestamps0:00 - Montage of Ryan Murphy swimming wins - audio clip1:17 - Introduction to show.3:39 - Interview starts.5:30 - While at the University of California, Berkeley, Ryan won both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events at the NCAA Championships for four straight years. He holds the American Record in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke, 50-meter short course backstroke, 50-meter long course backstroke, 100-meter long course backstroke. In his Olympic debut in Rio, Ryan won three golds medals, sweeping the backstroke events and helping the U.S. win gold in the 4x100m medley relay, where his backstroke lead-off set a world record. In 2017, he turned pro, earned the PAC 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year award and completed his B.S. in Business Administration from the prestigious Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. As one of the most dominant swimmers in the world, the 23-year-old swept the backstroke events at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, won six medals (three gold and three silver) at the 2018 Swimming World Championships in Hangzhou, China, and was named the 2018 Male Athlete of the Year by USA Swimming at its annual Golden Goggle Awards. In 2021, he shined in Tokyo winning gold in the 4×100 meter medley relay, silver in the 200-meter backstroke and bronze in the 100-meter backstroke. A native of Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville), Fla., Murphy is passionate about giving every young child the opportunity to learn how to swim and being a role model for young swimmers. Ryan currently trains in Berkeley, CA with the goal of making his third-straight Olympic appearance in Paris.8:28 - Why don't we have any 50 metre races (apart from freestyle) at the Olympics?9:34 - What's harder, the 200m butterfly, or the 400m individual medley?10:44 - Bolles High school, Jacksonville Florida has an alumni from Ryan Murphy to Caeleb Dressel to Joseph Schooling who secured Singapore's first ever Olympic gold in 100 fly at the Rio Games. What is the secret sauce to Bolles High School, how does it produce so many Olympians?17:09 - As a Captain in the US Swimming team, what role, aside from turning up and swimming your best do you have to perform?19:09 - Did swimming choose you, or did you choose swimming? How did you find your passion for the sport?23:15 - As a youth, you had anxiety before race meets. So much so that you would throw up then go and swim the race. How did your parents, peers, and competitors handle this?26:27 - What was the moment you felt you had a chance at an Olympic medal?35:44 - You both seem to stand out in the way you explode off the wall. What are you and Caeleb Dressel doing underwater at those turns?41:47 - What is the feeling of qualifying for an Olympics like?47:00 - The RIO Olympic Games could not have gone much better ... Gold in the 100m, Gold in the 200m, set a World Record in the lead-off for the medley relay alongside Michael Phelps, Cody Miller, Nathan Adrian. Boxes ticked ... drop the mic ... where do you go from there?49:07 - Explain the race plan for the 200m backstroke at the RIO Games. Despite not being in a medal position at the half point turn, you came off the wall to start that third 50m and opened up a half-body length gap, then went on to win Gold.1:06:46 - You are one of the great Olympians now ... How has the success that you've had so far, affected your life?1:10:38 - What do you love about swimming?1:11:52 - What's on the calendar for Ryan Murphy in 2022?01:15:40 - Interview ends. LinksBe sure and check out bennettendurance.com Find Greg on social media: Twitter Greg Bennett ShowInstagram The Greg Bennett Show Find Ryan Murphy on social media:website: ryanmurphy.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/RyanMurphyfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryanmurphyswimtwitter: https://twitter.com/ryan_f_murphy

  • James Gibson, MBE is an English former competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships, and European championships, and in the Commonwealth Games. He is a former world, European and Commonwealth champion in the men's 50-metre breaststroke event, and now serves as the head swimming coach at the Energy Standard Swim Club. As a Head coach of the ISL Championship winning team - Energy Standard he’s led the team to win the 2019 and 2021 titles and was 2nd in 2020. He’s coached some of the greatest swimmers on the planet. Sarah Sjostrom, Chad Le Clos. and Florent Manadou to name a few. Timestamps0:00 - Florent Manaudou Wins Men's 50m Freestyle Gold -- London 2012 Olympics - audio clip0:54 - Introduction to show.3:05 - Interview starts.11:30 - The ISL - International Swimming League was formed to create a team sport out of what has historically been an individual sport. Swimming is one of the most participated sports in the world, so the ISL is aiming to both monetise and create exciting events that showcase the elite swimming athletes.21:11 - Greg and James rewind the clock and chat through James' journey to swimming and how he found the passion for the sport.24:58 - Work and talent are important, however it's crucial to have the opportunity. James discusses how and when he made the decision to focus on the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and then The Olympics.28:22 - 'Relaxing and enjoying the racing experience' is what a modern coach tries to create for each athlete. It's not easy as Greg and James talk through the coaching process. Understanding 'identity' (who you are) is not linked to the success in the pool.38:14 - What is the definition of 'passion' ... James gives possibly THE best answer you'll ever hear.41:30 - How is 'belief' carved and created by a coach? James explains his term, 'the searchers'.45:08 - What was James' belief and mindset when he became the world number 1? His answer will resonate with you no matter where you are on your life journey!50:15 - Using 'positive attitude', how do you help an athlete before a race?54:23 - James explains his craziest risk for a marginal gain with Flo Manaudou prior to the 2012 Olympic Games.1:01:33 - James gives his view on the future of swimming ... sit down for this answer ... he gives us both barrels!1:04:31 - Greg asks the BIG question ... is Caeleb Dressel beatable? And if he is ... how?1:06:51 - James gives his Top 5 Coaches of all time.1:13:04 - Can we keep getting faster times in the pool, or will we peak and plateau at some stage?1:16:54 - What's next for James Gibson in 2022 and beyond?01:20:03 - Interview ends. Find James Gibson on social media:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-gibson-mbeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamesgibsonfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/EnergyStandardTeam/twitter: https://twitter.com/energy_standard

  • Simon Whitfield made history in his Olympic debut at Sydney 2000 where he unexpectedly became the first ever Olympic champion in men’s triathlon. An outstanding runner, Whitfield moved himself from the middle of the field after the swimming and cycling legs to the top step of the podium. He used his sprint speed to catch and pass the leader, German Stephan Vuckovic, less than 300 metres from the finish line before pulling away for the victory. After an 11th place finish at Athens 2004, Whitfield and his team decided he needed a new strategy at Beijing 2008. Teammate Colin Jenkins willingly took up the role of domestique, which was a tactic borrowed from road cycling. Jenkins’ job was to get out of the water at the front of the pack and keep the leaders close during the cycling leg, chasing down and reeling in anyone who attempted to break away. That set the stage for Whitfield to shine during the 10-kilometre run. Fourth heading into the final lap, Whitfield picked up his pace for another sprint to the finish line, coming away with the silver medal. For his fourth Olympic Games at London 2012, Whitfield was selected as Team Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. But he was unable to finish his last Olympic race when he crashed his bike going over a speed bump and suffered a small break to his collarbone. The two-time Olympic medalist announced his retirement in October 2013. Whitfield’s success at multi-sport games also includes the bronze medal won at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg as well as the first ever gold medal awarded in triathlon at the Commonwealth Games in 2002.During his 16 years as an elite international competitor, Whitfield earned 14 ITU World Cup victories and was a 12-time national champion. He received Honourary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Guelph and the University of Victoria. Whitfield was inducted the ITU Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Timestamps0:00 - audio snippet1:28 - Introduction to show.3:47 - Interview starts.8:38 - Where in the world is Simon Whitfield?10:18 - The relationship between sport and competition can be detrimental. As athletes we were always peering over the edge of our ability, however Simon realised something startling about his need for adventure once he retired. 17:14 - The journey for Simon from first finding Triathlon is extraordinary. His message is to say 'yes' to every opportunity and go out into the world and 'explore'.31:07 - Simon describes the feelings that happen for an elite athlete during an Olympic Games event. From the hurt box, to the mindset that is uncomfortable, explorative, addictive ... present. He describes it as the 'most alive' you'll ever be.48:58 - The champs chat sport and politics ... particularly as it relates to the current situation in Europe.52:34 - The sport of Triathlon has changed over the decades and with so much wisdom between them, Greg and Simon chat through the science, the modern athlete mindset, the gadgets that now measure and quantify performances.1:09:49 - Who is the greatest athlete of all time? (what a list!!!)1:15:45 - Some wonderful book suggestions from both men. (see below for links and details)1:19:53 - What's next for Simon Whitfield?1:22:18 - Interview ends. Books mentionedThe Paper Menagerie - Ken LiuThe Last Neanderthal: A Novel - Claire CameronAntifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder - Nassim Nicholas Nicholas Taleb Find Simon Whitfield online:website: https://www.simonwhitfield.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/simonwhitfieldLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-whitfield

  • Phil Liggett MBE is affectionately referred to as the “Voice of Cycling”. Phil was last on The Greg Bennett Show back in episode 28, almost two years ago! He truly is the “Voice of Cycling”. In fact, the recent documentary film of his life is called exactly that. This year is the 50th year that he’ll be working at the Tour De France - what a fantastic achievement that is. Add to that his 16 Olympic Games, and you get an understanding of why he is held in such high regard.In 2009, he was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame. Phil is currently residing with his wife Trish on a game reserve in South Africa where he helps with efforts to protect rhinos from poachers. Timestamps0:00 - audio snippet from Phil Liggett - The Voice of Cycling Documentary0:53 - Introduction to show.2:55 - Interview starts.4:55 - When you live in a remote bush location, beware the clever baboons!8:15 - When you work in the sport of pro cycling ... you must be prepared to work with the animals.9:05 - The Collins Cup can be a good reason for an old-athlete's reunion.11:03 - The dangers of staying in too many hotels can be you never remember where the loo is ...12:49 - The world of commentating live sports has changed dramatically these past two years and Phil explains how and why it might never go back to the way it once was.17:14 - The Voice of Cycling documentary is a journey of Phil Liggett's personal life, as well his involvement and impact within cycling. It was created by an Australian film crew and has been over 2 years in the making. However it has not been without challenges, Phil explains some of the back story.21:01 - Phil is incredibly philanthropic and is involved in saving rhinos in South Africa and also building a Vocational School offering quality and relevant skills training programs to vulnerable girls in an area where life opportunities are limited.The Paul Sherwen Project was established to support the good that Paul was enacting in Uganda and across East Africa – empowering local people to drive progress and economic development through education, job skills, and personal training, while promoting & protecting the unique culture and environment of their communities.If you feel this powerful project resonates with you, you can donate here27:43 - Phil managed to turn his hobby of cycling into a career ... and it all started with his first job for ₤15 (approx $25) Listen in for the clues to Phil's success in life ... his incredible work ethic.33:37 - Phil greatest career failure was not becoming a pro cyclist ... however it led him to his career for the past 50 years ... commentating pro cycling.43:44 - Phil describes his greatest career highlight ... The 1989 Tour de France call. Extraordinary!51:47 - Phil's well known in broadcast circles for his attention to detail in research and preparation. This story from Phil around Eric Zabel who was celebrating his birthday within the peloton proves why Phil Liggett is so loved as a commentator.54:10 - So where did all the Phil Liggett quotes come from? Liggett-isms are a thing! "Dancing on the pedals ... The Rollercoaster of pain ... He's wearing the mask of pain ... Once again, they've stretched the elastic. ... It's rather like holding back the flood with a little finger ..." Phil explains how all these quotes (and more) came about.57:46 - Paul Sherwen was a cherished friend and colleague in Phil Liggett's life. Paul Sherwen was an English professional racing cyclist and later a broadcaster on cycling, notably the Tour de France. He raced in seven editions of the Tour, finishing five, and gained a reputation for his ability to suffer over long mountain stages. Paul Sherwen passed on December 2, 2018.1:05:08 - Phil names his three living people (non-family), that he'd invite to dinner. * Spoiler alert * The story Phil tells of his experience with the warden of the prison that incarcerated Nelson Mandela is fascinating.1:14:22 - Phil gives us his exclusive predictions for the 2022 Tour de France.01:18:08 - What's next for Phil Liggett?01:21:41 - Interview ends. LinksBe sure and check out bennettendurance.com Find Greg on social media:Twitter Greg Bennett ShowInstagram The Greg Bennett Show Find Phil Liggett on social media:AnyQuestion - https://anyquestion.com/philPaul Sherwen Project website: https://www.paulsherwenproject.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhilLiggett

  • Christian Vande Velde raced bikes at the highest level throughout his 15-year professional career from 1998–2013, competing at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 18 Grand Tours. With two top-10 performances and multiple team victories including a 4th place in the Tour De France in 2008, and a year-out from retiring he had a brilliant win at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Post-retirement, Christian has built a 'second life' in cycling through his role as an NBC sports commentator ... quote, "I rode bikes now I talk about them on NBC." Christian is also a celebrity Peloton instructor. Timestamps0:00 - Introduction to show.1:55 - Interview starts 3:52 - COVID changed so many things in regard to broadcast commentary, particularly the ability to work from home studios via television feeds, Christian explains how he has adapted to this new way of working and how he feels it will be in the future for major international events.7:39 - Christian's relationship with the late Paul Sherwen goes back decades to when they were both in grade school. He tells us some beautiful stories about Paul and his gift of language.11:58 - Christian explains a not-so-typical day working commentary on the Tour de France.13:57 - Greg turns the clock back with Christian and they talk about how he found his passion for cycling.19:34 - Growing up in Chicago, at what point did Chris realise he had some talent for this cycling thing?21:10 - Christian tells the story of winning his first junior worlds team race as he studied under a scholarship at a small arts school. This was a major turning point for him, but he was berated by the head coach for winning.25:32 - The high amount of training miles back in the late 90's while in camp in Adelaide Australia had an impact on Christians entire career. He explains both the pros, and cons of the training and nutrition from back then.29:07 - Being an elite athlete meant missing out on friend and family time back home ... Christian explains the sacrifices and the life of an athlete is not always as glamourous as it's perceived to be. 30:50 - Having so much success on the track, Christian explains why he switched to road racing.32:07 - Christian describes the feeling of getting his first big pro contract. Wait till you hear how much it was worth!34:24 - In road racing, a 'domestique' is a rider who works for the benefit of their team and leader, rather than trying to win the race. In French, domestique translates as "servant". Christian explains how this works within a pro cycling team, including his time riding with Lance Armstrong.39:43 - Christian gives some insight in regard to Lance ... with, or without drugs, was Lance still the best rider in all those events?43:26 - Christian's best grand tour was the 2008 Tour de France. He explains why, and how his mind and body turned up for this event.51:55 - Christian has publicly stated that the worst event for his career was the 2005 Giro d’Italia - he explains in detail why and what happened before and during this event.54:41 - What embarrassing moments stick out for Christian?56:02 - Why did he decide to retire, and what was the transition into commentating for NBC like for Christian.01:05:50 - Christian gives his view on the sport of professional cycling and explains some big factors that have changed the sport for the better.01:08:30 - Who was the greatest cyclist you ever competed against?01:10:49 - Who is Christian Vande Velde's G.O.A.T cyclist?01:12:30 - If you could sit with any 3 people for dinner, who would they be, and why?01:14:31 - What's one piece of advice that you could give to people now to help them optimize their lives?01:16:02 - What's next for Christian Vande Velde?01:18:18 - Interview ends. LinksBe sure and check out bennettendurance.com Find Greg on social media: Twitter Greg Bennett ShowInstagram The Greg Bennett Show Find Christian Vande Velde on social media:Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristianVDV Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christianvdv

  • Dr. Dena Garner is a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, the Director of Undergraduate Research and the Assistant Provost for Research and Policy at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Garner is best known in fitness circles for her work with performance mouthpieces, including helping to develop the technology behind the AIRWAAV mouthpiece. Dena started working at The Citadel in 2004 while completing her post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina, also located in Charleston. Before her move to Charleston, she worked at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon where she also received her doctoral degree in exercise physiology. She received her Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in exercise physiology and an undergraduate degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Garner has been working in the area of mouthpiece use and effect on human performance since 2005 with studies that have focused on reaction time, lactate, and cortisol and the effect of mouthpiece use on these parameters. In addition, her research has focused on mouthpiece use during steady state exercise and effects on oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange as well as the proposed mechanisms for positive effects on airway dynamics in a healthy population. In addition to research in the area of mouthpiece use and effect on human performance, Dr. Garner is involved in a research study which encompasses testing and evaluating physiologic neuro-assessment devices in healthy versus traumatic brain injury populations. Related to this research she was awarded a multi-year grant from the Henry Jackson Foundation to assess neurologic assessment devices in healthy populations. Backed by 15 years of research conducted with athletes at cadets at The Citadel – the AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece offers a more efficient way for high-intensity and endurance athletes — including lifters — to open their airways and optimize their performance. Learn more at airwaav.com.Dena started working at The Citadel in 2004 while completing her post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina, also located in Charleston. Before her move to Charleston, she worked at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon where she also received her doctoral degree in exercise physiology. She received her Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in exercise physiology and an undergraduate degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.CT Scans prove the mouthpiece increases the width of your airway an average of 9%.INCREASED ENDURANCE Reduces respiratory rate by 20%, resulting in less lactic acid production.FASTER RECOVERY TIMES Reduces cortisol build-up by up to 50% after intense workouts, improving recovery times. Timestamps0:00 - Introduction to show.2:55 - Interview starts 4:37 - The Citadel is a Military College in South Carolina, how did you end up at a Military College?6:46 - Your expertise in the area of airways for runners, cyclists, and Triathletes is well documented. Where did your desire to research and understand human performance start?11:58 - Were you an athlete growing up? Do you come from an athletic background?15:42 - When it was first brought to you to research the airways, were you skeptical or unsure if this was work that you could find the passion and desire you clearly have now?21:24 - Who first had the concept that a mouthpiece could be a gamechanger in the way we breathe? 23:09 - Dr Garner explains the science in how a mouthpiece can help us breathe better in particularly when it comes to strength and endurance performance.25:52 - How does nose breathing compare to mouth breathing? Is one better than the other?27:00 - Have you been testing on elite athletes?31:08 - What is the best way to get started with a mouthpiece from AIRWAAV?33:51 - Dr. Garner explains how the mouthpiece helps the recovery process.35:24 - How can an athlete test their training and compare their exertion rate using a mouthpiece?37:31 - How has the mouthpiece evolved over the 17 years you've been researching and developing?40:10 - Where do you see this technology going in the future other than within the elite sports arena?44:29 - What are some of the research data numbers that you have seen pre and post exercise?49:24 - Dr. Garner explains the research into concussion recovery and how the mouthpiece enhances cerebral blood flow.53:13 - Some fun questions to wrap up this conversation and to get to know Dr. Dena Garner even more. If you could sit with three living people, who would they be and why?What advice would you give to listeners to help them optimize their own lives?What's next for Dr. Dena Garner?01:01:43 - Interview ends.

  • It’s been 37 years since he reached the apex of the sport, mining three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In the time since, he has etched out a highly successful broadcasting career and has been a model of unselfishness, whether providing youth clinics, through his fundraising efforts or simply promoting the sport. His given name is Ambrose Gaines. Those who have been around the deck know him by one name: Rowdy. Often referred to as “Swimming’s Greatest Ambassador”, Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines didn’t start swimming until he was 17, but improved rapidly within two years to earn a swimming scholarship to Auburn University.Gaines had broke 11 world records leading up to 1980 and was favored to dominate his events at the Olympic Games Moscow 1980, but the United States boycotted the Games that year. Despite taking a year-long hiatus from swimming upon thinking his athletic career might be over, Gaines returned to the water in 1981 and made the U.S. team for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984. He won an individual gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and anchored the gold-medal winning teams for the 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. Despite being inflicted with a life-threatening neurological disorder at the age of 31, Gaines made a comeback to his sport and was the oldest swimmer to qualify for the 1996 Olympic Trials at 35. He decided not to compete, but instead became the swimming commentator for NBC. Timestamps 0:00 - Introduction to show.2:36 - Interview starts 6:42 - Rewinding the clock, Rowdy explains when his passion for swimming first came about.8:18 - A 'pat on the back' at a certain stage of our life can make ALL the difference.9:19 - Rowdy started swimming at age 17, which was (and still is) considered somewhat old. However what he accomplished in the next few years was nothing short of extraordinary.10:42 - Mentoring and acknowledging a young athlete can be crucial to their 'stick-ability' in a sport. Rowdy explains how impactful it was for him.13:26 - To become a champion it takes a lot more than simply 'turning yur hands over'. It takes mindset, attitude, work ethic ... Rowdy discusses how his parents guided him and made a real impact in his first few years in the sport.16:00 - At what point did Rowdy decide that 'swimming' was what he was going to do?19:07 - Managing your mental game is crucial for any elite athlete. The tough times are when you can learn and grow the most, Rowdy explains his least fondest memory. 20:40 - On March 21, 1980, President Jimmy Carter announced that the United States was boycotting the Summer Olympics to be held in Moscow in response to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan on Dec. 24, 1979. Rowdy explains how athletes first heard about the boycott and how it affected him and his team mates.23:55 - Gaines said he experienced mental-health issues after missing out on the 1980 Games and had "some real trouble post-Olympics, and ... some big struggles, especially the year after." Rowdy explains how he got himself motivated and out of the funk of disappointment of not competing in 1980.29:34 - Rowdy's fondest moment in his career to date. (clue: there have been a few)31:50 - Managing the stress and anxiousness of heading into the next Olympics as World record holder, World Champion. There was added pressure in the 1984 Olympic Games for Rowdy. He talks us through his experience in the lead up and even through the 100m freestyle experience at the 1984 Olympics. 36:11 - A story about the start of the race that ensured he didn't get left on the blocks.42:11 - After his career, Rowdy had no real idea on what he would do next ... certainly not a long and respected career in sports announcing.43:37 - is there more pressure in commentating an Olympic race, than there is in 'competing' in an Olympic race?46:37 - Wanna know what a typical day commentating at the Olympics looks like? Rowdy has done 8 Olympics!49:13 - Is there one race call that Rowdy feels is THE best of all time?55:05 - The world record for the 100m free has dropped and kept dropping for 40 years. How low can it go?59:25 - How does Michael Phelps compare to Caeleb Dressel?1:02:57 - Who is the GOAT?1:08:07 - What Rowdy believes is the future of swimming?1:13:54 - Which 3 people would Rowdy invite to dinner?1:17:14 - What's one piece of advice you'd give to someone to help them optimize their life?1:19:20 - What's next for Rowdy Gaines?01:21:30 - Interview ends.

  • An icon of Australian sport. Michael Klim is a three-time Olympian, multiple world champion and 21-time world record holder. He was the greatest relay team swimmer the world has ever seen. His resume is remarkable:Six Olympic medals, Two gold, 25 World champ medals, 12 gold, 54 medals at major competitions, 25 gold, 19 silver, 10 bronze Michael transitioned from sport to business in 2008, and his pursuit of excellence did not stop. His businesses have all been extraordinary. Timestamps0:00 - Introduction to show.2:08 - Interview starts 5:41 - Breaking a World record in a short course pool swimming 100Fly without a crowd at the AIS.9:02 - Where are you and what are you up to currently?12:49 - Why did you turn to open water swimming after retiring?16:13 - Michael Klim was part of the true golden era when Australian swimming was going through a really special. Did you know it at the time?20:53 - Kieran Perkins won a gold medal from lane 8 in 1996 just scraping into the final, you were his room mate at the Olympic Village, tell us how you saw that time?23:30 - Don't forget to download the AnyQuestion app and ask Michael any question you have.23:57 - The 4 x 100m relay at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney where the American team had never been beaten in this event. The Americans were the favourite. Talk us through the race, the win, that special moment.32:03 - Was there a time in your career where you had some pretty significant struggles?35:56 - 1996 was the catalyst for your career. You changed your stroke to straight arm, you were one of the first to use the underwater dolphin kick, that decade of swimming that you did has left a mark. Talk us though the records and that time?43:34 - What was the transition out of swimming for you? 57:34 - You beat your body up at such an intense level, for such a long time ... how is your body now?01:05:06 - If you could sit with any 3 people for dinner, who would they be, and why?01:14:56 - What's one piece of advice that you could give to people now to help them optimize their lives?01:18:15 - What's next for Michael Klim?01:20:42 - Interview ends.



  • In this episode of BE with Champions, Greg Bennett chats with Dr. Tommy Wood.


    Dr. Tommy Wood was on episodes 30 and 53 and you really need to do yourself a favor and go check those out.


     


    A quick recap of his background - Dr. Wood received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo.


     


    Tommy is currently the assistant professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at the University of Washington. His research program focuses on factors associated with brain health and function across lifespan.


     


    Add to that, he competes in Powerlifting and Cross fit and understands the benefits of physical activity for overall health.


     


    Check below for the timestamps and some great quotes.


     


    Timestamps


    4:06 - What is a Strongman competition?


    9:36 - Is there any truth to the myth that humans only use 10% of the brain?


    12:09 - How much negative input can affect the life of our brain and does it weaken our brain if we surround ourselves with negative impact?


    15:46 - We are drawn to negativity as a survival mechanism, can we remove stresses in our life?


    20:37 - Can we control our thoughts and minimise our stress so that our behaviour and attitude towards stress is more favorable?


    26:48 - The term 'Mental Health' seems to be thrown around and generalized a lot these days ... is this a new human thing, or is it simply that we are starting to acknowledge and talk about mental heath a lot more?


    29:44 - We're living in a society where we rarely get the chance to 'turn off'. Normal and ecological stresses have changed and we know that the human body becomes more physiologically resilient when it's exposed to brief periods of stress that it's able to recover from. We have to create these stresses like heat or cold or fasting, the body drives adaptation, where in past times these stresses have happened more naturally.


    33:12 - Can finding 'purpose' help our mental health?


    36:16 - Success is a word that conjures all sorts of different thoughts and can help or hinder our mental health. Is there a way we can train our brains to ensure success is a powering word that creates less stress?


    44:47 - The quote that "We become the sum of the 5 people we most surround ourselves with". How true is this?


    47:16 - How has Dr. Wood manage the influence social media has?


    50:20 - What foods we put into our bodies clearly affect our brain health, how much should we as individuals focus on what we eat from a macro and a micro perspective?


    58:23 - EMF's, Wi-Fi, 5G ... electromagnetic devices are around us constantly, what effect are these having on our brain health? When you sleep, what does Dr. Wood do with his phone/ipad/etc?


    1:05:02 - What is happening to our bodies chemistry when we physically move our bodies and how does it benefit our brain health?


    1:13:42 - Some quick rapid fire questions. If you could sit with three people and have dinner, who would you choose?


    1:19:52 - What advice could you give listeners on how to optimize their lives?