The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter podcast

The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter

Ken Gunter

Founded with the belief that what makes a great athlete makes a great person, each week Ken interviews the brightest minds in sports performance, strength and conditioning, mental performance and wellness to understand what today's elite athletes are doing to perform at the highest levels. Through exploration of new concepts and methods he’ll seek to understand how you can apply this to reach your own athletic goals, but more importantly your potential as a person. Because although your playing days might be behind you, don’t you owe it to yourself and those who count on you to approach your role as Partner, Parent and Professional with the same commitment to greatness?

66 Episódios

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    65. Noah Savage - ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Comedian

    1:40:38

    Noah Savage returns for this week’s episode to talk about fatherhood, stand-up comedy during a pandemic, learning from experts, and the importance of surrounding yourself with great people.   Follow Noah: Instagram: @yoitsthesav Twitter: @yoitsthesav Podcast: The World According to Noah Savage YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUw-0LfucF8JwpBQxAh_8vQ?app=desktop   Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    64. Train Like Your Life Depends On It

    49:35

    In this week’s episode Ken worries that somewhere along the way the softer generation of this bubble wrapped world has lost sight of the need for physical preparation as a part of the human existence. That’s right friends, we’re diverting from the show’s usual programming for a good old fashioned podcast rant!   Listen to hear Ken on his soapbox scare Sonia into signing up for self defense class. Reference WWII. Allude to the consequences of inflation. Lastly, outline the numerous ways one can suffer bodily harm without physical preparation. Enjoy and make sure you keep your head on a swivel out there!   Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    63. Dr. Don Wood - Inspired Performance Institute

    1:13:03

    Rewire your brain to improve performance? CEO at Inspired Performance Don Wood joins today’s shows to explain how past trauma inhibits your emotional and physical wellbeing and prevents people from reaching their full potential. With an approach based on cutting edge neuroscience, Dr. Wood takes an alternative approach to traumatic therapy and helps clients “reboot” their mind and the glitches that are created by traumatic events.   In today’s show, Dr. Wood explains the concept of emotional concussions and how trauma perpetually impacts the way your mind works. Discusses why traditional therapy for many does not adequately address the lasting damage caused by traumatic events. Speaks to why it’s critical individuals realize “there’s nothing wrong with their mind”. He shares how the same techniques can be used by athletes looking to gain a competitive advantage and improve athletic performance. Dr. Wood encourages those affected by trauma that there is hope for even those who have gone through the most traumatic of experiences and recounts some of the amazing recoveries he’s witnessed from the likes of victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and the Las Vegas shooting.   Follow Dr. Wood: Inspired Performance Institute Website: https://www.inspiredperformanceinstitute.com/ Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1387571338?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860   Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    62. Dr. Andrew Steele - Author of “Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old”

    1:21:53

    Biological Immortality? It might sound like science fiction, but computational biologist and science writer Dr. Andrew Steele joins today’s show to reveal the scientific research that is being conducted within the little known longevity research community that very well may “cure” aging within our lifetime.   In today’s show, Dr. Andrew Steele explains the “one graph” that triggered his fascination with longevity and the years of research that led to his book. He explains why the human body ages. Discusses existing “ageless” animals in nature. The importance of healthspan vs. lifespan. The concept of biological vs. chronological age. The ground breaking research being conducted today and when it may become available to the general public in the future. Whether or not humans can truly live to be “immortal”. The consequences of an ageless world population and why we need to start planning now. What listeners can do today to live longer and the concept of longevity escape velocity.   Mentioned In the Show: Dr. Steele’s Book:  Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older   Follow Dr. Steele: Dr. Steele’s website: https://andrewsteele.co.uk/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/statto Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewjsteele/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/DrAndrewSteele   Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    61. Chris Barnard - Overtime Athletes Founder, Elite Vertical Academy

    1:35:41

    Chris Barnard is the founder and head strength and conditioning coach of Overtime Athletes. He provides coaching to elite professional athletes and amateurs alike, but has long been a leader in the online coaching and sports performance space making his team’s first class coaching available to the masses through Overtime Athletes’ popular online platforms. He also holds the high distinction of being this podcast’s very first guest.   In today’s show Chris discusses the research and testing that went into creating OTA’s new vertical jump program Elite Vertical Academy. He shares the thought process that led to his new modified triphasic training approach. Talks about the importance of building the foundation when training to improve speed and explosiveness. Explains the role of stimulus and why it’s not just about reps and sets. Lastly, reaffirms why it’s critical to tailor training to individual strengths and weaknesses and explains how he’s modified his own training with an eye on the future.   Mentioned In the Show: Elite Vertical Academy: https://eliteverticalacademy.com/ Book: Triphasic Training by Cal Dietz   Follow Chris: Overtime Athletes (OTA) website: https://overtimeathletes.com/ OTA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/overtimeathletes/?hl=en OTA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM4GEVa1Qi1CTdJg0ljdoow   Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    60. Zach Bitter - Elite Ultra Marathon Runner, Human Performance Outliers Podcast

    1:15:32

    Zach Bitter can run farther than you… a lot farther than you. Over the last 10 years Zach Bitter has been a dominant force in the sport of Ultra Marathon running and has almost become synonymous with unthinkable feats of endurance. Among his many accolades he’s been a three time national champion (50 Mile, 100 KM) and has held the world records for the fastest 100 Mile race, furthest distance run in 12 hours and fastest 100 miles on a treadmill. Zach also is a host of his own show The Human Performance Outliers Podcast.   In today’s show Zach explains what Ultra running is and the wide variety of distances, timeframes and course types that the sport encompasses. Zach reveals his goal to run coast-to-coast and break the Trans Continental running record. He talks about the importance of running with a purpose and how he is preparing for the challenge. Shares what has been instrumental to his durability in the sport and his philosophy for prioritizing areas of improvement. Talks about the benefits of experience and explains why his best running is still to come.   Mentioned In the Show: Fight for the Forgotten Charity: https://fightfortheforgotten.org/   Follow Zach: Zach’s website: https://zachbitter.com/   Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    59. Ken attempts to break a pull up world record… and fails

    46:32

    In this week’s show Ken talks about his recent attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most Pull Ups with a 100 lb pack in under a minute and the soul crushing defeat he felt upon learning months later the attempt was disqualified… alright, soul crushing might be a bit much, but he certainly was in a mood.   Ken explains to Sonia why it’s worth dedicating a full episode to a failed attempt. He discusses exactly how much time he allotted for sulking. The lessons he learned from the setback and outlines the process he’s adopted to refocus, map out a new strategy and get back after it to attain world record glory and win back the respect of his young children.   Mentioned In the Show: Pull Up Record Attempt: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNqrvgusQTN/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    58. Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr - The Fittest Woman on Earth. 4X CrossFit Games Champion, 2016 Olympian, 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Weightlifting, Bobsledder

    1:10:35

    Meet the Fittest Woman on Earth. Tia-Clair Toomey is the 4x reigning CrossFit Games Champion. During that same span in her off season she has also earned the distinction of Olympian, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist in weightlifting… and, oh! Almost forgot. She’s also a bobsledder. With a laundry list of world class accolades next to her name Tia joins today’s show to explain why her physical abilities alone may only be 20% responsible for her success.   In today’s show Tia shares how the foundation laid by her family in Australia prepared her for an athletic career that has been defined by a meteoric rise and sustained dominance. We discuss the root of her unique internal drive she developed at a young age. Why she enjoys the process more than the victories. The importance of family, purpose and understanding your why. How she went from “spinning her wheels” to the CrossFit Games podium and Olympics in less than 3 years. Why she believes the title of Fittest on Earth doesn’t tell the whole story. What keeps her motivated to stay at the top of her game and why she stays open to new opportunities.   Mentioned In the Show: Books: “How I Became Fittest Woman on Earth: My story so far” - By Tia-Clair Toomey   Follow Tia-Clair: Instagram: @tiaclair1 Tia’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSaWOJZ1kyZ54B5njsbOAsw?app=desktop PRVN YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZnZcxddYCSPCPxDmeUSl9A Tia’s Website: https://tiaclair.com/ PRVN Fitness Website: https://prvnfitness.com/ Tia’s Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/255283792190306/   Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    57. Devon Levesque - Bear Crawl Marathon, DML Holdings Founder

    1:13:49

    Meet the man who bear crawled the NYC Marathon. Yes, you read that correctly. This winter in below freezing weather Devon Levesque began the incredible athletic feat of physical and mental endurance in Brooklyn on the evening of October 30th and finished 20 hours and 48 minutes later that next day in NYC’s Central park to complete the unthinkable 26.2 mile crawl on all fours. An athlete, fitness expert, investor and founder of DML Holdings Devon set out to accomplish the “impossible” feat to raise awareness for veteran mental health and the subsequent increase in suicides that has tragically taken the lives of too many of our military veterans upon leaving the service.   In today’s show Devon opens up about the internal and external motivation that drove him to attempt the unthinkable feat. What it took to train for an event that had never been attempted before. Discusses the need to prioritize sleep, recovery and listening to your body. He opens up about the physical side effects that occurred from the uncommon physical demands bear crawling places on the body. He reveals how he meticulously planned the marathon and how he executed on race day. Looking forward we talk about what Devon does for recovery, the future of mushrooms for mental and physical well-being and get a teaser for his next extreme fitness challenge.   Mentioned In the Show: FitOps Organization: https://fitops.org/support-americas-heroes/# Books: “How To Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan “Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work” - By: Steven Kotler   Follow Devon: Instagram: @devonlevesque YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DevonLevesque/featured Website: https://devonlevesque.com/ DML Holdings Website: https://www.dmlholdings.com/   Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter
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    56. Ray “Cash” Care - Navy SEAL Veteran, Founder of CONQUER, Actor

    1:24:00

    You’ve been programmed wrong. Ray “Cash” Care is in the business of pain and he joins this week's show to share why most people need to rewire their mindset to achieve personal growth. A Navy Seal of 12 Years, Ray spent another 8 years as a Government Security contractor before finding his true calling, helping people. He is the Founder of CONQUER, a leadership and team building program designed to push participants physically, emotionally and mentally through perceived personal barriers. Ray was a featured instructor on the History Channel’s “The Selection”, Discovery Channel’s “The Ultimate Soldier Challenge”, BBC’s “Ultimate Hell Week” and was also featured in Academy Award Nominated film Captain Phillips.   Ray gives us a crash course on the four F Bombs that are the foundation of a fulfilling life. He puts Ken through a question and answer to assess his mental programming… it goes poorly. Describes the importance of Winning and LEARNING. Explains why every day is the best day of his life. Opens up about how the hardships he endured in his own life may very well have prepared him to be mentally resilient. He shares the first thing he does every day. Why it’s critical to remove negativity and protect your inner circle. Lastly, he describes the workout regimen that keeps him in peak physical condition.   Follow Ray: Instagram: @raycashcare Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Frogmindset Website: https://www.raycashcare.com/ The Project: https://www.mdkproject.com/optin34205935 LTD Project: https://theltdproject.com/   Follow The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter: Instagram: @kengunter_tpa Website: https://www.kengunter.com/ YouTube: Ken Gunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhgjkoSiJXAbS_MIasvvzQ/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kengunterpodcast Audio recorded with SquadCast: https://squadcast.fm/?ref=kengunter Produced By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter Music By: Justin Gunter, Ken Gunter

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