047: Visualization for Endurance in Life and Triathlon with Greg Bennett


While knowing your physio is important in living your best everyday life, it is essential for professional athletes. Talking to us today about his time as an Olympic triathlete and beyond, is Greg Bennett, now motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur. We dive in with Greg describing his incredible career, his journey to where he is now, and how he realized that it was time to retire. Greg has a passion for life and gives every opportunity his all, and he explains why this is so good for his (and potentially your!) mental health. We also hear about the state of introspection achieved when doing a triathlon, the thoughts that went through Greg’s head when racing, and what the different triathlon formats are. Greg also shares how has maintained his identity post retiring, how he continuously builds his relationship with his wife through positivity, why helping yourself inspires others to help you, and the importance of grounding yourself in the modern world. We wrap up the episode with some anecdotes about the crazy training regimes Greg did in the ’90s, how the approach to an athlete’s training has changed and the importance of nutrition and good sleeping habits from a retired athlete’s perspective. For a fascinating discussion, some great tips and tricks on how to get into visualization (no matter the task: race or life event), and the benefits of being resilient, tune in today! 

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to Greg Bennett, and his incredible journey as a triathlete and beyond. 
  • How Greg realized when enough was enough, physically. 
  • Why doing everything to your full potential is key to your mental health and emotional wellbeing. 
  • The introspection that doing a triathlon opens within people. 
  • Breaking down the distances in different triathlons, and the formats Greg enjoyed. 
  • The thoughts that go through your mind during a triathlon, and the lessons Greg learned along his journey. 
  • How visualization helped Greg. 
  • What Greg feels set him apart as an athlete: talent, hard work, and opportunity. 
  • Why resilience is so key to being a professional athlete, and how early life experiences can shape this characteristic.
  • How Greg has maintained his identity through his retirement: his family, his health, and his work. 
  • Why putting yourself out there motivates others to help you, and Greg’s advice on helping yourself. 
  • Greg’s tips on visualization during both physical and static training.  
  • Why being “Always on” nowadays is so bad for us, and how Greg and Andrés ground themselves. 
  • How Greg met his wife, Laura, and his appreciation for her and what they have together. 
  • Why people should sit down with their partners to talk about their strengths. 
  • Looking back at the diet and fitness trends Greg used to go through in training in the ‘80s.
  • Approaching weight in athletes, and the differences between male and female athletes. 
  • The difference in nutrition from being a professional athlete to being a retired one. 
  • Why sleep and evening routines are so crucial to productivity. 
  • How knowing his physio has helped Greg as an athlete. 

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

BiOptimizers

Bennett Endurance

The Greg Bennett Show

The Greg Bennett Show on Instagram

AnyQuestion

Ed Baker on LinkedIn

Hunter Kemper on Team USA

Outliers: The Story of Success

Psycho-Cybernetics

Dr. Tommy Wood Episode on Be With Champions

Know Your Physio 034: Mastering the Female Biorhythm, Biohacking the Menstrual Cycle, and Optimizing Women Empowerment with Kayla Osterhoff MPH, PhD

Andrés Preschel

Know Your Physio Podcast

046: Hack Your Morning, Form a Habit, and Help Those you Love with Joshua Holland


Welcome back to part two of the awareness shift discussion with high performance and health optimization coach, Joshua Holland. We launch right in with some great tips to biohack your mornings, from inversion and manually grinding coffee beans to the products that Andrés and Josh use. We discuss the steps towards forming a habit, and how positive self-talk can impact your perceptions around starting on the path to achieving a goal. The Awareness Shift centers on five pillars of quality, but without a baseline (which you can’t achieve without awareness), you have no idea how you are improving. To highlight the importance of awareness in achieving goals, Josh gives us his definition of what it means, and an example of how it can be used to help someone achieve the “simple” goal of losing weight. Andrés describes the SMART acronym, and we hear how this links to Josh’s method of coaching. We also take a deep dive into spirituality, how Josh perceives people as energy beings, and why this is key to awareness of those around you. Tune in to hear personal stories from both Josh and Andrés about their relationships with their fathers, and the struggle of making a loved one aware of what their poor health choices are doing to them. We wrap up this inspiring, emotional journey across two episodes with how you can change the narrative with your loved ones. You don’t want to miss this special episode. 

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Welcome back to Joshua Holland for part two of the awareness shift discussion. 
  • The cognitive enhancement stacks Josh is using right now: Blue-Cannatine. 
  • How Josh starts a new habit, and his advice on the baby steps to take.
  • Why positive self-talk is key in making a habit and the benefits of movement. 
  • The products Andrés and Josh use, from KetonAid to Olympic RX, to improve their productivity. 
  • Josh’s definition of what an awareness shift is, and why a baseline is crucial. 
  • Why the pillars of awareness in Josh’s book center around the concept of quality. 
  • How to shift your quality awareness when working to lose weight. 
  • Why people should use SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) goals.
  • How having a coach like Josh can help you maintain awareness. 
  • The physiology underlying alcohol consumption, and how Josh encourages making healthy choices when drinking. 
  • What spirituality means to Josh, and the impact of the spiritual revolution on health and wellness. 
  • Changing the narrative with your toxic family members, and elevating the energy flows using conversation. 
  • Josh’s experience with his father’s poor health and how not saying anything was enabling him. 
  • Andrés’ experience with his own father’s health, and the inspiration he has gained from Josh’s situation. 
  • How the body stores pain and trauma, and what you can do to become aware of these problems. 
  • Why you should always start with compassion. 
  • The benefits of an eight-second hug, and why you should be expressing your appreciation to friends and family-alike. 

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

BiOptimizers

Joshua Holland

Joshua Holland on Instagram

Simply Walk the Talk with Joshua Holland

The Awareness Shift

Live Vitae’s Troscriptions Blue-Cannatine

Know Your Physio Podcast 024: Nootropics, Work-Life Integration, and Health Optimization with Boomer Anderson

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

BioQuant

Weber Medical Systems

WizardSciences Olympic RX

WizardSciences Neural RX

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Healing the Shame that Binds You

ApolloNeuro

Andrés Preschel

Know Your Physio Podcast

045: The Awareness Shift (Part One) with Joshua Holland


To truly optimize your health and wellness, simple physical fitness training is not enough. Talking to us today about the role of awareness in our health is high performance and health optimization coach, Joshua Holland. We start the discussion with why Josh does what he does, and how his childhood experiences, his culture, and his martial arts training shaped him. We hear what awareness means to Josh, and how he’s used it in his own life. While awareness may be gained in one area of life, it extends across all areas, necessitating a multifaceted approach. We discover how you can plant the seeds of awareness in other people by asking great questions, and we hear how this has helped Josh in his coaching journey and with the clients (including some celebrities) he has worked with. Despite having a star-studded clientele, Josh has learned the importance of remaining low-key in gaining his client’s trust, and we hear how his business has grown as a result. Josh also co-authored The Awareness Shift, and we find out what drove him to write it and how he found his co-author. Tune in to hear why biohacking is sometimes too reliant on technology, how you can judge when you are ready to use it, and why, if something hasn’t worked for you, you should be asking yourself “Why not?”. Press play now to learn from a titan in the world of health and wellness and one of Andrés’ role models!

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Welcome to Joshua Holland, biohacker, state-of-the-art fitness trainer, holistic health coach, and sports professional.
  • Why Josh does what he does: how his childhood experiences, his culture, and his martial arts training shaped him.
  • The importance of a multifaceted approach to bringing awareness into your life.
  • How to plant the seed of awareness: asking great questions and being open to feedback.
  • Why health and fitness coaching has a psychological component.
  • Josh’s experience with celebrity clients, and what he’s learned about trust.
  • Why being understated and keeping a low-key profile has benefited Josh.
  • What inspired Josh to start podcasting and to write The Awareness Shift.
  • Josh’s four pillars of optimal health and wellness: quality sleep and recovery, quality consumption, quality activeness, and quality exercise.
  • How Tessa Cash’s experience with electrical muscle stimulation showed Josh the fifth pillar of optimal health and wellness.
  • Helping people with the answers they need even when they aren’t asking the deeper questions.
  • Why Josh doesn’t conform to the standard time units and types of exercises: breaking the constraints within the client.
  • Balancing the science and products behind biohacking, and the unconstrained approach Josh uses.
  • An example of some products that Josh initially liked, but then moved away from, and why.
  • How to guarantee that a lack of awareness is not what’s holding you back: checking the other four pillars.
  • Why you should never feel like you know it all!

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

BiOptimizers

Joshua Holland

The Awareness Shift

NuCalm

Muse

ApolloNeuro

Andrés Preschel

Know Your Physio Podcast

044: Science Meets Spirituality with Nick Becskehazy


For thousands of years, humans have been meditating and taking psychedelics to try and move to a higher vibration. With the advent of modern science, a lot of these experiences have been discounted, to the detriment of our wellbeing. Talking to us today about why thousands of years of reproducible results count as science, and why we need to believe in a little bit of magic, is yoga instructor and leader, Nick Becskehazy. We dive into the discussion with a history of why Nick was born to be a leader, and how being a leader is an experience and not merely a role. We hear how to identify if there’s a misalignment between your body and your spirit, and why psychedelics and exercise can help fix this. Nick and Andrés also break down why pure science is not enough, and how to embrace the gross energy of the universe so that awareness pours through us. Tune in to learn why modern solutions distort our ability to channel energy, preventing us from advancing, and how you can purify your chakras using exercise, yoga, and psychedelics. We also learn about the importance of creating space within, and the impermanent role our genetics plays in our life. For all this, and so much more, join us today. 

 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The type of leadership role Nick embodies, and why he was born to it. 
  • What Nick aims to help people achieve: coming back to your pure self. 
  • How to figure out when there’s a misalignment between your body and your spirit. 
  • Where the psychedelic movement is taking people, and returning to it through meditation. 
  • How to judge when you’re ready to embark on the psychedelic journey. 
  • Why we need to start studying energy, and why science isn’t everything. 
  • The importance of disclaimers in science, and why it doesn’t understand magic.
  • Why Nick feels that people have trouble accepting the unknown: only exploring the tangible. 
  • Andrés’ experience moving from science to the spiritual world using yoga. 
  • Nick’s idea that science is too cerebral, and why we should relax and let gross energy pour through us.
  • The awareness Andrés achieved through psychedelics, sports, and yoga. 
  • How we can purify our energy channels and clear our distortions using exercise. 
  • Why modern solutions distort our ability to channel energy and advance as people. 
  • Nick’s experience with Ayahuasca, and how it cleared his distortions. 
  • Serving yourself to better yourself, by knowing yourself. 
  • How being discontent negatively affects your vibration, and cultivating the highest vibration you can to live a good life. 
  • Setting your intention: gaining insight into your life by trying new things. 
  • The benefits of curiosity, and why Andrés feels it’s crucial to identify what you don’t like. 
  • Creating space within yourself to gain outer awareness. 
  • Achieving your peak physical state through energy and overcoming your genetics. 
  • What to expect from part two! or conversation! 

 

Tweetables:

“Mastery in life has to come through consciousness. We have to go beyond our mind.” — Nick Becskehazy [0:08:59]

“We have to create that inner experience constantly. If I’m constantly going out in the world and interacting, I have to constantly go back to my inner world and interact to the innate powerful intelligence that I am.” — Nick Becskehazy [0:14:34]

“The intangible is experienced through a whole different process. You can say ‘Modern science has proven this’, but isn’t it science if thousands of years of the same people did something over and over and achieved the same result. Isn’t that science as well?”— Nick Becskehazy [0:24:50]

“Inner reflection creates outer resolution.” — Nick Becskehazy [0:52:36]

 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

BiOptimizers

Nick Becskehazy on Instagram 

Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship)

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Andrés Preschel

Know Your Physio Podcast