Unbroken Podcast 036: Melody Pettit

This was a fun interview. Melody is a down-to-earth person who has some fun stories!  She is a morning anchor for KSPR in Springfield Missouri.  She has also lost over 50 pounds and managed to keep the weight off over a year.
Mel4Melody, like myself, does not like to run, but we both know the importance of doing it. She has found joy in doing triathlons. I love that she really doesn’t have a training plan that she follows; she just knows that she needs to do work and puts it in. It works for her, and it’s what keeps training fun.
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After college, she gained weight. She was playing college basketball and ate whatever she wanted. Once she stopped playing, she kept eating and noticed a weight gain. With the help of a good friend, she was able to find the motivation to head to the gym and eat healthy.
Mel3Loved just sitting down and talking to a friend. Hope you all enjoy this episode of the podcast!
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Unbroken Podcast 035: Rob Bernet

This episode of the Unbroken Podcast I interviewed Rob Bernet.  I enjoyed talking to him and left the interview feeling like I made a new friend. Rob is a graphic designer as his day job but understands the benefit of exercising and bettering himself. I’d be more than happy to look like Rob at his age.
Rob2When Rob was just a kid, he was small and skinny but tried out for football and, in his words, was not very good. So him and a friend on the back of a comic book saw an ad for a bodybuilding guide.  They ordered it and over the next year they really put some work in and gained some serious size and strength.  Rob found himself being on top of the players on the team the next year.  He went from being picked on to people leaving him alone.  That set the tone for the rest of life in aspects of fitness.

rob4Rob found CrossFit back in 2007 when it was still fairly new.  Just trying to figure out what to do with the workouts that were posted at crossfit.com.  In 2011, he thought he tweaked his back, but turned out he had a staph infection in his spin that caused some of his vertebra to fuse together. He had a fight for his life and was told that he might not even be able to walk again. Against the odds and due to his great physical shape and help of pure determination on his part, he is again in the gym killing workouts.  Rob even got 1st place in the Granite Games in the 50+ division in 2015!

Rob3Also very excited to announce that this episode was brought to you by Axom Performance.  Check them out for your all your rig needs.  Looking to upgrade the rig at your box or put something up in your home garage? Axom has what you need. Also, check out the rental rig they have to rent so you can  host that competition you have always wanted to do.  They also have some amazing apparel to buy for all your functional fitness needs.  Use the code “Unbroken” to get 10% off your apparel purchase!
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Unbroken Podcast 034: Seth Brown

This was a fun podcast.  Seth is the owner of Axom Performance.  He is a very down-to-earth guy, and you can tell he loves what he does.  I loved talking shop with him on the ins and outs of running a business that sells and rents rigs.
Seth 1I Learned a lot about what kind of need there is for rigs.  Not only for CrossFit gyms, but also Seth has seen more of the traditional gyms wanting to purchase a rig.  Schools and hospitals are also wanting rigs for their employees and students.
Seth 2Axom Performance also rents out rigs for competitions, and there is such a big demand for it. A weekend off for Seth is rare, because he is bringing his rigs to competitions.  He has met all kinds of people at those events.

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I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did recording it.

Unbroken Podcast 033: Cara Dee Stucke

So grateful that Cara said yes when I asked her to be on the podcast. Such a cool interview. This has been one of my favorite episodes by far.  Just hearing about some of the things she has overcome and her strength of will has inspired me so much.
CaraCara has lost over a hundred pounds and overcame cancer twice. We talked about how she had tried almost everything in the book to lose weight but nothing stuck.  Then, she found out she had cancer. In her mind, she felt like her weight was the cause of the cancer.  This put a fire under her to lose the weight. She has not looked back since.
cara3Love the story she tells about how she decided to bike a 300-mile race across Missouri because she saw a Groupon.  She had never done a race or even owned a bike at that time. Not only did she do the race, but she did it on a Walmart bike.
cara2She has just finished chemotherapy and is waiting to hear if she is cancer free. As of the recording, she had not heard yet, but I have great news.  She is in remission!  Hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did recording it!
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Unbroken Podcast 032: Tommy Barker

Tommy Barker was a blast to have on the podcast. He is super inspirational and an awesome guy.  Loved getting to know him better.  It’s not everyday you get to sit down with a ninja and talk shop!
tommy3Tommy owns two martial arts studios, Kicking It Martial Arts, and has been practicing it for over 30 years.  We talk about how he went from being an angry kid and almost being sent to military school to thriving with martial arts.
tommy2I know Tommy through CrossFit Republic, and we talk about how applying the tools he has learned through mentors and his coaches in life has made him into a better person and coach.  Every mentor and coach that he has had, either through martial arts or any other aspect of fitness, has made him into the person and coach he is today.
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Unbroken Podcast 031: Ben Davis

Ben Davis has been an inspiration to me for a long time.  His video, My 120 Pound Journey, is what got me started down the path of health over 5 years ago.  Seeing someone change his life and start running got my butt off the couch and moving.

Ben has taken another journey as of late. He started a walk across the United States in Los Angeles, and he will end in Boston July 23rd. When I interviewed him May 21, he was in Columbia Missouri. I was so excited to drive up to meet him and talk to him about his adventures. We talk about many things including some of the nights alone in the dessert with only Taylor Swift’s 1989 to keep him company and meeting all sorts of amazing people on his walk.
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We talk about the struggle of weight loss and diet.  Working out is the easy part for both of us; it is the eating right that is the hard part.

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Photo credit Jason Tracy

I loved getting to talk to Ben.  He is a down-to-earth guy who lives for the moment.  Little known fact… I can deadlift more than him…
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Unbroken Podcast 030: Alissa Myers

Alissa was someone I have always looked up to in the CrossFit world. She is a great coach and super strong.  She was a coach at the gym where I started CrossFit. One day, she was talking about rope climbs to the class, and I said to someone under my breath, “I will never be able to do that.” She whipped around and told me that she will get me there.
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I was excited to talk to Alissa, because she just recently lost quite a bit of weight to compete in an Olympic weight lifting competition. We got to talk about the struggles of balancing strength with weight loss.
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Alissa was a lot of fun to talk to.  I hope you enjoy her episode as much as I did to record it.
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Unbroken Podcast 029: Eric Johnson

I was really excited when Eric said he would be on the podcast.  I have known Eric since I started running 5 years ago.  He helped me buy my first real pair of running shoes at The Starting Block, and I have been his friend on Facebook ever since.  I have been able to follow some of his story and training since then.
eric2Eric is the store manager of Ultramax in Springfield, Missouri.  We talk about why he started running and training.  He realized he was a natural at running, and it was something he was good at.  This eventually translated into a career after he saw a need for a store specializing in running in Springfield.
eric3He has fit several thousands of people in new shoes since he started doing it, and in doing so, he has learned a lot and plans on writing a book on fitting people into shoes.
eric4Eric was a blast to have on the podcast, and I learned a lot from him. I hope you enjoy it and learn a lot, too.

Unbroken Podcast 028: Joe and Jacob Hamby

Part of the reason I love doing what I am doing now is that I get the opportunity to meet people like Jacob and Joe Hamby.  They were just a really cool family of CrossFitters that I would see at local competitions.  Me being who I am had to introduce myself to them and a quick friendship grew between me and the whole West Plains crew, especially the Hamby family.
Joe and jacobSo I had to sit down with these rock stars.  Joe Hamby was one of the people who helped bring CrossFit to West Plains over 6 years ago.  He brought his family along, and admitting at first, they really didn’t care for it. But over time, everyone came around to really loving the sport, and now it is something they all do together as a family.
JoeJacob has just turned 17 and is snatching and cleaning and jerking more than I have ever imagined.  He is super strong and hitting numbers that people twice his age dream of. Very humble and mature for his age, too.
Joe and Jacob 3I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did making it.  So cool to see a father and son bonding over something they both love.
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Unbroken Podcast 027: Jeremy Mhire

Had the opportunity to sit down with Jeremy Mhire at his gym at CrossFit Springfield a few weeks ago and talk for an hour about a little bit everything. Jeremy was my first CrossFit coach when I started three years ago. I got to ask him what he thought when seeing someone who was super sedentary change their lifestyle and try something like CrossFit.
Jeremy2Jeremy was in a boy band in the early 2000’s called Plus One! It was fun to talk to him about how he got that opportunity and how being in that band translates into his coaching today.
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We also had the opportunity to talk about HOA, Heart Of America Competition, and how it came about.  Started off really small at the local box and has grown into a major event in this region.  We talk about the reasons behind Heart of America and how he discovered that his wife has a rare heart condition and almost died on the side of the road.
Jeremy5 Jeremy4I really enjoyed talking to Jeremy about all things fitness and family.  Hope you enjoy the podcast, and here is a video to enjoy from his boy band days!