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!

 

Unbroken Podcast 026: Jeff Jones

Jeff swore off three things after he got out of the Marines.  Running, camping and shooting. Now he does those three things more than ever, especially running. I met Jeff 5 years ago when I started running with Nixa Running, and now, we are both Idiots in the Idiots Running Club.

Jeff1 In the last 5 years, Jeff has gone from running a 5k and then his first marathon to running several ultra marathons.  We talk a lot about how Jeff has learned to listen to his body and become a better runner.
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After completing several marathons, Jeff also talks about how to look for the next challenge. Jeff has a wish list of really fun races that he wants to do that most people wouldn’t even imagine doing.
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Loved this episode.  Jeff is a great friend and great athlete.

Unbroken Podcast 025: Jessi Neal

It is so cool to have 25 episodes of the podcast, and I am thrilled that this episode is with Jessi Neal. Some call her the mother of CrossFit in the southwest Missouri area.  I got to sit down and get to know more about her.
Jessi 1Jessi was not always an athlete. She grew up playing music and was a music major playing  the cello. Somehow, she found a love for theme park management and started perusing that career. She even learned how to drive a steam engine at Silver Dollar City. When she was interviewing for her dream job, she had a brain aneurysm.
Jessi 3We talked a lot about how she was one of the people who brought CrossFit to this area and how it has grown so much.  There were a couple of times when it didn’t make it off the ground.
Jessi 4I loved talking to Jessi and getting to know her.  Enjoy the episode!
Jessi 2Also go check out the Hero Showdown by clicking HERE.  If you want to donate check out their Amazon Wish List by clicking HERE

Unbroken Podcast 024: Justin Jones

I got to drive to Branson Missouri to record this podcast with a friend, Justin Jones.  We were able to sit in the back office of Crossfit Branson and talk about what he has been doing!
Justin 1Justin and I met through local athletic competitions. We talk about how he started a few competitions in southwest Missouri. We also discuss his day in the life of a firefighter and how he became one.
Justin 2Justin and his wife are driven by goals and have accomplished many things.  They were the owners of CrossFit Branson but have since sold the business to some other members and then started a corporate wellness business.  He also joined the Navy.  We talk about how excited he is to serve his country.
Justin 3I loved talking to Justin, and I hope you enjoy listening to this podcast episode!

Also, do not forget to check out the MO’ Weight Lift Off at MO’ Fitness on April 23rd.  Come set a PR on your Clean and Jerk and Snatch!  Only $40! Click Here to sign up!
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Unbroken Podcast 023: Chris Banks

This podcast was a lot of fun.  Talking to a fellow Chris, you know it will be good! Chris is a chiropractor in Joplin Missouri at Carlson Chiropractic Center, and I took the opportunity to pick his brain regarding back health while trying to be healthy.
Chris 2Love that he said that Crossfit has made him a better chiropractor.  We talk about how sitting in chairs is killing us.  We talk about how he gets the chance to help others with his love for fitness with his profession.  We also talk about becoming a dad!
Chris 3His is very passionate about fitness and helping others.  I hope you all enjoy this podcast as much as I did recording it.
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Also, do not forget to check out the MO’ Weight Lift Off at MO’ Fitness on April 23rd.  Come set a PR on your Clean and Jerk and Snatch!  Only $40! Click Here to sign up!
The Unbroken Podcast will be there with these other amazing sponsors:
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Rhode Blocks
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Unbroken Podcast 022: Justin Olds

Justin Olds was a fun interview.  He is the owner of CrossFit Jomo and the person who brought CrossFit to the Joplin area. We talk about his history of fitness, how he played college football and continued with training and training others after football ended.
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We talk about what brought him to CrossFit from being a fitness professional in a traditional gym.  The story behind CrossFit Jomo is pretty awesome and how his wife supported him in his goal to open a gym.  They opened not too long after the Joplin tornado, and we talk about that as well.
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Justin is an awesome guy with a really amazing gym.  I got to talk to a handful of his members, and it is fun seeing the Jomo community at the local events!  Enjoy this episode!
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Also, do not forget to check out the MO’ Weight Lift Off at MO’ Fitness on April 23rd.  Come set a PR on your Clean and Jerk and Snatch!  Only $40! Click Here to sign up!
The Unbroken Podcast will be there with these other amazing sponsors:
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Complete Nutrition
Rhode Blocks
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Axom Performace

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Unbroken Podcast 021: Siobhan and Shannon Tewari

Loved interviewing Siobhan and Shannon!  So cool to have a mother and daughter come together in their love for fitness!  We talked a lot about how Shannon at age 12 decided to start doing Crossfit after spending so much time in childcare at different fitness locations while her mom was a professional body builder.
image3Shannon is an amazing teenager.  She started doing CrossFit to supplement tennis, but CrossFit quickly became her focus and passion. The people she looks up to are CrossFit athletes.  She has applied the lessons she has learned while working out into her everyday life.  When things get hard, she knows she can still do it, because she has done hard things in the gym.  Shannon after 16.2 is now 42nd in the world in the teenage 14-15 age group! Look out, here she comes!
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Siobhan has always strived to have fitness in her life.  Bodybuilding and figure was something she took to and fell in love with.  She competed professionally from 2005 to 2010. Three years ago, she found CrossFit, and it was a perfect fit for her in this time of her life. It was a lot of fun to talk about her time in the bodybuilding world and then her transition to CrossFit.
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We also talk about Siobhan seeing her daughter grow in the fitness world and how it is something so important that they do together.
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Hope you enjoy this podcast!
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Also, do not forget to check out the MO’ Weight Lift Off at MO’ Fitness on April 23rd.  Come set a PR on your Clean and Jerk and Snatch!  Only $40! Click Here to sign up!
The Unbroken Podcast will be there with these other amazing sponsors:
2Pood
Complete Nutrition
Rhode Blocks
Livesore
Axom Performace

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mo-weight-lift-off-tickets-20899917215