“The emotional content, the emotional factor is something we have to bring back into an enjoyment. We have got to destress the body and allow the physical stress to start to melt. And once we can start to clear it, it’s amazing how the tissues start to respond.” * In this episode, Ian O’Dwyer, performance movement specialist, director of OD on Movement, and co-founder of PTA Global, tells the story of his movement background, from raising horses throughout his childhood to playing Australian rules football. Ian discusses lessons learned from co-founding PTA Global, a leadership company focused on professional fitness development. He offers advice on empowering clients in the fitness industry to see themselves as their own healers. Ian reflects on the role of emotional stress in athletic performance, and in turn, provides insight on the importance of recovery in order to move and live optimally. Lastly, Ian reveals upcoming ideas and projects he is working on.
“The little things are the big things. If you do the little things well, they will become the big things in the long run.” * In this episode, Greg Ux, wellness practitioner and creator of Deluxe Life, shares his athletic background from placing fourth in the NH state decathlon in his senior year of high school to studying athletic training, strength, and conditioning. Greg explains how his work as a wellness practitioner is beyond the limits of a personal trainer. He discusses the challenges he has faced in founding Deluxe Life, his health company, centered on fitness, well-being, and lifestyle. Greg reflects on the power of dreams, visions, and inspirations in the development of his personal wellness philosophy and business model. Lastly, Greg reveals exciting projects and events for Deluxe Life.
“Great athletes have amazing mind-body connections that allow them to do these incredible feats and for most people, they don’t really realize that we can actually work on this capacity.” * In this episode, Johnny Gillespie, creator of Balanced Athlete and yoga teacher, shares his athletic background from middle school track to competitive hockey. He discusses his journey into yoga from how yoga healed his injuries to the path to becoming a yoga teacher. Johnny offers advice for those interested in teaching yoga, including the importance of being a student and listener. He explains how he developed the revolutionary movement form of Balanced Athlete. Lastly, Johnny offers practices to become a balanced athlete in one’s everyday life.
In the episode, Melody Fairchild, professional runner, coach, and motivational speaker, tells the story of how she started running as a young girl in the canyon where she lived. She reflects on the motivating factors that fueled her successful high school career. Melody discusses how pressure affected her running performance, calling upon the memory of her final race of her collegiate career. She shares how the pain in her body introduced her to the holistic work of cortical field re-education. Melody offers techniques for those struggling with a compulsive relationship with running. She tells anecdotes of her recent experiences running in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. Lastly, Melody reveals her goals for 2015, including races on her calendar and explorations in writing.
I edited my ROO Podcast #89 with Haile Gebrselassie for a project at the Oral History Winter School. Our assignment was to produce a short piece from a longer interview that would be aired on WGXC 90.7-FM in New York. This almost four minute piece tells Haile’s running story. Haile Gebrselassie is one of the greatest distance runners in history, and now business and father. I encourage you to listen to the unedited interview, ROO Podcast #89, to hear Haile’s full story. I plan to edit other ROO interviews to give listeners a preview of the longer interviews— let me …
In the episode, Haile Gebrselassie, of the greatest distance runners in history, a professional runner from Ethiopia, Olympian, world recorder holder in numerous events, including the former world record holder in the marathon, and now businessman and father, tells the story of how he started running, from running the 10km to school and 10km home everyday to his first 1500 meter race at the age of 14. Haile reveals the reasons behind his favorite running distance. He discusses the importance of never giving up and the role this lesson played in his 2000 Sydney Olympics 10,000 meter race where he won the gold medal. Haile explains how running influences his outlook on business and the centrality of his faith in his life. He offers his perspective on why Ethiopian runners are among the best in the world and describes what his training looks like now. Haile reflects on how he balances his running, family, and businesses. Lastly, Haile shares who his biggest role model has been.