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. I 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. Axom 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.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did recording it.
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. Cara 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. Love 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. She 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!
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! Tommy 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. I 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. Hope you enjoy the episode.
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. 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.
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…
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. 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. Alissa was a lot of fun to talk to. I hope you enjoy her episode as much as I did to record it.
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. Eric 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. He 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. Eric 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.
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. So 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. Jacob 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. I 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.
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. Jeremy 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.
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. I 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!
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.
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. 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.
Loved this episode. Jeff is a great friend and great athlete.
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 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. We 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. I loved talking to Jessi and getting to know her. Enjoy the episode! Also go check out the Hero Showdown by clicking HERE. If you want to donate check out their Amazon Wish List by clicking HERE