#128: Your Guide to Thinking About Health

We reflect on different ways we have evaluated, in our own lives, our levels of health, and also reflect on other ways of thinking about it in more general terms for you.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 128 (MP3)

#127: Mastering Your Mindset for Health

We share stories, framework and discuss how the mind may be the most important indicator of your success in sports, dieting, or really any accomplishment in life that involves physicality (and even those that don’t).

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 127 (MP3)

#126: Ketosis, Paleo, High Protein, Vegan… What to Do?

We field a lot of questions about diets, particularly the popularity of ketogenic (aka ketosis) and protein heavy diets, so we decided to revisit some of our experiences with specific diets (branded or scientifically based otherwise), with new and old insights. Then it goes… well wherever it goes. Download and let us know what you think!

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 126 (MP3)

#125: What Is a “Movement Coach,” Anyway?

Following (and before) Conor McGregor’s loss at UFC 196, the entire “active” world came out with strong opinions on the idea of “movement coaches,” with hate and praise slung and thrown around at both ends of the spectrum. The bad part, though, was the misinformation spewed by many in the media, and we hope to set it straight. After all, we’ve been functional movement advocates for years… Find out what we think and what our definition is, and what it means for you.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 125 (MP3)

#124: Coaching the Mind for Sport (and Coffee)

We discuss the framework of mental coaching for sport and the analytical part of sport: from the high levels to involving children. We also discuss ways we might bring physicality, in an inclusive way, back to elementary school-middle school aged kids. And of course, the convo kicks off with a little coffee talk (snobs…)

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 124 (MP3)

#123: Who Gives You Advice?

We also get into an interesting digression on what art can tell us about fitness? We should have posted this a few weeks ago, considering it was recorded the day after the Super Bowl, BUT, a good discussion nonetheless!

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#122: Mind Training and Musings

In what turns out to be two podcasts of musings over various subjects, we keep returning to the power of the mind and when it intersects with reality. What realities are too strong to overcome… if any?

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#121: Minimalist Training and Weight Loss Advice (and also, we go DEEP)

Sharing personal experiences is a powerful way to communicate: it’s never something we’ve shied away from on this show. In today’s episode, we hit this idea from a different light, using Jack Kornfield’s book “A Path with Heart” as a reference point. That serves as the deep-thinking counterbalance to the sensible strength training and weight loss advice we get into later in the show (which is light and “practical”).

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 121 (MP3)

#120: Evolve

… and other practical advice for training this winter. A lot happened in the past few weeks: we try to make sense of it all, and talk about our favorite topic: mindfulness. However, this time, we do so with the theme being evolution; from your training, to your mind, and the way you live your life.

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#119: The Intellectual Meatheads

We discuss a lot of things that workout that all important part of your body- your brain! We get into a brief history of physical culture as well. There’s a lot in life’s intellectual pursuits that can be applied to fitness. Like what, you ask? Find out!

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 119 (MP3)

#118: How to REALLY Think About Making Change

We sit down solo and discuss a number of topics, but the running theme is how to really think about making important changes that will yield healthy results in your life. It’s not easy to implement always, but we try to make it painless. We also muse on how to make the office and workplace healthier in 2016

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 118 (MP3)

#117: The Age of Strength and Conditioning Enlightenment

We’re back this week with two new episodes and the first show of 2016 (coming at the end of the week!).

In this episode, recorded mid-December 2015, we discuss real life self defense principles & Conor McGregor’s victory, which eventually leads into a discussion on the diversification of strength and conditioning in sports, and life in general. From the forward thinking coaches out there to highly trained experts in breathing, movement and more, there’s a valuable diversity- now more than ever- in what’s available to you to be your healthiest best self. Tune in as we dissect it.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 117 (MP3)

#116: Some Good Musings

We are on a mini hiatus (continuing education trips across the globe for Mark, while Froy is busy training and nurturing a successful, growing business), but we never want to leave you hanging! So, flex your “Netflix muscle” and enjoy an onslaught of new episodes… all at once! Space em’ out or binge on them: the choice is yours.

We recorded this episode in Froy’s apartment, originally in September ’15, on a whim. I can’t tell you exactly what the idea was, but it turned into an interesting discussion on health journalism, balance and more.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 116 (MP3)

#115: Participation Trophies…

We are on a mini hiatus (continuing education trips across the globe for Mark, while Froy is busy training and nurturing a successful, growing business), but we never want to leave you hanging! So, flex your “Netflix muscle” and enjoy an onslaught of new episodes… all at once! Space em’ out or binge on them: the choice is yours.

On this episode (originally recorded in late August ’15), our discussion was sparked (and of course, not strictly stuck to) Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison claiming he took his son’s participation trophies and gave them back, claiming you don’t need deserve trophies you didn’t earn. Beyond that, the conversation just flows… well… we hope!

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 115 (MP3)

#114: Where’s this Fitness Thing Going Anyway?

We are on a mini hiatus (continuing education trips across the globe for Mark while Froy is busy training and nurturing a successful, growing business), but we never want to leave you hanging! So, flex your “Netflix muscle” and enjoy an onslaught of new episodes… all at once! Space em’ out or binge on them: the choice is yours. Up first is an episode recorded back in August, but never quite saw the light of day til now. It’s one of our favorite topics to ponder: the future of fitness. Enjoy!

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 114 (MP3)

#113: Why Are There So Many Injuries in Sports?

This podcast started as an idea to muse on why there are so many injuries occurring in professional sports in recent years (or the seeming increase of injuries in recent years). It turned into that and much more: from a discussion on the power of coaching and philosophy when it comes to injuries, to exercises in mindfulness, and a sad, but real truth many may not want to hear.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 113 (MP3)

#112: Life is a Question and Love is the Answer

How’s that for a title? The past 7 days have seen some really strange, sad, tragic, and surprising events. From the tragic acts of terror in Paris, to Ronda Rousey losing in shocking fashion to Holly Holm in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division, there is a strange pattern that emerges, but something that should give everyone hope. We explore (and try to relate it to strength and conditioning).

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 112 (MP3)

#111: What is a Human Anyway?

We ponder where some of our collective mental and physical health problems or phenomenons come from in relation to how “foreign” they are to our animal/human body. Sounds deep, huh? It’s really not, but it’s an interesting, coffee-fueled conversation that gets into all types of topics from how we best learn movement to how physicality (or a lack thereof) could affect us down the line. Our insight may be surprise you.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 111 (MP3)

#110: Jump off the Ship!

The big news last week was the World Health Organization’s study on processed meat and it’s connection to cancer. We felt it brought up some interesting issues in the psyche of the public and our discussion was transformed into something much deeper on mental health, happiness and how we live our lives. Spoiler alert: Sometimes you just need to jump off the ship! Warning: Great, but deep conversation.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 110 (MP3)

#109: Scott Burr, Strength Coach & Jiu Jitsu Black Belt

Scott Burr is an interesting guy. He’s holds a black belt in multiple martial arts, is a former MMA fighter, a strength coach, published fiction author, and has the distinction of being Steve Maxwell’s first and only black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mark and Scott recently took part in Jim Smith and Steve Maxwell’s recent videos, 3D Strength & Real Resets and sat down to do this podcast in a hotel in Elmira, NY. The two talk about what it’s like to come of age and have multiple interests in front of you, but no real path; strength and conditioning, and of course, jiu jitsu and MMA. Check it out!

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 109 (MP3)

#108: Steve Maxwell Returns

Steve returns to Functional Meatheads to talk with us about world travel and how cultures and people live their “healthy” lives differently across the globe, jiu-jitsu, eating habits, poor mental accountability, fashion, and much more. It was a great conversation and if you enjoyed our first one with Steve, you’ll love this one. Recorded on location in the Lower East Side, NYC, NY.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 108 (MP3)

#107: More Nutrition & Lifestyle Talk/Reflections

Mark & Froy talk about recent musings and observations on nutrition and lifestyle habits in their own lives, the lives of those they’ve come in contact with, and more.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 107 (MP3)

#106: The Braverman Test (and why you may want to take it)

What’s the Braverman test? A short spoiler alert: it’s easy to take and it may give you some insight into your health that you’re not even considering.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 106 (MP3)

#105: Are You Training The Way Your City Wants You To?

Many complain about the limitations of their physical location as it relates to training, from weather and traffic to lack of opportunity, but what advantages are you missing in dismissing your current locale? There’s some deeper questions that may come to light when you ponder this, and hell, maybe this is a good analogy for life too! We explore this idea more, check it out.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 105 (MP3)

#104: Personal Reflections from an Aggressive Weight Cut

Froy “interviews” Mark in an effort to get into his brain on what it was like to go through a 5 week weight cut that saw him drop 10 lbs to make weight for a jiu jitsu tournament. Besides the obvious benefit of losing the weight and making the tournament, there was a lot Mark discovered about himself and the power of habit.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 104 (MP3)

#103: Meathead Musings on Nutrition

Mark & Froy talk about how they’ve come to think about eating over the past few years. Other topics are mused on, you know the drill!

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 103 (MP3)

#101: HRV / Heart Rate Variability, Pt 2

Today we talk about HRV, or Heart Rate Variability. It’s a great piece of technology, maybe one of the most powerful and affordable of any fitness evaluation tool created. What’s it all about? Find out here.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 101 (MP3)

#99: The “Psychology” of Moving Your Life Forward

We often make things harder than they have to be, but the fundamentals of progress in health, fitness, and life in general are often much simpler than we make them. Froy & Mark talk about ways to help keep moving the process along.

Download: FUNCTIONAL MEATHEADS EPISODE 99 (MP3)