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Olympians Chad Vaughn & Cheryl Haworth on the Future of USA Weightlifting

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m speaking with two multiple time Olympians in the sport of Weightlifting, Chad Vaughn and Cheryl Haworth. In this episode we’ll be diving into their early careers as weightlifters, what it was like qualifying for the Olympics, and finally looking at some of the really unique visualization techniques that Chad uses with his athletes. I’m also excited to announce that these guys are going to be the hosts for the new USA Weightlifting Podcast, so be...


What is Brute: Movement Quality & Load Capacity ft. Dr. Sean Pastuch

On this episode of the What is Brute Series, I’m speaking with Brute’s secret weapon, Dr. Sean Pastuch. In this episode we’ll be getting into one of the most over looked aspects of training, movement quality. One of the biggest set backs for a lot of athletes in any sport are injuries. It goes without saying, knowing how to assess your weaknesses and apply appropriate programming, will send you light years ahead of your competition. In today’s show we’ll be diving into injury prevention...


High Performance Training w/ Elite Coach Eric Cressey

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast I’m speaking with a pioneer in the Strength & Conditioning world, Eric Cressey. Eric is a highly sought-after coach for healthy and injured athletes alike. He’s made a name for himself as the go-to strength coach when it comes to physical preparation for Baseball athletes in the US. In this episode we’ll be getting into Eric’s early coaching career as a Grad Assistant at UCONN, as well as his early struggle with an eating disorder and exercise...


What is Brute: Endurance Training for the CrossFit Athlete ft. Chris Hinshaw

On this episode of the What is Brute series, I’m speaking with the legend that is Chris Hinshaw. There is a reason why CrossFit HQ selected Chris as their Subject Matter Expert in Aerobic Capacity. When it comes to endurance training, Chris is your guy. He has coached several of CrossFit’s most elite athletes including Mat Fraser, Rich Froning, Brooke Wells, and Katrin Davidsdottir. In this episode we’ll be getting into Chris’ philosophy for endurance training, strategies for increasing...


Chasing Excellence w/ Ben Bergeron

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m interviewing the coach behind 6 CrossFit Games championships, Ben Bergeron. Ben trains some of the world’s fittest athletes including Mat Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir. As he puts it, the secret to building a better athlete, is to start by building better people. In this episode we get into how to build character, the difference between happiness and achievement, and how to implement his 5 “L” philosophy - Live, Love, Learn, Lead & Leave a...


What is Brute: Fundamentals of Gymnastics

On this episode of the What is Brute series, I’ll be speaking Brute’s gymnastics doctor, Nick Sorrel. In this episode we’ll be getting into Nick’s personal philosophy on the fundamentals of gymnastics and how his programming is taking our athletes to new heights. Some of the specifics we touch upon include transferable skills in human movement, characteristics of proper progression technique, and developing acute insight for your sport. Enjoy the show. Topics: 04:10 - Developing...


Life Tips From CrossFit's Director of Training & Certification Nicole Carroll

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m speaking with the CrossFit HQ Director of Training & Certification herself, Nicole Carroll. This was a very unique experience to hear about the remarkable affects CrossFit can have on someone’s life. In this episode we’re going back into the early days of CrossFit as Nicole describes some of her very first classes with Coach Glassman and what it was like giving up her dream of art to eventually becoming a major part of the CrossFit staff. We’ll...


What is Brute: Brute Weightlifting ft.Matt Bruce

On this episode of the What Is Brute series, I’ll be speaking with my partner in crime, Matt Bruce. Matt is a 7x World Team Athlete for USA Olympic Weightlifting. In this episode we begin by talk about how Brute Strength came about and what it was like working with our very first Brute athletes before getting into some of the more technical aspects of weightlifting such as developing rituals during training, sets, reps, and percentage work for different athletes, and finally the some of...


From Rehab To OCR World Champion ft. Hunter Mcintyre

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast I’ll be speaking with arguably the best obstacle course runner on the planet, Hunter Mcintyre. Hunter is one of those guys who’s just living life to the fullest, always challenging himself, always pushing the bar higher, and constantly striving for greatness. In other words, he’s a total badass. In this episode we talk about why he collects failures instead of trophies, and how he went from rehab, to male model, to being a world champion. Hunter has...


What is Brute: Principles of Programming ft. Nick Fowler

This week on episode two of our What Is Brute series, I’ll be interviewing our Director of Strength & Conditioning, Nick Fowler. In this episode we’ll be covering some of the basics of his programming philosophy, tips for off-season training, and a closer look at what really goes into our athlete programs. I’d also like to announce the release of our long awaited 1-on-1 coaching option for athletes looking to take their game to the next level. More on that in this episode, be sure to check...


The Joint-by-Joint Approach with Elite Coach Mike Boyle

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m interviewing one of the all-time greats in strength and conditioning, Mike Boyle. Mike is regarded as one of the top experts in the area for sports performance training. He has made his mark in the industry over the past 30 years with an impressive following of professional athletes from the U.S. Women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox. Mike has an incredible depth of knowledge and experience when...


What is Brute: Origin Story ft. Michael Cazayoux

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, we’re going back to the very beginning. In this episode I’ll be diving into the very start of it all - getting into the origin story of Brute Strength, how I met Matt Bruce, and eventually working with Chris Hinshaw. This is the first episode of our ‘What Is Brute’ series. For the next five weeks I’ll be speaking with each of our head coaches and getting a chance to pick their brains in an effort to fully understand, what is Brute. Enjoy the...


9 Ways To Improve Your Relationship ft. Adee Cazayoux

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I am speaking with my wife, Adee Cazayoux. Due to popular demand, we’d like to dedicate this episode to sharing nine tips we’ve used to create a successful relationship. We’ll be getting into conflict resolution, the 1-10 scale, and love languages to name a few. Be sure to check out this episode for the full list of nine tips that you can start using in your relationship today. Grab a seat, and your loved one, and enjoy the show! Topics: 02:30...


The Flexible Dieter's Guide To Counting Macros with Zach Rocheleau

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I interview my good friend Zach Rocheleau. Zach is what you would call a Macro Magician. Whether you’re new to flexible dieting, or looking for tips on creating more macro-friendly meals, this episode is layered with tons of information that will help you get your diet headed in the right direction. We discuss tips for dining out, improving your relationship with food, and how to stay motivated in any diet. Do yourself a favor and check out his...


Life Lessons From The Powerlifting Legend Jim Wendler

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast I’m interviewing a Powerlifting legend, Jim Wendler. At his best Jim had a 1000lb squat, 675lb bench and 700lb deadlift, weighing in at 275lb. Jim is also the creator of the 5/3/1 method, one of the most successful strength programs to date. In this episode we get into his early days at University of Arizona Football, lifting, training, competing, and of course coaching. Jim is a great story teller so it was definitely a pleasure to hear him get...


Active Meditation, Ego, and Self-Empowerment with Elliott Hulse

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m speaking with YouTube superstar, Elliott Hulse. You may already know him from his “Yo Elliott” YouTube videos, or his on growing affiliate gym, Strength Camp, but if not, then you’re in for a real treat. In this episode we cover all aspects of Elliott’s career, from living in a basement, to meeting his mentor Paul Chek, active meditation, holistic training, and his relentless approach to life in general. Elliott is a huge inspiration. His words...


How To Become Ultra Spiritual With JP Sears

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m speaking with life coach and YouTube sensation, JP Sears. JP has become very popular amongst the YouTube community for his satirical humor on new age fads and “how to become ultra spiritual”. In this episode we uncover the meaning of authenticity, digesting our emotions and combining humor with healing. Be sure to check out his book and YouTube channel below! Enjoy the show. Topics: 04:45 - Working with Paul Chek 12:54 -...


Gymnastics Programming 101 With Nick Sorrel

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast I’m speaking with the gymnastics doctor, Nick Sorrel. In this episode we talk about the release of our newest program, Brute Gymnastics and the overarching philosophy behind Nick’s design. This is a great chance to hear more about the specifics of the program and an opportunity to get an inside look of a genius at work. We’ll be getting into program design, what to expect from the program, and the importance of body awareness and perfecting form. Be...


Tools For Building Better Relationships With Misbah Haque and Dr. Megan Kaden

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I got the chance to catch up with Misbah Haque and Dr. Megan Kaden as we dive into one of my favorite topics, the psychology of human connection and relationships. Does your sense of “self” seem to disappear when you’re in a relationship? How do you balance the two? We’ll be answering these questions and more, including growing together vs growing as an individual, how to practice good conflict resolution and ultimately, how to motivate people...


Program Your Mind For Improved Performance And Greater Self Awareness

This week I’d like to invite one of my favorite guests back on the show, Michael Gervais. If you haven’t guess it already, we’ll be diving into all things on mindfulness, improving focus, and how to re-program your brain for success. Michael is one of the best in the world at what he does and having him appear on our show for the second time is a true honor. If you really like the topics on this episode be sure to check out our first talk on Episode 52. Enjoy the show. Brute Hotline:...