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Sex, Connection, and Desire ft. Adee Cazayoux

This week, founder of Working Against Gravity (and Michael’s wife), Adee Cazayoux, is back again to discuss relationship psychology. After such a positive response to Episode 148: 9 Ways To Improve Your Relationship, Adee and Michael are continuing their conversation and sharing their tips for building a better relationship with loved ones. In this episode, Adee and Michael discuss four myths about sex, how to spice up your dates and improve your sex life, and how time apart can bring you...


Triphasic Training with Elite Coach Cal Dietz

Cal Dietz, Director of Strength and Conditioning for the University of Minnesota, is a world-renowned strength coach who’s made immeasurable contributions to the fitness industry for athletes and coaches alike. He joined the Brute Podcast to discuss his training manual, Triphasic Training: A Systematic Approach to Elite Speed and Explosive Strength Performance. Get ready for a series of knowledge bombs to improve your training game, because, in this episode, Dietz inspires us with...


Coaching Coaches: The Unofficial Guide To Mastery ft. James Fitzgerald

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m interviewing of the CrossFit OG’s, James Fitzgerald. James was the 2007 CrossFit Games champion as an individual, since then he’s made a big splash in the fitness world as the founder of OPEX Fitness. Aside for an incredible athlete, James has entered the realm of Master Coach. In this episode we get to learn about some of James’ inspirations and mentors as a coach, as well as mastery, the art of program design, bodybuilding, and of course,...


The Secret To Speed Development ft. Ryan Flaherty

Ryan Flaherty works on Nike’s training team with some of the biggest names in sports, including Serena Williams, Russell Wilson and Kobe Bryant. It’s no shock that he is one of the most sought after combine coaches in the world. In this episode, Flaherty discusses his role working with the HeadSpace app to teach NFL athletes about focus and achieving a better mindset on and off the field. He also gets into why he uses concentric training when developing speed, how to improve programming...


The Training Think Tank with Max El-Hag

Max El-Hag, the mad scientist of the CrossFit world and owner of the Training Think Tank, is most known for the work he’s done helping athletes Noah Ohlsen and Travis Mayer prepare for the CrossFit Games. Max dives into exercise science and kinesiology, proper movement and what it really means to train like a pro. He shares his methods for setting goals, managing expectations and training through adversity. As he puts it, “Everybody loses before they become a champion, so just accept it and...


Mental Training for Athletes ft. Dawn Fletcher

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m interviewing Mentality WOD owner, Dawn Fletcher. Dawn obtained her Masters in Sports Psychology and since then has been helping her athletes conquer their minds while improving both performance and life. In this episode we’ll be getting into her experience combating anxiety and panic attacks, as well as the fundamentals of mindset training, and finally how to improve awareness and setting appropriate expectations for yourself. Enjoy the...


The Ketogenic Diet with Dr. Anthony Gustin

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m interviewing Dr. Anthony Gustin. In 2014 and 2015 Anthony was voted Best Chiropractor in the Bay Area. Since then, he has shifted careers as an entrepreneur, getting into the world of nutrition and functional medicine. In this episode we’ll be diving into the Ketogenic diet. We’ll be talking about mistakes people make in their nutrition, eating organic meats, and finally figuring out what exactly is the Ketogenic diet, including ketosis for fat...


Iceman: Wim Hof on the Science of the Breath

This week on the Brute Strength Podcast, I’m speaking with the Ice Man himself, Wim Hof. Wim’s method has become a growing sensation in the scientific community, demonstrating the incredible power of both mind and body in regards to improving health and physical performance. In this episode I get the opportunity to ask Wim about how his method works, the secret behind cold water training, and how you can tap into your own chemistry in order to fight illness, improve your health, and unlock...


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...