Catalyst Health and Wellness Coaching Podcast

Catalyst Health and Wellness Coaching Podcast

Welcome to the #1 podcast for engaging, thought-provoking yet evidence-based health and wellness! If you've been looking for a health & wellness podcast that avoids the fluff and the headline-chasing fads while providing real-world guidance, you just found it. We bring together the world's foremost experts, from researchers to authors to athletes to executives to coaches, sharing their insights about how to make the most of your personal and professional life. We keep the emphasis on evidence-based practices and everyday, practical application. If you're looking for an entertaining format to help optimize your own health and wellness along with that of your clients through such evidence-based practices, this is the place for you!... Show More

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You're facing a difficult task in your life (from personal to professional to sport)... Do you realize the way you perceive that task - as either a challenge or a threat - has an impact not only on the outcome but also on your overall health? Additionally, while you may be familiar with self-talk, were you aware that in some circumstances motivational self-talk can actually be a detriment compared with instructional self-tal... Read more

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The concept of effective messaging appears straight-forward. A message is delivered, the recipient processes the message and then makes a decision. However, the reality is very different, as we learn in this intriguing interview with Dr. Tanya Berry from the University of Alberta. Our emotional response plays a role and our current level of stress can shift the way in which we process those messages, shifting from a reflective t... Read more

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Resilience seems to be THE word in articles, at conferences, schools and even sporting events. While it's popular, does anyone really understand what it means, why it impacts our lives and how to improve it in our lives and the lives of those around us? Dr Chris Bryan joins us on this week's episode. Dr Bryan focused his PhD research on psychological resilience in work and sport settings. But he doesn't just know the... Read more

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Mental health has - fortunately - become a top-of-mind issue in today's world. In the process, the roles of coaches and counselors often becomes blurred. It doesn't have to be that way, as both professions can play a critical role in positively impacting mental health across the spectrum. In this popular throwback episode, licensed counselor and nationally board certified health and wellness coach Suzanna Cooper takes a ... Read more

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Our 50th episode just went live! In this episode, we provide our listeners with a turbo-charged brief overview of all 50. If you joined us recently, this is a perfect opportunity to hear what you've missed that might be worth tracking down. If you've been with us since the start, this is an easy way to remember which ones might be worth a rewind!

Regardless, we are SO very grateful for our amazing guests and t... Read more

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Is age an excuse? Or a variable to be addressed? In this episode, we chat with Brad Barton, who at the age of 53, ran a 4:19 mile to set the world record. Keep in mind that 4:19 is an impressive mile time for a high school runner - and he did it in his 50's! While he does share some of his running tips and tactics, this discussion is not about running - it's about life - and how we can all make the most of it.

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There have been plenty of headlines over the years about the supposed dangers of endurance sports. Starting back in 1984 when Jim Fixx, the author of The Complete Book of Running died of a heart attack in his mid-50's, the suspicions about the supposed dangers of endurance sports have made for great headlines. What doesn't generally hit the news is the full story (e.g., that Fixx was a life-long smoker and his father die... Read more

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Is there such a thing as "immune boosting" supplements? Should you eat the core of an apple? Does "bullet-proof" coffee really make you bullet proof? Are probiotics important? Is an all-beef diet a good idea? What is a "go to the park" prescription from a doctor? Is there any downside to caffeine? (hint - only in 2 circumstances).  

These are just a few of the questions best-selling author and ... Read more

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The world of health and wellness is filled to the brim with fads and deceptive headlines. So every once in awhile, we highlight some of the intriguing updates - and then provide the research behind the intrigue! This episode covers 8 fascinating studies on pressure and performance... how processed foods change our choices...the impact of sleep on hunger - and school performance!...the latest evidence (and falsehoods) in sports n... Read more

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Our genes are not our destiny. Those six words have the potential to change our (and our clients') perspectives on our choices, opportunities and lives. In this engaging interview with Dr. Kenneth Pelletier, he provides the growing scientific evidence and the resultant potential behind how much our genes really do (and don't) affect our outcomes. If you've ever used "it's my genes" as either an excuse or ... Read more

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Roger vs. Tiger, Generalists vs. Specialists, Early start vs. finding your path... These are some of the intriguing topics best-selling author David Epstein brought to the table for our fascinating discussion about careers, schooling, health and life! Pulling from his two best-selling books (The Sports Gene and his latest hit Range), he shares the fascinating research behind the path to success. Along the way he reminds us that ... Read more

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Why do we slow down after age 50? Is it our age? Or something entirely different? In this episode, best-selling author, Training Peaks co-founder and one of the original endurance coaches Joe Friel joins us to talk about fitness and performance as we age. The evidence shows that while there are things that change as we get older, most of what is affecting our performance can be overcome through the right training. If you (or you... Read more

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How does high tech integrate with high touch in the world of wellness? What question does the Chief Medical Officer for Virgin Pulse never get asked (but should be) in his frequent interviews? What exactly is "radical simplicity" when it comes to health and wellness? We address these and much more in this week's episode of the Catalyst Health and Wellness Coaching Podcast!



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Nutritional guidance can run the spectrum, and advice often depends upon the latest headlines. That's exactly why we were so excited to have Nancy Clark join this week's episode. She is the author of the Sports Nutrition Guidebook, which originally came out in 1990 and is now entering it's 6th edition - that is staying power! You've likely read Nancy's insights in magazines like Runner's World or her popu... Read more

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Matt Fitzgerald is the author of some of our favorite books, including "How Bad Do You Want It" and "Ironwar." Now, with his new book on the shelves ("Life is a Marathon"), we thought it was the perfect time to bring this episode - one of your all-time favorites - back the the forefront as one of our rare "throwback" shows. 

Matt shares his insights, his passion, and his wisdom not only... Read more

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One of your favorite episodes is the live coaching sessions. For some of you, it may be the first time you've hear a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach compete an actual session. For others, you're looking for ways to enhance your own coaching. Regardless of what brings you to this episode, you're going to find it engaging and will realize right out of the gate that the "client" in this reco... Read more

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Age may just be "a number," but it's also an excuse for us to do less, reduce our expectations, and "take it easy." In this episode, we'll explore optimized living with 75 year old multiple-time Ironman Ken Hola as he shares his perspective, strategy and secrets to making the most of life at any age!



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Ice baths, ibuprofen, foam rollers, massage and beer? An entire industry has been created in recent years around the (supposed) science behind recovery. Best-selling author, athlete and science journalist Christie Aschwanden takes them all on by examining the ACTUAL science behind the marketing claims. Whether you're an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or a coach looking to help your clients make the most of their precious ... Read more

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The gentleman known as the "Mayor of Running," the creator of one of the world's best known training sessions (the Yasso 800s), and the Chief Running Officer for Runner's World Magazine joins us to talk life, running and his 40+ year love affair with the sport.

If you're a runner, this is a MUST-hear episode for obvious reasons. However, if you hate running :-), you're also likely to really... Read more

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Dr. Allen Lim, the founder of Skratch labs, knows fueling strategies as well as anyone in the world. From the Tour de France cyclists (including Team Garmin and Radio Schack) to Olympic Champion Gwen Jorgensen, he is the go-to expert when it comes to optimal fueling. In this episode, he provides some great advice for serious athletes, but also goes into what each of us, regardless of our pursuits, can do to enhance our own perfo... Read more

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