The Optimistic Podcast

The Optimistic Podcast

Hi, welcome to the Optimistic Podcast, I’m your host Forrest Martinez. I’m here to bring you awesome stories from amazing people. My goal is to inspire you to talk to your co-workers, your neighbors, the people you pass everyday. Because there is an extraordinary story behind every single person.... Show More

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February 15, 2021 72 min

Larry Moss, CrossFit Games emcee and SWAT Commander of the Lake Charles Police Department is on podcast with Coach Mike! Larry shares how he got his start as a CrossFit emcee, making the Hero WOD “Murph” a part of the Police Department’s fitness regimen, and memorable moments emceeing at the CrossFit Games and Regionals events. 

 

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Getting his master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning he published multiple academic papers and has worked directly with Penn State University, the University of Texas, USA Beach Volleyball, the Houston Rockets, and the Philadelphia Eagles, to name a few. 

He now calls Trinity University home as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach overseeing the training plans and schedules for 17 varsity sports. Daniel Martinez is on the p...

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Coach Mike and Coach Anjo recap 2020. They share the crazy events of the year from the gyms closing due to the shutdown to loaning out all the equipment to the grand reopening. They give their thoughts about 2020 and are optimistic about 2021! 

 

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Conrad Netting IV shares the series of coincidences that lead him to learning about his father’s service as a P-51 bomber in WWII. His father died in France on June 10th, 1945 a month before Conrad was born. Almost 50 years later Conrad opened a footlocker with his father’s belongings from WWII and began his discovery of learning about his father and so much more.

 

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November 23, 2020 85 min

Taira aka “TD” has been CrossFitting with us for 8 years and you’ll find her working out at the noon class with her family. In today’s episode Taira talks with us about her upbringing in Oregon, going to the Air Force Academy, and homeschooling her four boys.

 

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November 9, 2020 78 min

As a third grader, Jeff’s dream career was to be the guy who jumped off a truck. This meant his top 3 picks were a stuntman, firefighter, or garbage man. He chose to be a firefighter. From 3am calls about chirping smoke detectors to delivering babies, no two calls are the same. 

Jeff aka “Backdraft” shares about both the physical and mental sides of his job. The adrenaline rush of entering a burning building, the difficult responsi...

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After the law firm Shelly and her husband worked at closed, they opened the Calhoun Law Firm. Shelly shares what it’s like working with her husband, building a business to fit their family’s schedule and getting ready for their third child!

 

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October 12, 2020 86 min

She wasn’t discouraged when her nursing school advisor said she wouldn’t make it. She didn’t let a learning disability stop her. Overcoming many obstacles, Mudgie's hard work and perseverance helped her achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. 

Mudgie shares her journey through nursing school to her job hunt that ultimately led her from California to Texas!

 

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Coach Mike ran 312-miles to raise funds and awareness for wounded warriors back in 2010. He ran over a marathon a day for nine days straight from Fort Worth to San Antonio. Coach Mike shares why he did this run, getting support from soldiers in Fort Hood and local CrossFit boxes, and how much money they raised. Press play on the latest episode of the Optimistic podcast!

 

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September 14, 2020 102 min

Abby has been involved in the “horse world” since she was young, starting with local competitions and then selling and training horses in England. She shares stories about her competition horse Dylan, working in Spain, and how she met her wife. Tune in here to listen to the latest Episode of the Optimistic podcast!

 

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August 31, 2020 75 min

We see the athletes throw down at the CrossFit Games every year, but do you know what it takes to put on the huge event?

 It takes manpower from hundreds of volunteers and staff. Coach Mike gives a peek behind the curtain on what it takes to make CrossFit Games run smoothly. 

He shares the hard work and hours the volunteers put in, meeting famous athletes, and Coach Anjo test running the Murph mile course! 

 

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August 17, 2020 49 min

Dr. Aaron Stares is breaking the mold. After learning the ropes at a traditional physical therapy clinic, he broke out on his own as an entrepreneur. Aaron shares what made him open up his clinic, the Performance Republic, what CrossFitters should know before going to a physical therapist, and how he lost his british accent. Tune in to episode 38 of the Optimistic Podcast!

 

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August 3, 2020 84 min

From working from home to the early days at Airrosti Shawn aka “Shirtless” is no stranger to change. He shares how he and his family are adapting to the changes in life in the past few months and the moments of wonderful that would not have been possible had he not worked from home. Tune into the latest episode of the Optimistic Podcast with second time guest Shawn Dinsmore!

 

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Only a year after finding CrossFit, Coach Mike got the unexpected opportunity to run the South Central Regional, beginning his 8 year relationship with CrossFit HQ. Coach Mike gives the inside scoop on how he got the job and the exciting and nerve-wracking moments of running the Regional.

 

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July 13, 2020 84 min

Tom Guajardo met Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt at a pool party, proposed to Kelly Ripa (for a screen test), smoked cigars with Gary Busey, and got tough love from Tony Plana. You know this Optimist at the gym, you recognize the tiger’s glowing yellow eyes on his real estate signs, but you may not know about his acting career! 

 

After becoming runner up at the JCPenney hispanic model contest and doing local commercials in San An...

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Empowerment. Strength. Grace. Pride. Listening to your body. These were the words Audrea and Sarah kept coming back to. These ladies talk with Coach Anjo about CrossFitting through their pregnancies and how it feels getting back into their workout routine postpartum. Tune it to hear these 3 mom’s share their experiences, CrossFit pregnancy tips (hello lifters) and more! 

 

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Coach Josh has been an Optimist for over a decade, starting his CrossFit journey through a Groupon in 2010. Today Coach Forrest talks with Josh about everything from Josh’s tattoos to his beard balm company to the phone call that led him to become the Competition Director for the South Central Regional in 2012.

 

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When the gym opened in 2013 and no one showed up for class, what kept Coach Mike and Coach Anjo going was their belief in CrossFit. What Optimists see now are the gym renovations and big classes but 7 years ago there were many tough moments. From not having a location to sharing a space with Irish dancers and karate instructors, the journey hasn’t always been easy but it has always been worth it. In celebration of CrossFit Optimist...

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If you’ve ever worked out at the noon class at North Central, you've seen Shawn working out with his wife, Taira, his son, Daniel, and his sister, Megan. In this episode Shawn aka “Shirtless” shares his experience at West Point, how he transitioned out of the Army and went to Harvard Business School, and many more amazing stories including how he met his wife Taira. Tune in to hear about this Optimist who has been with us for o...

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Coach Forrest and Coach Anjo share their favorite pieces of CrossFit equipment that they just can’t do without. While none of these are truly “essential,” when you find the pieces that feel like they are made specifically for you, it makes a world of difference in your confidence and performance. Over the last few weeks, Coach Forrest and Coach Anjo have been able to test this list while working out at home and really narrow it dow...

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