Autonomy 🤸🍔✊ GMB Fitness

Autonomy 🤸🍔✊ GMB Fitness

Autonomy means deciding and moving. Ryan, Andy, and Jarlo aren't here to shill for some stupid supplement company. This show explores fitness as a way to play your own game and do more of what matters, all based on decades of training, coaching, and clinical experience. And truly awful jokes. If you hate every formulaic fitness podcast, you just might be in the right place.

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July 22, 2021 22 min

Play is a topic that is often left out of the conversation in fitness.

This is in spite of the fact that experimentation, exploration and going off script is at the core of many physical training disciplines—dance, martial arts, acrobatics, any sport you play. However, play is not just free form improvisation or what children do on the playground; it requires a foundation in what you are practicing.

In this episode, we get into a sub...

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Chances are if you like what we do at GMB, you don’t want to spend hours each day working out. Like us, you want to focus on just the essentials in order to help you better enjoy the things you love to to do like practicing your martial arts and being active with your families. 

In this episode, we were happy to be able to chat with Philip Chubb, otherwise known as the Mindful Mover, in which we discuss how to minimize the time you...

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July 2, 2021 29 min

Martial art has its history in combat, so as a company founded by three martial artists, Rule #1 (Don't Die) is fundamental to GMB. 

If you die, you don't get to do anything else. It's over. That's the end.

It might sound dramatic but self-preservation is key to making any kind of progress. While this seems like a fairly basic and obvious fact, it is one that often falls to the wayside when we start taking on new ch...

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As a company founded by three dudes, GMB might seem like a very male centric company. But about half our team is women. The three dudes are married. Two of us have daughters, so raising strong girls and women is something we actually care about deeply.

So we got in touch with one of the coolest, most successful and badass women we know: Juliet Starrett. She’s the CEO of TheReadyState.com, an attorney, and a champion athlete. She’s a...

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As a company founded by three dudes, GMB might seem like a very male centric company. But about half our team is women. The three dudes are married. Two of us have daughters, so raising strong girls and women is something we actually care about deeply.

So we got in touch with one of the coolest, most successful and badass women we know: Juliet Starrett. She’s the CEO of TheReadyState.com, an attorney, and a champion athlete. She’s a...

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March 5, 2021 25 min

We get it - you were born before the turn of the millennium, so much of your knowledge of health and fitness comes from the Jane Fonda Workout VHS and watching interviews with Arnie in junior high PE class. But you’re a grown-ass adult, and you’re still capable of learning new things.

It’s time to learn how to prepare your body for a productive training session.

“But I heard warming up is a waste of time!” I’m sure your buddy with th...

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February 25, 2021 29 min

Why buy a program when there are 50 billion free workouts on YouTube? Precisely because there are 50 billion free workouts to parse through.

In this episode, we talk about the good, bad, and ugly of the free content on YouTube.

We cover:

  • what YouTube is useful for and its limitations
  • the appeal of fitness videos
  • how we learn by mirroring what we see 
  • how that differs from training and true autonomy
  • some of our favorite YouTube channels
  • Lea...

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    February 18, 2021 24 min

    "Just squat!" "Just do intermittent fasting!" 

    As sentient beings in the 21st century, we all have pretty solid bullshit detectors by now, but when we're facing challenges, it's still tempting to believe the easy answers. And why not? Mostly, they're offered in earnest from friends with the best of intentions. But sometimes, there's an insidious bias behind the rec.

    In either case, "just X" is ...

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    January 28, 2021 23 min

    It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the possibilities out there. Decisions are hard, and we can't make them for you. We can, however, show you how we make a lot of our decisions.

    In this episode, we revisit the framework "Hell Yes or No," give examples of how to apply it in both your life and training, and explain how it can free you up from indecision, inaction, or overwhelm.

    Learn how to practice saying "No"...

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    January 14, 2021 25 min

    "Boredom, I think, protects the individual, makes tolerable for him the impossible experience of waiting for something without knowing what it could be."

    Here's the deal: you will get bored.

    We all love that new-car smell and sense of novelty when we start something new. The first couple of weeks on a new program or routine usually feels like you're really making progress, but then the honeymoon ends, and you find you...

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    "Progressive overload" is a principle in training that says you need to continually add greater stimulus to an exercise to keep seeing a training effect. And it makes sense. To get stronger, you need to continue pushing your body.

    But the history of popular fitness has instilled a bias here that overload can only be achieved via a handful of training variables, primarily load and repetitions. So once we get to a certain poi...

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    December 31, 2020 38 min

    Everyone starts the new year with a slew of well-intentioned goals. And with goal setting comes questions of how to take the steps to reach them, when you'll hit that mark, and how to know if you're doing the right thing.

    In this episode, Andy and Ryan talk about ideals, expectations and reality, and how to honestly and confidently start or continue your fitness journey.

    We cover:

  • why there is no set path and no optimal rate o...
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    December 24, 2020 33 min

    If you've tried something new even once in your life, you might be familiar with falling flat on your face, possibly literally.

    In this episode, Ryan chats with David 'Jacko' Jackson and Tim Stevenson, founders of School of Calisthenics. They talk in-depth about how they developed their philosophy of "redefining your impossible" by exploring your physical potential through body weight training.  

    Jacko and Tim sha...

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    December 17, 2020 39 min

    We get a lot of questions about Recovery which is not surprising, given how much information there is out there. 

    There's no easy way to cut through all the noise since Recovery is and should be subjective, but in this episode, we break down:

  • why Recovery is not separate from your training
  • how only you can decide what you need
  • the importance of tracking your baseline
  • common recovery methods and tools
  • examples of when to do what
  • Recove...

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    We've all been there -- schedules and routines change, and we can't fit in our regular workout. Rather than trying to stick to your routine amidst a big project, the holidays, or a busy time, tailor your workouts to better serve you.

    In this episode, we talk about:

  • changing your mindset when your needs change
  • specific adjustments you can make to your training
  • how to plan in advance so your workouts help you focus
  • examples of how...
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    Have you ever Googled a topic and been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of products that are supposed to solve your problem? Or underwhelmed by the lack of real answers?

    In this episode, Andy chats with Andy Morgan of Rippedbody.com about why helpful information doesn't sell, and how to figure out what to do based on your own needs. 

    We cover a variety of simple yet effective guideposts and strategies for working on your physique,...

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    November 26, 2020 33 min

    You want to be able and ready, not just good at working out.

    Readiness means going beyond just capability so you can actually access and apply your skills and abilities when needed. Chances are, you don't wear sweats and trainers all day, so you really have to stop a moment and think about how your clothes limit you.

    That why we say that if you can't perform a skill you've practiced while wearing the things you usually we...

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    November 19, 2020 36 min

    DOMS. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.

    You don't like them, and they don't like you, but if you're training your body at all, you're going to have to learn to live with each other.

    There's tons of myths about muscle soreness. Some people think they're the surest sign of a good workout (they're wrong). Others seem to think they indicate overtraining (also way wrong). While getting sore is a stupid thing to sh...

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    November 12, 2020 31 min

    Balance is one of those things most people don't realize they can improve - or even that they might need to improve . . . until they start trying to learn different ways to move. 

    The fact is most people don't have a problem with balance so long as they stick to normal activities. But when you're outside your comfort zone, things change. Luckily, balance is very trainable. This episode covers our a simple framework for i...

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    November 3, 2020 29 min

    When we think about fitnessing, a relative few activities come to mind. Weightlifting, running, cycling, swimming, jumping rope, etc. Why? Mostly because they're very efficient at producing very predictable results. 

    But they also leave some things out, especially:

  • non-linear, off-center, and multi-planar movements
  • continuing skill development
  • Now, we're not saying you should quit using efficient methods just because they'r...

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