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June 16, 2021 79 min

Welcome to Health Interrupted hosted by Celebrity Personal Trainer, Gina Lombardi and Former Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler.

Today’s guest is Nick Hardwick. Nick is a former NFL Pro Bowl Center for the San Diego Chargers. He started in 146 games, earned distinction as one of the 50 Greatest Chargers of All-Time as a member of the 50th Anniversary team, won the Ed Block Courage award, and earned Pro Bowl honors for his play on the field. Nick’s proudest accomplishment during his career was earning the title of Team Captain for his last 5 seasons in the league. Nick was drafted to the Chargers with the 3rd pick of the 3rd round of the 2004 draft, 3 years after walking on to the Purdue University football team, inspired by Drew Brees and the success of the Boilermakers at the time. All of this, and Nick didn’t play high school football! He was a high school wrestler who hit puberty late! Go figure!  At Purdue, during Nick’s second year, a friend in the ROTC program, where Nick was on scholarship to become a Marine Corps officer, showed him an ad in the classified section of the Purdue student newspaper for walk-on tryouts. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Following Nick’s illustrious career in football, he immediately lost 85lbs in under 5 months, showing up at his retirement press conference weighing 208lbs. This grabbed a lot of national media attention, where Nick was falsely accused of being on performance enhancing drugs during his playing career, because, “How else could the rapid weight loss be explained?” Nick decided to use that as motivation to show others how to lose weight fast, reclaim their health and ultimately their life. The program he designed for himself to lose weight has become the Lose Like a Lineman Program and most recently Lose Like a Lady designed with his health conscious wife, Jayme’s guidance. Together they are helping hundreds of people lose weight and stay active every day. They also host a health and wellness focused podcast, called The HardwickLIFE. 

2:27 Our Sponsor- 

4:15 Gina & Laura talk about Nick

5:25 Gina & Laura introduce NFL Player, Nick Hardwick & he reveals his health interruptions

7:05 Nicks talks about his massive weight gain & tells his whole career story in 2 mins. Gina is dumbfounded.

17:03 Nick explains how horrible it felt to gain weight for his position on the team at Purdue 

21:17 Laura asks Nick about his time in the NFL

23:38 Nick talks about being scared to death at first to run out onto the field at an NFL game but later became the leader & team captain.

31:00 Gina asks nick about all his football injuries

32:08 Nick explains his severe foot injury, the misdiagnosis and owing his wife a trip to Oz

40:15 motion is lotion 

41:17 Nick explains why prioritizing your sleep aligns the brain

42:38 Nick goes to The Brain treatment center in San Diego for magnetic e-resonance therapy

46:48 Nick brings up his neck injuries

48:24 Nick finds out his career is done.

48:57 Nick decides to lose weight and shares how to Lose Like Lineman

54:24 Lose Like A Lady is born

56:00 Nick explains his diet program

58:00 Re-setting the hunger sensation

1:00:35 Nick explains the macro nutrient scheme + eating carbs is ok

1:01:43 Nick explains ironic rebound

1:05:26 Gina compares her weight loss program with Nick’s.

1:06:40 Nick gives us great tips on Fitness, Nutrition, Beauty and Mental/Spiritual

#strongerlonger ; The Hardwick Life Podcast

1:08:45 Nick describes the leucine-threshold hypothesis and protein 

1:12:24 & Headspace app

1:16:20 Nick gives the best beauty tip

1:18:20 Nick’s Call to Action 

1:20:37 Gina & Laura thank Nick

Connect with our guest:

Instagram & Twitter @nickhardwick 
Nick Hardwick Website

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Gina Lombardi 

Laura Kaeppeler 

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