The Bear Essentials

The Bear Essentials

The goal of this podcast is to be positive, informative, interesting, entertaining and maybe even inspiring to some people.


September 27, 2023 34 mins

Today's guest, Luke DePron, is a highly sought after weight loss coach and founder of the Fit Men Project.

Who Is Luke DePron:

Hey there. I’m Luke, the founder of Fit Men Project.

When it comes to the fitness industry I’ve been fortunate to have done it all. What started with a passion for fitness ended with a degree in Exercise Science Kinesiology, thousands of hours doing 1 on 1 personal training, working as co...

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Today's guest, Chef James Yates, is in the business of cooking for superstars. Join us as we delve into the world of high-end cuisine for celebrities and athletes.

Who Is Chef James Yates:

Discover the culinary secrets that fuel the world's biggest stars, from Hollywood's silver screens to the adrenaline-pumping stadiums. In an exclusive interview, Chef James Yates shares his remarkable journey and the delicious st...

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September 13, 2023 30 mins

Today's guest is athlete, cyclist and speaker, Josh Quigley. What a ride it's been for Josh, from surviving a head on collision to cycling around the world.

Who Is Josh Quigley:

t's a tale of determination, grit, and pure, raw human endurance. Having been shared with the likes of Airbnb, Sky TV, Royal Bank of Scotland and Rapha, Josh Quigley's powerful story engages and inspires.

No stranger...

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Today's guest is best-selling author, Rick Jones. We go into detail about his career and books, while unmasking the Vatican Knights.

Who Is Rick Jones:

Rick Jones was born and raised in the Boston area and moved to Las Vegas in the early eighties where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in English. He is retired from law enforcement and currently resides in Las Vegas where he writes fu...

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Today's guest, Scottish singer / songwriter, John Taylor, joins us to talk about his career, and latest album with hits like, Standing On a Mountain. Who Is John Taylor: John Taylor is a Scottish singer songwriter with songs in multiple TV shows, movies and commercials in the USA which has given him number one downloads and chart positions around the world. John released his ninth studio album "The world's gone mad&...

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Today's guest, former UK Paratrooper, Mike Chadwick, is a coach and author who is helping people with conquering challenges and defying limits.

Who Is Mike Chadwick:

Head of Performance and the founder of Tactical Athlete, Mike and his team of performance experts now coach elite sporting and Tactical Athletes from around the world, including organizations such as the UFC and international Special Forces.


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Today's guest, Paul Moore, has been bringing the echoes of Éire in Philly and its surrounding areas for many years with his music.

Who Is Paul Moore:

He is a singer / songwriter who, along with his bands, Blackthorn, Paddy's Well and The Paul Moore Band have been entertaining audiences all around the Philadelphia area for many years. Paul's voice has a way of making you feel like you are sitting at a pub in Ir...

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Today's guest, Gordon Foot, spent 19 years as a member of the UK Royal Navy on nuclear submarines and today he looks to share his life lessons from the sea.

Who Is Gordon Foot:

Gordon is a retired Weapons Engineering Manager of the UK Royal Navy having served a 19-year career in nuclear submarines on special operations.

Gordon Foot is a consultant and operates in a ship borne senior leadership role as a Senior C...

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Today's guest, Michael Laidler, is a father, coach, professional speaker and best-selling author of the book, Greatness Beyond the Badge.

Who Is Michael Laidler:

Michael has had a diverse and impactful journey that has shaped his passion for personal development and leadership. Growing up in Miami, Florida, under the care of a single mother and grandmother, he learned resilience and self-reliance at an early age due t...

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Today's guest, Rick Cooper, is a former officer in the London Fire Service, GB athlete, personal trainer, educator, now coach and speaker who is inspiring a thriving MENtality in others.

Who Is Rick Cooper:

Pulling on a density of real-world application, his energy, presence, and proven insights fill a room with relentless passion and inspiration to explore becoming the best you can be.

Rick Cooper is a former of...

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Today's guest, Erik Westrum, is a former professional hockey player turned author, coach and speaker who is now helping people making the shift to elite.

Who Is Erik Westrum:

Erik Westrum is a former professional hockey player, author, motivational speaker, leadership coach, and entrepreneur at heart.

He has had a passion to help others since he was a young child, and this has not changed as he continues to fulf...

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Today's guests, Jonny Grayshon, is a former professional rugby player turned trainer and coach who is now helping those scrumming for success and tackling life's challenges.

Who Is Jonny Grayshon:

Jonny spent over 12 years at the pinnacle of professional sport, with over 200 Super League appearances. Renowned for his mental toughness, upon retiring from professional sport Jonny became an elite-level strength and c...

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Today's guests, Joey Bowen and Drew Beech are co-founders of "Few Will Hunt". They join me today to talk about their community and motivational apparel line.

Few Will Hunt

Our Story:

It all started in 2017.

For a year straight, two cousins, Joey and Drew, spent their daily commutes through the gritty streets of Philadelphia on the phone together.

On these calls, they talked about business and ...

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Today's guest, adventure / mountaineer, author and motivational speaker, Alex Staniforth joins the show to talk about how he is looking to help people through his charity, Mind Over Mountains.

Who is Alex Staniforth:

This isn’t your typical story about climbing Everest. I had an unassuming and fairly ordinary beginning brought up in Kelsall, near Chester, but like many others, had an Everest to climb before even reach...

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Today's guest, mental health advocate, inspirational/motivational speaker and successful small business owner, Chris Smith, shares his journey from incarceration and addiction to relentless force of inspiration.

Who is Chris Smith:

Chris Smith's journey from a dark past of incarceration, addiction, and mental health struggles to becoming an inspirational speaker, mental health advocate, and successful small busin...

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Today's guest is a camp stove cook and an inspirational addiction and mental health speaker, Harrison (Fell Foodie) Ward, shares his journey from the flames of struggle to the flavors of triumph.

Who is Fell Foodie:

Harrison Ward is a proud Cumbrian who has turned the mountainous landscape he calls home into his kitchen. After discovering a passion for hiking in 2016 following a drastic life change, it wasn’t long bef...

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Today's guest, former British army officer and leadership coach / author, Neil Jurd OBE, joins the show to discuss unlocking the key to successful leadership.

Leadership Background and Roles:

Neil is a former army officer and RMA Sandhurst instructor. He served in several operational theatres, including the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Yemen. Since leaving the army, Neil has worked in leadersh...

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Today's guest, former NHL enforcer, Riley Cote, joins the show to discuss his journey from knuckles and pucks to peace.


Riley Cote played 8 years of professional hockey including 4 with the Philadelphia Flyers. His hard style of play eventually took its toll and he decided to retire from playing at the ripe age of 28 and committed to a life dedicated to self-care, mindfulness and personal development. Riley fel...

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Today's guest, speaker and adventurer, Oli France, joins the show to discuss guiding along the wild edge.

Expedition Leader:

Oli is a British adventurer, expedition leader and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, specialising in leading groups through the world's wildest places, from Iraq to Somalia, DR Congo to Socotra, Siberia to Tajikistan. He has experience across the wild corners of five continents.


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Today's guest, former British special forces leader, Garry Banford, joins the show to discuss leading special forces and beyond.

About Garry Banford:

High stakes. High pressure. Uncertainty. This was Garry’s ‘normal’ for many years in his career within Special Forces. He can share insights you won’t easily find anywhere else - translated into real actionable advice that works in your own challenging environment. But i...

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