The Optimal Performance Guide

The Optimal Performance Guide

Conversations with high level humans in order to provide clear guidance to the mindset and habits required for optimal performance. Welcome and thank you for listening!


March 24, 2021 81 min

Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975, and was Chair of the Stanford University Faculty Senate from 2010-2011. Dr. Spiegel has more than 40 years of clinical and r...

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Ok guys today we sit down with my good friend James Blake.

James is a former professional tennis player with a career high ranking of 4 in the world.

I’m excited for you to meet James because he is one of my favorite people on this planet.

In this episode we explore the concept of mastery.  James shares his own journey to mastery in the sport of tennis and the extreme level of commitment and discipline required to get there.

This hour ...

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Ok guys today we sit down with Louis Rosenberg.

Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs….I would not be surprised for future generations to be referencing the brilliance of Louis Rosenberg in the same light.

He is an innovator and by that I mean he sees things before they happen.  Not only does he think outside the box and see what could be…but he also makes that vision come into our physical reality.  To be able to see it…and then do it.  Talk ab...

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Jack Feldman is a Brooklyn, NY native with his PhD in Physics and is a Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology at UCLA.  According to my friend and previous guest Andrew Huberman “Jack is the world leader in all things breathing” so who better to talk to about this amazing gift of breath than Jack.

Jack discovered an area in the brain stem that is responsible for the rhythm of breath which he named the pre-Botzinger complex.  He is ...

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Today’s show is a special one for me.  I have been looking forward to sitting down with my good friend Andrew Huberman and today is the day.

Also this is our first sponsored episode which I couldn’t be more grateful and proud to align with.  The company is Madefor.  For those of you who are regular listeners..first thank you! Thank you for being curious about your own personal formula for optimal performance and just living your bes...

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Our guest today is Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary.  She was born in India but left at the age of 4 to relocate with her family in the US.  Her path led her to become a medical doctor specializing in Neurology and the director of Wellspring health in Scripps Memorial Hospital for ten years.  Luckily for us, she became sick, which sounds bad I know, but as pills and traditional treatment was not working she looked to Ayurvedic medicine and me...

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Spiros is a great guy and absolutely brilliant! I heard him on my friend Gabby Reece’s podcast and loved their conversation so I was thrilled he agreed to be on the show.

Spiros is a mathematical physicist at Caltech’s Institute of quantum information and matter (IQIM). His research focuses on the physical...

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Ok guys it is a pleasure to have my friend Nick Winkelman on the show today.

Nick is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to optimizing human performance so I am very excited to share this conversation with you. 

Nick is currently living in Dublin, Ireland where he is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. 

Before working for Irish Rugby, Nick was the director of education and training system...

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Find More about Rudy:



Ted talk- Curing Alzheimer’s with Science and Song


Instagram - doesn’t really use it


Super Brain

Super Genes

and The Healing Self.


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Beyond that some things we talk about are:

-taking risks and being willing to fail

-changes Covid19 has had on his training

-the power of understanding and performing the basics well

-some common misconceptions about strength training for women

-training principles such as strength vs power; speed and agility; cardio or energy systems development

-the importance of communication when on a team

-workout structure and time


And some exciting...

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Ok guys this episode was a fun one and the very first interview I did for this show over 2 years ago!! It took me a while to follow thru but I am with you every week now so thank you so much for tuning in. The audio and interview is a little rough around the edges but I think there is a lot of valuable information to take away. We sit down with AJ Ramos. AJ as you will get to know is a great guy with an enormous heart and on...
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Ok guys today we have my good friend Pat Dossett on the show. Pat is extremely humble and always shining the light on others so I’m excited to have this rare opportunity to share a bit of his journey with you. Pat is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he spent 9.5 years with the Navy Seals, has his MBA from Wharton Business School and is now the co-founder along with Blake Mycoskie of a life changing company called Madefor. ...
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Ok guys I’m super excited to have my good friend Isabella Boylston on the show today! Bella is an absolute superstar athlete and artist performing all over the world as a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in NYC. She has danced lead roles in numerous ballets including Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and the list goes on… She was invited to guest star with the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet, ...
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Find Darin below and try some of his Barukas for 15% off!! Your body will thank you! And listen to his new podcast to gain knowledge thru great conversations around health and lifestyle.

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Resources mentioned by James:


Janek Gwizdala

Wayne Krantz  

Julien Lage

Book: What every musician needs to know about the body

Pop guitar:

Nile Rodgers

Jazz guitar:

Pat Metheny

John Scofield

Bill Frisell

Jazz inspiration:

Miles Davis

John Coltrane

Mindfulness teachers:

David Creswell 

Shinzen young

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Mardy is a former professional tennis player reaching a career high ranking of 7 in the world.  He is an Olympian that won the silver medal for the united states and is the current Davis Cup coach for the USA. 

Mardy is a great human and friend and a phenomenal athlete.  He shares so much valuable information into what it takes mentally and physically to perform at the highest level in tennis.

He takes us on his own personal journey ...

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June 20, 2020 3 min
A quick intro to your host Rory Cordial!
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