Conversations with Claire

Conversations with Claire

Welcome to Conversations with Claire! I am your host, Claire Bays. I’m a personal trainer at ONNIT Gym in Austin, TX, online coach, athlete and sober gal who loves a good laugh and nerds out on all things human optimization. Let’s have a good chat!


February 20, 2024 70 mins

Jim Galvin is a 5x Guinness World Record holder, former Royal Marines Commando, former Team GB Boblseigh athlete and today runs Alchemy Athletic Coaching. Jim recently came to visit ATX for a few weeks and spent much of his stay an ONNIT Gym, where we met. In this episode we learn about his upbringing dealing with "rage" and "anger" from an early age to getting in to his back half of his twenties feeling "indifferent" about life. W...

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Tara is someone I look up to in the fitness space. She is a strength and mindset coach who runs an online coaching business. Not only does she have a physique that commands respect, but she has a sense of humor and "no fluff" perspective that is so refreshing on social media. Learn about her personal journey in fitness as well as her coaching approach on many things gym/nutrition. A conversation I thoroughly enjoyed with a rad huma...

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Nikki Zahka aka @fitwithnikk_ is a woman in tech with an obsession for health and connection. Nikki shares in a refreshingly vulnerable way in this episode. Her story includes struggling from being overweight to becoming "the ab girl" who then navigated liver, adrenal and hormone issues. She began to experience daily fatigue, thinning hair and increasingly problematic gut health. Nikki has been on a journey from "overtraining and u...

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Dakota Meyer is a USMC/Medal of Honor Recipient, Founder & CEO of Own the Dash and Dash Hydrate and Host of "You're Human" Podcast... he is also a father, husband and firefighter. This conversation is a journey through his story to date and unpacks many of the concepts and principles Dakota lives by today.


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Apply for Coaching with Claire HERE.

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Dom is doing remarkable things in his mid-twenties. Less than 6 months ago Dom was out running with some friends and went in to cardiac arrest at age 24. His work ethic and belief in big goals has been notable ever since we met... and he's taking on his next big feat in a matter of weeks to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro just 6 months after this near death experience. We talk about content creation, podcasting, consistency, mindset and healt...

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Tess Miller (aka @TessNoel) is a global fitness sensation. She started creating content 13 months ago and has grown to over 269K followers on Instagram alone... on top of working full time and then some. This is an honest conversation between two female fitness professionals navigating the landscape of it all. Tess is authentic, inspiring, hardworking, supportive and downright good vibes. If you're not following along with her jour...

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Round Two with Eric Hinman. A 43 year old 5x Ironman Athlete, Brand Builder, Content Creator and CrossFit Athlete. Eric is an inspiration to millions, a very hard worker with a refreshing curiosity and zeal for life... and a willingness to share and document the journey. Learn many habits that he has built that have made him a very magnetic human.


Connect with Eric HERE.

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Danielle is a Speaker, Emcee and owner/operator of her Self Mastery Mentorship Courses. She introduced me to different vocabulary and perspective all throughout the episode. Learn what "self mastery" means to Danielle, what tools she used early in her journey as well as today to navigate hardship, and the lessons she's learning today. She's been a force in every room we've occupied together since I met her in 2022... find out more ...

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Spencer Coursen wears MANY hats: Best-Selling Author, Threat Management Expert, Angel Investor, Public Speaker, and Veteran/Veteran Advocate to name a few. Can you say multi-faceted?! This episode was beyond beautiful to host. From being born in to a "protector" role, to suicidal ideation for decades, to many impressive accomplishments professionally via tremendous hardwork... today he tells his story and walks through the therapeu...

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Shandi is a dynamite. Small Package... Absolute Powerhouse. Shandi is the Founder & CEO of FreeWell -- a beauty brand with disruptive behavior ;). She shares her story on this episode of being raped as a child and overcoming alcoholism through a recovery program, therapy and more. She has now built a brand she is wildly passionate about with BIG vision. She is heavily involved with human trafficking survivor rehabilitation toda...

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Craig Bongelli aka "The Conjugate Cowboy" is back on the pod today! We enjoyed having him here in October so much that we ran it back on different topics today! Craig is a colleague of mine at ONNIT Gym in Austin, TX as well as online as a coach. Today we talk about green flags, upgrading your game, sacrificing today's pleasure for a better life, perspective on relationships and more. 

Find Craig HERE.

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Ashely Spencer is an Olympic Medalist in Track & Field for Team USA, currently in training in Texas for the next Games. I refer to us together as a "literal comedy show" because our day to day chats feel like one. In today's episode we go deep. We discuss racism. Ashley is a black woman and she had a recent experience with bigotry that we get in to. I admire and respect Ashley... and I think you will too. We also talk fashion, ...

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November 21, 2023 69 mins

Hannah Eden is an Athlete and Coach, Founder of HEF Tribe and FYR Apparel. She is a successful business woman but she is also one of the most authentic and vibey follows on the internet... and IRL. In this episode she tells her pregnancy and birthing story for the first time. It is WILD.

Such a fun episode with a stellar human. <3 

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Sam Belliveau is Canada's 3x Strongest Woman and Owner of Strongman Corporation of Canada. We unpack the sport of strength, struggles that the women face as well as Sam's mindset and vision for women in the sport.


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November 7, 2023 78 mins

Ian Mai is the Founder of He is a Coach and Spiritual Care Director at The Hope Project. In this episode Ian speaks about his experience with addiction in a very candid way. This episodes topic *as indicated by title* is not a lighthearted one. I have tremendous respect for Ian's willingness to open up about something that was very challenging for him personally in hopes to share resources that will be helpful ...

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Jimmy House is the Founder of Team House Strong, BJJ Black Belt, Professional PowerLifter & Bodybuilder, Mobility Expert AND Aspiring Pro Wrestler.... oh and he is 27! This episode is a chat with a good dude chasing big dreams. He believes 'em, he's stacked proof of capacity and I believe 'em too. If you're looking for a turbo boost -- look no further.


Find Jimmy on Instagram HERE.

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Mary Barron is "America's Favorite Single Dog Mom". She's currently a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt at 10th Planet ATX, Occupational Therapist, Content Creator and to me she's dynamite in human form -- small but mighty. We unpack our recent experience at Sheepdog Response "Protector 1" Self Defense Course, details about Mary like spending YEARS of her twenties living in a place without cell service *whut?!*... her introduction and ...

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Craig Bongelli aka "The Conjugate Cowboy" is a legend. A large Canadian recently relocated to Austin, TX & colleague of mine at ONNIT Gym. He is a Westside Barbell Alumni who happens to be not only insane-o fit at 265lbs... he is also well read, written and spoken. He  articulates his perspective in a no BS manner and strongly believes that reframing your relationship with time should be a priority. We hope you enjoy this episo...

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October 10, 2023 23 mins

In this episode, Claire is back after a few months away from podcasting... with some perspective and updates. She's completing day 30 of 30 of Phase One of the Live Hard Program as she recorded this. *google that program if you're curious -- it's a great tool to put some structure in place in your life. This episode includes life updates as well as tools she's finding useful today. 

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When you carry a gun, you hold a level of responsibility for the safety of others, including strangers, colleagues, family, and friends. The feeling of carrying a concealed weapon can be both exhilarating and terrifying. 

Tessa Booth and Paige Rue, guests on Conversations with Claire, share their experiences as firearms enthusiasts and how they overcome fear while carrying concealed guns. They acknowledge the responsibility that co...

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