In this episode, we get to know Steve Mittleman of Long Beach, CA. Steve is a husband, father, weightlifting coach at Mo-Mentum Fitness in Huntington Beach AND he’s a competitive Highland Games athlete. Steve is a member of the Orange County Highlanders, a group that practices in Orange County and competes at Scottish Festivals throughout Southern California, and he recently earned first place as a Masters 50+ athlete at a tournament at the Ventura Highland Games last October. Additionally, Steve has competed as a powerlifter, winning a California championship, two state records in the squat and the deadlift and a national championship.Read More
This episode comes to you from the Spartan Podfest at last September’s Spartan World Championships, and features Willie Banks. Willie is a former World Record Holder and Olympian, President and CEO of the ANOC World Beach Games and President of the US Olympians. Much of Willie’s fame comes from his innovative approach to sports and his exuberant personality that he brought to track and field competitions. He is the originator of the now common hand clapping that takes place during many track and field events, which he talks about in true Willie style during our conversation. In 1999, Willie was inducted into the USA National Track and Field Hall of Fame and he still continues to compete to this day.Read More
Today’s guest is Dr. Lara Pence. She’s a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has spent the last fifteen years working with individuals as they peel back the layers of their outer shell, cast aside unhealthy patterns and begin to build a new, more resilient sense of self. Dr. Pence has worked with Olympic athletes, successful business owners and entrepreneurs to help them move away from comparison and self-loathing and toward connection and self-investment. She is the Chief Mind Doc for Spartan and hosts the Spartan Mind YouTube video series. And on January 1st of this year, Dr. Pence launched a brand new YouTube videos series that takes viewers through a journey of self-discovery, exploration and analysis, with new videos released every Tuesday and Thursday and important at-home exercises to help deepen self-understanding and awareness.Read More
As has become tradition here at the Seasoned Athlete Podcast, on host Robin Legat’s birthday every year, she turns the tables and answers listener questions. On this episode, recorded the day Robin turned 44, Robin talks about her year in racing, including successes and shortcomings, shares her experience as a budding competitive obstacle racer, and gives advice to listeners who are working on accomplishing their own health, fitness and race goals.Read More
This week, we talk to 67-year old Helen Leeds of Bullhead City, Arizona. Helen is a mother of three, grandmother of seven and she has one great grandson. She’s a retired Senior Accountant, a golfer, a bowler and a competitive soccer player. Helen medaled twice in the Bullhead City/Laughlin Senior Olympics in 2017 and recently competed with the San Diego Soccer Women Global Goals team in Norway, playing alongside women ranging from 41-77 years old - and her daughter. Helen’s passions also include Zumba, motorcycle riding, camping and birdwatching.Read More
Jimmy Choi, 43, is a husband, father, runner, cyclist, obstacle racer and American Ninja Warrior. After being diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease at age 27, and spending years in denial, a life changing incident was the catalyst that led him to make a change to lead a more active life. Since his first 5K in 2012, Jimmy has literally hit the ground running and has run countless road races, numerous 50+ mile bike races and two seasons of American Ninja Warrior - all the while representing Team Fox and raising $250,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Jimmy has become an inspiration to the Parkinson’s community and beyond, and lives his life with a positive mindset, passion and dedication to helping find a cure for Parkinson’s.Read More
On Friday, September 28, 2018, John Witzing, Josh Chessman and Brian “Tosh” Chontosh entered individual shipping containers and spent 24 hours running on Trueform Runner human powered treadmills. They did this in the dark, isolated from the outside world. No communication, no music, nothing but their own thoughts and iron will pushing them through. The goal? Run as many miles as possible in 24 hours. Known as the Locked and Loaded 24 Hours of Isolation Challenge, they were doing this in support of mental health, veterans and first responders. Although their individual goals were to run more miles than their competitors, to them, true victory was to help those suffering in silence.Read More
In our main interview, we talk to 43-year old Rachel Cosgrove of Santa Clarita, California. Rachel owns and operate Results Fitness, named one of the top ten gyms in the US by Men’s Health Magazine. She’s the best-selling author of The Female Body Breakthrough and Drop Two Sizes. In 2012, Rachel earned the title of IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. She has competed as a triathlete, a powerlifter, and in the last year, she made a name for herself as a competitive obstacle course racer. Some of Rachel’s recent OCR stats include earning a 3rd place Masters finish at EPIC Series in 2017, a 3rd place age group finish at the 2017 Big Bear Spartan Beast, 2nd in the 40-49 age group at the 2018 SoCal Spartan, and 3rd place in the 40-49 age group at the 2018 Big Bear Spartan Beast, which also punched her ticket to the 2018 Spartan World Championships as an age group competitor.Read More
This week, we meet 61-year old Helen Fritsch - a flight attendant, published fitness model, IFBB Bodybuilding Pro and Certified Wine Specialist who believes that age is irrelevant to pursue goals, dreams and desires. To that end, she started competing in bodybuilding shows when she turned 55 and consistently placed in the top 5. When Helen turned 60 last year, she won a national championship and earned her pro card. Four years ago, Helen was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her athletic goals. Helen have been featured in Oxygen Magazine, D’Fyne Magazine, Center Stage Magazine and she writes a column in Max Sports and Fitness Magazine called Forever Young.Read More
This week, we talk to 55-year old Charlie Engle of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Charlie is a husband, a father, a writer, a runner and a recovering addict. He’s run across deserts, summited ice-covered volcanoes, swam with crocodiles and even served a stint in federal prison. But Charlie’s greatest challenge is the daily challenge of sobriety. Instead of trying to kill his addictive nature, Charlie instead channels it into positive, purpose-filled pursuits, and those pursuits have literally had him running all over the globe. He’s been clean and sober since 1992, his running pursuits have been the subject of multiple documentaries, and in 2016, Charlie released his first book aptly titled Running Man. Charlie is, as he describes yourself, an addict who runs and a runner who writes.Read More
his week we talk to 66-year old Masters Runner Tom Bernhard of Castro Valley, CA. He currently holds four men’s 65-69 American age group records - 1 Mile, 5000m, and 10,000m on the track along with the 5K record on the road. Tom is a four-time Road Runner of the year in your age group: once in 55-59, once in 60-64, and twice in 65-69. And he's won the Masters LDR Grand Prix two times: once in 2015 in the 60-64 age group and once in 2017 in the 65-69 age group.
In this episode, we discuss how Tom has managed to work through various injuries and how he continues to be able to race at a high level.Read More
This week we talk to Alene Nitzky of Fort Collins, Colorado. She’s an oncology nurse turned health coach that specializes in helping cancer survivors and their families. She’s a writer, blogger and author and she recently published your first book Navigating the C: A Nurse Charts the Course for Cancer Survivorship Care. On the Seasoned Athlete side, She’s an ultra runner, and one of her great accomplishments came when you turned 50 and ran 112+ miles in 24 hours with an overall win at the Cornbelt 24 Hour run in Iowa. She recently took some time off running to concentrate on her business and writing, and now she’s getting ready to return to racing with a goal of running the Across the Years 48 hour race in December.
In the episode, we discuss her early experience with road running, the advantages of training and competing in such grueling races as an older athlete, and what advice she would give to people who feel like they could never become an ultra runner as well as her advocacy work.Read More
This week we talk to Erica McClurg of Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a high school science and swim teacher and triathlete. She has been doing triathlons for about 26 years and has completed 15 Ironman distance races - 5 of which were at the World Championships in Hawaii. Over the course of her career, she estimates that she’s completed approximately 300 triathlons of various distances. More recently, she’s been focusing more heavily on the Ironman distance, and she came in the top 3 in the three half Ironmans and one full Ironman she finished in the last season.
In the episode, we discuss her time college at the the forefront of the triathlon movement, her best and worst racing experiences, and her advice for people interested in getting into the sport.Read More
This week we talk to Julio Anta of Miami, Florida. He is a grandfather, martial arts and fitness school owner and instructor and competitive bodybuilder. In 2017, after 32 years since his last bodybuilding competition, he became the NPC South Florida Bodybuilding Championships Over 60 overall and light weight winner, and placed second in the over 50 physique category. He is also the author of “Anta’s Ageless Warrior Fitness” and believes that age is just a number and that the martial arts and bodybuilding lifestyle is the fountain of youth.Read More
This week we talk to Liz Sharp of Monroe, Louisiana. Growing up, she dreamed of competing in the Olympics in Track and Field, and at one point even qualified for the Olympic Trials. But a freak accident derailed that dream. Now, over forty years later, she's been able to rekindle she athletic spirit via the Senior Games, earning three medals in the 2017 National Senior Games, proving that with a little faith and determination, it's never too late to achieve your dreams.Read More
This episode is a little different than what we normally do here at Seasoned Athlete. I recently had the opportunity to bring the Seasoned Athlete Podcast to the Celebrity Sweat Wellness Day in Downtown Los Angeles. Celebrity Sweat is a television show on Discovery Life Channel that features interviews with celebrities and athletes and is all about motivating and inspiring people to live their best lives. Kind of like what we do around here.
Episode 030 will feature interviews with three people who are all over 40 and represent different specialties in the fitness and wellness arena. The first interview is with Tae Bo creator, fitness legend and Celebrity Sweat co-host 62-year old Billy Blanks. The second is with martial arts athlete and qigong expert 47-year old Chris Shelton. And the last interview of the episode is with Hollywood physique expert and Celebrity Sweat co-host 49 (aka forty-fine) year old Eric The Trainer. In these three interviews, you’ll hear three distinctly different stories but some common threads, as well, such as taking care of yourself from the inside out and the importance of getting rest. All three are over 40 and have some fantastic advice for the over 40 athlete.Read More
This week we talk to masters distance runner Brian Pilcher of Kentfield, California. He has been named male masters runner of the year in 2012 and 2013, he was the overall masters athlete of the year in 2013. He currently holds the 60-64 age group world record in the half marathon, 25K and 30K distances, all of which were earned on the same day during the 2016 Chicago Marathon, where he also tied the full marathon record set by Clive Davies in 1979. Just one week earlier, he broke the 5K world record for his age group at the Syracuse Festival of Races with a time of 16:38, a record he still holds to this day.
In the episode, we discuss how he got back into running in his fifties after a long break and what advantages can come from having a late start as a runner, and he gives advice to others who may be considering getting into running at a more advanced age.Read More
This week, we talk to Kevin Donoghue from Monroe, New York. Kevin has been a Spartan Race Pro Team member since 2015 and holds multiple Spartan Race records. These records include 102 combined masters and overall Spartan Race podiums, 50 1st place finishes, and 71 1st place age group finishes. He's the host of Daily Burn Spartan, the first ever workout video series for obstacle racing and he's been a two-time team captain on NBC’s Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge. In addition, Kevin is Spartan Master Trainer, Obstacle Specialist Coach and one of the founding Spartan Course Officials.Read More
This week, we talk to Libby James of Fort Collins, Colorado. She's a mother of four and a grandmother of 12 ranging in age from 8-24 years old. Libby is a writer, a teacher, and long distance runner. And that is an understatement, because she may just be the fastest woman her age in the world. Libby holds the current USA Track and Field world records for her age group in the 5K and 15K distances. In 2012, she was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame and in 2016 she was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her running accomplishments, which all came after age 40.Read More
This week we take a look back and celebrate our first year by sharing some of our best moments on the show so far. You'll hear clips about meaningful competitive moments, advice for fellow Seasoned Athletes and words of wisdom from Seasoned Athlete alums like triathlete Cherie Gruenfeld, rower Allison Hunt, speed skater Melissa Koenig, obstacle racer Heather Gollnick, roller derby athlete Halee Daily, Crossfit Games masters athlete Diane Stuart and women's running pioneer Kathrine Switzer, among others.Read More