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This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we were lucky enough to catch the Founder & CEO of WHOOP, Will Ahmed, in between two press conferences. If you're interested in the fitness world, chances are that you have heard of WHOOP before. The company's mission is to unlock human performance and to reach this mission their products are designed to measure the human body continuously. While WHOOP is mainly centered around providing its users with sleep, recovery, and strain data, recently they have also made some pretty awesome discoveries in detecting COVID-19.Listen to this week's episode to hear about the founding story of WHOOP, the features and benefits of the device, and how they might be able to tell if a user has COVID-19!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we welcome the Co-Founders of a microbiome company that uncovers some very interesting but largely overlooked facts about the organisms in your gut. Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and Afif Ghannoum, father and son, have built BIOHM together in the hope of educating people about the role that bacteria and fungi play in our microbiome, testing their microbiome health and providing actionable recommendations. Listen to this week's episode to learn about the organisms that make up your microbiome and some great tips dietary and lifestyle tips for a better gut health!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we welcome Kent Yoshimura and Ryan Chen, two Co-Founders of Neuro, a nootropics company. If you haven't heard of nootropics yet, they are natural supplements and other substances that enhance focus, memory, and energy levels.Having great natural supplements for boosting performance and your cognitive functions was always important for Kent and Ryan. But a couple of years back, they realized that there is simply no product on the market that is easy to carry around and is sharable between friends, family, and others. So they decided to make one: Neuro gum.Listen to this week's episode to hear about the nootropics, what the Neuro gum has to offer, and tips from the Co-Founders on how to improve your focus when working from home!
This week on the podcast we welcomed Max Mikhaylenko, the Co-Founder of Snap Supplements, a natural supplements brand. The foundation of a long and happy life will always be a healthy lifestyle. However, if you have established a regular exercising regimen and a healthy nutritious diet, but you feel like your body and/or immune system is still missing a little boost, it's time to turn to natural supplements.Listen to this episode to hear Max sharing some of his go-to resources for educational content around supplements, his favorite Snap Supplements products, and what benefits you can gain out of these products!
This week on the podcast we welcomed back Matteo Franceschetti, the Co-Founder and CEO of Eight Sleep to catch up about what's been happening at the company since we last had him on the show. Eight Sleep, the innovative smart sleep technology company has set out a mission to make the world a "sleep fit" place. And in line with this mission, they have now launched 3 generations of products that don't just give you insights but also act upon these insights to improve your sleep night by night. Listen on to hear Matteo talk about their latest innovation, The Pod Pro, and share some great tips and tricks with you on how to improve your sleep during this stressful period!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we welcomed the latest member to the smart at-home workout machine founders' club: Trent Ward. Trent is the Co-Founder & CEO of FORME Life, a soon to be launched high-tech device that offers a variety of exercises, together with personalized coaching and real-time tracking. Listen on to get a sneak peek into the features and benefits of the device, how it compares to its competitors, and why you should invest in this instead of buying your next gym membership!
Today we have a special guest on the podcast, who is very close to our heart: Jenn Pattee, the Co-Founder of Public Recreation & Workout Daily. We had Jenn on the podcast over a year ago now, when their community-based outdoor workout classes just started to catch on fire in San Francisco. But a lot has changed at the company since, and Jenn and the team have shifted their focus from in-person to digital.Listen to this week's episode to hear all about how Public Recreation turned into a Workout Daily service and also to get some great at-home workout tips from a real "guerrilla" workout pro.
There is a green tea that has taken over the menus of all glamorous coffee shops and even made it to our plates as a fancy ingredient of foods, like pancakes and acai bowls. But matcha tea is actually hyped for a reason: it is rich in antioxidants and has some great health benefits. Listen to today's episode to learn more about how matcha tea is different from other green teas, how it is made, and what you can gain out of consuming it regularly!
Today on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we have Lori Gottlieb, a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller 'Maybe You Should Talk to Someone'. In addition to her clinical practice, Lori writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and contributes regularly to The New York Times and many other publications. Using her wide range of experience and interesting background, we dive into a number of different topics related to our psychological and mental health.Listen on to hear about why it is important to let other people in and be vulnerable sometimes, how we can manage our emotions in the current situation, and a lot more!
Now that we are under lock-down, many of us might feel like our diet is getting out of hand. However, it is not too late to change this. In today's show, we have Adrienne Ngai, a certified dietitian, and nutritionist, who can help in counteracting any unhealthy eating habits you may have picked up on recently. Listen on to hear the personal struggles Adrienne went through when she was younger that led to her to becoming a dietitian and to learn some great tips on how to follow a healthy diet while in quarantine!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we are looking at the impact of COVID-19, but from not a physical health perspective. We had a special guest, Dr. Samuel Veissière from the University of McGill, who helped us debunk the behavioral and cognitive response of our society to the current pandemic. Listen on to hear how our evolution can explain our reaction to COVID-19 and why people belonging to different generations and nations may deal with the situation differently!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we have a real jump rope expert, Srdjan Popovic, the CMO of Crossrope. While jumping rope might not be a "go-to workout" for everyone, it is one of the best full-body exercises that get all your muscles moving. The unique system that the team behind Crossrope set up offers both the equipment and the workouts to everyone regardless of their experience with jumping rope.Listen to this week's episode to hear about all the benefits of a jump rope workout and what Crossrope has to offer for its community!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we dive into cultured meat. Taking a step further from plant-based meat alternatives, in recent years scientists have been working on an even more revolutionary concept, which is cultivating meat in a lab from cells. But how is the process done exactly and what will be the potential benefits of getting cultured meat on supermarket shelves? Find out now!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we welcome back Aly Orady, the Founder of an at-home digital strength training machine, Tonal. We first had Aly on the podcast about a year ago, when Tonal was still very new on the market. Since then, there is probably not many people in the fitness community, who have not tried or at least heard of Tonal before. But its growing popularity is not the only thing that has changed around Tonal!Press play to hear Aly talking about how Tonal has evolved over the past year and what features we can expect to pop up on the device soon!
We have arrived at the last at-home workout episode for the week, which is going to have a lower body focus. So if you feel like your legs have not been moving enough while staying at home, here's the time to get them moving again. Listen and join in for a simple, but effective lower-body circuit!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we're trying to provide our listeners with some useful insights and practices around the novel COVID-19. Charlie is hosting the episode with his dad, who has been a General Practitioner for over 35 years. He is currently a family doctor and physician and is at the frontline during the current pandemic.So tune in to hear what we currently know about COVID-19 and to learn about the best practices to prevent yourself from contracting the virus!
In our second at-home workout episode, Charlie is bringing you a HIIT workout. As the name suggests, this bodyweight session will get your heart rate up by requiring you to work at a higher intensity. Tune in to hear a precise explanation for every exercise in this circuit and recommendations on ideal rep counts and the number of rounds you should complete!
As we've been closely monitoring the development of the novel COVID-19, we also wanted to support the #stayhome movement. Therefore, this week we're bringing you a series of at-home workouts that can help you keep active while not leaving the house and practicing social distancing. Listen to the first one today!
Your forearms are involved in many exercises as well as daily activities. Therefore, lacking forearm strength might affect your ability to build strength in other parts of your body. But luckily, there are specific exercises that can help with this. Listen on to learn how you can train your forearms efficiently!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness Podcast we had the pleasure to talk to Susan Neal. Susan has an MBA and a Master's in Health Science and has been a certified yoga teacher for over 7 years. She has written 7 books, some directed more at yoga whether others are centered around improving your diet by eliminating refined carbs and sugar from it. Susan also shared with us a personal struggle that she went through, which has resulted in her lifestyle change. Press play to hear the story and what advice Susan has for others in her shoes!
You've probably heard many times that it is extremely important to keep active and follow a healthy diet as we age. But what's really the reason behind it? As we age, we go through certain biological and hormonal changes that increase your body's tendency to gain weight. For instance, our fat cell turnover decreases as we get older. Press play to hear more!
To get the maximum out of your training regimen, you should have a good mix of cardio and weight training. But doing them on the same day or separate days could actually make a difference. Listen on to hear the best practices for integrating weights and resistance training into your exercise routine!
Seeing the phrase 'sugar-free' might give you a sense of 'that won't hurt my diet or my health then...', but in reality, this might not be true. While diet and sugar-free beverages won't pump up your calories in for the day, they might have some negative impact over your long-term health. Listen on to find out more!
And we're back with our second episode on 'nutritionally complete foods'. Previously we discussed what they are and why people might incorporate them into their diet. But are they really nutritionally complete? There are some controversial studies out there on the topic, but overall it is definitely important to highlight that these meal replacements should definitely not take over whole foods in your diet! Press play to find out more and to get a surprise from our sponsor, Tonal!
In this 2 part series, we'll discover everything you should know about nutritionally complete foods, starting with what they are. Nutritionally complete foods are described as foods with just the right amount of micro- and macronutrients. These are several reasons why consumers might incorporate these foods into their diets, including bulking goals as well as lack of time and convenience. Find out more about nutritionally complete foods in this episode, the potential benefits it may have as well as the key players in the sector!
We all love to go to the sauna for therapeutic benefits. However, there are plenty of health and fitness benefits that a couple of sauna sessions a week could bring to the table. What are these? Listen to today's episode to find out!
Today on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we have a day in a life of a professional rugby player with Rob Stevenson. Rob has signed a contract with a professional team right after finishing university and has been loving every bit of his rugby career so far. But of course, as you might have guessed, there is a lot of work that goes into this both on and off-field.Listen to this week's episode to hear all about the training and nutrition plans of a rugby player, as well as the importance of recovery and how Rob personally deals with it!
The Mediterranean Diet is built on the core principles of many Mediterranean cultures. While this diet has no extreme restrictions either, it directs you to avoid processed foods, red meat, and dairy products. Instead, a lot of fruits, vegetables, fish, healthy fats and nuts should be making up the majority of your diet. So what are the benefits you can expect to see from following this diet? Find out from today's episode!
Intuitive eating, as the name suggests, is all about knowing your body and what it needs. It has no restrictions, like other diets do, as it is more of a lifestyle. At the core of intuitive eating is your ability to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and to realize when you are full. Learn more tricks and tips for intuitive eating from today's episode!
Did you know that you actually burn calories by eating? That's right, your body needs energy to break down the food that you consume, which accounts for approximately 10% of your daily caloric expenditure. Learn more about the process and whether specific food groups help you burn more energy in today's episode!
This week on the podcast we're back with another Shape Insider. The spotlight this time around is on our Co-Founder & COO, Martin Kessler. In his interview, he shares with us some insights about his background, what projects he was involved in before Shape, and how he met our other Co-Founder, Alex, in Hong Kong. Listen on to learn some exciting facts about Martin's life and how he sees ShapeScale's future in the world of personal health & fitness!
Most people listen to music when they exercise just for fun. But did you know music can actually have a major impact on your workouts? Studies have shown that music can positively impact your output and in some cases also extend the duration delay fatigue. Listen on to hear more and find out whether different types of music have a different impact!
Burning calories with exercising does not stop when you leave the gym. The 'afterburn effect', also known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), refers to your body's ability to continue burning calories after you stop exercising. So which exercises induce the afterburn effect the most and how long does it usually last for? Find out now!
Weightlifting is often perceived as a "masculine" form of exercise. There are a number of women who are afraid of touching the weights in the gym simply because "they don't want to get too bulky" or "have too muscular upper-bodies". Well, in reality, none of these will happen if you're not purposefully working on becoming a bodybuilder. Listen on to hear how weightlifting can aid in reaching whatever your fitness goals may be!
Guarana is a plant that's found in the Amazon basin in Brasil. While those who are native to the region use guarana seeds are medicine, the Western world adopted it in the form of an extract as a health & fitness supplement. It has a number of stimulants, such as caffeine, and it also boosts antioxidants. Its high caffeine content is one of the reasons why people hope to gain high benefits out of taking guarana supplements. But what does the research say? Find out now!
CLAs aka conjugated linoleic acids are fatty acids that naturally produced by animals, like cows and goats, and are found in meat and dairy products. Butter, fresh ground beef, and cheddar cheese are some of the examples with the highest concentration of CLAs. While CLA is not an essential fatty acid that you should worry about day and night, some people still take it in a form of supplements. Why? Find out now!
Finishing our superfood week with another superfood that you might have not known about: pomegranate. Pomegranate seeds, just like beetroot, are high in dietary nitrate. As a result, they can increase your muscles' stamina and also aid their recovery process. Listen to today's episode to learn more about how much pomegranate juice you should drink and how long before exercise for superior performance!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we had an amazing chat with a real transformation queen. We welcomed Suzan Galluzzo on the show, who is a personal trainer, a nutrition specialist, a transformation coach and also the Corporate Head Office trainer of Reebok. Suzan told us that fitness has always been a part of her life and had a tremendous positive impact on her during the years. Today we talk all things related to the importance of prioritizing yourself, living an active life and a lot more!Press play to hear Suzan's personal journey from simply living an active life through competing in a fitness show to becoming a transformation coach!
You might be wondering why we're talking about beetroot in this episode? It's just another vegetable after all, no? Well not exactly. Beetroot is actually one of the least commonly known superfoods out there. Due to its high dietary nitrate content, it has many benefits for your health & fitness. Press play to learn what these benefits are!
Turmeric is a plant that's main active ingredient is curcumin. Curcumin, which has traditionally been used for cooking in Asian kitchen, is widely used today as a dietary supplement due to its many health benefits. It has antioxidant properties and hence is thought to have a strong anti-inflammatory power. Listen on to learn more about the health benefits of turmeric and why you should use it as a supplement!
Steroids are basically "man-made medicine" that mimic certain hormones in our body. There are two main types: corticosteroid and anabolic steroids. Focusing on anabolic, these are the steroids that can aid muscle building. While it might sound appealing to get an extra push for building muscles, these steroids certainly have a "scary" side of long-term negative side effects. Press play to learn more!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we had the pleasure to host an episode with Tom aka the 'Bodyweight Warrior'. Tom is an athlete who has a very diverse background. While he used to be a powerlifter, nowadays he is more drawn to bodyweight training for several reasons, which we all discuss in today's episode.So if you want to find out more about calisthenics & bodyweight training as well as other interesting topics, like how technology is disrupting the fitness industry, press play now!
That's right, our body contains not one, but two types of fat: white & brown. In contrast to white fat, brown fat cells actually burn energy and produce heat in your body. Hence, they are with us in the fight against excess weight gain. So is there a way to generate more brown fat in your body? And if yes how? Find out now!
Hydrotherapy is a form of treatment that uses water to improve physical well-being. It usually involves some sort of exercise in water that has many benefits for your body. It is increasingly used for injury recovery due to its low impact nature and heated water's muscle relaxation ability. Learn more about the specifics of hydrotherapy and its numerous benefits it has in today's episode!
One of the most popular "crash diets" is definitely juice detoxing. However, as you can assume since it is a crash diet, it is not exactly a sustainable one. While juice detoxing can have some positive impact on your body, its long term effects are mainly negative. Listen on to find out what these are and why you should not necessarily turn to juice detoxing in the hope of losing weight!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we have someone who will get rid of all your faulty behavior change and resolution trials. Dr. Michelle Segar has a PhD in Psychology with a focus on motivation and sustainable behavior change and she brings all her expertise to our show.We discuss everything from the main reasons why so many people fail to get onto a healthier lifestyle to how social media has been shaping our perceptions. Press play and get an insight into the role our emotions play when sticking to our goals!
Cortisol is a hormone that we normally know as the "stress hormone". And the reason behind it is because cortisol works with your brain and regulates such things as mood and motivation. But this is not the only role of cortisol in your body. Learn more about its functions and how it operates!
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the active ingredients of marijuana. However, unlike marijuana, this ingredient in itself won't give you that feeling of "high". Instead, it is becoming increasingly popular for other benefits, such as the reduction of anxiety and depression. Learn more about the uses and benefits of CBD now!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we have Brian Keane sharing his insights about transformations, setting goals and the life-changing impact of ultra marathons. Brian is a primary school teacher turned fitness entrepreneur who now owns a very successful personal training business. After a few years of living the double life of teaching full-time and training part-time, Brian quit his day job and decided to pursue his dream.In today's episode, you can hear more about some of Brian's personal journeys and how he believes fear can be a great driving force for reaching your goals.
Foam rolling is a great method for muscle pain and soreness reduction. It is a specific massaging technique that helps your muscle recovery. However, it is also important to know when and how to use a foam roller for maximized benefits. Find out the specifics of foam rolling from today's episode!
As you could've probably guessed alcohol doesn't have the most positive effect on your muscle recovery. But why exactly does it harm your recovery process? And is there a certain limit that you shouldn't cross? Find out now!
Warming up before exercise might seem obvious to some people, however, it is actually a controversial topic in the fitness world. There are various types of warmups and while one works for certain fitness goals, the other might not. In today's episode, we shed light on which warmup is recommended for different purposes.
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we were lucky enough to catch someone who had made a pretty big name for himself in the industry. We have Shaun T. the creator of many at-home workout programs, such as the world-wide famous Insanity. However, Shaun is not just a trainer, he is also a motivational speaker who knows “this and that” about how to get and also keep someone moving - pretty useful for after the holiday binging.Listen on to hear all Shaun’s awesome advice and understand why he is among the most influential 100 people in health & fitness!
While losing weight and building muscles is not possible with some simple magic tricks, there are a couple of methods that you can use that can help you get there. One of these is carb cycling, whereby you alternate between low and high-carb periods. Listen on to find out how carb cycling works and what benefits you can expect from it!
If you have ever worked out in your life, chances are that you have experienced that amazing feeling of accomplishment and increased self-esteem right after your workout. A feeling that is caused by endorphins being released in your body as a result of exercising. But how are they produced and what benefits can you expect from them? Find out now!
You have most definitely heard of pre- & post-workout, but have you also heard of intra-workout supplementation? It is based on the idea that to optimize your performance, you might want to supplement whatever you have low levels of during your workout. Listen on to learn about what the most common deficiencies are during a workout and what supplements you should use the address them!
We are back on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast with another one of our co-hosted episodes. This week we welcomed Nat Kendall a passionate yoga teacher who shares everything from his personal journey to his thoughts about modern-day yoga. No matter whether you are a complete beginner or an expert yogi, this episode definitely packs something exciting for you. Press play to hear the most comprehensive overview of how yoga can benefit your life both physically and mentally and what Nate recommends to those who are just getting familiar with the yoga world!
You may or may not have experienced a training plateau before, but chances are you have heard of it. If you do run into a training plateau, it doesn't mean the end of the world, but it's good to know how to overcome them. In today's episode, you can learn the tricks and tips to identifying real training plateaus as well as overcoming them.
Now that the holidays are over reality starts to hit slowly and we need to get back to our health & fitness routine. It can be hard to get back on track a few weeks of overindulgence, but it is definitely not impossible. Charlie brings us some fantastic tips that will guarantee your successful return to a healthy lifestyle!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we get ourselves into the most important things in an athlete's life. With the insights of our co-host, the born-again decathlete, Chris Helwick, we talk all things related to training, nutrition and the right mental state an athlete should have. Chris has stepped on the athlete path for the second time after retiring for a couple of years. Having been through it all once, he learned from his mistakes and shares with us his wisdom about a perfected training plan for the Olympics.Press play to hear about how an athlete prepares for the Olympics games and what Chris believes are the key physical and mental factors for success!
You probably know Vitamin D as the sunshine vitamin. And what you should also know is the numerous reasons why your body needs it. However, unfortunately, many of us have Vitamin D deficiencies and hence should seek out alternative sources, other than the sun, to increase it in our body.
Resistance training has a lot of benefits regardless of your age. In fact, it is important that older generations also engage in resistance training not only cardio for several reasons. Listen on to find out why!
You have probably heard the phrase 'toning up' thrown around multiple times in the gym or among your fitness geek friends. It is essentially the process of losing fat and building muscles at the same time. Sounds pretty complex, right? So the question is: is this really something that's possible for the everyday gym-goer?
Getting a six-pack is on everyone's fitness wish list, but do we all know how to do it? There are several exercises that you might think will get you your dream abs the most efficiently, but you might be wrong. Listen to hear what the best exercises really are to get rock hard abs!
BMI aka Madd Body Index has been historically used to judge whether someone has a healthy weight or not. However, BMI has many shortcomings due to which it has not proven to be a reliable metric. Find out what these shortcomings are from Charlie's own example!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we're introducing our third - and final - new mini series for this season: The Shape Insider. As you can guess from the name, on this show we'll cover everything Shape, ShapeScale and 20 Minute Fitness related from a "behind the scenes' perspective. So you'll get a deeper insight into who our team really is and what is this futuristic device that we're working on.In our first episode Martin and Xav kick start by giving you a brief overview of ShapeScale, how it came about, what it does and who is it for. Listen on to learn more about ShapeScale and hear how it's been developed over the past year or so!
Yohimbine, a not that well-known supplement, is derived from an African tree's bark. Based on previous research Yohimbine can aid the body's fat-burning, which is why athletes may turn to it. However, it is very important to note that this compound has several severe side effects and hence should be taken with caution! Learn more about Yohimbine now!
Fat is probably the most controversial macronutrient. There are various types of fat, two of which are saturated and monounsaturated. So what's the difference between these two and are they good for your health or not?
We all know that awful feeling when we wake up in the morning and see a number that we don't want to see on the scale. Unfortunately, body weight fluctuations are quite common for most people and can be caused by many different factors. But how do you know if you are actually gaining weight or it is simply caused by other factors, like your body's water retention?
Glutamine is an important amino acid that plays many roles in our body's functioning. Normally, your body has enough glutamine storage naturally, but there are certain cases when you may have a need for supplementation. Find out what these cases are and how much glutamine supplements your body may need!
We are all born with different physiques and are naturally prone to gain or lose weight and/or muscles more easily. But do you really have to follow a different training plan based on your body type? Find out now!
Just like all supplements, creatine is not a necessity either. However, creatine is one of the world's most tested supplements that is naturally found in muscle cells. But how should you use it as a supplement? And what will the major benefits be for your body?
A diet that doesn't come with calorie counting or macro tracking sounds like a dream, right? Actually, it is not a dream, it is called the Paleo diet. Instead of focusing on the numbers and creating strict restrictions, the Paleo diet takes our ancestors' diet as an example to follow. Learn more about the specifics of Paleo and how it can benefit your health!
Have you ever realized that you might have eaten a bit too much? Or had food when you were not actually hungry? This happens to all of us on a regular basis as the thousands of distractions take our focus away from the cues of our body. However, if you learn how to practice mindful eating, you can start appreciating the food you're having and what your body tells you better. Learn how to eat mindfully from today's episode!
An extremely common mistake that people fall into is not letting their muscles rest. It might seem logical to think that the more you train, the better, but it is not true. In order to cause muscle hypertrophy, you have to let your muscles recover. Now you must have questions, like: why and how long? Press play to find out now!
We might be hearing all sorts of myths about high-fat products in the news. And of course, we have also learned a long time ago, that while 1 gram of carb and 1 gram of protein contain only 4 calories, 1 gram of fat contains 9 calories. Based on these, you might be voting for low-fat only, but the truth is that low-fat is not always better. Unfortunately, when a product has lower fat content, it sometimes means that it has more of something else, such as sugar. Listen on and learn when full-fat should be the way to go!
There is a new kid on the fitness world's block and it is called 'Animal Flow'. It might sound a bit freaky first, but trust us, it is going to work your body hard. Learn more about what type of exercises it involves and how your body can benefit from animal flow!
We have probably all experienced muscle cramping before and hence, are familiar with what it is. Listen on to find out what the different causes of muscle cramping might be. Hint: not all of them are that obvious!
You've probably heard of intermittent fasting before, but are you aware of all the different types of it? Today Charlie will share with you the basics of the intermittent fasting methodology and how various versions of it look like.
Dr. Stuart McGill was a professor at the University of Waterloo for 30 years. He is a world-renowned lecturer and expert in spine function, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. During his time at Waterloo, Dr. McGill has done experimental research into numerous issues related to back pain, rehabilitation and the enhancement of athlete performance. Listen to this week's episode to get a deep insight into how bones work, what are the main causes of athletic injury, the process of healing and prevention and a lot more!
Your microbiome is made up of millions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and others that live in your body. Find out why it's important to keep your gut microbiome diversified and what foods can help you in it!
Following a vegan diet comes with several health benefits. However, it is critical that you still follow a balanced diet with adequate protein intake. Find out which are the best plant-based protein source options!
This week we are glad to bring to you one of our brand new series on the podcast: 20 Minutes With... feature influential experts across a wide spectrum of health & fitness. Charlie had the pleasure to co-host our first episode with Nate Helming, a professional coach and the Co-Founder of The Run Experience.As you can guess from the name of the company, 20 Minutes With Nate largely revolves around all things running with a special focus on injury prevention. So get ready, set and press play now!
There are various types of supplements that can aid your muscle-building process in various ways. However, it's crucial to know that all of them should be supplementary - as they are called - and built on a balanced diet and workout routine.
As we all know sleep deprivation can have many negative consequences on our health, one of which is weight gain. But why is that? And how many hours of sleep do you really need that will get your body well-rested? Listen to find out!
Have you ever wondered what it would take to get on a keto diet? Or whether it is even for you? We'll share the key things you should know about keto diet today, so you can decide whether yo jump right into it or not!
Introducing our brand new, super quick show 'Health & Fitness Fact of The Day' that will air three times a week. Each episode will focus on a health & fitness fact, advice or will debunk some common myths in just under 5 minutes. This way you can get your daily dose of health & fitness and learn something new even before leaving the house.The Health & Fitness Fact of This Monday is all about antioxidants. Listen on to learn what they really are and how they affect your body!
This week we arrived at the final episode of the first season of our be-loved ‘Why I Built This’ show. While 20 Fit will, of course, continue to rise and shine, we’re bringing you some new and exciting shows. In fact, we have a little sneak peek of what’s to come at the end of today’s episode.Anyways for today’s show, we had the pleasure to speak with Stacey Seward Vandiver, a real veteran expert in group fitness. Group classes such as in Yoga, Barre, Zumba and spinning that are offered in larger health clubs and gyms often seem more like an afterthought and pale in comparison to those you can find in boutique studious. Stacey thinks that doesn’t have to be the case, which is why she founded SoulBody, a group fitness certification company that is training instructors in innovative, pre-choreographed class formats.Listen on to learn more about how exactly SoulBody makes group fitness more varied and fun, but also how Stacey envisions to realize her mission not just here in America but even globally!
On our final 'How Tech Can Help' episode on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast, we wanted to bring to you a widely popular form of exercise, which is running. However, rather than focusing just on running in general, Charlie will zoom in on a more performance-based angle. Instead of generic apps and more basic fitness trackers, this week we introduce you to some of the more high-end running wearables and gadgets that will help you beat your personal records. Press play to get an insight into the tech that will make you run faster!
On this week’s Why I Built This episode, we bring to you not one, but two great minds behind a company that’s here to revolutionize the personal training industry. As you probably know, in recent years we have seen a movement that is pushing exercising towards a more interactive experience with no physical boundaries. Using modern fitness equipment, like Peloton, Tonal, Hydrow or apps like Vi and ClassPass Live, you're able to exercise whenever and wherever you'd like to. But our two guests today, Yarden Tadmor and Shayna Schmidt, discovered that an outlier, 1on1 personal training, had still failed to break out of its traditional form of meeting your coach at your local gym. Their app and online service Livekick is set to change this.Livekick provides personal training or private yoga sessions through live interactive 2-way videos no matter where you're around the globe. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear how Yarden and Shayna will help you create new fitness habits that can fit into your busy lives with Livekick!
As we're slowly getting back to our fall fitness routine, we wanted to dedicate today's 20 Minute Fitness episode to a fundamental process of our body's functioning: metabolism. One of the main purposes of our metabolism is to convert what we eat or drink into energy. And from an exercising point of view, our metabolism is linked to our energy expenditure, or in other words, the number of calories we burn. Our metabolic rate is affected by several factors, such as age, gender, and genes. Hence, it cannot be artificially influenced by any gadget. However, there are certain natural “remedies” that can help boost your metabolism for a short period of time. But if you're looking for something more sustained, your focus should be around optimal nutrition and/or increasing your muscle mass. Press play to learn what innovations are out there that will help you achieve these and hopefully lead to boosting your metabolism in the long run!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast's ‘Why I Built This’ show, we are honored to introduce you to someone with an extremely inspiring and empowering story: Michael Kuech, the Co-Founder of Your Super. Once an aspiring pro tennis player, Michael’s life took a dramatic turn when he was diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, he managed to recover and one of his secret weapons turned out to be a daily dosage of superfoods, "prescribed" to him by his partner Kristel De Groot. Eventually, all of this inspired the two of them to found Your Super, a direct-to-consumer nutritional supplements company.If you would like to learn about the full story of how superfoods actually helped Michael through his hard times and why Your Super is very different from your typical nutrition supplement company, then you should definitely stay tuned!Three Things You Will Learn1) Superfoods At Your SuperEven though superfoods only got hyped in Western societies a couple of years ago, they go a long way in the Eastern world. These ancient veggies and fruits are extremely high in nutrients and have been used for decades as alternative medicine by different cultures.Maximizing their benefits and making them easily consumable, Michael and Kristel decided to combine various superfoods and create 7 different powder mixes. Each of them is a functional powerful mix that brings different health benefits to the consumer. With only one spoon a day, you can get all essential fruits & veggies in your diet.Their Forever Beautiful Mix is, for instance, supercharged with anti-oxidants and aims to nourish your skin. While their Power Matcha Mix is a great alternative for coffee as it will boost your energy. Listen on to hear about the other superfood mixes they have for you!2) The Your Super IngredientsAt Your Super, we only meet with superfoods in powder form, which might make you wonder whether they give you the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruits and vegetables? The answer is that superfoods don't just give you the same amount, but actually a lot more. As superfoods are dried and shredded, which count as very minimal processing, they don't lose from their nutrient content. On the other hand, fresh fruits and vegetables lose nutrients as soon as they leave the ground and you also never really know whether the 'fresh' label in the supermarket really means something. Taking it a step further, all the Your Super ingredients are strictly organic, non-GMO and come from the highest quality sources. Michael and Kristel make sure of this by actually visiting every single farm where they source their ingredients from and by running lab tests on everything they put in their mixes. Press play to hear why the Your Super founders put such a high emphasis on sourcing from the right places and why they'd like to educate people to read the labels before buying anything in a grocery store!3) Outlook On Our Future Health TrendsAccording to Michael, it's not a surprise that people are becoming more and more receptive to superfoods. He sees that while in the past everything revolved around convenience, today we are simply not willing to make a choice between convenience and quality. People have become more health-conscious and "force" brands to create products that excel on both ends. As brands recognize that trends move in a healthier direction, they offer a greater variety of high-quality options. Which in turn further pushes people towards a healthier lifestyle. And Your Super is ready to stand at the forefront of these changes by sharing knowledge and educating people about the benefits of a more plant-based diet. Tune in to hear more about how Michael sees the future of our nation's health and in what ways Your Super will educate people to eat more plants!
Today on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast we are discussing a crucial matter for our health: hydration. Hydration is extremely important not only for fitness purposes but for basically keeping yourself alive. 60-70% of our body is made up of water and it's essential for maintaining a healthy functioning of your key organs, like your heart. Losing as little as 2% of your body's water content can lead to dehydration, which could have several negative effects on your daily life. But today we're here to prevent this by introducing the best innovations out there that won't let you ever experience dehydration. Press play to learn how tech can help you to stay on top of your hydration game!Three Things You'll Learn1) Cheap Hydration RemindersAs you probably could've guessed, there are a number of apps out there, which are specializing in hydration. These apps can basically take the place of your personal assistant and make sure that you never forget to drink enough water. The first one is called Plant Nany, which aims to gamify hydration. As the name suggests, you get a virtual plant that you have to take care of. Every sip of water is translated into watering your plant, which will help in its growth. Besides having fun, you can also set water-intake goals, look at your historic data and work on improving over time in a systematic manner. For those who are not that interested in the gamification part, we have Daily Water (for iPhone users) and Water Drink Reminder (for Android users). These apps have the same underlying approach of trying to build your habit of drinking enough water via reminders throughout the day. They will let you set your unit and volume of choice and provide you with more detailed insights on past consumption habits. Listen on to hear more about the different features these hydration apps have!2) Smart Water BottlesTaking it a step further, there are also physical products that can help in hitting your hydration goals. On the smart water bottles' end, we have Hydrate Spark 3. This smart bottle reminds you when to drink by lighting up and also tracks your water intake. The bottle comes with an app that sets your personalized hydration goals every day based on your activity level, physique, and the weather. After the data is synced to the app, you can compare how well you are doing based on your targets. If you're one of those who don't like caring water bottles around, you can also get a hydration reminder attachment called Ulla. This tiny gadget can be placed on any glass or bottle that you're drinking from, which is a great flexibility benefit. Ulla also tracks when you're drinking water and sends you reminders by blinking min 1x/hour. This way you'll never forget to sip on a glass of water regularly. Press play to hear how Hydrate Spark 3 and Ulla will ensure that drinking enough water becomes your next healthy habit!3) The Multifunctional Water Bottle Finally, we have a gadget that's not just a smart water bottle, but also a nutritionist at the same time. Lifefuels is probably the most high-tech water bottle you've ever seen. On one side, this smart nutrition bottle also helps you stay hydrated by tracking your beverage consumption, allowing you to set goals and giving you feedback on your hydration progress.And on the other hand, which is the wow factor of Lifefuels, it also ensures your right nutrient and vitamin consumption in a tasty way. You can insert fuel pods in the base of the bottle and with the help of the app dispense these in the liquid the bottle contains. There are various categories of fuels, such as wellness and fitness, with special flavors and benefits.Tune in to today's episode to discover what fuel pods you can get with your Lifefuels bottle!
This week on the 20 Minute Fitness podcast’s ‘Why I Built This’ mini-series, we bring to you Omri Yoffe, a guy behind a very interesting company in the health & fitness space, called Vi. Omri’s path is definitely not your average tech founder’s, as he is a former Israeli Air Force pilot. And today he is the mind and leader behind Vi, the ultimate next-generation running coach: an AI personal trainer, who gives you real-time feedback. Even though Vi started off with a focus on running, Omri and the team have much bigger goals for the company’s future. Listen on to find out more about Omri’s journey from the Air Force to the fit-tech space. And how he’s planning to fulfill Vi’s mission of growing the world's best AI companion for body & mind!Three Things You Will Learn1) The Vi ExperienceYou must be wondering how Vi looks like and what it's like to go for a run with her. Well, Vi is also an app, just like the rest of your health & fitness apps sitting on your smartphone. But due to Vi's three magic ingredients: data collection, machine learning tools, and her UX, she will take you on a more immersive, natural & audio journey. After completing the on-boarding and going on your first running "date", Vi will start learning about you and get to know you as a person. From that moment onwards, she will build up a truly personalized training plan that's in line with your fitness level, goals, and personality. Each session will be highly personalized, using your own name, stats, and goals with the right kind of music in the background. Press play to hear how Vi is crafting your personalized running sessions and what else she has to offer!2) How Vi Will Coach You For Your First 5kWhile Vi can be relevant for all levels, the team is most passionate about casual runners or those who have not even started running yet. So if you're just about to start training for your first 5k, Vi is definitely a running buddy for you!Vi will set up a weekly plan for you every week and all you have to do is press 'play' on the app and start running. After each session, you can give her feedback, which will be taken into consideration when Vi plans your next run.And the most valuable part of all is that Vi is also there with you during each run and gives you feedback in real-time. She will pay attention to your cadence and make sure that you maintain the right step rate. She will also give you advice on how to stay in the optimal HR zone based on your personal goals. And finally, Vi will give you feedback on your pace as well. Tune in to learn how Vi is able to give you all these real-time feedback and how she will guide you to reaching your personal goals!3) The Evolution Of ViVi was officially born and taken to market in 2017 after a very successful Kickstarter campaign. However, the technology itself was built a few years back for a completely different purpose. Vi was originally built as a voice feedback technology for pilots & astronauts. A system that was created to save lives after a tragedy that happened to one of Omri's friends in the Airforce. But after a few years, Omri realized that it's not only pilots and astronauts who could make use of Vi. He thought that the "hands-free - eyes-free" experience also has great potentials in the fitness industry. And that there’s some magic in getting into this “audio zone” with the right music, coaching, and personalization. And he was right. The team started off with running, but Omri gave us a sneak peek of where we can expect to see Vi popping up in the near future. Tune in for more!