The artistry of combining dance with boxing

About the episode:

In this episode of the Thrivalist Manifesto, Ben V and DrG stay consistent with our series powerful woman.  We interviewed the person who put together a career that by combining the skills to be a classically trained ballerina, Knicks city dancer and world champion professional boxer.  

Miyoko Olszewski is a remarkable athlete whose story is a remarkable tale of constantly adapting and course correcting toward a career that is passion driven, successful and joyful.  Miyoko is a pioneer in female combat athletics. MMA, Boxing and Olympic Wrestling are 3 sports that have seen a surge in participation and commercial viability. Miyoko tells a tale of what it took to get here.

Here are some of the highlights from our interview.

  • What do you do with a kid who probably has ADHD.
  • Getting out of your town and making it to the big city.
  • After performing at the Met, what’s next ?  Hip Hop of course.
  • Knicks City Dancer during the golden age of basketball at Madison Square Garden.
  • After a career in dancing is over, the next logical step? Combat sports, what else.
  • First time in official kick boxing match against the top ranked fighter out of  New England. “I kicked her in the abdomen so hard, I felt her spine against my foot”
  • Amateur titles.  3 NYC golden gloves, 3 national golden gloves, 3 National Boxing Championships.
  • The real toll corruption and cheating has had on modern boxing.
  • The failed attempt to promote female boxing with sex appeal.
  • Going pro at 38 years old, when most people are retiring and unable to continue.
  • Boxing skill and technique is what it takes to have longevity and to protect your brain.
  • Training techniques to for speed and endurance.
  • Using classical dance principles in her boxing routine.
  • The artistry of boxing vs. the brutality of MMA.

This episode is packed full of valuable actionable information.  Enjoy!

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About the episode:

In this episode of the Thrivalist Manifesto, Ben V and DrG interview cofounder of Posturepro, postural analysis system, Annette Verpillot.  Straight from Quebec, Canada Anette brings her deep background in the science of posturology. An alumni of the TED talk experience, Annette ties in cognition, learning, focus, injury risk, performance, eye movements, and more to your posture.

Annette is another woman in our series who is an intellectual and physical powerhouse.  

Here are some of the highlights from our interview.

  • What is postural re-calibration
  • How does posture relate to high performance
  • What are the underlying mechanisms that control posture
  • How can you change your posture.
  • Did you know how important your eyes are to maintaining posture.  
  • Is there a connection between posture and learning difficulties and if so what does that mean to all the kids walking around with their heads over their phones.  
  • Are sports injuries changing because of postural changes seen with modern technology.  

This episode is packed full of valuable actionable information.  Enjoy!

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Natural Born Hero

“You can’t opt out of life and life will hit you head on.”

About the episode:

In this episode of the Thrivalist Manifesto, Ben V and DrG interview the greatest athlete no one has ever heard of.  That’s actually not true, Amy Palmiero-Winters is a legend in the world of endurance and ultra endurance athletics. But this podcast goes deeper than sports.  This podcast shatters your idea of what the limits of human abilities are and the limitations we collectively believe.

Oral traditions and literature for the past 5000 years have told the stories of heroes. Heroes are those who are capable of godlike abilities and achieve immortal status. Heroes have names like Achilles, Hector, Leonidas, Pheidippides, Beowulf, Batman, Luke Skywalker.  

When a runner was needed to tell the Greeks they had been victorious at Marathon, a hero emerges and Pheidippides inspired all of western civilization for 2500 years.

Are the stories of these heroes based on actual people. Christopher McDougal in his book Natural Born Heroes says that the art of the hero has been a set of skills taught for millennia and passed down from generation to generation.  The heroic skills expressed at different times for different reasons by different people. McDougal says the hero is not someone interested in sacrificing their life to save another or for a cause. A hero wants to save a life or fight for a cause and live to see the outcome and take on the next challenge.   

In this interview, Ben V and DrG will present to you a modern day living super hero born out of the very same traditions that gave us the superheroes in ancient stories, novels, movies and comic books.

Amy Winters would not appreciate this type of introduction. She is a woman who is literally one in a million with achievements that are so unbelievable you would think that they are result of exaggerated storytelling. She’s as humble as they come but people like Amy don’t come very often.

We are grateful to Amy for sharing with our audience how some of the most emotionally and physically challenging events in her life are used to propel her forward to accomplish more, when others would find it difficult to carry on.

In this podcast :

  • What are the attributes of someone who defies all ideas of medical logic.  Someone whose medical doctors cannot explain how she can get up in the morning and make breakfast for her kids let alone beat the best in the world, male or female, in ultra endurance racing.
  • Why are Amy’s medals, trophies award in boxes in the garage.
  • In the time when athletes are paid to train as their full time career through endorsement contracts,  can a single mother of 2, working full time, really become a such and accomplished athlete.
  • Learn how to show up when life punches you in the face…. repeatedly!
  • How does an amputee become the first to qualify as an able bodied athlete for the World 24 US  team. A 24 hour event. Amy beat out the next female competitor by 36 miles and the next male competitor by 14 miles.  
  • Amy discusses her motivation to set certain goals, like qualifying for, then winning  the Western States, the world’s oldest 100 mile race. Considered the Boston Marathon of ultra marathons.
  • After winning  the coveted Bronze Buckle at the Western States, find out what she did with the award and why she does not have it on display in a trophy case in her home that does not exist. .  
  • Can you keep going if you are an amputee and you then shatter your “good” foot, resulting in fusion and pins.
  • Barkley Marathons, the race that eats its young.  Why after 20 years, over 1000 participants and only 14 have completed the 60 hour event.  
  • Badwater.  Say no more.  twice? are you kidding.
  • Why did Joe, Disenna, the founder of Spartan Races, need Amy Winters to help his top athletes complete a grueling 72 hour event.  
  • How would your body respond to 3 spinal surgeries that were based on a misdiagnosis.  

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About the episode:

In this episode of the Thrivalist Manifesto, Ben V and DrG interview diet expert, American fitness model, fitness trainer and  television personality who replaced Jillian Michaels on the hit show The Biggest Loser.

Jennifer Widerstrom is also the Author of the book, Diet Right for Your Personality Type.   Fitness director for Shape magazine. Former American Gladiator, Phoenix. Instagram fitness phenomenon.

Jennifer is an infectious powerhouse personality.  You can’t help but feel her energy through her voice.  She’s a millennial who not only is in tune with her own generation, she has the ability to understand the struggles, needs and desires of those who came before and after.

In this episode:

  • Why the biggest loser is such a successful show.  The importance of community.
  • The psychology of motivation.
  • The importance of support and accountability when trying to achieve goals.
  • What Tough Mudder, Spartan and CrossFit got right.
  • The human condition; Obesity is merely one symptom of the human condition.
  • Jen discusses the isolation/connection paradox.
  • Why gymnastics for children can benefit the development of all athletes in nearly every sport.
  • The term “Physical Literacy”
  • You get an appreciation for the mindset that makes a great coach
  • You will understand how important it is to recognize your gifts and strengths and leverage that into success, rather than forcing an outcome that was not meant to be.
  • You will hear what high energy sounds like and feel how infectious it can be.

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About the episode:

In this episode of the Thrivalist Manifesto, Ben V and DrG interview world record setter Lorna Kleidman.  Lorna’s greatest accomplishments are certainly not her multiple gold medal awards in her sport, her world record title, set when she was in her mid 40’s.  Lorna’s greatest accomplishment was throwing off the shackles of a perception by others and of herself being a sickly person who spent decades unable to participate in any physical activity whatsoever due to severe, activity induced asthma.  

Our series on women really highlights the “Hero” that exists in all of us.  The ability to do the seemingly impossible is often done by those around us who are just like us with one exception, they tap into an ancient physiology that we all have.  How do they do that?

Lorna Kleidman tells us of her journey or odyssey so to speak.  In this episode you will understand

  • limitations are self imposed.
  • Age is less of a barrier than others would have you believe.
  • Learning from past experiences and improving outcomes
  • Learn the storied history of the kettlebell workout.  There is nothing new under the sun.
  • Is there competition after joint replacement surgery.

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About the episode:

In the world of natural healthcare and the “alternative” healing arts, there is a great deal of effort made by the practitioner in order to have someone make all the necessary changes in their life that would “move the needle” so to speak, on their health in a meaningful way.  Whether we are talking about their objective medical tests as well as their subjective experience. People seeking healthcare, desire to turn their life around and actually feel like they have restored their health.

The practitioner has to get involved in one way or another with diet, supplements, posture, exercise, manual therapies, sleep hygiene, relationships, work environments, etc.  All of this requires a professional who is either naturally intuitive and in tune with their clients needs or they had to have had a health crisis of their own in which they used natural means to restore their health.

In the case of this weeks interview, our guest has both of these qualities, of being both naturally intuitive as well as having her own challenges to overcome.  Danielle Pashko is generous enough to go into detail about her personal journey as someone who had lost her mother to cancer while she was still a child and her mother was in her 30’s.  Danielle had learned about alternative healing from those years with her mother who was researching lifestyle change to heal herself. This experience stuck with her and she had followed at different times in her life what she thought were best practices based on her education and the science of the day.  

The true mark of a skilled healer is one who can adapt and change based on their clients or patients needs. While Danielle thought she was doing everything right, you an imagine the shock she experienced when she herself was diagnosed with cancer in her 30’s.  This interview not only tells the remarkable personal story of someone who had been blessed with gifts and cursed with serious challenges.

At 5’11” Danielle has the looks and stature of a fit super model, actually she is one, but this was not always the case.  Instead of trying one way and it not working, Danielle discovered there are many ways to achieve your goals. She’s the author of 2 books and has practiced in 2 of NYC’s most famous clinics providing 1 on 1 care to very high profile clientele.  

Please enjoy, download, subscribe and share this podcast with your friends and please tell us what you think.  Enjoy.

About the episode:

Gwen Sisto, Olympic Weight Lifting championIn this episode of the Thrivalist Manifesto, Ben V and DrG interview MIT educated Rocket Scientist (slash) record breaking Olympic weightlifter.  Gwen is an accomplished author, entrepreneur, coach, wife and mother.  

Gwen gives us insight on what it is to be a female athlete in a sport dominated by men for 1,000’s of years.  Gwen is an aeronautical engineer who pioneered the sport of Olympic weight lifting for women.

Here are some of the highlights from our interview with Gwen Sisto.

  • How does  a background in math and physics contribute to a training edge.
  • Can lifting weights impact my long term brain health
  • What can we  learn about training from the old Soviet Union
  • How did the cold war cause a divergence of sports science between the West and the East with effects still seen today.  It’s amazing how things don’t change.
  • Why does Gwen have a minimalist approach to training.
  • Who knew there were new Innovations in one of the world’s oldest sports.
  • Where is growth in weight lifting coming from.  Seniors? children?
  • Does weightlifting contribute to a better sympathetic nervous system.
  • Anti-aging effects of weight lifting.
  • Sexism in fitness and what role can weightlifting play
  • Love hate relationship between weightlifting and crossfit.  
  • Auxiliary exercises to supplement weight lifting technique
  • Would you weight lift during  all 3 trimesters of your pregnancy

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About the episode

In this episode of the Thrivalist Manifesto, Ben V and DrG interview Robert Pastore PhD. A Biomedical detective whose journey started with wanting to heal himself from a disease that is more prevalent than you think; Celiac Disease.

Its rare to hear such a unique perspective because Dr. Pastore has years of clinical experience working with patients, years of laboratory experience being a published researcher, years of entrepreneurial experience as the formulator of remarkable nutraceuticals and in the world of celiac disease, years of personal experience. If that wasn’t enough, Dr. Pastore is a musician, a drummer specifically and avid fan of one of the greatest rock groups of all time, Rush.

In this episode you will have the following questions answered.

  • How does celiac disease manifest when there are not GI symptoms.
  • How prevalent is celiac disease
  • Exactly how many people out there have celiac disease and may never find out, why.
  • Can celiac disease cause disease of other organs and systems in the body.
  • Is there a link between celiac disease and cancer.
  • What lab tests do and don’t tell you.
  • Can you personalize your healthcare once you know your risk.
  • Why is Europe far more advanced than the U.S. when diagnosing celiac disease.

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About the episode:

In addition to the many accomplishments Noel Thompson has in wrestling, business, leadership, family and life, Noel Thompson in my opinion is a storyteller of the highest order. He will suck you into the passion he has for the stories he shares with us. He will guide you to understanding the far reaching implications these stories have, beyond the obvious subject matter.

To paraphrase author and business leader, Donald Miller, “the human brain effortlessly follows the pattern of story, rather than burning calories trying to make sense of data”. There is no better way to learn.

I have met very few people in my life with the combination of confidence, intelligence and passion that Noel Thompson has for life, family, education, sport & business.

In this episode you will hear:

  • Noels thoughts about losing and how losing is a ‘choice’ you make.
  • How a young boy immigrated to the USA from Jamaica under the very real threat of violence and the need to break up a loving family, all precipitated by the dynamics of cold war in the 1980’s between the former Soviet Union and the United States.
  • How an underprivileged high school athlete identifies and solves the problem of paying for a university education by winning a state wrestling title and why it became necessary to post pictures on his bedroom wall of upcoming opponents rather than posters of celebrities.
  • Learn why wrestling is so different from other sports that Noel had excelled at while in high school like football, track and field.
  • At the highest levels, wrestling is not about strength, speed and agility. Being a great wrestler is more like being a great chess player.
  • The role of wrestling in politics, war and diplomacy from modern day negotiations with Iran and Russia going all the way back through world history for 3000.
  • The amazing true story of how wrestling was removed from the Olympic games in 2013 and the herculean effort led by Noel Thompson and others to bring it back repackaged, remarketed and better than ever with the added role of women in the sport.

The bullet point list of accomplishments below is impressive, and outlines his many roles in life from athlete, international businessman, UN ambassador for the sport of wrestling, coach, International Olympic Comittee (IOC) member, father and philanthropist. But the best way to begin to know who Noel Thompson is would be to listen to this podcast.

  • Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Thompson Global LLC
  • Trustee of Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc
  • He operates Thompson Global Sports which provides advisory, financing and consulting services to investors and companies in the sports industry
  • Founder of Thompson Global Special Situations which participates as adviser, lender and principle in commodity, energy, infrastructure projects globally.
  • Mr. Thompson serves on the Board of Directors for the World Anti-Doping Agency Charitable Foundation
  • Mr. Thompson also serves on the Board of Trustees for The United States Olympic and Para Olympic Foundation,
  • Executive Board member of the Board of Governors for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and on the Board Directors of Hofstra University Athletics and the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club
  • Mr. Thompson also sits on The Board of Directors for Beat The Streets NY, which develops the full athletic potential for inner city kids in NYC using wrestling as a vehicle.

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“A girl trying to get a scholarship for soccer is not different than a boy getting a scholarship for football, highly competitive and attracting the best athletes in the country”. This episode of The Thrivalist Manifesto talks about children in sports. In this day and age where being involved in sports is like an unsaid rule, Dr. G and Ben V talk about a professional sports career, the obstacles faced due to the competition in popular sports, their impact on young athletes, and much more.

Ben V. has an extensive career in athletic training and rehabilitation, he talks about how he has witnessed a drastic change in the way children are involved with sports these days-starting from a very early age. Children are pressured into sports specialization, putting them at risk. One has to ask, are you aiming to make their sport their profession?

This episode talks about the neurological advantages of being involved in multiple sports. Why limit your brain to information from a singular set of instructions.

Dr. G says very correctly “Just making your muscle bigger doesn’t contribute to your athletic abilities”. Thus, by discussing the importance of understanding and implementing the correct science, neuroscience, while training adolescents, this episode aids parents who are looking into finding the right approach to coaching/using a trainer/and scheduling sports into the lives of our children.

“Athletic preparation is primarily science sprinkled with art and experience” –Ben V

Bookmarked minutes

0:12- Introduction of the episode

7:10- Specialization in sports and its obstacles

8:30-Why specializing in just one sport could be a disadvantage for a young athlete.

15:20-Neurological implications on the brain when you focus on a single sport

18:05-Ben’s experience with training kids

20:04-Adolescents’ athletic preparation

21:24-Normative data for a specific age-group