Round 2 with the one and only Josh Bridges.

Josh is a retired Navy SEAL. We met when I was putting him through basic SEAL training known as BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL). Post training we served together at SEAL Team Three. Post military our paths constantly crossed in the competitive CrossFit ecosystem.

Josh has been competing in the CrossFit Games since before he left military service, meaning he found the time to train in the limited off time associated with an already arduous job. His best finish at the Games to date has been 2nd place in 2011.

Our conversation last year occurred just after his Regional competition, this year it is just before. We talked pre, active, and post military life. Training style and philosophy, and how he dealt with last years competition not sticking to the script he had planned for it.

Enjoy.

A Thunder Chicken is a turkey, at least that is what I have been told. This episode is from our hunting camp deep in the back country of Kansas, where we were competing in the World Turkey Hunting Championships.

Spoiler alert, we did not win. After two days in a blind I did not see a single turkey. I heard one, I think.

The best part of any hunting trip for me so far has been the people, this trip was no different. Instead of being the new kid on the block in the archery world, I got to watch my good friend Trevor Thompson begin his journey.

If you have ever reached out to me with questions about where to start with archery equipment or training, this episode is for you. John covers in depth strategies to purchasing you first equipment, and then training with it.

Other than the endless political banter, guns, and specifically school shootings have lead the headlines recently, and for good reason.

My children are now being called the “Mass Shooting Generation,” a term I wholeheartedly disagree with. Our use of language, much like our objectivity, has been utterly lost.

We can continue to look for “light switch” solutions to these complex issues that did not arrive overnight, or we can, as a society, agree that there is a problem, and commit ourselves to the work needed to create an actual change.

It all starts with remaining objective, and not giving in to our emotions.

I did my best to answer a variety of questions received over the last six weeks from social media. Topics varied, but I covered everything from training, mullets, challenges and difficulties of being a military parent, blessings in disguise, skydiving and BASE jumping, broadheads, back country split boarding, and more.

Thank you for all of the questions and support, I’ll answer more of the questions in another podcast soon.

John Barklow is the Big Game Product Manager for Sitka, a hunting brand based in Bozeman, Montana.

Prior to his current profession, he served for 26 years in the United States Navy as a Diver. We met in 1997, when I was a punk new guy, and he was running the dive locker for SEAL Team Five. His background and experience is diverse…In addition to classical dive training, he is a wealth of knowledge in climbing, skiing, back country travel, snow safety, and survival, to mention a few. For 15 years he worked at, and lead the Kodiak training facility where all SEAL candidates now go for their cold weather and survival training.

To add icing to the cake, he has been a bow hunter for 30 years, and we recorded this podcast at the end of an epic bow hunt for Axis deer on Lanai, Hawaii.

www.sitkagear.com

The CrossFit Games began on private property in Aromas, California in 2007. Participation and popularity grew rapidly, and by 2010, the Games had moved to the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and were being broadcast on national television. At the apex of that rise was Rich Froning

Rich finished 2nd in 2010, and then dominated the competitive CrossFit world for the next four years. He won the CrossFit Games as an individual competitor from 2011 through 2014, then as a member of a team in 2015 and 2016.

Not only did he dominate physically, he paved the way for athletes to truly make a living in the competitive CrossFit ecosystem.

He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three young children where he owns the Affiliate gym CrossFit Mayhem.

Dr. Mohammed Ahmed is the Medical Director at the Kaizen Brain Center, located in La Jolla, California. His specialties are memory disorder/dementia, and brain injuries.

If you are anything like me, you are confused by the multiple terms used when discussing brain injuries. CTE, TBI, PCS, Concussion, etc. I hear them often, but I don’t know what they mean, or the differences between them. I have a history of concussions, and a few loss of consciousness events, so this podcast is as much for me to answer my own questions, as it is to educate others.

If you would like to learn more about the Kaizen Brain Center, what they treat, and the treatment they use, visit them at their website:

www.kaizenbraincenter.com

Jack Carr is the epitome of a renaissance man. He is a retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of experience on both the enlisted and officer side of the house. He consults with tactical brands, speaks publicly, and as of March 6th, will be a published author. His first book – The Terminal List hits shelves tomorrow. Although it is a work of fiction, it is written by a man who lived “that” life for two decades. Emotions and experiences that are anything but fiction can be found throughout the novel.

www.officialjackcarr.com

Chad Ward is a professional Pit Master. You should think of him as the Yoda of BBQ, or perhaps Darth Vader. I’m not sure which he would prefer. I have drooled over pictures of Chad’s work for months, and finally got to meet him during my recent hog hunt in Oklahoma, where he was turning wild game into amazing Nock 2 Fork meals.

Chad is the co-founder of Whiskey Bent BBQ, a competitive BBQ team, and the name of his BBQ supply store.

www.whiskeybentbbqsupply.com/