Robb Wolf is a 2 x New York Times best selling author with his books Wired to Eat, and The Paleo Solution. He is considered one of the worlds foremost experts in Paleolithic nutrition, but also has a diverse background in strength and conditioning, as well as academia as a research biochemist.

He is the host of The Paleo Solution podcast on Itunes, and his website RobbWolf.com is a vast resource for anyone with questions or interest in the Paleolithic approach to nutrition.

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, Author, Speaker, host of the Jocko Podcast, owner of Echelon Front and Victory MMA and Fitness, as well as being a black belt in BJJ.  If you are serious about leadership, his book, Extreme Ownership needs to sit on your bookshelf and be referenced often. 

John Dudley is a world class archer, coach, founder of Nock On Archery, host of the Nock On Podcast, and as of last week, a skydiver.  John’s breadth and depth of archery experience spans decades of competition and hunting, as well as countless sessions coaching and teaching archery at all levels. 

In a 72 hour period we trained archery, skydiving, and BJJ.  The results were the same for all of us, a sense of invigoration and appreciation for pushing our boundaries and learning something new. 

Leadership, discipline, archery, BJJ, skydiving, decentralized command, failure and success.  This podcast has it all. 

Enjoy

Jeremy Jones is a professional snowboarder, and the founder of Jones Snowboards. Paired with his brothers, who created the extreme sports media company Teton Gravity Research, they created an amazing trilogy of snowboarding movies: Deeper, Further, Higher.  

In addition to his amazing snowboarding ability and innovation, he is a passionate advocate for combating climate change.  In 2007 he created POW – Protect Our Winters, an organization dedicated to reduce the effects of climate change through education, activism, and community based projects. 

John Dudley and Chard Ward are both return guests. 

John is an archer, a hunter, a coach, and as far as I am concerned, a chef.  Chad is a pit master, which I believe stands for chef that uses a barbecue instead of a kitchen top.  Both Chad and John taught at the inaugural Nock 2 Fork event held at Traeger HQ, which I highly recommend attending. 

We discussed a wide range of topics from favorite BBQ, to favorite BBQ techniques, archery, and a little leadership. 

The most important aspect of this podcast for me is around the 1 hour mark, when John and I are able to finally discuss a concept that we have been working on for a year.  It went live today, and is about all of you, and what we can all do together. 

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Mark Twight is a man who has found success in many arenas.  When I first heard his name, he was described as an Alpinist, an expert in the outdoors.  The description did not do the man justice. 

Mark was not only an alpinist, he is an author, the founder of Gym Jones, an accomplished cyclist, and at one time a trainer to many stars that most would recognize from movies such as 300, and Man Of Steel. 

Mark and I met in 2005, while I was slowly climbing out of the hole that an injury from work, plus my own poor choices, had put me in.  Our initial encounter was “exercise” based, and the lessons he exposed me to still frame the way I train now, and eventually led to a short lived career in the “fitness world.” 

He is one of the most unique human beings I have ever encountered, with an intensity and drive that can burn most to the ground.  It is what I admire most about him. 

This conversation was over 1 year in the making.  We both wanted to wait until we were in the right spot, and I believe we finally arrived there. 

Todays episode is Q and A from the internet, with a twist.

As fate would have it, my father and brother in law are here in Montana on vacation. As I was reading through the questions, I realized that they are both a wealth of knowledge from different backgrounds, and that their insight into the questions is equally, if not more valid than my own.

Jason has been serving as a firefighter for the city of San Diego for over ten years. They operate in small elements, requiring teamwork, communication, leadership, and individual responsibility. I would say the community has more similarities to the SEAL Teams than differences.

My father has worn many hats throughout his life. He is a Vietnam veteran, small business owner, school teacher, sport coach, and after today, a podcaster! I learned many of the lessons that have served me well throughout life working beside him on construction sites.

Between the three of us I think we had some good answers.

Enjoy

At the age of 19 Jessica Lynch joined the Army, and just over one year later she found herself staged for the invasion of Iraq.  During the initial surge towards Baghdad, her unit became separated from their convoy, and found themselves in the town of Nasiriyah.  Her smaller unit was ambushed, and she became the first American POW (Prisoner of War).  

As Jessica and her unit were staging for the invasion in Kuwait, my unit was in Saudi Arabia, doing the same thing.  As the war began, we began working through our target deck, until actionable intelligence was received about her location.  After a quick forward staging, planning, and limited rehearsal, we assaulted the hospital, and recovered her on 1 April 2003.  It was the first successful of an American POW since WW2. 

Jessica was immediately taken to a higher level of medical care, and slowly began her journey home to the US via Germany. 

There has been much controversy over what happened during the events leading up to the rescue, and of the rescue itself.  It is safe to say, in my opinion, that the military used the operation to serve their needs at the time. 

I had not spoken to her until this recording, and it was great to revisit the events of 15 years ago from both sides of the same coin. 

You had military questions, I had answers.  I did my best to work my way through them and answer as many as possible….Quiet professionals, leadership strengths and weaknesses, DEVGRU, preparing for combat physically and mentally, pros and cons of military service, etc. 

I will try to do a military specific episode every so often, as there is obviously a desire, and no lack of questions. 

Enjoy

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.