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Your Environment Invites Action


You’re tired. It’s been a long day of work, you walk in the door, with intentions to exercise, but that nice comfy couch is calling your name. You can’t resist the pull of sitting down, turning on the TV or…

The Zen of Weight Lifting

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Chop wood, carry water and other lessons that apply far beyond the gym.

Quick Hit: Crossfit and Guru Syndrome


Something we think about often is what I call “Guru Syndrome,” when someone becomes an untouchable expert with an inability to even consider how they might be wrong. Run the opposite way! In this episode, we discuss Crossfit, the recent…

A Little Hope for Society


We’re at a very difficult point in our country. Where division is at it’s highest, where people of different political parties instantly judge and don’t interact. Where individuals are oppressed, and economic disparities are front and center. The sport of…

Having Skin in the Game: Why it’s Worth it to Care Deeply


Poet T.S. Eliot eloquently wrote, “Teach us to care and not to care.” In this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve talk through the costs and benefits of having skin in the game; of caring deeply about…

The Art of Having Skin in the Game

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“The things you care about make you vulnerable. The things you care about break your heart.”

Are Your Days All a Blur? Here’s How to Change That.


One day bleeds into the next. Time feels hazy and surreal. Multiple friends have told me that, as a result of the coronavirus lockdowns, they no longer have any real sense for what day of the week it is.  One hypothesis for why we’re feeling…

The Michael Jordan Way (and Why It May Not Be the Best Way)


The documentary The Last Dance portrays Michael Jordan as a fierce competitor who, even after winning multiple NBA championships and MVP awards, still had a chip on his shoulder.  In this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve…

Olympian Shalane Flanagan on Marathons, Motherhood, Motivation and More


Shalane Flanagan is a former professional runner.  She won the Silver Medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Summer Olympics and first place at the 2017 New York City Marathon.  Shalane is also a running coach, cookbook author, sports…

Searching versus Researching


Difference Between Search and Research “I searched the topic…” “Did you research it?” In a time where controversial topics and issues abound, the word research tends to come up a lot. During an argument or debate, someone inevitably pulls that card,…

If You Learn How to Listen to Your Body It Will Tell You What You Need to Know

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“The air is up here! Put your hands over your head and stand up straight.” Coaches across the country yell the same phrase to tired athletes every day. In this instance, it was to a group of pre-teen soccer players…

The Art and Practice of Science


Science is more important, but more misunderstood, than ever. On this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve tackle a timely topic: science. They explore what science is, what science is not, and how and why science is increasingly coming…

Adele, The Body Positive Movement, and Weight Loss


Recently, the New York Times ran a story about fighting fat discrimination while still wanting to lose weight. This was published around the same time that Adele, one of our most talented and beloved musicians, posted a picture of herself showing dramatic weight loss. Adele’s post…

We Make Fitness Too Complex and That is Dumb


A new report from the Global Wellness Institute, a nonprofit focused on research in preventative health and wellness, found that Americans spent $264.6 billion dollars on physical activity in 2018, far more than any other nation. The United States leads the world in…

A New and Honest Take on Digital Device Hygiene


In this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, we focus on all the ways in which we interact with our devices: the good, the bad, and the ugly. We welcome a special guest, Mario Fraioli, who has built a successful career on…