Show Notes

Defining Pain w/ Doctor of Physical Therapy Franco Calabrese

Today we learn from DPT Franco Calabrese. Franco works for React Physical Therapy in downtown Chicago and I’m fortunate to have him as a direct referral for my athletes and clients. Franco graduated from the University of Michigan, originally starting out as a bonds trader before finding his passion in helping people increase their quality of life.

In this episode:

  • The definition of pain.
  • The role of the patient in physical rehabilitation.
  • The common challenges and frustrations associated with pain rehab.
  • The misconceptions of Physical Therapy

You can find Franco at the following places:

React River North Instagram

[email protected]

River North React: 312-643-1104

Making life transitions, with Katie Hoff and Todd Anderson

This week you will hear from an athletic power couple and two of the hardest working and most intelligent people I’ve been honored to work with. Katie Hoff and Todd Anderson discuss their time in professional sports and how they’ve made tough transitions into the next stages of their lives.

You’ll also hear

  • Katie’s experience as a young olympian, from winning 3 medals in swimming to her retirement.
  • Todd’s experience as a football player for Michigan State and his time in the NFL
  • How each handled retirement and those tough life transitions.
  • How to handle a grieving process and the importance of asking for help.
  • Their newest venture: running a virtual training program for swimmers.
  • The release of Katie’s upcoming book: Blueprint

You can find more on Katie and Todd at the following sites:

Synergy virtual training program

Katie’s Instagram

Katie’s website

Todd’s Instagram

The power of philanthropy, on others and ourselves, with Josh Hale

In this episode you will hear from Josh Hale, President and CEO of Big Shoulders Fund. Big Shoulders fund is a charity group that works with 76 inner city Catholic Schools in the Chicago-land area. The fund provides everything from scholarships and mentorships to organizing volunteer groups inside the schools and aiding in enrollment. The impact Josh and the organization makes on these communities is unmeasurable. I am a proud board member and owe a lot to Josh and the BSF.

You will hear:

  • How the mission of Big Shoulders Fund was started.
  • Josh’s upbringing and his mothers influence on him as a philanthropist.
  • The difference between selflessness and selfishness and why it’s ok to gain as much as you give from volunteering and donating.

How to donate and get in contact with Josh and the Big Shoulders Fun!



Exercise as prevention with professor Dr. Stacey Ruholl

In this episode you will hear from a mentor of mine, Dr. Stacey Ruholl. Dr. Ruholl is a professor in the department of Exercise science, sport and recreation at Eastern Illinois university, as well as the director of the Adult Fitness program which works directly with the surrounding community. In this episode you will hear Dr. Ruholl’s personal experience with exercise as a preventive tool for disease, how the exercise science curriculum has changed and the impact the fitness professional can have on individuals.

In this episode you will also hear:

  • Discussions you should be having with your physician
  • Risk stratification for the young adult
  • The importance of leading by example

You can find more about her programs at and follow the EIU adult fitness program on Facebook.

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Movement as Medicine with Kevin Carr

In this episode you will hear for Kevin Carr, owner of Movement as Medicine and general manager of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Boston, MA. Kevin is an exercise specialist, massage therapist and national fitness seminar speaker. Listen in as Kevin and I discuss the process of exercise, the relationship between massage and fitness and a host of other exercise related advice.

  • How Movement as Medicine was born
  • What you should look for when starting an exercise program.
  • Specific tests you can do at home to test your current state of fitness.
  • How to listen to your body to make sure you are making the best fitness decisions.


Movement as medicine

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning

Genetics, disease and the role of the fitness professional with David Harris.

Today you hear from David Harris, former Vice President of Health and Human Performance with Equinox Fitness clubs and currently doing great work with Simon Sinek. David has been a pivotal piece to the fitness industry, and specifically to myself as a fitness professional. He has helped to grow the role of a fitness pro, which now plays a crucial role in disease and injury prevention.

In this episode you will hear:

  • David’s journey from personal trainer, body builder and marathon runner to major fitness executive and philanthropist.
  • David’s experience with genetic testing and how our genetics determine (or don’t) our risk for disease.
  • Why working a recovery model is so important to your health, risk of disease, and productivity.

Stay tuned for more of David’s work! He has some exciting stuff coming out soon.

When one door closes another opens. The habits of a pro with Ayinde Avery.

Today I sit down with Ayinde Avery, former professional basketball player turned body builder. Avery is from Chicago, playing college ball right here at DePaul University. His current mission is to earn his pro car in body building. No small feat while standing at 6’9!

In this episode you will hear:

  • Ayinde’s experience in professional basketball and how his mindset towards health has changed.
  • The important advice he uses to help him make healthy, daily decisions.
  • The path to becoming a professional body builder at any age.
  • How the simple every day tasks, like drinking more water, have affected him.



Search his hashtag! #poogoespro

Staying active with an orthopedic surgeon: Dr. Grant Garrigues

Guest: Dr. Grant Garrigues

Today I sit down with Dr. Grant Garrigues, orthopedic surgeon, Harvard, MIT and Duke graduate, and co-physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls. 

In this episode you will hear: 

  • Stretching and strengthening to decrease risk of injuries. 
  • Why you need to schedule your free time. 
  • How to ensure you are doing exercises correctly. 


Twitter: @Grant_Garrigues

YouTube: Grant Garrigues M.D.

Facebook: GrantGarriguesMD

[email protected]


Health and habits with an olympian: Ryan Gambin

Ryan Gambin 

Title: Health and habits with an Olympian: Ryan Gambin

Guest: Ryan Gambin

Todays episode I sit with friend and long distance colleague Ryan Gambin. Ryan is a former olympic athlete who competed in the 2008 games. Today Ryan lives in Australia, training combat athletes, pushing forward as an entrepreneur and keeping fatherhood as his top priority. 

In this episode you will hear: 

  • Ryan’s experience in the 2008 olympics.
  • How he prioritizes his time without sacrificing what he enjoys doing. 
  • Why maintaining a healthy body, mind and physique is crucial to keeping you happy and motivated. 
  • How parenting has never been a restriction to maintaining his health and fitness. 


IG: @ryan.gambin

IG: @cmbttrainingcentre


[email protected]


Making yourself a priority and the path to conscious health: Kyle Dobbs

Today I interview Kyle Dobbs, strength coach, father, owner of Compound Performance.

Kyle discusses how his personal experiences have shaped his priorities, his mindset on goals and habits, and how being a fitness professional has impacted him as a parent.

In this episode you will hear:

  • The importance of working to live vs. living to work.
  • Why enjoyment needs to be your first priority when it comes to fitness.
  • The impact your activity has on sleep.

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Instagram: Compound Performance

Website: Compound Performance

Book Recommendations:

Atomic Habits, Author: James Clear