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Hey monkiis, I had an idea come to me this morning while considering how much time I waste scrolling mindlessly on my phone seeking a hit of dopamine. The tendency is to categorize things as either good or bad while upon deeper consideration there are many facets of life that lie somewhere in the middle. The idea that 'tech is evil' is definitely a…
 
Hey monkiis, I've seen a few monkiis mention some injuries recently and having dealt with injuries on and off my whole life - I wanted to share some of the resources that I have found useful. Kelly Starrett - The Ready State Physical Therapists - Bob and Brad KneesOverToesGuy If you have questions, comments, or a potential guest suggestion please s…
 
Hey monkiis, Since becoming a Dad, owning a growing business, and not being 20 years old anymore, I've been taking a much more holistic look at my 'training'. I'm considering all the other inputs besides "what's my workout?" to make sure I'm doing the little things that will lead to long-term results. These are the principles that you need to get d…
 
Hey monkiis, The concept of Microworkouts has been on my mind a lot recently. They are such an effective tool to have in your belt and I think have both health and performance applications. I have distilled my thoughts down to three ways that you can utilize Microworkouts to fit your specific needs. Check them out: My favorite monkii Microworkout d…
 
Hey monkiis, I'd like to welcome back to the show, the Wildman Brad Kearns (@bradkearns1). Brad is the co-author, along with another Wildman - Mark Sisson - of the new book Two Meals a Day. The book is all about developing metabolic flexibility through a variety of lifestyle and nutrition strategies. There are a lot of parallels with the #monkiiMin…
 
Hey monkiis, This is a follow-up to Episode #89 as well as Episode #65 - Minimalist Approach to Health Gains. I realized last night that I spoke for 45-minutes without giving proper due to the gear that we all hold so dear - our monkii gear! I wanted to share how I've been using pocket monkii and monkii 360 specifically in the context of Microworko…
 
Hey monkiis, I just finished up a 5-week training program I had written for myself and wanted to share some reflections. I also wanted to share some solid thoughts shared by the NorCal Wildman monkii Craig. He shared a personal anecdote of his experience getting JACKED using bodyweight training only and also had a really solid hierarchy that he dev…
 
Hey monkiis, In this episode, I'd like to welcome the Colorado monkiis Julie and Brice Arnot. Julie was kind enough to send a note on December 8, 2020 that really helped me to reorient myself and remember the 'why' behind monkii. She wrote, "Since May we have both lost about 30lbs. With monkii, yoga, boxing, running, walking and playing sports. We …
 
Hey monkiis, I am psyched to welcome 3x world-first record holder and all-around Wildman Ash Dykes (@ash_dykes) to the show. Ash is a Welsch adventurer and explorer who has 3 world-first records. These include trekking across Mongolia and Madagascar, each of which he did before the age of 25. In August 2019, he achieved his third official record, b…
 
Hey monkiis, This is a follow up to the previous episode #85. I was thinking about it and I never really addressed fully the question of, "can you build your body with bodyweight training exclusively?". The answer my monkii-friends is, HELL-YEAH! Tune in and hear the reasons why. Also, if you don't believe me check out a few folks using bodyweight …
 
Hey monkiis, This episode was inspired by a question from monkii Ernesto in The monkii Wild Facebook Group. He asks, "I do have to ask monkii Dan did you really build your body primarily through bodyweight training? If not what fitness program did you use and what do you practice currently? I know you mentioned being a Wildman firefighter and wilde…
 
Hey monkiis, This is a very special episode that has been a long time coming. I am stoked to welcome monkii Kim (@kimbreimeier) to the podcast for the first of what is hopefully many future conversations. monkii Kim lives in Northern Minnesota and lives a truly wild-life. Every time we talk I learn something new and I think she has so much insight …
 
Hey monkiis, I was listening to another podcast while walking to work the other day and when the host referred to someone as a 'biohacker' it conjured a really negative reaction from me. It was the first time I had this response to hearing that term and I wanted to explore why. I believe the root cause is that the term 'biohack', 'biohacker', 'bioh…
 
Hey monkiis, It's been a mild winter here in Colorado, but when a snow event came through this past Monday it felt like we were suddenly at war with the snow. I was walking to work through maybe 1-inch of new snow and was totally fascinated by the amount of energy being put forth to combat the frozen precipitation. A large, tractor-like contraption…
 
Hey monkiis, I've been working on the Body Hardening Manual for the Stoic Kicstarter. It's been a really fun project and I'm stoked to get it out there. Through my research, I've noticed some disturbing trends in the manner in which scientific studies are being reported - whether it be bloggers, magazines, or 'the media'. I found a very drastic dic…
 
Hey monkiis, I'd like to welcome my good friend and Wildman Michael Butts (@lifewithadventureco) back to the show. Michael and have known each other since 2013 and have since traveled and adventured all over the Western US while also doing a ton in the mountains that make up our backyard here in Colorado. Michael is a deep thinker when it comes to …
 
Hey monkiis, I was writing out a training program for myself and made up a really useful template on the spot that I wanted to share with the monkii family. Basically, I started with three high-level categories: Goals, Principles, and 2021 Events and then reverse-engineered a path to how I would train in congruence with those three categories. My B…
 
Hey monkiis, I'm very excited to welcome Coach Michael Ungár (@ungarnation). Coach Ungar was my strength and conditioning Coach when I was at Georgetown from 2007-2009 and I'll never forget the first meeting him. He walks into the room and you could immediately feel his enthusiasm, energy, and excitement for strength & conditioning. He could not wa…
 
Hey monkiis, My guest today is the Wildman from Austin, Dude Spellings (@dudespellings). Dude not only has a rad name, but is a Primal Health Coach, Ultra Endurance Athlete, and health/wellness/fitness enthusiast. It's all about living a healthy, balanced life which lines up well with the #monkiimindset. I first heard Dude on the Primal Blueprint P…
 
Hey monkiis, I've never been a big New Year's resolution guy. However, I find that reflecting on the previous year is always a good exercise to revisit the joy from the highlights and on a darker note, to look into your own abyss and get an honest starting point from which to move forward. My reflections/highlights from 2020: The birth of my second…
 
Hey monkiis, I need to start with a shoutout to monkii Nadeem, monkii Craig, and monkii Mike for sending their questions/comments. I appreciate them taking the time to send such thoughtful notes and keeping the conversation going. During the Stoicism segment, I mention the article linked below several times and it's definitely worth a read whether …
 
Hey monkiis. I'd like to welcome the Wildman Andrew Skurka (@andrewskurka) to the show. I've been following Andrew for many years now and I was psyched for the opportunity to chat. Andrew has traveled by foot for thousands of miles through some of the wildest terrain imaginable. For these 'firsts', he received several accolades including the presti…
 
Hey monkiis, This is a conversation I have been thinking about for a few years and I feel like I've been enlightened. I am pleased to welcome the scientist/philosopher/naturalist/coach and of course Wildman Logan Schwartz to the show. Logan is thinking about fitness, health, wellness, and nutrition on an inspired level. I first heard him on the Pri…
 
Hey monkiis, I am psyched to welcome the Wildman Brad Kearns (@bradkearns1) to the show. Brad is the host of the Get Over Yourself Podcast and lives a well-examined, wild life. He is a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record setting professional Speedgolfer, #3 world-ranked Masters age 55-59 track&field high jumper, and former nati…
 
Hey monkiis, Every time I talk to my good friend and OG monkii, Erl (@erlendhunstad) Wildman of the North I learn something new. Or at least, I see something from a new perspective that leads to growth and introspection. monkii erl and I have been chatting since the earliest days of monkii and I've even been able to meet up with him twice in his Ar…
 
Hey monkiis, I read this post from @realjoedesena a while back and have been meaning to share it with the monkii family. Joe posted: Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard. Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard. Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard. Communicating is hard. Not com…
 
Hey monkiis, I wanted to get out a pre-Thanksgiving episode to first and foremost share my thanks and gratitude with the monkii family. I would not be here without your support and it means a lot to have a group of Wild people from around the world have your monkii-back. Thank you. I also wanted to share some of my training insights. Using the jour…
 
Hey monkiis, It was a great time getting to connect with my Colorado monkii brother Sean Sewell. Sean is the host of the Engearment Podcast, runs a gear review website - Engearment.com, is a strength and conditioning coach, and is also a full-blooded monkii and mountain man. We've spent some solid hours in the Wild together and we always have a gre…
 
Hey monkiis, This was a super fun and Wild episode with my Wild monkii brother from South Africa Rich Mulholland (@richmulholland). Rich is first and foremost a Wildman embodying the monkii way of life. He's also been a super successful entrepreneur, author, and speaker. His company Missing Link has helped speakers and companies from across the glo…
 
Hey monkiis, I've been thinking about the last episode (#65 - Minimalist Approach to Health Gains) and wanted to do a follow-up episode to add more actionable context. Determining if you are reaching your 'threshold of adaptation' isn't always super easy to figure out and I came up with three strategies that may help. 1. How sore are you after trai…
 
Hey monkiis, A big thanks to the Wildman of the North, @erlendhunstad for the question. He asked, "What are your thoughts on a minimalist approach to health gains? What can be the least you can do and still get a positive change?". Great question! The number one thing to keep in mind is that to achieve results from your training all you need to do …
 
Hey monkiis, I've been diligently keeping a training journal since October 19th, 2020. It's been useful for a few reasons. 1) I can easily look back at what I have been doing to help decide what to do today, 2) I can see biases towards and certain exercise or movement, 3) I think about training more so I train more. The third reason might actually …
 
Hey monkiis, I need to start with a shoutout the the Wildman of the North @erlendhunstad for sending some great questions my way. This was just one of many. monkii Erl writes, "What are the monkii Elders thoughts on FOMO in training. I felt after fatherhood I really changed the game. I used to do a lot, probably overtrained because of the fear of l…
 
Hey monkiis, I am super psyched to have on the Strongest Wildman known to monkiis, Mark Bell (@marksmellybell). Mark has set both World and American records in powerlifting. These include a 1,080lb squat, an 854lb bench press, and a 766lb deadlift, and a best raw bench press in competition of 578lbs. Mark is the inventor and founder of the SlingSho…
 
Hey monkiis, I am stoked on Stoic! Stoic launches on Kickstarter at 10am EST on 9/22/2020. Be there early to take advantage of the special SOCIETY ONLY Kickstarter pricing (only 2,000 Society rewards available). CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE STOIC KICKSTARTER PAGE. Stoic is what your body has been craving and I use it every day to stand on while I work a…
 
Hey monkiis, In this episode, I share some thoughts and fighting 'resistance' and finding the 'one thing' that sets you into motion. This is something that I had done somewhat intuitively over the years - especially in regard to physical training - and recently had the concept reinforced in the book Atomic Habits. This one thing or the trigger poin…
 
Hey monkiis, Welcome to another Quick Episode of the podcast. I wanted to get out some thoughts and observations I've had over the past few months about my own behavior. Mainly, I've had some good reminders recently of the power of momentum as it applies to pretty much anything you do. Have a listen. If you have questions, please send a note to inf…
 
Hey monkiis, I had some thoughts pop into my mind over the weekend that I wanted to share with the monkii family. Essentially, we just moved into a new house and as awesome as it is...it is not as satisfying nor does it elicit the same level of peace as my bigger physical adventures. Let me also be clear, I'm very VERY grateful for what we have and…
 
Hey monkiis, This is essentially a part 2 episode of the 'Micro-Misogi' episode (#56) from last week. I went back up to the Diamond on Longs Peak and had an epic adventure. However, it wasn't the adventure that I found remarkable, but rather it was my evolving attitude towards setting goals. I hope you enjoy my thoughts and reflections. If you have…
 
Hey monkiis, On this episode I talk about a little 'Micro-Misogi' that went down for me this past Friday. I climbed a route on the Diamond which is a ~1,000 foot vertical wall on the east face of Longs Peak. It was really challenging me me and definitely pushed me beyond my limits. However, it was also very eye-opening and open my imagination to wh…
 
Hey monkiis, I missed you guys! I needed an episode to get back on the horse so here it is. A Wild thanks to monkii Todd for the note requesting 'more Wildness'. I always appreciate the encouragement. If you have questions, please send a note to info@monkii.co and we can get more monkii Q&A sessions going. Thanks for tuning in and if you are enjoyi…
 
Hey monkiis, It was an honor to sit down with my former college coach - Coach Michael Hill (@license_2_hill) - from Georgetown University. He is first and foremost a Wildman, but also a modern day strength and conditioning renaissance man. Not only that, but he has been named one of the TOP 4 collegiate strength coaches in the country. In other wor…
 
monkiis, This was a dream conversation for me to have with none other than the Wildman - Derek Sivers. I was first introduced to Derek and his story way back in 2011 during my first failed attempt to start a business. His approach to both business and life struck a perfect chord with me and I have been incorporating many of his philosophies into bo…
 
Hey monkiis, I'm psyched to have my good friend Mason Gravley back on the show. Mason is the host on the Adventure Sports podcast and all-around Wildman. He has done epic adventures all over the country by bike and foot. He is also an extremely deep thinker and I really value his insights and perspectives. I think you will too. Show notes: -Misogi …
 
Hey monkiis, I finally got to record a conversation with my good friend Erl -Wildman of the North. We met several years back and he is an OG monkii to the core. Erl is a psychologist residing in Lofoten, Norway which lies above the Arctic Circle. What I've always appreciated about him is that he specifically moved to this Wild environment to seek o…
 
Hey monkiis, We are going through some wild times indeed... I wanted to share a few thoughts and observations as the Coronavirus starts to hit home here in the USA. First and foremost, I think that this is a situation to be taken seriously and not brush off as 'it's no big deal'. People are dying and a lot more could. However, I believe that if we …
 
Hey monkiis, This episode was inspired by none other than the 100% Wild monkii Kim. She actually asked 3 questions all related to DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). Here's what she asked: This question has come up for me many times over the years. I'm a bit of a workout masochist. I enjoy DOMS the next day because it makes me feel like I accompl…
 
Hey monkiis, I this episode I dive into the training nuances between these different training modalities: Strength, HIIT, HIRT, and Endurance. I could easily do an episode, or even an entire series on each but wanted to start with a quick overview. Thanks for tuning in and if you are enjoying the episodes we would be eternally grateful if you could…
 
Hey monkiis, Welcome to the episode. I made an IG post talking about sleep that received a pretty substantial response so I thought I share that with you wild folks as well. There was also some great monkii-family input which I always appreciate. The bottom line is: if you want to train hard and be Wild, you have to get good sleep. I also want to g…
 
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