Rank #1: David Goggins talks about physical and mental toughness
David Goggins (@iamdavidgoggins) is extremely well known both for his military career and as an extreme athlete. In 2013 he set the record for pullups completed in 24 hours at 4025.He and the Commander talk about how he managed to evolve himself from a very difficult childhood by exercising his tremendous will. Learn how mental toughness is a lifestyle and how he does everything he doesn’t want to do to stay tough.
- His first 100 mile running race and how it changed his life
- How he went from the Air Force, to hunting cockroaches, to the SEALs by force of will
- His latest plans are to become a “Smoke Jumper,” wildlands firefighters that parachute into remote areas to fight forest fires
Learn Goggins’ secrets to super-human determination in this podcast
Mar 14 2018
Rank #2: Mark Sisson: Ketosis and working to be a fat-burner
Mark Sisson is essentially one of the earliest and foremost advocates of the paleo movement through his Primal approach and his website “Mark’s Daily Apple.” He is an avid experimenter and often uses himself to try out new ideas. He has always been interested in ketogenesis and so he recently did the work to make himself ketogenic. He also has recently written a new book called “The Keto Reset Diet,” that summarizes his extensive knowledge of the keto way of life.
- Learn more about ketones and how the brain and muscles learn to use them for fuel
- Hear how the vast majority of us, including most bodybuilders and other very fit people, still don’t train themselves to burn fat, relying instead on sugar and glycogen for fuel
- Understand that you need to do the work to develop the metabolic machinery to burn ketones. Everyone is capable of making them, but only a few have trained their bodies to use them.
In this episode, get insight into the advantages of burning fat and using ketones to fuel your brain and your muscles.
Oct 25 2017
Rank #3: Crossfit superhero Josh Bridges shares his secrets to success with Commander Mark Divine
Will he be crowned the world fittest man after 11 years of competition? Listen in to this intriguing podcast and decide for yourself. Has Josh grown and developed into a Crossfit Champion? We believe he will make it happen this year. He has ended his career as a SEAL and opened up the path for the serious training it takes to persevere. Find out his training schedule, mental tips, and his background in badness that has gotten him where he is now.
Mar 30 2016
Rank #4: John Assaraf: Unlocking your brain's full potential
John Assaraf (@johnassaraf) is a speaker, a NYT bestselling author of books including “The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life” and “Having It All” and a successful entrepreneur with several million dollar companies. John has learned from his own experiences and he and Mark discuss everything from the importance of mindset and having control over your emotions to achieve success to the importance of mentors and of being ready to be guided. Listen to this episode to hear how John overcame a difficult youth to achieve huge entrepreneurial success, set and achieve your goal and build your confidence.
Sep 27 2017
Rank #5: John Kim on changing your story
John Kim is known as “The Angry Therapist.” He is an author, therapist, entrepreneur and podcaster. His book is “I Used to Be a Miserable F*ck: An Everyman's Guide to a Meaningful Life,” and today he talks with Mark about Therapy, coaching and parenting.
- How John is dedicated to being authentic rather than simply being teaching things “at” his clients.
- Life coaching is often a misnomer, and the term isn’t very specific.
- Parenting is understanding that kids aren’t going to be “clones,” doing the exact right things that you think they should be doing all the time.
Listen to this episode to get a new perspective on coaching and therapy.
Jan 02 2020
Rank #6: How to overcome Fear and Anxiety
In this episode, Commander Divine discusses the different aspects of fear and anxiety. They are based on false expectations or perceptions, and are solely based on thinking either in the future or the past. When we are experiencing the present-moment directly, we can overcome fear. How can we use that energy to fuel ourselves for peak performance in the present? Don't miss this solocast.
Jul 05 2017
Rank #7: Dan Brule, Change your breathing, Change your life
Commander Divine and Dan Brule may seem to come from opposite ends of the spectrum but you will learn how these two yoga and breath masters have changed their lives through the development of breathing. Not only have they found self fulfillment but they have been able to change and, in some cases, save others lives with the primal function of breathing. You will hear about research being done in Russia and how the international world is embracing breath as therapy and even medicine.This fascinating journey with Mark and Dan will leave you... with a steady and calming breathe.
Dan Brulé is a modern day teacher and healer—an innovative, unorthodox, irreverent, creative, game-changing entrepreneur. He is a master of Prana Yoga (the Hindu Science of Breath), and of Chi Kung/Qigong (Chinese Medical Breathing Exercises).
Dan is a world-renown pioneer in the field of Breathwork, and leader of the worldwide Spiritual Breathing Movement, He is one of the originators of Breath Therapy, and was among the first group of Internationally Certified Rebirthers.
More than 80,000 people in over 40 countries now apply Dan’s breathing exercises and techniques in their work and in their lives. Among them are Olympic champions and elite martial artists, leading psychotherapists and medical experts; monks, meditators, hospice workers, yoga teachers, performing artists, personal trainers, substance abuse and pastoral counselors, health practitioners, life coaches, and business executives.
Apr 15 2015
Rank #8: Ben Greenfield, Only the Strong Survive
Ready to reach ‘superhuman’ levels of performance? Listen to Commander Mark Divine chat with renown ironman, fitness guru and biohacker Ben Greenfield, as they discuss training, 20X performance, mental toughness, the world's toughest 48-hour challenge (KOKORO) and tons more. Learn how Ben uses qualitative and quantitative measurements to fine tune his results.
Dec 23 2014
Rank #9: Christine Hassler: recognizing and managing the stories we tell ourselves
Christine Hassler is a coach, speaker, podcaster and author. Her most recent book is called “Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself from Your Past, Change Your Present and Get What You Really Want.” She talks to Commander Divine today about how to control our stories, so that we aren’t controlled by them in negative ways.
Hear them talk about:
- The confluence of Spiritual Psychology and the Unbeatable Mind approach, especially in the recognition and management of our stories
- Exploring options around the use of anti-depressants, including not using them at all
- The difference between healthy anger and just allowing yourself to be discontented without a release
Listen to this episode to get an insight into another approach to the psychological issues that the Unbeatable Mind deals with as well.
Nov 15 2017
Rank #10: Robb Wolf on how to rewire your body to lose weight
Robb Wolf is an expert on fueling and nutrition and his previous book, “The Paleo Solution” was a New York Times bestseller. Commander Divine and Robb dive into his background and his approach to nutrition. After having a kind of revelation around his mother’s illness, and making himself very sick with vegan experiments in college, Robb became an advocate of nutrition based not on agriculture, but the paleolithic lifestyle of the hunter/gatherer. His new book, “Wired to Eat.” tackles how to turn off cravings and determining what foods are right for your body.
Mar 22 2017
Rank #11: Jimmy Chin on pushing the limits, cheating death and his work as a film-maker
One of the world’s greatest adventure and award winning photographers Jimmy Chin (@jimkchin) talks to Commander Divine for his 100th episode! Jimmy has had a very interesting path to his adventures in climbing and in film-making. He has crossed the Chang Tang Peninsula of northwestern Tibet on foot and skied from the summit of Everest. He also claimed the first ascent on the central pillar of Mt. Meru in India, known as “The Shark’s Fin,” which is the subject of his latest and critically-acclaimed film “Meru” co-directed with his wife. Find out his stories as he captures athletes and adventurers who are pushing the absolute limits.
Apr 05 2017
Rank #12: Chris Ring on SEAL training, mental toughness and swimming the Mississippi river
Chris Ring is a former SEAL who was the first American to swim the entire Mississippi river to raise awareness of military casualties and their families. Oddly, for a SEAL, he’s not really that fond of swimming, but swimming the Mississippi seemed like the right thing to do, so he did it. Hear how about his SEAL training, deployment, and the Mississippi swim. Find out how he was able to use mental toughness and an Unbeatable Mind to endure and overcome challenges.
May 24 2017
Rank #13: How To Always Be Prepared with Clint Emerson
Today we have the first part of Mark’s interview with Clint Emerson, retired SEAL and the author of “100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.” Clint is an expert in personal security and preparedness. He is also the author of “The Right Kind of Crazy: My Life as a Navy SEAL, Covert Operative, and Boy Scout from Hell.”
Listen to this episode to learn more about SEALs and military service as well as the current military situation going on with Iran.
Jan 09 2020
Rank #14: Dr. Jason Fung on fasting and ketosis
Jason Fung is a well-known expert on nutrition, and is also the author of several books including the best sellers “The Obesity Code” and "The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting.” He talks with the Commander today about our misguided understandings of nutrition and gives us insights into the importance of timing and fasting in general.
- There are eating “windows” where you should be eating, and times when you shouldn’t be.
- You can either be storing fat, or burning it. Not both at the same time.
- Only the brain uses ketones—all the other muscles can use fat directly
Dr. Fung’s approach is actually very straight-forward. What to eat. When to eat.
Sep 26 2018
Rank #15: Former SEAL, WWF Wrestling superstar, Actor, Biker, and Politician talks with Commander Mark Divine Part 1
Part 1: DO NOT MISS this captivating interview with one of the most interesting SEALs of all time. This episode will give you a glimpse into the fascinating life of a man hell bent on creating positive change in this country and the world. From his humble military upbringing to life in the spotlight to the SEAL team controversy you have all been waiting to hear, this episode has it all.
Feb 05 2016
Rank #16: Staring Down the Wolf: Growth
Commander Divine continues reading from his new book, “Staring Down the Wolf.” In this section, Mark focuses on how imperative it is to always be growing and transforming if you want to become an elite leader.
Listen to this episode to learn:
- Why willingly accepting challenges is the key to growth
- How mentorship teaches both skills and purpose
- Why it’s not useful to train the same thing over and over again and why variety is essential.
Oct 31 2019
Rank #17: Lori Harder on mindfulness and how she overcame challenges to develop an Unbeatable Mind
Lori Harder is a leading expert in the field of fitness, transformational work, self love and mindfulness. She’s a fitness model, speaker and podcaster as the host of the podcast “Earn Your Happy.” Mark and Lori find many commonalities between the kind of mental exercises that she does and his integrated approach. Listen to this episode and hear how you can use Unbeatable Mind techniques in different ways and places.
Sep 20 2017
Rank #18: Jesse Itzler shares his approach on how to do it all and then do some more
Jesse Itzler has had a musical career as a rapper, is owner of the NBA Atlanta Hawks and is also an endurance athlete, having run 100 mile races. He’s done it all with a sense of adventure and determination. Most recently, he spent a month living with a former SEAL in order to better understand the kind of mental toughness that they have. In this podcast, he talks frankly with Commander Mark Divine about his unconventional path and his unique approach to life and work.
May 18 2016
Rank #19: Robb Wolf, Beyond Paleo and Primal Diets
You probably eat pretty healthy and train hard, right? Well, there’s another level of performance possible for you — and renown Paleo author, Robb Wolf…along with special guest Dr. Kirk Parsley…together join Commander Divine to discuss how to get you there. You’ll get cutting edge info as it pertains to nutrition, training, sleep and more. Learn how to be your own guinea pig, how to know when something is working (and when you’re hurting yourself), Crossfit insights, energy management, the latest on ketogenic diets, goals and more!
Dec 23 2014
Rank #20: Brian MacKenzie and Rob Wilson talk about breathing for performance
Brian MacKenzie is the founder of Power, Speed, Endurance and Rob Wilson a co-presenter on the new Art of Breath seminars. They talk with Commander Divine today about the importance of proper breathing and breath control for performance in both athletes and everyday life.
- The nose is specifically designed for breathing, so breathing through the nose is the right way to breath. Don’t be a “mouth-breather.”
- Breath control is the basis of performance both as an athlete and everything else as well
- Nasal breathing engages the parasympathetic nervous system so that you can be relaxed and focused at the same time.
Listen to this episode to get insight into the least recognized, but most important physical activity, namely breathing
Mar 13 2019