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Life Athletics

Life Athletics is a training methodology for life. By getting clear clear on where you are and where you want to be in 8 areas of life, you’re able to take massive action and win your game. On the podcast we speak with Life Athletes every episode and hear their stories and learn their habits and strategies for success across all areas of life.

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Nikki Rhodes - Unlocking Emotional Freedom through Sexuality - Life Athletics Podcast Episode 180

Nikki Rhodes is a passionate advocate for authentic relating and positive sexual education coaching both men and women. She has a degree in psychology, childbirth education and was a lecturer at the University of Auckland in Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine specialising on issues surrounding women's health and sexuality in the ancient world.  A devoted traveller and student of life always, she continued her study of traditional Tantra in India earlier this year, as well as presenting workshops at Bali Spirit Festival, Byron Bay Spirit Festival and various retreats across Australia and New Zealand. She is the co-founder of NZ Spirit Festival, an annual alcohol-free wellness, yoga, camping and music festival, Resolution NYE Festival and NZ Yoga Day under the events company NZ Spirit. She is the mother of three wild daughters and spends the Summer months in New Zealand and the Winter living in Bali.

1hr 17mins

29 Nov 2018

Rank #1

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Nik Wood - My Near Death and Rebirth - The Life Athletics Podcast Episode 199

This is a special episode as it is the last of a 200 episode cycle and the final word before a new chapter. We haven’t published an episode in quite some time and it is also a special episode because of the reason why. I nearly died 4 months ago. I’d like to say at this time that I’ll be talking about some fairly graphic and passably traumatic subjects and so if that doesn’t feel like something you can handle at this time, please turn this off and go do something else. The journey has been profound and people all over the globe have shown their love and support through one of the most harrowing times of my existence and I wanted to share the story with you as well as the lessons and takeaways.


31 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Overcome Shame and Turn On Pleasure - Dr. Alison Ash - The Life Athletics Podcast Episode 187

Dr. Alison Ash is a sex and intimacy coach, sexual empowerment educator, author, and founder of TurnON.love. A champion for others overcoming shame and deepening pleasure, Aly helps her clients experience the kinds of sexual interactions and romantic relationships they long for.     As a sociologist with a PhD from Stanford, Aly has a comprehensive understanding of the complex societal challenges that often lead to unsatisfying and disempowering sexual experiences. She also draws on her extensive training in the Hakomi method of psychotherapy as well as somatic sex and intimacy coaching to support her clients to radically explore and courageously express themselves.  Aly designs workshops and offers individuals and couples coaching to give others the tools to discover their desires and confidently pursue them. She invites you to TurnON pleasure, intimacy and...love at www.TurnON.love On this episode, Aly talks about how she overcame the shame and began to slowly unfold to reveal her most expressive self. She also talks about how gender socialization creates disempowering experiences for men by culturally valuing performance over pleasure and connection.  This is indeed an interesting episode, so stick around and give it a listen!

1hr 15mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Stef Sifandos - Relating with Each Other with Authentic Love - Life Athletics Podcast Ep 158

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 157 of the Life Athletics podcast! Today’s guest Life Athlete is Stef Sifandos. Stef is a Relational Alchemist, Community Builder and Change Maker who facilitates transformational growth through neuro-empowerment practises, mindfullness, an integration of Eastern wisdom, diverse spirtual praxis and western psychology to improve, evolve end enhance the quality of your relationships. "What are we passionate about? What passion projects do we daydream about constantly?" He helps guide, facilitate, teach and provide a deepened perspective on life. Stef believes that it is "through our ability to observe ourselves in wholeness that we liberate ourselves from chronic and perpetual fear, pain and confusion. We then discover the courage to step into our truth and embrace life for what it can truly provide us with." "You can't always flow. You become polarized by nature." He believes that everyone can understand themselves better by connecting with their inner selves, as well as the people surrounding them - what relationships they're engaging in and where energy flows. Figuring out what you don't want will help you identify what you DO want. "Figuring out what you don't want will help you identify what you DO want." Connect with Stef on: www.stefsifandos.com Facebook Instagram

1hr 6mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Jacob Orak - Crushing Goals One Ethnotek Bag at a Time - Life Athletics Podcast Ep 169

Jake is from Minnesota, USA, studied industrial design and runs a social enterprise called Ethnotek with his wife Cori. Ethnotek collaborates with artisans in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia & Vietnam to combine their traditional handmade textiles with functional laptop and travel bags. Jake has been through the Life Athletics program twice and says that it has definitely helped him level-up in all areas of life and business.  


5 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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Gianluca Trombetta - Inspiration and Superhuman Hearing - Life Athletics Podcast Ep 121

Gianluca has been wearing hearing aids for a very long time, so he understands the daily struggles that people with sensory-neural hearing loss go through. Coupled with passion and inspiration, Gianluca serves as a hearing aid coach - with the purpose of making life easier and more bearable. "People with disabilities have a chance of getting it out and facing it and moving on and becoming much more powerful emotionally." When he decided to venture into this project, he started researching and studying about what he can do to help. He researched about communication and what it means to communicate effectively. "What about we try and understand how they feel?" The success he is having is perhaps due to the fact that he goes through the same problems the people he tries to help face every day. He is always reminded of the hardships, so he is constantly motivated to live better. Gianluca wants to help people deal with hearing loss so it doesn't become an obstacle anymore.  "My game is how to make people with hearing loss live better." Listen and learn more on this episode of the podcast. Follow Gianluca: www.getsuperhumanhearing.com

1hr 4mins

31 Mar 2017

Rank #6

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Dave Booda - Speaking Your Truth Without Fear - Life Athletics Podcast Episode 173

Dave Booda is a multi-talented, multi-faceted human who infuses, wit, charm, and deep thought into everything he does.  This wide ranging conversation covers a variety of subjects including creativity, purpose, sex, and more and it stayed with me long after we were done talking.  I would love to hear your take on the episode so please comment and let us know what you thought.

1hr 22mins

15 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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Paul Tracogna - Excellence at the Circus - The Life Athletics Podcast Episode 197

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Paul . Paul fascinated me the moment I met him. He’s the one of the best in the world at what he does and by his own admission, most people won’t know who he is. Paul has been an aerialist circus performer for over 15 years and he and his wife recently won a Bronze Clown at the prestigious International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo put on by the Princess of Monaco. Our first conversation immediately went to topics such as excellence, dedication, and the experience of being the best in the world at your craft. In a world of social media and attention seekers it was nourishing to talk to someone whose primary motivations were so in line with the intentions of Life Athletics, to play his game to the best of his ability for the satisfaction that comes from experiencing a job well done. We also spoke about how the skills to do one thing well are conceptually similar to the skills needed to do something else well, which is the whole point of this podcast. As Paul says, "It’s very very difficult to achieve perfection but you can strive towards excellence”. We recorded this episode in a room in Bali that felt super quiet at the time and yet there are roosters crowing, dogs barking, It’s not perfect but many of the things Paul says are excellent and I hope you can push aside the occasional  background noise and enjoy!

1hr 1min

21 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Paula Pant - How to Become Financially Free and Be Able to Afford Anything - Life Athletics Podcast Ep 159

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 159 of the Life Athletics podcast! Today’s guest Life Athlete is Paula Pant. Paula was just like every one of us - she went to school, studied hard, graduated, and got a job. As a newspaper journalist, she was only given 2 weeks a year off. This was something she didn't enjoy. So for some time, she did freelance work during the nights and weekends so that she could save up. Eventually, when she felt like she had saved enough, she packed her bags, quit her job, and traveled the world. In her Paula's words, the summary of her life would be: she got a job, she hated said job, she quit and traveled the world, the came back to discover financial freedom. A lot of us take finances for granted - and we really are living in excess, says Paula.  On this episode, you will learn about how she and her partner bought a home that generates income for them instead of being a liability!  Get ready to be inspired and to begin on your journey to financial freedom.   Connect with Paula: www.affordanything.com Facebook Twitter Instagram


24 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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Emily Utter - Don't Settle for "Good Enough" - Life Athletics Podcast Episode 176

Emily Utter is a business coach for adventurous entrepreneurs -- meaning coaches, healers and service-based entrepreneurs who want to scale their "location independent" businesses and work from anywhere in the world! Emily works with coaches, healers, and consultants to get out of the hustle, stop over giving, and start growing sustainable income that supports a healthy and happy freedom-filled lifestyle. Her expertise is supporting coaches to scale their businesses to multiple six figures and beyond. To learn more about working with Emily, go to www.EmilyUtter.com

1hr 3mins

2 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Kyle Lipton - Be In Constant Courtship with Yourself - Life Athletics Podcast Episode 171

Kyle is an embodiment coach, speaker, and the creator of "Conscious Comedy". He uses a unique mix of comedy and transformation to help guide people to a more heart centred life. 

1hr 2mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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Clementina Esposito - Feel Good About Walking Your Talk - Life Athletics Podcast Ep 166

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 166 of the Life Athletics podcast! Today’s guest Life Athlete is Clementina Esposito. “The hardest thing to do is taking those first steps - but it will all evolve from there.” Clementina Esposito is the CEO and founder of the Clementina Collective--A collaborative created to help writers, speakers, entrepreneurs, and visionary leaders advance their causes & their careers by mastering the communication skills necessary to create positive change, healthy relationships, lasting growth, and engaging writing and speaking. Trusted advisor to Tedx, former Heroic Public Speaking faculty, and a lifetime of experience teaching business and creative writing have given her ample experience helping people tell their stories in service to their audience and a sound success strategy. “Just because it feels clumsy doesn’t mean you’re not doing it. Keep moving forward.” On this episode, Clementina shares her most exciting experiences in working with clients in her business - such as when people enlist her help to write their bio. She emphasized that it doesn't only have to be good to read on paper, but it should be great to listen to when spoken out loud. Listen in for more inspiring nuggets of wisdom! Connect with Clementina: www.clementinaesposito.com www.walkyourtalk2018.com Instagram Facebook 0 Likes

1hr 3mins

15 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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Nik Wood - Interview with the Energy Matters Podcast - Life Athletics Ep 162

Life Athletes, hello and welcome to another episode of the Life Athletics podcast! For this episode we have something a little different for you. For those of you new to the show I’m Nik Wood,  Host of the Life Athletics Podcast. Typically I interview Amazing people from around the world who Are clear on what  their game is in life and are winning. “Be an athlete to inspire other souls” This time, I’m not the interviewer but rather the interviewee.  I was recently interviewed for the “Energy Matters” Podcast and it was a pleasure to talk to hosts David and Cody about what I’m up to and I thought it was a great chance to share that with you now. I apprise them the reason of “Life Athletics”, I talk to people who in my estimation are winning the game.   “Mold a character to people's minds”   Whatever we’re up to in life we can benefit by listening to someone who’s really doing what they want and what they love - and that's exactly where I am at this point. Learn more about how I handle my day-to-day life as a life coach - what I do to manage my time, how I overcome stress, and the reason behind my coaching. Today we discuss choosing the game you’re playing. As usual, I find it fascinating that we can find ourselves playing in guilt, love, compassion, or the growth. Enjoy!


14 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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Derek Loudermilk - Comfort in the discomfort - The Life Athletics Podcast Episode 198

Originally this conversation was meant to be released as episode 201 and was recorded well in advance BUT host Nik Wood's life threatening injury in August 2019 had us record a new episode 201 with Derek as it felt right to acknowledge that event and that landmark appropriately.  There's so much gold in this episode and so we are excited to be releasing it now. Derek is an astounding individual who constantly pushes to his edge with grace and good humour.  The many and varied chapters in his life have prepared him for adventure and accomplishment in every area of his life! 

1hr 3mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Models Do Eat - Jill de Jong - Life Athletics Podcast Episode 189

Jill de Jong was born in Holland, and her successful modeling career brought her to the United States. She was based in New York for many years, explored Miami for a few years and then fell in love with Los Angeles, where she currently resides; it's a great place to pursue her passion for health and wellness. After making the career shift from full-time modeling to health coach, personal trainer and chef, she's never looked back. When Jill is not working, you can find her in the kitchen cooking or outside in Malibu running, biking, surfing or stretching in a yoga class. She recharges by spending time with her boyfriend and friends. Meaningful conversations and delicious food make her heart sing. To stay motivated to exercise, she signs up for triathlons and obstacle races.

1hr 12mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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Sexual Energy and Genuine Transformation - Amrita Sophia - The Life Athletics Podcast Episode 190

Amrita is a Sacred Sexpert and Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She spent years under a cloud of shame, her sexual energy on lock down, resulting in a life of unfulfilling relationships, unsatisfying jobs, and general dis-ease. It wasn’t until she came to understand that Sexual Energy in its healthy state EMPOWERS that her life began to transform, finally experiencing the true intimacy and connection she had long been seeking. Amrita’s life experiences, transforming her greatest Shadow into her Super Power, her professional training and her service as a Teacher and Coach have all conspired in creating her life mission - to empower others in their Pleasure, Passion and Presence.

1hr 4mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Colin O'Brady - What's Your Everest? - Life Athletics Podcast Ep 167

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 167 of the Life Athletics podcast! Today’s guest Life Athlete is Colin O'Brady. “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.”  At 22, Colin thought his life was over when what seemed like harmless fun in a remote village in Thailand turned into a nightmare. He was participating in a fire dance with a jumprope; the next thing he knew, his feet was entangled in the rope and he was burning up to the neck.  Doctors told him that he would not be able to work properly again. Yet here we are with Colin, speaking to us about stories from completing a triathlon and Snapchatting from the peak of Mt. Everest. “Us humans have these reservoirs of untapped potential inside of us and we can achieve incredible things, particularly when we focus our mind and we commit to the process, and more importantly, when we believe they are possible.” Colin tells us that all things you really want to enjoy in life require some sort of challenge. Not being one to back down, Colin - with the encouragement of his very supportive mother - got up and began breaking ceilings. Since the accident and since getting back in shape, Colin has conquered The Explorers Grand Slam and went on to break two world records. “We aren’t experts, but we are curious enough to wake up every day and keep taking a few more steps.” He's not stopping at all of his achievements. Colin wants others to take a challenge and break records too. So he started a non-profit called Beyond 7/2, which aims to raise awareness and funds to inspire kids and their communities to lead active, healthy kids and pursue their biggest dreams. Join Colin and Nik on this very inspirational episode today.

1hr 5mins

22 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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Aaron Klienerman - Clear the mind and the heart will follow - The Life Athletics Podcast Episode 194

Aaron is a friend who I’ve known for years and he’s a Transformational Sex and Relationship Coach, Facilitator and Speaker. He came from a childhood of chaos, and dysfunction and at a young age completely lost faith in humanity.  After attending the prestigious US Merchant Marine Academy, he found a great job, traveled the world and made tons of money, but realized he wanted more.  His soul journey brought him close to death numerous times on both the high seas and his travels to remotes places across the globe. Through these experiences he realized that life is not about personal achievements and egotistic desires, but rather about deep soul remembrance and fulfilling one’s dharma. He has learned from the great masters in the fields of sexuality and transformation, including earning a master’s degree in spiritual psychology.  Now he helps his clients remember who they truly are in order to awaken their inner erotic wisdom.  Aaron went from being a licensed captain navigating ships to a sexual behavior and movement specialist navigating souls.  His workshops, retreats, sessions and speeches help humans integrate body movement, psychology, sexuality and spirituality.  He speaks and shares honestly and transparently so that others can unlock the real reason for their human existence.  Aaron is now fulfilling his own dharma and has dedicated his life to helping humanity wake up and remember their soul’s unique gift. www.AaronKleinerman.com

1hr 5mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Rob Chrisman - The Man Behind The Music - LIfe Athletics Podcast Ep 140

Rob is someone who has been a part of this podcast for a long time. He is the man behind the music of the Life Athletics podcast and has been very supportive when this endeavor started out. He is a musician, a guitar player, a rapper and a producer. He creates his own music by putting his emotions, feelings, success and failures into it all – and he is here to share his music with us. "Let’s dive in and learn this stuff.” He talks about the new album called The Shadows of our Laughter which is a concept album about time traveling. He believes that we are what we are today because of what we are in the past, good or bad; and that it is never too late to learn something. At the end of the interview, he will play the song live for us. "I have to do it for me and not trying to impress other people.” Rob has a very lively personality. He is able to share so many things in this episode including his inspirations in getting into music, his new project, his rapping, his motivations and his failures as a person.  “If you want to do something 10 years ago, do it today. Do it right now!” This episode features the new theme music for the Life Athletics podcast composed by our very own Rob Chrisman.

1hr 13mins

11 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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Dean Powell - Winning Against Addiction - Life Athletics Podcast Ep 161

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 161 of the Life Athletics podcast! Today’s guest Life Athlete is Dean Powell. Dean is a Addiction Recovery Mentor, Quantum Shift Facilitator, Beta Release Practitioner, Counselor, Educator, Relationship Coach and Author of ‘Shoot Up’ – an autobiographical story from rock bottom to enlightenment. "You can be addicted to something without even realizing it." Dean is an experienced and sought after relationship Coach, author, educator and counselor with over twenty years’ practical experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. Growing up, Dean was regularly exposed to, and on the receiving end of, violence and abuse. He left home as a teenager, and over time, became severely drug addicted. This later lead to alcoholism. Dean’s addictions placed him in countless dangerous situations, made him incapable of sustaining intimate relationships, and left him suffering undiagnosed depression for many years. Dean has seen aspects of life and been spared from the kinds of harm that many of us only hear and fear about. On this episode, Dean opens up about his own addiction, how he overcame it, and how he has made it his life advocacy to help others win against addiction. Connect with Dean: www.lifetorque.com.au Facebook


15 May 2018

Rank #20