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The Rich Roll Podcast

A master-class in personal and professional development, ultra-athlete, wellness evangelist and bestselling author Rich Roll delves deep with the world's brightest and most thought provoking thought leaders to educate, inspire and empower you to unleash your best, most authentic self. More at: https://richroll.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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A master-class in personal and professional development, ultra-athlete, wellness evangelist and bestselling author Rich Roll delves deep with the world's brightest and most thought provoking thought leaders to educate, inspire and empower you to unleash your best, most authentic self. More at: https://richroll.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

John McAvoy: From Life Sentence to Life of Purpose

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If you’re someone who actually believes that people don’t change, prepare for a major mindset shift.Meet John McAvoy.

Returning for his 2nd appearance on the podcast, John is positive transformation rendered in human form—and his story is one of the most compelling, improbable, inspirational, and cinematic tales you will ever be privileged to hear.

The McAvoy name might ring a bell for longtime listeners. He first appeared on the show a little over four years ago on episode #379—a conversation that ranks among the most memorable and impactful in the ten-year history of the show.

For those unfamiliar, John is a former high-profile armed robber, one of Britain’s most successful career criminals and most wanted men. His reckoning was delivered in the form of a double life sentence (the 2nd of 2 prison stints) on the notorious Belmarsh high-security wing—a space he shared with extremist cleric Abu Hamza and the 7/7 bombers.

To the rational outsider, John’s future was bleak. But a chance encounter with prison gym indoor rowing machine would ultimately change his life forever. In short shrift, John ended up breaking a cluster of British and World indoor rowing records while incarcerated, and upon parole, began forging a new life as a professional endurance athlete.

Today, John is a Nike-sponsored Ironman athlete living in the Alps, a vegan (not my doing—I promise), and a stalwart mouthpiece for prison reform who has testified at 10 Downing Street. But above all, he’s a staunch advocate for the inherent power we all possess to course correct the trajectory of our lives, no matter how dire the circumstances.

I was in London recently and couldn’t resist the opportunity to reconvene with this legend. This episode is old school—no video, just two guys vibing across a kitchen table. We pick right up where we last left off four years prior and dive even deeper into John’s remarkable story to further mine the extraordinary, latent potential we all hold to better ourselves.

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As you’ll soon discover, John’s greatest heist isn’t a bank—it’s his life.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Oct 03 2022

2hr 53mins

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Mastering The Mystical: A Deep Dive On Spirituality

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For too long, the growing body of evidence showing that a spiritual practice is associated with better health and wellbeing has been dismissed by stoics and scientists. That is, until now.

Welcome to our sixth masterclass episode, where we share big truths from some of my best podcast guests, honing in on a single theme or subject matter. Today we are diving deep on all things spirituality, sharing new perspectives, the latest scientific findings, some concrete and non-secular spiritual practices, and the value that an awakened state of being can add to your daily life. Whether you’re already part of a rich spiritual tradition or someone just beginning to seek a spiritual path, this one’s for you.

I sincerely hope that after hearing all these perspectives on spirituality, you find yourself with an open heart, armed with new practices that can elevate your thinking and behavior toward a more spiritual consciousness—and ultimately, a more fulfilled life. If you’ve been inspired, then consider visiting the full, in-depth conversations with these esteemed guests. You can find links to each episode posted in the show notes below.

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Masterclass Series: Click here to listen to our first deep dive on the microbiome, here for our second on mental health, here for our third on addiction & recovery, here for our fourth on mindset, and here our fifth on longevity. The full episodes for all guests featured in this episode can be found in the show notes below.

I sincerely hope you find this experiment helpful and instructive—and/or that you share the episode with those who could benefit from it.

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Sep 29 2022

1hr 52mins

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Never Quit Before The Miracle: The Story of Anvil

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Meet the masters of resilience. 80’s metal trailblazers: Anvil.

For those of you who bristle at the thought of heavy metal, set aside that resistance. Give this one a shot with an open mind and heart. And thank me later—because the story of Anvil—and the filmmaker who captured their tale—is nothing short of remarkable.

At 14, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. In 1982 they birthed a highly influential album that would inspire the likes of Anthrax and Metallica—and then proceeded to drop off the map, toiling in obscurity for decades while the bands they impacted rose to superstardom.

Then, in 2006, filmmaker (and former Anvil roadie) Sacha Gervasi set out to find out what happened, discovering to his astonishment that 25 years later the band was still making music and remained steadfastly committed to the most impossible of dreams: making it big.

Now this is a story, he thought.

So Sacha grabbed a small camera crew and proceeded to follow the band as they persevered through obstacles, navigated a botched European tour, and recorded a thirteenth album. Despite rejection that would devastate the strongest among us, Anvil refused to give up on their dream—and never lost hope.

Today we tell this surprisingly touching and remarkably inspirational story.

And now, 50 years since the band debuted and 13 years after the rockumentary first premiered in 2008, the film is being re-released in 200 theaters across the US this week and later in theatres across Europe and beyond—a response to a new generation of enthusiastic young people who discovered and fell in love with the movie during Covid.

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Lips and Robb hold an unwavering conviction and extraordinary amount of courage that is nothing short of superhuman. They are inspiring examples of perseverance in the face of adversity, and I’m delighted to share their story.

I hope you find it as touching and compelling as I did. Enjoy!

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Sep 26 2022

2hr 27mins

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Paul Conti, MD: Face & Heal The Trauma That Dictates Your Life

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Dr. Paul Conti is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his training at Stanford and Harvard, where he served as Chief Resident. He then served on the medical faculty at Harvard before moving to Portland, Oregon, and founding the Pacific Premiere Group—a clinical practice helping people heal and grow from trauma and other life challenges.

Dr. Conti is also the author of Trauma, the Invisible Epidemic: How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It, which I feel strongly is required reading for everyone, particularly those of you looking to not only heal from your own trauma, and for anyone desiring to break cycles of generational trauma.

This conversation is truly a master class on all things trauma.

Dr. Conti begins by defining trauma, and explaining what trauma is and isn’t. We then look at the many ways in which unresolved trauma perniciously manifests in our lives, discuss the various ways in which the medical establishment fails us with respect to mental health, and explore a vision for how to improve it. And we close with tools available to effectively process, heal, and even prevent trauma from negatively impacting our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

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Dr. Conti’s wisdom on this important subject is profound. This conversation is appointment listening. And it was an honor to host such a bright mind. Enjoy!

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Sep 19 2022

2hr 17mins

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Roll On: Life Lessons Learned From 10 Years of Podcasting

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Welcome to ‘Roll On’, the semi-bi-weekly version of the podcast where Rich Roll & Adam Skolnick indulge in some good-natured banter and ramble on matters of interest across culture, sports, art, literature, politics, self-betterment, and more.

Today Rich reflects on what he has learned from his almost 10 years hosting this podcast, plus endurance news, recent episode recaps, streaming selects, listener questions and more.

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Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Sep 15 2022

2hr 37mins

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Max Fisher: How Social Media Rewired Our Brains (+ Our World)

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Max Fisher is a New York Times investigative reporter, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and author of the vitally important book: 'The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World'—a referendum on Big Tech and the social media platforms that that have come to monopolize our attention, foment division and fracture our world.

Today's conversation covers Max’s journey to reporting on social media and politics, the specific ways social media changes its users’ morality, and how algorithms can make users more prone to violence.

We also dive into cutting-edge research on how social media inculcates a super-exaggerated feeling of outrage and intolerance, making users more likely to believe misinformation and the complicated role of

free speech in it all.

Finally, we discuss the implications of data harvesting human behavior—and why social media addiction is so terrifying.

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This is an admittedly scary but crucial conversation about how social media’s reach and impact run far deeper than we have previously understood.

I hope you learn as much as I did—and adjust your screen time accordingly.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Sep 12 2022

2hr 27mins

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Dr. Gabor Maté On How Trauma Fuels Disease

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In the most health-obsessed society ever, all is not well. At the root lies a sleeping giant: unhealed trauma.

Here to help us further explore this profound insight is renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté.

Returning for his second appearance on the show (his first being RRP #188) Dr. Maté is an expert in a wide range of topics, best known for his work on the relationship between addiction and childhood development.

If you are interested in truly understanding the nature of addiction, his book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts is an essential read that has influenced me profoundly.

Dr. Maté’s latest and most ambitious book to date is The Myth of Normal, a groundbreaking extrapolation of his addiction thesis that investigates the true causes of illness, the many ways in which our society breeds disease, and the pathway to health and well-being.

Over the course of this conversation, Dr. Maté brilliantly illuminates what we can do to course correct and heal as individuals, and as a collective society at large.

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I have great reverence for this man, and my hope is that Dr. Maté’s words inspire you to rethink your own behavioral compulsions, redress your own unhealed pain, and in turn treat those who suffer with more compassion and understanding.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Sep 05 2022

1hr 44mins

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From Prison Guard to Endurance Star: Ken Rideout on Mindset, Non-Negotiables & Self-Accountability

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The heart and soul of this podcast is personal transformation—and today’s story of metamorphosis is one of the most compelling, improbable, and inspirational tales I have ever heard.

Narrating this epic saga is Ken Rideout, a guy who has transcended a litany of seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become one of the world’s pre-eminent master athletes.

Now 51, he smokes his running competitors like a bad habit—and is only beginning to hit his stride.

It’s a land mine littered path that didn’t come easy. A rough and chaotic childhood, a battle with addiction, learning harsh truths as a prison guard right out of high school, and later losing colleagues on 9/11 are just a few of the many obstacles he’s faced and overcome.

Nonetheless, and without any formal experience, he somehow made it to Wall Street and beyond—and has been stacking goals ever since.

Ken’s latest goal? To be crowned masters champion in all the world’s most prestigious marathons.

Crowned “World’s Best Marathoner Over 50” by the New York Times (in an article written by friend of the podcast Matt Futterman), it’s fair to say this former boxer is already well on his way to achieving that goal.

Today we walk through Ken’s journey, covering his early years reared in chaos, his time spent as a prison guard, and how he hustled his way against all odds to get to Wall Street.

We also dive into the opioid addiction that nearly cratered his life, his mid-life renaissance as an athlete, his inhuman drive, his unique professional approach to training, and the mindset tools he’s leveraged to create improbable success—all of which are layered with a rare and colorful humility.

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Ken is truly one of a kind, and this one is packed with powerful lessons on discipline, self-accountability, and the importance of consistency.

Get on board the rollercoaster—and prepare for a thrill.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Aug 29 2022

2hr 16mins

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Roll On: The Medium Is The Magnet

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Welcome to ‘Roll On’, the semi-bi-weekly version of the podcast where we ramble on matters of interest across culture, sports, art, literature, politics, self-betterment, and more.

As always, my co-host is Mr. Adam Skolnick, an activist, veteran journalist, and David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me co-author. Adam writes about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health. He is also the author of One Breath and still uses the ‘new dad’ excuse to avoid working on his novel.

Today we celebrate episode 700 (700!) with an update on personal goings on, cover headlines from the world of endurance, share highlights from recent travels, banter on wealth inequality, answer a few listener questions, and more.

Today’s episode is also viewable on YouTube

Show notes:+ MORE: bit.ly/richroll700

Specific topics discussed in today’s episode include:

  • Rich’s recent visit to London;
  • centenarian Mike Fremont’s meal plan;
  • headlines from the world of obscure sports: swimming, ultrarunning & freediving;
  • thoughts on 20-somethings prioritizing experience over career;
  • the cultural implications behind the recent attack of Salman Rushdie;
  • wealth inequality (and the Sydney Sweeney backlash);
  • culture war profiteering;
  • the impact of the internet on journalism, discourse & focus; and
  • fun

In addition, we answer the following listener questions:

  • How do you balance accomplishing your goals with meeting the needs of your loved ones and family?
  • Is it unrealistic to look for a partner that aligns with all of your values?


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Thank you to Adam from Fort Collins and Anita From New Zealand for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on our Facebook Page, or better yet leave a voicemail at(424) 235-4626.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Aug 25 2022

2hr 18mins

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Susan Cain On The Great Ache That Binds Us

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Are you one of those people that finds solace and comfort in rainy days or melancholy music?

It’s not quite sadness. It's more like longing. A beautiful ache that makes you feel more connected to the human experience.

What is that specifically? And why does it compel us so?

Former corporate lawyer turned author Susan Cain wondered the same—a query that launched a 7-year journey to better understand the complex and nuanced nature of all things melancholic. The result of Susan’s adventure is Bittersweet, her #1 New York Times bestselling book that ponders this quiet state of being and why embracing it paves a true path to creativity, connection, and transcendence.

Bluntly put, quiet states of being are Susan Cain’s jam.

Today we go delightfully deep on Susan’s transition from attorney to writer and how she came to write about introversion.

We discuss the irony of being a public introvert, the power of honoring your inner introvert, and how to support introverted kids and co-workers.

We also go deep on bittersweetness—and the how and whys behind cultivating it as a means of giving our lives more resonance and meaning and appreciation.

If you protect your quiet like I do, this one's for you.

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Both introversion and bittersweetness are states that society doesn’t do a great job of encouraging, but Susan really encouraged my acceptance and embrace of these ideas as an introvert myself (and someone who scored pretty high on the bittersweetness scale) as powerful when nourished.

My hope is that you will find this conversation equally nourishing.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Aug 22 2022

2hr 4mins

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Forging The Future: Ari Wallach on The Longpath Mindset, Telos & Transgenerational Empathy

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We as a global society currently face challenges—some of which are existential in nature—that simply cannot be solved with the mindset, institutions, and paradigms currently in place.

Instead, these solutions require that we think beyond current economic, political, and social constraints—and even well beyond our individual life spans—to consider deeply the impact we will have on many generations into the future.

Indeed, these solutions require an applied mindset that Ari Wallach calls Longpath—an active way of being that cultivates future-conscious thinking and behavior to build more hopeful visions of the future, turn those visions into action, and foster more meaning in our lives and legacy.

Ari is a futurist (although he hates that term), a social systems strategist, and the author of a new book out this week, aptly titled (you guessed it) Longpath, which extends a discussion he began with his 2017 TED Talk, Short-termism is killing us: it’s time for Longpath which has been viewed over 2.5 million times.

This conversation asks a simple question: how do we become great ancestors to our future descendants?

The future is not a singular certainty. Nor is it solely fueled by technological advances in some far distant point in time. Instead, the future is manifesting now—and it is very much human. In this fascinating conversation Ari explains why.

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I really enjoyed talking to Ari. I think this one just might leave you reevaluating your path and priorities in a positive way.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Aug 15 2022

2hr 17mins

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Centenarian Mike Fremont On Longevity Secrets, Breaking World Running Records & How To Thrive

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Today we explore health, fitness, longevity & the pursuit of meaning through the lived experience of a human who has been walking planet Earth for a full 100 years.

Meet centenarian Mike Fremont, a retired engineer turned climate activist and life-long athlete who holds a slew of impressive age group world records in running, including the fastest recorded marathons for an 88-year-old, 90-year-old, and a 91-year-old.

I was introduced to Mike by his running buddy elite ultra-marathoner and popular friend of the pod Harvey Lewis, who helped arrange today’s unique opportunity to learn and be inspired by someone who has not only been alive for so long but who has remained incredibly vibrant well beyond social expectations. For those of you who feel like it’s too late or you’ve missed the boat on being an athlete, this guy’s marathon career didn’t even kick into high gear until his 60’s—40 years ago!

This conversation is my attempt to extract his testimony and counsel for younger generations. We dive into what he has learned about life, longevity, vitality, purpose, fitness, and setting and world records. We also discuss the WFPB diet (which he adopted 30 years ago in the wake of a colon cancer diagnosis) that fuels his training, keeps him spry, informs his climate activism, and in his words, is what has allowed him to thrive for decades beyond social expectations.

It’s not often you get the opportunity to spend time with a centenarian. This is a small attempt to course correct mainstream culture's failure to appropriately appreciate our elders.

I loved having Mike on the show, consider him a new friend, and I’m proud to share his voice with you.

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Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Aug 11 2022

1hr 9mins

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Heidi Zuckerman: Why Art Matters

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What defines art? What makes one an artist? What does art teach us—and why does it matter?

To help us make sense of a world elusive to many, today I convene with the singular Heidi Zuckerman.

A woman I’ve known for over 30 years, Heidi has devoted her entire professional career to understanding art, the people who make art, and why we should care.

Heidi currently serves as CEO and Director of the Orange County Museum of Art, where she is overseeing construction of a spectacular new building designed by legendary architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis, scheduled to open in October 2022.

In addition, she hosts Conversations About Art (a podcast on which I was privileged to be a guest) and is the author of the Conversations with Artists book series.

This is a conversation about art.

In addition to tracking Heidi’s career arc, we discuss what defines art, what makes for great art, why we should care about art, and why artists matter.

We discuss the barriers to accessing art. How art can and should be democratized. And the role of art and artists in this era of offense and content overload.

On a personal level, this one is very meaningful given my long history with Heidi.

I really enjoyed this conversation—I hope you learn as much as I did.

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Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Aug 08 2022

1hr 58mins

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Peter Attia, MD On Becoming a Centenarian Decathlete, Metabolic Health & All Things Zone 2

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Healthspan extension may pique your interest. But it’s the obsession of today’s guest, a physician and engineer focused on the applied science of longevity to reframe and improve how we live while challenging all we’ve been previously taught about the interaction of health, human performance, and medicine.

Meet Peter Attia, MD.

Peter’s current practice deals extensively with nutritional interventions, exercise physiology, sleep physiology, emotional and mental health, and pharmacology to increase lifespan (how long you live), while simultaneously improving healthspan (the quality of your life).

Today’s conversation, the first in what I hope to be many, focuses on the following specific topics:


  • Longevity. From a holistic perspective, discussing the physical, mental and emotional pillars required to erect the foundation for a long life well-lived, including how and why he is training (as all us of should be) for what he calls “The Centenarian Decathlon”.
  • Metabolic health. What this actually means, how to optimize it, and the role a Continuous Glucose Monitor (or CGM) can play in engaging you with your own metabolic health.
  • Strength, mobility and brain health.
  • Zone 2 training. What it is, how to do it, and why it’s important.


Peter is an utterly fascinating human with a clear grasp of science and how to effectively communicate it. I hope you enjoy this exchange as much as I was honored to host it.

Watch: YouTube.

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Rich

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Aug 01 2022

2hr 25mins

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Colin O’Brady & Jenna Besaw On Possible Mindsets, K2 Perils & 12-Hours Walks

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World-record setting adventure athlete and New York Times bestselling author Colin O’Brady returns for his fifth appearance on the podcast (RRP 207, 235, 439 & 519), this time alongside wife and partner in all things Jenna Besaw —the powerful engine behind everything they have accomplished together.

Today we discuss what global exploration has taught Colin & Jenna about mindset. We talk about the transformative power of an all-day walk, the subject of Colin's new book, 'The 12-Hour Walk'.

Packed with actionable takeaways ad incredible stories, this is a long one, but I implore you to stick around for the final hour— a harrowing first-person account of the trauma and tragedy of death on K2.

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Jul 25 2022

3hr 23mins

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Roll On: Everything Roll On

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After a brief hiatus, the boys are back with a classic "old school" edition of 'Roll On', the version of the podcast where we ramble on matters of interest across culture, sports, art, politics, self-betterment, and more. This might be the most Roll On Roll On of all Roll Ons.

As always, my co-host is Mr. Adam Skolnick, an activist, veteran journalist, and David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me co-author.

Specific topics discussed in today’s episode include:

  • Rich’s recent adventures in Colorado (and getting COVID—again);
  • how Jim Thorpe was finally restored as sole winner of 1912 Olympics;
  • Kaitlin Armstrong’s capture in Costa Rica;
  • Francois D’Haene, Kilian Jornet & Courtney Dauwalter’s impressive Hardrock 100 results;
  • Yoshihiko Ishikawa stunning performance at the Badwater 135;
  • the importance of the Webb Telescope images; and 
  • women’s healthcare rights and the future of abortion in America.


In addition, we answer the following listener questions:

  • Is an unbalanced life centered on work a rite of passage when it comes to success?
  • How do you embody gratitude?
  • What books changed your life?


If you want your query discussed, drop it on our Facebook Page, or better yet leave a voicemail at (424) 235-4626.

Today’s episode is also viewable on YouTube.

Show notes:+ MORE: https://bit.ly/richroll693

Today’s Sponsors:

Athletic Greens: 75 whole food sourced ingredients designed to optimize 5 key areas of health. Go to: athleticgreens.com/richroll to get a FREE year supply of Vitamin D ​AND​ 5 free travel packs of AG1 with your first purchase.

Levels: Making continuous glucose monitoring mainstream for the first time ever. Learn more about your metabolic health with personalized insights & biometric data. Learn more at levels.link/RICHROLL

ROKA: Cutting-edge eyewear & apparel built for top performance. Visit roka.com and enter code RichRoll for 20% off.

BetterHelp: The world’s largest therapy service, 100% online. Professional, licensed, and vetted therapists you can trust. Listeners get 10% off their first month by visiting BetterHelp.com/richroll.

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Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Jul 21 2022

2hr 21mins

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Malcolm Gladwell Is Lord Of All Things Overlooked and Misunderstood

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What are the limits of human performance? How can we reimagine sport to boost lifelong adoption? And what is the athlete’s role in moving culture forward?

Today we explore these questions and tons more with the lord of all things overlooked and misunderstood, Malcolm Gladwell.

I suspect most of you are very familiar with Malcolm. Perhaps you’ve listened to his sensational podcast Revisionist History, where every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether our collective stories got it right the first time.

Or maybe you’ve read one of his six New York Times best sellers, such as The Tipping Point,Blink, Outliers, David and Goliath, and Talking to Strangers.

Today’s conversation begins with running, extends to sport, broadens into a conversation about the role of athletes in moving society forward, and (of course) unearths other topics overlooked and misunderstood—all in true Gladwellian style.

We talk about his latest podcast, Legacy of Speed, and why this terrain just might be his most Gladwellian project to date.

Malcolm also shares several of his orthogonal ideas around education, publishing, the future of audio, creativity, and many more fascinating topics.

Today’s episode is also viewable on YouTube.

More about Malcom + show notes: https://bit.ly/richroll692a

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InsideTracker: Created by leading scientists in biometrics, InsideTracker analyzes your blood, DNA, and fitness data to identify where you’re optimized and where you’re not. For a limited time, you can get 20% off the entire InsideTracker store at insidetracker.com/RichRoll.

Malcolm is someone I’ve wanted on the show since day one, and I am thrilled to finally have made it happen.

I hope you enjoy this exchange as much as I was thrilled to host it.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Jul 18 2022

2hr 3mins

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Robin Arzón On Turning Doubt Into Determination & Plateaus Into Launching Pads

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Robin Arzón -- the inspiring and highly energetic self-proclaimed ambassador of sweat and swagger is back for her fourth appearance on the podcast.

A former corporate lawyer with degrees from NYU and Villanova Law, Robin transformed herself into a global fitness icon and everybody’s favorite Peloton instructor—the company where she also holds the title of Vice President of Fitness Programming and Head Instructor. In 2020 Robin was named one of the most influential people on Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list.

Robin is also a two-time New York Times bestseller of Shut Up And Run, and her latest book, Strong Mama. Finally, she recently launched a Master Class on all things mental strength.

Today’s episode is also viewable on YouTube.

More about Robin + show notes: https://bit.ly/richroll691

Today’s Sponsors:

Athletic Greens: 75 whole food sourced ingredients designed to optimize 5 key areas of health. Go to: athleticgreens.com/richroll to get a FREE year supply of Vitamin D ​AND​ 5 free travel packs of AG1 with your first purchase.

LMNT: A science-backed electrolyte drink mix with everything you need and nothing you don’t. Right now LMNT is offering my listeners a free sample pack with any purchase—that’s 8 single serving packets FREE with any LMNT order. Try it out at drinkLMNT.com/RICHROLL

Navitas Organics: Fine purveyors of delicious organic superfoods. For a limited time you can get 30% off your entire order by using the code RICHROLL at navitasorganics.com/richroll.

Squarespace: The easiest way to create a beautiful website, blog, or online store for you and your ideas. Visit Squarespace.com/RichRoll for a FREE trial, and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code RichRoll to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

Whoop: The world’s most powerful fitness tracker is now waterproof. Get the WHOOP 4.O at WHOOP.com and use the code RICHROLL at checkout to get 15% off.

Outerknown: High-quality, sustainably produced, and great-looking men’s and women’s clothes. Go to outerknown.comand enter my code ROLL at checkout to get 25% off your full-price order.

I adore Robin. She never fails to ignite the best in us all. If this conversation leaves you inspired, there is more where that came from in RRP #99RRP #137 & RRP #230.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Jul 11 2022

1hr 44mins

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Valter Longo PhD: Fasting & Nutrition Protocols for Longevity & Disease Prevention

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When it comes to fasting, how do you parse fact from fiction?

How do nutrition and lifestyle choices make or break disease?

And how do we eat to live longer, healthier lives?

To help us answer these questions, Dr.Valter Longo is back.

Dr. Longo first graced the show back on RRP #367, where we covered the basics for fasting for longevity. Today we are getting granular on the science of longevity & nutrition, including an analysis of the latest research on fasting and what Dr. Longo calls the fasting-mimicking diet and its connection to healthspan extension & disease prvention,

So today we pick up where we left off four years ago, covering:

  • The latest research on fasting and his fasting-mimicking diet;
  • the 5 nutrition pillars of longevity and various fasting strategies,
  • optimal protein intake based on age, high fat versus low-fat diets, and how to think about and contextualize continuous glucose monitoring;
  • the science around rapamycin, metformin and sirtuins;
  • and many other topics.


Today’s episode is also viewable on YouTube.

Learn more + show notes: https://bit.ly/richroll690

Today’s Sponsors:

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Calm: Ease stress and get the best sleep of your life with guided meditations, sleep stories, and more. Right now, my listeners can get a special limited-time promotion of 40% off a Calm Premium subscription at calm.com/richroll.

Valter is one of the world’s brightest minds on the cutting edge of longevity science and this one is full of prescriptive advice. I hope you learn as much as I did.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Jul 04 2022

1hr 59mins

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Camille Herron: Crushing World Records, Narrowing The Gender Gap, And The Power of Happiness

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She collects world records with wild abandon. With each race, she narrows the gender gap, rewriting the rulebook on human capability with a broad smile and arms outstretched.

Meet force of nature Camille Herron.

Alongside 21 marathon victories, Camille won the Comrades Marathon in 2017, becoming the first athlete to win World Championship titles in the 50K, 100K and clocking the most miles in 24 hours (167.8 to be specific) of any woman in history. Just after turning 40, earlier this year Camille took home a big win at the Jackpot 100, beating all the men and besting her own 100-mile Road World Record.

In addition, Camille is the youngest woman to reach 100,000-lifetime running miles and she holds my favorite world record—fastest marathon in a superhero costume—running 2:48 dressed head to toe as Spiderwoman. Today she shares her unique story, in her own unique way.

How can a woman who commits herself to such hellish feats of physical performance remain so joyous?

Today we dissect it all: Camille’s relentless positivity, her unique backstory, her unique, quality over quantity training style, how she thinks about closing the gender gap in ultra running, the importance of strength training, how blood work has impacted her focus on nutrition, the difference between trail running and road running, her near term goals and future ambitions. We also talk about how she manages being married to her coach Conor Holt, how running can be self-transcendent, and many other interesting topics.

More about Camille + show notes: https://bit.ly/richroll689

Today’s episode is also viewable on YouTube: https://bit.ly/camilleherron689a

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Navitas Organics: Fine purveyors of delicious organic superfoods.For a limited time you can get 30% off your entire order by using the code RICHROLL at navitasorganics.com/richroll.

Seed: Seed’s DS-01™ Daily Synbiotic combines 24 clinically verified and naturally-occurring, probiotic strains with plant-based prebiotics. Visit seed.com/RICHROLL to learn more.

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Camille is an unbridled optimist, a super fun hang, and an inspiration for all—especially for those of us pondering our athletic capabilities as we age up.

Peace + Plants,

Rich

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Jun 27 2022

1hr 57mins

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