How do we account for success in life? In the gym we measure it by adding weights to the barbell or increasing our speed on the treadmill, but life doesn't always make it that easy elsewhere. Pushing past our perceived limitations and pursuing our dreams, our true passions to stand confidently on the other side is what so many of us strive for. Or at least want to.
Accountant by day, bodybuilder by night - enter Brian DeCosta! He is someone who has taken a passion of pushing past physical limitations in the gym and put himself on one of the world's largest fitness platforms. This excelled him further than he ever imagined. This week we learn how Brian took his training, mentality and entire life to the next level through the 2017 BodyBuilding.com spokesmodel search. Taking second place has helped push Brian's online fitness personna to new levels and is continuing to do BIG things alongside his female fitness counterpart and girlfriend Amanda Bucci.
Joining me this week are two of the co-founders of Nudge Health Tracker and Nudge Coach, the smartphone app and online health coaching platform changing the way healthcare professionals interact with their clients. By having users track, actively or passively, their activity, diet, sleep, etc. their coaches are able to monitor the data and better guide them along their wellness journey. "Our mobile app empowers clients to stay mindful of their health, accountable to their plan, and connected to your brand", as stated on their website.
The Nudge Health Tracker app is a great tool for those looking to learn more about their daily habits, with or without it connected to a coach. The Nudge Coach platform allows coaches to pool one or one hundred of their clients' data points to help them make more or less of certain behaviors. Integrating with other great tools such as Jawbone, Fitbit and basic smartphone health trackers (steps, distance) Nudge really is a streamlined process, a one-stop shop for data collection and analysis for healthcare professionals, coaches and trainers alike.
Find Nudge Health Tracker in the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Nudge Coach online at www.nudgecoach.com. Also, Phil and Mac's "Scale Well" podcast is in iTunes and Google Play Music.
NWB IN THE HOUSE!!! I had the pleasure of reconnecting with my old friend, Nick Wright. Nick has lived, eaten and breathed YouTube fitness over the past five plus years. His story is one that always comes to my mind when I think of someone truly applying passion to purpose. A native Rhode Islander, I had the privilege of getting to know Nick for his year in Richmond, VA. We crushed countless workouts and even more Chipotle meals together with my younger brother (Maxx Chewning, whom Nick references in the interview) and our other gym rat friends.
Being one of the firsts in the industry, he has had the unique perspective of watching his profession grow exponentially while helping usher in a new era of content creators. He always stays true to himself and has an admirable "no bullshit" policy when it comes to conveying his story through his videos, whether in the gym, smoking his favorite cigar or spending quality time with his longtime girlfriend Arianna.
Nick's YouTube channel can be found here (no, we won't kidding about Scondore) at www.youtube.com/scondore and on Instagram and Twitter @nickwrightnwb.
Have you, or someone you know, ever struggled with finding the right diet? Has it evolved into disordered eating or even an eating disorder (yes, there is a difference)? This week's guest, Josie Mai, has experienced this same struggle and is here to tell you her story and that there is hope.
In today's world, we cannot scroll through our Instagram feed without seeing some sort of "#fitspo" or "#iifym", or watch a workout video on YouTube without their My Fitness Pal account popping up showing us exactly how much they have eaten in each macronutrient category. The problem is that this information is relative to THAT person only, and any people fall victim to applying the same or similar approaches to diet and exercise without first doing our due diligence on our own bodies. Every BODY is different, literally.