Fitness In Post

When asked what my secret weapon to being a successful editor is, the answer might surprise you: It's yoga.

As editors we are tasked with the responsibility of not only being good at our craft but also collaborating with producers and directors in a professional, positive and energetic manner, no matter what creative challenges are thrown our way. Psychologically managing egos and larger-than-life personalities is often more than half our job! 

In this episode I have a conversation with Ally Hamilton, an author and Santa Monica-based yoga instructor who streams online yoga classes all over the world. Our conversation is about how yoga can help anyone develop more creative focus and manage difficult situations and personalities, in our out of the edit suite.

Without yoga as a staple activity in my life I would not be able to survive the pressures of being an editor every day. You'll be surprised to find it's much easier to get the physical and mental benefits of yoga than you may think. No pretzel stretches necessary. Promise.

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- My secret weapon to a successful career

- Ally’s new book: Open Randomly

- Ally’s background on how she opened her own yoga studio and started streaming yoga videos

- Ally’s big social media discovery

- How yoga helped Ally through her own life crises

- How Ally’s website became a successful blog with over 200,000 readers

- Why Ally decided to write a book and where her ideas came from

- The community that is formed in the virtual world (Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc)

- Yoga as a tool for self-improvement, enlightenment and BETTER EDITING

- “How you do anything is how you do everything”

- Ask: what is the relationship you have with yourself?

- When you strengthen your “inner-cheerleader” on your mat, you strengthen that same voice in your life

- If you are miserable, you will take your misery with you wherever you go, whether in your edit suite or a vacation in Bali

- Figure out how to leave a situation where you are being mistreated

- Tune in and listen to what your body needs! You only get one!

- Do you want to let the negativity (people mistreat me, my producer is rude, bad things always happen to me) rule your life or do you want to begin to create a new perspective rooted in positivity, compassion and forgiveness? Yoga can help.

- How yoga can help you hone your focus on what you’re doing and be more present with your producers and directors

- How to create positive energy in your edit suite

- How to listen to your body and emotions to create more positive reactions to adversity

- Practicing yoga will help you get rid of that internal critic. We have enough people doing that to us, we don’t need to do it to ourselves!

- Yoga is life on your mat

- Yoga exercises your biceps, your core, AND your emotional well-being

- Yogis Anonymous is available worldwide for people at all levels of their practice!

- Start your yoga practice with only five minutes of stretching!

Useful Links:

Yogis Anonymous

"I Was A 25-Year-Old Curmudgeon"

Episode 04: Yogis Anonymous 

Episode 55: We Are Not "Below the Line"

Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul

Guest Bio:

Ally Hamilton is a Santa Monica-based yoga teacher, writer and life coach, who streams online yoga classes all over the world. She's the co-creator of YogisAnonymous.com, which has been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She's a regular contributor for The Huffington Post, a wellness expert at mindbodygreen, and writes an almost-daily blog at http://blog.yogisanonymous.com. She's the mama of two amazing kids and one energetic Labradoodle. She’s very excited about her first book, “Open Randomly: Fortune Cookies for the Soul”, now available on Amazon.com, and her next book, “Yoga’s Healing Power: Looking Inward for Change, Growth and Peace” due from Llewellyn Worldwide in 2016.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep62_AllyHamilton.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:08pm PDT

Film school or no film school is a hotly debated topic in the world of filmmaking and a topic I discuss at length in this episode with Eddie Hamilton, editor of such Hollywood tentpole films as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, X-Men First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kickass. After working his way up from a runner to editor in only 6 months at a post production facility specializing in sports journalism, he spent the next twenty years of his career working on independent films until his big break when he became an "overnight success."

Eddie is incredibly passionate about the work that he does. In this episode we talk about how Eddie keeps his mind and body sharp. We cover a wide range of topics including his path to success, why film school may not be the best option, his habits and routines as well as how working in the US is different than working overseas. See below for more information.

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- Eddie on his “overnight” success story

- Eddie’s background and how his love of film began at seven-years-old

- How to recover from rejection

- His first job in post and how he moved up from a runner to editor in only six months!

- His big break: working with Matthew Vaughn

- Editing with VHS recorders

- To film school or not to film school?

- The benefits of a background in film theory

- Is grad school worth the time and money?

- A day in the life of Eddie Hamilton

- His focus on diet and exercise while working

- The sacrifices necessary to succeed in this industry

- His process for cutting scenes

- The meals and snacks he chooses throughout the day...chocolate included

- How easy it can be to get some exercise into your day -- you don’t need to do it all!

- Good eating habits at work

- Standing vs. sitting

- How what you eat can affect your work for the day

- “To be the best you have to be in good physical shape and good mental shape”

- The differences between working in the US versus other countries

- If you want to succeed more than everyone else, you will succeed!

Useful Links:

Ep 56: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 1

Ep 57: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 2

How 'Mission Impossible' Editor Eddie Hamilton Skipped Film School & Worked His Way to Cutting Blockbusters

How To Get Ahead In Editing

Cutting Mission: Impossible

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep61_EddieHamilton.m4a
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Walter Murch is a legend in the film editing world, having edited such recent films as Tomorrowland, Cold Mountain, and The English Patient, as well as some of the most historic and legendary films of all time including Apocalypse Now and The Godfather III. He is also the author (or subject) of several of the most influential texts ever written on the art and science of film editing including 'In the Blink of an Eye,' 'The Conversations,' and my personal favorite editing book of all time, 'Behind the Seen.'

To put it simply, without Walter Murch there would be no Fitness In Post. It was a single picture of Walter standing at his workstation that inspired my personal development journey almost ten years ago. In this episode we discuss a wide range of topics about how he has maintained his health and longevity and survived over 5 decades in the film industry.

You can't survive 50 years in post-production working on some of the biggest films of all time without knowing how to take care of yourself, and Walter talks all about his daily routines, how he prepares for upcoming projects, and many other topics listed below.

This is episode is a MUST LISTEN for anyone hoping to have a long-lasting and successful career as an editor.

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 - My first encounter with Walter and the impact his books had on my career

- Walter’s approach to health and wellness while working long hours

- Walter’s process for getting his brain and body ready for the next job

- The importance of capturing ideas (and how to capture them)

- How timing the script can help you really inhabit a story

- Walk as much as possible!

- The history of Walter's standing workstation

- The science behind standing and moving during your day

- How taking a lunch break is actually MORE productive

- Tools you can use to help with the ergonomics of standing

- The proper food to fuel your body

- The best way to approach sleep

- “The CIA uses sleep deprivation as torture. Let’s not torture ourselves.”

- How the industry has changed in the last forty years--from film to digital

- What it means to be an editor in today’s world with today’s technology

- The differences between working in documentary versus scripted

- Walter’s thoughts on being “below the line”

- Rebounding from working a long job, aka recovering from “hiatus flu”

Useful Links:

Missing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implications

Behind the Seen

In the Blink of an Eye

The Conversations

Essential tools for a standing workstation:

apple box

lacrosse balls

vibrams

foam rollers

TopoMat

Download the E-book 'How to Overcome (And Avoid) Burnout'

Blog: 'My System For Getting Seven Hours of Sleep Every Night'

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep60_WalterMurch.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:55pm PDT

Making the transition from assistant to editor is never an easy one. There isn't a roadmap that everyone can follow, everyone's path is different. In today's episode I chat with Minority Report editor Tyler Cook about the steps we believe are important for assistants to follow if they want to sit in the editor's chair someday. This conversation applies to scripted, documentary, reality, marketing, you name it. This is not about technology, it's about what it takes to get noticed.

Although he’s relatively young, Tyler's success did not happen overnight. Tyler worked hard as a college student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, a small conservatory for the arts at the University of North Carolina, then transitioned to assisting on indie features and  eventually made his way to scripted television.

I spoke with Tyler about his career path and how he was able to move through the ranks of intern, assistant editor and editor so quickly. Not only does he talk about essential skills an assistant editor needs to make it as an editor, but also how important it is to have a positive work ethic.

Don't have time to listen? Click here for your bonus PDF: Making the Jump from Assistant Editor to Editor

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- Tyler’s background and starting as an assistant editor on indie features

- Essentials skills and ways to demonstrate your passion and dedication

- Tyler’s career trajectory and how he was bumped up on Vampire Diaries

- No excuses! Work hard and do your job well

- How you can demonstrate your passion for the work in your own way

- Take care of the small stuff

- Ask lots of questions and get clarification when you don’t understand something

- You need to pay attention when doing dailies...and everything else! Pay attention to details!

- Storytelling through your sound work

- How vital sound work can be for those watching your cut

- Let your intentions be known, but make sure you do the job you are hired to do

- Do the extra work and go the extra mile to demonstrate your skills and dedication

- Take initiative -- ask your editor if you can shadow him/her (once you’re done with your work)

- How to conduct yourself in the room with directors and producers

- How editors can help train their assistants in a productive and safe way

- Taking care of yourself can make all the difference when you’re trying to make it to the next level

Useful Links:

www.tyleredits.com

Ep 48: Transitioning From Reality to Scripted

Ep 56: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 1

Ep 57: Advancing Your Career in Post Production Pt. 2

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep59_TylerCook.m4a
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 The standing desk revolution is upon us, but the number one complaint I hear from those who convert is that the transition is painful, and standing for long periods of time can get uncomfortable very quickly. After years of searching for a solution for myself, I have finally solved these problems thanks to the Topo Mat. This is the best anti-fatigue mat I've ever used. It's literally like a playground for your feet!

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Kit Perkins and Ryan Feeley, the designers of the Topo mat and the CEO and CTO, respectively, of ErgoDriven. We talk about the inspiration for creating the Topo mat, why it isn't just another anti-fatigue mat, and why it promotes more activity throughout the day and alleviates the pains associated with chronic standing. 

 

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  • On Kit and Ryan’s respective backgrounds as engineers
  • Your body as a machine
  • On their passion for changing the standing workstation
  • Where did Topo come from?
  • Why a standing workstation should promote movement but usually doesn't, unless you know how to do it correctly
  • The research phase and how the product was designed
  • Standing can cause just as many health problems as sitting
  • Movement is essential!
  • The prototype phase and how the Topo mat came to be
  • Testing Topo on the masses - flat mat vs. Topo - video: bit.ly/visotopo
  • How the design of Topo keeps you moving and helps promote good posture
  • The issues with standard anti-fatigue mats
  • The half-sphere in the middle...what is it and what do you do with it?
  • The texture of the mat and how they are working to make improvements to it
  • How we started sitting so much and what that has done to our health
  • You need a good sitting to standing transition plan. Start by modifying your current workstation
  • How do I start using Topo? Stand on it and see what happens!

Useful Links:

Purchase your Topo Mat

QuittingSitting.com

Vascular Hemodynamics for Dummies

The Standing Desk Calculator

The Topo Blog

Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman

How Is Sitting Bad For You?

Guest Bios:

Kit Perkins | CEO
Kit is a mechanical engineer by degree, and a self-taught entrepreneur, growth hacker, and web developer. With a strong interest in human design and its implications to guide his thirst for knowledge and get-stuff-done mentality, Kit is determined to make the world a healthier, more productive place for everyone.

Ryan Feeley | CTO
Ryan has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a brilliant engineer and burgeoning scientist, Ryan leads product development and validation. On the weekends, you can find him sprinting barefoot and shirtless in his local parks, with myriad home-brew sensors quantifying his body.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep58_TopoMat.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:35pm PDT

"How do I break into the post industry?" or "How can I advance to the next level of my career?" are by far the most common questions I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach. In this 2-part episode (listen to part 1 here) I dive deep into what it really takes to break in or advance in the post-production industry with none other than USC professor and former head of the editing track, Norman Hollyn

In the second part of our discussion we specifically talk about different strategies and tactics to build or expand your network of contacts as well as how to enhance your skill set to make sure it meets your employers' needs or your own personal needs.

Even if you're already firmly set in your chosen field, Norman has some great advice on how to set goals, realize your potential, and take your career to the next level.

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If you haven't listened to part one of this two part podcast you can listen here.

  • Develop your skill set and then build your network of people
  • Consider looking for work and networking your full time job
  • Use online resources, industry magazines, etc
  • How to use Facebook and Twitter to help you make connections
  • Put yourself out there and make yourself valuable to people
  • Make sure you continue to hone your craft and advance your skill set
  • Find out what you don’t know and get good feedback!
  • Should you take free work?
  • People skills and social skills are more important than you think
  • Part of advancing in your career is being able to make choices
  • Re-evaluating your goals is growth
  • Being fiscally responsible will give you more choices and give you the freedom to take work that’s valuable to your career and not necessarily your bank account
  • To be happy it’s important to acknowledge that third circle: Personal needs
  • Write down your intentions and focus -- no matter how many drafts it takes!

Useful Links:

IMDb.com

Below the Line crew listings

A Classic Case of Post-Production Burnout

"I Was A 25-Year-Old Curmudgeon"

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep57_NormanHollynPt2.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:28pm PDT

"How do I break into the post industry?" or "How can I advance to the next level of my career?" are by far the most common questions I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach. In this episode I dive deep into what it really takes to break in or advance in the post-production industry with none other than USC professor and former head of the editing track, Norman Hollyn

In the first part of this two part marathon interview we discuss the first steps to breaking into post production and landing your dream job. While every single person's path will be different, we do our best to distill the process down to the most basic steps that anyone can follow regardless of how specific they want to be about what type of job they want.

Even if you're already firmly set in your chosen field, Norman has some great advice on how to set goals, realize your potential, and take your career to the next level.

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- Basic simple core concepts that lead to success in this industry

- “Everybody creates their own path”

- Work hard to put yourself in a place where luck can work for you

- Before you do anything -- focus on your intentions

- Map out your three circles

- What skills do you have? Figure out what you are good at and do it!

- The importance of learning how to tell a story vs. learning the tools

- Examine your own personal needs

- Finding your path

- Breaking down goals

- Re-evaluating your goals

- It doesn’t matter what you do, just make sure you WANT to be doing it

- After you’ve built and determined your skillset it’s time to work on building your network

Useful Links:

'That Post Show' podcast with Alan Bell and Zack Arnold

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep56_NormanHollynPt1.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:59pm PDT

"Below the Line" originated as an accounting term to separate fixed costs from variable costs in a films' budget, but it has since become more of a social status symbol than an accounting term. In this episode I speak with editor Mike J. Nichols about his recent blog post "Is the Term Below the Line Hitting Below the Belt?" We cover everything from how the term came to be to what it means for editors today (spoiler alert: it's not good!)

Mike J. Nichols is an award winning filmmaker, editor and influential speaker on post production techniques and the art of editing. He has worked on hundreds of hours of network and cable television and has collaborated with great talents such as Billy Joel and Dweezil Zappa. He is also the infamous "Phantom Editor" widely known for his recut of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

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- The rampant idea that we are a pair of hands chained to our desks

- Mike’s first encounter with the phrase “below the line”

- What is “below the line”?

- How the term went from an accounting term to a status term

- On getting emotionally involved in a project you have a limited say in

- On how the “below the line” status is felt differently in each subset of editing

- The feeling of your contributions being undervalued

- What do we do about this status term?

- Most people don't even know what editors do!

- Technology as a driving factor in our dwindling status as filmmakers

- The editor as the final writer -- especially in reality and documentary

- Where we can start with eliminating this “status” -- we need to stand up for ourselves and our health

- Search for the cause not just the symptoms

- We need to have a better perception of ourselves

- Fitness in Post is not just good for your physical and mental health but is creating a community

- Send your stories! I will read your email! contact@fitnessinpost.com

Useful Links:

NEW Fitness in Post tshirts!

THAT Studio Show

Ep. 53: From Rehab to Ultra Marathon with Wes Plate

Whiteboard Discussion - Avid Editors of Facebook Group

Whiteboard Discussion - Post Chat

Kuleshov Effect

About the Guest:

Mike J. Nichols - “A rare combination of artistry and technology - A young Walter Murch” - actor/director Larry Holden.

As a teenager living in Ohio, Mike’s super-8 films garnered the attention of Frank Zappa’s son, Dweezil, who commissioned him for projects including work on a CBS network television series called, “Normal Life”. With the Zappa’s encouragement, Mike pursued film studies at Columbia College of Chicago winning two back to back short film first place awards which had never happened in the school’s student history.

In Los Angles, Mike edited the award winning indie film, My Father’s House (directed by Larry Holden) which featured Cameron Diaz and Josh Charles. Martin Scorsese praised, “My Father’s House”, as one of his favorite independent films of that year.

Alternately during this time, Mike’s anonymous editing work became famous in the Star Wars community with a video called, “Star Wars: The Phantom Edit”.

“Star Wars: The Phantom Edit” became a phenomenon featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, and television news programs around the world. Chicago Tribune film critic, Michael Wilmington, wrote a 2 page review of Mike’s work summed up in the articles final thesis statement, “…done by someone with a gift for editing”.

Chris Nolan’s film editor, Dody Dorn, was featured in a segment on NPR’s Studio 360 about the impact of Mike’s editing. J.J. Abrams gleamed about Mike’s edit to Entertainment Weekly and director Kevin Smith went on record in an interview calling it “Smart editing ”.

HBO penned the largest syndication deal in history for their hit series, “Sex and the City” but editing out 9 minutes of show content proved to be a difficult endeavor. After two trial run episodes, Mike’s editing and attention to story integrity became the missing piece they were seeking and HBO wrote a exclusive contract making him PREditor for the original syndicated versions of “Sex and the City” .

Musician Billy Joel and Exclusive Media/Spitfire Pictures were looking for a more narrative approach to their feature length documentary and Nichols was signed to be the Editor of “The Last Play At Shea” - written by Academy Award winning writer, Mark Monroe.

“Last Play At Shea” featured three different stories editorially woven into one complete narrative and it premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. “The Last Play at Shea’s” world premiere was the largest documentary opening in film history taking place at New York’s Citi Field Stadium for an audience upwards of 60,000 before playing in theaters around the country.

In addition to hundreds of hours of broadcast film and television, Mike has also worked on the Emmy Award winning, “Vito: The Vito Russo Story”, AFI Audience Choice Award winner, “SpineTingler” and the editor on The Zappa Movie, a current film in production directed by Alex Winter.

Mike is known throughout the industry as “The Edit Doctor”. He is an influential speaker regarding post production techniques and the “art of editing”. He has invented a new post production processes and currently has two patents for advanced post production techniques.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep55_MikeNichols.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm PDT

In this episode I do a deep dive with my assistant Natalie Boschan into every vital step of our editorial workflow at Empire from day one until delivery of a locked episode. We discuss in detail the systems we've developed to become a more efficient and productive team over the years. Although we use Avid at Empire, the organizational systems and templates we've created can be applied to any NLE workflow in scripted, reality, documentary, or otherwise. 

Click here to download a FREE PDF with our project setup checklist

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Topics of Conversation:

- How we set up our projects before every new episode

- How to spend more of your time being creative 

- The foundation of being efficient  - media management and organization!

- Why folder structure in your NLE is important

- How to eliminate errors like working on the wrong sequence, version etc.

- Why you should build an elements project

- Ritualizing behaviors and time management

- Google Drive and why it’s so easy to use in a post workflow, especially if you want to go paperless

- How Trello can REVOLUTIONIZE your workflow for scripted and documentary

- Eliminating human error with checklists in Trello

- How making templates can eliminate “brain drain” and “time sucks”

- Mistakes happen--make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice!

- Build the checklist that works for you

- Organizing email with Trello

- How being organized and efficient will help you get more jobs!

Useful Links:

TopoMat

Ep 47 - Master Trainer Maxim Jago on Being a More Efficient Editor

Trello

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep54_Empire_Workflow.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:59pm PDT

Wes Plate is one of the co-founders of Automatic Duckthe beloved software that helps post production professionals easily transport their work from one application to another. In the past Wes has worked on software development for Adobe and now works as a freelance editor, one of his recent projects being the opening title sequence for the NBC show 'About a Boy.'

Wes’ story does not end with his resume, however. In this episode we discuss how Wes went from a high school athlete to being hospitalized for alcohol abuse in his late 30's, to then running his first Ultra Marathon (50K) with many half-marathons in between. His amazing journey will inspire you to find the strength to achieve your own health and wellness goals, regardless of the obstacles in your way.

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Topics of Conversation:

- Wes’ early career as an offline editor at an advertising agency

- Why Wes started Automatic Duck and how they became the “Switzerland” of the app world

- How going between different apps has changed in the last 15 years (...it hasn’t)

- Wes discusses how some of the bad habits he developed early in his career helped lead him down a path to alcoholism

- The turning point in Wes’ life: Christmas of 2007

- Why he decided it was time to go to rehab

- How a combination of tracking his weight and quitting alcohol motivated him to lose 40 lbs right after rehab

- We discuss how breaking your goal into much smaller pieces (GO FAR framework) can help you succeed

- How his Fitness in Post Challenge Group experience helped him gain a sense of confidence

- We discuss overcoming mental barriers and how positive change can happen if you believe in yourself and your abilities

- We discuss Wes’ “why” and the goal of becoming a responsible father and better role model

Useful Links:


Wes' blog on overcoming alcohol abuse

Strava Cycling and Running App

Garmin GPS watch

Hal Higdon Training Programs

Tony Horton

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

 

Direct download: FiP_ep53_WesPlate.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT