Fitness In Post

I’m often asked via social media, via email, and in my member coaching calls about proper posture at a seated or standing workstation. Where should my elbows go? What’s the best desk chair? Why do my shoulders hurt? Why is my lower back on fire all the time?

In this episode I have a conversation with Zeena Dhalla, a certified posture specialist, self-proclaimed posture geek, and the founder of the Verticalign program which you can find at verticalign.com. Zeena and I dive into all of these issues and more to help you understand the detriments of living all day long in the same bad position and what positions you can switch to instead, as well as the simple exercises that can be done to alleviate and eliminate years of chronic pains.

For further information as well as specific exercises and postural modifications you can be making today, click here for Zeena's article "The Magic of Postural Modification (And How It Can Cure Your Back Pain Better Than a Doctor)"

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Zeena's path to being a posture specialist
  • How the collective evolution of our bodies has changed the applicability of older pilates programs
  • The surprising ways that your posture affects how other view you
  • Applying your creative spark to your active lifestyle
  • How Zeena addresses the most common neck and back issues
  • Learning to emphasize extension over flexion if you work a sedentary job
  • Easing yourself into yoga or pilates by knowing your body's strengths and weaknesses
  • How your posture affects your hormones
  • Tools you can use to help improve your posture and raise your awareness of your body
  • Simple stretches you can do while you drive to alleviate pain from sitting
  • The pros and cons of a yoga ball chair
  • Zeena's tips for maintaining healthy posture throughout your day

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Verticalalign.com

Posture Blog

FiP Ep64: How To Diagnose Reduce and Eliminate Chronic Pain

FiP Ep106: The Cure For Lower Back Pain, Tension Headaches, And So Much More

Guest Bio:

Zeena Dhalla is a Certified Posture Specialist and self-proclaimed posture GEEK. She helps people eliminate neck and back pain through simple and effective home based exercise routines. Download the 5 Minute Solution to Hunchback Posture (hyperlink to: http://verticalign.com/2016/05/16/5-minute-solution-hunchback-posture/) if you want to improve your posture and get out of bed every morning with less pain and more pizazz! 

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep109_Zeena_Dhalla.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:39am PST

In this episode I have a conversation with Nick Harauz, a certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer. And for those of you listening that aren’t specifically in the editing field, that’s like saying Nick teaches people how to drive Ferrari’s, Mercedes, and BMW’s. Teaching one is tough, but knowing how to teach all three effectively? That’s quite an accomplishment. Nick is also an author, graphic designer, and editor as well.

Needless to say Nick wears a lot of different hats in the filmmaking industry, and we talk about the different lifestyles that he experiences when working on a set versus sitting all day long in front of a computer. More importantly in this episode we also dig into Nick’s personal health journey and his many different experiments trying to stay healthy using extreme “all or nothing” methods as well as much slower long term lifestyle options.

If you’re hitting a point in your life where you’re ready for things to change but you’re not quite sure what the roadmap looks like, Nick’s story is a great source of inspiration.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Nick's experience working in production as well as in post
  • Using "safe holes" to maintain your health in post production
  • How Nick maintained a healthy lifestyle after undertaking an unsustainable diet and workout schedule
  • Developing a healthy lifestyle instead of temporarily dieting
  • Learning how different foods affect your physiology
  • The morning habits that will improve your day
  • Techniques for achieving more positive thinking
  • Nick's tips for staying healthy while working a sedentary job
  • Organizing your tasks to make the most of your time
  • How establishing routines can maximize your efficiency and overall happiness

Useful Links:

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7 Rules For Making More Happiness

Morning Routine

Burnout Sleep

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FiP Amazon Link

Beach Body On Demand

Miracle Morning

Yogis Anonymous

Guest Bio:

Nick Harauz (Twitter: @clipsandhandles)is a certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer. He has an uncanny ability to engage his students and create a level of relatedness that keeps them coming back for more. Since 2002, Nick has also worked with domestic and international brands, offering a wide variety of video production and motion graphic services. He has worked with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Diageo, Virgin Mobile, Nando's, and Blackberry.

In 2013, Nick wrote his first book on Apple Motion 5, which is available on Amazon. This year he has spoken for Adobe at the launch of CC 2014 in Toronto , NAB and the After Effects World Conference . Currently, Nick is working on his first feature film, Lost and Found.

When he is not teaching, travelling, or creating video content, Nick can be found playing tennis.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep108_NickHarauz.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:43pm PST

This episode is yet another installment of the Q&A series with my trusty sidekick Natalie Boschan. In this episode we discuss the psychology behind pursuing your passion as opposed to just getting the job done, we chat about the dangerous and slippery slope of devaluing yourself just to land the next gig, we talk about ways to stay active while traveling, and we also addressing the giant question many editors and creative professionals in the film industry face: Do I need an agent, and if so, how the heck do I get one?

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Zack's childhood introduction to video editing
  • How to know if you need an agent
  • Natalie's high school video work and how she learned she loved to edit
  • Understanding what agents can and can't do for your career
  • Learning to work strategically with your agent
  • How to know if you're cut out for the film industry
  • The problem with making movies for less money
  • Dealing with executives and learning how to price your work
  • Staying moving while on long trips
  • Preparing healthy food to eat while travelling

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Dealing With Burnout

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Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, 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_ep107_QA.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:48pm PST

If you’re sitting while reading this and grimacing at lower back pain, neck tension, or you experience regular headaches, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to alleviate all of these issues in just a few minutes a day…right at your desk.

In today’s interview I chat with returning guest Dr. Sadie Sanders, a doctor of chiropractic, biomechanical guru, and the CEO of Health & Human Performance in Woodland Hills, CA. For those that know Dr. Sadie, they call her “The Body Whisperer,” and as a patient of hers, I understand why. She is to the body what Mozart is to the piano (She’s that good).

Dr. Sanders and I talk about the many different causes for chronic pains throughout the body and how many of them are caused simply by not moving all day long. But more importantly we dive into how to eliminate your chronic pains right at your desk using very simple stretches and exercises using our brand new “Move Yourself Activity Video Vault.”

And here’s the coolest part for you: Since you are one of my loyal listeners, if you join the 5X Challenge this week I’m giving you 100% FREE access to every single video in this vault through next Tuesday, Jan 17th with no purchase information required and no hidden payments when you’re done.

Click here to get FREE ACCESS to the Video Vault and join the '5X Challenge'

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Dr. Sander's background and early experiences with athletic injuries
  • How Zack came to meet "The Body Whisperer"
  • What is Chiropractic?
  • Breaking down the Optimize Yourself Activity Video Vault
  • How categorizing your pain specifically can cure it through strengthening instead of temporarily relieving it
  • Using strength training to improve physically as well as emotionally
  • Learning to develop new habits so that you never need to see a chiropractor again
  • Recognizing and addressing repetitive stress injuries
  • Spreading your strengthening efforts across opposing muscles groups in order to prevent pain from overwork

Useful Links:

Optimize Yourself '5X Challenge'

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Health and Human Performance Chiropractic

Guest Bio:

Dr. Sanders is a chiropractic physician specializing in the musculoskeletal system and its influence on the neurology and physiology of the human body. She works with athletes, recently injured patients, and the average stressed-out American – varying her technique to suit all ages from newborn to 80+!

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep106_SadieSanders.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:54pm PST

The following is a reading of my blog post 'I Was Tired of Putting My Kids to Bed via FaceTime Every Night. Here’s What I Did About It.'

As a reminder, these blog readings are the perfect excuse to step outside and take a 15 minute walking break.

Useful Links: 

Dealing With Creative Burnout

Optimize Yourself '5X Challenge'

The Freelancer's Guide To A Dynamic Workstation On The Go

Working In Time Blocks

GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story

New Year's Resolution Statistics

FiP Ep95: Deskbound - Standing Up To A Sitting World with Kelly Starrett

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Direct download: FiP_309_Blog_SayingGoodnightThroughFacetime.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm PST

Award-winning editor Jeffrey Ford has worked on some of the biggest films on the planet that have amassed multiple BILLIONS of dollars at the box office.

His short list of recent credits includes Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ironman 3, just to name a select few. And you would be right if you assumed that editing films like these is an all-consuming endeavor that takes every ounce of energy and focus to survive.

In this episode Jeff and I talk about how he started at the bottom and climbed the ladder to editing gigantic tentpole films. But more importantly we also talk about Jeff's secret weapon for staying focused, energetic, and creatively sharp when working brutally long stretches on stressful and high-pressure project: Movement throughout the day.

Interested in learning even more about how to use movement throughout your workday to 5X your energy, creativity, and productivity?

» Click here to enroll in the '5X Challenge'

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Jeff's career trajectory and how he came to work on Marvel blockbusters
  • How going to film school helped Jeff break into the industry
  • Jeff's experience living on five days of work a month
  • Using your free time to develop your skills and climb your career ladder
  • Learning what work will drive you to the next level
  • Jeff's strategies for staying mentally refreshed while working long hours in front of a computer
  • The importance of comfortable communal work spaces
  • Viewing disciplined break time as strength rather than weakness
  • Keeping up with the intense demands of a content-ready culture
  • Controlling your work in order to remain healthy and connected with your love ones

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Optimize Yourself "5x Challenge"

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Athletic Greens

FiP 56: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don't Teach in Film School), Pt. 1 with Norman Hollyn

FiP 57: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don't Teach in Film School), Pt. 2 with Norman Hollyn

FiP Ep74: When You Should Take Free Work (And When You Should Run) with Alan Bell

Guest Bio:

JEFFREY FORD, A.C.E. (Editor) was born in Novato, California. He attended high school in Troutdale, Oregon and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles with a degree in Cinema-Television Production.  He began his professional filmmaking career in 1994, working as an editorial assistant on James Gray’s debut feature film, “Little Odessa.” He went on to work as an assistant editor on several feature films, including the Academy Award®-nominated “As Good as It Gets” for editor Richard Marks and director James L. Brooks.  Ford co-edited “Captain America: The First Avenger" (with Robert Dalva) for director Joe Johnston, "Iron Man Three” (with Peter Elliot) for Shane Black and “Marvel’s The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron” (both with Lisa Lassek) for director Joss Whedon. “Captain America: Civil War” is Ford’s second film for Joe and Anthony Russo. He also co-edited (with Matthew Schmidt) the Russo's first Marvel Studios feature “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons. 

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep105_JefferyFord.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:33pm PST

Do you know the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat? And seriously, what the heck does that have to do with building teams anyway?

Why do some teams with similar talent levels succeed and others simply maintain? Why are some families more connected while others are pulling in opposite directions? And why do some companies expand with excitement and others just limp along? CULTURE.

Globally celebrated author, speaker, and though leader Jason Barger has spent years aiming to answer these very questions and more, and he has developed the framework for improving your work culture (as well as all other areas of your life) in his new book 'Thermostat Cultures.'

If you're tired of working for a company or a team that values "busy work" above being productive and actually getting things done, this episode is a must-listen.

If you're exhausted by constant disagreements either with your co-workers (or your spouse or partner) and you want a simple framework to find common ground and move forwards with purpose, this episode is a must-listen.

And most importantly, if you're tired of setting goals and resolutions that never stick and you want 2017 to be different, this episode is a must-listen.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Jason's experience traveling the world, building houses, and living in airports
  • The interesting ways that observations of airport behavior can apply to daily life
  • Focusing on group compatibility over individual strength
  • The important difference between "Thermometer Mode" and "Thermostat Mode"
  • Learning to promote a work culture of clarity, support, and empowerment
  • Working smarter not harder
  • Setting standards as a community rather than obeying rules
  • Learning to step back an assess before taking steps towards your goals
  • Collaborating within a mission statement
  • The need to Assess, Align, and Articulate in order to build the kind of work culture where you want to achieve your goals together
  • How you can apply these principles to personal relationships

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Athletic Greens

Jason Barger

Guest Bio:

Jason Barger is a globally celebrated author, speaker, and leadership consultant. His latest book "Thermostat Cultures" launched on 11/17/16 and is receiving a fabulous response!

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep104_JasonBarger.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:44pm PST

The following is a reading of my blog post The Freelancer's Guide to Building a Dynamic Workstation On the Go.

As a reminder, these blog readings are the perfect excuse to step outside and take a 15 minute walking break.

Useful Links:

Optimize Yourself "5X Challenge"

Blog Post: Ready to Blow Your Paycheck on the Perfect Chair? Read This First.

Sitting Is Killing You, But Standing Isn't The Answer

How To Protect Your Number One Asset: Creativity

Fip Ep71: How Movement Makes You Smarter with John Ratey

FiP Ep83: How being Sedentary Is Killing You with Joan Vernikos

Pivot Seat

Stamina 55-1610 InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer

Solid Cast Iron Kettlebell (15 LB)

Be well.
Zack Arnold, Creator Fitness In Post

Direct download: FiP_blog308_PortableWorkstation.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm PST

Let's face it: Working in intensely competitive and exhausting creative jobs is hard. Just getting by is often all that's possible, so the mere thought of trying to eat healthy while on a budget, follow the proper career path when all you need right now is a paycheck, and (God forbid) have a personal life outside of your job is downright terrifying.

In the latest installment of the Q&A podcast series Natalie Boschan and I tackle these subjects and more.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Optimizing your nutrition on a budget
  • Learning to batch-prep your food
  • Zack's tips for new editors navigating the industry
  • Natalie and Zack's approach to food prepping
  • Organizing your grocery list with prices by location
  • How to redirect your career path toward your goals
  • Natalie's early experiences with the post-production industry
  • Setting boundaries for using technology at home
  • Balancing your personal life with a film industry job
  • Zack's experience traversing the strange world of online dating
  • Being honest with the people in your life about your time commitments

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Advancement

FiP Ep39: Quick & Easy Meal Preparation with Jessa Greenfield

FiP Ep48: Transitioning From Reality to Scripted

FiP 56: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don't Teach in Film School), Pt. 1

FiP 57: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don't Teach in Film School), Pt. 2

FiP Ep61: Do you Really Need to Go to Film School?

FiP Ep66: How to Systematize Meal Planning

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep103_QA.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:50pm PST

"How are you?" is a phrase you most likely ask dozens a time per day, but let's be honest: Most of the time it's just a formality. When is the last time you really asked this question of others, and even more importantly, when is the last time you asked this question to yourself?

Rather than celebrate the 100th episode of this podcast with fanfare or a fancy celebrity guest, I chose instead to dig deep into the still-taboo topic of mental health with two of my original Fitness In Post beta members from when the program first began in early 2014.

My guests for this episode are editor Monica Daniel and editor turned workflow specialist Kylee Peña, and we discuss the current state of mental health in post-production, the recent tragic death of a fellow member of the post-production community who worked with Monica, and how we can continue to support each other in an industry that chews creative professionals up and spits them out with little care for their well being.

This week's episode may not be a super fun topic, but I promise it's an important one you don't want to miss.

As I say at the end of every episode (and mean sincerely), thank you for listening for the last 100 episodes, I'm just getting started.

Be well.

Show Sponsor:

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Reflecting back on 100 episodes of Fitness in Post
  • How to manage your mental health at a sedentary job
  • Learning to be open to mental health discussions
  • Surrounding yourself with a supportive community
  • Learning that therapy is not just for crazy people
  • Offering a safe space for mental health conversations with the people around you
  • Becoming aware of when you're exhausted and taking the breaks you need
  • Learning that mental exhaustion is a product of your environment and not a personal failure
  • Monitoring your sleep, general activity, and how your work conditions are affecting you physically, mentally, and emotionally
  • Valuing yourself in a work culture that says you're dispensable
  • Viewing mental health issues the same way we view physical illnesses
  • Mental illness is not something you have to deal with alone

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Guest Bios:

Monica Daniel has edited various genres of television that have been broadcast worldwide over the last decade. She is known for her “sh*tting sparkles” slogan from her award show red carpet work. She recently transitioned from editing reality television into a high level scripted network show, and our conversation today breaks down her journey and how you can walk away with actionable steps to make the same transition, regardless of your situation.

Originally from the Midwest, Kylee Peña spent six years as an editor in Indianapolis and Atlanta, working on projects ranging from PBS shows to independent films. She then branched out into post production technology in Los Angeles, applying her knowledge of a working editorial department to the technical and creative aspects of workflow design on shows like CBS's Scorpion and Jane the Virgin on The CW. A Women in Film member, she's also an advocate for gender equality in post, having spoken on the topic on numerous podcasts, in classrooms, and at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in 2015.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT 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_ep100_MonicaAndKylie.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:07am PST