Fitness In Post

Training for and successfully running a marathon is an accomplishment few will ever achieve. Running a marathon in under 4 hours? Fewer people still. But training for a marathon, running it in under 4 hours, and ALSO working as an assistant editor on the TV series Empire? That's downright insanity!

Or is it?

In this episode I have a candid in-person conversation with Natalie Boschan, my assistant editor and partner in crime, about why she chose to take on this monumental task, and more importantly how it helped her grow stronger as a human being.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Why Natalie decided to run a marathon
  • What it was like training for a marathon while working on Empire
  • Running in the morning DOES NOT undo the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle
  • How Natalie got injured training for her first marathon in 2013
  • When Natalie decided she would no longer be defined by her work
  • Natalie’s morning routine and why she decided she wanted to be, for the first time in her life, a morning person
  • Taking back your schedule and taking ownership of your time
  • How Natalie found reasons to wake up and train every day by clearly defining her why
  • How taking back your time can be empowering
  • How being less reactionary to your surroundings can help you generate energy and be a more pleasant person
  • Natalie’s systems for getting more sh*t done faster!
  • How to combat that “tired” feeling when you don’t think you should be tired
  • How focused work can actually make work more fun!
  • Natalie’s training program ← Link: RunSmart program
  • How tracking your time can really open your eyes to your own productivity
  • The brain is not capable of multitasking!
  • Switching tasks (read: going from Facebook to Gchat to Avid) is what makes you tired!
  • Making small changes can lead to some extraordinary results over a long enough timeline
  • Natalie’s marathon time and how she actually made it through the race
  • Any goal is attainable!

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep54: Behind the Empire Editorial Workflow

FiP Blog Post: The Endless Chase For Work/Life Balance

FiP Podcast Ep66: How to Systematize Meal Planning

FiP Podcast Ep63: The Solution To Your Sedentary Lifestyle

Beachbody T25 Workout DVDs



Yogis Anonymous 



Guest Bio

Natalie Boschan has been working as a post production professional for eight years. She began her career working as a producer/editor creating content for Verizon's V-cast (think: internet content before the iPhone). She continued her career in short form media by working as an editor on web and DVD featurettes, trailers and promotional videos for various major motion picture releases as well as independent films. 

In 2013 Natalie decided to shift gears and venture into the land of scripted television. Currently, she is working on a new Netflix drama set to air in late December. Her past credits include: Empire seasons 1 & 2, Underground, Burn Notice and Once Upon a Time.

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_ep72_NatalieBoschan.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:12pm PST

It's no secret that exercise can be good for us, and most people even know by now that regular exercise can help us feel better too. But there is a huge difference between the "Runner's high" that most people assume is the only regular benefit of exercise beyond burning calories and the full potential that exercise, and regular movement throughout the day have on improving your overall health...and brain power.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Dr. John Ratey, a clinical psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, and the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain about how regular exercise and movement can actually improve your brain power and make you smarter. We discuss the immense impact regular exercise can have on cognitive function, memory, attention issues, and stress. And on the flip side, we discuss how lack of exercise and movement are literally shrinking your brain and impairing your cognitive function.

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"What is the best office chair to buy," and "What is the best ergonomic position to work in" are very common questions I get on a regular basis. Unfortunately there is no right answer to these questions, and more importantly, these are the wrong questions to be asking in the first place. They belong in the world of "Ergonomics 1.0."

In this episode I discuss the concept of "Ergonomics 2.0" with Industrial Engineer and Certified Ergonomist Josh Kerst. We talk all about why traditional ergonomics no longer make sense, and more importantly, how to reshape your workstation and workspace to be more dynamic and promote better health.

Click here to download your bonus document "How to Set Up a More Ergonomic (And Dynamic) Workstation"

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Topics of Conversation:

  • What exactly does Josh do?
  • When Josh decided he should shift his focus to standing instead of sitting
  • Josh's thoughts on the AltWork Desk
  • How Wall-E is becoming our reality
  • What happens to the body when you don’t experience gravity properly
  • What is N.E.A.T.
  • “Your best ergonomic move is your next one.” Keep moving!
  • The best ergonomic chair is not a chair
  • Stand assist tools - The Mogo
  • Great tips for transitioning from a sitting desk to a standing desk
  • More Focal Upright Ergonomics tools that will help you transition to a standing desk
  • The positive consequences of movement during the workday aka “getting your mojo back”
  • How movement is helping to combat depression and anxiety
  • How your posture affects how people perceive you
  • Exercising (even if you do it often) will not make up for sitting all day
  • Allowing kids to move is actually helping them learn and concentrate
  • Try taking a walking meeting outside (especially after lunch) 
  • The effects of lighting on humans - get out of your caves!
  • The best color to work under
  • Moving can really give you a competitive advantage
  • Setting up the proper standing workstation
  • How to deal with forearm and wrist issues

Useful Links:

Focal Upright Ergonomics

FiP Podcast Ep63: The Solution To Your Sedentary Lifestyle

FiP Podcast Ep55: We Are Not "Below the Line"

F.lux App

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Guest Bio:

Kerst, Josh, CPE, CIE

Executive Vice President, Principal Ergonomist, Focal Upright Furniture Inc.

(Ergo Geek) Experienced, passionate and thoughtful leader in the field of ergonomics with an emphasis on designs that positively transform the way people work in the digital age. Josh holds a BSE (U of Michigan) in Industrial Engineering and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), Certified Industrial Ergonomist (CIE) and is a Member of the ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 Office Seating committee.

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_ep70_JoshKerst.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:58pm PST

Setting goals sounds like it should be easy, but if it were, wouldn't everybody achieve them? In this episode we switch up the show format a little bit, and NLE ninja and master trainer Jeff Greenberg interviews me.

I had ZERO knowledge of Jeff's questions before he interviewed me for this episode, and we covered a lot of ground. We talk about how I began my career as an editor, my work on Burn Notice and Empire, balancing work and family, living a healthy lifestyle, and goal setting. Jeff definitely kept me on my toes throughout the interview and even helped me find some insight into my own life goals. 

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Direct download: FiP_ep69_JeffGreenberg.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:44pm PST

As editors, it's not uncommon to have a perpetual bowl of M&M's and a Coke next to your keyboard 12 hours a day (we've all been there). The question is, are the 3 Cokes a day simply a "treat," or are you actually addicted?

In this episode I have an honest and emotional conversation with editors Siân Fever and Monica Daniel about their recent journeys with removing sugar from their diets. We talk about why they chose to do it, what their experiences were like during the withdrawal process, and most importantly, the positive effects it had on their energy, focus, and mood once they emerged from the dark side.

Click here to download our bonus document "5 Ways to Overcome Sugar Addiction"

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Monica and Siân’s relationship with sugar
  • Why they decided to quit cold turkey
  • Monica’s experience avoiding sugar for the first few weeks
  • How Monica is kicking this habit over the long term
  • Sugar is actually a neurological craving
  • When Siân realized she had a problem with sugar
  • Siân’s experience with quitting sugar cold turkey
  • Monica and Siân’s stories are not uncommon!
  • How sugar works
  • Having a problem with sugar is not shameful
  • Monica and Siân’s sugar withdrawal symptoms: shakes, headaches, always feeling hungry, pain in the gums, restlessness etc.
  • Your tastebuds change when you are eating more/less sugar
  • Siân was using sweets as a “reward” for everything
  • How cutting sugar helped with their focus and general quality of life
  • Reducing sugar can clear your skin and make you LOOK healthier too!
  • Try cutting sugar for seven days and see what happens
  • Siân’s recommendation for reducing your sugar intake--get a cookbook, find a sponsor
  • This is the first step in Monica’s journey to better health

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep48: Transitioning From Reality To Scripted with Monica Daniel

FiP Podcast Ep24: Sexism in Post, Pt. 1 with Siân Fever and Kylee Wall

The Ingredients in Pop Tarts

That Sugar Film

Fed Up

Is Sugar Toxic?

7 Deadly Truths of Sugar

What Eating 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day Can Do to You

How Coca-Cola affects your body when you drink it

FiP Podcast Ep63: The Solution to Your Sedentary Lifestyle with Ben Greenfield

Guest Bios:

Monica Daniel

Monica is an Offline/Online Editor based in Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and an Affiliate Member of American Cinema Editors. She has worked for several television networks in addition to independent features that have been released by Miramax, Lionsgate and Anchor Bay Entertainment. She enjoys sharing her knowledge by giving presentations about her work, as well as Producing/Co-Hosting an industry podcast called Going Postal Show ( and promoting health in post production through Fitness in Post ( She has recently moved into scripted television, working on Minority Report for Fox as an Assistant Editor in 2015. Monica currently works as an Assistant Editor on Supergirl for Warner Bros. Television. You can follow her on twitter at @monica_edits

Siân Fever

Siân Fever is a London-based offline editor for broadcast, marketing and corporate content. She has a proven strength in music programming and branded content.

Her clients include: Universal, Xbox, Sony BMG, Microsoft, Red Bull, Ford Mondeo, MTV, The Disney Channel, AOL, Natwest, ITV, Channel 4, The Mercury Music Prize and The Olympics.

Recently she made the jump to Assistant Editor, working on BBC One’s Call The Midwife.

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_ep68_SianAndMonica.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:16pm PST

Editor Julian Smirke is convinced that he ended up being an assistant and then associate editor on Star Wars: The Force Awakens because of sheer luck and nothing more. But I don't believe in luck. I believe that luck should be redefined as "when hard work meets opportunity."

In this episode Julian and I talk all about his path from starving and unemployed artist to working on the largest film franchise in cinema history. I break down every step of his journey and show you how anyone can take a similar path if they are willing to put in the work.

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Direct download: FiP_ep67_JulianSmirke.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:34pm PST

Post-production schedules are brutal and relentless, but one of the perks that many people have in our industry is having the option to order lunches and dinners every day at the office.

But is this a perk? Or is it because producers want us chained to our workstations?

And has anyone ever thought about what a steady diet of Chinese takeout, pizza delivery, and Hot Pockets does to your creative energy and focus?

In this episode I have a conversation with Allison Schaaf, the creator of Prep Dish, an online service that systematizes the process of meal planning, grocery shopping, meal prep, and cooking into an easy-to-follow package. If you love workflows and systems, you'll love this service and this episode. We also jump into the rabbit hole of nutrition and food science as well. Check out our topics of conversation below.

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Direct download: FiP_ep66_AllisonSchaaf.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:34pm PST

Vashi Nedomansky, editor of Sharknado 2 and many other films and documentaries, as well as a consultant on several projects such as Deadpool, Gone Girl, and House of Cards, is quite possibly the coolest editor on the planet. I can honestly say I've never met an editor who was a former NHL hockey player. And while the combination of professional athlete and film editor may not make a lot of sense at first, in this episode we dive deep into how the mindsets of being successful in either profession are incredibly similar.

We geek out on sports psychology, physiology, how Vashi stays fit living in the edit bay, how to earn the trust of your directors and producers, cool ways to set up hot keys, developing mental fortitude....we basically run the gamut.

Want to kick some ass in the edit bay? Vashi will show you how.

(Editor's Note: In the show intro Zack mentions that Vashi played hockey for the Detroit Red Wings. This is incorrect. Vashi played in the New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings organizations. This will be corrected soon, our apologies for the error).

Our show sponsors:

Direct download: FiP_ep65_VashiNedomansky.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:19pm PST

The chances are over 70% that you are reading this while sitting, and the chances are even higher that because you sit for long periods of time you experience chronic pain in areas such as the lower back, hips, shoulders, or neck. Maybe you get headaches. Maybe your have carpal tunnel. Whatever the malady, there is a solution, and it's most likely easier than you think.

In this episode I have a conversation with Dr. Sadie Sanders, a chiropractor who specializes in the musculoskeletal system and its influence on the neurology and physiology of the human body. We talk about what is happening to the body when it sits all day long from a muscular and skeletal perspective, why everyone who sits has the same basic chronic pains, and most importantly, how to get rid of those chronic pains!

Our show sponsors:

Cinemoti: 2nd Unit Footage for Film & Television

Direct download: FiP_ep64_SadieSanders.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:39pm PST

Sitting all day long sucks, but the post-production profession demands it. So what is being sedentary all day long, and working 12-16 hours a day, actually doing to your body and what can you do about it? Are there options? Absolutely, and it's easier than you may think.

In my blog post 'Sitting Is Killing You, But Standing Isn't the Answer (And Neither Is Exercise)' I walk through the many negative health consequences of being sedentary all day whether you are sitting or standing. In this episode I do a much deeper dive into this topic with fitness expert Ben Greenfield, an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life”.

If you are fed up with the way you look in the mirror, if you're tired of brain fog, and if you're tired of never having the energy to start an exercise program (or even get out of bed some days), this is the episode for you.


Click here to download your FREE bonus document '10 Ways to Be More Active At Work (Without Finding Time to Exercise)'


Our show sponsors:

Cinemoti: 2nd Unit Footage for Film & Television

- Ben is not a physician and that can be a good thing

- What is “Greasing the groove” and “The Naked Warrior”?

- Sitting is not dangerous by itself -- the issue is lack of movement

- What sitting all day is doing to your body (and mind) 

- The same risks of chronic sitting persist EVEN if you exercise!

- There is more force on your spine when you sit than when you run

- Standing has a lot of issues too -- varicose veins, ankle pain, low back pain, foot pain

- How Ben incorporates movement into his day

- Try switching positions when you feel you’re in a creative rut!

- Are you sitting because you have to or because you don’t want to move?

- Try setting up rules for your breaks. For example: when you take a bathroom break, do 20 squats or 10 burpees

- Micro workouts (three 10 minute workouts) can be more helpful than 30 min at the gym

- More helpful tools for working in movement throughout the day

- Scheduling breaks can help you maintain focus throughout the day and not burn out

- How do you start from square one?

- The cultural barriers within the office and how they can be problematic

- How movement can help your cognitive performance and creativity (Read: movement can make you better at your job!)

- You don’t need to exercise one hour each day, five days a week. Start with ten minutes every day at work!

- A few tips and apps that can help increase cognitive function and wakefulness

- Having little exposure to light can affect focus, creativity and your sleep schedule. Check out Ben’s article on this topic: “What is the human charger”

Useful Links:

FiP Blog Post: Sitting Is Killing You, But Standing Isn't the Answer (And Neither Is Exercise)

FiP Podcast Ep29: Ben Greenfield, All Around Badass

Katie Bowman “Move Your DNA”

KyBounder Anti-Fatigue Mat via Ben Greenfield


Inversion table


FiP Podcast Ep58: Take Your Standing Workstation to the Next Level with Topo

Focus Time


Cold Thermogenesis


'Awake and Alert' bulbs 


Guest Bio:

Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life”. In 2008, Ben was voted as NSCA’s Personal Trainer of the year and in 2013 was named by Greatist as one of the top 100 Most Influential People In Health And Fitness. Ben blogs and podcasts at, and resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys.

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_ep63_BenGreenfield.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:33pm PST