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Andy eloquently and thoughtfully breaks the mold and stigma behind behind being "right leaning". Always love listening to someone that could easily handle a team of Isis. Then five minutes later write a perfectly written blog about parenthood. I wish more men(myself included) would act like Andy. A sheepdog doesn't always have to show it's teeth.
May 7, 2019
i love the honesty and humility. Great listening!
Feb 20, 2019
Great,no bulls#!t, and inspirational content.
Episode 120 - Rob Bailey
Rob Bailey defines the term entrepreneur.
He developed an interest for sewing at the age of 7, and by the time he was in high school he was designing, creating, and selling his own clothing. In college, he shifted his pursuits from football to becoming an exective chef at a Michelin restaurant, then a career at QVC.
He founded his brand and clothing line Flag Nor Fail in 2008 out of his garage, while simultaneously pursuing music, releasing his first album in 2012.
In 2015 he founded a supplement company called Run Everything Labs, and currently is building a real estate business of unique Air BnB's, warehouses, and real estate.
|Mar 23, 2020|
Episode 119 - Scott Viscomi and Travis Davison
Scott Viscomi is the North American President of Wimp 2 Warrior, a 20 week MMA and fitness immersion that culminates in an opportunity for participants to step into the cage for an MMA bout.
Scott began his career in entertainment and action sports serving as the VP of Sales and Marketing for Alliance MMA, and as the managing director for Adidas North America's Combat Sport Division. He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and has been passionate about martial arts for years.
Travis Davison is the VP of SBGi (Straight Blast Gym International) as well as the owner of SBG Kalispell and Whitefish, where I started my BJJ journey.
|Mar 16, 2020|
Episode 118 - Tom, Founder of Eagles and Angels Ltd.
Tom is a US Army Special Operations Veteran and the Owner of Eagles and Angels Ltd...
If that sounds vague, well, that's because it is. Tom served at the highest levels of the military, but you will need to listen to the episode and use some critical thinking skills and perhaps Google for the specifics..
Eagles and Angels uses uniforms to tell stories and pass down legacies so they are never forgotten.
|Mar 09, 2020|
Episode 117 - John Barklow and Nelson Grant
John Barklow is a retired Navy Diver with extensive experience running the cold-weather training facility in Kodiak, Alaska for Naval Special Warfare. Post military he is now running the Big Game category for Sitka, a company dedicated to providing clothing/layering solutions to hunters around the world.
Nelson Grant is an active law enforcement officer in Montana, as well as an avid skier, snowboarder, snowmobiler, hunter, fisher, river guide, BJJ practitioner, and all-around Rennaissance man.
|Mar 03, 2020|
Episode 116 - Cam Hanes
Cam Hanes is a world-class bow hunter and endurance athlete. When he is not hunting some of the toughest animals in the most rugged terrain on earth, he is training, often completing a marathon a day, 100-mile ultra marathons, daily strength and conditioning, and reps with his bow.
|Feb 24, 2020|
Episode 115 - Q and A catch up
This week's episode attempts to answer YOUR questions. My experiences in Green Team (NSWDG selection), What can be done to lessen the "disconnect" between civilian and military population, What would I gift every man and woman given unlimited resources, Why I left CrossFit, and how to move past failure with friends and family.
|Feb 17, 2020|
Episode 114 - Steve Sanders
Steve is a retired Navy SEAL with 24 years of active duty service. Immediately upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and went to Basic Underwater Demolition School BUD/S. Stephen was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO where he specialized as an SDV Pilot, small arms marksmanship instructor, and scout/sniper. In 1999 Stephen successfully screened and went to Naval Special Warfare Development Group. During his 11 years at the command, Senior Chief Sanders successfully completed 10 combat deployments to both OIF (Iraq) and OEF (Afghanistan). During his combat tours as an assault team sniper and team leader he was awarded the Silver Star and five Bronze Star medals for heroic actions while engaged in National level HVT combat missions, among other medals and awards.
Before retiring, he started his own consulting business, (TIER ONE GlobalConsulting LLC) specializing in soldiering skills, combat shooting, austere high altitude jump training, and lead climbing rock courses to government agencies. In 2012 he was the Lead Military technical advisor for Man Of Steel, and in 2013 he worked on Batman vs Superman. He directed and did stunt coordination on several commercials for private companies. Today, Stephen is one of two owner-operators at VI Shooters Inc.
|Feb 10, 2020|
Episode 113 - War
What is the impact of nearly 20 years of sustained combat on American servicemen and women? What is the impact on our society, on our culture? Are we fighting for the right reasons, or are we fighting for the "Petrol Dollar?"
My thoughts on all of the above, as well as the commentary and criticism received from my conversation last week with Eddie Gallagher.
|Feb 03, 2020|
Episode 112 - Eddie Gallagher
Eddie Gallagher is a retired Navy SEAL. He received national attention when he was charged with war crimes in September of 2018, and subsequently acquitted in July of 2019. Eddie served for 20 years and completed 8 deployments, including tours to both Afghanistan and Iraq.
|Jan 27, 2020|
Episode 111 - Trevor Thompson
Trever Thompson is a former Navy SEAL, skydiver and BASE jumper, Bow Hunter, Photographer, outdoor enthusiast, and all-around renaissance man. He creates and captures content around the world and is the consummate student, always trying to improve his craft.
|Jan 21, 2020|
Episode 110 - Gary Foster
Gary Foster is a professional musician, specifically a smasher of drums! He spent eight years traveling and performing on the Warped Tour before turning in his sticks and pursuing a career in emergency medicine. He has returned to his passion for music and is performing with multiple bands to include Mest, and Assuming We Survive.
|Jan 13, 2020|
Cleared Hot Episode 109 - Stella Davison
If you have children, specifically daughters, this podcast is for you. Actually, this podcast is for anyone who wants to learn more about what it takes to be a high achiever.
At the age of 18, Stella Davison is an Olympic hopeful in the sport of Judo. She is a purple belt in BJJ, coaches children in BJJ, and has structured her educational load to graduate high school early to focus on her international competition.
Driven, Disciplined, Goal-oriented, and organized, things we can all benefit from, regardless of where you are in the story arc of your life.
|Jan 08, 2020|
Cleared Hot Episode 108 - SBGI Roundtable with Matt Thorton, John Frankl, and Travis Davison
This episode is a repost of a podcast that was recorded for SBGI (Straight Blast Gym International) while we were in Niagra Falls for the fall camp.
In this episode, I am on the receiving end of the questions, instead of asking them. We discussed fake martial arts/military tactics, the war in Afghanistan, Jiu-Jitsu (obviously), and life in general.
Enjoy, and see you in 2020.
|Dec 23, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 107 - Q and A Part 2
Finishing off 2019 with Q and A part 2... Personal preference and advice across 3 weapons platforms (pistol, AR, long rifle), my thoughts on what we can do to heal as a nation, Macro vs. Micro mindset when it comes to approaching your goals, and making big moves with young families.
|Dec 16, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 106 - Q and A Part 1
I'm doing my best to play catch up on Q and A, it has been a few months. This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will come out next Monday.
Advice for reducing anxiety, EDC (every day carry) and additional tools to make yourself "bulletproof," How civilians can make real, positive, personal, and impactful efforts to help transitioning veterans, Essentials and packing tips for any trip.
|Dec 10, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 105 - Evy Poumpouras
Evy Poumpouras packs an incredible punch in a small package...She is a former Secret Service Special Agent who worked the protective details for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush, William Clinton, and George H. Bush.
Evy worked complex criminal investigations and undercover operations, executed search and arrest warrants, and investigated both violent and financial crimes. Additionally, Evy was an interrogator for the agency’s elite polygraph unit and trained by the Department of Defense in the art and science of lie detection, human behavior, and cognitive influence.
Evy Poumpouras is a multi-platform journalist and host who frequently appears on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and ABC. She covers a wide range of topics, such as national security, law enforcement, personal protection, behavioral analysis, situational awareness, and how to live life fearlessly.
Outside of her role as a journalist, Evy is a TEDx speaker and international advisor whose expertise is sought worldwide. She has been a keynote speaker for NASDAQ, SOCOM, Yankee Stadium Series, United Technologies, Corcoran Group, Tyco, Skanska, Red Door Spa, amongst many others. She is an Adjunct Professor for The City University of New York where she teaches criminal justice and criminology. Evy was also cast on CBS’s TV series “The Hunted.”
Evy holds a Master of Science from Columbia University in Journalism, a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from Hofstra University. She is also a former New York City Police Academy recruit, and a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Secret Service Academy, and the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute.
|Dec 02, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 104 - Tall Tales from Texas with Evan Hafer, John Dudley, and Trevor Thompson
Lessons in teambuilding, leadership, personal responsibility, integrity, and life in general from hunting camp with the CEO and founder of Black Rifle Coffee, Evan Hafer...World-class archer and bow-hunter, John Dudley...and gravity enthusiast and former Navy SEAL Trevor Thompson.
|Nov 25, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 103 - Andrew Fontes
Andrew Fontes is the Brand Manager for Gatorz Eyewear, an American designed and American made sunglass manufacturer. With roots in the "high velocity" sports realm, specifically the world of motorcycles, the brand has evolved and now has deep ties into the skydiving world, as well as the Special Operations Community.
This episode is an inside look at a continuously evolving brand that takes great pride in its American manufacturing process, as well as the people that make the brand tick.
I have been wearing Gatorz for 15 years, if you are interested in trying them for yourself (the Magnums are the heat) code: ANDY15 will save you 15% on everything.
|Nov 18, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 102 - John Frankl, Travis Davison, Michael Heinz
Three high-level BJJ practitioners and coaches on one podcast.
John Frankl is a full-time professor in Korea, and part-time badass on the mats. Actually, he is a full-time badass on the mats.
Travis Davison is the VP of Straight Blast Gym International as well as my Jiu Jitsu coach in the Flathead Valley.
Michael Heinz is also a professor, but just made the leap into becoming the owner of SBG Texas (the balls on the man to claim the entire state as his own!)
|Nov 12, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 102 - John Frankl, Travis Davison, Michael Heinz
Three high-level BJJ practitioners on one podcast.
John Frankl is a full-time professor in Korea, and part-time badass on the mats. Actually, he is a full-time badass.
Travis Davis is the VP of the Straight Blast Gym International organization, as well as my Jiu Jitsu coach in the Flathead Valley.
Michael Heinz is the owner of the soon to open SBG Texas (the balls on the man to claim the entire state of Texas!), as well as professor.
|Nov 12, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 101 - Brian Bishop
Brian Bishop is a former Marine with multiple combat deployments to Iraq prior to continuing his service in Afghanistan as a contractor with Blackwater.
He is the founder of Orion Design Group, a solutions-oriented company that seeks to fill the gaps present in business as well as the Special Operations community.
|Nov 04, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 100 - Adam and Rory Singer, Travis Davison
Breaking into the triple digits with a podcast from SBG (Straight Blast Gym) Fall Camp in Niagra Falls.
Adam Singer is a scientist by day and high-level Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, MMA and striking coach, and gym owner by night. He is essentially a mix between Elon Musk, and Clark Kent, but he can't fly or stop bullets with his chest.
Rory Singer is an MMA fighter and Jiu-Jitsu Balck Belt. He has fought in King of the Cage, Pride, Spike Tv's the Ultimate Fighter, and the UFC. Together with his brother, they own SBG Athens in Georgia.
Travis Davison is the VP of Straight Blast Gym International, the owner of SBG Kalispell and Whitefish, and my Jiu-Jitsu coach. He currently is competing for the most appearances on the podcast with John Dudley, and is losing.
|Oct 28, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 99 - Evan Hafer and Trevor Thompson
Evan Hafer is the founder and CEO of Black Rifle Coffee. Prior to his love affair with coffee, he served as a contractor with the Central Intelligence Agency as well as serving in the United States Army as a Special Forces Soldier (Green Beret).
Trevor Thompson is an ex-Navy SEAL, skydiver, BASE jumper, photographer, bowhunter, exercise aficionado and all-around renaissance man.
Secret Black Rifle Coffee code for 20 percent off a one time order:
|Oct 07, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 98 - The Mother of All Podcasts with Joe Rogan, Jocko Willink, John Dudley, and Cameron Hanes
It took some time, but we were finally able to assemble the most amazing group of podcast guests in the known universe.
Joe Rogan is likely the most successful podcaster on the face of the planet, a stand-up comedian, and commentator for the UFC.
Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, author of multiple NY Times best-selling books, and the host of the Jocko Podcast.
John Dudley is a world-class archer and bowhunter, owner of Nock On, and an incredible resource for anyone interested in archery and bowhunting.
Cam Hanes is not only a world-class bowhunter, he is also an amazing endurance athlete, oftentimes completing a marathon per day during his training an preparation.
|Sep 30, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 97 - John Nores
John Nores is a recently retired game warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. While serving he helped develop the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) and Delta Team, the first comprehensive special operations tactical team and sniper unit, with a mission to combat the marijuana cartel's destruction and decimation of California's wildlife resources.
If you would like to learn more about John, his new book Hidden War, and the thin green line, please visit his website:
|Sep 17, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 96 - Motivation and Discipline
Sometimes you have them, sometimes you don't. There is no magic wand and no magic formula, but there are some practical steps you can take that will increase the odds of achieving your goals.
These tactics work regardless of occupation and profession.
Simple, not easy.
|Sep 10, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode Episode 95 - The Alberta aftermath with John Dudley, Brock White, and Dusty Fillion
For the past three years I have been fortunate to hunt with John Dudley in Northern Alberta with Red Willow Outfitters. This year we were joined by Brock White and Dusty Fillion. Alberta was the location for my first bowhunting experience 3 years ago, and it is a trip I look forward to all year long.
Each year has brought different experiences and challenges, and this year certainly did not disappoint. We talked about the "great sickness of 2019," which attempted to kill all of us in hunting camp, our hunting successes and failures on the trip, life, and of course, ridiculous antics from the field.
|Sep 02, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 94 - Caleb Copeland
Caleb Copeland is an outdoorsman turned videographer, photographer, producer, and editor. He is the founder of Copeland Creative, a full-service media production company, and the host of the redneck tech podcast, which can be found on Itunes.
We discussed the outdoor/hunting industry successes and failures, lessons learned from a lifetime in the outdoors, and advice for those looking to pursue his career field.
|Aug 26, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 93 - Jack Carr
Jack Carr is a retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of service as both an enlisted SEAL, and commissioned officer. Over his 20 year career he held positions as a SEAL sniper, Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, and Task Unit Commander. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jack is now pursuing his second life long dream, becoming an author. His second book, True Believer is out now.
For more information about Jack, check out officialjackcarr.com
|Aug 19, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 92 - Seeking Adversity with Kisa and Travis Davison
Adversity is everywhere in life. You can choose to isolate yourself in an attempt to avoid it, or you can face it and learn to overcome. This is a simple/unavoidable choice for most adults, but our children require the example and environment that their parents create. I believe that physical challenges create the most powerful teaching tools in this area for kids, and one great mechanism is BJJ.
Kisa and Travis Davison are the owners of SBG (Straight Blast Gym) Montana, which has a thriving program designed specifically for children.
Check out Growing Gorillas for more information, then do the right thing and get your kids/young adults involved!
|Aug 05, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 91 - Mark Carter
Mark Carter is a 3rd generation rancher turned professional snowboarder. Mark was born and raised in the small town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, working side by side with his family on their ranch. He received his first snowboard as a gift from his mother at the age of ten, and the rest is, as they say, history. He has traveled the globe riding the best snow imaginable, creating major snowboarding films along the way.
Here is the link to his family farm, and grass-fed beef delivery:
|Jul 29, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 90 - Jocko Willink and John Dudley
Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, the host of the Jocko Podcast, a NYT best selling author, Leadership speaker and consultant, and one of the founders of Echelon Front.
John Dudley is a world-class archer, projectile enthusiast, and one of the best bow hunters to walk the face of the earth. He founded Nock on Archery, and combined with his YouTube channel and School of Nock his platform is the one-stop shop for anyone in the archery world, or looking to enter the sport of archery.
|Jul 22, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 89 - Mat Best
Mat Best is a former Army Ranger and CIA contractor. After years spent overseas, he has devoted himself to business and the pursuit of being an entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Black Rifle Coffee, the founder of Article 15 Clothing, Leadslinger Spirits, and one of the hosts of the Drinking Bro's Podcast. He also starred in the movie Range 15 and recently published a book about his time in uniform titled: Thank you for my service.
In addition to all of the things previously mentioned, he creates some of the funniest content on the internet. Check out his Youtube channel here:
|Jul 15, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 88 - Jason Gardner
Jason Gardner is a retired Navy SEAL Master Chief with 30 years of service, all inside of Naval Special Warfare. His career spans Desert Storm, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and many other awards.
We discussed raising our children, a lifetime spent in Special Operations, the pros and cons of a life in military service, life after service, war crimes, and leadership.
|Jul 10, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 87 - Letting go of your past, 1776 and our Independance
Leaving a career that has defined you for years can be difficult. I struggled with it immensely post-military after a 17-year career, I still stumble occasionally. There is incredible value to be gained by putting down the past and redefining yourself. I am at the six year point and I have learned a few lessons along the way, hopefully they help.
The 4th of July is upon us....hopefully 1776 and Independence can take on a deeper meaning for you this holiday weekend.
|Jul 01, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 86 - Ryan Michler
Ryan Michler is the founder/creator of the Order of Man, a community and resource designed to help men improve every aspect of their lives from family, money, parenting, responsibility, etc.
He is a Veteran, a white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and as of last week, a resident of the great state of Maine.
We discussed our experiences on the mat, the dangers and allure of "connectivity" and connection with our children and their peers on social media, and of course, why his family decided to make the move from Utah to Maine.
|Jun 24, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 85 - Pete Roberts and Brian Littlefield
Pete and Brian are the mad scientists behind Origin USA, a manufacturing company dedicated to products sourced and made in the USA. Their factory is tucked away in the wilderness of Maine, and is dedicated to reinvigorating American production.
Origin USA originally started in the BJJ "space," crafting high-quality Gi's for Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Recently they introduced denim jeans that are "Grown and Sewn" in the USA, and are about to launch a series of hand crafted boots.
Pete Roberts founded Origin USA after a high-level competitive career in BJJ himself. As the company grew, he met Brian Littlefield, also a high-level BJJ practitioner, and now the CEO of Origin Labs, the nutrition and supplementation wing of Origin USA.
|Jun 17, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 84 - Listener Q and A
Advice for future military officers (or officers of any kind I suppose), Tips for giving kick-ass briefs/presentations, Balancing the dichotomy of being patriotic and accepting of the shortcomings of our nation, Acts that establish an individual as evil, and a brief update on my BJJ journey.
|Jun 04, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 83 - Memorial Day Q and A
For this memorial day, I chose to select questions directly related to military service. I open with my own thoughts on Memorial Day, the individuals that I see as often forgotten, and how to best remember and truly memorialize the service of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
War crimes, and whether or not the President should pardon soldiers convicted of executing them. Differences and similarities between JSOC commands, operators, and the opinions they sometimes hold of each other. My closest moment to "meeting my maker," and how I found humor in others at that same moment.
In closing, the audio of Jocko Willink reading my blog post, "A Debt That Cannot be Repaid."
|May 28, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 82 - Bear Camp from the Great Northwest
After a week in the wilderness of British Columbia, I convened the round table of hunters (John Dudley and Trevor Thompson) and one of our guides (Dusty Fillion) to talk about the experiences, lessons learned, comical failures, animal encounters, and most importantly the life lessons that one can find in the great outdoors.
|May 20, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 81 - Dan Crenshaw
Dan Crenshaw is the freshman Republican Congressman from the 2nd District of Texas. Prior to his political career, he served as a United States Navy SEAL for 10 years. On his 3rd combat deployment, he was injured by an IED (improvised explosive device) which cost him his right eye and left him with substantial damage to his left. He was medically retired due to his injuries, and shortly thereafter began his career in politics.
|Apr 29, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 80 - Tactical A**hole Volume 1 - Navy SEALs
The internet demanded it, the world has waited for it, and it is finally here. Volume 1 of the Cleared Hot Tactical Asshole series reviews and critiques the worlds greatest military documentary - Navy SEALs starring Charlie Sheen.
In this episode, we watch and review various tactical scenes and discuss their accuracy, or most often, the lack thereof.
Hostage rescue, free-fall insertions, and gunfights in the streets of Lebanon. Truly there is something for everyone.
|Apr 22, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 79 - Erik Prince
Erik Prince is a former Navy SEAL and the founder of Blackwater, a training and private military contractor company that worked extensively with the US government in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He recently published an op-ed detailing a plan to "privatize" the war in Afghanistan.
Many people will associate the name Blackwater with PMC's (Private Military Contractors) and the controversy surrounding the Nisour square shooting in 2007, and the subsequent loss of their license to operate in that country.
Often, contractors are referred to as "mercenaries," a term used pejoratively, and largely inaccurately. Civilians have served on the front lines and in war zones with active duty soldiers since the inception of warfare, and I believe the discussion should be about defining their operational parameters, not their presence there.
|Apr 15, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 78 - Knights of the roundtable, and the court Jester
In this episode I was joined by three SBG (Straight Blast Gym) black belts, Travis Davison, Rick Davison, and Michael Ransom, aka the Knights. I am obviously the Jester.
In previous episodes surrounding BJJ we have discussed the methodology, philosophy, origin, and training styles. This is not that type of episode.
Accidentally going to the bathroom, who would win in a fight, religion, cancer, guns, responsibility and accountability, and much more.
|Apr 08, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 77 - Become a tactical bullshit detector, Q and A power hour
I meant for this episode to be a stand-alone Q and A, but recent "events" on social media need to be addressed first. We live in a world where you can use the internet and portray yourself to be something that you are not, especially in the tactical world. Separating the wheat from the chaff can be difficult, and it creates an environment where fraud is pervasive. Be wary where you devote your time, effort, and money, all are valuable resources. Hopefully, the insight helps people make educated decisions.
After my rant, a discussion on issues I struggle with and how I manage and cope, the most common leadership principle I see missing in individuals and organizations, the value of soliciting for outside advice, and the key components that your subordinates need to take away from any FRAGO.
|Apr 01, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 76 - Power hour from spring camp with Travis Davison and Matt Thornton
Power hour with two BJJ bad asses.
I just returned from the SBGI (Straight Blast Gym International) spring camp, an experience that can only be described as a shotgun blast of information to the face.
Matt Thornton is the founder of SBG, a lifelong martial arts participant, coach, and author. Travis Davison is the VP of SBGI, a 20 year BJJ practitioner, and the owner of SBG Montana.
I could not pass up the opportunity to sit down with these two to discuss the origins of SBG, the progression of BJJ, their thoughts on the past and future of the sport/activity, and the impact and importance it can have outside of the gym environment.
|Mar 25, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 75 - Mark Twight and Trevor Thompson
Mark Twight is a world-class alpinist, author, photographer, the founder of Gym Jones, an accomplished cyclist, and technical consultant and trainer to the big screen.
His newest photographic project Refuge is a mix of photography across multiple genres:
Trevor Thompson is a former Navy SEAL, with multiple combat deployments and broad experience that ranges from SDV (SEAL Delivery Vehicles) to the Navy Parachute Team, also known as the leapfrogs. He is now a professional canopy sports athlete, photographer, and content creator.
|Mar 18, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 74 - Power Hour with Evan Hafer
Evan Hafer is the founder and CEO of Black Rifle Coffee. Prior to founding BRCC he spent twenty years serving this country, first as a Special Forces soldier (Green Beret), then as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, completing multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Not all military experience is applicable to the business world, and not all veterans are well suited to create, build, and continue to grow a business. There are, however, many skills that have impact and applicability to business.
We spent this hour discussing lessons learned, best practices, successful decisions, and mistakes made in the journey of growing BRCC.
The last twenty minutes we discussed the long term impact of war on the individual, war crimes, and the ability to detach from an occupation before it is all that defines you.
|Mar 11, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 73 - Paul Sharp and Travis Davison
Paul Sharp recently retired from a twenty year career in law enforcement from the city of Elgin, located on the NW outskirts of Chicago. He served his community in a variety of capacities, from patrol, undercover, narcotics, SWAT, and the resident officer program. He is a firearms, defensive weapons and tactics, and bladed edge instructor, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and the owner of SBG Illinois.
Travis Davison is a vice president of Straight Blast Gym International, the owner of multiple SBG facilities, and a 20 + year BJJ practitioner and coach.
|Mar 04, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 72 - Bryan Callen
Bryan Callen is a stand up comedian, actor, writer, and co-host of The Fighter and the Kid podcast. His newest comedy special "Complicated Apes" will be premiering March 12th on the Comedy Dynamics Network. His shows the Goldbergs and Schooled are currently airing on ABC.
|Feb 25, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 71 - Listener Q and A
I asked for difficult questions, you delivered.
My biggest mistake as a parent, and how I dealt/deal with it, and my biggest mistake as a SEAL, and the impact it had on my career.
Why I feel like I was put on this earth to "fight," how one reconciles a calm demeanor with a "savage/kill" mindset.
Advice for keeping your ego in check.
How to push through or keep going when you are at your lowest points.
|Feb 18, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 70 - Brian Chontosh and John Dudley
This podcast comes to you from Texas, and an incredible hunting outfitter, CS Outfitters.
Brian and John are both repeat guests, but this is the first time we have shared a hunting camp, and hunting experiences. Many people think that hunting is solely comprised of killing, and they could not be further from the truth.
In 2.5 days we busted our ass, walked, crawled, laughed, drank, and learned. I think it has to be experienced to truly be understood.
Brian Chontosh is a retired Marine Corps officer, endurance athlete, and aspiring bow hunter. You will get a glimpse into his character by reading his Navy Cross Citation.
John Dudley is the creator and founder of Nock On Archery which in my opinion is the one stop shop for archery knowledge and equipment. John has mentored me into bowhunting for the past 18 months, and now it is Brian's turn to learn from the master.
|Feb 04, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 69 - Jeff Provenzano
Jeff Provenzano is a professional skydiver, wing suit pilot, and BASE jumper with over 20,000 jumps. He is a current member of the Red Bull Air Force, traveling the world representing the sport of skydiving while shooting content for movies, sponsors, and executing demonstration jumps.
Links to videos from the conversation:
|Jan 28, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 68 - Toxic Masculinity and Mentoring
Not only does everyone seem to be talking about "Toxic Masculinity," I seem to be receiving multiple emails about it every day. Full disclosure, I have not being paying much attention to the discussion, for the reasons I go in to detail during the episode. I'm not a fan of the term, or any term that is overused and under defined.
If I had to pick one leadership style that is the most impactful, I would choose mentorship. It is how I was shepherded from being a young punk in the Teams to an individual capable of operating with little to no oversight in high risk, high consequence environments. I have been asked to create episodes on mentorship for young men and women, and the more thought I have put in to it, to the more convinced I am that they are not the target audience, the parents are.
I close with my EDC and some food for thought when it comes to choosing to carry a concealed weapon.
Here is the link to the full audio and video from the radio call in the podcast opening (it is not me in the call):
|Jan 21, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 67 - Sean Evangelista
Sean Evangelista is the founder and owner of 30 Seconds Out, a commando inspired apparel brand. In addition to running his apparel brand, he is a member of the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, and also happens to be a retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of service, including multiple combat deployments throughout the world.
Sean and I served together, the night I was shot we were standing shoulder to shoulder. As often happens, careers diverge and you lose touch with those you were once close to. Although that night was nearly 15 years ago, this was the first conversation we have had discussing the events from each of our perspectives.
We covered a good bit of ground in this conversation, from pre military to post, reflections on the highs and lows of a career, the impact of a kinetic career on family thoughts on limiting time in combat, and the importance of team and purpose.
If you are interested in supporting Sean and his brand, check out:
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|Jan 14, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 66 - Christmas/New Years/Kick off to 2019
This episode closes out my 2018, and launches me in to my 2019.
The lessons I learned about humanity, the human psyche, psychology, and the human condition during my time as a BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) Instructor, and how I implement them in my daily life.
2018 In review, goals and aspirations for 2019. My thoughts on the departure of General Mattis, and an update on my BJJ journey.
|Jan 07, 2019|
Cleared Hot Episode 65- Evan Hafer and John Dudley
Evan Hafer is the founder and CEO of Black Rifle Coffee. Prior to his current role he spent twenty years serving this country, first as a Special Forces soldier (Green Beret), then as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, completing multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.
John Dudley is a world class archer and coach. He is the founder of Nock on Archery, the one stop shop for information, equipment, and instruction for archers and bow hunters of all levels. For the past year and a half I have been fortunate to conduct multiple hunts with him, and I am doing everything possible to draft off of his knowledge and experience.
|Dec 17, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 64 - Ryan Michler
Ryan Michler is the founder/creator of Order of Man, a community and resource designed to help men improve every aspect of their lives from family, money, parenting, responsibility, etc.
I hear the term "toxic masculinity" frequently, and if I am being completely honest, I stop paying attention shortly after I do. From my view in the cheap seats, it seems to be a blanket statement designed to shut down conversations, and it is extremely poorly defined.
In this episode Ryan and I discuss why he chose to change the course of his life while working in the financial sector and devote his time and effort to creating Order of Man, and what he hopes it will become in the future.
|Dec 10, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 63 - Fear and Doubt
In this episode I answer your questions from a diverse set of questions...
My thoughts on military personnel charged with war crimes, leadership styles and their positive and negative impact on small teams, finding inspiration, situational awareness (preparation vs. paranoia), handling fear and doubt, and of course an update on the BJJ journey.
Thanks to everyone who reached out with questions, sorry if I didn't get the chance to answer yours, there will always be another Q and A.
|Dec 03, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 61 - Q and A clean up
I am never able to answer all of the questions received, but I do my best to get to most of them. This week was going to be an interview, but sometimes life gets in the way, so I called an audible and dove back in to some unanswered questions.
Advice for your members of the military, or young men and women in general when it comes to "Paying your dues," Forgiveness vs. Revenge, How to find your purpose post military, struggling with how to deal with those who "thank you" for your military service, accepting big changes in life without becoming overwhelmed.
|Nov 06, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 60 - Aaron Cross
Aaron Cross is an Army veteran with tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He started his career as a "grunt," (his words, not mine) and then became an airborne soldier and served with multiple units, to include the famed 101st Airborne Division. On his last tour in Afghanistan his vehicle was targeted by an IED, an incident for which he received the Purple Heart, and ultimately lead to the end of his military career.
Aaron has been very vocal and open about his struggles with PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), which is far less common than it should be from those in military circles. Since his separation, 11 of the men he served with have chosen to end their own lives, a statistic that is far too common, and speaks to the challenges of military service in active war zones.
War changes you, in my opinion, for both better and worse. You will come home a different person. You will see the world differently. You will struggle to find common ground. The journey is not the same for any two people. Hopefully someone listening to this is reassured on their own journey, and maintains the resolve to see their way through it.
|Oct 29, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 59 - War and Parenting
I am consistently blown away by the questions that are submitted by listeners. I appreciate the time and effort taken to submit them, and I'll do my best to launch another episode to clean up those that I missed.
In this episode I cover everything from fighting a sense of entitlement in your kids, what you should do if you encounter someone lying about their service (specifically SpecOps service), advice for those stuck in a job that they hate, raising teenage sons, and my thoughts on team sports. Like I said, we covered quite a bit.
|Oct 22, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 58 - Vaughn Stumpf
The vast minority of citizens will never serve in the military. My father served before me, and his father served before him. I hope that military service ends with me, and that my children find other ways to serve.
This episode is with my father, and we discuss our own family lineage, how and why we set our roots in the beach town of Santa Cruz California, and the history of our families military service.
I am often asked about my service, and I can only reply with my own experiences. In this episode I tried to focus on the experience not of the service member, but of the family supporting the military member. I receive emails from parents of those serving often, hopefully this episode helps them.
|Oct 09, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 57 - All Things Military
This is the second episode I have dedicated completely to Military Q and A. I have been incredibly surprised by the volume of questions, so the military themed episodes will continue from time to time.
In this episode: What I would change from my time in service, the most important/valuable piece of equipment I was ever issued, healthy mindset for a career, killing, motivation, females in direct combat roles, and more.
|Sep 24, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 56 - 2018 Alberta and Montana Elk season re-cap, internet Q and A
The 2018 bow hunting seasons has certainly had its ups and downs for me. I started my season on 25 August with Red Willow Outfitters in Northern Alberta, and just wrapped it up with a week of hard hunting in the mountains of Montana. There were many failures, many mistakes, and many missed opportunities. Those were the building blocks of my eventual success.
The second half of this episode is devoted to Q and A from the internet. Kaepernick and Nike, managing adrenaline during, handling demotivated days, and more.
|Sep 17, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 55 - Travis Davison and John Frankl
Travis Davison is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the owner of Straight Blast Gyms in Kalispell, Whitefish, and Missoula Montana, as well as the Vice President of SBG International.
John Frankl is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a professor in Seoul, and the man responsible for bringing BJJ to the Korean peninsula.
Both men are masters of their craft, and continue to both educate and expose people like myself to BJJ. I have less than two months under my belt, pun not intended, and was able to attend a two day John Frankl seminar at SBG Kalispell.
I have many questions about BJJ, it's origin, future, and current state, as I am sure anyone who begins the journey does.
|Sep 03, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 54 - JT Holmes
JT Holmes is a man who makes the Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man Alive" look as if he has lived a boring life. JT is a professional skydiver, BASE Jumper, Ski BASE Jumper, Skier, Speed wing and Speed flyer (the first does not use skis, the second does), truck and Razor racer, public speaker, stuntman, and occasional actor.
He calls the Lake Tahoe area home, and travels the world extensively creating content for his sponsors, and in general, pushing the limits of what is considered possible.
Here are some of the links we discussed in the episode:
Top 5 Crashes - He is of course number 1
|Aug 27, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 53 - Chris Spealler
Chris Spealler is a return guest on the podcast. He is a former college wrestler, and most often known for his competitive days as a CrossFit Athlete. He had top ten finishes at the CrossFit Games in 2007, 2008, and 2010, and winning the Master category for 35-39 year old athletes in 2017. He is the owner of CrossFit Park City in Utah, a husband and father, and a passionate archer (sort of).
The training program referenced in the podcast can be found here, at: Grunt Works, and can be used as a stand alone program, or as accessory training to your current program. It is designed for capacity in the outdoors, not inside of the walls of a gym.
|Aug 20, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 52 - Robb Wolf
Robb Wolf is a 2 x New York Times best selling author with his books Wired to Eat, and The Paleo Solution. He is considered one of the worlds foremost experts in Paleolithic nutrition, but also has a diverse background in strength and conditioning, as well as academia as a research biochemist.
|Aug 13, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 51 - Josh Bridges and John Dudley
Episode 51 is a mid week treat, and a repost of the Nock On Podcast 188.
Josh Bridges is a former Navy SEAL, and current CrossFit Games competitor. We caught up with him mid travel home from the 2018 Games, where he made a quick pit stop at Dudley's house to pick up his new bow, and receive some shooting instruction. I'm not sure what is the competitive future for Josh, but bow hunting certainly is!
John Dudley is a skydiver who is passionate about archery. He is the host of the Nock On Podcast, and founder of the School of Nock. If you are looking to get in to archery, have questions about archery, bow setup, training, releases, arrows, etc., check out his website NockOnArchery, and look through the volumes of information available.
|Aug 09, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 50 - Jocko Willink and John Dudley
Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, Author, Speaker, host of the Jocko Podcast, owner of Echelon Front and Victory MMA and Fitness, as well as being a black belt in BJJ. If you are serious about leadership, his book, Extreme Ownership needs to sit on your bookshelf and be referenced often.
John Dudley is a world class archer, coach, founder of Nock On Archery, host of the Nock On Podcast, and as of last week, a skydiver. John's breadth and depth of archery experience spans decades of competition and hunting, as well as countless sessions coaching and teaching archery at all levels.
In a 72 hour period we trained archery, skydiving, and BJJ. The results were the same for all of us, a sense of invigoration and appreciation for pushing our boundaries and learning something new.
Leadership, discipline, archery, BJJ, skydiving, decentralized command, failure and success. This podcast has it all.
|Aug 06, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 49 - Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is a professional snowboarder, and the founder of Jones Snowboards. Paired with his brothers, who created the extreme sports media company Teton Gravity Research, they created an amazing trilogy of snowboarding movies: Deeper, Further, Higher.
In addition to his amazing snowboarding ability and innovation, he is a passionate advocate for combating climate change. In 2007 he created POW - Protect Our Winters, an organization dedicated to reduce the effects of climate change through education, activism, and community based projects.
Deeper, Further, Higher-
POW - Protect Our Winters
|Jul 30, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 48 - John Dudley and Chad Ward
John Dudley and Chard Ward are both return guests.
John is an archer, a hunter, a coach, and as far as I am concerned, a chef. Chad is a pit master, which I believe stands for chef that uses a barbecue instead of a kitchen top. Both Chad and John taught at the inaugural Nock 2 Fork event held at Traeger HQ, which I highly recommend attending.
We discussed a wide range of topics from favorite BBQ, to favorite BBQ techniques, archery, and a little leadership.
The most important aspect of this podcast for me is around the 1 hour mark, when John and I are able to finally discuss a concept that we have been working on for a year. It went live today, and is about all of you, and what we can all do together.
|Jul 23, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 47 - Mark Twight
Mark Twight is a man who has found success in many arenas. When I first heard his name, he was described as an Alpinist, an expert in the outdoors. The description did not do the man justice.
Mark was not only an alpinist, he is an author, the founder of Gym Jones, an accomplished cyclist, and at one time a trainer to many stars that most would recognize from movies such as 300, and Man Of Steel.
Mark and I met in 2005, while I was slowly climbing out of the hole that an injury from work, plus my own poor choices, had put me in. Our initial encounter was "exercise" based, and the lessons he exposed me to still frame the way I train now, and eventually led to a short lived career in the "fitness world."
He is one of the most unique human beings I have ever encountered, with an intensity and drive that can burn most to the ground. It is what I admire most about him.
This conversation was over 1 year in the making. We both wanted to wait until we were in the right spot, and I believe we finally arrived there.
|Jul 16, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 46 - Q and A with Vaughn Stumpf and Jason Deneau
Todays episode is Q and A from the internet, with a twist.
As fate would have it, my father and brother in law are here in Montana on vacation. As I was reading through the questions, I realized that they are both a wealth of knowledge from different backgrounds, and that their insight into the questions is equally, if not more valid than my own.
Jason has been serving as a firefighter for the city of San Diego for over ten years. They operate in small elements, requiring teamwork, communication, leadership, and individual responsibility. I would say the community has more similarities to the SEAL Teams than differences.
My father has worn many hats throughout his life. He is a Vietnam veteran, small business owner, school teacher, sport coach, and after today, a podcaster! I learned many of the lessons that have served me well throughout life working beside him on construction sites.
Between the three of us I think we had some good answers.
|Jul 09, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 45 - Jessica Lynch
At the age of 19 Jessica Lynch joined the Army, and just over one year later she found herself staged for the invasion of Iraq. During the initial surge towards Baghdad, her unit became separated from their convoy, and found themselves in the town of Nasiriyah. Her smaller unit was ambushed, and she became the first American POW (Prisoner of War).
As Jessica and her unit were staging for the invasion in Kuwait, my unit was in Saudi Arabia, doing the same thing. As the war began, we began working through our target deck, until actionable intelligence was received about her location. After a quick forward staging, planning, and limited rehearsal, we assaulted the hospital, and recovered her on 1 April 2003. It was the first successful of an American POW since WW2.
Jessica was immediately taken to a higher level of medical care, and slowly began her journey home to the US via Germany.
There has been much controversy over what happened during the events leading up to the rescue, and of the rescue itself. It is safe to say, in my opinion, that the military used the operation to serve their needs at the time.
I had not spoken to her until this recording, and it was great to revisit the events of 15 years ago from both sides of the same coin.
|Jul 02, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 44 - Survival 101 with John Barklow and John Dudley
I am a few months late to get this out, but with hunting season just around the corner, the timing may be perfect. Between Barklow and Dudley, there are decades of experience in the field. I don't often get to spend time with both in the same place, so we definitely took advantage of it. We answered a variety of questions across a broad spectrum, from hot to cold, high altitude to low, long days to short.
This is the first survival episode of at least two or three in the future. The more questions you send the more episodes we will do.
I hope you enjoy, and send me any questions that this podcast may bring to mind.
|Jun 25, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 43 - Never Give Up
A combination of recent events and a conversation with friends has had me thinking consistently thinking about adversity, and how we each decide to deal with our personal struggles. Bottom line, some of us deal with them better than others. Some dig their feet in, some throw in the towel.
I have been fortunate in my life to be surrounded by mentors. They took the raw material I was born with, and enhanced it in many areas. As a society, I think we would be far better served to embrace this mentality, than the "everyone for themselves" approach that most seem to live by.
You can teach mental toughness.
You can teach people to face and work through adversity, arriving on the other side improved, not destroyed.
Adversity is essential, it is not the enemy
|Jun 11, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 42 - The Mother of all Military Q and A
You had military questions, I had answers. I did my best to work my way through them and answer as many as possible....Quiet professionals, leadership strengths and weaknesses, DEVGRU, preparing for combat physically and mentally, pros and cons of military service, etc.
I will try to do a military specific episode every so often, as there is obviously a desire, and no lack of questions.
|Jun 04, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 41 - Sean Hughes
Sean is a writer, veteran, non-profit founder (care4us.org) and a special needs father. He’s contributed to multiple media outlets including the Washington Post and Quartz and his first book Sixteen: A Rational Account of an Irrational Election was released this May.
A veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and Sean launched the data, politics and society blog chartwellwest.com in 2015.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the University of San Diego Graduate School of Business, Sean separated from the Navy at the rank of Commander. He lives in Southern California with his wife Annette and three boys.
|May 28, 2018|
I wrote this for my blog: Confessions of an Idiot
Memorial day means much more than just time off to some families. It is a day to remember their loved ones, those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
We would be well served as a nation to take more time to recognize and appreciate the cost of what we have, and those that bear it.
|May 27, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 40 - Josh Bridges
Round 2 with the one and only Josh Bridges. Josh is a retired Navy SEAL. We met when I was putting him through basic SEAL training known as BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL). Post training we served together at SEAL Team Three. Post military our paths constantly crossed in the competitive CrossFit ecosystem. Josh has been competing in the CrossFit Games since before he left military service, meaning he found the time to train in the limited off time associated with an already arduous job. His best finish at the Games to date has been 2nd place in 2011. Our conversation last year occurred just after his Regional competition, this year it is just before. We talked pre, active, and post military life. Training style and philosophy, and how he dealt with last years competition not sticking to the script he had planned for it. Enjoy.
|May 21, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 39 - Q and A from the Internet
Answers to a variety of questions from the internet with topics ranging from Situational Awareness, finding your purpose and meaning both inside the military and when you leave, Andy Stumpf hunting camp curriculum, and snake oil salesman in uniform.
|May 14, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 38 - Camp Thunder Chicken with John Dudley and Trevor Thompson
A Thunder Chicken is a turkey, at least that is what I have been told. This episode is from our hunting camp deep in the back country of Kansas, where we were competing in the World Turkey Hunting Championships. Spoiler alert, we did not win. After two days in a blind I did not see a single turkey. I heard one, I think. The best part of any hunting trip for me so far has been the people, this trip was no different. Instead of being the new kid on the block in the archery world, I got to watch my good friend Trevor Thompson begin his journey. If you have ever reached out to me with questions about where to start with archery equipment or training, this episode is for you. John covers in depth strategies to purchasing you first equipment, and then training with it.
|Apr 23, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 37 - Children of the Gun
Other than the endless political banter, guns, and specifically school shootings have lead the headlines recently, and for good reason. My children are now being called the "Mass Shooting Generation," a term I wholeheartedly disagree with. Our use of language, much like our objectivity, has been utterly lost. We can continue to look for "light switch" solutions to these complex issues that did not arrive overnight, or we can, as a society, agree that there is a problem, and commit ourselves to the work needed to create an actual change. It all starts with remaining objective, and not giving in to our emotions.
|Apr 16, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 36 - Q and A catch up
I did my best to answer a variety of questions received over the last six weeks from social media. Topics varied, but I covered everything from training, mullets, challenges and difficulties of being a military parent, blessings in disguise, skydiving and BASE jumping, broadheads, back country split boarding, and more. Thank you for all of the questions and support, I'll answer more of the questions in another podcast soon.
|Apr 09, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 35 - John Barklow
John Barklow is the Big Game Product Manager for Sitka, a hunting brand based in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to his current profession, he served for 26 years in the United States Navy as a Diver. We met in 1997, when I was a punk new guy, and he was running the dive locker for SEAL Team Five. His background and experience is diverse...In addition to classical dive training, he is a wealth of knowledge in climbing, skiing, back country travel, snow safety, and survival, to mention a few. For 15 years he worked at, and lead the Kodiak training facility where all SEAL candidates now go for their cold weather and survival training. To add icing to the cake, he has been a bow hunter for 30 years, and we recorded this podcast at the end of an epic bow hunt for Axis deer on Lanai, Hawaii. www.sitkagear.com
|Mar 26, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 34 - Rich Froning
The CrossFit Games began on private property in Aromas, California in 2007. Participation and popularity grew rapidly, and by 2010, the Games had moved to the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and were being broadcast on national television. At the apex of that rise was Rich Froning Rich finished 2nd in 2010, and then dominated the competitive CrossFit world for the next four years. He won the CrossFit Games as an individual competitor from 2011 through 2014, then as a member of a team in 2015 and 2016. Not only did he dominate physically, he paved the way for athletes to truly make a living in the competitive CrossFit ecosystem. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and three young children where he owns the Affiliate gym CrossFit Mayhem.
|Mar 19, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 33 - Dr. Mohammed Ahmed
Dr. Mohammed Ahmed is the Medical Director at the Kaizen Brain Center, located in La Jolla, California. His specialties are memory disorder/dementia, and brain injuries. If you are anything like me, you are confused by the multiple terms used when discussing brain injuries. CTE, TBI, PCS, Concussion, etc. I hear them often, but I don't know what they mean, or the differences between them. I have a history of concussions, and a few loss of consciousness events, so this podcast is as much for me to answer my own questions, as it is to educate others. If you would like to learn more about the Kaizen Brain Center, what they treat, and the treatment they use, visit them at their website: www.kaizenbraincenter.com
|Mar 12, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 32 - Jack Carr
Jack Carr is the epitome of a renaissance man. He is a retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of experience on both the enlisted and officer side of the house. He consults with tactical brands, speaks publicly, and as of March 6th, will be a published author. His first book - The Terminal List hits shelves tomorrow. Although it is a work of fiction, it is written by a man who lived "that" life for two decades. Emotions and experiences that are anything but fiction can be found throughout the novel. www.officialjackcarr.com
|Mar 05, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 31 - Chad Ward
Chad Ward is a professional Pit Master. You should think of him as the Yoda of BBQ, or perhaps Darth Vader. I'm not sure which he would prefer. I have drooled over pictures of Chad's work for months, and finally got to meet him during my recent hog hunt in Oklahoma, where he was turning wild game into amazing Nock 2 Fork meals. Chad is the co-founder of Whiskey Bent BBQ, a competitive BBQ team, and the name of his BBQ supply store. https://www.whiskeybentbbqsupply.com/
|Feb 26, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 30 - Torsten Luth and John Dudley
An early morning podcast over a cup of coffee from hunting camp. John Dudley is a world class archer, bow hunter, and teacher of all things archery. Torsten and I are not, but we connected in Oklahoma for a hunt. When Torsten is not spot and stalking hogs, he calls New York home, and is an Executive Vice President at Atlantic Records. Not only does he possess an incredible amount of knowledge about the music industry, his name means "Thor's Hammer." What else needs to be said! nockonarchery.com
|Feb 21, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 29 - Freedom of Speech
True Freedom of Speech, at least in my opinion is a knife that cuts both ways. This past week I was inundated with questions about my thoughts on the interaction between a Los Angeles high school teacher, and a student wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt. This incident made national news quickly, and was the topic of many social media platforms. Many people assumed I would share their outrage, I do not. I reference the recording in the episode, and if you have not listened, here is a link that will take you to the audio: https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/30/us/teacher-under-investigation-ad-trnd/index.html The remainder of the episode is dedicated to additional questions received from listeners to the podcast. Enjoy!
|Feb 06, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 28 - Dakota Meyer
Dakota Meyer is a husband, father, Marine, and one of 11 living Medal of Honor recipients from the war in Afghanistan. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school, served from 2006-2010, and received the highest and most prestigious military decoration that can be awarded for his actions on September 8th, 2009. He hosts his own Podcast, Owning It With Dakota Meyer, which can be found in Itunes. This conversation was simultaneously recorded for his podcast, and my own. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/owning-it-with-dakota-meyer/id1312660781
|Jan 29, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 27 - Chris Spealler
If you are familiar with the initial growth of CrossFit, and the CrossFit Games, Chris will need no introduction. If you are not familiar...Chris Spealler is an 8 time CrossFit Games competitor, the owner of CrossFit Park City, and Icon Athlete. Chris and I travelled the US for many years together teaching the conceptual foundation and movements of the CrossFit program, and he has now planted his feet in Park City Utah. I am often asked questions about training and programming, he is a far better resource than I am when it comes to those matters. We discussed training, life, his mastery of archery, and everything in between. https://iconathlete.com/ http://crossfitpc.com/
|Jan 19, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 26
Ethics, principles, bravery and cowardice all wrapped in a question about my thoughts on hunting. It is certainly not for everyone, and I am far too inexperienced to answer most questions about it, but ethics are ethics, and they don't belong on a sliding scale.
|Jan 08, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 25 - Kick off to 2018
Closing out 2017 and kicking off 2018 with a cleanup question from last year that I have been wanting to answer for weeks. We are all going to experience others letting us down, and we are all going to let others down. How you handle it is what will separate you from those around you.
|Jan 04, 2018|
Cleared Hot Episode 24 - An Adventure In France
After arguably the worst travel experience I have had in ten years, I was able to link up with John Dudley, and THE Hunter Phelps in the mountains of France. Our target was the Chamois, a species of the goat-antelope family. The terrain was spectacular, the animals were elusive and alert, and at the end of the trip, we headed home empty handed. The experience gained, and the lessons learned, for me, made the trip a highlight of my year. Round two is already in the planning stages.
|Dec 19, 2017|
Cleared Hot Episode 23 - John Welbourn
John Welbourn is a 10 year NFL Veteran, and the founder/CEO of Power Athlete. We were able to link up for a short podcast prior to the launch of his 2017 Power Athlete Symposium in Austin, Texas. John and I have been friends, training partners, and shit talkers for nearly ten years. I count him as one of my closest friends, and I always enjoy picking his brain for opinions and insight. http://powerathletehq.com
|Dec 09, 2017|
Cleared Hot Episode 22
I got a call from the IRS this morning, or at least that is who they said they were....I had some free time, so I called them back. After that, I dug in to some internet questions and we had a bow hunting extravaganza. My bow set up, arrow set up, practice routine, spot and stalk hunting, shoe selection, bravery and fear, habits and discipline, and most importantly, my favorite Kill Cliff pairings with adult beverages.
|Dec 01, 2017|