Real Pod with Victoria Garrick

By Victoria Garrick

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Former Division I volleyball player and TED Talk speaker, Victoria Garrick, is a mental health and body-image advocate who sits down with all sorts of inspirational and awesome guests to bring you the REALEST conversations around success, failure, life, and challenge. New episodes every Wednesday!

Episode Date
Body Positivity, Chronic Illness, & Health At Every Size with Life Coach Michelle Elman
Michelle Elman is a five-board accredited life coach, body positivity advocate, TED Talk speaker, and author of her debut book "Am I Ugly?" Michelle's has underwent 15 surgeries due to chronic illnesses, which include a brain tumor and hydrocephalus. These surgeries left her with multiple and visible scars that for a very long time, she despised. Michelle explains how nearly losing her life finally gave her the joy and strength to appreciate and love her body. (And also found her wildly popular social media brand #ScarredNotScared!) In three words this episode is ENERGY, ENTERTAINMENT, & INSPIRATION.
Aug 12, 2020
Leaving the Olympics, Embracing Fear, & Choosing Life with Carli Lloyd
Carli Lloyd is an Olympic medalist who spent seven years playing with the United States Women's National Volleyball Team. However, after her first Olympic games and two years into training for her second Carli made the decision to walk away from the national team, from the olympics, from everything she had worked for. You might be thinking, Why? Well today, and for the first time ever, Carli is opening up intimately about this decision and the powerful realizations she’s had about herself, life, and purpose along the way. Many of you have probably heard the term "more than an athlete," well Carli is one of the most beautiful examples of that phrase. We talk about past trauma, dealing with suicide and suicidal thoughts, the challenges and downfalls of competitive sport, allowing ourselves to feel, and what it means to SHOW UP AS YOURSELF!
Aug 05, 2020
Kylie Ross - Body-Insecurity, ACL Injuries, & Perfectionism
Kylie Ross is a former Division I soccer player from Baylor University where she received both an undergrad as well as Master’s degree. During her last season at Baylor she created a YouTube channel which has since gained over 140,000 subscribers! Kylie and her videos are all about sharing her passion for sports, health, fitness, and more about her life as a female athlete. In this episode, Kylie talks about sitting on the sidelines her first two years at Baylor, recovering from a painful ACL injury, body image insecurities, the pressure of being "healthy," and finding her identity after sports. This convo is IT for all female athletes looking for an honest and all encompassing conversation about college sports!
Jul 29, 2020
3 Keys To A Strong Relationship + How We Met! (feat. Max Browne)
Max is back! But this time he's here to talk intimately about his four year relationship with Victoria. Hear the candid story of how they met and fell in love, then receive their three key tips to developing a strong, healthy, and loving relationship. This is a good one to listen to with your boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, and crushes!
Jul 22, 2020
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Jul 15, 2020
Anna Cockrell - NCAA Champion Explains Mental Health Struggles & Painful Pursuit to Perfection
Jul 08, 2020
Reid Priddy - 4x Olympian & Gold Medal Volleyball Player
Reid Priddy is a 4x Olympian and gold medalist, former member of the United States National Volleyball Team, and World Champion. Reid reveals what truly separates the best in the world from those who barely miss the mark, while diving into his own personal struggles with confidence and pressure to perform. Having been at the top of not only his game, but the world's game, for sixteen consecutive years, Reid's wisdom and experience offers invaluable knowledge to other athletes in pursuit of greatness.
Jul 01, 2020
Dr. Nicole LePera - The Holistic Psychologist Talks Ego, Worthiness, & Self-Healing
Dr. Nicole LePera, known by her 2.5 million followers as The Holistic Psychologist, focuses her teachings on the connection between mind and body. She views mental and physical struggles from a whole person perspective and works to identify the underlying physical and emotional causes. In this episode, Dr. LePera explains in depth why we develop the voice inside of our heads and how we can differentiate between the narrative we've formed around who we are as opposed to our true essence of being. (This is a MUST listen!)
Jun 24, 2020
Brittani Lancaster - Body Positivity, Eating Disorder Recovery, and TikTok Fame!
In just one year, Brittani Lancaster has gained over 400,000 TikTok followers who tune in daily for her honest, uplifting, and encouraging videos about body positivity and eating disorder recovery. After battling and overcoming both Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder in high-school, Brittani found healing and strength on her recovery path which has fueled her advocacy work. She dives deep into her journey, sharing her experiences and offering inspiring insight to anyone struggling with their relationship with food or their body.
Jun 17, 2020
Nyakio Greico - Founder & Female Entrepreneur
Nyakio is a first-generation American of Kenyan descent who used her grandma's Kenyan beauty secrets to help launch her own skincare company, "Nykaio," which is now sold online at Target and Ulta! Nyakio also works with Girls, Inc. to mentor young women of color, helping build them into strong, independent, and powerful women. Not only does Nyakio talk about her experience and success as Black female entrepreneur, but she shares her perspective on the current Black Lives Matter movement happening around the globe, diving deep into her personal experiences.
Jun 10, 2020
Francesca Mariano: Chicks In The Office, Mental Health, & Unrealistic Beauty Standards
From Barstool's hit podcast, "Chicks In The Office," Francesca Mariano joins Victoria to dive deep into her journey to success and how she's stays grounded and authentic with millions of eyes watching. Fran also opens up for the first time about her challenging college experience and why she decided to seek help for her mental health when times got tough. This episode is fun, raw, and a side of Fran you've never seen before!
May 27, 2020
The Max Browne Interview - What Really Happened to the Nation's #1 Recruit
Max Browne was the #1 football recruit in the country and offered a full-ride scholarship to USC at the age of 14. Fans and news paper outlets even cited him as the "next Peyton Manning." But once he began his career at USC, no one expected what would happen next... especially not Max. His story is one of heartbreak, resilience, and strength. This emotional interview will be sure to move you and inspire any and all dreamers out there.
May 20, 2020
Feel Better About Your Body: 5 Ways To Do It
We all have those days where we wake up and feel bloated, gross, and just not cute! If that's how you feel today, or any day, you'll want to hear this... Victoria will guide you through 5 simple ways to feel better about yourself.
May 13, 2020
Ring Concierge - Nicole Wegman's Rise to the Top of the Industry
Nicole Wegman, more popularly known by her IG handle Ring Concierge, built her iconic jewelry empire from scratch. Now amassing over 300,000 followers on Instagram and hand crafting engagement rings for celebrities, Nicole and her team are becoming one of the most sought out jewelry companies in the country. Nicole tells us how she re-routed her life after college to start her own company, diving deep into the world of entrepreneurship and starting her own business!
May 06, 2020
Victoria's BFF's! Quaran-themed Convo With Aubrey & Natalie
Victoria's two best friends, Aubrey Gavello and Natalie Marshall, call in to have a totally candid, wildly unfiltered, and hilarious conversation about all things quarantine life! You just might pee your pants laughing at some of these juicy stories. They also divert into some random topics like ferris wheel kisses, the worst thing you could say to someone who's lost an item, and all the sob stories about their deceased childhood pets...weird right ... but the entertainment we all need! If you're craving some fun girl time, this one's for you!
Apr 29, 2020
Geneen Roth is back to help YOU and your relationship with food during quarantine!! Why do we eat when we aren't hungry?? How do I stop obsessing over food?! What do I do if someone I live with makes me feel bad about my body? How can I fix all of this!? THIS EPISODE HAS THE ANSWERS, AND THE TRUTH! New York Times' Best Selling author and Oprah Winfrey Show guest, Geneen Roth, is back to promote intuitive eating and a deeper connection with oneself.
Apr 22, 2020
Kelsey Robinson - Conquering Your Inner Voice: The Pursuit of A World Class Athlete
Kelsey Robinson is currently one of the world's top volleyball players; she has dominated the sport in Turkey, Italy, and helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympic games. Kelsey discusses what it truly takes to make it to the highest level in sports and talks us through all the road bumps she's hit along the way... like the day she thought she'd quit the sport forever! Kelsey gets real about her personal struggles with confidence, and a battle with food and body-image that she's never shared before. She is fearless, thoughtful, and will humble any competitive athlete as she explains how she's continuously learning and growing as a player.
Apr 15, 2020
Cindy Marina - Miss Universe Albania 2019!
After entering her first pageant ever in 2019, Cindy Marina was crowned Miss Universe Albania! She then competed in the international Miss Universe pageant where she finished in the top 20. When she's not strutting down the runway on live television, she's competing for National Championships as a Division I college volleyball player. Cindy tells all about the behind the scenes details that go into competing on the Miss Universe stage, and how she was able to balance two totally different live styles as both a pageant queen and a college athlete!
Apr 08, 2020
Love Is Blind - Kelly Chase!
From the #1 Netflix reality TV show, "Love Is Blind," Kelly Chase sits down to tell ALL about her experience getting engaged to someone she's never seen before. She shares inside scoop about how the show was filmed, her personal experience in the pods, and why she chose to say "I Don't" at the altar!
Apr 01, 2020
Sara Hughes - On Resilience & Overcoming Adversity as an Athlete
Sarah Hughes is one of beach volleyball's most historic college players. Winning multiple NCAA Championships, multiple PAC-12 Championships, and setting countless records at USC, she has made her mark in the sand and has been continuing to do the same at the professional level. After peaking at No. 9 in the world beach volleyball rankings with her partner Summer Ross, a heartbreaking injury stopped their climb to the olympics. Sarah had to pick up the pieces to figure out how she would qualify before time ran out. To hear her story of resilience and why she's never giving up, listen to this episode!
Mar 25, 2020
Dr. Varun Soni - The Mental Health Crisis Explained
Dr. Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, where he is the chief religious and spiritual leader for over 45,000 students. He has been featured on ABC News, Forbes, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times; he also has a close relationship with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. He sits down with Victoria to discuss the current mental health crisis facing students throughout the country, and why so many are battling with issues of meaning, purpose, and loneliness. This is an incredibly eye-opening interview for anyone currently in high-school, college, or who has friends and family in those age groups.
Mar 18, 2020
Paralympic Gold Medalist - Mallory Weggemann
Mallory Weggemann is a Paralympic gold medalist and record setter! Her story is one of great inspiration and resilience; at the age of 18, Mallory was experiencing back pain and went in for a series of epidural shots. The third shot left her completely paralyzed from the waist down. Despite this life changing moment, she continued to pursue her passion of swimming and made it all the way to the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic games where she became a two-time Paralympic medalist.
Mar 11, 2020
Kerri Walsh Jennings: The Best In The World (Volleyball's Most Decorated Player)
Kerri Walsh Jennings, the most decorated volleyball player in Olympic history, has competed in four Olympic games and dominated the sport for nearly three decades. Kerri gets honest about the challenges she's faced and the growth she's still experiencing as she explains how becoming the greatest of all time comes with a cost. She is shockingly raw, incredibly open, and sure to turn you into an even bigger fan once you've heard her heart.
Mar 04, 2020
Eating Disorder Q&A
On this episode, Victoria answers questions that were submitted to her by followers on her Instagram (@victoriagarrick @realpod) and in the YouTube comments section of her newest video, "My Eating Disorder Story."
Feb 26, 2020
5 Tips To Get Out Of A Mental Slump
Victoria shares 5 quick and easy tips to get out of a mental slump! We've all been there... you're feeling low, or sad, and there's no particular reason, but you just want to feel better again! If this sounds like something you've experienced or are going through now, give this a listen!
Feb 19, 2020
Jake Olson - Blind Football Player Talks Gratitude & Optimism
At eight months old, Jake Olson was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and had to have his left eye removed. At the age of 12, news came back from the doctors that the cancer returned in his right eye and he would have to lose his sight completely. Despite this, Jake continued to pursue a life that surpassed his wildest dreams, playing on the USC football team, graduating college with honors, and traveling the country to share his outlook on life with executives, athletes, and people of all ages. In this episode, you will hear how Jake makes the daily choice to choose optimism over fear, and his advice for anyone in life who need to rewire their thinking to constantly prioritize gratitude.
Feb 12, 2020
Rachael Adams: Olympic Medalist on Personal Growth & Finding Peace
Rachael Adams is a current member of the USA Women's National Volleyball Team and the founder of JourneyStrength. She is an olympic medalist, world champion, and she's deeply curious about personal growth and inner exploration. Her kind nature coupled with her genuine desire to become the best version of herself will inspire you to think more deeply about your own journey.
Feb 05, 2020
Kate Austin & Sarah Sulsenti - Fiancés Talk Coming Out & LGBTQ
Jan 29, 2020
Ron Boss Everline - Next Level Motivation (Kevin Hart's Trainer)

Audio Clip: Credit to Netflix, "Kevin Hart: Don't F*ck This Up."

Jan 22, 2020
Sophie Flay - Journalism, Post-Grad Feels, & Vulnerability
Sophie is an accomplished journalist who currently works as a reporter for ABC7 Los Angeles. She's also starred in popular Food Network Show "The Flay List" alongside her dad Bobby, as well as appeared on The Rachel Ray Show. Sophie talks about the difficult transition from college to the working world, and shares about therapy, relationships, and how she handles the inner critic we all have that strives for perfection.
Nov 19, 2019
April Ross: 2x Olympic Medalist Talks Training, Mental Health, & Body-Image
April Ross is a two time olympic beach volleyball medalist; she won a silver medal in London and a bronze medal in Rio. Now, she is preparing to play in Tokyo for her 3rd Olympic games. April has been a volleyball phenomenon her entire life: Gatorade Player of the Year out of high school, All-American, back to back national champion at USC, and now making history as one of the best female beach volleyball players ever. April discusses what her journey has been like, the philosophies she lives by, her mental health, the body-image pressures surrounding beach volleyball, and so much more.
Nov 12, 2019
Where CONFIDENCE comes from!
On this quickie, Victoria tells you exactly where confidence comes from and how you can become more confident in your everyday life!
Nov 05, 2019
Christie Valdiserri - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model: Bald and Bold!
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model and Professional Dancer, Christie Valdiserri, was always the bombshell blonde who "looked" the part. But one day, Christie noticed a small patch of hair missing from the back of her head. Over the following weeks, Christie soon became fully bald and was diagnosed with Alopecia at the age of 22. At first she was devastated, embarrassed, and covered up her disease underneath a wig. On this episode, Christie takes us through her entire journey of how she went from blonde, to bald, to BOLD, learning to embrace her new appearance and redefine what it means to be beautiful. Her story is incredibly inspiring, get the tissues ready!
Oct 29, 2019
8 Reasons To Stop Caring What People Think
It is so normal to worry and care about what others think of us. "Do they like me? Am I cool? Am I doing good enough??" Here are 8 reasons why you need to STOP letting the opinions and thoughts of others rule your world!
Oct 22, 2019
What is SB-206? The Bill That's Changing The Future For College Athletes (Feat. Activist Hayley Hodson)

SB-206 is historic bill that will give  college athletes their rights to their Name, Likeness, & Image.  Victoria brings on Hayley Hodson, Stanford Volleyball All-American and SB-206 Activist, to discuss what this means for college athletics and clarify the controversy.  Hayley testified in the State Capitol in front of the CA Senate’s Higher Education committee as well as before the CA Assembly’s Higher Education committee. She's also been featured on The Today Show’s,  NBC Nightly News’, and quoted in The NY Times' all in regards to SB-206. 

Oct 15, 2019
Taylor Formico - 2x Pac-12 Libero of the Year talks Leadership, Mindset, & How To Make Your Team Win
Taylor Formico, former UCLA starting volleyball player, 2 time Pac-12 Libero of the Year, and AVCA All american, shares her keys to success. We are going to talk all about her mental framework, how she approaches the pressure of an overlooked position, and the invaluable life lessons and morals the kept her focused through it all. This is a must listen for anyone functioning in a team/group environment as Taylor has truly mastered what it takes to help you team win.
Oct 08, 2019
Tiffany Smith Anoa'i - Getting Your Seat At The Table, Lessons From CBS Network's Executive Vice President of Diversity
Tiffany Smith Anoa-i is CBS Network’s Executive Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, a position that she petitioned the network create after she saw the lack of diversity both on camera and behind the scenes in media. She’s been written about in Time magazine and spoken at numerous female empowerment conferences. Tiffany shares all about her journey: how she lost her college scholarship, had to get a job and put herself through school, the lessons she learned along the way, and how she’s not only scored a seat at the table but how she’s learned to speak up and call the shots.
Oct 01, 2019
Why I Don't Edit My Instagram Pictures Anymore
So a lot of people edit their pictures, but not everyone stops. I haven't photo-shopped or edited a picture of myself in over two years! (Such a millennial accomplishment LOL.) I explain what I used to be like, obsessed with my appearance and my feed's aesthetic, and what happened that made me change. I also share a few things that I realized along the way! :)
Sep 24, 2019
Angie Lee - Entrepreneurship: The Pros & Cons Of Being An Absolute Girl Boss
Angie Lee was once $100,000 dollars in the 7 figure entrepreneur, top public speaker, and hit podcast host helps other women achieve their business goals and reach career success! Angie talks about what it was like to start her own business, how she balances her chaotic schedule, the anxiety attack that helped her re-evaluate her life, and why failure is her best friend.
Sep 17, 2019
Stephanie Yeboah - Fat Acceptance & Re-Writing Society's Perception of Beauty
Award winning blogger and fat acceptance advocate, Stephanie Yeboah, joins Victoria to talk about plus size representation in media, body positivity, and slim privilege ...(amongst other topics like Lizzo's world takeover, Beyonce's edited pictures, and her advice for plus size women everywhere!) Stephanie discusses what it's like to be a plus size woman in today's society and the ways that we can make the necessary change towards body inclusivity.
Sep 10, 2019
Erica Spiegelman - The Mind, Body, & Spirit Tri-Fecta: Wellness Habits You Need To Know
Erica Spiegelman is the best selling author of Rewired, a self-help book that focuses on how individuals can change their behavior for positive change in their life. Erica is an addiction and wellness specialist who has been featured on both Fox LA and Fox New York News Stations, she’s been featured on Keeping Up With Kardashians, and she's written about healthy living on the popular website POOSH. Erica sits down with Victoria to discuss all things wellness: time management, self-care, stress management, self-love, coping mechanisms, and more! Listen now to understand how you can fully engage your mind, body, and spirit.
Sep 03, 2019
4 Things I Learned This Summer & 4 Tips For A Fresh Fall!
Victoria shares the 4 biggest takeaways from her Summer and 4 pieces of advice that will help you start your Fall off right! :)
Aug 27, 2019
Brenda Tracy - Sexual Assault & Setting The Expectation
Brenda Tracy, founder of national campaign #SetTheExpectation, is a sexual assault survivor and advocate. She details the mental health repercussions and lifelong trauma she experienced from a gang rape in 1998 that left her feeling helpless. More than a decade after the assault, Brenda found out that her community had been working behind the scenes to keep her silent. Now, her voice is louder than ever as she travels to universities across the country sharing her story and inspiring change in the next generation of male college athletes
Aug 20, 2019
Aubrey Gavello - MY BFF (friendships that last a lifetime!)
Aug 13, 2019
Geneen Roth - Your Relationship With Food & Diets Explained
New York Time’s Best Selling Author and Nationally Renowned Food/Body-Image Guru, Geneen Roth, sits down with Victoria to discuss WHY we diet and binge eat, and how to stop the toxic cycle of restriction and shame. Geneen has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. She has absolutely cracked the code on food and dieting and shares ALL of her philosophies in this episode of #RealPod. (Not to mention, Victoria struggled with binge eating and disordered eating for years. Geneen’s book was the reason she was able to make the change in her life! #DreamGuest!)
Aug 06, 2019
Hayley Hodson - Volleyball's #1 Recruit Speaks Out About Her Career-Ending Injury
In 2015, Hayley Hodson was the nation's top volleyball recruit. She went on to play at Stanford University, and was named an All-American and the PAC-12 Freshman of the Year after her first season. She hoped for a national championship and a future Olympic appearance, but what she never expected was a career ending concussion. Hayley is an example of true strength, someone who can handle adversity even in their darkest times. She discusses how she dealt with her fate and was able to create a completely different life for herself outside the gym.
Jul 30, 2019
Katie Defeo - Haters, Ride or Die Friends, and Why Everything Happens For A Reason
USC Lacrosse player and YouTuber, Katie Defeo, joins Victoria to talk about the real reasons she took a break from social media (mental health), the one hate comment she’s learned to love, how she got the tightest friend group ever, and why sacrifice is necessary for success!
Jul 23, 2019
Elise Lougee - Toxic Body-Image, Pro Dance Pressures, and Girl Mustaches
After being forced to step on the scale everyday and maintain an unrealistic appearance, Elise sought out to re-define what success meant to her. The girls talk anxiety, scales, and accepting past traumas.
Jul 16, 2019
10 Tips For Performance Confidence
Jul 09, 2019
Serena Kerrigan - Confidence, Therapy, & Not Caring What People Think
Refinery 29 host and shameless confidence advocate, Serena Kerrigan, joins Victoria to share how she developed her "DO ME" mentality, and why she believes everyone needs therapy.
Jul 02, 2019
Nicole Davis - An Olympian's Mindset & Advice For You, MUST LISTEN!!
Two-time Olympic medalist and volleyball legend, Nicole Davis, shares the truth about what it takes to become the best in the world. This is a MUST LISTEN as she explains how to unleash your full potential and make it last.
Jun 25, 2019
Perry Mattfeld - Hardwork to Stardom, Accepting Yourself, and Inner Fullfilment
Star of The CW's new hit show "In The Dark," Perry Mattfeld, joins Victoria to talk about her rejection filled journey to success. Hear about how Perry overcame the various obstacles in her career, the moment that she learned to accept herself, and the crazy similarities between athletes and actresses.
Jun 18, 2019
Katie Austin - Hustle, 'Fitsporation', and Becoming Confident
Certified fitness instructor, blogger, and self-made entrepreneur, Katie Austin, joins Victoria to discuss the pressures of being an Instagram 'Fitsporation,' the girls who tried to tear her down, and how she went from 0 confidence to 100.
Jun 11, 2019
Katelyn Ohashi - Gold Medal Standards, Self-Love, and Finding Her Why
Six-time All-American UCLA gymnast and viral sensation, Katelyn Ohashi, gets real with Victoria on the podcast's first episode. She ranks number one in the nation on the floor, was a four year USA national team member, and uses her voice to advocate for female athlete body image and eating disorders. This is a MUST listen!
Jun 04, 2019
#RealPod - Pilot
Welcome to #RealPod hosted by Victoria Garrick! Things are about to get so real it's insane. New episodes every Tuesday, follow @RealPod for updates.
May 30, 2019