118: Are you playing with a Fighter’s Mindset? with Charlie Brenneman aka “The Spaniard”

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Charlie Brenneman, aka “The Spaniard.” If you’re a mixed martial arts or UFC fan, you may recognize Charlie from his time in the octagon, but these days you’re more likely to find Charlie at a book signing of his best-selling book Driven: My Unlikely Story from Classroom to Cage or speaking to/coaching athletes and business professionals. And while it seems a little strange to have a UFC fighter on a golf podcast (especially a fighter that doesn’t really golf!), Charlie’s story and his message resonates across all athletic endeavors, especially the mental side of golf. In 2007, Charlie left the comfort of his hometown and full-time job as a Spanish teacher to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. What started out as a dream soon turned into reality. After upsetting #6 ranked Rick Story in 2011, his life changed as he skyrocketed into the world rankings and went head-to-head with the best fighters in the world, such as UFC Champion Johnny Hendricks and current top-ranked light heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. The key ingredient in his climb to the top is hard work. While illustrating specific principles and examples that helped propel him to the top of the fighting world, Charlie provides a very real, authentic look at what it takes to succeed in life. With over two decades of winning and losing on center stage, his mission is to share his insight and perspective with practical and relatable examples to help assist you in your journey. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Charlie Brenneman’s Background Charlie has fought at every level of the industry, including an 11-fight UFC career. He has transitioned his experiences as a professional fighter into professional speaking and mentoring. Charlie has been knocked out cold on live television, and has lived out his own “Rocky” story in front of a million people. Highlights from this Episode We talk about the parallels and differences of being on the tee box vs getting in the ring, staring down the guy across the mat who is looking to tear your head off Charlie shares the mental processes he goes

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117: Playing Better Golf by Hitting from the Opposite Side with Padraig Dooley

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Padraig Dooley. Padraig is the owner of Drive Golf Performance, based out of Ireland. He is a former Irish international amateur golfer who went on to play in several professional tours, and is now passing on his experience to golfers as a PGA professional.

His work is focused on the mission of getting golfers to play better golf. He does this in a number of ways, through things like fitness and mobility, having fun while practicing, swinging from your non-preferred side, and many others.

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116: Redefining Performance through Movement with Brian Bradley

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Brian Bradley. Brian has been working with Pete Egoscue, developing the Egoscue Method for 25+ years. Posture and pain are his mission, and he finds bringing this work to the world very rewarding. To see someone go from disability and depression due to chronic pain, and transform into the person they were meant to be is, in Brian’s view, awesome.

Recently I spent some time with Brian at the World Golf Fitness Summit 2016 in New Orleans, LA.  It was there that I had the chance to experience first hand some of the work that Brian does with clients and patients.  His methods for teaching people to overcome their pain and maximize their performance are, to say the least, unconventional.  One look at the piece of equipment that he had us working on would’ve made you think we were getting ready to embark on an obstacle course more than get in a “workout.”

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115: The exciting truth about Testosterone (especially in the morning)! with Ali Gilbert

Today I am very pleased to announce our guest; Ali Gilbert. Ali serves as Partner of the Greenwich DX Sports Labs and is their Director of Performance. With her unique, multi-faceted approach to performance training, she is able to combine all relevant physical and technical details into one thorough, scientific approach towards performance-based strength and conditioning.

As a former collegiate soccer standout, Ali has been committed to achieving excellence in the field of performance training for over a decade.  She has become highly sought after for unconventional approach to golf fitness that includes the “Triangle of Performance”- assessing the physical. nutritional and hormonal aspect of performance training. This unique approach with her background in hormone optimization redefines what her definition for golf performance truly is.

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114: Are you still Icing? with Gary Reinl the “Anti-Iceman”

I am very excited to announce our guest today, Gary Reinl.  Gary is affectionately known as the “Anti-Iceman” based on his years of combing through the research of cryotherapy to ultimately figure out that this “tried and true” modality just may be an “illusionary” treatment after all!

Gary has spent nearly forty years in the sports-medicine field, with diverse experiences ranging from training professional athletes, developing rehabilitation programs for injured workers, to pioneering the field of strength-building for women during the pregnancy year..Additionally, his ground-breaking senior strength-building protocol has now been implemented in more than 1,000 senior living facilities.

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113: Functional Range: If you don’t use it, you lose it! with Pam Owens

This week we have a very special guest on the show, Pam Owens. Pam has more than twenty-four years of fitness experience with a specialization in golf-specific fitness training since 2007. She is passionate about powering up others to find their best in health and fitness.  She employs simple, historically-successful, and scientifically based programs. Her nutrition and fitness coaching is results-based and constantly evolves to incorporate the best tools and methods available to help you reach your destination.

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112: Blood Testing: Measure, Don’t Guess with Dr. Steven Murphy

I am very excited to announce our guest today, Dr. Steven Murphy. Dr. Murphy is the Medical Director of the Greenwich DX Sports Labs as well as Managing Partner and President of the Diagnostic & Medical Specialists of Greenwich.  He is an avid researcher in human genetics and is well versed in anti-aging medicine, obesity, metabolism, and hormone optimization.

At Greenwich DX Sports Labs, Dr. Murphy’s partners include 2 of our previous featured guests, Ali Gilbert and Michael Manavian.  This dynamic has created a unique line of communication between all aspects of fitness, biomechanics, golf instruction and medical treatment, that is rarely seen at any level.  It is precisely this combination that creates the success they have seen in optimizing results for their clients/athletes.

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111: Inspiring change through passion, innovation, and movement with Brandon Harris & Greg McLean of PFS

Today I am pleased to announce our guests, Brandon Harris and Greg McLean from Premier Fitness Systems (PFS). Brandon and Greg have over 20 years of combined experience helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. PFS was built on the dream of creating a place to empower people to achieve a healthier way of life.

They believe in putting energy into every workout, having passion for people, and delivering results. Brandon and Greg are committed to being the best in the fitness industry by ensuring clients they are in a process of continual learning.

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110: Danger lies in the Extreme with Liam Hennessy

This week I am very excited to announce our guest, Liam Hennessy. Liam is one of the legends in the world of strength, conditioning, and golf fitness.  He works as a sports performance scientist and consultant, and has worked with some of the greatest athletes in the world, from many sports, including Padraig Harrington.

In this episode, Liam shares some of his incredible stories on his journey, including his early days pole vaulting for Ireland to some of the adventures he’s had while working with Padraig.  It is these experiences and “experiments” that have helped him discover and develop his work with his clients.  Always searching for new ways to learn and find out what works best, Liam is a constant student and teacher.  And while some of these stories venture in the “extremes,” Liam cautions that often, we jump in too quickly and want results so fast that we forget about the fact that performance is a process that can’t be rushed.

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109: Peeling the Layers of Painless Golf with Jessika Shelton

This week I am joined by yoga instructor, personal trainer, lifestyle coach and golfer, Jessika Shelton. Jess helps golfers focus on eliminating their pain and increasing their health to create an amazing life while they build their golf game.

Jess was an active athlete in school playing softball, swim, track, cheer, and water polo. Looking for a change in scenery, she became certified in Yoga in 2011. Jess’ love of teaching lead her to more certifications in Pilates, Personal Training, and now being TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certified.

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