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February 25, 2021  

#44 - Getting the Job Done with Shawn Eckert

My guest today is Shawn Eckert. Shawn is an ultra runner who lives in Florida. Shawn battled alcohol and drug addiction before completely turning his life around and finding health. When Shawn's son was born, he decided to lose weight. Although, he did not fully commit himself to his goal initially. It took Shawn a little time to start his journey, but he never looked back losing over 200 lbs from his 446 lb starting point and turning into an ultra-endurance athlete. Shawn's story is very inspirational and I know you will be able to apply his mindset of "getting the job done" into your own life. Check out Shawn on IG: and YouTube: To learn more about myself and the show please visit

February 21, 2021  

#43 - 100-Mile Treadmill Run Preview to Benefit the AFSP

Do you want to find out why I am running 100 miles straight on my treadmill to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention? If your answer to that question is "YES," check out this special episode of TKP. In this quick episode, I discuss why I am running 100 miles on my treadmill for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I also tell listeners all the details of the fundraiser including how you can watch me suffer through the run's live stream and donate to help stop suicide in the United States. The run will begin on Saturday, February 27th at 8:00 AM ET! Please tune in and help me combat the rising suicide rate in the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To donate and watch the run, please visit You can also view the run directly on YouTube: To learn more about myself and the show please visit and check out my IG: Thank you for your support!

February 18, 2021  

#42 - The Journey of a Lifetime with Shan Riggs and Callie Vinson

My guests today are Shan Riggs and Callie Vinson. On December 1, 2020, Shan finished a three-month run across America. Callie was his crew chief for the entire journey that began on September 1, 2020. These two undertook this challenge to raise money for Foodshare, a food bank that supports the Greater Hartford area of Connecticut. Shan and Callie raised $45,000 for the charity in order to fight food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cross-country run took 92 total days (84 running days). Shan covered 3,255 total miles averaging 38.75 miles per day. He went through 10 pairs of shoes and consumed over 4,000 calories per day. In the episode, Shan and Callie recap their three-month journey to give listeners a little insight into what it's like running across the country! If you would like to connect with Shan please visit, To connect with Callie, please visit To find out more about the run, check out the official website You can donate to Foodshare through this site! To learn more about myself and the show please visit

February 9, 2021  

#41 - Transformational Leadership with Nick Jankel

My guest today is Nick Jankel. Nick is a thought leader whose ideas, tools, and research are designed to take the pain out of transformation, blast through the barriers that block creativity and innovation, and unleash conscious changes in leadership and life that bring less suffering and more thriving into the spaces we touch. He is the co-founder of the leadership and personal development company Switch On and the chief architect of a rigorous methodology and philosophy for transformation, The Switch On Way. It blends the latest neuroscience with timeless wisdom from the great traditions. He is the author of multiple international bestsellers including Switch On: The New Science & Spirit of Breakthrough and The Spiritual Atheist. In the episode, we discuss Nick's background, transformational living and leadership, his advice for becoming the best version of yourself, and so much more! To learn more about Nick and Switch On, please visit To learn more about myself and the show please visit

January 27, 2021  

#40 - Creating Your Own Success with Chris & Eric Martinez

My guests today are Chris and Eric Martinez. Chris and Eric had a childhood filled with adversity. They lost their father at the age of 18. This caused their mother to turn to alcohol and both of them to go down a negative path for an extended period of time. Chris and Eric used fitness as a way to pull themselves through the stages of grief. Fitness ended up shaping the beginning of their adult lives.

Chris and Eric became personal trainers. This passion ended up turning into a personalized online training business called "Dynamic Duo Training." After nearly a decade of helping clients reach their fitness goals, Chris and Eric started a new business to help fitness professionals start their own online coaching businesses. These two entrepreneurs have turned this company, "Dynamic Fit Pros," into their second six figure business. Additionally, Chris and Eric are #1 International Best Selling Authors and hosts of the "Dynamic Lifestyle Podcast." 


If you'd like to connect with Chris and Eric, their website is Also, make sure to check Chris and Eric out on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to the "Dynamic Lifestyle Podcast" here! To learn more about myself and the show please visit

December 8, 2020  

#39 - Conquering Adversity with Jake Anapol

My guest today is Jake Anapol. Jake is fresh off of his commitment to play Division I Football for the Marist Red Foxes. Jake has overcome a ton of adversity to get to where he is today. He moved to the United States from Oxford, England in elementary school. Jake had to undergo multiple surgeries to fix a knee issue that he was born with throughout his childhood. When Jake got to high school, he had an additional two surgeries caused from football totaling seven knee procedures. Jake began his high school football career at Xavier HS in Middletown, CT before transferring to the Kent School. Jake excelled in football at both places. At Kent, he became an All-League and All-New England offensive lineman. He missed his sophomore year due to injury and his senior season due to COVID, but Jake was still able to pick up multiple D1 offers. He recently committed to Marist and will sign with the football program on December 16th. If you'd like to connect with Jake his IG is and his Twitter is To learn more about myself and the show please visit

December 4, 2020  

#38 - The Gift of Health with Rich Duffy

My guest today is Rich Duffy. Rich was born and raised in Philadelphia, but currently resides in Virginia with his wife and two children. Rich described his weight and health as a yo-yo throughout his adult life. When his 53rd birthday rolled around a couple years ago, he decided to give himself the gift of health. Rich made the commitment to stop drinking alcohol and do good things for his body. This resulted in Rich losing 60 pounds and becoming a two time marathoner in the past two years. He is now training for a triathlon. In the episode, Rich and I discuss his life as a child, his commitment to health, the changes that have taken place in his life and so much more on this episode of TKP. If you'd like to connect with Rich his IG is To learn more about myself and the show please visit  

November 26, 2020  

#37 - Life is Terminal, it’s Our Job to Live It with Matthew Pullan

"My cancer might be inoperable but I’m not scared. I just want the word ‘inoperable’ used and not ‘incurable’."

This is a quote from today's guest Matthew Pullan. Matthew Pullan, known as Running Through Cancer, is a young adult from the UK. In 2004, he had a brain tumor that was able to be successfully removed. Matthew had a normal childhood following the removal of his first brain tumor. He participated in all types of sports growing up. In 2020, he was feeling dizzy so he went back to his Cancer specialist. An MRI revealed that he had another brain tumor near the location of his first tumor that was removed. Surgery removed 99% of the second tumor, but doctors found that the cancer had spread to his brainstem making it inoperable and terminal. Despite this, Matthew continues to maintain an amazing outlook on life. He is still running and going to college while undergoing cancer treatments. In the month of November, he's running a mile a day for charity which is a clear sign of his positivity. In the episode, Matthew and I discuss his entire life, we dive deep into the sport of running, and we hear why Matthew isn't going to stop! If you'd like to connect with Matthew his blog is, IG:, Twitter: To learn more about myself and the show please visit

November 12, 2020  

#36 - Not Being Defined By Your Lowest Moments with Matt Dekoeyer

My guest today is Matt Dekoeyer. Matt is a 2012 graduate of Xavier High School where he played the offensive/defensive line and won two Connecticut state championships. Following high school, Matt attended Providence College. He joined the rugby team in his sophomore year and fell in love with the sport. He ultimately became an assistant coach immediately following graduation and spent one season as the head coach of the team. Matt ultimately moved on from the head coaching role and ended up moving to Boston to be in the hotbed of tech startups. He has lived in Boston since 2018. After one year of living in Boston, he made a massive change in his life. Last fall, he joined UFC Gym Boston, started focusing on his diet, and has now lost 60 pounds. Matt is currently in the process of training for his first sanctioned Golden Gloves Boxing match which he hopes will take place in the spring pending the state of the pandemic. In the episode, we discuss Matt's journey, we dive deep into the topic of weight loss and his experience with UFC Gym Boston, we talk about not being defined by low moments in your life and so much more! If you'd like to connect with Matt here's his social media handles: To learn more about myself and the show please visit

November 11, 2020  

#35 - How to Break the Chains and Find Your Flame with Steve Opalenik

My guest today is Steve Opalenik. Steve is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Co-Founder of The Promethean Project. Steve received his undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst and his masters from Springfield College. In 2017 he started The Promethean Project. The Promethean Project is a non-profit wellness center, whose mission is to create a one stop shop for peoples’ physical, mental, and holistic health needs and goals. In the episode we discuss Steve's background, why he started The Promethean Project, what his goals are for the people that the project supports and future plans for the non-profit. We end with some hard hitting questions surrounding Steve's favorite movies, foods, and exercises. If you'd like to learn more about the Promethean Project visit Their social handles are and To learn more about myself and the show please visit  

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