Ep 51 – Becoming a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach with Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy

Ep 51 – Becoming a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach with Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy

Whether you’re a seasoned pro in the healthcare field or looking for a career change, if you have a passion for helping people with their health, and/or are interested in becoming a Certified Health Coach, you’ll want to listen in on this episode with Dr. Sandi Sheinbaum, Founder & CEO of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.

Have you ever thought about becoming a Certified Health Coach but wondered if you have what it takes to become one? Or maybe you’re curious about adding Certified Health Coaching credentials to your existing career path? Have you had your own health crises and now want to help others after learning how to help yourself?

Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum, Founder & CEO of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, talks with Dave Korsunsky, CEO & Founder of Heads Up about the benefits, and what it takes, to becoming a Certified Health Coach. Learn about her unique coaching program that focuses on what is going right and how to help your client tell a more empowering health story.

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“Have you worked through your own health issues and now feel the calling to serve others?” – Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum’s journey. From teaching children with learning disabilities and getting her doctorate in clinical psychology to where she is today [2:20]
  • That as she began focusing on what was right with individuals, rather than what was wrong with them, she saw that they could control things with their own mindset, seeing just how the mind and body were connected. (Note: Dr. Sandi was doing this back in the 1970s!) [4:00]
  • How her own experience in training with IFM led her to approach integrating what she already knew about psychology and the mind-body connection to create a health coaching program at the age of 65 (after practicing for 40-years in private practice) [5:00]
  • How Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum has utilized her own experiences (around food, education and teaching those with learning disabilities) in creating the coaching program [7:30]
  • The importance of starting before you feel like you’re ready [10:45]
  • How you can use your own personal experience, that may have felt like a setback in your own life, to help others [11:50]
  • Who is a good fit for this program? And what can students expect? [12:30]
  • Dr. Scheinbaum talks about the students that come to the program. How they’ve had their own health crises and now want to help others after helping themselves [13:05]
  • Why health coaches are intuitive and have a calling to bring hope, compassion, and passion to support their clients. And why you don’t need a formal education or background in healthcare to become a coach [14:30]
  • “Your value is your story. Nobody has your own story.” [16:50]
  • About Functional Medicine and the IFM and the difference between the Coaching program and the IFM programs for medical providers [19:00]
  • How the coaching program emphasizes the behavior change process and how to help people hold themselves accountable [21:50]
  • Why the coaching program is 100% online, extending their reach to support the functional medicine model, which can be more affordable [23:00]
  • The different ways IFM coaches are connected to IFM healthcare providers and how they can run their own businesses or work under medical providers in clinics [23:50]
  • The scope of practice for certified health coaches vs. licensed medical providers [24:40]
  • About the role of technology in health coaching and how it can provide a deeper correlation for clients and coaches, helping to support clients towards their best health [25:45]
  • About the future of remote client coaching [28:40]
  • A real-life example of how health coaching can support a client [29:30]
  • How this coaching program approaches the whole person to support the person’s whole health — their lifetime events, exposures, traumas, triggers, etc.[31:55]
  • About the unique layer that IFM Coaches are trained to overlay onto the timeline of how the person got to where they are. How that includes what went right along the way, to retell their stories with a new interpretation of their life events, showcasing their strengths [34:35]
  • Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum walks us through the twelve-month online program – what it entails, as well as who the demographic is that signs up for coaching classes [37:35]
  • About becoming a nationally certified health coach and what certification means. Also: eligibility for insurance reimbursement [40:00]
  • About the role of health coaches and how they are so needed right now, and moving forward in the world we now live in [41:00]
  • About the current and future landscape of reimbursement for certified health coaches [44:15]
  • Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum on how to turn adversity to advantage by retraining to be a certified health coach [46:00]

References

Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)

Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. (FMCA)

National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC)

Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum – Instagram

Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. (FMCA) Facebook

About Heads Up 

Heads Up is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Ep. 50 – How ThreeHealth is Helping Their Clients with Sustainable Weight Loss Using Telehealth and Technology

Ep. 50 – How ThreeHealth is Helping Their Clients with Sustainable Weight Loss Using Telehealth and Technology

Do you want to help your clients with sustainable weight loss and optimized outcomes using technology and telehealth? Then you’re in for a treat! ThreeHealth, a unique medical group, offers a weight loss solution like you’ve never experienced before. Rather than focusing on just the number on the scale, prepackaged food or an emphasis on dropping pounds quickly, ThreeHealth offers their clients sustainable weight loss with well-rounded support. Both in-person and/or via telehealth. Recognizing that metabolic and emotional issues go hand in hand, ThreeHealth combines behavioral and medical support along with advanced technologies to help modify behaviors and make sustainable weight loss changes. All without judgement and with utmost compassion.

Brad Butterfield, LMHCA, Brandy Wiltermuth, ARNP and Marlene Sexton, LMFT, all licensed medical professionals, make up the foundation of the ThreeHealth team. What makes ThreeHealth stand out is how they utilize advanced technology such as the Oura ring and Biosense breath testing, helping their clients track relevant biometrics and monitor progress, including medical records. All of this is tracked through Heads Up’s practitioner portal, creating customization within their patients’ protocols for healthy and sustainable weight loss.

Join Heads Up Founder, Dave Korsunsky, and (NEW) Co-host, TJ Anderson, as they discuss ThreeHealth’s unique approach to sustainable weight loss with Brad and Brandy in this episode. You’ll learn more about the history and evolution of their weight loss approach, as well as what metrics they track, how they run their insurance-friendly cash-based practice, and why health coaches and practitioners also need to remember to use a bit of patience when helping clients with weight loss.

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“By the time they get to me, they’re ready to talk about the numbers and be curious about the data. And that’s what I love about Heads Up, the ability to show them trends that they can’t see. It’s been extremely helpful!”

– Brandy Wiltermuth

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About Brandy Wiltermuth’s history working in a weight loss clinic 6-7 years ago getting great weight loss results, and frustration with the missing piece of the behavioral health aspect of dietary change [3:30]
  • How ThreeHealth’s program evolved, and the way telehealth is used due to the ability to track many different metrics that integrate into Heads Up where they can easily monitor their patient’s data remotely through their practitioner portal [6:00]
  • Brad Butterfield’s career path to the health industry after retiring in 2006 from an architectural firm to study behavioral health [7:25]
  • In 2018 Brandy Wiltermuth, Brad Butterfield and Marlene Sexton left the weight loss surgery practice they worked in and went to build their own weight loss practice [9:30]
  • More about the ThreeHealth program and how it works, including behavioral and medical health, tracking, and why they require patients to use them all in tandem [10:45]
  • In the program they built, the first three months they just work on three things: time, planning and tracking. Because it takes time to build a system for change, rather than just giving their clients weight loss advice right away [12:30]
  • Why Brandy’s focus throughout the entire program is on lean muscle mass while losing fat, which is more unique to their program, reminding people that they need to eat to lose weight [13:20]
  • More about the lean body mass that Brandy tracks and why she doesn’t just focus on the weight loss number alone [14:10]
  • That they do blood labs every 3 months and they’ve had patients come off of medications due to the significant improvements with their program [16:15]
  • How they offer both in-person and telehealth to support patient compliance [18:35]
  • Why Brad doesn’t believe in willpower to lose weight and why he utilizes strategies to help patients have sustainable weight loss and stay on track [19:30]
  • How 80-85% of patients they see are significantly addicted to sugar and there is a grieving process when it’s gone [20:20]
  • Why this method is not a diet. There is no start or end; its a lifestyle [22:55]
  • When it comes to sustainable weight loss, we have to go through, and not around, the issues that are holding people back physically and emotionally [24:55]
  • How ThreeHealth uses a cash/insurance/HSA hybrid approach and about their very low no-show rate with this business model [25:30]
  • About the integration of Oura and Biosense into their program and how and why sleep tracking helps with sustainable weight loss [30:55]
  • About the HRV that Oura tracks and how Brandy helps patients to see how their diet and lifestyle choices affect their overall wellness [34:40]
  • How seeing the data motivates patients to change and how patients are more compliant with the tracking because they know it helps their practitioner navigate what strategies to use to help them reach their goals [35:45]
  • Why treating tracking as a science project helps clients feel more empowered, rather than feeling oppressed by it (“It’s not judgmental, it’s curiosity.”) [37:15]
  • How ThreeHealth’s patients are navigating the on-boarding process of utilizing the tracking devices and Heads Up’s dashboard [39:35]
  • How they navigate the tracking for people who are too focused on scale numbers etc., and how they emphasize they just need to gather the data and their practitioners will interpret it, giving them the feedback they can understand [40:40]
  • Top tips for other coaches or doctors who want to support their patients with tracking from Brad and Brandy [42:10]
  • How Brandy used Heads Up to figure out why one patient’s weight loss was stalling, even though activity had gone up. Because she was able to remote-monitor, she could see that her protein consumption had decreased. “When in doubt, eat more protein” was how she as able to get her  patient’s weight loss moving again [42:35]
  • Brad’s advice to health coaches: “Don’t be filled with anxiety about the number and results…the weight loss will come. Take your time if you want good sustainable weight loss, as they didn’t gain it overnight. It takes time, but with education, behavioral habit work, and tracking, the patients really start to see how effective it is, several months in. Rapid weight loss is not sustainable.” [45:21]

References

ThreeHealth Website: www.three.health

ThreeHealth Email: contactus@three.health

About Heads Up 

Heads Up is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health AND we offer health professionals a way to centralize their clients’ health data and optimize their outcomes.

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Ep 49 – Jim Howard – Biosense releases breakthrough ketone testing technology

Ep 49 – Jim Howard – Biosense releases breakthrough ketone testing technology

Biosense releases an at-home breath ketone testing device for both consumers and clinical settings after three years of extensive lab development and clinical trial. This device allows clients to self monitor their breath ketones at home, which in conjunction with food journaling, or other metrics can provide invaluable insight into what is contributing to weight gain, high blood sugar, metabolic syndrome, and more while utilizing a ketogenic diet.

The Biosense testing device is non-invasive allowing clients to test without poking their fingers for a blood sample, increasing testing compliance. Increased compliance provides your client and you with better data to evaluate and customize a plan for their goals. It’s also incredibly small so that you can take it with you anywhere, and requires no calibration before use.

Measuring deep lung air and eliminates contamination from ambient air, providing the user with highly accurate, dependable results, requiring no testing strips to purchase or worry about running out of.

Join Heads Up founder Dave Korsunsky as he discusses the Biosense meter with Jim Howard, and how it’s use can revolutionize your keto compliance and results with your clients, especially when combined with other data tracking through Heads Up.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About the consistency of measurement with Biosense, which provides a 24-hour graph in-app to see your progression throughout the day [8:00]
  • How the Biosense device is providing agency to allow people to decide for themselves by seeing feedback throughout the day to know what the consequences of their actions are and act accordingly for their goals [8:25]
  • Jim Howard educates how Biosense technology testing differs from acetone testing due to Biosense using a deep lung air sample with a closed flow cell so it’s not sampling ambient air [9:18]
  • This device can fit in your pocket and only weighs a couple of ounces so it can be utilized anywhere and is the only device out there backed by a clinical trial [10:15]
  • Biosense can be purchased as a consumer or clinic use and is involved in 4 upcoming trials as a non-invasive testing device [11:00]
  • How much higher compliance is for use due to the non-invasive testing [12:20]
  • How clinics and coaches can see the data from their patients throughout the day and correlate it with the food, insulin and other metrics they have to see how compliant patients are and how effective their protocol is [12:30]
  • That testing can show more visibility of how compliant a client is throughout the day, rather than just once a day testing [13:10]
  • About a clinic in Washington State that was able to adapt to virtual visits early and roll out the program seamlessly while having patients track their breath ketones at home easily as well as other metrics that is using Biosense technology [14:13]
  • Looking at adherence to the program as the patients are able to give feedback, knowing that they are going to test throughout the day [15:25]
  • About the coach-client compliance and improved results as clients can start to make their own connections between diet, sleep, exercise and ketones [17:00]
  • About the effects of being home due to COVID-19 and how rebuilding your immune system and metabolic health will be key to returning to the world and how to utilize Heads Up and Biosense as a strategy[18:20]
  • How COVID is shifting health responsibility back to the patient or client and that can be empowering if they choose [19:10]
  • That half of the population will be obese in the US by 2030 if we do not course correct with our diets and metabolic health [21:30]
  • How we may see more health plans and other organizations utilize these tools [24:50]
  • Biosense works with clinics for Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, and oncology that are utilizing their device for ketogenic diet support [25:50]
  • How the device can easily be utilized while out running errands or at home increasing compliance [26:50]
  • The device is firmware updatable [27:20]
  • The device is available in the USA currently, just released in Canada, and coming to Europe estimated by the end of the year. [28:10]
  • The Biosense device gives you feedback that the test was performed correctly, with consistent accurate readings, and does not require calibration. [28:25]
  • Biosense offers a much more accurate reading as it’s measuring deep lung air, rather than just providing a red yellow green reading for example. [29:30]
  • Biosense is targeted to the consumer to use on a regular basis and expected to last at least 2 years before estimating that it will need to be recalibrated or tuned up. [30:30]

About Heads Up

Heads Up is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Improving HRV, the Stress Response and PTSD with Apollo Neuro – Dr. Dave Rabin

Improving HRV, the Stress Response and PTSD with Apollo Neuro – Dr. Dave Rabin

Dr. Dave Rabin of Apollo Neuro is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist specializing in disorders of chronic stress, who has utilized MDMA and ketamine in the treatment of PTSD and depression to calm the nervous systems stress response.  After running clinical trials at the University of Pittsburgh and finding that the fight or flight system could also be calmed through the use of a wearable device, he set out to bring a device to the market that helps towards improving HRV. This allows individuals suffering from PTSD, ADD, anxiety, and even high-level executives and elite athletes with high stress response, to use the sensation of touch to recreate a feeling of safety, changing the response the body creates to a stimulus. 

Measuring HRV can give a quantifiable measure of how effective the device is in altering the stress response and allows individuals to improve conditions they’ve been told they must just live with. Dr. Dave Rabin gives a great explanation of HRV and how it differs from Heart Rate and why HRV is an important indicator of recovery and the ability to slow down the nervous system from stimuli. 

Listen in as Heads Up Founder Dave Korsunsky talks with Dr. Dave Rabin of Apollo Neuroscience on his own experience with the Apollo wearable device and how it actually feels to use it. It is Dr. Dave Rabin’s belief that as recovery is enhanced, improving HRV, people will begin to understand and reach their fullest potentials.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How stress makes chronic disease and mental health worse, especially chronic stress that happens multiple times a day [3:05]
  • Dr. Dave Rabin works with high-level executives with high stress, as well as people with PTSD, chronic depression/anxiety and substance abuse disorders and notices that commonality between these disorders [3:55]
  • That Apollo Neuro came out of his work at the University of Pittsburgh, where they were trying to develop new strategies to help improve recovery and balance in the nervous system [6:00]
  • How Dr. Dave Rabin looks at stress holistically, as a clinical psychotherapist and psychiatric neuroscientist, to help modulate the central nervous system from high-performance athletes to people with mental health disorders [6:15]
  • That Dr. Dave Rabin is trained to use MDMA for PTSD which is in phase 3 trials with the FDA and ketamine for the treatment of depression which can induce dramatic radical change within a single session that is likely to be measurable with things like HRV [7:20]
  • That metrics that can be tracked while utilizing alternative therapies such as MDMA and ketamine, as people with these chronic conditions of stress have chronically low HRV [8:40]
  • That those with PTSD will have some of the lowest HRV as they are always in a state of hypervigilance – high fight or flight, low recovery state, but when they are shown compassion or touch from loved ones, meditation, etc, they feel better and HRV goes up [10:03]
  • Apollo was created to allow people to recreate the feeling of safety allowing the body to come out of the fight or flight pattern and into a recovery pattern at home and not just while in therapy [11:30]
  • Apollo is not a substitution for meditation, but it can be used more as a tool to guide people through the stressors and understand that you can do it on your own and people seem to be able to train to it over time [14:10]
  • What is Heart Rate Variability (HRV) vs Heart Rate (HR) [15:35]
  • About how the Apollo wrist or ankle worn device brings awareness to the body when the heart rate changes to allow the brain to evaluate if the perceived stress is useful or not [19:10]
  • Apollo was tested in double-blind randomized placebo clinical trial studies at the University of Pittsburgh and found that Apollo was improving HRV within 3 minutes under stress [20:15]
  • Dave describes the sensation of what it feels like to wear the Apollo device [21:00]
  • Why Dr. Dave Rabin started Apollo Neuro to bring the technology to the market himself [24:16]
  • Dave Korsunsky’s seal of approval on the Apollo device and where you can find and purchase the device [28:40]

References

www.apolloneuro.com

Follow Dr. Dave Rabin on Twitter

Follow Apollo Neuro on Instagram

Apollo Blog Post Together All The Time, How to Make it Work

Apollo Blog Post Strengthening Your Immune System

Apollo Neuro Blog

About Heads Up 

Heads Up is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Functional Medicine for Corporate Wellness with Dr. Mona Ezzat Velinov

Functional Medicine for Corporate Wellness with Dr. Mona Ezzat Velinov

Growing up, Dr. Mona Ezzat Velinov knew that she wanted to help people. After working in conventional medicine, she had her own health crisis, and this began her research into other ways of healing and supporting her body. She trained to become a functional medicine doctor and now works with individuals to improve their health, as well as with corporate wellness programs.

Having a bigger vision, after working at both Apple and Facebook as an onsite doctor, Dr Mona decided to bring functional medicine to corporate health and is now creating onsite programs to improve employee health and outlook.

Listen as Dave Korsunsky talks with Mona Ezzat Velinov about her life’s work and vision for the future.

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In this podcast you’ll learn: 

  • About Dr. Mona Ezzat Velinov’s background as a locum tenens doctor that exposed her to a lot of different types of practices and cultures all over the world [2:20]
  • What is psychoneuroimmunology? [6:45]
  • About the in-depth intake that functional medicine practitioners utilize when starting work with a new patient [8:10]
  • Why understanding your family history helps to understand epigenetic changes [9:45]
  • About Dr. Mona Ezzat Velinov’s transition from traditional to functional medicine [10:45]
  • How Dr. Mona’s experience with thyroid cancer led her to functional medicine [11:15]
  • The effects of chemotherapy/radiation’s effects on the microbiome [12:05]
  • About Dr. Mona Ezzat Velinov’s private practice and specialty in thyroid health, gut health, menopausal transitions, and autoimmune disease [13:45]
  • How Dr. Mona uses techniques like monitoring breathwork, meditation, HRV tracking to support her patients [14:40]
  • Elite HRV, Oura, Biostrap and their tracking of HRV and other biometrics and how they connect to environment and biology [16:40]
  • About the environmental toxins and thyroid/endocrine disruption that can lead to Hashimoto’s [17:55]
  • EWG – tapwater reports and the Cosmetic Database [18:45]
  • About microbiome disruptors such as infections like traveler’s diarrhea, parasites, and how important tracking your bowel movements are [19:45]
  • Why you need to look in the toilet bowl daily and an interesting idea about Smart Toilets [22:40]
  • That Dr. Mona Ezzat Velinov worked at Apple and Facebook as a doctor and saw how helpful it was to have a doctor on-site. Why she wants to bring functional medicine to the workplace for preventative health support [23:00]
  • Why group support in the workplace from functional medicine can support creating a healthier work environment [24:10]

 

About Heads Up 

Heads Up is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Bio-individual Coaching with Carl Hardwick of OPEX

Bio-individual Coaching with Carl Hardwick of OPEX

Carl Hardwick has spent his life dedicated to athletics, served his country, and opened up several OPEX gyms of his own before stepping into the role of COO at OPEX.  Currently, Carl oversees the Coach Certification Program at OPEX where he trains coaches to work with clients in bio-individual fitness and nutrition coaching. 

OPEX Fitness has several program offerings including coaching for individuals wanting to improve their strength and health, Big Dawgs Athlete training programs and a Coach Certification Program teaching coaches how to utilize their signature program of fitness, meeting their clients where they are. 

Learn more about OPEX training and what it can offer you as Dave Korsunsky sits down with Carl Hardwick to learn more about the metrics that OPEX uses with clients, including how they customize protocols for their clients and athletes.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • What OPEX is/does and their history of coaching education with fitness coaches and gym licensing [2:00]
  • Why OPEX has a natural connection with CrossFit. However, they are not CrossFit, but based on human function [6:31]
  • The health continuum that they utilize to show clients where they are and where they want to go with their fitness and health [7:20]
  • OPEX  has a very holistic approach to training and nutrition but utilizes a bio-individual coaching approach for each client and their needs/desires [8:30]
  • “We’re known as the energy system coaches, but we’re way more than that.” [9:45]
  • About cortisol junkies and how overtraining can be harmful when we don’t recognize the stresses on the body [11:08]
  • “We have to respect biology and we have to respect exercise principles that are out there. There is a way to get your fix, in a way that you can still get that fix in 10 years. We see far too often in this market that we call fitness, that people fiend that fix so bad, day after day, and they get it in the same way and we see it a lot in unsustainable activities.”
  • What numbers Carl Hardwick tracks for an individual as core metrics in the OPEX program – The initial assessment history, OPEX BODY composition analysis (BMR, Bodyweight, Body Fat Percentage, lean mass), OPEX MOVE – a movement screen to see what they are capable of doing, OPEX Work – a 10 minute Assault bike test, and program design [13:40]
  • Every client goes through the OPEX Assessment and is given a weekly program with a monthly check-in [18:45]
  • About genetic profiling and how epigenetic changes can be more important than just having a gene. But genes can still be useful to know if someone is highly unlikely to tolerate dairy, for example, or if they just can’t train well in a certain way. And the flip side of that about how they can utilize it to help them train better, but it’s still in its infancy in terms of how we use the data [19:20]
  • About HRV and the coefficient variation and how it relates to resilience with tracking trends in different training phases [26:30]
  • How tracking trends can be important for the coach to look at, but it’s important to not be assessing it if you’re not understanding the metric and focusing too much on it, attached to the number while not listening to your body [30:45]
  • Why Carl Hardwick has clients self-assess before looking at the data [33:35]
  • Nutrition prescriptions with OPEX are broken into three section: LIFE – i.e. Bristol chart tracking, water intake, nightly waking to urinate related to hormones, FUEL – i.e. food quality, quantity, macros if it applies, PERSON – i.e. cleanses, protein de-loading [34:00]
  • OPEX Coaching is about meeting clients where they are [41:20]

References

Become an OPEX Coach online
OPEX Coaching
Big Dawgs Athlete Coaching
Follow OPEX Fitness on Instagram
Follow Carl Hardwick on Instagram
Follow OPEX founder James FitzGerald on Instagram

About Heads Up 

Heads Up is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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