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Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is the owner of Asylum Fitness in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina. He is a Movement and Strength Coach that uses unconventional tools and methods to make his students a little better with each practice. His main focus is movement, he believes, “We were born to move. Reclaim your birthright.” He encourages his students and all those he meets to just play, similarly to when you were a kid, believing that play is the foundation of movement and movement is life. “By learning to move better and improving our mobility, everything falls into place.” he says. Mark is an Outdoor Fitness Enthusiast, is well versed in corrective exercises, and currently holds a level 1 FMS (Functional Movement Screen), and is a MovNat level 2 certified trainer and is always seeking to learn from the best. He also has a background in track and field, martial arts, ballroom dance, and currently is practicing parkour.

Episode 31 | Pawel Widuto

Pawel Widuto

Pawel Widuto is absolutely as fascinating of an individual as I have had on the show.  Listen in as we discuss movement, innovation, practice, sword fighting, and Viking fighting techniques.  Also be sure to pick up a copy of his book “Journey of a Warrior Poet” and learn more from Pawel’s incredible life.

Check out Pawel Widuto at www.tengu.no 

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Why is the Kettlebell So Popular?

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I first picked up a kettlebell around 2007 or 2008, somewhere in there, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school I was attended had one.  I messed around with it a little I knew what it was but beyond that very little.  Then around 2010 I was working at a Gold’s Gym and these two balls of iron showed up.  These were foreign objects from space to nearly everyone else in the gym.  Today, in 2017 kettlebells are everywhere and very few in the world of fitness are unfamiliar although I still hear the occasional “kettleball” nonsense every now and then.  So how is it in less than a decade this tool has risen to such prominence?

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Episode 30 | Paul Firepower Gray

Paul Firepower Gray is a coach’s coach type of trainer and thinker.  In one of the most powerful and profound conversations to date, Paul and I discuss unplugging from the “Matrix” and becoming free in thought and movement.  We address many of the issues plaguing the fitness industry and talk about a bright and positive future for fitness.  Everyone needs to listen to Paul’s message.

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Kettlebell Booty Builder Workout

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It’s Summer once again and it only took one weekend at the beach to be reminded of the horrible epidemic sweeping our society.  It called FAS, or Flat Ass Syndrome, I have also heard it called “no-ass-at-all.”  I am gonna provide a couple quick remedies to build that booty into something you can be proud of in this kettlebell workout.

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