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Weekly doses inspiration from badass humans who got through tough times, leaning into wellness as an outlet. From top CEOs to average Joes, Hurdle brings you their stories, the lessons they learned, and hopefully gives you the push you need to live a healthier, happier, more motivated life.


#HURDLEMOMENT: A Physical Therapist’s Take on Navigating Popular Running Injuries
Sep 11 • 17 min
I chatted all about injury in #hurdlemoment a few weeks back, but in today’s episode I’m bringing in reinforcements. Meet Blake Dircksen: a physical therapist at Bespoke Treatments in Midtown Manhattan. We’re focusing on how to navigate pain as a runner,…
Episode 72: Betina Gozo, Nike Master Trainer
Sep 9 • 51 min
These days, Betina Gozo makes a living with a side of sweat as a Nike Master Trainer. But not all that long ago, the Philippines-born bombshell was playing bass in a rock band. In episode 72, we talk about the workout class that changed her life entirely…
#HURDLEMOMENT: Advice That Will Get You Through Your Next ‘Bad’ Run
Sep 4 • 12 min
We all have bad runs. How you handle them mid-stride can make all the difference between quitting and sticking it out. In today’s #hurdlemoment — the first of a series this September dedicated to the slew of your running Qs — I talk about three strategies…
Episode 71: David Thomas Tao, Editor & Co-Founder BarBend
Sep 3 • 60 min
I feel pretty lucky that I’ve found my way into a career that I feel truly passionate about. David Thomas Tao feels the same way. But the journey the Harvard grad took to get to his current position at BarBend wasn’t exactly simple. In episode 71, the…
#HURDLEMOMENT: 5 Reasons Why You’re Failing ( + How To Turn Things Around)
Aug 28 • 12 min
I’m not trying to be negative. Rather, this week’s #hurdlemoment is all about identifying common reasons that we lack follow-through. When was the last time you had a goal that you let slip through your fingers? Could you have done something differently…
Episode 70: Dr. Jen Esquer i.e. @DocJenFit, Physical Therapist
Aug 26 • 56 min
Hurdle has been getting pretty personal lately and this week’s episode with Dr. Jen Esquer is no exception. Over the past few years, everything has changed for the physical therapist known as @docjenfit to her 545K+ followers on social media. She exited a…
#HURDLEMOMENT: Negative Self-Talk Doesn’t Discriminate
Aug 21 • 16 min
I was walking down the street the other day with Nike master trainer Kirsty Godso when we got on the topic of negative self-talk. Kirsty told me she’s been having some tough conversations with herself about her body, and to be honest — I’ve been feeling…
Episode 69: Autumn Calabrese, Beachbody Trainer
Aug 19 • 51 min
Autumn Calabrese is a powerhouse. As a personal trainer who found fame crafting workouts and nutrition programming for Beachbody, Autumn once thought she’d grow up to be a dancer. When injury got her down and a college dance master dissuaded her from…
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Protect Your Energy
Aug 14 • 14 min
There are so many people, things, experiences and obligations that flux with our energy on the regular. If you’re not careful, you could be giving too much of yourself to something (or someone!) that doesn’t deserve it — and sometimes, unknowingly. In…
Episode 68: Jillian Michaels, Fitness Expert
Aug 12 • 51 min
Jillian Michaels is a household name in the fitness industry, and she welcomed me into her home in Malibu with open arms. Surreal? A little bit. We all watched her for years on The Biggest Loser, and in today’s episode Jillian and I talk about what life…
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Deal With Injury
Aug 7 • 10 min
Being on the injured list sucks. In today’s #hurdlemoment, I talk about the strategies that worked for me when I’ve had to take a step back in the past, the mental side of being down and out, and how to come back feeling better than you did before. SOCIAL…
Episode 67: Tia-Clair Toomey, 3x ‘Fittest Woman On Earth’
Aug 5 • 48 min
Not all that long ago, CrossFit’s 3x “Fittest Woman On Earth” wasn’t working out at all. In 2011, she was enrolled in the nursing program at Queensland University of Technology, and felt as though she was in a total rut. “I had gained weight, I didn’t…
SPECIAL EPISODE: The Best & Worst Parts of Being a Runner
Aug 2 • 28 min
In Los Angeles last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Nike master trainer Kirsty Godso and model Catherine Li to chat all about the ins and outs of being a runner. The good stuff. The tough stuff. The parts that make us excited to lace up day…
#HURDLEMOMENT: What You Really Want To Know
Jul 31 • 16 min
For this week’s #hurdlemoment, I’m answering 10 listener questions off-the-cuff. No script. No planning. Just genuine honesty. From what I eat before a long run and my favorite Hurdle guests to the hardest part about putting out a podcast every week and…
Episode 66: Matthew Morton & Conrad Sandelman, Co-Founders Cha Cha Matcha
Jul 29 • 51 min
There was a time in Matthew Morton’s life when he was smoking three packs of cigarettes and downing up to 10 Red Bulls a day. That’s when his friend and NYU classmate Conrad Sandelman challenged him to give up the energy drink for 30 days, swapping in…
#HURDLEMOMENT: Healthy Travel Hacks From Two Women Who Are Constantly On The Go
Jul 24 • 14 min
Teaming up with trainer Betina Gozo in Los Angeles for this week’s #hurdlemoment, where we’re dishing on our top healthy travel suggestions. From how to avoid germs on the plane to strategies for smarter eating, there’s no reason your next vacation (or…
Episode 65: Nicole Centeno, CEO & Founder Splendid Spoon
Jul 22 • 42 min
Nicole Centeno has always loved food. Even when she was working as a media buyer at Condé Nast and other big companies, she longed to turn her love for food into a full-time career. In episode 65, we chat about how she came to start Splendid Spoon, a…
#HURDLEMOMENT: The Most Powerful Word You’re Not Saying Enough
Jul 17 • 7 min
No. No. No. No. No. Feels good, doesn’t it? There’s so much power of owning your no. Fact: Saying “no” more means that you accept that you are in the driver’s seat of your own life. But why is it so hard to use this little, two-letter word? In today’s…
Episode 64: Don Saladino, Celebrity Trainer & Owner Drive 495
Jul 15 • 68 min
The moment you start talking with Don Saladino, you’ll feel as though you’ve known him for years. It’s no wonder why big-name celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, and Scarlett Johansson have turned to him to get in stellar shape leading up to…
#HURDLEMOMENT: Summer Running Tips Every Runner Needs To Know
Jul 10 • 12 min
Man, is it hot out there. This week, I’m bringing Nike+ Run coach and ultramarathoner Jes Woods to hang with me for #hurdlemoment and chat about safe summer running. We offer up the tips you need to stay safe on even the most humid days, ranging from…
Episode 63: Jes Woods, Ultramarathoner & Nike+ Run Coach
Jul 8 • 52 min
On any given day, you might find Jes Woods running 100+ miles in one fell swoop. But not all that long ago the Nike running coach and ultra marathoner was working full time at NBC as a project engineer. In episode 63, we talk about the opportunity that…
#HURDLEMOMENT: The Secret To Happiness
Jul 3 • 8 min
Happiness is how you feel about yourself when you’re by yourself. It’s not something that should hinge on how someone else shows up for you or likes on social media. You have the opportunity every day to do things that make you a better you, a happier…
Episode 62: Jamie Chung, Actress
Jul 1 • 44 min
“The Gifted”, “Big Hero 6”, “Gotham”. On the big screen, Jamie Chung is a stunner. And in person? Well, she’s one of the most delightful, refreshing people I’ve met over the past few years. During a recent Eddie Bauer trip to Dunton Hot Springs in…
#HURDLEMOMENT: These Few Words Can Change Your Life
Jun 26 • 6 min
“All it takes is all you’ve got.” “You didn’t come this far to only come this far.” We all have phrases or quotes we look to when times get tough. In today’s #hurdlemoment, I’m sharing my go-to words of wisdom for the hardest days, as well as tips for…
Episode 61: Adam Ross & Michael Pollak, Co-Founders Heyday
Jun 24 • 58 min
Confession: I didn’t know a thing about skincare until give-or-take age 30. I’ve never been the kind of person who thought pricey facials or luxury serums and masks were worth the money. Michael Pollack and Adam Ross made Heyday for people like me. Billed…
#HURDLEMOMENT: F*#k Failure!
Jun 19 • 6 min
This past weekend, I ran after a goal (literally) of conquering a mile in under 6 minutes. Spoiler alert: I ran it in 6:07. Rather than dwell on the negatives, I’m taking this race as an opportunity to reflect on the concept of failure. In today’s…
Episode 60: George Foreman III, Former Professional Boxer & Founder EverybodyFights
Jun 17 • 54 min
If you ask George Foreman III what it’s like to grow up with a two-time heavyweight champion as a dad, he’s pretty humble about it—because that’s all he’s ever known. Graduating with a degree in business administration from Rice University, Foreman went…
#HURDLEMOMENT: 7 Things Every Aspiring Marathoner Should Know
Jun 12 • 13 min
About 0.5 percent of the U.S. population runs a full marathon. Zero. Point. Five. Which means that if you’re listening to this week’s #hurdlemoment and you’ve either decided to run a marathon or you’re considering it, that’s pretty rad. Seven marathons…
Episode 59: Alex Morgan, Co-Captain U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
Jun 10 • 27 min
The FIFA Women’s World Cup starts this week (!!) so it felt like an appropriate time to share my conversation with U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team co-captain Alex Morgan. On episode 59, the California native and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover…
#HURDLEMOMENT: It’s Time to Reevaluate Your Priorities
Jun 5 • 9 min
Sometimes we all need to take a step back and evaluate. Feel like you’re stressed lately? Is something missing? Are you constantly frustrated? Hey, I’ve been there. One way to feel better: analyzing and committing to your priorities. In today’s…
Episode 58: Anna Kaiser, Founder AKT
Jun 3 • 39 min
Kelly Ripa. Alicia Keys. Karlie Kloss. The powerhouse behind dance based cardio fitness and wellness brand AKT, celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser has some pretty impressive clientele. These days, she’s on the brink of opening 300 new studios nationwide, but…
#HURDLEMOMENT: 30 Lessons I Learned By (The End Of) Age 30
May 29 • 24 min
Invest in yourself. Let the past be the past. Silence is golden. In today’s #hurdlemoment, I’m offering up a little bit of wisdom in honor of my June 2 birthday. Cue 30 different lessons I learned by the end of my thirtieth year. FYI: I don’t have all the…
Episode 57: Omar ‘Crispy’ Avila, U.S. Army Veteran & Paralympic Powerlifter
May 27 • 48 min
He was given a 30 percent chance of living. Suffering burns to 75 percent of his body, this was nothing that Omar “Crispy” Avila imagined when he joined the U.S. Army as an infantryman in 2004. On May 14, 2007, his life forever changed when his vehicle…
#HURDLEMOMENT: So You Want To Start A Podcast
May 22 • 19 min
I knew absolutely nothing about podcasts when I decided that I wanted to create one. It’s been a wild ride, but I’d like to think that after 18 months of recording, I know a thing or two about starting one of these from scratch. In today’s #hurdlemoment,…
Episode 56: Sjana Elise Earp, Yoga Instructor & Blogger
May 20 • 54 min
Spend 5 minutes with Sjana Elise Earp, and it’ll feel as though she’s your new best friend. The warm, welcoming yogi brings her kind, bubbly personality to her more-than 1.6 million Instagram followers daily. But life hasn’t always been sun salutations…
#HURDLEMOMENT: 5 Easy Strategies for Working Out When You Don’t Want To
May 15 • 12 min
Sometimes, hitting a workout feels great. Other times, it feels like climbing Mount Everest. I’ve come a long way from my time despising fitness back in college, now finding some way to move my body every single day. For the moments that feel hard, use…
Episode 55: Kenny Santucci, Fitness Coach & Former Reality TV Star
May 13 • 69 min
Chat with Kenny Santucci and you’ll immediately realize a few things: he’s clearly from Jersey, got an affinity for fitness, and a no BS sort of guy. These days, the former reality star is spending his days coaching and running operations at Solace, a New…
#HURDLEMOMENT: What It Really Means To Be An Entrepreneur
May 8 • 16 min
You can be whoever you want to be if you’re willing to put in the work. And while being your own boss can be a blast, it also comes with a fair share of challenges. For the past couple years, I’ve been building a brand from the ground up and learning what…
Episode 54: Leila Janah, CEO & Founder Samasource & LXMI
May 6 • 59 min
Let me tell you: Leila Janah is unlike anyone I’ve ever met. She’s compassionate, bold, and a total powerhouse leading up two large (very different) companies, united by a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. As a…
#HURDLEMOMENT: 6 Habits Of Happy People
May 1 • 9 min
We all have this idea in our head of what it’s going to take to be happy. Maybe it’s a dream apartment, that perfect job, or ideal partner. But the truth is that happiness starts from within. In today’s #hurdlemoment, I share my six tried-and-true habits…
Episode 53: Paddy Spence, CEO Zevia
Apr 29 • 53 min
When Paddy Spence lost his brother unexpectedly in 1995, his entire world changed. He pivoted jobs, decided to give up sugar (and hasn’t looked back since), and re-evaluated the “important” things in life. In episode 53, the Zevia CEO talks about this…
#HURDLEMOMENT: 4 Tricks to Eliminate Negative Self-Talk
Apr 24 • 14 min
The beginning of 2019 was a little rough for me. To everyone else, it looked like I was living my best life. Traveling from Spain and Paris to Austin and Los Angeles; working hard and living it up. I was struggling. Being on-the-go constantly made it hard…
Episode 52: Tia-Clair Toomey, ‘Fittest Woman On Earth’
Apr 22 • 49 min
Not all that long ago, CrossFit’s “Fittest Woman On Earth” wasn’t working out at all. In 2011, she was enrolled in the nursing program at Queensland University of Technology, and felt as though she was in a total rut. “I had gained weight, I didn’t feel…
#HURDLEMOMENT: 7 Strategies To Be Your Most Productive Self
Apr 17 • 16 min
We all have 24 hours in a day (including Beyoncé). It’s normal to wonder how you can make the most of them. Ever since embracing life as a freelance journalist and solopreneur at the beginning of 2017, I’ve homed in on certain strategies to squeeze out…
Episode 51: Kathrine Switzer, Running Icon
Apr 15 • 43 min
Happy Marathon Monday! If you’ve never heard of running legend Kathrine Switzer, then you’re in for a treat. Not only because she has a stellar 2:51:37 marathon PR (for comparison, I ran my first HALF marathon in 2:43:33). In 1967, the Syracuse University…
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Start (And Stay) Running
Apr 10 • 13 min
Today, I’m a certified run coach and seven-time marathoner. But not too long ago, I could barely run a mile without wanting to pass out. In today’s #hurdlemoment, I share my tried-and-true tips on how to start running—and stay running. I totally…
Episode 50: Joe Holder, Nike Master Trainer & Performance Consultant
Apr 8 • 47 min
Listening to Joe Holder talk is fascinating. Not necessarily because of the vocabulary that he uses—which is admittedly impressive—but because he’s so darn knowledgeable about his craft. A health and wellness consultant based in New York City who…
#HURDLEMOMENT: 5 Hacks To Help You Become A Morning Person
Apr 3 • 14 min
Mornings are pretty polarizing, right? Either you love them and fully embrace the phrase “the early bird gets the worm,” or you’re more of a snooze button enthusiast. If you’re the latter, you may want to reconsider your daily kickoff, and here’s why:…
Episode 49: Daina Trout, CEO & Co-Founder Health-Ade
Apr 1 • 53 min
Seven years ago, Daina Trout, her husband, and her best friend launched Health-Ade with $600 in their pocket. Today, more than 120,000 bottles of the brand’s 14 flavors (with five more to launch this year) are brewed every single day and shipped to…
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Live a Life You Love
Mar 27 • 13 min
No one has the perfect life, but you have the opportunity (key word: “opportunity”) to get pretty darn close. In #hurdlemoment—my new bite-size series launching today—I offer easy-to-digest tips and strategies to get over the speed bumps we face on the…
Episode 48: Bec Donlan of Sweat With Bec, Personal Trainer
Mar 25 • 55 min
If you want to build your booty, Bec Donlan is your girl. After relocating to the U.S. from Australia six years ago, the personal trainer built a name for herself as the designer of derrieres with a splash of fun (she sells her own loop resistance bands…
Episode 47: Jeff Provenzano, Skydiver
Mar 18 • 51 min
Jeff Provenzano studied at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, but the last thing he wanted to do after college was get a job in graphic design. After taking a break from the books and tackling his first tandem jump with friends, he was absolutely…
Episode 46: Denyelle Bruno, President & CEO Tender Greens
Mar 11 • 52 min
Denyelle Bruno was born to stand out. The California native realized a couple of life-shaking things in her teen years: that she was a lesbian and had natural passion for leadership. Today, the President and CEO of fast-casual favorite Tender Greens has a…
Episode 45: Luke Milton, Celebrity Trainer & Founder Training Mate
Mar 4 • 49 min
The second you meet bubbly personal trainer and Training Mate founder Luke Milton, you’ll want to be his best friend. It’s no wonder he attracts great celebrity clientele like Khloe Kardashian, Elle McPherson, Rachel McAdams, and Teri Hatcher. One night…
Episode 44: Rachel Drori, Founder & CEO Daily Harvest
Feb 25 • 61 min
In 2015, Rachel Drori was hangry. Working at Gilt Groupe, she didn’t have enough time to recipe plan and cook healthy meals every single day. Come 3 p.m., she’d grab whatever was available for convenience sake—like a bar or trail mix—instead of putting…
Episode 43: Alex Williamson, Chief Brand Officer Bumble
Feb 19 • 42 min
There’s no better way to describe Alex Williamson than kind. The Chief Brand Officer at Bumble has had more than her fair share of #hurdlemoments. From dealing with her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis to finding out she had fibromyalgia in her early 20s,…
Episode 42: GT Dave, Founder & CEO GT’s Living Foods
Feb 11 • 56 min
Today, GT Dave is often referred to as the “king of kombucha.” But in late 1994, he was brewing small batches of the fermented tea in his parents’ kitchen. At the time, his mom was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of breast cancer. When she healed,…
Episode 41: Marcus Antebi, Founder Juice Press
Feb 4 • 72 min
At age 15, Juice Press founder Marcus Antebi entered a 3-month drug rehab program, and he’s been sober ever since. In episode 41, the Brooklyn native tells me about how he leaned into athletic interests like skydiving and Muay Thai in his young adulthood…
Episode 40: Hurdle LIVE feat. Jessy Dover, Adam Kallen, Marah Lidey & Naomi Hirabayashi
Jan 31 • 72 min
Forty. Episodes (!!!). This live pod comes from a discussion I had last week in collaboration with WeWork Labs, featuring past Hurdlers Adam Kallen of Jane Motorcycles, Jessy Dover of Dagne Dover, and Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi of Shine. We laughed…
Episode 39: Carolyn Kylstra, Editor-in-Chief SELF
Jan 28 • 59 min
To say that Carolyn Kylstra has had an impressive career path as a journalist would be a total understatement. From stints at Men’s Health and Cosmopolitan to Women’s Health and BuzzFeed, now she’s the editor-in-chief of SELF at Condé Nast. But her rise…
Episode 38: Marah Lidey & Naomi Hirabayashi, Co-Founders Shine
Jan 22 • 58 min
When we feel like we’re waiting for instructions (gimme a sign!) we can forget our power. That’s just one example of the you-got-this texts that more than 2 million Shine users receive on a daily basis. App co-founders Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi…
Episode 37: Hurdle LIVE feat. Sarah Larson Levey & Nichelle Hines
Jan 18 • 66 min
Special episode alert! Live from the Tory Burch store on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, I’m sitting down with Nichelle Hines—the chief ride officer at Cycle House—and Sarah Larson Levey, the founder and CEO of Y7 Studio. This conversation is about as real as…
Episode 36: Ethan Agarwal, Founder & CEO Aaptiv
Jan 14 • 55 min
In 2013, the now-CEO was working as a consultant — tired, traveling constantly, and 40 pounds overweight. Fitness wasn’t a priority for him because—in his words—it was hard to make it a priority. The catch: he wanted to be healthier. In his #hurdlemoment,…
Episode 35: Ali Feller, Host Ali on the Run Show
Jan 7 • 72 min
Ever since she was a young girl, Ali Feller had her heart set on working in the publishing industry. Not just any job in publishing, though: Editor-in-chief of a teen dance magazine, perfect for someone who grew up on stage. By 25 (!!) she landed it.…
Episode 34: 8 Life-Changing Lessons I Learned From 365 Days of Hurdle
Dec 31, 2018 • 18 min
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HURDLE! Exactly one year ago today, Hurdle hit iTunes. In this combo anniversary/year-end episode, I’m giddily recapping eight of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned from 365 days behind the microphone, including some gems from…
Episode 33: Mark ‘The Cobra Snake’ Hunter, Photographer
Dec 24, 2018 • 39 min
In his early 20s, Mark Hunter was known as a thriving photographer nicknamed “The Cobra Snake”. He was a fixture in the New York and L.A. party scenes, traveling all over the country and world to snap everyone from Kings of Leon to Lindsay Lohan. Known…
Episode 32: Ryan Flaherty, Senior Director of Performance Nike
Dec 17, 2018 • 51 min
Ryan Flaherty’s got, from my point of view, one of the most awesome jobs in the world. The Senior Director of Performance at Nike spends his days doing everything from crafting content for the Nike Training Club app, editing scripts for Nike’s podcast…
Episode 31: Jessy Dover, Co-Founder & Creative Director Dagne Dover
Dec 10, 2018 • 53 min
Break-ups suck. Arguably, break-ups suck even more when you’re an entrepreneur working tirelessly to launch your own business. Jessy Dover was grinding long days with her two Dagne Dover co-founders, when she returned one night from a trip to the…
Episode 30: Colleen Quigley, Olympian & Pro Runner
Dec 3, 2018 • 46 min
It was only a matter of time until Hurdle had a hurdler (of sorts) on the podcast. Colleen Quigley didn’t grow up dreaming of going to the Olympics to compete in the steeple chase. After joining the track team her freshman year of high school and finding…
Episode 29: Andy Puddicombe, Co-Founder Headspace
Nov 26, 2018 • 57 min
A Christmas morning car accident was the #hurdlemoment that changed Andy Puddicombe’s life forever. Looking to process sudden loss, he went to Asia to study as a Buddhist monk. After 10 years of practice, Puddicombe wanted to help others understand the…
Episode 28: Robin Arzon, VP Fitness Programming & Head Instructor Peloton
Nov 19, 2018 • 45 min
Take a quick peak at Robin Arzon’s Instagram, @robinnyc. It’s hard to imagine a time when activity wasn’t a part of her everyday life. After a near-death experience at age 20 when Arzon was held hostage at gunpoint in New York City’s East Village, she…
Episode 27: Kirsty Godso, Nike Master Trainer
Nov 12, 2018 • 63 min
Listening to Kirsty Godso talk will ignite something awesome in you. Appropriate, since the Nike Master Trainer calls herself (and others who are willing to work hard to elevate the energy of everyone around them) a “pyro girl.” In episode 27 we talk…
Episode 26: Caspar Coppetti, Co-Founder On Running
Nov 3, 2018 • 56 min
In just 8 years since their debut in 2010, On Running has become one of the fastest growing running shoe brands, now featured in more than 5,000 running specialty shops across the globe. In episode 26, live from Paragon Sports in New York City, co-founder…
Episode 25: Randy Hetrick, Founder TRX
Oct 29, 2018 • 65 min
Former Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick made the first version of the popular suspension trainer, TRX, during a deployment in 1997. The veteran went on to perfect his design, conquer Stanford business school, and eventually pile his savings into launching the…
Episode 24: Neha Gandhi, COO & Editor-in-Chief Girlboss
Oct 22, 2018 • 54 min
Neha Gandhi has quite the impressive resume. With editorial jobs at Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, and Refinery 29 under her belt, she was excited when the opportunity came her way to join the Girlboss team in mid-2017. The new COO/Editor-in-Chief title…
Episode 23: Hurdle LIVE feat. Dr. Jason Wersland, Michael Chernow, and Dan Churchill
Oct 12, 2018 • 78 min
I sit down with past Hurdle guests Dr. Jason Wersland, Michael Chernow, and Dan Churchill for the second-ever Hurdle Live. We chat about everything from how to keep your health in mind when on the road to best practices for implementing mediation and…
Episode 22: Joey Gonzalez, CEO Barry’s Bootcamp
Oct 8, 2018 • 48 min
Joey Gonzalez has what he likes to call a “CEO Cinderella story.” At first intimidated to walk through the doors of Barry’s Bootcamp soon after opening in the late 1990s, he was instantly hooked to how the popular boutique fitness class made him feel.…
Episode 21: Ruth Zukerman, Co-Founder Flywheel Sports
Sep 24, 2018 • 57 min
Having “co-founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel Sports” on your resume is kind of a big deal. This week, I sit down with Ruth Zukerman, Creative Director of boutique cycling favorite FlyWheel Sports. After her 1996 divorce, the former dancer and aerobics…
Episode 20: Hayden Slater, Founder Pressed Juicery
Sep 10, 2018 • 47 min
Before Hayden Slater started cult-favorite Pressed Juicery in the back of a small cupcake shop in West Los Angeles, he was a recent NYU graduate eating fast food all the time and felt totally drained by his 9 to 5. Cue a #hurdlemoment-worthy trip to…
Episode 19: Nicole Winhoffer, Celebrity Trainer
Aug 27, 2018 • 42 min
Nicole Winhoffer’s helped A-listers like Stella McCartney and Madonna get in top shape. But she wasn’t always a personal trainer. As a teenager, Winhoffer was dancing on Broadway, living a life many only dream of. In episode 19, we talk about the…
Episode 18: Dr. Jason Wersland, Creator TheraGun
Aug 13, 2018 • 56 min
You’ve seen basketballer Kyrie Irving reach for it courtside and CrossFit’s ‘Fittest Man on Earth’ Mathew Fraser use it in the gym. In episode 18, I sit down with TheraGun creator Dr. Jason Wersland, D.C., the creator of the crazy-looking tool made for…
Episode 17: Gunnar Peterson, Celebrity Trainer
Jul 30, 2018 • 59 min
Khloe Kardashian. Jennifer Lopez. Sofia Vergara. As personal trainers go, Gunnar Peterson has a mega impressive roster of celebrity clientele—past and present. Also the Director of Strength and Endurance for the Los Angeles Lakers, Peterson knows a thing…
Episode 16: Amy Purdy, Snowboarder & Paralympic Medalist
Jul 16, 2018 • 50 min
“You can be anything you want to be, whenever you want to be it,” Paralympic medalist and snowboard champ Amy Purdy told me last month in Colorado. A strong message coming from the double-leg amputee, who was given a 2 percent chance of living by doctors…
Episode 15: David Siik, Creator Precision Running at Equinox
Jul 2, 2018 • 57 min
Some people hate spending time on the treadmill. And at one point, David Siik was one of them. But when the former college track athlete didn’t make the cut as a professional runner, he turned his passion into his career in an unexpected way by giving the…
Episode 14: Deena Kastor, Marathoner & American Record Holder
Jun 18, 2018 • 54 min
When champion marathoner and New York Times best-selling author Deena Kastor arrived in China for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, she was ready to crush the competition. But 3 miles into her race, the pro felt something snap in her right foot, causing her…
Episode 13: Liz Plosser, Editor-in-Chief Women’s Health
Jun 4, 2018 • 47 min
The second you meet Liz Plosser, you’ll likely strategize exactly how to be her best friend. The editor-in-chief of Women’s Health Magazine has got a can-do attitude that’s contagious, exemplified by her early morning workouts (often found on her…
Episode 12: Dan Churchill, Chef
May 21, 2018 • 59 min
Dan Churchill’s got an impressive resume: chef for Under Armour, published author, TV star, and founder of a soon-to-open New York City restaurant, Charley St. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the Australian-born foodie. In episode 12,…
Episode 11: Candice Huffine, Model & Founder Day/Won
May 7, 2018 • 56 min
Candice Huffine has been breaking down barriers for years in the modeling industry. Landing magazine covers from Italian Vogue to Elle, the body positivity advocate never let fear or doubt stop her in her career. When her husband dared her to run a…
Episode 10: Golden Harper, Founder Altra Footwear
Apr 23, 2018 • 52 min
Golden Harper grew up around running. Working at the running store his father opened in the Utah mountains from a young age, the track athlete and marathon fanatic was able to share his passion for the sport with customers of all experience levels. He…
Episode Nine: Whitney Tingle & Danielle DuBoise, Founders Sakara Life
Apr 9, 2018 • 56 min
Almost 10 years ago, Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise were both at their own self-described rock bottoms. Tingle, beside herself dealing with persistent cystic acne. DuBoise, in the hospital after years of yo-yo dieting finally caught up with her. The…
Episode Eight: Chinae Alexander, Lifestyle Content Creator
Mar 26, 2018 • 44 min
Chinae Alexander isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Something that could be a little unnerving when 138,000+ people are following her every move on social media. The self-proclaimed entrepreneur and undeniable female badass had a #hurdlemoment of her own…
Episode Seven: Sadie Lincoln, Founder Barre3
Mar 12, 2018 • 59 min
This year, Barre3—a studio exercise program that blends ballet with yoga and pilates—celebrates its 10-year anniversary. In 2008, Sadie Lincoln, the CEO and founder, was immersed in the fitness industry, teaching step and cardio kickboxing classes, when…
Episode Six: Adam Kallen, Co-Founder Jane Motorcycles
Feb 26, 2018 • 35 min
Today, Adam Kallen owns a thriving brand called Jane Motorcycles based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. But 20 years ago, he was graduating law school by the skin of his teeth, overcoming a drug addiction, unsure of what good was out there for him in the world.…
Episode Five: Sarah Levey, Founder Y7 Studio
Feb 12, 2018 • 33 min
When Sarah Levey and her husband Mason opened yoga hotspot Y7 Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, back in 2013, they were simply looking to create a safe, judgement-free environment for flows. Fueled by hip-hop beats, candlelight, and infrared heat, Y7…
Episode Four: Michael Chernow, Restaurateur
Jan 29, 2018 • 35 min
When the co-founder of NYC favorite eatery The Meatball Shop was 23 years old, he was swinging bottles as a bartender at Frank Restaurant and living a life of debauchery (his words, not mine). When he replaced alcohol with doing great things for his body,…
Episode Three: Fred Santarpia, CDO Conde Nast
Jan 14, 2018 • 27 min
When Conde Nast’s Chief Digital Officer Fred Santarpia was a teenager, he was bullied endlessly. After a particularly harsh episode landed him through a glass window and in the hospital with glass in his legs, he knew something had to shift. So, he built…
Episode Two: Alex Silver Fagan, Nike Master Trainer
Dec 31, 2017 • 33 min
At age 18, now-Nike trainer and fitness model Alex Silver Fagan was swinging bottles at a night club in the lower east side. A visit to see family in Florida turned into her #hurdlemoment, an eye-opening realization that at 90 pounds, the New Jersey…
Episode One: Emily Abbate, Creator Hurdle
Dec 31, 2017 • 24 min
Today I’m a wellness writer and editor, certified personal trainer, run and Spin coach. But 10 years ago as a college freshman, I was drastically overweight. In April 2007, my #hurdlemoment had me in tears confronting the scale, staring obesity in the…