Fitness Mentor

Fitness Mentor
The world of health and fitness has become confusing and hostile. Being able to navigate vast amounts of information and understand what is useful can be a full time job. Join bestselling author and founder of Hybrid Fitness, Tommy Caldwell, as he helps listeners cut through the noise of the industry in diet, exercise, fitness philosophy and behavior change. You don’t need a coach. You don’t need an ‘influencer’. You need a mentor. Thank you for making the Fitness Mentor Podcast one of iTunes top 40 all-time downloaded shows!

FM Short: Stop eating, or stop buying?
Sep 27 • 3 min
Willpower is a myth. You don’t need to stop eating unhealthy foods. You need to stop buying them!
FM Short: Hunger is Not a Crisis
Sep 21 • 8 min
Learning to bypass frequent hunger signals is a big step toward long-term appetite control and weight loss
FM Short: Building Discipline is all about how you reflect
Sep 16 • 9 min
You aren’t going to change your most destructive food eating behaviours in the moment- when the craving comes, when you are stressed, tired, and looking to self-medicate. It is in how you reflect after moments of harmful behaviours that increases future…
Fm Short: Why You Don’t Need Diet and Exercise Information
Sep 10 • 4 min
You didn’t end up in a state of poor health because you lacked information. You ended up in a state of poor health because of many years of poor choice making. If you don’t address the driving forces underneath your most unhealthy behaviours, you cannot…
FM Short: How to work with, not against your weaknesses
Sep 8 • 5 min
Ripping off the bandaid when it comes to unhealthy behaviours is a strategy that rarely works. If you struggle with a destructive behaviour it is because you are getting something positive out of the deal. When we work WITH our weaknesses, we can modify…
FM Short: Are we reducing ourselves down to metrics?
Aug 31 • 12 min
Reductionist science, isolated variables, and chasing blood chemistry markers is all the craze in modern medicine (and fitness). But are we setting ourselves up for disorder by treating numbers?
Emotional Eating and Food Addiction Series Ep.5- How to set and measure behaviour goals
Aug 24 • 26 min
To join the emotional eating and food action group, follow this link To grab my best selling behaviour change for weightloss book, follow this link In episode #5 of the series,…
Emotional Eating and Food Addiction Series Ep.4- Discipline, NOT willpower
Jul 30 • 15 min
Follow this link to join the free Emotional Eating and Food Addiction Facebook Group Follow this link to grab your copy of Tommy’s Bestselling Behaviour Change book, Heavy Brain
FM Short: How to set meaningful goals in health and fitness
Jul 27 • 11 min
This is a Fitness Mentor Short: in depth answers to complex questions in less than 10 minutes (give or take). Goal setting is not a straightforward process, and incorrectly setting goals is the first step away from reaching them.
FM Short: How much variety should I have in my diet?
Jul 26 • 4 min
This is a fitness mentor ‘short’: small clips that answer common questions in the most precise way.
Q and A- July 23/2020
Jul 25 • 16 min
If you’d like to join the emotional eating and food addiction challenge group, click here Questions asked and answered in this episode: What are your thoughts on things like gum chewing and tea drinking in between meals to curb snacking? What is a good…
Emotional Eating and Food Addiction Series Ep.3- How to work with, not against yourself
Jul 2 • 26 min
To join the free emotional eating and food addiction Facebook group FOLLOW THIS LINK ( To purchase Tommy’s Book, Heavy Brain, CLICK HERE ( When we aim to take control of our…
Emotional Eating and Food Addiction Series Ep.2- How to Manage Your Mind
Jun 21 • 22 min
To join the FREE emotional eating course Click Here To purchase Heavy Brain for the price of a cup of coffee, Click Here What happens when you have just finished eating until…
Emotional Eating and Food Addiction Series Ep.1- What is Emotional Eating?
Jun 17 • 20 min
To join the free Emotional Eating Crash Course, follow this link To purchase a copy of Heavy Brain for the price of a cup of coffee, click here In this special podcast series,…
O.P.P. (other people’s podcasts)- My (2nd) interview with the improvement project
Jun 13 • 42 min
In this episode, Tommy gets interviewed by the improvement project re: staying healthy during these strange times.
3 Strategies to Stay Fit during Isolation
May 19 • 21 min
Lockdowns have been going on for months now, and who knows when they will end. Here are three strategies for those who are starting to slip and losing their motivation for exercise and healthy eating. You can also view this in video form by following this…
Quarantine Q and A #2
May 9 • 42 min
This podcast is also available in video form. Click this link to watch on Youtube Links Mentioned in the Show Fitness Mentor Network: Tommy’s Website: Questions Asked If you could choose one piece of at home…
Quarantine Q and A #1
Apr 17 • 41 min
Head to and get a ton of free health and fitness resources! Questions Asked in this episode: What advice do you have for people who overeat? What is the best exercise ratio between weights and cardio for menopausal women? What is the…
How to end late night eating, daytime grazing, and get motivated to exercise
Mar 21 • 28 min
A full worldwide lockdown is going to lead to a lot of unhealthy at home habits that we usually only struggle with on the weekends. In this episode, Tommy helps listeners work through the big three unhealthy behaviours we struggle with during the downtime…
Fitness Philosophy Shorts: Who do you want to be today?
Mar 11 • 8 min
Can asking yourself a simple question create the framework for being a better parent, significant other, or professional?
Coronavirus- is it time to panic yet?
Mar 10 • 16 min
If you go on social media you’ll be told that the COVID-19 outbreak is either going to kill us all, or less deadly than the common cold. What are the chances that it is neither of these things?
Fitness Philosophy Short: Are you preaching to your choir?
Mar 4 • 9 min
Are you interested in helping people understand a valid point of view, or are you looking for high fives from your inner circle? In my estimation, the majority of internet arguments about diet, exercise, and general fitness are an opportunity to posture,…
February Q and A
Feb 28 • 43 min
Is menopause to blame? How do you overcome a plateau? Do Polyunsaturated Fats cause early aging? What books do you recommend for improving your mental health? Get the answers to these questions and more in this months Q and A episode!
Fitness Philosophy Short: Focusing on the common good of diets
Feb 26 • 10 min
Fitness Philosophy Shorts are ‘10 minute or less segments’ that focus on a single, powerful concept.
Are You Majoring in the Minors?- Considerations you need to STOP making in your fitness
Feb 20 • 28 min
We want results, and we want them right now. It would also be nice if the results came with little effort. In this episode, Tommy discusses the 1% issues in diet and exercise that we obsess over to do the work for us, and what major considerations we…
The Carnivore Experiment Pt2- Tommy’s Bloodwork
Feb 5 • 22 min
In this episode, Tommy goes over his bloodwork from the Carnivore experiment. To see the data, follow this link
The Carnivore Cast: My 30-Day Carnivore Diet Experience
Jan 27 • 35 min
In this episode, Tommy discusses his experience on the Carnivore Diet. He details his view of the carnivore community, his personal experience with the diet, and who he recommends to try and avoid the approach.
Q and A
Jan 19 • 32 min
Questions asked on this Q and A episode: I find that I tend to eat the same food on a daily basis, which i don’t mind. Does this matter? Will my body become accustomed to certain foods, at a certain times- daily? Is there reason to “shock” your body by…
How to perform a 2019 Self-Assessment for a killer 2020
Jan 10 • 36 min
In this episode, Tommy walks through a few self-assessment options you can use in place of traditional resolutions for great goal attainment. He even gives examples of his own personal 2019 self-assessment that are quite personal.
The Truth About Detox Diets, Resets, and Other Weight Loss Formulas
Jan 3 • 27 min
In this episode, Tommy shares his thoughts on the popular products that are advertised to consumers in the new year. He covers how the body detoxifies itself, compounds that have actually been shown to assist in this process, and what you need to do if…
Is fasting the key to fat loss?
Dec 27, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode, Tommy talks all things fasting- from his own experience- to the potential benefits and negatives of both intermittent, time restricted, and longer term fasting protocols.
Left Wing Vegans vs Right Wing Carnivores
Dec 20, 2019 • 40 min
In the intro episode of the Fitness Mentor Podcast, Tommy discusses the growing issue of identity politics in the dietary world; particularly between the extreme ‘right’ and ‘left’ of the nutrition world. He also gives his thoughts on how the listener can…
Obese kids, Obese Parents: Taking Ownership for your child’s health
Oct 24, 2019 • 56 min
‘Kids don’t need to be managed. Kids need to be lead. If you are trying to manage your child’s diet, you are failing’. In this episode, Tommy and Sara discuss how children end up overweight and unhealthy, and how parents ultimately need to be an example…
Men’s Health #2- Being a husband and a father
Oct 10, 2019 • 46 min
In the second episode of the Men’s Health series, Sara asks Tommy about mental health issues that are specific to men. The episode quickly turns into an ‘A-Z’ on Tommy’s approach to being both a husband and a father, particularly when it comes to raising…
Men’s Health Special with Dr.Mike #1- Mindset for success
Oct 4, 2019 • 53 min
In this special episode of a Men’s Health series, Tommy sits down with Dr.Mike Hart to discuss how men struggle to put themselves in a position to succeed in health, and in life.
A deep dive into Tommy’s morning routine
Sep 27, 2019 • 39 min
I recently wrote a blog post about the various ‘rituals’ I do each day to set myself up for success in both mind and body. In this episode, I take Sara through a deeper dive of the things I do to improve my daily life.
Myth Busting with Sara- Episode 1
Sep 6, 2019 • 53 min
Do you need to drink 8 glasses of water per day? Is steady state cardio essential for fat loss? Will protein make your kidneys explode? This week we change gears and address some popular myths in the health and fitness industry to help you make informed…
Are your emotions driving your health problems?
Aug 21, 2019 • 63 min
Anger, sadness, fear, and disgust are core emotions that are designed to serve us. Once upon a time, that was true. But in the modern world we have become hyper sensitive to emotional triggers and we now live in an environment of unnatural emotional…
What to do when you’re new to fitness (and a deep dive into Sara’s fear)
Aug 6, 2019 • 70 min
In this episode, Tommy and Sara begin by discussing what the focus should be for someone who is new to fitness. As the conversation runs on it turns into an impromptu therapy session for an ongoing problem Sara has been facing.
Social Influence, Social Media, and How the Relationship Determines the ‘Addiction’
Jul 25, 2019 • 65 min
In this episode. Sara asks Tommy how the social acceptance of a certain behaviour (like the red wine mom’s club) affects a person’s relationship with that potentially harmful substance. This turns into a lengthy rant about social media, technological…
What to do when you’re emotionally overwhelmed
Jul 19, 2019 • 60 min
When the stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, or fear is drowning you, what can you do to get out of the deep emotional hole?
Happiness is a carrot on a stick
Jul 10, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode, Sara asks Tommy how the average person can achieve happiness. Tommy’s answer? Happiness is a bad emotional goal to set for yourself. Why is that the case, and what should you aim for instead?
How to make healthy habits and routines stick
Jun 27, 2019 • 51 min
Some of us are very orderly. Some of us are very chaotic. Few of us have found that beautiful middle ground where we are routine enough to take care of our body and mind while being flexible enough to adapt and go with the flow. In this episode, Sara asks…
Sleep, Stress, and Social Networks
Jun 2, 2019 • 62 min
In this episode, Sara asks Tommy about the importance of sleep. This conversation quickly evolves into a deeper dive about the rumination and anxieties that make it difficult to shut off our minds.
You Don’t Need Another ‘Diet’
May 24, 2019 • 72 min
Tommy gets fired up when Sara asks him about popular modern dietary trends. If you have been wondering about keto, paleo, vegan, and even carnivore diets, don’t miss this episode.
How to aid those who are emotionally suffering
May 17, 2019 • 76 min
In this episode, Sara asks Tommy how to approach those closest to us who may be in the depths of emotional suffering. Along the way, Tommy suggests an inward journey that might help us just as much (or more) than those around us who are suffering.
The Over-scheduled Adult and the ‘Yes’ person
May 10, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, Sara begins by asking Tommy about how parents should deal with the stress and anxiety of scheduling their children. Tommy turns the question around and asks why we, as adults, need to be constantly distracted with our own over-scheduling.
What is beneath the fear of aging?
May 3, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, Sara poses a question to Tommy about the fear of aging. Tommy suggests that the anti-aging procedures we seek out in order to battle our aging bodies is just an inappropriate solution for a deeper, unaddressed emotional issue.
How to Master the Inner Critic
Apr 25, 2019 • 53 min
In this episode, Sara asks Tommy how to deal with the ‘inner critic’ and gets more than she bargained for when she takes her own inward journey to answer the question.
Summarizing the Heavy Brain Barriers
Apr 5, 2019 • 23 min
In this episode, Tommy discusses how the Heavy Brain barriers interact and ‘feed off of’ each other to make diet and exercise interventions nearly impossible to implement in the long-term. He also gives a key summary of each so listeners know what the…
AMA # 3
Apr 2, 2019 • 32 min
Questions asked/answered in this episode (in order) Yesterday I noticed a group of girls who were looking at me and I heard them laughing and and pointing in my direction. I felt down to say the least and immediately wanted to turn to food. I staved it…
The Trauma We Ignore
Dec 7, 2018 • 37 min
To get a copy of Tommy’s Bestselling Book, Heavy Brain, follow this link Tommy uses a combination of historical data and his own personal experiences to shed light on the trauma that we all have and all ignore.
Confessions of a Fast Food Addict- Pt.2
Nov 24, 2018 • 68 min
In part 2 of this powerful episode Tommy continues his conversation with a former fast food addict who has taken full control of her health.
Confessions of a Fast Food Addict- Part 1
Nov 23, 2018 • 103 min
To get a copy of Tommy’s Bestselling Food Addiction Book ‘Heavy Brain’, follow this link To join the free food addiction and emotional eating support group, follow this link…
My Story: Reflections and Insights
Nov 22, 2018 • 25 min
In the follow up to Tommy’s story he expands on some of the key points of his experience in order to go deeper into self-help strategies related to his own life.
My Story: Disordered Eating, Hedonic Exercising, Stress, Anxiety, and Self Worth
Nov 16, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode, Tommy gives the ‘coles notes’ of his past and how negative early experiences lead him into his own disordered eating and exercise relationship.
My Interview with The Improvement Project
Oct 19, 2018 • 59 min
Heavy Brain was the book of the month for the ladies at the Improvement Project, so this is an interview I did with Dr.Peggy Malone about all things fitness psychology. Enjoy!
AMA #2 (Ask Me Anything)
Oct 10, 2018 • 33 min
In this AMA Tommy answers: Do you need to count calories/macros to lose fat? Is there a ‘best time of day’ to exercise? Is there a specific balance of cardio vs strength training I should aim for? What is a good balance of intermittent fasting with fasted…
The Five Fitness Factors Pt.6- Where to go from here
Oct 4, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode Tommy delivers key action steps that listeners can start taking in order to live a better life and solve the five fitness factors.
The Five Fitness Factors Pt5- Biological/Genetic Factors
Sep 21, 2018 • 37 min
In the last episode of the five part series Tommy discusses the biological factors (both genetic and environmentally driven) that can result in health issues.
The Five Fitness Factors Pt4- Proximal Environmental Factors
Sep 6, 2018 • 45 min
How do things like plate size, background noise, and smart marketing affect the kind and amount of food we eat?
The Five Fitness Factors Pt 3- The Global Environment
Aug 22, 2018 • 30 min
In part 3 of the five fitness factors series, Tommy discusses the impact of the food industry, and our social/societal environment in our health.
The Five Fitness Factors Part 2- Stress and Coping
Aug 3, 2018 • 26 min
In part 2 of this series Tommy discusses the connection between adverse life experiences, unmanaged emotions, and our drive to self-medicate with food, alcohol, technological distraction, and lazyness.
The Five Fitness Factors Intro
Jul 25, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode Tommy introduces listeners to the concept of the five fitness factors that must be understood and considered when making long-term changes to our health and fitness.
The Five Fitness Factors Part 1- Our Primal Drivers
Jul 25, 2018 • 27 min
In part 1 of the Five Fitness Factors series Tommy discusses why we have an innate drive to consume sugar, fat, and be lazy.
AMA #1 (Ask Me Anything)
Jun 14, 2018 • 49 min
Questions answered in this Q and A What is my daily routine? What emotional eating issues do I struggle from? What are my Top 5 books for improved health? What to do if meditation/mindfulness doesn’t work for you? Why is it important to understand the…
Why flexibility is the key to long term health success
Jun 3, 2018 • 26 min
Piggybacking on last week’s episode Tommy elaborates on how to become a more ‘flexible’ person in order to avoid failure and increase fitness results over time.
Order, Chaos, and Your Health
May 24, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode Tommy discusses the concept of ‘order and chaos’ including how living to close to either leads to health issues while finding balance leads to health success. Tommy has also included the original Tedx Talk by Jordan B Peterson that…
Core Beliefs, Automatic Thoughts, & Critical Language
May 13, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode, Tommy discusses the roots of our most negative thinking patterns and the internal language we use that leads to self-sabotage in our pursuit of peak physical health.
Hedonic Eating and Obsessive Exercise
May 2, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode Tommy discusses the motivations for eating that lead us into weight issues and how even the most ‘healthy’ individuals will try to out exercise hedonic eating patterns while facing emotional distress.
How past experiences hurt our future health- Part 2
Apr 19, 2018 • 29 min
In this second episode of 2 part series Tommy discusses how to begin assessing and correcting the roots of your most unhealthy emotionally driven behaviors.
How past experiences hurt our future health (Pt 1)
Apr 6, 2018 • 34 min
In this two-part episode Tommy discusses how adverse life experiences can lead us to health struggles well into adulthood. In part 1 Tommy throroughly discusses this concept, and in part 2 Tommy delivers the solution to the problem.
Why Good Health is Abnormal: The Primal Conflict
Mar 29, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode Tommy discusses the first pillar of the Heavy Brain Process and Solution: the Primal Conflict.
Food addiction
Mar 22, 2018 • 30 min
To grab a copy of Tommy’s bestselling Food Behaviour book, follow this link To join the Free Food Addiction Support Group, Follow this link In this episode Tommy discusses what…
Why Diet and Exercise Centricity doesn’t = results
Mar 16, 2018 • 16 min
In this episode, Tommy discusses why diet and exercise centricity is a poor strategy for solving our often complex health issues and how you can identify where your focus needs to shift in order to see long-term success.
Heavy Brain Barriers- The real reason you struggle with your health
Mar 15, 2018 • 23 min
In this episode, Tommy discusses the very basics of the Heavy Brain barriers, how they interact with each other, and key takeaways that will help you create a better life for yourself.