S2 E21 Joshua Sturgill Combat Training for Emotional Stability

First and foremost, I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ! Without Him pouring out His blessings upon me over the last couple years, I can without a doubt say that I would not be living the life I do now, or be pursuing the dreams I have for myself. Because of His grace and power moving through me, I am currently a professional athlete as a mixed martial artist after spending seven years practicing the blended arts. On top of that, I have seven years of Brazilian jiu-jitsu where I am a blue belt rank in the practice. I also have an extensive 14 years of experience in the sport of wrestling, four of which have been spent as part of the Liberty University Wrestling team where I was an accomplished athlete as a 3x national qualifier at the NCWA division 1 level. During my senior year with the Liberty team, I worked double time as a student athlete and worked as a strength & conditioning coach for the team, which, coincidentally is the year that team took home the NCWA National duals tournament trophy as well as the overall National Championships in the same season. I have a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology as a health & fitness specialist. I am going to working at VMI as an intern working with the athletic teams as a strength & conditioning coach for the upcoming academic year 2015-16.

I do spend a lot of time in my training, but when I am not training myself or others I enjoy joy riding on my motorcycle going through the countryside. I really like going to amusement parks even though I do not make much effort to go a lot, but I am always up for the adventure. The one thing that I can do all the time, although I definitely shouldn’t do all the time, is to eat good food. I am addicted to bakeries; all the donuts and cakes are my biggest weakness, along with milkshakes. You can learn more about me from my facebook page (josh sturgill). Other forms of social media to come soon. God bless all. 




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S2 E20 Gastric Bypass Diet

Gastric Bypass Diet

This diet is often recommended for those who go through Gastric Bypass Surgery. But what lessons can we learn from it? Gastric Bypass Surgery is buying will power at a surgical price, but it may be a good idea for some depending on your BMI and other factors for which you should consult your doctor.

However, here we look at the merits of the diet and at how those who do not need the surgery can adapt it to their possible weight loss strategy. But either way consult your doctor.

1. Never skip a meal

2. Eat only solid foods
3. Do the liquid 20/20
4. Only low calorie liquids.


S2 E19 Jesse Lawler Smart Drugs Smart

About the Smart Drug Smarts Podcast

Hosted by Jesse Lawler, Smart Drug Smarts brings you actionable insights from world-leading experts in neuroscience and psychopharmacology — for the enhancement and protection of your greatest asset: your own brain. Tune in weekly to learn about nootropics, nutrition and all things brain-related. Download Axon, our mobile app for the nootropics community to access podcasts on the go. You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes, or Stitcher.

About Jesse

Jesse Lawler is a technologist, entrepreneur, health nut, world traveler, and personal optimization fiend. He is founder of Los Angeles-based mobile app company Evil Genius Technologies. He also hosts a popular podcast on nootropics:Smart Drug Smarts, and has recently released Axon, a mobile app for the nootropics community.

In his free time, he enjoys photography and travel, and has done unsupported bicycle rides of over 6000 miles throughout North America, Asia, and New Zealand.

He tweets at @Lawlerpalooza



S2 E18 Shawn Mcdaniel Basketball Bricks for Bulllies

2014-15: Played in 18 games in his first season as a Wasp … Tallied 50 points on the year, including a career-high 11 points at Ferrum (Dec. 3) … Pulled down 47 rebounds … Had two assists, two rebounds, and one block

High School: Played at Salem High School for Head Coach Kevin Gatst … Team won the state championship in the 2013 season … Was an honorable mention all-district selection and averagted 9.5 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as a senior.

Getting to know Shawn McDaniel
Favorite place to eat locally: “Macado’s”
Best basketball memory: “State championship”
Favorite book: “Harry Potter”
Favorite musician: “Eminem”
Best player you’ve ever played against: “Isaac Belton”
Person you would most like to meet: “Mark Wahlberg”

McDaniel’s Career Highs

Points: 11 – at Ferrum (Dec. 3, 2014)
Rebounds: 8 – at Washington and Lee (Jan. 7, 2015)


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S2 E17 Bruce Abramski Elite Warrior Challenge

EWC Mission Statement: 

We keep our promise that the Elite Warrior Challenge is the areas premier forum for local athletes to showcase the skills they have obtained through years of training and sacrifices. Not only will the athletes be treated with the utmost respect and have a safe place to compete, the fans will be treated to a high quality Combat Sporting events within a professional and respectable atmosphere. We have impacted the Valley in a positive way, bringing respect to the MMA community in SWVA! We hold professional, high quality events that hold the athletes to a higher standard than other promotions. We respect the athletes and provide a safe, stable, professional quality experience for the areas Combat Sport fans!


S2 E16 Dutchfitgirl A Journey from Loaded Down to Starlet

My name is Daphne Bansberg and I was born in the Netherlands, lived in Switzerland, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and currently in sunny California. I got serious about weight training and living a healthier lifestyle in 2013 after the stillbirth of my son and later on spending 4 months of complete hospital bed rest pregnant with my daughter. I wanted to be happier and find a positive outlet to help cope with my emotions and to generally live a healthier life. I competed in my first NPC bikini Competition June 2014 and have done 2 more shows since then. I am also the proud business owner and designer of Starlet Suits Custom Competition Bikinis. Competing, training, inspiring others, and focusing on better health has truly been a blessing for me. 

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S2 E15 Fitness Inspiration & Information

Monday, Session 2 Episode 15. On this episode of the Union of Muscle’s Podcast I will take a moment of a one-on-one with you. I will talk about personal identity and how that leads my desire to Inspire. I will talk about the difference between Inspiration and manipulation. I will give a few Fit Tips and I will address those who are identified as Millennials.

It’s Monday. The humanity is waking up, individuals are activating. And you’re listening to the Union of Muscle Podcast. Lift Strong and Prosper!


As babies research seems to indicate that we have not always self-identified. We did not always realize we are not all we see and hear. We did not always realize we weren’t a part of our parents. Further proof of this is our desire to assert our independence in our youth.

And maybe a part of me has not grown up or maybe I have just grown out. This is what makes it so hard for me not to help other improve on their fitness. Because I still feel as though the world is a part of me that humanity is an extension of myself. Not like I feel like a car is an extension but like my stomach.

My stomach sends signals to me about discomfort, pleasure, and I can affect the signals it sends back. And while my stomach is a part of me it is a bustling metropolis of microorganisms, enzymes and more. And while I do not have direct control over all that happens in my stomach I can affect and influence reactions.

You are like my stomach. You can send me signals and I can respond to that. It can affect me when you are upset but I do not always have to listen and I have control over what I do with you and to you but you also have the ability to react as you like. Although it seems like we have come so some agreement on what you like and what you do not like.

I would not do well without a stomach. And like wise I would not do well without a connection to humanity. But we all have the ability to choose how we connect.

This is why I feel that if you and humanity are doing well then it will help me do well. It is not directly determinative either way, but there still are correlations and sometimes causations.

Humanity is a part of me like my stomach is a part of me.Inspiration

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S2 E13 Donnette’ Husley A Special Report

In 2010 doctors found a mass on my thyroid. since then i have underwent radiation 3 times in 4 years. At the end of last radiation in 2014 I ran a full marathon. I also joined Elite Figure and Fitness to train for a figure competition.

I placed 2nd in the Novice Category in Clash of the Capstone. My biggest challenge is learning to eat healthy. I grew up in Eight Mile, Alabama. A small country town where everyone would gather to eat. Plus we fried everything! With the help of my Coach, Greg Hassberry, I’ve learned to make the right choices without sacrificing taste. 

I also work in TV which means traveling and long hours. But I’ve learned to be prepared with my meals and schedule workouts around those events. My latest NPC show was the Vulcan Classic where I placed 3rd in Ms. Birmingham, 3rd in Masters over 35 and 5th in Open Figure. 

You can follow my journey on twitter. @donnettehulsey or

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S2 E12 Hank Pellissier Lifting Stronger Starting in Your 60’s

Hank Pellissier is a writer, producer, and fundraiser. He’s written for NYTimes, Salon.com, SFGate.com, and GreatSchools.org; he’s program director of Brighter Brains Institute, a think-and-do tank that’s set up six clinics and one orphanage in Uganda; he’s Managing Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology; and he’s produced 10 conferences on transhumanist topics, in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, and Washington DC. He lives in Piedmont, California with his wife and two daughters, and he works out at 24-Hour Fitness in Oakland. He’s also run marathons, and he lived for year in Costa Rica, trail-running happily in the jungle.


Email Hank Pellissier: hank@ieet.org