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EP031: How To Master Your Craft, Love The Process, and Make Life One Big Adventure with Lil B

How do you go from living in a 300 square foot room with two friends, hustling to just get by (in a far away country that’s not home), to becoming on of the best black and grey tattoo artists in the world?

That’s the story of “Lil B” Hernandez, my good friend, and the person who has stabbed me more times than I can count… with a tattoo needle that is.

In this episode we talk about everything from mastery of your craft, the mindset behind growth and success, traveling the world and how attaching yourself to things can be a ball and chain for life.


  • How Lil B took something that he was passionate about and made it into his business
  • One of the biggest mistakes most people make in business and how Lil B found a way to make his tattoo art elite – this is a secret business lesson
  • The secret to becoming a master and sought out expert in your field
  • How we use humility as a weapon that allows for constant growth and improvement
  • How to take people’s visions and dreams and use your expertise to make it a masterpiece – and how you can do the same in your business
  • What makes Lil B fight the system and travel the world living life like one big adventure
  • The life experiment and why Lil B likes to sleep under the stars in places like Japan
  • How success can take you down the wrong path and how to prevent it with an unorthodox principle
  • Why relationships are your biggest asset and source of happiness

Lil B Tattoo
Lil B Instagram
Luka Hocevar YouTube (Subscribe Here)

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The Proven 5-Step War Map For Every Mans Transformation Revealed

As a man, there are a few things we want to check off our list when it comes to transforming our body and achieving maximal results.

  • Remove the Belly. Our old pal has been with us quite a while, too long in fact… That’s the hardest thing for us guys to lose but it’s the one thing we NEED to strip down during our transformation.
  • Have Better Energy. Once mid day, early afternoon, hits us… it’s like Zeus zapped us with his lighting bolt and stole all voltage from our bodies. We crash, when we need it most – work is over, we need to hit the gym, take care of kids, have time with the wife or girlfriend… That is one thing that is in desperate need of a serious change.
  • Feel F#*king Good! From our joints to our confidence, we just want to feel good again.

If you wrapped up those 3 simple goals, it would take you back to being an athlete again… wouldn’t it? Maybe you didn’t play sports, but I’m sure there was a point in time in your life where you felt like the man. You felt strong, fast, mobile, and able to do whatever, whenever you wanted or needed to.
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EP030: Renegade Lessons To Being Healthy, Wealthy and Wise From Your 20’s To Your 50’s w/ Jay Ferruggia

Jason Ferruggia has gone from building one of the first, and most successful underground gyms, to going broke, to building an incredibly successful online business. He is now the host of the Renegade Radio podcast – which has millions of downloads.

Renegade Radio is an entertaining and informative show that empowers you to unleash your strongest self. You get motivation and strategies to build your body, strengthen your mind, and live a life without regrets.

In this episode Jay and I talk about the biggest lessons, mindsets and strategies to build a fulfilling life in the areas of healthy, wealthy and wise – from decades of our experiences, mistakes and triumphs.


  • The best way to train for the rest of your life to stay strong and lean, without beating up your body so that you can also have longevity – The answer will surprise you!
  • The message Quest Love put out on social media that shined a light on the disconnect between fitness professionals and people wanting to change their lifestyle, and how it can affect your results
  • Why we fit pros need to “come into their world” if we want to help others change their habits
  • The best diet for getting lean, healthy, having energy, and building longevity and a life with less sickness
  • How to breakdown eating more or less protein, carbs and fat whether your focus is longevity, performance, or getting ripped
  • How being an introvert or extrovert affects your training in different ways and how not paying attention to it could lead you away from results
  • The 3 biggest mistakes when starting a business and the one thing you MUST avoid at all costs if you are starting one
  • The astonishingly different approaches to starting your own business, and why you shouldn’t listen to some guru’s advice
  • Why getting more personally involved with charity causes and your community will help you be happier, more productive and more profitable
  • And much, much more

Jason Ferruggia
Renegade Strength Club
Renegade Radio Podcast (Subscribe Here)
Vigor Life Podcast (Subscribe Here)

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EP029: The Two Not So Magic Questions That Will Get You To Better Results

There are certain perspectives in life that create awareness to truly help you change. One of them for me was finding out the difference between difficult/easy and difficult/difficult. The first time I heard this was back in the day from my friend Alwyn Cosgrove, then later on again from John Berardi.

I have made asking myself two simple questions an ongoing part of my life to help me figure out what I needed to drop and what I needed to do more of. Learn those questions and the perspective that help me eliminate some things while adding others to improve my results in all areas of life.


  • Why doing “hard” things and working hard may be the reason you’re stuck and not getting results
  • Difficult actions have two sides of the coin – find out if you’re putting time and effort into the wrong one and how it’s taking away from what you want and creating a pattern that’s hard to break
  • The ONE thing that creates more stress and anxiety in your life and how to eliminate it
  • The secret to uncovering your roadblocks — the two questions — discover what they are and how to breakthrough
  • What the “opposite day” is and how can it help you clarify what the next step to success
  • The reason why you fall back into old patterns after you start having success, and how to finally break that pattern and reach your potential

Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance
Luka Hocevar YouTube Channel (Subscribe Here)

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EP028: Practices To Do Better Work and Live A Better Life – The Happiness Advantage

A few weeks ago I went to Brazil with my brother to shoot a documentary on movement culture and how environments trigger behaviors. The trip however ended up being so much more than that – becoming one of the best experiences of my life.

I realized how much we chase “things” to create happiness, when in actuality we can have happiness now, in every aspect of our lives.

Happiness is a powerful beast that will actually help you achieve the success that you want, while also improving your life.

In the episode I talk about real actionable strategies and practices that you can implement daily that will help you be happier, have more energy, more cognitive capacity and do better work that leads to success.


  • The revelation I had while playing foot volley on a beach in Brazil, and how it will shift your perspective on life
  • The single biggest reason it’s so hard to be happy
  • 7 ways to be happy RIGHT NOW
  • The 3-minute exercise that my friend made me do that made me realize how I choose not to be happy (and so do you!)
  • Why we have the formula for success all wrong and how to flip in on its head for massive results
  • The biggest problem with external goals
  • The sad and unfortunate reason we listen to critics in the first place
  • The dream we all have that is completely wrong
  • The huge mistake when studying the average and why it has made you unsuccessful
  • The secret sauce in “falling up” and how it is the key to happiness and growth

Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance
Luka Hocevar YouTube channel

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EP027: Overcoming Adversity And The 5 C’s Of Building A Legit Sports Performance Business w/ Andy McCloy

Have you gone through hardships in your life and feel like you won’t be able to achieve your dreams because of them? In this episode I sit down with my friend Andy McCloy, who — like me — has had to overcome a tough and “colorful” past to get where he is now.

Andy fought through adversity to build one of the most successful sports performance businesses in the south, and in this episode we discuss how.

We talk about everything from growing up and getting into trouble, the catalyst that lead Andy to make a change, and how fitness and youth sports inspired him to build his business – while mentoring kids in their early teens all the way up to pro ranks.

Andy’s philosophy will give you a lot of insight into the success of his programs and the blueprint to succeed in any career.


  • What lured Andy to a life of crime and the catalyst that made him realize things have to change
  • The secret lesson that is responsible for success in some people and failure in others
  • The book that shifted Andy’s mindset and planted the seed that he could become whoever he wanted to be
  • A secret to success that most personal development programs miss – you master this and you have a tool that will help you overcome the hardest of times
  • How your environment’s trigger your behavior much more than you think, and the step-by-step process to shift what you do fast
  • A new way to present your business, the “BCI wheel” and how you can implement it into any fitness business (especially those geared to youth sports performance)
  • How to influence parents that you are the right coach for their kids based on more than just the X’s and O’s of training
  • The 8 spokes that create a super athlete – mind, body and soul
  • The reason Andy is not big on “sport-specific” training when it comes to youth, and why it’s something they don’t focus on much at BCI
  • The astonishing way to make better decisions in your business
  • The 5 C’s of building any great career or business — whether it be a gym or anything else — and the bonus “C” I add at the end that you must master whether you like it or not

BCI – Body Creations
Book: Awaken The Giant Within (Tony Robbins)
Book: The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

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The Foods That Fight Inflammation & Simple Ways To Add Them Into Your Day Without Stress

Lets talk about inflammation first. What is it? Where does it happen? And why should you worry about it?

in • flam • ma • tion“A localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection.”

Well according to Google’s definition, it sounds horrible and I’m sure we can all agree that we should stay away from this inflammation thing.

But lets go to some practical experience, some ways I’ve seen it affect my clients physical and internal bodies and therefore, the results they may see.
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EP026: Advanced Muscle Building and Performance, Personality Types and Coaching Mastery w/ Christian Thibadeau and John Rusin 

What if there was a better way for you to get muscle building, strength and performance results while staying injury-free? What if there was a science that would allow you to stick with a workout consistently?

Christian Thibadeau and John Rusin, two of the world’s top strength, hypertrophy and performance coaches join me to talk about the big mistakes most people make when it comes to improving their physique, strength and performance – while staying pain-free.

Also, they share insight about training people with different personality types, and how those personal characteristics affect training, nutrition, recovery and compliance. This is some extremely insightful information that you most likely haven’t heard yet!

To cap it off, we dive deep into what it takes to be a great coach and some of the biggest traits that are currently lacking in the fitness industry.


  • How to assess personality types to determine what will help a client stick to their programs, get better results as well as feel better throughout the day
  • The 2 things that every client must do to get results and how many people get this wrong because of ________
  • The secret to getting people to stick to their training and nutrition program, and how you may be (unknowingly) getting it all wrong
  • How to create the most effective warm up for different personality types to get them ready for their workout based on John Rusin’s ‘6-Step Warm Up Blueprint’ (getting this wrong can make a client’s performance go down and make the session suck)
  • A new ways to assess your clients to determine what is going to work better for them in warm ups, training, nutrition and supplementation
  • The secret to helping “hard gainers” put on muscle, and why most programs are making it harder for them
  • Why you shouldn’t change exercises much (if at all) for certain personality types and the step-by-step process to progress them, have them coming back and get them addicted to their training
  • The astonishing reason that clients may be falling off your programs even when you put in all the time and effort to make them perfect on paper
  • How I create programs based on personality types and my “meal” analogy (this may be the simplest way of viewing and creating programs)
  • How to create a program with a client to get them better results
  • How eating carbs before and during a workout can really improve some individuals training sessions, while making others really sleepy – find out where you fit in
  • Why going low carb can spell disaster for someone who is introverted, anxious and an over-thinker (I also go into why going low carb and having “cheat days” won’t work long-term for these people)
  • The missing links in the fitness industry to becoming a master coach and why you should be dumber
  • A list of the supplements to take for each personality type to improve their performance and make them feel better all day long
  • And SO much more


Dr. John Rusin
Christian Thibadeau (Thibarmy)
Advanced Strength, Muscle and Performance Coaching Seminar (For Tickets)

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EP025: Total Human Optimization, Pursuing Your Vision and Building a Great Team w/ John Wolfe 

I met John Wolfe years ago while studying kettlebell training. What initially struck me about him was his approach to and philosophy about training – I loved how he implemented unconventional training methods into any program as a way to upgrade it.

John, who is now the CFO (Chief Fitness Officer) of Onnit, joins me to talk about everything from how to build culture, a community that connects instead of divides, and powerhouse teams that encourage individuals to step into greatness. We of course also get into unconventional training.


  • Why John left his own business to join Onnit and how you can be happy and successful by putting yourself into the right career
  • The secret to long term growth and success – “It’s not about how much money you make but ________.
  • How to learn some of the best lessons from the things you did wrong – or even better, learning from other people doing things wrong
  • The principle that can be implemented to attract the best talent and a powerful tool that you can use to make great connections (both total game changers!)
  • The 3 C’s that laid the foundation of success at Onnit
  • The “magic formula” that makes the best teams and companies tick and why you MUST do this if you want to create a strong team in your company
  • Why a “choose your own adventure” style of training may be the best way for people to stick to fitness long-term
  • How I broke the record in the Viking Mace Challenge while being hungover at the Onnit grand opening
  • How to create experiences that keep people coming back – the cornerstone of ANY business
  • Why you’re the most successful when you choose your path and do what you love the most — and how you can help people in your organization do that

Onnit Academy
The Pack Fitness Business Coaching
Vigor Life Podcast iTunes (Subscribe Here)

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EP024: How To Win At The Sport of Life 

After my basketball career I struggled to find the motivation and structure to get the things I wanted to accomplished done both personally and professionally. It took a lot of trial and error — falling on my face (a few times) — and the help of mentors who helped guide me towards my goals for me to get to the place I wanted to be.

The revelation that really shifted things for me was that I am still an athlete, but now my sport is life and everything in it is my playground.

In this episode I share my perspective and the strategy that helped me break everything that I wanted to achieve down into monthly, weekly and daily targets/practices. A strategy that will help you dominate your days.


  • How I struggled after ending my basketball career with feelings of loss and a lack of purpose and what I did to turn it around
  • How putting all my energy into my business actually damaged things that matter to me and the steps to avoid the same mistakes
  • The philosophy and structure that allowed me to improve all areas of my life at the same time
  • My secret ritual that gives me energy every night while also firing me up for the next day
  • The small change you can make to supercharge your results in the next 90 days (in whatever area of life you choose)
  • The game that will get you everything you want in life
  • Why Super Mario Brothers and bosses will make you realize obstacles are the secret sauce to success

Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance
Wake Up Warrior
Vigor Life Podcast

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