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EP047: 8 Ways To Communicate Better And Supercharge Your Business, Relationships and Life

No matter what you do for work, there’s a good chance you have to communicate with people… at some point, or another. How well you do that determines not only your success at what you do, but also the quality of your relationships and connections outside of your workplace.

Having a framework for how you can improve the way you communicate with people might be the game changer that you need to make substantial improvements in your life. In this episode, I give you that blueprint, and discuss seven rules that will help you improve your conversation and listening skills.

I think you will be surprised by amazing conversation can be when you have these skills.


  • 7 rules that will help you improve your conversation and listening skills
  • Why we’re not listening to each other and why it’s creating a divide in how we behave (I’ll teach you how to fix this so that you can become more connected to people)
  • Why conversational competence is the missing link and single most overlooked skill in the 21st century
  • The myths and truths about what makes conversation great
  • The 4 stages that most people go through to improve their communication skills, and how to apply them to your life
  • The reason why quality human relationships are so important to us and why life sucks when you don’t have great relationships (and how to fix it)
  • The #1 rule for having a great conversation and connecting with people
  • Why going into every conversation wanting to find out something awesome about the other person will in fact help you find out something awesome about the other person
  • The power of “I don’t know” and why you should be using it more
  • Why building rapport is important but discover why you shouldn’t equate your experiences with others (it’s not about YOU)
  • Why conversations are not a promotional opportunity!
  • THE most important skill you can develop and the reason why I like to talk more than listen

Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Luka Hocevar’s YouTube Channel (subscribe)
Vigor Life Podcast (subscribe)

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EP046: 10 Big Ideas On Leading Teams, Influencing People and Building Relationships

Would you like to improve your leadership and influence skills so that you can be better at guiding, motivating and building a team?

In this episode I talk about the 10 big ideas that are the foundation to success in a position of leadership and influence.

I’ve devoted a lot of time to learning how to become the best leader possible in the last 5 years – hiring coaches, reading 100’s of books and taking countless courses. Here are some of the most important things that I have learned that you must apply to win friends, influence people and lead successful teams.


  • The 5 things that the world’s leading doctors have found influence our happiness and how to apply that to yourself and the people around you
  • Why leadership is a learnable skill and the daily practices you can start doing to master it
  • The one thing you must NOT do if you want to avoid repelling people from wanting to be around you
  • Why you should admit your mistakes immediately and how this will build trust and put you in a position of leadership
  • How giving people a reputation to live up to is a secret weapon that not enough leaders use with their teams
  • The often unknown skill of radical candor, and why it’s so powerful and how to employ it with people in your life to help them grow
  • The three things that you must remember ALWAYS if you want to build powerful relationships
  • The number one mistake that leaders of teams make that causes them to lose respect and staff productivity and how to fix it

Vigor Ground Fitness:
Book: How To Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie):
Book: Radical Candor – Be A Kick Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity:
Vigor Life Podcast (subscribe)
Luka Hocevar YouTube Channel (subscribe)

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EP045: How To Get Better Results With Your Clients and Unique Tools From The Coaches Toolbox

Frequently I dig through my notes (that date back years) and find myself getting more “aha” moments from those old notes than I do from anything new that I’ve learned.

Last week I stumbled across an old 5-year journal that housed some coaching secrets that I rarely discuss. One of those secrets is the solution to the common bottleneck that many coaches run into when it comes to getting their clients continued results with training and nutrition.

In this episode I also reveal some of the things that I’ve learned from the masters that have not only helped me get results for my clients, but also help myself.


  • Why you and your clients aren’t making “bad choices” but are stuck in a thought pattern that is leading you and clients away from their goals – I will teach you how to stop this behavior
  • The reason all your fitness and nutrition knowledge won’t help if you don’t understand this one concept then eliminate it from your client’s perception
  • How to help your clients get rid of their biggest roadblocks
  • The first thing you have to do before becoming the most effective coach in any area – this one will surprise you
  • How time can be a threat to people when there’s no expectations set, and why the unknown leads to anxiety; which then leads to _________
  • Why sentence stemming is my secret exercise to help unlock breakthroughs for my clients
  • What you can do with your clients fears to help them overcome them—so that you can get them results they never had before
  • The coaching super power that most coaches lack, and how I stumbled upon a little known secret to develop it
  • The judgement check test that will help you see if you’re doing the things that you hate to your clients
  • The mistake you’re making that is costing your clients their results and how to address it so that no client ever leaves you again
  • How to make every training session finish on a memorable moment


Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Book: You Are Not Your Brain – The 4 Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life (Jeffrey Schwartz):
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance Facebook:
Book: Conversations with God:
Vigor Life Podcast on iTunes:

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EP044: 11 Ways To Pattern Interrupt Yourself To Success

How do you feel about interruptions? I think we can agree they’re not the best… unless they’re interruptions to your habits and aren’t taking you away from your goals and results.

In this episode I share eleven pattern interrupts that you can use throughout your day, week, or month to shift you away from your current patterns and mindsets — that aren’t helping you succeed — to new ones that will steer you towards your goals, desires and dreams.

These are actionable strategies that you can use RIGHT NOW. Choose the best ones for you and start making positive changes in your life.


  • How I used pattern interrupts to change the trajectory of my life
  • 4 ways you can change your morning and turn it from stress and anxiety to clarity and power – this will allow you to walk out of your door every morning ready to dominate your day
  • How to create your own “change” university with a simple 20-minute morning ritual
  • The strategy that I use to disrupt myself out of stress, anger or anxiety in 3 simple steps that takes less than 60 seconds
  • Why meditation is a powerful tool, but doesn’t work all of the time. And what I do when I need to pattern interrupts fast
  • A very short intense workouts that will kick you into a different gear when you’re having a tough day
  • The 10 questions that you can ask yourself after meditation that will help refocus you to your goals and give you power
  • How to analyze your environments and change the way you feel and perform with some small changes
  • How to use my simple “Positive Focus” strategy when you’re feeling down so that you can shift your thinking away from negative thoughts
  • How I got double the work done after playing PacMan and how you can use this technique to supercharge your results
  • The secret you don’t know about going to events that is even more powerful than the information or the people
  • How traveling can be the catalyst to finally doing things you’ve been afraid to do but know you want to
  • Why I went crazy and threw out 60% of my belongings so that I could breakthrough to the next level of life and business success


Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Book: The Dark Side Of The Light Chasers (Debbie Ford) – Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance and Dreams:
Book: The Right Questions: Ten Essential Questions To Guide You To An Extraordinary Life (Debbie Ford):
Book: The Gift Of Fear And Other Survival Signals That Can Save Your Life (Gavin De Becker):
Warrior Week:

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11 Things We’ve Learned Coaching Nutrition To People Who Have Failed Over and Over

We’ve had tens of thousands of people walk through the doors here at Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance and as you can imagine, we’ve learned a thing or two (to say the absolute least).

The biggest and most influential things we’ve learned, is what works and what doesn’t work. We’ve done surveys, interviews, and interacted with so many clients at this point that it allows us to cater to exactly what people truly need in order to be successful in a coaching program.

Because of that, we have the experience and knowledge to bring you this article – so whether you’ve made it in our doors yet or not, we can help you out by showing you what we’ve learned from so many others just like you.

So without further ado, here are 11 things we’ve learned from coaching nutrition to people who have failed over and over…
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EP043: 4 Motivational Secrets To Overcome Resistance And Get Out Of Your Own Way

In a lot of ways we are our own worst enemy. We self-sabotage. We procrastinate. We put roadblocks in our own way, and we make excuses for our behavior to make us feel better ourselves when things don’t go our way.

We all do it, but why? And is there something we can do about it?

The simple answer is yes, and in this episode I get into how so that you can get out of your own way and finally make things happen for yourself.


  • The reason you don’t do the things you know you need to and why you must have these 4 tools in your arsenal to change your self-defeating behavior… for good
  • How Craig was able to find a way to overcome his challenges, training and toughness to become part of the Special Operations Force (SOF) team—and how you can use his strategy to win when times get hard
  • The “opposite rule” and how embracing it will help you stop quitting so that you don’t have to start from ground zero ever again
  • How to break the underlying patterns that are taking you away from your goals
  • How to face your fears and go after everything that you’ve ever wanted in your life
  • How to turn your fears into your strength and how I used this strategy to get over my debilitating fear of public speaking
  • Why your feelings are false, how they’re messing up your results, and how you change  can the behavior
  • The question that will put a stop to your bad habits and help you focus on your actions so that you can drive your life towards what’s most important
  • The one thing that connects all of the healthiest cultures in the world and how it can help you improve your health, business and personal life

Vigor Ground Fitness and Business Summit:
Book: Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Gregg McKeown):
Aubrey Marcus Podcast:
Take Control of Your Body, Nutrition and Life Seminar:
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Book: The War of Art (Steven Pressfield):
Book: Turning Pro – Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work (Steven Pressfield):
Book: Do The Work – Overcome Resistance and Get Out Of Your Own Way (Steven Pressfield):

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37 Tips For A Faster Body Transformation

Transforming your body takes work. It takes discipline to stay the course and drive to truly want the end result. 9 times out of 10, it takes accountability as well.

But on top of work, discipline, and accountability… it takes strategy. Strategies for exactly what to implement and exactly how to implement them all.

That’s what I’m giving you today. 37 Strategies to make your Complete Body Transformation, Faster.
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EP042: Principles, Strategies and Mindsets for Success In The Fitness Industry

Every time I travel to events and mentorships I learn new things. Sometimes I hear stuff that I’ve heard before but from a different perspective and get an “aha” moment that allows me to take action on it.

Apart from that, the relationship building and connecting with other high level fitness professionals and entrepreneurs is priceless.

Combining the above always gets me fired up, inspired and always leaves me with a book full of notes that I am ready to take action on.

Recently I was at my 10th Perform Better Summit in a row followed by the two12 event in Denver, put on by my friend Adam Bornstein. In this episode I share my insights, but also really crack down on what it takes to be successful in fitness business (or any other business for that matter).


  • The 3 reasons I travel to events and why you must too so that you can becomes the best coach, leader and successful business owner
  • Why going to an event to get “tons of tactics and strategies” can be detrimental to your success
  • The missing ingredient in your personal success and why you’re still not seeing it
  • The 3 types of happiness and how you can integrate learning and connecting with other people to supercharge your success
  • Why obsession is necessary when working to become the best in the world at something
  • The top skill-sets the best coaches in the world have and why they’re the one’s you NEED TO build
  • The future of the fitness industry and how you will be able to stand out
  • Why fitness is NOT saturated and the _______ strategy that will always win

Vigor Ground Fitness and Business Summit:
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Precision Nutrition:
Perform Better Summit:
Two12 Event:
Jason Ferruggia – Renegade Radio: h

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A Man’s Search For Transformation – The Handbook

Transformation is typically defined as a physical appearance being drastically changed, for the better. But in the eyes and minds of most men, it’s much more than that.

Even if you successfully transform your body, which we see here quite often at Vigor Ground, so much more goes happens other than just dropping pants sizes or adding slabs of muscle.

You look drastically different, yes…But your mindset shifts into a powerful place.

Your certainty and confidence in everything you do and say is in a completely different, and higher, position. When your mindset shifts and you show up with a confidence and certainty that matches your appearance, you treat every single relationship you have differently – you show up as a different man.

When you can transform your body, shift your mindset, and show up as a new man in your relationships, your business goes through the roof.
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EP041: What Works and Doesn’t Work When It Comes To Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching with Cody McBroom

At Vigor, the most common questions that we receive are centered around nutrition, lifestyle and habit change.

Taking control of your daily (potentially bad) habits is one of the hardest things to do – which is why we have decided to host regular podcasts where we dive deep into the kind of coaching we provide for our clients here at Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance. The same coaching that has allowed us to help thousands of clients breakthrough and change their body for the long-term.

In these podcasts we are going to focus on everything from nutrition choices and mindset frameworks, to coaching questions, our methods and strategies.

Our goal with these podcasts is to help people, potentially like yourself, make positive changes to their nutrition and lifestyle. We also want to help coaches looking for advice on how they can improve their coaching practices.


  • The principles that make up the foundation of coaching, and why understanding them can help you change in any area of your life
  • Why your nutrition “special situation” is a real life example of human diversity, and the simple steps that will help you breakthrough your plateau
  • The reason why many of your health and medical issues can be rectified with lifestyle and nutrition changes
  • Why worrying about “special scenarios” can distract you from moving the “big rocks” that will help you get where you want
  • The fundamental skillsets and habits that all the people that are lean and healthy stick to… which are surprisingly simple concepts
  • Why “fad diets” have become so popular and how we get our clients to choose what’s right for them
  • Why asking better questions of yourself and your clients is one of the key secrets to better health and coaching
  • The Super 7 Readiness questions that we use to help us discover what our clients coaching needs are so that we can coach them better
  • The 4-steps to identifying the behaviors clients take on for success
  • The A-B-C list for how you can discover which foods your clients will want to eat to achieve their goals, and the training program that will compliment their nutrition program
  • Why humans always tend to find the negative in situations and how to change that, both in yourself and with your clients… and how this is a key skillset when it comes to nutrition success
  • The habits that your health and fitness icons follow, and how to apply them to your life
  • The strategy that will add 30-minutes of productivity to your day and how it can make a huge difference in your life
  • The best post-workout nutrition for athletes wanting to stay lean and build muscle

Vigor Ground Fitness and Business Summit:
Luka Hocevar YouTube Channel [SUBSCRIBE HERE]
Vigor Life Podcast on iTunes [SUBSCRIBE HERE]
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Mind Vs Muscle Podcast [SUBSCRIBE HERE]
Boom Boom Performance:

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