We love the fitness and wellness community in Edmonton. There truly is not other place on Earth where the community comes together and supports one another like we do in YEG.
We’re excited to partner with Chris Liddle – co-owner of Invigorate Training – to introduce you to some of the people doing their part to make the YEG Fitness community what it is today. The Lifestyle Chase is all about what we see that makes our city special.
The Lifestyle Chase is a podcast that focuses on guests who are on the pursuit of a balanced lifestyle. We can only be our best when we are happy and fulfilled, the journey to get there is not always so straightforward. Each episode is set up to leave us with something valuable that we can take into our own lives and at the very least we learn something new about someone that we never knew about.
We hope you’ll follow along and if you have someone you’d like featured on a future episode, send us a message at email@example.com
Episode 66 – Luke Perry
Luke Perry has quite a story. He basically took the word vulnerability and owned it in a big way today. We talked about just about everything that we had time to talk about and went down a few rabbit holes.
Essentially, Luke loves his cat. They say cats have 9 lives. It seems as though Luke also has 9 lives, with hopefully at least 3 left still. He’s a guy with lifetimes of tough life experience and yet he’s a month younger than me. So it really sinks in how we could be in totally different situations and yet here we both are doing the same job in our own unique ways just trying to live our best lives the only ways we know how.
We recorded this episode on 2 hours notice a week after a major life altering accident happened as well as shortly after some major health changes.
It’s all about perspective. What do we all have to be grateful for. If you struggle with ADHD you’ll want to listen to this one. If you grew up in foster care you will want to listen to this one. If you’re really young and you’re about to be a parent, you’re going to want to listen to this one. If you’ve ever had kidney failure, dialisis, or if that’s where life is taking you, you’ll want to listen to this one. If you’re a personal trainer and you shy away from connecting with your peers because of the competitive industry, you’ll want to listen to this one.
That should be enough reasons. Thank you for listening to this one.
Episode 65 – Sarah Lindquist
I hope nobody ever feels confident that they can pick who the next guest will be. I like to be unpredictable. It instills the value of community and connection both locally and far away. Being invested in someone else for an hour at a time can do wonders for personal growth.
Sarah Lindquist is someone who is doing really well for herself as far as a fulfilling life goes. She’s worked very hard to get where she is, been up to a lot of really cool and exciting things, but despite all of this she has had no shortage of obstacles.
Her dog, Tukka is one of the most well-behaved large dogs I have ever met. I got to meet him at our Charity Boot camp that Sarah helped me run earlier this year at Langdale Park in the Windermere area in Edmonton, AB.
Make sure to give this one a listen, tag me, @sarahdawneyoga and @thelifestylechase on social media. Thanks for all of your support.
Episode 64 – Amber Dawn
Welcome to the first episode of Season 2 of The Lifestyle Chase! We made it!
Amber Dawn is an Edmonton based personal trainer who operates her business out of Evolve Downtown. We know a lot of the same people and had talked about all kinds of things including but not limited to dogs, Penny, and Pizza.
Episode 63 – Linden Wilcock
For the first time ever, someone had to go to the bathroom during the episode. I’m not going to tell you who it was, but in today’s episode I talked with Linden about as many things as we could pack into 40 or so minutes.
It’s always good to leave the listener wanting more. I think we did just that. Like “what kind of groceries to you like to buy?” “what NHL team do you cheer for?” “dogs or cats?” and the classic, “pizza or donairs?”
I hope you enjoy this one, pass it along, and I just want to say thank you for supporting. 63 Episodes of The Lifestyle Chase in 12 months. Not.Too.Shabby.
Episode 62 – Keltie O’Connor
In this episode I bring on Keltie O’Connor who is actually from Edmonton but has been working her ass off doing what she’s passionate about in Toronto.
I jumped right into this one and called her both “famous” and an “influencer” within the first 60 seconds. She really appreciated that hehehe.
All jokes aside, we talked about a lot of things such as the work ethic it takes to make anything happen in life, setting boundaries to protect your energy as well as your privacy, and being resilient against the haters.
We talk about gut feelings, dogs, and we dive into something that’s pretty momentous that’s been something Keltie has been dreaming of for a long time. It’s officially happening the day after this podcast is released so you’ll have to go check it out.
Episode 61 – Dani Parks
Dani Parks is an Edmonton and area based yoga instructor who leads her life with 4 kids in tote. She lives out her passion everyday in a way that sees her finding time to be grounded as often as possible. Give this one a listen! You can find it on all major podcast platforms! Thank you for your support.
Episode 60 – Louis Guarino
Life is too short to pay bills and die. Louis is another new friend from Toronto who I met at the Kansas City Fitness Summit. If you don’t know who he is, you should look him up. He’s good people.
Louis and I talked about depression, therapy, religion, dogs, rice and beans, diversity, New York, Toronto, relationships, detention, impressing girls with cool tricks, and body image.
I think you’ll want to listen to this one. Louis has really established himself as a fitness professional and leads his life in such a way that it is not about what we’ve been through, but more about what we’ll get through.
I hope you listen to this one, share it, and hug one of your good friends today. Or at least give them a fist bump.
Episode 59 – Caitlin Perry
Caitlin Perry and I actually recorded this episode last week. We visited over waffles and everything. Then there were dropouts in the audio over some pretty meaningful context that we spoke about. So we ended up having to reschedule and have a completely different conversation. I also got pancakes. A highlight is I am slowly getting to spend time with each of my friend’s dogs. I hope you enjoy this episode as Caitlin is a truly good human being. Please share this with someone you think might also enjoy our conversation. Thanks for all the support!
Episode 58 – Andrew Coates
Andrew Coates is a writer for T Nation. He is also the co host of the Fitness Devil Podcast. We work together out of Evolve South in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and he’s been someone that has been around for and influenced some pivotal moments in my career.
Hopefully you enjoy as we talk about some of what Andrew did for work before training and what life was like back in the day. We also discuss his favourite things about his cat.
Episode 57 – Tevia Celli
Tevia Celli is a mother, a wife, a music lover, and the Director of Education for Cyclebar Franchising. In this episode we talk about her career past, being an adopted child, we talk about how MS changed her life and how Cancer affects us all. We also chat about how we meet people for a reason, how we aren’t always open to feedback and how our loved ones can have a huge impact on our essence in life.
This Episode is dedicated to the 2nd Annual Ride for Loma. To book your ride for July 26, 2019, stay tuned to Cyclebar Windermere social media in the days to come.
Episode 56 – Meg Stevenson
Meg Stevenson is a great human being who thrives off of contributing towards something greater than herself. Founder of Navina Yoga Studio, she has had Yoga in her life for a long time. We talk about family, friends, how to live out your dreams and honour yourself and having a set of values that enables you to feel good.
Episode 55 – Chan Rin
Chan Rin has known me for about 3 years and interviewed me when I came onboard with the YEG Fitness team. He rode in my first indoor cycle class that I taught as well as one of the last ones. He’s featured me in some of his projects and always been a quick text away if I ever felt like I needed to stress about small business and working to make things work. He’s seen my entire career unfold. He’s a great guy to have in your corner.
If I need someone to judge character, Chan comes to mind. He is a no bullshit kind of guy.
He’s done amazing things for the Edmonton photography industry, one of my best friends goes to his Chan’s UrbanYeg meetups and honestly to see how people with a passion can learn to thrive in their craft is pretty special.
Episode 54 – Nick Sorrell
Nick Sorrell is no stranger to podcasts. However, my podcast is not like other podcasts he’s been on.
We talked about the tough moments, the moments where he’s felt joy, the 16 year old version of himself, we talked about addictions, eating disorders, heart break, moments of complacency, moments of uncertainty. We also talked about NF a little bit, because duhh. We chatted about our favourite things about Dean Guedo in a sneaky effort to lure him into listening, and we talked about how generosity can be selfish sometimes, and that is okay.
Hope you listen to this one!
Episode 52 – Emily Heidinger
Doing things the hard way. This is something that Emily and I have each had to do a lot in our lives. We go off on a lot of tangents on this one, we talk about Emily’s high school experience, her passion and the trials and tribulations of swimming.
If you think this episode is long, you should consider the fact that we didn’t even got onto the topics of the mountains or music festivals and that is truly the magical thing about making time and putting people first.
This episode comes with 2 challenges that I set out for anyone who listens.
At the beginning I ask that anyone who listens, try to pick out 3 things that resonated with you or that you related to. Send them to me either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on social media (@christianliddle, @thelifestylechase). It’s so valuable to be able to get something out of everyone you meet or listen to. We put so much value on the books we can read, but when is the last time we stopped to see what someone right in front of us has to offer. This is why businesses thrive off community. Social media feeds of that feeling of community. Don’t lose sight of the fact that community is staring you right in the face.
Excellent segway to challenge number two… At the end of the episode I challenge you to make time for someone you don’t see regularly. A family member, a friend, someone who seems interesting or maybe even someone you look up to. Make it in person if possible, but if it needs to be a video chat, do that too. If you feel adventurous, tell me about that too. I like to think all of this preaching of “people first” is picking up some momentum.
Episode 51 – Kyle Dobbs
Kyle Dobbs joined me on the podcast from St. Louis, Missouri. He has over a decade of quality experience in the fitness industry having worked in many different capacities, settings and roles.
He is one of the most highly respected mentors in the industry and has a very strong set of values which is what makes him such a perfect guest for a podcast like this. We talk about the impact of his time at Costa Rica with the likes of Dr. Ben House and Dr. Pat Davidson, and the many other remarkable people you can meet in a setting like that.
We talk about his high school experience, challenges in post secondary, stressful moments in his career, the experiences of fatherhood, growing closer to your significant other and how Lego brings kids to flow state. Honestly, I regret not going further into that but that could have gone on for hours.
We look at the word failure and how much of a buzz word it has become, and we talk about what a fulfilling life looks like.
This episode was really cool. So I hope you enjoy it and take on my challenge of meeting up with someone you don’t know much about this week and just learning about them for an hour. In person. Or video call. Whatever it takes.
Episode 50 – Carolyn Macdonald
Based out of Toronto, Carolyn Macdonald is the Director of Operations for Examine.com which is a highly trusted collection of nutrition and supplement information based on science.
She is poised to quickly become a sought after powerhouse in the realm of getting shit done. It comes down to being able to be really genuine with the people around you. Getting to know people and being invested in them to the extent that you understand where the squeaky wheel is, is one of her strongest qualities.
She has recently also guested on my friends, Dean Guedo and Andrew Coates’ The Fitness Devil Podcast so the combination of listening to both will give you a broader scope of what Carolyn is all about.
In this episode we talked about travelling, life 20 years ago, working in public relations, dogs, and the value of being surrounded by really good people.
Carolyn is a big advocate for making the people around her better at doing what it is that they love. She is highly skilled at understanding different personalities and truly getting to know people which proves to be a huge asset in how effective she can be at developing people to leverage their strengths and at the right times, outsource certain tasks so that we aren’t always focussed on being able to do what other people already do well.
Great individuals are greater when they are open to the idea of collaboration and elevating others.
I really hope you enjoy this episode and you should definitely keep an eye out for Carolyn as she will be one of the presenters at the first ever Evolve Strength Symposium which will take place here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on September 14 and 15.
We dropped a lot of names in this episode and Carolyn dropped a lot of “f-bombs” so between those two things, be ready to either hear your name or cover your kids’ ears.
Episode 49 – Carrie Doll
A lot of people have heard of her, they know who she is, but there’s certain aspects of her story they may not know about. Having had a presence in the media for many years, Carrie Doll has had to learn a lot of life lessons both in her career and also through life’s challenges.
We chatted about family and legacy and communicating as well as one of her biggest goals. We discussed how dreams change and evolve with time. It was a very real and genuine conversation and I am glad I get to share it with anyone who wants to listen.
I hope you enjoy this one and I strongly encourage you to go and check out Carrie Doll’s Inner Circle Podcast as well if you haven’t already. When you look at it from the perspective of growth, we are both in the pursuit of the stories of others in an effort to elevate the people around us. The more people with that mindset in this world, the better.
Episode 48 – Jaime McKeag Reber
I really enjoyed this conversation with Jaime. We talked about so many things, life in Fort Mac, navigating relationships, the fitness industry, travelling, the sacrifices of owning a business, the fulfillment of it the list goes on.
As I stack on more and more episodes with more and more people, the conversations evolve and change and shift, I ask different questions and listen better and learn more things.
That’s just your small lesson that if you do something consistently over an extended period of time, you will keep getting better and better at it. As long as it is something you are passionate about.
Episode 47 – Jon Cheung
Jon Cheung is the CEO and Founder of Evolve Strength, which is a franchise of gyms that started in Edmonton and has been growing ever since. We talk about his origin story, what kind of kid he was in high school, his favourite kinds of food, travel, cycling, business struggles and triumphs, managing people, working out, family, cars, and things on his bucket list.
There is a lot you can learn from a guy like Jon so be sure to give this episode a listen. I want to say thank you for all of the continued support of The Lifestyle Chase. You’ll find all the episodes on all major podcast platforms. If you enjoy this one, please rate it on iTunes and share it on social media. Everyone’s efforts go a long way in helping this project become something greater.
Episode 46 – Chase Erwin
After going to this year’s Kansas City Fitness Summit I got to meet a lot of really cool people who I had a lot in common with. Chase Erwin is from Little Rock, Arkansas. The funny backstory to this is every time I read “Arkansas”, I accidentally say Ar-Kansas”. Little embarrassing, but at least I didn’t say it like that in the episode. I suppose I could have left that out of the description but oh well.
We talk about Chase’s origin story, Canada things, Arkansas things, he does a really solid wrestler impression, recounts some of his favourite client stories, talks about the things he loves about his wife and gives some rock solid advice for new parents.
At some point in one of the stories, someone gets poop on their hands. You’ll have to listen to find out who.
Episode 45 – Geha Gonthier
Geha has an incredible amount of experiences in her life which she shared only a fraction of with me in this episode. It was a very meaningful conversation filled with vulnerability and life lessons and meaningful moments in all of the things that she has done.
On the surface you may see her as a business owner in the wellness industry, but behind it all there is so much more to her, and as we discuss further, there is really so much more to everyone.
Episode 44 – Mr. and Mrs. Love Pizza (Gavin Fedorak and Braede Harris)
Braede and Gavin came over to chat about all the things. Everything from business, to workplace environment to raising children and even to fitness. This episode could have been twice as long as it was but I think that’s the best part of a meaningful conversation. It’s all about looking forward to next time you see the people.
We talked about how it’s better to not worry about what everyone else does or what everyone else thinks is normal and simply worry about doing things that mean a lot to you and things that you feel really passionate about.
Gavin Fedorak had already co-founded Press’d sandwich shop before him and Braede created Love Pizza so he is a great source of knowledge and experience which it comes to creating and running a franchise and business ownership.
Near the end of the episode we also chatted about the newest business venture of this power couple, you’ll have to listen to find out what is coming soon. It’s amazing how the right frame of mind can allow you to accomplish so many great things within a career. It just takes patience.
At the same time, they do a great job of raising the Love Pizza Prince in a way that feels right for them and works for their family.
It’s good to be in tune with what you feel is most important to you because at the end of the day if you just do what everyone says you are supposed to do, will you really be happy?
Episode 43 – Aaron Norris and Arri McWatt
You’ll be hard pressed to find two business partners the vibe with each other better than these two fine gentleman. At least not ones who aren’t married.
In approaching the boys, I considered interviewing them separately – maybe a few months apart, but from what I knew of them, their bond has had a huge impact on the humans who they are today.
Aaron and Arri are two really good dudes. They value their friends and family greatly and at the end of the day they just want to be surrounded by people who they feel like they could sit down and have a beer with.
We chatted about the days of past and about Aaron going into the role of being a dad and Arri finding his other half. We chatted extensively about donairs and pizza and Australia and comfort zones and organization and beer.
Lot of people got shout outs because these guys really value their community both socially and within their career. This one was fun, I hope you give it a listen!
Episode 42 – Josh Nill
I noticed how much I was talking about breathing in my podcasts so I recruited someone else to demonstrate it this time.
Josh Nill and I share the commonality of growing up in or around a small town. Those rural roots run deep. We also discovered we know a lot of the same people as we’ve been getting to know each other at Evolve South. It’s really a small world.
Something that Josh is pretty humble about is his experience working with the Dallas Stars organization for their development camp. That’s something that’s always stood out to me as being a pretty valuable experience. We didn’t mention it in the podcast too much because I was scared I was going to breach his confidentiality agreement. But now you know he’s got some cool stuff on his resume.
In this episode we chat about how Andrew Coates isn’t as scary as Josh used to think he was. Much like Tormund from Game of Thrones, he’s just a big friendly dude with a lot of personality. All in good fun, check out The Fitness Devil with Andrew and Dean Guedo if you want to really dive down the fitness rabbit hole. I plug them a lot because friends with podcasts should support their other friends who also have podcasts.
We chatted about mentors and family and pizza and the Avengers and the Hot 107 award that Evolve just received which we think might just be because people are coming for Bear-Bear.
This one was a suuuper casual episode, and just a way for two trainers to get to know each other in a day where we had a window between clients.
You’ll want to give it a listen. Josh is almost as weird as I am :P.
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Episode 41 – Jelena Mrdjenovich
The sport of boxing is unlike any other. It’s accessible to so many, going into it is a head game. It’s independent, yet you still need your people. Jelena is fighting at The Edmonton Convention Centre June 22nd at 7:00 PM. So if you want to experience something electric, you will want to get to Ticketmaster before it sells out.
When it comes down to ANYONE believing in themselves and being one percent better each day, waking up to be the best version of themselves that they can be that day, they can do it. The concept of simply striving for betterment, or being your best in that day despite the things that are out of our control is within reach for EVERYONE.
This is something Jelena truly believes and does her best to empower others to believe as well. The truth is that the drive or desire or the want be better is associated with a feeling of discomfort. Nobody likes feeling uncomfortable but you don’t get anywhere by staying complacent. So you just have to take a risk, be uncomfortable, then get good at it.
This visit was definitely the highlight of my day, and I am a pretty positive dude, so you have to ask yourself, how good could this conversation have been to make it the highlight?!? It was a really great chat.
You’ll have to listen. Learn from the Champ. Jelena has a great deal of wisdom, and she’s an incredibly compassionate human being. I consider myself lucky that I got to spend all that time “shooting the shit”.
Episode 40 – Sean Freeman
Sean Freeman is good people. He has the title of Hype Man for The Lifestyle Chase.
He’s just got a good vibe about him. What I have observed in his character is that he truly owns it. If he supports someone, he supports them hard. If he is passionate about something, he is really really passionate.
We talk about his big and loving family, his experiences in playing on a Paralympic soccer team that traveled all over the world, the dynamics of living with cerebral palsy but being grateful for his abilities. We talk about his journey and triumphs with sobriety and what it took for him to make that decision.
Sometimes you just need to own everything you do. You need to have pride in what you do. Sometimes you have to go against the curve, and find your way to be the best version of yourself.
I think Sean is a great dude so I hope you are one of the first people to listen to this episode. There’s a lot you can learn from him and the experiences he’s had in his life.
Episode 38 – TJ Sadler
TJ Sadler has been along for the ride for my whole fitness career. He brought me onto the team as an Account Manager for YEG Fitness Magazine and has always been in my corner in my year as an indoor cycle instructor as well as my career so far as a trainer.
We talk about his teaching career, the journey of running a magazine, life in Edmonton, working out, his kids, his parents, and his hand tattoo.
You’ll have to give this one a listen to really dive in. We both like to talk.
Episode 37 – Jordan Aimoe
A big part of my overarching vision for The Lifestyle Chase is to empower other people to push forward despite life’s obstacles and to not take things for granted. Chasing the things that we feel most passionate about and valuing the people in our lives greatly is especially important to me.
Part of expanding my guest roster and making some of the interviews remotely enables my listeners to have a greater perspective, and in a way it elevates the stories of the guests I have had on so far. A lot of people will listen for the guests that they know and then they will learn that sometimes the episodes that teach them the most are the guests they didn’t know at all. It’s worth it to find out.
My guest Jordan Aimoe and I haven’t actually seen each other for a number of years but we have taken our lives in directions that are deeply meaningful to us.
Jordan and I go back to our days working together as camp counselors at Sylvan Lake and we’ve both grown a lot in the years since.
This episode will give you a lot of perspective of how many excuses we make for ourselves when we are missing out on experiences. There’s a lot more to life than material things or routine or following a norm. There is something to be said about the unpredictability of being somewhere new.
Egypt is a very different country. Mental health, special needs, LGBTQ2+, and women as a whole are seen very differently there. The dynamics are interesting and I think anyone whether you’re a teacher or not will learn a lot from our conversation.
Episode 36 – Julie Harrish
Julie is a badass. *End of description*
Actually though, Julie embodies the self awareness to trust her gut and make those decisions that matter to her. She is surrounded by people near and far who are hungry for more out of life and she has some life experiences that have truly shaped her into the amazing human being that she is.
If you like Donuts and Deadlifts you’re going to be a fan of this episode. I think you should listen to it either way. To say that life well lived is without failure would be a misrepresentation. The most important thing is what we are considering as we move forward and level up.
I really enjoyed this conversation and I hope you do too!
Episode 34 – Marnie Ashcroft
Episode 34 was recorded right inside the Sherwood Park Glow Juicery while we both drank Glow Juice (thank you again for the boost of energy, Marnie!).
Marnie is a really genuine human being and just like she talks about in her leadership style, she has always supported my new ideas and the ideas of many many others.
You’re going to find a lot of features of Marnie between TV appearances, other people’s podcasts, articles, blogs, etc. I am hoping that I got to talk about things that she hasn’t talked about in a while, or maybe asked them in a way that gave us greater perspective to what makes her who she is.
The more you know about Marnie, the more it makes sense as to how Glow Juicery has been able to grow across Canada. Everything is the product of hard work and consistency. If we really care about something or if it means more to have done it than to live with the regret of not doing it, the work we put into our passion will feel genuine and worthwhile.
I believe that if you are doing the things that mean the absolute most to you, it will enable you to grow in the journey and see your goals through. However it comes with risks, grit, passion, self-belief and really owning those core values.
Episode 33 – Brandon Jacobs
Brandon Jacobs is a very cool person with a wealth of life experience. He’s the Director of Holistic Health at Park Integrative Health. He initially went to school to be a teacher with the addition of coaching some teams in his past life. He’s also worked a career as a massage therapist and personal trainer and currently wears the hats of a Yoga Instructor also developing his own Yin Yoga training alongside his partner in crime, Heather while finding what balance looks like in his role at Park Integrative Health.
I think there is a lot of value in finding out more about people who are following their passion. Finding what got them to where they are, what influenced them, what keeps them grounded and what motivates them to elevate themselves and others.
Episode 32 – Lacintha Naidoo
I had the honour of spending a little over an hour with Lacintha having a very real conversation. She also baked and brought over some banana bread which I am eating right now. It’s delicious.
We talked about her life growing up in South Africa, apartheid, her experiences being a female lawyer surrounded by males, moving her life to Canada, family values, non-negotiables, personal awareness and the energy of the people we have in our lives.
We gave a couple shout outs, we talked about yoga, we talked about books both reading them and writing them and we chatted about community and the value that people we meet bring us.
Episode 31 – Jessica and Graham Doody
I am lucky to know so many incredible humans and Jessica and Graham Doody are no exception. I’m very glad I got to have this visit with them. They are definitely a high functioning couple, both with a great deal of life experiences that have impacted and shaped them as the people that they are today.
We talked about a lot of the important things in life, lessons learned and at the very end we discussed how to perceive certain things in our life that just happen and get in the way.
Sometimes you train for something for years and years, or you dream big, and it’s important to always look at your core values to ensure they are maintained. It’s important to take life’s obstacles as lessons and not let downs. We fall, we get back up.
Episode 30 – Case Kenny
Episode 30 is with Chicago Based, Case Kenny. Case is a man that wears many hats. He’s a Sales Director, Entrepreneur, writer, podcast host of New Mindset Who Dis, and founder of www.prsuit.com.
He’s a pretty cool dude and we could relate on a lot of different levels. I thought it was pretty awesome.
What sets Case apart in his industry is his ability to be himself, and promote that for others. He believes that while mindset can change a lot in your life, you also need to take action to make that change happen.
We chatted about all the things except I forgot to ask him what kinds of food he likes. Maybe next time.
I hope you give this one a listen. A lot of my listeners are used to hearing Edmonton guests all the time and I thought it would be some empowering perspective to hear from someone a little further away.
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Episode 29 – Danielle MacDonald
I asked Danielle if she thought a gym dog could elicit a PR in someone’s lift. She essentially said if the dog is watching you, you have to impress the dog so you will obviously be strong for the dog. I love that answer.
A lot of my guests have never listened to any of my podcast episodes going into it. Some of them have listened to several of them. It all depends on the individual, what is going on in their life and how much spare time they have.
I didn’t really know Danielle going into this podcast. I have followed her on social media for a year or more, and I knew she would be able to speak to certain mental and physical strengths required in life.
How do we deal with someone else’s death when we find ourselves showing showing empathy. How do we cope, how do we show our emotions, how do we live our lives?
I just tried to keep it real and throw some laughs into this episode. You’ll have to let me know what you think.
If you’re listening, share it on social and tag me in it. It often makes my day when someone lets me know they’re listening to an episode.
I hope you enjoy! Thank you for listening!
Episode 28 – Dean Somerset
It was not a coincidence that I scheduled Dean Somerset to be on my podcast on my birthday. I mean, that was the day this week that he was most available to guest on it, but that’s beside the point. Regardless of what day it is today, it fills my cup to spend as much time with good human beings as possible.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Dean Somerset has his BSc. Kinesiology, he’s a certified exercise physiologist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and medical exercise specialist. If you casually ask him what he does in the gym though, he might just say he’s a personal trainer.
During certain times of the year, he travels around the world to share his wealth of knowledge that came from years of experience in the industry, a passion in the pursuit of learning, and just plain integrity in staying humble and being open to the lessons you can learn from everyone you meet in your life. In addition to presenting at conferences and summits, he creates a lot of material and releases a great deal of knowledge accessible to the masses. He’s a goto for continuing education.
He still works with clients one on one, out of Evolve Downtown for the simple reason that we enter this industry to be with people, face to face, and as such, this still holds importance in his career.
We talk about family influence, sports, high school life, cookies or ice cream, lasagna, pizza, dogs, and high fives.
I don’t really have to sell this episode to you, if you know Dean, you’re already listening to it. He’s a guy that many people are invested in and I am honoured that he shared his time with me today.
If you enjoy this one, send me a message, tag me in a post or give it a review and a rating.
Episode 27 – Ryan McDonald
Episode 27 comes with a bit of a prelude to explain the echoing. The release was delayed by a few days (FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER haha) because I truly went “full nerd” in my attempt to get rid of or reduce the echo. Once you get that minor detail behind you it was a really fun conversation.
Ryan McDonald is a local Realtor and is one of the most driven people I know. Let’s not forget that I know a lot of driven people.
Before I go further, I want to mention I have appointed him as my official episode sponsor (so I mean, I just want to remind you he sells houses with the McDonald Real Estate Group).
That’s not what he’s all about though, he didn’t ask or a plug.
He talks about it in the episode how sometimes in our own selfish way it feels good to help people. He’s helped me in many ways in my career.
We talk about family, his dad life, his love of pizza and the illusions that Vance Bosch has that he also loves Costco Hot Dogs.
It’s a good one, you should give it a listen. Send me a message, let me know what you think. As always, ratings and shares help me out tremendously and I appreciate them greatly.
Episode 26 – Jennifer Neilson
They call her “Bitchin’ Housewife” and if there is ever a Zombie Apocalypse her phone is going to light up with people in her life that knows when life throws you an obstacle you find a way to stop bitching about it and rise up.
We really dive into what defines relentlessness. It will look different to everyone, maybe it will seem like our situation isn’t as big of a deal as someone else’s or perhaps it could feel like our situation is much more dire than anyone we know.
Essentially it’s about this:
What do you do when shit hits the fan in your life?
Jennifer has been an entrepreneur, she’s run long distance races while pregnant, she’s gone through the mental and physical roller coaster of a bodybuilding competition, she battles endometriosis, she’s felt rock bottom and she’s felt what it feels like to be at the top, she’s a mom. Did I mention she ran long distances while pregnant?!?
We talk about just about everything you can fit into an hour of conversation and it is completely improvised. I also give away my secret formula to my relaxation baths and we give a bunch of people a shout out.
I was very glad I got to have this chat and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
You can find it on most podcast streaming platforms, Google Play, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, or even by simply googling The Lifestyle Chase. Partnered with YEG Fitness Magazine.
If you enjoy it, please let me know by tagging me and sharing it on social media. I always appreciate when my messages get spread.
Thank you for listening!
Episode 25 – Mental Health Edition with Blake Loates and Michelle Bagnell
They say not enough men talk about it. Or people are scared to talk about it. There are a lot of people who assume that a such a positive person couldn’t possibly be brought to tears when they think about someone they lost in a battle to mental health, as though battles are never faced by positive supportive people.
It’s hard to define, people have different experiences and it feels uncomfortable or in some instances it’s frowned upon to talk about the negative things in life.
Unless we talk about it, really dig deep into what it feels like, we can’t experience growth. When we can’t acknowledge or really own it when we are at a low in our mental health or when we can’t tell the story of how someone else’s mental health altered our lives, we can’t really experience the support we may need.
This episode is incredibly meaningful to me, and is amplified by the addition of my guests who both have stories of their own.
Listen in as I open up on the topic of mental health across the table from Blake Loates and Michelle Bagnell.
If this episode resonates you, pass it on, or share it. If you have a story of your own you’d rather share instead, I challenge you to share it with someone. We need to be okay with not being okay, because mental health is just as much a priority as physical and unless we acknowledge that it is there, that it’s a thing, and that it plays a role in everyone’s life, how will we ever fight life’s battles?
Episode 24 – Ula Kaniuch
Ula is such a good soul. She is someone I can really relate to on the topics of personal reinvention, the importance of thoroughly communicating with your people and the importance of having and mandating a “board of directors” or support circle.
Nobody is really done learning, as in if you are the best version of yourself right now, that’s kind of boring. We talk about a lot of Ula’s ventures in her career, the things she’s gained from them and how she’s learned. We chat about Lululemon, how good Mountain Mike’s advice is (it’s good, trust me), and her journey as a dog mom.
You should give this one a listen, I really enjoyed the chat.
The Lifestyle Chase is available just about everywhere, and is also officially partnered with YEG Fitness. You can find it in the link in my bio, at www.yegfitness.ca, Spotify, Google Play, or Apple Music.
I really appreciate it when you share the episode you are listening to, especially if you give one of your favorite takeaways. There are still some people in Edmonton that think I am just out here selling Dyson vacuum cleaners or something, but this podcast project is something that is incredibly meaningful to me.
The next episode is coming out tomorrow. It is a two-guest special geared towards stomping on the stigma around mental health. It’s something where personally I will be really putting myself out there and so if you are listening to Episode 24, I need your help in spreading awareness when you get to Episode 25.
As always, thank you for the support.
Episode 23 – Vance Bosch
Vance “Boomerang” Bosch definitely has more life experience than an hour worth of talking can fit. There is definitely more to him than meets the eye.
In selecting a picture for the cover for his episode, all his photos were with his wife, Morgan. It says a lot about a relationship when all of your photos are with your partner in crime.
This loyalty and devotion is what is so impactful about what Vance is going to experience this year. Amidst business successes and personal growth that we all chase, Vance Bosch is going to be a dad to twins!
It’s a great chat and Vance is definitely one of my favourite people who’s had my back when I needed it so I hope you give this episode a listen.
We gave more shout outs so perk your ears and turn the volume up. Let me know what you think, share as you listen on social media, and if you really liked it, go rate it on iTunes.
Episode 22 – Ryan Jones
When Ryan Jones was an Edmonton Oiler he was one of my favourite players. From asking for cookies in exchange for autographs to getting the flight staff to scare Linus Omark on the plane, Ryan is a fun guy on anyone’s team.
We talked about what molded him into the individual he is and some of the obstacles he faced along the way. He spoke of how sometimes when something really frustrating happens it changes your life in a way you would never have expected but never want to have had happen any other way.
Lots of hockey player shoutouts and I may have dropped a few names myself, so that means you’ll obviously have to listen to hear if we talked about you. You just never know.
As always, what really helps me in spreading my message is sharing these episodes on social media and heading over to iTunes to give me a 5 star review.
Anyone from the hockey world that is listening to this episode, please also go listen to Episode 18 with Tracey Kalbfleisch when you get a chance.
Let me know what you think. These podcasts are available on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, and Google Play. Thanks for listening!
Episode 21 – Bradley James
Bradley James is a really good human being. He has met a lot of friends in various aspects of his life and from just starting to really get to know him I can tell I’ll want to keep him close as one of mine.
In this episode we talk about everything from his high school experience to his time at the U of A. We talk about the difference between living in Toronto vs living in Edmonton as I know a few Edmontians have made that big move in 2018.
We chat about people who have really impacted him and we spend a lot of time chatting about Lululemon as well.
Honestly, we could have totally made this episode 3 hours long. I’m a fan of this guy, as I am of all of my guests.
You might also get to the point where you want to reach out to him, so I’ll just leave this here https://www.bradleyjamesentertainment.com/
Before you click away, I need your help! If you have enjoyed my podcast so far, please help me with my ratings on iTunes and maybe even leave a nice review. I have some awesome people like Sean Freeman (Official Hype Man) who have supported me by sharing the episode in their story as they listen. This is huge for the growth of this passion project of mine. I really want to leave a positive impact and I’ll need your support to do so.
I am sure you will enjoy this episode as much as I did. Thank you for listening!
Episode 20 – Chelsey Jensen
This episode was really fun because Chelsey is just such a genuinely positive person. Like anyone she burns out and has bad days but her attitude encourages people to show up with their best foot forward as often as possible.
Attitude and Gratitude are our buzzwords on this one. #Grateful.
Something I have always admired about Chelsey’s attitude is that she has able to take on every opportunity she has been offered with the right attitude. It’s gotten her a lot of really amazing opportunities very quickly in her career and will continue to help her as she adapts alongside a constantly changing industry.
We chat about all kinds of things with a big focus on social media platforms like Instagram and LinkedIn. We also chat about some people who have really helped her show up in life and the exciting experiences she has had through meeting the people she’s surrounded by. It’s all about finding happiness and we both agreed that happiness does not come from nice cars and big houses.
If you ever want to play a pickup game of Shinny, give Chelsey a shout. She’s always ready to go. Call me up too if you do. I need someone that can teach me how to stop.
Make sure to give this one a listen. I really appreciate when people leave a 5 star review on iTunes or share the Episode on social media. It helps me build an audience and spread my positive message to more people. Hope you enjoy! Thank you for listening!
Episode 19 – Jordan Jeske
Episode 19 is with a guest that I planned to host from the start. He’s a rock solid dude both literally and figuratively.
Jordan Jeske has appeared on 3 other podcasts already, so you will be able to hear a lot of his story and get a different perspective by giving his name a good old fashioned google on the ol’ iTunes. I guess that would be a search though.
In any case, Jordan has always demonstrated a great deal of integrity and has a pretty big heart. Not mentioned in this episode are his initiatives to support causes close to his heart. He goes above and beyond for a lot of meaningful causes.
Jordan and I spend a lot of time talking about family, goals, and just the art of being a trainer and a normal happy friendly human being at the same time.
Thank you for giving this one a listen, and if you enjoy, I really appreciate it when people help get the word out there.
Episode 18 – Tracey Kalbfleisch
It’s amazing what can happen in a person’s life and how they can be tested. It’s inspiring when a person’s hero is their child.
Episode 18 was with Tracey Kalbfleisch sitting down on a couple mats in the middle of her studio at Sculpted Finery in Sherwood Park.
Get your old hockey sticks over to Peyton Kalbfleisch and place an order to support his passion and cause. All of the contact info is in the podcast and I am hoping they’ll be able to get a website up soon. I gave them some tips haha.
I could tell you all about this episode and how we covered the topics of fitness, health, family, kids, social media, bullying, mental health, motivation, tough moments. I could tell you that this was one of the heaviest year’s of Tracey’s life. Or you could listen.
This one was really good. It will leave an impact on anyone.
Episode 17 – Rob Clark
Rob Clark is someone I consider to be a very close friend. He is definitely an individual with a lot of depth to his story and a great human at that. Rob is someone I like to call “good people”. You know his heart will always be in the right place and for that reason he has had a lot of big hearted people gravitate into his life. You get to learn that Rob is not just the Edmonton Oilers Anthem Singer, and he actually has about 46 other things that he does.
We talk about a charity that is really important to Rob and his family and the link to get more info or support it can be found at https://www.casaservices.org/ .
Let me know what you think! I always greatly appreciate the shares these episodes get through social media and the 5 star ratings on iTunes so I just want to say thank you for all of the support!
Episode 16 – Amber Kupina
For this episode I wanted to enlighten my listeners on energy healing and what Amber does.
Amber Kupina has been creating a community where people can be comfortable with the idea of working on themselves. Her style of healing is very reliant on the people involved being open to the process.
We hang out with Frank and Shaggy, and talk all about healing and how it is integrated into her life and the lives of those around her.
Amber lives a very balanced lifestyle staying fit and eating nutritiously and has some very exciting goals planned for her future. We held her accountable on a few of them so give it a listen so you can call her out.
Make sure to give this one a listen, and let me know what you think.
As always, all the shares on social media and five star ratings on iTunes are helping me build the audience for this project. My goal is to help more people to be better people through hearing the stories of others.
Episode 15 – Patrycia Rzechowka
Patrycia is extremely busy, but she made time for this on short notice and I think it says a lot about the kind of person she is. I really enjoyed chatting with her and I think that’s an amazing thing about being the host of this podcast.
In this episode we talk about how MS has affected her life and how she makes the most of every opportunity that happens to her. There is a lot of really good conversations you’ll want to hear.
I think of all the people I know, Patrycia does one of the best jobs of being a good human being. This episode talks a lot about her life with MS but it’s the kind of conversation that anyone can be a part of.
Being grateful for opportunity, feeling your emotions, needing community are all important takeaways. This was another one where a bunch of people got shout outs.
If you are enjoying these podcasts, it really makes my day to see them get shared on social media. Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy this one.
Episode 14 – Michael Cameron
As you will soon catch on, we were running for this whole podcast. Literally, running. Michael is a pretty cool guy who is up to some amazing things. He is successful in his business but life has shown him the true pursuit of happiness and he spends his days working on his commitment to #makebeautifulshithappen .
You’re going to learn more about his story, but there’s a lot that we didn’t get to talk about so make sure that you check out www.mikecameron.ca
In addition, we didn’t get a chance to talk about this but for two years in a row now, Mike has organized an Ignore No More Run. It’s worth looking up. This past year it was in support of the SAIF society.
We learned today that if you want the podcast to be shorter than an hour, you just have to make it a running podcast.
Episode 13 – Farha and Naheed Shariff
Farha and Naheed have seen me completely reinvent myself over the years and chase my goals relentlessly. They are huge supporters in my life and so it was really fun to spend some time with them and the kids (AND FUSCHIA!!) for this podcast.
Farha is a high performing individual with her Doctorate in Education. When she isn’t educating at the University of Alberta, she unwinds and gains clarity through instructing and coaching spin and boxing at Cyclebar and Champs boxing studio.
Naheed has done very well for himself as a businessman and accountant. With a balanced approach geared towards making the people around him perform at their best, he has found a lot of success in creating strong teams and being innovative as often as possible.
We talk about everything from fitness to family to the tough things that life throws at us, the tough decisions and the fact that Naheed has more shoes than Farha.
Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy this one!
Episode 12 – Kristina Botelho
Have you ever took a big jump in your life simply based on a strong self belief? A gut feeling?
I really enjoyed getting to chat with Kristina because she has a strong sense of self belief which has been a very empowering characteristic for her. She is also really good at being herself which is extremely important.
She balances her business, her family, and maintains an active and healthy lifestyle all while always striving to be better. We talk about the dragon that burnt up the yellow brick road, and we talk about the new Netflix series called “Hey It’s Me KB” where they don’t ever show KB until the last episode of the 9th season (kind of like a new How I Met Your Mother). I kid – I kid. Let’s face it though, we’d all watch the show, I mean you’re listening to this podcast because of the KB and Co Instagram account. Let’s be honest! haha
I think you knew this was going to be a good episode, so I hope you are already giving it a listen. Let us know what you think!
Episode 9 – Dao Haddad
Dao is someone who can light a fire under your ass without even trying. The best part is it comes natural to her. It’s all about being accountable to the fact that you have a potential that you are in control of. It is up to you to be the change you want to see. Sometimes life throws us into a situation where we have to grit our teeth and just move forward. If every day is a step forward then we are unstoppable. Dao is definitely someone who I consider to be unstoppable and absolutely someone who is creating the change that she wants to see in the world. She has a really good perspective on life and an attitude that enables her to be an enabler of others. You should listen to this one. You should also go to her boxing class.
Episode 8 – Shane Fennessey
The very first podcast I got to be a part of was Shane Fennessey’s City of Champions. He helped me launch mine and has been a big supporter in all of my ventures this past year.
Shane is one of my favourite people because what you see is what you get. Put him in any room with a variety of people whether they are well known celebrities or someone you have never heard of. Place him in any sitation, whether it’s his first time trying it or it’s something he is good at and he is just himself. He’s very respectful of others and strives to consider what another person could be feeling in a situation. His mom did a great job raising him.
Shane is no stranger to career transition, he embodies what it is to be chasing a lifestyle and for that reason you should definitely give this one a listen. Make sure to also check out his podcast, City of Champions.
I need to mention, “Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story” was just released and Shane was the co-producer. It’s a pretty big deal to be able to see your name on www.IMDB.com amidst so many other big names. With quite a few projects on the horizon, you should definitely have Shane on your radar if you don’t already. He was also recently on the cover of YEG Fitness magazine, so ladies, he’s not just an ambitious lifestyle driven thoughtful good friend, he also takes really good care of himself. Just saying, if you can catch up to his hustle
Glad I got the chance to sit down with Shane for another session of “Chris and Shane shoot the shit at Shane’s place”, I’m sure he’ll be back for another episode down the road.
Episode 7 – Tim Gourlay
This episode features the founder of Fitset, Tim Gourlay. Fitset is essentially a multi-studio gym membership that enables people to try a variety of different studios and classes around the city. Tim was one of my supporters for my Goal Crushing Event earlier this year and it’s always fun working together with him on different things. I ran into some technical difficulties with two different micro usb cables on this one so we have some extra banter but what kind of podcast would this be if we didn’t admit when things didn’t go as planned? Fun fact, this episode was recorded in the middle of the old Sears store at Kingsway Garden Mall. Also, Tim streamed it on Intagram Live, so we had that going for us. Enjoy this very authentic episode and be sure to subscribe!
Episode 6 – Layne Mitchell
This episode was good. REALLY GOOD. Any parents of young kids or even just fitness enthusiasts should really listen up because Layne has a daily routine that is worth learning a thing or two from. His journey that essentially thrust him into making healthy lifestyle choices makes you think twice about what we are eating or how we are spending our time in our lives. It’s easy to eat shitty food when you can get away with eating shitty food. It’s easy to make excuses and say we are too busy, not only with our nutrition and fitness but also in our relationships with loved ones. More and more we are finding people are getting health complications physically and mentally and it all comes down to how we are treating our body. From the radio to lifestyle to Layne’s ongoing pursuit towards being the best dad he can be, Layne shares it all. You’re going to love the audio quality on this one. Helps when you get to record it at Sonic 102.9. Thanks Layne!
Episode 5 – Ruhee Kassam
Episode 5 with Ruhee Kassam was done in her Audiology studio. But the microphone was sitting on top of my laptop, so that’s why you hear the weird buzzing noise. An otherwise flawless audio experience.
Ruhee is someone that has seen me go through a TONNE of personal growth and when you listen to this episode, you’ll learn that personal growth is the name of her game. She’s all about that self awareness, self-love, attitude and an incredibly authentic human being. Also, you should see her Drake challenge video.
We gave a lot of shoutouts to local businesses and inspiring people we both know. You’re going to want to give this one a listen. It has a really good message that should resonate with you.