LIV’s most used resources

I always find it interesting when I hear the athletes at LIV Athletic make comments about how it’s humanizing or reassuring to see the coaches struggling with something. Whether that struggle is a workout, nutrition goals, our mental game, or anything else. We are always struggling.

Everyone struggles but not everyone is trying to improve. It’s easy to get stuck in the monotony of everyday life. It takes a conscious effort to break our routine, get out of our comfort zone, and put the work into better ourselves. Continued growth is undeniably important in every aspect of our life: our career, our education, our communication, our relationship with ourselves, and our fitness.

During classes at LIV Athletic, our coaches want to make sure you move safely, move well, maximize your hour at the gym, and leave you with something new. In order to do this we need to continue learning ourselves. Here are a few of the resources we use to stay current and continue learning for both in and outside the gym:

Becoming a Supple Leopard – Book
“Learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body, unlock your athletic potential, live pain-free…and become a Supple Leopard.”
This is a book written by Dr. Kelley Starrett. This can be used more as a reference as opposed to a straight-through read. It is all about self-care and is extremely relatable to the CrossFit athlete. There are common faults and fixes, a plethora of exercises, and hundreds of mobilization techniques used to improve range of motion and alleviate pain.

The Daily Stoic – Book
In this book, there are small stoic philosophy quotes with brief explanations. There is one for every day of the year. It is thought-provoking, quick, and easy to work into your daily routine.

Daring Greatly – Book
Brené Brown is an incredible author and everything she writes is an intriguing and relatable read. This book, specifically, is about how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, disappointment, and shame, while also being the birthplace of joy, belonging, and creativity. 10/10 would recommend.

Seth Godin’s Blog
Seth is an author and former dot-com business executive. He puts out small tidbits of wisdom daily – quick thought-provoking ideas to think about throughout your day.

@activeliferx – Instagram account and Podcast
This is an awesome little account I stumbled on. Their description is “We help coaches to help athletes with practical education.”
Their posts often include a short quote and then a longer description in the comments that explain the purpose and a more in-depth look at why they are posting it. A lot of their posts are aimed at coaches, but it is definitely applicable to everyone. They also repost and expand on other athletes who have helpful thoughts, tips, and tools.

The Tim Ferris Show – Podcast
No better way to explain this podcast than the official description: “…deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.”
In 2016 it was the most downloaded podcast on iTunes and for good reason. It’s incredibly interesting and an engaging listen.

Here are some specific episode recommendations from the LIV Coaches:

  • 153: Dr. BJ Miller – A hospice doctor who has helped close to 1000 people die with peace and grace.
  • 136: Naval Ravikant: Happiness hacks and the 5 chimps theory
  • 127: Amelia Boone – World champion obstacle course racer. Lawyer for Apple. Bad A** Woman.
  • 125: Derek Sivers: Developing confidence, finding happiness, and saying “No” to millions.
  • 106: Scott Adams: The man behind Dilbert (the famous newspaper cartoon).
  • 35: Tony Robins and Peter Diamonds – How to think BIG. Where to start and how to grow.

Brute Strength Podcast
This has a Tim Ferris like vibe to the podcast but is specifically directed toward the CrossFit community.

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast
Dr. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Toronto. This podcast is a collection of topics specifically recorded for the podcast and also includes lectures and interviews he has done in the past. I like this podcast because the topics covered are general topics I never come in contact with. Being an advertising major and a CrossFit junkie, it is rare I leave those two worlds without effort. This podcast can put me in a conversation about abnormal and social psychology, theology, and how they relate to everyday life.

I hope you look through some of these resources. They’re pretty easy to get through once you start. Go get some knowledge!