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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.


Katie St. Clair (@katie.stclair.fitness) has years of experience in the industry. She has a personal understanding of chronic pain which was a huge takeaway from this episode. If perhaps meditation on its own is something that makes your life worse, I'd really like you to listen to this episode to learn more about Katie and perhaps get something from her life's experiences so far.

If you are about to be a mother, worried about your strength before pregnancy vs after pregnancy, we talked about that. Katie shared many of her struggles that are specific to her being a female.

We talked about how she spent most of her career without females to look up to as coaches or mentors which was a big "why" for her creating the Female Fitness Alliance https://www.katiestclairfitness.com/Femalefitnessalliance

Regardless of who you are or what you do, there is going to be something for you in this episode. Whether it's people in our lives, people who've raised us, people we train, people we live with. We're all beginners in some faced. We're all trying something new.

As you listen to episodes of The Lifestyle Chase, I want to know who is out there. Put faces to the analytics. If you listen to and enjoy this episode, please tag me @christianliddle @thelifestylechase, and Katie @katie.stclair.fitness so that we can see who is out there.

It means a lot to have your support. Thanks for listening, and it's worth looking at past episodes if you enjoyed the material in this podcast.

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Kayla Alexander (@kjalexan40) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association. She played college basketball for the Syracuse Orange. She's a devoted Christian and a published author and illustrator. 

You can find more of her creative side at kaylaalexander.net. Kayla played seven seasons in the WNBA, most recently for the Chicago Sky. She played her first five WNBA seasons for the San Antonio Stars, one season for the Indiana Fever, and this past summer she was picked up by the Chicago Sky.

Kayla Alexander attended Syracuse University from 2009-2013 on a four year athletic scholarship. She graduated as the women’s program’s all-time leading scorer.

A lot of this description comes from her bio on her website. What you're going to learn when you listen to this episode is that it's the little things that add up to the big things. The ability to receive feedback in a way that empowers you to work with all kinds of different coaches. One of her driving passions is that she wants to make a difference for youth. Her "why" for what she does is to pass on the support she received in her earlier years to others in their earlier years. 

One of Kayla's goals is to provide for her family. I think many people in the world are going to feel this way. If someone does everything they can to make you the best version of yourself it inspires you to give back. 

Overall, there are a tonne of takeaways for young athletes and people facing uncertainty in their future. Lots that people can relate to and be inspired by. 

If you enjoy this episode, please share it on social media and help The Lifestyle Chase grow. This is a big passion project of mine and I'd love to be able to build on it each episode. If you haven't already, please check out past episodes! Thanks for the support!

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Klarissa (@klarissadawn) has a diverse professional background including marketing, leadership, real estate, youth and child resiliency, community engagement, program management, theatre, and the service industry. 

We talked about the things that she is passionate about, we dove down the rabbit hole of her near death experiences. We about her experiences with her education and how sometimes what we think should happen, doesn't have to be what happens. 

If you are someone who wants to get 100 percent on everything you do and it's caused you to hit a wall, you should listen to this one. If you are someone whose education didn't go the way you wanted it to go because of things beyond your control, you should listen to this one. 

Klarissa also talked about taking risks, believing in yourself or finding situations where people have faith in your abilities. There is a lot of value to be had for anyone in or out of the fitness industry. You can find more about Klarissa at www.klarissaparadis.com

The Lifestyle Chase Podcast needs your help. If you've made it this far, please go and follow @thelifestylechase on IG, share the podcast on social media, rate and review on Apple podcasts and subscribe on your favourite platforms. The Lifestyle Chase is also available in video now! Go check it out on YouTube. It's your support that allows a project like this to grow and in turn inspires me to continue to put in the hard work in sharing these conversations. Thank you so much!

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Kay Lybeck is based out of Portland Oregon. She's an author, a teacher, a mother, and an athlete. We talked about taking steps to move forward in life with making our circle of influence wider.

We also discussed important aspects of education for young people. Learning how to have grit and resilience in life and not just focusing on letter grades and recognition. I want to make sure that everyone knows where they can get a copy of Kay's book.

You can find it here https://www.amazon.ca/Trompers-Tale-Courage-Kay-Lybeck/dp/1734266406 . Thank you for your support!

You can find all past episodes of The Lifestyle Chase in audio form on your favourite audio listening platform. This episode will be the first video episode in The Lifestyle Chase series! All filmed episodes will be uploaded to The Lifestyle Chase page on YouTube! Stay tuned for future video episodes.

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Adam Ross is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) and certified in sports nutrition from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). He is also a personal trainer and a former Division 1 and professional Ice Hockey player. He attended Merrimack College from 2007-2011 where he was a two-year captain of the hockey team. He went on to play 3 years of professional hockey for affiliate teams of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadians. He is also a two-time Inline hockey IIHF World Champion with team Canada, and captained the team to a IIHF World Championship.

In this episode we talked about the industry and what sparked his interest in nutrition in the first place. We talked about simple changes and not looking at lifestyle change as such a daunting task. We danced around the topic of artificial sweeteners in such a way that you basically just shouldn't drink 2L of anything per day if it isn't 99% water. 

It all comes down to just setting some guard rails and working with what works best for your body and your goals. 

We talked about the feeling of being on a team, the beauties of being introverted, the downfalls of social media, and how it's okay to feel dumb all the time and it's actually something that should be a continual journey. If you're smarter than everyone, what are you learning?

Thanks for listening and if you're new hear, go to thelifestylechase.podbean.com and look at the past guests. Between episode 1 and episode 119, you are bound to recognize a few people. 

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Today is May 4th. In the Netherlands it is known as the Day of the Dead followed by Liberation day on May 5th. This is all in remembrance of those who have died in wars or peace keeping missions since World War II. 

From a young age, John knew he was going to come to Canada. It was the land of his heroes. From September 1944 to April 1945, the First Canadian Army fought German forces and liberated his home. 

In 1965, John came to Canada from the Netherlands with few resources and a dream of building a sawmill.

Today at nearly 80 years young, John has trained and competed in body building qualifying beyond the local level. We talked about a health problem that came close to ending his life, and how routine has been instilled in him since his time in the air force. 

John struggled in school as a kid and learned later in his adulthood that there were things that he could work on to better himself. When it came down to it, he's just always had the most passion in the things he was interested in. He'll work hard for his goals, not matter how many times he has to fail or start from ground zero. 

John has built the largest secondary lumber manufacturing company in North America. He pioneered finger-jointing in Canada, and he's the longest serving director on the B.C. Council of Forest Industries. 

Brink and the College of New Caledonia jointly purchased a building for a trades and technology program that opened in 2002 as the John A. Brink Trades and Technology Centre. In 2019, he received an Honourary Doctorate of Law Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in recognition of his past 50+ years of commerce, philanthropy and community involvement. 

The Brink Group sponsors countless community initiatives, athletes, events, charities, etc. 

Give this episode a listen and keep your eyes open for John's book, coming later this year! Thanks for listening to The Lifestyle Chase. Please help the podcast grow by sharing the episode in your story on social media, sending a link to a friend, subscribing, or listening to some of the many past episodes with guests or the daily Real Talk segments. 


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Rich Thaw is based out of Montreal, Canada. He's interned at MBSC with a colourful story as to his journey over the border to do so. Rich believes that taking control over personal health and performance is a universal challenge. His passion is in the empowerment of others as you can see in how he's named his business, www.EMPWRfast.com . 

Some of the major takeaways from this episode in particular was bringing the practicality of meditation to the forefront. It's been something that I've talked about with countless guests, and each one of them has done it slightly differently. 

We talked about Rich's passion for hockey and how he's ingrained to be a part of the team. We talked about how sometimes you need to form the team to have a team. 

Rich has a wealth of experiences in his career and in life. We had a really good conversation and he gave some really good insight. You should go follow him @coach_richthaw

If you enjoyed this episode, please go give it a positive rating and review on your podcast streaming service, and be sure to dive down The Lifestyle Chase rabbit hole and check out some past interviews either with guests or some of my daily episodes of Real Talk. 

Thank you for supporting The Lifestyle Chase!

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Kayle Simpson (@kayle_salad._  ) is currently living in Australia. Living her best life, enjoying the little things and being the change in the world she wants to see with the work she does with her online clients. 

The thing is, when you move to somewhere new, you don't necessarily sign up to have wildfires and then a worldwide pandemic. 

We inevitably talk about physical distancing, and the amazing wonders of technology that enables us to all be connected. 

This episode talks a bit about how moments in time can shape you forever. We discuss how it's best to focus on quality over quantity in the people we surround ourselves with and that even in times of loneliness we have everything we need. 

Now, quit reading and go listen! Thank you for supporting The Lifestyle Chase and make sure you go check out some of the past episodes!

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Ben De Zwart is a long-time trainer based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He's had to restart several times in his career which has helped him really hone in on the important aspects of personal training. One of his greatest passions at this point is having an impact on other trainers in how he leads them to see what's important in business, what a sustainable career looks like and how to make an impact and not just clock in and clock out. 

We talked about his career journey and how his previous career wasn't fulfilling and influenced him to make the move to being a trainer. We talked about the many bumps in the road and we talked about how there is always opportunity, it's just how you see things.

This episode will be helpful for anyone who needs a little fire under their ass, anyone feeling lost or frustrated in their career or anyone with a family that has had to pick up and move a few times. Lots of things to relate to. 

Thanks for listening! Go check out past episodes at thelifestylechase.podbean.com!

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To best describe Greg, I made use of his bio directly from his website at StrongerByScience.com

Greg has over a decade of experience under the bar and a B.S. in exercise and sports science. He is currently enrolled in the exercise science M.A. program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s held three all-time world records in powerlifting in the 220lb and 242lb classes. He’s trained hundreds of athletes and regular folks, both online and in-person. He’s written for many of the major magazines and websites in the fitness industry, including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Bodybuilding.com, T-Nation, and Schwarzenegger.com. Furthermore, he’s had the opportunity to work with and learn from numerous record holders, champion athletes, and collegiate and professional strength and conditioning coaches through his previous job as Chief Content Director for Juggernaut Training Systems and current full-time work on StrongerByScience.com. Greg is also one-third of Monthly Applications in Strength Sport (MASS), a monthly research review he runs with Eric Helms and Mike Zourdos.

Essentially, Greg is very widely known among fitness professionals, but for my audience, I wanted to bring out his personality or at the very least, talk about stuff he wouldn't often get asked to talk about. 

So if you enjoy Greg, or are interested in his work, I highly recommend you seek out some of his content on his website. He is a wealth of information and has been on so many other podcasts you will never run out of Greg things to listen to. 

Thank you for supporting The Lifestyle Chase! Please check out old episodes to find other guests you may be able to learn from or to check out my daily episodes of Real Talk. To find all the episodes, just go to thelifestylechase.podbean.com

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