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KETTLEBELLS & COCKTAILS

JOHN WOOLEY & NIKI BRAZIER

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The regular podcast by content creator John Wooley of @makewodsgreatagain & Niki Brazier where they share perspectives on fitness, health, and obstacles facing the everyday athlete while having some fun along the way. Available everywhere.
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Welcome to The International Risk Podcast, your premier destination for insightful discussions on global risk trends. Hosted by the seasoned and insightful Dominic Bowen, our weekly episodes delve into the complex tapestry of international affairs. From the intricate interplay of geopolitics and economics to the ever-evolving challenges of cybersecurity and environmental risks, our podcast provides an in-depth analysis that's crucial for today's leaders. Whether you're a Board Member, CEO, S ...
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Despite his tiny, fleeting epiphanies, host Drew Droege has no idea what his morally bankrupt friends are going to tell him. Painful tales of forbidden desire, embarrassing stupidity, and downright garbage are spun together in search of a larger truth. Lower your expectations.
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At the international risk podcast we strive to uncover the different facets of the world of risk we find ourselves in. But these risks do not occur in a vacuum. Today we are in a permicrisis, and year after year we hear about how the climate crisis is tightening its grip on the earth’s natural resources, and threatens the balance of the natural wor…
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It has been nearly six months since Israel began its campaign to eliminate Hamas in Gaza, following the horrific terrorist attack on October 7th. Today, Ben Lawson, intern at the International Risk Podcast is joined by Dominic Bowen, the host of the podcast to discuss some of the new developments in the conflict, as well as some of the key risks co…
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In this episode of 'Kettlebells and Cocktails', host John is joined by special guest Jay DeCoons the Vice President of Global Affiliates at CrossFit. They discuss Jay's initial experiences with CrossFit and his first Open competition, highlighting the importance of scaling workouts and the sense of community within CrossFit affiliates. They delve i…
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One of the key actions companies of all sizes have to take is to ensure that their cybersecurity is constantly up to date; but for many, the true scale of the risks surrounding poor cybersecurity remain largely unknown; so to help us unpack the risks and opportunities associated with cybersecurity, we are thrilled to be joined by Steve Orrin. Steve…
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When most people think about organised crime, their minds will instantly turn towards mafia style organisations; and these days no-where do mafias hold more of a reputation than in Latin America. According to the UNCAC Coalition (a global network of over 350 civil society organizations (CSOs) in over 100 countries, committed to promoting the ratifi…
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In this episode of 'Kettlebells and Cocktails', hosts John and Nikki delve into the innovative efforts in Ireland to integrate CrossFit into the healthcare system. Joined by guests Darina Dunne and Karl Dunne (no relation), they explore the inception and objectives of incorporating CrossFit programming as part of preventative healthcare in Ireland.…
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Achieving personal growth often requires experiencing discomfort. What if instead of tolerating discomfort (e.g., feeling awkward or uncomfortable), people actively sought it out? To explore this pressing question, we are joined by Kaitlin Woolley. Kaitlin is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, special…
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Last week, we heard from Ben Dubow, who gave us some fascinating insights into how he sees Putin’s next presidential term playing out and the implications of who comes second in the Russian presidential elections. This week, we thought it crucial to hear from someone who has real world experience in international diplomacy, Ambassador John E Herbst…
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As we step into 2024, a critical year for democracy worldwide, the stage is set for 64 national elections, marking an unprecedented turnout at the polls. The backdrop is a canvas of escalating international tensions, the daunting specter of climate change, and stretched thin inter-governmental organizations like the UN and NATO. In a year of potent…
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Today, we are joined by Ted McKenna. Ted is co-author of the bestselling book The JOLT Effect: How High Performers Overcome Customer Indecision, and a founding partner of DCM Insights. He is an accomplished sales and customer experience researcher whose work has appeared in the pages of Harvard Business Review and a sought-after speaker and advisor…
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In this episode we have special guest Jen Green owner of CrossFit Greer and Senior Manager of U.S. Affiliate Operations at CrossFit HQ, discuss the pivotal role of affiliates in the CrossFit community. Jen elaborates on the value brought by affiliate reps through tools, resources, and a more personalized touch, assisting affiliates in becoming succ…
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Over the last few weeks we have talked about some of the facets of transnational organised crime, and today's episode will continue to explore these international risks. According to the UK Government, the illicit drugs market is big business, worth an estimated £9.4 billion a year in the UK alone. Globally, over 236.1 million ransomware attacks oc…
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John and Niki welcome special guest Dale King, an OG in the CrossFit community. They discuss the changing landscape of CrossFit, from its handling under private equity to the challenges of affiliate ownership. Dale provides his thoughts on the future and expresses concerns over preserving the original ethos of CrossFit amidst changes. The conversat…
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In recent podcasts, we have talked a lot about ESG, and the corporate responsibilities companies must take into account in their day-to-day working. The ways in which consumers view companies has changed dramatically over the last two decades, and corporate reputation is more important than ever, and reputations and brands are scrutinized than ever…
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In this open and in-depth conversation with CrossFit CEO, Don Faul, hosts John and Niki explore a range of important discussions related to the future of CrossFit. Don dives into the relationship and influence of private equity with CrossFit, a pivot towards a greater focus on health, and the key role of affiliates in the expansion of the CrossFit …
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A few weeks ago, we spoke to Nathan Paul Southern, who gave us a deep dive into the links transnational criminal organisations have to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Transnational crime is a topic so vast, it would be an injustice to only cover one aspect of it, given its impact on international risk. Today, we are going to discuss a hugely pert…
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In this episode, host John and Niki chat with one of their favorite guests Rob Kearney about his experiences with running a new CrossFit gym, CrossFit Iron Legacy. They discuss building a community, balancing coaching elite athletes with newcomers, and the approach towards CrossFit Open. Rob also shares his 'hot girl summer body' diet and his passi…
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As we have seen in the recent COP28 conference, and our episode with Valentina Lira, the nature of business for both leaders and stakeholders is vastly different to what it used to be at the start of the millennium. The rising importance of Environmental, Social, and Governance issues for businesses brings opportunities and risks and we are thrille…
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Get ready for a power-packed "2 for 1" special on the latest episode of Kettlebells and Cocktails! This week, we bring you an exclusive live-from-Miami interview with none other than CrossFit Games Athlete Fee Saghafi. Join us as Fee spills the beans on all the exciting changes in her life since making the bold move from Ohio to the sunny vibes of …
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Parliamentary elections were held in Serbia on 17 December 2023 to elect members of the National Assembly. While they were initially scheduled to be held by 30 April 2026, Aleksandar Vučić, the president of Serbia, called a snap election in November 2023, after previously announcing that snap elections could be either held in 2023 or 2024. In addit…
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In this episode, we sit down with Frank Foehrenback from the CF Affiliate Collective. Frank and his group are on a mission to reshape the future of CrossFit by organizing affiliates with the goal of purchasing CrossFit LLC from its current Private Equity Owners, Berkshire Partners. Join us as we dive into a spirited discussion about the direction t…
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Today, we are thrilled to be joined by Nathan Paul Southern, an investigative journalist, a PhD Candidate at the University of St. Andrews, and a senior investigator at KSI, an independent investigative and research consultancy. As a non-traditional security specialist, he focuses on the links between organised crime, governance and armed groups. H…
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Get ready for another episode of "The Weekly Buzz," where Niki from the "Kettlebells & Cocktails" Podcast and Joe, the astute managing director of "The Morning Chalkup" newsletter, unravel the latest tales from the vibrant world of CrossFit.In this week's discussion:Wodapalooza Miami Unveiled: Brace yourself for the thrilling insights into Wodapalo…
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In this episode, we explore the intricacies of CrossFit's unique ecosystem through its affiliate model. Join us as we unravel how each gym develops its distinct personality, fostering a tapestry of advantages and drawbacks.We dissect the macro and micro communities thriving within these boxes, highlighting the significance of adept owners in cultiv…
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Today we are thrilled to be joined by Thammy Evans, a non-resident Senior Fellowat the GeoTech Center of the Atlantic Council and a member of its Global China Hub. She is also a Senior Research Associate of the Climate Change (In)Security Project – a collaboration between Rueben College of Oxford University and the British Army’s Centre for Histori…
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Welcome to another exciting episode of "The Weekly Buzz"! Join hosts Joe and Niki as they delve into the electrifying world of CrossFit in this jam-packed episode. Get ready to explore the hype surrounding the upcoming CrossFit competition, Wodapalooza, set against the vibrant backdrop of Miami.Joe and Niki also tackle the controversy swirling arou…
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In this episode, we discuss the evolution of CrossFit, exploring the changes and differences since it's inception with founder Greg Glassman and its transition to current ownership under Private Equity. Join us as we dissect the nuances and intricacies associated with this shift, unraveling the fears and uncertainties that accompany such a transfor…
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We are thrilled to be joined today by Valentin’s Lira. Valentina is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Chile, with a postgraduate degree in Environmental Economics from the University of California Berkeley. She worked as a Development Engineer at CMPC Holding and as Director of the Development and Conservation Program of Fundación Chile…
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Welcome to another exciting episode of "Kettlebells and Cocktails"! Join us as we sit down with Frank and Greg, the dynamic duo behind Hero Barbell. In this captivating conversation, they unveil the trials and triumphs of being small business owners in the fitness industry. Discover how they're boldly challenging the giants of fitness equipment by …
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Join us in this episode as we chat with the incredible Justine Luchini, the founder of Thirdzy—an all-natural sleep supplement. Justine brings her expertise to the table as we dive into the fascinating realm of fitness recovery. We explore how pregnancy has shaped and altered her training and recovery routines, offering unique insights into adaptin…
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In today's episode of The International Risk Podcast, we turn our attention to the intricate and dynamic process of EU enlargement in the Balkans. The region, known for its complex political and ethnic landscape, is at a pivotal moment in its integration into the European Union. We will explore the influence of the EU's policies on the Balkans, the…
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In this special edition, we sit down with Dale King, the inspiring owner of PSKC CrossFit and Doc Spartan Products. Dale joins us to delve into his recently released documentary, "Small Town Strong." This powerful film unravels the gripping narrative of Dale's community in Portsmouth, Ohio, as they confront and combat an escalating opioid crisis. T…
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Today we are joined by Zion Lights, a passionate science advocate and writer who wants to change the world for the better. She is the author of the book The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting, the nature poetry book Only a Moment, and was a former spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion. She was the UK director of the pro-nuclear lobby group Environme…
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This week, John & Niki unpack the latest buzz in the CrossFit world, diving into the recently unveiled Semifinals locations for the CrossFit Games. Delving deeper, they analyze the insights gleaned from the Affiliate Town Hall led by Don Faul and senior leadership, shedding light on what transpired and offering opinion on the details. Intriguingly,…
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In this exciting episode of "Kettlebells & Cocktails," we're thrilled to host a special guest, Scott Britton, the passionate individual behind Battle Cancer. Join us as we dive into Scott's incredible journey, from his recent move from the UK to vibrant Miami. He shares the behind-the-scenes insights of his transition and the unique experiences he'…
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Today, our podcasted is hosted by Ben Lawson, Intern at the International Risk Podcast, as we talk to Dominic Bowen. Every week we hear about the work Dominic does in the world of international risk, and in every episode Dominic shares some of his knowledge about international risk, to contextualise the questions he asks his guests; and today, we t…
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Welcome to a special collaborative episode of "The Weekly Buzz," a fusion of insights from "The Morning Chalkup" newsletter and the "Kettlebells & Cocktails" podcast! Join hosts Joe and Niki as they dive deep into the latest happenings within the vibrant CrossFit community.In this episode, we've got an exciting lineup of stories that you won't want…
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In this compelling episode, we sit down with the remarkable Lauren Taylor, a former elite athlete turned Adaptive CrossFit Games competitor. Lauren's journey from collegiate sports to conquering obstacle course racing took a fateful turn in 2020 when a collision with a Mack truck left her battling debilitating challenges—headaches, dizziness, verti…
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Today we are thrilled to be joined by Professor Bruce Jones, a senior fellow with the Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. His research expertise and policy experience are in international security, with his current research focusing on US strategy, international or…
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On this Focus on Female episode, Niki sits down with Dr. Carla DiGirolamo - a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist specializing in Female Athletic Performance and Menopause Health.In this episode Niki and Dr. Carla tackle all the ins and outs of maintaining healthy physical activity while aging. With Dr. Carla's experience in the fitness in…
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Welcome to a thrilling episode of "Kettlebells & Cocktails"! In this edition, we delve into the world of tactical athleticism with a special guest, Nick Thayer, the ingenious mind behind the renowned Tactical Games.Join us as we explore the origins and ethos behind The Tactical Games, a groundbreaking platform designed to assess the skills and prep…
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Join us for another riveting episode of "The Weekly Buzz," where Niki from the "Kettlebells & Cocktails" Podcast and Joe, the insightful managing director of "The Morning Chalkup" newsletter, unpack the latest stories from the vibrant world of CrossFit.In this week's installment:Elite Competitions Unveiled: Delve into the high-stakes action of elit…
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Get ready for another action-packed episode of "The Weekly Buzz"! Join the dynamic duo, Niki from "Kettlebells & Cocktails" and Joe, the managing director of "The Morning Chalkup," as they bring you the latest from the CrossFit world.In this week's episode:2024 CrossFit Games Season Announcements: Uncover the exciting developments and announcements…
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The International Risk Podcast is a weekly podcast for senior executives, board members, and risk advisors. In these podcasts, we speak with risk management specialists from around the world. Our host is Dominic Bowen, originally from Australia, is one of Europe’s leading international risk specialists. Having spent the last 20 years successfully e…
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Welcome to another exciting episode of "Kettlebells & Cocktails"! Join your hosts, John and Niki, as they catch up on recent events in their lives and share some inspiring stories.In this episode, John reflects on his journey as a coach, sharing the highs and lows of coaching his first class. Plus, he takes us behind the scenes of the Chagrin Valle…
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Welcome to a special collaboration episode of "The Weekly Buzz," brought to you by "The Morning Chalkup" newsletter and "Kettlebells & Cocktails" podcast. Together, we're here to bring you the latest stories from the heart of the CrossFit community.In this exciting episode, we dive into the December Elite Competitions, unpacking all the highlights,…
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The International Risk Podcast is a weekly podcast for senior executives, board members, and risk advisors. In these podcasts, we speak with risk management specialists from around the world. Our host is Dominic Bowen, originally from Australia, is one of Europe’s leading international risk specialists. Having spent the last 20 years successfully e…
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"Masters Moments" with special guest Deborah Moore! Join us in this exclusive segment from "Kettlebells & Cocktails" where we dive into the fascinating world of fitness for those of us over 40! Deborah Moore shares her incredible insights on the unique challenges and triumphs in the fitness journey beyond our 40s.Discover tips, motivation, and real…
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The International Risk Podcast is a weekly podcast for senior executives, board members, and risk advisors. In these podcasts, we speak with risk management specialists from around the world. Our host is Dominic Bowen, originally from Australia, is one of Europe’s leading international risk specialists. Having spent the last 20 years successfully e…
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Grab your favorite cocktail and settle in, because we've got an absolute powerhouse of an episode lined up for you! In this exciting installment of "Kettlebells & Cocktails," we sit down with the one and only Rob Kearney, Professional Strongman and HWPO (Hard Work Pays Off) coach.Rob Kearney has been turning heads in the world of strength sports fo…
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