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Pro Mountain Biker, Plant-Based Athlete, and World Endurance Champion, Sonya Looney interviews inspiring leaders about vegan & plant-based nutrition, cycling and endurance training, mountain bike tips, sports psychology, adventure travel, mindset, personal development, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself. Find out more at: www.sonyalooney.com
 
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Self-talk for performance is like the secret weapon you didn't know you had. Your body only gets you so far, and a lot of the time it's your mind that gets you to the finish line. If you're challenging yourself, there's no doubt been moments of wanting to quit- or maybe you actually have quit a time or two. Self-talk in sports is a common thread, b…
 
Metabolic health might be something you've never considered. Metabolic health is way more than just the number on the scale or your BMI. It's considering things like having ideal levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, waist circumference and more without the use of medications. These factors directly relate to a pers…
 
2020 was a crazy year for everyone. 2020 isn't only the year of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and the biggest voter turnout in the USA- it was the year I had my first child. Even though this year had its challenges, there were a lot of positive things I pulled out of this year and having a baby really helped me along the way. I hope you enjoy!…
 
What are the real exercise guidelines during pregnancy and post-partum exercise guidelines? How do you safely exercise through your pregnancy? With the varied advice from medical doctors and midwives, it's important to get up to speed with the current pregnancy exercise research. Enter Catherine Cram, MS. Catherine is an exercise physiologist and t…
 
Plant-based baking is on the rise and a fun fact you may not know- sourdough is actually plant-based! It's also considered a fermented food. Enter today's guests- the owners of the first vegan bakery in the Sea to Sky Corridor in BC- Eds Bred. I'm always fascinated to learn about the different journeys people go on to work towards optimal health. A…
 
Dealing with Mom Guilt is real for many busy women. This podcast is an audio re-creation of an article I wrote for Velonews via their Active Pass subscription service. I got to interview some very successful cycling moms whom I admire like Rose Grant, Larissa Connors, Laura King, and Jennifer Smith. Dealing with mom guilt and trying to balance cycl…
 
Finding your strong isn't always easy, but if you're familiar with SWAP Coaches David and Megan Roche, you are probably familiar with their infectious optimism. David and Megan are both coaches of their company, SWAP- Some Work, All Play that David founded in 2013. The powerhouse couple coaches some of the top trail runners and obstacle course athl…
 
The ultimate resource for plant-based nutrition for children and teens is here! Brenda Davis is one of the top authorities and dietitians in plant-based nutrition. She is the author of 11 books including the incredibly comprehensive book, Becoming Vegan and is the co-author of the new book, Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Fa…
 
Hannah Grant has had a fascinating life. From joining the navy in search of discipline to working at the #1 ranked restaurant in the world , and to being a professional chef for Tour de France Cycling teams and even the Dakar Rally- Hannah has some stories. She also has an incredible reservoir for handling high-pressure environments and unshakeable…
 
This episode is about the tools to help you navigate uncertainty in your life, regardless of where you are on the political spectrum. These tools are helpful in any situation. 1. Control the controllables (and sometimes we think we are doing that by searching for even more information) 2. Self-care in the form of self-restoration 3. Mindfulness pra…
 
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” James Clear is an expert in behavior change. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Atomic Habits, and it's sold more than 1 million copies! I …
 
Sometimes it's hard to say what you mean. Oren Jay Sofer says, "Communication is a learnable skill and it’s one of the most powerful levers for making change in your life and the world." Non-violent communication is about taking responsibility for what we are experiencing using empathy, deep listening, know how to make requests. Author and renowned…
 
Hannah Ross has researched and documented the revolutionary potential of the bicycle. Her book, Revolutions: How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels is a chronicle about the history of the bike how over the last 130 years, it has helped women change history. From the evolution of the design of bikes to the importance of the bicycle in the women’s…
 
Once per month, I'm checking in with you to talk about my journey as a new athlete mom. I'll talk about time management, how getting back to and maintaining a training schedule is going post-partum, the mental and emotional pieces too. I'll tell you what it's really like and hopefully give you some nuggets you can apply to your own lives as well. T…
 
Have you ever thought about sports psychology and how to communicate with your kids as a parent and/or youth coach? First of all, most youth coaches are volunteers. It's so great that many people generously spend their time developing children as athletes and in team environments. However, as a listener of this show, you know I'm passionate about t…
 
Stu Massengill has infectious positive energy. That makes sense because he is a National Trainer for Tony Robbins, podcast host of his show Finding Direction, and a speaker. After building a massive business with his networking skills, Stu set off to travel the world, only to get diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 24. His pursuit of per…
 
If you pay attention to mobility for peak performance then you've probably heard of Kelly Starrett from The Ready State (formerly MobilityWOD). Kelly is a wealth of knowledge. He has spent over 10,000 hours as a movement and mobility coach for players in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, Olympic gold medalists, and other world-class athletes. He is also …
 
Find your purpose! How many times have we heard someone utter those words. The idea of purpose can be huge and intimidating. It's open-ended and it sometimes feels overwhelming because it sounds definitive. Well, Misty Sansom has spent years dedicating herself to helping others find their purpose so that they can feel more fulfilled. In this episod…
 
Once per month, I'm checking in with you to talk about my journey as a new athlete mom. I'll talk about time management, how getting back to and maintaining a training schedule is going post-partum, the mental and emotional pieces too. I'll tell you what it's really like and hopefully give you some nuggets you can apply to your own lives as well. T…
 
Doug Evans and sprouts have a few things in common. They are both super healthy and both contain an incredible amount of potential energy. Doug has used his energy for so many incredible life projects- from building incredible businesses in the health space to becoming an author about one of the most impactful nutritional powerhouses on the planet:…
 
"You can train three things: your craft, your body, and your mind." That's something you'll frequently hear from world-renowned high-performance psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais. I'm really excited about having him on the show because he is one of my personal heroes in the arena of mindset and psychology. He frequently talks about the importance o…
 
Infectious positivity, inspirational curiousity, humor, and you Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator who believes that students should not have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. An internationally acclaimed award-winning educator, Stephen is the author of the best-selling book, The Power Of A Plant, and founder of…
 
Once per month, I'm checking in with you to talk about my journey as a new athlete mom. I'll talk about time management, how getting back to and maintaining a training schedule is going post-partum, the mental and emotional pieces too. I'll tell you what it's really like and hopefully give you some nuggets you can apply to your own lives as well. T…
 
One of my favorite sayings is that limits live in our minds. Today's guest is all about helping people confront and overcome their own limiting beliefs by helping them understand what lens they are choosing to see the world. Rob Scott has had a very interesting life from being homeless with substance-abuse problems, to getting back on track and hav…
 
Alison Tierney is a registered dietitian and board-certified in oncology nutrition and started her business, Wholesome LLC in 2015. After developing an oncology nutrition program at a local academic cancer center, Alison pursued Wholesome exclusively as her business and client base continued to grow and increase in demand. Her passion for nutrition…
 
Jen Hudak is an American freeski athlete specializing in halfpipe skiing. She is a 2-time world champion, 5-time X-Games medalist and 4-time national champion. In 2010, she won nearly every competition there was: X-Games, US Open, World Ski Invitational, Dew Tour, and US Nationals, to name a few. But one contest eluded her: The Olympics. She had a …
 
Dr. Michael Greger is on a mission to give people information on how to live their healthiest lives. The obesity pandemic in North America and globally is quickly escalating and Dr. Greger hs the most comprehensive book on evidence-based weight loss, the psychology behind our interpretation of how many calories are in food, and the danger of quick …
 
Once per month, I'm checking in with you to talk about my journey as a new athlete mom. I'll talk about time management, how getting back to and maintaining a training schedule is going post-partum, the mental and emotional pieces too. I'll tell you what it's really like and hopefully give you some nuggets you can apply to your own lives as well. T…
 
Alison Desir and Amir Figueroa are on a mission for social change. The two individually found their love of running – Amir’s father died of HIV when Amir was 4 and Alison was struggling with depression and some very hard life challenges with a bad break-up and a very sick father. And from there, they found running through seeing others lead by exam…
 
Katerina Nash is a timeless force in the sport of cycling. Not only is she a 2x Olympian in Mountain Biking, but she also has been to the Olympics twice for cross-country ski racing in 1998 and 2002. Her first Olympics was a the age of 17 and again in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Originally from the Czech Republic, Katerina moved to the U.S. in 2000 o…
 
Ayesha McGowan is the first African American female Professional Cyclist, riding for Liv Cycling. She's on a mission to advocate for representation and is an inspiration for the next generation of African American female cyclists. Her bicycle has been a tool to not only help her accomplish her dreams, but as a vehicle for storytelling and social ch…
 
Once per month, I'm checking in with you to talk about my journey as a new athlete mom. I'll talk about time management, how getting back to and maintaining a training schedule is going post-partum, the mental and emotional pieces too. I'll tell you what it's really like and hopefully give you some nuggets you can apply to your own lives as well. T…
 
I'm pretty excited about today's guest. The best thing about podcasting is I get to learn even more about a person's story, even when they are a friend! I first met David Swain when we connected over Prokit. Prokit celebrates adventurers and the athletic experience, whether you’re just getting started or breaking world records. The platform is desi…
 
39 trillion. That is approximately how many bacteria that are living in your gut. Guess what feeds them? You. Everything you eat is either a step towards better health or a strike against it. If you want gut flora that help balance your hormones, reduce your chances of cancer, reverse Type 2 Diabetes, prevent neuropsychiatric conditions like ADHD, …
 
Pregnancy and motherhood looks different for everyone, but in this week's podcast episode I have a chat with fellow new cyclist mother, Laura King about our pregnancies and post-partum life. We talked about topics you may not be accustomed to hearing about like miscarriage, pelvic floor health after birth and also maybe more familiar topics like wh…
 
Derek Loudermilk might be one of the most interesting people you've ever met. He's discovered a new species of virus while in graduate school, he's traveled the world as a professional cyclist, he became an entrepreneur and digital nomad - including doing this with a wife and a child under the age of 3. He's created his own path as an author, podca…
 
Stacy Sims, PhD is a leading global expert on female Physiology & endurance training. You may be familiar with her popular book that I've personally read a few times, ROAR. It is a science-based layperson's book explaining the sex differences in training and nutrition and addressing the dogma for women in exercise, nutrition, and health outcomes. S…
 
Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, six-time New York Times best-selling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. He is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation and on the faculty of Northern Arizo…
 
Yoann Barelli will make you smile. One word used to describe him by many is that he is a character. He is known for his enduro mountain bike prowess, his super fun clown-like antics, his great coaching, photography, and also his environmental efforts of lately to raise money and also pick up trash. Yoann is seen as a positive and outspoken person o…
 
If you're familiar with Ironman, then you've surely heard the voice of Mike Reilly. The four words, "You are an Ironman" are some of the most powerful words uttered at the finish line of endurance sports. Mike has been announcing Ironman events since 1989 and is fondly known as "The Voice of Ironman." He has been inducted into the IRONMAN Hall of F…
 
Michael Klaper, M.D. is a board-certified physician, internationally-recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. In addition to his clinical practice and private consultations with patients, he is a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical pra…
 
Our most primitive cravings and habits come down to three words: Trigger, Behavior, Reward. But our brains can trick us into creating bad habits and driving is to be addicted to technology, love, thinking, and unhealthy food and beverages. To break the cycle, Dr. Jud Brewer believes that curiosity is our ultimate superpower. He has his MD and PhD a…
 
Matt Fitzgerald is a runner, coach, nutritionist and acclaimed author of well over 25 books. You may have heard of his book on mental toughness- How Bad Do you Want It. His online training plans at 8020endurance.com have helped thousands of athletes of all experience and ability levels achieve their goals. Certified by the International Society of …
 
Being productive, getting up early to get stuff done, being organized- these are all traits I admire and aspire to do more of! What about boundary setting, better focus, and accountability? Yes! If these topics are ringing a bell for you, then you'll enjoy today's podcast guest- Jeff Sanders. Jeff Sanders is a keynote speaker, productivity coach, P…
 
Todd Sadow founded Epic Rides in 1999 and produced the inaugural 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo with 176 participants in attendance. Since then, Epic Rides has grown into one of the most successful mountain bike event promotion companies in North America. The Epic Rides event portfolio includes six diverse venues in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Arkan…
 
Self-care is a major buzzword and self-care has helped a lot of people create time for themselves. You often hear of creating a "self-care routine" that might involve things like essential oils, journaling like keeping a gratitude journal, a meditation practice, going to yoga, stretching and foam rolling, drinking tea, going to bed early and being …
 
Cory Muscara is a super interesting person. Today, he is known for his work as a mindfulness teacher, author, podcaster, and speaker. You'll find his career path interesting- he started meditating to impress his hippie girlfriend. When that relationship didn't work out, he went all in, looked for the most challenging meditation training he could fi…
 
Today's topic is an interesting one and I want to talk about it just to inspire some thought around how we talk about hard work. It's more just a phrase or topic of conversation that is thrown around, but I don't think many people even realize they are saying it. The phrase is "it's a lot of work." This phrase is haphazardly thrown around in our re…
 
Molly Hurford has built her career with several aims in mind: Write constantly, race often, travel frequently and live on her own terms, mostly outside. While she runs her own brands, including The Outdoor Edit, The Consummate Athlete Podcast and Shred Girls, she also works as a freelance writer for many major outdoor publications. She’s also the a…
 
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