MS Fitness Challenge Podcast

MS Fitness Challenge

Your source for the best, most inspiring, and up-to-date information concerning all things related to MS, fitness, and health. Tune in weekly to get insights from real people who have MS as well as industry experts who understand the disease and how fitness, diet, and wellness all factor into healthy MS lifestyle. Together we can keep pressing, keep striving, and conquer MS.

Aug 14, 2020

Taming the Walrus | 017

Veronique Gauthier-Simmons is a world leading yoga instructor for people who have MS. Something she had initially saw as boring and ineffective became the primary source of her healing efforts after she was diagnosed with MS. Now her mission is to show and prove the benefits of yoga for the millions of people around the world that live with this disease. A lucid dream would inspire her to start her own yoga business - Taming the Walrus - that now serves as the go-to MS yoga resource.

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Jul 14, 2020

MS (Miracle Story) | 016

Timothy Bell is an U.S. Army veteran who has over 4 years of military experience and time spent overseas in both Mosul and Iraq. His military career was cut short due to an unexpected MS diagnosis. He has overcome immense challenges in his life and has incredible story of survival to tell. He embodies the fighting spirit the MS Fitness Challenge mission and is a powerful, living example of what it means to conquer MS through fitness.

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Jun 13, 2020

Sunrise Chaser | 015

Angela Gensler is one of the most active members of the MS Fitness Challenge GYM Facebook group. She’s a New York native having lived most of her life on Long Island. She has been married to her husband for 23 years and is the mother of two daughters ages 21 and 19 years old. She considers herself a “sunrise chaser” and her enthusiasm and passion for life radiates everywhere she goes.

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Jun 04, 2020

MS Pushup Challenge | Bonus

This exclusive BONUS episode will dig into the MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) 100,000 Push-Up Challenge! Founder of the MSFC, David Lyons & the Director of Fitness / host of the MSFC Podcast, Stephen Glaus - discuss how the challenge was born, how to get involved, and more!

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May 23, 2020

No Compromise | 014

David Block is the founder and CEO of Previnex, a supplement company that produces premium, clinically proven health and wellness products and programs that help people live longer, healthier, more active lives. After he and his wife had their first child, David felt compelled to utilize the resources within Previnex to start tackling the crisis of child malnutrition that quietly runs rampant around the globe. Thanks to the "Get Health. Give Health." program, Previnex ships a bottle of premium children's vitamins to areas of the globe where children find themselves in desperate need of vital nutrients.In addition to his passion for children, health, and wellness - David also has a heart for doing good and adding value to others. The MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) is proud to be partnered with Previnex as our premier supplement sponsor. This episode will explore David's background, the Previnex story, and how he became acquainted and involved with the MSFC.

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May 09, 2020

The Gift Seeker | 013

"What's it like fighting losing battle?" That's a question Robin Brockelsby was confronted with soon after an MS diagnosis that threatened to take away all of the success and achievements she had worked for her entire life. Thanks to the support of several people in her life and her newfound hope in health and fitness, Robin has been able to overcome the odds and find the gifts hidden within an MS life.

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Apr 26, 2020

Dunk MS | 012

Former UCLA basketball player Blake Arnet has had to deal with the effects of MS in a way that only few can relate to. Before anyone in his family could gather the strength to prepare themselves for a life-altering event, Blake's mother, Brigitte, would pass away due to MS complications only 2 years after her diagnosis (2009). Determined to enshrine her memory in a way that serves others, Blake founded the one-of-a-kind basketball extravaganza charity event: Dunk MS. On his quest to help find a cure for MS and to provide MSers with resources and hope to get them through their trials, Blake continues to be an inspiration and a great example of what determination and love can do.

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Apr 18, 2020

Pushing Through | 011

Not even before she graduated high school, Claudia Longo was dealt a devastating blow to her collegiate soccer aspirations when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 17. Her determined fighting spirit gave her the drive to push through her MS setbacks and ultimately landed her back on the field where she dreamed of playing. Claudia is an inspiration to anyone fighting through adversity and is a beacon of hope for those living with multiple sclerosis.

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Apr 11, 2020

The Best is Yet to Come | 010

When it comes to battling MS, James Drake is an absolute beast! As an avid competitor at heart, James is always eager to put his abilities to the test. When he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, James realized that he had come to face-to-face with one of the biggest challenges of his life thus far. Thanks to his passionate faith in God and his resolute determination to fight MS through holistic health strategies, James has been able to accomplish incredible feats like competing on the Netflix hit series, 'Ultimate Beastmaster'.

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Apr 04, 2020

Easy Sleep | 009

Tracy Davenport is a healthcare professional that specializes in sleep science. As a caretaker for her mother who has been struggling with Alzheimer’s & dimensia for 8 years, Tracy quickly realized the power and benefits that sleep can have for people – especially those with significant health issues; people living with MS are no exception. A good night’s rest is a critical key to living with multiple sclerosis. In this episode, Tracy offers some insights that reveal how to achieve healthy sleeping habits.

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Mar 28, 2020

Soldier of Truth | 008

Matthew Embry is the director of the world-renowned documentary film, 'Living Proof'. After being diagnosed with MS at the early age of 19, Matthew heeded the advice and wisdom of his father's research to implement lifestyle changes that have kept his MS symptoms at bay for the past 25 years. In this episode, Matthew shares his motivation for directing the 'Living Proof' film as well as why fitness has become such an integral part of his everyday routine.

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Mar 21, 2020

Vitamin H | 007

Dr. Mark Vance is the Medical Director for the MS Fitness Challenge. He is a board certified Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has over 15 years of experience in “conventional medicine” including clinic, emergency room, inpatient hospital and administrative work. In addition, he has received extensive training in alternative medicine as well as serving as the Medical Director of the West Clinic in Pocatello, ID.This unique training has equipped him with the skills to provide effective treatments for many conditions that typically have poor outcomes with standard MD medical treatment.His extensive work with alternative providers makes him the ideal liaison between the “regular” medical system and alternative medicine providers. And through opening his own clinic, Vance Medical, he is able to combine the best of both worlds, bringing the best of what’s available to his patients.In this episode, Dr. Vance shares how his experience and knowledge with alternatives therapies can have a significant impact on the overall wellbeing of people living with MS.

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Mar 14, 2020

Incredibly Fit | 006

Shanna Ferrigno is the MS Fitness Challenge Mindset Coach. As the daughter of the famed bodybuilder and Incredible Hulk actor, Lou Ferrigno, Shanna dealt with destructive lifestyle habits that were derived from guilt, shame, and loneliness. Over time she would learn how to manage and cope through those emotions and has established herself as a fitness instructor and mental coach purposed to help others become the best versions of themselves.

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Mar 07, 2020

Changing Up | 005

Maureen Manley is the Director of Inspirational Wellness for the MS Fitness Challenge. She’s also a former world-class cyclist that has achieved gold medals within global competitions. An unfortunate diagnosis of MS occurred right before she had a chance to compete in the Olympics. After learning about herself and her limits, she discovered a newfound passion to inspire others to become the best versions of themselves. She now charts a new course in life that is focused on promoting the hope found within embracing the opportunities found within life’s challenges.

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Feb 29, 2020

Support & Guidance | 004

Kendra Lyons - the co-founder of the MS Fitness Challenge and wife of David Lyons, shares the story of how she met David and how her past experience as a nurse working with MS patients made an impact on her life. Her compassionate heart and keen awareness of David's potential would eventually lead her to motivate David to start the MS Fitness Challenge. She offers a glimpse of the widespread effect MS can have on the close family members and friends of those who have been diagnosed with the disease and provides some useful advice on how supporting cast members can not only help their loved ones manage and cope with the disease, but also focus on their own physical, mental, and emotional health as well.

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Feb 22, 2020

Control the Controllables | 003

Monica Pelle - the Director of Nutrition for the MS Fitness Challenge, shares some useful insights as to how people with MS can utilize dietary and lifestyle strategies to help combat and subdue the inflammation associated with multiple sclerosis. Monica's wholistic approach to health, combined with a realistic application that allows room for slip-ups and set-backs, provides people with MS the tools they need to "crack" their own dietary codes and find long-lasting healthy lifestyle success.

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Feb 15, 2020

Focus on Fitness | 002

A follow-up interview with the co-founder of the MS Fitness Challenge - David Lyons. This episode continues the story of how David fought his way back from a bleak MS prognosis and how he utilized his vast wealth of fitness knowledge and experience to create the MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC). Information about the MSFC - what it is, who it's for, resources that are available, and how to get involved - are all covered during this interview.

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Feb 08, 2020

David Meets Goliath | 001

David Lyons is the founder of the MS Fitness Challenge. This episodes will explore David's initial MS diagnosis and how he managed to battle back through a lofty bodybuilding undertaking. As a champion boxer and life time trainer, David explains the role fitness has when it comes to living with MS. David's triumph over his Goliath: multiple sclerosis, serves as an example of how we can all overcome our obstacles and stand to fight another day.

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