128 : Duality of the Modern Athlete w/ Marco Dapkey

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This week's guest might look familiar to you if you have been following the show for a while, or even just a week...  Marco Dapkey should look familiar to you because his story of overcoming acute lymphoblastic leukemia was featured in episode 73 and 74 almost exactly a year ago. Last week, in episode 127 the focus of our conversation surrounded the idea of "EARNING YOUR INTENSITY."    A lot has happened in the last year including Marco's first individual CrossFit Regionals appearance where he finished 28/40! He also opened his own gym (CrossFit MFP) in that last year, which we discuss in depth in this week's episode.  I can't take credit for the title of this episode.  Paul Rabil, who is arguably the best lacrosse player in the world, coined the term "Duality of the Modern Athlete" on his own podcast, which is called "Suiting Up."  Suiting up is a show that explores the psychology, playbook of tools, and strategies of the most influential people in sports, entertainment and business.  A topic that Paul frequently covers is the trend in elite level athletes having endeavors, passions and pursuits outside of their sports.  If you enjoy my podcast you, will love Paul's too.  He has had some incredible guests on his show including Bill Belichick, Drew Brees, Gary Vaynerchuk and Tiki Barber, just to name a few.  In this episode of the podcast, Marco and I do our own version of the Suiting Up podcast. Is it possible to be an elite competitor on an off the field? I'd say yes after learning about how Marco was able to qualify for the 2018 CrossFit Regionals, which is the second year in a row he has accomplished this feat, AND start his own business at the same time!  Below is a list of other talking points we cover during the interview:

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  • This episode was recorded in the gym that was barely even an idea last year.
  • Marco didn’t think business when is came to having his own gym
  • How it all started at “Dap’s Gym.”
  • Why sales experience in other gyms turned him off to that business style.
  • How Marco learned from always observing from a business perspective wherever he was.
  • The limitations of being an employee.
  • Mom always told him that he needs to do what makes him happy.
  • How an internship at Villanova University sparked his entrepreneur on fire.
  • How Marco's experience with overcoming cancer gave hims the courage to chase his dreams.

“I look at getting sick as an opportunity.”

  • The process of creating the business plan for the gym.
  • Working at lululemon and the importance they placed on goal setting for their employees.
  • The role of relationships when starting a business.
  • Having a plan A B and C.
  • Asking people for advice who have already done what you want to achieve.
  • Coming up with a name and logo.

“What if it fails?”

  • Why people close to him fear for him.
  • Marco’s weaknesses as an entrepreneur and how he accounts for those weaknesses.
  • Why you have to earn your intensity in business too!
  • Finding balance while competing at the highest level of your sport and owing a business – quality over quantity.
  • The culture Marco wants to create in his gym.

“Positive vibes only.”

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WHERE CAN YOU Connect with MARCO?

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127 : Have You Earned Your Intensity? w/ Marco Dapkey

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This week's guest might look familiar to you if you have been following the show for a while.  Marco Dapkey should look familiar to you because his story of overcoming acute lymphoblastic leukemia was featured in episode 73 and 74 almost exactly a year ago.   A lot has happened in the last year including Marco's first individual CrossFit Regionals appearance where he finished 28/40! He also opened his own gym (CrossFit MFP) in that last year, which we discuss in depth in next week's episode.  The focus of our conversation surrounds the idea of "EARNING YOUR INTENSITY."  This is a concepts that resonates with me because in sports and in life, if you bite off more than you can chew, bad things usually happen.  In my case I ended up hurting my knee, because I didn't put in the time and work to balance myself out.  Below you will find a list of talking points we cover throughout the episode and videos of exercises you can add into your workout routine to earn your intensity.

  • Marco brings us up to speed on what happened in the last year.
  • Being happy to be there vs. being there to compete (at regionals).
  • Lessons learned from last years regionals.
  • The importance of a warm up and what happens if you are too cool for school…
  • Half time warm up tips.
  • Dealing with the intimidation of competing against some of the CrossFit superstars.
  • Trusting the process while earning your intensity.

“Many steps over long strides.”

  • What is intensity?
  • Maximizing your workouts with intensity.
  • Being efficient with your movement and being engaged both physically and mentally.
  • The importance of working on your weaknesses.
  • Why enough is never enough? and how to respect your limits.
  • How Marco is approaching the programming for his high school football players.

“You cant really achieve true intensity if you don’t have quality movement.”

  • When to push and when to pull back - listening to your body.
  • The importance of variability in your movements to achieve balance.
  • Why you sometimes have to move slow to get fast.
  • Landmine press explanation ( video above ).
  • Anti rotational core (video above).
  • Strict underhand chin ups.
  • Step ups.
  •  Why accessory work is becoming the sexy thing.
  • Follow @activeliferx if you are interested in this topic and want to learn more workouts that will help you earn your intensity.
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WHERE CAN YOU Connect with MARCO?

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126 : Swapping Brain Surgery Stories w/ Former Red Sox Prospect, Ryan Westmoreland

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Ryan Westmoreland was a 5th round draft pick by The Boston Red Sox out of high school in 2008.  Ryan had a phenomenal rookie season with the Lowell Spinners of the Class A-short league where Ryan batted .296 with 7 home runs, 35 RBIs and a .401 on base percentage in 60 games. Unfortunately, a Cavernous Malformation in his brain cut his pro baseball career short, but he is lucky to be here to share his story with us in episode 126.

Ryan and I are the same age and have experienced similar adversities in our 28 years on this earth. We also went through some of the lowest points in our lives at the same time due to uncontrollable and unforeseen events that detoured the paths we dreamt up for ourselves since we were kids.  If you are a frequent listener of the pod, I am sure you have felt the same way at some point or feel that way now.  In this episode Ryan takes us through the highs, the lows and gives us all advice on how to make it to the other side when nothing seems to be going your way.  More talking points in our conversation can be found below: 

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  • What a cavernous malformation is and why Ryan's was in the worst possible spot.
  • Symptoms he experienced during spring training that led him to think something might be wrong.
  • Ryan takes us through the surgical  and rehab process.
  • Ryan's determination for blazing a trail back to professional baseball after surgery.
  • Fighting through the frustration in his return to pro baseball.
    • Struggled with fine motor skills.
  • Setbacks that led to surgery #2.
  • Taking it day by day through the bad days.
  • What went into the decision to retire.
  • Overcoming thoughts of suicide.
  • How Ryan's adversity influenced his coaching today.

“Go out there and show people you’re a good person.”

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  • Why Ryan's health is his number one priority today.
  • Battling the thoughts of "why me?"
  • Significance of Ryan's tattoos.
  • Where his interest in fitness came from.
  • How Ryan's athletic performance benefitted from playing multiple sports through high school.
 Photo: Boston Herald

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WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH Ryan?

INSTAGRAM | Twitter | Facebook

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