Our focus is personal development, health & wellness, mindset, and entrepreneurship.
Our mission is to educate, inspire, and entertain while guiding and empowering people like YOU to become the best version of themselves!
Meet the Co-Hosts of our show!
An accomplished former collegiate athlete, Cary Hairfield has been instrumental in the growth and development of three boutique fitness studios in Richmond, Virginia. Leading both by example and through her motivational words & ever-positive message, Cary excels at getting the best out of her clients. Whether you are looking for a remote coach to talk and guide you through your journey or you’d rather have an experienced athlete monitoring your every move in person, she’s your gal! Cary brings her creativity and experience to GS Nation and we are thrilled to provide a platform for her to share her talents!
IG @ cary.wade
Making waves in the fitness industry with his deep passion for nutrition, exercise, and wellness, David Robinson is the CEO & Co-Founder of GS Nation. One of the best obstacle course racers in the world, Dave has been training and guiding friends and clients on their health, fitness, and wellness journeys for well over a decade. Dave has both personal and professional experience training elite collegiate athletes at the University of Richmond as well as youth athletes and the general fitness population. He spends plenty of time discussing principles of mindset, sleep, nutrition, training, and recovery. Dave coaches our online group course.
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Dr. Joey Cadena has dedicated his life to movement. As an accomplished martial artists and Spartan athlete, he's been functionally moving his body for decades. His passion for movement led him to become an incredibly talented physical therapist. To this day, he spends his time helping others recover, rebuild, and regain strength in their bodies. His company PhysioSports Therapy has become an institute for human performance, training and treating elite athletes strength & conditioning, nutrition, and physical therapy.
Primal Flow, another company of his, manufactures and distributes wooden maces. These training tools enable athletes to move functionally, keeping their core engaged while pushing or pulling. His Primal Flow Wooden Training Maces are used to optimize the human body's mobility, muscle balance, neuromotor control, hand-eye coordination, and strength. In this episode, Cary and Dave ask Dr. Cadena about his background and experience with movement. They talk all about functional fitness, primal flow, the mace, flow state, and much more! We hope you enjoy this episode and (as always) please share it with your friends! Let's rock 'n' roll.
What is up GS Nation?! Today on the podcast, we've got Part 1 of a two part Anniversary Episode. The Nation is one year old and Dave & Cary wanted to take a second and reflect on the past year. They talk about what The Nation means to them, as well as all of their favorite memories over the last 365 days! Thank you for listening and thank you for being a part of The Nation. Let's party!
Tressa Breindel is a Functional Medicine Practitioner, nationally certified acupuncturist, and Chinese herbalist. She specializes in understanding and treating the root causes of health issues and is actively devoted to research in order to gain a better understanding of health from a molecular, biochemical, and energetic modalities. She encourages her patients to ask questions and seeks to empower them in understanding their health and wellness choices through their health journeys.
Adam Von Rothfelder is the CEO and founder of Strong Coffee Company. Strong Coffee is a brand for people who aspire to reach their potential. Strong coffee brings that specialty coffee experience to consumers in a healthy, done for you, pre-mixed powder that includes instant organic coffee, grass-fed collagen protein, and MCT oil powder to fuel your mind and body for hours so you can spend more time and energy on the important things in life. In this episode, Adam talks about how balance, consistency, and momentum are extremely important both in professional and personal life. So, get ready to learn about how to accomplish your biggest, baddest assed goals! If you're interested in giving Strong Coffee a try, head to their website www.strongcoffeecompany.com. Use the promo code GSNATION at checkout and you'll receive 15% off your order!!
Morris “Mo” Brossette has been in the health and fitness industry for over 24 years, and is an expert on human behavior, mindset, movement, and nutrition. He uses techniques learned personally, and in his work with athletes of every level, including Olympians and disabled military veterans, to help his clients manage stress, reduce pain, and achieve goals. Mo is also currently the Director of Mindset and Nutrition at The Adaptive Training Foundation, a Dallas based non-profit that leads disabled military veterans and civilians through a 9-week mental and physical training program called “Redefine”. Cary & Dave are pumped to have Mo on their show today because of his unique approach to fitness. He helps his clients and athletes redefine what they believe is possible and understand the power of changing their mindset and surrounding themselves with positive people.
Don't feel your best when you travel? Well, in this episode of the GS Nation Podcast, today Dave and Cary are talking about traveling for the health minded individual. They give tons of biohacks that are going to help you travel more comfortably, feel better when you land, sleep better, and all of that good stuff! Added bonus... they also talk about different ways that you can avoid those unhealthy options in the airport and much, much more!
Angelo Sisco is the Owner and Head Coach at O'Hare CrossFit. He has also created an incredible brand called Alpha Hippie (check out his podcast!). For Angelo coaching is definitely his life's work. He's faced hardship when it comes to his own health & fitness, but he managed to turn his life around and continue making progress. Towards the start of his fitness journey, Angelo dedicated himself to losing weight. He went on to lose 100lbs in 7 months with CrossFit and proper nutrition. Today he is proud to call O'Hare CrossFit his home, where anyone who is looking for a change and is willing to put in the work is welcomed into a massively supportive community.
Is fear a friend? or foe?... Dave and Cary have a conversation with Brian Muka, the fear Sherpa himself, about that very topic! Brian tells us all about his background and his evolving relationship with fear. He explains to us how fear is good and how we can use it for our benefit. He takes us all throughout his journey and leading up to his current venture, Fear Sherpa. A practice where he coaches people & helps them recognize their fears, harness their fears, and use them for good.
In this episode, Dave and Cary discuss their current mantras. Mantras are something that you've probably heard about before, and Dave and Cary wanted to talk to you guys about theirs; what these affirmations mean to them and how you can create your own to use them in your life! Do you have any favorite mantras or affirmations? Let us know over at @thegsnation on Instagram & Facebook, or shoot us an email to fill us in!
If you are interested in self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mindset, or entrepreneurship, this episode is definitely for you! 21 years ago, Matthew Januszek and his father started a company out of a spare bedroom in their home. With no contacts, no brand, no experience and no money, they set out to make a name for themselves as THE leading gym equipment distributor. Escape has grown into a multimillion-dollar force to be reckoned with. With over 120 employees working with the biggest fitness and hospitality brands in more than 80 countries, Matthew and his family has turned their dream into their reality. Needless to say... Cary and Dave were dying to pick Matthew's brain.
As you guys know, in our last episode of The GS Nation podcast, Dave and I talk a lot about why fasting might actually help you and why it might be beneficial to your body and your growth, both mental and physical. We got so excited about this topic that Dave decided to embark on a 5 day fast. So in this episode, we break down how he went about preparing for this fast, how he felt during the fast, and what he's feeling post fast!
Fasting can be extremely beneficial for your body & mind. In this episode of the GS Nation podcast, Dave and Cary really dive into some resource materials to learn more about what goes on in your body when you fast. Whether you're interested in learning more about fasting, or thinking about trying one out, here is our version of Fasting 101
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave talk about life on a deserted island! No joke. They discuss the fitness items (if they got to pick two) that they would take with them. Whether you are trying to build your own gym at home or are starting from scratch and trying to figure out what it is that you need in order to workout, strengthen your body, and accomplish your fitness goals, this episode is for you!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave talk all about recovery, hydration, sleep, and the ways you can prevent injury from occurring. This episode is part 2 of an injury mini-series in which Dave gives his point of view in the wake of his recent back injury. He discusses what he could’ve done to protect his back & the importance of listening to your body.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave talk about injuries, mental strategies for getting through, programming, and injury history in general. Recently, Dave has re-aggravated an old back injury that he’s currently training around. He's going to talk about his personal experience, as well as other types of injuries and how to train around them.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave discuss the fear of embarrassment! Feeling afraid of getting embarrassed, or embarrassment itself, is natural. Evolutionarily it benefited humans to “fit in.” Being a part of the larger community increased your chances of survival. So, the fear of being different was a physical response designed to protect us! Dave and Cary talk about how to overcome embarrassment, as well as the fear of it, and tell some pretty epically hilarious stories along the way! This is an episode you’re not gonna want to skip...
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave interview a good friend of theirs, Jungle. Both Cary and Dave have truly enjoyed getting to know him and the way in which he lives his life. Jungle is a very fit and strong athlete who is headed down a path towards success. And Dave and Cary really wanted to take an opportunity to ask him some questions about his past, his present, and his future. Jungle gives a lot of great tips on how you can lead a healthier life, which would lead to a happier life. He also shares his perspective on what he's learned throughout the years within the fitness industry, within everyday life, living through injury, and his mantras and beliefs about love.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave talk about the best thing that women can do for their bodies. There's all sorts of different things that you see and you hear and you get targeted with in the media, especially on Instagram & Facebook and in magazines, TV shows, and news channels. “They” tell you what to eat, what not to eat, what to do, what not to do... but we, The GS Nation, are here to emphasize functional movement and the ultimate benefits of strength training.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave talk about the unexpected things in life that happen to us all suddenly and without warning. We all make plans, but in an instant they can be completely derailed. Life happens and we hope that you can take one thing away from this episode... act now, because nothing is guaranteed. If you’ve been enjoying the podcast, please consider sharing it with your friends! We were recently featured on Apple’s New and Noteworthy! If you haven’t left a review or rating yet, please do :))
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave interview Megan Wilson from Sweet Sauce Blog about her legendary hustle and how she found the courage to chase after her dreams! Megan is a creative who has taken her blog from an exciting creative outlet to a monetized site. We talked about what we're going to do at the end of the world & what happened when she got robbed in New Orleans. Our personal favorite part of this episode is when Megan tells us her current mantra that she's adopted that she's encouraging others to adopt!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave talk about Dave’s all time favorite fitness tracker, the WHOOP! Obviously there's a bunch of stuff out there on the market... we've pretty much used and tried it all. WHOOP is the 24-hour wearable fitness tracker that Dave has been using for the last 15 months or so that has taken his athletic ability to the next level. We've got a code coming at you to get you your first month free - Click here for $30 off your WHOOP! Please share this episode with your friends and subscribe to our podcast!
“Sometimes in life, there are things that are bigger than us.” In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave were GOING to have a QUOTE OFF… instead, Dave woke up with some crazy anxiety. He discusses what that’s like and ties it back to the last episode, “Motivation is BS… Or Is It?” Cary then hops on with some beautiful, powerful perspectives on anxiety, mental health, the grind, being a leader, and how to keep moving forward! Share with your friends here!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave get into a bit of an argument on whether or not motivation is bullshi*t! Hint… they disagree :) Given that we are about 6 weeks into the year, most people have “failed” their New Year’s Resolutions. Cary and Dave discuss ways to get back on track, the difference between motivation and inspiration, whether motivation is BS or not, as well as teasing the next big GS Nation build phase of training! We also discuss the new “Mindset Reset” group coaching that drops next month! Share with your friends here!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Coach Dave Robinson hops on the podcast solo to reflect on and discuss the three year Streakiversary - 3 straight years of working out Every. Single. Damn. Day! Dave discusses his motivations for The Streak, his first failed attempt, trials and tribulations along the way, as well as his continued motivations and observations surrounding his success! He also drops some tips and tricks for how YOU can apply lessons from The Streak to your life practice as well. Enjoy this reflective episode… please share!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave discuss the role and importance of recovery in our overall workout programming.. what we want you to do this week to fully rest your mind and body as well as what we want you to continue to do throughout our build weeks & our upcoming test week to stay fit and healthy. If you’d like to follow our custom workout programming in our mobile app, purchase a membership and download our app to get started. If you like what you hear, please share our podcast with someone who needs it! Thank you!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave interview Sam Anderson, the founder and president of Enso media firm in Richmond, Virginia. Sam is a serial entrepreneur, master networker, a self proclaimed born entrepreneur, sneaker head, and a super interesting guy all around. He's got big goals to make Enso a household name, and I have zero doubt in my mind that he's going to accomplish that goal based on his hustle… this is how legacies are made. Share this link with your friends!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave discuss ways to find gratitude in our daily lives. Having a healthy mindset is front and center at GS Nation because it is one of the most important things that you can do in order to train the rest of your body. If you're in a healthy mindset... a happy mindset... it's going to be a lot easier for you to recover, to sleep and to eat well, and to train hard. Learning to be grateful in the moment, learning to be present, learning to see the good in things both past, present, and future… this is mindfulness. Enjoy this episode and share this link with your friends who need to hear this!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave piggyback on two previous shows and discuss nutrient timing, circadian rhythm, and the ideal time of the day to train in order to optimize your workout and performance. No matter what your training or body composition goals are, this episode includes tips on how to maximize your output. We also chat about what to eat before, during, and after your workouts depending on how you train, where you are in your athletic journey, and what your specific goals happen to be.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave discuss the number one performance enhancing drug out there… SLEEP! We talk about the different stages of sleep and the benefits that a good night's sleep has both on your physical body, your performance, your cognition, etc. We also discuss circadian rhythm and how to be more in sync with nature! Finally, did you know that proper sleep can prevent injury as well? If you’re enjoying the podcast, share it with your friends and drop a rating & review in Apple / iTunes! Grind On.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave discuss GS Nation’s Top 10 Basic Rules of Nutrition - the top 10 things that we think are the most important, high level items YOU should focus on in order to achieve your overall body composition, performance, and health goals. We also discuss proper hydration, how much protein you should eat, why keto may F you up, how to earn your carbs, and SO much more. If you’d like a FREE copy of what you learn about on this podcast, click here, enter your email, and we’ll drop you one! Grind On, y’all.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary & Dave discuss Blue Zones - the areas in the world where people are the happiest, healthiest, and live the longest! The key to youthful longevity is creating a lifestyle and environment for yourself and your loved ones that makes it difficult to be UNhealthy... or as Dan Buettner of The Blue Zones Solutions suggests, an environment "that nudges you into the right behaviors... subtly and relentlessly." You will learn how the inhabitants of these Blue Zones live so well and how you can seamlessly adopt many of the “Power Nine” Blue Zone habits for yourself here in Richmond!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave chat with Zach Grossfeld, the Founder of Auxoro, a news media company dedicated to giving music artists and industry pros a three-dimensional platform to share their story and connect directly with fans, in their own words. This episode was really cool to record because both Dave and Zach started their respective businesses right around the same time. We discuss the backstory of when Zach interviewed artists such as Wyclef Jean and Jess Glynne, as well as discuss Zach’s major musical influences, daily routines, and overall inspiration. You’re going to love it!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, we have an amazing conversation with Vincent Vu, founder and CEO of Kinis, a local RVA company that specializes in barefoot training footwear. This American Dream fairy tale begins with Vincent fleeing South Vietnam with his brother and mother after the war, finally ending up in Richmond, Virginia. We discuss the entrepreneurial hustle, purpose, creating a brand from scratch, and the importance of strengthening your feet as the foundation for stability throughout the whole body. Vincent’s story is incredible!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave get SUPER vulnerable right off the bat in regards to the grind, the hustle, entrepreneurship, and life in general. We talk about some stuff that frankly, we probably don't talk about enough and that we might not even share with our friends, family members, etc. Being an entrepreneur is really, REALLY hard… and there's a lot of lonely times and a lot of downs mixed in with the HUGE ups… and that's the stuff that keeps us coming back. This episode is pretty funny as well, hope you enjoy it. Grind On.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, we interview Kenzie Korman, owner of Vitality Float Spa here in Richmond, Virginia. Kenzie and Dave actually went to highschool together, so it’s really cool to see the growth over the past 15 years. We discuss Kenzie’s favorite “failures”, holding multiple jobs to fund her dreams, and what impact means to her. We do a dive deep into recovery techniques like floating in a sensory deprivation tank, cupping, massage therapy, and entrepreneurship in general! There's a lot of great things that you can glean from this podcast…
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary & Dave talk about the difference between over-training and under-recovering, two things that can show up in your body in a very similar way. We define both, give examples of each, and discuss how you know which category you may fall under. We also discuss a couple of recovery techniques that you should be utilizing every day, whether you want to be an elite athlete or whether you just want to look good, feel good, and show up better for everyone else around you! Our next episode focuses on the recovery topic as well!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary interviews Dave about his experiences as an obstacle course racing (OCR) athlete. This episode dives deep into how Dave got involved in OCR, when and how he made the decision to “go for it”, his journey to and experiences at the OCR World Championships in London, how he trains, and what’s next for him in 2019. If you’re AT ALL into obstacle course racing, you’ll want to learn from one of the best OCR athletes out there on how to up your game and take your racing to the next level!
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, we discuss confidence... More specifically, the difference between bravado or faking it and truly feeling confident in who you are and the person that you are becoming. We both dive deep into our personal confidence as well as the work that we put in to get to where we are. We discuss how confidence is sexy, the difference between thriving and surviving, and how YOU can build authentic, true confidence! If confidence is something that you've struggled with or continue to struggle with, you're going to really enjoy this podcast.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, we sit down with Mark England, founder of Procabulary, to discuss how the story you tell yourself becomes your truth. This episode is a deep dive into how language affects confidence, how to develop mastery, the power of music, the magic of words, how to overcome obstacles, and much more! Mark is a WORLD CLASS storyteller, and you’ll hear some things from him that haven’t been published before… we’ve got a bonus surprise at the end as well! Enjoy.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave discuss the fact that there is no such thing as an unrealistic goal or dream, merely an unrealistic timeline. Successful goal setting is something that is SO important, especially this time of year surrounding New Year's Resolutions, yet the topic is rarely discussed. We know we SHOULD make goals, but how do we create smart, effective, and inspiring goals? In this podcast, we consider positive language and the power of proper goal setting. We also discuss the origins of the #keepyourstreakalive challenge as well as Cary’s chain link fence.
In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave chat about their fears and what it means to have courage. Fear has played a crucial role in our evolution as humans, yet doesn’t always play its intended role in our modern society. Oftentimes, what we are afraid of is actually our ticket to bliss and freedom. We discuss harnessing your fears and using that fear as fuel to move you forward, something our good friend Brian of Fear Sherpa often discusses. We also chat about the “what if” question and demonstrate a fear setting exercise that we think you will really enjoy. If you’re afraid of something that is preventing you from taking the next step forward, this is the episode for you.
In the FIRST episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave talk about starting with “why” from the standpoint of personal development, health and wellness, and the reason it is so important to have that WHY be the foundation in the front and center of your life. We always start with why when we begin working with clients on a one-on-one basis. Our motivation for starting this podcast and sharing this content with you, our listeners, is because both of us share the exact same “why”, which you will soon learn about!
We are stoked to begin this journey with you! Let’s rock and roll!