Endurance Planet is the premiere online destination for health-conscious endurance athletes who want to perform optimally in sport and take care of their bodies. If you’re a triathlete, runner, cyclist, swimmer, obstacle racer, adventure racer or all of the above then tune in for cutting-edge sports science, inspiration, and an education to fuel your journey. We also love to answer your questions on one of our various specials (e.g. Ask the Coaches, Ask the Doctor, Sports Nutrition, and more), and you can submit inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. For sponsorship opportunities or general inquiries, contact us at email@example.com.
Tawnee Prazak Gibson, MS, CSCS, CISSN, is a holistic health and endurance sports coach, triathlete/multisport athlete, writer, speaker, and the host and owner of Endurance Planet. She has a master’s degree in exercise science, a bachelor’s in journalism, is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN-ISSN), and certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS-NSCA).
She’s been involved in the endurance world for more than a decade, and is considered one of today’s leading experts in the field of endurance training, racing, strength training, sports nutrition and athlete wellness. When not podcasting, Tawnee coaches and consults with triathletes and endurance athletes around the globe, using holistic methods to optimize performance and to prevent the “fit but unhealthy” syndrome. Find out more at CoachTawnee.com. In addition to personalized coaching, she runs an inner-circle membership-based website, Life Post Collective, which is home to all her resources and recipes for achieving a healthy, fit lifestyle.
Tawnee became an athlete early on in life, played volleyball in high school, and ultimately took up (and fell in love with) triathlon and endurance sports in her early 20s. She quickly moved up the ranks as a top-rated amateur triathlete with dozens of age-group wins and podium finishes, racing everything from sprint to 70.3s and Ironman. In less than a decade she had She qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships multiple times as well as the Boston Marathon. She also enjoys competitive trail running, mountain biking and stand-up paddleboarding, as well as recreational backpacking, yoga, SCUBA diving, surfing and snowboarding.
Like many female athletes, Tawnee also has faced her share of health struggles behind the scenes. For 10 years while competing she suffered from hypothalamic amenorrhea and disordered eating issues; the latter of which had stuck with her after battling and recovering from anorexia as a college freshman. During this time she also suffered from gut dysbiosis, HPA axis dysfunction, subclinical hypothyroidism, and so on. Ultimately, Tawnee adopted a functional health approach to heal her body and regain optimal health, and with patience+persistence she achieved immense success. Along the way, she even sought out the expertise of many EP guests to help her navigate her recovery and journey to better health. Today she is thriving and is due to give birth to her first child in early 2018.
Tawnee writes about her experiences—everything from race reports to healing her health to her journey into motherhood—on her blog, www.tritawn.com. Follow her on Twitter at @tawneegibson, or Instagram @tawneegibson.
These are Endurance Planet’s “in house” experts who bring a wealth of knowledge to the podcast on a variety of topics relating to endurance sports, health, sports nutrition, diet and overall wellness:
Tim “Lucho” Waggoner, formerly Luchinske, resides in the mountains of Colorado just outside Boulder and is a highly sought-after endurance coach. On Endurance Planet he’s the vastly popular expert and co-host on “Ask the Coaches” (ATC) show. His experience in sport as both a professional triathlete and elite ultrarunner brings an incredible wealth of knowledge to the show.
Lucho started running at the age of 10 and went on to multiple Kansas state track and field championships and was a two time All-American in college. He decided to drop out after two years and travel eventually settling in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he lived for four years. Tired of the party lifestyle, he quit smoking and entered his first triathlon and placed third. Fast forward, and four years later he placed 16th overall at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and was the top amateur.
After 15 Ironmans and beginning a family, Lucho switched to running. He ran 2:41 in his first marathon and then 2:30 in his second. Eventually, Lucho and his wife moved up to 8,200ft altitude in the mountains, and this led him to try ultrarunning. In his first race, a 50-mile trail race, he won and broke the course record. He then went on to place 6th at the Leadville 100—his 4th ever ultra. To top it off, Lucho was the overall winner of the Leadman series in 2012, which includes all of the Leadville races. He now spends most his time raising his two sons, coaching athletes, and training for master’s track & field racing.
He also (sometimes) has a badass beard and occasionally blogs words of wisdom at joghard.blogspot.com.
Dr. Philip Maffetone has been an innovator in the field of natural and complementary medicine for more than four decades. He is the creator of the MAF Method and founder of MAFF Fitness.
His original credo of “Everyone is an Athlete” has helped people from all walks of life achieve optimal health, fitness and human performance, and his work as an athlete consultant and coach has helped many professional and Olympic athletes achieve greatness in a variety of sports.
MAF, which stands for maximum aerobic function, integrates healthy food, balanced exercise, and the regulation of physical, biochemical and mental-emotional stress to tap into the human body’s inherent capacity for optimal performance on all levels.
In addition to six-time Hawaii Ironman Triathlon Champion Mark Allen, the list of athletes he’s coached to success includes marathon champions, professional baseball and football players, adventurers, NASCAR drivers, Olympic medalists, and thousands of weekend warriors.
Dr. Maffetone has also worked with a variety of people in the entertainment field, including musicians James Taylor, Johnny Cash, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and music producer Rick Rubin. He also helped provide a system of success for some of the world’s top business executives and the U.S. military.
An internationally-acclaimed author, Dr. Maffetone’s Big Book of Health and Fitness serves as a bible for the healthy and active lifestyle. He’s written more than 20 other books as well, including the first on heart-rate monitoring in the early 1980s, and the first on the benefits of being barefoot in the 1990s.
Dr. Maffetone is schooled in the fields of human biology, kinesiology, physiotherapy and Chinese medicine, and he is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of food and nutrition, exercise and sports, biofeedback, and more.
His research has been published in scientific and medical journals, referenced by other scientists and clinicians, and reported in newspapers, magazines and other media around the world, including Huffington Post, The Today Show, Men’s Health, CNN, Readers Digest and The Atlantic magazine. His textbook, Complementary Sports Medicine is published in four languages, and his pioneering Manual Biofeedback video course in five languages.
Dr. Maffetone was presented with the prestigious Statuette award by the International Academy for Child Brain Development in 2003. He was named Triathlete Magazine’s coach of the year in 1995, and in 2000 he was honored by Inside Triathlon magazine as one of the top-20 most influential people in endurance sports worldwide.
Julie McCloskey is aRegistered Holistic Nutrition Coach (RHN) based out of Missoula, MT. After living in upstate New York through college, she moved out West and fell in love with the mountain life. She studied Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, BC, and now runs her own Nutrition Coaching Business, Wild and Well. Specializing in gut health, inflammation, and hormones, Julie’s passion is helping people regain balance, increase energy, and optimize daily performance through nutrition and lifestyle strategies.
An athlete and competitor since an early age, Julie was ‘that girl’ on the all-boys teams. She played basketball and ran cross-country and track, but soccer was always her love. At the collegiate level, she played soccer and ran track while obtaining her BS in Marketing. After college, Julie began to run longer distances, thus inspiring a curiosity for performance nutrition and recovery tactics. She moved to Jackson Hole where she fell in love with trail running and road biking. Julie races every so often, always drawn to the dirt paths that go straight up, but is 100% intrinsically motivated by the connection with nature and passion to push limits. Over a few years, and with the guidance of many podcasts and books, she slowly moved from junk food to real food, and her interest in nutrition became so deep that she packed up her stuff and moved to Vancouver to study Holistic Nutrition full-time.
Julie’s greatest endurance feat was thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016, which entailed 5 months of hiking 25-35 miles a day for a total of 2,650 miles on the trail that goes from Mexico to Canada. The PCT took its toll and Julie’s still on her own health-recovery journey, which she openly talks about on the podcast.
Ben Greenfield is a health, endurance and sports nutrition expert based out of Washington where he lives with his wife and two boys. He’s author of the New York Times best-selling book “Beyond Training,” and is recognized as one of the top fitness, nutrition and wellness consultants in the nation. Ben coaches and trains individuals for weight loss, lean muscle gain and sports performance from the website GreenfieldFitnessSystems. He was voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year, by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ben also hosts the popular fitness, nutrition and wellness podcast and website, BenGreenfieldFitness.com.
He’s quite an endurance athlete, too, with a robust athletic resume that includes everything from competitive bodybuilding and tennis to an extensive career in triathlon and obstacle racing. He has multiple finishes at the Ironman World Championships, and is a top-ranked amateur athlete.
Thorsten Radde is a triathlon statistician who can be heard on EP’s “Tri News” show, where he gives the latest triathlon news updates, pro stats and race predictions (and he is pretty darn good at it; we say he’s the best in the business). Thorsten is also a German age-group triathlete and runner. He got started out of fascination for professional Ironman-distance racing. He now regularly collects and analyzes professional Ironman-distance results, allowing him to rate courses and athletes. On his website TriRating.com he posts his assessment of the field for upcoming races and an analysis of the actual performances, in addition to in-depth analysis and opinion pieces on Ironman racing.
Thorsten writes free Rating Reports at the end of each season and before Kona, containing tons of data and information on Professional athletes. He also authors the “KPR Observer” with information about the Kona Points Ranking (KPR) and ongoing updates during the season on which athletes are in a good position to qualify. The PTO teamed up with him for the “PTO World Rankings” and he’s a regular contributor to Triathlon magazines worldwide.
You can (and should!) follow Thorsten on Twitter at @ThRadde.
Dr. Steve Gangemi “Sock Doc” is a chiropractic physician and clinical nutritionist with a passion for true natural healthcare. He brings 20 years of clinical experience as a practitioner of complementary sports medicine and holistic therapies for athletes and patients dealing with a variety of ailments. Dr. Gangemi’s popular website, sock-doc.com, focuses on a natural approach to injury treatment and prevention for athletes. A six-time finisher of the Hawaii Ironman, Dr. Gangemi teaches his natural health care protocol, Systems Health Care, to doctors and therapists throughout the world. Learn more at systemshealthcare.net and check out drgangemi.com for even more health related articles and info!
Here at Endurance Planet, we look to Steve to give us the low down on all sorts of topics from sports medicine to sports nutrition. You can follow him (and see his love for butter and barefoot living) at @DrGangemi on Instagram.
Dr. Tamsin Lewis is UK-based former professional triathlete, Ironman champion and functional medical doctor. Tamsin’s passion and ‘raison d’être’ is to empower other people to redefine the way they think about health, and find their own journey towards optimal wellness. She qualified with honours in Medicine & Surgery at Kings College London in 2004 intercalating a BSc in NeuroScience and was awarded MRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2009. She has since trained in a functional medicine approach incorporating advanced nutritional principles and appropriate use of bio-identical hormones. Tamsin practices integrative and lifestyle medicine. Helping clients to redefine their health and discover their true potential. Her main interest is in optimization of healthy hormonal function and recovery from the ‘burnout’ continuum. She works with busy, high achieving clients to improve their resilience and performance with a focus on healthy longevity.
In her youth, Tamsin struggled with disordered eating/dysfunctional mood and addictive behaviours, which attracted a variety of conventional diagnoses and attempts to treat with pharmaceuticals. At no point was there an attempt to address the underlying cause. “Your family has the measles – you have the rash,” spoken by a doctor, resonated profoundly to the 11-year-old Tamsin; yet, no effective system was in place to help navigate what this actually meant. The behavioral and self-destructive symptoms were reflective of an environment which was unstable and traumatic and hence served a protective yet ultimately pathological role. Tamsin had a realization that we trust doctors and a healthcare system to fix disease yet they seemed ill-equipped to do so when the boundaries of disease are a little blurred–not fitting in neat diagnostic clusters–which resulted in a level of deep frustration within her, but spurred on an inherent desire to seek an alternative and solution. In her final year of medical school Tamsin spent three days in a coma after a severe head injury following as skiing accident. Her parents were told she may not ever pull through. But she did. During her time in med school she also began competing in triathlons, and found that her performance improved in direct correlation with the degree to which she optimized key bio-markers through lifestyle, nutrition, supplement and training adjustments.
Tamsin spent four years as an elite GB triathlete following success as an amateur. In 2014 she won Ironman UK in her first attempt at this distance, having never run a marathon prior. Genes load the Gun. Environment pulls the trigger. Tamsin’s father was a former professional cyclist – completing the Tour De France three times and a 5-time British Road Race Champion. Once Tamsin’s physiological health improved she was able to maximize her genetic potential and success as an athlete ensued.
Spurred on her own success and pressure from peers to share her remarkable story of overcoming adversity Tamsin founded curoseven.com in 2013. This began as a performance optimization and proactive health analysis consultancy. The business model has since evolved and been refined as a result of client feedback and increasing demand, the result of which is Fibr Health and its extraordinary Collaborative Team. Follow Tamsin on Twitter at @SportieDoc.
Dr. Tommy Wood is a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington, and Chief Scientific Officer, of Nourish Balance Thrive, an online-based company using advanced biochemical testing to optimize performance in athletes. Close to 1,000 athletes have been through the Nourish Balance Thrive coaching program, from weekend warriors to Olympians and world champions, with hundreds of performance biomarkers available for each client. Based on their accumulated data, the team are now using machine learning to rapidly and reliably predict common problems in athletes including low hemoglobin, low sex hormones, and gut dysbioses.
Tommy has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo. He is President-elect of Physicians for Ancestral Health, and is on the scientific advisory board of Hintsa Performance. Alongside his career in medicine and research, Tommy has published and spoken on multiple topics surrounding functional and ancestral approaches to health, including examining the root causes of multiple sclerosis and insulin resistance. Tommy has also coached and competed in multiple sports including rowing, CrossFit, powerlifting, and ultra-endurance racing.
Brock “Skywalker” Armstrong, aside from being an audio and video ninja for many podcasts in the health and wellness world, has a functional approach to fitness and movement that comes from his extensive experience in the fitness, movement and wellness industry working with many leading personal trainers, coaches, and wellness consultants including Monica Reinagel, Ben Greenfield, Mark Sisson, Katy Bowman, Tawnee Prazak, Dave Asprey, and Mark Divine.
Brock uses his understanding of functional movement, endurance training, muscle building and the ever important balance between performance and health to help people all over the world achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. Brock was a blogger for the Canadian Running magazine iRun.ca and has appeared as a guest and co-host on many health and wellness podcasts, such as: this one, Ben Greenfield Fitness, Primal Endurance, and The Whole Athlete. You can also check out his solo wellness podcasts at WorkplaceHero.me and getfitguy.quickanddirtytips.com.
Brock is the founder and owner of SkywalkerFitness.ca, a company that has helped hundreds of people cross the finish line of marathons and triathlons since 2011. Brock lives in Vancouver, BC with his partner and several bicycles.