We are excited to introduce you to Huma Liptak!
Huma is a nutrition coach for Black Collar CrossFit's Nutrition Program and is also a second year medical student at Des Moines University!
You Don't want to miss this one. We discuss her role as a nutrition coach and balancing her own health and wellness as an athlete and medical student.
To get in contact with her and learn more about your nutrition send a DM to @misshuma or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled to introduce you to Dan Noyce.
Dan Noyce graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology. After college he spent 10 years in Chicago working as a personal trainer at Equinox Fitness Clubs.
Currently Dan has his own business as a Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist and Kinstretch instructor.
His goal is to give people the tools to improve the health and function of their joints so they can feel better, move better and perform better.
Dan now lives in Des Moines with his wife, 5 month old son and 2 year old lab. He loves all outdoor activity including biking, scuba diving and skiing.
It was fun talking all things mobility with Dan. He is seriously a wealth of knowledge. Check it out!
Facebook: Dan Noyce
Meet Traci! Traci is a Mom of 2 teens, a full-time teacher and a Certified Personal Trainer. She is the owner and founder of Train With Fire, a Live AT HOME Workout program bringing you 30-60 minute virtual workouts 3 days a week. She started live workouts in 2019 from the comfort of her garage and have expanded offering full body high & low impact bodyweight and dumbbell training, along with Run Coaching . Traci teaches clients how to master their mornings by planning ahead and making themselves a priority. She believes “by taking better care of YOU, you can better take care of the ones you love the most!” When friends ask how she has so much energy, Traci states she states that ENERGY is like an investment. You have to give energy to get energy. Invest in yourself and it will come back two fold!
Hi! Deana here! 🙋🏼♀️ I got to interview Bryan for this week’s podcast. We dive into health, motivation, and all things Kaizen Health and Wellness. 🏋🏻 We had fun making this a public conversation. We hope you like it! ✌🏼
Food matters! What you eat greatly impacts your health.
We want people to feel good and to live healthy lives.
If you feel sluggish, tired, foggy, or run down, what are the chances that you’re going to feel like moving your body and getting some exercise in each day?
We’re not prescribing a meal plan, we’re not going to suggest a particular diet, there is no magic cure. We are just talking about eating real, naturally occurring, from the earth, FOOD.
Western Medicine is failing us. Most practitioners won’t even consider the idea that chronic diseases can be reversed. As a nurse, this has been so confusing to me. It’s confusing because it seems so obvious, what do healthy patients look like, what do their habits look like, what does their lifestyle look like, how do they manage stress, how do they sleep, how do they eat? Then, what are those answers when it comes to unhealthy patients?
In early 2019 Bryan was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. From what we can understand, chronic stress, lack of sleep, and at times a “poor diet” led to inflammation and caused him to get this autoimmune disease. We thought he had colon cancer, all the symptoms were there. It was a very scary time and it still sucks to think about, it sucks that it happened.
After his diagnosis he was told several times by doctors of different specialties that his “symptoms would likely get worse and that he would be on medication for the rest of his life.” He was also told “when medications stop working, he would need to have a bowel resection” and that was his prognosis. Pretty grim right?
So, we started asking questions. Our first question, which seems most obvious was, how is his diet affecting this disease process? From doctors, we got nothing! They didn’t know, they said maybe, they said could be, one even said “diet won’t change this.” This is where I think Western Medicine really drops the ball, a few (respected) practitioners looked us straight in the eyes and told us that this disease (that occurs in the digestive system), has nothing to do with the food (that goes through the digestive system). Looking back, it’s nearly laughable now.
So, we looked elsewhere for answers. The answers we got were not good enough, we knew he could do better than daily medications and planning for scopes and surgeries the rest of his life.
We dove into research, alternative medicine, met with nontraditional practitioners, we studied how foods affect the body.
Turns out, many foods are inflammatory, which is what colitis is, inflammation of the colon. There are also foods that can decrease inflammation. We believe that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to diet. But we know from our experience and studying the experiences of others, certain diets aren’t always compatible with a persons genetics. Many triggers likely led to this disease but we have found that there are foods that can help reduce symptoms and reverse disease processes.
We are happy to report that Bryan is doing well and is not on any medications. He is still being monitored a few times each year.
All this to say, we believe there is not just one “fix all” diet, but we do believe there are guiding principles that can lead us all to better health. This is in no way is a claim that we can cure whatever disease process you’re struggling with, but we can help you implement better habits to lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Medications are such a blessing and often times very necessary. Working in the medical field I have seen that many patients are so busy with life that they don’t take time to take care of themselves and taking a pill to fix their symptoms or treat their disease it much faster/easier than making big changes. Illness can also be pretty scary, and we (as humans) want to be better RIGHT NOW. We are creatures of habit and change can be hard, but it is worth it.
Being consistent is the only way to create change. The food that you choose to eat and the amount of movement you decide to get in will determine your outcome. That choice of course, is up to you.
Kaizen means continuous improvement or change for better. We can’t improve on what we don’t know. But once we know better, we can do better.
We’re happy to introduce you to Collin Seymour. He is a recent Drake graduate, where he majored in Kinesiology and played football. 🏈
He is a personal trainer at Seymour Health & Fitness. 🏋🏽
He trains a wide variety of clients, ranging from youth athletes to middle age adults. 💪🏼
His specialty is working with athletes at all levels to achieve an overall increase in athletic performance. 🚴🏽♂️ Check out our conversation on iTunes, Anchor, or wherever you listen to Podcasts! Thanks for joining us. 👊🏼
Meet Matt Sillanpaa!
Matt has been a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach in Des Moines since 2008. He and his wife, Julie, operate BrickHouse Fitness in Bondurant since its opening in 2014.
Recently, they launched Body Temper Iowa together, which is a business offering muscle and connective tissue work by using heavy weights and pressures for long durations of time.
They, along with their 3 year old twins, enjoy exposing people to a healthy balance of exercise, pain free movement, live music, and beer.
You can find them on:
IG @BodyTemperIowa and @BrickHouseFitness2018
FB @BodyTemperIowa and @BrickHouseFitness
Meet Tom. Tom is a trainer at CrossFit Valley Junction. ?️♀️
He graduated from Loras College where he played football and studied elementary education. After college he found coaching would be a great way to combine both of his passions of education and fitness. ? ??
Tom works with a broad range of people from teenage athletes to people in their 60s learning to exercise for the first time in their life. He loves helping people get stronger both mentally and physically and become a better version of themselves. ?
⭐️ Connect with Tom ⭐️
? Facebook: @CrossFitValleyJunction
? Email: email@example.com
Kyler Case is the owner of Metro Movement Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Johnston, IA.
He graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA after graduating from Grand View University with a degree in Kinesiology.
He has a passion for human movement, sports, and for treating athletes and their families. In his practice he works with a broad patient base ranging from powerlifters and strength athletes, to endurance athletes, weekend warriors, and everything in between.
Outside of work, Dr. Case enjoys spending time with his family, his wife Malyn, and 4 year old German Shepard/Siberian Husky, Finnegan. He is also a "funcle" to 3 nieces and 3 nephews! Dr. Case also enjoys mountain biking, cycling, golf, CrossFit, and time on the lake in the summer!
⭐️ Connect with Kyler ⭐️ IG: @_metromovementdsm_
FB: Metro Movement Chiropractic and Rehabilitation
This is the model that we use at Kaizen to help prevent and also treat injuries. This is a simple way that we can explain an injury to a person and show them why we need to address the root cause of the issue so that we don’t just create symptomatic change and that we ultimately fix the problem so they can get back to doing what they want to do and so that they don’t go right back into an injury state.
Dr. Ladd's views on performance improvement, injury prevention and sometimes other random thoughts.