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When you wake up every day there are 5 things you need to pay equal attention to.

They all need nurturing. If one slips the others will suffer.

We all know the unhappy rich guy.

The guy who is in sick shape but broke.

I believe you can have it all.


By working to optimize these 5 things every day.

To help you remember them I use alliteration and call them the Ferruggia 5.




Family (friends)


I recorded a short podcast on these 5 things for you. I explain what needs to go into each and how you can get the most out of every area. I teach you how to form habits that will last.

The best part is it’s easier than you think.

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If your life is missing purpose and passion the all new #RenegadeRadioPodcast can help you find both.

Zander Fryer is my guest in this episode. He is the creator of the “SH*T You Don’t Learn in College” program, which helps people overcome their fears and turn their passions and goals into reality.

Like so many others, Zander lived a “good” life and was successful by most peoples’ standards. He was a well paid IT Sales Executive for a large corporation and had a bright future ahead of him. The problem was, none if it made him happy or fulfilled. With some encouragement from his mentor, Zander made the decision to leave corporate America to pursue his passion for coaching. By taking action in the face of fear and using his purpose to guide his decisions he has experienced rapid success while doing what he loves.

To learn tips and techniques to help you find your purpose listen as we discuss:

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If you ask any of my closest friends I’d guess they’d tell you I’m a super nice guy.

Genuine, present, making people laugh and feel good.

Always there when they need me. Always able to offer some valuable insight or feedback to whatever problem they are having.

Always able to make a connection or two, since I know a lot of cool, successful people.

I focus on others and always come with a giving hand, looking to add value.

But I’m also relentless in pursuit of the things I want.

You might even say ruthless. Like MC Ren. (If you know who that is without googling it I love you).

Not in a dick kind of way. But in a focused as fuck, unapologetic, nothing-can-stop-me kind of way.

And that’s where so many people fail. They want to be loved by everyone. They want to always be the nice guy. They don’t understand the balance. They don’t know how to walk the line.

It’s not a case of being Mr. Rogers or Mr. T. You can take the best of both.

You can be REALLY nice and still dominate every obstacle in front of you.

You can also be generous with your time. A great listener, giving, empathetic.

You can make everyone feel special.

You can stop and give people compliments all day long. Help the old lady cross the street. Hold the door, pull out the chair, pick up the check.

That’s the way to live.

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Has attempting to climb the corporate ladder left you worn out and uninspired?

Do you dream of making a living doing work you’re passionate about? In this episode of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast you’ll learn how The Paleo Chef, Mary Shenouda, changed her health, career and life.

Mary is the creator and founder of as well as the popular Paleo food product, Phat Fudge. As a kid she struggled with serious health issues. For years doctors failed to treat her with any success. Upon discovering that she has Celiac disease, Mary began following a Paleo diet. For the first time her condition improved. The rapid and dramatic changes inspired her to start sharing her recipes with friends and followers on social media. Before long, well known personalities and pro athletes began requesting for Mary to cook their food, and The Paleo Chef was born.

This episode is jam packed with actionable advice on how to turn you passion into a career, improve your relationships and become more successful.

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How can you overcome your insecurities and be a stronger, more confident person? I’ll tell you what took me from being shy, insecure and socially awkward to the person you see me as today.

In addition we’ll talk about the safest, most effective ways to include Progressive Overload in your training. What’s the ideal training split for someone who is burned out and beat up? You’ll learn what’s worked for me and thousands of my clients.

Wanna know how to improve your fitness biz, or any business for that matter? I’ll give you actionable steps to help take your business to another level.

Don’t sleep, son. Grab some pen and paper, press play and get ready to learn all this and more including:

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How’s your diet going during the holiday season? Are you resisting temptation or giving in? Are you getting your workouts in or making lame excuses about not having enough time?

Are you working on your personal development? Your relationships? Your finances? Or putting it off til tomorrow? Waiting til New Years like those who will never even come close to reaching their goals?

F*ck New Years resolutions and whatever lies you’re telling yourself. It’s time to make some changes NOW.


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Think about the times when you’ve performed at your absolute best. The times when your focus and clarity were so intense that you knew exactly what to do from one moment to the next. The instances where you were your most productive, creative and powerful self.

Athletes call it “the zone” but it’s also known as the flow state. Unfortunately, for most people flow states are sporadic and by accident, if they happen at all. But what if you could put yourself into a flow state anytime you need to? Imagine what it would do for your business, training, success, and life. Steven Kotler is my guest in Episode 216 of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast and he holds the keys to unlocking flow on command.

Steven is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance. He is the co-founder and director of the Flow Genome Project, a global organization committed to mapping the genome of flow by 2020 and making it available to everyone. He is also an award-winning journalist and the NY Times best-selling author of several amazing books including “Stealing Fire,” “Bold,” “The Rise of Superman,” “Abundance,” “A Small Furry Prayer,” and “West of Jesus”.

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Whether you’re a player striving to elevate your game, a coach looking to lead your athletes to victory, or a weekend warrior with the desire to win, everyone wants to improve their performance. If you want the slight edge to help you rise above the competition look no further than the new #RenegadeRadioPodcast with Dr. Fergus Connolly.

Dr. Connolly is the University of Michigan Football Performance & Operations Director. He previously worked as a performance expert with several NFL teams and Major League Soccer clubs. In his new book, “Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science,” Dr. Connolly tackles the misconceptions about sports science and provides a comprehensive view of team sport performance.

In this episode we discuss the ideal training schedule for the average person looking to get jacked. Fergus explains why data can be useful, but obsessively tracking everything can be problematic. We delve into the difference between maximal and optimal strength, what makes a great coach, how to select the best training and recovery methods and much more.

For tips to help improve your performance, straight from one of the world’s leading performance experts, listen as we discuss:

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Are you an Ectomorph, Endomorph or Mesomorph? If you don’t know and understand your body type it’s likely that you’re not optimizing your nutrition and training. If you wanna learn how to reach your health and fitness goals faster don’t miss this episode of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast with Dr. Stephen Cabral.

Stephen is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Functional Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner and Certified Strength and Conditioning Professional. He’s also the host of “The Cabral Concept” podcast and he’s the author of outstanding books such as “A Man’s Guide to Muscle and Strength” and the Amazon Best Seller “The Rain Barrel Effect”.

At only 17 years old he suffered severe health complications. He saw multiple doctors, and tried over 100 different treatments, but his health still didn’t improve. It wasn’t until he met an Alternative Health doctor that his body began to recover. The experience instilled a passion for health and wellness in Stephen and opened his eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Over the past 20 years he has studied and researched health and wellness, acquired dozens of certifications in the natural health field and completed thousands of sessions with health and fitness clients.

His knowledge and experience have put Dr. Cabral at the top of his field and now you have the opportunity to benefit from both.

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Has anyone ever made you feel like you’re not good enough or smart enough to accomplish your goals? Have people stomped on your dreams and made you wonder if you’re really capable of leaving a job you hate or doing what you’re passionate about?

If so my guest in this episode of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast, Paul Reddick, can relate and help.

A guidance counselor once told Paul he was stupid and destined for failure. He was left to deal with the impact of the counselor’s words on top of the demons from his past. He embarked upon a journey of personal development and self-actualization that eventually led him to live a life filled with purpose, passion and success.

Paul is known as “The World’s Greatest Sports Marketer” and “The guy who finds money in your business” by elite authors and coaches throughout the sports and fitness industry.

If you’re ready to get past the negativity of haters and doubters this is the push you’re looking for. Listen as we discuss:

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You may know Natalie Jill as an ultra successful, inspirational fitness expert who’s in better shape than most women half her age.

What you might not know is that she was once 65 pounds overweight and a million dollars in debt.

If you’ve had setbacks and obstacles that have held you back, fear not. Your past doesn’t define you. Natalie has been there and she can relate. She can also help you rise up and turn your life around.

Natalie hit rock bottom as newly divorced, single mother. During that time she was forced to endure some of the most difficult challenges of her life. She lost a successful corporate career along with her retirement savings, marriage and home.

Natalie decided to use fitness and nutrition as her lifeline. What began as a way of holding herself accountable helped Natalie overcome adversity and find her life’s purpose.

She went on to found Natalie Jill Fitness, and author the national best-seller “7 Day Jumpstart: Unprocess Your Diet with Super Easy Recipes”. She holds a degree in Health and Human Performance and she is a Master Sports Nutritionist and Functional Trainer. She’s been featured on hit TV shows and channels such as The Doctors, The 700 Club and Hallmark Channel – Home and Family. To learn how to use adversity as a stepping-stone to success, listen as we discuss:

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If you want to improve your business skills, learn to develop relationships and become a happier, more successful person you don’t want to miss this episode of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast with the “Ninja Master” of fitness, Mark Fisher.

Mark knows how to create culture and an atmosphere of fun better than almost anyone I know. If you’re in the fitness industry or run an online business or a brick and mortar business of any kind, you’re in for a treat. Mark is going to open your eyes to endless possibilities you probably never even thought of. Everyone wants to do business with someone who makes it fun. Mark will show you how to that at the highest level.

Mark is the creator and co-CEO of Mark Fisher Fitness. Formerly a professional actor and performance artist, his unique style and flair for fun have helped make MFF the most popular and successful gym in New York City. Mark and his team have created a culture at MFF that inspires and educates members (AKA “Ninjas”) while entertaining them and helping them have fun with fitness.

Grab your notebook and get ready for an insider’s look at how the “Enchanted Ninja Clubhouse of Glory and Dreams” was created.

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Can you protect yourself and your family? I mean if shit gets serious, are you really ready? What if someone tries to seriously harm you or your loved ones? As much as we may dream about a nonviolent utopia, the reality is it’s better to be safe than sorry. And to be safe you have to be prepared. Violent, dangerous people are out there and wishing them away will never work. If you never want to become someone’s victim you can’t afford to miss the all new #RenegadeRadioPodcast with self-protection expert Tim Larkin.

As a former military intelligence officer Tim was part of the group that redesigned how Special Operations personnel train for close combat. Over the course of his 25 year career he has shown people in 52 countries how to deal with imminent violence. He’s trained over 10,000 clients in his Target Focused Training, including Elite Military Units and Special Law Enforcement Agencies. Tim is also the author of great self-protection books including “How to Survive”, “Survive the Unthinkable” and, most recently, “When Violence is The Answer”.

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It’s been way too long since I’ve done a solo episode of the Renegade Radio Podcast. So that’s what I’m doing in this one. I compiled a list of listener questions you guys sent in. Then I worked through as many as I could, in as much detail as I could give.

I start with a quick recap of the last few months, telling you what I’ve been up to. We also talk about relationships, training, nutrition, weed, CBD, WWE, marketing, books, and more.

You’ll also love the fact that I give fully detailed workouts with exercises, sets and reps for getting jacked in a variety of scenarios. Pour some coffee and get ready to go for a fast paced ride though my mind as we discuss:

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Chronic disease is rising at an alarming rate and the current healthcare model is failing us.

Chris Kresser, my guest in Episode 208 of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast, has a plan to help stop the crisis.

Chris is a globally recognized expert in functional medicine, Paleo nutrition and ancestral health. In his new book “Unconventional Medicine,” he shows how combining proper diet and lifestyle with functional medicine can create a better healthcare model and provide more effective treatment to patients.

If you want to learn the most effective ways to prevent chronic disease and enjoy glowing health you won’t want to miss this episode.

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Steve Sims, my guest on the new #RenegadeRadioPodcast, makes dreams come true.  And, whether you want to achieve your own goals or get better at helping your customers reach theirs, he can teach you to do the same.

Steve is the founder of Bluefish, the world’s foremost luxury concierge service.  Bluefish provides extraordinary experiences and the highest level of personalized service to celebrities, athletes, corporate executives and other A-list clientele.  Steve and his team have made things like taking a submarine trip to the Titanic and hanging out with legendary rock stars possible for their customers.  His business provides people with memories that last a lifetime.  Steve is also the author of “Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen.”

This episode is jam-packed with incredible insights that will help take your business, relationships, and life to a higher level.  The wisdom that Steve shares in his straightforward, no BS style seems like common sense though his results have been anything but common.  This one is a game changer.  Listen, take notes and enjoy.

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If you want to improve your performance, optimize recovery and build endurance, Brian Mackenzie is the man to listen to.  From breath work to proper programming, to ice baths and saunas, Brian has a toolbox with something for everyone in it.

Brian is my guest on Episode 206 of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast.  He is a world-renowned strength and conditioning coach who founded Crossfit Endurance and Power-Speed-Endurance. He is also the author of several great books including “Unplugged: Evolve from Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance and Consciousness”, “Power, Speed, Endurance” and “Unbreakable Runner”.

In this episode, we discuss the relationship between strength and conditioning.  Brian details how to add conditioning to your training without risking injury or burnout.  We delve into how to breathe to improve performance, provide tips for optimal recovery, talk about the mistakes people commonly make in training and so much more.

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Are you a stressaholic? I was for a long time. And I can tell you that it’s no way to live.  Instead of managing stress you need to master it. Dr. Heidi Hanna is my guest on the new #RenegadeRadioPocast and she’s gonna show you how to do just that.

Listen as Dr. Hanna reveals her brain-based solutions for improving your performance. She shows you how to use stress to fuel positive changes in your life.  You’ll learn the most effective methods to reduce anxiety and overcome depression. Dr. Hanna shares simple strategies to optimize focus, creativity, and resilience. We discuss fitness, nutrition, using humor to become happier, and much more.

Heidi is the CEO and founder of Synergy, a coaching and consulting company that specializes in customized health and wellness solutions for individuals and organizations.  She has trained thousands of people on practical ways to incorporate fitness, nutrition, and positive psychology strategies to improve productivity and performance.  Heidi is also the author of many great books including the NY Times best-seller “The Sharp Solution: A Brain Based Approach for Optimal Performance,” “Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationships With Stress” (Jan 2014) and “Relax Your Fat Off”.

Topics Include:

  • Brain based performance and the role that stress plays in peoples’ lives.  7:59
  • Heidi’s’ struggles with anxiety and depression at only 10 years old.  10:02
  • Are your high-stress levels genetically imprinted on you while in utero?  11:57
  • How Heidi’s struggles led to her current...

Getting jacked, ripped, and strong is the topic at hand today with my guest, Dr. Andy Galpin. Wanna learn simple, stress-free ways to lose fat and build muscle? The good doctor has your prescription for proper programming in this episode of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast.

Andy has a Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics and he is a professor in the Center for Sports Performance at CSU Fullerton.  He is also the author of “Unplugged: Evolve from Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance, and Consciousness” and he’s the host of the popular podcast “The Body of Knowledge”.

Listen as we discuss:

  • Andy’s Top 5 hip-hop artists and favorite albums of all time.  3:24
  • Why he made the decision to combine Strength Programming and Coaching with Muscle Physiology and Science.  17:54
  • The biggest mistakes most people make with their training and lifestyle.  20:02
  • The 3 most important training variables.  21:02
  • Andy’s 5 categories for designing training programs.  25:11
  • Are sore muscles a sign of an effective training session?  29:40
  • Why consistency trumps effort for achieving your training goals.  31:57
  • Why just doing the work is far more important than worrying about what training program you’re following.  37:09
  • The ideal weekly schedule for the average person who wants to get jacked.  40:34
  • Does optimal training frequency depend on your goals?  42:44
  • Are 270 reps per week the magic number for building muscle?  45.34
  • How to use variety in your training to help expedite progress.  49:14
  • Is it a myth that too much...

Whether it’s in a boardroom in front of a group of co-workers, having dinner with potential clients, or giving a speech in front of your gym members, we all perform in some way.  If you want to learn the skills to deliver a great performance every time don’t miss Episode 203 of the #RenegadeRadioPodcast.

Michael Port is my guest in this episode.  He was once a professional actor, guest starring on many hit TV shows.  Now Michael is the NY Times best-selling author of “Book Yourself Solid” and “Steal the Show.”  He is also the creator of and the host of the most popular podcast on public speaking and performance, “Steal the Show”.

Listen as we discuss:

  • Michael’s background as an actor and fitness coach.  3:53
  • Building relationships is everything, no matter what industry you’re in.  10:35
  • Why you should stop focusing on yourself and start focusing on others, especially if you’re struggling.  13:33
  • The simple formula that will help build your network.  18:03
  • Why your level of success is correlated with the amount of responsibility you can handle.  23:12
  • Why it’s important to audit yourself and to understand that you will change over time.  26:13
  • Is being shy and being an introvert the same thing?  27:18
  • Why you need to become comfortable with things that make you uncomfortable.  28:13
  • How using the fundamental principle of improv “Yes.  And….” can help you achieve more success in life and business.  30:48
  • How to...