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The Expansion Project with Fat Tony

Welcome to the Expansion Project Podcast, thank you for stopping by. In this show I have casual yet deep conversations with professional athletes, entrepreneurs, coaches, investors, and other successful people in hopes of expanding my mind and yours while motivating and inspiring people along the way. Topics include: Business, BMX, CrossFit, Investing, Real Estate, Lifestyle Design, Traveling, Nutrition, and more... -Fat Tony
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Jan 16, 2018

Today’s guest is an LA-based actor and YouTuber named Taylor Calmus. Taylor grew up riding BMX bikes in a tiny town in South Dakota, which is loosely how we got connected—that is through a mutual friend named Aaron Nardi that rides bikes and does video production.

Taylor is a prime example of someone that has intentionally designed his life the way he wants to live it.

He has appeared in tons of commercials and numerous sketches on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show. He’s even had a roll in the popular TV show The Middle.

More recently he has been focusing on his YouTube channel Dude Dad—a weekly vlog with funny sketches, life lessons, and other things that revolve around him being a new dad. His most popular video was a Rube Goldberg machine made out of baby items that took three days to set up and eventually revealed the gender of their second baby. That video collectively has somewhere in the neighbored of 50 million views. If you’re not familiar with the term Rube Goldberg machine, it’s one of those contraptions that shows a series of events setting of another sequence of events. So for example, a golf ball will fall down some tracks and hit a bottle and the bottle will spin and hit something else that flies on a string and knocks over a toy, and the process continues…and in Taylor’s case the sequence ended with a blower spewing pink paper into the air reveling that their baby was going to be a girl.

Throughout our conversation we kept coming back to a central topic, and that is how Taylor designs his life in such a way that he can do the things he loves without having to work around a schedule that a job or boss lays out for him.

We actually didn’t have time to get into this, but in addition to his acting and YouTube channel, Taylor also sells super cool graffiti stencil artwork and is the master mind behind and part owner of a company called Taybles that makes these really awesome coffee tables in the shape of a giant cassette tape.

But what we did talk about is what it was like moving from a town of about 900 people to Los Angeles to follow his dream of becoming an actor. We discussed how he gets acting gigs and what he’s done over the years to hone his craft.

Throughout the conversation Taylor shared one of the biggest lessons he’s learned to become a better actor that also helps in his everyday life.

We also talked about the different odd jobs and side hustles he’s done to get by so he can still do things on his own terms and schedule.

And of course I picked his brain about his up and coming YouTube channel and dug into how the Dude Dad brand is starting to make money in several different ways.

If you are a fan of this podcast because you like learning about people who do things on their own terms or because you get inspired by people that are making their dreams come true, then you’ll absolutely love this interview with Taylor Calmus.


LINKS:
Website: http://www.taylorcalmus.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylor.calmus
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dudedadvlog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/taycalm
Dude Dad on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/dudedadvlog
Dude Dad on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DudeDadVlog/
Rube Goldberg Gender Reveal: https://www.facebook.com/DudeDadVlog/videos/1588491704499208/
Cop Pulls Over His Own Wife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDHIsrGs-bQ
Famebit App: https://famebit.com/

 

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Jan 9, 2018

Our guest today is James O’Loughlin, a cryptocurrency investor from Cincinnati, Ohio. I’ll be honest…when I started hearing about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies a few years ago I just thought they were a way to buy things. I never realized the currencies could actually be investments. That all changed recently when Bitcoin prices skyrocketed. To put this into context…this interview was recorded at the end of December 2017, and right before Christmas the value of Bitcoin went from about $10,000 to $19,000 and all of a sudden it seemed like everyone was talking about it—and a lot of people were making a lot of money too.

So, a little late to the crypto game, but my eyes were finally opened and I started getting very curious about investing in cryptocurrencies. I was talking to friends, asking questions on Facebook, and searching around the web to find out everything I could…and long story short, I’m 100% sold and truly view cryptocurrencies as an extremely viable way to help accumulate wealth and reach my goals of financial freedom.

I reached out to my Facebook network and asked if anyone would be willing to share their stories, successes, and failures on the podcast and James reached out. I didn’t know James prior to our conversation, but I’m so happy he replied to my post because his story is nothing short of incredible and inspiring.

James started mining Bitcoin in 2011 and has dabbled in some day trading as well. And as I’m recording this intro, just yesterday he sent me a message saying he paid off the mortgage on his house with money he made through cryptocurrencies. And that’s exactly what I wanted out of this interview—to hear a real world story of an ordinary guy like myself that found a way to make some legit money through this new age investment strategy.

Of course before we begin I have to make sure everyone knows that neither James or I am a financial professional. We are not giving you financial advice. Please take this story for what it is…just one man’s story. And if James’ story happens to inspire you to invest in cryptocurrencies, then please do so smartly.

Oh, and I’ll apologize in advance for Skype cutting out on us a few times. James had like 16 people at his house for the holidays, so I think his wireless network was bogged down or something.

Enjoy the interview!

Fat Tony's CoinBase Affiliate Link
(When you buy $100 or more of cryptocurrencies, we both get $10 worth of Bitcoin for free.)

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RESOURCES:
James' Cryptocurrency Facebook Group
How Teens Can Become Millionaires
http://www.reddit.com/r/btc
https://www.reddcoin.com/
https://bittrex.com/
https://www.gdax.com/
https://coinmarketcap.com/

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Jan 2, 2018

My guest today is a professional photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio named Cody York. Cody and I have similar career paths in that we both started working for BMX magazines around the same time, and we both now do freelance photography. I’ve always been a fan of Cody’s work, and I’ve always enjoyed catching up with him on the deck of ramps at the various BMX events we’d be shooting, so I was really excited to chat with him today and share his story with you guys.

The interview derailed several times because it was just so fun catching up with an old friend, so there are a lot of questions I didn’t get to ask, but I think you guys will enjoy the candid interaction along with the insight and experience Cody brings to the table. And whenever possible we did try to provide you guys with some actionable takeaways and ideas for motivation and inspiration.

I talked to him about making his childhood dream of working at a BMX magazine come to life and what it felt like for him to leave that dream behind and move back home to Ohio from California. We also talked about how he got a call out of the blue that landed him a job shooting BMX photos and writing articles for ESPN—a pretty badass title to have on your resume.

Cody shared some of his biggest wins as a freelancer and how he’s making his money now. This includes getting some great passive income selling prints online as well as working with his local tourism board to photograph all things that are Cleveland.

I even shared my big win with the client I’m working for, and for the first time publicly I read the single-page contract I have with them that allows me to keep my dream alive working as a freelancer.

We wrapped up by discussing Cody’s camera setup and which products in his gear bag are working for him and which ones he had to abandoned.

 

LINKS:
Website: http://www.codyyorkphotography.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cyorkphoto
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codyyorkphotography
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cyorkphoto
Prints on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cody+york+photography

 

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Dec 19, 2017

My guest today is Trevor Gay. I know Trevor through the BMX industry… When I was doing work in BMX he was the marketing guy and team manager for DK Bicycles. Trevor is one of these people that I like a lot, even though we’ve never spent a ton of time together. He was a guy I always wished I got to hang out with more, but never got the chance. And that’s part of the reason I wanted to get him on the podcast…selfishly just to get the chance to hang out with him more.

But of course Trevor also has a really cool story that I was excited to share. As a BMX kid growing up in Ohio, he made his dream of working for a bike company come true. But as fate would have it, that same job eventually caused a lot of stress that wore down on him. So we talked about how he worked his way up through DK Bicycles over the course of 14 years and how it all eventually crashed down around him.

We also talked a lot about Trevor’s involvement with the tiny home community and how he built his own tiny house. If you’re not familiar with tiny homes, then you will be after this episode… They are literally just tiny houses. Trevor’s is about the size of an average living room—just a little more than 200 square feet. But the lessons he learned from downsizing his life and building his own house all while being filmed for a reality TV show proved to be invaluable. And it also led him into his new career as a producer for similar TV shows about tiny homes.

Trevor also dropped hints about a new brand in the bicycle industry he’s working on that will launch sometime in the future.

Some of the things we did’t get to talk about include… Veganism and Trevor’s outlook on health and fitnees, mountain biking, and the fact that he almost lost a few fingers in an accident involving a table saw. (The photos of that are horrendous, and if you want to be thoroughly grossed out, go scroll through his Instagram feed.)

Trevor’s story is another great one showing how you can adapt and overcome if you’re willing to learn and put in the work, and it’s another perfect example of someone following their dreams and designing their life in a way that allows them to do the things they love.


LINKS:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trevorgay/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trevorgay
Twitter: https://twitter.com/trevorgay/
Heart of it All House: http://www.heartofitallhouse.com/
Tiny House Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCKZ-T0qgV4
Wild Again Animal Rescue: http://www.wildagainrescue.com/
The War of Art (Book)

 

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Dec 12, 2017

My guest today is Josh Perry. Josh is a professional BMX rider who lives with brain tumors. The tumors there now are actually the third set of tumors he’s faced over the last several years, having the first two bouts removed through various surgeries and treatments.

We wasted no time at all digging into Josh’s experiences and getting deep into some emotional stuff. Josh was able to open up to us about what it was like being diagnosed with brain tumors and dealing with the very real thought that his life was about to end.

We also talked a lot about Josh’s mindset and outlook on life, and how that’s helped him turn his medical situation into a positive thing and even a new career path.

Throughout the conversation we also discussed Josh’s current nutrition and training habits that help him stay in peak physical and mental shape while he lives with these tumors, which of course helps him in every aspect of his life.

To finish off the interview Josh was very candid about how he fuels and funds the lifestyle he has designed for himself, and what I found out was shocking in the best way possible. I love seeing people figure out creative ways to make money, and what Josh is doing is a perfect example of the old cliche, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”


LINKS:
Website: http://www.joshperrybmx.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JoshPerryBMX/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoshPerryBMX/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/JoshPerryBMX/
Blog: http://dailybrainstorms.com/
Athlete Recovery Fund: https://www.athleterecoveryfund.org/josh-perry
The Secret: https://www.netflix.com/title/70063484
Lance Armstrong’s Books:
- First Book
- Second Book
Rhonda Rousey Book
Grain Brain (Book)
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

 

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Dec 5, 2017

My guest today is Matthew Stallone—a professional high-end real estate photographer based near Toronto, Ontario in Canada. I started following him on Instagram a while back because his work was awesome, and after looking at his stuff on a daily basis for several months I was really intrigued by him and his business, Stallone Media.

We began the interview by talking about how Matthew got burnt out as a professional golf instructor, then moved on to working an 8 to 5 office job in the construction industry. Eventually he was able to find a new passion in photography, and created a unique way to slowly transition from the office job to doing what he loved full-time while still making enough money to support his family.

Today his business is a one-stop marking shop for real estate agents, offering photography, videos, virtual tours, drone work, and graphic design services to help market and sell homes.

Listening to Matthew talk was extremely eye opening for me in a lot of ways and definitely motivated me to step my game up as a professional photographer. This episode is a must-listen for anyone in photography, but even if that’s not you, you’ll still get a lot of of Matthew’s story of finding a way to design his life around his desires and what he loves for a living.


LINKS:
Website: https://stallonemedia.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stallonemedia/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stallonephotography/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stallonemedia
500px: https://500px.com/stallonemedia
Photography For Real Estate Flikr Forum: https://www.flickr.com/groups/photographyforrealestate/discuss/
Scott Hargis Video Tutorial Series: https://www.lynda.com/Scott-Hargis/5232928-1.html
Michael Kelley’s Video Tutorial Series: https://fstoppers.com/product/mike-kelleys-where-art-meets-architecture-1
Kelby Online Photography Courses: https://kelbyone.com/

 

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Nov 30, 2017

Typically on the show I have casual, yet deep conversations with professional athletes, entrepreneurs, investors, or other people that I find fascinating in hopes of expanding my mind and yours while motivating and inspiring people along the way. Well on this episode I will be the one being interviewed. Every once in a while I get emails, DMs, or Facebook messages from people that want advice or to talk to me about my experience in a certain area. I always do my best to respond to them and be as helpful as possible. And every once in a while I feel like there are enough other people out there with similar questions that it would be worth sharing the conversation so other people can benefit from it. This is one of those instances…

Jared Allan reached out to me after reading one of my old blog posts where I outlined exactly how I landed my dream job working for Ride BMX Magazine. He had some follow up questions and wanted to know more about what it was like to work in BMX.

Original Blog Post - How I Got A Job At Ride BMX Magazine: http://blog.fattonybmx.com/how-i-got-a-job-at-ride-bmx-magazine/


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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaredallan_/

 

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Nov 28, 2017

My guest for this episode is one of my closest friends and someone I’m very excited to introduce you guys to. Her name is Lindsay Matush. She’s a traveler, paragliding pilot, business owner, and so much more… She lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she operates a marketing and consulting business. If her name sounds familiar, you may remember her from my intro to season two episode. You may also recall that her father is a personal mentor of mine who I interviewed on season one, episode 23 of this show.

During our conversation we shared travel stories about adventures we’ve had together and I picked her brain about how traveling has helped shape who she is today. She also shared experiences about traveling alone in what some people may feel like are “dangerous” parts of the world and gives advice to other people who may be considering traveling.

We also talked about paragliding, which is something she’s extremely passionate about, and although she is modest about it, she’s one of the top female paragliding pilots in the country.

We ended the conversation talking about her marketing business where she pointed out some of the most common mistakes she sees companies make and what some of the easiest to execute marketing strategies are that you can begin to execute immediately.

As always, I had a blast talking with Lindsay and hope you guys are just as fascinated by her as I am. Like I said, she’s one of my best friends and I think you all will love her. Without further ado, here we go…


LINKS:
Vario Consulting Website: http://varioconsulting.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindsay.matush
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lady_matush/

 

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Nov 21, 2017

My guest today is a Nashville-based celebrity photographer named Robby Klein. I know Robby because he grew up in Louisiana near where my parents now live and we have a mutual friend out there who some of my listeners may know—Terry Adams.

I met Robby long before his career took off, and since then he’s gone on to photograph some of the music and entertainment industry’s biggest personalities including Seth Rogan, Nick Offerman, Lance Armstrong, John Stamos, and Gordon Ramsey just to name a few. His photos have been featured all around the world and even on the cover of Billboard magazine.

I talked to Robby about his decision to quit college and move to Nashville, leaving behind his childhood hometown to follow his dream of becoming a full-time freelance photographer.

We discussed what makes a good subject in front of the camera and how he conducts himself behind the camera when photographing celebrities. He also told me about some of his favorite entertainers to work with and shared his super power that allows him to build a rapport with any celebrities in just seconds, and often without even saying a word.

I asked Robby about who he has on his team when doing a photo shoot, how he uses Instagram to help his business, and what his client meetings and portfolio look like.

We also talked about the photo series he did with his pregnant wife that went viral and how that’s helping him attract new clients.

It was great to get so much real world knowledge from such an experienced yet humble photographer, and whether you’re into photography or not, I know you’ll enjoy this interview with my friend Robby Klein.


LINKS:
Website: http://www.robbyklein.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robbysphotos/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Robby-Klein-Photography-141307145931515/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robbyklein
A&I Fine Art + Photography: http://www.aandi.com/
Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/

 

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Nov 16, 2017

This in-between-isode will follow a different format. In this episode I will share the audio from a video interview my friend Monica Ortiz did with me. Monica is the mastermind behind The Exceptional Life Institute and Masters of Mindfulness. She recently launched the Masters of Mindfulness app where she hosts video interviews like the one she did with me as well as guided meditation practices, among other things.

The interview covers some of the basics that you may have heard a time or two if you’re a loyal listener of this show. Things like why my nickname is Fat Tony and how I made the decision to go vegan, and so on. However we also talk about things like my extreme lack of patience, how that affects my life, and things I’m doing to work on that. We also discuss the BMX crash that almost took my life in 2003 and my mindset while recovering from the skull fracture.

If you want to watch and listen to more interviews like this by Monica, download her Masters of Mindfulness app, and subscribe to her YouTube channel that can be found through mastersofmindfulness.com.

For more information about the organization, courses, and products they offer to help you create your most successful life visit www.exceptionallifeinstitute.com.

Thanks to Monica and Andrew for allowing me to share this content with my audience, and enjoy the interview…

LINKS:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwIuAkjmYQN_zZQ0KEZbJXw
Masters of Mindfulness: http://www.mastersofmindfulness.com
iTunes App: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1252209359
Exceptional Life Institute: http://www.exceptionallifeinstitute.com

 

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Nov 14, 2017

My guest today is Dane Wild—and yes, that’s his real last name. Dane is a BMX rider from the Detroit area. He’s never competed in the big contests like X Games or Dew Tour, he’s never been big name you see on the cover of a magazine, and he’s never made a ton of money from the sport. But he has been around the industry for a long time and has made a name for himself over the last decade and a half or so—for better or for worse—largely with his online presence.

This episode will have a slightly different tone and vibe than most. Dane has struggled with alcohol addition, mental illness, and depression. He has had some really rough times in his life. So this episode pokes and prods at those topics as we navigated though his career in BMX. Although we barely scratched the surface of Dane’s story and the demons has has battled over the years, we covered a lot of ground in this episode…

I honestly wasn’t too sure what to expect out of this when I sat down to talk with Dane, but I think this episode will be an eye opener for a lot of people and will serve as a good reminder that everyone has their own past, history, and life experiences. Hearing stories like Dane’s helps me to remember that you can’t always be so quick to judge people, and to be grateful for every day.


LINKS:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danewild/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danewild
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danewild/

 

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Nov 7, 2017

My guest today is Alex Leo Landeros. Alex is a full-time professional BMX rider with a very different lifestyle than just about anyone you’ve probably ever met. He tours around the world doing BMX demos and competing in BMX competitions, but when he’s not on his bike he’s living out of a van and traveling the world looking for adventures and photo opportunities.

We talked about why he is able to live such a carefree lifestyle with little to no long-term plans in place and what events in his past helped shape his mindset like this. I asked him about how he deals with his emotions when his bank account drops as low as $8 and why he’s able to stay so positive during slower times like that when other people would be completely stressed out. We also talked about how he takes opportunities to explore new things literally every chance he gets, and his newfound hobby of photography.

If you’re looking for travel inspiration, ideas on how to cut expenses and live a very minimal lifestyle, photography tips, or advice on converting a passenger van into your house, you’ll love this episode. But hey, even if you’re not specifically looking for those things, I think you’ll like it anyway, so please enjoy my conversation with Alex Leo Landeros…


LINKS:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexlanderosbmx/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vantravelphoto/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leolanderosbmx
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AlexLanderosBMX
Tony & Chelsea Northrup on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/VistaClues
Phlearn on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PhlearnLLC
SkyScanner App: https://www.skyscanner.com/mobile.html

 

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Oct 31, 2017

I’m really excited about my guest today. I had a great conversation with Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham. Wheelz is a 25 year old Las Vegas native who was born with spina bifida which a a birth defect of the spinal cord that left him with extremely limited use of his legs. However, he has never let this hold him back in any way, and at an early age started riding skateparks on his wheelchair. He quickly became the pioneer of a new sport which he named WCMX, short for wheelchair motocross, similar to how BMX stems from bicycle riders mimicking motocross riders (MX).

Wheelz was the first person in a wheelchair to do a backflip, then a double backflip, and eventually a front flip. He is probably best known for his roll on the Nitro Circus tour where he sends frontflips and backflips off a giant ramp and over a 40ft gap on a nightly basis.

We talked about his great sense of humor and how growing up as one of six adopted siblings helped shape his outlook on life. We also talked a lot about his mindset surrounding fear and pain and how he looks past the fear and pushes himself to do the crazy jumps and tricks that he does.

We were even able to get into some discussions about how he’s turned his passion into his living and what he’s doing with his money.

Aaron has an infectiously positive personality that rubbed off on me as soon as we started talking and he is truly an inspiration to people around the world—both on wheels and on feet.


LINKS:
Website: http://www.aaronfotheringham.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aaronwheelz/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AaronFotheringham
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AaronWheelz
Robert Tompkins: https://www.instagram.com/thesix1nineschair_man/
Rise Adaptive Sports: http://www.riseadaptivesports.org/wp/
World’s First Front Wheelchair Frontflp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQuBzShOFew
World’s First Double Backflip in a Wheelchair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI_N5T3pmxQ

 

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Oct 24, 2017

My guest today is Nicholi Rogatkin. Nicholi is a former professional BMX rider who, at the age of 21 has already made the transition to professional mountain bike rider and is currently the number one ranked mountain bike rider in the world.

Now, you may be asking yourself how can someone retire from BMX before the age of 21? But Nicholi got started with BMX when he was just five years old. He was doing 360 backflips at the age of 12 and he was traveling around the world competing in the pro class around the age of 13.

If you look at Nicholi’s Wikipedia page, the number of first places finishes at mountain bike contests in 2016 and 2017 is pretty unbelievable, having won just about every event in the entire sport. In September 2017 Nicholi was the first person ever to land a 1440 on a bicycle, which of course helped him win yet another huge title at Red Bull’s District Ride.

One thing we didn’t talk about during the interview that Nicholi is also well known for is one of the gnarliest crashes in the history of bicycle competitions. You know those crazy viral videos from Red Bull’s Rampage events where riders are going down the side of a mountain and everyone always thinks, “What if they fall off?” Well, Nicholi is the guy that fell off… In 2015 Nicholi fell and tumbled about 30 feet off the side of a cliff at one of those events, and somehow—bruised and bloody got back up and finished his run.

What we did talk about in the interview was the transition from the BMX to MTB world along with the emotions involved in leaving behind something you’ve been passionate about your entire life.

I also asked him about what it was like growing up with a not-so-normal childhood that included having such an insane talent, missing a lot of school, and a dad who pushed him really hard.

We talked about the first ever 1440, his mindset when it comes to going for tricks that have never been done, overcoming fear when doing big tricks, and even a little about the economics of what it’s like to be a professional mountain bike rider. Oh, and he even told me where 10% of each prize check goes to, and I’ll tell you now that it’s not into a retirement account.

Fair warning, Nicholi’s Skype broke up a handful of times during the interview, so unfortunately it cut out some of what he’s saying. Please bare with us through it…it’s still clear what he’s talking bout even though you can’t necessarily make out every word when the connection gets spotty.

LINKS:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholirogatkin/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nicholi-Rogatkin-220730855844/
Nicholi’s Most Epic Crash: https://www.redbull.com/us-en/rampage-2015-nicholi-rogatkin
Nicholi’s World’s First 1440: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3pYoolbMMo

 

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Oct 19, 2017

This episode is little different than most… Every once in a while I get emails, DMs, or Facebook messages from people that want advice or to talk to me about my experience in a certain area. I always do my best to respond to them and be as helpful as possible. And every once in a while I feel like there are enough other people out there with similar questions that it would be worth sharing the conversation so other people can benefit from it. This is one of those instances…

Recently a friend named Avery Stumm reached out to me regarding getting started in real estate photography. I started shooting real estate photography in 2014 after I began to make the transition away from the BMX industry, so I have a lot of experience in the area, and I have a lot of other experiences that play off real estate photography to give me a pretty well-rounded perspective.

My Real Estate Photography:
http://www.adamtaylorphotos.com
http://www.instagram.com/adamtaylorphotos

 

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Oct 17, 2017

My guest today is a woman named Barrett Perlman who is a former professional wake boarder turned TV producer and film maker. She’s currently working on a full-length documentary called Life After X where action sports stars such as skateboarding’s Tony Hawk, motocross’ Travis Pastrana, and BMX’s Chad Kagy open up about what it’s like to make the transition from superstars in their sport to a relatively ordinary person who is no longer in the limelight.

During our conversation I opened up about what it was like for me to make the transition out of action sports, and Barrett talks about her personal journey from champion wakeboarder to filmmaker, which on the surface sounds pretty straightforward, but there’s actually a lot of emotion involved with making a huge life shift like that.

We also discussed some of what she has been through both physically and emotionally while making the documentary—and I’ll tell you right now, she definitely had some rough moments.

We end the interview with our Quick Hits section where Barrett tells about the most influential people in her life and the newest gadget that has most enhanced her day to day activities.


LINKS:
Website - https://www.barrettperlman.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/barrettperlman/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/barrettkicksass
Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/barrettperlman/

Life After X
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lifeafterx/

 

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Oct 13, 2017

Welcome to the first episode of season two of The Expansion Project! Thank you all so much for tuning back in and re-joining me for this ride! On this podcast I have casual, yet deep conversations with professional athletes, entrepreneurs, lifestyle designers, authors, investors, and other people that I find fascinating. The hope is that through these conversations I will expand my mind, and yours, while motivating and inspiring people along the way.

Season two is starting with a bang! In this first episode I interviewed Stephen Murray. Stephen was born in Newcastle, England, and moved to the U.S. to follow his dream of becoming a professional BMX rider. Stephen eventually made his dream a reality and won two X Games gold medals for dirt jumping. At one point he was on top of the world and living an incredible life as a BMX superstar.

However, on June 22, 2007, Stephen crashed trying a double backflip at a competition in Baltimore, Maryland. The fall was so severe it caused him to flat-line twice and left him paralyzed from the shoulders down, ending his career as a professional BMX rider. This was the first time in the history of the sport that a top competitor had a life changing and career ending crash like that, and it really shook up the BMX community, but at the same time brought them closer together.

Stephen has had some rough times over the past decade adjusting to his new life, but has always remained positive and has learned, among many other things, how to be patient.

Now Stephen is living back in England where he is closer to his family and raising his two sons.

This interview flew by… We were only able to scratch the surface of what I wanted to talk about, but we started with his current health and rehabilitation process and talked about where he’s been and where he’s at mentally with his injury. Then we moved on to talking about the BMX company he owns, Stay Strong, which of course is a message that grew out of his accident that everyone can relate to. And we wrapped up by talking about his newly published autobiography.

Stephen’s story is so much deeper than I was able to get during this interview, so after listening to this, make sure to get a copy of his book—I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Now, welcome back to The Expansion Project… Here is the Stephen Murray interview. Please enjoy.


LINKS:
Stay Strong - http://www.stysrg.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/staystrongbmx/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/staystrongbmx
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stephen.murray.378
Staying Strong - Stephen Murray Autobiography
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation - https://www.christopherreeve.org/

 

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Oct 13, 2017

After taking a two year hiatus, The Expansion Project is finally back and ready to deliver some great new interviews!

Why did the podcast disappear for two years? How did Fat’s life change in that time? Where is the podcast heading? Find out as Fat tells all in this intro episode…


LINKS:
Lindsay Matush
Fat’s Viral Video Resume
Arto Brick

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Oct 13, 2015

My guest today is Joshua Solorio, founder of the RX Action Agency, which is an athlete management company that represents CrossFit Games and other functional fitness athletes like Kenny Leverich, Jon Pera, and former NFL player James Townsend.

Josh has owned a hand of different companies and businesses over the years in several different industries, but what I really wanted to dig into the most was his talent agency.

After listening to his episode I think you guys will have a much better understanding of some of the inner workings of the business of being a professional athlete in the function fitness community.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

RX Action Agency

Joshua Solorio on Instagram

Joshua Solorio on Facebook

 

 

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Oct 6, 2015

Our guest today is Chad Wesley Smith, the founder of the world-famous Juggernaut Training System.

In addition to being the extremely successful coach and business owner behind Juggernaut, Chad is an incredible athlete and ridiculously strong human. Chad has the 10th highest powerlifting total of all time in any weight class. He earned this by squatting 959lbs, bench pressing 551lbs, and deadlifting 804lbs. Chad is also a two-time national champion in shot put, and has earned pro status as a Strongman competitor.

On this episode we asked Chad about the origins and early days of his business and how taking things online really helped him reach more people—and in turn reach higher profits, creating an extremely positive cycle that keeps on giving.

We also discussed some of Chad’s marketing strategies and the path he had to take to get his company to the status it is at today.

At just 29 years old Chad has done a lot, and you’ll learn in this interview that he’s just getting started.

Resource Links & Show Notes:

Juggernaut Training System

Juggernaut on Instagram

Juggernaut on Twitter

Juggernaut on Facebook

An Open Letter to USA Weightlifting (blog post by Chad)

Greg Connolly on The Expansion Project

Dancing pull up girl from Ellen show

 

 

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Sep 29, 2015

Our guest today is Christmass Abbot. Christmas is a social media queen and author of the newly published book, “The Badass Body Diet”. She is also an event announcer and host and an entrepreneur that runs her own seminars and owns a CrossFit affiliate. And of course, she’s a kickass CrossFit and weightlifting athlete.

On this episode Christmas started off by talking about the business of social media and how it helped her career. Christmas gave us a really great analogy, comparing her internal drive to succeed in to a car.

We got to ask Christmas about her book, “The Badass Body Diet” and what the process was like as she wrote and published her first book.

It’s easy to get distracted by Christmas’ killer body and beautiful face, but underneath all that is an incredibly sweet girl with an amazing entrepreneurial mindset that we can all learn a lot from.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

Christmas Abbott on Instagram

Christmas Abbott on Twitter

Christmas Abbott on Facebook

The Badass Body Diet (book by Christmas Abbott)

The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All (book by Julie Clow)

 

 

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Sep 22, 2015

My guest today is Luke Swab, a BMX rider from Michigan that I randomly met at a skatepark a few years ago. Luke has a vey fascinating story. He works five weeks out of the year as a fisherman in Alaska and then spends the rest of the year traveling the world on crazy adventures like driving a motorcycle from the southern most tip of Africa to the northern most point of Europe. He also invests in Real Estate to help secure his current lifestyle and prepare for his future.

During our impromptu conversation Luke told me about his journey as an Alaskan fisherman, starting as a hired hand making only $100 to owning his own boat and earning $100,000.

He also told me about his current real estate investing strategies and explained how he designed a life that has allowed him to take dozens of wild international vacations.

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Luke Swab on Instagram

- LukeAndNick.com (Blog from the trip from South Africa to Northern Europe)

- Alaska: Battle on the Bay (Animal Planet TV Show)

Other Podcasts that Luke Listens To:
- Planet Money
- Bigger Pockets
- Freakanomics
- Star Talk

Sep 15, 2015

The guest for this week is Ed Bauer who is widely considered to be the poster boy for vegan CrossFit.

Ed is has been vegan and straightedge for the majority of his life and is the owner of PlantFit Strength and Conditioning in Oakland, California. Ed is also a champion bodybuilder, Crossfit coach, fitness model, powerlifter, certified fitness nutrition coach, and in his words he is constantly showing that strength through compassion makes a better world for all.

In this conversation we tackled the basics about Ed’s background with veganism, his straightedge lifestyle, and interest in fitness, and of course he answered the question about where he gets his protein.

I had the chance to ask Ed about running his business, specific ways he markets himself and his company, and how he keeps a healthy balance in his busy life.

I also uncovered the reason why Ed is purposely trying to get as fat as possible right now.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Ed Bauer on Instagram

- Ed Bauer on Twitter

- Ed Bauer on Facebook

- PlantFit Strength and Conditioning (Ed’s Gym)

- Plant Built Team

- Beyond Meat

- VeganProteins.com

- Ed Bauer on Strongest Hearts, ep. 12
(Strongest Hearts is a video series by Matt Ruscigno, who I interviewed on episode 21 of The Expansion Project.)

- Barbell Shrugged / Barbell Business Podcasts

- Fit Quick (Vegan Protein Waffles)

- Rise and Resist Podcast

 

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Sep 8, 2015

This week’s guest is Scott Mcgee, the co-host of one of my favorite podcasts, the Wodcast Podcast. In addition to being on the show, Scott is an avid CrossFitter, a police officer and member of the SWAT team, and a very dedicated husband and father.

I was a big fan of Scott before I talked to him, and after this conversation I’m an even bigger fan. He has such an incredible heart, and a great perspective on life, family, and relationships.

I talked to Scott about his background in sports and fitness as well as his career in law enforcement, and I got to hear a lot about what goes on behind the scenes at Wodcast Podcast. Scott also opened up about the recent struggles his family faced with the health complications of his newborn son and how he found the resilience to push on through the difficult time.

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Scott Mcgee on Instagram

- Scott Mcgee on Twitter

- Scott Mcgee on Facebook

- Wodcast Podcast

- Pat Croche (author)

- Sisu (Finnish Word)

- Unbeatable Mind (Book by Mark Devine)

- Mark Devine’s Box Breathing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZzhk9jEkkI

- Ted Talk About Headspace Meditation App
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzR62JJCMBQ

 

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Sep 1, 2015

My guest today is Ben Bergeron, one of the most influential and successful CrossFit coaches in the industry. Ben has taken athletes to the top of the podium of the CrossFit Games and has one of the most sought after online training programs in the community. He is also the owner of CrossFit New England, and a driving force behind several companies in the functional fitness industry including Kill Cliff, No Bull, and Fuel for Fire.

During our conversation Ben had me hanging on every word… He’s super well spoken and has an incredible amount of knowledge to share.

I asked him all about the different businesses he’s involved in, how he manages his time, and balances his life with so much going on all the time.

We also discussed the economics behind being an elite level coach for some of the best CrossFit athletes in the sport.

Ben even shared his thoughts on some of the common mistakes gym owners and coaches make when it comes to their business and brand.

I kind of feel like I say this all the time, but I really do think this is one of the best interviews I’ve ever done on the podcast!

 

Resource Links & Show Notes:

- Ben on Instagram

- Ben on Twitter

- Ben on Facebook

- Competitor’s Training

- Business of Excellence

- Fuel For Fire

- No Bull Shoes

- The Box HQ

- CrossFit New England

- CrossFit Tilt

- East Coast Championships (CrossFit Competition)

- How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life
(Book by Dr. Bob Rotella)

- The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive
(Book by Jim Afremow)

 

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