Monthly Archives: June 2022

Building World-Class Athletes with CrossFit Games Coach Matt Torres

In this week’s episode of Healthspan Academy, I interviewed CrossFit Games coach, Matt Torres. We talked about all things relevant to getting maximum performance out of an athlete. We talked about setting expectations, programming, improving weakness, and adapting scope throughout the training season. Matt talked about his approach to mentality and recovery, and event-to-event strategy. 

Coach Matt Torres is a Jack of all Trades in sports and fitness. Growing up, his passion for sports helped him earn a scholarship to play division one college football at Central Michigan University from 2006-2011. He was a wide receiver at CMU and played with some top-notch athletes, such as Antonio Brown (Steelers), Joe Staley (49ers), Eric Fisher (Chiefs), Frank Zombo (Chiefs), and Jahleel Addae (Chargers).

After college, he and his colleague Dario Aviles found CrossFit in Naples and loved everything about it. What began as a motivation for fitness rapidly grew and transformed into a real business as they opened the doors of North Naples CrossFit in 2013. Since 2018, he has worked with Brute Strength, where he has helped several athletes reach their goals of making it to the CrossFit Games, including:  Jason Carroll, Dallin Pepper, Tudor Magda, Emma Cary, Fee Saghafi, James Sprague, and Phil Toon.

If you want to find out more about Coach Matt, check out his website at and on Instagram at @heycoachmatt.   

*** Please note that the content discussed in this podcast is intended for self-education and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.

Dissecting the Habits for Reaching Elite Fitness with CrossFit Games Athlete Alex Gazan

In this week’s episode of Healthspan Academy I caught up with CrossFit Games competitor, Alex Gazan. I asked Alex about how she got started in the sport and her road to qualifying for the CrossFit Games. We chatted about her programming, recovery, and nutrition strategy. We also talked about her team of workout partners and coaches and the dynamics that have helped her reach a truly elite level of fitness. 

Alex Gazan is a CrossFit Games athlete based in Las Vegas, Nevada who has been competing in the Games since 2018. Alex has grown while under the coaching of Justin Cotler and the Underdogs Athletics. Her best lifts are at a 240lb clean and jerk in a 375lb deadlift and she’s just coming off a fourth-place finish at the Granite Games. 

Find out more about Alex on her Instagram at @alexgazan_.

*** Please note that the content discussed in this podcast is intended for self-education and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.

Optimized – The Roadmap to Living Younger as You Age with Dr. Dan Vitale

In this week’s episode of Healthspan Academy, I caught up with Dr. Dan Vitale, who is a chiropractic clinician and longevity expert. Dan was the co-author of my book which is now available electronically. This episode we summarized the main concepts we discussed in the book. We chatted about the Five Pillar Methodology for optimizing mobility and joint function for the long-term. We discussed the key principles of cardiovascular training to maintain a healthy heart as you age. Dan and I detailed the core concepts of building long-term functional strength and muscle mass reserve. We talked about how to develop a nutrition strategy that will allow you to live for as long as possible. We also outlined the key habits for improving mood and preventing cognitive decline. Lastly, we discussed the concept and practical methods of biohacking that help support healthspan extension. 

Dr. Dan Vitale graduated from York University with a Specialized Honours in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has also studied various soft-tissue techniques including Graston Technique and Active Release Technique (ART). He completed his Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS) under the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has also completed his Certificate from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) and completed his Webster Certification during the Perinatal Care course with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr Dan is also a trained Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) provider.

Dr. Dan is passionate about seeking out accurate, current information and educating his patients. His focus on exercise and nutrition allows him to develop long-term health plans that address pain management and healthy lifestyles.

Find out more about Dr. Dan’s work on his website at

You can also check out our book “Optimized: The Roadmap to Living Younger as You Age” here.

*** Please note that the content discussed in this podcast is intended for self-education and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.

Minimize Your Chances of Dying of Cancer with Dr. Lori Bouchard

In this week’s episode of Healthspan Academy, I chatted with Dr. Lori Bouchard, who is a Naturopathic Doctor specializing in cancer treatment and prevention. We discussed the key metabolic and nutrition-based factors that contribute to tumor development and metastasis. Dr. Lori outlined the role of the gut-brain axis on controlling the onset of cancer. She also chatted about some of the most promising treatment options that are available beyond traditional chemotherapy, including intravenous vitamin C injection, magnetism, and ozone therapy. We talked about some of the key carcinogenic agents and how to minimize your risk of being impacted by them as well as best practices for stimulating cell autophagy and killing cancer cells.  

Dr. Lori Bouchard has dedicated more than a decade to working with patients with cancer. She helps them build a life that enables them to thrive and co-exist with cancer.  A significant portion of her work encompasses changing patients’ perspectives on what it means to have cancer, live in a meaningful way, and add health despite simultaneously managing a disease.

As a Naturopathic Doctor with a particular focus on cancer health, Dr. Lori is on a mission to help patients understand the real root of cancer and how gut health, genetics, and environmental factors impact tumor growth. She completed her Degree in Health Science at Western University prior to completing her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Lori is the founder of Inside Health Clinic, Ontario’s most innovative naturopathic healing centre which aims to help people reverse complicated and often misunderstood conditions such as Lyme, chronic fatigue, Hashimoto’s, and infertility while offering a comprehensive range of naturopathic support, welcoming all those who wish to live in optimal health. She is also the author of Amazon’s Bestselling Book “Live Longer and Stronger with Breast Cancer”, endorsed by US Presidential candidate and 4 times NY Times best-selling author Marianne Williamson which is a step-by-step guide to help women fight their cancer more effectively.

Find out more about Dr. Bouchard on her website at and on Instagram at @drloribouchard. You can also get a free copy of her book here.

*** Please note that the content discussed in this podcast is intended for self-education and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.