Finding Center with Nick Hardwick
By Nick Hardwick
Join Nick for interesting discussions each week with compelling guests, old football stories and much more.
Finding Center with Nick HardwickNov 06, 2019
Episode 13 - Jayme Hardwick
In this episode of the Finding Center Podcast, Nick’s wife and better half takes over the hosting role and let’s Nick play the interviewee. Together, they give their relationship inception story, talk about some of the most memorable moments in the early years of the relationship, some of the big struggles they’ve had through the years, including transitioning out of the NFL, and sprinkle in their own health and fitness tips throughout.
Episode 12 - Joe Hawley
On this episode of the Finding Center Podcast we speak with Joe Hawley, a former offensive lineman in the NFL for 8 seasons that has recently started the "ManVanDogBlog" and is exploring the United States. Joe and Nick talk about many topics including NFL stories, trusting the process, meditating, standing up for yourself and transitioning in life.
Episode 11 - Dr. Sue Kleiner
Dr. Sue Kleiner is the owner of High Performance Nutrition®, LLC, a consulting firm in Mercer Island, Washington. She is the Director of Science & Communication for Vitargo, Inc., and the High Performance Nutritionist for the Seattle Storm. Dr. Kleiner is the author of eight books, including THE NEW POWER EATING®, The Good Mood Diet®, and POWERFOOD Nutrition.
She is one of the foremost nutrition authorities on eating for strength, and her POWER EATING® program has reshaped the lives of thousands. The book is a bestseller and a leader in the field, and is now in its fifth edition and retitled The New Power Eating.
Dr. Sue’s Good Mood Diet® Program arose from her observations that her clients’ moods and energy levels improved with their nutrition. The Good Mood Diet® program was featured in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and is the basis for her book, The Good Mood Diet: Feel great while you lose weight.
Dr. Kleiner’s credentials include a PhD in Nutrition and RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN certifications and honors. She is a co-founder and fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and The National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Episode 10 - Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg
Joining us today on the Finding Center Podcast, is Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg, PsyD. Dr. Schneeberg is a pediatric sleep psychologist, an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, the Director of the Behavioral Sleep Program at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Her practice focuses on:
Helping parents teach their preschool and elementary school children to be great sleepers
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) to help adolescents and adult sleep well
She also is the Author of Become Your Child's Sleep Coach: The Bedtime Doctor's 5-Step Guide, Ages 3-10
And for a list of other sleep resources Dr. Schneeberg recommends SleepFoundation.org
In this podcast we cover:
Sleep Requirements for Children
Establishing Healthy Bedtime Routines
Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea misdiagnosed as ADHD
Harmful Side Effects of Inadequate Amounts of Sleep
Solutions for All of the Above
Insomnia in Adults with Rules to Help Deal with Falling Back Asleep
Episode 9 - Keith Elias
Joining us today on the Finding Center podcast today is Keith Elias.
Keith Elias is a former National Football League player for the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts as well as a graduate of Princeton University, where he held and still holds numerous school, Ivy League Conference, and national records. He has travelled the world as a motivational speaker . He has spoken in schools in Australia, churches in Thailand, and to the United States Armed Forces both domestically and in Iraq.
Keith speaks to corporations about leadership development and character, and to youth in schools and churches about the power of their choices. He has been increasingly drawn to men’s groups and has a particular desire to speak to men about authentic masculinity, and is a Transition Coach for the NFL Player Engagement Program, where he serves as a Director.
Keith was in town for an event that he put together for the NFL called The Bridge to Success, which focuses on helping former players transition out of the league and, for a lot of the guys, a game that they have known and loved,since they were 7 and 8 years old. Keith offers some sage advice in here for all of us, whether you played football or not. You’ll hear the ten biggest challenges in sports transition. But I believe, on a different timeline, these challenges come in every line of work and for most individuals at some point or another.
We get real with our own stories and struggles, and share how we made it through the transition. We talk depression, identity, ego, finances, relationships and what is a massive learning curve that ultimately goes in to finding our versions of happiness at the end of an intense period of time in our lives.
I challenge you, when Keith is talking about NFL players, to see how this relates to your life in some way or another. Football is the language that football players speak when we get together. We can’t help it. But, through your lens, I think you’ll find some sage advice on self-love, spirituality, marriages. and child-rearing. Those words are universal.
Episode 8 - Dr. Erik Won: Wave Neuroscience
On this episode, we talk to Dr. Erik Won. Erik is the President of WaveNeuroscience, a biotech company that innovated the Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT) technology behind the Brain Treatment Center, where I got treatment earlier this year, with some profound results. In this episode, I share my story with how I found the center, what I experienced during and subsequent to the treatment. We also get into the importance of baseline testing of cognitive function so we can track how the brain is performing over time, and how it responds before, during, and after stress. I ask questions about how much one’s brain resilience is baked into an individual’s DNA; how much can we affect our “fate” as it relates to brain health; and where we should begin our fight when the battle is over, the contact sport career is ending, or the executive’s cognitive abilities start to decline with age.
Link to the Brain Treatment Center
Nick’s Article for Peter King’s Football Morning in America
Episode 7 - Brian Mackenzie
How can we achieve the bodies, the performance, and the mental health that we want through the breathe? Tune in, as a leading breathe researcher and expert Brian Mackenzie teaches us some great lessons that we can use starting immediately.
Brian is a human performance expert, educator, author and public speaker. Brian is a coach with more than two decades experience of innovating new protocols for training Olympians, professional athletes, entrepreneurs and high performers in numerous realms on the use of mechanical and breathing tools to achieve maximum output in training, competition and recovery. He’s the founder of CrossFit Endurance. He is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Unbreakable Runner, which you can get on Amazon…Get the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Unbreakable-Runner-Strength-Conditioning-Lifetime/dp/1937715140
He’s the founder of The Art of Breath, a division of Power, Speed Endurance. You can find out more about that on Instagram @powerspeedendurance. When you’re there, you’ll also find more on the Art of Breath, as well as his non-profit organization, health and human performance foundation. Learn about that at hhp-foundation.org. Follow him on instagram @_Brianmackenzie
Episode 6 - Dr. Herman Taylor
Dr. Taylor is an endowed professor and director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and a nationally recognized cardiologist with broad experience in invasive practice/research. He is also an adjunct professor of epidemiology for the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the Director of Player Engagement and Education for The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University.
In this podcast we cover:
Which Diet does a Cardiologist Recommend for Heart Health?
A Cardiologists Thoughts on the Ketogenic Diet?
What Percentage of Heart Health is Due to Genetics and What Percentage is Lifestyle?
What is the correlation between an ACL Tear and Heart Disease?
Why do concussions have to do with Erectile Dysfunction?
How does early life weight gain affect later-life disease risk REGARDLESS of Present Day Weight?
All of that and more in this very educational and actionable episode.
For more information on The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University:
Episode 5 - David Epstein
Turns out, the 10,000 Hour Rule is Wrong!
David Epstein, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. It’s of one of my all-time Top 5 favorite books. It’s so good I own the audiobook and the hard cover.
On the episode, David and I talk about:
Why the 10,000 hour rule is wrong!!!
Why you shouldn’t worry if your kid doesn’t show “Grit” all of the time.
Why you aren’t crazy if you “can’t just stick with it”, as it relates to career choices.
And how sometimes things you do that cause the most rapid short term progress can undermine your long term development.
We both share our rather meandering paths towards the success that we’ve found. Be sure to stay tuned at the end for “Nick’s Nuggets” where I tell some stories that are related to the key takeaways from talking with David.
I hope you enjoy!
Episode 4 - Dr. Spencer Nadolsky: Relax, It’s Just Food
In this episode of the Finding Center Podcast, we’re joined by Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, a family and obesity/lipid specialist physician. He is the author of The Fat Loss Prescription, the 9 Step Plan for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off. He’s also the chief physician for Renaissance Periodization @rpstrength. Spencer has been featured in Men’s Health and Muscle and Fitness along with plenty of other publications. You can find the link for that in the resource section of the Podcast.
Dr. Nadolsky answers ‘If there is a difference in strategy between losing weight when you’re obese vs if you’re already fairly lean?’ ‘To which type of patients does he prescribe the ketogenic diet?’ ‘Can I eat carbs and still lose weight?’
Oh yeah…follow him on Instagram @drnadolsky
If you’d like to work with Spencer, you can reach him via this link…
For a copy of his book ‘The Fat Loss Prescription, the 9 Step Plan for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off’…
Episode 3 - Andrew Huberman, PhD
Is it Possible to Rewire a Damaged Brain?
In this episode, Stanford Neuroscientist, Andrew Huberman, PhD, shares with us the 3 necessary components to adult neural plasticity and learning and gives us a clearly defined game plan and tangibles, including daily practices and supplements, to help us cycle in and out of intense bouts of work, so we can continue to push the envelope and stay healthy as we do that.
Also, in this episode, we talk about the increasingly popular psychedelic drugs and their efficacy for trampolining the brain to a higher level and Andrew gives his stern take on Michael Pollan's latest book 'How to Change Your Mind'. (Please listen to this part if considering these controversial practices.)
Andrew's list of resources:
30 min relaxation script: (this one actually has a hypnosis/intentions like component but is easy to follow and deeply relaxing.) I do it when I wake early and need to "recover" sleep or if I have time in the afternoon.
10 min quick Nidra:
Supplements for Sleep:
Any Reasonable Big Brands (Jarrow, Soloray, Thorne)
200-600mg Magnesium Threonate
50mg Apigenin- for Men only
Episode 2 - The 3 Principles of Fat Loss & The Future of Dieting with Bill Campbell, PhD
In this episode of the Finding Center podcast is Dr. Bill Campbell.
Doctor Campbell is a Physique scientist, the Professor of exercise science, and the Director of the performance and physique laboratory at the University of South Florida, the only one of its kind in the United States and perhaps the entire world.
His area of expertise is fat loss. In this podcast, you will get Dr. Campbell’s 3 Principles of Fat Loss and actionable steps you can take to begin losing fat now. Also, he lets us know about the current research he is doing on Diet Breaking, which may very soon become the future of dieting.
Episode 1 - Dr. Kirk Parsley
In this podcast, Dr. Kirk Parsley shares his story of going from being a high school drop out, to a Navy Seal, to a medical doctor for the Seal Teams. Doc Parsley is now regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on sleep and performance, traveling the world consulting sports teams and corporations to ensure their workers are performing optimally.
Dr. Kirk Parsley shares where he recommends beginning your health journey, what is adequate sleep for athletes and civilians, what surprisingly hurts sleep, and what’s the next frontier in health and human performance. I hope you’ll enjoy.
Episode 0 - Introduction
The intro episode! Former NFL Pro Bowler Nick Hardwick shares his story about playing in the NFL, the end of his career and what's next in his life moving forward.