The Modern Revolutionary: Matt Foreman

The Modern Revolution

Episode #3

Meet The Modern Revolutionary Matt Foreman

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Matt Foreman has been involved in Olympic weightlifting since the late 1980s. After beginning his competitive career as a junior athlete in Arizona, he was recruited to join the Calpian Weightlifting Club in Washington in 1993. As a member of the Calpians, coached by the legendary John Thrush, Matt rose through the ranks to become one of the best weightlifters in the United States in the +105 kg weight class, winning medals at top national championship meets for over ten years. Still competitive as a masters athlete, he continues into his third decade as an Olympic weightlifter.

All the years of experience on the platform have given Coach Foreman an uncommon level of skill and understanding in the coaching realm. He has been a coach almost as long as a competitor, producing athletes who have competed at all national championship levels from youth to master, along with teaching countless clinics and seminars. A prolific writer, he has also published three books on the sport of weightlifting, along with hundreds of articles.

In addition to national competition, Coach Foreman has produced dozens of local, state, and regional championships throughout his coaching career.

Several of Coach Foreman’s athletes have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at these top national competitions. 

Olympic Weightlifting Teacher/Lecturer/Writer (since 1991)

  • Coaching Clinic Director at multiple schools, private gyms, and CrossFit gyms.
  • Director of Coaching Certification with Iron Athlete, LLC.
  • Featured Lecturer at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.Political/Administrative Experience in Olympic Weightlifting (since 1994)

Political/Administrative Experience in Olympic Weightlifting (since 1994)

  • Athletes Representative for the State of Washington (1994-2004)
  • USA Weightlifting Board of Governors Member (1994-2000)
  • Member-At-Large for Arizona Weightlifting Federation (2016-present

Weightlifting coach (23 years)

    • Currently employed as head weightlifting coach at Core CrossFit in Phoenix, AZ
    • Currently employed as coach, seminar lecturer, and coaching certification director with Iron Athlete, LLC.
    • 20+ years coaching experience with various programs in Arizona and Washington (high school, collegiate, private sector)
    • Produced multiple national/international competitors in both Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting

English teacher (21 years)- Mountain View High School (Mesa, AZ)

    • Football coach- 10 years
    • Track and Field coach- 20 years

Published author (10+ years)

    • Author of three books:
      • Bones of Iron: Collected Articles on the Life of the Strength Athlete
      • Olympic Weightlifting for Masters: Training at 30, 40, 50 and Beyond
      • Olympic Weightlifting Programming for Masters
    • Featured article contributor with Catalyst Athletics (7 years)
    • Several articles published in various other magazines and journals in the fields of Olympic weightlifting, strength training, and track and field

Educational certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership
  • Certified USA Weightlifting Coach
  • Certified Iron Athlete Coach

Athletic experience:

  • Competitive weightlifter since 1988
  • Two-time National University Weightlifting Champion
  • Five-time American Open medalist
  • Four-time National Championship medalist
  • High School National Champion
  • Two-time American Masters Champion
  • 2004 Olympic Trials competitor
  • 2000 World University Championship Team USA member
  • 2000 National Team Championship
  • Multiple state record holder

Best official lifts:

90 kg class- 120 kg Snatch, 150 kg Clean and Jerk
99 kg class- 135 kg Snatch, 165 kg Clean and Jerk
105 kg class- 142.5 kg Snatch, 175 kg Clean and Jerk
+105 kg class- 155 kg Snatch, 185 kg Clean and Jerk

All results 100% drug-free.

You can follow Matt’s writing here:

https://www.catalystathletics.com/

https://www.ironathleteclinics.com/coach-foremans-corner/

His books can be found here:

https://shop.catalystathletics.com/collections/books

 

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The Modern Revolutionary: Deborah Frieze

The Modern Revolution

Episode #2

Meet The Modern Revolutionary Deborah Frieze

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Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. In 2013, she founded the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund focused on economic justice, which means investing in opportunity for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and grantmaking to build a resilient and inclusive local economy.

Deborah’s focus on resilience began during her tenure as co-president of The Berkana Institute, where she worked to support pioneering leaders who were walking out of organizations and systems that were failing to contribute to the common good—and walking on to build resilient communities. These leaders are the subject of her award-winning book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with Margaret Wheatley.

After writing Walk Out Walk On, Deborah decided to build an urban learning center modeled after the pioneering leaders she wrote about. In August 2013, she founded the Old Oak Dojo in Jamaica Plain, MA, an event center dedicated to racial justice and a place where neighbors gather to rediscover how to create healthy and resilient communities.

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On Kale and Daughters

I am staring at the Kale.

And the Kale is staring back.

When it was a seed ? small and full of potential ? it needed me to coax it from it’s confining shell out to a wide-open world of possibility.

Now, it’s life is largely its own. Sun and water feed it

and it grows nearly perceptibly in front of my eyes.

Always reaching towards the sun

I assist nowadays, but mostly does the work without me.

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For Example

If you are wondering if you are ready for the big adventure ahead.

 

Let me report form the edges of competence

 

It’s a dangerous ledge with risks of may even be fatal.

 

But, let me be an example

 

I have survived all the consequences of my mistakes

 

? serious as some have been.

 

Let the voice in your head keep you humbly honest

 

And believe me when I tell you:

 

None of us are hitting mark all the time.

 

Attend to the details of your desires and try your best to be a good example.

 

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The Modern Revolutionary: Roza Ferdowsmakan

The Modern Revolution

Episode #1

Meet The Modern Revolutionary Roza Ferdowsmakan.

Show Notes:

roza ferdowsmakan is a tech founder and slow food enthusiast who seeks to normalize farm-to-table for everyone, everywhere. she’s the founder of bites, a free mobile app that connects foodies (those seeking to taste their way through life and open to world cuisines) with local chefs, such as home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs, for in-home, farm-to-table dining experiences, with ingredients sourced from local growers. these local growers include urban farms, micro farms, co-ops, community gardens, backyard gardens, and family-owned small farms.
bites is a tool that facilitates an ecosystem where all of the participants benefit. what’s in it for foodies, chefs, and local farms? for foodies, bites is about culinary adventures at all budgetary levels, so that more socio-economic levels can participate in farm-to-table. for foodies, it’s also about celebrating diversity through the various cultures and cuisines that come into foodies’ homes, and it’s about community building. for the culinary talent on the app, it’s about economic empowerment (jobs) – these home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs generate an income with zero overhead, while setting their own pricing, availability and menus. for the local farms, it’s about visibility and support. bites is interested in sending chefs and foodies alike direct to local growers, increasing their profits and decreasing their waste, while diverting from landfills.
bites can be downloaded from the app store or google play onto your phone. visit www.bites.mobi to learn more, check out whose talked about bites in the press, and follow us on our social media links.
with gratitude,
roza ferdowsmakan
founder

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The High Cost of Diabetes

Diabetes has become an epidemic in the United States. Over 100 million people in this country are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Diabetes causes significant life changes for patients, who have to constantly monitor what they eat, and keep track of their blood sugar.

Mismanaging a patient’s health can have life threatening consequences. This creates a significant problem, and not just medically, but financially as well. The cost of diabetes in this country impacts health care expenses, pharmaceutical expenses, the patients ability to earn a living wage, and it financially impacts the employer as well.

According to diabetes.org, the cost of diagnosed diabetes for 2017 is $327 billion, $90 billion of which is attributed to reduced productivity to employers. We spend over $106 billion dollars just in medications and testing supplies for diabetic patients. These are just the expenses for those that are diagnosed as a diabetic, and do not include those that are unaware that they have diabetes, and it also fails to include the costs associated with being pre-diabetic. Now, here’s a scary statistic, according to the CDC, 1 in 4 Americans don’t even know that they have diabetes. Over 7 million people are living with this condition and have no idea.

The financial burden that diabetes puts on our healthcare system is high, but it’s also high for the patients as well. Pharmacytimes.com reports that those with diabetes spend more than double what their healthy peers do on medical expenses each year.  Those without insurance often go without treatment and are 168% more likely to visit the emergency room than their counterparts with insurance. For all patients, inadequate care can lead to hypertension, heart disease, blindness, amputation, and even death.

 

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Notes From The Road: Cenote in Austin, TX

Some cities don’t like me. Dallas, for reasons I can’t understand, just doesn’t like me.

Austin LOVES me.

It’s always friendly, surprising and puts me in a relaxed joyful state.

This brief journey was for a business conference. A two day turn-around from my home in Chandler, AZ. Privacy be damned, I let the internet suggest where to get my morning coffee by virtue of my location. Google generally knows where I am, and I put my hand up asking for guidance.

It was a good trade.

Friendly people welcomed me into a quaint atmosphere for which I was a less cool than I should have been. But, they overlooked my shortcomings and set me into the day happy and caffeinated.

Thank you Cenote.

Cenote

Trendy all day cafe in circa-1887 house with French pressed coffee, farm-fresh eats & free wifi.
Address1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
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A Well Run Life’s Podcast: My Last Card

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I am crying.

Two seconds ago, I was a middle-aged man planning his day over an Americano.

Then, I get a text from my cousin.

I am not crying quiet ? dignified-like.

My nose is running and I am thanking god the bill is already paid.

On the way to the car, I compose myself.

The week is chock-full of the type of news you carry in your belly.

In what appears to be a moment of calm, I call my boss.

I report to him that I won’t really be myself today.

And then

As if to prove the point

I start to cry again.

 

A Well Run Life’s Podcast: Chicken Eggs

 

I am standing in front of a steaming pile.

It’s taller than I am, and so I get to work. I am raking and shoveling the mulch delivered to Grace Farms with the discipline of an army ant.

It’s about 6:30 AM ? my morning farm shift ?

As I shovel deeper into the pile of chipped trees, the heat is obvious.

The tree was upright, then it wasn’t.

The tree was alive, then it wasn’t.

And again ? it is one thing becoming another.

The morning shifts are short, the responsibilities of day have no pause button for my messy farm project.

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House Marks

The desert winter can be harsh.

There are times when it I so wicked one is compelled to put their socks on.

Since I am a tough guy, I am going without socks this morning. Out into the garage I step to retrieve the almond milk for this morning’s Americano, and I am stabbed with a razor sharp ice pick straight to my bone.

Ok ? perhaps that over states the moment

I stepped on a scorpion who met the assault with a sting on the bottom of my middle toe.

A scorpion sting is some sort of poison that is basically a cross between Cobra venom and Agent Orange. And for weeks I can trace the nerve that leads from my big toe to somewhere just below my ass.

Because that little bastard lit up that neural pathway like so much napalm.

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