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Guard the Guardians with Sean Hansen is a show with the sole purpose of helping active military, veterans, first responders, and their families live better lives whether it's overcoming trauma, managing finances, improving relationships, getting in shape, or anything in between.
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May 30, 2017

Our most popular guest to date is back on the show to go deep into the psychology of violence.  Desert Storm Marine Corps veteran turned mental health counselor, Chad Latta, is here to help us understand violence and how we relate to violence.  In this episode, he won't be trying to scare you away with his stories of "ass cancer" like he did in Episode 006.  So, if you want to learn about the lessons he learned in battling cancer, please go back to that episode.  Before today's episode kicked off, Chad and I were engaged in some pre-recording discussion that I think was in line with the overall topic, so I've left it in.

 

In this episode we'll be talking about:

  • Defining aggression and violence.
  • The process of preparing a person for aggression and violence.
  • Whether violence is a natural instinct and society's impact on violence.
  • Percentages of combat engagement and how that has been increased over time.
  • Factors that affect a person's willingness to engage in violence.
  • How your personality changes under prolonged exposure to violence.
  • Whether men are inherently more violent than women.
  • Whether women face greater burdens in coming back from violent experiences or professions.
  • Healthy expression of violence.
  • Ways to adapt yourself after periods of violence and the impact of guilt and shame.

 

RESOURCES (click links below):

Chad Latta:

Recommended Reading:

Jacqueline Carrizosa:

  • Jacqueline Carrizosa, guest from Episode 016, referenced in this episode
  • Instagram @brojaq

 

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May 23, 2017

We are diving deep into diagnostics and force production measurement with Justin Andrews, co-founder of Axon.  Justin is a member of the Mind Pump Media team but has a second project underway creating Axon, a tool designed to measure force production so that users can better understand where they're strong and where they're weak.

 

Listen in as we discuss:

  • The benefit of meditation.
  • The challenges of creating a fitness diagnostic tool.
  • How Axon will allow you to identify gaps in your strength and biomechanics.
  • The various uses of Axon whether you're a fitness enthusiast/athlete, trainer, or physical therapist.
  • How strength can drop off in different segments of a movement.
  • How our posture and central nervous system (CNS) inputs affect our mobility and power output.
  • How incorporating Axon into your workouts can prime the CNS for greater force production.
  • The upcoming Axon Kickstarter campaign.

 

RESOURCES:

 

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May 16, 2017

In this week's episode we have the privilege of learning about the massively powerful and ever-growing fitness regimen of KETTLEBELL from Mike Salemi, a Kettlebell Master of Sport.  Kettlebell strength and conditioning has long been a staple of the Russian military and is taking off around the world because of the versatility and portability.

 

Join us as we talk about:

  • The power, strength, conditioning, and mental tenacity benefits of using kettlebells.
  • The competition sport of kettlebell.
  • The "hard" style of kettlebell and how it differs from sport kettlebell.
  • What it takes to be a Kettlebell Master of Sport.
  • The history of kettlebell's two major styles.
  • Common movements in the "hard" style of kettlebell.
  • How kettlebell has been incorporated into the school system in Russia.
  • How 2-3 kettlebells can be sufficient to offer a full body workout achieving solid gains in strength, power, and conditioning.
  • Tips for the best ways to develop grip strength, power, and stamina.
  • The different types of kettlebells.
  • How to get started with training in kettlebell.

 

RESOURCES:

Mike Salemi's Contact Info:

 

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May 9, 2017

Today we are speaking with two US Army veterans who were teammates in-country, and who have now teamed up to found the Objective Zero Foundation.  The Foundation seeks to get military and veteran suicide rates to "functional zero," the Objective Zero team is working hard to produce a tool that our brothers and sisters can use to help them in their hour of need.

You can help Objective Zero with your time, expertise, and funds by clicking on the Objective Zero website link below.

Join us as we discuss:

  • How the Objective Zero Foundation was born of the struggles that co-founder Justin Miller faced during and after his deployments to Iraq, including a night where he almost killed himself.
  • How isolation from comrades in the military and the purpose provided by the military create conditions that exacerbate combat trauma.
  • The scope of the military/veteran suicide problem and how it far exceeds suicide rates in the general US population.
  • That female veterans have a rate of suicide that is 2.4x that of adult females in US non-military population.
  • The gaps that exist in current response organizations.
  • How the Objective Zero app is designed to function and the additional features that will allow those in need to reach out for support and camaraderie.
  • The successes that Objective Zero has had in raising funds for the app's development, and the remaining funding requirement to finish the app's development.
  • How Objective Zero "ambassadors" will be trained to provide outreach and support for those in crisis.
  • The vision for how Objective Zero can better connect veterans and service members in the future.

RESOURCES:

Objective Zero:

For those in crisis now, Objective Zero recommends:

US Veteran Administration Documents and Resources:

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May 2, 2017

How can only a few people truly help their community when that community has been hit by the visible and invisible wounds of war?

This week we have the privilege of speaking with Nicole Motsek, the Executive Director of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Warrior Foundation.  Nicole takes us behind the curtain of a non-profit organization that has successfully assisted EOD warriors in getting their lives back on track after multiple amputations, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and many more challenges.

Specifically, we'll be talking about:

  • The origin and history of the EOD Warrior Foundation, including its two predecessor organizations.
  • The methods in which the Foundation supports the wounded coming back from combat theaters, despite the severe scope of the wounds.
  • How her own losses inspired her to get involved with the Foundation.
  • How the Foundation, with only 6 full time staff members, has structured strategic alliances and community development to serve as force multipliers to allow the Foundation to provide far more support than what 6 people alone could provide.
  • The activities that the Foundation hosts to create greater bonds inside the community that allow families to heal and move into full lives in spite of the wounds.
  • The challenges and solutions in raising awareness and funding for the Foundation, and how Nicole builds a connection with those organizations that can support the Foundation.
  • The steps that the Foundation has taken to prove that it is operating in a fully transparent, accountable, and effective manner.
  • How Nicole and her team are able to keep putting forth effort despite all the challenges and traumatic stories.

RESOURCES:

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